Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Week in Tech,” where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
This week we cover the release of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, Apple’s move into the smart home, Google’s prototype of their self-driving car, and the resignation of a Rap Genius co-founder for horrible remarks about the UCSB shooter.
Mary Meeker Releases Internet Trends Report
Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins and famed internet analyst, released her must-read annual Internet Trends report this week. Some highlights include:
- Internet user growth has slowed to under 10% per year, but mobile data traffic continues to accelerate, driven by video consumption (slide 4).
- There is still plenty of room for growth for smartphones, as only 30% of the world’s 5.2 billion mobile users have one (slide 6).
- There is still a big gap between mobile advertising spend and time spent on mobile devices; print is still significantly overindexing in terms of ad spend (slide 15).
- There are about 5 million Bitcoin wallets in existence, up 8x year-over-year (slide 53).
Apple Planning Launch of Smart Home System
Instead of building software that directly controls Internet-connected devices, Apple is basically just certifying certain devices that can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad. Apple will likely announce participating partners and devices that support the Made for iPhone standard.
Google Builds Prototype of Self-driving Cars
The car looks like a cross between a Smart Car and a cartoon character. The car is focused on safety and have sensors that remove blind spots and can detect objects out to a distance of more than 200 yards in all directions. Google plans to build about 100 prototypes and test them in California over the next couple of years.
Can you imagine a world where every car on the road is driving itself and there will be no need to get your driver’s license? The future is gonna be awesome.
Rap Genius Founder Steps Down After Making Jokes About UCSB Shooter
Here’s yet another story of a startup founder being a total douche.
Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam used the annotation website he founded to make insensitive remarks about Elliot Rodger, the killer in the UCSB shootings. Moghadam commented on Rodger’s 141-page memoir, saying how some passages were “beautifully written” and that Rodger’s sister is “smokin hot.”
Moghadam has since been forced to resign from Rap Genius. Good riddance.
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