Weekly#338

  • Steam balloons could be used to launch satellites
  • Mobile gaming is a $68.5 billion global business, and investors are buying in…Global gaming has seen $9.6 billion in investments
  • Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for $1.05B
  • Porsche invests in ‘low visibility’ sensor startup TriEye
  • China’s satellite tests pulsar navigation for future deep space exploration…The positioning accuracy in the experiments reached 10 km,
  • Starbucks, monetary superpower
  • Android ditches desserts as Q becomes 10
  • German city offers $1.1M to whoever proves it doesn’t exist
  • Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski
  • Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students’ Essays
  • Nasa mission to Jupiter moon Europa moves step closer to launch…Mission that could shed light on possibility of life on icy rock is expected to lift off in 2025

Weekly#337

  • Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls
  • Google discloses its acquisition of mobile learning app Socratic as it relaunches on iOS
  • Y Combinator-backed Holy Grail is using machine learning to build better batteries
  • Facebook is starting to sell streaming video subscriptions — but not from HBO or Showtime
  • UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew
  • Inside the effort to print lungs and breathe life into them with stem cells
  • The world’s first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure that’s falling apart and doesn’t generate enough energy, according to a report
  • Free and open-source tools for analog filmmaking
  • A hotter planet will make solar power less efficient
  • The energy transition is underway: 10 charts tell the story

Weekly#336

  • With warshipping, hackers ship their exploits directly to their target’s mail room
  • John Fallon explains why the education company is pivoting to digital textbooks
  • BCG Decoding Digital Talent (Thanks to Can)
  • LightSail 2, Pushed by Sunlight, Raises Its Orbit by 10,500 Feet in Just Two Weeks
  • Finland, Solar Foods, is planning to bring to market a new protein powder, Solein, made out of CO₂, water and electricity. It’s a high-protein, flour-like ingredient that contains 50 percent protein content, 5–10 percent fat, and 20–25 percent carbs.
  • Hyundai’s first car with a solar roof is available in Korea…The solar panels are expected to charge 30 to 60 percent of the battery per day. With six hours of daily charging, it could theoretically increase drivers’ travel distance by an extra 1,300 km (about 807 miles) per year.
  • Xiaomi Is Developing A Smartphone With Solar Panel
  • Tokyo offers $1 billion research grant for human augmentation, cyborg tech…Artificial hibernation is also of interest to the Japanese government.
  • Apple rolls out Apple Card Preview to select users
  • Apple expands its bug bounty, increases maximum payout to $1M
  • Samsung is bringing PC game streaming to the Note 10
  • GitHub gets a CI/CD service
  • Slack, Zoom, Dropbox, Office: Which US presidential campaigns are using what

Weekly#335

  • TikTok-parent ByteDance is getting into mobile search
  • Revolut launches stock trading in limited release
  • Amazon acquires flash-based cloud storage startup E8 Storage
  • Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions.. related blog post
  • Prodly announces $3.5M seed to automate low-code cloud deployments
  • Spotify hits 108M paying users and 232M overall, but its average revenue per user declines
  • Apple’s services revenue grows 13% year-over-year
  • Consumer internet companies are easy to understand, but hard to create
  • Vizio rolls out its Apple AirPlay and HomeKit integrations to its SmartCast TV platform
  • Hello Heart raises $12 million for at-home monitoring and behavioral treatment for hypertension
  • DeepMind creates algorithm to predict kidney damage in advance (paywall)
  • News consumption in the UK
  • Artificial intelligence is quietly disrupting the fragrance development process
  • A Wikipedia for Generation Z…Famous Birthdays has become a go-to database of teen culture—and is ushering in a whole new generation of stars.
  • AI’s new workforce: the data-labelling industry spreads globally (paywall)
  • The Hottest Phones for the Next Billion Users Aren’t Smartphones…First-time internet consumers are connecting to the web on a new breed of device costing about $25
  • Digital Platforms Inquiry [PDF]
  • The $60 Gadget That’s Changing Electronic Music
  • LightSail 2 becomes first spacecraft to change orbit using sunlight
  • How Robots Change the World, Oxford Economics [PDF]
  • How to prepare children for the jobs of the future
  • Physical factors such as natural light, temperature and air quality can increase the learning progress of primary school pupils by as much as 16% in a year.
  • Amazon as experiment