Clubhouse, an audio-only social network, is electrifying the creator/tastemaker crowd. Unlike other social networks, Clubhouse allows participants to interact and meet in realtime without the intrusiveness of video. Launched in May 2020, Clubhouse is an invitation-only network that has seen its membership soar among iPhone owners since it’s not available to Android users yet.
NFTs, non-fungible tokens, is a new crypto asset representing digital assets like art, trading cards, or any scarce digital content issued using the Ethereum blockchain. As a result, they are unique and easily traded. Artists, gaming companies, and content creators are using NFTs have grabbed most of the NFT headlines. How about a collectible cartoon character for $18,000?
Consumers are becoming more privacy-focused. Apple has become the white knight of the privacy world. In December, the company began requiring “Privacy Labels” for all apps, thereby giving customers a way to determine what data an app collects about them before choosing to install it. Not surprisingly, some developers have failed to add the Privacy Label feature or fudged its content.
MrBeast, a 22-year-old YouTube star with 54 million subscribers, opened 300 restaurants virtually overnight and sold more than a million sandwiches in the first two months by using such new services as Virtual Dining Concepts. The parent company of Nextbite, another pioneer of the virtual franchise model, received $120 million in venture-capital funding for its 13 virtual brands.
At the moment, do you think there is light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic or are we still too far away?
Recent Innovations and Trends
We have good news to report. Our past two updates in 2013 and 2017 lamented the fact that the Mac was weak in database management, specifically CRM-type solutions. Since then, two recent arrivals, Airtable and Streak, have eased the situation, although both are technically web-based solutions. Why is maintaining a customer database so challenging on the Mac? A large part of the blame lies with Apple. This otherwise innovative company provides a lackluster but free contact management tool, Contacts, as part of the macOS operating system. Because Contacts is capable enough to satisfy most...
Apple’s innovative M1 Macs have attracted some of the best software on the market today, unfortunately that rarely gets due credit. Here are 100 outstanding apps.
A few weeks ago, the U.S. government outlined a plan to replace its fleet of cars and trucks with electric vehicles assembled in the U.S., part of a new “Buy America” initiative. Using the government’s purchasing power to buy zero-emissions vehicles would help speed the transition away from gasoline-powered cars and ultimately lead to 1 million new jobs in the American automobile industry.
In November, Apple took the computer world by surprise, launching a new RISC-based computer chip, dubbed “Apple Silicon,” that set new performance and compatibility standards. Using the same microprocessor architecture Apple developed for the iPhone, the M1 MacBook and MacBook Air run cool and boast long battery life, all very desirable computer features.
In 2020, more than 6 million U.S. households cancelled their pay TV package, bringing the total number of “cord-cutter” households to 31.2 million. Meanwhile, the latest generation of televisions boast a new technology, called ATSC 3.0, which has the potential to revolutionize TV consumption.
It was a fight of the common investor against hedge-fund cronies. A collision of the real and virtual world, blurred beyond recognition. In one corner were “Jokerfied, pandemic-bored Redditors” moving market for lulz (laughs), seizing an opportunity to make millions off GameStop, a company that sells physical copies of video games next to Auntie Anne’s pretzel shops in dying malls.
For years, consumer electronics companies have been pursuing the holy grail of home entertainment, the ability to provide music and video without the encumbrances of wires or tethers. It’s still largely a dream, of course, as long as we have to connect gear to AC or mains wires for electric power, but advances are progressing in the right direction.
Several startups are working on innovative technology that offers simple and inexpensive paper-strip Covid-19 tests that can be used at home by consumers, much like a pregnancy test.
Data compression technology is rapidly advancing spawning more efficient algorithms, such as Fraunhofer’s new H.266 VVC codec, which help to speed up data transmission. Codecs lie in the eye of the Time Compression storm, helping accelerate life.
The retail apocalypse continues unabated, leading to 45,000 store closures since 2007, and is now accelerating due to the pandemic, leading to deserted malls, called “grayfields.”
How to Prepare for a Future of Pandemic Waves
Helpful Innovator Resources
In times of crisis, we all need help to get things done. To get you started, we created a few inspirational signs that you can print out and hang above your workspace or stick to your refrigerator door. 😊
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