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AppleMagazine #366

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6 Min.
how users and critics are responding to the iphone xr

THE ‘ENTRY-LEVEL’ DEVICE IS ALREADY PROVING A HIT On Friday, October 26, the iPhone XR wasreleased to a largely rapturous response. Indeed, in the run-up to the handset’s retail release, Apple went as far as sharing aroundup of positive reactions from critics . Digital Trends, for instance, has hailed the “stunning” colors, “great” battery life and “industry-leading” Face ID technology – and with all of this being available from just $749, the iPhone XR has also been deemed great value for money. Daring Fireball called the XR, in this respect, “almost certainly the best iPhone Apple has ever made.” A ‘CHEAPER’ iPHONE WITH A DIFFERENCE Nonetheless, what such effusive comments as the above perhaps fail to highlight is that the iPhone XR is, at its heart, a curious beast compared to what we have…

1 Min.
virgin orbit mates rocket to jet for airborne launch system

Southern California-based Virgin Orbit has reached a milestone in developing its airborne orbital launch system. The company says this week it mated a LauncherOne rocket to a special Boeing 747 at Long Beach Airport and will soon begin a series of flights that will culminate with a drop test in which the booster will be released from beneath the jet’s left wing. The system is intended to carry small satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit is a sister company of Virgin Galactic, which is developing an air-launched rocket plane for carrying tourists on suborbital flights into space. Virgin Orbit said it already has hundreds of millions of dollars worth of launches on contract for a wide range of customers including NASA and the U.S. Defense Department.…

2 Min.
google to give away $25 million to fund humane ai projects

Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society. The grant program announced Monday is part of a broader Google initiative called “AI for Social Good” that aims to ease concerns that advances in artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and perhaps even be autonomously deployed by militaries to kill people. Other technology companies have taken similar steps to address ethical issues in AI. For instance, Microsoft has committed $115 million to an “AI for Good” initiative that provides grants to organizations harnessing AI for humanitarian, accessibility and environmental projects. During a presentation in Sunnyvale, California, Google demonstrated how its AI technology is already being used to diagnose diseases, help people with disabilities, predict areas likely to flood…

3 Min.
why is it so hard to text 911?

People can livestream their every move on Facebook and chatter endlessly in group chats. But in most parts of the U.S., they still can’t reach 911 by texting — an especially important service during mass shootings and other catastrophes when a phone call could place someone in danger. Although text-to-911 service is slowly expanding, the emphasis there is on “slow.” Limited funds, piecemeal adoption and outdated call-center technology have all helped stymie growth. Emergency 911 centers stress that a phone call is still the best way to reach them, since calls provide them with location data and other needed details. But in some cases — for instance, if a person has a hearing disability, or when a call might attract the attention of assailants — texting is a far better way to…

8 Min.
ipad pro and all news from new york event

MORE IN THE MAKING Spirits were high at Apple’s ‘There’s more in the making’ event, which was held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York on October 30. Hot off the heels of the launch of the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, Tim Cook and Co were ready to show off next-generation models of two of the company’s most beloved products: the Mac, and the iPad. Introducing a whole host of new editions, this was an Apple event to remember, and professionals’ hunger for new high-end tablets and notebooks was finally fed. In this week’s issue, we uncover the all-new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini, and see what technology critics and the public had to say. A BRAND NEW MACBOOK AIR After the launch of the…

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google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in california

The robotic car company created by Google is poised to attempt a major technological leap in California, where its vehicles will hit the roads without a human on hand to take control in emergencies. The regulatory approval announced this week allows Waymo’s driverless cars to cruise through California at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. The self-driving cars have traveled millions of miles on the state’s roads since Waymo began as a secretive project within Google nearly a decade ago. But a backup driver had been required to be behind the wheel until new regulations in April set the stage for the transition to true autonomy. Waymo is the first among dozens of companies testing self-driving cars in California to persuade state regulators its technology is safe enough to permit them on…