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Weekly#218

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  • Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software
  • Battle to Provide Chips for the AI Boom Heats Up
  • Softbank leads $500 million investment into UK virtual reality start-up
    “… Improbable was founded just five years ago by two Cambridge University computer science graduates in order to create large-scale virtual worlds and simulations. ‘Simulation on a massive scale’…”
  • SoftBank Nears Closing on $100 Billion Tech Fund
  • Apple’s Latest Record: An $800 Billion Market Cap
  • “…But Snapchat can still say it has a unique offering, according to App Annie. The app data firm measured user behavior during the fourth quarter and said that on an average day, 35 percent of Snapchat’s daily users in the U.S. aren’t reachable on Facebook that same day, and 46 percent can’t be found on Instagram. About 61 percent of Snapchat’s fans aren’t watching YouTube on a given day, either. Snap said it had 60 million daily active users in the fourth quarter in the U.S. and Canada…”
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • Officially, it’s so Linux admin scripts can run on Windows.
  • Google’s “Project Treble” solves one of Android’s many update roadblocks…This is not a magic bullet that will solve all of Android’s update problems, however. After an update is released, Google lists three steps to creating an Android update:

    1) Silicon manufacturers (Qualcomm, Samsung Exynos, etc) “modify the new release for their specific hardware” and do things like make sure drivers and power management will still work.
    2) OEMs (Samsung, LG, HTC) step in and “modify the new release again as needed for their devices.” This means making sure all the hardware works, rebranding Android with a custom skin, adding OEM apps, and modifying core parts of the Android OS to add special features like (before 7.0) multi-window support.
    3) Carriers add more apps, more branding, and “test and certify the new release...”

  • Ransomware attack appears to be targeting institutions in several European countries.
  • 15-second ads coming to Amazon’s Alexa
  • Apple invests $200m in iPhone glassmaker Corning (Supplier is first beneficiary of $1bn fund to promote US manufacturing jobs)
  • Newly Developed ‘Bionic Skin’ Enables the Sense of Touch in Robots
  • Newly Developed Method Makes Printing Glass Objects in 3-D a Reality
  • “Artificial blowhole”generates electricity from ocean waves
  • Sweden GDP vs. what China spent on eating out in 2016
  • Simple math is why Elon Musk’s companies keep doing what others don’t even consider possible