April 2020 archive

Weekly#373

  • …SARS-CoV-2 has a mutation rate of less than 25 mutations per year, compared with influenza’s mutation rate of almost 50 mutations per year, according to an analysis by computational biologists of the Nextstrain consortium…” (WSJ)
  • EU data portal launches to support COVID-19 research
  • Apple Mobility Trends Reports
  • Google Mobility Reports
  • “…In general, emerging use-cases for 5G can be classed into two groups: those requiring a low latency round-trip time between device and application service (e.g. cloud gaming, server-side video rendering and deep learning) and those characterized by localized/site-bound application deployment (e.g. Industry 4.0, controller software for machines, sensors and actuators in factories)…”
  • It’s time to build by Marc Andreessen
  • 15.77 million paid net additions. That brings Netflix’s total paid subscriber count to 182.86 million
  • AWS and Facebook launch an open-source model server for PyTorch
  • How Covid-19 is making millions of Americans Healthier
  • Air quality is way better in nine major cities after coronavirus confinement
  • What future do airlines have? Three experts discuss
  • Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050
  • Peloton May Feel the Recessionary Burn (WSJ)
  • Bill Gates: The first modern pandemic & the scientific advances we need to stop COVID-19.
  • Germany’s COVID-19 contacts tracing app to link to labs for test result notification
  • First version of Apple and Google’s contact tracing API should be available to developers next week
  • AWS launches Amazon AppFlow, its new SaaS integration service
  • “...Airbnb’s home page is suddenly very focused on three things — online experiences, monthly stays and what you’re calling “frontline,” which is an area for hosts to offer housing to healthcare staff and first responders
  • Telegram hits 400M monthly active users
  • …Amazon’s private-label business encompasses more than 45 brands with some 243,000 products, from AmazonBasics batteries to Stone & Beam furniture …39% of U.S. online shopping occurs on Amazon, according to research firm eMarketer…The majority of Amazon’s sales—58%—come through third-party sellers, primarily small and medium-size firms that list their items for sale on Amazon’s Marketplace platform.”WSJ (Paywall)
  • The World Bank predicts global remittances will fall by 20% this year
  • Google’s Flutter: 2 million developers
  • Boston Dynamics open-sources health care robotics toolkit for telemedicine, vitals inspection, and disinfection

Weekly#372

  • How COVID-19 Has Impacted Media Consumption, by Generation
  • A global view of how consumer behavior is changing amid COVID-19
  • Luke Wroblewski: Covid-19 Global Impact Charts
  • The Coronavirus Economic Reopening Will Be Fragile, Partial and Slow (paywall)
  • 100 Things a UX/UI Designer Should Know
  • Verizon is buying B2B videoconferencing firm BlueJeans
  • Amazon Retools With Unusual Goal: Get Shoppers to Buy Less Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (paywall)
  • Instacart is expanding Costco pharmacy deliveries nationwide
  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Shape Design by 2050
  • Google Meet video calls are getting a Zoom-like layout
  • For the Foreseeable Future, U.K. Parliament May Meet in Cyberspace
  • 70 coronavirus vaccines in development, 3 candidates already undergoing human trials: WHO
  • Coronavirus: Raspberry Pi-powered ventilator to be tested in Colombia
  • The Supermarket After the Pandemic
  • Assessing Coronavirus’s Impact on Your Business Model
  • Goldman predicts 36% drop in iPhone shipment
  • New Jersey needs volunteers who know COBOL, a 60-year-old programming language
  • Stores try to stay relevant while their doors are closed
  • COVID-19 Pivot examples
  • Trendwatching: COVID Innovations
  • Leaked pics reveal Google smart debit card to rival Apple’s
  • Smart lifts, lonely workers, no towers or tourists: architecture after coronavirus

Weekly#371

  • How coronavirus is shifting consumer behaviour and attitudes in China
  • FT: Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus
  • Pinterest makes it much easier to buy what you see
  • Walmart Grocery app sees record downloads amid COVID-19, surpasses Amazon by 20%
  • Pepper, a platform for restaurants and suppliers, pivots to deliver food to consumers
  • Disney+ has more than 50M subscribers
  • Airbnb rolls out new features aimed at its next big bet: longer-term stays
  • Google expands AI calling service Duplex to Australia, Canada, and the UK
  • Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
  • Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March
  • People Are Open-Sourcing Their Patents and Research to Fight Coronavirus
  • White House advisor Dr Fauci says handshaking needs to stop even when pandemic ends—other experts agree
  • iOS 14: Apple developing ‘Clips’ feature for using apps without requiring full downloads
  • The Humble Phone Call Has Made a Comeback…”…Verizon said it was now handling an average of 800 million wireless calls a day during the week, more than double the number made on Mother’s Day…”
  • All Microsoft events will be digital-only until July 2021
  • “…And in the long run, the firms that survive will have to master a new environment as the crisis and the response to it accelerate three trends:
    • an energising adoption of new technologies
    • an inevitable retreat from freewheeling global supply chains
    • a worrying rise in well-connected oligopolies…” (paywall)

Weekly#370

  • Google Maps Community Mobility Reports (Thanks to Önder)
  • Spotify and Warner Music Group have renewed their global licensing partnership
  • Mobile app spending to double by 2024, despite economic impacts of COVID-19
  • Our Post-Covid World
  • WSJ: Instagram Encroaches on Amazon With New Shopping Feature (paywall)
  • How Many Jobs Can be Done at Home?
  • Apple’s iOS 14 may turn iCloud Keychain into a true 1Password and LastPass competitor
  • Ford, GE plan to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days
  • 775 per cent increase in usage of Microsoft Azure cloud services
  • Modern meteorology was born 60 years ago today
  • SoftBank is letting internet satellite company OneWeb file for bankruptcy
  • Scott Kelly on isolation
  • The US Army’s Virus Research Lab Gears Up to Fight Covid-19
  • Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won
  • Apple buys weather app Dark Sky
  • Ikea acquires AI imaging startup Geomagical Labs to supercharge room visualisations
  • Apple accidentally confirms the existence of an unreleased product, AirTags
  • Peloton launches an Android TV app
  • In a depressing turn of events, one group of hosts still receiving bookings through Airbnb are those offering properties close to hospitals. FT (paywall)
  • “...An epidemic poses special challenges to face-to-face retail…In normal times, “60 cents of every food dollar spent in New York City is spent in restaurants,” he says. “Let me say that again: 60% of the food eaten in New York is made by restaurants…There will be the next generation of packaging…WSJ (paywall)