Huawei creates a new standard for cameras in phones
The Huawei P30 redefines photography in a smart phone, using a tube within the phone’s body to enable 5X optical zoom that boasts a 50X magnification. The P30 redefines the image sensor to make low light pictures pop. The device’s 4,200 mAh battery provides 153 hours of use. Gizmodo
dis-rup-shun: What if a phone maker created a phone that was so radically better at photos and battery life that it set a new standard? What if photos from this camera were so remarkably better that the result stood out sharply on social media? What if that phone was made by a company in China that was essentially banned in the United States and other places because of security issues that are suspected of giving Chinese hackers a back door into your lives? I think that if rivals couldn’t catch it, the market would demand the product, and, that company, Huawei, would find itself returning to respectability.
Enough of Elizabeth Holmes — let’s laud female leaders that actually delivered
Elizabeth Holmes is the most celebrated fraudster since Bernie Madoff. TechCrunch offers five impressive female leaders that have made the world a better place — for real. They are: Judith Faulkner – Founder/CEO, Epic Systems that revolutionized electronic medical records; Lynda Weinman – Founder/CEO, Lynda.com that was purchased by LinkedIn for a cool $1.5 billion; Shira Goodman – CEO, Staples.com, that turned the office supply company into an online powerhouse; Helen Greiner – Co-founder, iRobot, famous for the Roomba vacuum; and Kelsey Wirth – Co-founder, Align Technologies whose Invisalign orthodontics upended traditional braces.
dis-rup-shun: Elizabeth Holmes is like Tiger Woods’ car wreck — people can’t get enough. Is it her alluring looks and crystal blue eyes, or her audacity to swindle some of the most prominent old white men? Kudos to TechCrunch for suggesting the public be impressed with five impressive women who have quietly built and transformed respected companies — all the while without wearing black turtlenecks or speaking in fake husky voice.
Facebook does some housecleaning to adjust free speech
Facebook announced that it has banned some high profile and highly controversial members, incluing Louis Farrakhan, the incendiary black anti-semite, and Alex Jones, of Infowars, in its attempt to further clean up its tarnished platform. New York Times
dis-rup-shun: Social media, in just over a decade, has found itself in a difficult spot. After serving as a recreational activity for college students and teens, then becoming the mainstream source of information that almost stranglednewspapers to death, Facebook has found that free speech can be dangerously costly in settlements and public image. Much like newspaper editors and publishers have, for many years, decided what is real and fake news and who should be silenced, we now find Silicon Valley increasingly determining the moral high ground. As a frequent visitor to Silicon Valley, I can assure that it is far from mainstream.
Traffic bad? Hail a chopper
Blade, the helicopter taxi service, has started service in the Bay Area, linking SFO, Palo Alto and Oakland. Open the app and book a seat starting at $195. CBS
dis-rup-shun: Time is money and Blade claims their fares are comparable to the cost of a black car. The helicopters for now are manned by human pilots, and are company owned, rather than individual helicopter pilots using their private choppers to fill in the gaps between shifts. Hopefully they offer free bottled water and a smartphone charger.