The first complete surgical transplant of a windpipe was performed by a medical team in New York City. Sonia Sein, a 56-year-old woman from the Bronx, New York is the recipient. Following a particularly nasty asthma attack, Sein ended up in the hospital six years ago. Doctors inserted a tube down her throat in order to help her breathe. Trachea transplants have been a big challenge for doctors.
CNET’s Road Show reports that General Motors plans soon to be selling an electric Chevrolet Silverado truck. They report that it will have a range of 400 miles. It will be produced that Factory Zero in Detroit. No launch date has been announced but the report stated ’before 2025’.
In revised guidelines, the US CDC said Monday there is no significant risk of catching the coronavirus from a surface or object. The CDC noted that studies have found that the risk of catching the bug via a surface is generally less than 1 in 10,000. It added that generally people contract COVID-19 through direct contact with a sick person or from airborne transmission.
The musician and member of the group Black Eyed Peas announced a partnership with Honeywell to launch Xupermask, a high-tech face mask with noise cancelling earbuds, Bluetooth support and a HEPA filtration system. During an interview with USA TODAY, Will.i.am said his idea for Xupermask stemmed from attempting to solve problems that come with regular mask wearing, such as eyeglasses fogging up.
In an interview to New York Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave some hints about the company’s secretive augmented reality and autonomous electric car projects. On AR, Cook said it had huge potential, and there are many ways it can be integrated range of product and services. On Apple Car, Cook didn’t say much. He just said Apple is experimenting with autonomy and refers to it as a ’core technology.’
Even though WhatsApp has had its fair share of controversies related to the privacy of the user, a new feature could be coming to the application which has been wanted by users for a long time. According to leaks, a chat migration feature could be made available on the app which would then allow users to move their chats from the Android devices to their iPhones or vice-versa.
After spending its first week tucked inside the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover in Mars, the Ingenuity helicopter survived its first cold night on the Martian surface alone. Perseverance dropped Ingenuity to the ground and backed away to allow the copter’s solar panel to get sunlight. NASA has termed it the first big hurdle that Ingenuity has passed ahead of his maiden flight on the red planet.
In a final blow to Oracle’s claim of well over $9 billion in damages, the US Supreme Court has stated that ’fair use’, not copyright infringement, was in play when Google used aspects of Oracle’s Java programming language in their Android platform. Justice Breyer stated that Google used ’only what was needed to allow users to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program.’
According to a doctor from Boston, as the stress due to the pandemic wears on and psychiatric emergencies are increasing by the day, children and teens are at ’the worst point of crisis’ with regards to their mental health in the past year. A dramatic increase has been seen in the number of children and teens having to go into the emergency room due to psychiatric crises according to the doctor.
The National Labor Relations Board has reportedly determined Amazon illegally retaliated against two of its most outspoken internal critics when it fired them last year. The employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who were fired for ’repeatedly violating internal policies,’ had publicly pushed the company to reduce its impact on climate change and address concerns about its warehouse workers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook described products the tech giant has in development in an interview with the New York Times’ Kara Swisher. He said that they intend to make people’s conversations ’even better’ by enhancing reality with ’augmented’ reality. A ’mixed reality’ device is rumored for launch in 2022. He also said that Apple is considering entering the self-driving car market.
NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has been dropped on the surface of Mars in preparation for its 1st flight, scheduled for April 11. Ingenuity flew to Mars while being attached to NASA’s Perseverance rover, which made a Feb 18 touch down on the planet. From now onwards, Ingenuity will have to use its own battery to run a vital heater to protect its unshielded electrical components from freezing.
In a massive data breach, details of more than 500 million global Facebook users were found online with Australians urged to secure their social media accounts. Reports claim that names, phone numbers, email addresses, and account IDs, have been published freely online due to the data breach. According to Facebook, all the leaked information is old and is related to a problem dating back to 2019.
LG Electronics announced Monday that it will be closing its loss-making mobile business unit. The winding down of the unit is likely to be completed by July 31 this year, however, the firm said that some existing phone models may still be available for a short period beyond July. It added that service support and software updates will be available ’for a period of time which will vary by region.’
According to a report by a leaker going by the name of ’l0vetodream’, the iMac set to launch in 2021 will be the one with the biggest screen ever used in an all-in-one by Apple. According to other reports, a complete redesign of the iMac is expected during the new launch as a similar design has been used for the all-in-one for the past eight years.
The government of Solomon Islands has decided to not go ahead with its earlier plan of banning Facebook. The country’s minister of communication, Peter Shanel Agovaka, had accused the social media platform of carrying ’abusive language’ and ’character assassination’ of government ministers, including the prime minister. The government will now work with the platform to address their concerns.
A US federal judge has allowed a new class-action lawsuit against Apple which alleges that the company knowingly sold Macbooks with defective displays to consumers. The suit claims that Apple has sold MacBook Pro laptops with defective display panels, where the bottom part of the screen suffers from alternate dark spots. Apple had removed the defective laptops after the problem came to light.