Smartphones and Depression

I was very intrigued about this article in the WSJ about whether your smart phone can accurately detect if you’re depressed. According to the article, using facial and acoustic analysis, researchers have established various behavioral biomarkers that may indicate one is depressed. For example, depressed patients don’t enunciate vowels as much.

Lyft IPO

Earlier last week, ride hailing company, Lyft, finally had its long awaited IPO, and has been getting a lot of attention from the stock market and the media. Lyft’s shares were initially priced at $72 a share, giving the company a market value of $24.3 billion. Since the IPO of Lyft, the stock has been extremely volatile, reaching highs of $87 a share before going to lows of $67 a share. Equity research analyst, Michael Ward, has already initiated coverage of the company, with a sell rating and a price target of $42 a share.

Apple Revenue and Future

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/01/apple-reports-first-quarter-results/ Apple Recently I was just thinking about how much technology has an impact in todays world and how much we all go on our phones, and so I thought about Apple. It's crazy to think how many people have iPhones, MacBooks, or Apple products. Apple is such a powerful company in the world, and I just had some thoughts about their future. Apple's estimated annual net income is $60 billion, which is obviously a huge number.

Downfall of Apple?

I recently had my AirPods stolen and decided to purchase new ones. I realized that the new version had just been released and thought that I could get the old version for a cheaper price. This turned out to be wrong. Not because Apple didn’t lower the price of the original version but because they discontinued it altogether. To me this appears to be a strategic move to force consumers to continue paying the high price of $159.99. This has been a pattern for Apple as of recent.

Risks of Consumer Genetic Testing

The evolution of genetic technology has allowed companies such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA to provide a service to customers to tell them their genetic heritage. These services offer amazing opportunities to discover one's past and learn about potential health problems.

Apple's New Initiatives

Apple has just announced some of its new initiatives and according to this article, they look to make their own movies, TV shows, and have their own credit card.  This is extremely interesting because they look to enter Netflix's industry by creating original content, yet also expand past this by creating an Apple credit card as well.

Social Media Content Monitors -- Understanding the Frightening Work as a Facebook Content Moderator

Hi everyone,

I was scrolling through twitter the other day and came across a short excerpt from a new independent PBS film called The Cleaners.  The film features first-hand interviews with employees in the Phillipines who work as Facebook's content moderators.

Insurance Adjusted by Social Media

New York’s Department of Financial Services has recently released new guidelines that allows life insurance companies to adjust insurance premiums based on social media posts. Some experts have said that this practice could soon extend beyond New York. It is understood and mostly accepted that insurance premiums will be adjusted due to factors such as age, gender, marital status… but should these companies be allowed to factor in information from social media? Does this act go a step too far into clients social lives?

Holding Social Media Accountable

As many are aware, there has recently been a tragedy in New Zealand. The footage of this tragedy was captured and streamed live through Facebook Live. While Facebook was quick to remove the footage, there were already many views and by that time it was too late. Before being removed, the video had around 4,000 views and was quickly spreading throughout other areas of the internet. This brings up the questions of whether social media platforms are doing enough to combat violent and crime inciting videos being posted on their cites and whether the platforms should be held responsible.

The FBI now have more access to your data

This article, details the new tools that the FBI are able to employ when persuing a suspect. They are now able to get a warrant that lets them into peoples phones. The warrant allows them to unlock peoples phones for research purposes by using their fingerprins or face ID. This article details how these warrants were used on Michael Cohen, a former fixer for Donald Trump. The other strategies that they used were tracking him by where his phone was picked up on cell towers.

Smartphones and Depression

I was very intrigued about this article in the WSJ about whether your smart phone can accurately detect if you’re depressed. According to the article, using facial and acoustic analysis, researchers have established various behavioral biomarkers that may indicate one is depressed. For example, depressed patients don’t enunciate vowels as much.

Lyft IPO

Earlier last week, ride hailing company, Lyft, finally had its long awaited IPO, and has been getting a lot of attention from the stock market and the media. Lyft’s shares were initially priced at $72 a share, giving the company a market value of $24.3 billion. Since the IPO of Lyft, the stock has been extremely volatile, reaching highs of $87 a share before going to lows of $67 a share. Equity research analyst, Michael Ward, has already initiated coverage of the company, with a sell rating and a price target of $42 a share.

Apple Revenue and Future

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/01/apple-reports-first-quarter-results/ Apple Recently I was just thinking about how much technology has an impact in todays world and how much we all go on our phones, and so I thought about Apple. It's crazy to think how many people have iPhones, MacBooks, or Apple products. Apple is such a powerful company in the world, and I just had some thoughts about their future. Apple's estimated annual net income is $60 billion, which is obviously a huge number.

Downfall of Apple?

I recently had my AirPods stolen and decided to purchase new ones. I realized that the new version had just been released and thought that I could get the old version for a cheaper price. This turned out to be wrong. Not because Apple didn’t lower the price of the original version but because they discontinued it altogether. To me this appears to be a strategic move to force consumers to continue paying the high price of $159.99. This has been a pattern for Apple as of recent.

Risks of Consumer Genetic Testing

The evolution of genetic technology has allowed companies such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA to provide a service to customers to tell them their genetic heritage. These services offer amazing opportunities to discover one's past and learn about potential health problems.

Apple's New Initiatives

Apple has just announced some of its new initiatives and according to this article, they look to make their own movies, TV shows, and have their own credit card.  This is extremely interesting because they look to enter Netflix's industry by creating original content, yet also expand past this by creating an Apple credit card as well.

Social Media Content Monitors -- Understanding the Frightening Work as a Facebook Content Moderator

Hi everyone,

I was scrolling through twitter the other day and came across a short excerpt from a new independent PBS film called The Cleaners.  The film features first-hand interviews with employees in the Phillipines who work as Facebook's content moderators.

Insurance Adjusted by Social Media

New York’s Department of Financial Services has recently released new guidelines that allows life insurance companies to adjust insurance premiums based on social media posts. Some experts have said that this practice could soon extend beyond New York. It is understood and mostly accepted that insurance premiums will be adjusted due to factors such as age, gender, marital status… but should these companies be allowed to factor in information from social media? Does this act go a step too far into clients social lives?

Holding Social Media Accountable

As many are aware, there has recently been a tragedy in New Zealand. The footage of this tragedy was captured and streamed live through Facebook Live. While Facebook was quick to remove the footage, there were already many views and by that time it was too late. Before being removed, the video had around 4,000 views and was quickly spreading throughout other areas of the internet. This brings up the questions of whether social media platforms are doing enough to combat violent and crime inciting videos being posted on their cites and whether the platforms should be held responsible.

The FBI now have more access to your data

This article, details the new tools that the FBI are able to employ when persuing a suspect. They are now able to get a warrant that lets them into peoples phones. The warrant allows them to unlock peoples phones for research purposes by using their fingerprins or face ID. This article details how these warrants were used on Michael Cohen, a former fixer for Donald Trump. The other strategies that they used were tracking him by where his phone was picked up on cell towers.

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