New blazing-fast Wi-Fi will usher in a cordless future. Plus, what to expect from upcoming cable regulation, state planning for cyber disruptions and Apple’s billion-dollar bet on Chinese ride sharing.
The next month or two figure to be an extremely bumpy period for the oil market. Predicting what the price of crude will do any given day will be even harder than usual. The only thing you can count on is plenty of volatility. Traders are digesting worries about real or potential shutdowns of oil production on four continents, even as the global economy shows signs of slowing, which could dent oil demand. But when the dust clears, we suspect the price of a barrel of oil this summer won’t be radically different from today’s level.
In this issue: China’s plan to build its own chip industry. What’s next for mobile laser technology? Big bets on smart cities. Drone consultants. The birth of quantum cloud computing. How to make your older car smarter and safer.
Two weeks ago, we sat down to talk energy with Jason Schenker, president and chief economist of Prestige Economics in Austin, Texas. He specializes in commodity markets and is known for the accuracy of his price forecasts, so when he talks about what’s ahead for oil and natural gas, it pays to take note. Here are highlights of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.
Innovators of artificial intelligence are picking up their pace. What’s next for chip giant Intel? Satellite technology for beaming Internet service worldwide. Business uses for chatbots. Virtual reality and roller coasters. New anti-drone technology.
Oil exporters’ hopes for a freeze in crude production melted in the Doha sun this past weekend. And for the coal industry, a glimmer of hope amid recent news of sliding demand and bankrupt mining giants.
Microdrones. Drone safety concerns. What’s ahead for Apple. Encrypted consumer apps. Help with comparing Internet service. Domino’s pizza-ordering app. Gains in researching artificial intelligence.
Can Tesla finally go mainstream with its recently unveiled Model 3 electric car? The company’s pricier offerings get rave reviews for their handling and high-tech design, but a sustainable business model depends on selling larger volumes and exploiting economies of scale.
This week, we take a detailed look at mergers in the tech world, the move toward a more secure Internet and the coming need for more cell phone towers.
Natural gas prices are back in the doldrums after a brief rally this winter. Output is high and demand is tapering off as spring weather arrives across the U.S. And there’s a genuine risk that prices could fall even further, depending on the weather this summer. What does it all mean for energy producers and investors?