TLDR Daily Update 2020-04-16

Apple's new iPhone ๐Ÿ“ฑ, Google slows hiring ๐Ÿ“‰, Microsoft's planetary computer ๐Ÿ’ป

Big Tech & Startups

Amazon to close French warehouses until next week after court order (2 minute read)

Amazon will close its French warehouses after it received a court order to limit deliveries to essential goods such as food and medical supplies. The warehouses will be closed until at least April 20. During this time, Amazon will reassess the risks of operating during the pandemic and take necessary measures to ensure the safety of its employees. Amazon will use a state partial unemployment scheme to pay its employees during the suspension. Science &

Apple announces the new $399 iPhone SE for 2020 (4 minute read)

Apple has revealed the new iPhone SE at a starting price of $399 for a 64GB version. The new phone has the same shape and design as the iPhone 8, an A13 Bionic chip, a 12-megapixel back lens, improved camera software, Qi wireless charging, and more. As the phone is running the same processor that is currently in Apple's most expensive phones, the device is likely to receive software updates for many years to come.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Two new solar cells break records, including highest efficiency ever (2 minute read)

Two new devices have broken three records for solar cell efficiency. The six-junction III-V solar cell had a solar conversion efficiency towards the 50 percent mark when tested in conditions where light was focused to be about 143 times stronger than natural sunlight. A new type of tandem solar cell was able to reach a peak efficiency of 24.16 percent. While the tandem cells were not as efficient as other existing ones, the thinness of the technology means flexible solar modules can be produced.

Microsoftโ€™s new โ€˜Planetary Computerโ€™ project will use global environmental data to support sustainability (1 minute read)

Microsoft's Planetary Computer is an endeavor that uses aggregate global environmental data to better understand the challenges faced in planetary health and to provide answers about how to plan for sustainability. The computer will complete tasks such as providing searchable satellite imagery, global species habitat information, and more. This is an evolution of Microsoft's AI for Earth program that was launched in 2017.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Falcon (GitHub Repo)

Falcon is a free, open-source SQL editor with inline data visualization. It works without an internet connection. Falcon supports connecting to RedShift, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, Impala, MS SQL, Oracle, SQLite, and more.

Ask HN: Why did you leave the tech industry? (Hacker News Thread)

People leave the tech industry for many reasons. The idea of working long hours in indoor environments doesn't appeal to a lot of people, and for many, it is just a way to put food on the table. A lot of people from the tech industry work many years to find that they would enjoy working in a less stressful position, with more control over their time and life. While people might have left the tech industry, they still return to tech forums like Hacker News as tech remains their main hobby.

Google to slow hiring for rest of 2020, CEO tells staff (1 minute read)

Google will slow hiring for the rest of the year but will continue to onboard many of the people that they have hired but haven't started yet. The search company will focus its investments on data centers and machines and non-business essential marketing and travel. While many companies have fired thousands of workers, Google remains a haven for current employees during the pandemic. However, the decision to slow hiring shows how even Google is being affected by the recent economic downturn.

Hackers Are Selling a Critical Zoom Zero-Day Exploit for $500,000 (4 minute read)

Two critical vulnerabilities for Zoom's software that allows hackers to spy on users' calls are on the market for $500,000. The zero-day exploits are present in Zoom's Windows and macOS clients. Remote Code Execution bugs are sought after as they allow hackers to break in without having to rely on the target falling for a phishing attack. RCE exploits generally also allow hackers to access the target's whole machine. The Windows bug is an RCE exploit, while the macOS bug isn't, which means that the MacOS bug is less dangerous and harder to use in a real hack. Government bodies have issued warnings not to use Zoom due to privacy issues. Give feedback by replying here or messaging me on Twitter @tldrdan! If you don't want to receive future editions of TLDR, please click here.  

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