It’s almost exactly a year since I last discussed the possibility of Apple ditching Intel in favor of Macs powered by Apple-designed CPUs. I argued then that it was a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if,’ echoing a view earlier expressed by my colleague Chance.
Bloomberg yesterday suggested that the ‘when’ might be 2020. That might seem like an ambitious timescale, but I do firmly believe two things. One, Apple is already running ARM-based Mac prototypes internally. Two, if it doesn’t happen in 2020, it won’t be too long afterwards …
Following the death late Sunday of a woman who was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona, we now know more about the circumstances of the tragedy, which has a chance to shake public trust in autonomous car technology. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Though previous rumor and speculation pegged Samsung to incorporate cutting edge under-display fingerprint recognition technology in its upcoming Galaxy Note 9, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now believes the feature will not be ready in time for an expected release later this year. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Apple is seeking a new U.S. trademark for its iconic multicolor logo, commonly referred to as the "rainbow" logo, for use on clothing items, but don’t expect to see the mark adorning products at an Apple store anytime soon. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has cast new doubt on the potential launch of an iPhone SE 2 with wireless charging or any other notable new features. In an interesting rebuttal to recent rumors, KGI questions the authenticity of recent claims for a few reasons.
Water contaminated with lead is hazardous to human health, particularly for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency agree that there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. In children it can lead to behavior and learning issues, stunted grown, and anemia. Lead can also cause premature birth and reduced fetus growth in pregnant women, and decrease kidney function in adults. But removing lead from polluted water sources can be challenging.
Now, a team of researchers from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan has discovered that a type of moss called Funaria hygrometrica,orbonfire moss, can help to absorb the heavy metal from contaminated water. The team discovered that the moss could absorb up to 74 percent of its dry weight in lead after only 22 hours of exposure, and published their findings in the journal PLOS One. This discovery could go a long way to help clean lead polluted water supplies around the world.
The researchers also found that 85 percent of the lead that the moss had absorbed accumulated in its cell walls. They determined there was something unique about the moss’ cell walls, which is likely what allows the species to thrive in toxic environment where other plants can’t.
Using mosses or other plants to remove contaminants like this is called phytoremediation, and other researchers are looking for similar ways to use organisms to combat pollutants. Three strains of fungus can reduce electronic waste from old batteries. Another fungus can break down waste plastics in a matter of weeks that would otherwise persist in the environment for years.
In a press release, the group lead Hitoshi Sakakibara said that the next step for his team is looking to work with recycling-oriented companies, creating applications for this new biomaterial that can soak up lead.
Things are still a little slow since the holiday rush, which has actually been pretty nice as I’ve been able to get all sorts of things done that got pushed to the back burner with how wild December was for iOS game releases. In honor of Houseplant Appreciation Day, there’s a tiny bundle of new iOS games that have hit our forums recently. The App Store is a weird platform, as on anything else (except maybe Steam), this list of releases would be an overwhelming number of games. In the mobile universe, it’s just another slow Wednesday.
Stay tuned for a full roundup later this evening, where hopefully we have a few surprises. It’s about time to start speculating when Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is going to get released again, isn’t it?
Apple employees with a HomePod have a new firmware version available for testing — with older versions of the device’s code having revealed much about the then forthcoming iPhone X. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Last month, there were rumors that the next Galaxy S series smartphones will be showcased a bit earlier than usual, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January next year. However, Samsung has now made the matter clear, saying that’s “unlikely” to happen. Samsung Galaxy S8 So now it’s reasonable to assume the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will either be officially unveiled in February during the Mobile World Congress (like the Galaxy S5, S6, and S7), or at a dedicated event in March, like the Galaxy S8 series. Contrary to some reports so far, there are also rumors that the Galaxy S9 won’t…