Jumat, 17 November 2017

Tesla's surprising new Roadster. It's The Daily Crunch.

THE DAILY CRUNCH
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Tesla wows with its new Roadster, and also delivers a unique kind of semi truck. All the electric car things and more in The Daily Crunch for November 17, 2017.

1. Tesla surprises with a brand new Roadster

Tesla had its "1.9 more thing" moment (yes that's an actual Elon Musk quote) last night, with the surprise reveal of its brand new Tesla Roadster following its Tesla Semi truck unveiling.

The 1.9 refers to how many seconds it takes to get from 0-60 mph, which is an unheard of number for a production car. Apple can seldom surprise us like it did with the original iPhone, but Musk definitely pulled off that feat with this Roadster reveal.

2. Tesla reveals its huge new electric Semi

Tesla's new Semi is a truck built for drivers, and it shows. You sit in the center, racecar style, and the thing accelerates faster than most cars (0-60 in just 5 seconds), with impressive pickup even when towing 80,000 lbs. We still need to know price, but Musk made a convincing argument that the trucks are cheaper to operate than diesel versions, at least.

3. FCC could be planning a death blow vote to net neutrality next month

The FCC is planning a vote to essentially kill off its own net neutrality rules, potentially as soon as next month. That's terrible news from a body that's already done a lot to reverse good work done by its predecessors.

4. Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot is getting hella unsettling

Hey, Boston Dynamics – your videos are cray cool. But also, a robot that is this nimble is bound to be slightly terrifying to your audience of soft meat beings.

5. Apple's first VP of diversity and inclusion is leaving

Apple created a VP position for diversity and inclusion back in May, and appointed Denise Young Smith to that role. She's now leaving the company, however, after not too long on the job.

6. Spotify acquires a startup music studio

Spotify has acquired a startup, which built a collaborative recording studio you can use in the cloud to create podcasts and music tracks. Spotify seems increasingly to be providing creator tools, perhaps as a means of eventually generating content without having to rely so much on labels.

7. Justice League doesn't look great but it's fun

DC's answer to the success of Marvel's Avengers movies has bad CG and is "terrible" in places according to Anthony, but that doesn't stop it from being a good time.

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Kamis, 16 November 2017

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E-Commerce Minute: Thursday -- November 16, 2017

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Google Gives Job Searchers Salary, Location Details
Retailers, Etailers Brace for Invasion of the Black Friday Shoppers
Content Analytics' VP Kenji Gjovig: There's Chum in the E-Commerce Waters
Amazon Denies Rumored Plans for Ad-Supported Prime Video Service
Revisiting Show Season
IBM Adds 2 New Processors to Quantum Computing Ecosystem
Real Human Interactions Beat Automation, Survey Says

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Google Gives Job Searchers Salary, Location Details
Google on Wednesday announced the addition of new functionality for its
recently launched job search portal, including features that display
salary range and street-level location information. Salary information
-- among the things users have requested most, according to Google --
will improve the likelihood of matching qualified applicants with the
jobs they desire.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84959.html

Retailers, Etailers Brace for Invasion of the Black Friday Shoppers
A total of 164 million Americans, or 69 percent of the U.S. population,
plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new survey by the
National Retail Federation. Upwards of 115 million people, or about 70
percent, plan to shop on Black Friday, the report shows, while 78
million plan to shop on Cyber Monday, 71 million on Small Business
Saturday, and 32 million on Thanksgiving Day.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84955.html

Content Analytics' VP Kenji Gjovig: There's Chum in the E-Commerce Waters
Content management is all about making sure that a product item page
"has all of the information that a customer needs to buy an item or have
a good experience with it afterwards," said Content Analytics VP Kenji
Gjovig. "A content management system has the ability to set up new
items, post images and video, and create a robust title and detailed
item description."
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84957.html

Amazon Denies Rumored Plans for Ad-Supported Prime Video Service
Amazon has denied a report that it has been working on a free, ad-
supported video platform to complement its subscription-based Amazon
Prime Video service. Amazon has been in talks with various television
networks, movie studios and other media entities about providing content
to the site, according to the Monday report. Such a service would place
Amazon in direct competition with Apple.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84953.html

Revisiting Show Season
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application software space, and a week later you understand the need to
incorporate social media or analytics or machine learning, or you see a
need for enhanced integration and development through platform services.
It goes on. Today, in the wake of many companies' trade shows, we're
again taking a look at the available suites.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84954.html

IBM Adds 2 New Processors to Quantum Computing Ecosystem
IBM on Friday announced 20-qubit and 50-qubit quantum processors for its
IBM Q early-access commercial systems. The 20-qubit processor --
featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and
packaging -- has coherence times of 90 microseconds, which allows high-
fidelity quantum operations, IBM said. The 50-qubit processor is an
operational prototype.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84947.html

Real Human Interactions Beat Automation, Survey Says
Customers prefer human interactions to IVR systems or other automated
customer service offerings, according to a new report from B2B ratings
firm Clutch. Businesses need to move carefully when outsourcing customer
service operations, the research also suggested, because there are big
differences depending on a number of factors, including how familiar
reps are with the local language.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84950.html

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Tesla set to reveal its big truck. It's The Daily Crunch.

THE DAILY CRUNCH
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Tesla's big electric semi truck event is tonight, Google's answer to AirPods isn't really one, and Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is a beast. It's The Daily Crunch for November 16, 2017.

1. What to expect from Tesla's truck event

Tesla is unveiling an all-electric semi truck tonight at its Hawthorne location, and we'll be there live to bring you the news. The EV big rig is supposed to pack a lot of surprises, according to founder Elon Musk.

We know it'll look like it's a truck from space, basically, but beyond that we're still pretty much in the dark. We do have some guesses about range and features, but 8 PM PT will be when we finally get the full picture.

2. Pixel Buds are just okay

Google has launched its answer to AirPods, the semi-wired Pixel Buds. They offer neat features like real-time translation, but mostly they're not all that great, at least right now, according to Brian.

3. Surface Book 2 lands

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is here, and it's pretty great, with long battery life and other solid features. It sound like it's a solid performer, but will people give up their MacBook Pros to own one?

4. Pip is a Switch-like retro DIY console

This Pi-powered retro console designed to teach kids to code is awesome looking. It's a Kickstarter project for now, but here's hoping it gets the full backing to ship.

5. Twitter removes verification for a number of white supremacists

Twitter took swift action after announcing new guidelines for its verification system to remove verification for those users who didn't meet them – and so far that's been mostly white supremacists. Of course, alt-right accounts are now claiming Twitter needs to be turned into a public utility because they feel unfairly treated. Whatever policy leads to fewer Nazis with a voice is the one I'm for.

6. Scientists discovered a new Earth-size planet

It's not aliens. Well it could be aliens? No, probably not, but scientists have found an Earth-sized planet 'nearby' (11 light years, near in astronomical terms). It could be habitable, too.

7. HealthMatch wins Startup Battlefield Australia

Startup HealthMatch has won TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Australia event, which nets them $25,000 and a trip to Battlefield SF at Disrupt next year. The company matches patients with clinical trials using machine learnings, solving a problem on both ends of that equation.

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