August 2019 archive


  • 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…”


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
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