May 2020 archive

Weekly#378

  • Wuhan Tests Nine Million People for Coronavirus in 10 Days…”…Using sample pooling, Wuhan authorities collected samples one by one from citizens, and then processed five to 10 of them at once in a single nucleic-acid test. By bundling multiple samples, Wuhan was able to immediately clear all of the citizens included in one test—as long as the test came out as negative—thereby significantly cutting the number of total nucleic-acid tests required” WSJ (Paywall)
  • Facebook rebrands Libra wallet Calibra to Novi
  • Spotify removes the cap from users’ libraries, letting you save unlimited songs, albums and podcasts
  • Microsoft Teams DAU: 75 million, Office Paid Seats 258 million
  • Robot barista helps South Korean cafe with social distancing
  •  TV ad impressions drop nearly 27% for gaming brands
  • Cybersecurity Leadership Principles: Lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic to prepare for the new normal (World Economic Forum)
  • China Social Credit System Infographic
  • Google testing a new feature that enables you to pay the bill by your own voice
  • Amazon in advanced talks to buy self-driving startup Zoox
  • The most powerful Raspberry Pi now has 8GB of RAM
  • Sony confirms PS5 will have exclusive games playable only on next-gen hardware
  • Investment in global energy to drop by $400bn

Weekly#377

  • World Economic Forum: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID-19 World [PDF]
  • World Economic Forum: COVID-19 Risks Outlook A Preliminary Mapping and Its Implications [PDF]
  • What restaurants will actually be like in a post-COVID-19 world, according to CEOs and food experts
  • The Post-Pandemic Style: After deadly outbreaks, architects transform the places we live and work. This time won’t be different.
  • Xiaomi’s investment house of IoT surpasses 300 companies
  • Automattic pumps $4.6M into New Vector to help grow Matrix, an open, decentralized comms ecosystem
  • U.S. secures 300 million doses, almost a third, of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
  • Facebook takes on Amazon with online shopping venture
  • University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT…will be phased out over five years (WSJ: Paywall)
  • A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have
  • ‘Apple Glass’ Rumored to Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses, and More
  • Energy Transition Index 2020: from crisis to rebound
  • Burger King uses extra onions to equip The Whopper for social distancing
  • Google Chrome gets major privacy boost: Here’s how to enable DNS-over-HTTPS

Weekly#376

  • Wunderman Thompson: The Future 100 2.0.20 Report
  • Adobe 2020 Digital Economy Index
  • This breakdown of retail sales data shows why Amazon is leading the stock market
  • Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever
  • Amazon built a roving robot covered in UV light bulbs that could kill the coronavirus in warehouses and Whole Foods stores
  • The twist on the four-day workweek could get people back to work without causing new outbreaks
  • The future of fine dining? An exclusive biodome for you and your date
  • As a result of these demographic factors, the average human will experience a temperature increase of 7.5C when global temperatures reach 3C, which is forecast towards the end of this century.
  • 3D Printing Has Entered The Nuclear Realm
  •  How Covid-19 Is Changing the Language in Emails (WSJ: paywall)
  • Bill Gates: Scanning for answers to a pandemic
  • Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million
  • U.S. moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers
  • Sony Says It Created World’s First Image Sensor With Built-in AI
  • VR misses its pandemic moment
  • Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR
  • Apple’s computerized glasses won’t be ready until 2022 ‘at the earliest,’ top analyst says
  • The pandemic is killing the attraction of megacities (FT: Paywall)
  • China Tries to Revive Economy With $205 Billion of Projects in 2020: Report
  • Monzo faces near 40% valuation drop in latest fundraising (FT: Paywall)
  • Digital Driver’s License: a step on the road map to online identity
  • Quizlet valued at $1 billion as it raises millions during a global pandemic


Weekly#375

  • New Google Lens features to help you be more productive at home
  • How Lyft intends to navigate and survive COVID-19
  • Your iPhone will soon be able to tell 911 about your medical conditions and allergies
  • Remote work is a huge opportunity for high-impact climate policy
  • Intel Is Acting Like Only the Paranoid Survive. The CEO Wants It to Stay That Way…Bob Swan sees a future company of more empowered managers: ‘If you know the right thing to do, just go do it… For instance, as the pandemic spread, many customers ordered more chips for PCs that were in high demand as employees shifted to working from home. Cloud-computing giants, including Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp., also wanted more chips to cater to growing demand in the work-from-home economy…”(Paywall)
  • Zoom acquires Keybase to get end-to-end encryption expertise
  • Dropbox has 14.6 million paid subscribers
  • Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour Express grocery delivery service
  • Ocado said that retail sales were up by 40 per cent in the second quarter (paywall)
  • GitHub Codespaces lets you code in your browser without any setup

COVID-19

  • “…The changes in our traffic light system to assist pedestrians and avoid build-ups of pedestrians at crossings actually preclude a return to previous high levels of private car use…”
  • Property Investors See Fiber-Optic Cables as ‘Railroads of the Future’ (paywall)
  • NHS reveals source code behind the contact-tracing app
  • Roaming ‘robodog’ politely tells Singapore park-goers to keep apart
  • Facebook to allow employees to work remotely until year-end
  • Google will let most employees work remotely until the end of 2020
  • Microsoft updates WFH policy, lets employees work remotely through October
  • Zoom Bachelorette, Minimum Viable Shows, and the nature of celebrity in quarantine


Weekly#374

  • All the things COVID-19 will change forever, according to 30 top experts / Fast Company
  • DW Interview: Yuval Noah Harari on COVID-19: ‘The biggest danger is not the virus itself
  • Tübisad E-ticaret 2019 Raporu [ PDF ] (in Turkish)
  • WEF Strategic Intelligence
  • Amazon Q1 beats on net sales of $75.5B but posts net income of $2.5B
  • Apple will make it easier to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask
  • Google Meet one-ups Zoom with free 60-minute meetings for consumers
  • U.S. Economy Shrinks at 4.8% Pace, Signaling Start of Recession
  • Bond: Our New World
  •  NASA Picks Three Contractors, Including SpaceX and Blue Origin, to Lead Lunar Lander Teams (paywall)
  • Apple’s Q2 2020 revenue hits $58.3 billion despite retail shutdown
  • Apple Delays Mass Production of 2020 Flagship iPhones (paywall)
  • Shopify Now Has an End-to-End Platform For Merchants, Logistics, and Consumers
  • U.S. Space Force’s First Offensive Weapon Is a Satellite Jammer
  • Verizon says network usage is up 1,200% during coronavirus
  • Bill Gates: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Oliver Wymann: Responding to COVID-19