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Apple Custom Chip Rumor; Drones Love Nature; More Notches; iOS Update
 

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June 1 · Issue #47 · View online
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Apple Custom Chip Rumor; Drones Love Nature; More Notches; iOS Update

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Apple chips. With Apple’s big developer conference just days away, the rumor mill is in full swing with promises of everything from software to help you take a break from Apple’s gadgets to pretty much no hardware. Still, the biggest news/rumor may be happening far from the San Jose developer event. Over the last few months I’ve read stories about Apple building its own Mac CPUs, a move that would let it leave Intel behind. The latest rumor says Apple’s already begun work on a chip engineering lab in Oregon of all places. As with all Apple rumors, take this one with a dollop of salsa.
Apple is already working on custom Mac processors in 'secret' lab Apple is already working on custom Mac processors in 'secret' lab
Tune in. Speaking of WWDC, I’ll be on the ground in San Jose and as close to the front row as possible when Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage on Monday at 1 PM ET. And, yes, I’ll be live-tweeting the whole thing. 
This year's WWDC will also be held at the McEnery Convention Center
This year's WWDC will also be held at the McEnery Convention Center
Drone nature warriors. When it comes to drones, I know many have a love/hate relationship. They think they’re undeniably cool, but also worry that people are using them to spy on their neighbors. Both may be true, but let’s not forget that drones are flying robots with intelligence that makes them perfect for tasks either be impossible or too difficult for humans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been trying to find ways to free whales from fishing debris without harming the swimming mammals, but it wasn’t until they added DJI drones, which could fly directly over the entangled whales as the NOAA teams worked from nearby boats, that they were finally able to see exactly where they needed to cut to effectively remove the netting, thick fishing lines, and other debris. It’s a powerful reminder than tech advancement can be a very good thing.
DJI drones help free whales from ocean debris
Notch land. Samsung and others enjoy making fun of Apple’s iPhone X notch, even as other companies like OnePlus add them to their newest handsets. Now Google is, apparently, getting on the notch bandwagon with the next Pixel. According to a report, the Pixel 3 will have a huge notch to house a selfie camera and, probably, facial recognition. They might even make it with the same manufacturing partner Apple uses for its phones: Foxconn. For what it’s worth, Google’s Pixel 2 and 2 XL are already solid (if not wildly popular) smartphones with really good cameras and a larger, notched screen should do nothing but improve them.
Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be built by Foxconn, have a massive notch | Ars Technica Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be built by Foxconn, have a massive notch | Ars Technica
Anti-Malware. Did you reboot your router yet? Even though the FBI thinks Russian malware was targeting businesses that use VPN software to tunnel into their offices, it doesn’t hurt to pull the plug on your home router, let it sit for 30 seconds, and do a little reboot. Just to be safe.
FBI says to reboot your router ASAP to avoid Russia malware VPNFilter / Boing Boing FBI says to reboot your router ASAP to avoid Russia malware VPNFilter / Boing Boing
Cloud chat. Apple’s latest iOS update 11.4 brings with it two long-promised updates: AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. The latter syncs both iMessage and SMS messages in the cloud and reduces the local message storage burden on your devices by storing photos, attachments and older messages in the cloud. AirPlay 2 lets you pair HomePods in a stereo configuration, for all those who plunked down $698 for two of the Siri-powered speakers.
iOS 11.4 arrives with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud - CNET iOS 11.4 arrives with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud - CNET
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