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Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
LG’s new V60 ThinQ 5G shows steady evolution for a company in need of big change (4 minute read)
LG has revealed its third dual-screen smartphone, the V60 ThinQ 5G. It features Qualcomm's latest processor, 5G data, 8K video, a hi-fi headphone jack, dual-screens, and more. The screens are 6.8-inch FHD+ OLED panels and the hinge can be rotated to any angle, turning the phone into a mini-laptop of sorts. Users will be able to use Google apps in the wide-view mode that spans both displays at once. When held horizontally, one display can be used as a full-screen keyboard. The phone is best suited for multitasking with different apps on each screen, for example, ride-share drivers can run Uber and Lyft apps at the same time on each screen. Pricing and availability has not been announced yet, but it is expected to be released in spring.
GrubHub+ gets you free deliveries and cashback for $10 a month (1 minute read)
GrubHub+ is the new subscription for GrubHub that includes unlimited free delivery, 10 percent cash back on orders, and other perks. The perks will only be available with restaurants that enroll in the program. There are currently approximately 100,000 restaurants participating in the program in the US. A 14-day free trial is available, and GrubHub is offering a 30-day free trial for customers subscribed to a competing service. There is a $12 minimum for an order to qualify for free delivery.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
Modern Alchemy: Stanford Finds Fast, Easy Way to Make Diamonds – “Cheating the Thermodynamics” (4 minute read)
Researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to transform a substance found in fossil fuels into diamonds with pressure and low heat. Diamond synthesis usually requires a large amount of energy, time, or the addition of a catalyst, which adds impurities. Diamondoids are tiny, odorless, and slightly sticky powders that resemble rock salt. They are made up of atoms arranged in the same pattern as diamonds, but they contain hydrogen. Diamondoids can reorganize into diamonds with surprisingly little energy, without passing through other forms of carbon, such as graphite. The method is currently only able to make specks of diamonds, and it is impractical until larger crystals can be formed.
The Pentagon Is Working on a Nuclear Thermal Rocket (2 minute read)
The Pentagon is working on a nuclear thermal propulsion engine that will fly satellites around in space. It will enable the US to better mine resources from the moon as well as serve as a weapon. The project is called the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations, or DRACO. NASA and the military believe this technology would be a good complement for its plans to return to the moon by 2024. Attaching a small nuclear reactor onto a rocket will allow for the creation of highly mobile satellites.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Getting acquainted with Tailwind UI (Website)
Tailwind UI is a collection of professionally designed, pre-built, fully responsive HTML snippets that can be dropped into Tailwind projects. This page contains a collection of free sample components. Categories include marketing, application UI, tables, forms, navigation, layouts, and elements. Each section provides a basic preview of the element and a link to the HTML code.
Neutralino (Github Repo)
Random stuff techies might be interested in
Apple won’t allow villains to use its products on screen (1 minute read)
According to movie director Rian Johnson, Apple has rules against its products being used by villains on-screen. The company takes extra steps to ensure that no bad guys ever use its phones in movies. It is unknown whether Apple approves every instance of iPhone usage in every movie or television show. Apple has always been obsessed with its image, as its products are marketed as status symbols.
No Email. No WhatsApp. No Internet. This Is Now Normal Life In Kashmir (18 minute read)
On August 5 last year, the Indian government revoked a law that granted Jammu and Kashmir a measure of autonomy, splitting the state into two territories. The government then shut down all communications and arrested thousands of activists and academics in order to quell public opposition to the move. Over the last six months, communications such as landline phones, texting, and some access to government-approved websites has been restored, but the rest of the internet is still off-limits to citizens. People are calling the internet shut down a human rights violation and that it is a move to break the will of the Kashmiri people. The shutdown has caused life in the area to come to a standstill and people are struggling.