TLDR Daily Update 2022-10-19

M2 iPad Pro 📱, DuckDuckGo's privacy-focused browser 🌐, the case against GitHub Copilot 👨‍💻

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Big Tech & Startups

Apple announces new iPad Pro with M2 chip and Wi-Fi 6E (3 minute read)

Apple's new sixth-generation iPad Pro is powered by an M2 chip. It will be available in the same screen sizes as before, 12.9-inch ($1,099) and 11-inch ($799). Pre-orders are open now and the devices will be in stores on October 26. The sixth-generation iPad Pros have a new hover feature that detects the Apple Pencil when positioned slightly above the screen. iPad OS 16 will be released on October 24.

DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused Mac browser is now available for public beta testing (2 minute read)

DuckDuckGo's web browsing app for Mac users is now in an open beta test. The app has been in a closed beta since April. It features the same built-in protections featured in DuckDuckGo's mobile apps. The browser also has a video player that protects users from targeted ads and cookies while watching YouTube content, pinned tabs, a bookmarks bar, email tracker blocking, and more. It uses around 60% less data than Chrome. A Windows version is currently in development and a private beta is expected in the coming months.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Researchers develop edible, 3D-printed QR codes embedded inside cookies (3 minute read)

interiqr is a method of embedding a QR code within food without changing the appearance of the food. It utilizes the infill parameter in the 3D printing process to embed the information. The code can be revealed by shining a backlight through the food and then scanned with a smartphone camera. interiqr could be used to help improve food traceability and safety.

New VR app lets you step inside your smartphone videos (2 minute read)

Wist Labs is developing a VR app that converts smartphone clips into 3D videos. It allows people to engage with their photos and videos in a more immersive way. The Wist app uses the LiDAR sensors on the Pro model of iPhones and iPads to capture depth. Wist Labs plans to close a pre-seed funding round before launching a beta. A clip showing what 3D videos created with the Wist app look like is available.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Introducing fine-grained personal access tokens for GitHub (5 minute read)

GitHub has introduced fine-grained personal access tokens in public beta. Fine-grained PATs give developers granular control over the permissions and repository access they grant to a PAT. For example, developers can now create a PAT that can only read issues and do nothing else. Existing personal access tokens will continue to be fully supported.

Watcher (GitHub Repo)

Watcher is a file system watcher that works anywhere. It is simple, efficient, dependency-free, and header-only. Watcher uses a near-zero amount of resources even when scanning millions of paths.

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Google ‘doubling down’ on Pixel with added focus on its own hardware as Samsung bleeds (3 minute read)

A new report claims that Google is planning to 'double down' on Pixel phones and its own hardware. Google is now one of the top five smartphone makers in North America. iPhone shipments overtook Android phones in the US for the first time ever in 2022. Google's recent hiring freezes and emphasis on efficiency may be contributing to the company's decision to focus on phones.

We’re investigating a potential lawsuit against GitHub Copilot for violating its legal duties to open-source authors and end users (8 minute read)

GitHub Copilot is being investigated for a potential lawsuit for violating its legal duties to open-source authors and end users. The vast majority of open-source software, which Copilot is trained on, is released under licenses that require preserving accurate attribution of the source code and other obligations. Microsoft and OpenAI have not published any attributions and it is debatable whether training its AI on the code is fair use. Reproducing identifiable code could pose a problem for developers who don't know they are using licensed code. More details on the lawsuit and information on how to participate in it are available on the site.

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New Apple TV 4K, powered by A15 chip, adds Dolby Vision and HDR10+ (2 minute read)

The 64GB model will cost $129 and the 128GB model, which comes with an Ethernet port, will cost $149. identifies and eliminates latency and bandwidth bottlenecks in cloud environments (Sponsor)

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Kueue (GitHub Repo)

Kueue is a set of APIs and controllers for Kubernetes-native job queueing.

Netflix to expand into cloud gaming, opens new studio in Southern California (2 minute read)

The new California studio will be led by Chako Sonny, the former executive producer of Overwatch.

Microsoft to Cut 1,000 More Jobs as Economic Conditions Bite (2 minute read)

The job cuts will affect all departments and countries.

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