July 2021 archive

Weekly#439

  • MS Flight Simulator on consoles: Finally, a next-gen game for Xbox Series X/S
  • Apple reports a 50% year-over-year jump in iPhone sales, link2
  • Japan’s virtual YouTubers have millions of real subscribers
  • Blue Origin has a secret project named “Jarvis” to compete with SpaceX
  • Lucasfilm hires deepfake YouTuber who fixed Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian
  • How to turn yourself into a cartoon for your next Zoom call
  • Google Cloud offers a model for fixing Google’s product-killing reputation
  • Groceries in 10 Minutes: Delivery Start-Ups Crowd City Streets Across Globe
  • Same-day delivery apps need more than speed to survive post-pandemic
  • Shopify allows merchants to sell NFTs directly through their storefronts
  • Google Cloud reported revenue of $4.6 billion, up 54% year over year
  • Google sets all-time records as search and YouTube profits soar
  • Red planet has a big core, complex crust
  • The Tokyo Olympics could be a COVID-19 “super evolutionary event
  • Starbucks Is the New Talent Factory Powering Corporate America
  • Google postpones return-to-work until October, will require vaccinations
  • The global chip shortage is starting to hit the smartphone industry
  • First detection of light from behind a black hole
  • How Artificial Intelligence Is Fighting Wildfires

Weekly#438

  • Delta COVID variant now dominant strain worldwide, U.S. deaths surge –officials…”This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Walensky said, adding that 97% of people entering hospitals in the United States with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
  • Visa Rebrands for the Digital Economy
  • 4 Best Practices to Ensure Your Product Stands Out on the Digital Shelf…Ecommerce success isn’t just about the buy button
  • Corning’s new Gorilla Glass protects smartphone camera lenses and lets in more light
  • Intel CEO Says Chip Shortage Could Stretch Into 2023 (WSJ)
  • How to Motivate Your Teen to Be a Safer Driver (WSJ)
  • A DNS outage just took down a large chunk of the internet
  • China Plans to Build the World’s First Waterless Nuclear Reactor
  • How to mend your broken pandemic brain
  • Gallium, once an industrial-waste product, is transforming our increasingly electrified world (WSJ)
  • Apple Delays Office Return as Covid-19 Delta Variant Spreads
  • DeepMind says it will release the structure of every protein known to science…AlphaFold program’s prediction of nearly 20,000 human protein structures now free for researchers
  • Mercedes-Benz to build eight battery factories in push to become electric-only automaker by 2030
  • Twitter’s revenue jumps as ad revamp pays off (FT)
  • Robotaxis: have Google and Amazon backed the wrong technology? (FT)
  • Google is starting to tell you how it found Search results
  • Why vertical farms could be the next big microgrid market

Weekly#437

  • Anyone is building a marketplace for advice, one 5-minute call at a time
  • Railsbank raises $70M to build out its fintech-as-a-service platform
  • Walmart will be bringing Symbotic robots to 25 distribution centers
  • “…today around 30% of the world’s population is exposed to a deadly combination of heat and humidity for at least 20 days each year, that percentage will increase to nearly half by 2100, even with the most drastic reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions…”
  • History teaches us how to be brutally honest about a problem and yet optimistic for a technological solution
  • One of Dubai’s Oldest Lenders Prepares for a Digital-Only Future
  • A Neanderthal carved a geometric design in bone 51,000 years ago
  • If we want to look for life on Europa, we’d better bring a drill
  • what we know about kids and long covid
  • Humanoid Robot Keeps Getting Fired From His Jobs…Pepper, SoftBank’s robot, malfunctioned during scripture readings, took breaks in exercise class and couldn’t recognize the faces of family members (WSJ)
  • Our brains “read” expressions of illusory faces in things just like real faces…”For the brain, fake or real, faces are all processed the same way.”
  • Japan appoints Minister of Loneliness
  • Virgin Galactic plans to take a tourist to space every day, says chief (FT)
  • Germany establishes new military space command
  • Scientists develop bendable ice
  • NASA Announces Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Reactor Concept Awards
  • Cyberattacks and Ransomware: How Can We Protect Energy Infrastructure? (WSJ)
  • How computers with humanlike senses will change our lives?
  • Amazon launches its mobile-first Kindle Vella serialized story platform
  • VW Group’s 10-year plan: A single EV platform across all its brands
  • With Apple Pay Later, Apple may take another stab at the PayPal model
  • How used cars became the next big ecommerce battleground (FT)

Weekly#436

  • Which airlines will soar after the pandemic?
  • Why Are Gamers So Much Better Than Scientists at Catching Fraud?
  • Smart foam material gives robotic hand the ability to self-repair
  • America’s Vaccine Future Is Fragmenting
  • A traditional diesel-electric sub can stay under water for two or three days. Those with aip can do so for three weeks
  • An Indonesian mapping platform is turning social media chatter into life-saving information during natural disasters.
  • The Chinese content farms behind Factory TikTok
  • Chip shortage to hit TV and smartphone OLED displays (FT)
  • The great chip crisis threatens the promise of Moore’s Law
  • Why Restaurants Feel Trapped By Delivery Apps…can’t live with them, can’t survive without them
  • The Empires Jeff Bezos Built (WSJ)
  • Juni, a ‘vertical’ neobank for e-commerce and online marketing companies, raises $21.5M
  • Tencent Deploys Facial Recognition to Detect Minors Gaming at Night
  • COVID vaccines to reach poorest countries in 2023 — despite recent pledges
  • Bats’ brains predict their next move during flight
  • WhatsApp will let you send images and videos in their ‘best quality
  • Square is going to make a hardware wallet for bitcoin
  • mRNA vaccine technology moves to flu: Moderna says trial has begun
  • Rail Network Hit by Possible Cyber Attack, State TV Says
  • A logic circuit made from DNA

Weekly#435

  • Intel Delays Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPU Production To Q1 2022
  • Virgin Galactic brings forward founder’s first trip to nine days before rival’s Blue Origin mission (FT)
  • Virgin Orbit successfully launches its first commercial payloads to space
  • Starlink’s “next-generation” user terminal will cost a lot less, Musk says
  • Hepsiburada IPO,  F-1 Document
  • Ant Group-Backed Kakao Pay Seeks Up to $1.4 Billion in IPO
  • Bezos Hands Amazon Over to Trusted Deputy Andy Jassy
  • Digital vaccination cards go into effect in Europe, with some turbulence.
  • Physicists observationally confirm Hawking’s black hole theorem for the first time
  • Sony Charging Devs At Least $25,000 For PlayStation Store Visibility
  • TV-Style Commercials Are Coming To Console Games
  • ‘Crucial Time’ for Cloud Gaming, Which Wants to Change How You Play
  • Amazon Demands One More Thing From Some Vendors: A Piece of Their Company (WSJ)
  • AI technology identifies 160 possible new drug treatments for COVID-19
  • Uber will ask employees to return to work 50% of the time
  • LinkedIn breach reportedly exposes data of 92% of users, including inferred salaries
  • Faster Python programming: How these developers built Pyston, and where it goes next
  • Qualcomm can beat Apple M1 chip, says CEO, thanks to ex-Apple engineers
  • Japan’s In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits
  • See the Highest-Resolution Atomic Image Ever Captured
  • Good news: Google no longer requires publishers to use the AMP format. Bad news: What replaces it might be worse
  • China’s Zhurong rover returns landing footage and sounds from Mars
  • Ericsson Mobility Report
  • DLD Summer: Videos