Apple just launched its first store in Southeast Asia


Khajorn Chiaranaipanich flew for more than two hours to be one of the first people to experience Apple’s first store in Singapore.

Witnessing its opening was very important for the managing director at a Thai social news company — so important, that he had been waiting in the queue at 5 a.m, five whole hours before the store officially opened. 

Located at the heart of Orchard Road, the city’s retail centre, Apple’s opened its first Southeast Asian location and added its ninth high-profile Apple Store globally, amidst others in Ginza, Dubai, Soho, and New York. Read more…

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Rare footage of Tesla Model 3 prototypes driving in public


Tesla’s Model 3 has been spotted in the wild. 

The sedan, which Tesla is priming to reveal before production starts in July, could make the company — and fully electric cars in general — much more palatable to the mass market with a $35,000 starting price and more modest specs. Right now, cars like the premium Model S make Tesla more of a luxury brand for people living in cities filled with charging stations. 

Recently, a white Model 3 prototype was seen on the highway crossing the San Mateo Bridge by YouTuber Northern California Dashcam, who was able to keep up with the test car to capture nearly a full minute of video. The footage itself isn’t spectacular, but we get a good look at the release candidate as the Model 3 edges closer to production.  Read more…

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Future iPhones and iPads might have a special chip just for processing AI


Apple’s reportedly working on a new kind of chip — potentially for future iOS devices — that’ll be used just for processing AI, Bloomberg reports

Bloomberg says the chip’s called the Apple Neural Engine internally, and could be used for “offloading facial recognition in the photos application, some parts of speech recognition, and the iPhone’s predictive keyboard to the chip.”

By moving AI processing to a dedicated chip, battery life in devices could also see a boost since the main CPU and GPU wouldn’t be crunching as much data and gobbling as much power. Read more…

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to Infinity and Beyond (or at least San Jose)

Women in Engineering, International Leadership Conference

Anyone who knows me, knows that leaving the City on any given weekday is NOT something I’m exactly enthusiastic about. That commute, be it by car or Caltrain, leaves a lot to be desired these days. So to make the trek down on the Peninsula to attend a seemingly off-demographic conference being put on by an engineering acronym you’ve never heard of … may seem a little odd [#fairenough]. In this case though it was most certainly warranted, and I hope next year in its 5th, the Women in Engineering, International Leadership Conference (#WIELEAD) invites me to return.

The reality: women have to stand up for themselves. If you want more money, you can’t be afraid to ask for it. Ask yourself, what would Sally Yates do? [#WWSYD] And as former Wall Street executive Sallie Krawcheck pointed out in her closing keynote, until the pay structure and money is equal, nor will the power structure. So then the question becomes, how should [wo]men lead by [a different] example? If male-dominated, tech environments/teams are often toxic, where do we go from here as a collective workforce? If we know that a company with more diversity makes for better business, how then do you create a place where all want AND are able to contribute? Currently (and historically), this has been approached by asking “what women can thrive here?”, and then pursuing the female candidates that are the most … well, male. That is to say, the women who have the highest tolerance for testosterone. That strikes me as a sad mitigation strategy. I believe it is far past time to start insisting that individuals check their testosterone and ego at the conference room door, to do their part to open up a FAR MORE competitive landscape. That may seem anti-intuitive, but it comes down to what type of competition you wish to condone. If you’re an ops or analytics person, we are talking about productivity KPI’s here, and if you are not already measuring your individual and collective performance to an actionable standard of adequacy, then start there. Once you are, ask your employees how they think their work process can be improved upon. If enough women identify the same potential inhibitor(s), why not investigate those issues further? Even if the disproportionately male executive team sees no need, cannot relate, has “more important business-critical priorities” to address, etc … this is how change happens. Only after we acknowledge the blatant -ism’s that exist in many people’s day-to-day reality, can we test for and start addressing them to improve the bottom line. [This coming, admittedly, from a guy that still has a long way to go in improving his EQ across the board.]

Only after we acknowledge the blatant -ism’s that exist in many people’s day-to-day reality, can we test for and start addressing them to improve the bottom line.

Bop ’em

Why then in a world of limited resources should you dedicate some of yours towards changing practices that have existed for centuries if […]

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If you hate the eye doctor, you’re going to love Warby Parker’s futuristic vision test app


Going to the eye doctor is one of those yearly errands I always dread. I like my eye doctor well enough and, no, I don’t have some eye-related phobia — I just really, really, dislike the whole process.

Getting an appointment can take weeks, or even months. Inevitably, I’ll have to go in the middle of a workday, and appointments always take far longer than they’re supposed to. That’s partly because, before I can even see my doctor, I have to listen to a series of aggressive pitches on the relative merits of a handful of additional tests and procedures I don’t really need but are, conveniently, both expensive and not covered by my insurance.  Read more…

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Apple takes a step toward lightning fast 5G


Apple is one step closer to the super-fast wireless networks of the future — or at least being able to test them, anyway. 

The company applied for a license to experiment with millimeter wave wireless technology, aka 5G, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to Business Insider. The future wireless tech is expected to massively expand networks’ bandwidth and speed, which will likely make your iPhone much faster than it is today. 

The application doesn’t share many details about the tests. It does, however, state that testing “will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”  Read more…

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Watch this drone nearly crash into fans at a baseball game


Someone lost control of their GoPro Karma drone as it flew over Petco Park in San Diego on Sunday in the middle of a game between the Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Some in the crowd watched as it zoomed close to the field. It then rose like an inflated balloon before it careened into a thankfully empty chair. 

Police found the operator outside the stadium, who reportedly said he lost control of the thing and felt awful. The FAA is looking into the situation, which makes sense—flying a drone at that height within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium that seats at least 30,000 people is illegal while a game is ongoing. Petco Park seats more than 42,000. Drone operators who endanger property or other people can be fined up to $1,437. Read more…

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Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms


Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.  

A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D hologram images of objects around a network, even through solid barriers like doors and walls. The key is recording the shapes made by stray radiation, the electromagnetic waves that bounce off objects as they travel through the air.   

The research behind the 3D-imaging method, which started as an undergraduate thesis project before being fleshed out into a larger study, was originally published in the Physical Review of Letters earlier this month. The technique described in the study was able to provide images as often as 10 times a second and recreate the contents of an entire building in a large-scale simulation.    Read more…

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Apple’s new ads are a million miles from ‘I’m a Mac and I’m a PC’


Clever and funny are out. Short and obvious are in.

Watching Apple’s new collection of Switch Ads, I was instantly nostalgic for the company’s iconic “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” ads that introduced us to the wit and comic-timing of John Hodgman and lovable knowingness of Justin Long.

In those ads, they were affable counterparts in the computing spectrum. Hodgman personified the buttoned-down nature of the Windows PC industry and user—as well as every issue the pre-Windows 10 PC had—while Long was the cool Mac, impervious to Windows viruses and honestly concerned for the well-being of his beleaguered friend. Read more…

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Despite Facebook’s push, AI isn’t ready to moderate disturbing content


Artificial intelligence is the way of the future. When it comes to Facebook’s content moderation, however, we are still very much in the present.

The almost 2 billion-user strong social media giant is working at a furious pace to change that. 

As a series of leaked internal Facebook slides revealing how the company decides what content violates its community standards shows, the Menlo Park-based Facebook is still largely dependent on its skin and bones Community Operations team to decide which posts stay and which posts go. 

In other words, despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts to push AI in all things, humans still rule the content-moderation roost. But that is changing.  Read more…

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Google Home has a cute Easter egg about Amazon’s Echo


In the battle of household robots that people talk to instead of using their phones, at least we can all still be friends.

There’s an arms race going on between Google and Amazon to have the best personal assistant. Amazon has the Echo, and Google has the Home. Each of the slightly creepy robots have their own pros and cons, but Google just one-upped Amazon on cute Easter eggs.

A YouTuber noticed that if you ask Google Home to “say hi to Alexa,” it actually plays off one of the Echo’s automatic responses. 

“I’m so excited, I have a question for her. Alexa, will you be my friend?” the Home asks. Read more…

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