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Apple WWDC14: Safari DuckDuckGo

June 3, 2014

Apple builds path to future with WWDC software refresh

Some Apple WWDC14 Keynote highlights included:

  • OS X Yosemite
  • Continuity
  • iOS 8
  • HealthKit
  • HomeKit
  • Swift
Safari DuckDuckGo Privacy WWDC14

Safari. Apple

 

Executive Craig Federighi – (a.k.a. “Hairforce One”) – also stressed privacy and security features several times.

 

Per Apple’s website, Safari will include a DuckDuckGo option:
 

“Safari now gives you more control over your privacy on the web. You can open one Safari window in Private Browsing mode — which doesn’t save your browsing history — while keeping others in regular browsing mode. So while you do your online banking privately in one window, your browsing history is still being saved while you surf in another. You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.”

 
 
 


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Apple’s Intriguing Hints

May 29, 2014

Apple Intriguing Hints Ahead of WWDC

Seen Apple’s WWDC 2014 App?

You should.

Apple’s events are teasingly, secretly, playfully intriguing:

 

Apple WWDC Secret Hints

“This is Our Little Secret”

 

“Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Confidential

“This One is Sealed.” And: “It’s Confidential.”

 

“You’ll Find Out in a Few Days”:

 

Apple WWDC Secrets Hints

“No Comment Yet.” And: “Our Lips Are Sealed on This One.”

 

Plus, Star Wars:

 

Apple WWDC Star Wars

“Star Wars Past, Present and Future.” And: “You’ll Never Guess.”

 

I don’t know what’s coming.

Can’t recall Apple being so open about its secretiveness.

Like it.

Apple will stream WWDC’s Keynote presentation “live” at 1 p.m. EST, June 2.

At that time, much more will be revealed.

Got a hunch.

This could be next-era good.

Update – Here’s what I do know. Apple’s stock is ripping:

 

Apple stock pops ahead of WWDC.

$APPL above 8, 21, 50MAs. Very bullish.

 

Apple is up $21 this week. Some 3.46 percent.

Riding above key technical moving averages.

Ahead of WWDC, investors like what they see.

 

 


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Google’s Fountain of Youth?

April 20, 2014

Geneticist Cynthia Kenyon is heading to Google

Kenyon will join Calico – Google’s mysterious health venture.

Stephanie M. Lee writing in The Chronicle:

“Google has revealed little about Calico since the search giant formed the independent company in September, except that it wants to slow aging and fight age-related diseases. As Google CEO Larry Page once put it, Calico is truly a ‘moon shot.'”

Cynthia Kenyon Geneticist Google Calico

Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D. Credit: UCSF

Kenyon is a pioneer in the genetics of aging.

Her role at Google’s Calico? Not detailed.

Her background may provide some clues, quoting:

“‘Age is the single largest risk factor for an enormous number of diseases,’ she explained to The Chronicle in 2005. ‘So if you can essentially postpone aging, then you can have beneficial effects on a whole wide range of disease.'”

Calico is collecting scientific heavyweights.

Its CEO is Arthur Levinson – the board chair of Genentech and Apple.

Sounds like a health “Skunk Works.”

Fountain of Youth-like stuff.

One more thought from reporter Lee about Kenyon:

“So deep is her dedication that she avoids bread and sugar – except dark chocolate – because studies show they speed up aging.”

 

 

 


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Apple WWDC 2014

April 6, 2014

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 2 at Moscone West in San Francisco

One more day to apply for a ticket:

“The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference will be offered by random selection. Register now through April 7 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to attend.”

Apple WWDC 2014 San Francisco

Apple’s WWDC 2014 will sell out.

 

Is there a more popular and influential technology event in the world?

 


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Gmail’s April 1 Anniversary

April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

Harry McCracken writing for TIME:

“If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.”

It was not an April Fool’s joke.

Here’s Google’s original news release.

Gmail’s “creator”, Paul Buchheit, is not quoted.

His color in the TIME article is classic Silicon Valley.

Balancing innovation, creating a team, addressing privacy, advertising, incorporating search, launching.

A tech “how-to.”

Gmail is now a decade old.

Out of Beta.

But a work in progress.

Still addressing privacy.

Did you get one of the original Gmail invites?

Do you still use it?

 


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Rewriting the Code of Life

March 4, 2014

A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA

Andrew Pollack for The New York Times:

“In the late 1980s, scientists at Osaka University in Japan noticed unusual repeated DNA sequences next to a gene they were studying in a common bacterium. They mentioned them in the final paragraph of a paper: ‘The biological significance of these sequences is not known.'”

“Now their significance is known, and it has set off a scientific frenzy.”

Unprecedented power to rewrite the code of life?

“This means a genome can be edited, much as a writer might change words or fix spelling errors. It allows ‘customizing the genome of any cell or any species at will,’ said Charles Gersbach, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University.

Relax.

This could take a while, right?

“’All of this has basically happened in a year,’” Dr. S. Weiss of Emory University said. ‘It’s incredible.'”

Rewriting the code of life.

So, who will do the coding?

Customizing a species at will.

Would you?

Tesla: Apple’s Next Thing?

February 17, 2014

Apple exploring cars, medical devices to reignite growth

Elon Musk may have met with Apple M&A Chief Adrian Perica.

Thomas Lee and David R. Baker writing for The San Francisco Chronicle:

“A source tells The Chronicle that Perica met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Cupertino last spring around the same time analysts suggested Apple acquire the electric car giant.”

Why would Apple and Tesla “dance”?

Analyst Andrea James, (whose $200 price target on Tesla was spot on,) said:

“‘They’d get access to deep pockets, but Tesla’s got access to Wall Street right now,’ said Andrea James, who covers Tesla for the Dougherty & Co. investment bank. ‘I could see a partnership more than a takeout.'”

Tesla Weekly Stock Chart

For now, it appears communications lines are open.

Listen.

Hear that?

Sounds like, innovation ahead.

Update – Analyst James raised her price target to $325, after Tesla’s 4Q earnings report on Feb. 19, 2014, soundly beat Wall Street estimates.

China’s Moon Landing

December 15, 2013

China Rover Makes Moon Landing

Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Xinshe:

Chang-e III, Dec. 15, 2013. Credit: photo.sina.com.cn

China now joins Russia and the United States with a lunar touchdown.

SpaceWeather.com:

“The six-wheeled, 260-lb rover is equipped with a Chinese-made nuclear battery expected to last for more than 30 years. The rover also has expandable solar arrays to absorb the sun’s energy during the day and retract at night to cover and protect equipment from temperatures of minus 170 degrees Celsius. Onboard sensors include a ground-probing radar, cameras, and a soil sampler.”

Luna 24 made the former USSR’s last soft moon landing in 1976.

America’s final soft landing?

Go back to 1972, when Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt landed on the Taurus-Littrow valley:

Personal Family Note: Harrison “Jack” Schmitt

America should go back.

We should’ve never stopped.

Technology innovation.

Generational invigoration.

I always wanted to be a space tourist.

Would you “go”?


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