The Ill-Equipped Edition Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Siri Is Woefully Ill-Equipped To Help With Your Mental Health Problems, by Bryan Lufkin, Gizmodo

Digital voice assistants, like Apple’s Siri, are really bad at dispensing resources to users facing domestic abuse, depression, rape, or mental health emergencies, a new study finds.

The Secrets Of Surveillance Capitalism, by von Shoshana Zuboff, Feuilleton

Google surpassed Apple as the world’s most highly valued company in January for the first time since 2010. (Back then each company was worth less than 200 billion. Now each is valued at well over 500 billion.) While Google’s new lead lasted only a few days, the company’s success has implications for everyone who lives within the reach of the Internet. Why? Because Google is ground zero for a wholly new subspecies of capitalism in which profits derive from the unilateral surveillance and modification of human behavior. This is a new surveillance capitalism that is unimaginable outside the inscrutable high velocity circuits of Google’s digital universe, whose signature feature is the Internet and its successors. While the world is riveted by the showdown between Apple and the FBI, the real truth is that the surveillance capabilities being developed by surveillance capitalists are the envy of every state security agency. What are the secrets of this new capitalism, how do they produce such staggering wealth, and how can we protect ourselves from its invasive power?

Apple Outlines News App Ads, Includes 'Native Ads' That Display Directly In Content Feeds, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Most iPhone and iPad users have likely encountered one of Apple's banner ad blocks while browsing the App Store, iTunes or the Web via Safari, but the Native Banner specification is a new beast introduced to comply with the News app's RSS-style timeline.


Marking Up A Mac’s iBook Pages, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

When you have an iBook file open on the Mac’s screen, drag the mouse over the text you want to comment upon. A box automatically pops up giving you options to highlight the passage, add a margin note, copy the selected text or do other things with it.

In Pursuit Of The Perfect Task Management App: 2Do For Mac And iOS, by IT Enquirer

It’s the task manager you should at the very least try out. You won’t need to change your habits or workflow. It will adapt to you and it will actually make you work smarter.

Mealime App Review (iOS): A Healthy Meal Planner, by Chris Carter, Paste Magazine

As people have come to discover more and more over the years, your diet is one of the most impactful contributors to your health. That’s where Mealime comes in, and when used in tandem with some other fitness apps, it can make a decent dent in your unhealthy lifestyle.

Turn Your Mac Into A Media Server With AirParrot 2 And AirParrot Remote, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With an update to AirParrot and the release of AirParrot Remote for iOS, you can now control the streaming of your Mac's screen, apps, and media remotely from your iPhone or iPad.

Framing Your Digital Art: Meet The eWilner App, by J. Peder Zane, New York Times

The iPhone app he just released, eWilner Frames, can instantly place any picture from the phone’s camera roll into one of more than 100 frames in his collection — including those used for paintings by Picasso, Childe Hassam and Thomas Eakins. With a swipe of the finger, users can breeze through the choices until they have “that aha moment, where they know they have just the right one,” Mr. Wilner said.


Jony Ive Talks Relationship With Steve Jobs, Design Culture, More In Charlie Rose Interview, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple, McDonald's, Google And IKEA To Face EU Lawmakers Over Tax Deals, by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

While the committee has no power to order changes, the hearing reflects the political concerns over multinationals avoiding local tax liabilities.

The Epic Story Of Dropbox’s Exodus From The Amazon Cloud Empire, by Cade Metz, Wired

If you’re one of 500 million people who use Dropbox, it’s just a folder on your computer desktop that lets you easily store files on the Internet, send them to others, and synchronize them across your laptop, phone, and tablet. You use this folder, then you forget it. And that’s by design. Peer behind that folder, however, and you’ll discover an epic feat of engineering. Dropbox runs atop a sweeping network of machines whose evolution epitomizes the forces that have transformed the heart of the Internet over the past decade. And today, this system entered a remarkable new stage of existence.

The Long Search For The Value Of Pi, by Xiaojing Ye, Scientific American

Historically, people had only very coarse estimations of pi (such as 3, or 3.12, or 3.16), and while they knew these were estimates, they had no idea how far off they might be.

The search for the accurate value of pi led not only to more accuracy, but also to the development of new concepts and techniques, such as limits and iterative algorithms, which then became fundamental to new areas of mathematics.

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3.141592654. That's all I can memorize.


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