iCloud Just Hot Air?
iCloud music service, iTunes in the Cloud, will let users do more with their iTunes digital music than they have been able to do before. Why not streaming? Here's the backstory.
What's the Latest Development?
iCloud music service, iTunes in the Cloud, will let users do more with their iTunes digital music than ever before—synching and accessing it across devices, uploading all their music (not just tracks bought from iTunes) quickly through a digital matching service, and making it all work wirelessly anywhere. But one thing that users will not be able to do—yet—is to stream that iTunes music. It appears that the primary aim is storage: music will be stored locally rather than delivered from a remote location.
What's the Big Idea?
This means Apple won't be competing directly against the likes of Rhapsody, Rdio, Thumbplay and Spotify. But it could also spell bad news for these same companies: many of the streaming companies have so far failed to attain a critical mass of subscribers. "Part of the backstory, as told by bloggers citing sources close to negotiations, was that Apple had just about secured deals with all four major record labels to launch a streaming service. That no streaming service materialized today could have meant those streaming deals didn’t get secured after all. Or that Apple never intended for them to."
A new AI-produced commercial from Lexus shows how AI might be particularly suited for the advertising industry.
- The commercial was written by IBM's Watson. It was acted and directed by humans.
- Lexus says humans played a minimal part in influencing Watson, in terms of the writing.
- Advertising, with its clearly defined goals and troves of data, seems like one creative field in which AI would prove particularly useful.
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
Then again, maybe the study is fake news too.
- Recent research challenged study participants to pick real news headlines from fake ones.
- The results showed that people prone to delusional thinking, religious fundamentalists, and dogmatists tended to believe all news, regardless of plausibility.
- What can you do to protect yourself and others from fake news?
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