TLDR Daily Update 2022-04-19

New Google Wallet leaks 💰, Delta Starlink in-flight ✈️, taste enhancing chopsticks 🥢

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Big Tech & Startups

New Google Wallet UI leaks early, drives user experience while Pay takes back seat as a service (3 minute read)

Google Wallet is returning and may take over Google Pay. Wallet will likely become a place for digital cards, while Pay will remain the primary service for paying for things. It is possible that Wallet will become the main app and Pay will be the name of the service on the backend.

Delta Air Lines has tested Elon Musk’s Starlink for in-flight internet (2 minute read)

SpaceX and Delta Air Lines have held talks regarding Starlink's broadband technology. The airline conducted exploratory tests of the technology but has declined to reveal specifics. Starlink was working on getting certified for Boeing and Airbus planes last year. There is a growing demand for Wi-Fi on planes. The number of connected aircraft is expected to double by the end of the decade.
Science & Futuristic Technology

GPT-4 Is Coming Soon. Here’s What We Know About It (9 minute read)

GPT-4 will likely be released around July to August this year. There is little public info on what its new features and abilities will be. This article contains some predictions backed up by previous research and other evidence on what GPT-4 will be like. A summary of the predictions is available at the end of the article.

Japan researchers develop electric chopsticks to enhance salty taste (2 minute read)

Japanese researchers have developed electronic chopsticks that enhance salty tastes. The chopsticks use a weak electrical current to transmit sodium ions from food to enhance the taste of salt by 1.5 times. The chopsticks could help people lower their salt intake. Excess sodium consumption is related to high blood pressure, strokes, and other diseases. The chopsticks could be on the market as early as next year.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Feathr (GitHub Repo)

Feathr is an enterprise-grade, high-performance feature store. It was built to simplify machine learning feature management and improve developer productivity. Feathr can be used to define features, compute them for training, deploy them in production, and share them across teams. It can significantly reduce the time required to add new features to model training workflows and improve runtime performance.

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Writing for Engineers (12 minute read)

Writing is an important skill that is required for senior software engineers to advance their careers. This article contains tips on how to become a better and more productive writer. It covers the things to consider before writing, how to write well, and how to practice writing.

Ubuntu market-share is in a nosedive (6 minute read)

Ubuntu came out in 2004 and became the most popular Linux distribution in less than 12 months. It has remained popular throughout the years, but its popularity has started to wane. Gamers and other users have moved to platforms like Arch and Manjaro. The drop in popularity may give the Ubuntu team the motivation it needs to make significant changes to its system to make it more appealing to the users they are losing.

Andreessen Horowitz unveils piloted program for early-stage entrepreneurs (3 minute read)

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has announced an accelerator for early-stage entrepreneurs. a16z START offers early-stage founders up to $1 million in venture capital in exchange for an undisclosed percentage of ownership. The program is looking for founders in six categories: American dynamism, consumer enterprise, fintech, games, and 'other'. It will connect founders with partners for advice, potential customers or investors, and other entrepreneurs.

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