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August 23, 2019

How to sync standard health apps to your Apple Watch

With about a quarter of the worldwide market, the Apple Watch is far and away the most popular fitness watch. Many of its wearers, though, want to track their activity with third-party applications. If you’re one of their number, don’t fret — happily, the Watch’s popularity means that many commonly used apps — such as MyFitnessPal, Couch to 5K, Strava, and Nike Training — have made that process pretty simple.
August 23, 2019

Muslims on Mecca Hajj Pilgrimage Set to Face ‘Extreme Danger’ From Climate Change in Coming Decades

Climate change in Saudi Arabia could cause Muslims heading to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage to encounter "extreme" levels of heat, scientists have warned.
August 22, 2019

Apple’s Pro iPhones, new iPads, and 16-inch MacBook Pro detailed in Bloomberg report

Multiple details about Apple’s upcoming lineup of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Watches have emerged in a new report from Bloomberg. According to the report, two of the iPhones will be camera-focused “Pro” phones, with a new triple-lens camera design that will include a wide-angle lens for the first time in an Apple phone. Alongside the new phones, the report also includes details about the company’s plans for its upcoming iPads, Apple Watches, and a new MacBook Pro. The report also claims that Apple could release new AirPods and a smaller, cheaper HomePod as soon as next year.
August 22, 2019

Ford Models Executive Lied About Husband Dying to Get Out of Her Contract: Lawsuit

Ford Models is suing a former executive, claiming she invented a story about her husband having a terminal illness in order to break her employment contract.
August 21, 2019

Computer Simulation Just Predicted a Huge Measles Outbreak in Texas, With 4,000 Percent Increase Predicted in Some Communities

Texas could be hit by large measles outbreaks in which up to 400 people fall ill at a time, according to a forecast by researchers investigating low vaccine rates. Between 2003 and 2018, the number of children exempt from vaccines before attending school spiked from 23,000 to 64,000, according to existing research.
August 21, 2019

Waymo is making a few of its self-driving automotive knowledge out there free of charge to researchers

The data collected by self-driving cars used to be a closely guarded secret. But recently, many companies developing autonomous driving systems have begun to release their data to the research community in dribs and drabs. The latest to do so is Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, which today is making some of the high-resolution sensor data gathered by its fleet of autonomous vehicles available to researchers.
August 20, 2019

Facebook’s Clear History privateness device lastly begins rolling out in three nations

It was nearly a year and a half ago that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, standing onstage at the company’s annual developer conference, announced that the company would begin letting users sever the connection between their web browsing history and their Facebook accounts. After months of delays, Facebook’s Clear History is now rolling out in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain, with other countries to follow “in coming months,” the company said. The new tool, which Facebook conceived in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, is designed to give users more control over their data privacy at the expense of advertisers’ targeting capabilities.
August 20, 2019

The first Lightning safety key for iPhones is right here, and it really works with USB-C, too

If you’ve wanted to just plug a physical security key into your iPhone to log into apps securely — instead of problematic text messages or paging over to your authenticator app — now you can. Today, Yubico is releasing the $70 YubiKey 5Ci, the first security key that can plug into your iPhone’s Lightning port or a USB-C port, and it’s compatible with popular password vaults LastPass and 1Password out of the box.
August 20, 2019

The world’s oldest webcam is shutting down after 1 / 4 of a century

FogCam, which is believed to be the oldest webcam on the internet, will be shut down at the end of August after 25 years of near-continuous operation. Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong, who set up the webcam while students at San Francisco State University back in 1994, announced the decision via Twitter, where they thanked their viewers and the university for their support over the years.
August 19, 2019

Alienware Aurora R9 and G5 5090 are Dell’s new bang-for-the-buck gaming PCs

Thinking of buying a new pre-built desktop gaming PC? Dell has a pair you might want to peek: the new Alienware Aurora R9 and Dell G5 Desktop, starting at $970 and $630 this week.