Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO (4 minute read)
Internal struggles within HQ Trivia have seen the third most popular game on the App Store in 2018 drop out of the top 1,500 games within a year. The management of the company had always been questionable, with many controversies over the various CEOs’ behaviors. While the company had been successfully funded multiple times, it has been spending the money at an extremely fast and unsustainable rate. Investors are now reluctant to continue funding, despite HQ trying out new apps and formats.
Foxconn confirms that mass production of the iPhone will begin in India soon (2 minute read)
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has announced that Foxconn will start manufacturing iPhones in India and that the company is currently in talks with the Indian government regarding investment terms. It is unclear which models will be manufactured in India, but initial reports suggest that it will be the iPhone X. Labor costs are 3 times lower in India, and impact from any potential US-China trade war would be significantly lessened. Wistron, a Foxconn competitor, has been manufacturing the iPhone SE in India since 2017 and have recently started manufacturing the iPhone 7.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
Israeli Scientists 3D-Print A Tiny, Live Heart Made With Human Tissue (5 minute read)
Researchers from Tel Aviv University have successfully created the first fully personalized tissue implant made from a patient’s own biomaterials and cells. This research may eventually lead to the development of technology that can print any kind of organ implant from a single fatty tissue biopsy. The process involves taking fatty tissue from the patient, separating the cells and structures, reprogramming the cells, and then recombining the parts to create a hydrogel that acts as ink for the printer. Using the process, the scientists created a tiny heart that was complete in structure. There are still many obstacles to overcome before the technology will be viable for full human organ transplants, but scientists hope to be able to start animal trials within the next few years.
The world’s biggest airplane has taken its first flight (1 minute read)
Stratolaunch, the world’s biggest airplane, is wider than a football field with its 385 foot wingspan. Its first test flight was on April 13, where it flew at 189 miles per hour at 15,000 feet. Created from two used Boeing jetliners, Stratolaunch aims to be able to fly at two or three times higher than commercial jets to act as a launching pad for satellites to be sent into space.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Squeezer (GitHub Repo)
Squeezer helps new-entry developers create serverless dApps without needing to understand a blockchain’s complex infrastructure. It uses ChainKit to integrate all the major blockchains’ interfaces into one single normalized API. It requires node.js to run and there is also plugin functionality.
Playroom (GitHub Repo)
Playroom allows developers to simultaneously design across a variety of themes and screen sizes. Developers can iterate designs, create quick mockups and interactive prototypes, evaluate the flexibility of their design system, and share their work simply by copying the URL. It is powered by JSX and works with any component library.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
OpenAI bot crushes Dota 2 champions, and now anyone can play against it (5 minute read)
OpenAI Five played a best-of-three match against OG, the winners of last year’s The International, and won. The bot has been trained by playing millions of games against itself and has learned how to win consistently, albeit with certain limitations. During the competition, the bot was given a few handicaps. There was no communication between the bots, their reaction time was artificially slowed, and hero choice was limited as some hero skills would give the bot more advantages. While the bot knows how to win the game, it doesn’t actually know how to play the game, so it gets confused in novel situations. In the second of the two games played, OpenAI Five defeated OG within 20 minutes.
Tweet complaining about DMCA takedown abuse gets hit with DMCA takedown (2 minute read)
A tweet promoting a TorrentFreak article regarding leaked episodes from unreleased shows was hit with a DMCA takedown, a move which the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) complained about. The EFF tweet complaining about the takedown was also served with a DMCA takedown request. In the original article, TorrentFreak used screenshots from the leaked shows to prove that they were screener copies of the shows. The EFF claimed that this was fair use and not copyright infringement, as TorrentFreak was only reporting on the infringement. Twitter receives around 10,000 DMCA requests per month, and this is an example of how the takedown system can be abused.