Big Tech &
Framework startup designed a thin, modular, repairable 13-inch laptop (3 minute read)
Framework is a startup that will soon be launching its first product, a 13.5-inch laptop. The laptop will have a modular design, with components that can be easily configured, replaced, or upgraded. It features easily accessible sockets for RAM, storage, and Wi-Fi, and the company pledges to offer future motherboard swaps and CPU upgrades, without replacing the entire laptop. A marketplace will be created for third parties to design, build, and sell compatible modules for the laptop. The laptop is expected to become widely available this summer.
Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets (2 minute read)
Twitter recently announced two new features during a presentation for analysts and investors. Super Follows will allow users to charge followers for extra content. Twitter has not yet revealed what fees will be charged for the service. Communities is similar to Facebook Groups, where people can create and join groups around specific interests and see more posts focused on those topics. Twitter did not reveal when either of these features will be launched.
Quantum Computing Breakthrough: Scientists Sent the First 'Landline' Message (3 minute read)
Researchers at the University of Chicago sent entangled qubit states through a communication cable linking one quantum network node to another. The entire transfer process only took one billionth of a second. This extremely short burst of time was necessary for sending entangled quantum states without losing too much information. The system also amplified qubit entanglement. The study lays down critical groundwork for future quantum communication networks.
New Patent For Apple Glass Can Detect Sound And Automatically Clean The Lens (1 minute read)
Two new Apple Glass patents were recently revealed. One patent shows multiple microphones located at different positions on the Apple Glass that can capture and process sounds from different directions. The purpose of the design is not mentioned in the patent, but it could be used to pinpoint the locations of sounds. The other patent features an automatic cleaning function that removes dust and other particles from the lens and glasses frame through vibration.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Announcing Jetpack Compose Beta! (4 minute read)
Jetpack Compose is a UI toolkit designed for building responsive Android apps with less code. It is built to integrate with existing Android apps and Jetpack libraries. Compose is designed to work with Android Views. The beta features coroutines support, accessibility support for talkback, easy-to-use animations, and more. Resources for learning Compose are available in the article.
CalcuLaTeX (GitHub Repo)
CalcuLaTeX is a pretty-printing calculator language. It outputs mathematical and scientific notation. Examples are available in the repository.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly under SEC investigation over Dogecoin tweets (3 minute read)
Elon Musk is reportedly under SEC scrutiny again over alleged cryptocurrency manipulation. In 2018, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Musk over a tweet, which resulted in Musk stepping down as Chairman of the board for Tesla. Tesla and Musk also each had to pay $20 million in fines. Musk has been talking a lot about cryptocurrency lately, and his tweets have been very influential over the value of some coins, particularly Dogecoin.
Amazing 2021 National & Regional Awards Winners of the Sony World Photography Awards (2 minute read)
The World Photography Organization recently announced the 2021 National and Regional Awards winners of the Sony World Photography Awards. The competition is one of the most prestigious opportunities for photographers. Winning images were chosen from 51 countries and regions. The overall winners of the Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on April 15. A gallery of some of this year's entries is available in the article.