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For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing three bits of data per cell, instead of one, in a technology known as "phase-change memory." The breakthrough lowers the cost of the memory, and has a wide array of uses across mobile and high-performance computing.
Bausch + Lomb, and IBM today announced a collaboration to develop the first app of its kind for iPhone and iPad for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The innovative app will help surgeons streamline their workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single, digital platform at the point of care.
IBM has allegedly started to cut down its workforce in the United States, in what is believed to be "massive" job cuts across many departments. Initially announced in January as layoffs affecting one department, the number of people facing the axe has increased significantly, with reports claiming the total number of people who will be laid off by the major IT provider could make up a third of the entire US workforce, and recent changes to IBM's severance policy are set to make the situation worse for those departing.
Today, IBM and the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) introduced the SleepHealth app designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, alongside the patient-driven SleepHealth Mobile Study to help identify connections between sleep habits and health outcomes. The SleepHealth study uses Apple's ResearchKit framework to enable participants to participate in the research study directly through the SleepHealth app. SleepHealth is the first ResearchKit study to run on the IBM-powered Watson Health Cloud.
IBM is stepping up its Apple-related development efforts, as part of a wider array of announcements made at Mobile World Congress. Alongside strategic partnerships with VMware, GitHub, and other companies relating to IBM's cloud services, IBM has revealed it is also bringing Swift development to the cloud, by offering developers the Swift Package Catalog and Swift runtime, which could help with the production of enterprise apps.
IBM today announced it has delivered more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, as part of its partnership with Apple, to 14 industries and 65 individual professions. Specifically named as recipients of the apps are wealth advisors, flight attendants, first responders, nurses, and retail purchasers. Additionally, Apple and IBM are expanding the portfolio to new markets, including consumer products, automotive, aging, and chemicals and petroleum.
IBM is making it easier to build apps in Apple's Swift programming language, by releasing a free tool for coding in the browser. At the same time, Apple's senior software vice president Craig Federighi has offered reasons why Apple recently made Swift open source, as well as where he expects the language to be used by developers, and where Swift could potentially go further into the future after being opened up for use by anyone.
Although to veteran Mac users this will sound like a report from the Obvious Department, an IBM senior executive has revealed that Apple products -- both Macs and iOS devices -- are proving popular with IBM employees under a new employee-choice program, and that users of Apple products need much less help and service, are more productive, and while the up-front cost of Macs are higher than some competing platforms, "every Mac that we buy is making -- and saving -- IBM money."
Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.
The partnership between Apple and IBM that targets the enterprise sector continues a steady stream of new app releases, with 10 more announced on Tuesday that brings the total of the year-old partnership to 32 apps for specific industries. The latest batch include apps designed for managers, business travelers, the mortgage industry, government inspectors, and field technicians and professionals, among others.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE