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Snapshot Serengeti snaps millions of wild photos without photographers

Snapshot Serengeti snaps millions of wild photos without photographers

Project Snapshot Serengeti captures 1.2 million sets of photos, all automated, all capturing wild animals in their natural habitats. That's SETS of photos, not just individual photos - there are millions in the full collection. Over a period of about 3 years, from 2010 to 2013, this camera project lived inside the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Whether or not you've been privileged to see the website, SnapshotSerengeti.org has had citizen-scientists classifying images in this project for several years. Now here in June of 2015, the full collection has been published for the public.

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iPad multitasking in iOS 9 is surprisingly simple (but huge, too)

iPad multitasking in iOS 9 is surprisingly simple (but huge, too)

Multitasking for the iPad was an iOS 9 feature that prompted whoops of excitement in the WWDC 2015 keynote, but it was quickly followed by concerns that upgrading existing apps might be a nightmare. Turns out, Apple has been eager to explain during its developer event, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if anything the psychological change required is greater than the coding alterations, something which could have big implications for the much-rumored iPad Pro.

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Life on Mars may be preserved in meteorite-made glass

Life on Mars may be preserved in meteorite-made glass

A paper released this week by K. Cannon and J. Mustard shows how ancient life on Mars could be preserved by meteorite glass. Impact glass, or glass-rich impactites, have the ability to both encapsulate and preserve biosignatures on Earth. Because of this, these scientists show how Mars may have bio-rich preserves that rovers on Mars may not have even begun to explore. While we've been looking for signs of life - or ancient life - on Mars for many years, we might just have not been looking in the right place!

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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Android will get Apple Music release too

Android will get Apple Music release too

Apple Music has been announced at WWDC 2015 for not only iPhones, but Android devices as well. This music service was originally assumed to be working for Apple products only - as is the norm for most Apple software - but Apple appears to have flipped the script. With the release of this product, Apple is ready to roll starting on June 30th in over 100 countries - not just on the iPhone, not just on the Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. But on PCs and Android, as well. This service will be launched to all devices simultaneously.

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Swift for iOS is now open source

Swift for iOS is now open source

Apple announces that Swift of iOS will be open source from this point on. WWDC 2015 is home to this announcement, the honor of announcing goes to Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. This open source bit will be married to the release of iOS 9. This software will be released for developers in a public beta starting in July. This will be a free upgrade as all IOS upgrades are, and "all currently supported devices" will be included. Developers rejoice, change is afoot.

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Apple News for iOS 9 takes on Flipboard

Apple News for iOS 9 takes on Flipboard

Apple has launched News, a Flipboard rival intended to bring speedier, cleaner reading to the iPad and iPhone. The new magazine reading app, announced at WWDC 2015, sees Apple wade head-first into territory currently occupied by Google and others with the app that will come bundled with iOS 9. Although any news site will be able to be loaded in the app, Apple has partnered with a number of high-profile publishers: The New York Times (with thirty free articles a day), ESPN, and Condé Nast properties like Vanity Fair, Vogue, and GQ.

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Here are the big winners in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

Here are the big winners in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

A South Korean team has won DARPA's Robotic Challenge Finals, besting US rivals and taking home $2m after demonstrating its disaster-response 'bot. The robot, DRC-HUBO, beat out 22 other teams, each rising to the US government agency's challenge to create a machine able to enter hazardous areas - such as the radioactive zone left by the Fukushima nuclear explosion in 2011 - and carry out tasks that would normally demand human dexterity.

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Apple’s streaming music coming “tomorrow” says Sony Music CEO

Apple’s streaming music coming “tomorrow” says Sony Music CEO

Sony Music's loose-lipped CEO has seemingly confirmed Apple's streaming music service will launch at WWDC 2015 on Monday. Chief executive Doug Morris spoiled the surprise during a session at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes, telling attendees that "it's happening tomorrow" when asked about the well-rumored streaming service. While you might expect Morris to be cautious about Apple further wading into digital music, in fact the exec is eager to see Cupertino get more involved.

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Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

It has begun - Valve and HTC have shipped the first round of Vive VR headsets to developers of all sorts. What you're about to see is a series of photos of the Vive Dev Kit manual, the box, and the headset itself, as shipped to users across the United States, Canada, and abroad. As Valve's Chet Faliszek suggests, "this first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title."

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