AppleMagazine #349

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ceo musk: tesla hits weekly goal of making 5,000 models 3s

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has delivered on its CEO’s promise to build a lower-priced car at a rate of 5,000 per week by the end of June. CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to company employees last weekend praising them for producing 5,000 Model 3s, a compact car that’s designed to shift Tesla from a niche manufacturer to a mainstream automaker. Musk also said the company had cranked out a combined 2,000 of Model S sedans and Model X sport-utility vehicles, bringing overall production to a record 7,000 for the week. “We did it!” Musk wrote. “What an incredible job by an amazing team.” The e-mail was reported by the website Electrek, and the company confirmed its authenticity. Last summer, when the first Model 3s began rolling off the assembly line, Musk promised…

nsa deleting more than 685 million call records

The National Security Agency is deleting more than 685 million call records the government obtained since 2015 from telecommunication companies in connection with investigations, raising questions about the viability of the program. The NSA’s bulk collection of call records was initially curtailed by Congress after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing extensive government surveillance. The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database. Now the NSA is deleting all the information it collected from the queries. The agency released a statement last week saying it started deleting the records in May after NSA analysts noted “technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunication service providers.” It also said the…

apple music

It was only a few years ago that Spotify felt like the only palatable option for music streamers. The service was at the music streaming market’s summit in both user base and software functionality - however, in just three years since Apple Music began, this rival service has slowly but surely chipped away at Spotify’s pedestal. On multiple counts, Apple Music is now well on its way to dominating both music and video playlists - and, in certain respects, already is. A NUMBERS GAME WHERE APPLE MUSIC IS HOLDING ITS OWN Apple Music’s growth trajectory has been impressive; as recently as April 2016, the subscribers numbered 13 million. By the end of that year, the subscriber base broke the 20 million milestone, and growth after that was rapid as the service reached…

renewable energy push in sunny arizona draws political fight

Arizona’s largest utility is fiercely opposing a push to mandate increased use of renewable energy in the sun-drenched state, setting up a political fight over a measure funded by a California billionaire. Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona aims to ask voters whether they want the state Constitution to require half of Arizona’s electricity come from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030. The group plans to file more than 225,000 signatures get the question on the November ballot. Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer is financing the initiative through his NextGen Climate Action group, which supported similar efforts in Nevada and Michigan. But only the Arizona measure spawned a political battle, with the Republican-controlled Legislature passing a rule to help insulate utilities and the parent company of the state’s largest electricity provider…

how computers see faces and other objects

Computers started to be able to recognize human faces in images decades ago, but now artificial intelligence systems are rivaling people’s ability to classify objects in photos and videos. That’s sparking increased interest from government agencies and businesses, which are eager to bestow vision skills on all sorts of machines. Among them: self-driving cars, drones, personal robots, in-store cameras and medical scanners that can search for skin cancer. There are also our own phones, some of which can now be unlocked with a glance. HOW DOES IT WORK? Algorithms designed to detect facial features and recognize individual faces have grown more sophisticated since early efforts decades ago. A common method has involved measuring facial dimensions, such as the distance between the nose and ear or from one corner of the eye to another. That…

federal facebook probe now includes fbi, sec

A federal probe into Facebook’s sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Washington Post reported. Representatives from these agencies have joined the Federal Trade Commission in the inquiry, the newspaper reported, citing five unnamed people familiar with the matter. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because the probes are not complete. The probe reportedly centers on what Facebook knew in 2015, when it learned that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users. Facebook didn’t disclose the incident with the political firm, which later worked for the Trump campaign and other Republican candidates, until this March. The Post said the probe will look at why Facebook didn’t…