TLDR 2022-10-27

Apple confirms USB-C iPhone ⚡, Meta's earnings disaster 📉, Elon enters Twitter HQ 🐦

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Big Tech & Startups

Meta shares drop 12% on weak fourth-quarter forecast and earnings miss (2 minute read)

Meta shares plummeted after the company issued a weak forecast for the fourth quarter and came up short on expected earnings. The company is dealing with a broad slowdown in online ad spending, challenges from Apple's iOS privacy update, and increased competition from TikTok. Despite earning less, the company's costs and expenses have risen 19% year over year. A summary of Meta's earnings is available in the article.

Apple confirms the iPhone is getting USB-C (2 minute read)

Apple has confirmed that the iPhone will get USB-C due to the EU's new laws. The new rules mandate that all phones sold in EU countries must use USB-C if they have a physical charger. Companies have until autumn 2024 to comply. Apple might not include the connector on phones sold outside the EU.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Moonwalkers give users a powered boost as they walk (2 minute read)

Moonwalkers are shoe attachments with motorized wheels that can help increase wearers' walking speeds by 250%. They can be attached to a wide variety of shoes using adjustable straps and magnetic buckles. The devices continuously communicate with each other and monitor the user's gait to adjust speed. They can switch between Shift and Lock modes with a simple foot movement. A video from the Moonwalkers' Kickstarter project is available in the article.

Flying taxis, robotic avatars and holograms — Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with its sci-fi city vision (4 minute read)

Saudi Arabia has started excavation work for the Neom project. The Neom project, which has a budget of $500 billion, includes an area called The Line which will be composed of two parallel skyscrapers that cut across the desert over 170 kilometers. It will be 200 meters wide and 500 meters tall and encased on all sides with mirrors. Many more details about the Neom project are available in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science

TypeScript-JSON (GitHub Repo)

TypeScript-JSON is a transformer library that provides JSON-related functions. It features powerful runtime type checkers and a fast JSON.stringify function guarded by type validation. Benchmark results against similar tools are available.

Hertz (GitHub Repo)

Hertz is a Golang HTTP framework for building microservices. It is widely used inside ByteDance. Hertz features high extensibility, multi-protocol support, and network layer switching.

Apple Reportedly Planning to Release Larger 16-Inch iPad Next Year (1 minute read)

Apple could be preparing to release 14- and 16-inch iPads next year. The larger display sizes are likely aimed at creative professionals who prefer larger screens. The iPad Pro was just updated with an M2 chip, Wi-Fi 6E, an Apple Pencil hover feature, and ProRes video recording support.

The end is (maybe)

Elon Musk posted a video of himself walking into Twitter's San Francisco headquarters holding a sink with the caption 'Entering Twitter HQ - let that sink in'. Musk has until Friday to close the deal to buy Twitter. He announced last week that he plans to lay off 75% of Twitter's staff if he takes over. The video Musk posted is available in the article.
Quick Links

Files are fraught with peril (29 minute read)

This article discusses how file systems differ from each other and issues that can occur when writing to files.

Four years after being acquired by Microsoft, GitHub keeps doing its thing (3 minute read)

GitHub has remained an independent entity within Microsoft over the last four years.

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Spotify says Apple is ‘choking competition’ and ruining its audiobook store (2 minute read)

Spotify's complicated process for buying books helps the company avoid paying Apple's 30% commission.

Turbopack (Website)

Turbopack is a Rust-powered incremental bundler optimized for JavaScript and TypeScript.

Pokemon Cards Holo effect v2 (Website)

This CodePen contains a selection of advanced CSS styles for creating realistic-looking effects on Pokémon cards.
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