Security Newsletter (Sponsor)
Security is one of those subjects that I never really get around to really understanding (your email is safe with me I swear!), but I generally find it pretty interesting to read about casually. Security Newsletter is an expertly curated weekly collection of links from Dieter Van der Stock, a devops/security engineer at Articulate.
Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Facebook asks for public input about its plans for a content oversight board (2 minute read)
Facebook is taking the next step in creating its external oversight board by accepting public feedback on the draft charter that was released in January. The external oversight board will overview Facebook's more controversial content policy decisions, and the charter describes how the content review board will function. Public feedback will be received through a questionnaire with a free-form portion. Facebook will accept submissions for the next six weeks and will release summarized results in June.
Gmail can schedule messages to send them at a better time (1 minute read)
Gmail is now 15 years old, and the email service has learned new tricks for its birthday. Users can now delay sending emails and schedule them for better times. Another new feature is called Smart Compose, and it uses AI to recognize your usual greetings and predict email body text. While Smart Compose has been rolling out since March, Google has now confirmed it is now available for all Android devices and that it works in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. iOS support is coming soon.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
Behold the Beefless ‘Impossible Whopper’ (5 minute read)
Impossible Foods’ vegetarian patties will soon be available at Burger King, after a trial period at 59 stores in the St Louis area. This will be the largest rollout of the Impossible Foods patty so far, doubling the number of locations where the vegetarian alternative is available. During testing, Burger King's Chief Marketing Officer said that customers and staff were unable to tell the difference between the real and fake meats. Impossible Foods uses a soy extract to produce heme, an ingredient they claim is essential to creating the taste of meat.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Notes (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains detailed notes on programming, Linux, DevOps, networking, and electronics. Users are actively improving these notes by submitting issues and pull requests.
bsed (GitHub Repo)
bsed is a stream editor that allows users to enter simple SQL-like syntax on top of Perl text processing. Stream editors process text files in one go, as opposed to normal text editors where lines can be edited individually. Users can specify where in a file they would like to find and replace text or process entire files at once. Examples of usage are available on the repository.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
Introducing Warp: Fixing Mobile Internet Performance and Security (6 minute read)
Last year, Cloudflare launched their 22.214.171.124 service on April 1, aiming to create the fastest, most secure, and most privacy-respecting DNS server on the internet. Today, 126.96.36.199 is now about to become the second largest public DNS service on the internet, with half the latency of Google's servers, while still upholding its values of privacy and security. In November, Cloudflare launched a mobile app for 188.8.131.52 in preparation for today's launch of Warp. Warp is a new service designed for mobile internet and is essentially a VPN that will encrypt all data traffic, rather than just DNS traffic. It also has features that will help mobile users save data and battery. While Cloudflare aimed to launch Warp in its entirety today, there were some issues with the rollout. However, users can still sign up to a waiting list through the 184.108.40.206 app.
Grown in the Netherlands, Google Tulip communicates with plants (1 minute read)
Google has used AI to decode the language of plants and has now made the technology available on Google Home. Plants communicate through their roots and it turns out that tulips are quite chatty. They're also great listeners and give sound advice. Using Neural Machine Translation, Tulipish is now a language that is supported by Google Home's Interpreter Mode.