Summary of “HQ: Inside the Game Show App Phenomenon”

HQ has several regular presenters in its rotation, but by far the most beloved is Rogowsky, a stand-up comic whose massive popularity has become inextricable from that of the app itself.
Rogowsky’s punny, slightly manic between-question patter is rife with pop culture references, including “Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, let’s get this show on the road,” the repurposed Phish lyrics with which he opens every game.
Sharon Carpenter, the broadcast journalist who presents the UK edition of the game, arrives, taking Rogowsky’s place in hair and makeup.
By 3:14 p.m., the afternoon’s work is done, and he changes into a pair of trousers that match his jacket before leaving HQ HQ. Rogowsky’s credits include the ABC hidden-camera reality show Would You Fall for That? with future Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata, as well as a series of popular videos in which he reads books with ridiculous fake covers on the subway.
Once he’d given up on proceeding with the game, Rogowsky bravely ad-libbed through the five endless minutes left until the clock struck midnight.
“I can’t comment on the specifics of what we’re doing with NBC or what happened there – but yeah, we got a free Super Bowl ad.” On the day of my visit, after he wraps the afternoon’s game, Rogowsky asks Teitel, “Was NBC watching?”.
The first of these, Ready Player One, was energetically pitched by Rogowsky throughout the $250,000 game on Wednesday, the day of the movie’s premiere.
Rogowsky had aspired to host his own talk show on TV, or to serve as a correspondent on a comedy news outfit like The Daily Show.

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Summary of “How To Organize Your Life, Based On Your Myers-Briggs Type”

If you don’t have that whole organized thing down, you can learn how to organize your life based on your Myers-Briggs personality type.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment divides everyone into 16 distinct types based on how you perceive and judge the world, and it can be a useful tool for not only understanding your own strengths and weakness, but for understanding others as well.
Your Myers-Briggs Type can also help you take control of your life, but what works for one type might not work for another.
If you’re struggling to stay on top of things, here’s how to organize your life based on your Myers-Briggs Type.1.ISTJs Are Suckers For Spreadsheets.
They’re skilled at watching and waiting, but when a problem arises they know how to fix it ASAP. This Myers-Briggs Type loathes wasting time, so apps like Smarter Time help ISTPs make sure they’re making the most of their days and not losing time in the weeds.
ENFPs can easily get overwhelmed if they have too many tasks and ideas and no concept of how to organize or follow through.
For the busy AF ENFJ, a meditation app like Simple Habit’s For Women, By Women playlist of guided meditations can help this type clear the clutter from their mind and organize their thoughts so they can get right back out there to keep leading like the bosses they are.16.ENTJs Like Things Orderly AF. For the super logical and orderly ENTJ, an old-school organization tool like color coding can help this Myers-Briggs Type keep everything in order at all times.
While every Myers-Briggs Type is different, and getting organized is subjective, some level of organization is attainable for all 16 personality types.

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Summary of “Eight things your phone’s camera can do-other than snapping selfies”

With the right apps, your camera can perform feats from translating texts to scanning paperwork.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, version S8 or later, you can pull off the same feat with the native camera app.
With the right app, your phone’s camera will act as a star guide.
Install the photo and video messaging app, open the camera screen, and tap anywhere on the scene.
While you can always snap photos of documents and keep them in your default photo app’s gallery, a dedicated app will provide extra features like automatic cropping and even text recognition.
Only the Android app offers automatic optical character recognition-you won’t find that ability in the iOS app.
Dropbox also includes an integrated document-scanning feature that employs your phone’s camera: From the front screen of the app, tap the Plus button, then Scan document.
You could jot down notes on paper or a memo app, but snapping a photo is faster and easier.

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Summary of “The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018”

Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe interviews, downloading some new apps can help manage your time and produce better work.
Here are some of the best productivity apps for phones, tablets, and computers that launched in the last year or got a substantial upgrade.
After seven years without proper desktop apps, the excellent board-based project management tool Trello released Mac and Windows versions last September.
The collaborative document editor added its own apps platform last year, turning it into a central hub for analytics charts, drawings, planning boards, polls, status bars, and spreadsheets.
For iPad Pro users, Notability is the best app for taking notes with an Apple Pencil, mostly because it can synchronize recorded audio with handwritten notes.
The app is also a powerful drawing and annotation tool, especially with iOS 11’s drag-and-drop and Files app integration for moving PDF files in and out.
Five years after launching as way to draw on the iPad, FiftyThree relaunched its Paper and Paste apps as collaboration tools.
Download videos from the web, silence notifications, prevent the computer from sleeping, launch multiple apps with one click, and archive files in bulk.

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Summary of “Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?”

In the 1950s, dopamine was thought to be largely associated with physical movement after a study showed that Parkinsonism was caused by dopamine deficiency.
Dopamine inspires us to take actions to meet our needs and desires – anything from turning up the heating to satisfying a craving to spin a roulette wheel – by anticipating how we will feel after they’re met.
Pinterest, the online scrapbook where users upload inspirational pictures, contains endless galleries of dopamine tattoos, while Amazon’s virtual shelves sag under the weight of diet books intended to increase dopamine levels and improve mental health.
“Even a year or two before the scene about persuasive tech grew up, dopamine was a molecule that had a certain edge and sexiness to it in the cultural zeitgeist,” explains Ramsay Brown, the 28-year-old cofounder of Dopamine Labs, a controversial California startup that promises to significantly increase the rate at which people use any running, diet or game app.
In a 2017 article titled “How evil is tech?”, the New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote: “Tech companies understand what causes dopamine surges in the brain and they lace their products with ‘hijacking techniques’ that lure us in and create ‘compulsion loops’.” Most social media sites create irregularly timed rewards, Brooks wrote, a technique long employed by the makers of slot machines, based on the work of the American psychologist BF Skinner, who found that the strongest way to reinforce a learned behaviour in rats is to reward it on a random schedule.
Randomness is at the heart of Dopamine Labs’ service, a system that can be implemented into any app designed to build habitual behaviour.
Every habit-forming drug, from amphetamines to cocaine, from nicotine to alcohol, affects the dopamine system by dispersing many times more dopamine than usual.
Recent research has shown that dopamine levels are one of the key differentiators between human beings and other apes; Nenad Sestan and André Sousa of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut discovered that 1.5% of the neurons in the human striatum produce dopamine, three times more than in the ape striatum.

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Summary of “How to Keep Your Devices’ Batteries Alive As Long As Possible”

Sure, all batteries degrade eventually, but you can take some preventative steps to keep them in good health for as long as possible.
To keep it operating nominally, you’ll need to occasionally participate in some time-consuming activities, or go against your habits and beliefs as to how you should charge a battery.
For the most part, batteries can take care of themselves and combat our bad habits as long as you monitor a few factors.
Here’s what you should look into when determining the health of your battery, and how to keep it full of electrons until it’s time for a replacement.
You should try to keep your battery’s temperature between 5 to 45 °C. Heat causes a battery to speed up its chemical reactions, which translates to a battery that drains faster than it should.
iPhone batteries are one of those things that no matter how long they last, it isn’t going to be.
Apple has a list of maximum cycle counts for each laptop so you can see how close you are to the limit, when battery life starts to degrade.
iOS: Apple, thanks to its unpopular decision to throttle iPhones with older batteries, is updating its battery management service in the upcoming iOS 11.3 software update.

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Summary of “How Tiny Red Dots Took Over Your Life”

The prototypical modern dot – stop-sign red, with numbers, round, maddening – was popularized with Mac OS X, the first version of which was released nearly 20 years ago.
It wasn’t until the launch of the iPhone, in 2007, that dots transformed from a simple utility into a way of life – from a solution into a cause unto themselves.
It showed three dots, ringed in white: 1 unread text; 5 calls or voice mail messages; 1 email.
Jobs set about showing off the apps, opening them, eliminating the dots.
Eventually, when the iPhone was opened to outside developers, badge use accelerated.
As touch-screen phones careered toward ubiquity, and as desktop interfaces and website design and mobile operating systems huddled together around a crude and adapting set of visual metaphors, the badge was ascendant.
On social media, in apps and on websites, badge design was more creative, appearing as little speech bubbles or as rectangles.
They make appearances on Facebook and across Google products, perhaps most notoriously on the ill-fated Google Plus social network, where blocky badges were filled with inexplicably, desperately high numbers.

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Summary of “How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software”

Apple’s annual software upgrade this fall will offer users plenty of new features: enabling a single set of apps to work across iPhones, iPads and Macs, a Digital Health tool to show parents how much time their children have been staring at their screen and improvements to Animojis, those cartoon characters controlled by the iPhone X’s facial recognition sensor.
Just as important this year will be what Apple doesn’t introduce: redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app that can suggest which images to view.
“This change is Apple beginning to realize that schedules are not being hit, stuff is being released with bugs – which previously would not have happened,” when Apple was a smaller company with fewer engineers, customers and devices to manage, says one person familiar with the company.
The shift is an admission of what many customers have already come to notice: Some Apple software has become prone to bugs and underdeveloped features.
At Apple, all new features are tied to a big release in the fall, when Apple rolls out its splashiest new software, and a more modest update in the spring.
Under the previous system, a person familiar with Apple says, “Inevitably, some things will be late because you underestimated how long it would take. Some things have to be cut, some things have to be rushed. It’s the result of having thousands of people working on the same schedule.”
The first test of the new development strategy will come in the fall, when Apple debuts the next iPhone and iPad software upgrade.
Apple plans to integrate Animojis into FaceTime, letting people put virtual faces over themselves in video calls.

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Summary of “Strava Heatmap shows that fitness trackers represent a privacy threat”

Just how big of a problem was brought into stark relief Monday, when a Twitter user pointed out that the Strava global heatmap – an online, interactive map of activity by people who use the Strava mobile app or have a Fitbit or Jawbone – inadvertently revealed the location of military bases overseas.
To make matters worse, Wired reported it’s also possible to take data publicly available via Strava’s API and see the names of individuals tied to specific running routes.
People have hard time comprehending what a searchable database of many people’s data reveal, etc.
Adam Harvey, perhaps best known for creating CV Dazzle and Hyperface, pointed out that the digital traces we leave online via fitness tracking apps like Strava give others power over us.
Strava helps illustrate fact that if anyone gained access to all of Google’s data they would rule the world.
While the U.S. government is likely not about to drone you, there exist other threats to your privacy – both present and future – that are only exacerbated by apps like Strava and devices like Fitbit.
Sure, you can denote your runs as “Private” on the aforementioned app, but even having done that, your data is still being uploaded to Strava’s servers – it’s just not actively shared with every creep who decides to poke around publicly available datasets like the heatmap.
For starters, try deleting the Strava app from your smartphone or tossing that Fitbit in your drawer and leaving it there.

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Summary of “Strava Heatmap shows that fitness trackers represent a privacy threat”

Just how big of a problem was brought into stark relief Monday, when a Twitter user pointed out that the Strava global heatmap – an online, interactive map of activity by people who use the Strava mobile app or have a Fitbit or Jawbone – inadvertently revealed the location of military bases overseas.
To make matters worse, Wired reported it’s also possible to take data publicly available via Strava’s API and see the names of individuals tied to specific running routes.
People have hard time comprehending what a searchable database of many people’s data reveal, etc.
Adam Harvey, perhaps best known for creating CV Dazzle and Hyperface, pointed out that the digital traces we leave online via fitness tracking apps like Strava give others power over us.
Strava helps illustrate fact that if anyone gained access to all of Google’s data they would rule the world.
While the U.S. government is likely not about to drone you, there exist other threats to your privacy – both present and future – that are only exacerbated by apps like Strava and devices like Fitbit.
Sure, you can denote your runs as “Private” on the aforementioned app, but even having done that, your data is still being uploaded to Strava’s servers – it’s just not actively shared with every creep who decides to poke around publicly available datasets like the heatmap.
For starters, try deleting the Strava app from your smartphone or tossing that Fitbit in your drawer and leaving it there.

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