The End-Of-Revolution Edition Saturday, September 30, 2017

Progress In AI Seems Like It’s Accelerating, But Here’s Why It Could Be Plateauing, by James Somers, Technology Review

When you boil it down, AI today is deep learning, and deep learning is backprop—which is amazing, considering that backprop is more than 30 years old. It’s worth understanding how that happened—how a technique could lie in wait for so long and then cause such an explosion—because once you understand the story of backprop, you’ll start to understand the current moment in AI, and in particular the fact that maybe we’re not actually at the beginning of a revolution. Maybe we’re at the end of one.

Apple Quietly Acquired Computer Vision Startup Regaind, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Regaind has been working on a computer vision API to analyze the content of photos. Apple added intelligent search to the Photos app on your iPhone a couple of years ago. For instance, you can search for “sunset” or “dog” to get photos of sunsets and your dog.


Regaind goes one step further and can tell you the technical and aesthetical values of your photos. For instance, if you shoot a bunch of photos in burst mode, Regaind could automatically find the best shot and use it as the main shot in your photo library. Regaind could also hide duplicates.

Apple Is Investigating Reports iPhone 8 Plus Devices Bursting Open, by Brett Williams, Mashable

The most likely culprit for these screen issues is battery swelling, but there are currently no definite answers from the reported incidents or from Apple.


The first busted iPhone has reportedly been returned to Apple for investigation, and an Apple rep confirmed to Mashable that the company is looking into the incidents. The company, however, is not commenting on either of the incidents.

Think Twice Before Encrypting Your HFS+ Volumes On High Sierra, by Carbon Copy Cloner

Take any HFS+ formatted volume that does not have an installation of macOS on it (that part is key), right-click on the volume in the Finder and choose the option to encrypt it. Rather than simply converting the volume to a CoreStorage Encrypted volume and keeping the HFS+ format, macOS converts the volume to APFS with no warning, and then enables encryption.

Samsung Waiting For Apple's OK On Its Gear Fit 2 Pro iOS App, by Scott Stein, CNET

No app, of course, means no iPhone compatibility, much to the chagrin of Apple owners in Samsung's support forums. In a statement, Samsung said, "We look forward to iOS support for Gear Fit 2 Pro pending approval in the App Store."


Blocker: An App That Helps You Plan A Shoot With Augmented Reality, by Petapixel

Blocker is a new augmented reality app that could change the way you plan your next shoot. The app allows you to “shoot” with a variety of over 400 different virtual camera types, introducing objects into the real scene in front of you via your smartphone’s camera.


7 Habits Of Highly Ineffective Developers, by Kit Kelly, Sitepen

Even the best of us can get bogged down by challenges that make us struggle for too long. We believe that developers who better understand themselves and can identify these challenges before the bandwidth drain are more likely to be happy, satisfied, and productive.

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I turn on my iPhone using the wake/sleep button. I place my finger on the Home button. And then I wait. And then I wait longer. And nohting happens. The lock screen is still there. (The setting "Rest finger to Open" is on.) There isn't an animation of a lock icon being unlocked. Nothing.

What is happening? Is my finger not resting correctly on the home button? Is it still trying to read my fingerprint, or has the phone given up? Is it just slow? I have no idea.


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