Starting with a tribute as the inspirational British physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76; he discovered that the Big Bang started from a singularity, and that black holes aren’t totally black but radiate energy, among plenty of other things. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do.”
It’s awards season in the entertainment industry, as is often the way, film inspires reality. This time in the case of Minority report, and policing by prediction. The Sci-Fi vision of the future is further re-enforced as robots start to take over jobs previously done by humans (with varying success).
As the pace of technical change increases, so too do the number of fallen by the wayside formats. This isn’t an issue, as long as you’re not the person tasked with preserving content for future generations.
Amazon is buying Ring, the video doorbell company, for $1bn and may link to the Echo (Alexa, open the front door).
The Australian defence agency has banned the app ‘WeChat’ over fears that China can use the app for spying, and the USA has blocked the $117Bn takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom down to fears around national security. This may also be linked to the key role that Qualcomm will play in any future roll out of 5G communications, as the key patent holders.
Speaking of Patents, this week Blackberry has filed suit against Facebook, stating that all of the latter’s instant messaging apps infringe I.P. relating to Blackberry messenger. Any settlement will no doubt be large due to the ubiquity of such applications. As my father once said, ‘Patent early and Patent often.’
Users are more loyal to Android than to iOS.