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Apple freed from the elevated tariffs on goods from China

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Us regulators on Friday approved 10 of the 15 requests for benefits at the rates filed by Apple. This step can reduce the cost of assembling Apple computers in the United States by reducing costs for imported components.

Recently, the U.S. imposed higher tariffs on many goods from China, including computers and computer components. This step will hurt the U.S. PC assemblers, since all the key components such as motherboard, processors, and 3D cards are imported from China.

Among the products mentioned in the queries Apple was “partially completed printed circuit Board”. As you know, Apple assembles the Mac Pro in Texas to avoid paying duties on import of ready-made systems, but the components for these machines are imported from China, so companies would have to pay.

The price of the Mac Pro starts from $ 6000.

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The creators of Apple’s want to compete with Intel and AMD

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Three former high-ranking Apple employees, engaged in the development and production of chips for smartphones iPhone, founded in the beginning of this year the company NUVIA. Until recently, almost nothing was known. However, according to new data, NUVIA develops processors for data centres, preparing to become a competitor to Intel and AMD.

The founders NUVIA made Gerard Williams III (Gerard Williams III), Gulati, Manu (Manu Gulati) and John Bruno (John Bruno).

Williams left Apple this spring after more than nine years as chief architect for all Apple CPUs and single-chip systems. Gulati spent eight years at Apple, working on mobile single chip systems, as Bruno worked for five years in the group of developers of Apple platforms. Gulati and Bruno has also worked at Google, before becoming co-founders of NUVIA.

Создатели процессоров Apple хотят конкурировать с Intel и AMD

The company is already developing the CPU, codenamed Phoenix. At the end of this week it was announced that she managed to attract 53 million dollars. Investors have become Dell Technologies Capital and several firms from Silicon valley. The new funds will help increase the number of employees NUVIA from 60 to 100 by the end of this year.

In NUVIA expect to apply the experience gained in the development of processors for mobile battery powered devices, to create a server processor — more productive, energy efficient and secure than the existing ones.

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Join Apple’s Health Studies With New Research App

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Apple is launching three health studies in conjunction with its new Research app, available to download now from the App Store.

Enroll now to contribute to potentially groundbreaking medical discoveries: All you need is an iPhone or Apple Watch, a pulse, and, in one case, a menstrual cycle.

Conducted in partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Women’s Health Study focuses on how women’s periods relate to their overall health.

In what Apple claims is the “first long-term study of this scale and scope,” the study will use iDevices to collect data like cycle tracking information, and use monthly surveys to understand each participant’s unique menstrual experience.

Sounds like a blast.

“Treating the menstrual cycle as a vital sign, such as heart rate or blood pressure, could lead to the earlier detection of many health conditions, both gynecological and systemic, as well as a better understanding of women’s reproductive health and health needs overall,” according to study researcher Shruthi Mahalingaiah, an assistant professor at Harvard Chan School.

“We are uniquely poised to translate this data into discovery that will lead to better awareness and empowerment around women’s health issues on a global scale,” she said in a statement.

The Research app only shares data when a user approves, and includes a detailed consent for each study that allows a user to control the type of data shared. (Photo Credit: Apple)

If the female reproductive system isn’t your thing, you can sign up for Apple’s Heart and Movement Study, which measures the quality and quantity of a person’s movement, or the Apple Hearing Study, set to explore how headphone usage and environmental sound exposure can impact hearing over time.

“In the past it’s been very difficult to quantify behavioral factors. With data from smartphones and wearable devices, we can eventually measure these factors unobtrusively over long periods of time,” analyst Jukka-Pekka Onnela, associate professor at Harvard Chan School, said. 

“This is scientifically incredibly exciting,” he continued. “And I believe that this research will enable more effective and more personalized interventions in the future.”

With regards to privacy, Apple emphasized the promise that user data will not be sold. You decide which studies to join and when to leave, and control what types of information are shared.

Studies must inform participants how their data supports the research.

“[This] marks an important moment as we embark on research initiatives that may offer incredible learnings in areas long sought after by the medical community,” Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said.

“Participants on the Research app,” he explained, “have the opportunity to make a tremendous impact that could lead to new discoveries and help millions lead healthier lives.”

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Apple lost in court and now will pay RED for the use of the ProRes format RAW

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Apple has failed in an attempt to challenge the patents owned by RED that describe compression methods the raw video. She tried to prove that the technology is patented and used in RED codec RedCode, was too obvious and therefore should not be protected by patent. The court rejected the claim, affirming the right RED to license a patented lossless compression manufacturers of cameras, software and accessories. Now Apple will have to pay a RED for using file format ProRes RAW.

Apple проиграла в суде, и теперь будет платить RED за использование формата ProRes RAW

According to RED’s patented technology allows you to compress files at a ratio of 22:1 and compression ratios up to 3:1 loss do not exist mathematically, and compression ratio to 8:1 they are invisible. Using compression raw video, not only can reduce the size of video files, but also to shoot in higher resolutions, keeping the file size within acceptable boundaries, which is useful for intensive cropping and splitting of the frame in post-processing.

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