One of the coolest features of Apple’s new HomePod is its ability to team up with your Apple Music subscription and act as a personal DJ, playing custom playlists based on your listening habits for you enjoy whenever you ask. Your HomePod’s mixology skills can get thrown off kilter, though, if family members or visitors are also asking Siri to play their favorite tunes. And this will also influence what Apple Music thinks you like and plays for you on your other Apple Devices as well. Fortunately, there’s a HomePod setting you can change to ensure that you won’t end up listening to a mish-mosh of all your friends’ and family members’ musical tastes. Let’s get started learning how to keep other HomePod users from influencing your “For You” Apple Music recommendations on your HomePod.
Over a year ago, Google added article recommendations to the New Tab Page on Chrome for Android. Even though it cluttered up the once-clean page, it has quickly become a major source of traffic for many websites. According to NiemanLab, traffic from Chrome’s New Tab Page increased a whopping 2,100% last year.
The data comes from Chartbeat, a content intelligence company often used as an alternative to Google Analytics.
On Wednesday, the U.S. National Space Council held their second public session since President Donald Trump revived the group in June. During the meeting, they approved four recommendations, and while these recommendations won’t change the commercial space industry in any fundamental or unsurprising way, they could streamline regulatory activities and keep national space ventures moving apace.
The Council’s first approved recommendation asks the Department of Transportation to develop a better system for licensing spacecraft so that a craft can use the same license at multiple launch sites. Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy secretary of transportation, told SpaceNews that such a licensing change is already under review.
The second suggests that the Office of Space Commerce and the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office be consolidated and placed in the office of the Secretary of Commerce. This recommendation also suggests arranging a new scheme to authorize missions. This system would oversee “non-traditional” commercial space activities that may not have a clear regulatory agency under the Outer Space Treaty.
The Council’s third approved recommendation suggests that three groups – the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Commerce Department, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – work together to develop “protections for the radiofrequency spectrum facilitating commercial space activities.”
The final recommendation suggests that the Council’s executive secretary, Scott Pace, work to develop recommendations for export control reform by the end of 2018. The goal is to address the current system that considers a commercial spacecraft that lands in another country an export.
According to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, this is a primary complaint of space companies. He said the Council’s recommendation will allow the Departments of Commerce, State, and Defense to continue working on the issue, and their efforts could ultimately “enable more commercial activity while protecting national security.”
The recommendations aren’t exactly earth-shattering – or space-shattering – and space companies won’t see big changes anytime soon. Still, the National Space Council does appear to be laying the regulatory groundwork needed to ensure the commercial space industry continues growing. This makes sense given that NASA has plans for a Moon mission in the next few years before looking to Mars and beyond.
Whether you just learned how to listen to podcasts on your iPhone or you’ve listened to all the popular podcasts you could find on your own and need new recommendations, you’re sure to love these top podcast picks from the readers and team members of iPhone Life.
I just discovered Optimal Living Daily, which is great. Host Justin Malik finds and narrates a blog post every day from a top blogger in the personal development, productivity, or minimalism space. Each episode is only 7¬–10 minutes, which is the perfect length of time for me, and it’s nice to get exposure to a broad range of blogger content without having to read. -Raphael Burnes, CTO at iPhone Life
2. Pod Save the People
Pod Save the People is one of my favorites, because I love activism-geared news and listening to interviews with people involved in education, health, and criminal justice policy. -Suzannah Kingsbury, Student at Northwestern University
3. Waking Up with Sam Harris
When it comes to intellectual content, I really like Waking Up with Sam Harris, who explores topics such as politics, human behavior, and the future of society from as objective of a standpoint as I have found. I love the way he challenges identity politics. -Sara Estrin, Resident Doctor in Las Vegas
4. Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
This podcast lets you peek inside real therapy sessions with psychotherapist Esther Perel and hear stories of the undercurrents in real couples’ relationships and see how she navigates these dynamics. -Alea Lobdell, Birth and Postpartum Doula at Doula Bloom
5. WTF Am I Doing With My Life? with Kristy Arnett
Kristy’s podcast gives me the opportunity to grow every time I listen to an episode. She asks powerful questions, tells personal stories, and brings on guests who are amazing individuals. This show makes me reflect on important topics and provides support for whatever I am dealing with at the time. It’s a really inspiring way to start my day! -Olga Moreno, Account Director at Crowe PR
Heavyweight sparks feelings of nostalgia and is sentimental, sweet, and very cleverly written and executed. -Nicholas Naioti, Owner and Manager at the Arbor Bar
7. Strange Fruit
I also like Strange Fruit from WFPL News for a black queer perspective on pop culture and current events. -Suzannah Kingsbury, Student at Northwestern University
8. Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn
Gaby Dunn is one of my favorite internet personalities. She’s interviewed a lot of pretty well-known people and isn’t afraid to ask the hard-hitting questions about money that most people avoid like the plague. -Samm Wechsler, Administrative Assistant at Massage by Mary
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Apple’s HomePod speaker is best enjoyed when linked to an Apple Music subscription, since this allows you to make the most of Siri’s enhanced music smarts and its DJ-like role as a personal music curator, or “mixologist”, as Apple calls it.
As Apple Music subscribers will know, the streaming service learns your music preferences based on what you say and play, which helps it populate the app’s “For You” section with new songs that you might like, and enables Siri to generate new playlists on the fly at your request.
If you’re concerned that other people in your household will skew your Apple Music recommendations by using HomePod to play songs that don’t align with your tastes, then there’s a setting you’ll want to disable as soon as possible. It’s called “Use Listening History”, and here’s how to find it.
How to Enable/Disable Your HomePod’s Listening History
Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
Long press on the HomePod icon in your Accessories list.
Tap the Details button.
Under the “Music & Podcasts” section, toggle on/off Use Listening History.
And that’s it. By turning off the setting, HomePod will happily continue to play songs from Apple’s vast music catalog for anyone who asks, but the songs will be excluded from its personal curation algorithms.
SoundCloud has announced today that it’s given the home screen of its Android app a fresh lick of paint. Until now, the app would open with a stream of the latest releases from the artists and labels you follow. That content is still there, in a new tab highlighted by a lightning bolt, but the home screen has a few new goodies to keep you interested.
The new home experience is headlined by personalized playlists such as ‘More of what you like’ and ‘Artists you should know,’ which are automatically created based on your listening history.
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