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Link Round-Ups – October 29

Apple Unwraps New iPad at Big Event

For Apple, less is more.

Apple took the wraps off its much-anticipated downsized version of its iPad tablet, the 7.9-inch iPad mini, at an event in San Jose, Calif. Oct. 23.

Apple also revealed a 4th-generation 9.7-inch iPad, and updated versions of it Mac computers: a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, a revised Mac Mini and the next generation iMac, according to an article on Businessweek.com.

With Amazon having shipped millions of 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets and Google estimated to have shipped at least a million Nexus 7 tablets, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple couldn’t afford to cede a growing market to competitors.

“We sold more iPads in the June quarter than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC lineup,” said CEO Tim Cook. The iPad, he said, has been hugely popular in education and is “taking the business market by storm. … We’re not taking our foot off the gas.”

Google Takes Its Trekker Street View Cameras to Grand Canyon

Grand CanyonHey Google, go take a hike.

Google is currently taking pictures for Google Maps in a place where no vehicle has gone before — the rugged hiking paths of the Grand Canyon.

According to an article on Techcrunch.com, a Google team is on foot to capture the landscape’s panoramic views to add them to Google Maps. The move is a part of a greater effort to capture images beyond the streets. Google recently added images of landscapes from the Amazon and Antarctica to university campuses and ancient ruins.

To capture the area, the team is using wearable backpacks with a camera system on top.

“The narrow ridges and steep, exposed trails of the Grand Canyon provide the perfect terrain for our newest camera system,” Google said on its official blog. “The Trekker—which its operator controls via an Android phone and automatically gathers photos as he walks—enables the collection of high-quality imagery from places that are only accessible on foot.”

Scientists: Whale Was Trying to Imitate Human Speech

Whale I’ll be.

A white beluga whale in California has grabbed the world’s attention due to its ability to imitate the human voice. According to Discovery News, the whale named NOC was caught on audio speaking English.

“I think he was looking for feedback,” Sam Ridgway, president of the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) in San Diego, said in an interview with NBCNews.com. “These animals make a lot of sound, and they like feedback.”

One day, a diver surfaced from the tank and asked, “Who told me to get out?” At that moment researchers realized the sound came from their captive Beluga whale, named NOC. Researchers concluded NOC was mimicking the word “out.”

Scientists have long studied the ability of whales to imitate human sound. Their findings were recently published in Current Biology, concluding that the sounds they had heard were several octaves lower than typical whale sounds. The whales were actually trying to imitate humans, their research revealed.

The research revealed a pitch and amplitude rhythm in NOC’s voice that is comparable to human speech. As noted by Ridgway, the talking beluga spent long periods in close contact with humans, listening to them from both above and below the surface.

 

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