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Apple's Continuity Page Link

Old but new to me, this Apple support page is a nice overview of all the continuity services on iOS and Mac. This includes Handoff, Universal Clipboard, Instant Hotspot, Auot Unlock, Calls and SMS notifications.

Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads Link

From Bloomberg Ads will continue to appear inside the free version of Gmail, as promoted messages. But instead of scanning a user’s email, the ads will now be targeted with other personal information Google already pulls from sources such as search and YouTube. Ads based on scanned email messages drew lawsuits and some of the most strident criticism the company faced in its early years, but offered marketers a much more targeted way to reach consumers.

The Terrible Deep Learning List Link

I’m increasingly fascinated by machine learning. Maybe because it feels like there’s more opportunity for machines to learn than for us meat bags. This Github list was really interesting. Gated Conditional Pixel Convolutional Neural Network using TensorFlow (Demo) Value Iteration Networks using TensorFlow — Best Paper Award NIPS ‘16 (Demo) Flappy Bird using Deep Reinforcement Learning (Deep Q-learning) (Demo) LSTM Music Generation with Google Magenta Basic RNN (Demo) Live Captioning using Speech APIs on iOS (Demo) Spotify Artist Search using Speech APIs on iOS (Demo) Convolutional Neural Network using TensorFlow on iOS (Demo) MNIST (of course) on iOS (Demo) MobileNets on iOS (Demo) YOLO on iOS (Demo) Inception on iOS (Demo) Symbolic AI Speech Recognition with iOS 10 Speech APIs(Demo) Video Style Transfer using Torch 7 (Demo) Algorithmia API Photo Colorizer (Demo) Clarifai Information Retrieval for Videos on Android (Demo)

Rakka by Blomkamp Link

Watching through Rakka volume 1 was a bit disturbing but it’s clearly the core of a good scifi story. As with some of Neil Blomkamp’s other movies like Chappie and District 9, it’s a postapocolyptic story built on-top of the inhuman atrocities we’re already capable of. But instead of humans, it’s aliens. I like his movies (Chappie was far better than the critics suggested) and this looks to be a solid follow up with a new production studio and maybe a new release model.

Ten Years of Ribbonfarm Link

Ribbonfarm is a nice blog with long, smart posts. It’s now 10 years old. 1,346,678 words later. At an average of just over 2179 words. Good work.

Lessons From the President Link

I like Eddie. Everyone is wrong about something. Vulnerability is mightier than the strongest ego. It will win you the most loyal followers.

Pipes for Feeds Link

Remember Yahoo Pipes? It was a terrific web-based tool for pulling in data feeds, manipulating, combining, and filtering, and then generating a new feed with the results. Like anything useful, Yahoo killed it. Now there is Pipes.digital as a replacement. I wish there was more info on how this will be supported and maintained, or even who is running it. But it’s a nice looking option right now so I’ll be keeping an eye on it to see what it becomes.

CRISPR Explainer Link

By way of Kottke, comes this excellent description of the CRISPR technology. I enjoyed the book Change Agent by Daniel Suarez a lot.1 As with his other books, the basis for the fiction is solid. The futuristic technologies he invents have a firm foundation in actual science. Which is a far cry from a lot of science fiction I read. This article by Derek Lowe is a pretty good overview of what is currently happening in the CRISPR field.

There are Bots Everywhere Link

From Renee DiResta at Ribbonfarm, comes this terrific “long-read”1: We’re now in a period that’s strikingly reminiscent of the early days of HFT: the intersection of automation and social networking has given us manipulative bots and an epidemic of “fake news”. Just as HFT was a simplified boogeyman for finance, “fake news” is an imprecise term used to describe a variety of disingenuous content: clickbait, propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, hoaxes, and conspiracy theories.

Outline to Omnigraffle Link

This trick with Omnioutliner is great. Convert an Omnioutliner document into a mind map by importing it into Omnigraffle. There are other ways to do this, such as converting it to OPML and importing it into one of the many top notch mind mapping apps. But Omnigraffle has super powers that most mind map apps lack, like better image editing and arbitrary canvas text.