GeekSpeak for 2017-05-17

Treble the Ransom for Unicode's Watch

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We chat about Unicode probably too much, but we also chat about a new Android foundation, WCry, Google Email tricks, Graphing Calculator on the outs, Apple’s watch saving your life and a bit more here and there.

Here comes Treble: A modular base for Android

One thing we’ve consistently heard from our device-maker partners is that updating existing devices to a new version of Android is incredibly time consuming and costly.

WCry is so mean Microsoft issues patch for 3 unsupported Windows versions

Decommissioned for years, Windows XP, 8, and Server 2003 get emergency update.

Google Email Tricks by Miles

Test-approved app could kill off the graphing calculator

Students can kiss $150 calculators goodbye.

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Apple’s Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study says

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an AI-based algorithm.

Gender differences and bias in open source: pull request acceptance of women versus men

Biases against women in the workplace have been documented in a variety of studies. This paper presents a large scale study on gender bias, where we compare acceptance rates of contributions from men versus women in an open source software community. Surprisingly, our results show that women’s contributions tend to be accepted more often than men’s. However, for contributors who are outsiders to a project and their gender is identifiable, men’s acceptance rates are higher. Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless.


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