Apple gets a taste of the billion actives

So it’s very likely that the total Apple user base is between 900 and 1 billion. If it’s not 1 billion now then it’s very likely it will be 1 billion within 12 months.

Write Horace Dediu

This is a big milestone. You can technically understand why iMessage doesn’t need to come to Android. It’s Apple’s apple only social network and has a base of 1B potentials.

What are the other potential implications?

Why SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is Silicon Valley’s power broker

Billionaire Masayoshi Son–not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg–has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live. And he’s spending hundreds of billions of dollars to realize it. Are you ready to live in Masa World?
— Read on www.fastcompany.com/90285552/the-most-powerful-person-in-silicon-valley

Oh boy — Fast Company walked into this hagiography knowing fully well that SoftBank fund is funded by the Saudi Vision fund. So this was definitely a PR stunt pulled off brilliantly by the given the recent Saudi transgressions.

Regulators To Ease Restrictions On Drones, Clearing The Way For More Commercial Uses : NPR

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao agrees and announced that the government is, at long last, ready to lift those bans as long as operators are properly trained and the drones are equipped with anti-collision lighting.
— Read on www.npr.org/2019/01/14/685341451/regulators-to-ease-restrictions-on-drones-clearing-the-way-for-more-commercial-u

Cities and in nights. This is an interesting development.

TRV 2019

It was great fun to be back home at the beginning of the new year. The weather was just as warm and humid, the water just as tasty and the area and architecture still the same.

I could see why this is a place people like to settle in!