Jony Ive may not be a household name, but he's undoubtedly famous in the technology world. He is primarily responsible for the appearance of iPod, iPhone, Apple Watch and even the new headquarters of Apple. Now he leaves Apple behind.
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Since then, Jony has been responsible for the design of iMacs, iPods, iPhones, HomePods, and more. Not every product he worked on was successful (think of the iPod Hi-Fi), but it's difficult to pin down a product that did not look great.
Now Jony Ive is ready for something new. Apple confirmed that after 30 years, he leaves the company to found a new creative company called LoveFrom. LoveFrom already has its first customer: Apple. In a sense, things always stay the same the more they change. [TechRadar]
In other news:
- Ransomware delivered via web ads is increasing: According to Malwarebytes, a campaign of drive-by-ransomware infections is in full swing. The hackers do not specifically target someone, but get infected by bad advertising campaigns. The current amount of viruses relies mainly on obsolete stand-alone Flash components. Update perhaps or uninstall Flash even better. [Ars Technica]
- Pokémon Masters for iOS and Android: A new Pokémon game is coming soon. This time it's not for your Nintendo. The story for the mobile game focuses on a Masters tournament and gets you to deal with known and new characters in three-on-three games. [Engadget]
- A Final Fantasy XIV TV series is under development: Final Fantasy XIV, which you did not play because it was an MMO, may become a television series. Hivemind, who has brought us Expanse, is involved, so it is possible that the series is good and worth seeing. Do not count your chocobos until they hatch. [Digital Trends]
- Microsoft's Chromium Based Edge browser is testing tracking prevention: Ads are not just trying to sell you content. They also try to identify and track you while you surf the Internet. They want to know more about you and then try to sell things more effectively. If you do not like it, it is difficult to prevent all ads from being deleted. This is bad for the web. Microsoft is testing a solution in its new edge browser that will try to eliminate unnecessary trackers while ads continue to show. Good stuff. [TechDows]
- Apple Stores sell medical device for the first time: You can now buy the One-Drop Glucometer in Apple stores. While the company has been offering the device online in the past, this is a first for the company's physical retail sales. The device helps diabetics monitor blood sugar and of course syncs with Apple's health app. [MacRumors]
- DisplayPort 2 uses USB-C ports and supports resolutions up to 16K: The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) yesterday announced an Update for DisplayPort that brought some surprises. For backward compatibility, the previous port standard is still supported. You can also find DisplayPort 2 in USB-C format. The upgrade to the standard is VR-capable and supports a resolution of up to 16K. Neat? [How-To Geek]
- Spotify's pre-save feature adds albums to your library and passes your data: Spotify's pre-save feature is handy. If you follow an artist and he drops a new album, it will automatically be added to your library. What you may not notice is that the feature passes data and other permissions to your listening habits to the artists. This includes the ability to track what you hear, change which artists you follow, and possibly even remotely control your music streaming. Gross. [Billboard]
- Microsoft has added Cortana to the Windows Store and points to a major split: Cortana offers deep integration with Windows. However, it is updated separately outside of Windows updates. So it's a bit of a surprise that the company is adding a Cortana beta app to the Windows Store. The company could experiment with a new method of updating Cortana, but it seems just as likely that this is the beginning of even greater separation from Windows. [The Verge]
NASA wants to send a drone to Saturn's biggest moon because it is so fascinating.
If you leave behind the fact that temperatures are in the range of -185 degrees Celsius (-300 degrees Fahrenheit), then Titan (Saturn's largest moon)) is remarkably similar to our planet. Titan has a dense atmosphere, making it unique among moons, clouds, rivers and lakes, although methane forms these rivers and lakes instead of water.
Okay, we admit, Titan sounds like a terrible place to live (or more accurately) die fast). But it's the next Earth-like place we've found in the Solar System, and we can get there.
Therefore, NASA intends to send a drone named Dragonfly around 2034 to roam the lunar atmosphere. We can do it, but the journey will take eight years, plus time to plan and build.
It is planned to build a drone capable of flying up to 100 miles to explore different areas and explore both surfaces and the atmosphere.
Like any good drone, Dragonfly will also have cameras, and we should see what it's like flying around on Titan. [NPR]