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Mon. 10/19 – Apple Launches Apple Music TV (A-MTV? iMTV?)
Apple wants to you to want your A-MTV. iMTV? I dunno. Apple has launched a music videos channel. The new Samsung Galaxies might be coming sooner than ever. The company bringing AR to car windshields. And why Japan saying it’s getting on the regulate tech bandwagon might be the tipping point for the entire sector.
Links: Apple Launches ‘Apple Music TV,’ a 24-Hour Music Video Livestream (Variety) iPhone 12 mini has 2,227 mAh battery, new models will likely be assembled in Brazil and India [U] (9to5Mac) Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra leaked in full, confirms January 2021 launch (AndroidCentral) The British Company That’s Bringing Augmented Reality to Your Windshield (Bloomberg) Facebook’s and YouTube’s algorithms might soon be a bit less mysterious (Fast Company) Japan to join forces with U.S., Europe in regulating Big Tech firms: antitrust watchdog head (Reuters) Tech’s Influence Over Markets Eclipses Dot-Com Bubble Peak (WSJ)
(Bonus) What Is DeFi? With CoinDesk's Brady Dale
I don’t think I’ve made any bones about the fact that I blow hot and cold on crypto. Sometimes I grow frustrated that it always seems to be a lot of sound and fury, ultimately signifying nothing. Or at least, not amounting to much that touches normal people’s lives. I dunno if that’s a fair way to look at crypto or not. But at the same time, there is no single corner of tech that has more activity, that has more passion and energy and, just pure, crazy creativity. Lots of people in crypto have adopted my book about the first half of the Internet Era because they hope it’s a guide for how, just when everyone has written off a movement, that’s when it finally breaks through. And I’ll admit, that’s why I keep my eye on a space. That’s why the activity around DeFi has caught my eye. By some measurements, this is crypto actually being USED, in a tangible real world way, and in volumes of activity we’ve never seen before. Is DeFi actually fulfilling the original economic promise of crypto? What, the heck, is DeFi? What is it doing? It’s hard for a knucklehead like me to get my mind around. So, I sent out the bat signal to Brady Dale of CoinDesk to tell me, what the heck is going on with DeFi?
Brady's rough history of the DeFi movement
Brady's explanation of Yield Farming
Fri. 10/16 – You Can Now Hum To Search Music On Google
Google now lets you whistle or hum to search, which sounds crazy I know, or crazy cool. Are we due for one more Apple event this year? The FCC wants to kill section 230 but actually can’t. Could you do machine learning with practically no data to learn off of? And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.
Links: Google’s new ‘hum to search’ feature can figure out the song that’s stuck in your head (The Verge) Apple might hold another event on November 17 to introduce first Apple Silicon Mac (9to5Mac) Trump Foes Fume Over FCC’s Efforts to Rein In Twitter (Bloomberg) A radical new technique lets AI learn with practically no data (MIT Technology Review)
Weekend Longreads Suggestions: Lidar used to cost $75,000—here’s how Apple brought it to the iPhone (Ars Technica) Car design is about to change forever. This video encapsulates how (Fast Company) Clear Conquered U.S. Airports. Now It Wants to Own Your Entire Digital Identity. (OneZero) THE CONTEST TO PROTECT ALMOST EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET (WSJ) Cory Doctorow’s Writing Radicalized Young Hackers. Now He Wants to Redeem Them (Wired)
Thu. 10/15 – Xbox Series X Preview
It’s hardware review Thursday! Reviews of the Xbox Series X, Google Pixel 5 AND 4a 5G. SOME of the new iPhones are getting extra RAM. Room-temperature superconductivity has been achieved for the first time and what that could mean. Landscape is an interesting raise. And Adam Neumann is back… and so is WeWork.
Links: XBOX SERIES X PREVIEW: THE NEXT GEN FEELS LIKE A PC (The Verge) GOOGLE PIXEL 4A 5G REVIEW: MORE THAN JUST A BIGGER BUDGET PHONE (The Verge) Google Pixel 5 review: An off year for Pixel fans (Engadget) iPhone 12 Pro Models Have 6GB of RAM, iPhone 12 and 12 Mini Remain at 4GB (MacRumors) Room-temperature superconductivity has been achieved for the first time (MIT Technology Review) WeWork’s Adam Neumann Returns to Real Estate With Startup Investment (Bloomberg) Landscape site launches with the aim of becoming the 'Glassdoor for VC' (TechCrunch)
Wed. 10/14 – iPhone 12 Pricing and Availability Surprises
Picking up some odds and ends from yesterday’s iPhone event, including some eyebrow raising clarifications on price and availability. Zoom is indeed trying to be a platform by bringing apps to your calls. You know DeFi is hot when everyone is suddenly rebranding themselves as DeFi. And is Dropbox leading the way to a virtual work future?
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Links: The iPhone 12’s mysterious groove is a 5G mmWave antenna window — and it’s exclusive to the US (The Verge)iPhone 12 actually costs $829, advertised $799 price includes ‘carrier special offers’ (9to5Mac) Snapchat among first to leverage iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanner for AR (TechCrunch) Zoom launches its events platform and marketplace, brings apps to your calls (TechCrunch) ‘DeFi’ Replaces ‘Blockchain’ as the Must-Have Crypto Moniker (Bloomberg) Dropbox is the latest San Francisco tech company to make remote work permanent (CNBC) Dropbox goes Virtual First (Dropbox Blog) WordPress can now turn blog posts into tweetstorms automatically (TechCrunch)
Tue. 10/13 – The iPhone 12 Event: All The Deets
All the details from the iPhone 12 event. PC shipments go into the category of “doing well in covid times.” Disney announces a reorg to emphasize its streaming strategy. And following up on that whole Foxconn factory in Wisconsin promise. Hint: it looks like vaporware.
Links:Techmeme Headline Cluster About the iPhone 12 ProTechmeme Headline Cluster About the iPhone 12Techmeme Headline Cluster About the iPhone 12 mini PC shipments climb in Q3, Gartner and IDC report(ZDNet) The Digital Divide Starts With a Laptop Shortage (NYTimes) Disney says its ‘primary focus’ for entertainment is streaming — announces a major reorg (CNBC) Wisconsin denies Foxconn tax subsidies after contract negotiations fail (The Verge)
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