This weeks’ techspel kicks off with an attempt by streaming service Tidal to differentiate itself from every other streaming service. “You can now edit the length and tempo of a track and save it to a playlist with the new Track Edit feature.” Will it be enough to stand out against Spotify, Pandora, and every other service? Sprint think so by taking a 33% stake in Tidal. EE is now offering 6 months free Apple Music. Meanwhile QQ Music shows them all how to be profitable as China embraces legal music.
In Seattle, a group of researchers are reducing the amount of processing power required for AI, such that we could all be holding it in the palm of our hands, rather than connecting to a data centre somewhere. Further down the coast in Silicon Valley, as one part of Google is blocking 1.7 billion “bad ads” it is getting ready for a machine learning based future, to improve human existence, another part is defending accusations that it favours its own products over those of other advertisers in search results. Nothing new here, but this time there’s slightly more data to back it up.
Speaking of money, if you’ve ever wondered what a bitcoin was, then here’s an introduction to the underlying block chaintechnology, and an explanation as to why it has the ability to turn the financial world upside down (eventually).
BT tell us that the UK is consuming 5x more broadband data than 4 years ago; growth unlikely to slow down in next 4 years.
In a post-truth-Trump era, the importance of accurate journalism through protected channels to combat fake news is crucial.BBC Northampton paid the price when their Twitter account was hacked and The Guardian published a story about a non-security issue in WhatsApp. The French Newspaper ‘Le Monde’ is set to launch three tools aimed at fact checking news stories in an attempt to counter alternative facts and Facebook is trialling fake-news filtering service in Germany. Both solutions are based on known bad sources of information.
Finally, the head of MI6 told business leaders this week that one of his biggest challenges was hiring good technologists and that the real-life equivalent of Q in the James Bond films is a woman.