An Apple cord-cutting service: The attraction of a one-stop service for live and on-demand TV is attractive to Apple fans who'd like a TV service to live alongside Apple Music. But, to date, Apple apparently hasn't been able to get content providers (including Disney, NBC Universal, Fox and CNET owner CBS) to sign on to a package at the price point that Apple wants to offer. Besides, if such a deal were in the works, that too would be ripe for leaks. And now that Apple TV already offers Sling TV, Hulu, DirecTV Now, Fubo and PlayStation Vue, customers who want cord-cutting alternatives to cable TV are well-served. It all means that an Apple service seems less critical than it was considered three to five years ago.
Apple already introduced its latest mobile operating system iOS 11 during WWDC and it has since been available for public beta . With the new iPhones, we'll get a full look at what iOS 11 can do, so expect more details. So far, we've gotten a peek to see that Siri and the Control Center will both get an interface refresh; the camera app will have a handful of more tools; the lock screen and notification center will merge and more. iOS 11 also significantly enhances newer iPads, offering a wider dock, and more flexible split-screen options.
There is hope, thanks to a new approach using a low-tech, low-cost method that can be done in an assembly-line fashion, requiring less than five minutes per operation. Surgical teams can do more than 10 cases per hour, and up to several hundred operations per day. Instead of using phacoemulsification, the cataract is removed with a technique pioneered at Aravind Eye Hospital in Southern India and Tilganga Eye Center in Nepal. These two centers manufacture their own artificial lenses at very low cost, so that they can provide cataract surgery to the poor for around $15 per operation.