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Apple reportedly shelves iPhone walkietalkie project

first_img 12 Photos Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice • Apple had been working with Intel on the project, The Information said Monday. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The tech giant was forced to suspend the Walkie-Talkie watch app last month after being alerted to a bug that could have let eavesdroppers listen in on iPhones. All the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max rumors Now playing: Watch this: Sprint Comment 1 Mobile Mobile Apps Phones Wearable Tech Best Buy Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $999 See it Apple iPhone XS reading • Apple reportedly shelves iPhone walkie-talkie project Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Boost Mobile Tags $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple See It 2:20 $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR A walkie-talkie feature could have allowed nearby iPhone owners to send messages without cell coverage. Angela Lang/CNET Apple has reportedly put a stop to its walkie-talkie project for the iPhone, which would have allowed people in the same area to send messages without cell coverage. The reasons for shelving the project aren’t yet known, The Information reported Monday, citing two sources.The company already has a Walkie-Talkie app for the Apple Watch. It launched with 2018’s WatchOS 5, letting users press a button on their smartwatch to talk and then hear another person’s voice come back. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. App store coming to Apple Watch See All Applelast_img read more

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New Zealand NASA to initiate next space revolution designed by Rocket Lab

first_imgNASA is all set to launch the next revolution in space something that was long its special preserve. The launch will take place from a paddock in New Zealand’s remote South Island.The rocket-launch range is not just New Zealand’s first of any kind, but also the world’s first private launch range. Designed by “Rocket Lab”, which is one of a growing number of businesses targeting to reduce the cost of space travel, the rocket will be powered by a 3D-printed engine — another first.The 16-metre carbon-cased rocket, being assembled in a small hangar near Auckland Airport, will weight 1,190 kilograms. With fuel and payload, the rocket will be about one-third the weight of SpaceX’s Falcon 1 — the first privately-developed launch vehicle to go into orbit in 2008.”One advantage of New Zealand being this little island nation in the middle of nowhere is that’s the perfect place to launch a rocket,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s CEO.Ships and planes need re-routing every time a rocket is launched, which limits opportunities in crowded US skies. However, New Zealand, with 4 million people, has only Antarctica to its south.Rocket Lab, part-funded by Lockheed Martin Corp, is aiming for up to one launch a week from around 2018, costing under $5 million each. The cost will be one-10th of typical launch prices now, and vastly increase business access to space.Even NASA, struggling to shift its launch backlog, this month awarded Rocket Lab and rivals Firefly Space Systems and Virgin Galactic contracts totaling $17.1 million to launch tiny satellites into orbit from 2017.In a bid to win Google’s $20 million Lunar X prize for the first company to send a probe that broadcasts images from the moon, Rocket Lab recently signed a deal with Silicon Valley-based Moon Express for sending a rocket to the moon in 2017.Moon Express has already contracted for five launches with Rocket Lab, and plans to send robotic spacecraft continually to the moon for exploration and commercial development of natural resources such as platinum.New launch companies will depend on burgeoning small-satellite industries, as players like Google, Virgin and Samsung plan satellite constellations to carry communications infrastructure and gather data from low-earth orbit.”We’re not about building a rocket; we’re about enabling the small-satellite revolution,” said Rocket Lab’s Beck.One Web, Samsung and SpaceX are planning three separate Internet broadband ventures to provide low-cost Internet from the Himalayas to the Sahara desert. These alone will require 6,000 new satellites in the next four years, Rocket Lab predicts.The Satellite Industry Association says over 200 satellites were launched in 2014, nearly double the previous year.”The market can’t sustain that many; there’s going to be a thinning out of the herd,” said Daniel Lim, vice-president of disruptive innovations at space services provider TriSept Corporation. He is one among many that believe there will not be enough demand to support the increasing numbers of launch companies.Others say launch costs are still too high at around $5 million, when for $40,000 companies can rideshare on a larger rocket to launch a nano-satellite.But space startups have been proving popular with investors. The largest 100 new space companies received more than $2 billion investment in 2015, around four times more than in 2009, according to data from New Space Global.That is still dwarfed by NASA’s $17.6 billion budget last year, but many say small companies offer options and a risk appetite that government agencies cannot.last_img read more

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Galveston Officials Confirm The Second FleshEating Bacteria Death After Harvey

first_img X Listen Officials said a Galveston carpenter died from necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection that kills soft tissue.Josue Zurita, 31, had been working demolition jobs on flooded homes, after Hurricane Harvey.“It’s most likely this person’s infection occurred when bacteria from Harvey debris or floodwater entered his body through a wound or cut,” Dr. Philip Keiser said, in a statement. Keiser is an infectious disease expert, and serves as the Galveston County Local Health Authority.“This is a very rare infection but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking for this person’s family and friends,” Keiser added.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), necrotizing fasciitis is rare. The agency said strong immune systems, good hygiene, and proper wound care can help ward off the infection. The CDC said many people who get necrotizing fasciitis have other health problems, like diabetes and cancer, which may lower their body’s ability to fight infection.Last month, Harris County officials confirmed a Kingwood woman also died of the same bacterial infection. She came in contact with contaminated Harvey floodwaters, after cutting her elbow in her flooded garage.The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) said people working on Hurricane Harvey recovery projects should be aware of proper wound care, to help prevent infections.GCHD advised people with wounds or cuts to:Keep open wounds covered with clean, dry bandages until healed.Not delay first aid of even minor, non-infected wounds (like blisters, scrapes or any break in the skin).Avoid contact with natural bodies of water (lakes, rivers, oceans) if you have an open wound or skin infection.Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if washing is not possible.Seek medical attention for redness, swelling or fever. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:54 last_img read more

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