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Apple to Donate 1,000 Apple Watches to Eating Disorder Study

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:45
Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to a new study that aims to track biological changes in people with eating disorders (via CNBC).

The University of North Carolina's medical school will conduct the study, which is called BEGIN (or the Binge Eating Genetics Initiative), to better understand overeating disorders in which people eat large amounts of food uncontrollably in a small period of time.


People who purge or engage in excessive bouts of exercise following the binge are usually diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. The study will enroll 1,000 participants of ages 18 or older who have experience with either binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.

Each participant will be given a free Apple Watch, courtesy of Apple, so that researchers can monitor their heart rate to see if there are any spikes prior to binge eating episodes.

Enrolled participants will also sign up with a mobile app called Recovery Record, which they can use to log their thoughts and feelings, to be shared with a healthcare professional ahead of a session.

In addition, participants will receive tests to analyze their genetics and bodily bacteria that the researchers can better understand the root causes of the disease.
"We need to collect data from a whole lot of people to see what it looks like," said Cynthia Bulik, founding director of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and author of Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide. "We want to know if it has a biological and behavioral signature."Ultimately, researchers hope the collected data might help them to predict binge eating episodes before they happen. Ideally, this could result in a follow-up study in which participants received some kind of alert when they were at risk of binge eating.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, yet the field of research remains underfunded.

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Apple buys music analytics company Asaii: Axios

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:24
(Reuters) - Apple Inc has acquired music analytics start-up Asaii, Axios reported on Sunday, citing sources, in a bid to strengthen content recommendations to its music users. Apple's deal to buy Asaii ...

San Francisco to vote on taxing rich businesses for homeless

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:23
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps, the dirt and despair all the more remarkable for the city's immense wealth.

Apple Has Reportedly Acquired Asaii, a Music Analytics Platform 'Able to Find the Next Justin Bieber'

MacRumors - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:02
Apple has acquired San Francisco-based music analytics startup Asaii, according to unnamed sources cited by Axios. The deal, which has not been confirmed by Apple, was reportedly worth less than $100 million.


Asaii built tools that allowed music labels to discover, track, and manage artists using machine learning. The platform pulled data from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and streaming music services such as Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud, to find hidden talent.

Asaii offered two products specifically: a music management dashboard for A&R representatives to quickly scout and manage talent, and an API for music services to integrate a recommendation engine into their platforms.


"Our machine learning powered algorithms finds artists 10 weeks before they chart," the startup's website states. "Our algorithms are able to find the next Justin Bieber, before anyone else," another page claimed.

The acquisition will enable Apple to bolster its content recommendations to users, and help it compete with Spotify's efforts to work directly with smaller artists and music labels, according to the report. Apple Music and iTunes are likely to benefit from Asaii's machine learning algorithms.

Asaii was founded in August 2016 by Sony Theakanath, Austin Chen, and Chris Zhang, who have collectively worked at Apple, Facebook, Uber, Salesforce, and Yelp previously. All three individuals now work on the Apple Music team at Apple, as of October 2018, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

In an email to customers shared by Music Ally last month, Asaii said it would be shutting down operations on October 14, 2018.

Last month, Apple announced that it completed its acquisition of Shazam, a popular music recognition service that can identify the names and lyrics of songs and music videos. Shazam could be more tightly integrated into Apple products and services as a result, ranging from Apple Music to Siri.

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Hello Cats! - Fastone Games

Top 10 Free Apps - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 03:50
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China c.bank chief says plenty of room for monetary adjustments amid trade row

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 02:00
China central bank governor Yi Gang said on Sunday he still sees plenty of room for adjustment in interest rates and the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), as downside risks from trade tensions with the United States remain significant. China faced "tremendous uncertainties" due to the impact of tariffs and trade frictions and was seeking a "constructive solution" to the current trade tensions, Yi said at a seminar on the sidelines of the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Apple buys music analytics company Asaii: Axios

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 01:03
Apple Inc has acquired music analytics start-up Asaii, Axios reported on Sunday, citing sources, in a bid to strengthen content recommendations to its music users. Apple's deal to buy Asaii was worth less ...

Dow Jones Futures: It's A Stock Market Correction; Here's What To Do

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:40
Dow Jones futures: In a stock market correction, it's a good time to build a watch list. Check out Apple, UnitedHealth, Microsoft and other top stocks with strong relative strength.

Valleys Between - Little Lost Fox

Top 10 Paid Apps - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:02
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Top 10 Free Apps - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:00
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Apple is donating 1,000 watches for a new study to track binge eating

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 20:04
The study is called BEGIN, which stands for Binge Eating Genetics Initiative. For the research, Apple is donating watches to 1,000 people who have experience with eating disorders. The Apple Watch is in use by scientists across the country to monitor everything from the symptoms of Parkinson's disease to postpartum depression .

This Could Be the No. 1 Way Amazon Makes Money With Alexa

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 20:03
Developers have long used this model to monetize their apps.

Police Told to Avoid Looking at iPhone Screens Locked With Face ID

MacRumors - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:46
Police in the United States are being advised not to look at iPhone screens secured with Face ID, because doing so could disable facial authentication and leave investigators needing a potentially harder-to-obtain passcode to gain access.

Face ID on iPhone X and iPhone XS attempts to authenticate a face up to five times before the feature is disabled and the user's passcode is required to unlock the smartphone.

Elcomsoft presentation slide talking about Face ID (image via Motherboard)
Given the way the security system works, Motherboard reports that forensics company Elcomsoft is advising law enforcement, "don't look at the sceen, or else... the same thing will occur as happened [at] Apple's event."

The note appears on a slide belonging to an Elcomsoft presentation on iOS forensics, and refers to Apple's 2017 presentation of Face ID, in which Apple VP Craig Federighi tried and failed to unlock an iPhone X with his own face, before the device asked for a passcode instead.

Apple later explained that the iPhone locked after several people backstage interacted with it ahead of Federighi, causing it to require a passcode to unlock.

The advice follows a recent report of the first known case of law enforcement forcing a suspect to unlock an iPhone using Face ID. The action subsequently helped police uncover evidence that was later used to charge the suspect with receiving and possessing child pornography.

In the United States, forcing someone to give up a password is interpreted as self-incrimination, which is protected by the Fifth Amendment, but courts have ruled that there's a difference between a biometric recognition system like Touch ID and a passcode that you type into your phone.

In some cases, police have gained access to digital data by forcing people to unlock mobile devices using their fingers. Indeed, before Face ID was in use, law enforcement was advised how it could avoid locking Touch ID fingerprint-based authentication on Apple's iPhones. "With Touch ID, you have to press the button (or at least touch it)," Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft, told Motherboard. "That's why we always recommend (on our trainings) to use the power button instead, e.g to see whether the phone is locked. But with Face ID, it is easier to use 'accidentally' by simply looking at the phone."

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Apple Leads 5 Top Stocks Flexing Strength Amid Market Correction

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:00
Five top stocks are triggering a bullish technical indicator as the major stock indexes hit resistance at long-term support levels amid the stock market correction: Apple (AAPL), HCA Healthcare (HCA), Wingstop (WING), Ross Stores (ROST) and Callaway Golf (ELY). Apple stock, HCA stock, Wingstop stock and Callaway stock all have relative strength lines that are hitting new highs even though their share prices are below all-time highs.

4 Complaints Apple Users Already Have About the New iPhones

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 13:20
Apple is already in hot water with some new iPhone users.

Netflix - Netflix, Inc.

Top 10 Free Apps - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 10:25
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Devialet severs ties with Apple after 'disappointing sales'

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 10:05
High-end audio company Devialet has pulled its products from Apple Stores after becoming “disappointed” by the retail partnership.

China central bank chief says plenty of room for monetary adjustments amid trade row

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:25
China central bank governor Yi Gang said on Sunday he still sees plenty of room for adjustment in interest rates and the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), as downside risks from trade tensions with the United States remain significant. China faced "tremendous uncertainties" due to the impact of tariffs and trade frictions and was seeking a "constructive solution" to the current trade tensions, Yi said at a seminar on the sidelines of the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings on the Indonesian island of Bali.

China c.bank chief says plenty of room for monetary adjustments amid trade row

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:23
China central bank governor Yi Gang said on Sunday he still sees plenty of room for adjustment in interest rates and the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), as downside risks from trade tensions with the United States remain significant. China faced "tremendous uncertainties" due to the impact of tariffs and trade frictions and was seeking a "constructive solution" to the current trade tensions, Yi said at a seminar on the sidelines of the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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