Weekly#342

  • iOS 13 is now available to download
  • CRISPR removes antibiotic resistance gene from bacterium
  • Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon-neutral by 2040
  • Airbnb says it will go public next year
  • Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures
  • The man behind Tesla’s Powerwall is now pitching an all-in-one power management system for homes
  • Amazon is bringing a cash-based checkout option, Amazon PayCode, to the US
  • IBM will soon launch a 53-qubit quantum computer
  • Amazon launches Amazon Music HD with lossless audio streaming
  • Amazon/food sales: perdition postponed (FT: paywall)
  • …And now scientists believe the changing climate may put our brains at risk. A new analysis predicts that by 2100, increasing water temperatures brought on by a warming planet could result in 96 percent of the world’s population not having access to an omega-3 fatty acid crucial to brain health and function
  • Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished…an overall decline of 29 percent from 1970.
  • Mini Transformers: Scientists Have Created a Robot Made of Robots
  • Fiat Chrysler will set up an experimental fleet of up to 700 electric cars to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which allows power grids to use energy stored in car batteries to face demand during peak hours.
  • Fintech Company Stripe Joins Silicon Valley Elite With $35 Billion Valuation (WSJ: paywall)

Weekly#341

  • Apple iPhone 11 event
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger resigns from Apple’s board of directors
  • Will Your Uploaded Mind Still Be You? (paywall)
  • Yelp adds predictive wait times and a new way for restaurants to share updates
  • The mainframe business is alive and well, as IBM announces new z15
  • Apple hid a secret message in its latest YouTube video
  • Electric cars are finally taking a (tiny) bite out of combustion engine sales
  • A Swiss house built by robots promises to revolutionize the construction industry
  • Six questions to ask yourself when reading about AI



Weekly#340

  • Modern applications at AWS
  • Amazon 2018 Letter to Shareholders
  • How Amazon’s Shipping Empire Is Challenging UPS and FedEx (paywall)
  • Fraudsters Used AI to Mimic CEO’s Voice in Unusual Cybercrime Case (paywall)
  • The Marketing Hype Cycle
  • This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg
  • The next Apple Watch could feature sleep tracking
  • UPS introduces hybrid, long-range trucks that change modes based on where they are
  • Porsche expands on-demand subscription plans to four more cities
  • Opportunities for the global semiconductor market…growing market share by embracing AI…[PWC PDF]
  • YouTube launches a dedicated Fashion vertical
  • The US government projects the number of workers over 75 will double in the next decade
  • 60 Uses of Graphene – The Ultimate Guide to Graphene’s (Potential) Applications in 2019
  • Samsung to Launch Smartphone Meant to Make Blockchain Friendlier (paywall)
  • Revenue from recorded music in the U.S. rose 18% to $5.4 billion in the first half of the year (paywall)
  • The Time Netflix Considered Selling Itself to Amazon for Peanuts…In 1998, Netflix’s co-founders made a trip to Seattle that could have changed the world as we know it (paywall)

Weekly#339

  • Netflix tests human-driven curation with launch of ‘Collections
  • Sphero has acquired littleBits
  • Time: World Greatest Places: 2019 including Troy Museum 
  • Microsoft Azure’s cloud regions in Switzerland are now open for business
  • UPS invests in autonomous trucking company
  • Rwanda to phase out gas motorcycle-taxis for e-motos
  • Eero updates subscription plans.
  • Fitbit is launching a $10 premium subscription service
  • Lego is piloting audio and braille building instructions
  • Duolingo is now offering a beta version of Latin courses
  • Utility death spirals and energy communities
  • What most Americans are looking for in a new home: solar panels
  • Kids are becoming emotionally attached to robots
  • Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment…”…From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’…”
  • Vaping-linked lung disease cases jump from 94 to 153 in 5 days, CDC says
  • Australian Government invest 15 million in Evie ultra-fast EV charging network
  • Coursera makes its first acquisition, Rhyme Softworks, to power new Coursera Labs offering
  • SpaceX’s Starhopper Successfully Completes Final Test Flight…”Starhopper will never see space, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes its successor, called Starship, will eventually transport up to 100 people (and roughly 150 tons of cargo) to far-off destinations such as the Moon or Mars…”