Morning Post | Apple: Smart Island is the biggest change since the iPhone X / Paleoanthropologist won the Nobel Prize / Touch ID will not return

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  • Apple executives talk about Smart Island: the biggest change since the iPhone X
  • Touch ID won't come back to iPhone
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine announced
  • Pixel Watch full color exposure
  • RTX 4090 runs 1.6 times faster than 3090 Ti
  • Meta's new AI can generate videos from text
  • Alternatives to Electric Vehicles: Methanol Cars
  • Christie's to auction Tyrannosaurus rex fossils
  • Black Panther 2 Announces Official Trailer
  • For the first time in history, high temperature and cold wave warnings are issued
  •  Arctic Monkeys – "The Car"
  •  "Look, the fantasy of the online world"
  •  Andy Weir – "Moon City"
  •  Future agency Patch-City shortlisted for the world's best cultural space of the year

Apple executives talk about Smart Island: The most significant change in the five years since the iPhone X came out

In an interview with Japanese magazine Axis, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering for iOS development, Craig Federighi, said the Smart Island represents the iPhone's first major UX revamp since 2017's iPhone X:

Five years ago, we ditched the Home button on the iPhone X, which fundamentally reshaped how the iPhone works, like how to unlock the lock screen, go back to the home screen, and switch apps.

This new feature also changed the look of the iPhone and made me rethink how to run multiple apps, notifications, and background management.

(So,) it was a very exciting challenge for us to integrate what was happening on the iPhone into this small interactive place.

When talking about the creative origin of Smart Island, Alan Dye, Apple's vice president of human-machine interface design, said that Smart Island came from thinking about the TrueDepth camera system:

If the sensor area on the screen can be made smaller, what can the extra space do?

Our goal is to make users forget that there is static physical hardware, and make users think that the entire Smart Island is a fluid-like dynamic software.

Mark Gurman: Touch ID won't come back to the iPhone

The TrueDepth camera system mentioned in the previous article made Face ID face recognition replace Touch ID fingerprint recognition, but the rumor that Apple may re-use Touch ID has not disappeared.

Yesterday, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said in a new newsletter that Touch ID will "not be returning to flagship iPhones — at least any time in the foreseeable future."

However, he also pointed out that Apple has actually tested Touch ID under the screen and Touch ID on the power button. Although unlikely, Apple could also put Touch ID on the power button on lower-end models like the iPhone SE.

9to5Mac also pointed to a third option: having both Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone. This can strengthen the iPhone's security features, such as users need to pass two authentications at the same time to access ultra-sensitive information. So, which one would you prefer?

He won the Nobel Prize for his research on ancient humans

Last night, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced, and the Swedish scientist Svante Pääbo, a scholar of paleoanthropology, won the award.

"Pabo's groundbreaking research gave birth to an entirely new scientific discipline, paleogenomics," the Nobel committee said. Being uniquely human provides the foundation.”

In 1997, Pabo identified the first genetic sequence from Neanderthals for the first time, proving that Neanderthals were a distinct branch from modern humans

Extinct ancient humans may seem far away, but in fact, understanding the genes of ancient humans has important implications for understanding the disease and health of humans today.

For example, some Neanderthal genes are thought to be involved in allergies, obesity, diabetes, blood clotting, and depression.

In the next few days, the 2022 Physics Prizes, Chemistry Prizes, and Literature Prizes will also be announced. Three Chinese writers are on the Nicer Odds Literary Award odds list this time, with Can Xue at 25th, Yan Lianke at 32nd and Yu Hua at 39th.

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is ranked ninth on the odds list and is still a favorite to win.

Pixel Watch full color exposure

Ahead of the new product launch on October 6, the renderings of the Google Pixel Watch smartwatch have been exposed again.

According to the pusher @OnLeaks, in terms of straps, in addition to the previously exposed silicone straps, the Pixel Watch seems to have a woven strap and two leather straps to choose from.

In terms of functions, its dial design shows that the Pixel Watch will provide electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, integrate Fitbit, have emergency call functions, and more.

RTX 4090 runs 1.6 times faster than 3090 Ti

Recently, Nvidia's upcoming RTX 4090 appeared on the Geekbench benchmarking platform.

In the Geekbench CUDA benchmarking project, the RTX 4090 scored 417713 points. Compared with the Geekbench running score list, the score of the RTX 4090 is about 1.6 times that of the RTX 3090 Ti.

According to reports, compared with the previous generation RTX 3090 Ti with DLSS 2, the performance of the RTX 4090 with DLSS 3 can be improved by up to 4 times in full ray tracing games.

Enter text and Meta's new AI can give you a video

Meta recently released an artificial intelligence system "Make-A-Video" that can directly generate a new five-second short video based on text prompts, static pictures or a video.

Although the effect is still crude, Zuckerberg noted that "generating video is much more difficult than generating photos, because in addition to correctly generating each pixel, the system must also predict how they will change over time."

However, the model is not yet fully open to the public. CNN also pointed out that because the data set may contain millions of images and texts, if such AI is abused, the inappropriate content generated by it may not be completely removed.

An Alternative to Electric Vehicles: Methanol Cars

Methanol is a non-drinkable alcohol that can be obtained from coal, natural gas, biomass and carbon dioxide. Methanol is already widely used in motor racing because it keeps the engine at a manageable temperature while delivering more horsepower.

Although over the past 10 years, China's methanol passenger car ownership has only grown from zero to 30,000 compared to the electric vehicle's growth from 20,000 to over 10 million.

But MIT commentator Zeyi Yang pointed out that methanol vehicles may be a powerful helper in helping my country achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 in the future.

On the 16th of last month, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stated that it would "accelerate the popularization of methanol vehicles" and "explore the 'green methanol + methanol vehicle' model". Geely, which owns Volvo Cars, has also launched several new methanol car models this year.

The popularity of methanol fuel is a new option that does not put "all eggs in one basket".

However, at present, there are less than 200 methanol refueling stations in my country, and most of the methanol is still made from coal. Cleaner production of methanol is still one of the obstacles to the promotion of methanol vehicles.

To learn more, you can check it out in "MIT":

Christie's to auction T. rex fossil 'God'

Christie's has announced that it will auction the Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil "God" in Hong Kong.

Unearthed in Montana, USA in 2020, "God" is in perfect condition, measuring 43 feet long, 16 feet high and weighing more than 3,000 pounds.

This is the second "T-Rex" to be auctioned. It is said that out of every 80 million T. rex, only 1 has a chance of being preserved as a fossil.

The auction will be held on November 30, with an estimate of between $15 million and $25 million, and the winning bidder will also have the right to change its name.

"Black Panther 2" announced the official trailer, Shuri is the next Black Panther

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Marvel released the official poster and trailer for Black Panther 2: Long Live Wakanda last night.

The Black Panther's sister Shuri is in the middle of the poster, and the frontal image of the new Black Panther is also unveiled in the trailer, again suggesting that Shuri will be the next Black Panther in the movie.

"Black Panther 2: Long Live Wakanda" officially started filming in June last year and will be released on November 11 this year.

For the first time in history, high temperature and cold wave warnings are issued, the south sweats, and the north protects against the cold

Image source: Interface News

Yesterday, the Central Meteorological Observatory issued a cold wave and high temperature warning at the same time.

It is expected that from the 3rd to the 6th, the strong cold air in the north will continue to move south, and the temperature in most of the central and eastern regions will generally drop by 8 to 12 degrees Celsius. According to the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, the minimum temperature in Beijing today is 4°C, and the blue warning for cold waves and strong winds is in effect.

Image source: Interface News

At the same time, the daily maximum temperature in many places in the south in the past few days has exceeded the historical extreme value in October. However, with the southward retreat of the subtropical high, the high temperature weather in the south will be basically lifted by the 5th.

When you go out during the holidays, don't forget to pay more attention to the weather forecast to avoid cold and hot alternations that cause colds.

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Arctic Monkeys – "The Car"

The good news is that Arctic Monkeys' new album, which has been revealed for a year, is finally available to listen to. The bad news is that it will take half a month to listen to the full album with 10 songs.

Although after listening to two new songs, you may immediately think of the slightly drunk retro jazz rhythm from the last album "Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (Moon Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino)."

However, lead singer Alex Turner has already hinted in an interview with "Big Issue", "This time we are back on Earth." "Wistful, enigmatic, reminiscent of '70s European cinema." That's the Guardian's description of the new song.

If "AM" is a personal diary written by a rock musician in a garage, and "Tranquility" is a science fiction novel, then "The Car" will probably be a long lyric poem.

"Look, the fantasy of the online world"

This 2016 documentary, in 2022, has many places still worth exploring:

Radio-allergic shunning groups, international hacking contests, the possibility of telepathy, the question of "Does the Internet dream of the Internet?"

However, compared with traditional documentaries, the purposeful hints and romantic narration interpretations between shots may make the audience feel the strong personal color of director Werner Herzog from time to time.

Andy Weir – "Moon City"

Andy Weir, author of The Martian, built a city on the moon after planting potatoes on Mars . In addition to the rich hard sci-fi details, the author's design of the internal economic system of this alien city is also very clever.

Spoilers are the most taboo in science fiction. All in all, if you want to relax during the holidays, this humorous and CPU-intensive novel can be a passing bucket of " Hollywood popcorn. "

It is worth mentioning that Andy Weir's latest book "The Salvation Plan" was shortlisted for this year's Hugo Award for Best Novel. In the future, we may also see " High Commander " Ryan Gosling as the protagonist in it.

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" Future Club Patch-City " shortlisted for the best annual cultural space in the world in 2022

The weather in Guangzhou is so hot that you can't walk outdoors, so why not come to Tianhe Cultural Landmark " Patch-City " .

After gaining the attention of "AD" and "ArchDaily", "Future Club Patch-City" has recently won the French DNA Design Award, was shortlisted for FRAME AWARDS 2022# Cultural Space of the Year, and also logged in the British ICON magazine and South Korea. INTERIOR Magazine.

Next month, there will also be a book fair in cooperation with Design360°, a well-known professional design magazine in Asia. If November 24th to November 27th is still blank on your calendar, mark it in red for a sense of inspiration in a physical art book.

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