June 2020 archive

Weekly#382
  • Here’s everything Apple announced in the WWDC 2020 keynote today
  • Rosetta 2 is Apple’s key to making the ARM transition less painful
  • The inside story of Netflix, the tiny tech company that took over Hollywood
  • Amazon to acquire autonomous driving startup Zoox
  • Amazon Honeycode is a no-programming-needed app builder for businesses
  • Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis
  • YouTube’s latest experiment is a TikTok rival focused on 15-second videos
  • Mars Is About to Have Its ‘Wright Brothers Moment
  • China launches final Beidou satellite to complete the navigation system
  • John J. Mooney, an Inventor of the Catalytic Converter, Dies at 90
  • 100 million people watch YouTube on TVs each month
  • Elon Musk invites users to test Starlink space internet
  • How the Coronavirus Recovery Is Changing Cities
Weekly#381
  • Goldman Sachs Sees $16 Trillion Investment In Renewables By 2030
  • Autonomous Vehicles in Covid Economy
  • A Silicon Valley fundraiser for Joe Biden raised $4 million in one Zoom call
  • Scientists find way to pollinate plants with soap bubbles as bees decline
  • AWS said it mitigated a 2.3 Tbps DDoS attack, the largest ever
  • From thinking about the next normal to making it work: What to stop, start, and accelerate
  • Boston Dynamics starts selling its Spot robot — for $74,500
  • COVID-19 tracing apps now live in Germany, France, and Italy; U.K. rethinks its plans
  • CERN makes bold push to build €21-billion super-collider
  • What to expect from WWDC 2020: OS updates, ARM Macs, and more
  • Experiments show hummingbirds see colors you’ve never dreamed of
Weekly#380
  • Volkswagen launches home EV charging system sales ahead of ID.3 vehicle deliveries
  • WarnerMedia tries to simplify HBO branding by sunsetting HBO Go and renaming HBO Now
  • Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb’s Vibrations…The so-called lamphone technique allows for real-time listening in on a room that’s hundreds of feet away.
  • Scientists Have Discovered Vast Unidentified Structures Deep Inside the Earth
  • Their dining rooms are closed, their margins have evaporated, and their industry is in turmoil. But a handful of restaurateurs are rebuilding their operations around takeout—without paying sky-high delivery fees. (WSJ) “…Among these survivors are restaurants that behave more like direct-to-consumer brands selling cosmetics, mattresses and bidets on the internet. The platforms they’re using to help them succeed—which include Tock, Toast, Your Fare, BentoBox and others—are to their online sales and delivery operations what Shopify is to a half million sellers of consumer goods on the internet…”
  • Americans spend billions to look good in lockdown…”…Overall US health and beauty sales in the period rose by $3.74bn, or 13 per cent, from a year ago to $32.2bn. Ecommerce led the increase, up 31 per cent to $9.28bn, encouraged by social media influencers who have been providing self-care tips…” (FT)
  • People Aren’t Visiting Branches. Banks Are Wondering How Many They Actually Need. (WSJ)
  • Included with your next apartment: VR pods and esports arenas
  • The Coming Disruption – Scott Galloway predicts a handful of elite cyborg universities will soon monopolize higher education
Weekly#379
  • SpaceX  launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in the span of just four days
  • Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations
  • Global smartphone shipments to fall 12% this year on virus woes: IDC
  • Volvo Plans to Offer Autonomous Highway Driving by 2022
  • Germany will require all petrol stations to provide electric car charging
  • Slack revenue growth fails to impress, shares tank
  • Dropbox is working on its own password manager
  • Two-meter distancing might halve infection risk compared to one meter
  • PWC:Industrial manufacturing trends 2020: Succeeding in uncertainty through agility and innovation
  • From Ben Evans Newsletter
    • Amazon is the fourth‑largest US delivery service and growing fast
    • Opening an account | Analysing the experience of opening 12 bank accounts
    • Facial Recognition Briefing by UK
    • COVID 19: Statistical Perspective by UN
    • 2020 CX Report