September 2020 archive

Weekly#395
  • Amazon’s Luna game streaming service is powered by Windows and Nvidia GPUs
  • Microsoft’s new Xbox app will let you stream Xbox One games to your iPhone
  • Here’s everything Amazon announced at its latest hardware event
  • The eSIM maker powering Xiaomi’s IoT devices raises $15M
  • Google to Increase Push for Apps to Give Cut of In-App Purchases
  • E-commerce platform Whitebox raises $18M
  • Microsoft is releasing a non-subscription Office suite in 2021
  • OSIRIS-REx will attempt its first asteroid sample collection next month
  • Twitter to start testing voice DMs
  • Google expands its Flutter development kit to Windows apps
  • Apple CEO Impressed by Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes
  • Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover
  • “…More than 150 million Americans have access to Amazon Prime, which promises a two-day turnaround on millions of items that can be dispatched to your home with literally one click…”
Weekly#394
  • US airlines reveal profitability of frequent flyer programmes (FT)
  • Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year
  • Hulu tests its co-viewing feature ‘Watch Party’ with ad-supported viewers
  • X1 Card is a credit card based on your income, not your credit score
  • Supercell’s CEO talks about its majority owner Tencent, finding its next hit and more
  • Sony’s PlayStation 5 arrives November 12, priced at $500
  • Amazon Music Joins Podcasting Fray (WSJ)
  • Why Nvidia is spending $40 billion on Arm
  • Traders set to don virtual reality headsets in their home offices (FT)
  • The complexity of fire“…The simplest hydrocarbon combustion produces hundreds of different intermediates and byproducts…”
  • Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab
  • How the brain creates the experience of time
  • Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras
  • How Target gets you to spend money
  • PlayStation 5 launches Nov. 12 for $499.99
Weekly#393
  • The Long-Term Stock Exchange goes live
  • Japanese convenience store chain begins testing remote controlled robot staff in Tokyo
  • How Retailers Can Capture $5 Trillion of Shifting Demand
  • CNCF Cloud Native Interactive Landscape
  • Leadership’s role in fixing the analytics models that COVID-19 broke
  • German tank problem
  • Electric car costs to remain higher than traditional engines (FT)
  • With no iPhone to launch, Apple turns to accessories and wearables (FT)“…For every 100 iPhones sold, Apple ships 49 pairs of AirPods and 14 Apple Watches, according to estimates from Canalys…”
  • Microsoft sets sights on ‘auto connectivity’ (FT)
  • Inside TikTok’s killer algorithm
  • SF drone footage during the #BayAreaFires
  • NASA wants to buy moon dirt from private companies
  • Man vs. machine: Pentagon plans 2024 dogfight between human pilot, artificial intelligence
  • Mastercard to Help Central Banks Test Their Own Digital Currencies
  • Willo, a freemium video interview SaaS, scores ~$320K during the remote work boom
  • Amazon launches Alexa Print, a way to print lists, recipes, games and educational content using your voice

Weekly#392
  • Tech Decoupling: China’s Race to End Its Reliance on the U.S. (WSJ)
  • Rocket Lab secretly launched its very first satellite, ‘First Light
  • Apple won’t force developers to let users opt out of tracking until next year
  • Privacy Implications of Accelerometer Data
  • Myst AI claims its AI energy prediction technology boosts utilities’ reliability
  • SpaceX launches 12th Starlink mission, says users getting 100Mbps downloads
  • ‘The Mandalorian’ launches its second season on Oct. 30
  • Tesla CEO met VW CEO during Germany visit: source
  • The Winamp Skin Museum
  • Feeling Safe in the Home of the Future: A product life-cycle approach to improve the trustworthiness of smart home products and services
  • The Future of Media: A New Framework for Valuing Content
  • US Inflation Calculator (from 1913 to 2020)
  • Tencent: The Ultimate Outsider
  • Airlines Invent Wild Ways to Make Money with Borders Closed
  • These students figured out their tests were graded by AI — and the easy way to cheat
  • America Is Running Low on a Crucial Resource for COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Cheap Chinese exercise bikes are beating US tariffs
  • Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover
  • Kenji Ekuan, Who Gave Soy Sauce Its Graceful Curves, Dies at 85“…It took him three years and 100 prototypes to come up with a final design for his dispenser, which combined a gracefully curving form with an innovative, dripless spout…”
  • Amazon’s Biggest Leap Was Boring
  • Uniqlo’s parent firm, Fast Retailing, is now the world’s third-largest clothing company, after Inditex (which owns Zara) and H&M