iPad Pro (2021) review: Apple’s hardware may have outpaced its software

For the last week, I’ve been living with Apple’s new iPad Pro, and there are two thoughts I haven’t been able to shake. The first is that this might be the best portable computer Apple has ever made. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-ipad-pro-2021-m1-review-liquid-retina-xdr-5g-features-price-130049005.html

Google wants to build a useful quantum computer by 2029

Google is aiming to build a “useful, error-corrected quantum computer” by the end of the decade, the company explained in a blog post. The search giant hopes the technology will help solve a range of big problems like feeding the world and climate change to developing better medicines. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/19/22443453/google-quantum-computer-2029-decade-commercial-useful-qubits-quantum-transistor

Google is finally bringing YouTube Music to Wear OS

Big changes are coming to the Wear OS platform. Google announced that it developed the next version of Wear OS with Samsung at its I/O developer conference, where it also revealed that it’s (finally!) launching a YouTube Music app for the operating system. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/google-youtube-music-app-wear-os-051417768.html

Windows 10 May 2021 Update now available, designed to improve remote work

Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update is starting to roll out to devices today. The Windows 10 May 2021 Update focuses on improving remote work scenarios, with changes like being able to use multiple Windows Hello cameras on a single machine. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22442134/microsoft-windows-10-may-2021-update-remote-work-features

Google and Samsung are merging Wear OS and Tizen

In yet another sign of the growing alliance between Google and Samsung, today both companies announced that they are essentially combining Wear OS — Google’s operating system — and the Tizen-based software platform that has been foundational to Samsung’s wearables for many years. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22440483/samsung-smartwatch-google-wearos-tizen-watch

Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pros with next-gen in-house chips could arrive early this summer

The performance of Apple’s M1 chips exceeded our expectations and made the 2020 MacBook Air the most impressive laptop we’ve used in years (it’s also done wonders for the redesigned iMac). via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22441805/apple-macbook-pro-2021-redesign-chip-magsafe-sd-card-slot-hdmi-port

Do People Who Enjoy Science Have a High Tolerance for Disturbing Ideas?

What do you think of this month’s cover image? We had a bit of a debate about it here at Scientific American’s virtual HQ. The illustration is based on scanning electron microscope images of Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous fungus that can infect the lungs. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-people-who-enjoy-science-have-a-high-tolerance-for-disturbing-ideas/

Amazon is reportedly negotiating to buy MGM

GABRIEL BOUYS via Getty ImagesNow that the streaming video race is about as crowded as it can get, what can Amazon do to lock up more exclusive content? According to rumors reported by The Information, Variety and the New York Times, it’s considering spending as much as $9 billion to buy MGM, which via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/mgm-amazon-prime-video-074510816.html

New Google Photos feature makes it easier than ever to search for images

Google Photos is one of the most popular photo backup tools out there and its success can be attributed to more than free unlimited backups (only for some time more, though). The service has a powerful search engine that makes finding media as easy as describing it. via Technology and News Today https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/05/17/new-google-photos-feature-makes-it-easier-than-ever-to-search-for-images/

Savings Snapshot – See This Week’s Special Pricing On Select Sony Gear

Don’t miss this special pricing on select Sony gear for your opportunity to save. This week’s deals include $1000 off the Sony Alpha 9, $500 off the Sony Alpha 7R IV, Alpha 7R III or Alpha 7R II, and $300 off the Alpha 7 III or Alpha 7 III + 28-70mm Lens Kit. via Technology and News Today https://alphauniverse.com/stories/savings-snapshot-see-this-weeks-special-pricing-on-select-sony-gear/

The Best iPhone Camera Apps of 2021

Just as there is hardly a one-size-fits-all best DSLR or best mirrorless camera for any given user, there is certainly not any single best application for everyone. Users’ needs and preferences vary wildly, especially considering the extensive capabilities of today’s iPhones. via Technology and News Today https://petapixel.com/2021/05/14/the-best-iphone-camera-apps/

Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people. Dr. Caleb Kelly, a gastroenterology fellow at Yale University, was recently asked to review a paper about mammals receiving lifesaving oxygen through their anuses. via Technology and News Today https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/science/rectum-breathing-oxygen.html

A man arrested for riding in the back seat of his driverless Tesla got out of jail, bought a new one, and did it again

After getting booked on two counts of reckless driving, Param Sharma arrived for a Wednesday interview with the Bay Area news station KTVU riding in the back seat of a Tesla again. But it wasn’t the same car that California Highway Patrol pulled him over in. via Technology and News Today https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-fsd-back-seat-driving-stunt-arrested-buys-new-car-2021-5

First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in U.S. Are Hatching Now

This week, mosquito eggs placed in the Florida Keys are expected to hatch tens of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes, a result of the first U.S. release of such insects in the wild. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-released-in-u-s-are-hatching-now/