TLDR Daily Update 2022-10-13

SpaceX moon tourism πŸš€, Google's password killer πŸ”‘, consequences of sharing your salary πŸ’°

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Big Tech & Startups

Death to passwords: Beta passkey support comes to Chrome and Android (3 minute read)

Google is launching passkey betas on Chrome and Android. Passkeys trade WebAuthn cryptographic keys with websites directly, removing the need for humans or password managers to enter text into a textbox. The passkey system requires users to have their phones nearby connected to their devices over Bluetooth. Google plans to release stable implementations of passkey support for Chrome and Android later this year. Screenshots of the new feature are available in the article.

Space tourism pioneer Dennis Tito books private moon trip on SpaceX's Starship (2 minute read)

SpaceX is planning a mission that will fly space tourists to the moon and back on a week-long trip. The flight will carry up to 12 passengers within 125 miles of the lunar surface before returning to Earth. Entrepreneur Dennis Tito, who became the first private space tourist after visiting the International Space Station in 2001, and his wife Akiko have purchased tickets for the mission. The date for the mission has yet to be determined, but it will likely be years from now.
Science & Futuristic Technology

AR/VR screens could be getting a lot better as β€˜microLED’ tech sneaks out of the lab (2 minute read)

Porotech's DynamicPixelTuning technology can be used to create displays where every pixel is capable of outputting all colors. The technology can produce displays with four times the resolution in the same package. It could be used to create very high-resolution head-mounted displays for AR and VR. Porotech will show off the technology to the public for the first time at CES next year.

Scientists got lab-grown human brain cells to play 'Pong' (3 minute read)

DishBrain is a culture of 800,000 mice and human brain cells created by biotech startup Cortical Labs. The mice cells were derived from embryonic brains while the human cells were created from stem cells. DishBrain is considered too primitive to be conscious, but it was able to learn how to play Pong within just a few minutes. The cell culture could potentially be used as a stand-in for the human brain in future studies.
Programming, Design & Data Science

pitchfork (GitHub Repo)

pitchfork is a preforking HTTP server for Rack applications. It maximizes Copy-on-Write performance to minimize memory usage. pitchfork is designed to only serve fast clients on low-latency, high-bandwidth connections. It is still considered experimental and should not be run in production.

SafeQL (GitHub Repo)

SafeQL is a tool for writing SQL queries. It features automatic type inference with validation and it is compatible with any PostgreSQL client. SafeQL was built with monorepos and microservices in mind and it is easy to use with multiple databases. A short video demo is available.

OneSchema: an embeddable CSV importer with built-in data validation (Sponsor)

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Lessons learned since posting my salary history publicly (8 minute read)

This article tells the story of what happened to Jamie Tanna in the year after making a blog post where they revealed their salary history. Many people were grateful for the post. It revealed that people are still discussing their salaries privately. The post did not result in any negative effects for Tanna and it even helped with negotiations. It affected the local job market by showing recruiters what salary and progression looked like elsewhere.

iPhone Ownership Among Teens Hits 87%, More Than Double Since 2012 (2 minute read)

87% of teenagers in a survey of 14,500 teens across the US own an iPhone. iPhone ownership among teens in the US has more than doubled in the last decade. 31% of the surveyed teens owned an Apple Watch. High iPhone usage among teens bodes well for Apple's service products.

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TikTok Parent ByteDance Plans Music-Streaming Expansion (5 minute read)

ByteDance has begun talks with music labels in preparation for its expansion into the music-streaming business.

What happens when you donate your body to science (18 minute read)

A visit to a body farm and anatomy lab to see what happens to bodies that are donated to science.

Hosting SQLite databases on Github Pages (7 minute read)

This article discusses how to host and use a database on a static file hoster.

AI Language Models Are Struggling to β€œGet” Math (4 minute read)

AI models struggle to solve worded math problems.

NASA aces test of robot balloon that could one day explore Venus (3 minute read)

A robotic balloon would be able to maneuver safely in Venus' atmosphere.

How Do You Prove a Secret? (6 minute read)

Zero-knowledge proofs can be used to prove knowledge without divulging the secret itself.

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