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Android 13 arrives for Pixel phones starting today (3 minute read)
Google released its Android 13 update for Pixel phones early this year. The update will be available for devices from other manufacturers later this year. The update includes features such as the ability to customize app icons, support for spatial audio, message streaming, and an option to limit which photos and videos an app can access. More details about the new features are available in the article.
Scientists build a magnet in China that is a million times stronger than Earth's magnetic core (2 minute read)
China has launched the world's most powerful magnet for scientific research. The magnet is roughly the size of a coin and it creates a 45.22-Tesla magnetic field. A magnet developed in the US was the world's most powerful magnet ever at 45.5 Teslas, but it was only created as a test and not used for experiments. Innovations in magnet power and size have the potential to revolutionize the energy industry through nuclear fusion applications.
Young mice show signs of old age after receiving blood from an elder mouse (2 minute read)
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that young mice display characteristics of old mice after just one blood transfusion from an old mouse. The young mice that received old blood became fatigued faster and showed markers for kidney damage and aging of the liver. Tests on human kidney cells with blood taken from individuals between 60 and 70 years of age showed similar results.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Android 13 changelog (3 hour read)
Android 13 has been described by many as the biggest Android OS update since 2014. It refines the OS's feature set and tweaks the user interface in subtle ways. The update includes many significant behavioral and platform changes and several new platform APIs. This article looks at these changes in detail so developers can prepare their apps.
Big Changes Ahead for Deno (4 minute read)
Meet Aquanaut: A new deep sea diving robot from NASA (2 minute read)
Aquanaut is a robot designed by NASA and Nauticus Robotics Inc. It features cameras, sensors, and two arms that can be fitted with different tools. Aquanaut was designed to accomplish various tasks underwater. It is targeted at offshore oil, gas, and wind operations. Nauticus has produced two Aquanauts and it plans to build 20 more in the next three years.
Unity rejects AppLovin's $20 billion merger offer (2 minute read)
Unity has rejected AppLovin's $20 billion proposal. The game engine company will merge with ironSource, an Israeli mobile app monetization and distribution company. Merging with ironSource will give Unity developers more tools to grow and monetize mobile games. The agreement will see ironSource become a wholly owned subsidiary of Unity. It gives Unity more control over the long run compared to the deal with AppLovin.
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OxideDB (GitHub Repo)
OxideDB is a translation layer that works as a MongoDB database server while using PostgreSQL's JSON capabilities as the underlying data store.