news-online-resized New Apple Watch is More Like an iPhone for Your Wrist 

We spent last week talking about the new iPhone X, but now it’s time to talk about the new Apple Watch Series 3, which is apparently much more like an iPhone than its predecessors.

“It now has LTE built in, and connects to the internet without needing your phone or even a Wi-Fi connection. For two years, the Watch was an iPod Touch. Now it’s an iPhone,” writes David Pierce in Wired.

The good news is that it’s relatively inexpensive to add the new Apple Watch to your existing wireless plan. The bad news is that using LTE will drain your battery and reduce the time you can spend using it.

In any event, it seems like a step in the direction of a truly standalone device that will eventually take the place of your smart phone. The full shift from phone to watch might not happen tomorrow, but it will probably happen sometime soon.


Facial Recognition Comes to Home Security Products

The Apple iPhone X isn’t the only new product with facial recognition capabilities. The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera uses AI technology and facial recognition software developed by its sister company, Google, to separate friends from potential foes.

With the launch of its IQ camera line, Nest is joining smaller companies that have already attempted facial recognition in consumer-grade home security cameras, but with mixed results. It’s a feature that both promises to be the next big thing in home monitoring but has also surfaced plenty of questions about privacy, security, and surveillance,” writes Lauren Goode in The Verge.


After Saturn, What’s Next?

NASA’s amazing Cassini spacecraft took its final dive into the atmosphere of Saturn last week, burning into small bits after completing one of the most spectacularly successful space missions of all time.

But Cassini was more than just a miracle of science and engineering – it revealed new mysteries for us to ponder and solve, such as whether the seas of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, might contain life.

The mission was also a triumph of math and physics, since much of Cassini’s flight was powered by the clever use of gravity. The math was complex, but the physics was simple – NASA used the same principles that many of us learned in high school to slingshot Cassini through the rings of Saturn with minimal fuel.

Here are 100 images from the mission, courtesy of NASA, via The New York Times. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.