|US leads boycott of UN talks on nuclear weapons ban - |
More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on atomic weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the conference had even begun, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats. "As a mom and a daughter there is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons," Haley, who represents the world's largest nuclear power, said on the sidelines of the meeting.
|Apple is getting serious about selling AR smart glasses, report claims - |
The notion of Apple releasing augmented reality glasses may have seemed ludicrous even a few months ago, but a new report from the Financial Times suggests that Apple is dead serious about making such a product a reality.
According to the report, Apple began investigating the feasibility and utility of developing smart glasses a little bit more than a year ago. Presumably, Apple's initial research in the area has been promising because the company is now eyeing the possibility of "taking it from a science project towards a consumer product."
Previous reports have said that Apple's AR research team now boasts hundreds of researchers and engineers with broad experience in fields like Augmented Reality, head-mounted displays, optics and more. As a prime example of the talent Apple is attracting and bringing in-house, Apple last year hired Zeyu Li, a vision algorithm engineer from Magic Leap.
It's also worth noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been uncharacteristically effusive when discussing the potential for augmented reality. Given how notoriously tight-lipped Apple tends to be when it comes to discussing new technologies, Cook's willingness to heap unrestrained praise on the technology is definitely worth paying attention to.
Not too long ago, Cook said that Apple is "high on augmented reality for the long run" and that the technology may ultimately prove to be as impactful as the smartphone itself. In a similar vein, Cook said the following about AR during an interview on Good Morning America about six months ago.
“Maybe it’s something we’re talking about,” Cook said, “maybe it’s someone else here that is not here, present, but could be made to appear to be present with us. So there’s a lot of really cool things there.”
As intriguing as all of this is, Apple isn't likely to launch a pair of smart glasses for at least another year. A previous report from Bloomberg claimed that Apple a few months ago placed an order for “small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing" and that a finished product might appear on store shelves as early as 2018. That projection, however, might be a tad too optimistic.
Incidentally, Robert Scoble earlier this year claimed that Apple will eventually release a pair of Augmented Reality glasses via a not-so-secretive partnership with Carl Zeiss AG, a reputed German company with decades of expertise and experience in developing a myriad of advanced optical systems.
|Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap - |
A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.
|Archaeologists Reconstruct Face of Medieval Man Who Died 700 Years Ago - |
The medieval man was buried along with hundreds of others in a graveyard underneath what is now the Old Divinity School building of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. By studying his remains and piecing together his facial features and biological history, archeologists said they hope to understand the lives of anonymous poor people in the 13th century. "Most historical records are about well-off people and especially their financial and legal transactions," study lead researcher John Robb, a professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement.
|US stocks slump as market digests Trump health setback - |
Wall Street stocks fell early Monday in the first full session since Republican leaders withdrew a US health care reform bill, dealing a major setback to President Donald Trump. The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 0.9 percent to 2,324.07, as did the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index which was down to 5,774.65. Analysts said the demise of the health care replacement, Trump's first major legislative effort, raised questions about the new president's ability to advance the rest of his agenda.