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Instacart jumps into prescription delivery with Costco (2 minute read)
Instacart is launching a prescription delivery service in a partnership with Costco. The service is now available from nearly 200 Costco locations in eight states. Instacart will expand the service nationally in the coming months. Customers will receive their medications in a sealed, tamper-proof bag in order to ensure customer safety and privacy. Instacart has expanded its services since the pandemic started, adding nearly 150 new stores to its marketplace and doubling the number of employees in its 'Care' team. Science &
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Lite will launch in the US on April 17th for $650 (1 minute read)
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite will be available in the US starting April 17 for $650. It will feature a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, a Snapdragon 855 processor, and a triple-lens rear camera setup. Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, a budget version of the Galaxy Tab S6, which will be available starting at $349.99 sometime in Q2 this year. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will have a 10.4-inch screen, an S Pen, a front and rear camera, and a headphone jack. An LTE version of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will be available.
Japan's AI-Powered Port Stops Ships Colliding Better Than Humans (2 minute read)
Fujitsu and the Japan Coast Guard used AI to prevent collisions between cargo ships in the Tokyo Bay area during a trial carried out between December 2019 and March 2020. The Zinrai AI system predicted areas of high risk and fed information to port control authorities, who were then better able to manage ship movement. Using the system, port operators were able to identify possible collisions a full two minutes earlier than when using conventional port management systems.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Folly: Facebook Open-source Library (GitHub Repo)
Folly contains a variety of core library components used extensively at Facebook. It complements offerings such as Boost and std. Facebook will remove features from folly if or when std or Boost obsoletes them.
Earthly (GitHub Repo)
Earthly is a build automation tool that allows you to execute all your builds in containers. This means that builds will be self-contained, reproducible, portable, and parallel. Earthly can be used to create Docker images and artifacts. It can be run on top of popular CI systems like Jenkins, Circle, and GitHub Actions.
The coronavirus crisis could pave the way to universal basic income (4 minute read)
Countries around the globe have effectively shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and this is likely to cause a global financial crisis. Leaders around the world are starting to consider implementing a Universal Basic Income. A UBI is a regular cash payment to the population with minimal or no conditions. Some experts believe that the economy may not be able to revive itself without a UBI. Spain is looking to implement a UBI as soon as possible. The US recently released its first wave of stimulus relief checks, but these checks are unlikely to have a positive effect on the economy as people are hesitant to spend money if they don't know when they will get paid next. Give feedback by replying here or messaging me on Twitter @tldrdan!
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China to ban online gaming, chatting with foreigners outside Great Firewall (2 minute read)
The Chinese Communist Party recently blocked Animal Crossing from being distributed in China due to custom items and scenes that players created in the game that supported the 'Free Hong Kong' movement. Players were also mocking the Chinese government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The CCP has now noticed a vacuum in its authority on online gaming platforms and is starting to draft laws to expand the scope of online censorship to video games. These laws may even prohibit gamers from meeting and chatting with people outside of the country. Online one-player games will be subject to surveillance. The new laws also ban games that feature zombies and plagues, map editing, roleplaying, and the organization of unions.