Airtags bring objects into apple's 'where is?'-network'wo ist?'-netzwerk

Apple has introduced an in-house object tracker: The roughly mint-sized "AirTag" can be attached to a keychain or a bag, for example, and can thus help to find the items at any time – even if they should get lost on the road.

The AirTags use Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology and can be engraved for more personalization, including emojis, Apple said.

The AirTags are available in Apple’s "Where is?"-network and are to be integrated accordingly uber the "Where is?"-Let app be found pre-installed on iPhones and iPads. If an AirTag is lost, it sends out a signal via Bluetooth that virtually all iPhones and iPads listen for by default. According to the manufacturer, the network now comprises nearly 1 billion devices.

Apis for speech recognition and text analytics: news from the azure ai world

Microsoft has revealed several new features for Azure Cognitive Services. Behind the name are cognitive APIs that can be used to develop intelligent apps. The interfaces enable machines to see and hear, i.e. to cognitively grasp their environment. So far, more than 30 services cover decision-making, speech recognition and input, image analysis, and web search.

Text Analytics for Health is aimed at healthcare and allows medical professionals to use unstructured medical data to gain informed insights. In light of the Corona crisis, Microsoft and the Allen Institute of AI have released a free collection of more than 47.000 scientific documents compiled, the COVID-19 open research dataset. In addition, a newly developed COVID-19 search engine will be used for the cognitive search to gain new insights from researching and combating the corona virus.

What mood resonates between the lines

Advances in Natural Language Processing (NLP) enable Microsoft to provide a new opinion mining capability for text analysis. The developers claim that it recognizes moods in texts and thus allows, for example, more precise analyses of customer opinions in social media.

Study: usa could be heading for decades of megadroughts

Climate change could lead to decades of megadroughts in the U.S., study says. Global warming has increased the risk of such extreme events, researchers led by Mohammad Reza Alizadeh of McGill University and Mojtaba Sadegh of Boise State University explain in the scientific journal Science Advances. Such long periods of drought also occurred in the USA in the 12. and 13. century.

Since the middle of August some fires rage at the US west coast. In California alone, some 19,000.000 firefighters against more than 20 large fires. The flames destroyed more than 5800 buildings since mid-August.

Heat waves and drought

As climate change progresses, extreme events such as heat waves and droughts are occurring more frequently at the same time, the researchers explain. Their study focuses on this co-occurrence of drought and heat over the past 122 years. "Episodes of extreme drought and heat are the recipe for major forest fires", explained Mojtaba Sadegh. "These extremes are intensifying and expanding on an unprecedented spatial scale, enabling the current wildfires along the entire U.S. West Coast."

Woven city: toyota gives starting signal for networked city

Toyota and the specially formed holding company Woven Planet jointly broke ground Tuesday on the connected city of Woven City (The Woven City) in Japan at the vehicle yard of Toyota’s former Higashi Fuji plant.

Toyota announced that the start of construction was marked by a lavish ceremony. At the CES 2020, Toyota had already presented the project of a city with a completely networked infrastructure as a "city" "living laboratory" presented. Near Mount Fuji, Woven City will be a city where people live together with future technologies and develop them further. For this purpose the buildings and vehicles are completely networked with each other. They should collect data via sensors and exchange it with each other. The focus is on research into smart cities, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. The techniques are to be tested in real space. The energy for the city project is to be generated in a C02-neutral manner from hydrogen fuel cells.

At the start of construction, Toyota President Akio Toyoda once again described Woven City as a "living laboratory", that "constantly evolving". Together with the project partners, the challenge is to create a future in which, "To create a future where people from different backgrounds can live happily".

Fedex plans deliveries with autonomous vehicles from nuro

U.S. courier and logistics company FedEx plans to use autonomous mini-vehicles from California-based robotics company Nuro to deliver goods, food and packages locally. To that end, the two companies have formed a partnership, FedEx and Nuro announced Tuesday.

The pilot project in Houston, Texas, which has been underway since April 2021, will use Nuro’s self-driving delivery vehicles to make deliveries and will now run for several years and include several phases. FedEx is currently testing various use cases within the group. The focus, he said, is to determine in what areas autonomous vehicles can be used and how. In the process, the logistics company is exploring multi-stop and appointment-based delivery, same-day delivery, and local delivery of specialized goods such as pharmaceuticals.

Pick up deliveries from the vehicle

The Nuro R2 delivery vehicle used, designed and manufactured in cooperation with Roush Enterprises, has several compartments that can be opened separately to store goods and can be cooled for food deliveries. Customers receive a message via app about the location, delivery time, as well as a pickup code. Then they have to go to the vehicle themselves and after entering the code they can take out their goods.

The always-on slr: olympus e-400

Due to the rubber coating, it nevertheless lies securely in the hand, only the metal hooks for the camera strap at the top are in the way. Controls are favorably arranged, with a very easy-to-grip power lever, a prominent central function dial, four function buttons to the left of the display, and a 4-way keypad with a central "OK" button. The right thumb grips the dial for quick value changes.

Mixed felt

There are hardly any shortcut keys available for important parameterizations like ISO or female balance settings or the metering field selection – only the continuous shooting mode, the flash functions and the exposure compensation are directly accessible. However, the 2.5 inch coarse and fine resolution camera display shows a rough part of the parameters in two possible levels of detail in a permanent overview, and via OK button and thumbwheel you can set values there directly. In many cases, this saves having to jump to the main menu, which consists of five tabs and a maximum of four setting levels, is relatively clear, but does not always impress with particularly intuitive placement of the menu entries.

The camera offers 31 shooting programs, 19 of which are subject programs and one shiftable normal program, whereby the variant automatic is limited to exposure bracketing and neither focus nor female balance bracketing are provided. For this, the female balance can be fine-tuned manually in all presets and in automatic mode, and the "focus-by-wire" manual focus can be used in combination with the autofocus without any special switching.

Against bruteforce: apple relies on improved secure enclave in iphone chips

Apple has quietly improved the key security element of its in-house chips: in new iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches released from fall 2020, the sealed-off coprocessor responsible for locking tasks is "Secure Enclave" will be combined with a secure storage component ("Secure Storage Component"), according to updated support documents from the manufacturer.

Counter Lockboxes against Bruteforce Attacks

As new protection technology comes in the second generation of the security chip now "Counter Lockboxes" to use, which keep the entropy value needed to decrypt password-protected user data, as the manufacturer explains in the so far English-only document on the security of Apple platforms. In order to access user data, the coupled Secure Enclave must derive the correct password value from the password set by the user and the Secure Enclave identifier (UID).

The user password could not be learned by unlocking attempts made by a unit other than the paired Secure Enclave, the document continued. If the limit for attempts to enter a password is exceeded (on the iPhone, ten attempts are usually possible to enter the correct device code), the protected data is automatically deleted.

Watchos 7.3 is more responsive, homepod os 14.4 interacts better

Apple rolled out several more updates to its operating systems on Tuesday night. After first iOS and iPadOS 14.4 were released, which provided several detail improvements and bug fixes, updates for Apple Watch, HomePod and Apple TV were also added.

watchOS 7.3 comes with a new watch face for Black History Month in the US, which has also been featured in a special edition of the computer watch. It is determined by the colors of the Pan-African flag and rough numbers, but it changes during the day and can be configured with further complications. The 1-channel ECG function, which has been working in Germany, the U.S. and other countries since the Apple Watch Series 4, is now finally available in Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Mayotte. In these regions, there is also a notification in case of irregular heart rhythm.

News on the Apple Watch

Furthermore, the so-called Time-to-Walk feature has been integrated into Apple’s Fitness+ subscription service. This provides audio backgrounds of celebrities for walks, but is not yet available in this country. A fix is available for the Control Center and Notification Center, which sometimes became unresponsive when Zoom was enabled. In addition, at least one kernel security hole – which was also present in iPadOS and iOS – has been plugged, with Apple announcing that more disclosures are likely to come here.

Users in germany receive an average of 13 short messages a day

In Germany, people communicate a lot via short message services such as SMS or Messenger. Germans were allowed to send around 300 billion short messages to each other in the Corona year 2021, according to a survey by Bitkom Research. Women communicate no more than men: both sexes receive an average of 13 messages a day.

People aged 16 and over were surveyed. The age group between 16 and 29 has the highest number of employees, with an average of 18 notifications per day. About 9 percent of them say they receive fewer than 10 messages a day. A majority of 51 percent receive between 10 and 20 short messages, with one-third of this age group receiving more than 20 messages.

The older, the less

Among 30- to 49-year-olds, an average of 15 short messages still land in inboxes on smartphones. The number decreases with age: members of the 50-64 age group receive 11 messages a day, while older people aged 65 and over receive 9 messages a day.

French photographer Scarlett Coten is being honored for her series of images Mectoub honored with the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards 2016. The winner of the young talent award is photographer Clementine Schneidermann with the photo project The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest. Scarlett Coten’s image series sheds light on images of roles and masculinity in the Arab world. Her portraits are intended above all to "draw attention to the ruptures between social conformity and individual longing".

Portraits of Arab Mackers

For four years, Coten traveled from North Africa to the Middle East and photographed numerous men there. Mectoub is a play on words from the Arabic "maktub", which means "it is written" and the French "le mec". A "mec" is in the vernacular a "Macker". Coten repeatedly succeeds in questioning the traditional image of men in the Arab world when she depicts "the guys" in women’s shoes or with long hair, for example. For her unusual series, Coten has 25.000 euros and a Leica M system worth 10.Receive 000 euros.

Tristesse in Wales

Much darker are the photographs of Clementine Schneidermann, who won this year’s Young Talent Award for her series The Unbearable, the Sadness and the Rest received. The pictures were taken in Sudwales, a region struggling with economic and social problems after the end of the coal mining industry. But the photos don’t just show the typical effects such as alcoholism, drugs and poverty. Instead, Schneidermann wanted to break down the "break down the barrier between the insider’s and the outsider’s view".