June 14 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By June 13, 2019 Insight

1. Netflix Takes Baby Steps Into Video Gaming

  • Netflix announced that it would work with developer Next Games to create a third mobile game based on its hit series Stranger Things
  • potential for cross pollination between the video game industry and companies focused on other kinds of entertainment is creating a lot of excitement in Silicon Valley and Hollywood
  • “The idea is we would take our original series and films and then find a game developer from the industry who’s just as passionate about that content and work closely together with them to bring these things in an authentic way to games.”

2. Uber will test its flying taxis in Melbourne

  • plans to start testing UberAir’s electric vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicles in 2020, three years before the service’s expected launch
  • Melbourne’s test flights will take passengers from one of the Westfield shopping centers to the city’s main international airport
  • 12-mile journey that typically takes 25 minutes or so by car — with a flying taxi, it’ll only take 10 minutes

3. Coinbase Expands Cryptocurrency Visa Debit Cards Across Europe

  • customers will be able to spend their cryptocurrency assets including bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin in both online and physical stores that accept Visa
  • Coinbase Cards are linked to a mobile app available on both Android and iOS devices, in which customers can select which type of cryptocurrency they would like to use to fund each spending
  • customers are not directly paying merchants with crypto assets…Coinbase charges a fee to help convert users’ cryptocurrencies into a fiat currency, i.e. euro in the new offering

4. Healthcare Organizations Are Future-Proofing Strategy And Operations With Cloud

  • recent survey revealed that 76 percent of HCOs anticipate using public cloud services within the year, putting public cloud vendors on pace to be the most popular cloud services providers in healthcare
  • High-performance compute and AI frameworks are helping HCOs extract insight from data that is currently locked away in unstructured data silos
  • Cloud vendors are attracting healthcare providers and insurers with pretrained healthcare chatbots and HIPAA-compliant voice assistants that can be deployed to engage consumers across all stages of the patient journey

5. Financial services sector forges ahead with artificial intelligence

  • new report, from Transparency Market Research (TMR), predicts that the global AI market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% through 2024
  • North America accounts for a leading share of the global market (38%), owing to robust research and development
  • AI market includes applications such as deep learning, smart robots, image recognition, digital personal assistants, language processing, gesture control, video analysis, speech recognition, context aware processing, and cyber security