Big Tech &
Lyft launches a car rental service with no mileage limit (2 minute read)
Lyft is launching a car rental service that will be available in its main smartphone app. Customers who use the service will receive a $20 ride credit to help them get to and from the rental vehicle. Renters must be over 22 and have a valid driver's license. There will be no mileage limit and users will be charged a local market rate for gas. Vehicles can be rented for up to two weeks. Prices start from $35 a day for a Volkswagen Passat sedan. All cars will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lyft will also be selling coverage options for the rentals.
Microsoft’s next Xbox is Xbox Series X, coming holiday 2020 (3 minute read)
The Xbox Series X has been officially revealed by Microsoft at the Game Awards. It is designed to be used in both vertical and horizontal orientations. The Xbox Series X will deliver four times the processing power of the Xbox One X. It has a custom-designed CPU based on AMD's Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. The console will support 8K gaming, frame rates of up to 120 fps, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate. Microsoft has not officially talked about its GPU performance, but it could be capable of 12 teraflops. A new controller was revealed that is slightly smaller with a new Share button. The Xbox Series X will include an Auto Low Latency Mode and Dynamic Latency Input, which will make the console the most responsive console ever.
Robot bartending company is handing out cash to the people it is replacing (2 minute read)
Automation will have a massive impact on employment in the coming decade. For every robotic bartending system they sell, startup Makr Shakr will give a $1,000 monthly stipend to a select person in a field likely to be affected by automation. The program will start in December. Brian Townsell, a US citizen who has worked in hospitality much of his career, will be the first recipient of the scheme. Makr Shakr hopes that the stipend will help support people to look for more stable forms of employment. It is unknown how long people will continue to receive money.
Larry Page is quietly funding efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine (2 minute read)
Google co-founder Larry Page has been funding flu-fighting efforts through private, for-profit companies. Flu Lab is a company that provides funding for flu vaccine development initiatives. It funds a program called Shoo The Flu that provides flu shots for school children in Oakland, California. Shoo The Flu's director is also the CEO of Flu Lab. The goal of the funding is to create a universal flu vaccine, which would mean that one shot would protect people for more than one flu season. A final product is still likely years away. As both companies are private, they are not required to file public tax returns, nor are they required to reveal what they do with the money that they receive.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Reverse Engineering (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains over 3000 open source tools and around 600 blog posts on reverse engineering. There are Chinese and English versions of the collection.
DockerSlim (GitHub Repo)
DockerSlim optimizes and secures Docker containers by using analysis techniques to understand the needs of an application. It removes unnecessary clutter, so containers become smaller and more secure. There are options to retain packages if required. DockerSlim works with Node.js. Python, Ruby, Java, Golang, Ubuntu, and more. A short screencast is available to show how an application image is minified by more than 30x.
Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air (5 minute read)
The NulledCast is a podcast that is live-streamed on Discord where hackers take over people's Ring and Nest smart home cameras and use the speakers to harass unsuspecting owners. Ring cameras are home surveillance devices that have been heavily marketed by Amazon. The devices have been wildly popular, with even some police departments around the country signing partnerships with Amazon to sell the devices to citizens. Recently, software to hack Ring devices has become popular on some forums. The hacks have gained mainstream media attention and the Nulled forums have removed all posts regarding the hacks as a response. They have also banned all discussion about Ring hacks. The podcast will continue to run.