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Apple discloses Game-Changing Future For iPhone, Apple Watch.

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Apple never talks about unannounced products, at least not directly. But there are clues to be picked up in unexpected places. For instance, the company has just placed a job listing, as spotted by the brilliant My Healthy Apple.

The job title is Regulatory Project Manager and Apple specifies that it’s looking for someone who can work on fitness stuff. It says: “Our ever-evolving suite of Health and Wellness products for iPhone and Watch are helping our users live more active, healthier lives. Be ready to make something great when you come here.”

There’s more detail here. It goes on: “Are you passionate about truly changing health? Come, join us in crafting solutions the world doesn’t know of yet!”

As Niel Smith at My Healthy Apple points out, “Class II medical devices are those devices that have a moderate to high risk to the patient and/or user. 43% of medical devices fall under this category. Most medical devices are considered Class II devices.

Up until now, most software as a medical device (SaMD) has often been classified as a class I product but that has been changing based on new regulations.”

The role is hardware-oriented, it seems, though this doesn’t mean a whole new product (then again, it could). More likely, it suggests new sensors on the Apple Watch or iPhone, alongside software that analyzes the sensors’ findings.

It’s already believed that Apple is working on more, health features. For a start, it could be investigating glucose monitoring, probably for Apple Watch, and working with a British start-up called Rockley Photonics.

Beyond that, the exact direction of developments is unknown, but it’s clear from this that health is a primary focus.

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Microsoft introduces new Surface products ahead of Windows 11 launch

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On the threshold of Windows 11, Microsoft has revealed the largest update to the Surface products by the company. With improved and advanced PixelSense displays, pen technology, mics and cameras, powerful silicon and versatile form factors, the new Surface devices are designed to help the new Windows operating system Windows 11’s innovation to the next level.

The brand affords Microsoft an opportunity to push the edge of what can be done with consumer hardware, generally with a focus on blurring the line between categories like a laptop, tablet and, more recently, phone. The Surface track record has been a solid one, overall, though messing around with form factors means no one gets it 100% right 100% of the time.

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The newest product launched in tonight’s event was Surface Laptop Studio, a clever take on the two-in-one category that Microsoft has been bullish about forever, and the name fittingly pays homage to both the Surface Studio and Laptop, perhaps splitting the difference between the pair. Designed as an ideal product for developers, creative pros, designers and gamers, bringing users the power of a desktop, the portability of a laptop and a creative studio all in one.

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Microsoft also introduce upgraded new Surface Go, Pro and Pro X. The Go 3 gets a new Intel Core i3, which the company promises will offer up to 60% faster performance. The 10.5-inch system starts at $400 and will also add an LTE option, which is set to arrive at some point in the coming months. The Pro 8 two-in-one sports a 13-inch screen, 11th-gen Intel Core processors and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. The thin and light Surface Pro X, meanwhile, runs on a Microsoft SQ2 ARM chip.

The new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard provides storage and charging capability for the new Surface Slim Pen 2, keeping it nearby and ready whenever inspiration strikes.

Providing a simple and delightful Pen experience is one way Microsoft enable the technology to fade into the background. The intuitive ability to put Pen to screen immerses users in their productive and creative endeavors, boosts retention and offers new levels of versatility.

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Microsoft has established a long-term commitment to sustainability and adaptability and has a commitment to becoming carbon negative, zero waste and water positive by 2030. To reach this goal Microsoft regularly evaluate every piece of the product and manufacturing processes through the lens of sustainability.

Every step matter on the journey toward greater sustainability. Microsoft in collaboration with SABIC has created a high-quality resin made of 20% recycled ocean plastic recovered or washed ashore from oceans and waterways. The Ocean Plastic Mouse, made from this resin, is an eco-friendly, comfortable accessory that takes small steps to reduce waste while putting a powerful accessory at users fingertips.

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Microsoft clearly wants you to upgrade your hardware to match if the convoluted system requirements are any indication. Surface products present a further sense of refinement to the line, in anticipation of Windows 11.

The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is, admittedly, a bit gimmicky as the company is pushing hardware upgrades. In a more ideal world, all the company’s devices would be made of similar components. But hey, if it rescues plastics from the ocean, it’s a start. The Surface Adaptive Kit is a consumer-facing piece of what has been among the industry’s leading accessibility efforts.

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Fish-shaped nanorobotics have been created to aid in the delivery of medicine in vivo

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Chinese researchers have 3D-printed nanostructures with a sub-15 nm resolution using genetically engineered recombinant spider silk proteins, which are intended to be used in bionic perception and nanorobots for drug delivery and other applications in the future.

The nano fishes with barbels can “swim” in the human body’s glucose-containing environment, and certain parameters are set to inhibit the release of the medicine that the nanodevices contain.

The scientists took specific gene sequences from natural spider silks, the hardest fiber in nature, and then cultivated the portion in Escherichia coli to manufacture the proteins required to create such nano fishes.

According to Tao Hu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, the finest part of the nanorobotics, the barbel, is only 50 nanometers thick, or roughly one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair.

Biofuel-powered nanorobotics relies on adjusting enzyme activities and a sequence of chemical processes primarily involving glucose inside the human body to form oxygen bubbles in order to achieve directional motion control. Meanwhile, they can decay under specific conditions such as light, pH, and heat, causing no harm to the human body, according to the report. The work was published in the journal Nature Communications online.

 

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China launches a cargo ship to provide supplies to its Space Station

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China launched the Tianzhou-3 cargo spaceship on Monday to supply supplies to its under-construction space station.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, the Long March-7 Y4 rocket carrying Tianzhou-3 lifted off at 3:10 p.m. (Beijing time) from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan (CMSA).

Tianzhou-3 separated from the rocket after 597 seconds and entered its assigned orbit. Tianzhou-3’s solar panels opened and started working correctly around 3:22 p.m. The CMSA stated that the launch was a great success. Tianzhou-3 will dock with the Tianhe space station core module and Tianzhou-2 cargo vessel later, according to the CMSA. The cargo ship is carrying roughly 6 tonnes of commodities and resources in preparation for the forthcoming launch of the crewed mission Shenzhou-13.

According to the CMSA, Tianzhou-3 is filled with astronaut living supplies, one extravehicular spacesuit for backup, supplies for extravehicular activities, space station platform materials, payloads, and propellants. On September 18, the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship disengaged from Tianhe’s rear docking port and docked with its front docking port.

The CMSA stated that the Tianhe and Tianzhou-2 combination is in good shape and ready for docking with the Tianzhou-3 cargo vessel and the Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship. The launch on Monday marks the 20th mission of China’s human space missions and the 389th mission of the Long March rocket series.

According to the ancient Chinese, supplies such as meals and pastures should be carried ahead of men and horses when performing a critical mission. Cargo spaceships will always be launched ahead of crewed flights during the space station’s construction.

“First, we’ll carry support materials, spare parts, and equipment, and then our team,” CMSA Director Hao Chun explained.

Following the Tianzhou-3 mission, the Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft will be launched to dock with the Tianhe core module, and three astronauts will begin their six-month stay in orbit.

China intends to complete the verification of key technologies and the in-orbit construction of the space station in two years through repeated launches.

This year, five launch missions are planned: the Tianhe core module, the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship, the Shenzhou-12 crewed mission, the Tianzhou-3 cargo ship, and the upcoming Shenzhou-13 crewed mission.

Six further missions will be launched in 2022, including the Wentian and Mengtian lab modules, two cargo spacecraft, and two crewed spaceships, to finish the space station’s construction.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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