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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts 79

Posted by timothy
from the under-pressure dept.
cryptoz (878581) writes Apple is now adding barometers to its mobile devices: both new iPhones have valuable atmospheric pressure sensors being used for HealthKit (step counting). Since many Android devices have been carrying barometers for years, scientists like Cliff Mass have been using the sensor data to improve weather forecasts. Open source data collection projects like PressureNet on Android automatically collect and send the atmospheric sensor data to researchers.

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More 353

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
Many outlets are reporting on Apple's iPad event today. Highlights include:
  • Apple pay will launch Monday.
  • WatchKit -- a way for developers to make apps for the Apple Watch will launch next month.
  • iOS 8.1
  • Messages, iTunes, and iWork updated and many more new features in OS X Yosemite.
  • You can send and receive calls on your Mac if you have an iPhone with iOS 8 that's signed into the same FaceTime account.
  • iPad Air 2: New camera, 10 hour battery life, 12x faster than the original iPad.
  • iPad mini 3.
  • iMac with Retina display.
  • And a Mac mini update: Faster processors, Intel Iris graphics, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Comment: Debian (Score 1) 303

by Trogre (#48108299) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Debian was going to be my choice for delivering a consistently stable , if not bleeding-edge, operating system.

Two brain-dead decisions this year have made me question their overall direction. Those decisions are somewhat inter-related, and are the following, in order of most to least disruptive:
The move to systemd as the operating, sorry, init system.
The move to GNOME3 as the default desktop

Comment: Re:This show made my brain sad (Score 1) 193

by Trogre (#48108245) Attached to: A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

These router-hubs each keep a "shadow copy" of every document (shut up shut up SHUT UP!) that flows through them for months (what the hell?) and that they could find the document they needed by going to some random data center with one of these router-hubs (it hurts to type that) and getting the shadow copy.

They're probably not far from the truth there but more by accident than anything else. The "router-hubs" are just installed and maintained by the NSA.

Lol "rack-mounted LED lights".

Some people carve careers, others chisel them.