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Texas sued over controversial rule to bury or cremate aborted fetuses

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:26

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In a bid to prevent Texas from enacting a controversial rule that would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated after abortions or miscarriages, multiple abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Monday.

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Apple launches iOS 10.2 update for iPhone; unfolds new emojis

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:41

In a Monday announcement, tech biggie Apple announced the official rollout of its iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone. The update was earlier available in beta.

Announcing the launch of the iOS 10.2 software update, Apple said that the update unfolds a broader range of new emojis to choose from. Some of the new emojis coming up for iPhone users as a result of Apple's latest software update include new facial expressions, professions, and foods.

With the launch of the iOS 10.2 update, the emoji keyboard for iPhone users will now include symbols which represent a number of new professions, such as scientist, teacher and firefighter, among others. In addition, the update will also come with new people-themed emojis, including one which depicts a pregnant woman.

Moreover, the latest batch of emojis will also include novel kinds of smiley faces -- for example, an emoji face with a Pinocchio-like nose -- for showing an array of different emotions and actions.

Apple's latest software update, which brings a wider selection of new emojis, comes at a time when several tech companies and organizations are making attempts to develop more 'inclusive' emojis as well as those which represent a broader range of people, interests, and activities.

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Apple launches iOS 10.2 update for iPhone; unfolds new emojis

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:41

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In a Monday announcement, tech biggie Apple announced the official rollout of its iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone. The update was earlier available in beta.

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Top Silicon Valley executives to attend meeting with Donald Trump

US News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 08:02

According to a Re/code report, invitations were sent out last week to the some of the most prominent executives of the Silicon Valley, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

The invitations were signed by Jared Kushner -- Trump's son-in-law and adviser -- as well as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

As per the Re/code report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources over the weekend, tech industry executives who are likely to attend the meeting with Trump Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.

In addition, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty would also be attending the meeting. Two other likely attendees at the meeting are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Meanwhile, about the meeting with Trump, Oracle CEO Catz, confirming his attendance, said in a statement: "I plan to tell the President-Elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can. If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U. S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever."

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Top Silicon Valley executives to attend meeting with Donald Trump

US News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 08:02

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According to a Re/code report, invitations were sent out last week to the some of the most prominent executives of the Silicon Valley, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

The invitations were signed by Jared Kushner -- Trump's son-in-law and adviser -- as well as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

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Magic Leap CEO responds to critical report about the company’s mixed reality product

US News - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 06:56

In a Friday blog post, secretive startup Magic Leap's CEO Rony Abovitz issued a public message related to the company's not-much-known augmented reality/mixed reality product. The message marked Magic Leap's indirect response to The Information's critical story - published on Thursday - about the hype surrounding the product.

Abovitz said in his message that he does not get "precious about anything," and added that Magic Leap's mixed reality device will be much better than the rival devices currently available on the market.

Abovitz talked specifically about Magic Leap's mixed reality device in the blog post in an attempt to rebuff The Information's report which drew attention to the company's less than impressive demo of the device.

The report had said that the first prototype of Magic Leap's mixed reality device - used in a demo for fund-raising purposes - hardly had the likelihood of a reasonable inclusion in a commercial product. The report also asserted that "Magic Leap may have oversold what it can do."

Against the backdrop of the critical report, Abovitz said that the units of the mixed reality device currently being built by Magic Leap are for some significant parameters like "engineering and manufacturing verification/validation testing, early reliability/quality testing, production line speed." Abovitz further added that "There is also a lot more going in our development of software, applications, cool creative experiences and overall operational readiness. Stay tuned - the fun is just beginning."

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Magic Leap CEO responds to critical report about the company’s mixed reality product

US News - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 06:56

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In a Friday blog post, secretive startup Magic Leap's CEO Rony Abovitz issued a public message related to the company's not-much-known augmented reality/mixed reality product. The message marked Magic Leap's indirect response to The Information's critical story - published on Thursday - about the hype surrounding the product.

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U.S. Surgeon General calls e-cigarettes major health issue

US News - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:18

The increasing use of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among teens across the United States has prompted the U.S. Surgeon General to call it a major health issue.

According to a fresh study, the number of high and middle school students using e-cigarettes has almost tripled over the period of last five years. More than a quarter of school students in 6-12 grades and more than a third of young adults were founds to have used e-cigarettes.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called it a major health issue, and stressed on the need of more research on use of cigarettes or vaping. However, he warned that e-cigarettes are not harmless.

Dr. Michael Sevilla, from Salem-based Family Practice Center, also said that he is concerned about increasing use of e-cigarette, particularly among young children.

Speaking on the topic, Sevilla said, "What we do know is that, especially in kids, the brain is still developing at that age, and if you expose them to substances like nicotine - whether it's smoking or e-cigarettes - it can really influence them, as far as nicotine being addictive."

Health experts have recommended that parents should do their best to be aware of what their children are doing and they should immediately confiscate such products, if they find any in their possession. 

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U.S. Surgeon General calls e-cigarettes major health issue

US News - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:18

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The increasing use of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among teens across the United States has prompted the U.S. Surgeon General to call it a major health issue.

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Delayed release of Apple AirPods is reportedly caused by technology issues

US News - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 07:43

According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report Friday, tech giant Apple's AirPods wireless earphones will likely not be available for purchase during the 2016 holiday season because of a delayed launch by the company.

The $159-priced AirPods wireless earphones were announced by Apple in September this year as a companion to the company's latest iPhones --- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Since both the new iPhone models do not feature the headphone jack for slotting in conventional earphones, Apple had unveiled AirPods with great fanfare, as a replacement for conventional earphones.

When Apple unveiled the AirPods in September, it planned to start shipping the earphones to customers in October. However, the earphones were delayed by the company in October, without citing any specific reason. The company simply said that month: "We need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers."

According to the WSJ report, based on the information shared by an unidentified source, the delayed launch of the AirPods is rooted in technology issues with the manner in which wireless signals are received by the earphones through Bluetooth.

Meanwhile, about the delayed AirPods launch, which implies that Apple would miss the holiday sales season, Moor Insights & Strategy's chief analyst Patrick Moorhead said: "I think it's a minor blow to the brand, but not a big one, long term. [But] if there are continued hiccups then this, of course, changes."

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Delayed release of Apple AirPods is reportedly caused by technology issues

US News - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 07:43

According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report Friday, tech giant Apple's AirPods wireless earphones will likely not be available for purchase during the 2016 holiday season because of a delayed launch by the company.

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Microsoft partners with Qualcomm to bring full Windows 10 version to ARM chipsets

US News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 07:50

In an announcement this week, Microsoft has revealed that it has a new initiative underway with Qualcomm, to bring a full version of Windows 10 OS - together with desktop app support - to ARM chipsets.

In announcing its Windows-on-ARM partnership with Qualcomm, Microsoft said that the key aim behind the partnership -- which marks Microsoft's first Windows on ARM effort -- is to make Windows 10-powered ARM devices fully compatible with 32-bit Win32 in 2017.

According to the announcement, Windows-on-ARM devices will be launched by Microsoft and Qualcomm in 2017. Those devices - which Microsoft is calling "cellular PCs" - will be based on unspecified Qualcomm hardware, most probably the Snapdragon 835. Traditional x86 desktop apps will be emulated, in order to unfold a seamless experience for the end users.

The Microsoft-Qualcomm Windows-on-ARM partnership was announced by Microsoft along with a demonstration of Windows 10 OS running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip, complete with Adobe Photoshop support, HD video playback, and Microsoft Office.

According to Microsoft's projections, the new version of Windows 10 OS will likely be adopted by laptops first. However, the company is hopeful of eventually turning a smartphone into a real PC.

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Microsoft partners with Qualcomm to bring full Windows 10 version to ARM chipsets

US News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 07:50

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In an announcement this week, Microsoft has revealed that it has a new initiative underway with Qualcomm, to bring a full version of Windows 10 OS - together with desktop app support - to ARM chipsets.

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Microsoft and Qualcomm partner to build low-cost Windows-on-ARM PCs

US News - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 08:01

In an announcement made at the Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) conference in Shenzhen, China, on Thursday morning, Microsoft said that it has partnered with Qualcomm to equip ARM devices with Windows 10 and Win32 apps.

The Microsoft-Qualcomm partnership will largely pave the way for new, low-priced PCs that would replace the Windows tablets developed around the Intel Atom chip, which has been essentially discontinued by the company.

According to the information disclosed by Microsoft and Qualcomm, the partnership between the two companies will chiefly involve collaborative efforts for emulating X86 instructions. It is only the X86 chips, not ARM chips, on which traditional Windows apps can run.

The chips which Microsoft and Qualcomm will develop in collaboration will have the capability to handle two potential growth segments in computer hardware --- low-cost PCs and two-in-one-devices. In addition, the new Qualcomm chips will also be capable of running apps like Photoshop, along with performing efficiently on battery, and shipping to consumer at affordable price points.

Going by a revelation by unidentified sources at Microsoft, the Microsoft-Qualcomm partnership is designed around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, which is presently in production and is scheduled to ship in the 2017 first half. The first low-cost Windows-on-ARM PCs will likely become available by 2017 second half.

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Microsoft and Qualcomm partner to build low-cost Windows-on-ARM PCs

US News - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 08:01

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In an announcement made at the Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) conference in Shenzhen, China, on Thursday morning, Microsoft said that it has partnered with Qualcomm to equip ARM devices with Windows 10 and Win32 apps.

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