Trends and predictions

Tech companies spend more on R&D than any other companies in the U.S. – Recode

https://www.recode.net/2017/9/1/16236506/tech-amazon-apple-gdp-spending-productivity Tech companies lead top U.S. companies in R&D spending. Amazon is No. 1. That’s notable because spending on research and development is a key indicator for U.S. productivity, a measure of how well our economy is doing, and productivity has been decreasing lately. Amazon, Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft and Apple, tech companies spent more on research

Today’s Surveillance Society Is Way Beyond Orwellian, Says Brad Templeton | Big Think

http://bigthink.com/videos/brad-templeton-todays-surveillance-society-is-beyond-orwellian Here is an interesting video: Brad Templeton (former chair of EFF) argues that we’re all a part of a surveillance apparatus that would even be beyond the imagination George Orwell. The problem, he says, is the belief that privacy and security are mutually exclusive. 

Smartphones killed the compact and now they’re coming for entry-level ILCs: Digital Photography Review

https://m.dpreview.com/opinion/7372168021/smartphones-killed-the-compact-and-now-they-re-coming-for-entry-level-ilcs But what does “better than my phone” picture quality actually mean? One of those key differentiating factors has been the “pretty blurry background” effect that an interchangeable lens camera is capable of producing: sharp focus on the subject, a soft blurry background. And you know that your phone can’t do it – until now. 

Taking Down the Internet Has Never Been Easier

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/taking-down-the-internet-has-never-been-easier/a/d-id/1329580 Is there a reason why the Internet is so vulnerable? Actually, there are many, and taking steps to remain protected is crucial. On October 29, 1969, two computers linked via telephone exchanged a couple of letters, then crashed.  Fast-forward 48 years, where everything — including the kitchen sink, in the case of smart kitchens — is

Green Energy Will Overtake Fossil Fuels by 2020, Morgan Stanley Analyst States | Big Think

http://bigthink.com/philip-perry/green-energy-will-overtake-fossil-fuels-by-2020-morgan-stanley-analyst-states?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1501961581 According to leading global investment firm Morgan Stanley the continuous drop in costs and the benefits surrounding green energy make it a rapidly more appealing option than its carbon-emitting cousins. A top analyst at the firm says green energy will overtake fossil fuels by 2020. There was no clear answer what they ment by “overtake”, but

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/edge-computing-could-push-the-cloud-to-the-fringe/?utm_source=tcfbpage&sr_share=facebook I can believe in this vision! Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe Peter Levine believes that cloud computing is soon going to take a back seat to edge computing — and we will very quickly see the majority of processing taking place at the device level. As crazy as that sounds — and

Study finds that storage prices are falling faster than PV and wind technologies – pv magazine International

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2017/07/31/study-finds-that-storage-prices-are-falling-faster-than-pv-and-wind-technologies/#.WX_20l9ZtdU.twitter Long-term R&D spending played a critical role in achieving cost reductions. Energy storage projects may bring the cost per kWh of a lithium-ion battery down from $10,000/kWh in the early 1990’s to $100/kWh in 2019, according to a new study written by a research team from University of California and TU Munich in Germany,

The four waves of augmented reality (that Apple owns) | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/18/the-four-waves-of-augmented-reality-that-apple-owns/?ncid=rss&utm_source=tcfbpage&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook Augmented/virtual reality is seen as the fourth wave of consumer technology. AR could become much bigger than VR.  AR itself is comsists of four waves: mobile AR software, mobile AR hardware, tethered smartglasses and standalone smartglasses. These four waves could drive AR from tens of millions of users and $1.2 billion last year, to more than a