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Apple iPhone 7 users report EarPods glitch

September 21st, 2016

A quirky problem is reportedly affecting some people who are using Apple’s new Lightning-connected EarPods: the controls on the EarPods themselves stop working after a brief amount of time. With the iPhone 7, Apple famously removed the traditional audio jack. Instead, the new device comes with EarPods that plug into the Lightning port— the same …

Wireless warning: How New York used smartphones in hunt for bombing suspect

September 20th, 2016

The smartphone alert sent to New Yorkers during the hunt for bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has thrust wireless warning systems into the spotlight. The message was sent out around 8 a.m. EDT Monday and urged anyone with information on Rahami and his whereabouts to contact police. “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media …

‘Star Trek’-style surveillance drone for the US military

September 15th, 2016

It looks like a Star Trek Bird of Prey, and acts like a drone that terrorists cannot escape: A new military aircraft that’s powered by the sun and can conduct missions without landing for 45 days. Airbus Defence and Space calls the new drone the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS), but it’s been dubbed the …

Tech and human rights leaders urge Obama to pardon Snowden

September 14th, 2016

Two technology heavyweights lent their names to a campaign announced today in New York to ask President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, have listed their names in support of a presidential pardon for the whistleblower, joining the likes of George Soros, as well …

Scientists name new species of flatworm after President Obama

September 9th, 2016

A flatworm that infects freshwater turtles in Malaysia has been given a presidential name: Baracktrema obamai. The newly-discovered worm, or blood fluke, inhabits the lungs of turtles that live in three Malaysian states, according a study describing the new species that waspublished in the Journal of Parasitology in August. (Flukes are part of the flatworms …

‘Star Wars’-style speeders could carry US troops

September 8th, 2016

Remember those speeder bikes in Star Wars that raced through the air? Soldiers and Marines may get to zoom around the battlespace on a type of real-life version in the not-so-distant future. The new vehicle (which flies using rotors) has been dubbed the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV. Malloy Aeronautics and SURVICE Engineering …

Scientists help solve 37-year-old anthrax mystery

September 7th, 2016

Some 37 years after the deadliest known release of anthrax spores in history in the Soviet city of Sverdlovsk, American scientists have sequenced the genome of anthrax DNA from the bodies of two people who died in the 1979 accident. The study by scientists at Northern Arizona University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) …

Former Apple engineer can’t get a job at the Genius Bar

September 6th, 2016

Questions are being asked of Apple’s hiring practices after a highly respected former engineer at the tech giant was turned down for a job at Apple’s Genius Bar. In a Sept. 3 Opinion piece in the New York Times, writer Ashton Applewhite tells the story of adventures in aging while seeking employment.

IBM’s Watson makes US Open debut

September 2nd, 2016

IBM’s Watson computing platform is holding court — cognitive court that is, in the platform’s U.S. Open tennis debut this year. It’s the centerpiece for IBM’s first fan-facing activation in at least a decade; but Watson, well known for beating human champions in chess and on Jeopardy, is not only serving up cognitive insights for …