Apple’s iPhone chip might change how you use your phone, scientists are progressing toward a drug-free HIV treatment, and social platforms are considering ditching likes. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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The biggest iPhone news is a tiny new chip inside it
The iPhone 11 and iPhone Pro will include a chip Apple is calling the U1. The U1 will enable “ultra-wideband” positioning powers, giving devices the ability to determine each other’s location when they’re in close proximity. Think of it as Bluetooth on steroids: faster, more accurate, and more capable. Apple has already touted how it will improve AirDrop file-sharing, but it could seep into an Apple version of the Tile—the little device that helps you find your oft-misplaced things—help you unlock your car with your phone, or even tell you where to find what you want in the grocery store.
Chinese scientists try to cure one man’s HIV with Crispr gene editing
In 2017, doctors injected Crispr-edited stem cells into the bone marrow of a young man with both HIV and leukemia. More than two years later, the patient still has HIV, but his cancer is in full remission. Experts say that even though it didn’t cure his HIV, the fact that Crispr appears safe to perform in humans moves the field one step closer toward creating drug-free HIV treatments.
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That’s how many likes you may soon see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, as they try to dial back toxic dialogue on their platforms. Are users truly ready for a world with no likes?
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