TLDR Daily Update 2022-07-19

Instagram Payments 💳, Prime Video's redesign 🎥, are personal blogs worth it? ✍️

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Big Tech & Startups

Instagram’s new payments feature lets users buy products via DMs (2 minute read)

Meta is launching a new 'payments in chat' feature on Instagram. The feature will allow US users to purchase products from small businesses and track orders via their DMs. One billion people message a business in Meta's family of apps each week. Users often chat about their orders with businesses through DMs before purchasing. Screenshots of the new feature are available.

Amazon is giving Prime Video its biggest redesign in years (4 minute read)

Amazon is rolling out a new Prime Video experience over the next couple of weeks. The new Prime Video experience will be available for Android and connected living room devices. It will not be available for some older devices like the PlayStation 3 and third-generation Apple TV. The design makes Prime Video look more like Netflix. Screenshots of the new design are available in the article.
Science & Futuristic Technology

A brain-computer startup beat Elon Musk's Neuralink to implanting its first chip in a US patient (2 minute read)

Australian startup Synchron has implanted its first brain-computer interface device in a US patient. It implanted the 1.5-inch device into the brain of an ALS patient. The device was designed to allow the patient to communicate by using their thoughts to send emails and texts. Synchron has already implanted the device in four patients in Australia. Unlike Neuralink's device, Synchron's device can be inserted into a human skull without cutting into it.

UK set to have world's biggest automated drone superhighway (3 minute read)

The UK has announced a £273 million funding package for the aerospace sector that includes a 164-mile drone superhighway and projects that aim to deliver mail and medication. £105.5 million will be allocated to projects related to integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. The Skyway drone superhighway aims to connect the airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby by mid-2024. There is a real demand to have access to the airspace by businesses, law enforcement, and medical providers.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Hono (GitHub Repo)

Hono is a web framework for Cloudflare Workers, Deno, Bun, and others. It is ultrafast and it features zero-dependencies, middleware, TypeScript support, and multiplatform support. Benchmarks are available.

Logto (GitHub Repo)

Logto is a customer identity access management solution. It helps developers build sign-in, auth, and user identity in minutes. Logto features a frontend-to-backend identity solution, out-of-the-box technology, and UI support. An online demo is available.

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Ask HN: Is having a personal blog/brand worth it for you? (Hacker News Thread)

This Hacker News thread discusses blogging and whether it is an activity worth doing. Blogging can be a good way to attract employers' attention. They can help hiring managers determine a candidate's skill level. Blogs can help with getting more clients and pay, even if they can take some time to take off. It can be a rewarding activity, especially when people give positive feedback.

Apple reportedly wants to slow down hiring in 2023 (2 minute read)

Apple is planning to slow hiring in 2023. The changes won't affect every team, but some teams won't see increased staff and some positions won't be backfilled. Many other companies have also adjusted their hiring policies and laid off workers. Apple still plans to launch its mixed reality headset in 2023.

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"Self-boosting vaccines" load multiple drug doses into a single shot (2 minute read)

New microparticles developed by researchers at MIT can release doses of drugs at specific times over days, weeks, or months.

Ask HN: I love programming but hate the industry. Can anyone relate? (Hacker News Thread)

Work culture can make even passionate workers dislike doing what they love.

Snap launches Snapchat for Web to bring the app’s core features to desktop (3 minute read)

Snapchat for Web will let users send snaps and chat with friends via video from their desktops.

If DALL-E doesn’t draw exactly what you want, you can draw it yourself with AI brushes (Twitter Thread)

This Twitter thread links to a video that shows how Nvidia Canvas creates landscapes with AI brushes.

stroke-dashoffset interactive examples (3 minute read)

This article teaches readers how to use stroke-dashoffset with interactive examples.

Netflix’s latest anti-password sharing test lets users ‘buy’ additional homes (3 minute read)

Netflix is running a new test in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, that involves prompting users to pay an additional fee if they use an account outside their household for over two weeks.

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