How are those fitness goals doing in the midst of the pandemic, the new year? My diet is still atrocious, but I’m grinding my workouts. We have two stories today that take different approaches to persuade us all to be a little more active.
Thanks to the Future app, Editor-in-chief Nicole Lee hired remote personal trainer who didn’t let go, while Apple surprised us all with a new Fitness + feature that spices up your outdoor walks with celebrity storytelling. Isn’t that just a podcast? Uh, sort of. However, the first wave of stars, such as Dolly Parton, Draymond Green, and Shawn Mendes (ugh, I’m gonna jump), will include a selection of music tracks to accompany their walking ruminations.
All you need is your Apple laptop, a Fitness + subscription, and a pair of wireless headphones – you can leave your phone at home. New episodes will be arriving every Monday from now until the end of April.
– Mat Smith
Something’s in the works, and it’s probably not another expensive pair of headphones.
Former Apple Senior Vice President of Engineering Dan Riccio is now focused on a mysterious “new project” at Apple, where he will always report directly to CEO Tim Cook. For it to need the leadership of a guy who manages everything from iPad development to Macs to the recent AirPods Max, he has to be tall, right? Based on recent rumors, the best bet is Apple’s augmented / virtual reality headset, with the Project Titan car initiative up close.
Riccio will still hold the title of Vice President of Engineering, but his replacement in the management team is John Ternus. Ternus has been VP of Engineering since 2013, and Apple’s announcement indicates that he has played a key role in the development of its custom M1 processors.
The new version is only available in 4: 3 aspect ratio.
Almost 30 years after its first broadcast and almost 20 since its troubled DVD release, Babylon 5 finally gets a polish. Warner Bros. spear Babylon 5 Remastered both as a digital download (from itunes and Amazon if applicable) and on HBO Max.
Speaking to Engadget, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. explained how they had digitized the original. Babylon 5 Remastered The camera negative then transferred the film footage to 4K before downscaling it to HD, with dirt and scratch cleaning as well as color correction. The CGI and composite footage from the series, meanwhile, was digitally scaled to HD with only a few minor edits when absolutely necessary.
Engadget covered extensively the interesting and tortured journey which Babylon 5 took to reach home video. Rather than repeating ourselves here, we recommend that you read this 2018 report explaining the story in depth.
The administration has committed $ 300 billion in R&D and advanced technologies as part of its Innovate in America plan.
The new Biden administration plans to completely break away from Trump’s openly hostile stance towards science. Among the many deviations from the political positions of his predecessor, Biden pledged to “restore confidence in science” and “pay close attention” to scientists in crafting responses to the COVID pandemic and change climate.
The company has denied the information, again.
After selling its spin-off phone brand, HonorHuawei could do the same with its Mate and P premium smartphone series last year, in a bid to circumvent US sanctions, according to a Reuters report. The company – which denies the sale – has reportedly spoken to a consortium led by investment firms backed by the Shanghai government since last September. In the summer of 2020, Huawei dominated global smartphone sales with 55.1 million units shipped.
Birdwatch is Twitter’s latest effort to tackle misinformation on its platform.
“Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets that they believe to be misleading and to write notes that provide informative context,” Twitter written in a blog post. This “community-driven approach” allows fact-checking directly with Twitter users.
As part of the pilot program, users can request to participate, and it will initially only be available for a “small test group”. Birdwatch Approved Contributors can select tweets with incorrect information and add their own notes, such as on a fact-checking website. This is one of Twitter’s biggest forays into fact checking.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter still hasn’t established formal partnerships with third-party fact checkers. Twitter added: “We know it can be complicated and sometimes problematic, but we think it’s a model worth trying.”
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