February 2019 archive


  • Apple’s Executive Shake-Up Readies Company for Life After iPhone…reordering priorities across its services, artificial intelligence, hardware and retail divisions as it works to reduce the company’s reliance on iPhone sales.
  • Key Investors Are Unhappy With SoftBank Tech-Investment Fund
  • Apple just hired ex-Microsoft exec Sam Jadallah to revamp its smart home business, and catch up to Google and Amazon
  • Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature
  • Digital advertising in the US is finally bigger than print and television
  • Opera Touch brings website cookie blocking to iOS
  • The Future Is Here, Almost: Virtual Travel Becomes More of a Reality
  • With $100 million and a lot of volunteer labor, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft could be the first privately built vessel to reach the lunar surface.
  • By 2040, Spaniards can expect to live to an average age of 85.8 years.
  • Upskilling – The upcoming trend
  • 11 EU states already meet their 2020 renewable energy targets
  • SensorKnits: Architecting textile sensors with machine knitting


     From Ben Evans
  • Amazon Launches Private Label Cosmetics in Europe
  • Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero
  • Life on the small screen [PDF]
  • Amazon’s marketing spend soars to $8.2bn to rival P&G and Unilever
  • Pinterest 100: The top trends for 2019
  • Netflix Has Saved Every Choice You’ve Ever Made in ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • This website automatically generates new human faces. None of them are real. They are generated through AI. Refresh the site for a new face https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/
  • New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators
  • NASA Calls It Quits for Opportunity Mars Rover After 15-Year Mission
  • Samsung bets big on network gear
  • Visa, Mastercard mull increasing fees for processing transactions
  • Berkshire trims Apple stake, adds Suncor and Red Hat, exits Oracle
  • Aluminum may be key to making exosolar systems with water worlds


    • Amazon, Sequoia invest in self-driving car startup Aurora
    • Netflix launches ‘smart downloads’ feature on iOS to automate offline viewing
    • The Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store
    • Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code
    • Facebook Acquires Visual Shopping Startup to Bolster AI Work
    • Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor
    • Apple’s internal hardware team is working on modems now, likely to replace Intel
    • Affectiva’s AI hears your anger in 1.2 seconds
    • Amazon reportedly reconsiders New York expansion


  • Tesla Model Y is coming in 2020
  • Apple is getting closer and closer to spelling out its TV strategy
  •  The forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming service will be partially supported by ads
  • Roughly half of Instagram’s users 1 billion users now use Instagram Stories every day. That 500 million daily user count is up from 400 million in June 2018
  • Facebook’s banned research app
  • Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech
  • Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps
  • Robot learns to play Jenga
  • Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector
  • Amazon Web Services brought in more money than McDonald’s in 2018
  • How do you turn around the culture of a 130,000-person company? Ask Satya Nadella
  • 10 leading companies are trying to make powerful, low-cost lidar