July 2020 archive

Weekly#387

  • How fiction can help us imagine the future
  • Amazon Q2 Results…$88.9 billion in sales
  • Shopify Q2 Results
  • NASA has launched the most ambitious Mars rover ever built
  • 17 ways technology could change the world by 2025
  • Microsoft analyzed data on its newly remote workforce
  • Netflix breaks record with 160 Emmy nominations
  • Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages
  • Grubhub Generates Sales, Not Profit, During Pandemic (Paywall: WSJ)
  • For Videogame Giants, Pandemic Lockdowns Fuel Gamers’ Spending…Electronic Arts posts strongest June quarter sales in its 38-year history (Paywall: WSJ)
  • “…In 1950, each woman gave birth on average to 4.7 children. By 2017 the figure had dropped to 2.37. Populations start to shrink when the average birth rate falls below 2.1. By 2100 the average number of births per woman will have fallen to 1.7…”
  • Trained dogs were able to sniff out Covid-19 infections with 94% accuracy: study
  • Burberry and Tencent team up for concept stores
  • Five key moments from the big tech hearing
  • Amazon bought Ring for market position, not technology, emails suggest
  • Read Steve Jobs’ emails about why you can’t buy digital books in Amazon’s apps
  • Emails show Mark Zuckerberg feared app startups were building faster than Facebook in 2012
  • Peacock has added 10 million customers since April
  • Atlassian acquires asset management company Mindville

Weekly#386

  • HBO Max reached 4.1M subscribers in first month, despite lack of distribution on Roku and Fire TV
  • Intel’s next-generation 7nm chips delayed until 2022
  • Pandora launches interactive voice ads into beta testing
  • Amazon reportedly in talks to buy a 9.9% stake in India’s Reliance Retail
  • What comes after Zoom fatigue…the technology overtaxes your brain…
  • Giant waves of sand are moving on Mars
  • Robot usage is soaring during pandemic
  • Robots Are Having a Good Pandemic
  • China launches space rocket in ambitious Mars landing mission
  • Who still needs the office? U.S. companies start cutting space.“..A Reuters analysis of quarterly earnings calls over the past week revealed more than 25 large companies plan to reduce their office space in the year ahead, a move designed to reduce the second-largest expense after payrolls at corporations…”
  • 30% of all office space will be consumed flexibly by 2030
  • CS50

Weekly#385

  • The Next Phase of the Retail Apocalypse: Stores Reborn as E-Commerce Warehouses (WSJ, paywall)
  • Researchers develop laser-based underwater WiFi system for sub-sea data networks
  • Zoom introduces all-in-one home communications appliance for $599
  • Jack Ma’s fintech giant tops 1.3 billion users globally
  • Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born… Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed the global fertility rate nearly halved to 2.4 in 2017 – and their study, published in the Lancet, projects it will fall below 1.7 by 2100.
  • SpaceX’s Starlink asks potential service testers for addresses, says private beta starts this summer
  • Twitter introduces a new, fully rebuilt developer API, launching next week
  • Uber acquires Routematch as it drives deeper into public transit in hunt for SaaS revenue
  • Searching for Video? Google Pushes YouTube Over Rivals
  • Waldo is a ‘no code’ automated mobile testing service that anyone can use
  • Monzo launches new Monzo Plus with software features it hopes users will want to pay for…Costing £5 per month, rather than bundle a host of perks that might otherwise be up-sold individually, such as travel or gadget insurance or additional cash-back and merchant discounts, as many other banks and fintechs do, this third Monzo Plus attempt is more akin to a paid-for software upgrade.
  • It costs the U.S. government about 2 cents to produce every penny
  • CERN: Physicists Report the Discovery of Unique New Particle
  • WebGazer.js
  • Digital Transformation: Powering the Great Reset (World Economic Forum)
    • 1. Transform into a digital business across seven dimensions: new value creation; digital-at-the-core business models; intelligent and agile operating models; localized and resilient supply chains; real-time decisions at the edge; data-driven investment decisions; and augmented talent
    • 2. Empower all stakeholders: employees, consumers, suppliers, partners, government and society
    • 3. Effect systems change through digitally-enabled collaboration models that correct market failures


Weekly#384

  • China Internet Trends 2020
  • Sony keeps you cool on the move with a wearable air conditioner
  • Amazon U.S. sellers will have to display their name and address starting Sept. 1, 2020
  • Microsoft makes Teams video meetings less tiring with its new Together mode
  • A Facebook SDK issue caused Spotify and other popular iOS apps to crash
  • New report outlines a potential roadmap for Apple’s ARM-based MacBooks
  • iOS 14 gets rid of the app grid to help you find the app you’re looking for
  • Worldwide PC shipments grew due to work-from-home arrangements
  • Nvidia eclipses Intel as most valuable U.S. chipmaker
  • Benedict Evans: Tech and the new normal
  • Our Ghost-Kitchen Future
  • BMW is going all-in on in-car microtransactions
  • WhatsApp’s Business-User Base Grew Tenfold From 2019…The messaging platform said it has more than 50 million users of its business app worldwide each month (WSJ)
  • Uber agrees to buy food-delivery service Postmates for $2.65 billion in stock
  • Salesforce has eclipsed Larry Ellison’s Oracle in market cap
  • Sony invests $250 million in ‘Fortnite’ maker Epic Games
  • Buy now pay later is having a moment as pandemic changes shopping habits. Australian instalment-payment company Afterpay has signed up more than 1.6 million US users since March (WSJ)


Weekly#383

  • DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds…The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
  • Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China
  • ‘Westworld’ creators are developing a ‘Fallout’ TV series for Amazon
  • $1 billion-plus made-in-Japan machine called Fugaku, whose brisk operating speed of 416 quadrillion calculations per second officially makes it the world’s fastest supercomputer.
  • New mathematical principle used to prevent AI from making unethical decisions
  • Hydrogen storage solutions
  • Walmart is converting its parking lots into pop-up drive-in theaters for the summer
  • Hackers Use Java to Hide Malware on the Data Center Network
  • Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear
  • Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech
  • Core of a gas planet seen for the first time
  • Stanford research provides a snapshot of a new working-from-home economy

“...Growth of city centers are going to stall. During the pandemic, the overwhelming share of employees who shifted to telecommuting previously worked in offices in cities. I estimate that the loss of their physical presence slashed total daily spending at city center restaurants, bars and shops by more than half…This upsurge in working from home is largely here to stay, and I see a longer-run decline in city centers. The largest U.S. cities have seen incredible growth since the 1980s as younger, educated Americans have flocked into revitalized downtowns. But it looks like that trend will reverse in 2020 – with a flight of economic activity out of city centers…