macOS High Sierra arrived on Macs later on 25 September 2017, but not everyone has downloaded it yet. If you are wondering whether to bite the bullet and upgrade, read on to find out what to expect, and whether it's worth the upgrade if you're already happy with Sierra (or an even older version of Mac OS X). Given that High Sierra is a free update, you might wonder why there's any debate at all. But, there's always a bit of work involved with updating a Mac, and that it can be pretty difficult to downgrade once you've done it. Then there is the fact that often, despite thorough beta testing, there can still be issues with the software and problems with compatibility, and that may well cause headaches for you. So you want to be sure before you jump to the latest version of macOS. If you want more detail on each of the versions you can check out our Sierra review and our High Sierra review, but for now let's put the two head-to-head. Design & interface Here's one area you really … [Read more...] about Should you upgrade to macOS High Sierra?
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The next version of iOS - the operating system that runs on all iPhones and iPads - is likely to hit our Apple handhelds in the autumn of 2018. This year's update will be iOS 12. Now that iOS is almost a teenager, what can we expect from it? Based on what Apple has already said (albeit behind closed doors), we can expect iOS 12 to address issues with performance and quality, and focus on stability and bug fixes. But don't worry, there's sure to be some killer new features too - such as AirPlay 2, which looks to have been dropped from the iOS 11.3 update. So what's in store for iOS 12? In this article we round up all the rumours, clues, hints and leaks pointing to iOS 12's release date, new features and more. Release date iOS 12 will launch in September 2018. Apple is a creature of habit when it comes to OS updates, and past behaviour strongly points to iOS 12 (along with macOS 10.14, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5) being announced and demoed at WWDC in summer (probably June) 2018, before … [Read more...] about iOS 12 to focus on performance, quality… and AirPlay 2?
And that’s a wrap on 2017. We’ve played some amazing games in VR this year but, as always, we’re wondering what’s next. It’s a bit of a tradition here now to round up all the big releases we’re looking forward to in the coming year, so that’s exactly what we’ve done. This year’s list is the biggest one yet, and that’s without including scores of promising titles already in Early Access. With VR headsets now cheaper than they’ve ever been before, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year to jump in on the fun. Ace Combat 7 – PSVR (hands-on) It might not be the full game, but Ace Combat 7’s VR mode still sounds like it will be a worthwhile and thrilling affair. Hop into the cockpit of an elite aircraft and pull of cinematic stunts as you engage in massive dogfights. We were hoping to play this in 2017, but delays suggest that developer Project Aces is making sure it nails the experience. The American Dream – … [Read more...] about 55 VR games to look forward to in 2018
For 13 years, the Mike Weiss Gallery was a thriving member of the Chelsea art world, hosting over 100 exhibitions and participating in local group shows. But in October of last year, Weiss and his wife Virginia Martinsen decided to shutter their physical location. Rent was rising, nearby construction was becoming a major headache, and the ever-expanding number of art fairs was drawing attention and customers away from galleries. The woes of the Weiss Gallery are widespread. From London to Los Angeles, galleries that survived the decades of market crashes and changing tastes have gone out of business in the last few years. Lingering contractions from the economic crisis of 2009 means the traditional art market, especially smaller galleries, has seen precious little growth over the last decade. But just as importantly, Weiss says, they felt the way in which people discovered and purchased art had shifted. “We used to get a thousand people on a Saturday,” said Weiss. … [Read more...] about How Artsy finally convinced galleries to sell art online
Best Apple Watch apps for 2018 The Apple Watch is onto its third generation now, and the aptly-named Apple Watch 3 is proving pretty popular - so that's why you're probably here checking out the new apps.In fact, it's one of the best smartwatch options out there, and now we're at the third generation it's becoming a particularly accomplished smart option for your wrist.The number one question we hear from new Apple Watch owners is, "what apps should I download first?" To make answering that query easier, we devised a thorough list of the best Apple Watch apps. With the right choices, your new digital timepiece will become so much more.Before you get into that though, remember to head into the Apple Watch main app on your iPhone - that's where you'll see a list of the apps already installed on your phone that can also be transferred to your Watch. If you see any you like the look of here, you'll need to download them to your iPhone first.Make sure you tag the apps you want on your … [Read more...] about Best Apple Watch apps for your smartwatch in 2018
It’s an electrifying time to be in neuroscience. Using implanted devices that send pulses of electricity through the nervous system, physicians are learning how to influence the neural systems that control people’s bodies and minds. These devices give neurologists new ways to treat patients with a wide range of disorders, including epilepsy, chronic pain, depression, and Parkinson’s disease. So far, these stimulators have been one-way devices that deliver a steady sequence of pulses to the nervous system but can’t react to changes in the patient’s body. Now, at last, medical device companies are coming out with dynamic neural stimulators that have a bit of “brain” themselves. These smart systems can detect changes in a physiological signal and then respond by delivering a therapy or adjusting the patient’s treatment in real time. The three of us work for companies on this technological frontier, building devices that take advantage of … [Read more...] about Smart Neural Stimulators Listen to the Body
“I don’t want to copy anyone. I want to come up with fresh music.”Still feeling those summertime blues, even after our last cool trop-house recommendation? OK, then we’ve got just the thing for you. Go cue up Klingande’s Jubel (which means “cheers” or “jubilation” in German), a song that mixes a wafting melodic saxophone lead line with sweet percussive drops and a sensual vocal from Lucie Decarne, and join the 48 million Spotify listeners who have made it one of the biggest chill-out summer songs in recent years.Then you can groove on the whooshing wave of Punga and sing along to RIVA (Restart the Game) — the latter featuring a killer, guttural vocal from Broken Back — or any one of Klingande’s boss remixes for the likes of Alex Adair, Sigma, Wyclef Jean, and Clean Bandit.The 24-year-old French DJ (real name: Cédric Steinmyller) is quite excited about how he’s been able to connect with such a massive … [Read more...] about Klingande melds melodies with house-friendly beats to take Spotify by storm
“When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily. I should have been in that band — or at least in a Pixies cover band.”That was the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, talking about his deep reverence for the Pixies, the pioneering four-piece alternative rock band from Boston who honed and shaped the loud/soft/loud song dynamic that Nirvana cut to perfection on their seminal 1991 instant-gamechanger, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Cobain freely admitted to Rolling Stone that “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies.”And while Nirvana indeed took Teen Spirit into the pop stratosphere and beyond by transforming the swerve and verve of then-rock culture from hair-metal swagger to alternative angst-o-rama, it was the Pixies — singer/songwriter Black Francis (born Charles Thompson, a.k.a. Frank Black), guitarist Joey Santiago, bassist Kim Deal, and drummer David Lovering — … [Read more...] about In case of catastrophe, listen to vinyl! And more from the Pixies’ Joey Santiago
Like a lot of people my age, I love and depend on the Internet. It’s my secretary, accountant, keepsake, journal, and sometimes the type of friend you fall back on when you’ve exhausted all other options. And now it can play another role: Magic 8 Ball.The rise of the so-called “recommendation engine” started with apps like Pandora. It practically changed my life in college when I discovered I could just plug in a song I liked to let a computer find more songs I liked, no need to set down my Solo cup. Since then, algorithms have mastered a lot more than just music. You can now find a recommendation engine for everything: what to eat, wear, read, give as a gift, where to shop, travel … almost anything.So what would life be like if we actually listened? Would we be happy with the paths it sets us on? Could it make life easier, more efficient, and break us of boring routines?I hoped so, but there was only one way to find out. So I turned as many … [Read more...] about I let algorithms tell me what to do for a day, and this is what happened
Cloud Computing As supercomputing — also known as high performance computing or HPC — becomes central to the work and progress of researchers in all fields, from genomics and ecology to medicine and education, new kinds of computing resources and more inclusive modes of interaction are required.Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced support for two new supercomputing acquisitions for the open science community that will complement existing resources with capabilities that allow advanced computing to be available to a broader portfolio of emerging scientific frontiers and communities. The new resources are anticipated to come online in early 2016.The systems — "Bridges" at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and "Jetstream," co-located at the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) and The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) — respond to the needs of the scientific computing community for … [Read more...] about NSF Commits $16M to Build Cloud-based, Data-intensive Computing Systems for Open Science