Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

The researchers suggest, for example, that graphene could now be used to create new types of superconducting quantum devices for high-speed computing. Intriguingly, it might also be used to prove the existence of a mysterious form of superconductivity known as “p-wave” superconductivity, which academics have been struggling to verify for more than 20 years.

It amazes me how much research is being done on possible comercial applications for graphene. Everything from electronics to structures stronger than steel.

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Huawei hedges bet on Google’s Android, plans in-house OS

Developing an in-house OS is fine as a bargaining chip during Android contract negotiations, but a new OS with no apps won’t resonate with customers when Android is available from every other OEM. Tizen hasn’t been able to compete with Android on smartphones, but Samsung has used it almost exclusively on smartphones and other “smart” electronics that don’t have much of an established app ecosystem.

How good of a bargaining chip could this be if it didn’t work for Windows OEMs back in the 90’s and Samsung recently. Google knows this. Not sure why Huawei doesn’t yet. 

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More details emerge of the simple yet clever tech behind Live Photos

I did not know this about the iPhone camera:

As you may already know, existing iPhones start taking photos the moment you open the app. This is how Apple provides the camera with the ability to take photos instantly, with none of the delay (‘shutter lag’) you see with some digital cameras. The camera has already taken and temporarily stored a whole bunch of photos, and it simply keeps the last one taken as you press the button and discards the rest …

Additionally, there’s good info on what the camera does for the new Live Photos.  

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Don’t follow your heroes

If you wanted to start a successful software company today, you wouldn’t want to follow Bill Gates’ playbook. Creating a new desktop operating system, and an expensive office suite of applications to run on top of it, won’t work in 2015. It worked for him in the 80’s and 90’s, but that was a different time.

Understand what others did, but don’t try to copy. It usually never works for many reason. I learned this the hard way.

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Visa Invests in Stripe at $5 Billion Valuation and Strikes Commercial Deal, Too

The companies will also work together to make new digital payments experiences possible, though neither side had many details to discuss. Lastly, Visa plans to help Stripe expand quicker in emerging markets where the credit card company has strong relationships with other financial institutions.

Credit card processors could you more competition in emerging markets. In Colombia you need to pay close to $1k to enable recurring payments – ridiculous.

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Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Alan Levin for Bloomberg Business:

At least 14 companies, including Google, Amazon, Verizon and Harris, have signed agreements with NASA to help devise the first air-traffic system to coordinate small, low-altitude drones, which the agency calls the Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management. More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines and survey crops.

Hopefully this system will have government oversight but not be operated or controlled by it. Decentralization of the system is key to foster innovation in a quickly evolving space like this.

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