Big Tech &
Microsoft's 'Netflix-for-gaming' service launches on iPhone and PC this week (2 minute read)
Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming service will roll out in beta on iOS and PCs this week. It is already available for Android. The release on iOS was delayed due to changes to the App Store rules made in September. Xbox Cloud Gaming allows users to stream games without having to download them. People who have the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan will be able to stream more than 100 titles, as long as they have a fast enough internet connection. The service will initially roll out in 22 countries.
Reddit Talk is a Clubhouse competitor for subreddits (1 minute read)
Reddit Talk is a new social audio product that allows subreddit moderators to start Clubhouse-like Talks. While moderators will have control over who can speak in the sessions, anybody on iOS or Android will be able to listen in on the app. There is a waitlist for people to try out the app. Screenshots from the app are available in the article.
Meet ASKA: The Street-Legal Flying Car That Reinvents Urban Living (2 minute read)
ASKA is a folding, electric, street-legal vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle that can cruise along city streets or fly through the air. The SUV-sized vehicle can sit up to four people. While flying, it can reach speeds of up to 241 km/h, with a range of 402 km. ASKA can transition between driving and flight modes anywhere there is a space wide enough for it to open its wings and rotor blades. It is available for pre-order now, with the first deliveries expected in 2026. Images of the vehicle are available in the article.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight (4 minute read)
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. On Monday, it flew to an altitude of 10 feet, hovered for 30 seconds, and then descended. It logged a total of 39.1 seconds of flight. The airfield where Ingenuity took off has been named the Wright Brothers Field. A video of the flight is available in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science
React Flow (GitHub Repo)
React Flow is a library for building node-based applications, from simple diagrams to complex interactive editors. It features seamless zooming and panning, different edge and node types, several event handlers, and more. React Flow is highly customizable. Examples are available.
Britain intervenes in Nvidia's $40 billion Arm takeover on national security concerns (2 minute read)
The UK government has issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice on Nvidia's proposed takeover of Arm. A report on the competition and national security aspects of the deal will be compiled before July 30. While the UK government wants to support the tech industry and welcomes foreign investment, it has to consider the national security implications of a transaction of this nature. Nvidia does not believe that the transaction poses any material national security issues.
I made an AI-powered Linux shell using OpenAI (5 minute video)
This video shows off an AI-powered Linux shell that uses OpenAI to interpret language and run commands. It can run complex commands, so the user doesn't have to waste time looking up how to do things. The shell can understand natural language queries, such as 'List files from biggest to smallest'. Due to OpenAI's restrictions, the software isn't public.
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