Big Tech &
Huawei is bringing its search app to replace Google’s search engine (2 minute read)
Since the US government has stopped Huawei from using Google’s services, Huawei has been forced to replace these apps. Huawei Mobile Services provides official services such as Mobile Cloud, AppGallery, Video, Themes, ScreenMagazine, and more. The most difficult function to replicate is Google’s search engine, but Huawei is working to develop Huawei Search to provide search functionality. The app will soon be available on all Huawei and Honor phones via AppGallery, and new models will have it pre-installed by default.
Republican mega-donor buys stake in Twitter and seeks to oust Jack Dorsey – report (2 minute read)
A major Republican donor has bought a stake in Twitter in order to oust its CEO, Jack Dorsey. The founder of Elliott Management, Paul Singer, opposed Donald Trump during his run for president but has since changed sides. Trump communicates with the public via Twitter, which has recently announced a ban on political advertising. Dorsey plans to work and live in Africa for part of each year, and Singer is using this information to push Dorsey out of his position. Elliott Management is an activist investor and it regularly pushes for change in companies in which it buys shares. It also works with countries, taking on partial repayment of debts by Argentina in 2016.
Innovative edge-finding AR eyepiece lets firefighters see through smoke (5 minute read)
During a fire, firefighters have to deal with incredibly physically tough scenarios which severely limit their mental and physical capabilities. It is difficult to see due to the smoke, hard to think as it is an extremely stressful situation, and communication is interrupted and distorted by the loud and dynamic environment. A new smart helmet device called C-Thru has a head-up display which fits over one eye. It provides an augmented reality feed from an onboard thermal camera that can show outlines of objects and people. The device uses artificial intelligence image recognition to detect shapes. A wearable device would be much more effective than the current hand-held thermal cameras used by firefighters. The headsets also provide firefighters with a better communication system, and the feed from the cameras can be shared between headsets. Demonstration footage showing the C-Thru being used is available.
First U.S. coronavirus death confirmed in Washington state (3 minute read)
The first death in the US from coronavirus was a man in his 50s with chronic underlying conditions. Two new cases in Washington state have recently been announced, with the cases linked to a long-term care facility. One of the new confirmed cases is a healthcare worker. Out of 108 residents and 180 staff at the healthcare facility, 27 residents and 25 staff members have symptoms of the virus. Testing is underway as public health officials rush to contain the outbreak. The recent patterns of cases in the US indicate that the disease is likely circulating within the population. COVID-19 has spread to 57 countries, infecting more than 85,000 people and killing more than 2,900. There have been 66 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Edtr.io (GitHub Repo)
Edtr.io is an in-line web editor written in React. Pages made in edtr.io look like the final page. Developers can create pages by dragging and dropping elements. Edtr.io is lean and can be made adaptable to any use case through its plugin architecture.
Rome (GitHub Repo)
Ask HN: How to find work while homeless? (Hacker News Thread)
Finding a job while homeless in Europe can be a tough ordeal as it is almost impossible without an address. There are charitable organizations that will provide a residence and an address as well as assist with government help. While churches used to be a place to get help, that is no longer the case in many areas. Trying to find a job when homeless is tough, and it is best to fix the main problem first.
My Ordinary Life: Improvements Since the 1990s (10 minute read)
Many things have changed since the 1990s, especially in our quality of life. It is difficult to see how new things change our lives when they first come out, but one can see the impact of an invention by looking back at their downstream effects. Many small inventions have added up to create the lives that we live in today. The internet, human genetics, AI, and VR now exist, and many small changes have made everything faster, more easily usable, and more organized. People no longer need to carry around a lot of equipment to do basic tasks - in fact, almost all machines are now smaller and much more convenient, for example, hearing aids. We wear better clothes, with specially designed fabrics. Medical procedures that used to be out-of-reach for average citizens are now affordable, for example, LASIK surgery. Society is now a lot safer and interconnected. Food is widely available in many places, and food quality and cleanliness are high. Most public places now have smoking restrictions.