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Marc Andreessen: ‘In 20 years, every physical item will have a chip implanted in it’ – Telegraph – but is it needed? I could see this idea of a chip implanted as being touted as a sign of biblical end times. Also how cheap can chips go and solutions like QRcodes and barcodes work fine to do the same job in many applications already. The gains of a chip implanted are often marginal at best

Browsers Are Starting to Block Ads by Default | Motherboard – interesting move, especially when one thinks about the trend of manufacturers like Sony (and others) to load their machines with crapware for money. Privacy is increasingly looking like a luxury good, which should be of concern to everybody.

Three Chinese state-owned banks using lie detectors and customers don’t know it | SCMP – to improve marketing, efficiency and security. I had heard of this also being experimented with in western financial institutions. As if banking interactions weren’t stressful enough as it is, now there is this? I find the marketing aspects of this darker and even more scary (paywall)

WhatsApp Video Calling Coming In Update, Leak Reveals | BGR – Skype compete. Given Skype seems to be lost in the wilderness as a product and WhatsApp has focus this could get interesting. For me only Skype’s low international calling rates for when I have to dial into conference calls or phone relatives keep it on my device

Aethra Botnet Attacks WordPress Sites – Wordfence – back doors don’t work

Samsung launches 6-inch, all-metal, super-thin Galaxy A9, in China | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Evan Blass – this is from the usual Samsung playbook of having large amount of variants to go after all aspects of a given market. In this case the Galaxy A9 seems to be going after the Huawei P-series devices. More about Samsung here.

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Dragon Ball characters appear in Ford anime ad specifically made for English-speakers 【Video】 – unfortunately it is unavailable in the UK, there must be some kind of geography-related images rights licensing issue with Dragon Ball. That’s a shame as it looks like a beautiful bit of work for Ford

Great idiosyncratic video that talks about the kind of product design considerations customers need to think about in buying a quality bag. The less seams that you have, the less points of failure that you have in the bab. More design content here.

Pressure Scale – great iPhone hack as a HTML 5 web app. It uses the iPhone’s own sensors to provide a pressure gauge. This goes to show the Swiss Army knife nature of smartphones.

Quentin Tarantino has a reputation for interpolating other film makers work, that he picked up from his time working behind the counter of a great video rental store called Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. When it closed down he bought their complete catalogue of content. Some of this won’t have made it to digital formats such as Blu Ray or streaming. I presume that he’ll never be bored, with that comprehensive a film library.

Hungry for more clicks, Zomato is running a killer marketing campaign on porn sites – PornHub has also done similar campaigns with the likes of Diesel jeans. There is a wider ethical discussion to have around this.

Where the line falls will depend on the customer base and the corporate brand.

Whilst it might be right for Axe or Lynx male grooming products, that doesn’t mean that Unilever should do it because of its corporate stance and the knock on effects to the likes of Dove.

On the other hand, a brand that thrives on controversy like Dolce & Gabbana might be a much better fit.

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Links of the day | 在网上找到

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BlackBerry sold under 50,000 Priv units, Play Store data suggests | AndroidAuthority – its probably over this number as many BlackBerry Priv devices wouldn’t be allowed to download apps from the Play Store for enterprise security reasons, but it isn’t a blockbuster either. More on wireless related subjects here.

Home Broadband 2015 | Pew Research Center – plateaued with some relying solely on mobile broadband WTF

Markets in everything, tangled and untangled – real world self selecting gamefication

Uber needs more drivers in China. A partnership with a state-owned carmaker will help – Quartz – Uber faces formidable competition in China, mainly from Didi Kuaidi; which explains why its trying to get some ‘vendor financing’ for its ‘non-employees’. It has done a similar deal with General Motors in the US

In Net-a-Porter and Yoox Merger, a Fight Behind the Scenes – New York Times – (paywall)

The Huawei Watch might be the smartwatch for me (REVIEW) – Tech in Asia – If you absolutely, positively, want a smartwatch, if you’re an Android user, and if you care about how the thing looks on your wrist, the Huawei Watch is close to the best option for you (it also works with iOS, although with limited functionality). It strikes just the right balance between usability and design, looking equally at home at a dinner party or a tech event. Unfortunately, it costs twice as much as most of its Android Wear competitors, between S$549 and S$649 (about US$399 in the States).

Women Fuel China’s Fitness Craze – WSJ – reminds me of the ‘All in with my girls’ work done by B-M when I was there

How 19 Big-Name Corporations Plan to Make Money Off the Climate Crisis | Mother Jones – silver linings in them clouds

Here’s What We Need to Do to Get VR to Take Off | Andreessen Horowitz – or why non gaming content is likely to drive VR uptake first

Can’t sign in to Google calendar on my Samsung refrigerator – Google Product Forums – a sign of things to come

Why can’t China make a good ballpoint pen? | – the metaphysics of quality with Chinese characteristics