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Big Tech &
RIP Google Hangouts, Google’s last, best chance to compete with iMessage (8 minute read)
Google Hangouts has been shut down. Hangouts data has been moved to Google Chat. Google still doesn't have a competitive messaging platform. Hangouts was designed to unify Google's messaging portfolio, allowing users to access all of their communications within a single messaging app in one easy-to-use interface. It could have been a good competitor against iMessage, especially with its wide cross-platform compatibility.
Meta’s AI-powered audio codec promises 10x compression over MP3 (3 minute read)
Meta's EnCodec can reportedly compress audio 10 times smaller than the mp3 format with no loss in quality. It uses a neural network for audio compression and decompression. The technology could be used to improve call quality and eventually deliver rich online experiences without high bandwidth requirements. It is still in the research phase.
AlphaFold’s new rival? Meta AI predicts shape of 600 million proteins (4 minute read)
Researchers at Meta have used a large language model to predict the structures of around 600 million proteins. The data offers the potential for great insight into biology. Large language models are a type of AI that can predict text. Proteins can be expressed as chains of amino acids, so the model basically learned how to 'autocomplete' proteins. Meta's model is less accurate than OpenAI's AlphaFold, but it is about 60 times faster at predicting structures. The predictions and the code underlying the model are available for anyone to use.
Programming, Design & Data Science
DevOps Roadmap for 2022 (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains a step-by-step guide on how to become a DevOps engineer. It aims to guide developers on what to learn next rather than to encourage them to pick what is hyped and trendy. Downloadable versions are available. The repository provides links to (mostly free) learning resources for DevOps engineers.
refine (GitHub Repo)
refine is a React-based framework for web application development. It eliminates repetitive tasks and provides industry-standard solutions for critical components. refine offers unlimited styling and customization options. It excels in making data-intensive applications and it can power customer-facing applications like storefronts.
Rewind wants to revamp how you remember, with millions from a16z (4 minute read)
Rewind is a startup that wants to help people with their memory. Its technology records activity on Apple Silicon devices to create a searchable record of what happened and when. The recordings are stored locally and only users have access to their data. Rewind is currently free, but the startup plans to move to a freemium monthly subscription in the future.
Five years later, is eSIM finally ready to take on the world? (6 minute read)
It's been five years since the eSIM was introduced, but adoption is still very low. Recent reports suggest that awareness about eSIMs is only 17% in the US and even lower in other markets. This article looks at eSIM adoption and why it has been so slow. Phone carriers have been making it difficult to set up eSIMs and many customers are not educated about the technology.
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