Big Tech & Startups
|T-Mobile and SpaceX Starlink say your 5G phone will connect to satellites next year (2 minute read)|
T-Mobile and SpaceX have partnered to provide basic services anywhere with a clear view of the sky. Starlink’s second-generation satellites will be able to broadcast service using part of T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G spectrum. The service will allow users to text, send MMS messages, and use messaging apps even when traditional services are unavailable. It will be included for free in T-Mobile’s most popular plans. Subscribers will be able to access the service using their current phones without special equipment.
|TikTok owner ByteDance quietly launches search app Wukong in China, where Google is banned (3 minute read)|
ByteDance has launched a search engine with no advertisements in China. It was launched without announcement within days of Tencent Holdings shutting down its Sogou search app. Wukong offers different search results to China’s dominant search engine, Baidu. Its main page has promoted propaganda content. Wukong’s search results tend to prioritize ByteDance’s other products.
Science & Futuristic Technology
|Quantum computing on smartphones: Baidu’s new release opens a new era (2 minute read)|
Baidu has released its first quantum computer, Qian Shi, and an all-platform quantum hardware-software integration solution, Liang Xi. Qian Shi can integrate hardware, software, and many applications. It offers a stable quantum computing service to the public with 10 qubits of power. Liang Xi provides access to various quantum chips via mobile app, PC, and cloud. It will allow users to create quantum algorithms and use quantum computing power without developing their own quantum technology.
|SpaceX’s ‘Mechazilla’ lifts 33-engine Super Heavy onto the launch pad for the first time (2 minute read)|
SpaceX moved Booster 7 onto its orbital launch mount at Starbase using Starbase’s Mechazilla launch tower on August 23. It is the first time the booster Has been put on the launch pad with all 33 engines. SpaceX is preparing for more static fire tests, which will put the company closer to performing its first-ever orbital flight of Starship. The orbital flight could take place as soon as next month. Pictures of Booster 7 mounted on the launchpad with Mechazilla are available in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science
|Milvus (GitHub Repo)|
Milvus is an open-source vector database built to power embedding similarity search and AI applications. It makes unstructured data search more accessible and provides a consistent user experience regardless of the deployment environment. All components in Milvus are stateless to enhance elasticity and flexibility.
|Devbox (GitHub Repo)|
Devbox is a command-line tool for creating isolated shells and containers. It creates a consistent shell for everyone on the team and allows devs to try new tools without polluting their workstations. Devbox can instantly turn applications into containers that can be deployed to any cloud.
|Heroku announces plans to eliminate free plans, blaming ‘fraud and abuse’ (3 minute read)|
Heroku will eliminate all of its free services starting November 28. It will start deleting inactive accounts and associated storage for accounts that have been inactive for over a year on October 26. Heroku’s security teams are spending an extraordinary amount of effort to manage fraud and abuse of its free plans. The company plans to announce a student program in September.
|New patent may reveal how Apple could pull off a no-notch iPhone 14 Pro (3 minute read)|
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application that seems to show how Apple will implement a pill-shaped cutout and a spot for the selfie cam on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The notch on current iPhones houses a lot of technology, including a selfie camera, an infrared camera, a depth sensor, and a dot projector. The publishing of the application is not a guarantee that the technology will show up in an Apple device. A copy of the patent application is available in the article.
|Sonos is reportedly developing a speaker that can beam sound in almost all directions (2 minute read)|
Sonos’ new high-end speaker, Optimo 2, will be able to fire sound in nearly all directions, including upwards.
|bucketratelimiter (3 minute read)|
bucketratelimiter is a collection of rate limiters based on Bucket conception.
|Meta to debut new VR headset in October, Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan (2 minute read)|
Meta’s next VR headset will contain features intended to help users experience a feeling of ‘social presence’.
|fRPC: A Faster, More Flexible RPC Framework (9 minute read)|
rRPC is an RPC framework designed from the ground up to be lightweight, extensible, and extremely performant.
|The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger trains are here (2 minute read)|
Germany has launched the first ever rail line to be entirely run on hydrogen-powered trains.
|An experimental new attack can steal data from air-gapped computers using a phone’s gyroscope (2 minute read)|
A new technology uses a smartphone’s gyroscope to pick up inaudible nearby soundwaves without using a microphone and steal data from air-gapped computers.