Weekly Digest - 2021.07


Perseverance landed

NASA's probe Perseverance survived the Mars atmosphere and successfully landed on the surface. The landing sequence was an engineering masterpiece. At first, the probe free-fallen through the Mars atmosphere. Then, deployed parachutes to decelerate. When the spacecraft was close to the surface, it fired onboard thrusters to slow itself down and hovered above the ground. Then the Perseverance was lowered down on cables to the surface.

Now, when the rover is on Mars, it can start its primary mission:

  • studying Mars' Habitability,
  • seeking Signs of Past Microbial Life,
  • collecting and Caching Samples,
  • preparing for Future Human Missions.

Also, during this mission, NASA will test a drone called Mars Helicopter. If it works, it will be the first time we will be flying (not just falling) on Mars.

New iPhones rumors

It's this time of year when we start getting rumors about upcoming tech. This time it's about iPhones. Let's start with iPhone 13:

  • Always-On Display With 120Hz ProMotion,
  • Touch ID integrated into a screen,
  • Stronger MagSafe,
  • Support for astrophotography,
  • Grippier phone's back.

There are also rumors that foldable iPhone will have 7-inch display and will be released in 2023.


Image credits: NASA

Weekly Digest - 2021.03


According to rumors, Apple decreased the production of iPhone 12 Mini in favour of  iPhone 12 Pro. The shift in production is a response to increased demand for iPhone 12 Pro.

Netflix surpassed the 200 million subscribers. Although those are impressive numbers, Netflix will have work hard to keep those users, as other services gain in popularity, especially Disney+.

No unsigned iOS apps on Apple Silicon

Apple started to block users from sideloading iPhone apps on Apple Silicon Macs. The only way to install an iOS app is through the AppStore.


Image credits: Todd Diemer

Weekly Digest - 2020.51


Christmas Card

I've created a minimalistic Christmas Card using HTML, CSS, and SVG. This is an interactive version of an artwork I've done couple years ago. You can check it out here.

Cyberpunk 2077 in trouble

It is a week after a premiere, and everybody is talking about Cyberpunk 2077. Too bad, it's about how bad the game is on previous generation of consoles. The issues are so severe, that Sony decided to pull the game off their store. Microsoft's action wasn't so drastic, but they expended refund policy for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Project Red says they will refund the game from their own pocket. All of this caused that CDPRed stocks have been slaughtered, and investors are abandoning, what's looks like, a sinking ship. CD Project Red has a lot of work to do, first they need to fix the game to make it at least playable, then they need to get back the trust of the gamers, which will be almost impossible task.

iPhone 13 rumors

Welp, the iPhone 12 is barely released, but we have rumors about next year iPhone. It looks like new phone will have 120Hz ProMotion display, thanks to LTPO. The LTPO screens have lower energy consumption, which is important on devices with small batteries.

Weekly Digest - 2020.42


Apple Event

Apple held their second fall event. And this is what has been announced:

iPhone 12 mini:

  • 5.4-inch OLED display (2340 x 1080 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Dual 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Black, white, red, blue, and green
  • Starting at $699

6.1-inch iPhone 12:

  • 6.1-inch OLED display (2532 x 1170 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Dual 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Black, white, red, blue, and green
  • Starting at $799

iPhone 12 Pro:

  • 6.1-inch OLED display (2532 x 1170 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Tripple 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
    • Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue
  • Starting at $999

iPhone 12 Pro Max:

  • 6.7-inch OLED display (2778 x 1284 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Tripple 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
    • Telephoto: ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue
  • Starting at $1,099

HomePod mini

Apple also announced a small version of HomePod, called HomePod mini.

It will be available in 2 colors, white and space gray, for $99.

  • Crash Reporting with MetricKit - Part 1 & Part 2
  • No, Microsoft is not rebasing Windows to Linux

Image credits: Source

Weekly Digest - 2020.31


Nasa launched Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Mars 2020 rover launched from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, and if everything goes as planned, the rove will land on Red Planed on 18 February 2021.

It's mission includes studying Mars' habitability, seeking signs of past microbial life, collecting and caching samples, and preparing for future human missions.

The rover itself is the most sophisticated ever created. It's tightly packed with latest technologies, including a freaking helicopter 🚀.

Crew Dragon returned home

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has successfully ended after 63 days. Capsule Endeavour, with Douglas Hurley  and Robert Behnken onboard, undocked from International Space Station on August 1st. After 19 hours of deorbiting,  capsule splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mission that started on May 30th is a huge success for the SpaceX and Nasa. SpaceX proved that a private company can launch man into space and safely bring them home. Not only that, they can do this much more cheaper, thanks to the reusable rockets.

Hopefully, launching men into space, not only by private companies, will become more frequent. At the moment, the next crew mission is planned for the end of September.

Apple Testifies in U.S. Antitrust Hearing

In last couple of month there was a lot of going on regarding Apple's 30% cut in the AppStore. Already EU commission is investigating the issue, now also US government started. You can read the coverage of the testimony here, but long story short, Apple is convinced they are right, despite some contradicting evidence.

iPhone 12 delayed!

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri confirmed rumors about iPhone 12 delay. During earnings call, Maestri shared that new device won't be available late September, but a few weeks later. Although the launch of the headset is delayed, Apple is still expected to unveil the device during an event in September.


Image credits: NASA/JPL