TLDR Daily Update 2022-10-12

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Big Tech & Startups

Meta announces Quest Pro, a $1,499 โ€œmixed realityโ€ device coming Oct. 25 (3 minute read)

Meta has announced a Quest Pro mixed reality headset that will be shipping on October 25. The $1,499 headset will have an open lens design that allows users to see the physical world around them in their peripheral vision. It features full-color passthrough cameras with four times the resolution of those on the Quest 2. The Quest Pro will run on a Snapdragon XR2+ processor and 12GB of memory. Pictures of the device are available in the article.

Mark Zuckerberg on the Quest Pro, building the metaverse, and more (48 minute read)

This article features an interview with Mark Zuckerberg about the metaverse, VR, AR, and the new Quest Pro headset. The metaverse is a long-term bet for Meta and the company doesn't expect it to make meaningful money for several more years. Zuckerberg still sees VR and AR headsets as the next major computing platform. The new headset is designed for people who want to get work done in the metaverse.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

Satellite power grid would beam energy around the globe just like data (8 minute read)

Emrod's technology can potentially create a global wireless power grid that can efficiently link any two points on Earth. It involves using lower-orbiting satellites to send energy where needed. The concept requires far less ground- and ocean floor-based infrastructure than other global renewable energy plans. The technology exists and it is starting to be deployed. A video explaining the concept is available at the end of the article.

Geothermal May Beat Batteries for Energy Storage (3 minute read)

Advanced geothermal reservoirs could store excess wind and solar power in the form of hot water or steam to be used to turn turbines for electricity when wind and solar aren't available. The systems could store energy as efficiently as lithium-ion batteries. The cost of the solution would be minimal compared to other energy storage technologies. Fervo Energy plans to build two pilot projects in Nevada to test the concept.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Advice for Junior Developers (7 minute read)

This blog post contains generic and technical advice for junior developers. It links to books, blogs, and other resources for further reading.

InboxSDK (GitHub Repo)

InboxSDK is a JavaScript library for building apps inside Gmail with browser extensions. It features a high-level declarative API that handles all DOM manipulation in a performant way. InboxSDK can handle multiple inboxes, conversation mode, fullscreen compose, popouts, and themes.

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Miscellaneous

Behind the Doors of Meta's Top-Secret Reality Labs (12 minute read)

This article takes a look at the technologies that Meta's Reality Labs is developing. These experimental research projects aren't anywhere near ready for everyday use, but they show what Meta is aiming for in the future. The technologies include a wristband for controlling devices, super-real 3D audio, photo-real avatars, and an app that can 3D scan objects into AR and VR without lidar.

Google Starts Testing Holographic Video Chats At Real Offices (1 minute read)

Google is moving its Project Starline technology out of its offices and into real corporate locations for testing. Project Starline's holographic light field displays allow people to video chat with distant co-workers as if they were through a window. They use an array of cameras to record and display 3D video. Prototypes will be installed at Salesforce, WeWork, T-Mobile, and Hackensack Meridian Health offices as part of the early-access program.

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Googleโ€™s โ€˜Incognitoโ€™ Mode Inspires Staff Jokes โ€” and a Big Lawsuit (3 minute read)

Incognito mode is not truly private and that could result in billions of dollars in damages if a judge agrees to let a class action case proceed.

The End of Programming (8 minute read)

A shift in focus from programs to AI models will make programming obsolete.

Google introduces Chromebooks geared for cloud gaming (5 minute read)

Google is launching Chromebooks tuned for cloud gaming from services like Nvidia GeForce Now, Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Amazon Luna.

New patterns for amazing apps (3 minute read)

This page contains a collection of patterns for apps.

Why Tesla doesn't update all of its vehicles at once (4 minute read)

Tesla rolls out updates to its fleet based on the vehicle's VIN, region, model, hardware, and other factors to minimize risk and assess how an update is performing.

NASAโ€™s DART mission successfully shoved an asteroid (2 minute read)

NASA's DART mission shortened the orbit of the asteroid more than astronomers expected.

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