Procrastination and the weekly roundup in tech and retail

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I read somewhere before that a good blog is like a good meal: it’s a good balance of appetizers, a main course, and desert. With the weekly roundups, I’ve been serving mostly appetizers. The last main course that I served was a post explaining the historical significance of SpaceX Falcon 9’s vertical takeoff and landing. And the last desert was my 2015 holiday gift guide. As I mentioned, writing the weekly roundups has been a way for me to get back to blogging in general – no big goals as of yet but let’s just get back to building up habits.

Recently, I watched a TED talk by Wait but Why’s Tim Urban.

Despite the fact that we all end up being okay meeting deadlines despite procrastinating, it’s the long-term procrastination, the one without deadlines, that become a source of unhappiness. I share this because in a way, I have been procrastinating on a lot of posts here. Such as, a post on virtual reality which I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. I’ve always wanted to explain password management (as suggested by a friend who’s getting increasingly frustrated with them). I have a draft on why I am an Android convert. Of course, there’s a ton of other things that I’ve been procrastinating on but let’s start with this fairly doable list. And I thought that if I mention it here and by announcing it, perhaps I can rouse my Panic Monster to kick my Instant Gratification Monkey out of the way.

Here are this week’s most relevant news in tech and retail

In tech:

  1. Alphabet: Boston dynamics: Google puts Boston Dynamics up for sale in robotics retreat; Google just scored a huge win against Amazon by landing Apple as a customer (in a deal valued around $400M)
  2. Blast off for Europe Russia Mars mission
  3. Autonomous cars: Baidu will soon test its self-driving cars in the US; A Month After Google’s Car Hit a Bus, Google Filed a Patent for Robot Cars to Detect Buses
  4. Nokia returns to hardware with $60,000 virtual reality camera
  5. Kickstarter buys crowd-funded music community Drip

In retail:

  1. Amazon Is Trying to Patent Paying With a Selfie
  2. Alibaba is working to bring virtual reality into its e-commerce services
  3. Urban Outfitters going bigger with Anthropologie
  4. Nike just unveiled the first real power-lacing sneaker, the HyperAdapt 1.0
  5. Zalando aims for $11B in sales by seeking technology edge

Last minute tech gift ideas

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We’ve all been there: waiting for the last minute to find that perfect holiday gift. Here’s a gift guide for that techie in your life with mostly free express shipping to make it in time. Of course, you can always buy e-books, e-gift cards, etc. This is for when you really want to impress. Happy gifting!

 Last minute tech gifts

  1. Beats PowerBeats2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $179.95 (originally $199.95), free 2-day shipping
  2. GoPro Hero, $129.99, free 2-day shipping
  3. Nest learning thermostat, $249.00, free ground shipping
  4. Zero Gravity Phoenix iPhone 6 case, 32.00, free 3-day shipping
  5. iRobot Roomba 650, $399.99, free ground shipping (until 12/21 in time for Christmas)
  6. 1-year Amazon Prime membership, $99, right after sign-up
  7. toryBurch for Fitbit, $195.00, free express shipping for Paypal and ShopRunner orders (must order today)
  8. Poweradd Pilot Pro portable charger, $129.99 (originally $349,99), free standard shipping for Dec. 24 (must order today), free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime
  9. Selfie on a stick + bluetooth remote shutter, $25.00 (originally $29.99), free shipping on orders over $50 with code SHIPFREE (order by 12/20)
  10. Apple TV, $99.00, free 2-day shipping, HDMI cable sold separately or Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player, $29.99 (originally $35.00), free 2-day shipping on select orders

Weekly roundup in tech and retail

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Here are the most relevant news in tech and retail this week.

Weekly roundup 06-13-14

In Tech:

  1. Elon Musk opens up Tesla patents to encourage car makers to build more electric cars
  2. Google acquires Skybox, a satellite imaging startup for half-billion dollars
  3. Amazon quietly introduces music streaming for Prime members
  4. AT&T promises better prices to US regulators with its proposed $48.5B merger with DirecTV
  5. Priceline will buy restaurant reservations site OpenTable for $2.6B in cash

In Retail:

  1. Alibaba continues to build its portfolio before its upcoming IPO in New York, buys UCWeb, one of China’s biggest web browsers
  2. Inditex SA, the owner of Zara, reports 7.3% dip in first-quarter profits but beats estimates as company gains on e-commerce expansions
  3. Lululemon Athletica reports better-than-expected profits per share for fiscal first-quarter but reduces full-year financial forecasts, shares plunge
  4. Alibaba opens US-based shopping site in invitation-only beta
  5. eBay focuses on international expansion, acquires AppTek for its translation technology while PayPal launches PassPort, a website geared for global sales

Weekly roundup in tech and retail

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Here’s what you need to know this week in tech and retail.

In Tech:

  1. Apple’s Beats by Dre acquisition finalized at $3B
  2. Google reveals electric-powered driverless cars
  3. Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet trends report is out, with big emphasis on mobile growth
  4. Spotify is the latest victim in security breaches, says only one user was affected
  5. Elon Musk and SpaceXunveils new Dragon spacecraft for manned spaceflight

In Retail:

  1. Michael Kors reports fourth fiscal quarter revenue growth of 54%
  2. Flipkart of India raises another $210Mafter Myntra acquisition
  3. Coupang, South Korea’s Amazon, raises $100M with a $1B valuation, led by Sequoia
  4. Amazon finally addresses dispute with Hachette publisher in a blog post
  5. Thomas Tait wins first LVMH Young Designer Award