Here are five things that caught my attention.
Apple provided the following battery estimates:
iPhone 13 mini delivers 1.5 hours increase over iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13 delivers 2.5 hours increase over iPhone 12
iPhone 13 Pro delivers 1.5 hours increase over iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max delivers 2.5 hours increase over iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 Pro Max therefore has the longest battery life ever in an iPhone.
In a previous article published in May, I elaborated on the lack of open banking legislation in Canada. Based on an announcement from the federal government earlier this month, this given situation could change… but the wait is far from over.
In 2018, the Government of Canada set up a committee to determine the merits of such a framework for the Canadian economy. On August 4th, the final report was finally made available to the public.
On August 11, RBC Ventures (a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank by market capitalization) rolled out “Mydoh” which combines a money management app for iOS / Android devices and a Visa Prepaid Card for kids.
This offering is unique in Canada as it is the only product that unites a basic payment card that parents or legal guardians can control with a financial literacy tool that teaches kids and teens how to manage money responsibly (in a “gamification” way I might say). …
I’ve been following the Canadian fintech ecosystem very closely since 2016. At the time I was tasked to perform market research on that particular segment on behalf of my employer.
When this working relationship ended, I continued to monitor the space. I’ve seen a lot of startups come and go, changes in the regulatory landscape and even drama.
And then there are developments that I simply didn’t expect…
In simple terms, “mycelium” refers to a thread-like body of a fungus. The main part of the fungus is the mycelia, which lives inside substrate (e.g. wood, straw, grain). On the other hand, edible mushrooms are only a small visible part of such organisms.
In the last few years, there has been an increased interest to use mycelium as a material in various industries. A big factor for this is (you’ve probably guessed it): high biodegradability.
The popularity of Clubhouse has been well documented. Anna Wiener, writer at The New Yorker, describes the app as a “drop-in audio social network that enabled the creation of voice-only chat rooms”. I think that’s a fair interpretation. For many, Clubhouse has been a unifying platform during a pandemic that often seems endless. That being said, the technical concept behind the app is relatively simple in the grand scheme of things, and other tech companies are coming up with their own renditions.
The New York Times first reported the development of…
By now you might be familiar with the term “Buy Now, Pay Later” (commonly referred to as “BNPL”). Let’s explore some of the reasons for this trend.
“Buy Now, Pay Later” schemes are loan financing products which are somewhat similar to credit cards. Through partnerships with specific retailers, you can buy goods and services through installments (with APRs similar to mainstream credit cards / lines). These typically range from four bi-weekly payments to installments spread over 60 months.
As national and regional governments are contemplating to gradually re-open their respective economies, the complexity of creating social distancing policies when it comes to passenger transportation is strikingly evident. Passenger transport often translates into packing a large number of individuals into tight, closed quarters… Yet transit authorities, airlines and cruise ship operators have a few ideas to make this happen.
Covering one’s face is a well-know method used to stop the spread of viruses and contagious diseases. There…
Now that CES 2020 is over, let’s rewind a bit and discuss some of the most interesting robots presented at the humongous tech event.
Samsung’s Bot Chef, which the South Korean conglomerate refers to as a “cobot” (collaborative robot). Bot Chef cannot prepare meals from scratch, but it can assist you with basic tasks. Bot Chef can download and display recipes on a nearby screen, open flames, dice and push ingredients; and more…
The makers of MarsCat claims that the device is “the world’s first fully autonomous robot cat”…
As 2019 is winding down, here are some of my predictions for the upcoming year. 3, 2, 1… let’s go.
Facial recognition has faced scrutiny this year, and it is likely that global observers will continue to have privacy concerns over such frameworks.
Earlier this month, it was reported that all mobile phone users in China registering new SIM cards must submit to facial recognition scans. The new law requires telecom companies to deploy “artificial intelligence and other technical methods” to check the identities of people registering SIM cards. All retail stores in the country had until December 1st to…