Apple’s Siri history was plagued by infighting, mistakes and developer alienation, report says

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With dissatisfaction with Siri threatening to hurt various product lines now, several former employees on the Siri team have spoken out about blunders that took place during the rolling out of the technology back in 2011, as well as infighting and turf battles afterward.
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says the 1 percent should give cash to working people

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Facebook co-founder and “Fair Shot” author Chris Hughes

In his new book “Fair Shot,” Hughes outlines a proposal for “guaranteed income,” to lift health and education outcomes in the U.S.

“Fair Shot” author Chris Hughes is trying to convince America’s richest citizens to give money to working people — not education policy, not inspirational messages, not invocations to try harder. Cash.

“Cash is the best thing you can do to improve health outcomes, education outcomes and lift people out of poverty,” Hughes said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher.

“Of course we need more and better education,” he added. “Of course we need more small businesses to create good jobs. We’ve spent decades thinking about those things, investing in those things and we should think more. However, we overlook the most powerful weapon in the arsenal — and in many ways the simplest. Cash can be that.”

In his new book, he argues that a guaranteed income for people in the U.S. could be financed by the one percent — a group that includes Hughes himself. He met Mark Zuckerberg his freshman year at Harvard, co-founded Facebook and later became a digital adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“My story — which the only thing we can call it is a lucky break — is unfortunately not that uncommon in the economy today,” Hughes said. “I might be extreme, but I don’t think my case is actually that unusual. A small group of people are getting very, very wealthy while everyone else is struggling to make ends meet.”

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On the new podcast, Hughes explained how his proposal for guaranteed income — $ 500 a month for everyone making $ 50,000 or less per year — differs from the more commonly discussed concept of universal basic income.

“It’s inspired by the exact same values of cash, no strings attached, to achieve financial stability, recognizing the dignity and freedom of each individual,” he said. “But it’s a more modest place to begin. I make the case that we can and should do this through a modernization of the Earned Income Tax Credit.”

The EITC already gives money to low-income people, but whether you’re eligible and how much you get can vary wildly depending on your age, location, marital status and many other factors, Hughes said. And the policy, first enacted in 1975, has not been updated to address modern forms of economic insecurity.

“Jobs in America have already come apart,” Hughes said. “That is one of the effects of automation, and globalization in particular: All of the jobs in the past 10 years that we’ve created, 94 percent of them are part-time, contract, temporary, seasonal. Yeah, unemployment is near a record low, but the jobs that are out there are not providing the kind of 40 hours a week benefits [like] sick leave or retirement benefits.”

Even a couple hundred dollars could make a huge difference for people with no savings living paycheck to paycheck, who might not know how many hours they’ll be able to work next week, he explained.

“If you have a little bit more financial stability in your life, you’re able to live one step or two steps back from the brink,” Hughes said. “We’re not talking about so much money that everybody wins the lottery and we’re all just hanging out, putting up our feet, whatever the worst images that critics conjure up.”

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Report says Apple’s next anticipated product launch will happen within the next two weeks

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Apple AirPower Release Date

Once upon a time, Apple was a company that wouldn’t announce a new product until it was ready to ship. I still remember how smug Apple bloggers used to be when Apple’s rivals would announce a new smartphone or some other product that wouldn’t ship for a month or so. Those days are long over. Apple now regularly announces products that aren’t ready to be released. What’s more, several of the company’s recent products have been plagued with delays or manufacturing difficulties. In fact, it took Apple about a year to figure out how to build AirPods quickly enough to meet demand. That’s definitely not something that would have happened even a few short years ago.

Apple’s HomePod speaker is another good example. It was announced in June 2017 during Apple’s big WWDC 2017 keynote, and yet it didn’t begin shipping until February 2018, a whopping eight months later. Apple’s silence might have suggested fans would have to wait nearly that long to see Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad released as well, but it looks like we might not have to wait quite that long to see it hit stores.

Apple unveiled the AirPower wireless charger in September 2017 during its big iPhone event. On one hand, it made sense to announce a wireless charger at an event where Apple introduced its first ever iPhone models to support wireless charging. Of course, it also would’ve made sense to release the charger around the same time as the iPhone 8 in September or at least the iPhone X in November. But alas, it has now been more than six months since Apple’s AirPower announcement and the product still hasn’t shipped.

Two independent reports published recently suggested that the wait for the AirPower pad was finally coming to an end, with a release planned for sometime in late March. Now, a third report can be added to the list. Digitimes on Tuesday reported that Apple will release the AirPower charging accessory by the end of March, which would give the company just over two weeks to get its act together.

“With Apple set to launch its in-house designed wireless charging pad AirPower by the end of March, Taiwan suppliers of glass passivated package (GPP) bridge rectifiers needed to support the device expect their shipments to double in the first quarter of 2018 from a quarter earlier and rise further in the second quarter, according to industry sources,” the Taiwan-based site wrote.

It’s still not clear why it has taken Apple and its manufacturing partners so long to get things in order for the AirPower’s launch. The accessory is somewhat unique, allowing users to wirelessly charge three different devices at once. Most wireless charging pads only have one coil, though there are a number of “wireless triple charger” accessories available now from Chinese accessory makers. While these Chinese chargers are priced far lower than the rumored $ 199 price point Apple is supposedly planning for the AirPower mat, they also aren’t compatible with the Apple Watch like the AirPower accessory.

Of note, Digitimes makes no mention of release timing for the AirPods wireless charging case that will need to be released before AirPods owners can make use of the AirPower mat.

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Calendar 2 made $2K in 3 days mining cryptocurrency, but Apple says it violated Mac App Store guidelines

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Yesterday, we reported on a macOS app called Calendar 2 that seemingly added cryptocurrency mining as an alternative to paying for premium features. At the time, the app’s developers, Qbix, had made the decision to remove the feature from the app.

The company now tells us, however, that Apple ended up pulling the app from the Mac App Store for violating its guidelines…



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Broadcom to formally abandon Qualcomm bid, report says

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After President Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Broadcom’s proposed takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm, the Singapore-based company will formally announce an end to acquisition efforts, a report said Tuesday.
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Lyft says it passed $1 billion in revenue last year — and is growing faster than Uber

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Uber is still much bigger — but Lyft is still alive.

Lyft, the main U.S. ride-sharing rival to Uber, says today that it passed $ 1 billion in revenue in 2017. And it says its revenue grew 168 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2017, almost three times faster than Uber’s reported 61 percent growth.

Uber, of course, is still much larger than Lyft — it generated a reported $ 7.5 billion in revenue last year and operates in many more cities and countries. While its fourth-quarter growth may have been smaller than Lyft’s percentage-wise, it was still almost certainly many times larger dollar-wise. Both companies are still unprofitable.

But the big-picture reality is that despite Uber’s head start, its early dominance, ability to raise massive amounts of financing, aggressive (often allegedly illegal) growth tactics, faster move into self-driving cars and everything else in its favor, it has not been able to destroy Lyft.

Instead, Lyft capitalized somewhat on Uber’s missteps and unsavory reputation, raised another $ 2 billion last year, gained market share, launched its first international market last year (Toronto) and seems poised to exist for the foreseeable future.

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Microservices future of IOT, AI, blockchain says Alfresco CTO

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Alfresco Software co-founder and CTO John Newton says modular development and microservices could be the key to getting IoT services to market swiftly – particularly in the financial services sector. Mark Samuels reports.

IT decision-makers can use microservices to bring new services to market quickly and future-proof their organisations for further advances in connected technology.

That’s the view of John Newton, CTO and co-founder of information management specialist, Alfresco Software, who says the move towards microservices is nothing short of a “revolution in connectivity”.

Microservices are an architectural method for developing software applications as a series of components. For businesses in all sectors, Newton envisages a future where IT decision makers can use microservices to focus on business logic, rather than infrastructure challenges.

“You’ll be able to tap into services as they’re required, and that means CIOs and their peers will be able to focus on the areas of the business that represent a competitive differentiation,” he says.

In the future, it won’t make sense for people to build their own IoT services, AI systems, and blockchain products. Business leaders will just be able to connect to and use other services on demand.

“That’s going to drive customers to focus on what they do best: business logic.”

APIs on tap

Newton says the pace of change in connectivity will be rapid. He expects the development of online markets for new services, probably in the next five years.

He also anticipates the creation of exchanges where business leaders will be able source an API for the advanced capability their business requires, whether that’s data processing or machine learning.

“This whole process will be completely driven by the internet. It might be a case of simply getting hold of the URL from a provider and using that link to start using the services you need internally,” says Newton.

He expects these connected services to become gradually standardised, both in terms of accessing requirements, and in procurement and contracting.

This ‘componentised’ approach to service development will be perfect for both service providers and end users, who need better resources to make the most of a range of advanced technologies, he says.

“Microservices give companies the potential to scale out,” he says. “You don’t have to worry about how your technology is being built.

Microservices are a way of future-proofing your business for the huge amounts of processing that will be required in areas like AI modelling and natural language processing.

Newton says that microservices will also help support the rollout of distributed ledger services. “Blockchain is a hot topic in our industry right now, but IT leaders should recognise it should just be a service,” he says.

“What we’ll have in terms of connectivity is a general services revolution. And the key element that’s supporting this change, and which will help build this transformation successfully, is embracing microservices.”

Future proofing for change

Newton suggests the financial services sector as an example how firms have already started to embrace microservices.

Enterprises that are keen to embrace digital transformation are often held back by legacy systems, he says. “So, how do you take all that Cobol and make it ready for the internet era?

“As you realise that you need to make those pieces interoperable in a scalable way, you recognise that you need a new approach.”

Newton, who also co-founded content management firm Documentum in 1990, says the more architectural approach afforded by microservices gives banks an opportunity to deal with legacy constraints, to build the foundations for digital transformation and, potentially, for further levels of connected services, such as blockchain.

“The separation of components through microservices means banks are future-proofing themselves for change,” he says. “Microservices are a way to not only support a multi-cloud strategy, but also to speed up the entire IT process and bring about substantial improvements in agility.”

Newton refers to two examples. One UK bank, which was struggling with compliance demands, is now using microservices to update its systems and create a simpler route to the public cloud. Meanwhile a global bank also wants to move to the cloud in a way that satisfies regulators.

But the cloud is just a starting point. The next stage will see banks use microservices to ride the coming wave of IoT connectivity, claims Newton.

“It’s a better way to architect,” he says. “Rather than monolithic systems, banks can treat certain elements – such as a trading engine – as a microservice. When a technology like blockchain comes along, they can evolve their existing capability, without having to start all over again.”

Best practice advice

Newton offers three pieces of best-practice advice for IT decision makers who are looking to make the most of an architectural approach.

First, look at microservices with clear lines of responsibility, he says.

“Go to your data architecture and identify the common and independent elements. Use that as a map to work out where microservices can be applied. Ringfence these areas and define responsibility.

“If there’s ambiguity around where the lines are drawn, then that crossover point will be a good candidate for the creation of another microservice.”

Second, IT decision makers should focus on understanding the technology behind microservices. Too many people investigate Docker, see the benefits of the system and believe the creation of a componentised strategy will be straightforward, he says. But Newton advises caution.

“There’s a whole new way of thinking associated to microservices,” he says, stressing the importance of agile methodology. “Embrace DevOps, because then you’ll be focused on continuous integration and deployment. Think about service creation in a very different way to the traditional waterfall ‘build and deploy’ process. Refinement is constant.”

Finally, Newton advises IT decision makers to go beyond the enterprise firewall. Rather than considering services in a purely internal context, think about those that are common to other businesses, he says. CIOs need to recognise that certain layers, such as content, messaging, databases, and authentication, can be sourced from external specialists as a service.

“These are going to be common components,” he says. “There’s no point in continually re-inventing these services.”

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Despite his CTO job title, Newton heads up Alfresco Software, but his chosen designation suggests that the technology is everything for this understated provider, whose interesting client list includes the New York Philharmonic.

As the IoT grows, the use of modular and/or ‘componentised’ development will be increasingly important as organisations seek solutions that will give them rapid business advantage.

Meanwhile, within many organisations, traditional back-office IT and new customer-facing app development are being brought under the same management umbrella, as CXOs are being asked to move away from ‘keeping the lights on’ and towards supporting strategic business aims.

• We welcome Mark Samuels to our expanding roster of talent.

Mark Samuels is former editor of CIO Connect and former features editor of Computing. Mark has written articles for newspapers including The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times. He has also produced features and columns for a range of IT publications, such as Computer Weekly, ZDNet, Tech Republic, IT Pro, Channel Pro, CBR, The Register, Retail Business, and Diginomica. 

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MoviePass CEO now says app never tracked user location

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MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe appears to be backpedaling on recent comments that suggested the movie-a-day app continuously tracks users’ locations after they visit a theater, saying in a new interview that he was mistaken in what data his company gleans from customers.
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Now MoviePass’ CEO says the app never tracked customers

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A week after MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe's comments that "we watch how you drive home" came to light, the exec is walking back those words. In an interview with Variety, Lowe said "I said something completely inaccurate as far as what we are doing…We…
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Apple’s Eddy Cue discusses video service, says you’ll use AR ‘all the time’

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Immediately after Apple publicly announced its acquisition of magazine subscription service Texture this morning, the company’s senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue took the stage at SXSW 2018 to discuss some of Apple’s upcoming content plans. Most notably, he addressed the company’s upcoming video serv…Read More
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