Having perfect pitch is extremely rare, even among accomplished musicians. So how can you improve your ear, and what does your age, and speaking Mandarin have to do with it? WSJ’s Tanya Rivero and Heidi Mitchell explain. Photo: Paramount Pictures
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- Perfect Pitch: Can This Rare Musical Ability Be Taught?
Sunday Jun 11, 2017
- What are ‘happy apps’ and why should advertisers care?
By Nikao Yang, AdColony - Thursday Jun 15, 2017
GUEST: Have you noticed that certain mobile apps make you happier than others? The feeling that you get after, say, streaming music on Pandora during a workout, using Waze to circumvent traffic, or using the Nest app to get your home to the perfect temperature before you arrive is different from how you feel after scrolling […]
- This app will tell you which of your photos are actually good enough to post (which is both harsh and helpful)
By Molly Sequin - Thursday Jun 22, 2017
It's a rare occasion when you take the perfect photo on the first try. Most likely, your camera roll is clogged with photos as you attempt to shoot that all-star selfie, picture at the concert, or snapshot of the new glow-in-the-dark donuts.
But for all you accidental photo hoarders, photography app EyeEm and its AI helper are here to remove your pre-post photo clutter.
The app rolled out an update on Wednesday, giving users the ability to choose which photos will be the most liked. The new feature is called EyeEm "Selects," and it's an AI curator that automatically selects the best shots on your camera roll based on learned algorithms. Read more...More about Tech, Iphone, Android, Apps, and Photos
- Streaming Still Brings A 'Load' Of Problems
Friday Apr 21, 2017
You’ve heard the line--the food’s not good, but the portions are large.
A report from the growing San Francisco performance analyticsfirm Mux that charted viewer attitudes about video streaming comes up with a similar finding: Viewers are not so very critical of the quality of the video they receive. But they hate to be keptwaiting or be buffered to death.
Mux quizzed over 1,000consumers from 18 to 44, and determined that the quality of the video is the least likely reason they’ll quit watching. I should quickly point out more than half (57.3%)will still go away if the picture quality is miserable, but by comparison, that’s pretty good.
Far more of a buzzkill is everything else that can happen: 47% are“frustrated” by videos that stall or rebuffer and 85% have quit watching because of it; 19.9% are driven up a wall by videos that fail on playback or show an error message; and 18.8% areirked by videos that are slow to load and start--and 85% have quit trying when it happens, too.
Only 14.3% are actually frustrated by a bad picture-- as long as there issome kind of picture, apparently.
Altogether nearly 93% have abandoned a video because of some hassle actually playing it/seeing it.
Moving from what bugs them to how often it does, video stalls and rebuffers is the most frequent problem they encounter, (41.4%). Slow loads get second place on the frequency list at26%. Playback that fails or flashes an error message is the most frequent problem for 17.5%
These are problems that drive me mad and generally I won’t put up withthe bad stuff. (That’s what I tell myself, anyway.)
According to the Mux survey, I’m not alone, but I’m sort of impressed that by measure, videoviewers are, on balance, a rather forgiving bunch.
Yes it is true nearly 5% stop trying the moment a video malfunctions and 15.6% will give just one more chance.Then cooler heads begin to prevail: 52.3% will try “two or three” times; 20.5% will give four to six chances; and the Mother Theresa contingent (6.5%) will keep plugging away even aftervideo gives them trouble seven or more times. They must have perfect blood pressure.
Actually OTT streamers live a relatively charmed existence. The largest percentageof those surveyed blame their Internet supplier or their own Wi-Fi for slow loading or rebuffering hassles, not the content supplier, though the content app publisher gets knocked for playbackfailures and lousy picture and a share of everything else. The smart TV or streaming provider (like Roku or Apple) gets little blame for anything.
A current report onthe stalling/buffering/swearing at your device issue getsthe attention of eMarketer, where I first heard of the Mux report. It doesn’t offer a lot of advice, but offers some sympathy: “The challenge for media andadvertising executives seeking to prevent such issues is that there is no single cause for video streaming quality problems, and that some of these problems are out of their control.”
That’s also what cable companies used to say when the repairman was late.
- Fit City: Taking Night-Life Cue, Gyms Lower the Lights
By TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI - Tuesday Jun 13, 2017
Cycling, boxing and running studios, as well as some full-service gyms, are using sophisticated lighting systems to heighten the exercise experience.
- Report Reveals In-App Purchase Scams in the App Store
By Tim Hardwick - Monday Jun 12, 2017
An investigation into App Store developer pay-outs has uncovered a scamming trend in which apps advertising fake services are making thousands of dollars a month from in-app purchases.
In a Medium article titled How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store, Johnny Lin describes how he discovered the trend, which works by manipulating search ads to promote dubious apps in the App Store and then preys on unsuspecting users via the in-app purchase mechanism.
I scrolled down the list in the Productivity category and saw apps from well-known companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Microsoft. That was to be expected. But what's this? The #10 Top Grossing Productivity app (as of June 7th, 2017) was an app called "Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN".To learn how this could be, Lin installed and ran the app, and was soon prompted to start a "free trial" for an "anti-virus scanner" (iOS does not need anti-virus software thanks to Apple's sandboxing rules for individual apps). Tapping on the trial offer then threw up a Touch ID authentication prompt containing the text "You will pay $99.99 for a 7-day subscription starting Jun 9, 2017".
Given the terrible title of this app (inconsistent capitalization, misplaced colon, and grammatically nonsensical "Clean & Security VPN?"), I was sure this was a bug in the rankings algorithm. So I check Sensor Tower for an estimate of the app's revenue, which showed… $80,000 per month?? That couldn't possibly be right. Now I was really curious.
Lin was one touch away from paying $400 a month for a non-existent service offered by a scammer.
It suddenly made a lot of sense how this app generates $80,000 a month. At $400/month per subscriber, it only needs to scam 200 people to make $80,000/month, or $960,000 a year. Of that amount, Apple takes 30%, or $288,000?—?from just this one app.Lin went on to explain how dishonorable developers are able to take advantage of Apple's App Store search ads product because there's no filtering or approval process involved. Not only that, ads look almost indistinguishable from real results in the store, while some ads take up the entire search result's first page.
Lin dug deeper and found several other similar apps making money off the same scam, suggesting a wider disturbing trend, with scam apps regularly showing up in the App Store's top grossing lists.
It's unclear at this point how these apps managed to make it onto the App Store in the first place given Apple's usually stringent approval process, or whether changes to the search ads system in iOS 11 will prevent this immoral practice from occurring in future. We'll be sure to update this article if we hear more from Apple.
In the meantime, users should report scam apps when they see them and inform less savvy friends of this scamming trend until something is done to eradicate it.
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- “It’s Shame On Us If We Blow It”: Highlights From NY Seizes the Momentum
By Ben Fidler - Wednesday Jun 7, 2017
Mike Foley, a drug industry veteran and director of the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, has a pointed message for the New York life sciences industry: Don’t waste the moment. Changing the course of New York biotech has been a saga that dates back to the 1990s, and as Xconomy has detailed, progress has been made […]
- Facebook invented the perfect stalking tool — but it won’t let you have it
By Kerry Flynn - Friday Jun 16, 2017
Facebook is testing a simultaneously useful and creepy feature for profiles.
I opened my Facebook profile Friday morning and discovered a tiny new box at the top, below my profile picture—a search bar.
But doesn't Facebook already have a search bar? Yes, they do, but this one apparently is limited to searching within my own profile. The search bar also appears on every one of my friend's profiles for searching within theirs.
It's not a new test, and unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for all of us, it's going to be discontinued, according to Facebook spokesperson. Read more...More about Facebook, Apps And Software, Online Media, Facebook Profiles, and Business