Ride easy with new biking features in Google Maps @google

People across the world are opting to hop on their bikes—especially with summer arriving in many parts of the world and more people looking for safer ways to get around. Since February, requests for cycling directions in Google Maps have jumped by 69 percent—hitting an all-time high last month. Whether people are hitting the road to get their heart pumping or commute safely during COVID-19, we’re making it easier for cyclists everywhere to get on their own bike or a shared one.

Ten years ago, we introduced biking directions in Google Maps. Now it’s available in nearly 30 countries around the world and millions of people use it every day. As biking habits change, especially as things evolve with COVID-19, we’re constantly updating this information to help you uncover the most reliable bike route …

C4A Research Institute

Computing for All through Linguistic Interaction Technologies

We are conducting research and development on dialogue systems technologies and related technologies such as natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and human-machine interactions. Dialogue systems such as chatbots and personal assistants have been getting used but we think there are many new applications of dialogue system technologies. We are aiming at allowing all people to easily use information technologies through the applied research on dialogue systems with collaborating with the industry and academia. We also try to teach computer science and information technologies through the research and development of dialogue systems technologies.

NASA wants private companies to sell it Moon rocks and dust

NASA has announced a new contract opportunity that will involve it purchasing Moon dust (called regolith) and rocks from a private space company. The intention was announced by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a post this week, with the official stating that utilizing private companies under its Artemis lunar program will help it save money and access new innovations developed by these companies. The new contract is part of this effort.

The new solicitation has been published online; it will be live until October 9, at which point interested companies will need to have their proposals submitted. According to Bridenstine, NASA wants a commercial company to gather space resources for it — meaning the regolith and rocks. A small quantity of both materials will be collected and sold to NASA.

Apple Watchの心電図計が日本で医療機器承認、診察等で活用可能に


Apple Watchが9月4日付けで「家庭用心電計プログラム」「家庭用心拍数モニタプログラム」の医療機器認証を取得したことが明らかになりました。


Apple Watchが日本でも医療機器承認を受けたことで、現在日本では利用できないECG(心電図計)が近く解禁される可能性もありそうです。


Apple’s Fall Hardware Event Will Be Different—Very Different

Apple Watches, iPads, some secret surprises, and a reel of slickly produced videos to drive it all home. Just like old times … sort of.

SEPTEMBER HAS A special kind of significance, particularly in the northern hemisphere. The ninth month of the year means back to school, the change of seasons, the autumnal equinox. From a young age we’re attuned to these rhythms, and then sometime in adulthood they’re muted by all of the Other Things that occupy our brain space. Unless, you work in tech, love to read about tech, or are employed to write about tech. In that case, September is for tech events—Apple events.

For more than a decade, Apple has hosted a “special event” in September, capitalizing on those fresh-start feelings and presenting its new wares well in advance of the critical holiday buying season. The scene-stealer is supposed to be the iPhone. Over the years, more product categories have crept on stage, like watches and headphones and tablets and a smart speaker. But the iPhone is September, and September is the iPhone.