Weekly#411

  • 9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond
  • Countries experiment with special remote-work visas for Digital Nomads (Paywall: WSJ)
  • The priority for workplaces in the new normal? Wellbeing
  • CES 2021 Summaries
  • Cyberpunk Rollout“…Making Cyberpunk would require CD Projekt to invest in new technology, new staff and new techniques they hadn’t explored before
    …tried to develop the engine technology behind Cyberpunk 2077, most of which was brand new, simultaneously with the game, which slowed down production…
    While The Witcher 3 was created by roughly 240 in-house staff, according to the company, Cyberpunk’s credits show that the game had well over 500 internal developers…”
  • PC sales finally saw big growth in 2020 after years of steady decline…In total, 91.6 million traditional PCs were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • AT&T is killing off the online-video service formerly known as DirecTV Now and introducing a no-contract option for the newer online service that replaced it.
  • Qualcomm will acquire chip company founded by Apple execs for $1.4 billion
  • BMW becomes the latest automaker to shut down its subscription service…Access by BMW was a $2,000-a-month service that launched in 2018
  • Ford unveils new self-driving test vehicle for 2022 launch
  • Windows 10X is now Microsoft’s true answer to Chrome OS
  • Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging
  • Blue Origin successfully launches and lands key crew capsule test in first mission of 2021
  • Apple Considers Foldable iPhone; Minor Changes Planned for 2021 Models
  • Telegram adds 25 million new users in just 72 hours
  • 2020 was second-hottest year on record, NOAA says
  • Nuclear fusion tech developer General Fusion now has Shopify and Amazon founders backing it
  • YouTube and WhatsApp inch closer to half a billion users in India
  • Upgrade launches checking accounts and debit cards
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX starts testing Starlink broadband service in the English countryside
  • Chips Are in Hot Demand—and That’s a Problem (Paywall: WSJ)
  • FAA Approves First Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights (Paywall: WSJ)
  • Deliveroo may be heading for an April initial public offering at a valuation of $13.6 billion.
  • Amazon, Walmart Tell Consumers to Skip Returns of Unwanted Items…using artificial intelligence to decide whether it makes economic sense to process a return.
  • Cowen analysts wrote that they estimate Amazon’s ad revenue to rise to $26.1 billion in 2021, and rise to $85.2 billion by 2026.
  • Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures