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Here's your weekend edition of the newsletter, packed with good reads. – Martin from Big Revolution
April 20 · Issue #403 · View online
Big Revolution
Here’s your weekend edition of the newsletter, packed with good reads.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • MacOS looks set to become more like iOS. 9to5Mac reports the next major version, likely to be announced in June, will include versions of iOS features like ScreenTime and Siri Shortcuts.
  • Google is banning logins from embedded browser within apps. This security measure will mean some apps will need to rethink the way they let users log into Google services.
Big weekend reads
We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine
The power of face recognition tech (if you know what you’re doing).
“We collected public images of people who worked near Bryant Park (available on their employers’ websites, for the most part) and ran one day of footage through Amazon’s commercial facial recognition service. Our system detected 2,750 faces from a nine-hour period (not necessarily unique people, since a person could be captured in multiple frames). It returned several possible identifications, including one frame matched to a head shot of Richard Madonna, a professor at the SUNY College of Optometry, with an 89 percent similarity score. The total cost: about $60.”
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! The Exclusive Inside Story Of The New Billionaire Behind Tech’s Hottest IPO
Zoom successfully floated on the Nasdaq this week, but how did a seemingly unremarkable idea for a startup – yet another videoconferencing solution – become so widely used and liked?
Epic vs. Steam: the console war reimagined on the PC
Windows used to be a completely open games platform, but rivalry between Vale’s Steam and Epic Games own store are creating issues only ever seen before in the console wars.
15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook
“Scandals. Backstabbing. Resignations. Record profits. Time Bombs. In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook. Here’s how that turned out.”
What Developers Really Think About The Nintendo Game Boy
Game developers reflect on the legacy of the Nintendo Game Boy, as it turns 30 years old.
Apple owes everyone an apology and it should start with me, specifically
A rant about the unreliable keyboard in Apple’s recent laptops. This is one major reason why my next computer won’t be a Mac.
One big tweet
In retrospect, Twitter killing Vine was a baffling decision.
kadhim (^ー^)ノ
Every time I see someone share a Tik Tok video I remember that Twitter had basically the exact same product in Vine, which was enormously popular, and shut it down
6:21 PM - 19 Apr 2019
That’s all for today...
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