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AUSTIN, Texas—Writer, director, and actor Ron Howard is very careful when considering his place in the geek-media universe. Over 20 years ago, his film Apollo 13 kicked off a trajectory of major science-and-heart storytelling, which recently crystallized as an ongoing series-development deal with National Geographic's TV channel.
This Tuesday's premiere of TV mini-series Genius, which sees Geoffrey Rush playing the role of Albert Einstein, won't be the last of that deal, either—and Howard laughs at how that fact might look to people in his past.
"My tenth grade science teacher, Mr. Dowd, would be, you know, rolling over in his grave!" Howard says with a laugh during an interview at last month's South By Southwest festival. "No, no, he'd enjoy it. He had a great sense of humor. The fact that I'm telling stories about science"—and saying this makes Howard laugh uncontrollably—"well, he thought I was a nice guy. He knew I didn't get it."
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The tech giant figures speaking more Indian languages will help it reach out to more Indian users.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is an impressive smartphone thanks to its high-end design and Super AMOLED Infinity Display. But, while the S8 does a lot of things better than the iPhone 7 Plus, there are still plenty of reasons why the iPhone 7 Plus is better for the enterprise.
While you can't go wrong with either device, businesses might want to consider these five reasons to adopt the iPhone 7 plus instead of the Galaxy S8.iMessage
The most glaring difference between the latest iPhone and Galaxy models is a lack of iMessage on Android. The popular messaging app is restricted to the iOS and MacOS ecosystem -- and it might be a selling point if most of your contacts use an iPhone.
For the enterprise, iMessage is encrypted out of the box, while on Android, you need to download a third-party app (like WhatsApp) to get the same end-to encryption. And if your business is international, iMessage is free iPhone to iPhone, so you won't incur any SMS fees when employees travel.Continuity
If your company relies heavily on iOS and MacOS, then the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus offer the best in continuity. The iPhone, Mac and iPad are designed to work seamlessly across one another -- you can start an email on one device and finish it on another. You can even make and receive phone calls from a Macbook if your iPhone is nearby.
The best part is it's built into every Apple device, so IT won't have to purchase or support a third-party solution. It's easy to maintain and requires little on IT's end. Plus, it's an ecosystem that most workers will be familiar with, allowing them to stay productive.
[ Related story: 5 underrated features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 ]User-friendly OS
Android has come a long way in ease-of-use, and that's especially true on the S8. Samsung's latest Android skin features less bloatware than ever before and it's more intuitive than stock Android. But it's still nowhere near as user-friendly as iOS.
There's a lot more to customize in Android, but with that comes more opportunity for feature-overload. Apple's devices work, and they work well. In contrast, a device like the S8 will take a little more effort to get it the way you want it.
Apple is at an advantage because the company builds its hardware and software, whereas Android is adopted by different manufacturers. Apple's closed eco system means they can optimize their already lightweight OS to work as best it can on the iPhone and iPad.
The user-friendly nature of iOS also means there's less of a learning curve if IT departments deploy iPhones. Chances are, most of your company is currently using or has already used an iPhone in the past, so IT can spend less time training, answering questions or troubleshooting.Apps
Android apps are looking better than ever -- and with some, like Spotify, there's hardly a difference between the iOS and Android versions. And, while Android mobile apps might be catching up, that's only true on smartphones. There are far more apps on iOS that are optimized for the iPhone and iPad, while Android apps are severely lacking for tablets.
The reality is Android apps aren't a priority for app developers; it's easier to develop on iOS and expand to Android once it gains popularity. That means it's also easier for businesses to build enterprise apps on iOS and deploy them quickly. They won't have to consider developing for multiple platforms or hardware.Fingerprint Scanner
The worst feature on the Galaxy S8 is the fingerprint scanner, which is located on the back of the device right next to the camera. You'll get used to it -- I have -- but you will smudge your camera more often than you'd like. And it's not as intuitive as a fingerprint scanner built into the home button, a feature most of us have grown used to.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus still have the fingerprint scanner in the home button, which will help IT ensure that employees are using secure unlock methods. And that's especially true since the Galaxy S8 facial recognition can be tricked with a selfie. Giving everyone easy access to a home-button fingerprint scanner will make it easier for IT to ensure enterprise mobile devices are properly secured.
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Science fiction has long served as a platform for the hashing out of big social, political and economic issues, either metaphorically or literally. Cory Doctorow has never been shy of speaking their names directly, whether examining the implications of the surveillance state or the shifting of social and economic forces caused by technology. In his first novel for an adult audience in eight years, Doctorow revisits many of the themes he's written about in the past, and he refines them into a compelling, cerebral "hard" science fiction narrative of a not-too distant future that ranks with some of the best of the genre.
Walkaway (from Tor Books, which releases on April 25 in hardcover) is a very Doctorow-y book. Intensely smart and tech-heavy, it still manages maintains the focus on its human (or in some cases, post-human) protagonists. Walkaway is also full of big ideas about both the future and our current condition, and it has enough philosophical, social, and political commentary lurking just below the surface to fuel multiple graduate theses.
At its heart, Walkaway is an optimistic disaster novel—"in as much as it's a book about people who, in the face of disaster, don't disintegrate into CHUDs but instead jump right into the fray to figure out how they can help each other," Doctorow explained to Ars. "That, to me, is the uplifting part—it's not a question of whether bad things will happen or won't happen, but what we'll do when disaster strikes."
The new head of the company's international business doesn't have former exec Hugo Barra's boundless enthusiasm, but instead steers the Xiaomi ship with a calm and steady hand.
Xiaomi's new global head Wang Xiang lays down a new timeline for the Chinese manufacturer's US plans.
Matt "Dellor" Vaughn is sacked by Toronto eSports after footage of a racist rant was posted on YouTube.
Weighty S8 bait, trait by trait
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While no reasons were given for the delay, Apple did say the series will premiere later this year.
If you didn't want to travel from Taunton-to-Trowbridge before, you probably won't now either
Great Western Rail has been advertising the bargain of a lifetime; a first-class journey from Taunton to Trowbridge for £10,000.…
Garry Kasparov gives his views of the future relationship between humans and machines, at the Ted conference.
It was around sunset on Easter Sunday, April 16, when Brad Jones took his DJI Inspire 2 out for a flight in front of his home. Jones hoped, as he does on most nights, to capture some of the forested and hilly scenery in the environs of his hometown, Oliver Springs, Tennessee—about 30 miles west of Knoxville.
“I flew down over my aunt’s house, and I heard a gunshot within the first three to four minutes of flight,” Jones told Ars. “So I sped up and flew back towards my house.”
After a few more minutes, he flew back westward. He had just switched the drone’s camera mode from video to taking still photos in RAW format.
No downtime till 2018
CERN made headlines with the discovery by physicists in 2012 of the Higgs boson, paving the way to a breakthrough in our understanding of how fundamental particles interact.…
The makers of a face-morphing app have apologised after users said the "hot" filter lightened their skin.