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Spotify’s Siri support launches on Apple Watch

iDownloadBlog - 12 hours 35 min ago

Siri integration for Spotify is now available on all Apple Watch models powered by the watchOS 6.0 software or later.
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Autism apps highlighted by Apple on World Autism Awareness Day

9to5Mac - 12 hours 56 min ago

A number of autism apps have been highlighted by Apple on World Autism Awareness Day, an annual event intended to educate people about those with autistic spectrum disorders. It is part of the company’s extensive commitment to accessibility.

The United Nations has drawn attention to the specific challenges faced by people with autism during the coronavirus outbreak…


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Fantastical gains iPad pointer support, a “1 minute before” alert option and other perks

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 5 min ago

Fantastical maker FlexiBits today rolled out Fantastical 3.0.9 for iOS and macOS, bringing out a bunch of fixes and several new features like cursor support on iPadOS 13.4.
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AI Program Could Check Blood For Signs of Lung Cancer

Slashdot - 13 hours 19 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence program that can screen people for lung cancer by analyzing their blood for DNA mutations that drive the disease. The program works by examining free-floating DNA that circulates in the blood. The majority of this genetic detritus enters the bloodstream when harmless cells in the body break down and spill their molecular innards, but tumors also shed DNA as they form and grow larger. Writing in the journal Nature, the scientists describe how their AI program crunched data on the DNA found in the blood of lung cancer patients to learn which common cancer mutations most effectively predicted the disease. The researchers then used the trained program to distinguish lung cancer patients from healthy people in a separate group of volunteers who gave blood samples for the study. The system cannot confidently diagnose cancer, but instead flags up likely cases for further medical investigation. In tests, the program had a 2% false positive rate -- meaning that it mistakenly flagged two in every 100 healthy people as having the disease -- while rating 55% of stage 2 cancers and nearly 70% of stage 3 cancers as patients likely to have the disease.

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Zoom penetration tests commissioned to improve ‘trust, safety and privacy’

9to5Mac - 13 hours 23 min ago

Zoom penetration tests have been commissioned by the popular videoconferencing service after a series of security and privacy issues were found in the company’s mobile and desktop apps.

Zoom’s problems have been a messy mixture of poor communication, sketchy marketing, rule-breaking, and actual security holes …


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Spotify launches Siri support for Apple Watches running watchOS 6

9to5Mac - 13 hours 27 min ago

After bringing the long-awaited feature to iOS last fall, Spotify has updated its app today to take advantage of Siri support on Apple Watch in watchOS 6.


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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support coming to select 2018 LG TVs by October

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 29 min ago

That's a change from LG's earlier stance that it won't bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to models manufactured before 2019 as it couldn't guarantee a "seamless user experience".
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Apple’s TV show sale includes complete series, more starting at $10

9to5Mac - 13 hours 40 min ago

Following Tuesday’s big 4K movie sale, Apple is back today with a number of price drops on TV show complete seasons. Of course, all of which will become a permanent part of your library. Deals start at $10 and you can find all of our top picks below.


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How to print and export your comments in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 49 min ago

Numbers Mac Print Comments

If you want to print comments in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on Mac, this tutorial shows you how along with how to export comments in your PDF.
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FCC to vote on Apple-backed plan to allow device makers to use 6GHz band

9to5Mac - 14 hours 14 min ago

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be voting on a plan to open up the 6GHz band for general use by device makers.

The FCC positions this as a fivefold increase in the spectrum available for Wi-Fi use, but in reality, it will be used for very short-range communications, with two specific uses likely by Apple…


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How to collaborate with your team using Spark

iDownloadBlog - 14 hours 18 min ago

Spark Create Email Together Mac

If you’re looking for a way for you and your team to discuss, share, and assign emails, check out these Spark collaboration features for your business.
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This tweak adds a confirmation dialogue to iOS’ AirDrop interface

iDownloadBlog - 14 hours 49 min ago

AirDrop is great for sharing files, but it’s too easy to share files accidentally. This tweak fixes that problem.
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Tile says Apple breaking promises, that anticompetitive behavior is worse

9to5Mac - 14 hours 59 min ago

Tile has made an accusation of Apple breaking promises to work toward resolving the dispute between the two companies, and says that indeed things are even worse than they were.

The dispute centers around Apple’s apparent intention to launch AirTags, which will directly compete with Tile trackers — small devices attached to gadgets and other valuables to track their location …


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Rofi is a convenient app launcher you can access from anywhere in iOS

iDownloadBlog - 15 hours 18 min ago

With Rofi, you can easily access your favorite apps from anywhere in iOS. Best of all, it’s fully configurable by the end user.
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YouTube 'Shorts' Reportedly Launching This Year To Counter TikTok

Slashdot - 16 hours 19 min ago
According to The Information, the YouTube app will soon be home to a new "Shorts" format that will counter TikTok. 9to5Google reports: Shorts will be brief videos available in a new feed. On the creation front, these videos can use YouTube's existing catalog of licensed music as a background soundtrack. YouTube reportedly plans to launch Shorts by the end of this year. Today's article describes the YouTube Shorts effort as the "most serious effort yet by a Silicon Valley tech company to combat the rise of TikTok." It speculates that YouTube will be able to leverage its existing stable of creators to generate the new type of content. By making Shorts available inside the YouTube apps, Google is guaranteeing a built-in audience. This is similar to how YouTube rolled out a Stories format to compete with Snapchat and Instagram. Used by channels to make shorter update-like content, it lives alongside full videos in the Subscriptions tab. Unlike videos, these Stories are limited to a certain subscriber count, with that possibly applying to the initial launch of Shorts.

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Mac: How to force quit frozen menu bar apps

9to5Mac - 19 hours 18 min ago

Whether it’s happening to you right now or you’d like to know what to do in case it happens, read on for how to force quit frozen menu bar apps on a Mac.


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Evidence of Ancient Rainforests Found In Antarctica

Slashdot - 19 hours 19 min ago
mi writes: Researchers have discovered evidence that Antarctica supported a swampy rainforest as "recently" as 90 million years ago, according to a new study. "Even during months of darkness, swampy temperate rainforests were able to grow close to the South Pole, revealing an even warmer climate than we expected," said Tina van de Flierdt, study co-author and professor in the Imperial College London's Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The researchers took CT scans of a slice of the seafloor near the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers. They revealed pristine samples of forest soil, pollen, spores and even root systems so well preserved that they could identify cell structures. The researchers say that the warming effect caused by higher carbon dioxide levels created the right conditions for a rainforest environment. "The average daytime temperature was 53 degrees Fahrenheit," reports CNN. "River and swamp temperatures were likely around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. And the Antarctic summer temperature was likely around 66 degrees Fahrenheit. They estimate rainfall reached about 97 inches per year -- about the same as Wales today."

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California Governor Says 'We Need More Googles' As Company Offers Free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks To Students

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 23:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Google will offer 100,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots and will donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students across the state of California, governor Gavin Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday. The internet access points are supposed to help improve broadband internet in rural households across the state where internet access is either limited or very slow. Students will get access to the free Wi-Fi for a minimum of three months.There are still many parts of the state that do not have access to high-speed internet, however. "This was a substantial enhancement that came just at the right time," Newsom said. "We need more Googles," he added. The latest move comes as Newsom announced that California schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year with many classes switching to online learning.

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New X-Ray Technique Images Soft-Tissue Tumors Clearer Than MRI

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 22:10
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new method of adapting X-ray to image soft tissue, "so that its higher resolution can reveal tumors or other problems earlier than other techniques," reports New Atlas. From the report: Elastography is a field of medical imaging that focuses on the stiffness or softness of tissues. Shear waves are sent through the body, and then an imaging technology like ultrasound or MRI is used to watch how they spread. The waves move through stiff tissue faster than they do through soft tissue, and since tumors, lesions and hardened arteries are all stiffer than surrounding tissue, the technique can highlight these signs of disease. X-rays usually work on a different mechanism, but recent research has suggested that they could be applied to elastography too. And if they were, the resulting images would be much higher resolution, able to spot things on the scale of microns instead of millimeters. And now, X-ray elastography has moved from principle to practice. The Tohoku team has taken the first images using the technique, and shown that it is able to identify the stiffness of different materials. The researchers imaged a polyacrylamide gel, with some samples containing harder particles of zirconium dioxide. Vibrations were then sent through these samples while X-ray images were taken. And sure enough, the X-ray elastography method was able to spot these tiny intruders. After showing that the concept does work, the researchers say that the next steps are to create 3D images, and eventually develop x-ray elastography equipment for medical diagnoses. The research was published in the journal Applied Physics Express.

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Tile claims Apple’s anticompetitive behavior has become ‘worse, not better’

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 21:46

Tile argued in front of a congressional hearing this week that Apple's anticompetitive behavior has "gotten worse, not better".
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