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Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

The JD Power 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study has shown the Microsoft Surface Tablet line to top the iPad for the first time since the study began. Granted, that's not an incredibly big amount of time - the study is in its 6th year this year. But in general Apple's iPad wins by a significant amount over the next closest device - in quite a few studies, not just this one by JD Power. It's a bit of a surprise to find the iPad in second place.

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Android or iPhone? Won’t matter on a date, says study

Android or iPhone? Won’t matter on a date, says study

Today we're having a look at a study conducted by Research Now and Match dot com. With the help of Dr. Helen Fisher, PhD, and Dr. Justin R. Garcia, PhD, they surveyed over 5,500 "singles" from all walks of life from inside the United States, asking them all sorts of questions - mostly about dating. We got our hands on the raw data behind the study and have some conclusions that smartphone users are probably going to want to see.

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Space travel may change the shape of astronauts’ brains

Space travel may change the shape of astronauts’ brains

A new study coming from the University of Michigan has found that astronauts face changes in the shapes of their brains during spaceflight, a health issue we’ve heard mention of from other studies in past years. Per the study, spaceflight causes an astronaut’s brain to compress and expand, with the ultimate degree of changes depending on how long the astronaut spent in space. Gray matter increased in some cases, but decreased in others.

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Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Bad news, meat lovers: another study highlights cured meats as potential sources of health issues, especially for those with asthma or COPD. The study set out to investigate whether cured meats can make asthma symptoms worse, and the results indicate that is, indeed, the case. This is on top of carcinogenic factors associated with cured meats, also increasing one's risk of developing various sorts of cancer.

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New study shows cloned sheep are living long lives with few health problems

New study shows cloned sheep are living long lives with few health problems

Those of you who survived the roarin' 1990s will almost certainly remember Dolly the Sheep, who was created from a single adult cell that was combined with an egg cell that had been stripped of its DNA. In other words, Dolly was a clone. Dolly was all over the news when she was born in 1996, but soon after, she started to suffer from health problems, with many people assuming that she was facing these issues because she was a clone.

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Apple’s ResearchKit takes center stage in GlaxoSmithKline study

Apple’s ResearchKit takes center stage in GlaxoSmithKline study

Apple's ResearchKit is making its way back into the news today, with GlaxoSmithKline announcing a new rheumatoid arthritis study that uses an app made with the ResearchKit framework. This is a big win for Apple, as it's the first time a drugmaker has used ResearchKit in the development of a clinical study. The study is already underway and involves 300 participants, who can use the app developed using ResearchKit to input pain and mood levels and run mobility tests that use the iPhone's on-board sensors to determine and collect valuable information like range of motion.

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Methylene Blue could help improve memory, new study suggests

Methylene Blue could help improve memory, new study suggests

Methylene Blue is a drug you've possibly never heard of before, but it's been in use for nearly a century. These days, the drug is primarily used to treat methemoglobinemia, a disease that affects the ability of soft tissue to absorb oxygen from the bloodstream, but a new study suggests it may have some exciting uses for improving memory and attention.

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Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

How do humans make an artificial intelligence system better at conversations? One method-in-testing is a project in which a Google AI was force-fed 2,865 romance books, about 1,500 fantasy books, and more. The work was done by researchers with Google Brain, and involved feeding a total of 11,000 unpublished books to the neural network, then testing whether it could take a couple sentences from the book and create its own corresponding phrases. The results sound like cryptic, dark poems.

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Study shows why goat eyes have horizontal pupils

Study shows why goat eyes have horizontal pupils

This week a study has been published which shows why 214 land animals have certain types of eyes. Goats, for example, have horizontal pupils, while cats have pupils that are largely vertical. It would seem that the biggest trends are in whether a creature is a meat-eating predator or not. While vertical and circular pupils belong largely to those creatures that hunt, horizontal pupils tend to sit inside the sockets of plant-eaters.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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What Apple Watch needs to pull in the cash

What Apple Watch needs to pull in the cash

This week the folks at GfK have produced a study which suggests potential Apple Watch buyers don't expect to pay a lot to wear. This study included a nationally representative sample of 1000 people online from the 2nd to the 10th of April 2015 inside the UK. This study suggests that consumer expectations for the cost of the Apple Watch are actually lower than the actual price of the device in Apple Stores - closest, as it were, to the Apple Watch Sport, the least expensive of the Apple Watch launch lineup.

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Teens in more distracted driving accidents than previously thought

Teens in more distracted driving accidents than previously thought

AAA has announced results of what it claims is the most comprehensive research even conducted into crash videos of teen drivers. AAA says that it has found evidence that distracted driving is a much more serious problem than was previously believed. According to the stats gathered from video analysis, distraction was a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate to several accidents involving teen drivers.

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