Google partners with news orgs to show more data in its search results

Google today announced that it is working with a number of news organizations to surface more data from their data journalism projects in its search results. The idea here is to make it easier to discover the data that a lot of these organizations produce and then surface it in an easy to read format […]

Google today announced that it is working with a number of news organizations to surface more data from their data journalism projects in its search results. The idea here is to make it easier to discover the data that a lot of these organizations produce and then surface it in an easy to read format on the company’s search results pages.

The company is currently working with a few news organizations, including ProPublica, to produce the structured data in the format it needs for its search index. As long as that data is in a table, adding it to the index should be pretty straightforward.

“As a news organization that is focused on having real-world impact, it’s very much in our mission to give people information at the point of need,” said Scott Klein, the deputy managing editor of ProPublica. “If we can make the data we’ve worked hard to collect and prepare available to people at the very moment when they’re researching a big life decision, and thereby help them make the best decision they can, it’s an absolute no-brainer for us. And the code is trivial to add.”

Any news organizations that produce this kind of data can follow Google’s guidelines and have their data indexed. For the right queries, the result of that is going to be prime placement on Google’s search results pages, so it’s probably worth the effort. That first results, after all, is all that counts.

It’s worth noting that Google already indexes and highlights lots of other data it finds online, but this is the first time it’s making a concerted effort to include journalism projects, too.

Waymo partners with Phoenix to connect people to public transit

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, is launching program in Phoenix next month that will focus on delivering people to bus stops, train and light rail stations. The program announced Tuesday is in partnership with Valley Metro, the Phoenix area’s regional public transportation authority. The announcement […]

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, is launching program in Phoenix next month that will focus on delivering people to bus stops, train and light rail stations.

The program announced Tuesday is in partnership with Valley Metro, the Phoenix area’s regional public transportation authority.

The announcement gives clarity to the fourth leg in Waymo’s business strategy. The company’s has publicly shared plans to focus on four areas: create a ride-hailing service, develop self-driving trucks for logistics, and license its technology to automakers for personally-owned vehicles

But it was the fourth piece—connecting people to public transportation—that was nebulous until now.

The program will be initially offered to employees of Valley Metro. These riders will be able to use the Waymo app to hail a ride in one of the company’s autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to take them to the nearest public transportation option.

Waymo will expand the program and provide first-and-last mile travel to Valley Metro RideChoice travelers, which cover groups traditionally underserved by public transit.

Waymo and Valley Metro hope to learn more about how people use public transit and what role self-driving cars can have in connecting people to the buses, trains, and light systems found in cities.

The company said it hopes to open the service to the public in the future.

Phoenix has become a major testing hub for Waymo. The company has been testing its self-driving vehicles there for months and launched an early rider program. In March, Waymo began shuttling a group of early riders in self-driving vehicles without a human test driver behind the wheel.

Last week, the company, announced a series of partnerships with Walmart, AutoNation, Avis and others to give customers access to autonomous vehicles. Under the partnerships, Waymo will pick up customers and drive them to businesses in the Phoenix area.

iOS’s Battery Health feature exits beta

Apple’s Battery Health feature has exited beta and is now finally ready for prime time following its debut as a beta product four months ago.

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How to download macOS Mojave 10.14 public beta 4 to your Mac

macOS Mojave, the next generation of Mac software, is now available as a public beta.

Apple has been offering public betas for macOS for a couple of years now as a way for those interested in testing out the upcoming software on their Macs, and providing feedback. If that’s you, you’ll need to sign up, enroll your Mac, download macOS Mojave, and install it. It’s not an overly complicated process, but we’re here to walk you through it and, if you need it, a place to get extra help.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for sof…

macOS Mojave, the next generation of Mac software, is now available as a public beta.

Apple has been offering public betas for macOS for a couple of years now as a way for those interested in testing out the upcoming software on their Macs, and providing feedback. If that's you, you'll need to sign up, enroll your Mac, download macOS Mojave, and install it. It's not an overly complicated process, but we're here to walk you through it and, if you need it, a place to get extra help.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Note: This guide is being updated in real time. If you are seeing old content, refresh the page or come back later.

How to make a back up of your Mac

Before joining the public beta, you need to make a backup of your Mac. That way, if something goes wrong, of if you're simply not happy and want to revert to macOS High Sierra, you can go right back to where you started.

Even if you back up every night, you'll want to make double, triple sure you're covered. So make a manual backup now. Here's how to do it with Time Machine. Even if you use something different or additional, like SuperDuper!, make sure you manually start a backup now.

  1. Click on the Time Machine icon in your Mac Menubar.
  2. Click on Backup now.

Let the backup finish before proceeding.

Note: If you're not adverse to the Terminal, you can also make a bootable High Sierra installer as way to jumpstart reversion, if needed.

How to register your account for the macOS Mojave public beta

If you've already joined a public beta for macOS in the past, you don't need to register again for macOS Mojave. Simply sign in with the same Apple ID. If you've never joined a public beta before, you'll need to start by signing up with your Apple ID.

  1. Go to beta.apple.com in Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on Sign up to get started. (If you've already signed up for a previous public beta, Click on Sign in and skip to "How to enroll your Mac", below.)
  3. Enter you Apple ID email address and password.
  4. Click Sign in.

Once you're signed up and signed in, it's time to start downloading.

How to enroll your Mac in the macOS Mojave public beta

Downloading the macOS Mojave public beta is done through the Mac App Store but requires a special code (like a promo or gift code). The code is provided for you on the website, but is also automatically entered for you when you click to begin the process.

  1. Go to beta.apple.com, if you're not there already.
  2. Click on the macOS tab, if it's not highlighted already.
  3. Click the Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility button.
  4. Open the file from your Downloads window.
  5. Double-click the package to run the installer.

When the installer is finished downloading, the Mac App Store will automatically open to the Updates section. Click Update to download and install the public beta software. After the software has been downloaded, your Mac will automatically restart.

If the latest public beta does not appear on the Updates list, restart your Mac. Then, open the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab.

The public beta update can take a long time to finish downloading, depending on the size. You can check the status in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

How to install the macOS Mojave public beta

The macOS Mojave installer will automatically open when it's downloaded. If it doesn't, or if you prefer to do it later, you open Install macOS Mojave Public Beta at any time via Spotlight or Launchpad, or from the Application folder in the Finder.

  1. Launch Install macOS Mojave Public Beta app, if it's not launched already.
  2. Click Continue at the bottom.

  3. If prompted to make a backup, and you didn't before, click Continue in the dropdown. If you just made a backup, click Cancel.
  4. Click Continue at the bottom once your backup completes, or if you skipped it.
  5. Click Agree to accept the licensing terms.
  6. Click Agree again to confirm.

  7. Click on the drive you want to install onto (if you have multiple options; most people won't.)
  8. Click Install.
  9. Enter you administrator password and click OK.
  10. Click Restart (if your Mac doesn't restart automatically, or you don't want to wait).

Once your Mac reboots, it'll be running macOS Mojave. There's a brief bit of setup you'll need to go through, however, as the system will have changed enough that it'll need your login to complete the update.

Once that's done, you'll be ready to rock macOS Mojave.

How to update to a new version of the macOS Mojave public beta

Downloading software updates has changed on macOS Mojave, and updating your Mac is no longer done through the Mac App Store.

  1. Open System Preferences from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click Software Update.

  3. Click Update Now if there is an update available for your Mac.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Automatically keep my Mac up to date if you want your Mac to automatically download and install software updates in the future.

What's new, and what if you don't like it?

To help ease your way into everything, make sure you check out our macOS Mojave preview and our comprehensive macOS Mojave FAQ for all the details!

And, if you ultimately decide macOS Mojave 10.14 isn't for you, you can still revert back to macOS 10.13.5.

Update July 31, 2018: Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14 public beta 4 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for beta 3 to get started with macOS 10.14 testing, now's the time to grab it!

Apple releases new public betas for macOS, iOS 12 and tvOS 12

A day after it released developer beta versions, Apple is out with new public betas for macOS Mojave, iOS 12, and tvOS 12.

iOS 12 public beta

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How to download tvOS 12 public beta 4 to your Apple TV

Want to see what’s going with tvOS 12? The public beta is now available. Here’s how to download it!

tvOS 12 is coming later this year, though Apple has yet to say anything about it. Ahead of its arrival, Apple is letting interested users check it out beforehand with a public beta.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

If you’re interested in trying out the tvOS 12 public beta, just sign on up for A…

Want to see what's going with tvOS 12? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it!

tvOS 12 is coming later this year, though Apple has yet to say anything about it. Ahead of its arrival, Apple is letting interested users check it out beforehand with a public beta.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

If you're interested in trying out the tvOS 12 public beta, just sign on up for Apple's Beta Software program and ready your device.

How to register for Apple's Beta Software Program

Registering for the Apple Beta Software Program is free and just requires an Apple ID.

  1. Head to beta.apple.com.
  2. Tap Sign up to get started with the program.
  3. Enter your Apple ID email address and password.
  4. Tap Sign In.
  5. Tap Accept to agree to the program's terms and conditions.

How to enroll your Apple TV in the tvOS 12 public beta

To enroll your Apple TV in the tvOS 12 public beta, you'll need to be signed into your Apple TV with the same Apple ID you used to register for the Beta Software Program.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Accounts.

  3. Click either iCloud, iTunes and App Store, or Game Center.

  4. Sign in with the same Apple ID email address and password that you used to register for the beta program.

  5. Click Menu on your Siri Remote.

  6. Click Menu on your Siri Remote again.
  7. Click on System.
  8. Click Software Updates.

  9. Turn Get Public Beta Updates on.

  10. Click Get Public Beta Updates.

  11. Click Agree.

You can turn off public beta updates by clicking the Get Public Updates button again under Software Updates.

How to install the tvOS 12 public beta

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click on System.

  3. Click Software Updates.

  4. Click Update Software.

  5. Click Download and Install.

Questions?

If you've got any further questions about installing the tvOS 12 public beta, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Update July 31, 2018: Apple has just released tvOS 12 public beta 4 for members of its Beta Software Program. If you already have the tvOS 12 public beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away.