Each Friday, we share a curated list of articles we found during the past week. Here’s the list of the new and interesting ones we found for the week ending June 11, 2021. If there’s an article you think we should read, let us know in the comments below.
The Colorful, Costly World of Custom Keyboard Enthusiasts – Hobbyists spend hours building their own personalized keyboard, and the hype is only getting bigger.
When Information Became Efficient – A new book about the history of information organization explains how the legacy of the filing cabinet still informs some of our most innovative technologies.
Will Apple end the newsletter boom? – At WWDC, Apple announced Mail Privacy Protection, which will limit the amount of data that people who send you emails can collect. This latest privacy move, in addition to their Private Relay feature, will force ad tech companies to readjust their businesses.
How Software Is Eating the Car – Cars are becoming more complex as they improve safety, add features, and move away from internal combustion engines. How will the auto industry adapt to ensure the hundreds of millions of lines of new code will be checked, debugged, and secured against hackers?
Subcarrier Signals: The Unsung Heroes of the FM Dial – Ever heard of an FM subcarrier signal? Check out its history and the many ways radio stations used it.
AI system outperforms humans in designing floorplans for microchips – In a recent paper, researchers from Google report a machine-learning approach achieves superior chip floorplanning in hours (much faster than the weeks or months it takes expert human engineers).
Buried features: There’s more to macOS Monterey than the keynote let on – Overhauled password management, erasure of all content, and low power mode are just some of the features that weren’t covered during the WWDC keynote.