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Welcome to the second pulse of 2020! So it's been a pretty shitty week [non-tech-wise with Iran, US,
January 12 · Issue #71 · View online
Welcome to the second pulse of 2020!
So it’s been a pretty shitty week [non-tech-wise with Iran, US, Australia, and others, which is heartbreaking], but an exciting week tech-wise [with CES and stuff]…
For me, it’s been a busy week of updating/making Snapchat Lenses, in addition to everything else… Try them out and snap me your thoughts.
Now, let’s get to the usual stuff. Scroll away.
- 𝕭𝖊𝖓 𝔣𝔯𝔬𝔪 [ 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖘𝖕𝖊𝖈𝖙𝖎𝖛𝖊 𝖎𝖝 ]

  • Instagram adds Boomerang effects. Users can now add SlowMo, “Echo” blurring, and “Duo” rapid rewind special effects to their Boomerangs, as well as trim their length [TechCrunch] - special thanks to TikTok! This is a simple example of how competition can benefit users.

  • Uber will end operations in Colombia 🇨🇴 at the end of the month after local competition authorities found it to have violated market rules [CNBC].

  • Amazon-owned home security camera company Ring has fired employees for improperly accessing Ring users’ video data [Vice] - aka watching Ring footage for fun! Fuck privacy, eh? It’s Amazon…

  • Facebook’s redesigned look for desktops is coming before spring 2020 [CNet] - and it’s more in line with their mobile apps.

  • Panasonic showed off their VR glasses prototype at CES, and they look nothing like what you’d expect [Futurism]!
  • And here’s a recap of CES 2020 by the Verge; From 8k to 5G to AI to concepts - everything you need to know.

  • Twitter will soon let you control who replies to your tweets [TNW] - when announced, there was a heated debate whether it’s good or bad; you decide for yourself.

  • Teen Vogue ran an article about Facebook (ok, no problems here), which was an ad (still not a problem), with NO DISCLOSURE (huh!? 🤔). And after disclosure, it was removed from their website (ok, now, wtf!?) [NYTimes]

  • TikTok overhauls its Community Guidelines focusing on “underage delinquent behavior” [Wired] - better late than never, right?

  • A team of researchers from Germany and Greece recently identified several new properties of the human brain that could explain how our unique intelligence and consciousness emerges [TNW].

That makes sense, because the obvious solution is obvious because we’ve learned how to solve problems like these. Your car keys are probably on your dresser, not in Santa Fe.
Here’s the thing: if the problem is a longstanding one, if it hasn’t been solved in a while, then the places you think are obvious aren’t. Because they’ve already been tried.
As time goes on, the most likely site of the solution is further and further away from what you would have guessed. So begin there instead. That’s the new obvious place.
Hint: it’s probably a place that feels uncomfortable, risky or difficult.

Top [non-game] Apps Worldwide by Downloads (Dec 2019) - Credit: SensorTower
Top [non-game] Apps Worldwide by Downloads (Dec 2019) - Credit: SensorTower
Top Apps Worldwide for December 2019 by Downloads
WhatsApp was the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide for December 2019 with close to 112 million installs, which represented a 30% YoY increase from December 2018. The countries with the most installs of the app during this period were India 🇮🇳 at 32% of its total downloads and Brazil 🇧🇷 at 9%.
Read more on SensorTower.

Windows 7 is still pretty popular - Credit: Statista
Windows 7 is still pretty popular - Credit: Statista
A Quarter of Computers Still Run on Windows 7
On Tuesday, Microsoft will officially end an era when updates and support for Windows 7 will be discontinued. Although the operating system will continue to be available, the company will stop offering technical support, software and security updates and fixes. Microsoft recommends replacing Windows 7 with Windows 10 because the lack of security updates will make systems more vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks.
According to data from analytics website Net Market Share, Windows 7 is still used on 26.6% of the world’s computers. This means many users will have to either look for other options or deal with the negative consequences of using the outdated software.
Windows 7 has been available since 2010. Windows 10 followed in 2015. While there are obviously many upsides to using a more recent operating system, some users have deliberately hung on to Windows 7 citing problems with compatibility of third-party programs or older hardware, that is slowing down resources-heavy Windows 10.

New Sales Data for PlayStation 4 Ecosystem
New Sales Data for PlayStation 4 Ecosystem
New Sales Data for PlayStation 4 Ecosystem
  • 106 million PS4’s sold
  • 1.15 billion games sold (10.84 tie ratio)
  • 5m PS VR units sold
  • 103m MAU on PSN
  • 38.8m PS Plus Subscribers

Rui Ma
So WeChat had its annual devcon event yesterday, theme: Always Beta. Total transactions via mini apps: $115Bn, which is huge. There are now over 1mm mini apps, and over 20mm official accounts.

The below report highlighted miniapps / QR codes:
  • Text Symbols by ingoJam: Write like 𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔰 or 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 or sıɥʇ or ȶɦɨֆ - if you’re into it!

  • Ripplet: freelancing local services - ask or provide help to others [Android | iOS coming soon]

  • Beedii: Hand drawn emoji font with 40+ emojis and icons

The New York Times' Taylor Lorenz on Geekout with Matt Navarra
📡 [ pulse ] → a playlist on Spotify
🐦 TWEETS of the WEEK
It's okay to say no once in awhile. Remember you deserve a break. 🧡
Being underrated and self-aware at the same time is a powerful combination.
Aidan Moher
Tell me a story about yourself the sounds like a lie but is absolutely true.
☝️ an interesting thread… 👇 an interesting responses… but there’s more! click through.
𝔗𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔯 𝔗𝔥𝔬𝔱
I was responsible for the exorcism of a tree while in elementary school. I wrote letters in the voice of a demon and hid them in the tree, and convinced classmates they were real. My catholic school, unfortunately, also thought they were real and the dioceses got involved.
@adribbleofink There's a pizza place in Los Angeles that gives me free slices every time no matter who's working... for the past 22 years!

I have no idea why🤷🏾‍♀️
When universe is against you.
When universe is against you.
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That's all for this week...
Next week - same time, same place? ‘kay.
See ya
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