TLDR Daily Update 2019-01-04

Big Tech & Startups

Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks in first real-life image w/ punch hole cutout, slim bezels (1 minute read)
The first picture of the Samsung Galaxy S10 has leaked. It looks like the bezels on the top and bottom are smaller than before, and the front facing camera is just a "hole-punch" style circle in the upper right hand corner. The phone will also have the ability to wirelessly charge other compatible devices like handsets and watches.
Apple App Store breaks records, customers spent $1.22B in one week (2 minute read)
Apple's App Store had it's biggest week ever with $1.22 billion in sales between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. It then had it's biggest day ever on New Year's Day, when customers spent $322 million. Gaming and self-care were the most popular categories, with Fortnite being the most popular game.

Science & Cutting Edge Technology

Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
GM's Cruise partners with DoorDash to test autonomous food delivery (2 minute read)
GM's Cruise self-driving division will team up with DoorDash to test autonomous food delivery in San Francisco, starting in early 2019. Cruise has 180 vehicles and over 400 safety drivers, and will be using the service to start experimenting with commercial uses of its self-driving technology as it doesn't yet have a license from the state to operate as a ride-sharing company.
Gene engineers make super-size plants that are 40% larger (3 minute read)
Genetic engineers have created tobacco plants that are 40% larger than normal by genetically modifying them to photosynthesize more efficiently. It's the first time scientists have been able to enlarge plants by this much. Tobacco was chosen because it grows quickly and is easy to genetically modify, but the technique will soon be applied to food crops like potatoes, soybeans, and cowpeas.

Programming, Design & Data Science

Tools, open source libraries, and other resources for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Learn Javascript (Web App)
This is an introduction to modern Javascript with very small lessons and an online code editor where you can immediately apply those lessons. It requires a GitHub account to get started, but the design is nice and the exercises are really easy to follow.
Jetpack (GitHub Repo)
Jetpack is a wrapper around Webpack that makes it easier to use, it can be used as a drop-in replacement for webpack, webpack-cli, webpackdev-server, and webpack-dev-middleware. It's sort of a set of sane defaults for Webpack that's an alternative to more specific Webpack configurations like Create React App or Next.js.

Miscellaneous

Random stuff techies might be interested in
What to expect at CES 2019 (3 minute read)
At next week's Consumer Electronic Show (CES), a number of futuristic devices will be unveiled, including 8k TVs, foldable screens on phones, tablets, and TVs, virtual assistants including Alexa Auto, Amazon's in-car virtual assistant, smart home gadgets like fridges, ovens, and even toilets, autonomous cars, and 5G devices. Should be fun!
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