Twitch layoffs affect around two dozen employees

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Despite the continued rollout of new features and highlights like a recent record-breaking stream of Fortnite, Polygon reports that Amazon-owned Twitch laid off around 25 employees today. In a statement, the company said it "conducted team adjustment…
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About half of Americans don’t think climate change will affect them — here’s why

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More than half of Americans seem to think that climate change won’t affect them personally, a new poll shows. Only 45 percent think that global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, and just 43 percent say they worry a great deal about climate change. But climate change is already affecting us — so why don’t people realize that? The reason has to do with a mixture of politics and psychology.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, shows that many Americans “perceive climate change as a distant problem,” says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. A lot of people think that we won’t bear the brunt of climate change until 2050 or 2100, and that other parts of the world will be affected,…

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‘SKALAR’ explores how light and sound affect our emotions

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Photons have no mass, but in an exhibition at the CTM electronic music festival in Berlin, artist Christopher Bauder treated light as a moldable, solid substance. The installation was married to a complex soundscape by musician and composer Kangding…
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Cellebrite claiming it can crack iPhones on iOS 11, but may not affect latest iOS updates

Cellebrite, the mobile forensics firm that helped the US government break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c, is apparently claiming it can crack any iPhone even if it’s running iOS 11. This is said to apply even to the latest flagship iPhones, although it’s possible this only applies to exploits fixed in recent updates to iOS 11.



Beyond Flint: Drinking Water Violations Affect 45 Million Americans Annually

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Over the past few years, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has cast a spotlight on the consequences aging infrastructure can have on water quality. However, a new report indicates that similar problems could be more widespread than we realized.

The study looked into health-related violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act that occurred between 1982 and 2015, which pertained to 17,900 community water systems. Using this data, authors Maura Allaire, Haowei Wu, and Upmanu Lall analyzed spatial and temporal trends in problems with the water supply.

The researchers found that during each year within the timeline they examined, between 9 and 45 million people had been affected by violations — accounting for between 4 and 28 percent of the U.S. population.

What happened in Flint is certainly significant in its own right, but the study points toward an even more alarming reality: that it’s part of a much broader trend.

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The paper does note that generally speaking, people in the U.S. do have good access to clean drinking water. Around 7 or 8 percent of community water systems report at least one violation in a given year, which is said to be relatively low. Still, there’s room for improvement.

The water crisis in Flint is thought to have contributed to public health concerns ranging from an uptick in cases of Legionnaires’ disease to a decrease in birth rates. Though the situation in Flint is perhaps a more extreme case of potential violations, particularly those associated with the use of lead pipes.

Other water quality infractions which may be considered less severe can still cause trouble, though. For example, in the U.S. around 16.4 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are attributed to community water systems every year.

At present, state enforcement agencies do not have a systematic method of determining which water systems are in need of additional monitoring and inspection. While samples are taken from systems with recent violations on a more regular basis, Allaire, Wu, and Lall’s paper suggested maintaining high standards could be made easier if authorities identified “hotspots,” and the circumstances that seem to lead to violations.

To that end, the paper highlighted hotspots in parts of Texas and Oklahoma — two areas where water systems with repeat violations are more common. Though, in general, these violations seem to be more common in rural parts of the country as opposed to urban areas. In any case, low-income communities are often hit hardest. Conversely, privately-owned utilities and systems that purchase their water from other utilities experience fewer violations.

By paying more attention to spatial and temporal trends in drinking water violations, we might be able to allocate resources to the systems in need of scrutiny. However, the modernization efforts necessary to address these problems present a host of challenges: aging infrastructure, impaired or contaminated water at the source, and a lack of community finances are all flagged as contributing factors to this ongoing problem.

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Songs friends play on your HomePod won’t affect Apple Music’s “For You” section

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Apple seemingly confirms battery throttling doesn’t affect the iPhone X or iPhone 8

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said a few days ago that a future iOS release will bring over new Settings menus that will let users check the health of their iPhone batteries, and manage slowdowns. Apple soon followed up with an official announcement that confirms iOS 11.3, just as some of us suspected, will introduce this new battery features. That’s what Apple should have done from the moment it decided to slow down iPhones with chemically aged batteries.

But Apple’s announcement also seems to include some great news for iPhone X and iPhone 8 users. Either that or Apple hasn’t said everything. Again.

Let’s look again at the ‘Batteries and Performance’ section of Apple’s announcement. First, Apple mentions the new battery health feature that Cook referred to in an interview a few days ago (emphasis ours):

iOS 11.3 adds new features to show battery health and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced. These can be found in Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.

Then it mentions the throttle toggle, also a feature Cook explained in the same interview (again, the emphasis is ours):

Additionally, users can now see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off. This feature can be found in Settings -> Battery and is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

As you can easily see, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 will get the battery health menu, but not the performance toggle. Does that mean the iPhone 8 and iPhone X won’t be throttled?

It’s too early to get excited about that, and Apple doesn’t explain what will happen when the batteries of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 will age.

For the time being, these phones are two new to actually show any signs of battery aging. Secondly, Apple may have not made up its mind yet.

In late December, Apple issued an apology letter in which it explained the whole iPhone slowdown thing. But it also announced that the program was so “successful” that it’ll extend it to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Here’s that quote:

About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown. While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.

Customer response to iOS 10.2.1 was positive, as it successfully reduced the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns. We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.

This seems to suggest that, soon after the iPhone X and iPhone 8 celebrate their one-year anniversary, Apple may decide to add them to the list of throttled devices, via a future iOS 12.2 update.

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Video: How the Meltdown & Spectre chip flaws affect Apple’s Mac and iPhone

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Both Intel- and ARM-based processors can be susceptible to various hacks, known as Meltdown and Spectre, affecting Macs, iPhones, iPads, and even Apple TVs. Apple has already implemented some fixes, with more to come, but there’s a lot to unravel. AppleInsider is here to explain the situation in our latest video.
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Security flaw found in Intel chips may also affect AMD and ARM processors

News broke this week of a security flaw present in Intel chips which could potentially leave millions of computers vulnerable — and it could be a flaw that effects other chips as well. Originally spotted by The Register, the kernel vulnerability leaves the chips vulnerable to hackers who can exploit security bugs. While there is a fix in the works, The Register reports the patch could slow down computers by up to 30 percent. The flaw could potentially allow malicious programs to read login and password information on secure parts of the computer’s memory. But most unluckily, it might not be limited to…

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How the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple

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This week, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, sparking a firestorm of debate and speculation over the future of the internet in the U.S. But Apple, who supports net neutrality, finds itself in a unique position in the discussion: It is one of the few companies that has actually been affected by the kind of restrictive internet provider practices that net neutrality aimed to prevent.
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