Apple’s iPhone 12 Will Cause New Problems For Samsung, Google

It’s hard not to be taken in by the romance of using Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2. The novelty of using a futuristic phone that would be at home in a James Cameron film is yet to wear off for me. 

But there’s one missing feature that makes the Fold 2 feel decidedly dated: Face ID. 

We all know the story of Apple’s biometric security tech: it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017 and outmanoeuvred any Android rival by at least two years. Apple likes to subtly remind anyone who will listen of this, as you can see in the repeated mentions of the word “advanced” on the company’s Face ID explainer site. 

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Virus Forces Europe to Confront Its Creaking Internet Problems

(Bloomberg) — Shortly after coronavirus forced Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to lock down the country, lawmaker Massimiliano Capitanio took an unusual call at his office in Rome.

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It was an appeal for help from a hospital at the epicenter of the outbreak in northern Italy. Its administrators direly needed faster internet connections and computers to deal with the flood of patients. Capitanio — who sits on parliament’s telecommunications committee — called the country’s phone companies to help out.

To Capitanio, the pandemic was a wake-up call to fix Italy’s creaking internet. Now Conte has stepped in with a plan to kick-start investment by merging the country’s two biggest landline networks.

“Some families still don’t own a computer,” said Capitanio. “The government has been forced to step in and tackle this social emergency.”

Europe’s internet infrastructure is riddled with gaps and bottlenecks, exposed over the past seven months

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Google Pixel 5 Will Continue To Cause Problems For Apple, Samsung

As the competition perfects its next generation technology and makes breakthroughs in material science, it’s not hard to feel like Google’s hardware is a bit behind the rest.

Apple’s LiDAR technology gives us a glimpse into the future of home automation and Samsung has turned stiff smartphones into malleable objects, but Google is now just jumping on the wide-angle camera bandwagon. 

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There’s a good argument for keeping things simple and cheap considering most consumers remain resolutely focused on two smartphone features: price and battery life. Also, the flashy extras can come across as frivolous adventures for cash-rich tech companies seeking out some R&D tax breaks. 

But Google’s slightly dated approach to hardware doesn’t tell the full story. Its work in AI, which manifests

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A Life on Our Planet Nails the Planetary Problems But Misses the Political Ones

David Attenborough is 93. Over the course of his lifetime, the beloved natural historian and broadcaster has seen the planet go through unimaginable changes. Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases have soared, as has the human population, while biodiversity has declined precipitously. He details these shifts in a new documentary released on Netflix on Sunday, which he calls his “witness statement” for the natural world.



David Attenborough wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: David Attenborough in the new film David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.


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David Attenborough in the new film David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.

The new film, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, beautifully and persuasively argues in favor of a fundamental reshaping of humanity’s relationship with nature. But in doing so, it misses something more subtle: the fact that not all of humanity are equally responsible for exploiting Earth.

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That’s not to say it’s not well worth a watch. The new movie is both deeply moving and

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Apple Confirms Serious New Problems For iPhone Users

In iOS 14, iPhone owners have received one of the best generational upgrades in years, but it is far from bug free. And now Apple has just confirmed a number of serious problems for upgraders. 

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In an official post, Apple reveals seven significant data and battery-related problems with iOS 14 and watchOS 7, and the company states the only fix is to “erase all content and settings from your iPhone”. 

Breaking these down, Apple classifies six as related to its Activity, Health and Fitness apps as well as the broader problem of “Increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch.” The latter will not be a surprise to anyone who has seen

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Women Use Tech To Solve Women’s Health Problems, A Market Men Ignore

Amanda French, co-founder & CEO at Emme, is applying her medical device development background to solve the oral contraceptives’ missed pill problem. After three years of building and testing its Bluetooth-enabled “smart case,” which works with more than 100 birth control brands, it has launched. 

When you miss taking a pill, the app automatically sends user-customized reminders. It notifies at-risk users when back-up contraception is needed. The app also allows users to track symptoms in the categories of “mood, body, sex, and flow” related to their menstrual cycles or hormones. When you track symptoms, you can see patterns as they pertain to pill habits. The data can be used to understand the effects specific birth control pills have on hormonal issues and help women and their doctors find the right pill in the right dose. But, like many female founders

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Google’s Pixel Smartphones Have Serious New Problems

Growing numbers of Google Pixel owners are reporting a serious crashing problem which, so far, can’t be fixed.

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As reported in Google’s support forum, the problem occurs when attempting to take a photo. On launching the camera, the user is met with a black screen before the app eventually crashes and shuts down leaving the phone unable to take pictures.

For some users, the issue started after installing a camera update, but removing the update doesn’t seem to fix the problem.

The glitch has prompted a string of frustrated posts on Reddit where it has been logged as a known major issue in the r/GooglePixel forum, while the problem is further echoed in a string of one-star Play Store reviews for the Google Camera

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Kin + Carta Launches ‘Working Better,’ a Podcast about Technology and Problems Worth Solving

“What I love about Working Better, and what I think listeners will love, is that we’re not just talking about problems worth solving, but putting forth ideas and, in some cases, actually building solutions for some of the challenges,” said Scott Hermes, host of Working Better and Director of Solution Delivery at Kin + Carta. “We’re looking at problems through a human lens first, bringing a variety of voices together to start some of these conversations that we believe should happen.”

Working Better features perspectives from business leaders, educators, journalists, authors, farmers, scientists, software engineers, designers, researchers and more. In the first episode, launching September 29, host Scott Hermes tackles the question “Why haven’t contact tracing apps caught on?” together with guests Jenny Wanger, Head of Implementor’s Forum at Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH), Ellie Daw, Working Group Lead at TCN Coalition, and Paul Heckel,

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Cognitive problems stem from episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis — ScienceDaily

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious but common complication of type 1 diabetes, is linked to lower IQ scores and worse memory in children with type 1 diabetes, according to a study led by UC Davis Health researchers. The study published Sept. 22 in Diabetes Care is also the first large-scale work to differentiate between DKA’s impact on children with a new diagnosis and children with a previous diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

DKA happens when diabetes goes undiagnosed or is poorly managed. With DKA, blood sugar gets very high as acidic substances called ketones build up to dangerous levels in the body. Early signs of DKA include excessive thirst, frequent urination, and nausea, abdominal pain, weakness and confusion.

“We assessed the neurocognitive effects of DKA in children with known type 1diabetes as well as in those who were just diagnosed with it,” said Simona Ghetti, professor of psychology at UC

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Apple Says Tuesday’s Problems With Its Services Resolved

Consumer-electronics titan Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report said on its system-status site Tuesday that issues plaguing Apple Music, Apple TV+, the iTunes Store and other services today have been resolved.

Some users had trouble accessing the services.

A week ago, Apple unveiled a new offering that bundles services at a discounted price.

The offering, called Apple One, is offered in three versions: an individual plan that bundles Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage at $14.95 a month; a family plan that offers the same services for up to five people at $19.95 a month; and a premier version that adds Apple News+ and Fitness+, a new fitness offering, for $29.95 a month.

Analysts view the bundles  as a means for Apple to broaden its services footprint alongside software updates across its product lines. Apple’s iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 operating systems

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