Big Tech &
Here’s everything Apple announced at its ‘Spring Loaded’ event today (3 minute read)
Apple just announced updates to its iMacs, iPad Pros, Apple TV, iPhones, and Podcast app. It also finally unveiled its long-rumored AirTag tracking device, which will launch at the end of the month. The new iMacs and iPad Pros will feature Apple's M1 chipset, providing significant performance improvements to both devices. The Apple TV will be powered by the A12 Bionic chip. It has a redesigned remote with a five-way click pad and an iPod-like scroll wheel. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are getting a new purple color option. Apple's Podcast app has been redesigned, with options for paid subscriptions now available.
Amazon is opening a hair salon with an AR color bar (2 minute read)
Amazon has opened a salon in east London. Customers at the salon can try on virtual hair colors using an augmented reality color bar and shop for products using displays and QR codes. The salon will offer traditional styling with professional stylists from Neville Hair and Beauty. Amazon has also recently opened its first convenience stores in the UK, and it has three Amazon Fresh sites operating across London. It currently has no plans to launch additional salons.
Quantum internet: A revolution in knowledge is almost a reality (4 minute read)
Physicists in the Netherlands have successfully connected three quantum devices. It is the first time a network has been constructed from quantum processors. A quantum-powered internet would allow astonishing levels of privacy and security. It would theoretically be able to supply the processing power needed to solve some of humanity's most challenging problems. Fully-realized quantum internet is still far away, but the three-node network demonstrates how quantum devices could communicate with each other to create a functioning quantum internet in the near future.
Programming, Design & Data Science
mongitaDB (GitHub Repo)
mongitaDB is a lightweight embedded document database. It is a self-contained Python library that implements a commonly-used subset of the MongoDB/PyMongo interface. mongitaDB can be used as an alternative to SQLite or for unit testing.
Moving Gradient animation with CSS (3 minute read)
This article shows you how to make a complete page background animation with CSS moving gradients. It explains how the code works, and then it shows how the code can be modified to make more complex effects.
Venmo’s new crypto service lets you buy and sell bitcoin, ether, and litecoin (3 minute read)
Venmo will soon let its users buy, sell, and hold bitcoin, ether, litecoin, and bitcoin cash. The feature will roll out for all customers in the next few weeks. There will be a minimum purchase fee of 50 cents. Users will be limited to $20,000 in cryptocurrency purchases each week, with a total limit of $50,000 during each 12-month period. Venmo will not support peer-to-peer transactions, so users will have to convert their funds back to USD to transfer elsewhere. PayPal and Venmo use the Paxos crypto brokerage service.
Ransomware gang tries to extort Apple hours ahead of Spring Loaded event (3 minute read)
Quanta Computer, the biggest laptop manufacturer in the world, was hacked by the REvil crew, who stole large quantities of confidential designs and data from several major brands. REvil attempted to extort Apple with the release of the data after Quanta refused to pay a ransom. The group has threatened to publish new data every day until the ransom has been paid. It hinted that it may leak the data of other companies. The extortion attempt was timed to coincide with Apple's Spring Loaded event for maximum visibility. Apple is investigating the incident.