Smart speaker sales worldwide – new records

Global smart speaker sales reached 45% year-on-year in Q4 2019 Do you want to set timers or reminders, or do Internet searches or check your calendar using voice? If combined with additional software as well as devices, smart speakers are used to control home functions by voice such as locking doors or turning the lightContinue reading “Smart speaker sales worldwide – new records”

Wallmart has an experimental service that is going to be shut down

Jet black (ideea is very interesting) started in 2018 “We’ve learned a lot through Jet black, including how customers respond to the ability of ordering by text as well as the type of items they purchase through texting,” said Scott Eckert, Senior Vice President. As a learning experience for Walmart it seems all good. PersonallyContinue reading “Wallmart has an experimental service that is going to be shut down”

MC (MasterCard) in China?

Approval obtained from People’s Bank of China (PBoC) to begin formal preparation to set up a bank card clearing institution in China MC are not the first US credit institution to require approval from PBoC. Also, Amex (American Express) had submitted the file in 2018. PayPal is targetting GoPay (PP are willing to pay forContinue reading “MC (MasterCard) in China?”

Mobile apps for meditation

Those apps recorded $195M in 2019 – increasing by over 50% compared to previous year Apparently, such evolution has been originating from millennials’ lifestyles, such persons chosing to marry later in life and delay having children; and because of that, it seems they allow themselves more time to remain self-focused, compared with their parents’ generation.Continue reading “Mobile apps for meditation”

Identify patterns in Big Data and build statistical models, a manual work – to be somehow automated by AI tools such as Pecan

Who would need this AI tool? A business analyst need some business intelligence applications or tools (for example http://www.sas.com) and employ some methods to build a statistical model for the data he/she is analysing. But what if instead of laborious work to build a statistical model (even though SAS or other classical tools allow forContinue reading “Identify patterns in Big Data and build statistical models, a manual work – to be somehow automated by AI tools such as Pecan”

Software licensing vs. SaaS (“Software-as-a-Service”)

Cloud is more and more used to deliver IT related services under the form of software applications and systems A comparison between Cloud software (SaaS) and classical Software licensing: As a form of delivery of software, the difference is whether what is delivered is a tangible product or not. SaaS is not a tangible productContinue reading “Software licensing vs. SaaS (“Software-as-a-Service”)”

Snyk – 1 billion (possible) valuation

Their model Snyk innovation is to fit security in the development process. In any development software company, during their development process, a separate security team takes the code offline and reviews it checking vulnerabilities in code (non necessarily aiming to find bugs). For example, they look into code and detect risks and recommends protecting againstContinue reading “Snyk – 1 billion (possible) valuation”

Plaid acquired by VISA

5.3 billion acquisition Visa is buying fintech Plaid (a company that it is now used by an estimated 25% of consumers in US, connecting users to 11,000 financial institutions). Amount of deal: $5.3 billion. Plaid offers technology that allows consumers to link their bank accounts to its 2,600 fintech clients. Here there are included peer-to-peerContinue reading “Plaid acquired by VISA”

40 millions EUR investment round for a French mobile app (Lydia)

French startup Lydia is raising a $45 million Series B round (€40 million). Tencent is leading the round. Payments peer-ro-peer as their main business model now they shifted to a marketplace of financial products, such as borrowing (up to EUR 1000) in seconds, get a free credit when you open a bank account (cool!), home insurance (nice!)Continue reading “40 millions EUR investment round for a French mobile app (Lydia)”