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Google introduced its streaming gaming platform at the 2019 Game Developers Conference on Tuesday

Google launched a new gaming platform at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco earlier today. The company has moved into the gaming industry with its new gaming platform called Stadia.

That platform allows everybody who are online to play the game without any gaming controller. There are more than 200 million people watching game-related content on YouTube and Stadia makes many of those games playable with just a press of a button.

It is Google`s global network of data centres and the combination with YouTube that makes this cloud gaming possible. Their goal is to make games available at high-resolution and 60 frames per second with surround sound.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a speech earlier today that Stadia is a platform for everyone. He said Googles ambitions is to stream games to all types of devices which means all the games will be streamable across laptops, TVs, desktops, phones and tablets.

Its all in the cloud so you dont have to download or install any of the games. Stadia is launched alongside a new controller called Stadia Controller that will power the game streaming service. The only thing you have to do is to connect it directly through Wi-Fi to link it to a game session in the cloud.

Google will build a custom GPU for its data centers with help from its partner AMD. That chip will deliver 10,7 teraflops of power and that is more than the 4,2 teraflops of the PS4 Pro and the 6 teraflops of power on the Xbox One X.

The first game to be launched by Google`s Stadia will be Doom Eternal. The date is not clear yet, but it will be available on PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo. Stadia will also embrace full cross-platform play, so developers can enable cross-platform multiplayer and game saves and progression.

More than 50 billion hours of gaming content was watched on YouTube during 2018. Maybe that number will increase in 2019?

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Lyft is kicking off its IPO road show and expects to raise as much as $2,1 billion

A lot of unicorns are coming into the market and Lyft is the next to go public. It is an on-demand transportation company primarily providing ride-haling services like Uber. The company was launched in June 2012 and operates in approximately 300 U.S cities.

Lyft is kicking off its IPO road show this month and their goal is to get on the public market in April. The valuation is about $23 billion for Lyft and thats way beyond Ubers valuation of $150 billion. Lyft will be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker LYFT:

Lyft expects to raise as much as $2,1 billion through the sale of stock in a price range between $62 and $68. Not all of their shares will be sold to the public and they will hold less than half the votes among shareholders. So far, Lyft has collected about $5 billion in total private equity investment to date.

Revenue last year came in at $2,2 billion and their growth have skyrocketed by about 500 percent since 2016. Their losses are also skyrocketing while the loss last year reached $911,3 million. Lyft lose twice as much as their competitor Uber.

The venture capitalists have so far funded the company and now it is the publics turn. And Lyft need cash now. The companys cash and cash equivalents fell 53 percent to about $518 million during the course of 2018.

Lyft is like Uber disrupting the taxi industry but also the way people move around. The taxi industry as we know it today will change dramatically. Lyft and Uber`s business model will change the way people think about a vehicle and how they move around.

Not only that. We are not far away from self-driving cars, and that will be a huge game changer. And when that day comes, what will be the difference between Lyft and Uber? On top of that; they will face a lot of competition from established automakers.

You can imagine how it will be in the market if automakers like Tesla are joining the business by selling people rides to the people instead of selling them cars? What car do you prefer on your ride?

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«La Voiture Noire» is sold for $19 million which is the highest ever paid for a new car

«La Voiture Noire» or «The Black Car» is the latest French automobile sold on the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week. $19 million is a high price for a vehicle but it depends on the buyers glasses. Is it «just» a vehicle or is it art?

Bugatti has always been defined by the spirit of its founder, Ettore Bugatti. He started the incomparable journey of the Bugatti brand in 1909 in Molsheim. Bugatti has a long history full of passion, craftsmanship, dynamics and elegance.

Alsace is their home, and they can proudly claim to be the only French Luxury automotive brand. Anniversary celebrations are not only a celebration of past achievements. They also mark the beginning of a new chapter.

Audes Group is proud to be a part of the next chapter in the Bugatti history book, becoming the hyper sports car manufacturer`s licensing partner for the next three years. «La Voiture Noire» is a one-off car for the anniversary.

Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultra fine fibre structure. The heart of the new creation is the iconic 16-cylinder engine. Unique in the automotive world and the peak of the engineer`s art.

There is no other car in the world with such an engine. It is not only extremely powerful but also beautiful to look at. The 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres develops 1,103 kW/1,500 PS and 1,600 Newton-metres of torque.

The engine in powered by the same 1103kW 16-cylinder quad turbocharger engine from the Bugatti Chiron, enough to propel the vehicle to more than 400km/h. Despite the lightweight thinking, it`s claimed an average of 22,5 litres per 100km, which is about twice as much as a V8.

Six tailpipes at the rear bear witness to its incredible power and are also a tribute to the 16 cylinders.

This car is sold to a Bugatti enthusiast and it is the most expensive new car of all time. «La Voiture Noire» is an unprecedented and unique car that continues a long tradition in the history of the automobile.

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Huawei launched the world`s fastest 5G foldable phone Mate X on Monday

Samsung wont be alone on the market for foldable phones. Yesterday, Huawai launched the worlds fastest foldable 5G phone and the price for this awesome product is $2,600. Its a stiff price but its worth it.

You can supercharge the foldable phone called Huawei Mate X for 85 percent battery time in only 30 minutes, and so far Mate X looks like a better phone than Samsungs Galaxy Fold. It is thinner with the Folcon Wing design and have a bigger screen. Samsung will start selling Galaxy Fold on April 26, while Huaweis Mate X will be on the market in the middle of 2019.

Samsung and Huawai will not be the only one on the foldable market as we already know that other Chinese companies are on the way with their version of a brand new foldable phone. Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices and they are building a fully connected, intelligent world.

The synergy with a phone and tablet unlocks future potential to enhance your life everyday. Mate X has many sophisticated cameras and incredible power. You will have more power to work on projects, watch movies and play all your favorite games.

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Pinterest is ready to go public but the “catalogue of ideas” is still blocked in China

I wrote about an upcoming Pinterest IPO on January 12, 2015. I said it was probably to early for them to go public at that time, but now four years later Pinterest has confidentially filed paperwork with the SEC for an IPO.

The photo-posting app firm Pinterest has chosen Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase to lead its IPO, and shares will be available later on this summer. They have begun interviewing bankers and could raise $1,5B.


(Picture: Chinese Wall)

 

The company was launched in March 2010, so this is a young start-up that will follow many other start ups to go public this year. They have 250 million MAUs as of October 2018, and they have 800+ employees that is working with «catalogue of ideas.»

In 2012, Pinterest was valued at $1,5 billion. Two years later the company was valued at $3,8 billion. A few year later (June 2015) Pinterest was valued at $11 billion. The same year, Fortune Magazine listed Pinterest in the 8th position on its Unicorn list.

Since its inception, it has developed into a well-funded site financially supported by a group of successful entrepreneurs, and in 2011, the company secured a US$10 million Series A financing led by Jeremy Levine and Sarah Tavel of Bessemer Venture Partners.

Later on the same year, Pinterest secured US$27 million in funding from Anderssen Horowitz, which valued the company at US$200 million. Now, a few years later, the value of the company is 60 times higher.

Internet service provider in populist India had blocked Pinterest following a Madreas High Court order in July 2016 but the block was temporary. It`s even worse in Communist China. In 2017, Chinese authorities blocks Pinterest and the website is still blocked after Two Sessions in 2017.

No response has given, but some media guess that the blocks was related to the Two sessions. Huaban, Duitang and 30 more websites has many similaarities to Pinterest, so they are not alone on the market. However, they are not blocked in Hong Kong.

The same happened to Google in China. Once a popular search engine in China with a market share of 36,2 percent in 2009, but they blocked the web site and Google`s search market share dropped to only 1,7 percent.

Communist China is authoritarian and authorities was scared and stopped Google and this is what protectionism and Nationalism works. Most services offered by Google China were blocked by the Great Firewall in the People`s Republic of China.

In 2010, searching via all Google search sites, including Google Mobile, were moved from mainland China to Hong Kong. The same year, Google announced that, in response to a Chinese-originated hacking attack on them and other US tech companies, they were no longer willing to censor searches in China and would pull out of the country completely if necessary. Is this really fair trade?

Four year earlier, co-founder Sergey Brin said that virtually all of Googles customers were using the non-censored version of their website. Google critics in the United States claimed that Google China is a flagrant violation of the Google motto: «Dont be evil.»

On 13 January 2010, the news agency AHN reported that the U.S Congress planned to investigate Googles allegations that the Chinese government used the companys service to spy on human rights activists.

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at that time that analogies were drawn between the Berlin Wall and the free and unfree internet. Chinese articles came back saying that the United States uses the internet as a means to create worldwide hegemony based on Western values.

The issue of Google`s policy toward China was cited as a potentially major development in world affairs, marking a split between authoritarian socialism and the Western model of free capitalism and internet access.

China and America are two of the biggest economies in the world, so it is important for companies to have access to the market in both countries. A year ago, president Trump announced trade war with China, but now seems like a seven-month trade war is coming to an end.

The U.S has accused Beijing of forcing U.S companies doing business in China to share their technology with local partners and hand over intellectual property secrets, but China denies it engages in such practices.

Trump administration is looking at non-tariff barriers in China, including industrial subsidies, regulations, business licensing procedures, product standards reviews and other practices that keep U.S goods out of China or give an unfair advantage to domestic firms.

Visa and MasterCard have waited years to have access in China and Steve Mnuchin has pushed for China to open its market for them. But the clock is ticking and time is running short of the March 1 deadline to resolve the dispute or see U.S tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods rise from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Access to the Chinese market will help companies like Pinterest and other companies a lot. 50 percent of the world’s population live in Asia but it wont help if they spend most of their time on protectionism, nationalism, authoritarian behaviour, censorship, socialism and communism.

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