Smile’s Innovation Watch #30
Our first techwatch of 2021. I can’t believe it’s already July, and we miss the opportunity to share with you so much great tech stuff we scouted all around. Sure, we worked a lot on tech4good projects and launched news soon-to-be-public events like “le club sourire,” but that’s not a reason to stop getting hungry for new ways to use tech in our life
This content was sent on July 27th in our Tech Watch Newsletter
Marten Space Systems is a startup that plans to land on the moon in 2023 and start developing a lunar navigation system, just like GPS, but for the moon 🤯
Github released an AI pair programmer for vscode. And we are truly amazed by the tour de force, even if we can clearly see all the difficulties in terms of intellectual property that will result from this tool. And all the code repositories used for training the model.
Google is working on an Apple AirTag discovery network alternative (of their own). But will it be usable on ALL Android devices when you know Samsung already has its own and lost the China market where the tech giant is developing its own OS now?
NocoDB is a tool that transforms any MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, SQLite, or MariaDB into an open-source Airtable alternative.
Google launched a project to let you easily understand the dependencies and their consequences on any open-source package. Security but also license-wise.
Google is open-sourcing its low-bandwidth audio codec for data calls. The one testes in Google Duo for a while.
Hyundai acquires Boston Dynamics for $1.1 billion (for 80% of the controlling stake, while Softbank retains a 20% stake). To celebrate, Hyundai released a bizarre video where they try to be inspirational while doing very poor visual overlays.
Stack Overflow empire had been acquired for 1.8 billion USD by Prosus (primary shareholder of Chinese gaming mega co/WeChat developer, Tencent).
Amazon bought MGM (and James Bond & Rocky) for $8.5 billion to keep up with the franchise Mercato and compete with Netflix & Disney+.
🗽 Privacy & Freedom
Obviously, the Apple “encrypted browsing” features, which look like TOR, will NOT be available where it is needed most: China, Saudi Arabia, etc., will still be able to inspect 100% of the web traffic of their residents.
After years of being banned from working with any U.S.A. company, including Google, Huawei launched their Android alternative: HarmonyOS. More than 500 000 developers are building apps for this new OS, including Oppo, Vivo & Xiaomi.
EU Parliament approved the ePrivacy Derogation, allowing providers of e-mail and messaging services to automatically search all personal messages of each citizen for presumed suspect content and report to the Police.
wifi-card is an open-source web app running 100% in your browser that lets you generate and print a QR code for joining your wifi.
Luxembourg publishes its first accessibility framework for mobile applications to meet the EU requirements regarding public services mobile applications. France is still working on their own version, but nothing official yet.
Stripe is going after the automated identity verification with Stripe Identity, part of their Stripe OnBoarding platform (which automatically performs complicated KYC). Oh, and it’s free (for now).
That’s all folks!