TLDR 2023-03-24

ChatGPT Plugins 🤖, Cash App fraud allegations 💰, engineering job market slowdown 📉

Big Tech & Startups

Tesla’s Wireless Charging Platform does what AirPower couldn’t (4 minute read)

Tesla has released a new wireless charging platform that is capable of simultaneously charging up to three devices. Weighing in at 1.6-2.3 pounds, the Tesla Wireless Charging Platform features a wedge-shaped magnetic stand and 30 overlapping coils arranged in four layers underneath its surface. With its multiple coils and three side rails, users can lay their phone down anywhere on the platform without worrying about alignment or positioning. The charging platform is for sale in the Tesla store for $300. Pictures of the device are available in the article.

OpenAI is massively expanding ChatGPT’s capabilities to let it browse the web and more (2 minute read)

OpenAI is adding plug-ins to ChatGPT to expand its capabilities. ChatGPT will be able to access live data from the web. The plug-ins will enable ChatGPT to interact with and browse specific websites. OpenAI is currently offering access to the new features to a limited number of users. There are currently plug-ins for 11 external sites, including OpenTable, Expedia, Zapier, and Kayak. There are also plug-ins for code interpretation and browsing.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Relativity Space has a successful failure with the debut of Terran 1 (2 minute read)

Relativity Space completed a third test launch of its Terran 1 rocket on Wednesday night. The test performed well until it reached the second stage, where the engine failed to ignite and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. The cause of the failure has not been announced. Relativity Space claims the mission was a success as the rocket surpassed the maximum dynamic pressure zone during its flight profile.

JPMorgan Test Will Ditch Cards to Let Consumers Pay with Palm or Face Instead (2 minute read)

JPMorgan plans to start beta-testing a system that would let users pay with their palm prints or through face recognition technology. The bank plans to extend the service to its broader base of US merchant clients if the test is successful. The pilot program could include a Formula 1 race in Miami and a few brick-and-mortar shops. Biometrics technology is projected to account for approximately $5.8 trillion in transactions with three billion users by 2026.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Cheating is All You Need (19 minute read)

Large language models (LLMs) are the biggest thing since the World Wide Web. The technology will significantly impact software development. LLMs will surpass other coding tools like IDEs and Stack Overflow. There are many people still skeptical about AI, but LLMs aren't just some fad. Coding assistants will soon be ubiquitous and they will change software development forever.

You Might Not Need an Effect (17 minute read)

React developers often use Effects to synchronize components with external systems like a non-React widget or the browser DOM. Effects aren't necessary when updating a component's state on change of state or props. Unused Effects, when removed, make code more readable, efficient, and reduce errors. It is important for React developers to learn how to remove Effects. This article discusses how to remove unnecessary Effects with common concrete examples.

“Click-to-cancel” rule would penalize companies that make you cancel by phone (4 minute read)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a new rule called 'click-to-cancel' which will require companies to make canceling a subscription as easy as signing up for the service. The aim of the proposal is to end the common practice of requiring customers to call customer service to cancel their accounts. Non-compliance can result in civil penalties. The proposal also targets the tactic of trying to discourage customers from canceling by offering other service options. The FTC is now seeking public commentary on the proposal.

Jack Dorsey’s Cash App accused of fraud in damning report by activist short seller (4 minute read)

Shares of Block fell about 15% after Hindenburg Research, an activist short seller, accused the company of fraud. Hindenburg Research claims Block allowed criminal activity to operate and flourish on their platform. The company's lack of compliance allowed bad actors to mass-create accounts for identity fraud and other scams. Block plans to explore legal action against Hindenburg Research over the statements, saying that they are factually inaccurate and misleading.
Quick Links

Amazon's HR Boss Rejects Employee Remote Work Petition (7 minute read)

Amazon HR executive Beth Galettie denied an internal petition signed by roughly 30,000 employees asking Amazon to reverse its new return-to-office policy, saying that coming into the office will result in long-term benefits for both the business and its employees.

Is there a drop in software engineer job openings, globally? (7 minute read)

There is plenty of evidence that suggests that the job market for software engineers is cooling.

Congress calls TikTok CEO’s security and privacy assurances “worthless” (11 minute read)

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew maintained during his hearing with Congress that ByteDance is not an agent of China and vowed to protect TikTok user data.

Envio (GitHub Repo)

Envio is a command-line tool that simplifies the management of environment variables across multiple profiles.

China reminds US that it can and will kill a forced TikTok sale (2 minute read)

The sale of TikTok would involve a technology export, which must follow China's regulatory approval procedures.

CSS Nesting is now available with Vanilla CSS (2 minute read)

The new CSS nesting feature allows developers to nest styles within each other and reduce the clutter that comes with the traditional CSS approach.

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Abalta Technologies is hiring a Software Engineer to design, develop, and document software utilized in Software Development Kits and Applications used in automotive and implementations for pioneers in the navigation and mapping industry.
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