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TLDR Daily Update 2022-07-08

Tesla to open charger network ⚡, Twitter layoffs 🐦, electron whirlpools ⚛

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 leak shows design without a rotating bezel (2 minute read)

Samsung's new Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will have a capacitive touch bezel instead of a rotating bezel. It will have a raised bezel to provide more protection to the watch face. The lower-end model will have a similar look but with a flat front. Both models have a rubber watch band. Both watches should be released in August. Leaked images of the watches are available in the article.

Tesla will open up Superchargers to non-Tesla electric vehicles in the US later this year (2 minute read)

Tesla plans to open its Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric vehicles in the US in late 2022. Elon Musk has been talking about opening up the network to other companies' EVs for years. Tesla has been allowing non-Tesla EVs to use its Supercharger plugs in several cities in Europe as part of a limited pilot program. Non-Tesla vehicles will need an adapter to access Tesla Superchargers in North America.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

Electron whirlpools: Scientists witness electricity behaving like water (2 minute read)

Researchers at MIT have observed electron whirlpools for the first time in crystals of tungsten ditelluride. Electricity is made up of discrete particles, and it can flow with the viscosity of honey under the right conditions. Tungsten ditelluride is a new quantum material that allows electrons to strongly interact and behave as quantum waves rather than particles. The study confirmed a long-standing prediction and it could lead to more efficient electronics designs.

Vision-based AI drones outfly world-class human pilots (4 minute read)

A trio of champion drone racers recently faced off against vision-based AI drones in a race and lost. The drones used onboard vision systems and their own computers to fly. They did not have the aid of motion-capture systems or off-board computers. Motion capture systems can provide near-perfect state estimation, making a race between humans and AI completely unfair. Several drone racing clips are available in the article.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

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Holograms, light-leaks and how to build CSS-only shaders (10 minute read)

WebGL and tools like threejs bring a whole new level of visual effects to the browser. CSS now has access to many of the most common shading techniques, It is possible to build surprisingly high-quality effects without the need for any JavaScript dependencies. This article discusses CSS shaders and how to use them to create visual effects.
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Miscellaneous

Netflix brings spatial audio to its lineup of original series and movies (1 minute read)

Netflix has partnered with Sennheiser to bring spatial audio to its original programming for all devices. The feature will start rolling out today. It was previously only available on specific Apple devices. Spatial audio will be automatically enabled when using stereo audio. Users can search for shows with the feature by typing 'spatial audio' into the search bar.

Twitter lays off workers, report contends Elon Musk’s bid is in jeopardy (2 minute read)

Twitter is laying off 30% of its talent-acquisition team. The company suspended hiring in May to shave costs. Twitter executives are restructuring the company to align with business needs. Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter may be in trouble after Musk's team concluded that Twitter's figures on spam accounts were not verifiable.

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Why DRY is the most over-rated programming principle (4 minute read)

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MKBHD says yes to Google Glass, no to the metaverse (4 minute read)

This article features an interview with Marques Brownlee, a YouTube tech reviewer, where he talks about his transition to TikTok, his views on the metaverse, and why the Google Glass deserves a redemption arc.

Meta is dumping Facebook logins as its metaverse ID system (2 minute read)

Meta is introducing a new type of login called a Meta account.

New SpaceX Starlink Maritime service brings internet to boats (2 minute read)

Boat owners will now be able to access Starlink's internet service from the most remote waters across the world.

Twitter starts testing new CoTweets feature that lets two accounts co-author a tweet (2 minute read)

The CoTweets feature allows two accounts to co-author a tweet and both be tagged in a single tweet.

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