Apple Still Aims To Allow iPad Apps To Run on Macs This Year

Apple Still Aims To Allow iPad Apps To Run on Macs This Year
Published on January 31, 2018 at 06:20PM
Apple’s push for performance and security improvements over new features will also apply to this year’s Mac software, Axios reported on Wednesday, but one key feature remains on the roadmap for 2018: The ability for Macs to run iPad apps. From the report: On the Mac side, this is taking the form of a new project around security as well as improvements in performance when waking and unlocking the system. While users would certainly welcome changes that make their systems run better and more securely, customers tend to be more motivated to make purchases based on new features rather than promised improvements around security or performance, which can be tough to judge. The signature new feature for the Mac — the ability to run iPad apps — is a significant undertaking that adds a high degree of complexity to this year’s OS release.

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SFGATE: Train carrying GOP lawmakers collides with truck

Train carrying GOP lawmakers collides with truck
Published on January 31, 2018 at 06:03PM by By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers and aides say a train carrying them to a policy retreat in West Virginia has struck a truck.
Oklahoma GOP Rep. Tom Cole says a person on the truck may have been injured. Emergency workers were on the scene.
Cole says he’s not aware of any injuries on the train. A GOP aide speaking on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly says no lawmakers were injured.
Cole says he believes the accident occurred near Charlottesville, Virginia.

High School Computer Science: Look Ma, No Textbooks!

High School Computer Science: Look Ma, No Textbooks!
Published on January 31, 2018 at 05:42PM
theodp writes: Computer Science Teacher Alfred Thompson wonders how other high school CS teachers use textbooks. “It’s not a conversation I hear much about,” he writes. Indeed, many teachers apparently don’t rely on CS textbooks much at all. In fact, the highly-touted new AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) course does not require a CS textbook for students (sample College Board AP CSP syllabus), albeit to the chagrin of some. Some of the bigger providers of AP CSP curriculum — e.g., BJC and Code.org, both of whom partner with Microsoft TEALS — don’t require a traditional CS textbook. But with teachers being recruited to teach Computer Science even if they don’t have a CS background, should students learning CS have a textbook? Or is the high AP exam pass rate enjoyed by AP CSP students proof that no-more-books works?

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Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal

Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal
Published on January 31, 2018 at 05:02PM
Mark Wilson writes: Judges have ruled that the UK government’s digital surveillance program — known variously as the Snooper’s Charter and the Investigatory Powers Act — is illegal. In the case brought by human rights group Liberty, appeal judges found that the preceding Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) — which ultimately became the Snooper’s Charter — failed to offer adequate protection to people’s data. Of particular concern was the fact that private data could be shared between different agencies without sufficient oversight. Further reading: The Intercept.

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Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal

Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal
Published on January 31, 2018 at 05:02PM
Mark Wilson writes: Judges have ruled that the UK government’s digital surveillance program — known variously as the Snooper’s Charter and the Investigatory Powers Act — is illegal. In the case brought by human rights group Liberty, appeal judges found that the preceding Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) — which ultimately became the Snooper’s Charter — failed to offer adequate protection to people’s data. Of particular concern was the fact that private data could be shared between different agencies without sufficient oversight. Further reading: The Intercept.

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Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal

Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal
Published on January 31, 2018 at 05:02PM
Mark Wilson writes: Judges have ruled that the UK government’s digital surveillance program — known variously as the Snooper’s Charter and the Investigatory Powers Act — is illegal. In the case brought by human rights group Liberty, appeal judges found that the preceding Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) — which ultimately became the Snooper’s Charter — failed to offer adequate protection to people’s data. Of particular concern was the fact that private data could be shared between different agencies without sufficient oversight. Further reading: The Intercept.

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Samsung Surpasses Intel To Become the World’s Largest Chipmaker

Samsung Surpasses Intel To Become the World’s Largest Chipmaker
Published on January 31, 2018 at 04:22PM
Samsung Electronics just knocked Intel off its perch as the world’s biggest chipmaker by revenue, a spot the U.S. company has held since 1992. From a report: On Tuesday, Samsung reported 2017 chip sales of $69 billion, blowing past Intel’s $63 billion from last year. The switch underlines how Samsung has transformed itself from a maker of cheap televisions into a pervasive supplier of key components in smartphones and other modern computing devices. It’s also a testament to the growth of memory chips, Samsung’s main market. Intel, whose processors are the heart of about 90 percent of the world’s computers, didn’t have a bad year. Sales grew 6 percent. Success read more

Samsung Surpasses Intel To Become the World’s Largest Chipmaker

Samsung Surpasses Intel To Become the World’s Largest Chipmaker
Published on January 31, 2018 at 04:22PM
Samsung Electronics just knocked Intel off its perch as the world’s biggest chipmaker by revenue, a spot the U.S. company has held since 1992. From a report: On Tuesday, Samsung reported 2017 chip sales of $69 billion, blowing past Intel’s $63 billion from last year. The switch underlines how Samsung has transformed itself from a maker of cheap televisions into a pervasive supplier of key components in smartphones and other modern computing devices. It’s also a testament to the growth of memory chips, Samsung’s main market. Intel, whose processors are the heart of about 90 percent of the world’s computers, didn’t have a bad year. Sales grew 6 percent. Success read more

SFGATE: NASA dubs rare display a ‘lunar trifecta’

NASA dubs rare display a ‘lunar trifecta’
Published on January 31, 2018 at 03:11PM by By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.
It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.
Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. also had good viewing, along with Russia.
At the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, hundreds gathered on the lawn in the wee hours, under clear skies, to bask in the celestial enchantment. Sky-gazers also lined the beach near the Santa Monica Pier, some snapping photos and others reclining in the sand, their faces turned upward.
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LibreOffice 6.0 Released: Features Superior Microsoft Office Interoperability, OpenPGP Support

LibreOffice 6.0 Released: Features Superior Microsoft Office Interoperability, OpenPGP Support
Published on January 31, 2018 at 03:40PM
prisoninmate writes: LibreOffice 6.0 comes two and a half years after the LibreOffice 5.x series, and it’s the biggest release of the open-source and cross-platform office suite so far. It introduces a revamped design with new table styles, improved Notebookbars, new gradients, new Elementary icons, menu and toolbar improvements, and updated motif/splash screen. LibreOffice 6.0 offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents and compatibility with the EPUB3 format by allowing users to export ODT files to EPUB3. It also lets you import your AbiWord, Microsoft Publisher, PageMaker, and QuarkXPress documents and templates read more