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Xbox’s Summer Game Fest featuring more than 40 demos to begin next week
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Xbox’s Summer Game Fest featuring more than 40 demos to begin next week

Washington [US], June 11 (ANI): Microsoft is set to host another Summer Game Fest event to give users a chance to play demos of some unreleased Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One games.As per The Verge, this year's event is coming up soon, running from June 15 through June 21, and there will be more than 40 demos to check out.While Microsoft hasn't released the full list of games just yet, it has shared a few that you can look forward to.One of the games is Sable, which looks like a comic from Jean "Moebius" Giraud come to life and takes inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. After years in development, Sable is set to release on September 23.Microsoft's event will also feature Tunic, an isometric adventure game starring an adorable fox adventurer that users have been lookin...
Here’s how an elephant’s trunk manipulates air to eat, drink
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Here’s how an elephant’s trunk manipulates air to eat, drink

Washington [US], June 11 (ANI): New research by the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that elephants dilate their nostrils in order to create more space in their trunks, allowing them to store up to nine litres of water. They can also suck up three litres per second a speed 50 times faster than a human sneeze.The findings could inspire different ways to building robots that manipulate air to move or hold things.The study sought to better understand the physics of how elephants use their trunks to move and manipulate air, water, food and other objects. They also sought to learn if the mechanics could inspire the creation of more efficient robots that use air motion to hold and move things.While octopus use jets of water to move and archerfish shoot water above the surface to catch insec...
Dinosaurs lived in greenhouse climate with hot summers, study shows
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Dinosaurs lived in greenhouse climate with hot summers, study shows

Washington [US], June 11 (ANI): Palaeoclimatologists study climate of the geological past. Using an innovative technique, new research by an international research team led by Niels de Winter (VUB-AMGC and Utrecht University) shows for the first time that dinosaurs had to deal with greater seasonal differences than previously thought.De Winter said, "We used to think that when the climate warmed like it did in the Cretaceous period, the time of the dinosaurs, the difference between the seasons would decrease, much like the present-day tropics experience less temperature difference between summer and winter. However, our reconstructions now show that the average temperature did indeed rise, but that the temperature difference between summer and winter remained rather constant. This leads to...
Apple Podcasts to launch in-app subscriptions globally on June 15
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Apple Podcasts to launch in-app subscriptions globally on June 15

Washington [US], June 10 (ANI): After some delay, Apple Podcasts announced that it's launching in-app subscriptions next week.As per The Verge, the global launch of subscriptions and channels, which are groups of shows, will happen on June 15, the company said today in an email to podcasters.Apple first debuted in-app subscriptions in April with a launch planned for May. It then emailed creators to tell them the feature launch would be pushed to June to "ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners," likely because of issues the company introduced with a recent backend update.Through the feature, listeners can subscribe to certain shows or networks for early access and ad-free content, among other perks.Beyond this rollout being delayed, podcasters have complaine...
Google’s password-protected photos feature to arrive on newer Pixel models
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Google’s password-protected photos feature to arrive on newer Pixel models

Washington [US], June 9 (ANI): Google's Locked Folder feature, which allows users to password-protect specific images and videos, is available in the latest Pixel update which will roll out soon.Google's page explaining Locked Folder says the feature is only currently available on Pixel devices, starting with the 3. The feature helps users password-protect images and videos to keep them from showing up in their main photo library.As per The Verge, the Locked Folder feature is included as part of the June Pixel update, which will roll out to phones soon.The update also includes the ability to ask Google Assistant to answer or reject a call, take astrophotography videos (on the Pixel 4 and newer), and an improvement to Gboard that places key details (like a phone number) in your keyboard's s...
Facebook’s first smartwatch with two cameras, heart rate monitor to arrive next summer
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Facebook’s first smartwatch with two cameras, heart rate monitor to arrive next summer

Washington [US], June 10 (ANI): Tech giant Facebook could launch its first smartwatch in the market soon. The social media company is gearing up to unveil its smartwatch with dual cameras and heart rate monitor by next summer.As per The Verge, the upcoming device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook's suite of apps, including Instagram.A camera on the front of the watch display exists primarily for video calling, while a 1080p, auto-focus camera on the back can be used for capturing footage when detached from the stainless steel frame on the wrist.Facebook is tapping other companies to create accessories for attaching the camera hub to things like backpacks, according to two people fami...
Scientists develop artificial intelligence algorithm to enhance efficacy of sleep disorder treatments
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Scientists develop artificial intelligence algorithm to enhance efficacy of sleep disorder treatments

Washington [US], June 9 (ANI): In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen's Department of Computer Science have collaborated with the Danish Center for Sleep Medicine at the Danish hospital Rigshospitalet to develop an artificial intelligence algorithm that can improve diagnoses, treatments, and our overall understanding of sleep disorders.Difficulty sleeping, sleep apnea and narcolepsy are among a range of sleep disorders that thousands of Danes suffer from. Furthermore, it is estimated that sleep apnea is undiagnosed in as many as 200,000 Danes."The algorithm is extraordinarily precise. We completed various tests in which its performance rivalled that of the best doctors in the field, worldwide," states Mathias Perslev, a PhD at the Department of Computer Science and l...
Apple bringing FaceTime to Android, Windows via web browser
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Apple bringing FaceTime to Android, Windows via web browser

Washington [US], June 8 (ANI): The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to almost everything with the majority of people staying indoors and resorting to video calls to stay in touch with their co-workers as well as friends and family members. In 2020, apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet saw a massive surge in use. In order to attract more users, Apple has announced all-new FaceTime features that make it more capable and allow people on different devices to attend calls.As per The Verge, during its 2021 WWDC keynote, Apple announced that FaceTime is going to be available on the web so users can call in from Android devices and Windows PCs. The video calling service was previously only available on iOS and Mac devices.Apple is turning FaceTime into a bit more of a Zoom-like...
Apple announces watchOS 8 with new health features at WWDC 2021
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Apple announces watchOS 8 with new health features at WWDC 2021

Washington [US], June 8 (ANI): Tech giant Apple announced specifics about watchOS 8 during the opening keynote of WWDC 2021. The new software succeeds last year's watchOS 7.As per Variety, it is going to be first available for developers to test their apps starting today, with a public beta coming in July. A final public release is expected later this fall.Apple is debuting a new Mindfulness app, an extension of the Breathe app that nags you to breathe throughout the day. It's adding new animations and other features to help you relax.The Fitness app is getting more workout types for tai chi and pilates. The Apple Watch's Health app will explicitly track your respiratory rate while sleeping and notify you if it's outside of your normal patterns.There's a new watchface that will let you use...
Apple announces iOS 15 with new FaceTime, iMessage, focus, privacy features
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Apple announces iOS 15 with new FaceTime, iMessage, focus, privacy features

Washington [US], June 8 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has officially unveiled iOS 15, with improvements and updates to iMessage and FaceTime. There's also a new system-wide emphasis on sharing and communication, as well as more privacy-related features. Apple previewed iOS 15 during last night's WWDC keynote, highlighting some changes coming to FaceTime and notifications, as well as more privacy controls, reported The Verge.1. FaceTime: FaceTime got some major updates, with spatial audio that reflects the speaker's location on-screen, and voice isolation to help reduce distracting background noise. Portrait mode's blurred backgrounds can also be used in FaceTime, and users can also share music and videos during calls. It's also possible now to include Android users on FaceTime with a shareable l...