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Clear Your Schedule Because Scalek is that Addictive

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When someone tips me off to a new iPhone and iPad game that’s really cool I suddenly have a serious time management problem. That’s exactly what happened with Scalek, a puzzle game that’s easy to learn yet challenging enough to keep you playing without getting too frustrated. The goal is to put all the pieces in the correct place on three dimensional objects. Shapes can wrap around sides, fit inside each other, match colors, and more. It’s simple, challenging, and addicting all at the same time. Scalek is US$1.99 and available on Apple’s App Store.

Clear Your Schedule Because Scalek is that Addictive

Netflix's Original Content Budget is Bonkers Huge

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Netflix logo in a big pile of cash

Netflix isn’t holding back on its original content and could spend US$13 billion this year on its shows and movies. To put that in perspective, Apple is moving aggressively with its $1 billion investment in original content and still well above more traditional content creators. David Z. Morris writing at Fortune said,

Netflix will spend $12-13 billion on original programming this year. That’s much more than the $8 billion it planned to spend as of October 2017. It would also be vastly more than legacy studios are spending: HBO spent $2.5 billion on content in 2017, and even CBS spent just $4 billion.

The streaming media company has plans for 82 feature films this year, and could be spending $22.5 billion a year on content by 2022. That moves the bar for Amazon, HBO, Hulu, and now Apple.

Check Out this Awesome Collection of Steve Jobs Interviews

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Steve Jobs was an interesting and fascinating man, and his interviews reflect that. If you’re interested in checking out his insights going back to 1980—well before the internet and smartphones—check out the All About Steve Jobs website. Their collection of interviews includes magazine articles along with videos from Rolling Stone, Playboy, Fortune, Smithsonian, and more.

Check Out this Awesome Collection of Steve Jobs Interviews

China is Becoming the King of Facial Recognition Surveillance

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Surveillance facial recognition cameras tracking people

China is running headstrong in to surveillance with facial recognition and is already using the technology to identify and arrest criminal suspects. Right now the country is experimenting with facial recognition glasses police can wear to look for potential arrest targets. It’s pretty creepy and growing by leaps and bounds with China expected to have some 300 million cameras installed by 2020. Philip Elmer-DeWitt says on his Apple 3.0 blog that the iPhone and iPad maker is getting in on the game, too. He says:

I’m told by an analyst who tracks headgear technology that Apple is three to five years away from a marketable product. It sounds like the Chinese, unhampered by any privacy concerns—in fact, incentivized to surveil—may get there first.

Apple Shows Off Face ID in New iPhone X Ad

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Apple is highlighting Face ID on the iPhone X in a new ad where a quiz show contestant has to remember his bank account password. The pressure is on because time is about to run out and he can’t remember. The ad is called “Memory,” and it’s both a clever and fun reminder of how handy Face ID can be.

Social Network Interfaces are Basically Crack

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Social Networks

There’s a reason why you can’t stop reading Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. The apps have interfaces designed to be addictive, according to Silicon Valley insiders talking with the BBC. Aza Raskin, a former Jawbone and Mozilla employee and the guy who invented infinite scroll found on social networks, was just one of the many developers who spoke with the BBC for a new documentary program. He said,

It’s as if they’re taking behavioural cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface and that’s the thing that keeps you like coming back and back and back. Behind every screen on your phone, there are generally like literally a thousand engineers that have worked on this thing to try to make it maximally addicting.

Social networks need your eyes and your attention to keep revenue coming in, so the idea they would find ways to make us want to stay seems plausible. Other insiders say leaving social networks behind is a lot like quitting cigarettes. It’s no wonder so many people live for Facebook’s “like” button.