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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Speed as a Habit →

Dave Girouard writing for First Round Review: I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business. All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic — if not the defining characteristic — of the leader in virtually every industry you look at. Decisiveness is so …

Apple reportedly joins talks with cell providers to launch new ‘e-SIM’ cards →

This would be a welcomed feature. I carry a small pouch filled with SIM cards. The idea behind the talks is a universal standard for embedded SIM cards (“e-SIM”) that are built into the phone and not user accessible. These subscriber identity modules would allow customers to sign up for service on any network they …

Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results →

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Compared to Microsoft and Google’s $22.2 and $17.7 billion(respectively). ∞Permalink