Apple to suspend iTunes Store support for “obsolete” first-gen Apple TV

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A support document from Apple drives another nail in the coffin for the original Apple TV, first introduced in 2007. On May 25, 2018, first-generation Apple TV devices will no longer be able to connect to the iTunes Store due to new security changes to be implemented by Apple. In addition to first-gen Apple TVs, any PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista will also lose access to the most recent version of iTunes.

According to the document, the “obsolete” original Apple TV won’t be updated in the future to support access to the iTunes Store. After May 25, users will only be able to access iTunes on second-generation Apple TVs and newer streaming devices.

The same security changes affecting the first-gen Apple TV will also affect Windows XP and Vista machines. Users on such devices can still run previous versions of iTunes, so they should still be able to play their music library without problems.

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Apple will disconnect ‘obsolete’ first-gen Apple TV from iTunes in May

Apple has announced today it will drop iTunes support for some older devices from May 25. This includes the first generation Apple TV, and also any PC running Windows XP or Vista. The company is introducing new security changes which will prevent those devices from using the latest version of iTunes.

Apple says that the original Apple TV is an “obsolete Apple product” and will not be updated to support security changes. Only those with the second generation of Apple TV or later will be able to access the iTunes store.

Windows XP or Vista users won’t be able to use the latest version of iTunes, but older Windows computers can still use previous versions without support from Apple. Those who do so, however, won’t be able to make new…

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Antibiotic Considered Obsolete May Find New Use Against Superbugs

Repurposing Antibiotics

The global public health threat of antibiotic resistance has made many existing antibiotic treatments ineffective, but a new study could provide a creative solution to the growing problem. In a study published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia re-analyzed an old and largely forgotten antibiotic. Discovered 40 years ago, the drug could potentially take on resilient superbugs.

Octapeptin has long been considered an obsolete antibiotic by medical science, but the researchers believe it could potentially replace a so-called “drug of last resort” called colistin. These are drugs given to patients only when all other treatment options have been exhausted without success. Over time, however, the bacteria colistin is meant to treat have developed increasing resistance to it, rendering the last resort ineffective. Researchers hope that octapeptin, a relic of past medicine though it may be, could be revived and reworked as a new drug.

In discussing the re-analysis of octapeptin, Matt Cooper from the University of Queensland in Australia said to Science Alert that “Given the very few researchers left in this field now, and the sparse pipeline for new antibiotics, we’ve used modern drug discovery procedures to re-evaluate its effectiveness against superbugs.”

Unique Solutions

Octapeptin is uniquely capable of serving as a replacement for colistin, primarily because the two drugs are structurally similar. Octapeptin has also been shown to be especially effective against gram-negative bacteria, a type of bacteria that are notoriously difficult to treat. In addition to its structural similarities and relative effectiveness, researchers believe octapeptin may prove to be superior to colistin, and even less toxic.

Over the last 30 years, antibiotic resistance has been of growing concern, reaching public health crisis levels in many parts of the world. Despite these urgent circumstances, only one new class of antibiotic has emerged. As such, the University of Queensland researchers are hoping that by re-analyzing the older antibiotic and introducing it as a superior alternative once colistin fails, they will at least have provided another weapon in our arsenal; potentially, a very powerful one. The team’s creative solution could also inspire other research that looks to repurpose old, forgotten about drugs — or even create brand new ones — that could be stockpiled for the ongoing fight against antibiotic resistance.

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Is 2018 the year wires and cords become obsolete?

Technological innovation tends to unfold exponentially and ruthlessly; whenever a new technology takes over, an old one falls out of popular usage and becomes obsolete. For example, once email became adopted by the vast majority of the working world, snail mail became a nostalgic relic of the past (for most individual communications). By the time Blu-ray discs gave us a platform for high-definition video, VHS tapes were long dead. It’s hard to predict what technology will next go obsolete, since many soon-obsolete technologies are current mainstays in daily life and phase-outs tend to be gradual, fading out almost imperceptibly. However,…

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Will augmented reality make lying obsolete?

I’m putting the liars on notice.

The most underappreciated application for the combination of augmented reality (A.R.) and artificial intelligence (A.I.) is persistent lie detection.

Smartphones and smart glasses will soon support apps that show you in real time whether the person you’re talking to is telling the truth or lying.

Imagine how that will affect business meetings, sales presentations, job interviews and department status updates.

(Not to mention political speech. Some 35 years ago, late-night talk show host Johnny Carson imagined what it would be like if politicians were hooked up to lie detectors.)

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Artificial Organs: We’re Entering an Era Where Transplants Are Obsolete

No More Heart Transplants

Around the world, lists of patients in need of an organ transplant are often longer than the lists of those willing (and able) to donate — in part because some of the most in-demand organs for transplant can only be donated after a person has died. By way of example, recent data from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) showed that the number of patients waiting for a heart transplant in the United Kingdom has grown by 162 percent in the last ten years.

Now, 50 years after the first successful heart transplant, experts believe we may be nearing an era where organ transplantation will no longer be necessary. “I think within ten years we won’t see any more heart transplants, except for people with congenital heart damage, where only a new heart will do,” Stephen Westaby, from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, told The Telegraph.

Westaby didn’t want to seem ungrateful for all the human lives saved by organ transplants, of course. On the contrary, he said that he’s a “great supporter of cardiac transplantation.” However, recent technological developments in medicine may well offer alternatives that could save more time, money, and lives.

“I think the combination of heart pumps and stem cells has the potential to be a good alternative which could help far more people,” Westaby told The Telegraph.

An Era of Artificial Organs

Foremost among these medical advances, and one that while controversial has continued to demonstrate potential, is the use of stem cells. Granted, applications for stem cells are somewhat limited, though that’s down more to ethical considerations more than scientific limitations. Still, the studies that have been done with stem cells have proven that it is possible to grow organs in a lab, which could then be implanted.

Science has also made it possible to produce artificial organs using another technological marvel, 3D printing. When applied to medicine, the technique is referred to as 3D bioprinting — and the achievements in the emerging technique have already been quite remarkable.

Thus far, scientists have successfully 3D-bioprinted several organs, including  a thyroid gland, a tibia replacement that’s already been implanted into a patient, as well as a patch of heart cells that actually beat. All of these organs were made possible by refinements to the type of bioink; one of many improvements to the process we can expect to see in the years to come, as there’s now an institution dedicated to advancing 3D bioprinting techniques.

Other technologies that are making it possible to produce synthetic organs include a method for growing bioartificial kidneys, the result of a study in 2016.

For his part, Westaby is involved in several projects working to continue improving the process: one uses stem cells to reverse the scarring of heart tissue, which could improve the quality of life for patients undergoing coronary bypass. Westaby is also working on developing better hardware for these types of surgical procedures, including inexpensive titanium mechanical heart pumps.

Together with 3D bioprinting such innovations could well become the answer to donor shortages. The future of regenerative medicine is synthetic organs that could easily, affordably, and reliably be printed for patients on demand.

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Apple Officially Declares Mid-2011 Mac mini Obsolete

An internal memo released to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized service providers this week revealed that all of the company’s mid-2011 Mac mini models have been added to its running list of ‘vintage and obsolete products’.

According to a copy of the memo obtained by MacRumors, all variants of the mid-2011 Mac mini — Apple’s first to boast Thunderbolt connectivity while ditching the optical CD/DVD drive — were granted the designation effective November 30, 2017.

What Does Vintage and Obsolete Mean?

Apple keeps a running list of vintage and obsolete products — those given a classification indicating that, unless pursuant with local law, Apple Stores and authorized service providers will no longer offer repair service for. In this case, the mid-2011 Mac mini will be joining a number of nostalgic Apple products, including the iBook, eMac and more, which are at least five years post-production.

With exception, due to local laws in California and Turkey, customers may still receive service on their mid-2011 Mac mini for up to an additional two years.

As we’ve noted before, it’s been over three years now since Apple last updated its Mac mini computer in October, 2014. And while the model is still considered “current,”as it remains available for purchase in store and online, it’s worth pointing out that the machine is powered by some fairly outdated internals, including a dual core build of Intel’s five generations old ‘Haswell’ CPU.

It’s certainly clear that Mac mini is due for a refresh — and while both Tim Cook and Phil Schiller have respectively lauded and reaffirmed their commitment to the small but mighty Mac mini — there are currently no rumors or analysis suggesting that we could see one anytime soon.

That’s not to say we’ll never see one, of course; but only that (at least for the time being) all we really have to keep our interest piqued are these futuristic but nevertheless drool-worthy Mac mini concept designs.

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Apple on Monday updated its official list of "obsolete" products to add the mid-2011 Mac mini lineup, once again raising questions about what the company has planned, if anything, for its cheapest Mac.
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