Apple Watch may be getting more independent at WWDC

Apple may be preparing some tweaks to watchOS that will leave you fumbling for your phone less often.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman just published a long list of software tweaks his sources say are coming to iOS, watchOS and macOS at WWDC. One of the most interesting takeaways from the report is that Apple is reportedly planning to remove one of the final Watch/iPhone dependencies and will be bolstering up some of its stock apps.

Apple may be adding a watchOS version of the App Store to the wrist computer, allowing users to add third-party capabilities to the Watch without having to delve into the Watch app on their iPhones.

Additionally, Bloomberg reports that watchOS will be getting version of some iOS stock apps that weren’t previously available, including the Calculator app, Voice Memos, Apple Books (for audiobooks) and functionality to send Animoji/Memoji stickers. The company will reportedly also be adding a pair of health apps, one called “Dose,” that helps users keep track of [...]  read more

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Google’s Conference, and More News

Sunscreen chemicals are slipping through your pores, Google has big conference coming, and Game of Thrones made an “oopsie.” Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

PSA: Sunscreen chemicals can seep into your bloodstream

A new clinical trial from the FDA suggests that, contrary to what sunscreen manufacturers have been saying, the UV blocking chemicals in sunscreen do, in fact, seep into your bloodstream. Don’t toss those tubes just yet though; thus far there isn’t any evidence that anything harmful is happening because of it.

What to expect from Google’s big conference tomorrow

Google’s I/O conference is tomorrow. You can watch it on, but before you do, read our rundown of what we expect to learn about, from Google’s privacy adaptations to some new phones.

Cocktail Conversation

In episode four of season eight of Game of Thrones, many viewers saw what appeared to be a Starbucks coffee cup that was accidentally left in a scene. But what actually was it? And was it even a Starbucks cup? Our experts weighed in with their guesses.

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New iOS 13 leak suggests redesigned apps and a native ‘swipe’ keyboard

iOS 13 is shaping up to be more feature-rich than Apple’s current iOS 12 software, according to leaks about the next iPhone and iPad operating system update.

The biggest change could be coming to the native keyboard, reports Bloomberg citing anonymous sources. Apple is testing swipe functionality so you can type out words without lifting a finger, which sounds similar to SwiftKey and other third-party keyboard extensions.

There are new details about redesigned pre-loaded apps (outlined below in detail), including iMessage, Health, Reminders, and Find My iPhone. Today’s report also reaffirms prior rumors we’ve covered, like a system-wide Dark Mode and a feature that enables using an iPad as a second display for Macs.

The Apple WWDC 2019 keynote is Monday, June 3, which is where we expect to see iOS 13 as well as watchOS 6 and macOS 10.15 for the first time and beta software soon after.

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New iOS 13 changes rumored

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New study shows human development is destroying the planet at an unprecedented rate

“We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

That’s the word from Sir Robert Watson, the chair of a massive multinational research effort to survey the impact of human development on the natural world.

In the most comprehensive effort undertaken to date, some 145 expert authors from 50 countries working with another 310 contributing authors spent the last three years compiling and assessing changes in global biodiversity over a 50-year period for a study conducted under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

They found there are now 1 million species that are threatened with extinction; that more than one-third of the world’s land surface and 75% of all freshwater resources are devoted to crop or livestock production; that 60 billion tons of renewable and non-renewable resources are extracted globally every year; that land degradation [...]  read more