Apple today unveiled a collection of new Apple Watch bands for spring, focusing heavily on new Sport Loop bands and adding color variations for other models, including deluxe leather Hermès bands. Additionally, Nike’s Sport Loop band will now be sold on its own. Made from fabric and plastic, the standard Sport Loop will be available in Flash…Read More Apple – VentureBeat
Geskin tweeted a photo of an iPhone X and an accompanying SIM card tray in the new color earlier today. He said the device is “in production,” with a codename of D21A. In a follow-up tweet, he added that the “color is real” and said Apple just “saved it for later,” but hedged that “stuff can be canceled.”
Geskin has gained a reputation for leaking dummy models, screen protectors, and accessories related to unreleased iPhones, but he doesn’t have a perfect track record. Back in July, he said the iPhone X would be available in four colors, including a “mirror-like” finish that has yet to materialize.
In the months leading up to the iPhone X, it was widely rumored that the device would be available in a trio of colors, including Blush Gold, but Silver and Space Gray ended up being and remain the only colors available.
In September, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the gold model may encounter some production issues and be available in extremely low volume during pre-orders, which didn’t happen, or go on sale at a later date entirely. Since then, rumors have largely gone quiet, beyond a few false release dates.
Apple recently announced it will be hosting an education-themed event on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. While the event will be focused on “creative new ideas for teachers and students,” it’s certainly possible we could learn of the new iPhone X colors then.
On February 20, Vermonter Katherine Purcell did something extraordinary: She sold her home. And yes, people sell their homes every year—scores of them. But Purcell’s sale was fundamentally different: There’s a record of it on a blockchain.
In 2017, the city of South Burlington, Vermont, agreed to begin recording real estate transactions on the Ethereum blockchain as part of a pilot program with Propy, a real estate platform developed by a San Francisco-based startup. The idea behind Propy: it allows anyone to buy or sell real estate, anywhere, completely online. Propy’s blockchain records each step in the transaction, from expressing interest in a property to signing agreements to title transfers.
This makes the process more secure than sales conducted through traditional methods. A person couldn’t say they didn’t receive a payment or never signed a document, nor could they alter public records by hacking the city’s server. There’s an immutable record of every action on a virtually unhackable ledger.
As South Burlington City Clerk Donna Kinville told Government Technology in February, the pilot program consists of four levels, with the integration of Propy’s system increasing at each level. Purcell’s sale presumably falls under level one, in which the city’s processes remain unchanged. The only difference is that the paper title sent to the city included the location of the title transfer in Propy’s blockchain. If the project reaches level four, Propy will completely replace the software South Burlington currently uses to manage land records.
As for Purcell’s sale itself, logistically speaking, it wasn’t much different from any other. However, as Propy noted in a blog post, it was one of the very first government-sanctioned uses of blockchain for a public service.
“This first deal makes it much easier for the rest of the 49 states to iterate the process,” a source from Propy told Zero Hedge, a financial blog that posted screenshots of Purcell’s paperwork. “In fact, Arizona and Colorado are next.”
Ultimately, this single transaction could mark a turning point in the use of blockchain by government offices. Others could choose to give Propy a try, and blockchain startups focused on industries beyond real estate even have a better shot at convincing officials to take a chance on the technology now.
The iPhone X wasn’t an easy device to get a hold of when it launched last year, and the fact that it only comes in two colors, none of them gold, has frustrated quite a few would-be buyers. Leave it to Russian company Caviar to fix that, though. It’s now introducing not one but two golden iPhone X variants, and as usual this isn’t just a different paintjob. Instead, you’re treated to a pure 24K gold coating, because if you’re going to buy a gold iPhone X you deserve the real thing. Caviar iPhone X Classic Gold The two versions are called Classic Gold and Classic Liquid Gold, the…
Not all countries are equal when it comes to making and selling apps on the Play Store. Some don’t even support developer registration, others let developers register but only let them distribute free apps. That was the case of devs in Ecuador until now: the ability to register as a merchant is available to them so they can finally sell paid apps and IAPs on the Play Store.
Following up on an earlier tweet, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore followed up with more details about the demise of Windows 10 S as a standalone product. Going forward, he explained, you'll see PCs with either Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro PC or Windows… Engadget RSS Feed
Your Apple ID credentials could be worth less than $ 16 to online criminals, according to new research on the dark web. Reportedly, the average hacked Apple ID account currently runs for about $ 15.39, according to Top10VPN’s Dark Web Market Price Index for February 2018. Though that’s considerably less than some of the other listed services, […] Read More… iDrop News
Thanks to digital tools equipped with artificial intelligence, we’re (theoretically) better than we used to be. Devices and apps track our workouts, our sleep patterns, our periods, our sexual encounters. We give these digital spies access to any intimate part of our lives, whatever they demand, because we assume having more data will allow us to see where we’re failing, and to make improvements accordingly.
But, if you had data on how the kinds of conversations you had with other people, would it make you a better person? Can AI actually teach us to communicate better — you know, with other humans?
Startup founder Nancy Lublin thinks the answer is yes. She founded Loris.ai, with the intention of helping managers at companies tackle difficult conversations. The company is named after the slow loris animal — just like the loris’ toxic bite, botched workplace conversations can end companies or poison relationships, according to the company’s web site.
We really don’t know how Loris.ai intends to accomplish its stated goal — or how AI will be involved at all. The company has not yet started beta testing, and details about its inner-workings are negligible. Yet, it has a clear draw to investors: the company has already raised $ 2 million in seed funding.
It’s pretty easy to guess Loris.ai will make money by collecting user data and selling it. That’s how all the big tech companies, from Facebook to Google, make their sizable earnings.
Lublin got a good start doing this through her nonprofit Crisis Text Line. Founded four years ago, the organization offers texting-based support to those in emotional crises. The organization used machine learning to analyze the millions of messages exchanged via Crisis Text Line, looking for patterns of behavior. They then used these insights to improve training for the service’s 12,000 counselors. Last year Crisis Text Line partnered with Facebook to improve the social network’s response to users in crisis.
Now, Lublin is using similar techniques for her new startup. The company will likely use the conclusions it gleaned from Crisis Text Line to offer “empathy lessons” to interested companies, training managers and employees about how to improve their communication, according to Wired.
“Managers are nervous having a one-on-one meeting with a direct report of a different gender, and that holds women back,” Lublin told Wired. “People worrying about inclusion worry they’ll get it wrong, and that holds people back.”
AI can give us data — buckets of it, if we want, and complete with specific advice about ways to fix the things that ail us. But humans ultimately have to make the call about whether, or how, to act on those instructions. In the right hands, actionable items like the ones Loris.ai may offer could reduce workplace discrimination, or clear up toxic work environments. But in others, it might just be another piece of information to ignore as we continue making the same dumb mistakes we always have.
Yes, humans have to choose to use that information, at least for now. Soon we may wonder why we ever needed human managers at all, when our robo-bosses exert control so much more easily.
Back in 2013, the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop selling their flagship product: a “Personal Genome Service” kit. The agency thought the results of the at-home test might not be accurate. False positives could encourage consumers to seek out unnecessary medical treatment, while false negatives could lead them to believe they were free from risk when they weren’t.
After reviewing data and research from 23andMe, the FDA is now convinced that the company’s cancer test is accurate enough to receive its stamp of approval.
Researchers know of more than 1,000 BRCA breast cancer genetic mutations. However, 23andMe’s new test will analyze users’ DNA on the hunt for just three BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. These mutations are most common in people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, but extremely rare in the rest of the population.
Extensive research supports a link between these mutations and breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer, so they serve as a solid starting point for 23andMe. The company will likely branch out to other mutations with future tests.
“Traditionally, you only would get tested for BRCA if you have a family history of cancer,” Shirley Wu, 23andMe’s director of product science, told Gizmodo. “We are providing a test people at risk that otherwise would have been missed. This is a giant step forward for consumers in giving them direct access.”
False Sense of Security
Testing for just three mutations does come with its problems. A person might take 23andMe’s test, get a negative reading, and assume they are risk-free. However, as previously mentioned, we know of more than 1,000 BRCA mutations, and this test only rules out three.
“Those tested can get the false illusion that they are not carriers, when in fact they may have other of hundreds of known functional mutations. The new offering by 23andMe is better than nothing, but we need to (and can) do far better,” Eric Topol, a geneticist at the Scripps Institute, told Gizmodo.
Other at-home tests, such as those from genetics company Color, are far more comprehensive, but a physician must order them. We still don’t have an FDA-approved, comprehensive test that consumers can purchase directly.
Still, 23andMe’s new testing kit could serve to show the potential benefits and risks of at-home testing, and it may serve as an important stepping stone on the path to comprehensive tests to determine a person’s risk of developing cancer and other health conditions.