Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Apple recalls 15in MacBook Pro laptops over battery fire risk (1 minute read)
Apple has issued a recall on some of its 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017. These laptops contain batteries that may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. MacBook Pro owners can check whether their laptops are part of this recall on the Apple website. Apple will replace these laptop batteries free of charge, but the service may take one or two weeks. Laptop and desktop computers brought in $5.5 billion in revenue for Apple last quarter. Apple has recently also recalled some of its plug adapters due to an issue that caused electric shocks when touched.
Tesla Model 3 zips through Boring Co. tunnel at 116 mph in latest video (3 minute read)
A new video shared by a Tesla board member shows a Tesla Model 3 transporting two passengers between the corner of Prairie & 120th Street to the corner of Crenshaw & Rocket Rd in Hawthorne, CA. The car reached speeds of up to 116 mph and completed the trip in about one minute. At the moment, Autopilot is enabled up to 90 mph, but Tesla will soon be increasing it to 125 mph. The Boring Company built the one-mile tunnel at a cost of $10 million. Tunnels of the same type usually cost more than $500 million. Tesla has been approved to build two tunnels underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, and a new tunnel connecting Washington DC and Baltimore is currently being considered.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
Carl Sagan's Solar Sail Is Finally Ready To Fly (2 minute read)
The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, is sending a small spacecraft to orbit the planet. Known as the LightSail 2, the satellite builds on the success and learnings from the LightSail 1, which was launched in 2015. Carl Sagan had envisioned a spacecraft that could be entirely powered through solar energy. After a few days in orbit, the LightSail 2 will unfurl its sails and start receiving soft pushes from the sun’s rays. As the satellite will be in zero gravity, after 30 days, these small pushes will accumulate into a significant amount of momentum.
Rolls-Royce Is Building Snake Robots to Fix Jet Engines (2 minute read)
Rolls-Royce has designed new robots to inspect and repair its turbofan engines as part of its IntelligentEngine vision. Two types of snake-like robots were revealed. COBRA is controlled by an engineer using fully-immersive virtual reality equipment in order to view what is inside an engine, and FLARE is able to make repairs to thermal coatings inside of jet engines without the need to remove the engine from the aircraft wing. A third type of robot called SWARM is a small machine that allows engineers to view a jet engine in action from the interior without needing to dismantle any parts. These robots are still in testing phases, but the results have been promising, and they demonstrate what the future of aircraft repair might look like.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
No Ageism in Tech (Website)
According to several news sources and personal anecdotes, older tech professionals are finding it increasingly hard to find employment, even though they are well-qualified for many positions. The tech environment appears to attract younger people, and older, more experienced professionals are being left behind. This website provides links to a range of tech companies that are fighting against ageism in tech by offering job roles specifically for older professionals. Job seekers can browse employment listings, and age-friendly employers can list their company and job openings on the website.
dlaicourse (GitHug Repo)
This repository contains notebooks for deep learning. Each notebook contains practical exercises and explanations related to deep learning, starting from a ‘Hello World’ exercise and delving into deeper topics, such as Natural Language Processing.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
US cyberattack reportedly hit Iranian targets (2 minute read)
The US reportedly hit Iranian targets with a cyber attack on the same day that airstrikes were called off against Iran. An ‘intelligence group’ that is closely tied to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was the target of the cyber attack, which was crippling to Iran’s military command and control systems but did not result in any loss of life. Iranian missile systems were also targeted. The attack took several weeks to plan and was meant to be a response to recent attacks on oil tankers and US drone aircraft. Cyber attacks from Iran have become increasingly common. It is unclear what the total impact of the US cyber attack will be, but tensions are likely to increase, especially since Trump plans to impose additional sanctions on Iran.