Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 204

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple wins ‘Best Paper Award’ at prestigious machine learning conference

After Apple decided to allow its researchers to publicly share their findings, its first academic paper was published at the end of last year. Now, that research has just won a “Best Paper Award” at a prestigious machine learning and computer vision conference.

The first academic paper to be published in connection with Apple was Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training by Ashish Shrivastava, Tomas Pfister, Oncel Tuzel, Josh Susskind, Wenda Wang, Russ Webb Apple Inc.

This research on AI was submitted to CVPR (Conference on Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition) which is regarded as one of the most distinguished and influential of conferences in this field.

Keep in mind this was Apple’s first publication of its research and was one of over 2,600 submissions to CVPR 2017 and it won a Best Paper Award (along with one other submission), quite an impressive accomplishment!

Read more including link to the paper in question


Story 2

iOS 11 beta code references ‘Apple Pay Cash card’ and required photo ID

Since its announcement at WWDC 2017, details on Apple’s upcoming person to person payment service has been sparse. Not having made any appearances in the latest iOS 11 betas, expectations have been set that we’ll see an official launch later this year.

While we may have to wait, iHelp BR has uncovered some further details on what we may come to expect with final Apple Pay Cash release. Code references in the Apple Pay framework point to the fact that users may have to authenticate the service using a driver’s license or photo ID.

story link to 9TO5Mac


Story 3

Court throws out lawsuit blaming lack of texting ‘lock-out’ technology in iPhone caused car accident

A California judge has thrown out a suit brought against Apple by the father of a college student killed in a road accident by a texting driver, one where it was claimed Apple had failed to incorporate technology into the iPhone that would prevent it from working while the user is driving.

full story link on 9TO5Mac.


Story 4

Disney uses ‘Pokemon Go’-like AR in iPhone app to promote upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Disney is going to promote upcoming movie ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ using augmented reality (AR) on iPhones and iPads, with a promotion that requires users to scan codes to unlock AR experiences with characters from the film using the ‘Star Wars’ iOS app.

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Story 5

Luna Display first look: The very best way to use your iPad as a second monitor

The makers of Astropad have done it again: Luna Display, which launched on Kickstarter earlier this week, is a small $59 hardware module (USB-C or Mini DisplayPort) that lets you instantly turn your iPad Pro into a practically lag-free (and Retina-quality) second monitor. Did I mention that it’s wireless, too?

iMore has been testing a Luna prototype for the last week and a half with my 13-inch MacBook Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and I never want to travel without it again.

Why hardware vs software?

If you’ve been keeping track of the iPad-as-second-display market, there are already a handful of apps that do basically this same thing — usually connecting to your Mac via Lightning cable to create a virtual second display on your Mac.

Of the lot, Duet Display is far and away the best option, with the least lag and best image quality. But it requires being consistently tethered to your Mac, sucking battery life from your laptop, and pegged the CPU — an even bigger power suck.

On the other side of the table is Astro HQ, with Astropad: The original Astropad and Astropad Studio apps made waves by creating a Wacom Cintiq-like experience for iPad users, mirroring your main display on the iPad Pro and adding in full touch and Apple Pencil support, to boot. And it did so with the option of going completely wireless, thanks to its proprietary Liquid technology.

full story on iMore



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