Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro use a custom keyboard design.Apple has an idea to fix the MacBook keyboard that seems to break as soon as it's exposed to dust or crumbs.Engineers at the company have considered including special crushing components inside each key that would pulverize crumbs before they became a problem.That's one of the new concepts in an Apple patent application published on Friday describing a keyboard that uses a mechanism to keep "direct contaminants" away from the keys.The invention, dryly named "Ingress Prevention for Keyboards," would be more impervious to what actually breaks keyboards, like spilled drinks, dust, dirt, and food crumbs.Another concept the engineers were playing with includes a new kind of key that includes "brushes, wipers, or flaps" to block crumbs from ending up underneath the keys.
We've got you covered for Mother's Day gifts.Act fast and you can still get them delivered in time, especially if you're an Amazon Prime member, and if not, why not sign up for a free trial?That way you can get next day delivery on any of these items )(plus thousands more), just in time for Mother's Day.Our favourite Kindle e-reader and a great selection of Amazon Echo smart devices have all received big discounts making this a great time to buy, with some deals matching the low prices seen around big sales events like Amazon Prime Day.Amazon Echo Show - £199.99 £139.99 at AmazonThat's a massive discount on Amazon's new Echo Show screen-sporting Echo device.If you've been enjoying the functionality offered by the Echo Dot but would like to see more video content - plus video calling - then this is the one for you.
US biggest carriers such as T-mobile, Verizon, and AT have distant themselves from Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, due to pressure from the US government.The government believes that Huawei has a strong political tie with the Chinese government which could threaten the national security of the United States.Back in February, Huawei Mate SE which is just a slight modification of the 7X was quietly launched in the US and a few days ago, the smartphone became officially available via Amazon and Best Buy for $229.However, the U.S. government surprisingly reacted to its availability and it re-warned the U.S. citizens who are prepared to purchase the mobile phone to think twice.Last month, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Intelligence Director of the United States stated that Americans should not purchase Huawei and ZTE smartphones due to perceived strong ties with the Chinese government.FBI Director Chris Rey even stated at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that
Last month, leaked documents revealed that Microsoft would be making Windows 10 S, the restricted version of Windows 10 that can only run applications installed from the Microsoft Store, a mode of Windows rather than a separate version.That change is now official, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president for Windows, has provided further details on how S Mode will work in the future.It will be available to all desktop versions of Windows, and removing the 10 S restrictions will be free for all.Currently, Windows 10 S is treated as a distinct Windows variant.Functionally, it's a specially pre-configured version of Windows 10 Pro, using existing Windows features to restrict it to only being able to use Store apps and to block certain built-in programs such as the command-line and PowerShell.Because of this close similarity to Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft has offered an upgrade from 10 S to 10 Pro for those who want to lift the restrictions.
Merchants want to rank number one in Google for search terms that are seemingly important to their business, such as “dog food.” Or “office supplies.” Or whatever popular term describes their products.The problem, however, is that not every company can rank for high-demand keywords.Relevance is determined by the pairing of the search phrase with the context and authority of your site.If you don’t all types of auto parts and focus instead on a few subtypes, your site will almost certainly not be considered relevant for a broader search for “auto parts.” Don’t fight it.Your site could, therefore, be considered relevant for a broader search.You can’t buy authority without risking penalties.
It's getting close to time for the next major revision of the non-subscription version of Office, Office 2019, expected to be launched in the second half of this year.Microsoft calls this the “perpetual” version of Office because you pay a one-time fee for it and own it forever, and it doesn’t get upgrades until the next major version is released.That’s in contrast to Office 365, which requires a monthly or annual subscription fee and is constantly updated.(For more details about the different versions of Office, along with expected Office 2019 licenses, release timing, Windows versions supported and more, see “FAQ: Office 2019 is coming; here's what you need to know.”)Microsoft is being coy about what features will be included in Office 2019; the company has offered only the vaguest of hints.In a blog post about the release, Jared Spataro, general manager for Office, was sparing in his description, saying the release will include new inking features, new formulas and charts for Excel, and visual animation features for PowerPoint.
It lets you work on encrypted data without taking it to plaintext and back againIBM has rewritten its C++ homomorphic encryption library and claims it now goes up to 75 times faster.Homomorphic encryption is a technique used to operate on encrypted data without decrypting it.This would make sensitive operations much more secure: for example, companies could encrypt their cloud-hosted databases, and work on them without converting records back to plaintext.IBM has worked on homomorphic encryption for some time, and released the first version of its HElib C++ library three years ago, but as we reported in 2016, the technology has always suffered huge performance penalties.IBM's first attempts at homomorphic encryption, under the hand of its inventor Craig Gentry, ran “100 trillion times” slower than plaintext operations.
Part of a prehistoric human skull and a bison bone decorated with a zigzag pattern — dubbed the world's "oldest Dutchwoman" and "oldest Dutch artwork" — have been revealed by scientists in the Netherlands, in research that highlights a sunken treasure trove of human archaeology beneath the North Sea.Dutch fishermen found the partial skull and decorated bone on separate occasions in recent years, in parts of the submerged lands that linked continental Europe and the British Isles until about 9,000 years ago.Both finds date from the end of the last ice age, around 13,000 years ago, when most of the North Sea was a vast plain of dry land up to 260 feet (80 meters) above sea level — a region scientists call Doggerland after the shallow fishing grounds of Dogger Bank between the Netherlands and the U.K.The grounds were named after the medieval Dutch fishing boats called doggers.[See Images of the Treasure Trove Found Beneath North Sea]"These hunter-gatherers must have roamed these plains and perhaps one season they visited what is now the U.K. and the next season stayed in what are now the Netherlands," archaeologist Marcel Niekus told Live Science.
The myth of a treasure hoard hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains has lured a fourth person to their death, the BBC reported.53-year-old Jeff Murphy died in America's Yellowstone National Park on 9th June 2017 while seeking a $2 million (£1.5 million) treasure chest supposedly buried by New Mexico art dealer and aged millionaire Forrest Fenn, who claimed in the self-published 2010 memoir The Thrill of the Chase that he had buried the treasure “somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Canadian border,” per the BBC.Reporters at KULR 8 filed a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered that Yellowstone officials were aware that Murphy had emailed Fenn in the days before his death, confirming a link to the seven-year treasure hunt that has allegedly drawn many thousands of people.In the book, Fenn included a 24-line poem he later told ABC News was the key to finding “hundreds of gold nuggets, some as large as chicken eggs, ancient Chinese carved jade figures, Pre-Columbian gold animal artifacts, lots of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds and other things.” Fueling some of the sensation may be Fenn’s reputation as an individual allegedly willing to skirt the boundaries of antiquities laws.Numerous people have questioned whether the chest is just a hoax, though Fenn clarified after it became clear the hunt was getting dangerous that the chest was hidden in a location accessible to an 80-year-old man traveling solo, per the New York Times.Fenn specified the treasure was buried at least 5,000 feet above sea level in the mountains; Murphy died after falling at least 500 feet off a cliff on Turkey Pen Peak, per the Washington Post.
One of the largest changes to Facebook’s News Feed in recent years is finally getting the axe it deserves.Last October, The Guardian first reported that Facebook intended to split its algorithmic News Feed into two: one for non-promoted posts from Pages and publishers (called “Explore”), and one for your friends and family.In a blog post, Facebook’s head of News Feed, Adam Mosseri, said the experiment was motivated by “consistent feedback” that people wanted to see more from friends and family and less from media organizations and businesses.The change, predictably, didn’t go over so well in the six countries Facebook used as a testing ground: Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Serbia, Slovakia, and Sri Lanka.Aside from the backlash by news organizations, Facebook found that separating the feeds didn’t actually lead to increased connections with friends and family as it had intended.Although this could also be blamed on how the company chose to roll out the change.
The European Union really wants tech companies to get their shit together when it comes to policing content on their platforms.Today, it issued new guidelines for how companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook should handle illegal content on its European websites: quickly, proactively, and with human oversight.The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, recommended that tech companies scrub any illegal content—including terrorist material, child pornography, and hate speech—from their platforms within an hour of it being reported by law enforcement officials.Additionally, the Commission said it would like to see greater use of both “proactive measures, including automated detection” and human supervisors “to avoid unintended or erroneous removal of content which is not illegal.”It’s worth emphasising these guidelines are strictly guidelines—for now.Tech companies are not legally bound by the new recommendations, but the Commission has vowed to monitor their effect and drop the hammer with “necessary legislation” if they fail to see the desired results.
You know the type: “Press 1 to leave your feedback after the call.” Very few customers wanted to take these surveys, and some months we would end up with a paltry number of responses.But that didn’t stop some managers from making decisions based on what they believed the data was telling them.The responses these managers based their decisions on were far from statistically significant, and they’d probably have been better off guessing what their customers wanted.To get the most from these investments, companies must educate their employees to use data properly.Most companies have at least a handful of data analysts who mine insights on behalf of the company, but data literacy happens when the majority employees have data at their fingertips.With that said, if you’re looking to build data literacy at your organization, here are four traits you’ll need to be highly successful:
After he was nominated for the show, he admitted he was hoping to use it to win back ex-wife and love of his life, Abby.And after a makeover from the ‘Queer Eye’ lads, it looked like he’d finally got the girl, as they enjoyed a date at a car convention, before he invited her back to his newly-renovated bachelor pad to see its transformation.They even shared a kiss and agreed to a second date.
Some of the features of Samsung's newest phones, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus, have left me shook.Not because of the onward march of technology but because it feels like Samsung has been spying on me.The new Galaxy phones contain Bixby Vision, a tool within the camera app that uses optical image recognition.You can turn the S9's camera to the meal you're about to eat, and an estimated calorie count will come up on your screen.And Bixby Vision will also let you virtually try on makeup from Sephora and CoverGirl thanks to software from a company called ModiFace, which has created the augmented reality (AR) mirrors you may have seen at MAC makeup stores.Hunting Pokemon and finding the right Ikea couch may be fun, but they're not day-to-day activities for everyone.
Shiny flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco are the talk of the town at Mobile World Congress this week.But while these devices are pretty, they don't necessarily meet the demands of a more outdoorsy lifestyle.Fortunately, a number of manufacturers out there are providing an alternative to these skinny, delicate devices.They're building rugged phones that can deal with all the demands of people who are outdoors and on the go all day, whether they work in construction or agriculture or they're just keen mountaineers.This week the trade show saw several rugged phones launched by specialist manufacturers including RugGear, Crosscall and Bullitt.Combining bigger batteries designed to survive sub-zero temperatures with metal bodies coated in rubber and drop-tested repeatedly onto concrete, these phones are often extremely girthy.
Ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley has denied he is racist during an extraordinary live interview over a leaflet, which allegedly branded “coloured” immigrants a health risk, issued by an election campaign he was involved with.Mosley, who is the son of British wartime fascist Sir Oswald Mosley, went on Channel 4 News to defend himself after the programme said it had found a 1961 election leaflet that suggested immigrants were bringing disease to the UK and threatening jobs.The pamphlet says it was “published by” Max Mosley, the agent in the Manchester Moss Side by-election for the candidate of the Union Movement, the post-Second World War fascist party led by Mosley’s father.Host Cathy Newman repeatedly asked him to explain his claim that the leaflet did not make him racist.One of the more remarkable moments was when, after several minutes of the tense exchange, Mosley’s phone went off.The leaflet, put out by Union Movement candidate Mark Heskreth, allegedly called for immigrants to be sent back to their country of birth.
If you have a dinosaur of an Apple computer gathering dust in your basement or attic, it’s time to dust it off.While you may have thought that you would never be able to use your vintage Macs again, Apple may be convincing you to think again with its new pilot program.This offering will allow Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers to keep repairing both 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models released in mid-2011.Because of the rate at which Apple devices age out, these seven-year-old machines will soon be considered “vintage” starting in March, but happily, that no longer means that they’re ineligible for service.According to MacRumors, the new pilot program will only be made available in the United States between March 1 and August 31, and will be subject to parts availability from Apple.After all, the hardware found in an iMac from 2011 is quite different from the parts found in modern iterations of the computer.
Sky has announced that from March 2018 it will begin to roll out some big innovations on Sky Q.Those sitting with a brand new 4K HDR TV and a rapidly depleting 4K Netflix and Amazon library will be glad to know that HDR support is coming to Sky Q along with a lot more Ultra HD content.In fact, the amount of UHD content on the service is set to double this year, meaning there’ll be more than 1000 hours of movies and TV to watch.It’s also been confirmed that Spotify is making itself at home on yet another device, with an app coming to Sky Q in the spring.Both the free ad-supported and premium subscription versions of the service will be supported and the addition of a third-party music service certainly does make the Sky Q box a more well-rounded entertainment system.Users will also see a much more personalised experience on Sky Q across the board throughout the year thanks to some improvements in machine learning and algorithms.
Online protection is a big deal to the AAPicks team.And in the spirit of big deals, today we’re spotlighting a price drop on Panda Internet Security Plans which we thought might interest you.With so many online threats flying around in 2018, you gotta make sure your back is covered, especially if you’re not the only one using your devices.Naturally Panda provides maximum protection against viruses and the like, but it also blocks ransomware and malware which can sneak past some of the packages out there.As well as these top-notch fortifications, Panda gives you various perks to put your mind at ease.It has fraud protection, a firewall, and even parental controls that provide a summary report of what the little scamps have been up to online.
Local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist are coming back from the dead.Their assets (including story archives) have been acquired by three public radio companies — WNYC in New York, KPCC in Southern California and WAMU in Washington, D.C.According to the acquisition announcement, the deal comes after a competitive sale process, and it was funded by “generous philanthropic donations from two anonymous donors.”Gothamist and its sister sites were acquired by DNAinfo last year.Both Gothamist and DNAinfo were shut down in November, shortly after the editorial teams unionized.(At the time, a DNAinfo spokesperson said the unionization was “simply another competitive obstacle making it harder for the business to be financially successful.”)