Apple Likely Replacing the MacBook Air This Year with New 13-Inch Entry Level MacBook

A new report from Taiwanese publication Digitimes claims that Apple is looking to release a new MacBook model this year, replacing the 13-inch MacBook Air. It is said that GIS (General Interface Solution) is expected to get more orders for LCD panels meant for MacBooks. The company started supplying LCD panels for the MacBook models starting last year. Continue reading
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Apple Is Currently Replacing Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Units With iPhone 6s Plus Until March

If you own an iPhone 6 Plus that is damaged to the point of needing to be replaced, you may be in luck according to a new report claiming that Apple will be replacing the older iPhone with one a year newer – the iPhone 6s Plus – through March.

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Solar Panels Are Replacing Diesel Fuel in Canada’s Far North

The sun being a resource worth tapping into is now globally accepted, but how to do it in the most efficient way is still an ongoing conversation. The obvious choice is to put solar panels in regions with lots of sun, such as Africa or Asia.

But solar energy doesn’t only make sense in places where you have plenty of light. Canadian communities with as little as five hours of sun a day could soon leapfrog from diesel dependence to a clean energy economy.

Kuujjuaq, the largest Inuit community of the Nunavik territory, is leading the way with a project that saved more than 400 liters (105.67 gallons) of diesel between September and October, providing an equivalent amount of electricity (1,100 kwh) from solar panels.

With an investment of $ 560,000, the solar panels will not only generate energy, but also data and knowledge to plan big in the future. “Our pilot involves studying solar technology for a full 12 months period” Andy Moorhouse of Makivik Corporation, an organization that represents Inuit in Nunavik and manages the project, told Futurism.

“By the end of September 2018, we’ll be able to have full data on how these technologies did throughout the year, especially during dark times such as now,” he said. “It’s a learning scope for us, we want to see how well the technology handles our harshest climate, and try to understand if anything better could be designed specifically for the Arctic climate.”

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“It absolutely makes sense to invest in renewable and hybrid energy systems in the Arctic,” Victoria Herrmann, director of the Washington-based Arctic Institute, told Futurism. She explained that on average, Arctic residents pay twice as much as their southern counterparts for heating, electricity, and transportation fuel. “For those living in the Arctic, petroleum fuel isn’t about global commodity markets: it’s about survival. Solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources are not just possible there, they’re profitable.”

While Canadian investors and governments are still dipping their toes into clean energy, states such as Alaska already boast success stories “that have proven [renewables] to be economically viable and a tremendous boost for remote communities’ energy sovereignty and economic vitality,” Herrmann said.

Projects like the solar panel pilot in Kuujjuaq and the large-scale installation planned for Old Crow, she said, prove that renewables can work for many of the over 170 remote Indigenous communities in Canada that rely on expensive and dirty diesel.

This year, Canada has allocated $ 400 million of its federal budget to the establishment of a 11-year Arctic Energy Fund. This, Herrmann said, “can do for the Canadian North what the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund has done for their neighbor.”

For now, the people of Kuujjuaq are waiting to see what’s in this project that may improve their lives in the long term. Moorhouse said that future plans will depend “on the results of this tests, and also we need to understand each community’s needs, including consumption patterns at different times of the year.” If the solar experiment proves viable, like early results suggest, the infrastructure could be scaled up to power schools or clinics, and eventually entire villages.

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Apple has been ‘all-in’ on iPhone X Face ID replacing Touch ID for over a year – report

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Apple has allegedly been planning for Face ID to be a full replacement for Touch ID for well over a year, a new report claims, refuting earlier claims by the supply chain that the removal of the fingerprint technology is a recent decision.
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Virginia is replacing some of its electronic voting machines over security concerns

Virginia’s State Election Board decided to replace all of its direct-voting electronic voting machines following a recommendation from the state’s Department of Elections on Friday, according to Politico (via Engadget). The devices will be replaced by machines that “produce a paper trail.”

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines are terminals that allow voters to cast their vote with a touch screen or other electronic interface, which is tallied onto a computer. This doesn’t leave any physical trail that a vote was cast, which has lead to concerns about verifying the final result in an instance where a vote is called into question. Other machines, such as an optical scan voting system, requires voters to fill out a physical…

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Belkin is finally replacing customers’ faulty $45 27W USB-PD car chargers after 7 months

Belkin is one of the most established mobile tech accessory companies out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s not privy to making mistakes. About seven months back, charger wizards Nathan K and Benson Leung, along with XDA forums member mtucker, discovered a fault with Belkin’s $ 44.99 F7U004 27W USB-PD car charger. Unfortunately, it’s taken until now for Belkin to release a revised model, and the process to get one seems rather interesting.

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The men committed to replacing women with AI sex dolls

Recently, a guy who goes by the screen-name numbCruncher posted something he called “Real Doll Economics” to the MGTOW forums — “MGTOW” standing for Men Going Their Own Way, and consisting of an online community of heterosexual males who’ve chosen a lifestyle that avoids legal and romantic entanglements with women at all costs. In it, numbCruncher argued that one way in which to Go His Own Way was to replace women with sex dolls and robots such as the life-like(ish) RealDoll. He began by crunching some numbs [sic throughout]: The average cost of a marriage in the US is 26,444 dollars. The average cost of a divorce in the US…

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Mobile Payments Are Completely Replacing Cash in One of the World’s Largest Nations

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China is quickly transitioning away from paper currency, with nearly everyone in major urban centers using smartphones to pay for almost everything. Alipay and WeChat are the two dominant technologies in use in the country, and they are eclipsing cash almost completely as a payment option.

Street vendors and huge shopping centers now rely on these apps, and even beggars and street musicians use QR codes in big cities in China. “It has become the default way of life now,” IDC research analyst Shiv Putcha told The New York Times. “Literally every business and brand in China is plugged into this ecosystem.”

Three years ago, everyone was still using cash, but the transition to digital payments has happened rapidly. According to consulting firm iResearch, in 2016, mobile payments in China were worth about $ 5.5 trillion, approximately 50 times the United States’ $ 112 billion market.

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Tencent and Ant Financial (the parent companies of WeChat and Alipay, respectively) collect payment data from users, and they also charge both users and the companies being paid for their services — services that require very little in the way of overhead as they involve neither card readers nor interactions with banks.

As a result, Tencent’s 2016 Q4 revenues from “other services,” which includes mobile payments, tripled from 2015 to reach $ 940 million, and both they and Ant Financial are poised to surpass Mastercard and Visa in total daily transactions by 2018.

Cash-free campuses in cities like Tianjin allow students to pay all of their expenses, from tuition to meals, with their smartphones, making even physical student IDs obsolete.If implemented countrywide, these kinds of plans could save colleges an estimated 300,000 yuan ($ 44,034) per year in production costs for cards and 10 million yuan ($ 1,467,825) in annual card loss costs.

Digital payment technology linked to smartphones is also being used to improve health access in China and reduce notoriously long wait times in clinics.

Digital payments are part of the “green finance” project being piloted in China. Cashless technology is a green finance principle because it is more efficient. According to the World Bank, businesses and governments can cut costs by up to 75 percent using digital payment programs.

China is especially receptive to this kind of cashless transformation for several reasons. It has a huge unbanked population (about 12 percent of the unbanked adults worldwide are in China), a low rate of credit card usage (only about 16 percent penetration in 2014), and a lack of credit rating systems. Personal checks are largely obsolete in the nation, while digital options are widely available.

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China isn’t alone in going cashless. Coins and bills comprise just 2 percent of Sweden’s economy, and both Norway and Denmark have eliminated cash in most settings. The New York Times reports that cash was used in about 20 percent of all consumer payments in Sweden in 2015, in contrast to the 75 percent of all transactions throughout the rest of the world. India, too, is digitizing everything from payments to identification.

A primary difference between the Scandinavian countries and China, however, is the use of debit and credit cards. Cards remain common in Sweden, with almost 2.4 billion such transactions taking place in 2013. In China, cards are rarely used, and the transition from cash skipped straight to digital apps. These are gaining ground in Scandinavian countries, though, with everyone from street vendors to churches making use of digital payment apps on smartphones.

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The move toward digital payments and a cash-free world has its critics. With local users locked into two platforms in China, for example, it is hard for tourists and other visitors to pay for anything. This could deter foreign businesses from coming to China or anywhere with more specialized digital payment platforms.

Furthermore, digital payment options bring with them privacy issues and cybersecurity concerns. The ability to track payment data and restrict access to money, for example, is a real concern for many users, especially when the government is the one in control.

However, for a host of reasons, the cash-free transition appears to be imminent. Ideally, we can make the transition a positive one by focusing on technologies, such as blockchain, that will ensure these transactions are private and secure.

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