TLDR 2024-02-21

Neuralink's first patient 🧠, Apple ring 💍, false things junior devs believe 👨‍💻

Big Tech & Startups

After years of research, an Apple smart ring may be imminent (3 minute read)

Apple is supposedly getting very close to launching its rumored ring wearable. The company has consistently released smart ring-related patents for several years. A patent from November details a system that lets users control their smartphones and other devices through the use of an external band on the ring. The idea of an Apple smart ring started from rumors in 2007. While the company is apparently considering a launch date for the device, it hasn't indicated how close the launch date will be.

Musk claims Neuralink patient doing OK with implant, can move mouse with brain (5 minute read)

Elon Musk says that the first human to be implanted with Neuralink's brain chip has made a full recovery with no ill effects. The patient is reportedly able to move a mouse around a computer screen by just thinking. Neuralink is working on getting as many button presses on the mouse as possible from thinking. The company has been criticized for releasing information through Musk as he has a huge financial stake in the outcome.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Mind-reading devices are revealing the brain’s secrets (15 minute read)

The development of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology has allowed scientists to learn lessons about the brain that are overturning assumptions about brain anatomy. BCIs allow scientists to record single-neuron activity for a lot of brain areas that were previously not accessible. They also allow for longer measurements compared to classical tools. Advances in artificial intelligence, decoding tools, and hardware have propelled the field forward. This article discusses some of the findings that BCI technology has enabled.

Zuckerberg: Neural Wristband For AR/VR Input Will Ship "In The Next Few Years" (5 minute read)

Mark Zuckerberg says that Meta's finger-tracking neural wristband will ship as a product in the next few years. The wristband uses a technique called electromyography to sense the neural electrical signals passing through users' wrists, potentially providing zero or even negative latency and perfect accuracy, even in poor lighting conditions. The device could enable low-effort precise manipulation in any scenario, similar to a computer mouse but more versatile and with an extra dimension. Videos of the device are available in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Tempest (GitHub Repo)

Tempest is a PHP MVC micro-framework. It handles as much framework-related code as possible so developers can focus on application code. Tempest doesn't require any config or overhead.

Falsehoods Junior Developers believe about becoming Senior (12 minute read)

Senior developers seem like people who can solve all the problems and know all the answers. It's easy to believe the fantasy that climbing the ranks will somehow result in knowledge, authority, and ease. The reality is much more grounded and rewarding. Advancing in a career is about embracing new sets of complex and nuanced responsibilities. This article looks at falsehoods that junior developers believe about senior developers, showing readers what it really means to be a senior developer.

Sora, Groq, and Virtual Reality (16 minute read)

The Vision Pro and OpenAI's Sora launched in the same month. At the same time, Groq is showing that real-time inferencing may be more attainable than previously thought. TSMC is pushing to 2nm chips and Intel is making a credible bid to join them. While we are not yet at an iPhone moment when it comes to virtual reality, a lot of the pieces are now in sight. The technology still needs a lot more work, but the path from here is almost clear.

As YouTube Marks One Year As Nielsen’s Top U.S. Streaming Platform, Senior Execs Nicky Rettke & Tara Walpert Levy Talk NFL, Ad Innovation And How Creators Invaded The Living Room: Q&A (10 minute read)

YouTube TV just passed 8 million subscribers and YouTube Shorts recently hit 80 billion daily views from more than 2 billion logged-in accounts. YouTube has been the number 1 streaming platform for 12 months in a row. This article contains an interview with Nicky Rettke, VP of Product Management for YouTube Ads, and Tara Walpert Levy, VP of Americas, where they discuss trends in the advertising market, partnerships with media campaigns, creators, and more. Rettke and Walpert Levy have spent more than 30 years combined at the company.
Quick Links

Signal will soon let you share a username instead of your phone number (3 minute read)

Signal will soon allow users to connect with others without sharing their phone numbers with them.

SSDs Have Become Ridiculously Fast, Except in the Cloud (4 minute read)

Despite the performance improvements in SSD technology over the past seven years, AWS NVMe instances are still stuck at 2 GB/s per SSD.

Walmart is buying smart TV maker Vizio for $2.3 billion (2 minute read)

The acquisition will enable a profitable advertising business.

A Comprehensive Guide to Gaming on the Apple Vision Pro (15 minute read)

The App Store includes some gems that shouldn't be overlooked.

Your fingerprints can be recreated from the sounds made when you swipe on a touchscreen (4 minute read)

A new side-channel attack can successfully attack up to 27.9% of partial fingerprints and 9.3% of complete fingerprints within five attempts.

Spam attack on Twitter/X rival Mastodon highlights ‘fediverse’ vulnerabilities (5 minute read)

Mastodon server administrators have been advised to switch over registration to approval mode and block disposable email providers to help combat the problem.
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