Big Tech &
Google Pixel Fold leak reveals key specs of firm’s first foldable phone (2 minute read)
Details about the Google Pixel Fold have reportedly been leaked. The phone will feature a foldable display from Samsung with a resolution of 1,840x2,208 pixels. It is rumored to feature triple rear cameras built by Sony. The device will likely launch at some point in 2023 at an anticipated price of around $1,400. Apple is also expected to debut a folding phone as early as next year.
Amazon’s attrition costs $8 billion annually according to leaked documents. And it gets worse (8 minute read)
Amazon's turnover rate is well above industry averages. The attrition rate is costing an estimated $8 billion annually for Amazon and its shareholders. Only one out of three new hires in 2021 stayed with the company for 90 or more days. The company may deplete the available labor supply in some regions within a few years. Amazon's learning programs appear disorganized and are likely costing the company hundreds of millions in wasted hours.
Interview: Why Mastering Language Is So Difficult for AI (8 minute read)
There have been some noteworthy advances in deep learning systems over the recent years. However, deep learning has its inherent limitations. This article contains an interview with Gary Marcus, a professor emeritus at New York University, about the over-reliance on deep learning and alternative approaches to AI. A more traditional symbol-based approach could be the answer to furthering the field of AI.
A black hole is releasing some strange burps, baffling scientists (3 minute read)
A black hole has been observed 'burping' out energy from a star it shredded more than two years after the event. The timing and energy being emitted made the behavior different from what has been observed in black holes previously. Scientists are still trying to figure out what caused the event. The discovery opens up new avenues for research.
Programming, Design & Data Science
pigz (GitHub Repo)
pigz (Parallel Implementation of Gzip) is a fully functional replacement for gzip that can utilize multiple processors and cores. It works in all Unix-style operating systems that have the zlib and pthread libraries.
Lucide is a beautiful and consistent icon toolkit. The collection has 836 icons and it is still growing. Lucide was created after the Feather Icons project appeared to be abandoned. It attempts to stay faithful to the original design language.
Inside effective altruism, where the far future counts a lot more than the present (17 minute read)
Effective altruism aims to figure out how those with means can most impact the world in a quantifiable way. The belief that unlikely but existential threats are humanity's most pressing problems is integral to EA. Millions are being poured into funds that focus on theoretical menaces. EA has been criticized for avoiding structural problems in favor of abstract math. This article discusses EA, its background, issues, the billionaires pushing towards its cause, and the future of the movement.
The Hottest App Right Now? One Where Teens Have to Say Nice Things About Each Other (3 minute read)
Gas was the most popular free iPhone app and the top social networking download in the App Store on Friday despite being limited to a handful of states. The app encourages teens to compliment each other through anonymous polls. Users designate their high schools when they sign up and they can only answer questions about classmates. In-app purchases allow users to find out their admirers' names or to keep their own names hidden.
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