Summary of “Android 9 Pie review: Google gets more thoughtful”

That’s where Android Pie’s improved Do Not Disturb mode comes in.
Lens, Assistant, Duplex – it’s no secret that Google believes artificial intelligence is the way forward.
What’s really interesting about the way Google wove AI into Android Pie is how subtle it is.
None of the features we’re about to discuss are conceptually very exciting, but there’s little question that they make day-to-day life using Pie more pleasant.
Consider the subway ride I mentioned earlier – that’s an example of what Google calls App Actions.
See, Android Pie basically keeps an eye on what you’re doing and when, chews on that data for a while, and brings those actions directly into the phone’s app launcher when they seem appropriate.
Google seems to have prioritized the quality and timeliness of these suggestions over quantity.
While we were filming our video review, Pie suggested I listen to a Japanese band in Spotify, or, uh, call myself.

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Summary of “Bashar al-Assad Is Winning the Battle for Syria”

There was also genuine ideological support for Assad. From the beginning, Assad insisted the rebellion was an externally orchestrated plot and, after a lifetime of absorbing propaganda, some believed him.
Many were scarred by memories of the last rebellion against an Assad, when Hafez massacred at least 10,000 in Hama in 1982.
When the opposition ultimately shifted to a violent struggle, many of the nonviolent activists who might have resisted were in prison, exiled, or dead. Meanwhile, the regime deliberately released jihadists from prison in the hope they would radicalize the opposition and confirm Assad’s claims it was violently Islamist.
The leaders of two significant Islamist militias-Hassan Aboud of Ahrar as-Sham and Zahran Alloush of Jaysh al-Islam-were both in Assad’s prisons in early 2011.
Just as Assad targeted the non-violent opponents to ensure the rebellion turned violent, he focused on moderate armed rebels in the hope that only jihadists and his regime would be left for Syrians and the world to choose from.
Had there been no external involvement, these domestic ploys might have been enough for Assad to survive.
Western governments called on Assad to stand aside in August 2011, and imposed sanctions.
Soon Assad’s foreign enemies were sponsoring his political opponents and aiding the armed rebels.

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Summary of “You’re Doing It Wrong: 3 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Phone’s Battery « Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks”

From talking to individual respondents, it appears many people were like me and confused about which charging habits are actually bad for your battery.
As a result, it exacerbates many bad habits regarding poor battery mismanagement.
Often with my laptop, I would watch videos and do homework late into the night, eking out what little battery I had left to accomplish whatever task I had. Afterward, I would plug it into the charger and go to sleep for the night to wake up to a full charge – but I never stopped to think about what happens to the battery overnight after it hits 100%. Even back then, without fast charging, it didn’t take eight hours to fully charge a battery.
At 77°F, the battery capacity reduced by 20%, meaning the maximum amount of energy the battery could store was now 80% of its original capacity.
To restore your capacity, you’d need to fully discharge your battery so that your battery would remember its full capacity.
Depth of discharge is the difference between the starting battery percentage and ending battery percentage, which determines the number of discharge cycles your battery has.
Most of us have at least 30 minutes to spare while getting ready, and by that time, fast charging should have your battery up to at least 50%. Depending on the battery percentage when you began charging, 30 minutes could give you an all-day charge.
Instead of 100% capacity, electric vehicles charge only to 80% and deplete to only 30%. This way, every electric vehicle lives its entire life in the sweet zone, and when the battery capacity begins to reduce, the system slowly increases the depth of discharge to maintain the same battery life while preserving the battery.

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Summary of “12 fast-rising technologies to get ready for”

We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council which of our current technologies will likely be slated for widespread, innovative use within the near future.
While our focuses today may be on artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, there are plenty of game-changing technology innovations at play in our tech-driven society.
The internet was designed at its core to be a decentralized system, but internet giants and many governments have warped the original intent.
The blockchain has the potential to get back to the promise of the internet and usher in a new era of distributed applications with security and resiliency at their core.
For many things such as clothing, furniture, building materials and more, you’ll choose a template online and print it out.
Once the speed is faster, we will have more applications and hardware connected to the internet.
Could we dream of Netflix streaming in 2001 when the internet was slow? Speed will be the king.
The views expressed are the author’s own and not necessarily shared by TNW. Read next: Google is reportedly building hardware for its game streaming service.

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Summary of “Why the old way of parenting no longer works”

Today’s children tend to roam the world as independent contractors, and are taught to focus more on individual achievement rather than their contributions to family, neighborhoods and friends.
“There are no longer these straight lines of authority. The boss is no longer in charge of the dad, the dad is no longer in charge of the mom, and the mom is no longer in charge of the kids. They are growing up in a culture of democracy and equality and they feel that,” she explained, referring to the changes in workplaces, homes and schools that have led to more decision-making by committee.
Today’s parents, she explained, are looking to foster a “Close connected nurturing relationship, which science tells us is good for their well-being, while also having consequences that children would respect.” This is a parenting style many refer to as “Authoritative.”
The key to getting today’s children to behave is forgoing the fear-based methods of yesteryear and helping them learn how to self-regulate instead. Lewis’ book wisely refrains from prescribing one particular method, and instead looks at a number of approaches to helping children learn self-control and how they play out in different scenarios.
“Punishment is something imposed on a less powerful person by a more powerful person. It sets up our children to want power and control,” she said.
“Consequences teach us a lesson, and allow children to learn by the situation. What happens when I forget my sweatshirt? I am a bit chilly. It’s a cleaner lesson, and works much faster.”
While allowing older children to sort out conflicts on their own can be an effective way of presenting them with natural consequences and reducing future arguments, little children are ineligible for a mostly hands-off approach.
Not as a panacea, because there is no such thing when it comes to regulating most adults’ emotions, let alone our children’s.

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Summary of “Traders With Pockets Full of Crypto Quit Wall Street”

While the Wall Street establishment debates whether cryptocurrencies will become a profit center or a legal liability, some employees have gotten wealthy enough from personal investments in digital assets to turn their backs on promising jobs at top firms.
Zhang is working on a trading platform for digital assets, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Zhang, formerly a trader on the centralized risk desk at Deutsche Bank, started investing in cryptocurrencies in his spare time last year and has traded more than $1 million worth of the assets, the person familiar said.
He exchanged tips and trading ideas with colleagues, including Yao King, head of program trading and exchange-traded fund trading for the Americas, who also made sizable personal profits from crypto trading, said people familiar.
The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating prices, while the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating initial coin offerings.
The whipsaw ride in cryptocurrencies in the past six months, which saw Bitcoin trade between around $6,000 and $20,000, has fueled debate among laymen and Wall Street luminaries alike over whether financial institutions should seek to make money from digital assets or avoid them like the plague.
Digital assets have even proven divisive within firms, with managers often at odds with subordinates, said Adam Grimsley, a former BlackRock fixed-income specialist who co-founded a crypto hedge fund in London called Prime Factor Capital.
“Crypto is certainly a market that’s pulling away real talent from financial services,” said Chris Matta, 28, who left Goldman Sachs’s money management unit last year to co-found an investment firm for digital currencies called Crescent Crypto Asset Management.

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Summary of “How Fortnite conquered the world”

Playgrounds jostle as children showboat dance moves copied from the game, while parents tip from mournful anxiety about screentime quotas, to blessed relief that here is a game that encourages teamwork, compromise and communication between their otherwise monosyllabic adolescents.
Fortnite borrows the premise of the Japanese novel Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, in which contestants are sent to an island where they must scavenge and fight until only one remains.
The game’s aesthetic, which is bright, colourful and decidedly un-bloody, has helped convince parents that this is a world of harmless, cartoonish violence.
Then in March the musician Drake, the rapper Travis Scott and the American football player JuJu Smith-Schuster joined professional video game streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins in a Fortnite squad. Footage of their play session, broadcast on the live-streaming service Twitch, broke the record for the most-viewed episode on the internet.
In playgrounds, word of the game has spread virally, not only through excited recaps of the previous night’s matches, but also, extraordinarily, via the Floss, a dance move that originated on YouTube in 2014 but was popularised by Fortnite.
In 2015 the Los Angeles game developer Riot, one of the first companies to adopt the model, reputedly made almost $2bn from selling digital clothes for its game League of Legends.
Epic refused to comment on how many Fortnite outfits it has sold, stating only that as of February the game had “More than 45 million players”.
Epic remains coy about figures, but the dramatic scale of the game’s success was hinted at last Monday when the company announced a $100m prize pool for Fortnite tournaments over the next year.

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Summary of “A notorious mansion. An alleged assault by a Hollywood producer. A suicide. What happened to Brian Claflin?”

In his statement, Claflin said Goddard and a friend of the filmmaker persuaded him to inhale nitrous oxide one night, which was the first time he had used drugs.
He immediately felt dizzy and passed out, he wrote, and awoke to being further drugged while Goddard sexually assaulted him.
“I was in a delirious state and remember saying NO, NO, NO, several times but they persisted,” he wrote.
“I just sort of shut down and went somewhere else in my head. After a while I remember praying aloud to God to just make it/them stop.”

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Summary of “Johnny Depp: how Hollywood’s biggest star fell from grace”

It is Johnny Depp not Sparrow, who is accused of presiding over such mayhem in a drama playing out not on screen but in court.
Eugene Arreola and Miguel Sanchez alleged that a “Financial hurricane” and a “Toxic” environment enveloped Depp’s Hollywood Hills compound from 2016.
The suit alleges: “Often times plaintiffs were forced to protect Depp from himself and his vices while in public. An incident at a local nightclub involved plaintiffs alerting Depp of illegal substances visible on his face and person while preventing onlookers from noticing Depp’s condition.”
Profligacy barely counts as vice in Hollywood but Depp’s epic expenditure – in addition to fast cars and planes he bought a French village, a $22m yacht and a string of Caribbean islands while allegedly blowing through $2m a month, including $30,000 a month on wine – rivals that of the castle-collecting Nicholas Cage.
In recent years this has led to Depp clashing with, firing and suing a rotating retinue of managers and lawyers, who in turn have sued him over allegedly broken contracts and unpaid fees, draining more funds from the Depp treasure chest and dumping more revelations about his private life overboard into the public maw.
This did not appease Harry Potter fans, who launched petitions demanding that the makers of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, drop Depp as the film’s villain.
Warner Bros and JK Rowling have stuck with Depp for Fantastic Beasts, sparing him banishment to the ranks of #MeToo blackguards.
Depp’s career – and bank balance – will partly hinge on whether Disney gives Captain Sparrow a sixth Pirates film.

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Summary of “Tesla is just months from a total collapse, says hedge-fund manager”

Unless Elon Musk “Pulls a rabbit out of his hat,” Tesla will be bankrupt within four months, says John Thompson of Vilas Capital Management.
Thompson manages $25 million and his Tesla TSLA, -2.45% short is the fund’s biggest position.
To be fair, he’s been betting big against Tesla for years, which, of course, means he’s endured some brutal stretches.
Despite Tesla’s strong performance in 2017, Thompson’s fund still managed to churn out a 65% gain for the year.
Now, Tesla’s back to where it was when Musk fired off his “Shortville” tweet, and Thompson is confident his bet is about to pay off nicely.
He explained that funding will be hard to come by in the face of problems in delivering the Model 3, declining demand for the Model S and X, extreme valuation and a likely downgrade of its credit rating by Moody’s from B- to CCC. “As a reality check, Tesla is worth twice as much as Ford , yet Ford F, +1.01% made 6 million cars last year at a $7.6 billion profit while Tesla made 100,000 cars at a $2 billion loss,” Thompson said.
“Further, Ford has $12 billion in cash held for ‘a rainy day’ while Tesla will likely run out of money in the next 3 months. I’ve never seen anything so absurd in my career.”
At last check, Tesla shares were down almost 5% at $290, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.44% was up triple digits.

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