Breaking Up Was Hard To Do For Taylor Swift

Just about all of Taylor Swift’s fans remember that the pop singer made a clean break with Spotify back in 2014. Spotify is a service that uses the new  streaming technology to offer access to millions of songs. However, Taylor Swift was all about shaking off the streaming service and locking down her music. Now, Spotify and Taylor Swift are making nice again. They’ve reunited to celebrate Swift’s album 1989 selling over 10 million albums. Now fans have access to the singer’s entire back catalog on the streaming service.


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The good news is that Taylor Swift’s music is back on track with Spotify’s paid members. The even better news is that the ad supported free version also offers Swift’s music to Spotify fans. Here is the deal. Spotify is actually one of the top streaming music services around. They are steadily growing and attracting more and more fans. Meanwhile, music industry insiders state that there is a massive decline in record sales, due to the popularity of streaming music services. Clearly, this led to numerous music stars like Taylor Swift, to reconsider their views on releasing their music on Spotify.


Previously, music artists were up in arms about royalties or the lack of royalties. Now, they realize that Spotify’s music streaming service is essentially a great promotional tool that helps them to market their material and sell tickets to their concerts. More and more musical artist are starting to embrace streaming services like Spotify because they are also a great vehicle to introduce a new league of fans to an artist’s musical library. In the future, streaming music will probably completely dominate the music scene.


Keeping Criminals in Jail Using Securus Technologies

I work on a fugitive task force in my state, and this year we were given a case that involved a thug who had a habit of getting violent with innocent victims around our community. Whether he was robbing your car or your wallet, if you resisted, he would make sure you suffered in pain. The only reason this suspect was on the street was because of a technicality, and I was determined to put him back in jail before he hurt someone else.


The biggest trouble we have with violent offenders like this is that they can snap at the slightest thing. Look at the suspect the wrong way in a supermarket, then he might pull a knife on you right there in the produce aisle. To complicate matters, this suspect had a huge network of family and friends that were all too happy to keep him hidden. The only thing going for me was the fact his brother and partner in crime was still in jail, so I decided to see if he would sing.


Normally an inmate like this would never talk, but I wanted to send a message here. By asking him questions, I knew h would run to the phones and call his brother at his first chance. Lucky for us, Securus Technologies just updated the prison inmate call monitoring system, and I was about to strike gold.


The LBS software alerted my team that the two were talking and speaking about making a big score so they both could get out of the country. That score involved holding up an armored truck, despite the guards armed to the teeth. When we were able to collect the details and position ourselves to follow that suspect, we took him down and back to jail to reunite him with his brother for a long time.


Artificial Intelligence: From Air Combat to Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder affects at least six million Americans each year, or roughly 4 percent of U.S. adults. Treatment typically involves some combination of mood-stabilizing or anti-psychotic medications and psychotherapy. However, recent discoveries in the field of artificial intelligence may prove revolutionary for individuals suffering from this condition.


Artificial intelligence, commonly known as “AI,” refers to intelligence exhibited by computerized machines. The idea revolves around a perceived need to create machines that can perform tasks previously limited to humans, such as those that involve decision-making. Essentially, the more technologically advanced we become, the more important it is to ensure that we can minimize human error.


One area where AI has shown great promise is in military applications. In air-to-air combat simulations, it has been known to outmaneuver even highly-skilled Air Force pilots. This same technology has now demonstrated a similar ability to predict how patients with bipolar disorder might respond to lithium treatment. Accurate predictions are difficult because of frequent fluctuations between periods of mania and depression. These fluctuations necessitate changes in treatment approaches, as they occur.


A new study conducted by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has shown that using AI can dramatically improve treatment effectiveness and efficiency. Various models have been employed by UC to predict how a particular patient might respond to lithium. The best of these models was known to be accurate 75 percent of the time. By comparison, the model employing AI was found to be accurate 100 percent of the time. Furthermore, it was 92 percent accurate in predicting when a patient’s manic symptoms were likely to decrease.


Artificial intelligence programs arrive at their conclusions based on generalizations, rather than specific definitions. They continuously refine their answers in a manner analogous to Darwin’s natural selection. Essentially, AI provides a way for doctors to use “fuzzy logic” to help them battle a notoriously difficult medical problem.


While it might seem as though air combat and medicine have little in common, they both involve an orderly process to arrive at the best possible decisions. While these new algorithms are clearly not sentient beings, as might be imagined in the world of science fiction, they are valuable tools that can be adapted to suit a large number of different applications.


My Mix Should Bump Up Amazon’s Sales

Simple ideas bring forth the potential to deliver huge revenues for a business. Even those running a multi-billion dollar company such as Amazon know this to be true. Amazon has produced incredibly innovative new business endeavors such as online streaming entertainment and other impressive concepts. A new development at Amazon is so simple one has to wonder why it took so long to arrive. The new arrival is called “My Mix.”


My Mix is simply provides personalized suggestions for purchases. My Mix is an add-on to “Interesting Finds”, the virtual gift shop that debuted not too long ago. My Mix serves two purposes. The first is, of course, to help Amazon earn money. The massively high stock price of Amazon reflects the company is doing well. Sales through its online platform contribute to this necessary result.


The other reason for My Mix’s existence is to help customers find the things they require at affordable prices. Since My Mix comes with no major obligations to purchase, the virtual platform hardly presents any pushy sales.


So, why did Amazon wait so long to deliver such a simple concept to its massive website?


Likely, My Mix really wasn’t needed. In the early days of Amazon and other sites such as eBay, the mere existence of the platform was more than enough to impress and engage shoppers. Such once cutting-edge sites are now part of the online landscape. Does this effect certain buying decisions?


These days, people know online purchasing is perennially available so enticements might be necessary to stimulate a purchasing choice.


Merely putting a number of suggestions right in front of a potential buyer could do more than enough to generate a sale. Now, sales do not need to be weekly or even monthly to be deemed a success. A customer who makes one or two extra buys a year through the presented suggestions helps out Amazon. Imagine if five million customers buy one or two items per year thanks to the suggestions. The figures add up.


Apple’s Business Chat Brings New Competition to Facebook

Apple is always on the move and always innovating. Maybe that is why the stock price seems to do so well so consistently. Debuting new products absolutely helps Apple succeed in the tech marketplace. The recent arrival of the new Business Chat continues the legacy of Apple’s ability to give the tech-craving public something else it wants or needs.


Business Chat is a rather generic name, but the name does get across what the new program does. The goal is to help facilitate business and customer service communications. The broader goal is more pronounced. Apple wants to use Business Chat to massively compete with Facebook Messenger. Business Chat is to take over the popular iMessage platform to the next level.


Expanded functions with Business Chat take the program to the proverbial next level and better increase chances for success.


New apps and programs find the road to public acceptance and popularity difficult. People like new things. They like new and improved things even more. What they do not like is uncertainty. Programs and apps bearing a name of a company they never heard of concerns them. With Apple, none of these problems arise. Apple is the quintessential tech company. Millions of loyal customers around the world faithfully purchase new releases. Customers who purchased Apple products for personal or business use in the past are sure to be enthusiastic about Business Chat.


Why did it take Apple so long to release a competitor to Facebook Messenger?


The Apple Watch puts forth an answer. The Apple Watch was bug-riddled and an embarrassment. The branding of the Apple Watch was ruined. Even fixing the watch brings forth no real solution. The name has been harmed in the public’s eye. As a whole, Apple is forgiven but the individual product is ruined. Management doubtfully wants to see the same thing occur with Business Chat.


Choosing to wait until business chat is near perfect makes sense. Apple’s brain trust knows what it’s doing.

Russia Has Developed A Cyberweapon To Attack Power Grids

Russian hackers aligned with the Kremlin have developed a cyberweapon with the ability to disrupt power grids. This malware, dubbed CrashOverride, is already cause for concern–with there already being interest expressed in developing it further to target U.S. systems.


Americans depend on the power grid almost entirely and an attack on it has been a long-speculated worst-case scenario. Gas pumps, hospitals, trains, cooling and heating, and hundreds of other ubiquitous systems that make American life what it is would all be brought to a halt.


So far, the malware is in it’s primitive stages. It was used in Ukraine last December to briefly knock out power to one-fifth of Kiev–only one power system.

The worry is that, with some tweaks, the system could certainly become powerful enough to threaten the United States power grid and put millions at peril should the hackers follow through with their alleged plans.


These developments come in the wake of the media controversy surrounding the US government investigating a vast and unabashed attempt by the Russian government to influence the outcome of the last US election. Former FBI Director James Comey recently testified before senate, mentioning that “hundreds” of organizations, political and otherwise, had been compromised by Russian hackers.


Dragos, a cybersecurity firm that took a closer look into the malware, released a 35-page document directed at the “electric sector and security community” noting it’s “potential implications” and dubbing the team credited with creating the malware Electrum. They are believed by the private sector to be tied to another team, Sandworm, that is credited with the attack on US industrial control systems back in 2014 and the Ukraine power grid in 2015. The private sector is certain that Sandworm and Electrum are not only both linked to the Russian government, but also essentially the same group. The US government has not released official implicating the Russian government involvement.


Tips For Financial Success By Paul Mampilly

Paul Mampilly is an investor and investment advisor. He started his career working as an assistant portfolio manager for Bankers Trust on Wall Street in 1991. He moved on to manage multi-million dollar accounts at Deutsche Bank and ING before joining Kinetic Assets Management as a hedge fund manager. Barron named Paul as one of the best hedge fund managers after growing the firm’s assets at an average growth rate of 26%.

Paul Mampilly made headlines at the Templeton Foundation investment competition by building an investment of $50 million to $88 million in a single year. The achievement came at the time of global financial crisis in 2008 – 2009. He retired from Wall Street after the realization that it offered benefits only to a few and chose to follow the path of educating the masses on how to make fortunes from Wall Street.

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AR Company Meta Sues Former Employee for Theft

AR firm Meta has filed a lawsuit against former employee Zhangyi Zhong, “Augmented Reality” company “DreamWorld USA.” They claim that Zhong leveraged his employment with Meta, as its former head of optics, in order to gain an in-depth understanding of how Meta did business in order to apply that knowledge toward founding his own tech company. Zhong was employed by Meta for 16 months before stepping down in July 2016. DreamWorld announced “DreamGlass,” its first product, in May 2017. DreamWorld’s AR headset is expected to cost less than $350, placing it well below the $949 price tag of last year’s “Meta 2.”


Meta claims that Zhong was able to price DreamGlass so cheaply because he was heavily involved in Meta 2’s development, freely able to pore over the company’s tomes of research material into augmented reality and analyze Meta’s relationship with various manufacturing companies. Meta alleges Zhong quit without advance warning, claiming to suffer from a manufactured medical issue, founded DreamWorld under an alias and had someone run the new company, likely believed to be Zhong’s significant other. The end result is a company that could quickly produce something that was the direct result of another company’s years of research and development.


Meta’s worries grew upon the publication of an article on DreamGlass, an optical system that had an aggressive price and release date. The article claimed that while the DreamGlass was mostly more superior to the Meta 2, its tracking seemed vastly inferior; Meta tethers to a PC, while DreamGlass tethers to an Android device. Meta’s lawsuit claims that because his expertise is in optical engineering, Zhong had no technical skill in regard to the headset.


In a cutthroat industry like AR, the Meta 2 is among its leaders; Meta feels DreamWorld is disingenuous in presenting DreamGlass as an innovative new product, rather than an iterative one. The charges levied against the defendants include misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and fraudulent business.


Uber Changes CEO Amidst Fiscal Woes

Uber seems to be everyone. The drivers are all over the streets and the company is always in the news. The sad part about the latter is the company is always in the news for something unflattering. Uber’s business fortunes have been awful lately. The company has lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Recently, it has been announced the company’s board has been thinking about “temporarily sidelining” CEO Travis Kalanick.


The directors seem to think there needs to be a new change in leadership. Still, no immediate decision to outright fire Kalanick has been made. If he does return to the company, greater oversight of his performance might be instituted. No manager likes to be placed in such a position, but the scenario may be unavoidable.


No real mystery surrounds why the board of directors thinks it may be time for new leadership approaches and a new direction. The company is losing a tremendous amount of money. Losses of the magnitude Uber experiences are soon to become unsustainable.


The serious question here is “Can anything be done to change the direction of the Uber ship and make things profitable once again?” Uber is a relatively simple concept. Through the use of an app, Uber facilitates freelance ridesharing to compete with local taxi companies. Uber is hugely popular among people who want to save money on short rides. Those working for Uber as freelance drivers seem to make decent money.


The amount of money generated into Uber’s corporate bank accounts seems to be underwhelming. The generation of revenue, while significant, is clearly not enough. Several hundreds of millions of dollars in losses supports the accuracy of this assessment.


Overspending could be a major problem in the operation of Uber. Whatever the reasons for the company’s losses, something needs to change or else the company will fold.



Eva Moskowitz is the Pioneer in Education

Eva Moskowitz, the pioneer of charter schools, organized a spectacularly evocative launch for the Success Academy Education Institute. What Eva Moskowitz did was to send across her networks reading lessons to 15000 school officials nationally spanning hundreds of districts.

Apart from this important gesture Eva Moskowitz also decided to throw open a $68 million Midtown condo owned by the charter network for giving lessons to interested educators. Typically generous of Eva Moskowitz who would want all the schools to inculcate the love of reading in children.

Eva Moskowitz wants to use the new program to empower teachers in districts across the world the right course material to teach to the students in the right fashion. She is very sanguine about the success of this program on account of the fact that Success Academy executives dedicated two years to the building of the maiden online version of the Education Institute. This is a highly impactful web-based platform that provides instructional videos, lesson plans as well as reading lists to teachers.

They say that if you have the courage of your convictions, you will have fortune smile on you for sure. For instance, a state appeals court ruled in favor of her Success Academy charter which included a $720,000 compensation granted in lieu of New York City exceeding its authority in seeking to thrust its pre K contract upon its network.

On yet another occasion she was the proud recipient of the Broad Prize for achieving academic outcomes from students of low economic backgrounds, as well as students of color. The education of all children regardless of income background, race or color is what will lead to equal opportunity in the truest sense. This is because nothing liberates and uplifts society than the education of its children.

By taking education to all by her ceaseless and tireless efforts over the many years, Moskovitz has performed acts of great merit for the American people. Not being one to rest on her laurels one can be sure that she will continue to contribute her best to the education of American children for a very long time indeed.

Moskovitz along with the teachers, students, and families associated with her charter schools are without the shadow of a doubt outstanding individuals all, who are ushering in a new revolution. The success of Success in serving thousands of students in such a short period is the stuff that legends are made of and for which one can’t thank them enough.

That being said one has got to give it to the doughty founder of Success Academy that she has proved the fact that she not only had the courage of her convictions to take a right stand but also the wherewithal to see it through to the logical result. It is not for nothing that she has become such a revered figure in the education circles.