University of Basel have come up with a modern way to help combat your fear of arachnophobia through an augmented reality app for smartphones. In clinical trials, subjects experienced a reduced fear of real spiders after completing just a few training units with the app from the comfort of their own home. Called Phobys, this app is based on exposure therapy and uses a realistic 3D spider model that is projected into the real world. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Apple has just released iOS 15 for the iPhone and iPad, with several new features, including a FaceTime update that provides more natural video calls, Focus to help reduce distraction, Live Text using on-device intelligence to surface useful information, as well as a Maps upgrade for new ways to navigate the world. Updated FaceTime audio and video features make calls feel more natural, thanks to spatial audio that makes a user sound like they’re coming from the direction positioned on the screen. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Sure, this new Microsoft Windows 11 commercial might be showcasing its Xbox Game Pass and the upcoming Halo Infinite more so than the operating system, but it’s definitely worth a watch.It begins with a woman exploring Windows 11 and then pressing a Game Pass icon before being teleported to a desert of sorts where Halo’s Master Chief pulls up in a Warthog to take on a Covenant Banshee, ready to blow things up. Read more for the video and additional information.
A programmer has discovered a zero-day bug in Synapse, the device installer software for Razer peripherals. Whether it be a Razer computer mouse, keyboard or any device that uses the utility, simply plugging in the device grants full admin rights on Windows 10 after downloading Synapse. So far, the vulnerability could be valid in Windows 11 as well, allowing the same privilege escalation, although it hasn’t yet been reported. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Apple iOS 15 Public Beta has just been released and to try this out yourself, and the only requirement is for users to have a compatible device that came out in 2015 or later. That’s right, you don’t need a developer account, but the final version will not be released until later this year. New features include FaceTime SharePlay, which lets users watch shows on Disney+ or other supported apps over videoconferencing. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Since we now know that Microsoft plans on releasing Windows 11 as a free download for existing Windows 10 users during the 2021 holiday season, it will be fitting to look back at just how far the operating system has come. Windows 11 will be the first major release since 2015, and it builds upon its predecessor by revamping the user interface to follow the company’s new Fluent Design guidelines that focuses on ease of use and flexibility. Read more for a video, additional information, and a bonus clip.
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John McAfee, founder of the McAfee antivirus software company, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona on Wednesday. This event occurred mere hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax-related charges as well as for promoting investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to his Twitter followers without disclosing that he was paid to do so. Read more for the news report and additional information.
The next Microsoft Windows update, codenamed Sun Valley, is going to be released later this summer, and from this leak, it’s looking somewhat decent visually. Some of the changes include centered taskbar icons that look similar to MacOS, pinned apps replace the live titles in the Start menu, and a new Windows logo composed of four equal-sized rectangles instead of the Windows 8 trapezoid. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Apple macOS Monterey is coming soon, and this update may surprise you, or so we think. The preview from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2021 showcased several new ways for users to connect, complete more tasks, and seamlessly work across multiple Apple devices. A few examples are Universal Control and AirPlay to Mac, which are new Continuity features that provide more ways to work effortlessly across the Apple ecosystem. Read more for the entire macOS Monterey presentation and additional information.
Apple previewed iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 today, and this version is designed to make the user experience even more intuitive than ever before. Not only will FaceTime calls feel more natural, but the new SharePlay function lets users focus and be in the moment with new ways to manage notifications, while also bringing more intelligence to photos / search to quickly access information. Plus, there’s redesigned Apple Maps and Weather apps. Read more for a video of the compete presentation and additional information.