November 2019 archive


  • Alexa’s voice can now express disappointment and excitement
  • QZ:  The World In 50 Years
  • Pi-rate Radio
  • Farmers Put Cows in VR So They Can Chill
  • Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners
  • How does a Brain-Computer Interface Work?
  • Scientists hit 21.6% perovskite cell efficiency using concentrator PV
  • Elon Musk: Tesla Cybertruck already has 200,000 pre-orders
  • Deutsche Telekom looking into a possible merger with Orange: Handelsblatt
  • Google is going to deploy Loon balloons in rural Peru…Loon’s solar-powered balloons reach altitudes of more than 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) above Earth and can cover areas within a 25-mile radius. Over the last decade, the company has improved the balloons’ life span to an average of 150 days (the record so far is 223 days).
  • How heat from the sun could help clean up steel and cement
  • Uber’s Shared Driver Accounts (paywall)


  • VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund
  • Time: Best Inventions of 2019
  • Storing Energy in Hydrogen
  • To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its software
  • Google is killing Google Cloud Print
  • Why a robot pizza startup could be worth $4 billion
  • “Knowledge workers” could be the most impacted by future automation
  • Disney says its new Disney+ streaming service is so popular you can’t stream it
  • 10 lessons for Disney, Apple, and all the new streaming companies trying to take down Netflix
  • Google guesses what your political leanings are—but it’s a secret


  • Tesla will unveil its ‘Cybertruck’ electric pickup on November 21st
  • Travis Kalanick’s Secret Startup, CloudKitchens (paywall)
  • Whatsapp is introducing Catalogs for Small Businesses
  • Alipay launches international e-wallet, giving foreigners access to mobile payment platform in first for China
  • Apple Eyes 2022 Release for AR Headset, 2023 for Glasses
  • More than 90% of large publishers use the Google ad server, DoubleClick for Publishers (paywall)
  • Next in Google’s Quest for Consumer Dominance—Banking (paywall)
  • Will Tesla and Google Kill the German Car?
  • New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon
  • The Curiosity rover detects oxygen behaving strangely on Mars
  • Disney+ has already attracted over 10 million subscribers
  • Dell Unveils Subscription Model to Counter Amazon, Microsoft
  • SpaceX launches another 60 Starlink satellites while setting two rocket reuse records
  • Google wants Chrome to offer instantaneous and native app-like experiences
  • The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep
  • It Takes Two: How to Turn Job-Sharing Into a Promotion…and Another


  • Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years
  • Yandex has built a fleet of self-driving food-delivery robots
  • researchers from the University of Oxford recently determined that the probability of our entire species going extinct in any given year is as high as one in 14,000.
  • Electric cars are changing the cost of driving
  • Canso spaceport partners with U.S. company to recycle rockets in space…including hotels, research parks, fuel depots and storage centres.
  • Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Coming for Password Cheats
  • Kepler achieves a world-first for satellite broadband with 100Mbps connection to the Arctic
  • OpenAI has published the text-generating AI it said was too dangerous to share
  • Microsoft Hololens 2
  • SoftBank Reveals $6.5 Billion Loss From Uber, WeWork Turmoil
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