Despite underwhelming evidence, concerns persist electronics like wireless headphones pose a potential health risk. Those worried say harmful radio waves being pumped into our head could lead to tumours and other conditions associated with abnormal cell functioning. Dr Jerry Phillips, professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, is the latest to reignite such fears, claiming a product like Apple’s AirPods could be subjecting users to harmful radiation so close to the blood brain barrier. “My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radiofrequency radiation,” he told Medium recently. It’s true some experts who study wireless technologies have concerns about their health effects, and Dr Phillips says there is some evidence that “indicates potential concerns for human health and development from all technologies that operate at radio frequencies”. … [Read more...] about Researcher raises radiation fears over Apple AirPods, wireless technology
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NEW DELHI - Protests broke out for a third day in northeastern India over the country's controversial new citizenship law, forcing the postponement of an upcoming summit between India and Japan. The citizenship measure, which was approved by Parliament on Wednesday, makes religion a criterion for nationality for the first time. It creates an expedited path to citizenship for migrants who entered the country illegally and belong to six religions - excluding Islam. Opponents say the law is discriminatory and violates India's constitution. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended the measure, which is limited to migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, as an effort to help persecuted religious minorities from those Muslim-majority countries. In India's northeast - a collection of seven states that share borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China - the passage of the bill sparked violent protests in which two people were killed on Thursday and 25 injured by security … [Read more...] about India’s new citizenship law sparks anger and unrest
Raise your hands and scream if you remember “interactive movies”. The games industry has foisted some awful fads upon us over the last 40 years, but the full motion video (FMV) games of the early 1990s are among the worst. From the stodgy teen horror of Sega’s Night Trap to the blink-and-you’ll-complete-it brevity of Critical Path, it turned out that non-interactivity and Z-list B-movie footage was a bad combination. Two decades later, Her Story is a new breed of narrative game that does looks suspiciously like an interactive movie. You play an anonymous protagonist looking at an internal police computer. The terminal has been unlocked by a friend, you’ve been left alone, and it contains several hundred interview clips concerning a fictional 1994 murder case. The challenge is basically to work out what’s going on. You search this database using keywords, and after watching a clip can annotate, tag and set aside the particularly interesting ones. The … [Read more...] about Her Story review – a new breed of narrative video game
The new Mac Pro starts at $9999, which already makes it one of the most expensive computers you can buy. For that price you’d expect some impressive performance stats, and the Mac Pro does deliver in that regard, with an 8-core processor, 32GB of RAM, and 8GB graphics card and 256GB of the speedier solid state storage. But if you need absolutely the most powerful Apple computer on offer, you’re going to need close to $100,000. The new Apple Mac Pro starts at expensive and goes up from there. Picture: Brittany Hosea-Small / AFPSource:AFP Fully-specced out, the Mac Pro will set you back $84,778 for a maxed-out model offering a 28-core processor (which adds $11,200 to the price), a massive 1.5TB of RAM (which contributes a staggering $40,000), two graphics cards with 32GB of memory apiece ($17,280) and 4TB of solid state storage ($2240). Apple’s Afterburner card can also be added for better video rendering performance for an additional $3200. An extra $640 adds wheels … [Read more...] about Apple’s new Mac Pro can cost almost $100,000, but why?
On a recent Monday night, a Beat poet recited Jack Kerouac’s “October in the Railroad Earth” in the Battery’s penthouse living room. The performance was a nod to San Francisco’s old-school creative class by way of nearby North Beach, and the occasion marked the second issue of Battery Candy, the new magazine for the private, members-only club. As a jazz band played and guests chatted in view of the Transamerica Pyramid, the poet was the lone throwback to a city that had once fostered rebellious cultural provocateurs. But around him was another generation of potential disruptors looking to make its mark. When Xochi and Michael Birch opened the Battery in 2013, their goal was to curate a community that inspired “forward-thinking minds” from a range of industries. The 58,000-square-foot private club in the Financial District was a place for them to escape the tech world after a successful foray. Having sold their social network, Bebo, to AOL for … [Read more...] about The Battery’s new charge: Four years later, is the city buying into the private club?