Looks like all of my free time is gone for the next several months as I'm writing an Amazon Echo user guide / reference book for Apress.
More deets to follow about pre-orders and such. I'd love to see this in print for the holidays.
"Alexa, make me a Martini!" :)
I already run android 6.0 on my N6, and some apps already request permissions in run time. Next to that, when you dive into settings, apps, you can set these permissions on apps that don't support run time permissions yet. For WhatsApp for instance, I unchecked all permissions I thought it doesn't need.
All not yet updated apps have all permissions checked, and when you uncheck one you get a warning that the app may start acting unpredictable because of the disabled permission.
The mountain in the image towers about six kilometers (four miles) above the surface. Its slopes are brightly streaked while its perimeter on the surface has a sharp definition. Interestingly there is no debris around the base of the mountain, and it also seems to stand alone, rather than being part of a mountain range.
In the other images, the spacecraft revealed a mountain ridge on Ceres, and also a large crater named for the Germanic goddess Gaue. Dawn has also been using its visible and infrared mapping spectrometer to gather data on the minerals that can be found on the surface of Ceres.
Dawn, which arrived in orbit around Ceres in March this year after visiting the protoplanet Vesta in 2011 and 2012, is currently orbiting 1,470 kilometers (915 miles) above the surface. Over the next few months, it will get closer and closer, reaching its lowest altitude – 375 kilometers (230 miles) – in October. At this height, we can expect even more stunning images.
In its current orbit, it takes Dawn 11 days to capture images of the whole surface of Ceres over the course of 14 orbits. In the next two months, the entire surface will be mapped six times. Images at this height have a resolution of 140 meters (460 feet) per pixel, and each covers less than one percent of the surface.
"Dawn is performing flawlessly in this new orbit as it conducts its ambitious exploration," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer and mission director, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, in a statement. "The spacecraft's view is now three times as sharp as in its previous mapping orbit, revealing exciting new details of this intriguing dwarf planet."
But while these images are all well and good, let’s be honest: we all want to know what caused the mysterious bright spots on the surface. Are they caused by ice, salt flats, or something else? We’ll have to wait to find out. ...
I think the thing that strikes me more about the new watches is that they are mostly all trying to ape the traditional idea of a watch, in other words looking backwards rather than forwards. Nothing wrong with that, but in order to actually compete with a good quality watch they have a long long way to go. Neither iOS and Wear are good enough yet, though both have some good features in play they lack depth. For Google that seems to be a problem, for Apple its a bit early to say.
Personally I see the market segment becoming less interesting, I think Apple has stolen the lead very easily with almost no resistance from Google and that gap is only likely to widen now. That, plus the ongoing poor hardware and software support for actual fitness tracking beyond basic step counting and not so great HRM etc leads me to think my new watch with be a Garmin Fenix 3 and not a Apple or Google watch at all.
The next big milestone will be the determination of the hardware lifespan, Google is likely to break first and I doubt that newer versions of Wear will be much fun on older hardware in 2016, too early to say for Apple but I know its a big concern for a lot of iWatch owners.
You'll get it once you listen. ;)
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