For this week’s tech recap, we look at: Facebook Name Change, China vs Google, AI assistant helping devs and more featured tech career opportunities.

facebook nameFacebook Name Change: Facebook Inc. is re-branding itself as Meta – decoupling its corporate identity from the eponymous social network mired in toxic content and highlighting a shift to an emerging computing platform focused on virtual reality.

However, that is not all this week in tech has brough us. In this week’s recap we look at the Facebook Name Change, China vs Google, AI assistant helping devs and more featured tech career opportunities.

Facebook will now be Meta

Facebook said Thursday (28 October 2021) it’s changing its name to Meta.

The name change will affect the corporate entity that owns them, but not the platforms that company owns, including Whatsapp, Instagram, and the Facebook site.

But the Facebook product will no longer be what the company is about, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“It is time for us to adopt a new company brand to encompass everything that we do,” Zuckerberg said. “From now on we’re going to be metaverse first, not Facebook first.”

What exactly does this mean? Read more here.

China says it has a quantum computer a million times more powerful than Google’s.

Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China recently published a paper indicating they’ve created a quantum computer that’s one million times faster than Google’s Sycamore machine.

According to a report from the Global Times, the Chinese system “is 10 million times faster than the current fastest supercomputer and its calculation complexity is more than 1 million times higher than Google’s Sycamore processor.”

Here’s what you need to know about this latest supercomputer.

GitHub claims its AI assistant is helping devs write 30% of their code

GitHub announced its AI-assisted code writing feature called Copilot back in June. On the eve of its GitHub Universe conference starting today, the company said that the AI is now helping to write 30% of code on the platform.

The feature is still in the technical preview phase, and works especially well with languages such as Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, Ruby, and Go.

However, this AI is not yet as smart to generate whole programs by themselves. But it makes it easier for developers to spot mistakes and complete their projects in a shorter time.

Read more here.


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