Feb 26 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By February 26, 2019 Insight

1.  1TB microSD cards are now a thing 26

  • The inexorable march of increasing storage capacities continues today with the announcement of the world’s first 1-terabyte microSD cards
  • Micron and Western Digital’s SanDisk brand have both launched UHS-I microSDXC products today at Mobile World Congress
  • Of the two cards, Western Digital is claiming a performance advantage by citing up to 160MB/s read speed versus 100MB/s for Micron’s.

2. French President Calls on Europe to Use Blockchain to Innovate the Agriculture Industry

  • “Let’s do this in Europe, the avant-garde of agricultural technology, by developing tools that will track every product from raw material production to packaging and processing…”
  • In 2017, the president pledged to transform France into a startup nation — a sentiment followed through by the country’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, who has said that France is ready for a blockchain revolution.
  • As blockchain gains increasing traction globally for rehauling agriculture — across management, financing and supply chain integrity — a report issued in fall 2018 forecast that blockchain in the agriculture market would be worth over $400 million by 2023.

3. Crispr Infuses First Human in Landmark Gene-Editing Study

  • Crispr Therapeutics AG shares surged after the company said it has treated the first human with the same genetic technology that shares its name in an early-stage study.
  • …the first patient in a trial using CTX001, a therapy created using Crispr technology, as a treatment for the rare blood disease, beta thalassemia, received the one-time medicine.
  • “Treating the first patient in this study marks an important scientific and medical milestone and the beginning of our efforts to fully realize the promise of CRISPR/Cas9 therapies as a new class of potentially transformative medicines to treat serious diseases,”

4. The Forrester Retail Wave™: US Mobile Apps, Q1 2019

  • In 2019, smartphones will influence 32.2% of US offline retail sales.
  • Too often, retailers’ apps have tedious checkouts, forcing users to click through four or five pages to make a purchase. Sephora proves to be best-in-class with its two-step checkout.
  • Home Depot offers superb in-store visual item mapping data and exact inventory availability.

5. The Myths and Realities of Business Ecosystems

  • Seven of the world’s 10 largest companies, all using technology to disrupt not only their sectors but broad swaths of the economy, now depend on such systems, and ecosystems thinking is more prominent in faster-growing companies across the S&P 500.
  • Business environments are evolving more rapidly, requiring the rapid acquisition and coordination of diverse, novel capabilities.
  • The rise of ecosystems requires a new way of thinking about business — the ecosystems perspective.