To round out the bundle, Apple’s watchOS 7 is also available. The most notable changes there are the long-overdue addition of sleep tracking and new watchfaces. There are also some fitness updates, cycling directions in Apple Maps and automatic hand-washing detection. Sadly, Fitness+, which Apple announced yesterday, isn’t ready just yet.
There’s still no word about the macOS Big Sur update, but history suggests that will probably arrive in early October.
Yale’s smart robotic fabric is as flexible as you need it to be
“Our Field’s metal-epoxy composite can become as flexible as latex rubber or as stiff as hard acrylic, over 1,000 times more rigid, just by heating it up or cooling it down,” lead author Trevor Buckner said. “Long fibers of this material can be sewn onto a fabric to give it a supportive skeleton that we can turn on and off.”
In addition, the team developed a liquid-based sensor to detect changes, either with the wearer or in the surrounding environment, that can be literally painted onto the fabric. They also embedded specially-formed shape-memory alloy wires — which bend themselves into preprogrammed shapes when exposed to current — throughout the material, enabling it to take and hold its proper form. Imagine a pair of smart pants that can help the elderly stand or sit with ease from even the deepest of couch cushions.
Well, the material probably won’t be used for smart pants because the research was funded by the Air Force Office of Science Research which hopes to use the stuff in everything from wearable tourniquets and smart cargo netting to self-deploying tents.
Google’s Recorder app is getting an audio editing feature
At today’s Google event, the company announced that its Recorder app, which is available for Pixel 2 or newer phones, is getting a nice update that should make it a lot easier to search through audio files. The update will allow you to select a snippet of audio from a recorded clip, which you can then either share or remove from the larger audio file.
Additionally, you can search for specific words in a recorded transcript and delete them. So if you’re someone like me who tends to say “uh,” “um,” or any other crutch word during interviews, you can theoretically find and remove them with this new update.
According to Google, you’ll be able to use this feature offline, in the same way its live English transcription function works without needing internet access. The company announced the feature in a blog discussing the Pixel 5, but it will likely arrive on some of Google’s other Pixel phones as well.
The Sports Grind Entertainment has reached out to Google to confirm whether the new feature is indeed coming to more than just the Pixel 5.
Ms. Marvel Disney Plus show casts newcomer Iman Vellani for the MCU
After a lengthy casting process, Disney has chosen actress Iman Vellani to take the role of Kamala Khan, or Ms. Marvel, in the upcoming television series Ms. Marvel, reports Deadline.
The series will be a first in many ways. Ms. Marvel will be Vellani’s first major role in film or television, though, Deadline notes, she was part of a group of a dozen film-loving students chosen to curate the Toronto Film Festival’s Next Wave festival in 2019. Her character, Kamala Khan, was the first Muslim character in Marvel history to star in her own book, and in the MCU, she’ll be the first Muslim superhero to appear in a Marvel film or show.
Jointly created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona, with a costume designed by Jamie McKelvie, Kamala burst onto Marvel Comics pages in 2013. She was a superhero given the power to stretch and distort her body when her Inhuman heritage was awakened, but also a kid from Jersey City struggling to find her own identity between the pressures of school and family life, a relatable emotional core that made her an instant hit.
Kamala was part of a wave of new, diverse legacy characters at Marvel that included Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, and Jane Foster as Thor, all ideas that have been or are soon to be realized on the big screen. Kamala herself has already taken on a starring role in Square Enix’s Avengers game.
Ms. Marvel does not have release date yet, but Disney plans to release the series exclusively on Disney Plus.
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