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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
TSMC Is Fortifying its Presence in Phoenix Facilities Against China

China claims Taiwan as part of its sovereignty; therefore, firms and authorities in the US have long been wary of becoming too reliant on the island nation for cutting-edge semiconductors. Why? Because these sophisticated chips are produced mainly by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer. Now, the largest city in Arizona would be the site of an initiative to mitigate that risk. The Phoenix Hub On Tuesday, Dec. 6, TSMC aims to reveal a $40 billion strategy to expand and modernize its Phoenix manufacturing base. At the busy building site, the firm wants to bring innovative manufacturing technologies from Taiwan, as The New York Times reported. The upgrades enable TSMC's Phoenix facility to make iPhone circuits that can do 17 trillion specialized calculations per second. TSMC intends to construct a second facility there with superior manufacturing techniques for future smartphones, PCs, and other smart gadgets. A gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to commemorate the expansion is scheduled to bring President Biden, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and other business and government leaders. Advanced semiconductor factories, or "fabs," may produce hundreds of fingernail-sized chips on 12-inch silicon wafers. Some expensive and complex machines are already arriving in enormous crates for manufacture. TSMC's revised $40 billion Arizona expenditure projection includes $12 billion pledged in 2020. The facility will provide 21,000 construction jobs and 4,500 permanent positions. According to Bob LeFort, head of Infineon's US branch, a major German chip producer, TSMC's addition of more sophisticated manufacturing technologies in the US would assist solve vulnerabilities linked with the scarcity of semiconductors visible during the past years. Aiming for More US Plants The updated strategy shows how geopolitical worries are pushing firms and governments to adjust longstanding tactics, bucking historical patterns that drove companies to relocate most chip production to Asia. It also highlights the growing significance of chips and new chip-making technologies, which provide computing capacity to consumer goods, autos, and military equipment like missiles and drones. Former President Trump and current Biden administration officials want international and local chipmakers to construct additional plants in the US. In July, Democrats and Republicans agreed on a $52 billion semiconductor subsidy program in the CHIPS and Science Act. Chipmakers have announced big plant projects, including Intel in Ohio, Micron in New York, and Samsung in Texas. ...

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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
Hubble Spies Emission Nebula-Star Cluster Duo

Against a backdrop littered with tiny pinpricks of light glint a few, brighter stars. This whole collection is NGC 1858, an open star cluster in the northwest region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way that boasts an abundance of star-forming regions. NGC 1858 is estimated to be around 10 million years old. Open clusters are a type of star cluster with loose gravitational attraction between the stars, which causes the cluster to be irregularly shaped and its stars to be spread out. NGC 1858 is also an emission nebula, which is a cloud of interstellar gas that has been ionized by ultraviolet wavelengths radiating off of nearby stars. The gas of the nebula emits its own light at visible wavelengths, seen here as a faint cloud that populates the middle and bottom right of the image. The stars within this young cluster are at different phases of their evolution, making it a complex collection. Within NGC 1858, researchers have detected a protostar, a very young, emerging star, indicating that star formation within the cluster may still be active or has stopped very recently. The presence of an emission nebula also suggests that star formation recently occurred here, since the radiation required to ionize the gas of the nebula comes from stars that only live a short time. NGC 1858 is located about 160,000 light-years away in the constellation Dorado and contains multiple massive stars, which can be seen shining brightly throughout the center of the image. The cluster is located in a crowded area of the sky, and the large number of stars around the cluster makes it difficult to study alone. To survey these distant stars, scientists relied on the Hubble Space Telescope’s unique resolution and sensitivity at visible and infrared wavelengths. ...

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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
OnePlus Teases 'New and Exciting' Mechanical Keyboard, Coming This Month

Mobile device maker OnePlus threw a curveball earlier today, with a surprising announcement(opens in new tab) that it is preparing to enter the mechanical keyboard business. There are a number of eyebrow-raising claims about this keyboard, shared in a community post by OnePlus product manager Percy(opens in new tab). Firstly, there's the vague promise that the new OnePlus keyboard will “bring something new and something exciting.” Secondly, it will provide a solution that will “help you be more productive (or a better gamer).” Hopefully, OnePlus isn’t overpromising, but we won't have long to wait, as an official unveiling is planned on December 15. As is the nature of many teaser announcements, we don’t have a lot of concrete information or tech specs to share with you today. Apparently, the keyboard was conceptualized with the help of community members participating in the OnePlus Open Ears Forum (OEF). Thus the product that emerges will be designed to address the wants and needs of these community users. Percy’s blog post outlined a few of the directional statements drafted from the OEF, which give us an idea about what kinds of features might be present in the product showcased on the 15th. In summary, the new OnePlus mechanical keyboard is designed to address a number of its community members' preferences, which include: Facilitating a tidy desk Providing a low-profile ergonomic solution Offering a wide choice in keyboard feel via keyswitch selection Delivering affordability In addition to the above, OnePlus is seeking to ensure its upcoming mechanical keyboard is suitable for all work environments and long-lasting. OnePlus’ Percy boldly states that his firm’s keyboard design addresses the above concerns and directives and will enhance both productivity and gaming, where previous mechanical keyboards have left users unsatisfied. ...

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12-07-2022 Cars
Tesla drivers believe they are experiencing more road rage

Some Tesla drivers believe that they are experiencing more road rage than usual. The media tries to link it to Elon Musk’s Twitter antics, but it seems to be just good old EV haters. Tesla owners are certainly not immune to road rage, which is a strange phenomenon that can affect anyone. But Tesla owners do appear to have to face an added layer of hate on the road from people who just have a strange disdain for electric vehicles. We previously reported on several instances of Tesla haters rolling coal on Tesla drivers. In one instance, I ended up actually talking with the Tesla hater, and it became clear that his hate came from misinformation about electric vehicles and Tesla. At the end of our conversation, he was actually apologetic about the incident and showed a willingness to educate himself about electric vehicles. Now The Guardian is out with a new report that claims Tesla hate is on the rise, resulting in drivers experiencing more road rage. While they try to link to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s antics on Twitter, the publication’s own new examples based on conversations with owners point to just regular EV hate: Tesla drivers interviewed by the Guardian say they have experienced anti-Tesla sentiment, but mostly from those who hate electric vehicles rather than Musk specifically. “Random rude drivers will swerve in my lane to yell at me, or turn on a heavy diesel exhaust that blows black smoke,” Paul Albertson, who lives in Beaverton, Oregon, told the Guardian. It never happens when he drives his two other cars, a vintage 1948 Chevy and a 2014 Traverse. The culprits are most often men driving “larger pick-up trucks”, he said. The publication gives five other examples from Tesla owners who say that they are experiencing road rage related to their vehicles. They all have similar impressions that the hate is related to electric vehicles rather than Musk. Electrek’s Take If anything, Musk’s Twitter antics and asking people to vote Republican have likely only helped Tesla make progress with the right in the US. Virtually all examples of Tesla hate leading to road rage or blocking charging stations that I have seen have been coming from right-wing pickup truck drivers who are uneducated about electric vehicles. And in my own experience, if you sit down with one of them and you actually try to understand why they hate Tesla or EVs, they quickly realize that their hate is misguided. I have a difficult time imagining a bleeding-heart liberal in a diesel truck rolling coal on a Tesla because Elon Musk is letting Donald Trump back on Twitter. It’s not impossible, but it’s hard to imagine. ...

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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
Forget smartwatches, consumers are snapping up these quirky alternatives

CNN — In 2015, the same year Apple introduced its smartwatch, a Kickstarter campaign launched for a very different kind of wearable device: a wellness-tracking gadget called the Oura Ring. Seven years later, the Apple Watch is the most popular wearable device while other similar products from Google and Samsung also dominate the wearables market. But something notable is underway: products like the Oura Ring, which look and sometimes function markedly different from more mainstream wearables, are gaining renewed traction. The Oura Ring ($399) experienced a spike in sales during the pandemic, and has seen continued momentum this holiday season, CEO Tom Hale told CNN Business. It provides sleep tracking data without needing to wear a smartwatch to bed and can detect subtle changes in body temperature. It also has no screen. Earlier this year, the company announced it had received a $2.55 billion valuation and has since rolled out partnerships with Gucci, Strava and other brands. The ring is among a small but increasingly buzzy group of alternative wearable devices that people are gravitating toward right now, including a fitness band tracker with no screen and headphones that don’t need to be put in the ear. Some of the demand stems from shifts during the pandemic, as consumer interest in health monitoring surged. People turned to activity trackers, smartwatches and other devices to keep tabs on their steps, vital statistics and more. Many were also willing to experiment with different form factors, as long as they provided accurate data and were still comfortable – a trend that continues today. “The funny thing is that most of these devices have been around for a while but have slowly built a name for themselves in recent quarters,” said Ramon Llamas, a research director at IDC Research. “But it takes time for word of mouth to spread.” The devices may also tap into a desire to get the benefits of wearable trackers without necessarily having a screen or device on their body at all times. Take the WHOOP band, a health tracker without a screen that first came out in 2015. It has a very specific focus on workout recovery, resting time, training and coaching. Founder and CEO Will Ahmed told CNN Business this year’s Cyber Monday was its largest sales day ever. “It wasn’t that long ago that people only wore a health monitor if something was wrong. Now, we’re seeing people take a much more proactive approach to their health,” he said. “This trend has continued even as the pandemic subsides.” Like the Oura Ring, the WHOOP is a subscription-based device and targeting a more niche audience. It’s pricy, too: $480, including a two-year subscription plan. ...

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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft aced its test flight but still hasn't tested life support

The Europe-built service module powering the Orion spaceship during the Artemis 1 mission is nailing its debut lunar round trip, but a key system for keeping future human crews alive is not being tested during the flight. The Orion capsule, which commenced the return leg of its groundbreaking journey on Thursday (Dec. 1), is currently not filled with breathable air, European aerospace giant Airbus told Space.com. According to Airbus, which built Orion's service module, the capsule's life support system will only be fully put through its paces in ground-based labs before the first flight with astronauts in 2024. The Europe-built service module, responsible for propulsion and navigation, is the part of the spacecraft that sustains livable conditions inside Orion's crew compartment. The service module carries water the astronauts will need during the flight and generates breathable air by mixing oxygen and nitrogen that are stored in separate tanks. During the Artemis 1 mission, however, engineers are only testing the nitrogen delivery system, but fortunately, neither Shaun the Sheep, the plush toy sent for the mission by the European Space Agency (ESA), nor the three dummies occupying the Orion cockpit, mind this fact. "The oxygen and nitrogen delivery systems are very similar," Airbus spokesperson Ralph Heinrich told Space.com in an email. "We carry nitrogen on board Artemis 1 and will be testing the nitrogen delivery system during the flight that's ongoing at the moment. As the oxygen and nitrogen systems carry the same components, the test on the nitrogen distribution system will cover by similarity the oxygen delivery system. Furthermore, the oxygen system is being tested extensively on ground." For Airbus, the Artemis 1 mission represents a major victory. The company was awarded a contract to develop the service module, a key component of the Orion spacecraft, by ESA, based on their previous experience building the Automated Transfer Vehicle, a cargo spacecraft which used to supply the International Space Station between 2008 and 2014. During its lunar sorties in the late 1960s and early 1970s, NASA built all of the required technology at home in the United States and didn't include any international partners. The Artemis 1 service module is a culmination of ten years of work, and the Airbus team is delighted to see the craft performing with flying colors. So far, the service module has completed all of its key tasks flawlessly, including three engine burns, which first helped Orion to enter orbit around the moon, and then to subsequently leave lunar orbit to head back to Earth. In a post-launch press conference, NASA admitted it detected 13 anomalies during the early phase of Orion's flight, including erratic readings from star trackers that the space capsule uses to navigate. ...

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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
Apple's Self-repair Service for iPhone, and Mac Arrives in Europe

Apple users in the UK and other areas of Europe may now purchase repair tools online and try to restore their own iPhones and Macs if they want to. DIY Apple is bringing its do-it-yourself (DIY) repair program to Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. As first reported by The Guardian, customers in these countries will soon be able to purchase original components and DIY repair kits for certain iPhones and Macs manufactured after 2020. The kits provide comprehensive how-to guides and replacement components for fixing common issues like cracked screens. Users are welcome to use whatever equipment they have available, but Apple also sells and rents out for £54.90 (around $67) the identical gear that its own in-house technicians use. While the DIY service is accessible to anybody, fixing a smartphone or computer may seem like surgery. It requires a steady hand, heat, and a lot of small screws. Apple warns its consumers that a professional repair provider, like an Apple Store, is still the best bet for a safe and reliable service. The Initiative MacRumors' report indicates that Apple has spent the past three years building up a global network of repair shops that now numbers more than 3,000 Independent Repair Providers and more than 5,000 Authorized Service Providers. As for others, there are a plethora of options in the UK and Europe thanks to the use of aftermarket components. Apple's DIY repair program made its debut in the US this past April. According to The Verge, it marks a dramatic departure for a company that was unwilling to let consumers fix their gadgets. Rather, it only made authentic parts available via its approved service providers, introducing a program for non-authorized repair shops in 2019. Apple has lately been exploring whether it is feasible to make internal upgrades to its devices in addition to selling replacement parts. The exterior of the iPhone 14 was indistinguishable from earlier generations. Still, advancements on the inside allowed for repairs to be conducted through the device's rear and front screen. This makes one of the most popular repairs-replacing the phone's back glass-much simpler. Other typical repairs include replacing the phone's screen and battery. Supplementary Data CCS Insight reports that the typical smartphone owner keeps their device for 4.2 years. With this, it is imperative that consumers have access to low-priced repair alternatives and long-term software support. Experts at iFixit have lately criticized Apple for digitally shutting down the usage of recycled and unauthorized components for repair. Yet, the move may be praised by people who support the right to repair. An iPhone could refuse to accept a replacement part without the correct serial number matching the device being repaired. ...

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12-07-2022 Science&Technology
iPod creator Tony Fadell designed a $279 credit card-sized device for storing your crypto

French startup Ledger debuted its new hardware crypto wallet, the Ledger Stax, on Tuesday. It resembles a smartphone but is roughly the same size as a credit card and, at about 45 grams, weighs less than an iPhone. Its launch comes at a time when trust in centralized crypto platforms is fading after the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX. The creator of the iPod, Tony Fadell, designed a new hardware wallet for people to store their cryptocurrency. The product, created by French crypto asset security firm Ledger, launched at the company’s annual Ledger Op3n event Tuesday. Its launch comes at a time when trust in centralized crypto platforms is fading as a result of the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX. It’s called Ledger Stax and resembles a small smartphone or credit card reader. Measuring 85 millimeters long and 54 millimeters wide, it’s roughly the same size as a credit card. It is also about 45 grams, weighing less than an iPhone. Users can deposit or exchange a range of tokens, including bitcoin , ether, cardano, solana and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. The Ledger Stax sports a black-and-white E-ink display, similar to that of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. It also includes magnets, so that multiple devices can be stacked on top of each other, like a pile of books or cash — hence the name Stax. Users can connect it to their laptop through a USB cable or their phone via Bluetooth. “Many Ledger owners have multiple devices, some store their NFTs, some store different crypto, some have multiple because they have different clients that they store for,” Fadell told CNBC in an interview. The display also has a spine that curves around the edge, “so you can see what’s on each one, just like an old CD or cassette tape or book,” he said. The iPod for crypto? Initially, Fadell turned down working with the Ledger team on Stax. “This was not something I wanted to do,” he said. “When they first approached me I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do it. No thank you.’ I was interested in crypto, I had crypto at the time but I’ve basically got a lot of other things to do.” Fadell later went on to purchase a few older Ledger devices. He found that, like MP3 players in 1999, people didn’t know what to make of the devices. They were also difficult to use, he said. “It didn’t feel like it was ready for mass consumer, or at least early adopter consumer markets,” said Fadell. “Not just business to geeks, we had to go to business to consumer.” The tech design guru — who previously co-founded the Nest smart thermostat before it was acquired by Google in 2014 — then decided to help the Ledger team. “This reminds me a lot of the iPod,” he said. The Ledger Stax, which retails at $279, is available for preorder starting Tuesday and will start shipping in the first quarter of 2023, Ledger said. It’s not the first time a company has tried launching a smartphone focused on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. ...

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12-06-2022 Science&Technology
Palantir Co-founder Says Crypto Market Will Continue to Crash Due to Ponzi Schemes

More cryptocurrency businesses will go bankrupt in a Ponzi scheme-like fashion, but it will also continue to be a key tool for international money exchange, according to a venture capitalist who recently had an interview with Fox News. Fail in the Long Run Investor and Palantir software co-founder Joe Lonsdale predicted that most cryptos would fail in the long run. He claims that the ecosystem as a whole, including different crypto lenders, tokens, and other components, was a "Ponzi scam." According to Lonsdale, cryptocurrency ventures have been valued based on market demand rather than cash flows or adding value to the economy during the past few years. Early in November, the Bahamas-based cryptocurrency exchange FTX declared bankruptcy under Chapter 11 after suffering losses of at least $1 billion. BlockFi, a large crypto business, also declared bankruptcy last week, joining Celsius Network and Voyager Digital in entering Chapter 11 proceedings. Lonsdale claimed that several businesses that have filed for bankruptcy had had a lot of corruption, although he only mentioned FTX. "Long term, there's a good part of crypto, but most of what we saw in crypto the last three, four, five years was a speculative bubble driven by cheap money and driven by a lot of these Ponzi schemes," Lonsdale said in an interview with Fox News. But amid the current crypto fiasco, Lonsdale said that the sector will still be able to develop technologies that would further advance the market. Top Financial Regulator Calls for Legislation A leading US financial regulator also appealed to Congress on Thursday to pass legislation establishing a legal framework for digital assets. During the first of three congressional hearings to look into the collapse of FTX, members of the Senate Agriculture Committee questioned Rostin Behnam, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), on whether the turmoil could have been averted with greater accountability. According to Behnam, the CFTC is constrained since it cannot register cash market transactions. He warned lawmakers that if they do not take action fast, consumers will continue to lose money and face another FTX situation in a few months. Benham said that the CFTC lacked the authority under the law to look into any of FTX's other companies and was ignorant of the operations of its subsidiaries. Additionally, regulators are debating who should be in charge of regulating the crypto sector. Behnam and many senators on the Senate Agriculture Committee have already agreed that the CFTC needs to be more involved in the industry. However, according to SEC Chair Gary Gensler, the US Securities and Exchange Commission is better suited to oversee markets that involve individual investors. He sees most cryptocurrency tokens as securities and expects his office to be the leading regulator. ...

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12-06-2022 Science&Technology
I asked ChatGPT to write about itself in my style, so I didn’t have to

Before I present ChatGPT’s article about itself, it’s worth presenting the prompt that generated this story. “Write a 350-word news story about the impact of ChatGPT in the style of Lance Ulanoff” Had I given it more detail or more specifics about the intended audience, it might’ve come out differently. Even so, the time from prompt to completion of this brief post was a matter of seconds. I only wish I could write this fast. What follows is a completely unedited, unaltered TechRadar post by ChatGPT. As ChatGPT continues to gain popularity, its impact on the world of artificial intelligence and natural language processing is becoming increasingly apparent. Developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT is a large language model that is able to generate human-like text in response to prompts. It has been trained on a massive amount of data, allowing it to understand and respond to a wide range of topics and questions. The potential applications of ChatGPT are vast. In the business world, it could be used to automate customer service and support tasks, freeing up employees to focus on more complex issues. In the world of journalism, it could be used to generate articles and reports, allowing journalists to focus on more in-depth analysis and storytelling. But ChatGPT's impact goes beyond just increasing productivity and efficiency. It also has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. With its ability to understand and respond to natural language, ChatGPT could make it possible for people to have more natural and intuitive conversations with their devices. This could have a profound impact on the way we use technology in our daily lives. For example, instead of having to remember specific commands or navigate through menus, we could simply ask ChatGPT to perform tasks for us using natural language. This could make technology more accessible and user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities. Of course, there are also concerns about the potential downsides of ChatGPT. Some worry that it could lead to the automation of jobs, or that it could be used to spread misinformation. But the developers of ChatGPT are working to address these concerns and ensure that the technology is used responsibly. Overall, ChatGPT's impact on the world of artificial intelligence and natural language processing is significant, and its potential applications are exciting. As it continues to evolve and improve, it has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology, making it more intuitive and accessible for everyone. ...

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12-06-2022 Science&Technology
The Pixel Recorder app just gained a powerful new tool

What you need to know Google is now rolling out version 4.2 for the Recorder app. This update brings in speaker labels which let users know who said what, at what point, during the recording. Users gain editing tools such as editing the labels for the people who spoke while also splitting up what was recorded in the transcription. Google's Recorder app for Pixels appears to have a new update rolling out that was mentioned during its Made By Google event in October. According to 9to5Google, Recorder version 4.2 has started rolling out to Pixel owners through the Google Play Store. This update brings the two-month long-awaited "speaker labels" feature for the Pixel's voice recording app. As people are speaking when the Recorder app is recording, they will be labeled as "Speaker 1," "Speaker 2," and so on. The app explains the new feature via a pop-up on your screen and states that the application "compares the voices throughout the recording so the transcript can reflect what each voice said and when." This is a toggleable feature that users can find at the bottom-right of the transcription near the language setting. As 9to5 tested the new Recorder update on a Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro, although the update has yet to appear on our units. In their testing, 9to5 noticed some new editing tools that have also come along with the update. While the Recorder app now identifies different voices when speaking and labels them itself, users can alter those names once everything is said and done for better recognition when going back through the transcript. Users will also be able to select a portion of the transcription to break it up using the "Split from here" option. This is particularly useful, as users will have the option of correcting the speaker if the program has wrongly labeled a bit of text with the wrong person that mistake by assigning an existing speaker to that portion of the transcript. In the app, Google explains that voice models are stored on your device until the labeling of the transcript is complete. They are then deleted, typically within a few minutes. The Recorder app also includes small tweaks to the microphone settings, removing the "Auto-detect" label. ...

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12-06-2022 Science&Technology
I dumped my iPhone 14 Pro after one day — here's why

I should start with a disclaimer: I’m perfectly ready to admit that I’m in a very fortunate position. Some of the best phones around are purchased for me so that I can do my job, and that includes my iPhone 14 Pro. I actually own the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This meant dumping my iPhone 14 Pro after just one day was pretty easy for me, as I hadn’t paid for it and had other phones to use. I know the same won’t be true for most people. Hopefully, though, my circumstances, however privileged, can help you make the right decision on whether or not to buy an iPhone 14 Pro, especially if you’re coming from a Pro Max model. If my experience is anything to go by, it could save you from laying down over $999/£1,099 on a phone that might not be right for you. So with that out of the way, here’s why I dumped my iPhone 14 Pro and went back to my faithful iPhone 13 Pro Max after just one day. This Pro’s battery life is distinctly amateur I love my iPhone 13 Pro Max for two reasons. The first is its battery life, which is nothing short of phenomenal. I’m on my phone all day for general usage, but also for work. On office days, my iPhone is my primary work tool during 3 hours of train commuting, being used for video calls, IMs and emails, as well as browsing for feature ideas and tethering my laptop to for editing. The 13 Pro Max gets insanely heavy use, and the ‘all day battery life’ as promised and delivered by Apple is truly a necessity. So when I started using my new iPhone 14 Pro, which also promised ‘all-day battery life’, it was pretty disappointing to literally watch the battery icon deplete while charging. That’s right: I was using the iPhone 14 Pro while on charge via a 5W charging brick and saw the battery percentage slip from 90% to 89%. Even with a piddly 5W brick, that shouldn’t happen — you shouldn’t need a 20W adapter just to keep your battery level. Admittedly, the backward charging seems to have been a one off, but things didn’t get much better throughout the day either. After a full charge, and after disabling the AOD and enabling auto brightness, an afternoon of mild usage at my desk (internet browsing, podcasts, messaging and emails) drained the battery over half way. In comparison, my iPhone 13 Pro Max is usually still at 40% after an entire day of commuting and office work. In short, I believe Apple’s claim of ‘all day battery life’ on the iPhone 14 Pro to be stretching the truth — it’s ‘all day’ if you don’t use your phone perhaps. So after just one day, it was clear the phone couldn’t keep up with my demands and I had to revert back to my 13 Pro Max. If, like me, genuine all-day battery life is important to you, I’d advise you ignore the 14 Pro in favor of either the iPhone 14 Pro Max, or the iPhone 13 Pro Max (if you’d like to save a little cash and can find one). ...

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12-03-2022 Science&Technology
iPad 10 Teardown Reveals Why Device Isn't Compatible With Apple Pencil 2



Do-it-yourself repair website iFixit today shared a video teardown of Apple's new 10th-generation iPad, providing a closer look inside the tablet and revealing why the device lacks support for the second-generation Apple Pencil. The teardown reveals the internal layout of the iPad, including its two-cell 7,606 mAh battery, logic board with the A14 Bionic chip, and more. As suspected, the teardown shows that components for the iPad's landscape-positioned front camera occupy the space where the wireless charging coil would have been located for the second-generation Apple Pencil. As a result, the device is only compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil, with an adapter required for pairing and charging. iFixit also confirmed that the iPad has stretch-release battery pull tabs like the fifth-generation iPad Air and the sixth-generation iPad mini, making it easier for repair shops and customers to replace the battery. In comparison, the ninth-generation iPad and many other older iPads have completely glued-in battery cells. iFixit was disappointed that the iPad's USB-C port is soldered to the logic board and noted that Apple's self-service repair program does not currently offer parts, manuals, or tools for iPads, making it harder for customers to complete their own repairs. Apple released the 10th-generation iPad in late October. Key new features include a 10.9-inch display with slim bezels, flat edges, A14 Bionic chip, USB-C port, Touch ID power button, landscape-positioned FaceTime camera, 5G support on cellular models, Wi-Fi 6, and a new two-piece Magic Keyboard Folio accessory with a row of function keys. Pricing starts at $449, while the ninth-generation iPad remains available for $329. ...

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12-03-2022 Science&Technology
A black hole ripped apart a star and brought together astronomers from around the world



It was an event not seen in more than a decade: a sudden flash of energy launched out from the center of a distant galaxy, bright enough to be visible from 8.5 billion light-years away. With a burst of light equivalent to more than 1,000 trillion suns, the flash was first detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility, a survey of the entire night sky conducted from the Palomar Observatory in California. “On Valentine’s Day this year, we found a source that was puzzling. It was just weird!” Igor Andreoni of the University of Maryland, lead author of one of two papers about the event, told The Verge. “And weird is good in science. It means it’s something you can learn from.” Within days, astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the flash, observing it in X-ray, radio, and other wavelengths. It was extraordinarily bright and was similar to a gamma-ray burst — a type of bright flash usually detected by gamma ray or X-ray telescopes. But this one had been spotted by an optical telescope. The tremendous brightness of the flash led astronomers to conclude that it must have been caused by a star being torn apart. A star had wandered too close to the supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy and been shredded by the gravitational forces. “It can completely rip apart the star. It’s literally pulled and stretched until it can’t stand together anymore,” Andreoni explained. This is called a tidal disruption event, and astronomers have spotted dozens of these events over recent What is unusual about this particular event is that it created a tremendous jet of energy, with material being thrown out from the black hole’s poles at close to the speed of light. “We don’t know why, but sometimes a very powerful jet of material is launched when the star is disrupted,” Andreoni said. This jet is thought to have been especially bright because it is pointed directly at Earth, making it both appear brighter and be visible across a broader part of the electromagnetic spectrum. To spot dramatic transient events like these, astronomers need telescopes that continually scan as much of the sky as possible and which flag any sudden changes in brightness — like the Zwicky Transient Facility. But there are thousands of changes in brightness observed every night, so this mountain of data needs to be refined to unearth the most interesting objects. Andreoni’s group works on sifting through this data to find very fast events in the optical wavelength. Sudden changes in brightness could potentially be caused by a supernova or by two neutron stars merging. Further observations are needed to understand the specific event that triggered the flash. A supernova, for example, brightens over a period of weeks, which is extremely fast by astronomical standards. But this particular event brightened even faster than that, within a few hours or days. That made it of immediate and pressing interest. ...

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11-25-2022 Science&Technology
Facebook Says It Has Created A 'Human-Level' Board Game AI



Facebook, or as we’re supposed to call them now Meta, announced earlier today that their CICERO artificial intelligence has achieved “human-level performance” in the board game Diplomacy, which is notable for the fact that’s a game built on human interaction, not moves and manoeuvres, like, say, chess. Here’s a quite frankly distressing trailer: If you’ve never played Diplomacy, and so are maybe wondering what the big deal is, it’s a board game first released in the 1950s that is played mostly by people just sitting around a table (or breaking off into rooms) and negotiating stuff. There are no dice or cards affecting play; everything is determined by humans communicating with other humans. So for an AI’s creators to say that it is playing at a “human level” in a game like this is a pretty bold claim! One that Meta backs up by saying that CICERO is actually operating on two different levels, one crunching the progress and status of the game, the other trying to communicate with human levels in a way we would understand and interact with. Meta have roped in “Diplomacy World Champion” Andrew Goff to support their claims. He says, “A lot of human players will soften their approach or they’ll start getting motivated by revenge and CICERO never does that. It just plays the situation as it sees it. So it’s ruthless in executing its strategy, but it’s not ruthless in a way that annoys or frustrates other players.” Promoted content That sounds optimal, but as Goff says, maybe too optimal. Which reflects that while CICERO is playing well enough to keep up with humans, it’s far from perfect. As Meta themselves say in a blog post, CICERO “sometimes generates inconsistent dialogue that can undermine its objectives,” and my own criticism would be that every example they provide of its communication (like the one below) makes it look like a psychopathic office worker terrified that if they don’t end every sentence with “!!!” you’ll think they’re a terrible person. ...

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11-21-2022 Science&Technology
NASA Moon mission 'exceeding' expectations



On the third day after lifting off from Florida bound for the Moon, the Orion spacecraft is "exceeding performance expectations," NASA officials said on Friday. The spacecraft is to take astronauts to the Moon in the coming years—the first to set foot on its surface since the last Apollo mission in 1972. This first test flight, without a crew on board, aims to ensure that the vehicle is safe. "Today we met to review the Orion spacecraft performance... it is exceeding performance expectations," said Mike Sarafin, head of the Artemis 1 mission. The spacecraft's four solar panels, about 13 feet (four meters) long, deployed correctly and are providing more energy than expected, said Jim Geffre, the Orion manager at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It is from that control center in Texas that the spacecraft is being piloted. Orion is already some 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) from Earth and preparing to perform the first of four main thrusts scheduled during the mission using its engines. This maneuver, which will take place early Monday morning, will bring the spacecraft as close as 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the lunar surface, in order to take advantage of the Moon's gravitational force. Since this will take place on the far side of the Moon, NASA is expected to lose contact with the spacecraft for approximately 35 minutes. "We will be passing over some of the Apollo landing sites," said flight director Jeff Radigan, although they will be in darkness. Footage of the flyover will be released by NASA. Four days later, a second thrust from the engines will place Orion in a distant orbit around the Moon. The ship will go up to 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, a record for a habitable capsule. It will then begin the journey back to Earth, with a landing in the Pacific Ocean scheduled for December 11, after just over 25 days of flight. The success of this mission will determine the future of the Artemis 2 mission, which will take astronauts around the Moon without landing, then Artemis 3, which will finally mark the return of humans to the lunar surface. Those missions are scheduled to take place in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Sarafin also said Friday that 10 scientific micro-satellites had been deployed when the rocket took off, but that half of them were experiencing technical or communication problems. Those experiments, carried out separately by independent teams, will have no impact on the main mission, however.

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