Big Tech &
Samsung unveils Apple Card competitor dubbed 'Samsung Money by SoFi' (2 minute read)
Samsung has launched Samsung Money in a partnership with fintech company SoFi. The service will act similar to a bank account or credit union. Samsung Money accounts are FDIC insured for up to $1.5 million. Users will be able to check their balance, pause or restart spending, freeze or unfreeze their card, and change their pin from the Samsung Pay app. Samsung Money will be available to Samsung Galaxy users in the US later this summer.
Instagram will share revenue with creators for the first time through ads in IGTV (3 minute read)
Instagram will begin sharing revenue with creators through ads in IGTV and badges that viewers can purchase on Instagram Live. The program will begin next week for around 200 approved English-speaking creator partners. Users will see the ads when they click to watch IGTV videos. Instagram is still tweaking the feature. To begin with, all IGTV videos will be reviewed by a human operator before they are accepted for monetization. Instagram Live badges will cost between $0.99 and $4.99. They will give users extra visibility and creators will be able to see which users have purchased badges. Instagram will be expanding Live Shopping and access to Brand Collabs Manager in the coming months.
SpaceX’s first astronaut launch is scrubbed due to weather – next attempt set for Saturday (2 minute read)
SpaceX was set to launch its first-ever crewed spaceflight from Cape Canaveral in Florida on May 27 but it was delayed due to weather issues. The launch has been rescheduled for May 30. If the mission is successful, the Crew Dragon will be certified for regular operational use by NASA, which means SpaceX will be able to begin offering regular transportation services for astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX has already begun plans to offer flights to private citizens, commercial scientists, and other types of passengers.
A Possible Meteor Was Just Seen Exploding in The Sky in Turkey (3 minute read)
A possible meteor exploded above northern Turkey on Wednesday. It was visible from several provinces in the area, appearing around 8:30 pm local time. Footage of the supposed meteorite is available in the article. The object has yet to be officially identified, but meteorologists have stated that the footage shows what appears to be a meteor shower. Meteor showers are fairly common. It is estimated that millions of meteors and micro meteors enter Earth's atmosphere every day.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Blush is a tool that allows developers to use and customize illustrations from artists around the world. It is currently available as a plugin on Figma and as a web app. Additional integrations are coming soon. There are 13 collections of images with categories such as Fancy Plants, Cityscapes, Squiggles, and more. Blush's high-quality PNG images are free to use for personal and commercial purposes.
Supabase (GitHub Repo)
Supabase adds realtime and RESTful APIs to existing PostgreSQL databases without the need for any code. It can listen to changes in a PostgreSQL database, query tables, and modify rows. Supabase is accessible by mobile and web with simple client libraries and works without any major changes to your database.
Trump to 'sign executive order about social media' (3 minute read)
US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media firms after an incident where Twitter added fact-check links to one of his tweets. Trump threatened to 'strongly regulate' or even 'close down' social media platforms in response to the warning label. He claimed that Twitter was completely stifling free speech. Jack Dorsey responded to the criticism by standing by Twitter's decision to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.
‘A Shameful Nightmare’: Truckloads of Perfectly Good JUMP Bikes Are Being Shredded (4 minute read)
JUMP is a bike-and-scooter share startup owned by Uber that operates in 37 cities around the world. In the last few weeks, thousands of JUMP electric bikes and scooters have been condemned to be recycled. The vehicles are in good condition and many people feel that they are being wasted. There is currently a high demand for micro-mobility devices. An Uber spokesperson stated that due to issues with maintenance, liability, safety, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment, the best approach was to recycle the vehicles rather than to redistribute them.