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US broadband costs would be lower if the US learned from Europe, says policy group

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 10:06

US broadband costs are far higher than those in Europe, and that’s because of two very different ideas about competition in the market, argues a policy group …

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Electronic Arts To Acquire Warner Bros Games' Playdemic for $1.4 Billion in Cash

Slashdot - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 10:00
Video game giant Electronic Arts has struck a deal with AT&T and its WarnerMedia unit to acquire Warner Bros. Games' mobile games studio Playdemic for $1.4 billion in cash. From a report: "Playdemic is a premier mobile gaming company founded in 2010 and known for its popular, award-winning game Golf Clash," EA said on Wednesday. "Golf Clash is one of the leading mobile games in the U.S. and U.K. and has more than 80 million downloads globally to date." "We have enjoyed working with the talented team at Playdemic as they have grown Golf Clash beyond all expectations into a hit mobile game with tremendous longevity," said David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Games. "While we have great respect for the Playdemic team, our decision to divest is a part of our overall strategy to build games based on Warner Bros. storied franchises." EA said the acquisition is part of its mobile growth strategy focused on delivering new experiences for EA's network of nearly half a billion players around the world.

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Opinion: Apple could have avoided the App Store mess by listening to Schiller in 2011

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 09:28

Apple is currently busy trying to extricate itself from an App Store mess. It’s making calls, writing letters, publishing white papers, and conducting interviews, all in an attempt to reverse the antitrust tide.

Some of the moves it is making frankly signal desperation, and it’s astonishing to me that the company missed an opportunity to enjoy a PR dream instead of its current defensive nightmare.

It’s not like Apple couldn’t see this coming – it had internal discussions about the issue a full decade ago …

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‘Ted Lasso’ announces US Women’s National Soccer Team for the Olympics [Video]

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 09:16

The joyful coach Ted Lasso, played by actor Jason Sudeikis, today announced the US Women’s National Soccer Team for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which starts July 21. This represents yet another way the Apple TV+ hit show has gone mainstream.

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Apple argues that third-party app stores would open iPhone to scammers. Want app sideloading? You should switch to Android.

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 09:04

As regulators in the US and Europe are scrutinizing Apple's App Store rules, the company has pushed back by detailing how sideloading and third-party app stores would undermine iPhone security.
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A Hospital Algorithm Designed To Predict a Deadly Condition Misses Most Cases

Slashdot - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 09:00
Epic Systems' algorithm for identifying signs of sepsis, an often deadly complication from infections that can lead to organ failure, doesn't work as well as advertised, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The Verge reports: Epic says its alert system can correctly differentiate patients who do and don't have sepsis 76 percent of the time. The new study found it was only right 63 percent of the time. An Epic spokesperson disputed the findings in a statement to Stat News, saying that other research showed the algorithm was accurate. Sepsis is hard to spot early, but starting treatment as soon as possible can improve patients' chances of survival. The Epic system, and other automated warning tools like it, scan patient test results for signals that someone could be developing the condition. Around a quarter of US hospitals use Epic's electronic medical records, and hundreds of hospitals use its sepsis prediction tool, including the health center at the University of Michigan, where study author Karandeep Singh is an assistant professor. The study examined data from nearly 40,000 hospitalizations at Michigan Medicine in 2018 and 2019. Patients developed sepsis in 2,552 of those hospitalizations. Epic's sepsis tool missed 1,709 of those cases, around two-thirds of which were still identified and treated quickly. It only identified 7 percent of sepsis cases that were missed by a physician. The analysis also found a high rate of false positives: when an alert went off for a patient, there was only a 12 percent chance that the patient actually would develop sepsis. Part of the problem, Singh told Stat News, seemed to be in the way the Epic algorithm was developed. It defined sepsis based on when a doctor would submit a bill for treatment, not necessarily when a patient first developed symptoms. That means it's catching cases where the doctor already thinks there's an issue. "It's essentially trying to predict what physicians are already doing," Singh said. It's also not the measure of sepsis that researchers would ordinarily use.

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Analyst suggests Apple will announce iPhone 13 in the third week of September

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 08:52

As 9to5Mac has been reporting over the past months, Apple is likely to unveil four new iPhone models this year: iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. According to an analyst at Wedbush, these new phones will be announced in the third week of September.

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Apple pens letter to House Judiciary Committee saying proposed antitrust legislation would ‘create a race to the bottom for privacy’

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 08:33

Ahead of the House Judiciary Committee holding another hearing on antitrust legislation later this morning, Apple has published its full letter explaining how the proposed legislation would undermine the security of the iPhone and App Store. The letter is addressed to Chairmen Nadler and Cicilline, and Ranking Members Jordan and Buck and is signed by Timothy Powderly, Apple’s senior director of government affairs.

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iPhone 13 dummies and more show small changes from iPhone 12 lineup

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 08:07

Leaker Sonny Dickson has shown iPhone 13 dummies of all four models, alongside case renders and video of a case (below).

Both dummy models and case renders show the same small changes over the iPhone 12 …

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Conveniently access a calculator or phone dialer from anywhere in iOS with Digitnetic

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 08:00

Digitnetic helps ensure that you have access to a calculator and a phone dialer from anywhere in iOS, whenever you might need it.
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Microsoft joins Apple in the ultra-exclusive $2T company club

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 07:39

Microsoft has become the second US public company to join what was previously an Apple exclusive: the $2T company club

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Flowing gives jailbreakers a smoother Home Screen paging animation

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 07:30

Flowing replaces the native paging animation on your iPhone’s Home Screen with a smooth scrolling animation.
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Apple continues App Store PR blitz with FastCo interview on sideloading

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 07:11

Alongside a 16-page essay on why App Store protections are good and sideloading is bad, and lobbying calls to Congress by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company’s head of user privacy is also arguing its case in a Fast Company interview.

While those in favor of third-party app stores for iOS apps argue that they would offer users and developers alike greater choice, Eric Neuenschwander suggests the exact opposite is true …

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