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Why am I on this? – Messaging Power App Telegram releases Telegraph – the quickest way to share your thoughts online.

Originally published at:  http://telegra.ph/Why-am-I-on-this-05-19

From the Telegram blog:

Telegraph

Today we are launching Telegraph – a publishing tool that lets you create richly formatted posts with photos and all sorts of embedded stuff. Telegraph posts get beautiful Instant View pages on Telegram.

To try it, go to telegra.ph, publish a story, and share it on Telegram. With Telegraph, your Telegram channel can run stories just like the mainstream media (although you may find it tricky to become as biased).

Well I saw Telegram came up with something like a blogging platform of sorts, a la Medium.. and being the huge Telegram fan and user that I am, I felt compelled to check this out and so here I am typing on my iPad with no particular topic in mind except for getting this over with so I can see what it is and how it’ll look like when I finally hit “Publish” because right now, all I see is white space everywhere and considering how cluttered the Internet has become over the years, this is both refreshing and weird for me. So hold on, let me take a screenshot so you could see what I mean.

Screenshot of my iPad screen as I was typing this post. Whoa. So meta.

Oh okay there it is. Wow. I can’t believe how incredibly easy this is! 😱😳😍

Like OMG is this for real? Absolutely undistracted blogging UI that only gives you exactly what you need as you need it. That is so simple yet so profound, so much so that I’m actually surprised that I’m still writing up to this point when I told myself from the beginning that I was only going to type a sentence or two.

Like wow. I could get used to this. I haven’t been blogging personally for so long because over time, it seemed to me that it’s become too much work composing your thoughts, adding pictures, worrying about SEO and sh*t that I end up not writing altogether.

This is really nice. I think I just found myself a new platform for daily diary entries. Let’s see what happens in the coming days. I feel excited and you should too.

Talk to you soon,

RJ

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[APP REVIEW] AppMatch.com is the Tinder for Apps

AppMatch.com App Review

It feels like ages ago when I downloaded my first iOS app in 2010. Seven years have passed and in internet time, that’s a long time. Once upon a time, “app” was the hottest buzzword out there so much so that the expression “There’s an app for that!” became a funny catchphrase everyone can relate to.

Despite gloomy projections a few years back, it’s obvious that mobile apps aren’t going away soon. In fact, more and more people are downloading apps and spending more and more time on them too, according to this article.

According to the comScore report, the number of mobile users surpassed desktop users in 2014. Gartner’s prediction narrates that over 268 billion mobile downloads will generate an income of $77 billion in 2017. The estimated global mobile app revenue was $35 billion in 2014, $45 billion in 2015, $58 billion in 2016, and a predicted $77 billion in 2017, as stated above.

But with Apple and Google Play’s app stores boasting a combined 4.2 million apps, it’s difficult to sift through an endless stream of apps to find those that you’ll actually want to download, find useful and actually use regularly.

Enter “app discovery” apps. At first blush, it seems redundant at best and counterintuitive at worst– after all, that’s another app taking up precious screen space. An app for discovering other apps? Seems like a chore. And for a long while it is. I’ve tried a few of these app discovery apps and it nearly drove me crazy going through all the random recommendations I’ve got.

For those who don’t know yet, I am a self-confessed app junkie since 2010 and still am, actually. I live and breathe apps for many years not only because I write app reviews but mostly and honestly for the thrill of a good app find. I would scroll through this endless list and try to download, test, use and delete as many apps as I can go through.I did this excessively and obsessively in the hopes of finding a gem in a sea of copycat, overpriced and underwhelming apps. Eventually, I got tired of the chase and settled for the ones that consistently sat on the Top Downloads charts or were “picked” by editors or showed up on Product Hunt — my recent go-to site for the fresh and promising apps and projects.

I did this excessively and obsessively in the hopes of finding a gem in a sea of copycat, overpriced and underwhelming apps. Eventually, I got tired of the chase and settled for the ones that consistently sat on the Top Downloads charts or were “picked” by editors or showed up on Product Hunt — my recent go-to site for the fresh and promising apps and projects.

Very recently, however, I found a new app discovery app (website) called AppMatch.com. If the name makes you think of a dating site or makes you ask if it is,  well it’s yes and no. Yes, because as I’ve realized after using it, it does feel like speed dating and Tinder combined, except that on AppMatch.com, the goal is to match users with their future favorite and can’t-live-without app (not a love interest, sorry to disappoint you Romeos and Juliets out there). App Match connects people with the apps they should be using by asking questions and then recommending apps based on your answers. The questions can range from light-hearted and fun to deeply personal. The more questions you answer, the more it learns about you and the better app recommendations it can make.

Since app discovery apps are not allowed in Apple’s walled garden, you definitely won’t find this in the Apple app store. To use App Match, all you need to do is use your phone’s web browser and go to AppMatch.com. Note that while the website is accessible via desktop/laptop, you can only use the app-matching-discovery feature using your smartphone.

AppMatch.com App Review

This is actually great because tapping on app download links take you directly to your device’s app store so you can readily download them coming from the browser.

Check out my video review/walkthrough below for AppMatch.com.

App Review: AppMatch.com

So how does it work? Easy.

  1. Open your smartphone’s native browser (Safari etc) and type AppMatch.com.
  2. AppMatch.com App ReviewSign-up/create an account using your email.
  3. AppMatch.com App ReviewStart answering quiz-like questions to help App Match find the best apps for you.AppMatch.com App ReviewAppMatch.com App ReviewAppMatch.com App Review
  4. You can quit/skip anytime you wish. Doing so will prompt App Match to display the latest app matches based on your answers.
  5. From a menu that looks very much like Tinder, you have the option to “Swipe Right” for apps you like and “Swipe Left” for those you’d rather skip.

AppMatch.com App ReviewAppMatch.com App Review6. App Match then sorts your choices to user-friendly tabs accessible from your profile and from there you can tap on the download link that will take you straight to the right app store.

AppMatch.com App Review

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7. Rinse. Repeat.

What kind of questions does it ask?

The questions can range from light-hearted and fun to deeply personal. The more questions you answer, the more it learns about you and the better app recommendations it can make.

What about my privacy? 

Here’s AppMatch.com’s privacy page for reference. It’s pretty much the same as what’s expected from a regular website. It tells you all you need to know about what information they collect and what they do with it.

Is it free to use? Yes.

App Performance Review Metrics:

Being an “app” accessible via a website, there are major advantages because factors such as app crashes, app speed, app latency and network errors are hardly an issue and when I used it repeatedly I didn’t have any issue at all. In this regard, I’m actually effectively reviewing a website. So all the other usual suspects when it comes to app issues are low to non-existent. The UI is great, the response is quick and the overall user experience is pleasurable and even fun.

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5 hearts)

I have yet to immerse myself in it so I can’t say how many apps it can possibly recommend to me but I look forward to using it regularly. I also hope the algorithm will just keep on getting better and the app list would keep growing, giving way to new promising apps.

You can try this immediately for yourself since it doesn’t even need a download. All you need is your smartphone’s web browser. Oh, and did I mention it works with Android (Google Play Store) too? Oh yes, it does!

So remember, you don’t need to drown in an ocean of apps or walk away overwhelmed by the sheer volume you’re up against. Just like love and that elusive soul mate, maybe your next favorite app is on AppMatch.com all along, just waiting for you to swipe right so it can take your heart away!

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Facebook Live Audio is almost here. Pretty soon you will be able to livestream AUDIO-only like a radio station

Can’t wait to use this feature and see how this affects the future of radio, audio blogging apps like ZCast, Anchor and Bubbly and if indeed the future of tech is in voice all along.

It’s under beta testing and expected to roll out publicly early 2017.

By: Shirley Ip, Product Specialist, and Bhavana Radhakrishnan, Software Engineer As we continue to improve the Facebook Live experience, we’ve been listening to feedback to inform the new tools and features we build. One thing we’ve heard is that partners want new formats for going live. We announced Live 360 last week, and today we’re […]

via Introducing Live Audio — Facebook Media

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On CES 2017: Wearables are so 2015. The future of tech is voice recognition. (AUDIO blog)

On CES 2017: Wearables are so 2015. The future of tech is voice recognition. (AUDIO blog)

For today, I’ll be sharing a discussion I’ve had with friends on the Anchor app about the future of tech, audio, Alexa, Amazon Echo, Google Home etc., and the part that Anchor plays (or would want to play on all of this.

Credit goes out to all the “Wavers” who participated/about to participate. I’ll keep this list updated as the wave gets updated.

Contributors: @PokerMan | @DewuanAndOnly | Bernie Goldbach @topgold

https://anchor.fm/embed/a5643f

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Japanese white collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence — Quartz

Automation isn’t just about manufacturing and transportation.

Robots, so it seems are slowly creeping into human territory more and more everyday. If they can replace white collar jobs such as insurance underwriters, there is reason to believe that people manning conveyors in manufacturing companies and every other singular-purpose, knowledge-base job worker are prone to robot invasion. How useful this trend will be for the average Joe remains to be seen.

Source: Japanese white collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence — Quartz