Big Tech &
Gurman: AirPods Pro 2 to be unveiled during iPhone 14 event (2 minute read)
Apple's AirPods Pro 2 will likely be unveiled at its September 'Far Out' event. The earbuds will likely have a similar design as the first AirPods Pro but with a few new tweaks. They will feature the next version of Apple's H1 chip and possibly Bluetooth 5.2 support. The charging case will likely still have a Lightning port. Analysts predict that Apple will switch its AirPods and other accessories to USB-C when the iPhone switches to USB-C.
Gurman: 'Apple Reality Pro' to Be First of Three Apple AR/VR Headset Devices (2 minute read)
Apple is rumored to be working on at least three augmented-reality and virtual-reality headset devices. The first device will likely launch with the name 'Apple Reality Pro'. It will be a high-end rival to Meta's upcoming Quest Pro headset. The second headset will come at a lower price point. The third device is Apple's long-rumored augmented reality glasses device, which may not launch for some time.
Physicists Broke The Speed of Light With Pulses Inside Hot Plasma (3 minute read)
Physicists in the US have shown that under certain conditions, waves made up of groups of photons can move faster than light. The researchers changed the group velocity of light pulses sent through plasma, causing the light to slow down or move up to 30% faster. The effect is still well within the laws of physics. The discovery could result in the development of insanely powerful lasers.
Researchers Just Wirelessly Transmitted Power Over 98 Feet of Thin Air (3 minute read)
Researchers from South Korea used infrared lasers to transmit 400mW of light power over distances of up to 30 meters. The lasers use the safest part of the infrared spectrum and can't damage human skin or eyes. They fall back to a low power mode when not in use. Laser charging could be useful in environments where electrical connections can cause interference or pose a fire hazard.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Flower (GitHub Repo)
Flower is a framework for building federated learning systems. It is customizable, extendable, and framework-agnostic. Flower was built with AI research in mind. Usage examples and tutorials are available.
W2UI (GitHub Repo)
People, systems, devices — orchestrate anything with Camunda (Sponsor)
If you’ve been asked to automate mission-critical processes, check out Camunda. It’s a universal process orchestrator that connects to virtually anything: RPA bots, IoT services, CRM, ERP, Kafka, and everything in between. Orchestrate modern microservices, legacy applications, or homegrown software. Learn more about Camunda’s next-generation workflow engine
Ask HN: Location based pay is killing my motivation, how do others handle it? (Hacker News Thread)
Companies that hire internationally sometimes have policies that adjust employee pay depending on location. This can be demotivating for people who can't move to higher paid locations. This Hacker News thread discusses location-based pay and the reasons for and against it. The commenters talk about how companies determine how much they pay employees, negotiating higher salaries, and different perspectives on location-based pay.
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