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U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who requested anonymity because the project is in its early stages. Analyzing trends in smartphone owners’ whereabouts […]

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Apple’s rivals took 7 years to create their own version of one of the company’s simplest, best features – but it still has a ways to go

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider One of the greatest features in the Apple iPhone and Mac ecosystem is the ability to send and receive text messages from your Mac computer. I forgot how great that feature was when I first departed the Apple ecosystem. Microsoft has a Windows 10 app called “Your Phone” that lets Android users […]

Emerging Tech

Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is wrapped in a vast mantle of cool gas

Artist’s impression of a ring of cool, interstellar gas surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. New ALMA observations reveal this structure for the first time. NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello At the center of our galaxy, approximately 26,000 light-years away, is a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A* (pronounced A Star). […]

Emerging Tech

A.I. finds non-infringing ways to copy drugs pharma spends billions developing

Drug companies spend billions developing and protecting their trademark pharmaceuticals. Could artificial intelligence be about to shake things up? In a breakthrough development, researchers have demonstrated an A.I. which can find new methods for producing existing drugs in a way that doesn’t infringe on existing patents. Called Chematica, the software platform does something called “retrosynthesis,” […]

Mobile

Here are the 3 ways Apple could bring A-series chips to Macs

If you’ve been following Apple since the early iPad days, you’ve probably noticed that an increasing percentage of the company’s devices run on Apple-developed chips. Mac computers seemed destined to eventually move from Intel to Apple processors, except Intel’s chips maintained a healthy performance lead over Apple’s. That changed last week when Apple debuted the A12X, […]