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Apple preparing to unveil iPhone subscription service (3 minute read)
Apple may be announcing a hardware subscription service at its Far Out event on Wednesday. The service will likely enable customers to purchase iPhones with a monthly subscription fee. It will be tied to Apple One and may include bundled services or extra iCloud storage. Customers should expect to pay more than the total retail price of the phone with the service. The iPhone 14 launch will not be the last Apple event of 2022.
Leaked Apple Watch Pro cases and drawings hint at extra button (2 minute read)
Images of third-party accessories for the rumored Apple Watch Pro have been leaked. The images suggest that one or two physical buttons might be added to the left of the watch's display. Adding physical buttons to the watch will make it more practical for many sporting activities. The Apple Watch Pro is rumored to feature a larger display, low-power mode, a larger battery, and a rugged titanium casing. The leaked images are available in the article.
China approves inhaled Covid vaccine (1 minute read)
China has approved an inhaled Covid-19 vaccine by CanSino to be used as a booster dose. The vaccine has similar ingredients to CanSino's injected vaccines. It can provide protection after just one breath. Researchers in the UK and US have been investigating nasal spray vaccines.
Professional AI whisperers have launched a marketplace for DALL-E prompts (9 minute read)
PromptBase is a market that lets prompt engineers sell text prompts for AI image generators like OpenAI's DALL-E. For between $2 to $5, customers can purchase a paragraph of text with keywords describing the intended aesthetic, elements of the scene, and other tailored content. This article features an interview with one of the prompt engineers from the market where they discuss what makes a good commercial AI prompt. Examples of images generated with paid prompts are available in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Kubeapps (GitHub Repo)
Kubeapps is an in-cluster web-based application for deploying, managing, and upgrading applications on a Kubernetes cluster. It can browse, upgrade, deploy, and delete packages and applications, customize deployments, browse and deploy Kubernetes Operators, secure authorization, and more. The newest versions support Helm 3 only, but most charts made for Helm 2 will still work.
WakaQ (GitHub Repo)
WakaQ is a distributed background task queue for Python backed by Redis. It features queue priority, delayed tasks, scheduled periodic tasks, task broadcasting to all workers, hard and soft timeout limits, and retrying tasks on soft timeouts. Features like rate limiting and task deduplication are not supported.
The quantum computing bubble (6 minute read)
The field of quantum computing has received billions in funding in recent years. However, no quantum computing firm is actually earning any real money. While quantum computing promises many great advancements in technology, nobody has yet come close to building a quantum machine that can solve practical problems. Many of its promised use cases may not actually offer any practical advantages.
AI is my co-writer (4 minute read)
Media coverage of AI advances often play on our worst anxieties and fears. This article talks about a lighter side of AI, where it is used to help write fiction. It discusses how AI can be incorporated into the creative process and how AI tools can be leveraged by artists. AI can be a great creative partner, filling in gaps when writers get stuck or suggesting paths that would never have been considered.
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