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Apple's WWDC is Here; Microsoft May Be Buying GitHub; An Arm Ear
 

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June 4 · Issue #48 · View online
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Apple’s WWDC is Here; Microsoft May Be Buying GitHub; An Arm Ear

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WWDC 2018. Apple’s annual developers conference kicks off today in San Jose. The official keynote time is 10 AM PST and I’m already situated a hop, skip and a jump from the big event. You can pregame by reading my what to expect story (platform updates, health focus, maybe ZERO hardware) that also offers some insight into what it’s like to attend one of these events as a tech journalist. 
What To Expect From Apple's Big Summit – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Get Git. Microsoft held its own developer conference last month but may try to steal the spotlight back from Apple today as there are rumors it’s acquiring the open-source repository GitHub. Microsoft’s platforms already do a good job of working with GitHub, so this isn’t, if true, a huge surprise. But the timing, well, I can’t imagine Apple will be happy about it. I’ve also seen a bit of hand-wringing, with GitHub fans worrying that Microsoft might ruin it. I don’t see that. This is not the same Microsoft that bought Yammer.
Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub - Bloomberg Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub - Bloomberg
Anything for art. This tale of an avant-garde artist who uses his own body as a sort of techno, biological canvas is so fascinating and weird. Right now, the guy is growing an ear on his arm. Why? Who knows. However, the big plan is to turn this fleshy growth into a listening device not for him, but for anyone on the Internet who wants to listen in. It’s sort of, a commentary on how blasé we’ve become about technology. It’s also about an artist who isn’t afraid to alter and use his body in abstract and, often, disturbing ways.
With Ear on Arm, Stelarc Explores the Possibilities of the Body | Digital Trends With Ear on Arm, Stelarc Explores the Possibilities of the Body | Digital Trends
Dr. Robot, Ph.D. A robot, specifically the world-famous Sophia robot from Hanson Robotics, delivered a keynote address at the Rhode Island School of Design. I’m into robots and I’ve met Sophia’s creator, David Hanson, so I should be cheering this development. But I can’t get over how odd it seems, especially since Sophia still carries so much uncanny valley baggage with her. I wonder what the graduates were tweeting.
Hello, Robot Hello, Robot
Lift is off. SpaceX got its Falcon F9 carrying a massive, powerful satellite off the ground in the wee hours of the morning, but it will not be ferrying humans to a brief Moon orbit in 2018. Without offering much explanation, the space company has postponed until 2019, at the earliest the trip that was to take two well-heeled people on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. 
SpaceX delays plans to send space tourists to circle moon - CNET SpaceX delays plans to send space tourists to circle moon - CNET
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