iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2 Updates Now Available: Here’s What’s New

iOS 10. 3 brings live iPL scores through Siri
It also brings the Find My AirPods feature
watchOS 3.2 brings Theatre Mode and SiriKit
Apple has released iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 Sierra, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 updates to the general public, after running them in beta for a while. These updates bring bug fixes and improvements across entire Apple’s product lineup, the big highlight being the ability for Siri to show live scores from Indian Premier League (IPL) and International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket matches, apart from answering other queries.

iOS 10.3
First up, iOS 10.3 brings along the ‘Find My AirPods’ feature – a much needed addition given the nature of the tiny accessory. This feature is found in the Find My iPhone app, and it means that you can search for the AirPods from the app, as long as they are within Bluetooth range of any of your iOS devices signed into iCloud. Because of the limited range, it isn’t as efficient as Find My iPhone, but it’s still handy if you lose your AirPods somewhere in your house. Within the app, you can look for the pair, or just one earbud, as you prefer. The AirPods will start emitting a loud sound revealing its hiding place, or the map onscreen can also take you to the lost earbud easily.

Furthermore, Siri gets the ability to show live cricket scores from matches of the IPL and the ICC. The digital assistant will give you real-time ball-by-ball update of the most popular game format in India, a handy feature for all cricket fans in the country (especially with IPL season 10 just around the corner). You can even ask Siri other IPL-related questions like ‘What are the 2016 IPL rankings?’, ‘Who leads the IPL in runs scored?’, ‘Show me Virat Kohli stats’, ‘When is the next Cricket match?’, and Siri will reply immediately. Match schedules and player rosters can also be checked.

Furthermore, Apple has also added a system-wide API that allows app developers to ask for a review, and even reply to it – building developer-customer dialogue, and iOS 10.3 also brings iCloud Analytics for the first time. The entire changelog is below:

iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.

Find My iPhone

View the current or last known location of your AirPods
Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them

Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with automaker apps
Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
Other improvements and fixes
Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
Home app support for accessory battery level status
Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail
To download the update, ensure that you have good Wi-Fi strength, and your device is charged up to 50 percent at least. Don’t forget to backup your iOS device before you download and install the update. To download and install it directly on your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap Download and Install. When the download is complete, tap Install and tap Agree when Apple shows you its Terms and Conditions. Your device will the restart and install the update. To download iOS 10 via iTunes, first install iTunes, open it, and then connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac. In iTunes select your device’s icon on the top bar, click the Summary tab and then click Check for update. Now, click Download and update. At this point, you should follow the simple on-screen instructions to install iOS 10.

macOS 10.12.4
macOS 10.12.4 update is also rolling out and it brings along the iOS Night Shift feature that automatically shifts the colours in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark. With this update, Mac users also get added Siri support for cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. Apart from this, there are several new features that macOS 10.12.4 brings, and the update is available through the Mac App Store. The entire changelog is given below:

The macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.This update:

Adds Night Shift for automatically shifting the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark.
Adds Siri support for cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
Adds Dictation support for Shanghainese.
Improves right-to-left language support for the Touch Bar, toolbar, and visual tab picker in Safari.
Resolves several PDF rendering and annotation issues in Preview.
Improves the visibility of the subject line when using Conversation View in Mail.
Fixes an issue that may prevent content from appearing in Mail messages.
Adds support for more digital camera RAW formats.
Enterprise content:

Adds the tethered-caching command, which optimizes certain downloads for iOS devices tethered via USB. For details, enter man tethered-caching in Terminal.
Updates the security command to include the delete-identity option, which deletes both a certificate and its private key from a keychain. For details, enter man security in Terminal.
Updates the profiles command to include the -N flag, which displays a device-enrollment notification that prompts the user to complete Mobile Device Management (MDM) enrollment. For details, enter man profiles in Terminal.
Fixes an issue that causes notebook computers connected to certain docking stations to display a blank screen instead of the macOS login window on the built-in display.
Fixes an issue that causes a newly changed user-account password to be rejected at the macOS login window, if FileVault is turned on.
Adds the ability to automatically renew certain certificates delivered via a configuration profile.
Includes numerous Xsan fixes.
watchOS 3.2
Apple has also upgraded watchOS 3.1.3 to watchOS 3.2 for all Apple Watch users, and as the beta build suggested, it brings along Theatre Mode and SiriKit as the most notable features. The new Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. You will still continue to receive notifications (with haptic feedback) while in Theater Mode, and can even view them by pressing the digital crown or tapping on the screen.

But the biggest change with watchOS 3.2 is the introduction of SiriKit which allows developers to tap into Siri for integration. With this, users will be able to ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, search photos, or make other requests that the app can handle. You can download the latest update through the Apple Watch app by heading to General -> Software Update.

Ensure that you have 50 percent battery, and are running on iOS 10 or later on your iPhone to be able to download the update. Refer Apple’s website for detailed instructions on how to update your Apple Watch to the latest OS version.

tvOS 10.2
Apple also rolled out tvOS 10.2 update, and while it doesn’t bring any big changes, the company has been steadily improving the platform with bug fixes and improvements of various kinds. The update is only compatible for the fourth-gen Apple TV, and to launch the update manually, head to Settings app > Navigate to System > Software Updates > Update Software. Specifically, tvOS 10.2 changelog includes:

Accelerated Scrolling support for UIKit and TVMLKit apps
Device Enrollment Program support
Expanded Mobile Device Management support
Support for the VideoToolbox framework
OS X Yosemite, El Capitan security updates
Interestingly, Apple has also released a security update for Mac machines running OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. The Security Update 2017-001 is being pushed and ‘is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.’ Your Mac will mostly prompt you to install it automatically, but if you can’t wait, here are the links for El Capitan and Yosemite users. Because it’s a security update, we recommend all users to download it on their Mac devices.

Tags: iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2, Mobiles, Apple, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Macbook

Analyst Suggests Third-Generation Apple Watch Will Include Cellular Connectivity

Based on supply chain analysis following a trip to Asia, Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland (via Barron’s) believes Apple’s third-generation Apple Watch may introduce cellular connectivity, a feature that’s been long rumored for the device.

Specifically, Rolland suggests the 2017 Apple Watch will include a SIM card for LTE connectivity and that the next-generation device will be promoted alongside the AirPods.

We understand a model of the next Apple watch will include a SIM card, and therefore is likely to support LTE. We understand some issues remain, including battery life and form factor size, but significant progress has been made. Apple may be employing VOIP and data across a CAT-M1 connection for superior battery life.

Apple will tout interoperability with the company’s AirPods (now on back order till May) to make and receive phone calls (perhaps a small win for Maxim with amps in each ear bud). Positive QCOM, MXIM.

Apple has likely been working to add a cellular modem to the Apple Watch for several years, but has been unable to do so due to excessive battery drain. In early 2016, rumors suggested the second-generation Apple Watch would include cellular connectivity, but that didn’t pan out.

Mid-2016 rumors indicated Apple was researching low-power cellular chips for future versions of the Apple Watch, but was unable to make it work for the second-generation device, so the technology could potentially be ready for inclusion in a 2017 Apple Watch.

The addition of standalone cellular connectivity would further untether the Apple Watch from the iPhone, a process that started with the introduction of GPS in the Apple Watch Series 2. With a cellular connection, Apple Watch owners would not need an iPhone nearby to do things like make phone calls and stream Apple Music content, but a separate data plan would likely be needed.

Other Apple Watch 3 rumors have pointed towards a modest update that focuses mainly on under-the-hood hardware improvements to boost performance and battery life, and while we haven’t heard much information on a third-generation device, a refresh could come alongside the iPhone 8 in September.

Today’s report from Rolland also touches on some previously mentioned 2017 rumors, suggesting all three rumored iPhone models will feature wireless charging capabilities and will be charged through pads manufactured by Pegatron and Foxconn. “There is some skepticism regarding charging efficiency,” writes Rolland, “as it may take 3 hours to receive a full charge.”

While long-range contactless wireless charging was originally rumored to be included in the 2017 iPhone, later information has centered on inductive charging methods, which would require a separate charging mat or other similar charging device.

The analyst also believes Apple will eliminate the Home button in the iPhone 8, but the Lightning port will stay. He suggests there has been “serious consideration” for removing the Lightning port in 2018, however.

Rolland does not have an established track record for predicting Apple’s product plans, but the information he’s shared today is not outlandish and echoes past rumors. Still, cellular connectivity for the Apple Watch has been rumored multiple times in the past, so it’s worth viewing today’s note with some skepticism until additional information is available.

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort – or dishing out the cash – to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file – sort of.

This version of the Pixel Launcher for Android devices is new and fabulous – albeit buggy. Users that attempt to use this version of the launcher could be in the realm of riches for forward-thinking features from Google. These same users could also potentially be in for a couple of mess-ups, as it’s not technically made for every single phone in existence. Using a tablet is right out.

SEE ALSO: Our guide on how to get the full version of Android O installed on your device. Note the restrictions, and don’t try to install Android O on a Galaxy S III or HTC One X, please. Thank you!

This version of the Android O Pixel Launcher was originally connected to a developer’s Android O preview software build. It’s been lifted and backported to the masses by this same developer, released for anyone to try. This APK download, therefore, should be entirely safe to make use of – but we take no responsibility for whatever happens between here and there.

For the APK download head to XDA Developers and tap the DOWNLOAD button. There’s a note there to help with development if you have the ability – if you try to run the app and it does not work, capture a log. Users that try to run the app and it force-closes: just wait a minute and try again.

Zero Terminal: A Tiny Linux PC That You Can Build Using Raspberry Pi And Smartphone Keyboard

raspberry pi terminal

Short Bytes: The DIY tech inventor NODE has created a handheld all-in-one computer that runs Linux. It’s made using the new Raspberry Pi Zero W, some 3D printed parts, and an iPhone 5 slider keyboard. He has also posted the details of the project on his website to help you make your own computer.

In the past, we’ve covered an interesting DIY project of YouTuber NODE and showed you how to make your own USB dongle computer using Raspberry Pi Zero. Recently, The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the release of Raspberry Pi Zero W and it looks like NODE was quick to create a new portable computer using the same.Called the Zero Terminal, it’s an all-in-one handheld computer, which features a 3.5-inch screen, offers a remarkable portability and functionality.

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Compared to the past Handheld Linux Terminal projects, the latest version has few more features like built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HDMI out, and 50% larger battery capacity. Here are the complete specifications of Zero Terminal:

  • 1GHz 32-bit single-core ARM-compatible Broadcom
  • BCM2835 CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini HDMI Out
  • 1x USB Port
  • Micro USB Charging
  • Micro SD Slot
  • 3.5″ Screen (480×320)
  • Full-QWERTY Keyboard
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 1500mAh Battery

Apart from the Raspberry Pi Zero, enthusiastic DIYer has used an iPhone 5 sliding keyboard case and some 3D printing parts for the same. By using the sliding keyboard, one doesn’t need to build your own hinges/sliders. This also provides a great finished product.

Apart from the Pi Zero W, Zero Terminal computer also encapsulates Adafruit PiTFT Plus and Adafruit Powerboost 1000c charge controller.

Zero Terminal is still a work in progress. NODE plans to release the files for the 3D printed parts soon. You can find instructions on how to create your own Linux-powered Zero Terminal here.

Did you find this DIY interesting? Share your own projects and views with us.

Also Read: Latest Linux Distribution Releases (The Always Up-to-date List)

Travelers to Mars risk leukemia cancer, weakened immune function from radiation, NASA-funded study finds

March 27, 2017

The spleen from a mouse exposed to a mission-relevant dose (20 cGy, 1 GeV/n) of iron ions (bottom) was ~ 30 times the normal volume compared with the spleen from a control mouse (top). (credit: C Rodman et al./Leukemia)

Radiation encountered in deep space travel may increase the risk of leukemia cancer in humans traveling to Mars, NASA-funded researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have found, using mice transplanted with human stem cells.

“Our results are troubling because they show radiation exposure could potentially increase the risk of leukemia,” said Christopher Porada, Ph.D., associate professor of regenerative medicine and senior researcher on the project.

Radiation exposure is believed to be one of the most dangerous aspects of traveling to Mars, according to NASA. The average distance to Mars is 140 million miles, and a round trip could take three years.

The goal of the study, published in the journal Leukemia, was to assess the direct effects of simulated solar energetic particles (SEP) and galactic cosmic ray (GCR) radiation on human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These stem cells comprise less than 0.1% of the bone marrow of adults, but produce the many types of blood cells that circulate through the body and work to transport oxygen, fight infection, and eliminate any malignant cells that arise.

For the study, human HSCs from healthy donors of typical astronaut age (30–55 years) were exposed to Mars mission-relevant doses of protons and iron ions — the same types of radiation that astronauts would be exposed to in deep space, followed by laboratory and animal studies to define the impact of the exposure.

“Radiation exposure at these levels was highly deleterious to HSC function, reducing their ability to produce almost all types of blood cells, often by 60–80 percent,” said Porada. “This could translate into a severely weakened immune system and anemia during prolonged missions in deep space.”

The radiation also caused mutations in genes involved in the hematopoietic process and dramatically reduced the ability of HSCs to give rise to mature blood cells.

Previous studies had already demonstrated that exposure to high doses of radiation, such as from X-rays, can have harmful (even life-threatening) effects on the body’s ability to make blood cells, and can significantly increase the likelihood of cancers, especially leukemias. However, the current study was the first to show a damaging effect of lower, mission-relevant doses of space radiation.

Mice develop T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, weakened immune function

The next step was to assess how the cells would function in the human body. For that purpose, mice were transplanted with GCR-irradiated human HSCs, essentially “humanizing” the animals. The mice developed what appeared to be T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia — the first demonstration that exposure to space radiation may increase the risk of leukemia in humans.

“Our results show radiation exposure could potentially increase the risk of leukemia in two ways,” said Porada. “We found that genetic damage to HSCs directly led to leukemia. Secondly, radiation also altered the ability of HSCs to generate T and B cells, types of white blood cells involved in fighting foreign ‘invaders’ like infections or tumor cells. This may reduce the ability of the astronaut’s immune system to eliminate malignant cells that arise as a result of radiation-induced mutations.”

Porada said the findings are particularly troubling given previous work showing that conditions of weightlessness/microgravity present during spaceflight can also cause marked alterations in astronaut’s immune function, even after short duration missions in low-earth orbit, where they are largely protected from cosmic radiation.

Taken together, the results indicate that the combined exposure to microgravity and SEP/GCR radiation that would occur during extended deep space missions, such as to Mars, could potentially exacerbate the risk of immune-dysfunction and cancer,

NASA’s Human Research Program is also exploring conditions of microgravity, isolation and confinement, hostile and closed environments, and distance from Earth. The ultimate goal of the research is to make space missions as safe as possible.

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center were also involved in the study.

Abstract of In vitro and in vivo assessment of direct effects of simulated solar and galactic cosmic radiation on human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells

Future deep space missions to Mars and near-Earth asteroids will expose astronauts to chronic solar energetic particles (SEP) and galactic cosmic ray (GCR) radiation, and likely one or more solar particle events (SPEs). Given the inherent radiosensitivity of hematopoietic cells and short latency period of leukemias, space radiation-induced hematopoietic damage poses a particular threat to astronauts on extended missions. We show that exposing human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSC) to extended mission-relevant doses of accelerated high-energy protons and iron ions leads to the following: (1) introduces mutations that are frequently located within genes involved in hematopoiesis and are distinct from those induced by γ-radiation; (2) markedly reduces in vitro colony formation; (3) markedly alters engraftment and lineage commitment in vivo; and (4) leads to the development, in vivo, of what appears to be T-ALL. Sequential exposure to protons and iron ions (as typically occurs in deep space) proved far more deleterious to HSC genome integrity and function than either particle species alone. Our results represent a critical step for more accurately estimating risks to the human hematopoietic system from space radiation, identifying and better defining molecular mechanisms by which space radiation impairs hematopoiesis and induces leukemogenesis, as well as for developing appropriately targeted countermeasures.

Camera software used on Google Pixel/Pixel XL is the legacy of Google Glass

The cameras on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have received plenty of complements. Last year, DxOMark called the Pixel cameras “the best smartphone cameras ever made.” The 12MP rear camera uses a Sony IMX378 sensor, and the 8MP selfie snapping shooter sports a Samsung S5K4H8/Omnivision OV8856 sensor. In our review of the Pixel XL, we noted that Google is able to get the most out of these sensors by deploying special software. As it turns out, that special software might be a legacy of Google Glass.

Google’s issue with the Google Glass camera was its size. While the Search giant was hoping to have a camera on its wearable that matched the quality of smartphone cameras, the sensor used in Glass was smaller than those employed on a handset. That meant that Google engineers had to figure out a way for the smaller sensor to capture enough light so that Glass users wouldn’t have to wear a miner’s helmet on their head. Eventually, a solution was invented that was called Gcam.

Since the hardware couldn’t be changed, Google worked on software, and more precisely, the image processing. Gcam is similar to HDR in that multiple shots of the same image are snapped consecutively and then merged together. The theory is that the final picture offers the best of each photo snapped. This is so similar to HDR that on the Pixel, it is called HDR+. The technology is beginning to find its way into other Android devices and Google owned apps like YouTube and Google Photos.

What should be interesting will be a comparison of the pictures taken with the Pixel models and those snapped by the upcoming BlackBerry KEYone. The latter will employ the same exact sensors as the Pixel does on both of its cameras. With such a comparison, we can see how much this technology really adds to those high quality snapshots that the Pixel and Pixel XL are known for.

Camera software used on Google Pixel/Pixel XL is the legacy of Google Glass