Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

These Awe-Inspiring Photos Show Just How Beautiful Insects Can Be

How the photographer captures these portraits is pretty impressive too.<p>The mundane beetle is incredibly magnificent up close.<p>That's evident in the latest work of British photographer Levon Biss, whose intricate images of insect specimens, from the tiger beetle to the marion flightless moth, will be …

Insects

Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.<p>While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, …

Software

Apple Music updated with family plan & video support

A new version of Apple Music is making its way out to Android users today. The app now supports family plan subscriptions and the option to watch …

Apple News

Samsung thinks the 'future of children's bedtime' is virtual reality stories

Disrupting children’s bedtimes? Most children are more than capable of doing that themselves, whether it’s noisy pillow fights, demands for a fourth snack / poo of the night, or 467 more questions about death.<p>They don’t need an app for it. Samsung has other ideas, however, having unveiled “the …

Samsung

Things App Developers Need to Know About Apple Watch

Apple watch released on April 24 and from then and now there has been great experience of users using Apple Watch.<p>Let’s see what does app developers …

iPhone

Acer is taking on the Surface and MacBook with its new Windows 10 devices

At an event in New York today, Acer announced announced a series of new Windows 10-powered devices.<p>First up is its own take on the 2-in-1 Windows laptop, the Switch Alpha 12. The Surface-clone device uses full fledged Intel Core i processors, which it’s able to do thanks to some thermal chops (a …

Apple News

Microsoft Just Struck a Major Blockchain Deal With World’s Leading Banks

Banking on BlockchainsWhile the financial world has largely dismissed the digital currency bitcoin, it has looked with interest on the technology …

Microsoft

Apple recovered nearly $40 million in gold through its recycling program last year

Apple's recycling program is doing very well. As part of its annual environmental report that the company released yesterday, Apple declared that it had recovered nearly 90 million pounds of materials from Apple devices recycled through is program in 2015. Sixty-one million pounds of those …

Recycling

£500,000 tree-planting project helped Yorkshire town miss winter floods

Tree planting and other natural approaches have prevented flooding at Pickering in North Yorkshire over Christmas, at a time when heavy rainfall caused devastating flooding across the region.<p>An analysis of the Slowing the Flow scheme published on Wednesday concludes that the measures reduced peak …

Yorkshire

Apple pushes first update to Safari Technology Preview

Apple has released its first update and second release to its Safari Technology Preview browser. The browser puts an emphasis on releasing stable, technology preview ready builds. With updates coming every two weeks, Apple is showing a commitment to bringing stability to developers on the cutting …

Programming

Messenger Chatbots Likely To Top The Agenda At Facebook's F8 This Week

Other big topics will include Instant Articles, Live Video, 360 Video, and much more.<p>When more than 2,000 people descend on San Francisco this week for Facebook's annual two-day F8 developers conference, their discussions and decisions will have a huge impact on how you and 1.59 billion other …

Facebook

New software can tell if you're using bad USB Type-C cables

The authentication system can protect your devices and your wallet.<p>Subpar USB Type-C cables could fry your devices -- just ask that Google engineer who tested a few and ended up losing a Chromebook Pixel 2 to a particularly bad one. In an effort to protect users, the USB Implementers Forum, a …

Authentication

$250 million, 300 scientists and 40 labs: Sean Parker’s revolutionary project to ‘solve’ cancer

SAN FRANCISCO — Billionaire Sean Parker, famous for his founding roles at Napster and Facebook, is backing an unconventional $250 million effort to attack cancer that involves persuading hundreds of the country’s top scientists — who often are in competition with each other — to join forces and …

Sean Parker

Facebook is playing a dangerous game with Apple

Facebook has finally unleashed Messenger Platform, letting developers build chatbots — intelligent software that lets you get stuff done just by sending text messages.<p>It's a big moment for chatbots, which tech luminaries like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Evernote CEO Phil Libin praise as …

Facebook

9 Knife Care Tips We Learned from a Master Bladesmith

Confession: I've never sharpened my knives. Not my two-year-old IKEA chef's knife, not my who-knows-how-old paring knife. None of 'em. But last week, I found myself on the New York City subway with a purse-full of my dullest kitchen knives and the promise that<p>these glorified pestlesthey could still …

Food & Dining

15 maps that will change the way you see the world

1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is below 60. And there are 28 of them. The lowest life expectancy of all is found in Sierra Leone, …

Maps

Climate Change Is Causing The North Pole To Move Towards Europe

Man-made climate change, humanity’s most recognizable fingerprint on the natural world, is affecting everything. Increasing global temperatures may …

Climate Change

Is the Raindrop Cake the Next Cult Dessert?

The Raindrop Cake is New York City–based chef Darren Wong’s take on the mizu shingen mochi, an intriguing Japanese cult dessert made from mineral …

Dessert

23 People Were Asked: 'What's The Coolest Thing Most People Don't Know About Their Own Body?'

<b>5/23</b> We can outrun most animals in long distances due to our ability to cool, our efficient 2-legged running, etc. Over short distances, we're …

Milk

Most Loved Programming Languages Of 2016 — Rust, Swift, F#, Scala, Go

<i>There are some programming languages that are loved by many programmers due to their friendly qualities. For the second year in a row, Rust, Go, and</i> …

Scala

Apple News is now curating content on Twitter

Just like you, Apple News is now using Twitter to share articles curated by its US-based editorial team.<p>The account currently has around 6,800 followers. Unfortunately, we can’t tell if that’s because News readers simply haven’t found it or because there aren’t many Apple News readers. Apple just …

Twitter

Google may be considering Swift for use on Android

About the time Swift was going open source, representatives for three major brands — Google, Facebook and Uber — were at a meeting in London discussing the new language. Sources tell The Next Web that Google is considering making Swift a “first class” language for Android, while Facebook and Uber …

Android News

A Discovery Made From Space Could Rewrite The History Of North America

Editor's Blog Photo credit: It is now thought that the Vikings might well have been the first Europeans to settle North America. …

North America

Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users

Ask a member of Facebook’s growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting the company to a billion daily users, and they’ll likely tell you it was photos. The endless stream of pictures, which users have been able to upload since 2005, a year after Facebook’s launch, makes the social …

Facebook

Apple's new short film starring autistic teen shows how tech transforms lives

Dillan Barmache can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything to say.<p>In fact, Dillan has complex and powerful thoughts, and thanks to easily accessible technology paired with innovative apps, you can hear his perspective.<p>Dillan, who is autistic and nonverbal, is the star of a new …

Short Films

Chromebase for meetings makes video-conferencing personal and simple

article<p>en_US<p>http://googleforwork.blogspot.com/2016/03/Chromebase-for-meetings-makes-video-conferencing-personal-and-simple.html<p>Official Google for …

Canada’s most scenic rail trips aren’t just in B.C., you know

The Globe and Mail<p>Since moving from England two decades ago, I’ve been hopping Canada’s rails at every opportunity. Landscape-hugging train trips are my favourite way to see this country and I’ve developed a hot-list of top routes.<p>Overseas visitors love Rocky Mountaineer’s (rockymountaineer.com) …

Canadian Culture

Under pressure to digitize everything, hospitals are hackers’ biggest new target

As MedStar Health continued to restore its systems this week, Internet security experts and hospital officials said the cyberattack on the massive health care provider is a foreboding sign that an industry racing to digitize patient records and services faces a new kind of security threat that it …

Ransomware

20 Completely Random Facts You Never Knew You'd Want To Know.

1. Ancient Greeks used to go to the gym naked - the word 'gymnasium' means "school for naked exercise."<p>2. Researchers have patented a strain of …