Big Tech &
SpaceX confirms Starlink internet private beta underway, showing low latency and speeds over 100Mbps (1 minute read)
SpaceX's Starlink internet service has demonstrated low latency speeds and download speeds over 100Mbps. Its capabilities far exceed the capabilities of most options in poorly covered areas. SpaceX expects more features to be unlocked as the network is updated. Starlink recently completed its first inter-satellite link between its satellites. The ability for Starlink satellites to communicate with each other via optical laser will be a core feature of the network.
New Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Uses Augmented Reality to Race Inside Your Home (2 minute read)
Nintendo has announced Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a game where players use their Nintendo Switches to pilot a physical kart around their home. Players can set up various gate markers to create tracks. The game will add power-ups and traps and the physical cart will respond to them accordingly. Home Circuit is set to launch on October 16. A 2-minute long announcement trailer is available in the article.
Swiss region to take cryptocurrency for tax payments in 2021 (2 minute read)
Switzerland's Zug canton has said that it plans to accept cryptocurrencies for tax payments starting next year. The canton will accept tax payments of up to 100,000 Swiss francs starting in February. A pilot program is expected to launch in the next few weeks. Taxpayers who want to pay in cryptocurrency will receive a QR code for payments after notifying tax authorities. An attempt by Ohio to accept cryptocurrencies for tax payments was ruled illegal by the state's attorney general last year.
Physicists discover "anti-gravity" in bizarre buoyancy experiment (5 minute read)
French physicists have discovered a new kind of buoyancy produced through vibrating a medium. In experiments, the scientists found that highly viscous fluids levitated slightly above the bottom of an inverted air-filled chamber if the chamber was vibrating rapidly. This produced some interesting effects, with the scientists demonstrating that a toy boat could float upside down in a stable state on the underside of the levitating liquid. The discovery could have ripple effects in chemical engineering, where scientists use bubble filled columns as bioreactors.
Programming, Design & Data Science
How They Test (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains a collection of resources about how software companies test their software. It includes books, blogs, articles, videos, and handbooks from companies such as Airbnb, ASOS, eBay, Twitter, and more.
Modern Data Engineer Roadmap - 2020 (GitHub Repo)
The Modern Data Engineer Roadmap provides a picture of the modern data engineering landscape and serves as a study guide for aspiring data engineers. It covers computer science fundamentals, programming languages, testing, database fundamentals, and much more. A typical data engineer will master only a subset of the tools listed in the roadmap over several years.
Twitch now lets anyone host an online movie party with the Amazon Prime Video library (1 minute read)
Twitch's Watch Parties function is now available to the public, allowing streamers and their subscribers to watch Amazon's library of movies and TV shows together. Watch Parties was built specifically for Amazon Prime Video and is not currently available on mobile devices. Licensing complications will affect what viewers can see across regions. All viewers need to have an Amazon Prime account to use the feature.