[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 04/18
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After Baidu and Tencent, Alibaba is also entering the autonomous car market. Jack Ma’s firm plans to recruit 50 autonomous driving specialists.
Why this is important: In March 2017, Alibaba recruited Wang Gang, a specialist in computer vision and autonomous driving, to conduct the research on autonomous driving technology. His arrival in the Chinese group had started to fuel rumors around Alibaba’s ambitions in the autonomous car market. These are thus becoming more concrete today. The Chinese juggernaut would thus carry out regular tests of autonomous vehicles and would have sufficient capacities to carry out tests on open road. Now launched on the autonomous car market, Alibaba has to face Baidu, particularly active in this sector, as well as Tencent.
Apple captured 86% of the smartphone industry’s profits in the fourth quarter of 2017. The iPhone X alone captured more than a third of the industry’s profits over the period.
Why this is important: The ten most profitable models on the market represent 90% of the total of these profits, and this top is trusted by eight devices from the Cupertino company, and two Galaxy models from its Korean rival Samsung. Counterpoint analysts believe the smartphone market has already reached its peak, with longer replacement cycles now. Counterpoint, however, expects a rise in Chinese equipment manufacturers over the coming quarters: players like Huawei, Vivo or Oppo will indeed seek to increase margins and revenues, with the move upmarket of their models, thanks to a capacity of ever greater innovation.
GDPR: here is what Facebook will put in place to be in good standing. Social network users are expected to start seeing the effects of GDPR on Facebook as early as this week.
Why this is important: You should see a wizard appear which will ask you to choose step by step whether or not you agree to Facebook using your data. What are the points concerned? Facebook quotes first “advertising based on data from advertising partners“. It is therefore a question of whether you agree to Facebook using your activities on other websites to then offer you targeted ads when you are on the social network. If you do not agree, Facebook will therefore be content to use the data collected on its network.
Nike offers the Israeli Invertex to help its customers easily find the ideal pair of shoes. The start-up relies on artificial intelligence and 3D imaging to scan users’ feet.
Why this is important: By getting its hands on Invertex, Nike is adding a string to its bow to improve its relationship with its customers, both in its physical stores and on its website. In addition to increasing its conversion rate in-store and online, the technology developed by Invertex allows Nike to take a further step towards the production of tailor-made and on-demand products.