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You're the editor of a newspaper, and trouble's brewing. The owner's inept nephew, Zeke, has been hired on to typeset the headlines. You like your job, so you want to take it easy on the boss's kin. Zeke has trouble centering the headlines exactly... especially after having a few drinks with his lunch. To make things as easy as possible for Zeke, you set up a template with three four-letter words:

XXXX XXXX XXXX

And since Zeke doesn't know the whole alphabet, you promise him that you'll never use more than four different letters of the alphabet in any headline. (So each word in the headline is an anagram of the other words.)

So you're sorting through the headlines from the upcoming issue, and try to convert them to meet the new requirements. The first one comes to you quickly: The story titled FELINE MUSICAL TROUPE PERFORMS would become CATS CAST ACTS.

How about these five?

RED PLANET MOBILIZES SHEEP

THREE PAPARAZZI RUSH SPELLING

LUNCH FOR GUYS: BAD

U2 GAINING YOUNG FANS

BECKHAM PATRONIZES NEW STORE

Here are the SOLUTIONS.

THE SOLUTIONS:

MARS ARMS RAMS
TRIO RIOT TORI
MALE MEAL LAME
BONO NOOB BOON
POSH SHOP HOPS

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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