A Blog by Jonathan Low


Jul 19, 2018

Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass Engineered To Survive Multiple Drops

The average person drops their phone seven times a year. JL

Jeremy Horwitz reports in VentureBeat:

Gorilla Glass 6 is specifically engineered to withstand multiple accidental drops. On average, the glass was able to survive 15 lab test drops onto rough surfaces from one meter up — the height at which more than half of drops take place, according to a consumer survey. The same survey suggested that on average, people drop phones seven times a year, which would give Gorilla Glass 6 at least two years of resilience.

Two Billion Internet Users Are Not On Facebook

Approximately half of the world's internet users are not on Facebook. That's a big market. JL

On an Overgrown Path comments:

Worldwide there are 4.2 billion Internet users: so restricting communications to Facebook means ignoring just under half - 2 billion users - of the global internet audience, and those statistics should be read in the context of a slowing in the growth of Facebook's active user base. Addressing Facebook non-users as well as users increases the target audience by 327%.

Was the EU's Fining Of Google Too Little Too Late?

Google is prepared to battle for years, meaning any eventual settlement could be  strategially and economically irrelevant.

But the major point is that Google is already dominant. Trying to undo the problem is going to be much harder than would have preventing it in the first place. JL

Samuel Gibbs reports in The Guardian:

The Google Play Store is the largest gateway to third-party apps on Android and is an essential part of the Android experience. The consequence is that competing search engines and apps are shut out of the dominant mobile platform, which is what the EC has a problem with.  Maintaining control of Android is essential to Google’s dominance. As with the Microsoft case in 2004, it could take years for the battle to play out. Any eventual remedy could be less likely to open up to the competition. “Any action by the EU is akin to shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,”

Amazon Foes Walmart and Microsoft Strengthen Tech Partnership

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. But can the two plus two of this alliance surpass Amazon's five? JL

Jay Greene and Sarah Nassauer report in the Wall Street Journal:

Walmart agreed to use Microsoft Corp.’s cloud technology to power functions that could include algorithms for purchasing and sales-data sharing with vendors, the two companies said, deepening a partnership between two of Amazon.com's most powerful rivals. The five-year deal pairs Amazon’s largest retail competitor with its closest challenger in cloud computing. Walmart and Microsoft will look into new ways to use the retailer’s trove of customer and product data, with Microsoft engineers embedded in Walmart offices to help.

Jul 18, 2018

The Reason Car Dealers Dont Want Customers To Buy Electric Cars

Fear of change and its potential economic consequences. Whether likely or not. JL

Dylann Furness reports in Digital Trends:

“We found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, most car dealerships do not want to sell electric vehicles, even though they cost more … than ordinary vehicles.” Attitudes of governments and industry leaders “trickle down” to the selling floor, “and do affect both how car dealerships and salespersons promote and sell vehicles.” This seems to have the subsequent effect on consumers not investing in electrical options.

Hackers Account For 90% of Login Attempts At Online Retailers

Too lucrative to stop - even with a 3% success rate. JL

John Detrixhe reports in Quartz:

90% of e-commerce sites’ global login traffic comes from these attacks. The airline and consumer banking industries are also under siege, with about 60% of login attempts coming from criminals. These attacks are successful 3% of the time and costs the e-commerce sector about $6 billion a year, while the consumer banking industry loses out on about $1.7 billion annually. The hotel and airline businesses are also major targets—the theft of loyalty points is a thing—costing a combined $700 million every year.

Bot Vs Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans?

Without conscious intervention to prevent it, the net is headed in that direction. JL

Andreas Berger reports in Singularity Hub:

The interactions grow exponential. This is true for chats, mails, posts, likes, tweets, snaps, and every other online interaction you can imagine. The sheer quantity that grows from these simulated interactions means humans themselves won’t be able to consume, filter, read, and reply anymore. We are already talking to bots, reading what bots post, arranging meetings with bots, and chatting with bots—often without even realizing it, since they have names like Amy, Susan, or Matt.