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Apple works on technology for satellites

Apple would secretly work on hardware for satellites. The exact nature of the technology is not clear.

It may be technology related to satellite images or internet connections, reports the generally well-informed journalist Mark Gurman of Bloomberg in the podcast TicToc.

“Apple has always had a tendency to manage the technology used in their products and the technology that drives their products,” Gurman explains. “Satellite technology is also part of that.”

In addition to satellites, Apple is working on two other secret projects, which the company does not reveal much about. The company would work on a headset for augmented reality, with which a virtual layer is placed over reality. In addition, Apple is working on technology for self-driving cars.


Microsoft is rebuilding Edge browser with Google Chrome technology

Microsoft is working on a new version of its Edge browser, which is based on Chromium, the technology behind Google’s Chrome browser. The new version appears not only for Windows, but also, remarkably, for the macOS.

Edge became available in 2015 at the appearance of Windows 10, as the successor of Internet Explorer as a standard browser.

Up until now, Edge used under the hood technology developed by Microsoft itself, a new version will use Google’s Chromium technology, says Microsoft to The Verge.

The step is to provide better support for sites in Edge, with improved battery life and integration with the wide variety of Windows devices, says Windows CEO Joe Belfiore.

Edge is running further behind on Chrome

Microsoft would take the step, because Chrome has an increasing share on the browser market. That’s why many sites are primarily optimized for Chromium and Chromium’s underlying technology. Edge would therefore perform worse in comparison.

The revamped version of Edge will come to Windows 7, 8 and 10 in the course of 2019. Edge also comes out with the Apple operating system macOS. This should make it easier for web developers with Macs to test the functioning of their sites in Edge.

First Microsoft browser on Mac in fifteen years

It is fifteen years since Microsoft last had a browser for the Mac. Internet Explorer was even the standard browser on Macintosh computers for a number of years.

That was the result of a collaboration between Apple and Microsoft. The now very successful Apple was on the brink of the abyss in 1997 and received an investment of $ 150 million from Microsoft, on the condition that Internet Explorer would be standard on all Macs.

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Music in the future: Close to the artist thanks to technology

During Dutch Design Week, designers and experts show how they think about our future, both near and far. That’s why we ask what their field looks like in the distant future. Today: Robert Schaeffer, programmer of pop stage Effenaar, about music in the distant future.

Music and design can not be seen separately. “Pop music is never just about nuts,” says Schaeffer. “It’s also about what the musician looks like, what his show looks like.” The artwork on albums, with a great design factor, tells musicians their story, even with the help of videos. “

The programmer is convinced that new technology will make music more human again. “We mainly listen to pre-recorded music, partly due to the arrival of the sound recording.” Before that time you had to sit down with a group of musicians to hear a song, so that music had a strong social character, says Schaeffer. “It was a way to share feelings and tell stories.”

Digitization has brought an evolution in music, but has also ensured that it has moved further away from people, he thinks. “Artists are now only making music in the attic, are puzzling and sliding themselves and then put it on Spotify.The listener sees it coming, listens to it in the train during a game, and zaps to the next song as I do not like it. “

Close to the artist

Seeing an artist on stage, the audience in the room and the energy that spills over. “That’s so beautiful, everyone gets sucked in. It feels like you’re really close to the artist.” With the help of new technologies this can come back again, says Schaeffer. “Our artist in residence during Dutch Design Week, the Chagall, is a good example of this.”

The electronic singer-songwriter sees in Virtual Reality (VR) a way to make that distance to her audience smaller again. Schaeffer explains: “If you put on VR glasses, you close yourself off from everything around you and step into the world of the artist, only that is where you are focused.” In this VR world, the artist can show what they want, or take the listener to a different world. “It feels like you’re together and that makes it more personal.”

Also on the stage, the distance to the public has sometimes increased. “Where artists used to play instruments and sang to the audience, sometimes an artist is behind a table with all the knobs and sliders, which can be a hindrance.” That’s why Chagall started working with a startup from London, which develops gloves with sensors. She therefore directs her music with her movements, creating a new kind of live performance. “She makes choreography with her body, which also works more intuitively than programming on your laptop.”

The next step is to involve not only the gloves, but her entire outfit. “With her whole body she can then direct the light and the video in the background.” People with VR glasses can watch from all over the world and see the show live. “Then you are alone with that artist alone in your room.” Bring the music closer with the help of technology. “This is really going to be the future.”

Making music together

Schaeffer also thinks technology will make making music easier. For example, the programmer thinks that everyone in the future can shape music to his own taste. “For example, an artist creates a basis, but everyone can decide for themselves how the track should sound, or which verse comes before.” To be completed according to your own mood. More beat on Friday night, more quiet parts on Sunday morning.

That makes the work of the producer less sacred, he agrees. “That gives you especially the tools to get started with his work.” This also ensures that the distance between the musician and the listener becomes smaller. You are a consumer and a creator, and that is interesting. If you are involved, it will also play a bigger role. “

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IMF: Central bank should consider digital currency as a serious option

Central banks should consider the issue of their own crypto coins as a serious option, said Christine Lagarde, chairman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at a conference in Singapore. Digital currencies offer many advantages, such as protection and privacy of consumers.

“There are already central banks that are researching this,” says Lagarde, who states that more research is needed. “Technology is changing, so we also have to change.”

Crypto coins like the bitcoin often still have a shady image. Because they make anonymous payments possible, they are a popular tool for money laundering by criminals.

According to Lagarde, central banks can solve this problem by investigating whether users are in good faith when issuing cryptocurrencies. Their identity would then not be shared with governments or companies, unless this is required by law.

Swedish central bank starts test in 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) said two months ago that it did not intend to issue a digital currency. According to central bank president Mario Draghi, the technology is still too fragile and needs to be further developed.

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has done tests with blockchain technology for payment transactions in the past. In the summer it was concluded that the technology can not meet the “very high demands” of the financial market infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Swedish central bank will begin testing in 2019 a digital version of the Swedish krona, the e-krona. The central bank emphasized having to look at new payment methods, because the use of cash is decreasing more and more.

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