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Apple’s secret ‘Marzipan’ project may not bridge iOS and MacOS after all

Apple’s rumored “Marzipan” project may not be as impactful as once hoped. New rumors suggest that it won’t help developers make their Apple apps cross-platform compatible, but will instead aid UI development.

The post Apple’s secret ‘Marzipan’ project may not bridge iOS and MacOS after all appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Testosterone Ruling for Athletes Fuels Debate Over ‘Natural’ Ability

Women with high levels of testosterone—like Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya—must either compete against men or take medication.
Source: Wired

Olloclip boosts the iPhone X's camera with its lens system – CNET

The company has retooled its dual-lens Connect mount for Apple’s premium phone.
Source: CNET

CoinMarketCap releases its first mobile app for tracking cryptocurrency prices

CoinMarketCap seemed to appear out of nowhere last year during the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, establishing itself as the de facto source for tracking the rise and fall of valuations.

That’s brought incredible amounts of traffic and attention. Alexa ranks it as the world’s 174 most popular website, and it enjoys more traffic than the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and other media. Yet despite that power, precious little is known of the company, as the Journal wrote earlier this year.

CoinMarketCap has also done nothing to expand out and take advantage of its position at the center of the rise of cryptocurrencies, which are collectively worth over $400 billion. But today — its fifth anniversary since starting the website — it has released its first mobile app for iOS, rebranded its website and prepared to launch more new services.

The app itself is long-awaited, but the truth is that most crypto enthusiasts already have a go-to app for checking prices or keeping an eye on their tokens.

The app does what you’d imagine. It lets users sort by coin market cap ranking, name, price or price percentage change within 24 hours, and you can switch between all tokens, the top 100 or a ‘watchlist’ for specific tokens. There’s a single banner ad at the bottom of the app, and at the moment — somewhat annoyingly — no way to pay for an ad-free version.

Token prices themselves can be tracked across 24 hours, seven days or 30 days. There’s currently no way to track the value of specific numbers of tokens, so the app doesn’t replace portfolio trackers.

The irony is that nearly all crypto tracking apps use CoinMarketCap’s API to get their data. But the company’s sees two opportunities there. First that it has a strong brand.

“Are there other places where people can get the data and do we have copycats? Sure. However, we are the only site that you can guarantee is sourcing, gathering, and verifying the data itself and we pride ourselves in being the first and best regarded within the industry,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch via email.

Secondly, there’s a monetization opportunity.

In addition to the app launch, CoinMarketCap said redesigned its website and upgraded its API. It said a new commercial API, which will be include historical data, is planned with more to come. So, while the app doesn’t break new ground for consumers, it is a starting point to build a fuller experience and develop beyond a popular website that monetizes via advertising. (The company said it gets 15 million unique visitors per month.)

“We keep our eyes on incoming requests from users, paying close attention to what people want to see and how they can get the most out of our data. We’re excited to deliver on many of those requests today,” CoinMarketCap CEO Brandon Chez said in a statement.

You can get the CoinMarketCap app here.

Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life


Source: TechCrunch

7 ways smart home devices can help you sleep better video – CNET

If you’re staying up all night and not getting quality rest, these smart home tips can help you sleep better.
Source: CNET

With Avengers: Infinity War, the MCU adds insult to DC's injury – CNET

Commentary: Two simple differences explain why Avengers: Infinity War soars where the DC’s Expanded Cinematic Universe has yet to succeed.
Source: CNET

7 proven ways to get better sleep with smart home devices – CNET

Not getting enough sleep? Staying up too late? Try these smart home tips to help you sleep better.
Source: CNET

Plantronics Wireless Headphone Sale: Voyager 8200, Backbeat Pro 2, Fit

The Plantronics Voyager 8200 and Backbeat Pro 2 are amazing wireless headphones, and on sale at Amazon
Source: Wired

Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out Paragraf gets $3.9M

Paragraf, a Cambridge University graphene spin-out, has closed a £2.9M (~$3.9M) seed round. The funding is led by the university’s commercialization arm, Cambridge Enterprise, with Parkwalk Advisors, Amadeus Capital Partners, IQ Capital Partners and angel investors also participating.

Graphene refers to the one atom-thick latticed carbon material that’s been exciting scientists with its potential for more than a decade. Although turning a nanomaterial with transformative promise into practical and robust commercial products has not turned out to be a cake walk.

Paragraf reckons it’s onto something that can help accelerate developments though, having come up with what it says is a novel (and patent-protected) approach to manufacturing graphene for commercial use-cases — so in larger and better quantities and qualities than the small flakes that have typically been the production rule so far.

The team claims their technique overcomes a raft of problems which have stymied graphene developments to date, such as poor uniformity, reproducibility, limited size and material contamination.

Their wider focus is on producing atom-layer thick 2D materials — with graphene their starting points — for the development of a new generation of electronic devices. And early claims for the nanomaterial included suggestions that it could enable a new generation of flexible, transparent electronics.

“Harnessing the extremely high conductivity, superb strength, very low weight and ultimate flexibility of graphene, Paragraf’s technology is the first ever commercial-scale method validated to reproducibly deliver functionally active graphene with properties targeted to its final device-specific application, with both high quality and high throughput,” is the team’s claim for their approach.

The business has been spun out of the Centre for Gallium Nitride group of Professor Sir Colin Humphreys in the university’s department of materials science. According to Crunchbase Paragraf was founded in 2015.

So far they say they’ve produced layers of graphene with electrical characteristics optimized for producing “very sensitive detectors at commercial scale”, as well as “improved efficiency contact layers for common technologies such as LEDs”.

Among their targets for graphene devices are transistors, where they reckon the nanomaterial could deliver clock speeds several orders of magnitude faster than silicon-based devices; chemical and electrical sensors, where they say it could increase sensitivity by a factor of >1,000; and novel energy generation devices — arguing graphene could tap into “kinetic and chemical green energy sources yet to be exploited by any other technology” (so chalk up another wonder claim).

Of course those are all yet more miraculous sounding claims being made for graphene — the likes of which have been liberally attached to the substance for years. And Paragraf still faces the hard graft of proving out their claims. So it’s a pretty safe bet that multiple years of R&D are still needed before mass market graphene based devices are within the average consumer’s grasp.

Commenting on the funding in a statement, Hermann Hauser, co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, said: “Graphene has demonstrated some remarkable achievements in the lab, showing great promise for many future electronic technologies. However, without a pathway to commercial viability, scaling from proof of concept to end user accessible products remains beyond the horizon. Paragraf’s novel approach to two-dimensional materials fabrication brings the possibility of mass market graphene based devices a step closer to reality.”

In another supporting statement, Dr Simon Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Paragraf, added: “There’s no doubt that the electronic, mechanical and optical properties of two-dimensional materials such as graphene have the potential to significantly increase performance in a multitude of state of the art technologies. However, until materials like graphene can be delivered in commercially viable, device compatible, functionally targeted forms, the achievements demonstrated at lab scale will not be transferred to real-world products. At Paragraf we have developed the first production technique that allows true scaling of graphene based devices.”


Source: TechCrunch

Disney is livestreaming the sunrise at Magic Kingdom right now – CNET

And it’s weirdly relaxing.
Source: CNET

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