Apple’s iOS 9 Supercharges Search and Siri With AI

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 9:06pm

Just like Android, Apple is using AI and enhanced search to make iOS 9 smarter outside of your apps.

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In the First Martian Trailer, Matt Damon Is Left on Mars

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 9:06pm

The first trailer for Ridley Scott's hotly anticipated adaptation of The Martian is finally here—and it's astounding.

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The 10 Most Exciting Features in Mac OS X El Capitan

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 8:57pm

Here are the 10 new features in the next version of OS X that we're most excited about.

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Italian Astronaut Sets New Record for Longest Space Mission by a Woman

Space.com - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 8:54pm
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 38-year-old Italian space station crew member, has set a new record for the most time in space on one mission by a woman. She broke the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.
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Apple’s Latest Selling Point: How Little It Knows About You

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 8:51pm

Apple wants its devices to know everything about you. But more than ever, it wants you to know that Apple doesn't know what those devices know.

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Combating Climate Risks With 3D Printing

Slashdot - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 8:29pm
Lasrick writes: While security risks that emanate from climate change will not always require military responses, the technological innovations that 3D printing makes possible can significantly improve the tools available for both militaries and civilian institutions when responding to, preparing for, and mitigating those risks. These benefits come in five main forms, and this article details what they are and how each may work: Rapid response and prototyping; Democratization of preparedness and response; De-globalizing hazards; Increasing accessibility; Enhancing energy efficiency. The authors clearly believe that 3D printing will be a key tool in mitigating effects from natural disasters: "If the United States, including the Department of Defense, truly believes that climate change presents 'immediate risks to national security,' then developing all the tools necessary to combat those risks should be a high priority. 3D printing, given its potential utility in helping us adapt to and mitigate climate risks, and doing so cost-effectively, is one tool that deserves close attention."

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WWDC 2015 Roundup

Slashdot - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:45pm
Here's an overview of the main announcements and new products unveiled at WWDC today. The latest OS X will be named OS X El Capitan. Features include: Natural language searches and auto-arrange windows. You can make the cursor bigger by shaking the mouse and pin sites in Safari now. 1.4x faster than Yosemite. Available to developers today, public beta in July, out for free in the fall.Metal, the graphics API is coming to Mac. "Metal combines the compute power of OpenCL and the graphics power of OpenGL in a high-performance API that does both." Up to 40% greater rendering efficiency.iOS 9: New Siri UI. There’s an API for search. Siri and Spotlight are getting more integrated. Siri getting better at prediction with a far lower word error rate. You can make checklists, draw and sketch inside of Notes. Maps gets some love. New app called News "We think this offers the best mobile reading experience ever." Like Flipboard it pulls in news articles from your favorite sites. HomeKit now supports window shades, motion sensors, security systems, and remote access via iCloud. Public Beta for iOS 9.Apple Pay: All four major credit card companies and over 1 million locations supporting Apple Pay as of next month. Apple Pay reader developed by Square, for peer-to-peer transactions. Apple Pay coming to the UK next month support in 250,000 locations including the London transportation system. Passbook is being renamed "Wallet."iPad: Shortcuts for app-switching, split-screen multitasking and QuickType. Put two fingers down on the keyboard and it becomes a trackpad. Side by side apps. Picture in picture available on iPad Air and up, Mini 2 and up.CarPlay: Now works wirelessly and supports apps by the automaker.Swift 2,the latest version of Apple’s programing language . Swift will be open source.The App Store: Over 100 billion app downloads, and $30 billion paid to developers.Apple Watch: watchOS 2 with new watch faces. Developers can build their own "complications" (widgets with a terrible name that show updates and gauges on the watch face). A new feature called Time Travel lets you rotate the digital crown to zoom into the future and see what’s coming up. More new features: reply to email, bedside alarm clock, send scribbled messages in multiple colors. You can now play video on the watch. Developer beta of watchOS 2 available today, wide release in the fall for free.Apple Music: “The next chapter in music. It will change the way you experience music forever,” says Cook. Live DJs broadcasting and hosting live radio streams you can listen to in 150 countries. Handpicked suggestions. 24/7 live global radio. Beats Connect lets unsigned artists connect with fans. Beats Music has all of iTunes’ music, to buy or stream. With curated recommendations. Launching June 30th in 100 countries with Android this fall, with Windows and Android versions. First three months free, $9.99 a month or $14.99 a month for family plan for up to six.

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Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:35pm

Apple Music is coming June 30th, for $10 a month. It'll be available on Mac, iOS, Apple TV, Windows PCs an Android devices.

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Veep GIF and a Graf: Amy Is Never This Humble, Says Jonah

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:35pm

Last night's "Veep" was basically like a very, very funny TV recap of its current season.

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Apple Finally Adds Reproductive Health to HealthKit

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:27pm

Apple has officially conceded to periods.

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Researchers analyze the structure of bird feathers to create hues without dye

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:20pm
Work from a research team is seeking to produce synthetic particles that mimic the tiny packets of melanin found in feathers. These tiny packets of synthetic melanin produce structural color, like in a bird's feather, when they are packed into layers. Structural color occurs through the interaction of light with materials that have patterns on a tiny scale, which reflect light to make some wavelengths brighter and others darker.
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New study sheds light on life satisfaction, mortality risk in older adults

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:20pm
Greater life satisfaction in adults older than 50 years of age is related to a reduced risk of mortality, new research shows. The researchers also found that variability in life satisfaction across time increases risk of mortality, but only among less satisfied people. The study involved nearly 4,500 participants who were followed for up to nine years.
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Crows count on 'number neurons'

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:20pm
Neurobiologists have discovered cells in the crow brain that respond to a specific number of items. The study provides valuable insights into the biological roots of counting capabilities. What makes this finding even more interesting is that a long evolutionary history separates us from birds; as a consequence, the brains of crows and humans are designed very differently.
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Boosting gut bacteria defense system may lead to better treatments for bloodstream infections

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:19pm
An upset in the body’s natural balance of gut bacteria that may lead to life-threatening bloodstream infections can be reversed by enhancing a specific immune defense response, researchers have found.
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Researchers identify new genetic cause of arrhythmia and develop therapy

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:19pm
A rare and deadly form of inherited arrhythmia has been identified by researchers, who have developed a method to treat it. Arrhythmia is a malfunction of the heart's electrical system that causes irregular heartbeats. Most people experience harmless skipped beats or fluttering. However, nearly 4 million Americans have heart arrhythmias that range from bothersome to deadly.
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Yin and yang: Immune signaling protein has opposing roles in breast cancer development

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:19pm
Inhibiting the immune receptor protein TLR4 may not be a wise treatment strategy in all cancers, researchers have discovered, countering previously held beliefs,
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Scientists show antitumor agent can be activated by natural response to cell stress

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:19pm
Scientists have found that a drug candidate with anticancer potential can be activated by one of the body’s natural responses to cellular stress. Once activated, the agent can kill prostate cancer cells.
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Navigating multiple myeloma with 'Google Maps' for the cancer genome

Science Daily - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:19pm
A new approach for studying the cancer genome has been described by researchers who say that it will let scientists account for both the individual tiles and the whole mosaic. It enables researchers and clinicians to look at the small- and large-scale genetic changes that define individual cancers, they add.
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How American Students Can Get a University Degree For Free In Germany

Slashdot - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:19pm
HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike and more than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years. "When I found out that just like Germans I'm studying for free, it was sort of mind blowing," says Katherine Burlingame who decided to get her Master's degree at a university in the East German town of Cottbus. "I realized how easy the admission process was and how there was no tuition fee. This was a wow moment for me." When Katherine came to Germany in 2012 she spoke two words of German: 'hallo' and 'danke'. She arrived in an East German town which had, since the 1950s, taught the majority of its residents Russian rather than English. "At first I was just doing hand gestures and a lot of people had compassion because they saw that I was trying and that I cared." She did not need German, however, in her Master's program, which was filled with students from 50 different countries but taught entirely in English. In fact, German universities have drastically increased all-English classes to more than 1,150 programs across many fields. So how can Germany afford to educate foreign students for free? Think about it this way: it's a global game of collecting talent. All of these students are the trading cards, and the collectors are countries. If a country collects more talent, they'll have an influx of new ideas, new businesses and a better economy. For a society with a demographic problem — a growing retired population and fewer young people entering college and the workforce — qualified immigration is seen as a resolution to the problem as research shows that 50% of foreign students stay in Germany. "Keeping international students who have studied in the country is the ideal way of immigration," says Sebastian Fohrbeck."They have the needed certificates, they don't have a language problem at the end of their stay and they know the culture."

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Apple’s News App Takes Aim at Facebook

Wired News - Mon, 08/06/2015 - 7:03pm

Apple has grown into the most valuable brand in the world because of its hardware. But its News app is about more than gadgets.

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