Big Tech &
Gene engineers make super-size plants that are 40% larger (3 minute read)
Genetic engineers have created tobacco plants that are 40% larger than normal by genetically modifying them to photosynthesize more efficiently. It's the first time scientists have been able to enlarge plants by this much. Tobacco was chosen because it grows quickly and is easy to genetically modify, but the technique will soon be applied to food crops like potatoes, soybeans, and cowpeas.
GM's Cruise partners with DoorDash to test autonomous food delivery (2 minute read)
GM's Cruise self-driving division will team up with DoorDash to test autonomous food delivery in San Francisco, starting in early 2019. Cruise has 180 vehicles and over 400 safety drivers, and will be using the service to start experimenting with commercial uses of its self-driving technology as it doesn't yet have a license from the state to operate as a ride-sharing company.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Jetpack (GitHub Repo)
Jetpack is a wrapper around Webpack that makes it easier to use, it can be used as a drop-in replacement for webpack, webpack-cli, webpackdev-server, and webpack-dev-middleware. It's sort of a set of sane defaults for Webpack that's an alternative to more specific Webpack configurations like Create React App or Next.js.
What to expect at CES 2019 (3 minute read)
At next week's Consumer Electronic Show (CES), a number of futuristic devices will be unveiled, including 8k TVs, foldable screens on phones, tablets, and TVs, virtual assistants including Alexa Auto, Amazon's in-car virtual assistant, smart home gadgets like fridges, ovens, and even toilets, autonomous cars, and 5G devices. Should be fun!