Apple Music may be playing catchup to Spotify, but it’s still growing rapidly. From today Apple has a new way to appeal to music fans: a daily updating curated playlist called New Music Daily.
Apple describes it as “the playlist that never sleeps, updated every day with new music you simply can’t miss.” The constantly updating nature of the playlist is bound to draw in music fans who are always looking for something new.
The lead single for the first Daily playlist is Taylor Swift’s latest release The Man, from her new album Lover. Other picks for the inaugural playlist include Missy Elliott, Sturgill Simpson, Lana Del Ray and Summer Walker.
New Music Daily is Apple Music’s answer to Spotify’s popular Discover Weekly and other algorithmically generated daily playlists. Spotify debuted Daily Mixes in 2016, and went a step further in June with a mix of news and music in Your Daily Drive. Apple Music already offers a Friends Mix which is
Today is Friday, August 23rd, which means that we’re now just two and a half weeks away from seeing the official unveiling of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 11 lineup, and exactly three weeks away from being able to preorder it online. The launch date that BGR had suggested weeks earlier was recently confirmed by a leak in Apple’s iOS 13 beta software, so we now know conclusively that the company’s big iPhone event will be held on Tuesday, September 10th this year. Using Apple’s release schedule each and every year as a guide, we can then conclude that the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max will go up for preorder on Friday, September 13th, ahead of their release a week later on Friday, September 20th. In other words, we’re now just four weeks away from seeing Apple’s hotly-anticipated iPhone 11 phones hit store shelves.
There is a slew of exciting new flagship phones slated for release in the second half of 2019. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are actually being released on this very day, and Huawei’s powerhouse Mate 30 shouldn’t be far behind. The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro are on their way as well, plus we have two foldable smartphones set to launch by the end of the year: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold in September, and the Huawei Mate X in November. Sandwiched in between those two foldables, Google is set to release its completely overhauled Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL flagship phones.
It’s quite a time indeed to be a gadget fan, and all of those phones are expected to be terrific. But it’s the iPhone 11 series that’s at the forefront of most people’s minds right now. After all, Apple’s iPhone 11 lineup will sell more units in one month than any of those Android phones will likely sell during their entire lifespans. We’ve seen plenty of leaks so far and read about what to expect from the iPhone 11 lineup, but reading about it is one thing and seeing the new iPhone 11 design in action is another thing entirely.
We’ve heard time and time again that Apple’s new iPhone 11 series will look a whole lot like its current iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, but with a few key changes. We’ve also seen countless renders of the new phones. Renders are great and all, but seeing Apple’s leaked iPhone 11 design come to life is far better.
As is the case each and every year, the schematics for Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max were stolen from the Foxconn factory where the phones will be manufactured months ahead of their debut. Third-party accessory makers use this stolen design files to build protective cases for the new phones so that they’ll be ready to sell by the time Apple’s new smartphone lineup is released. Companies also use those design files to make physical mockups of the new iPhone models,
Windjammers is basically Pong on steroids. The original, released for the Neo Geo arcade system in 1994, had two players throwing a frisbee — sorry, “ultimate flying disc” — across a net. If you managed to hit the opponent’s end zone, you got some points. Simple, right? Yes and no. Lobs, curved shots and character-specific special moves added a surprising amount of strategy to each game. And now, there’s Windjammers 2. The sequel, developed by French studio Dotemu, has a brand-new art style and some extra mechanics to keep the action and inevitable mind games fresh.
It is, in a word, brilliant.
First, a quick breakdown of the controls. As before, you move with the left analog stick and execute both a basic throw and dash with the bottom face button (X on PS4, A on Xbox One, etc.) You can throw the disc quickly or slowly with a timed button press, and change its trajectory — with a slight curve, for instance, or diagonally so it bounces off the top or bottom wall — by pushing the stick in a specific direction. The lob has been shifted to
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A first-of-its-kind mapping model tracks how hate spread and adapts online—providing what researchers hope is a blueprint for stopping it.
Analysts from the University of Miami and George Washington University developed a chart showing how “global hate highways” can bridge social networks, geographic borders, languages, and ideologies.
“Hate destroys lives,” GW physics professor Neil Johnson said in a statement. “Not only as we’ve seen in El Paso, Orlando, and New Zealand, but psychologically through online bullying and rhetoric.”
The team focused on global platform Facebook, as well as its European counterpart VKontakte—the most popular site in Russia.
Over a period of a few months, they mapped how clusters (groups or pages that build a community based on shared views, interests, or purposes) interconnect to spread narratives and attract recruits.
The results, published this week in the journal Nature, suggest a sort of Catch-22 for social media companies and their users.
While administrators are expected to aggressively eradicate hate content, banning trolls from one platform often compels them to move to another—simply shifting the resentment instead of eliminating it.
“It is essentially a whack-the-mole game,” senior study author Stefan Wuchty, an associate professor at UM, explained. “Once you whack one mole it will show up somewhere else.
“It is counter-intuitive, but pushing hate groups from social media platforms actually has the opposite effect,” he continued. “It creates a more concentrated assembly of those groups on a different platform.”
A researcher team mapped how clusters of hate interconnect to spread narratives and attract new recruits (via University of Miami/George Washington University)
At the core of the problem, Wuchty pointed out, is social media platforms’ reluctance to work together and unite their policies for change. Until then, hate groups will only continue to grow across the world wide web.
“The analogy is no matter how much weed killer you place in a yard, the problem will come back, potentially more aggressively,” according to Johnson.
“In the online world, all yards in the neighborhood are interconnected in a highly complex way—almost like wormholes,” he said. “This is why individual social media platforms like Facebook need new analysis such as ours to figure out new approaches to push them ahead of the curve.”
The team proposed four distinct policies that, if executed properly, could cut hate groups off at the knees:
Ban numerous small hate clusters rather than a few large ones. The idea is that abundant small groups are easier to locate, and eliminating them prevents the emergence of other large clusters.
Ban small numbers of users selected at random from online hate clusters. This random-targeting approach avoids potential violations of privacy regulations.
Promote the organization of anti-hate clusters. These groups could serve as a “human immune system” to fight and counteract haters.
Introduce an artificial group of users to encourage interactions between hate clusters with opposing views. Researchers hope the members will battle out their differences among themselves, instead of taking their anger out on the public.
Google Photos is easily one of the best apps you could have installed on your phone, especially if it’s an Android device, and especially a specific type of Android that comes with unlimited storage. Even if you prefer a different cloud or storage device for your photos, you should still consider getting the Google Photos app on your Android or iPhone right now, because the service is about to get a super convenient feature.
That’s optical character recognition (OCR), a feature that allows Google to read the text in photos and turn it into text that you can search for, and even copy and paste into documents. That’s a handy feature to have on a phone, especially if you find yourself taking lots of photos of things that contain plenty of text that you’d want to be able to access later. You know, like that secure, but very complex password of your home Wi-Fi. There are other ways of saving that password, of course, but who hasn’t taken a photo of a Wi-Fi password at least once in their lifetime?
Wow, @googlephotos has OCR to turn screenshots into copy/paste text!
A. Open google photos and select screenshot B. Pick “Lens” feature [image 1] C. Highlight text [image 2] D. Pick copy/paste [image 2,3]
Pulling text out of screenshots you’ve saved at some point on your phone is one other great example of what OCR tech can do for you. Being able to find that screenshot by search is also going to be a lot easier than browsing your photo gallery.
According to 9to5Google, it’s the OCR feature that already that exists in Google Lens powering the new feature. Google Lens is an AR app that delivers more information based on the visual data it captures from your surroundings. And now you’ll be able to search Google Photos for text by text using the OCR feature, and then copy and paste the information you needed.
Google quietly confirmed the feature on Twitter, saying it’s rolling out to Photos users this month the ability to search photos by text.
You spotted it! Starting this month, we’re rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them.
Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text. Take that, impossible wifi passwords 😏
Huawei Technologies expects US export restrictions to reduce annual revenue at its consumer devices business by about US$10-billion, as the company is banned from buying American components like semiconductors and software.
China’s largest technology company is seeking ways to replace key US suppliers such as Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, deputy chairman Eric Xu said Friday. The overall damage to the company will be a “little less” than billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei’s initial estimate, Xu added.
Huawei is seeking to develop alternatives after coming under intense pressure from the Trump administration, which has argued its technology represents a security threat. On Friday, it introduced its most powerful artificial intelligence chipset, the Ascend 910, which is poised to rival some of the best offerings from Qualcomm and Nvidia. Earlier this month, it offered the first glimpse of an in-house software — HarmonyOS — that may someday replace Google’s Android.
Even if Huawei is eventually brought in from the cold, the impact of the upheaval will be widespread and painful
The company is also researching ways to replace chip-design software tools offered by Cadence and Synopsys, Xu told a news briefing in Shenzhen without elaborating. “There were no chip design tools 10 years ago, but the industry still developed chips,” said Xu, who argued that Cadence and Synopsys were not must-haves for design. “Intel started to develop chips in the 1970s, when those companies didn’t exist.”
Since May, Huawei has occupied the uncomfortable position of being both an established global brand and a member of the US Entity List, which bars it from trading freely with American suppliers. Despite a series of 90-day reprieves, the latest of which came this week, the uncertainty caused by American sanctions has already cost the company a great deal.
Slower sales growth
Even if Huawei is eventually brought in from the cold, the impact of the upheaval will be widespread and painful. Already, it reported slower sales growth in the second quarter compared to the first as the ban started to bite, especially into a consumer business encompassing smartphones and laptops. That, in turn, is accelerating Huawei’s effort to become self-reliant.
One area in which the Chinese company is rapidly developing in-house expertise is semiconductors, propelling Beijing’s ambitions of weaning itself off foreign chips. HiSilicon — Huawei’s chip design subsidiary — has been developing its capabilities for a long time, and it’s recently grown into the second largest customer (after Apple) for the world’s biggest chip manufacturing contractor Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. Huawei has also elevated the presence of homegrown technologies throughout its product line — from base stations to smartphones and servers — as a key step to limiting the damage of the US ban.
The Ascend 910 processor unveiled Friday is a show of technological prowess. It will be used for AI model training, and Huawei says it outperforms all existing competition. Xu proclaimed that “without a doubt, it has more computing power than any other AI processor in the world”. The company
As much as having a website is almost a prerequisite if you have a business, it is not just a case of building it and watching the magic happen. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Building your website is just the start, generating traffic and then converting that traffic into leads, interactions or business is another matter altogether.
So how do you go about reaping some reward from the investment that you have made on the website to ensure that it fulfils the purpose for which it was built? There are lots of tricks that can be employed, some fairly obvious and some a little more complicated – here they are for you to try out at your leisure:
Importance of search Of all the ways that traffic is generated, the search is one of the most important. Thus, in order to ensure that you are getting in front of the right eyeballs when searches are entered Google, you need to make sure that your site is correctly optimised. This is quite an advanced process that has many elements to it, but the importance cannot be overstated.
This is an area that you could look to tackle yourself, or, perhaps given its importance, you might want to find an SEO company in Australia and work with them. A recognised leader in the field will position you right in this crucial area and the benefits should be noticeable.
Keep it fresh If you want people to discover your website, then you need to make sure that there is a reason for people to land there in the first place. The more content that you have on offer the easier it will be for people to discover you.
Obviously, the content needs to be relevant and you cannot add content simply for the sake of it. You also need to make sure that you are adding original content and not simply cutting and pasting from other sites.
Position yourself as a thought leader; don’t just look to sell a service, be informed and current and have opinions and you will find people start to take you a lot more seriously. And you will build up a reputation that goes beyond a purely transactional one and into the realm of reputational.
Work the socials Social media is a great place to play when you are looking to build an audience. Insert yourself into conversations. Interact with people who have large audiences and comment on relevant threads and hashtags where you can contribute positively. This is a great place to leverage the blog content that we spoke about above.
Identify influencers Influencer marketing is becoming increasingly popular and important. Identify people who have big and relevant followings on Twitter and then engage with them. Either pay them to write a blog or offer them something for free in exchange for a post or two. Find a fee that works for both of you and watch them work their magic.
Soft robots have potential applications in everything from space exploration to health care, as they’re able to change shape depending on the needs of their environment. Most soft robots need to be “tethered” though, meaning they need to be attached to a cable which supplies compressed air or instructions. Now, a team of scientists has come up with an untethered soft robot which is able to change its shape in response to heat.
In a new paper in Science Robotics, a team from Caltech describe using sets of folds like origami to create a flexible soft robot. They created two different type of hinges which fold at different temperatures, so when the robot is heated it folds in a specific order.
The advantage of the hinges is that they allow the robot to be configured into different shapes but within set parameters. Other soft robots have blobby bodies which are difficult to predict and control, but the hinging robots only need to be
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has been making phones for quite a few years now, but it’s 2019 the year that marks several meaningful milestones for the company. This was the first time when OnePlus released a series of phones in the first half of the year, two more than what we expected — that’s the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. And the latter was the first 5G phone with OnePlus branding, also one of the first 5G handsets to reach consumers. The novelties don’t stop there, as OnePlus will launch its first Smart TV models this year, followed by a redesigned OnePlus 7T Pro.
In regular OnePlus fashion, the company has started teasing its next product, and, unsurprisingly, that’s the TV line that’s going to have a straightforward name, OnePlus TV.
We’ve known for about a year that TVs are on its agenda, and OnePlus unveiled the official name and logo of the series recently. The company took to Twitter to reveal the first specs for the OnePlus TV posting the following message:
The OnePlus TV will come in a 55-inch QLED version, and we shouldn’t be surprised to see other sizes for it. Interestingly, the tweet was posted on the OnePlus Twitter handle for India, which is rumored to be the first market for OnePlus TV.
Aside from the screen size, the tweet tells us that OnePlus is going for QLED display technology, which might be an indication that Samsung panels will be used in the smart OnePlus TV models.
QLED shouldn’t be confused with OLED, which is currently the best type of TV display you can get. While Samsung is the king of OLED screens for smartphones, it’s LG that delivers the best OLED experience when it comes to TVs.
QLED is a term Samsung coined for quantum dot LED TVs, which use the same LED source as a regular LED LCD TV. CNET has a great breakdown of the differences between QLED and OLED TVs, if you need more info.
The bottom line is that QLED TVs are much cheaper to manufacture than OLED TVs, while still delivering a great experience. Thus, OnePlus’s screen choice revelation above also signals that the OnePlus TV should be affordable products, something we’ve been suspecting all along. The fact that it’s going for the same screen tech as some of Samsung’s best TVs doesn’t hurt either.
OnePlus TV should be unveiled at some point in the coming weeks, and launch by mid-October in India, at least according to some reports.
Econet Wireless of Zimbabwe has put its media unit up for sale after saying earlier this month it would be closed because of a shortage of foreign currency in the country.
Ernst & Young said in a newspaper advertisement on Friday that it will oversee offers for all or part of the company’s shareholdings in businesses in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mauritius, Ghana, Kenya and Dubai.
Econet Media, which operates under the brands Econet Media and Kwese, runs businesses that offer satellite broadcasting, free-to-air television and digital distribution of media content. — Reported by Godfrey Marawanyika, (c) 2019 Bloomberg LP
We’re ready with our review of Samsung’s big-screen Galaxy Note 10+, and the rumor machine is already cranking up ahead of Apple’s next big iPhone reveal. Also, an OTA update can make some Teslas handle better at high speeds.
As usual, we’re expecting a slew of new hardware from Apple this fall, and according to Bloomberg that will include a new Pro variant of the iPhone to replace the XS and XS Max. So what could make it worthy of the moniker? Try reverse wireless charging, wider-angle FaceID and a triple rear camera setup.
While they’ll likely skip 5G this time, we could see an upgrade to the iPhone XR, plus updated iPads and a 16-inch MacBook Pro that expands its screen by trimming the bezel. Smaller upgrades are said to be in store for the Watch, AirPods and HomePod products.
Consumers could suffer from sticker shock when it comes time to buy a 5G-enabled phone, suggests a new report from IHS Markit, based on a poll conducted in the United States.
Although consumers expect to pay more money for 5G smartphones, the prices may exceed their expectations dramatically, with some devices selling for as much as 29 times more than what the average buyer might anticipate, the research firm noted.
Ninety-one percent of the survey respondents said they would expect to pay more for 5G devices, but three quarters of those individuals expected that amount to be just 10-25 percent more than a 4G handset.
Consumers may be disappointed when they see that the some phones are far more expensive, IHS warned. For example, Samsung’s S10 5G phone has a retail price of US$1,300 — a 335 percent premium when compared to the $388 price of a Samsung 4G device.
Early adopters tend to understand that having the latest and greatest products requires paying a premium, and some consumers are willing to open their wallets.
“Samsung has reported some solid initial sales of Galaxy S10 5G, especially in South Korea, suggesting the high price tag of these devices
South Africa is caught up in the global hype of the so-called fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is distracting it from the unfinished business of redressing inequality and creating the preconditions for an inclusive digital economy and society.
Reinvented by Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum (WEF), 4IR technologies are presented as having the potential to propel digitally ready countries into a new age of unprecedented economic prosperity.
The forum’s appropriation of the concept has arguably been one the most successful lobbying and policy influence instruments of our time. Mobilising around the elite annual gathering in Davos, the WEF policy blueprints on the 4IR fill a vacuum for many countries that haven’t publicly invested in what they want their own futures to look like. South Africa is one of them.
The WEF’s appropriation of the concept has arguably been one the most successful lobbying and policy influence instruments of our time
With visions of global prosperity, packaged with futurist conviction and fantastical economic forecasts of exponential growth and job creation, they appear to provide a ready road map in an uncertain future.
But caution is required. Even a cursory glance at earlier industrial revolutions will show that they have not been associated with the interests of the working or underclasses. This is despite the broader benefits to society from the introduction of steam, electricity and digitisation. Rather, they are associated with the advancement of capitalism, through the “big” tech of the day.
The so-called fourth Industrial Revolution is no different.
There is little to link the WEF’s reductionist conception of industrial development with the rich school of thought that has examined complex and revolutionary change over time. The intellectual origins of the subject lie with Nikolai Dmitriyevich Kondratiev. In 1926, he identified waves and shifts in capitalism as it matured over time. This became known as the Kondratiev Wave. It was popularised intellectually by the Austrian political economist Joseph Schumpeter’s notion of “creative destruction”.
That concept now underpins much of the contemporary theory on innovation. It also informs thinking about disruption as a potentially positive economic and social force. So far, six Kondratiev waves are identified in the literature. Information and communication technologies is the fifth. Renewable energy is proposed as the sixth.
Yet this intellectual tradition has been ignored by the WEF. In addition, a range of institutions have responded to its clarion call. These include Ivy League universities, international industry conferences, multilateral agencies, development banks and regional economic commissions.
The author, Alison Gillwald, argues that layering advanced technologies over the existing structural inequality in South Africa will exacerbate existing social, economic and political inequalities
At the same time, international donor agencies and governments are diverting public funding from pro-poor policy research agendas on digital inclusion to artificial intelligence as well as robotics, machine learning, drones and blockchain. This, on
The team behind NASA’s InSight lander named a piece of Martian rubble after one of the most iconic bands in music history: “Rolling Stones Rock.”
Slightly larger than a golf ball, the bit of debris appeared to have rolled about three feet, propelled by InSight’s thrusters as the spacecraft touched down on Mars in November.
Photos taken the next day highlight several divots in the orange-red soil, seemingly trailing Rolling Stones Rock.
This marks the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.
This rock was tossed about three feet by NASA’s InSight spacecraft as it touched down on Mars in November 2018 (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)
“The name Rolling Stones Rock is a perfect fit,” Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division in Washington, said in a statement. “Part of NASA’s charter is to share our work with different audiences. When we found out the Stones would be in Pasadena, honoring them seemed like a fun way to reach fans all over the world.”
Performing at the Rose Bowl for the first time in 25 years, the band delighted in the cosmic news.
“This is definitely a milestone in our long and eventful history,” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood said. “A huge thank you to everyone at NASA for making it happen.”
And who better to announce such an occasion than Iron Man himself?
Robert Downey Jr. this week shared a bizarre video on Twitter, teasing the reveal of what he said “may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done.”
You don’t need a guitar or a microphone or be a rockstar, though: Jet Propulsion Laboratory geologist Matt Golombek has helped NASA land all of its Red Planet missions since 1997.
“I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” he said. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”
While the International Astronomical Union must officially name places and objects throughout the Solar System, NASA scientists often provide unofficial nicknames to cosmic features.
Frankly, it makes it easier to discuss different items and refer to them in documents. So while the title “Rolling Stones Rock” is informal, it will appear on working maps of the Red Planet.
“I want to bring it back and put it on our mantlepiece,” Jagger, on stage at the Stones’ Rose Bowl concert on Thursday, said of the wee boulder.