tidyverse updates

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.rstudio.com/blog/tidyverse-updates

Over the couple of months there have been a bunch of smaller releases to packages in the tidyverse. This includes:
forcats 0.2.0, for working with factors.
readr 1.1.0, for reading flat-files from disk.
stringr 1.2.0, for manipulating strings.
tibble 1.3.0, a modern re-imagining of the data frame.
This blog post summarises the most important new features, and points to the full release notes where you can learn more.