Ten days have passed since we started digging into the Android P developer preview release, and while we’ve enjoyed many of the new changes and shared with you our five favorites, there are other modifications that left us scratching our heads a little. This is a developer preview, so things are expected to be buggy, some features could be experimental and could change with the next releases, but there are others that might be here to stay.
After closing down its verification program last year, Twitter seems to be working on redefining what exactly that blue check mark means. CEO Jack Dorsey said during a Periscope live stream today that the intention eventually is to reopen the verification process to everyone, but with some changes…
With the first developer preview of Android P out today, we’re getting our first look at the visual refresh that Google was rumored to be working on a few months ago. This is an extremely early build of the software, so it’s very likely that more changes are on the way — and some of what’s here might look different come the next preview. But even this barebones developer preview 1 makes clear that Google is taking things in a rounder, more colorful direction.
The next developer preview of Android P is expected sometime in May, so that’s the next opportunity we’ll have to see additional changes to Android as it appears on Google’s Pixel devices and other products. Here’s what’s new in today’s initial release:
New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has revealed something remarkable about mental illness: years of persistent depression-caused inflammation permanently and physically alter the brain. This may dramatically affect how we understand mental illness and how it progresses over time.
This study went even further, proving for the first time that long-term depression can cause extensive and permanent changes in the brain. Dr. Meyer thinks that this study could be used to create treatments for different stages in depression. This is important because now it is clear that treating depression immediately after diagnosis should be significantly different than treatment after 10 years with the illness.
Once a doctor and patient find a treatments for depression that works for the patient, treatment typically remains static throughout the course of the patient’s life. Taking this new study into account, this might not be the most effective method.
This study examined a total of 25 patients who have had depression for over a decade, 25 who had the illness for less time, and 30 people without clinical depression as a control group. The researchers measured depression-caused inflammation using positron emission tomography (PET), which can pick out the protein markers, called TSPO, that the brain immune cells produce due to inflammation. Those with long-lasting depression had about 30 percent higher levels of TSPO when compared to those with shorter periods of depression, as well as higher levels than the control group.
Many misunderstand mental illness to be entirely separate from physical symptoms, but this study shows just how severe those symptoms can be. These findings could spark similar studies with other mental illnesses.
It is even possible that depression might now be treated as a degenerative disease, as it affects the brain progressively over time: “Greater inflammation in the brain is a common response with degenerative brain diseases as they progress, such as with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” Meyer said in a press release.
If you’re still rocking an old PC or a first generation Apple TV, heads up: in May, you’ll no longer be able to access the iTunes Store.
According to a support document recently published by Apple, the company will soon be introducing security changes that will prevent Windows XP or Vista PCs and first generation Apple TVs from using the iTunes Store. The changes will be implemented starting May 25, so if you’re still using PCs running those operating systems or you’ve been holding onto your old Apple TV until you’ve gotten all the use out of it you can, now may be the time to upgrade if you want to continue using the latest version of iTunes.
The reason for the upgrade is essentially to cycle out tech considered to be out of date. Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported by Microsoft at all, and Apple TV (1st generation) is considered to be an “obsolete” device by Apple itself (meaning it will not be updated to support iTunes — or any other — security or software changes).
If you absolutely have to hang on to your old PC for the time being, you can still continue to use previous versions of iTunes on both Windows XP and Vista without support or further updates from Apple. That being said, you won’t be able to make any new purchases from the iTunes Store (so no more new movies, albums or TV shows), nor will you be able to re-download previous purchases from other devices on that particular computer. Once May 25 rolls around, you’ll need to use at least Windows 7 in order to access the latest version of iTunes or purchase any new content from the iTunes Store. The same goes for Apple TV — after May 25, only second generation Apple TVs or later will be able to run iTunes.
Go forth and prep accordingly!
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If you were around for yesterday’s activities, you’ve already seen that Android Pay has been switched over to the new Google Pay branding, along with some upgrades to both the look and function. As part of the announcement, we were told that the Google Wallet app would be undergoing a short term rebranding of its own, taking on the name Google Pay Send. That version is now here, and unsurprisingly, it has been given some minor visual touch-ups.
Snapchat has promised to make changes to its app after a Change.org petition attracted more than 1.2 million signatures from disgruntled users. Snap has endured growing backlash from fans following a controversial redesign, with many calling for the company to revert to its old user interface. Now the company says it is planning adjustments to […]