Jun 112020

Starbucks will close up to 400 stores over the next 18 months while also expanding curbside pickup, Drive-Thru and mobile-only pickup locations.

— Read on www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2020/06/10/coronavirus-starbucks-closing-stores-expanding-mobile-only-options/5332786002/

*interesting way to reduce store footprint, rent cost. What is lost in Starbucks not actually being a third place to sit and enjoy the company of others? Maybe they will redesign parking lots to be a lot nicer. If you have design ideas for making parking lots more welcoming get to making lots of plans.

If no cafe there there is no indoor coworking space. Certainly not having the clean the cafe is a cost savings. Not having to handle and process payments between two people is helpful too.

Apr 222020

Apple’s default Mail app for the iPhone has a severe security flaw, researchers claim – The Verge:

“‘To mitigate these issues — you can use the latest beta available. If using a beta version is not possible, consider disabling Mail application and use Outlook or Gmail that are not vulnerable,’ ZecOps writes.”

*Expect more pressure on Apple to let people change default apps. Even if it turns out that doing so doesn’t provide increased security

Apr 222020

Leaked pics from Amazon Ring show potential new surveillance features | Ars Technica:

“Amazon subsidiary Ring, which has partnerships with almost 1,200 law enforcement agencies nationwide, does not currently include facial recognition or license plate scanning tools in its home surveillance line of consumer products. “

*Thinking facial recognition is a top feature that is missing… Example: this same person has been to three Ring members homes and two had recent incidents. Maybe the network could keep an eye out for the person and when spotted a nearby authority would be informed. Certainly there could be a lot of false positives. Lots of privacy concerns to be worked out too.

Apr 132020

The auto industry — already fretting lengthy factory shutdowns and depressed new-vehicle demand — is starting to sound the alarm about a potential used-car price collapse that could have far-reaching consequences for manufacturers, lenders and rental companies.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-13/fear-of-an-impending-car-price-collapse-grips-the-auto-industry

*How will consumers react? Huge incentives on manufacturers to move more new cars? If the values and prices for gently used cars drop people may feel better buying used rather than new. Many new people without regular income will lead to uncertainty and caution in household expenditures, especially large purchases like automobiles. Home price may also see a reset which could be rather significant. The home price reset may take time to become apparent. Look for a lengthening of days-on-market.

Nov 042019

Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint:

“And even if agencies do take a sample, residents are rarely informed of contamination.”

*This is what erodes trust in government. What is the right thing to do and why isn’t it being done?

Aug 042019

Test programs around the world that use the technology for lifesaving pharmaceuticals as well as for food and even coffee are attempting to prove that delivery by drones is not only safe, but efficient and environmentally sound.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/technology/drone-deliveries-faa-pilot-programs.html

*Drones are a future technology area to study. See lots of opportunity for people with multiple knowledge bases that relate to drones. A few areas are geography, human population density, legalities related to airspace, and the allocation of scarce resources.

Apr 132019

Contrary to the public imagination, bankruptcy courts are not where businesses go to die. In fact, there is potential for creativity and rebirth in Chapter 11, the uniquely American law for corporate reorganizations.

“Most countries just liquidate companies,” said Richard Gitlin, a bankruptcy lawyer specializing in international debt restructurings who has worked with Mr. Alix in the past. “We are the best at restructuring the resources, taking the good part of the business, adding professional management and making it profitable.”
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/business/jay-alix-mckinsey-bankruptcy.html

*Really interesting article. The snippet above is just one of many interesting sections of this article.