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#156 – January 13, 2023

The Triumph of Safari

How recent improvements may shake up perceptions of Apple’s long-derided browser Although not widely remarked upon, 2022 was a transformative year for Apple’s popular web browser.

What explains recent tech layoffs, and why should we be worried?

As layoffs in the tech sector mount, Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer is worried. Research – by him, and others – has shown that the stress layoffs create takes a devastating toll on behavioral and physical health and increases mortality and morbidity substantially. Layoffs literally kill people, he said.

Deep Learning Pioneer Geoffrey Hinton Publishes New Deep Learning Algorithm

Geoffrey Hinton, professor at the University of Toronto and engineering fellow at Google Brain, recently published a paper on the Forward-Forward algorithm (FF), a technique for training neural networks that uses two forward passes of data through the network, instead of backpropagation, to update the model weights.

Apple Reportedly Working on Touchscreen Macs, Including MacBook Pro

Despite years of resistance, Apple is now working on adding touchscreens to Macs, according to a report today from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The report claims that a new MacBook Pro with an OLED display could be the first touchscreen Mac in 2025.

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