An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

I’m thinking, “This is going to be a disaster.” But she sat down and started talking with Steve and she had all these great ideas.In February 2001, Apple moved the industrial design studio from across the street to Infinite Loop 2.Rubinstein: I didn’t like the idea—I thought they should be further away from Steve, so it’s a little more difficult for him to drop in any time he wanted.

Preorder the iPhone XS or Shop 15 of the Weekend’s Best Tech Deals

Preorder the iPhone XS or Shop 15 of the Weekend’s Best Tech Deals

We've worked with our friends at TechBargains to bring you 14 of the best tech deals that we’ve seen around the web.Preorder the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, and XRThe prices on these things just keep going up.

Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

This week, New Mexico's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab, an app developer behind games like Fun Kid Racing, as well as advertising companies including Google and Twitter, alleging that they violated children’s privacy laws by tracking and sharing data for users under the age of 13.

Forget the New iPhones. These Older Models Are a Better Deal

Forget the New iPhones. These Older Models Are a Better Deal

Apple also axed its last compact, truly affordable phone: the $399 iPhone SE.So, none of the new iPhones in 2018 has a trusty home button (fingerprint sensor), and they're all $749 or higher.

There Are No More Small Phones

There Are No More Small Phones

Which in turn means the age of small smartphones has officially come to an end.When Apple debuted the iPhone SE in 2016, it was remarkable not just for its diminutive 4-inch screen size, but for its amped-up capabilities even given those constraints.

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

It wasn't long before healthcare providers starting using them to examine patients with no symptoms or family history of cardiovascular illness.There's no exact numbers on how common preventive ECG screening is in the US, but according to a recent editorial in the Journal of American Medicine, ECG examinations of asymptomatic patients had become regular features of annual physicals by the early aughts—until professional societies ran cost/benefit analyses on the practice and started advising against it.One of those societies was the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

You can see where each line goes, and when the next bus or train is coming.Starting this week in Santa Monica, the Lyft app will give some users access to information about public transit, including nearby lines.

Apple's Latest iPhones Are Packed With AI Smarts

Apple's Latest iPhones Are Packed With AI Smarts

On the more expensive XS models, portrait mode includes an impressive new function that makes it possible to change the depth of field on a photo after it has been taken, blurring or sharpening the background.App developers can play with the power of Apple’s new neural engine through Core ML, a framework the company offers to help programmers deploy machine learning on Apple devices.

Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring Capabilities

Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring Capabilities

Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring CapabilitiesIf you ever wondered what the Apple Watch is really for, that's no longer a question—at least, not for Apple.The new Apple Watch Series 4, revealed by Apple earlier today, underscores that some of the watch's most important features are its health and fitness-tracking functions.

Everything You Need to Know About Those New iPhones

Everything You Need to Know About Those New iPhones

Everything You Need to Know About Those New iPhonesApple CEO Tim Cook walks on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, to announce three new iPhones and a new edition of the Apple Watch.Karl Mondon/The Mercury News/Getty ImagesFor a certain crowd, Apple’s annual hardware showcase is a little like Christmas in September.

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Then, with the launch of the iPhone X last fall, Apple introduced a new, edge-to-edge OLED display, face authentication, and seriously impressive cameras.This year's new phones fall in line with "S" upgrades: they're getting better internals, but they don't look drastically different from the year before.

The iPhone Xr Is a Bigger, Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The iPhone Xr Is a Bigger, Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The Xs will keep last year's the 5.8-inch screen size, and the Xs Max offers an aggressive 6.5-inch display.

Waze Uses Beacons to Untangle Chicago’s Baffling Streets

Waze Uses Beacons to Untangle Chicago’s Baffling Streets

As of this month, the multi-level streets of Chicago are studded with Waze Beacons, hockey puck-sized squares that stick to the sides of tunnel walls and broadcast an open standard signal via Bluetooth so Waze and other navigation apps can triangulate a position.

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

But if the idea is to raise voting behavior, I'm not convinced a trivia app is the best way to do it.'University of Kansas professor Genelle BelmasTraditionally, fewer people cast ballots during midterm elections, and young people have especially low numbers when it comes to voter turnout.

How to Watch Apple's 2018 iPhone Launch Event

How to Watch Apple's 2018 iPhone Launch Event

Apple is expected to unveil a new version of the iPhone X, a lower-cost iPhone, a new Apple Watch, an update on iOS 12's release, and possibly more.Even if you're not in Cupertino, you can catch the festivities via livestream on Apple TV, on an iPhone or iPad, in a browser, and of course, by following along with our Apple iPhone 2018 liveblog here on Wired.com.How to WatchYou can watch the livestream directly from Apple's website.

What to Expect From iOS 12 When It Launches (Very Soon)

What to Expect From iOS 12 When It Launches (Very Soon)

10% Happier, a popular meditation app, is another one that lets you call up a daily meditation just by using your voice.It’s a way for iOS to integrate more deeply with other apps, and also make Siri look a little bit smarter at the same time.Apple Plays Catch Up to Google PhotosAppleWhen Google released its Google Photos app in 2015, it immediately set a new standard for what every other basic photo gallery and storage app should be.

Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future

Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future

Eventually, several police departments decided to stop using it."The concerns I had a year ago were really that this separation of the different uses of the technology wouldn’t happen, that people would see facial recognition as this highly convenient offering and thus be more willing to accept it in other circumstances, like banking or ad tracking in a retail store, or by law enforcement," says Garvie.

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

Apple's own apps...well, that depends on who you ask....Wild CardsAs referenced earlier, Bloomberg reported last month that Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this year: the upgrade to the iPhone X, the larger phone with a 6.5-inch display, and the less expensive device.

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

Farmers knew intuitively that even a small change in baseline climate greatly increased the risk of extremes, and a single drought could ruin a farming community, even if followed by years of good weather.

U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

The week aheadU.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are UnveiledAlso this week, a Census Bureau report will give a snapshot of median household income, a climate summit is set for San Francisco and the European Central Bank meets.Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, during the iPhone announcement event last year.

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Facial Recognition, a British Airways Hack, and More Security News This Week

Security News this Week: IBM Made Cops a Tool to Search Surveillance Video by Skin ColorCasey Chin/Getty ImagesTech went to Washington this week, and their biggest problems followed them.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faced Congress, and though Google CEO Larry Paige was invited, he declined to make the trip—a move that didn’t ingratiate him with Congressional watchdog Mark Warner.

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

But Can It Understand This Headline?Casey ChinIn 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet. It ushered in an exciting phase for computer vision, as it became clear that a model trained using ImageNet could help tackle all sorts of image-recognition problems.

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

Particularly, Wardle says the program tries different tactics to get information about the other software running on a user's computer.'This app is horrible, it just blatantly violates so many Apple App Store guidelines.'Patrick Wardle, Digita SecuritySome programs, like trustworthy antivirus scanners, use this capability safely and legitimately, but App Store apps aren't supposed to be able to access it from inside their sandboxes.

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

Notably, all apps must return results consistent with what 23andMe itself claims, limiting those apps’ utility.The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

After releasing the second generation of Spectacles, the company issued a software update that made it possible to save videos and stills in square and horizontal formats; now, you can also auto-save to your phone’s camera roll, bypassing the Snapchat app altogether.

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

This Hearing Aid Can Translate For You—and Track Steps Too

While some or all of these features have been available in consumer devices known as “hearables,” they’ve never before been packed into a hearing aid—a government-approved medical device that has to be small, comfortable, and include batteries that last for days rather than hours.If Starkey delivers on all these promises, the Livio AI, which Bhowmik unveiled last week at Starkey’s headquarters near Minneapolis, could bust the musty old hearing-aid industry out of its niche of selling to … well, musty old people.

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

To be a smartphone user is to accept the ergonomics and software of small touchscreen keyboards.When I started working with a small team of engineers and designers at Apple in late 2005 to create a touchscreen operating system for Purple—the codename of the super-secret skunk works project that became the iPhone—we didn’t know if typing on a small, touch-sensitive sheet of glass was technologically feasible or a fool’s errand.

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

As geographers, we believe story maps can also help people better understand such complex global issues as human rights, climate change and refugee resettlement. In 2016, University of Washington professor Jin-Kyu Jung, working with Ecuadorian subsistence farmers, used Post-It notes to facilitate a community discussion on climate change.

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

The free Noise app wirelessly connects you to hundreds of tones, and the Seaboard pairs with the other modules in the Blocks family of touch-sensitive sound shapers.$300Buy Now5.

Flood detection is a surprising capability of microsatellites mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Flood detection is a surprising capability of microsatellites mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"When I saw the first land images of inland water bodies, I was amazed at their quality," said Chris Ruf, CYGNSS's principal investigator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The CYGNSS satellites measure wind speed by determining how choppy the water is from a microwave signal bounced off the ocean surface.

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