Friday Five: laceless kicks and quantum computers

1. China tops annual app charts

App Annie’s State of Mobile 2019 has landed and, as ever, the annual report on global app downloads, app store spending and more over the past 12 months makes for interesting reading.

2. Nike looks towards a laceless future

Thirty years after their big screen debut in Back to the Future II, self-lacing shoes could be on the verge of going mainstream thanks to Nike. The brand has dabbled in smart shoes before, but its latest offering, the Adapt BB, combines elements of the two previous iterations and homes in on the needs of basketball players.

3. IBM makes a quantum leap

We touched on IBM’s announcement that it had created the first commercial quantum computer last week, but this helpful explanation underlines the significance of being the first to get the ball rolling.

4. Inspiring through the power of podcasts

Facebook has boarded the podcast bandwagon, this week launching a programme focusing on entrepreneurship and the stories of how businesses connect with and inspire each other on the platform. This fits Facebook’s new mission to: “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

5. Tech has silver lining for senior citizens

If your grandparents are anything like mine, they probably aren’t the most technologically adept members of our digital society. But this could soon change, as there is a growing field of tech that uses everything from AI to VR to help the elderly retain their independence and avoid becoming isolated.

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