The Festival-Headlines Edition Thursday, August 25, 2016

Apple Music Festival 10 Running From September 18 To 30, by Graham Spencer, MacStories

Headlining the festival this year will include performances from Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Michael Bublé, Calvin Harris, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams, The 1975 and Elton John.

Watching Apple’s Music Festival Will Now Require A Subscription, by Tom Warren, The Verge

Apple is planning to live stream all of the 10 performances, but this year you'll need an Apple Music subscription to watch them online.

The AIs

Why AI Consolidation Will Create The Worst Monopoly In US History, by Vinod Iyengar, TechCrunch

Amid the flurry of recent tech M&A deals, you would be forgiven for missing a relatively quiet acquisition: Apple bought Seattle-based artificial intelligence startup Turi for around $200 million. On its own, the Turi deal wouldn’t raise eyebrows were it not for the record amount of M&A in artificial intelligence, with the giants Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft leading transactions.

Consolidation in any market is expected, but AI is consolidating at such a rapid clip, at such an early stage and by so few companies that there are strong reasons to be concerned. Congratulations should be extended to Turi’s founders and investors, and, to a lesser extent, Apple for reaching an agreement favorable to both parties. However, congratulations must end there.

China Gears Up In Artificial-Intelligence Race, by Li Yuan, Wall Street Journal

Venture capitalists have been pouring money into startups focused on AI, which broadly refers to efforts to make computers emulate human cognitive functions such as recognizing speech or images. Chinese tech companies such as search giant Baidu have been investing heavily in the technology, and poaching high-level talent from foreign rivals.

Enthusiasts of the technology in China say those resources, along with some particular advantages in China, such as the sheer volume of data generated by its enormous population of internet users, makes this an area where China can excel.

Apple Social

Apple Weighs iPhone Video Editing App In Renewed Push On Social, by Mark Gurman, Alex Webb, Bloomberg

Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity of social networks, is developing a video sharing and editing application and is testing new related features for its iPhone and iPad operating systems.

The early plans are part of a newly directed focus to integrate social networking applications within Apple’s mobile products and are a response to the success of social media-focused companies such as Facebook Inc. and Snapchat Inc., according to people familiar with Apple’s strategy. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.


Flash Card, Math And Organizer Apps For The 21st Century Student, by Kit Eaton, New York Times

The real power of StudyBlue is that you can share flash cards with classmates or teachers. Better yet, the app lets you search flash card sets uploaded by students and teachers around the world, so you can probably find a premade set that is relevant to you by looking up keywords or searching by school.

Microsoft Updates Word Flow Keyboard For iOS With Built-in Search, by Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

The new version of Word Flow lets you swipe left from the right side of the keyboard to bring up a bunch of new options. You can search for animated GIFs, images, your contacts, and the web (through Bing).


Working At Apple, by Rick Auricchio

In October 2001 I ended my third stint at Apple Computer, in all about twenty years working at the company. I bought my first Apple II in summer of 1977 (serial number 0183!). As a software developer on mainframe computers, I used my knowledge to write several magazine articles about programming the II. One thing led to another, and I joined Apple.

Joining Apple that early allowed me to become — to paraphrase Woody Allen in Annie Hall – A Blue-Jeaned Silicon-Valley Garage Computer Engineer Stock-Option Overnight Millionaire.

All The Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy On You, by Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic

As people move through a space with a wi-fi signal, their bodies affect it, absorbing some waves and reflecting others in various directions. By analyzing the exact ways that a wi-fi signal is altered when a human moves through it, researchers can “see” what someone writes with their finger in the air, identify a particular person by the way that they walk, and even read a person’s lips with startling accuracy—in some cases even if a router isn’t in the same room as the person performing the actions.