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Soft e-skin mimics how human skin can feel things



It was created by a team of researchers at Stanford University who implanted soft electronic skin electrodes into the brains of rats and recorded electrical signals from the animals’ motor cortex, the region of the brain responsible for voluntary movement. The animals jerked their legs in response to different levels of pressure registered by the brain, depending on the strength of the stimulation frequency, demonstrating that the electronic skin is able to detect different levels of pressure in the same way as animals and humans. usually.

The team says the work could lead to better prosthetics and could help build robots that can sense human-like sensations. The study was published in an article in The science Today.

“Our dream is to make a whole arm that has multiple sensors that can measure pressure, voltage, temperature, and vibration,” says Zhenan Bao, professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University who worked on the project. “Then we can make a real sensation.”

Lack of sensory feedback is one of the main reasons why people stop wearing a prosthesisbecause it may cause users to feel upset.

While previous electronic skins used soft sensors to sense touch, they had to rely on hard external components to convert them into measurable electronic signals. Such systems tend to restrict people from natural movement. This new e-skin is completely soft, which can help avoid this problem.

The fact that e-skin is thin and soft and consumes little energy makes it an exciting prospect for people working in the field of prosthetics, says Silvestro Michera, assistant professor of neural engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. don’t work on the project.

“We need to see it integrated into a real prosthesis,” he says. “This is clearly the next step.”

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iOS 16.5 and macOS 13.4 bring sports news, Bluetooth fixes, and security updates.



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Apple today released a new batch of software updates across all of its platforms, adding some of the latest noteworthy features to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura before announcing their replacement at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The iOS and iPadOS 16.5 updates, as well as the macOS 13.4 update, are now available for download.

Apple has basically finished adding important features to these versions of its software, and the list of improvements is short. The biggest innovation in iOS, macOS, and iPadOS is the Sports tab in the Apple News app, which appears to make it easier to follow sports news. And they solve an issue across all operating systems that causes Screen Time activities to not sync properly. And for iOS and iPadOS, new Pride-themed wallpapers have been added.

The iOS and iPadOS 16.5 and macOS 13.4 updates also fix some outstanding bugs. macOS has a fix for an issue that prevents Macs from using the Apple Watch to unlock, as well as a fix for a Bluetooth keyboard that takes too long to connect after a reboot. iOS update fixes Spotlight freezing bug and issues with Podcasts app in CarPlay.

V iOS another macOS the updates fix a long list of security issues, three of which are “heavily exploited” in the wild. Two of these were, in fact, patches that first used Apple’s Rapid Security Response feature earlier this month, although Apple didn’t say at the time which vulnerabilities it fixed (both are WebKit flaws). The Rapid Security Response version of these patches can be removed later if users choose, but this is no longer possible as the patches are built into iOS 16.5 and macOS 13.4.

Apple also released watchOS 9.5, tvOS 16.5, and version 16.5 of the HomePod software. With the tvOS update installed, Apple TV can now display up to four MLB Friday Night Baseball or MLS Season Pass games on screen at the same time if you’re the type of person who likes to keep track of multiple games at the same time. The watchOS update adds Pride wallpapers to match those in iOS, among a few other fixes.

Apple has announced several accessibility features coming to iOS, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14, but otherwise we don’t know much about the features they will include. Rumors indicate that all updates will be small this year as Apple shifts its focus to its long-rumored mixed reality headset.

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Critics say Montana’s TikTok ban is a violation of free speech



ABOUTOn Wednesday, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a first-of-its-kind bill to ban Chinese social media app TikTok in the state. The law, due to take effect in January 2024, was quickly criticized for violating free speech laws.

In a statement, Gianforte’s office called the law an attempt to “protect the personal and private data of Montana residents from being collected by the Chinese Communist Party.” Tech and legal experts say the way the ban is implemented in the coming months could set a precedent for how TikTok, which has more than 150 million U.S. users, is regulated nationwide, especially as state and federal legislatures authorities seek to restrict access to the platform. achieve.

“Now we are seeing a patchwork of efforts to limit [app]Whether it’s restricting access to minors or banning downloads on government devices,” says Courtney Rudsch, a research fellow at the UCLA Institute of Technology, Law, and Policy.

Radsch notes that a complete ban in the state will lead to much more complications. “This will be a watershed moment because it will likely be challenged at the constitutional level.”

How will the ban work?

The new law appears to place the responsibility for regulating usage on app stores and TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, rather than on individual users. Platforms like Google and Apple will have to remove the app from their statewide app stores and could be fined $10,000 for every day they don’t comply. (Google and Apple did not respond to TIME’s request for comment.)

It’s currently unclear how the ban will apply beyond that, or how it will affect users who downloaded the app before January 1st, but experts say enforcing it will be a daunting task. Companies are trying to use a tactic called geofencing to block an app based on the user’s geographic boundaries, but users can easily use a VPN to change their location to a different state.

“It will be difficult to implement it in a way that cannot be bypassed,” says Ramya Krishnan, staff lawyer for the Knight First Amendment Institute.

Will the law survive in court? ?

Most likely, a lawsuit will be filed against the ban. Keegan Medrano, policy director for the ACLU of Montana, said in a May 17 interview. a statement that the Montana legislature “trampled” freedom of speech. “We will never trade our First Amendment rights for cheap political glasses.”

In a statement released on Twitter on Wednesday evening, TikTok said“We want to reassure Montana residents that they can continue to use TikTok to express themselves, earn money, and find community as we continue to work to protect the rights of our users inside and outside of Montana.” TikTok did not respond to TIME’s request for comments.

“[TikTok] it’s a place where a lot of people say different things. To make this information inaccessible to the people of Montana, and also to prevent Montans from participating in this discourse, the government will have to present very convincing arguments, ”says Anupam Chander, professor of law and technology at Georgetown University.

Any legal action could be very similar to the latest attempt to block TikTok. In 2020, the courts blocked Trump’s order to ban TikTok and the Chinese messaging app WeChat, ruling that the Trump administration failed to demonstrate enough security risk to restrict users’ freedom of speech.

Montana’s ban is based on the idea that the app poses a security risk, but experts say the state has no evidence to support this. “In order to justify the ban, Montana had to show that its privacy and security issues are real and that they cannot be addressed in narrower ways,” says Krishnan. “He didn’t.”

Krishnan adds that banning TikTok would set a dangerous precedent in how we regulate free speech online. “Restricting access to foreign media is something we usually associate with authoritarian regimes,” she says, “and we have to be very careful before giving such powers to our government.”

How does this fit into the broader TikTok ban trend?

Government officials in Montana are justifying the law as a way to combat data collection and misinformation on the platform, a stance that is becoming increasingly common. Congress recently introduced the RESTRICTION Act, which would allow the Secretary of Commerce to ban foreign technology and companies from operating in the US if they pose a threat to national security.

“The real issue here is the need for a national data protection law,” says Radsch, who says unregulated data collection is likely being done by tech companies both in the US and abroad.

The most effective solution would be to adopt legislation to regulate the collection and use of data. “Many things are national security risks of one level or another. We use the Internet all the time, where our day-to-day activities can be stolen by foreign players,” says Chander. “There is the issue of a national security threat, but it’s just important to remember that these risks are everywhere. It’s not just one application or one domain.”

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Adventure awaits in Indiana Jones movies coming to Disney+ this month – learn more here



Harrison Ford’s new adventures will appear at the House of Mouse in May ahead of the release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Doom.


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