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Experimental Weight-Loss Drug Shows Surgery-Like Results in New Trial (5 minute read)
An experimental type 2 diabetes and obesity drug from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has completed phase III trials. People who took the drug lost up to 22% of their body weight. The results of the drug are typically only seen in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. It could be on the market by next year. While the drug therapy appears promising, it is still yet to be seen whether people will be able to afford to buy it.
New Eye Drops Improve Aging Vision Without Glasses. Here's How They Work (5 minute read)
Vuity is an eye drop that was approved by the US FDA in late 2021 for treating presbyopia. Presbyopia is a common condition that makes the eyes unable to focus on close objects. It typically begins when people are in their 40s. The drops work by causing the pupils to get smaller, making it so that the light entering the eye is better concentrated onto the retina. They can cause issues with seeing in low-lighting conditions, but for some people, it could be a great alternative to glasses or surgery.
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Roboto … But Make It Flex (7 minute read)
Roboto Flex is a new version of Google's popular Roboto font that was released in 2011. The update comes with a huge range of weights and widths across optical sizes, plus additional capabilities for fine-tuning. It is designed to be super-scalable, adaptable, customizable, and optimizable. Many more details about the font, along with examples, are available in the article.
State of Engineering (10 minute read)
The 2022 State of Engineering survey looks at what software engineers spend their time on and how happy engineers are with their jobs. It looks at what engineers want, what they are frustrated about, how many hours they spend working, and more.
How AltStore is building a haven for forbidden iPhone apps (8 minute read)
AltStore is an app for installing apps outside of Apple's App Store. It has 300,000 monthly active users, with nearly 6,000 of those users contributing more than $14,500 per month to the app's Patreon. AltStore uses a sideloading method that Apple made available to developers. There are some limitations to the app, but the developer believes that the technical hurdles ensure that sideloading remains the domain of more tech-savvy users. AltStore is adding a 'Trusted Sources' section with apps that the developers have vetted themselves to lessen the risk of users installing malicious code.
Apple's Director of Machine Learning Resigns Due to Return to Office Work (2 minute read)
Apple's director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, has resigned from his role due in part to Apple's plan to return to in-person work. Employees are required to work from the office at least three days per week by May 23. A group of employees sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the issue, saying that many feel that they have to choose between their families, well-being, being empowered to do their best work, or being a part of Apple.