TLDR Daily Update 2022-05-20

TikTok gaming 🎮, Apple VR headset operational 🥽, WhatsApp Business API 💬

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Big Tech & Startups

TikTok plans big push into gaming, conducting tests in Vietnam (3 minute read)

TikTok is testing games on its video-sharing app in Vietnam. It plans to roll out gaming more widely in Southeast Asia as early as the third quarter. The company plans to draw primarily on ByteDance's suite of games. TikTok will require a license to feature games on its platform in Vietnam, but the company expects the process to go smoothly. Users on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, have been able to play games on the platform since 2019 and a few games have been launched in the US.

Apple’s board of directors reportedly tried out its upcoming AR / VR headset (3 minute read)

A mixed reality headset capable of both augmented and virtual reality has been presented to Apple's board of directors. Apple engineers are now developing an operating system for the device called Reality OS, or rOS. The device will feature AirPods Max-like fabric mesh and a headband that looks almost like an Apple Watch loop. It will be powered by an M1-class chip. The device is not likely to be ready for an announcement at WWDC next month.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

Watch Boeing launch a critical Starliner test flight to the ISS (2 minute read)

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is making another attempt to reach the International Space Station. The test flight will determine whether the spacecraft is ready for manned missions. Starliner launched on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. If the mission is successful, Starliner will reach the ISS with over 800 pounds of cargo within 24 hours. A video of the launch is available in the article.

New US lab to create versions of atoms never recorded on Earth (4 minute read)

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams aims to create thousands of isotopes never before recorded on Earth. There are 285 isotopes of elements that exist on Earth, but there are potentially 10,000 isotopes for elements up to uranium. Studying these isotopes will help scientists gain new insights into the reactions that created the elements within stars. It could also help scientists test theories about the fundamental forces in nature and yield new isotopes for medical use.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

graphql-yoga (GitHub Repo)

GraphQL Yoga is a fully-featured GraphQL server with sensible defaults and everything required for a minimal setup. It supports GraphQL subscriptions, file uploads, JSON and GraphQL content types, ESM, and plugins. GraphQL Yoga is compatible with all GraphQL clients and can be deployed anywhere.

Ratchet (GitHub Repo)

Ratchet is a tool for improving the security of CI/CD workflows by automating the process of pinning and unpinning upstream versions. It supports GitHub Actions and Google Cloud Build. Unless CI workflows, containers, and base images are specifically pinned to checksummed versions, everything is mutable, which poses a substantial security and reliability risk. Ratchet simplifies this process and keeps version records.

MQTT vs Kafka to build an IoT architecture (Sponsor)

This tutorial is a walkthrough of an experiment where an IoT advocate pushed time series data to InfluxDB with a MQTT publisher and Kafka producer to understand the core mechanics behind each.Learn how he did it and which solution he found more powerful.
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Miscellaneous

WhatsApp ramps up revenue with global launch of Cloud API and soon, a paid tier for its Business App (3 minute read)

WhatsApp is launching the WhatsApp Cloud API for all businesses worldwide. The company's Business API platform supports automated quick replies, greeting messages, FAQs, away messaging, statistics, and more. WhatsApp Cloud API allows businesses to use the Business API without having to integrate it with their back-end systems. The service aims to eliminate costly server expenses for businesses. It is free to use.

Framework’s new laptop means the promise of modular gadgets might be coming true (3 minute read)

Framework has released a new version of its ultra-repairable, upgradeable laptop. It features a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 chip, a more rigid top cover, and Wi-Fi 6E support. The new laptop's parts are completely backward-compatible with first-generation devices. Customers who purchased the first version of the laptop can upgrade their device without having to buy a new one.

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