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+ - Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

Submitted by samzenpus
samzenpus writes: There was a lot of news at Apple's Spring Forward keynote today. Here's a list of some of the most eye-catching announcements.
  • HBO Now standalone streaming service coming to Apple TV and iOS apps in early April for $14.99 a month.
  • Lowered price of Apple TV to $69.
  • Apple Pay accepted at up to 100,000 Coca-Cola machines by the end of the year.
  • ResearchKit Announced: Is open source and allows medical researchers to create apps, and use the iPhone as a diagnostic tool.
  • New MacBook: Lightest ever at 2 pounds, 13.1mm at its thickest point. 2304x1440 display, consumes 30% less energy. Fanless, powered with Intel's Core M processor. 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0. and 9 hours of web browsing battery life. Supports many protocols through one connector USB-C. Ships April 10, starting at $1,299.
  • iOS 8.2 is available today
  • Apple Watch: Accurate within 50ms of UTC. Read and delete email, built-in speaker and mic so you can receive calls. It tracks your movement and exercise. Use Apple Pay, play your music, use Siri and get any notification you get on iPhone today. 18 hour battery life in a typical day. Sport model starting at $349, stainless steel price: $549-$1049 for 38mm, 42mm is $599-$1099, and gold edition starting at $10k. Pre-orders begin April 10th, available April 24th.

Comment: Interesting pattern (Score 5, Interesting) 192

by Salamander (#48985465) Attached to: JavaScript, PHP Top Most Popular Languages, With Apple's Swift Rising Fast

Below the line are languages that are more popular on GitHub. Above the line are languages that are more popular on Sewer Overflow. There's a distinct difference. The "GH" languages tend to be systems languages (Go/Rust/D) and CS favorites (Haskell/OCaml/Erlang). The "SO" languages tend to be more lightweight and application-specific - Visual Basic, Matlab, ColdFusion. "Assembly" seems to be an outlier, but other than that the pattern seems pretty consistent. Conclusions about the audiences for the two sites are best left as an exercise for the reader.

Comment: Why make up a conspiracy theory? (Score 1) 397

by Salamander (#48915221) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

If you think weather forecasting is easy, let's see some of your forecasts. A forecast which has been substantially correct for New England and merely didn't extend as far south as had been expected only underscores the difficulty of the exercise. Occam's Razor suggests that no cause beyond "honest mistake" need be posited. I know some people like to take every opportunity to prattle on about government overreach, but you're *really* stretching that fabric too thin this time. Get a grip.

Comment: Re:Kohn is attacking a strawman (Score 1) 249

by Salamander (#48801851) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

So, from "this isn't to say that we should throw intelligence out" you conclude that they want to throw intelligence out? Truly, you have a dizzying intellect. I can see that you enjoy playing "devil's advocate" (to use the more polite term) but when you have to try so hard that you make yourself look ridiculous maybe it's time to find a new game.

Comment: Kohn is attacking a strawman (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by Salamander (#48792361) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

What Poropat, Duckworth, and others suggest is that multiple traits - including "grit" - contribute to success. He even provides evidence to back up that hardly-surprising conclusion. So how does Kohn respond? By immediately projecting a "one trait uber alles" mentality onto the grit proponents. To be even more clear, he's attributing to them exactly the idea they're trying to refute. Then he cherry-picks examples of excessive persistence leads to adverse outcomes, ignoring the issue of whether those outcomes would be likely to occur in people who had developed other traits such as curiosity and openness. In the end he only demonstrates further the problems with any single-trait theory of learning, supporting exactly the point he meant to oppose.

Maybe his parents or teachers should have helped Kohn develop some more of those other traits. Like honesty.

Comment: Re:For gamers? (Score 2, Interesting) 110

by Score Whore (#47631121) Attached to: AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

I test drove one of these for a couple of months:

It delivered way more than is advertised here and wasn't connected via PCIe. We're talking 2 GB/s BW and more than 250,000 IOPS with an average response time under 200 microseconds in my testing. It is kind of spendy and heavy as fuck.

Also I have a very large penis.

Comment: Re:This does pose the question: (Score 2) 195

by Score Whore (#47616703) Attached to: Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

Facebook buys custom servers, so will be 100% documented. Also they are of the vanity free variety lacking any bolted on bits added strictly to make the numbered list of features on the side of the box longer. I suspect that the only thing they are going to care about are disks and nics. Sounds cards, video cards, random USB hardware, bluetooth, none of that matters to them at all. These are datacenter housed pieces of equipment.

Comment: Re:Hey Larry ... (Score 1) 186

What we need to do is put it to him in a way that will verify how true he actually believes he is being. Something along the lines of:

1. Detail what criteria are used to ascertain that 100,000 lives are to be saved by data mining health records.
2. Give Google access to said data to save 100,000 lives.
3. If they don't save at least 100,000 lives, then 100% of Google's assets are seized and liquidated. And 100% of the wealth of the top 100,000 shareholders in Google.
4. A complete removal of all consumer data from the hands of anyone who is, or within the last 10 years, a Google employee.

If Larry Page isn't willing to put his personal prosperity behind his claims, I don't believe that he is telling the truth.

Comment: Re:Guy is a moron (Score 4, Insightful) 358

by Salamander (#47305823) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

I agree with the first part of your comment, and came here to say almost the same thing. The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

The second part makes you seem like a moron. Seriously, losing access to your e-toy for a minute or two is worth killing over? Get a grip.

Comment: Re:Meh. fud spam. (Score 1) 237

by Score Whore (#46110499) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

He's saying that their data was essentially cherry-picked. Much like a recent story on CNN about the income of the wealthy and the writer picked the timeframe of 2009-the present. Uh, yeah. Of course they're going to have a huge increase in income, 2009 was the bottom of the fucking crash. If you're going to compare to that everything will be dramatic.

Disraeli was pretty close: actually, there are Lies, Damn lies, Statistics, Benchmarks, and Delivery dates.