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What I'm Reading - 4/11/2018

Three to five links every weekday - insight not included.

AR INVESTORS SHARE INSIGHTS ON THE INDUSTRY’S 2018 TRAJECTORY

The sudden emergence of mobile AR on a mass scale, while exciting, raises numerous questions. What will become the killer app? Will even see one? Will consumers adopt an entirely new means of interaction with 3D objects overlaid in space? Who will define the best practices for product design and user experience for this emerging medium? I’ve interviewed eight investors who have provided their insights on risks and opportunities for the AR industry and startups entering the space.

Here’s what I learned.

HP IS JUMPING INTO THE LEGAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY WITH A TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE BUY WEED

The $35 billion enterprise company, whose business is built on selling and installing complex tech products for other companies, is partnering with marijuana startup Flowhub on the first-of-its-kind retail offering. HP will manufacture the hardware, while Flowhub will handle the software side and sell the machines.

These new registers are designed for stores where marijuana is sold (called dispensaries), and their software aims to help licensed business owners track sales and inventory, create reports, and stay compliant with state regulatory agencies by sending reports to them automatically.

WEB APPS ARE ONLY GETTING BETTER

Native apps — apps that are designed specifically for a platform like iOS, Android, or Windows — have a bunch of inherent advantages over web apps. No matter how much JavaScript you slap on top of an HTML document, it’s hard to match the performance, quality, and persistence of a native app. Web apps might be quicker to build, simpler to distribute, and easier to iterate, but that’s not enough of an advantage to unseat native apps in a vast variety of cases.

But the web platform continues to evolve, and there are a few upcoming web technologies that could give web apps a better chance at competing with their native counterparts.

Let’s talk about a few of them.

LISTEN: PEOPLE ARE FINALLY ‘WAKING UP’ TO TECH’S DARK SIDE, YELP CEO JEREMY STOPPELMAN SAYS

“I think we’re waking up to realize a lot of big companies, presumably under pressure to grow and satisfy Wall Street, are focusing more on growth and making money than sticking to some core set of values that are aspirational.”

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