Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s March event (5 minute read)
Apple has announced its new suite of subscription services, with a focus on an advertisement-free experience and user privacy. All data regarding a customer’s viewing history will remain on the user's device and not shared with Apple or advertisers. Apple News Plus will open up a range of magazines and news subscriptions for $9.99, including family sharing, and is available now. The Apple Arcade gaming subscription service will let subscribers play a range of games across all of Apple's devices and will be available later this year at a yet to be disclosed price. Apple TV users will be able to subscribe to their preferred channels directly through Apple TV Channels, and Apple plans to bring original content to their devices through Apple TV Plus, however, there are not many details about this service besides a list of celebrities having signed on to create content for the platform. Finally, Apple has released a credit card with cash back benefits that will be stored in Apple Wallet, with the option of users obtaining a physical card if required. A seven minute video is available with the main highlights of Apple's keynote.
Telegram Now Lets You Delete a Received Message From Sender's Device (1 minute read)
Telegram users have been able to unsend messages sent within 48 hours for a while now, but a new update will allow users to delete any message in their private chats, regardless of who sent it and when it was sent. To access this feature, users just have to hold down on any message and an option will pop up to delete the message from both devices. Another feature has also been introduced that will let users send anonymous messages that can't be linked back to their account profiles. Other changes include searchable settings and emojis, and Voiceover and Talkback are now enabled.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
University of Wollongong uses stem cells to 3D-print human ears (2 minute read)
Scientists at the University of Wollongong have developed a bioprinter that can replicate human ears using stem cells and 3D printing technology. The machine is nicknamed 3D Alek, and it prints a bio-ink that can be potentially made from the patient's own stem cells, which means that the printed parts would match the patient's own anatomy. Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital will be the first hospital in New South Wales to receive the printer, which will revolutionize the complex medical procedures required to treat microtia - a congenital condition where the external ear is underdeveloped.
New neurons for life? Old people can still make fresh brain cells, study finds (2 minute read)
A study has confirmed that new neurons are still being made well past adolescence, and suggested that older studies that had claimed otherwise were flawed in their methodology. Older studies had tried to detect the presence of a protein, doublecortin (DCX), in the brain months, or even years after the brain matter was preserved - long after the DCX had deteriorated. The new study examined freshly preserved samples and found a large amount of evidence of newly developed cells. There was about a 30% decrease in the presence of newly developed cells from the youngest to the oldest donor samples, whose ages ranged from 43 to 87. Some scientists remain skeptical of the results, claiming that detected DCX levels were not sufficient evidence for newly developed cells, but the scientists in the study say they used very strict criteria when identifying new cells.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Veonim (GitHub Repo)
Veonim is a modal IDE built on Neovim and VSCode extensions. It features auto completion, fuzzy searching, hints, error management and debugging tools, references, and more. It is currently in heavy development.
Fyne (GitHub Repo)
Fyne is a UI toolkit and app API written in Go. It uses OpenGL to provide cross-platform graphics. Fyne is built entirely using vector graphics, so it will scale to any size, and developers can switch between two default themes, light and dark. There are examples of Fyne available in a separate repository.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
Report: U.S. workers hate ‘open’ office spaces (1 minute read)
A survey on a diverse cross-section of 1000 US workers found that 76% of Americans hate open office spaces, citing various reasons such as a lack of privacy, overhearing other people's private conversations, being unable to concentrate, and being worried about sensitive information being leaked. 84% of employees would prefer to work from home, where they have a quiet environment to work in while also avoiding the daily commute. The study showed that workers would change jobs if they found a better workspace, with some workers even taking a pay cut for a better environment.
Police in India arrested ten students for playing PUBG (1 minute read)
PUBG has been banned in Gujarat, a western state in India, due to its violence and addictiveness, which parents and educators claimed affected students’ ability to study. A group of students was arrested for playing the game in public. Police claimed that the students were so engrossed in the game that they did not notice them approaching. The students were later released on bail. Rival game, Fortnite, has not yet been banned, however, this may be due to Its more fantasy feel and the extra steps required to download the game on Android OS.