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Big Tech & Startups

Forget Leaks: Google Itself Fully Reveals Pixel Watch on YouTube (1 minute read)

Google has revealed its Pixel Watch in a YouTube video. The watch is expected to be launched at an event on October 6. The video shows the watch off from various angles and on a person's arm. Leaked reports suggest that the watch will have a $350 starting price. The video of the Pixel Watch is available in the article.
The new Chromecast is official: It’s $30, runs Google TV, and has a remote (3 minute read)

Google has introduced a new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) for $29.99. Google TV is a full TV OS with a home screen, Play Store access, user accounts, and more. The new Chromecast can still receive media streams without needing the remote. It supports Wi-Fi 5 and uses a USB-C port for power. The device is now available on the Google store.

Science & Futuristic Technology

DeepMind’s new chatbot uses Google searches plus humans to give better answers (3 minute read)

Sparrow is an AI chatbot trained on DeepMind's large language model Chinchilla. It is designed to talk with humans and answer questions, sometimes using live Google searches to inform those answers. The model learns by trial and error through human feedback. It was designed to be a step forward in developing AIs that can talk to humans without dangerous consequences.
There’s New Proof Crispr Can Edit Genes Inside Human Bodies (5 minute read)

Intellia Therapeutics last year demonstrated that in vivo Crispr treatments were possible for a disease called transthyretin amyloidosis. Last week the company revealed an in vivo Crispr treatment for another disease called hereditary angioedema. The diseases involve different genes, showing that the company can achieve exactly the same results in totally different genes. The results of the latest study have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Details about how Intellia's technology works are available in the article.

Programming, Design & Data Science

Rocketry (GitHub Repo)

Rocketry is a statement-based scheduling framework for Python. It is simple, clean, extensive, and suitable for both big and small projects. Rocketry features powerful scheduling, concurrency, parametrization, task pipelining, and async support.
Open Prompts (GitHub Repo)

This repository contains the data used to build Platforms like allow users to explore millions of AI-generated images and the prompts that produced them. They enable users to see what words work for generating certain styles and assess how each AI model interprets different concepts. The data in this repository is for anyone who wants to analyze large datasets of prompts, create datasets to train new models, or build tools that help create better prompts.
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Google and YouTube to take on Dolby with free HDR and audio standards (3 minute read)

Google is looking to develop royalty-free alternatives to Dolby's HDR and 3D audio standards. Dolby's technology is deeply embedded in many products. Google's strategy involves standardizing a method of shipping audio and video data without paying Dolby and branding it well enough to compete. Google is one of the few companies with enough sway over the media space to push a new competing standard. Anything that Google wants to roll out will immediately have a sizable user base.
Do expensive Nvidia graphics cards foretell the death of Moore’s law? (4 minute read)

Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang told the press during the launch of its new RTX 40-series graphics cards that Moore's law is dead. Moore's law states that the number of transistors per chip roughly doubles every 24 months. It is best understood as a law of economics and corporate motivation. While Nvidia may not be able to keep its processor power increases on trend at consistent prices, they are not the only competitor in the space.

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New tech can make your house a solar microgrid (3 minute read)

Enphase's IQ8 Microinverters have an off-grid mode that enables solar panels to directly power the buildings they are attached to during outages.
The impossible case of pitching rust in a web dev shop (6 minute read)

The cost of adopting Rust for a new project is extremely high, but doing so may provide game-changing value to developers and the company itself.
OpenAI Whisper (2 minute read)

This Twitter thread contains notes from OpenAI's Whisper paper.
Tesla issues recall for 1.1 million EVs due to power window problem (1 minute read)

The problem affects Model 3s built between 2017 and 2022, Model Ys built between 2020 and 2021, and Models S and X built between 2021 and 2022.
ByteDance's Pico reveals its latest VR headset as it aims to compete with Meta Quest 2 (3 minute read)

Pico's new headset has a Qualcomm XR2 processor, an Adreno 650 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and three hours of battery.
MFA Fatigue: Hackers’ new favorite tactic in high-profile breaches (9 minute read)

The MFA Fatigue attack involves flooding a victim with multi-factor authentication requests to get them to accept a request either by accident or to stop the notifications.

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