Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Amazon hit by extensive fraud with hackers siphoning merchant funds (2 minute read)
Unidentified hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts over six months on Amazon last year. The attack targeted about 100 accounts and transferred cash from loans and sales from merchant accounts into their own bank accounts at Barclays and Prepay Technologies. Amazon issued around $1 billion in loans in 2018, and it is unclear how much the hackers stole.
Nike uses AR to help you find the right fit for your sneakers (2 minute read)
A new feature on the Nike app will be available in July. Nike Fit will measure feet size down to the millimeter by using AR technology. According to industry research, up to 60 percent of people wear the wrong shoe sizes. With Nike Fit, customers can get suggestions for shoe designs straight from the app to order online directly. Store consultants will also be able to make recommendations after scanning a QR code from the customer's phone.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
The World’s First 3D-Printed Village Is Coming to Latin America This Summer (2 minute read)
Designs for a completely 3D-printed community to be built in an undisclosed location in Latin America have been unveiled. Over 50 homes will be built, each with an outdoor kitchen and a small farming area. A portable 3D printer developed by ICON will create durable and scalable homes out of concrete within 24 hours with nearly zero waste. It is hoped that the new homes will be able to help families out of poverty and provide benefits for many generations to come.
Jeff Bezos unveils lunar lander to take astronauts to the moon by 2024 (5 minute read)
Blue Origin, a space company owned by Jeff Bezos, who invests more than $1 billion into the company each year, unveiled its moon lander for the first time on Thursday. According to Bezos, manufacturing on the moon would take 24 times less energy than on Earth due to lower gravity. The Blue Moon lander is able to transport 3.6 tons of material to the surface of the moon. A new rocket engine was also revealed and will be test fired for the first time this summer. Blue Origin has been developing several space technologies at the same time in order to help humanity expand across the solar system.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Awesome Product Design (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains a collection of bookmarks, resources, and articles for product designers. There are nine categories: research, UI, UX, visual, prototype, accessibility, writing, data, and IoT. Each category is broken down into topics and subtopics. Users can contribute to the collection by submitting a pull request.
Fusuma (GitHub Repo)
Fusuma allows users to create slides easily by writing MarkDown. It supports Webslides, Presentation API, various modes, and more. There are multiple demos of Fusuma available.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
They Got Rich Off Uber and Lyft. Then They Moved to Low-Tax States (7 minute read)
Many millennials who had worked on startups such as Uber and Lyft from the beginning have moved from California to low-tax states. As these tech startups have become huge and stock values rise, these original employees, many who were initially incentivized through stock options, have become rich. Most state that they are moving away from California due to wanting to be away from the startup scene, rather than for just the obvious tax breaks, but it is rare to see one of these new millionaires move to a high-tax state such as New York.
It’s Time to Break Up Facebook (27 minute read)
Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, writes about his experience with Mark Zuckerberg and working on Facebook. While he believes that Zuckerberg is still the same person he was when they started Facebook, he says that this is what makes his new influence so dangerous. His focus on growth rather than security has had a huge impact on our society, and Zuckerberg's power is only increasing as the company grows and expands. Hughes believes that Zuckerberg should be held accountable for Facebook's many scandals and that the company needs to be broken up in order to control the amount of power that it holds.