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The next frontier of digital health? Your delicate ears. Apple’s latest update for iOS and WatchOS is all about hearing health. Meanwhile, we discover how AI could help catch Type 1 diabetes much earlier, and Huawei is still bullish on the future. Oh, and we’re looking for writers in the US — come join us!


iOS 13’s expanded NFC support will make it possible.
Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards

iOS 13’s newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just your subway commute. In Germany, Apple-approved NFC identification docs will let residents scan their ID cards and use them both online and for check-ins through their phones at international airports.


It has an answer to Sony’s A9 mirrorless pro camera.Nikon isn’t done in the pro-camera fight

Nikon wasn’t finished with its Z6 and Z7 cameras, which marked the beginning of its new DSLR family. Company president Toshikazu Umatate has revealed to Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun that Nikon will launch a mirrorless “equivalent” to its flagship pro DSLR, the D5.


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Nintendo brings ‘Dr. Mario World’ to Android and iOS on July 10th

Dr. Mario World has a release date: July 10th. Set to appear on Android and iOS, it’s a free-to-play game with stages where you can either send or receive hearts to other players to exchange extra stamina, or battle online in versus mode.


This is how you get ants — or WannaCry-like worms.US recommends Windows users patch against worm vulnerability

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Homeland Security’s lead cybersecurity agency, said it successfully tested a working exploit for the BlueKeep vulnerability. Specifically, the agency was able to remotely run code on a Windows 2000 computer using BlueKeep.

Why is that bad? The BlueKeep vulnerability is “wormable,” meaning an attacker only has to gain access to one computer in order to gain control of all the other devices on its network. If you’re using a computer running an older version of Windows, make sure you’ve installed Microsoft’s most recent patches.


Expect new pings on your Watch and iPhone in loud places.Apple’s new tools in watchOS and iOS make hearing health harder to ignore

Chris Velazco tests out the latest addition to Apple’s Health app across its wearables and phones. As well as providing articles on how to nurture your hearing and showing you ambient volume levels from your Apple Watch, the software also tracks how loud your audio is on your AirPods and other MFi-certified headphones, reminding you if things get rowdy.

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Facebook’s Libra currency gets backing from MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and more

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Today, Facebook finally announced its long-rumored cryptocurrency platform, Calibra. Some speculated that the company would rely on outside firms and existing cryptocurrency exchanges, like the Winklevoss twins’ Gemini. Instead, Facebook’s Calibra will use a brand new cryptocurrency, Libra. The cryptocurrency will be governed by the Libra Association — a purpose-built, independent non-profit headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

As of today, the Libra Association has 28 co-founders, including MasterCard, PayPal, Visa, eBay, Spotify, Uber, Lyft, Vodafone Group, Andreessen Horowitz, and of course, Facebook. The association formed to “manage and evolve” Libra, which aims to be a new global currency built on blockchain (Libra Blockchain) and backed by a reserve of assets (Libra Reserve). Libra won’t be limited to Facebook, and when it’s up and running, the association hopes it will “empower billions” by giving people access to financial services without necessarily requiring a bank account.

While Facebook played a key role in developing Libra Blockchain and the Libra Association, the final decision-making authority rests with the association as a whole. Each founding member will have the same commitments, privileges and financial obligations. That might give those reluctant to trust Facebook with their finances some peace of mind. Though Facebook will maintain control over Calibra, which it will run as a subsidiary. The company plans to launch its own Calibra wallet in Messenger, WhatsApp and a standalone app in 2020.

In its first months, the Libra Association plans to recruit more members and solicit feedback from regulators and policymakers. In total, it hopes to work with more than 100 members and to make Libra Blockchain open to everyone — consumers, developers and businesses alike. While the association itself is non-profit, David Marcus, Head of Calibra, told Engadget that for-profit businesses will be able to build services on top of the network. Facebook’s role in Libra will undoubtedly help it gain momentum, but there’s a good chance it will also attract scrutiny, as people question if a Facebook-backed crypto-exchange can keep sensitive information private and secure.

The full list of current Libra Association founding members is below:

Mastercard, PayPal, PayU (Naspers’ fintech arm), Stripe, Visa, Booking Holdings, eBay, Facebook/Calibra, Farfetch, Lyft, Mercado Pago, Spotify AB, Uber Technologies, Inc., Iliad, Vodafone Group, Anchorage, Bison Trails, Coinbase, Inc., Xapo Holdings Limited, Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Initiatives, Ribbit Capital, Thrive Capital, Union Square Ventures, Creative Destruction Lab, Kiva,Mercy Corps, Women’s World Banking.

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New York set to legalize e-scooters and e-bikes

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New York lawmakers look set to legalize electric scooter and bike sharing services throughout the state. A vote on a Senate bill is likely to take place Wednesday, just before the end of the legislative session. Since Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to support the legalization of electric scooters and bikes, the bill looks likely to come into effect.

Municipalities would still have to give e-scooter and e-bike companies the go-ahead, and would decide how to regulate them. For instance, under the state-wide bill, riders won’t need to wear helmets, though cities could require that.

If the bill progresses as expected, e-scooters and e-bikes are likely to come to New York City, a massive potential market for the companies. However, don’t expect to see them in Manhattan soon. The New York City borough won’t have a permitted e-scooter program if the bill passes, meaning you shouldn’t see many Bird, Lime or Jump scooters on the sidewalks there in the near future. The bill also explicitly prohibits the use of e-bikes and e-scooters on the Hudson River Greenway.

It may take a little time for local authorities to determine their rules and permitting processes for e-scooters and bikes, so it’ll likely be a while yet before you can legally hop on one in Brooklyn. Bird, for instance, told The Verge it doesn’t expect to bring its scooters to New York until next spring.

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Waymo's Jaguar EV hits public roads for self-driving tests

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Waymo is putting its Jaguar I-Pace EVs on the road for more public testing, only this time around it’s been fully kitted out with self-driving tech. The company confirmed to TechCrunch it started testing the self-driving cars close to its Mountain View, California headquarters.

During the tests, Waymo has put a safety driver inside, ready to take control if anything goes awry. It’s a significant step for Waymo towards adding the self-driving cars to its ride-hailing fleet, which it plans to do next year.

Waymo revealed last year it was adding I-Pace EVs to its self-driving fleet. The cars had been on the streets in the Bay Area before to collect reams of road data, though they were under the control of a human driver. Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover have a deal that could see as many as 20,000 self-driving I-Pace cars joining Waymo’s ride-hailing fleet within the first two years of service.

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Microsoft's To-Do app is now available for Mac

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Microsoft has released To-Do for Mac, finally giving Apple users access to the task management tool on their desktops. The Mac app will allow users to work offline, view their upcoming tasks under “My Day,” share to-do lists with friends and colleagues and see flagged emails. The app isn’t fully integrated with Microsoft Planner yet, but you can expect it soon. If you already use Microsoft To-Do on iOS, Android, Windows or the web, you’ll be able to sign-in to your account and access your tasks right on the Mac app.

A Mac option for Microsoft To-Do will be good news for any former devotees of Wunderlist, which the software giant purchased back in 2017 and (to no one’s surprise) discontinued in order to replace it with its own productivity tool. While some found the early version of Microsoft To-Do lacking, later updates added subtasks and list-sharing. To-Do also syncs with Outlook, an added perk for anyone who relies on the email app for work. If you want to give it a shot, you can download To-Do for Mac from the Mac App Store today.

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