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1434 implied HN points 16 Jan 24
  1. Headless architecture separates the front-end from the back-end of a website, allowing for flexibility and customization.
  2. Choosing a headless solution means back-end dictates how the website functions while front-end appearance is independent.
  3. Headless solutions offer flexibility to customize the front-end and back-end separately, providing more control over the website's presentation.
1238 implied HN points 18 Jan 24
  1. Notion integrates Indie calendar Cron into a new standalone Calendar app for sharing with stakeholders.
  2. Numerous plugin enhances Google Sheets with generative AI for tasks like creating formulas and translating text.
  3. Netflix's decision not to build a dedicated app for visionOS is a setback for Apple, while Nimo gains popularity as a lighter AR alternative.
943 implied HN points 11 Jan 24
  1. Slack's new Catch Up feature works like Tinder for messages, making it easier to catch up on missed messages.
  2. OpenAI launched a GPT store with tools like DesignerGPT and AI PDF, offering add-ons for ChatGPT.
  3. Perplexity is a new 'answer engine' competing with Google, providing direct answers and generative AI capabilities.
353 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. YouTube is focusing on subscriptions with over 100 million paying subscribers, positioning itself as a subscription superpower.
  2. Snap's stock slumped after Q4 results, but the company reached 7 million paid subscribers for its product.
  3. Google Maps introduced LLM search, enabling users to search using key phrases for recommendations in the US, with expansion planned.
393 implied HN points 01 Feb 24
  1. MultiOn and Arc Browser are challenging the assumption that users interacting with products are human by automating browsing tasks
  2. Shopify introduced over 100 new product updates in its Winter Edition, including a media editor for generating product images instantly
  3. Google, PayPal, Zoom, TikTok, and OpenAI all revealed new features and products this week, showcasing advancements in technology
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314 implied HN points 06 Feb 24
  1. Passkeys are digital keys replacing traditional passwords, enhancing security and creating unique keys for each account and device.
  2. Major companies like Uber, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are actively supporting and implementing passkeys for a passwordless future.
  3. Product teams can implement passkeys by understanding how they work and following a step-by-step guide for integration.
334 implied HN points 31 Jan 24
  1. Caching helps things load faster by storing them closer to the user.
  2. Caches can be deployed across different parts of a tech stack like CPU, hard disk, and network.
  3. Client-side caching in the browser and server-side caching on the server are two main types used in product development.
275 implied HN points 25 Jan 24
  1. Instagram is implementing a new safety feature to deter teens from night-time app use.
  2. Many companies struggle to train employees on GenAI tools, but new visual AI workflow tools like VectorShift aim to simplify the process for product teams.
  3. Netflix's success in ad-funded plans raises questions on whether this model will extend to other product categories like SaaS.
648 implied HN points 18 May 23
  1. Google is changing its search results page to prioritize AI-generated information over blue links, presenting a strategic dilemma for tech companies.
  2. DuoLingo saw impressive revenue growth thanks to their new monetization machine, DuoLingo Max, leveraging proprietary machine learning models and GPT-4.
  3. A new startup, Async, aims to streamline asynchronous voice communication for corporate environments, offering a potential solution for message management overload.
117 implied HN points 02 Jul 23
  1. Google heavily relies on advertising, with search and YouTube being significant sources of revenue.
  2. Generative AI could pose a threat to Google's search business model by providing all answers directly, potentially decreasing the need for users to click on search results.
  3. Microsoft's strategic partnership with Bing and OpenAI is seen as a move to challenge Google's search business, focusing on software subscriptions.
78 implied HN points 13 Jun 23
  1. Apple's visionOS design principles emphasize familiarity, human-centered approach, and immersive experiences.
  2. visionOS introduces new gestures like taps, double taps, and pinch and drag, requiring product teams to rethink design systems for spatial computing.
  3. Spatial computing with visionOS could find applications in productivity and individual user experiences, potentially changing traditional input methods.