AppleMagazine #381

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Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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journalism & technology it's in reporters' hands to change the record

IT’S WITHIN REPORTERS’ HANDS TO CHANGE THE RECORD April 18, 1930, 20:45. The BBC’s news announcer took to the airwaves for his daily evening broadcast and calmly uttered the words, “there is no news ” to the UK. Then, for the remaining 15 minutes of the news broadcast, piano music was played instead. It’s just one occurrence that signifies just how emphatically different journalism’s relationship with technology – and by extension, its audience – once was when compared to today. Even though this has become a noteworthy news event in itself, nearly 90 years on, it’s practically impossible to imagine there being a ‘no news’ scenario now. For more than 20 years, technology has been transforming both the production and consumption of news, creating new opportunities for writing, engaging with content and…

trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence. The plan, called the American AI Initiative, comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care. The White House plan doesn’t include any funding details. The administration says it’s up to Congress to appropriate money. The order directs federal agencies to make government data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence experts while maintaining security and confidentiality. It also says federal agencies will establish guidance to ensure the new technologies are developed in a safe, trustworthy way. The initiative calls on federal agencies to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programs and computer science education. Tech leaders…

‘hi, my name is___, and i’m addicted to tech’

The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting — but with a twist. “Hi, my name is,” each begins. Then something like, “and I’m an internet and tech addict.” The eight who’ve gathered here are beset by a level of tech obsession that’s different than it is for those of us who like to say we’re addicted to our phones or an app or some new show on a streaming video service. For them, tech gets in the way of daily functioning and self-care. We’re talking flunk-your-classes, can’t-find-ajob, live-in-a-dark-hole kinds of problems, with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts part of the mix. There’s Christian, a 20-year-old college student from…

hulu making howard the duck and 4 more marvel animated shows

Hulu is teaming with Marvel to make four separate animated series based on comic book characters like Howard the Duck. Director Kevin Smith and comics Chelsea Handler and Patton Oswalt are among the people who have signed deals with the streaming service to help produce the cartoons. Smith will work on the Howard the Duck series. Other shows revolve around M.O.D.O.K., a villain with an enormous head; Hit-Monkey, about a Japanese snow monkey turned assassin; and Tigra and Dazzler, two superheroes who work in Los Angeles. Hulu senior vice president Craig Erwich said Monday that animation is a particular favorite for its users. Since the deal was just signed, there’s no estimate on when the series will be ready.…

rings a simple way to track & improve your health

In just four short years, Apple has revolutionized the way we work out and monitor our health with Apple Watch. We take a closer look at how the device has saved lives, how Rings are helping to ‘gamify’ exercise, and explain why it’s not too late to get started with Apple Health. APPLE HEALTH IS BIG BUSINESS Whilst the iPhone and iPad enabled Apple to become the world’s most valuable company , the Cupertino firm has been looking for new ways to appease investors and add new revenue streams to its bow, especially as it fights a changing landscape where consumers are less likely to update their smartphones and the market becomes more saturated. Indeed, Apple announced in its 2019 earnings report that it had suffered lower-than-expected iPhone sales, not only because…

activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales drop

Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history. The cutbacks announced this week illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a relatively short lives before players move on to the next craze. Right now, Epic Games’“Fortnite”is a hot fad that has been siphoning attention — and potential sales — from the titles made by other companies. Although Activision also still owns popular games such as “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush,” it expects its revenue this year to fall by about 20 percent to $6.03 billion. Activision will cope trimming 8 percent from its workforce of nearly 10,000 people and assigning more of its…