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Update: Apple just announced indoor iPhone tracking at it’s 2020 iPhone event, although it’s not clear if it will identify individual rooms

In the past year, Apple has starting embedding Ultra-wideband sensors (UWB) in iPhones and as of recently, Apple Watches. What makes UWB interesting is that it gives devices a degree of spatial awareness. If Apple continues this trend and embeds UWB in their stationary hardware: Apple TV, HomePod, and even iMac (why not?)… suddenly iPhone, iPad, MacBook and AirPods could know what room they’re located inside of your living space, via using triangulation techniques. …


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Rule #7 of the Hip Hop barbershop talk handbook states that any discussion sufficiently long will inevitably lead to the the infamous “Top 5 rappers, dead or alive” debate. If you’ve followed my work over the years, you know visualizing hip-hop intangibles is kind of my forte. From quantifying literary devices in rap lyrics with my Rap Genius 2.0 Concept…

…to comparing the highest selling hip-hop artists of all time:

So it shouldn’t be surprising I wanted to get to the objective bottom of the Top 5 Dead or Alive argument.

Back when the field of Internet search engines was still competitive, young Larry Page had a brilliant idea of how to objectively rank websites’ quality in order to serve users better search results. The method is both elegant and simple: the more links that pointed to a given website, the higher its quality must be. Larry called the algorithm PageRank, which is better known today as Google (The name is a play on his last name and web pages- BARS.) …


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“Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t…” — Jay-Z

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Hip-hop is naturally opinionated, and while preferences and tastes vary- sales don’t.

“But just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good”

Anybody who tries to discredit an artists who sold 10 million records by saying “sales don’t matter” is taking an elitist standpoint. What they’re really saying is “my opinion matters more than the opinion of 10 million people because their taste isn’t as good as mine.”

Interesting Insights

  • Eminem had the greatest run in hip-hop history. He was 26 when he dropped his first album, 28 when he dropped his second, and 29 when he dropped his third. …


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It’s estimated that you’ll sign up for over a hundred apps in your life. Social networks, fitness trackers, and even wine tasting apps require you to create an account, which means that pictures uploaded, calories burned, and merlot reviewed will all be stored on company servers. And if Pareto’s principle tells us anything, you’ll only use a few dozen of those apps regularly while the others fade from memory, fall out of fashion, or fail to bankruptcy.

Here’s the thing though…

Just because you delete the dating app you no longer use, it doesn’t mean that your name, profile photo, selfies, and sent messages get deleted- they’re still sitting somewhere on a server with questionable security. …


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Located just 15 miles north of Apple Inc’s headquarters, the city fo East Palo Alto was America’s murder capital in 1992. The city had experienced 42 murders with a population of just 24,322 people, equating to 172.7 homicides per 100,000 residents. Later that same year, John Lahr, a concerned PhD seismologist approached the Menlo Park Police Department with a radical idea- to track down the location of shootings by applying seismological techniques typically used for earthquake detection. Once the proposal the approved, he quickly set up base in his home in Menlo Park, from which he monitored a network of 5 microphones placed across the city. …


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source: The Verge

Update: Apple announced they’re implementing this exact feature in iOS 14

“For food, you have nutrition labels…so we thought it would be great to have something similar for apps.” — Erik Neuenschwander, Apple’s user privacy manager, June 2020

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In July of 2019, the viral app FaceApp took over the globe by letting users glance into their future by using algorithms to artificially age their portrait photos. The app has been downloaded over 100 million times, was the top-ranked app in 121 countries, and collected the photos of more than 150 million users. …


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Disclaimer: the following critique should by no means dissuade anyone from using Brave. I‘ve personally switched full time to Brave as a decade long Chrome user, and you should too if you care about your privacy.

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been enthusiastically advocating Brave- the privacy oriented browser that blocks ads, protects your privacy and data, and makes internet surfing much faster in the process. What makes Brave exceptional is that fact that users can earn the crypto (BAT) by viewing ads and also tip their favorite creators. …


America’s neglect of the imperial system is widely mocked by much of the Western world and for a good reason- it’s batshit illogical. The U.S. is known to disregard worldwide standards in favor of its own quirky and often unintuitive systems of inches, ounces, and gallons. While the majority of the world adheres the popular date format: Day, Month, Year (ex: 4, July, 1776.) The U.S. once again has chosen the unbeaten path by reversing the Day and Month order (ex: July 4th, 1776.) …


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Since the proliferation of music streaming services about a decade ago, the fundamental user experience has remained largely unchanged. It’s 2018 and Spotify is mostly a collection of manually saved songs and albums, alongside a myriad of pre-made playlists. The golden promise of a personalized experience- “the right music at the right time” never fully materialized as the burden of the musical journey is largely shifted onto the user as choice paralysis detracts us from enjoying the music itself. …


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“Science fiction is about using speculative scenarios as a lens to examine the human condition” — Ted Chang

The show Black Mirror has captivated millions of people with its dark take on technology’s societal impact. It explores emerging technologies and the potential dystopian scenarios they could create, with glimmers of optimism scattered throughout the seasons. As a long time fan, Season 3 was Black Mirror in its top form; an absolute peak in terms of creativity and originality. The episode San Junipero is some of the best television I’ve seen to this day. However, as I started watching Season 4 my excitement was subdued as I started noticing something disappointing- repetition. …

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