Tracking travelers’ phones let Cincinnati airport cut security line waits by a third

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Going through airport security is a miserable experience, but airports are at least starting to figure out ways to get you through the line quicker. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport says that the median wait time in its security lines has dropped by a third, going from 13.2 minutes to 8.9 minutes, after installing a system that tracks travelers’ phones to estimate how much traffic each line has. The system allows the airport to display to passengers how long the wait in each of its security lines is. It also allows the airport to adjust its resources to respond to demand.

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Apple adds developer guidelines for medical research, bans YouTube ripper apps

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Apple has made some adjustments to its developer guidelines today, adding new rules that app makers must follow to have their software included in the iOS App Store. First, after announcing that iPhone users will be able to help medical researchers gather more data for clinical studies, Apple is establishing some very specific rules that developers must adhere to if they wish to participate in ResearchKit.

“Apps conducting health-related human subject research must obtain consent from participants or, in the case of minors, their parent or guardian,” reads new guideline 27.9. “Such consent must include the (a) nature, purpose, and duration of the research; (b) procedures, risks, and benefits to the participant; (c) information about…

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Titanfall’s sequel won’t be a Microsoft exclusive

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With its giant robots and fast, approachable gameplay, the original Titanfall was a refreshing take on the multiplayer first-person shooter. But it wasn’t available to everyone, launching exclusively on Microsoft platforms including the Xbox One, 360, and PC. That’s about to change: IGN reports that the sequel will be coming to the PS4 in addition to the PC and Xbox One. “It’ll be multiplatform,” Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said.

“We haven’t figured it out yet.”

The original game launched last March as the first release from Respawn, a new studio made up of veterans from Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. Unlike most FPS games, it had no real single-player campaign, instead focusing on multiplayer battles between real players. Rumors…

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Scientists develop ‘remote control’ for deep brain stimulation in mice

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By injecting nanoparticles into the brain of mice, and exposing them to an external magnetic fields, it’s possible to stimulate brain neurons, according to a study published in Science today. This wireless deep brain stimulation technique could help reduce tremors in people who have neurological illnesses like Parkinson’s disease.

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Disney is making Frozen 2

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Frozen was a smash hit when it was released in late 2013, and now Disney is going to try to recreate its success. Frozen 2 is now in development from the original film’s directors, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. There are no real details on the movie yet, but you can be sure that Disney will be looking for another soaring Idina Menzel song to get stuck in viewers’ heads. Of course, that Disney would make a sequel to Frozen was never much of a question: it’s the most successful animated movie of all time, and no studio is going to turn down a chance at making that happen twice. A release date has yet to be announced.

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In Ebola-stricken countries, measles is now a risk

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Ebola itself was bad enough in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. But the outbreak also led to turmoil in those countries’ health care systems — and now a measles outbreak is a risk. Should a measles outbreak occur, almost twice as many people will be sickened, compared with before the outbreak. Thousands could die, according to a study appearing in the journal Science today.

“Measles in particular is known to show up during or after humanitarian crises because it’s so infectious,” says Justin Lessler, a study lead author and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a call with reporters.

“Measles in particular is known to show up during or after humanitarian crises.”The Ebola crisis kept people…

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Can there be such a thing as a mobile League of Legends?

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How do you take the fun, addictive, and lucrative League of Legends formula and make it work on a smartphone? Furthermore, can you make it intriguing enough for e-sport veterans — possibly as an e-sport itself?

That’s the all-but-impossible challenge that developer Spacetime Studios has given itself with Call of Champions, which will make its public debut this week at SXSW. It’s a streamlined multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game designed to be played in five-minute-or-less spurts, and while it may seem casual in scope, the developer has also made this with professional gamers in mind.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII is coming May 26th, 2017

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Following J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, the second film in the new Star Wars trilogy (the yet-to-be-subtitled Episode VIII) will hit theaters on May 26th, 2017. That’s 40 years and one day after the very first film, A New Hope, premiered in 1977. Disney CEO Bob Iger also confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be written and directed by Looper filmmaker Rian Johnson (that’s technically been known since last June, but this is the first time Disney’s confirmed it).

Episode VIII will arrive more than one year after The Force Awakens, which is coming…

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First Star Wars standalone film is called Rogue One, coming December 2016

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We still don’t know exactly what it’s about, but Disney has announced a name for the first spin-off Star Wars film: Rogue One. The film is being directed by Gareth Edwards, who was behind last year’s Godzilla, and is being written by Chris Weitz, who wrote screenplays for Antz and The Golden Compass. Felicity Jones is the first actor to be cast in the film. She’s a big grab right now, having just been up for an Oscar for her performance as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The film is targeting a release date of December 16th, 2016. It starts shooting in London this summer.

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Verizon is now selling Motorola’s new Moto E for $99.99

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Motorola’s recently announced Moto E is now available from Verizon Wireless. Prepaid customers can purchase the entry-level smartphone for $99 without signing any two-year contract. Verizon’s website reflects that the Moto E is shipping immediately, though there’s no option to pick one up at the carrier’s stores just yet. The new Moto E improves upon the previous version by upping the screen size to 4.5 inches, adding LTE data, and powering everything with a faster Qualcomm processor. Don’t expect miracles from that 5-megapixel camera, but the affordable Moto E should be a fine phone for your basics. And it’s running Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is something we still can’t say for other Motorola devices like the original Moto X and newer…

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Fast and Furious 7 actually dropped those cars out of an airplane

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The highlight of Furious 7’s trailers is without question a sequence where the characters drive out of a moving airplane, and the cars parachute thousands of feet above the road. Yesterday at The Verge New York offices, we had a very long and very heated debate about whether this was a practical effect or if it was mostly computer graphics.

Less than 24 hours later, the Fast and Furious filmmakers released a featurette that shows the crew did, in fact, drop cars from a moving aircraft — along with several humans, cameras in tow. (No, the actors weren’t in the driver seat.) So that settles it… unless, of course, the featurette is also CG. Maybe we’ll never know for sure.

Furious 7 opens April 3rd.

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BBC will give every Year 7 student in the UK a free Micro Bit computer

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The BBC launched a flagship initiative today that aims to get a new generation excited about technology. The Make It Digital campaign will provide students in Year 7 (that’s around 11 years old) with a small microcomputer that will allow them to learn the basics of coding. The microcomputer, nicknamed the Micro Bit, will be a standalone, entry-level coding device with an LED display that students can plug into any computer. It will be able to communicate with more advanced devices like the Arduino, Galileo, Kano, and Raspberry Pi, as well as other Micro Bits.

The initiative is a response to what the BBC is calling a “significant skills shortage” in the UK’s digital fields. The BBC’s director Tony Hall said in a statement today that the…

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One of the iPad’s best games has been remastered for the desktop

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When the first episode of Republique debuted on the iPad way back in 2013, the first thing that struck me was how perfect it felt for mobile. Since the debut of the iPhone, game developers have been trying to shoehorn console-style experiences on to smartphones, and even in 2015 they rarely seem to get it right. But Republique was different: everything from the structure of the story to the slick, intuitive touch controls felt mobile-native, while still keeping the epic look and scope of a console game.

So I was curious how the game would translate to Windows and Mac with its recent re-release. It’s not the first mobile game to make the jump, but few others have benefited so much from the shift. It turns out one of my favorite…

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Björk is a captivating spider creature in the new Lionsong video

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Björk season is upon us, and today brings the first official video from the fantastical, MoMA-featured musician’s recent album Vulnicura. The visual for “Lionsong”  features Björk dancing in an eerily lit space while wearing a pleather body suit and a dandelion-esque crown of thorns — a nod to the Vulnicura album art.

“Björk’s character for ‘Lionsong’ had to be smooth like a spider waiting in her web and seductive like a Balinese dancer cast in bronze,” the video’s directors, Inez and Vinoodh, told Noisey. “She is seen as if under a microscope, baring her heart while luring us inside the bloody galaxy of her own wound.”

That’s what I meant to say. The bloody galaxy of Björk’s wound.

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Apple stops selling two fitness trackers released in 2013

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Last night, Recode reported that Apple had removed Nike’s Fuelband and Jawbone’s Up24 fitness trackers from retail — both online and in stores. And since the timing coincides with the impending launch of Apple Watch, some are floating the idea that Apple might’ve made this move in an attempt to rid its retail shelves of other wearable competition. This morning I walked over to Apple’s store in Grand Central Terminal and can confirm that yes, both the Fuelband and Up24 are history. If they’re gone from one flagship store, you can bet the same products aren’t in any other Apple location; the company is meticulous about consistent presentation across its retail chain.

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Wunderlist launches redesigned apps for iPhone, Android, and Mac

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Popular to-do list app Wunderlist is today launching redesigned apps for the iPhone, Android, and Mac. The new apps feature a cleaner interface, new buttons to quickly add tasks or lists, and support for folders, which the company says was one of its most requested features. The iPhone version of the app also gains a “Quick Add” function, which will automatically add due dates and reminders to tasks as they are entered using natural language processing. Wunderlist for Android, meanwhile, has been redesigned to work better with Google’s Material design directives for Android 5.0 Lollipop and beyond.

These initial updates are the first of many that the company has planned for this year. Last month, CEO Christian Reber told The Verge that…

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Sid Meier’s Starships is the missing link between Civilization and Beyond Earth

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One of the ways to win a game of Civilization is to load up a spaceship with your smartest scientists and blast them off into space. The only way to start a game of Civilization Beyond Earth is to land one of those ships on an uncolonized new planet and start exploring. But what of the interplanetary voyages that happen between and after those two empire-building quests — are they not an experience worth having, a story worth telling? Sid Meier and his legendary Firaxis studio believe so, which is why today sees the release of a new game from the Civilization developer. It’s called Starships.

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23andMe plans to move beyond genetic testing to making drugs

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Genetic testing company 23andMe wants to use the vast amounts of genetic data it has gathered over the last few years to start making drugs, according to Bloomberg. Instead of focusing on screening people for various diseases, the company plans to make therapeutic agents that will target these diseases and possibly cure them. It’s a pretty big departure for the company that failed to get FDA approval for its DNA testing kit and that only just received FDA clearance to sell a test that looks for markers of Bloom Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that’s associated with sun sensitivity and increased cancer risk.

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These are the FCC’s full rules for protecting net neutrality

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The FCC has released the full text of its new Open Internet order — the set of rules that are meant to protect net neutrality. The full text of the order hasn’t been available until now. Even ahead of the vote, only those in the commission were able to see its actual text. That’s not unusual, but considering the significance of this particular vote, a lot of noise was made by dissenting commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly about getting it released to the public. That’s finally happened, though it occurred on the commission’s a normal timeline. The vote passing the rules took place late last month.

One of the big questions this document finally answers is what parts of Title II the commission is forbearing. It turns out to be…

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Eyefi’s Mobi Pro card can wirelessly sync all your RAW photos

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Eyefi is releasing a new Wi-Fi-enabled SD card today that’s meant to make transferring RAW photos from a card to a computer more convenient for photographers. The new card is called the Mobi Pro, and it’ll be the first in Eyefi’s Mobi line that’s capable of handling RAW files and connecting to local Wi-Fi networks. Earlier Eyefi cards were also capable of those feats, but Eyefi is now bringing those abilities to the Mobi line, which is supposed to be easier to set up than its other cards.

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