August 2021 archive

Weekly#443

  • PayPal launches its cryptocurrency service in the UK
  • Xiaomi acquires autonomous driving firm as it looks to boost nascent electric vehicle business
  • Visa Hails Its $150,000 USD Cryptopunk Acquisition as a ‘New Chapter for Digital Commerce
  • Apple’s Rising Class of Leaders Will Shape a Post-Tim Cook Era
  • A Verge investigation shows how going exclusive stunted Rogan’s power
  • Popular outrage, not economics, will determine the fate of Big Tech
  • World’s first crewless, zero emissions cargo ship will set sail in Norway
  • New lithium metal battery has energy density of 560 Wh/kg (most EV’s are at 250 Wh/kg) and retains 90% of its capacity after 1000 cycles.
  • Mastercard is phasing out magnetic stripes on its cards starting in 2024
  • Apple’s Secret Weapons For Growing Revenue: Advertising and Search
  • Scammers and Hackers See New Frontier in NFT Art (WSJ)
  • Amazon’s New World MMO is getting an open beta on September 9th
  • Facebook Said to Consider Forming an Election Commission
  • Facebook’s Novi digital wallet could be used to hold NFTs, an exec said
  • Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing hits 100,000 deliveries milestone…The company has found success in the Australian suburbs
  • Jolla hits profitability ahead of turning ten, eyes growth beyond mobile
  • U.S. plans COVID-19 booster shots at six months instead of eight
  • Anti-cheat services in video games are now a selling point
  • Xiaomi reports record 64% revenue growth, acquires Deepmotion for $77.3 million
  • Older Tesla vehicles to get UI performance boost thanks to famed video game engineer
  • Turns Out The Hardest Part of Making a Game Is…Everything
  • The Farmers market is moving online
  • Global electric power demand surges above pre-pandemic levels
  • Microsoft to launch cloud gaming service on Xbox consoles

 

Weekly#442

  • Musk: The Tesla Bot is coming…Tesla will build a humanoid robot prototype by next year
  • Stablecoins find a use case in Africa’s most volatile markets
  • China’s Tiangong vs. International Space Station: Tech, Design Unpacked (WSJ)
  • Google is shutting down its Android Auto mobile app in favor of Google Assistant
  • Companies betting on data must value people as much as AI
  • Adobe is acquiring collaborative video software maker Frame.io for $1.275 billion
  • Amazon is reportedly planning to open department stores, its latest experiment in physical retail
  • Nvidia beats earnings expectations, but cryptocurrency chip sales falter
  • Old Steve Jobs email finally confirms Apple was working on an “iPhone nano
  • DigiSure, the mobility insurance platform with high-tech screening, comes out of stealth with $13.1M raise
  • Spatial audio is coming to Netflix on iPhone and iPad
  • Google secretly had a giant gaming vision that includes bringing games to Mac
  • Apple’s new Foundation trailer
  • Cardiomatics bags $3.2M for its ECG-reading AI
  • Apple launches a new iOS app, ‘Siri Speech Study,’ to gather feedback for Siri improvements
  • Apple Postpones Return to Office Until January (WSJ)
  • How NFTs Are Reinventing the Digital World

Weekly#441

  • The slow collapse of Amazon’s drone delivery dream
  • EBay’s Active Buyers Declined 2% (WSJ)
  • Transforming the Driver Experience
  • Zoom announces new ‘Focus’ mode to keep students from getting distracted
  • Apple releases new developer tool to test iOS 15 feature that prioritizes 5G over Wi-Fi
  • Three more high-profile Blizzard employees are no longer at the company, including Diablo 4’s director
  • Google is adding an interactive periodic table to search
  • China Smart-Car Makers Required to Store Key Data Locally
  • WhatsApp to allow chat history transfers between iOS and Android
  • Space manufacturing startup Varda inks deal with Rocket Lab for three spacecraft…”…potential market for bioprinted organs, specialized semiconductors, fiber-optic cables or pharmaceuticals — products that you can’t make in Earthbound-conditions — is high enough to make the costs of building a spacecraft and launching to space more than worth it…
  • Google launches Android 12 beta 4, hitting the platform stability milestone
  • Hyzon Motors has begun shipping hydrogen fuel cell trucks to customers
  • “…Amazon’s $1.5 billion air cargo hub in Northern Kentucky opened Wednesday, the latest effort by the e-commerce giant to connect a network of 40 sites and control all aspects of delivery as demand for speed and convenience accelerates
  • Sicily hits nearly 48.8°C (119.8°F) , may have set Europe’s all-time heat record
  • Pay cut: Google employees who work from home could lose money
  • NASA to Study a $700 Quintillion ‘Goldmine’ Asteroid
  • Where and how will we get the metals to feed our future technology needs?
  • TikTok overtakes Facebook as world’s most downloaded app
  • How Turkey became a star of European tech (FT)
  • NASA has a new challenge to reaching the moon by 2024: Its $1 billion spacesuit program

Weekly#440

  • More Than 4.27 Billion Shots
  • Training self-driving cars for $1 an hour
  • Disney’s Star Wars hotel is just like Westworld
  • iOS 15 may give the iPhone’s camera an upgrade: fewer green flares
  • Home-Working Kills Innovation and Creativity
  • Japanese startup ispace raises $46M to support planned moon missions
  • Miami Launches ‘MiamiCoin
  • Netflix announces Space X documentary on civilian mission into orbit
  • Square to buy Australia’s Afterpay in $29 billion deal as ‘buy now, pay later’ trend takes off
  • Amazon expands deliveries to serve unlikely clients: its rivals (FT)
  • DoorDash in talks to invest in German grocery app Gorillas (FT)
  • Germany after Merkel will face three key challenges, Goldman says
  • Amazon’s office workers now won’t return until early 2022
  • SpaceX stacks the full Starship launch system for the first time, standing nearly 400 feet tall
  • Duolingo is working on a math app for kids
  • “…On any given weekday some 50m meetings are held in American workplaces alone. The average executive now spends 23 hours in them each week…”