TLDR Daily Update 2022-10-17

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Big Tech & Startups

Google Fiber is launching 5-gig and 8-gig plans early next year (2 minute read)

Google Fiber will offer 5Gbps and 8Gbps tiers starting in early 2023. Both tiers will come with a Wi-Fi 6 router and up to two mesh extenders with professional installation. The 5Gbps tier will cost $125 per month while the 8Gbps tier will cost $150 per month. Google Fiber customers in Utah, Kansas City, or West Des Moines may be able to try out the new tiers as early as next month.

Apple reportedly wants to turn the iPad into a smart display with a new dock (2 minute read)

Apple is reportedly working on a dock for the iPad to be introduced as early as next year. The dock would allow the iPad to function as a smart display and speaker. It will likely be able to be used for FaceTime calls and hands-free control of smart home devices. Apple is expected to launch a new iPad Pro before the end of this month.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Experimental drug reverses damage from concussion (3 minute read)

An experimental drug called ISRIB can reverse some of the neural damage associated with traumatic brain injury. The drug has previously proved successful in improving cognition across several animal models of brain diseases. It is still unclear how the drug improves behavior and cognition. Human safety trials of the drug are already underway.

Male birth control options are in development, but a number of barriers still stand in the way (4 minute read)

There haven't been any new male birth control methods since the '80s. Male contraception research has primarily been supported by agencies that don't have the drug development infrastructure comparable to pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies have shown a lack of interest in developing male contraceptives due to the cost, uncertainties with the market, and unclear regulatory requirements. There are several methods currently in development and a few that are working towards first-stage clinical trials.
Programming, Design & Data Science

FrankenPHP (GitHub Repo)

FrankenPHP is a modern application server for PHP. It features early hints, worker mode, real-time capabilities, and automatic HTTPS, HTTP/2, and HTTP/3 support. FrankenPHP works with any PHP app. It can be used as a standalone Go library to embed PHP in any app.

Ultra (GitHub Repo)

Ultra is a faster and lightweight alternative for NPM, a package manager for Node.js projects. It uses the same installation system as PNPM. The project is still in an early stage of development. Benchmark results are available.

One designer’s quest to build the world’s greatest desk accessories (14 minute read)

Gather is a set of desk accessories from Ugmonk. The set of containers promises to provide a place for everything on a desk. It includes a wooden pen holder, a phone stand, a metal bin, and a monitor stand with a dedicated slot for papers. This article tells the story of Ugmonk and how Gather was developed. Gather's Kickstarter is now open and Ugmonk is planning for a full release in April 2023.

Big Tech employees are TikToking on the job — and their bosses don’t always like it (8 minute read)

Tech influencers have racked up millions of views using glossy aspirational videos on TikTok. Some companies have had to give warnings to or fire their employees for sharing too much. Companies are not always clear about what employees are allowed to share. Influencers who are not careful can leak company secrets or reveal details that could be damaging to the company.

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How Trying New Programming Languages Helped Me Grow as a Software Engineer (4 minute read)

Stepping out of your comfort zone and learning new programming languages can help you grow as a Software Engineer.

RedEye (GitHub Repo)

RedEye is a visual analytic tool that assists Red & Blue Teams with reporting command and control activities.

prompt-eng (GitHub Repo)

This repository contains links to resources about prompt engineering.

Meta’s New Headset Will Track Your Eyes for Targeted Ads (4 minute read)

Meta has updated its privacy policy to include a bit about how the company will use eye-tracking on its new headset to personalize user experiences.

The VR headsets are coming (30 second video)

An AR office set up as seen through the new Meta Quest Pro headset.

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