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Samsung's folding screen tech has been stolen and sold to China (2 minute read)
Samsung's game-changing new foldable screen technology that will be used in its upcoming foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid has been stolen and sold to two Chinese firms for $14 million. 11 people have been indicted, three of them have been detained. Samsung says it's "surprised and appalled at the results of the investigation by prosecutors."
Advent of Code 2018 (Coding Challenge)
The annual Advent of Code coding challenge is underway, there's one coding puzzle each day until Christmas. It's pretty relaxed and really well set up, you can use any programming language you want, and if you want to take it seriously there's a leaderboard as well. If you're a redditor, you can also check out their subreddit (it's fairly active) at /r/adventofcode.
krisp (Desktop App)
Krisp is a cool free desktop app for Mac that uses machine learning to mute all background noise whenever you're on a call. It allows you to both "listen without noise" (muting background noise on the other end) and "speak without noise" (muting background noise on your end). I'm not sure if the demos are real world examples or set up to specifically to work well with their algorithm, but they're really impressive.
Swift Weekly (Newsletter)
Swift Weekly is a great resource to keep up with the Swift ecosystem. It's sort of like TLDR for Swift, it has curated news, tutorials, talks, and open source libraries, if you're an iOS developer definitely check this out!
Researchers Build Super Accurate Atomic Clocks That Can Spot Spacetime Deformations (2 minute read)
Scientists have created atomic clocks so accurate that they can detect slight perturbations in spacetime caused by gravity. The clocks are in sync with the natural frequency of ytterbium with an error of 1.4 parts in 10^18. To put this in perspective, they will take longer than the current age of the universe (14 billion years) to be off by 1 second. The scientists believe that the clocks can be used to try to detect dark matter, which cannot be seen through telescopes, but can still be detected by their gravity.
Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl (2 minute read)
Dark web sites are voluntarily "delisting" fentanyl, the first instance of these dark web operators effectively banning a drug. In the past they have banned things like weapons and explosives. It appears to be a commercial decision, as drug deaths lead to increased law enforcement scrutiny. Fentanyl is now causing 29,000 deaths per year, up from 3,000 five years ago.
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