Report: China’s Tsinghua targeting Korea’s fabless | EETE Analog – Tsinghua Unigroup, a state-controlled conglomerate that has acquired numerous chip companies, has shopping list of companies specializing in power management, NFC, security, and Internet of Things
Clinton Campaign Using Signal For Encrypted Communication | The Daily Dot – the irony of this given Clinton’s relationship with consumer privacy and Snowden is profound
Getting Started with Branded Content | Facebook – PDF
An Exclusive Look at How AI and Machine Learning Work at Apple – Backchannel – Apple felt that they needed to place this story. Steven Levy has had access since before the Apple Mac launch – the challenge that goes largely unmentioned is delivering high levels of privacy unlike other players
The Dot-Com Deadpool is Back as India’s Tech Boom Turns to Bust | Business of Fashion – not terribly surprising, but interesting that it has happened so soon after the departure of Nikesh Arora from Softbank…
Things that made my day this week:
Some travel hacks:
- Mytaxi – works for European cities, similar to Hailo or Uber
- 3 Feel Like Home – not having to worry about roaming charges in a number of countries. There are a couple of things to be aware of:
- If you have a tethered broadband component to your phone tariff it won’t be part of Feel Like Home
- You will be on 3G networks rather than LTE back in the UK, your mileage may vary
The New Yorker has been producing some fantastic surreal content
The Suicide Squad movie was disjointed to say the least, but one good thing that came out of it was a collaboration between Action Bronson and Mark Ronson
Korean cosmetic brand Innisfree tapped into the aspirations of Korean and Chinese consumers with this fantasy VR bike ride to Jeju Island. The execution was canny, from a technical perspective it deals well with the motion / balance issues that VR projects sometimes have. Jeju Island is a famous for its pleasant weather and more relaxed lifestyle. Chinese investors have recently been driving up property prices there
Finally, man gets tattoo in shape of scar to support son after surgery.
Facebook is testing autoplaying videos with the sound already on | Recode – this sounds very annoying
In the electronics doldrums | The Japan Times – During the 1990s, Japan’s electronics industry made as great a contribution to the nation’s economic growth as automakers. In the latter half of that decade, the electronics sector alone had a trade surplus close to ¥10 trillion a year. After the turn of the century, however, it started showing signs of decline and its trade balance turned into the red in 2013. Statistics for that year showed that electronics components and devices scored a trade surplus of ¥2.9 trillion, but trade in finished electronics products incurred a deficit of ¥3.7 trillion.
Permission to be substandard | Rob Hinchcliffe – interesting post on quality and social
Samsung plans refurbished smartphone program: source | Reuters – taking a leave out of Apple’s book, but it won’t help in China or India
Ok lets ignore for a moment the divisive nature of the current leadership battle. Or a membership that is fractured between a self-destructive underclass, a squeezed public sector and a despised metropolitan elite.
The thing that struck me about the hustings were not the words but the visual design. This wasn’t the socialist red that we saw from Kinnock onwards, but a dirty pink.
There was a union jack at the back that would have made more sense at a Conservative party conference. The politics of Labour are confused, but not half as confused as current visual presentation.
Access, Accountability Reporting and Silicon Valley – Nieman Reports – interesting, smart read. I thought that press coverage of Silicon Valley has been sycophantic for decades. There were some noticeable exceptions like InfoWorld’s Notes from the Field in the early 1990s
This Is How The Majority Of The World Will Get Online, Google Hopes – BuzzFeed News – “My relationship to Google is like I’m forced to be married to someone,” said Rudiantara, who noted that his government eventually spoke to Google, who created the technology behind the maps and accounts that make the insanely popular game possible and had made sure the game was being played away from sensitive military sites. “We can’t say go to hell to Google or to technology. But we also cannot allow them to do everything they want to do.”
Microsoft helps Mac users ditch Evernote for OneNote with new tool | TechCrunch – never been a big Evernote fan, but this doesn’t look good for them
Chicago’s predictive policing tool just failed a major test | The Verge – this also has implications for the adoption of big data
The stuff we really need is getting more expensive. Other stuff is getting cheaper. – The Washington Post – really interesting paradox of western society
It looks like Watch battery life is still a problem Apple can’t easily fix | BGR – battery technology hasn’t really evolved significantly since lithium ion technology
Why Japan has more music stores than the rest of the world — Quartz – It’s not uncommon for a CD to be released in five different versions, featuring different covers, B-sides, or bonus DVDs.This speaks to a love of physical objects that’s characteristic of Japanese and also German culture, says Mulligan. These two countries have a shared preference for cash over credit cards, and also the strongest sales of physical music in the world. – It reminds me of the UK before chart regulations redefined what length a single could be way before digital formats
China rings up US$32.4b sales of smartphones in second-quarter | SCMP – huge volumes, not so huge margins
Nationwide looks to appeal to A-level audience with Snapchat Geofilter and Lens campaign | Social Media | The Drum – desperately trying to be down with the kids
0.13.0 Binary Safety Warning | Bitcoin.org – this is their equivalent of a warrant canary. Shit is about to sideways in cryptocurrency and all those fintech startups looking at blockchain will also be tainted by concerns. For the US cracking bitcoin allows them to attack the deep web and tax evasion. It also allows economic warfare against China which currently dominates bitcoin. From China’s perspective cracking bitcoin could help on tigers-and-flies investigations and capital flight