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Robotics lab creates flying fish drone

Published on 09/15/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Using a gas explosion for propulsion, AquaMAV is able to jump up to 26 meters out of the water, including choppy water. Its main function would be collecting water samples during natural disasters.

App Store subscriptions now have grace period

Published on 09/14/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Weekly subscriptions now have a grace period of six days while monthly subscriptions have a grace period of 16 days. Rather than immediately cut access to the premium features, apps will still function while the user pays the subscription fee.

iOS 13 coming September 19th

Published on 09/13/2019 @ 9 AM EST

After beta testing for weeks, iOS 13 highlights include an all-new Dark Mode, improvements to Siri, a revamped CarPlay, and core app updates. iOS 13.1 will come on September 30th, featuring Shortcut automations, AirPods/PowerBeats audio sharing, and shareable ETA data in Maps. Later this fall, a photo feature called "Deep Fusion" will be available. The watchOS 6 update will also be making its debut for the Series 3, 4, and 5 smartwatches on September 19th. There's no word yet when this update will come to the Series 1 and 2. iPadOS 13 will be available on September 30th, and, while Apple is beta-testing iPadOS 13.1, there's no set release date. Later this fall, users will get a HomePod update allowing for multiple user voices and accounts as well as easy music handoff from iOS devices and ambient sounds. Apple TV+ is launching on November 1st with Apple-exclusive shows including For All Mankind, The Morning Show, Dickinson, and See. At just $4.99 per month and Family Sharing, users get one year free with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

Google to prioritize original news content

Published on 09/13/2019 @ 9 AM EST

For Search, users will be seeing more original news content first, which will be detected by human-trained algorithms. While the goal is to make sure users are more informed, Google admits that “[t]here is no absolute definition of original reporting…”

Firefox letting users beta test VPN

Published on 09/12/2019 @ 8 AM EST

The Firefox Private Network is “a secure, encrypted path to the web” that works only for browsing in Firefox. Users based in the US can beta test the feature for free for a limited time.

MIT develops color-changing ink

Published on 09/12/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Called PhotoChromeleon Ink, it’s a reprogrammable ink that can change its color after exposure to UV light, which takes anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes. Developers are looking at adding this to consumer products, such as clothing.