Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions


“I want to show there’s an alternative to marketing, which is actually design,” says Engman.

“And if you work with design and communications in the right way, that would be the best kind of marketing, without buying media.”

Source: Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions

The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb


In 1966, when life expectancy in the United States was 70 years, nearly three-quarters of Americans said they had great confidence in medical providers, but by 2012 this number had fallen to just one-third of Americans—even though we had gained another eight years of life on average over that time.

No doubt this mistrust has little to with medicine itself and everything to do with economic anxiety.

Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy for American households. We get far less for our money in the United States for medical treatment compared to other countries, while at the same time being required to navigate a confusing bureaucracy that demands we unravel Kafkaesque intricacies of insurance enrollment, FSAs, HSAs, co-payments, and pre-existing conditions to get the services we need.

It’s hard to have confidence in an inefficient system that threatens to leave you destitute if you take advantage of its benefits.

Source: The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb

Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Analysts said the impact of the reported spying will be substantial.

“There’s going to be structural changes in how hardware gets validated, tested and approved across the supply chain following this,” Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said to EE Times.

“We’ve lost the trust factor — and where something is made will get scrutinized until steps are taken to get that trust factor back. Geopolitics and tech are becoming intertwined and that’s the new normal we have to live with.”

One of the results may be higher manufacturing costs.

Source: Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

After January you will pay $1,500 for a 2080 Ti and $1,000 for the 2080. U.S. consumers will be paying that tax, not the Chinese government as some politicians would like you to believe.

The price increases will provide opportunities for some smart people who will buy and hold the new AIBs (add-in boards). When the price goes up, they will sell them on eBay for only 15% more than today’s price and make a nice profit. That won’t help the GPU or AIB suppliers, already nervous about the last generation of AIBs bought for mining being dumped on eBay and killing new sales.

The falloff in sales could reflect back into the supply-chain as orders from the AIB and GPU builders are cut back. That could swell inventory levels, making balance sheets for the graphics superstars look like a mid-western cereal company’s financial report.

As a result, we could see layoffs in the supply chain, mostly in China, that could have the perverse effect of increasing costs reflected six months later in higher end-user prices. The process could trigger a feedback-loop that could look like a death-spiral.

Source: Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

What to Look for at Arm TechCon | EE Times

There are no shortages of conferences in the high-tech industry. In fact, it would have been possible to attend a conference almost every week in 2018 just focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML).

However, not all conferences are created equal. I place conferences in three categories — show/deal, topic and technical.

The first are the shows like CES that are full of the new devices and where companies go to build relationships and close deals.

Topic conferences are focused on a single topic and typically have a particular audience, such as executives and investors, and there are a plethora in this category.

The third are the rarest these days, but the most important to the industry and, to the geek in us, the most interesting — the technical conferences like Arm TechCon.

Source: What to Look for at Arm TechCon | EE Times

UN climate report: How to deal with despair over climate change | Vox


Things are already bad. They are already getting worse.

This report reveals  —  and, for many of us, confirms  —  that we’re not doing nearly enough to stop things from getting damn apocalyptic.

Source: UN climate report: How to deal with despair over climate change – Vox

Photos: Hurricane Michael rips through the Florida Panhandle | Vox


After landing near Mexico Beach and Panama City in Florida, Michael continued to move. The storm entered Georgia Wednesday, still a Category 2 hurricane.

And though Michael has now degraded to a tropical storm, there’s still a big inland flooding threat. As Michael continues inland, it will dump rain over Georgia and the Carolinas (which are still recovering from the inundation of Hurricane Florence).

Source: Photos: Hurricane Michael rips through the Florida Panhandle – Vox

How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP | Time


Trump’s strong support in the rural heartland offers a window into his resilience among Republican voters across the country.

It’s not just farmers who are weighing the pros and cons of Trump’s controversial presidency and coming down on his side. The business community nationwide hates tariffs but finds plenty to like in the December 2017 tax law, which cut individual and corporate rates.

Some suburban Republicans can’t stand Trump’s bombastic style but find smug, knee-jerk liberals even worse. As long as he’s owning the opposition and shaking up Washington, they’re with him.

Source: How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP | Time

What happened to Jamal Khashoggi?


Turkish sources are saying Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate Oct. 2 and his body secretly sent to the kingdom. Saudi dissidents said as much days ago.

The Saudis have offered the Turks permission to search the consulate, which strongly suggests he was removed alive or dead by the Saudi security services.

Source: What happened to Jamal Khashoggi?

As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it


Countries are mostly in a “strong position,” said Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, “which is why we believe we are not seeing what is referred to as ‘contagion.’”

But the gyrations that rocked Wall Street the day before and Asia and Europe on Thursday, taking the Shanghai Composite index down 5.2 percent and Japan’s Nikkei 225 nearly 4 percent, do partly reflect rising interest rates in the U.S. and some other countries and growing uncertainty over trade, she said.

Source: As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it