November 12 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By November 12, 2019 Insight

1. Alibaba’s Singles Day beat Amazon’s estimated Prime Day sales within an hour and crushed analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined

  • in its first hour, it generated an estimated $13 billion in sales, nearly double the total estimated sales amassed in 48 hours during Prime Day in July
  • Now in its 10th year, the shopping extravaganza continues to garner significant business and solidify Alibaba as a dominant force in the e-commerce industry
  • Alibaba said it raked in more than $38.3 billion in sales this Singles Day, outpacing analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the US this year

2. SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites — and hits reusability milestones

  • Falcon 9 rocket that featured the fourth go-round for the first-stage booster and the first reuse of a nose cone
  • The booster had flown three times before — so today’s mission marked the first time the same rocket booster has been launched and recovered four times
  • highlighted two of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s top priorities for spaceflight: increasing rocket reusability to drive down the cost of access to space

3.  Robot used in landmark brain surgery

  • Robots are used in a variety of surgical procedures these days, but the brain has largely been a no-go zone for robot assistants in the OR
  • The operation is a good example of how a confluence of new technologies are changing how surgeons approach their craft
  • The robotics company behind the procedure, Corindus, is less than a week off of a $1.1 billion acquisition by Siemens

4. Mixed-reality apps will be downloaded 10 billion times by 2024, research says

  • This is up from around 3 billion installations of mixed-reality apps for 2019
  • Apple is reportedly planning a VR/AR headset to release by 2022 and glasses by 2023
  • Gaming and social media are predicted to make up half of all app installations by 2024

5. Drones will swarm our skies when these 3 things happen

  • It’s neat to get a burrito delivered, but everybody will support a drone that’s bringing medical health care to somebody
  • FAA is pushing a NASA-developed idea called UTM, a system for managing drone traffic
  • Uber is testing one-off food deliveries now as part of a broader San Diego drone experiment overseen by the FAA