AppleMagazine #319

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delivery robots will need permits to roam san francisco

Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by city supervisors. San Francisco has struggled to regulate hometown startups that grew too popular, including short-term vacation rental platform Airbnb and ride-hailing service Uber. Supervisor Norman Yee proposed an outright ban on delivery robots but settled on a permitting system. The supervisors approved it this week. A maximum of nine “autonomous delivery devices” may be allowed at any time in the city. The robots can’t go more than 3 miles per hour (4.8 kilometers per hour) and human operators must be nearby. The robots must yield to pedestrians. Chief executives for autonomous delivery companies Starship Technologies, Marble and Postmates submitted a letter saying they welcomed government regulations. Other cities have taken similar steps.…

clinical trial puts apple watch’s heart monitoring prowess to the test

ALONG WITH TRACKING A WEARER’S WORKOUT, COMPANY HOPES TO SHOW ITS WATCH CAN EFFECTIVELY DETECT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION Apple Inc. has a long reputation for disrupting the markets with new innovations, and the Silicon Valley tech giant is now skirting the edges of one very traditional field: cardiology. Heart doctors and traditional medical technology companies appear to be keeping an open mind so far as Apple launches a massive 500,000-person research study to see whether the Apple Watch can detect signs of the potentially serious medical condition called atrial fibrillation. “AFib” is a chaotic, out-of-sync heartbeat that can damage the heart and allow blood clots to form that travel to the brain, where they can lead to strokes. Although many people do not know they are affected, the Centers for Disease Control and…

choosing a streaming device without overpaying

Why watch video on a phone or a tablet when you can get a device for as little as $30 to stream shows on a big-screen TV? Apple, Google, Amazon and Roku are all competing to be your gateway to online video. Which device you need will largely depend on what services you watch and what kind of TV you have. Of course, the device alone won’t be enough. You’ll probably want at least one subscription to a video service such as Netflix or Hulu, which charge monthly fees. Others, such as WatchESPN, require a cable TV subscription. Plenty of others — YouTube, for instance — offer video for free with ads, although their selections can be limited. Here’s a holiday buying guide for the TV-streamers in your life. STREAMING BUILT-IN Smart TVs, game consoles…

google blocks youtube on amazon devices in escalating feud

Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google’s Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon’s market-leading Echo. Amazon’s high-end Echo Show has a screen that can display video. “Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV,” Google said in a Tuesday statement. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle highlights the power that the world’s major technology companies are gaining as they dominate important…

have you been ‘pwned’ in a data breach? troy hunt can tell

Troy Hunt has collected a trove of 4.8 billion stolen identity records pulled from the darkest corners of the internet — but he isn’t a hacker. Instead, he uses that repository to help ordinary people navigate the growing scourge of the corporate data breach. All that personal information was originally taken from brand-name services such as LinkedIn, Kickstarter, Dropbox, MySpace and the cheating website Ashley Madison, and later assembled by Hunt. Working barefoot and in beachwear from his home office on Australia’s Gold Coast, the amiable security researcher set up his irreverent website, “Have I Been Pwned?” (POHND), in 2013. Millions of people have since used the free service to see if hackers have liberated their personal details from unwary companies and posted them online. Along the way, Hunt has become a close…

california regulators nix rules limiting carmaker liability

California regulators have nixed a plan to let self-driving car manufacturers evade liability for crashes if the vehicle hasn’t been maintained according to manufacturer specifications. The new rules released this week delete a provision suggested by General Motors. California Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said the change came after a review of comments on the plan. John Simpson of the nonprofit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called the change a “major victory for consumers.” The rules could have absolved car makers of accident responsibility if a car owner hadn’t cleaned his sensors appropriately, said Simpson, the group’s privacy and technology director. GM spokeswoman Laura Toole said the automaker appreciated the department’s transparency and added that the company is “pleased be part of the process.” The department is taking comments on the latest changes until…