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TikTok tests a dedicated Shop feed that highlights products you can buy now (3 minute read)
TikTok is testing a dedicated Shop feed that lets users browse and purchase products. The tab will serve as a hub for products sold in TikTok Shop. TikTok Shop is a feature available in select markets that lets merchants and creators sell products directly on TikTok. The Shop feed will include a search bar and different shopping categories. Screenshots of the Shop feed are available in the article.
Amazon’s new physical retail analytics service gives brands insights about product and ad performance (3 minute read)
Amazon is launching a new physical retail store analytics service that will give brands anonymized insights about their products in stores that use Just Walk Out and Dash Cart technologies. Brands will have access to information about how their products are discovered, considered, and purchased, as well as data on how their products rank and perform. The data is aggregated and anonymized, and it doesn't contain any personal information. Shoppers can opt-out of data collection while using Just Walk Out or Dash Cart through Amazon's Store Analytics website.
Raspberry Pi announces the Pico W, a $6 microcontroller equipped with Wi-Fi (3 minute read)
Raspberry Pi has announced the Pico W, Pico H, and Pico WH. The Pico W is a version of the Pico with a wireless antenna. Its wireless chip is capable of Bluetooth, but Bluetooth is not currently enabled. The Pico H and Pico WH are versions of the Pico and Pico W with pre-attached pinheaders and debug connectors. The Pico W and H are available now and the Pico WH will be available in August. More details about the hardware are available in the article.
Scientists develop first-of-its-kind implant that relieves pain without drugs (4 minute read)
Researchers have developed an implant that can relieve pain on demand without the use of drugs. The device works by wrapping around nerves and delivering targeted cooling via evaporation. A sensor ensures that the cooling doesn't damage any tissue. The device can be remotely activated and users can control its intensity. Cooling nerves numbs them and blocks pain signals to the brain. The device is water-soluble and it is naturally absorbed by the body after use.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Improve Git monorepo performance with a file system monitor (22 minute read)
This article discusses the new built-in FSMonitor added in Git version 2.37.0 and how it improves performance on very large worktrees. The Git file system monitor (FSMonitor) feature speeds up commands like git status and git add by reducing the size of the search. These commands are slow as they are searching the entire worktree looking for changes, which can be a problem for very large worktrees. FSMonitor continually watches worktrees to have a complete view of all file system changes.
bentoctl (GitHub Repo)
bentoctl is a command-line tool built on top of BentoML for deploying machine-learning models to cloud platforms. It supports major cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. bentoctl is optimized for CI/CD workflow and it is extensible with custom operators. A list of supported cloud platforms is available.
Y Combinator announces Launch YC, a way for its portfolio to shout to the public (2 minute read)
Launch YC is a platform where people can sort accelerator startups by industry, batch, and launch date. Standing out within a batch is harder than ever. Launch offers startups a way to get in front of early customers and investors. Y Combinator founders currently participating in an accelerator batch can announce via Launch before Demo Day. Launch is currently only for recently-backed YC Companies and product updates from YC Alumni.
Samsung beats TSMC to production of 3nm chips (2 minute read)
Samsung has started producing 3nm chips. Its new process is 45% more power-efficient than its previous 5nm process and it produces chips with 23% higher performance and a 16% smaller surface area. TSMC's 3nm process isn't expected to go into mass production until the second half of 2022. Samsung's chips will be manufactured in South Korea for now. Its Texas plant is not scheduled to start manufacturing until 2024.