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Wednesday
Jan172018

While You Were Sleeping

[NyTimes] : "Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes …"

Sunday
Jan142018

Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide

[Link] : Here are some of the most beautiful recorded musical sounds that I have heard in the past few weeks: the matched horns and clarinet, very soft, in Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” recorded in 1950; Buddy Holly, in his just-hatched-this-morning voice, singing “Everyday,” recorded in 1957; the London …
Sunday
Jan142018

Learning to Fool Our Algorithmic Spies

[NyTimes] : "In a series of studies published in 2012, two psychologists, Ara Norenzayan and Will Gervais, set out to test a simple question: When people think about God, do they feel or act as if they are being monitored? Subjects of varying religiosity were primed to think about God, then asked to complete …"

Sunday
Jan142018

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

[NyTimes] : "A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …"

Sunday
Jan142018

Crowdsourcing the Commute

[NyTimes] : "Talk to Leigh Weaver, who commutes by bus from Livingston, N.J., to Midtown Manhattan, about what getting to work used to be like, and you'll hear the all-too-familiar grievances about grinding traffic, suffocating crowds and cranky drivers.<p>But then, in September 2016 she learned about OurBus, a …"

Saturday
Jan132018

Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say

[NyTimes] : "The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed on Saturday that there was no ballistic missile headed toward the state, minutes after an emergency alert was sent to cellphones urging people to seek immediate shelter.<p>The episode came at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea, which has …"

Saturday
Jan132018

63 games and apps on Google Play served porn ads

[Link] : If you still haven't made it a habit to inspect Google Play applications before installing them, then maybe this will make you rethink your ways. Security firm Check Point has discovered a new malicious code hiding inside 63 games and apps on Google Play -- a malicious code the company dubbed …
Saturday
Jan132018

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg. Another day an anonymous donor set up an $86 million Bitcoin-fortune charity called the Pineapple Fund. A Tesla was spotted with a BLOCKHN license plate. There's a surge in people looking to …"

Friday
Jan122018

Media Organizations Grapple With the New Facebook

[NyTimes] : "Over the next few months, with the implementation of a revised strategy, Facebook's two billion users will see less content produced by news organizations and more from their friends, if all goes according to the company's plan. So what does that mean for the media companies that have come to …"

Thursday
Jan112018

Facebook’s Virtual Assistant M Is Dead. So Are Chatbots

[Link] : It’s difficult to remember now, but there was a moment in early 2016 when many in the tech industry believed chatbots—automated text-based virtual …
Tuesday
Jan092018

Roland and MIT want to use music to teach kids programming

[Link] : Millions of children worldwide use Scratch to enter the world of programming. Now there’s a new way to connect to music, as Roland teams up with …
Tuesday
Jan092018

Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

[NyTimes] : "One snowy February morning at the Arbors Kids preschool branch in downtown Springfield, Mass., 38-year-old Kejo Kelly crouched low over a large, faded carpet and locked eyes with a blond-haired boy of 3. It was circle time, and Kelly was trying to get each of her 13 tiny students to articulate a …"

Monday
Jan082018

AI and Deep Learning in 2017 – A Year in Review

[Link] : The year is coming to an end. I did not write nearly as much as I had planned to. But I’m hoping to change that next year, with more tutorials around …
Monday
Jan082018

A Concise History of the Smartwatch

[Link] : <i>Originally published by Joe Thompson on Hodinkee.</i><p>In November 1997, I wrote a column called “Calling Dick Tracy: Your Watch is Nearly Ready.” (It …
Sunday
Jan072018

John Young, Who Led First Space Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87

[NyTimes] : "John W. Young, who walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle mission and became the first person to fly in space six times, died on Friday at his home in Houston. He was 87.<p>His death was announced by the acting administrator of NASA, Robert Lightfoot, who said the cause was …"

Sunday
Jan072018

As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout

[NyTimes] : "SEATTLE — A knowledge of geography is essential if you are running a tiny, 100-watt radio station. Hills are bad, for example, as are tall buildings. Salt water, though, which lies at this city's doorstep, can boost a radio signal for miles, like a skipped rock.<p>For a low-power FM radio station, …"

Saturday
Jan062018

On-demand streaming now accounts for the majority of audio consumption, says Nielsen

[Link] : U.S. album sales declined in 2017 as streaming continues to grow, according to Nielsen’s year-end music report released this week. The report found that album sales, including both digital and physical, fell 17.7 percent last year to 169.15 million copies, down from 205.5 million in 2016. …
Saturday
Jan062018

487 Original Programs Aired in 2017. Bet You Didn’t Watch Them All.

[NyTimes] : "PASADENA, Calif. — Too many TV shows to choose from?<p>You're not alone.<p>At least 487 original programs aired in 2017, the latest record-breaking figure for the TV industry, according to data released Friday by the cable network FX.<p>That's more than the 455 shows that broadcast in 2016, more than the …"

Saturday
Jan062018

Trump Defends His Mental Capacity, Calling Himself a ‘Genius’

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — President Trump, in an extraordinary defense of his mental capacity and fitness for office, described himself on Saturday as a “genius” and “a very stable genius at that.”<p>In a series of Twitter messages that seemed to respond to revelations in a new book, Mr. Trump defended himself by …"

Friday
Jan052018

Twitter: Banning world leaders would ‘hide important information’

[Link] : In a blog post today, Twitter made an attempt at clarifying its stance on how political figures and world leaders use its platform. Many have called for the site to block Donald Trump as he has repeatedly tweeted violent and threatening posts, and Twitter has often stumbled through its explanations …