Apple and Cochlear team up to roll out the first implant made for the iPhone | TechCrunch

Apple has teamed up with Australian-based Cochlear to bring iPhone users the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the sound processor.

The device also allows those with a surgically embedded implant to control and customize the sound from their iPhone.

There have been other implants and hearing aids that have used iOS apps to control sound and other features and Nucleus’s own app can be downloaded to do the same. However, Cochlear’s newest processor is controlled by the phone itself and does not require an app download.

More than 50 million Americans have experienced some sort of hearing loss due to one reason or another. Apple saw the hearing loss problem and has spent a number of years developing a hearing aid program within the company.

Apple soon developed a protocol the company offered for free for hearing aid and implant manufacturers to use with their devices.

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22,000 People Agree To Clean Toilets For WiFi Because They Didn’t Read The Terms | Gizmodo Australia

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, listed his top worries for the future of his creation earlier this year. One of his biggest concerns is the increasingly dense terms of service agreements that companies ask users to sign. Now, a public WiFi company has demonstrated just how dangerous those complicated agreements can be by inserting absurd conditions that thousands of people unwittingly agreed to. Continue reading

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Hollywood’s favorite video editing tools arrive in a free app

If you’re serious about video editing and are weighing up your software options, two choices usually pop up: Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). But Avid, Hollywood’s go-to editing company, just played a wild card by releasing Media Composer First, a limited version of its pro software, for the hard-to-resist price of “free.” I’m well acquainted with Avid, and have used Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro since they first launched. I was excited to try out MC First to figure out if I’d recommend it, and the answer is a qualified yes — I like it, but it’s not for everyone.

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How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1

Don’t like Windows 10? As long as you’ve upgraded within the last month, you can uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade your PC back to its original Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. You can always upgrade to Windows 10 again later.Even if it’s been more than a month, you should be able to reinstall the version of Windows that came with your PC using fresh installation media and its product key. Read full story below…

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Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ is the most-streamed song of all time

Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” has been dethroned as the most-streamed song of all time — and ironically, he played a hand in getting a new song to the top of the heap. “Despacito,” performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, has hit more than 4.6 billion streams across all platforms since it was released in January, reports Billboard. However, there’s a caveat worth pointing out here. This takes into account stream of both the original song as well as a remix that features — you guessed it — Justin Bieber. Continue reading

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Disney’s immersive ‘Star Wars’ hotel is a Jedi dream come true

No, you’re not dreaming: Walt Disney World plans to open an ambitious, immersive Star Wars hotel that sounds like something out of Westworld. Every guest will experience a completely unique story throughout their stay, which will “touch every single minute” of their day, according to Disney’s resort chairman Bob Chapek. You’ll dress up in Star Wars clothing and explore a starship (the hotel itself) filled with familiar-looking aliens. And just to complete the experience, every window will look out onto space.

Basically, it sounds like Disney is extending the interactivity you typically find in its theme park experiences with one of its resort hotels. It’s a part of Disney World’s upcoming “Galaxy’s Edge” area, which is dedicated to Star Wars experiences. As Gizmodo describes, those theme parks will also be very interactive — you could, for example, run into Chewbacca who recruits you for a mission. That leads you to the Millennium Falcon ride, and depending on your team’s performance across your different jobs, you could get extra credits, a reprimand, or even have bounty hunters chasing you across the park.

Both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida will be getting the “Galaxy’s Edge” lands in 2019, but at this point it sounds like the immersive hotel is only headed to Orlando. We’ll be following the hotel’s progress closely, if only to keep an eye on those suspicious Droids.

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Congressional leaders reach deal to fund government through fall, senior aide tells NBC

A deal has been reached on a bill to fund the government for the final five months of this fiscal year, an agreement that is likely to avert a government shutdown, aides to senior members of Congress told NBC News on Sunday.

Congressional negotiators had been working through the weekend to hash out the last remaining complications in a bill to fund the government.

After President Donald Trump backed down on funding for the construction of a border wall, some additional sticking points remained, including health benefits for coal miners, funding for Puerto Rico and an additional $30 billion for defense, delaying congressional negotiators and causing them to miss their deadline of Friday.
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