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Did Apple Acquire Asaii?; Fortnite Cheats; Mental Wellbeing App; Sears Death March
 

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October 15 · Issue #100 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Did Apple Acquire Asaii?; Fortnite Cheats; Mental Wellbeing App; Sears Death March

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Music genius. Apple Music is about to get a lot smarter. The company reportedly snapped up music analytics company Asaii for somewhat less than $100M. The company used machine learning to “identify the next Justin Bieber.” For Apple, the smarts could help Apple Music’s recommendation engine. And, of course, there’ll probably be a pro Apple Music tool for A&R (Artists and Repertoire) people looking to find the next hits maker.
Apple Has Reportedly Acquired Asaii, a Music Analytics Platform 'Able to Find the Next Justin Bieber' - Mac Rumors Apple Has Reportedly Acquired Asaii, a Music Analytics Platform 'Able to Find the Next Justin Bieber' - Mac Rumors
Don’t cheat. Fortnite might just be a game, but it’s a highly lucrative one that developer Epic Games wants to protect. So, while cheats sent surreptitiously between Fortniters is probably okay, posting them on YouTube videos watched, potentially, by millions is not. Now Fortnite is going after a pair of popular Tubers whom it says are selling Fortnite cheats. I wish I’d know about them sooner. I usually run around for just a few minutes before someone takes me down and makes off with all my loot.
'Fortnite' creator Epic Games sues YouTuber for selling cheats 'Fortnite' creator Epic Games sues YouTuber for selling cheats
State of mind. The way you type, scroll, tap on your smartphone could help doctors detect signs of depression, mental illness and overall cognition, as long as you’re using the Mindstrong app. A trio of doctors developed the app and have been gathering data for years. Their studies show that how you use your phone can tell doctors a lot about your mental state. The idea is that the data the app collects gets encrypted, is sent to your doctor, who, if she sees signs of mental distress (even before you do), could intervene. The App isn’t available for all yet and Mindstrong has some privacy concerns to work through, but it could point the way for a whole class of apps that actually are good for you.
The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself - MIT Technology Review The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself - MIT Technology Review
Sears on life support. Sears is about to shutter 146 stores and file for bankruptcy. In some ways, Sears has only itself to blame: Years of mismanagement (buying Kmart), and dragging its feet on modernizing stores and retail practices. On the other hand, Sears is also surely a victim of the Amazon retail juggernaut. Walmart saw it and began a rapid change that included acquiring Jet, and door-to-door delivery. Sears, which was once the leader in home appliances, hardware and home goods, blinked and now it’s shedding nearly half its stores. Can it turn things around?
Sears bankruptcy: 142 more stores to close, liquidation sales soon Sears bankruptcy: 142 more stores to close, liquidation sales soon
P.S. Thank Russia for the Skibidi Challenge
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