Jul 4, 2017

India goes digital

Remember how developing countries leapfrogged the PC and went to mobile phones directly? India is way too diverse to see it as a developing country, but they are making a big effort to do a similar thing in administration and infrastructure: 95% of the population have a digital proof of identity, and they are on their way to a cashless society, with more than 270mn bank accounts opened in the last 3 years to process cashless payments.

https://futurism.com/india-is-digitalizing-everything-from-cash-to-citizen-identification/

Jul 2, 2017

Cameras will be the next big platforms

The camera as a development platform is not an entirely new concept - Snapchat calls itself a camera company, avoiding terms like "messenger" and "social network" in their mission. Facebook launched its camera platform earlier this year. I am very careful with the term "game changer", but added with AR tech the camera - being a software product not necessarily based on OS - can really lead to entirely new apps & features. Here's a bunch of first demos from iOS11, and as it is said in the article, "if this is what developers can put together in just a few weeks, imagine what type of wizardry awaits us once iOS 11 officially drops later this year."
http://bgr.com/2017/06/30/augmented-reality-ios-11-arkit-demo/

And I wrote a longer piece about this on my blog:

https://epapa100.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/cameras-will-be-the-next-big-platforms/