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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

 

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Facebook Live Notification Just Became Intrusive: Live Video now pops-up and autoplays while you browse your feed

Facebook Live Notification Just Became Intrusive: Live Video now pops-up and autoplays while you browse your feed (because OMG one of your friend is livestreaming and it immediately becomes the most important thing in the world at that moment!

Facebook probably thinks that checking these videos in our own time is a luxury we no longer deserve these days! Ugh.

Look, I’m all for notifications. I get that. Video is live. It’s a Facebook friend. But don’t push it too hard on me. Notifying me via a pop-up banner is enough. You don’t need to play the video in my face while I’m doing other things.

Plus, who’s to say that crazy people won’t abuse this? Who’s to stop someone from doing something offensive or insensitive or inappropriate via Facebook Live video? And I don’t even have a say whether I see it or not because Facebook shoves it in my face like I don’t have freewill or something. What is the purpose of the autoplay anyway? To jack up video count/plays? Whatever their reason, I don’t like it — and this is coming from someone who’s been on Facebook for a long time yet never really joined the “I hate Facebook, I’m quitting Facebook” bandwagon. I’ve been pretty flexible, adaptable and tolerant with all the changes that happened over the years but this one is just too much.

Has this ever happened to you or is it just me? If this hasn’t happened to you, could it be a bug/isolated and temporary issue that I just happened to come across?

Let me know in the comments.

 

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Forget Not Talking. We Don’t Read Anymore (Like We Used To Do)

tldrIt’s very disheartening to see very few people actually reading these days. People’s attention spans are so short they couldn’t even read through a 5-minute article anymore. It’s like you automatically have to write tl;dr:’s if you intend to churn out a paragraph of decent length.

I mean sure, we all know how a picture is “worth a thousand words” ergo a video is probably worth a bajillion words, but I’m pretty sure people who don’t read not for lack of time or energy but simply for lack of motivation and a sense of value in how they consume written word is most likely missing out on the joys of literature.

And I don’t even mean classic literature. Even daily prose can be filled with awe-inspiring content that may well feed one’s mind, heart and soul.

But I guess there’s no going back. Nostalgia is a sad beeyotch.

Oh and before I forget: tl;dr: Just a random rant about how lazy (read: non) readers people have become.

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Candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge Cable [REVIEW] @candywirez

Sync and charge cables are probably the most used and abused phone accessory. Even headsets don’t come close to it when run through the “abused-and-taken-for-granted” meter!

And if you’re like me, you probably use it more than once or twice a day. I charge a minimum of 4 times a day because I’m currently addicted to Smule’s Sing! app and it only takes minutes before I drain my phone battery. So you can just imagine how overworked my charging cable is! A few days before, I’ve been getting this “incompatible accessory” warning when I plug it into an outlet which pretty much means, something inside is starting to get screwed up because I’m using Apple’s stock iPhone 5 cable charger.

And how convenient that a Candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge cable just came through the mail a few days ago! Although my cable is far from broken, just iffy I guess, it’s an opportune time to let it rest for a few days (or weeks) and use this new lightning sync and charge cable from Candywirez. As of this post, I have used it once for charging (last night) and so far, I’ve had no problems with it whatsoever.

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The candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge cable is 5ft (1.5m) long so it’s about 18 inches longer than the stock iPhone charging cable. This is a huge improvement for me because I can’t tell you how many times the stock cable’s “shortness” has upset me before. I can’t even charge my iPhone on my desk because my power outlet is way down near the floor so it usually lies on the floor when I charge. But with this new charging cable from candywirez, I have a lot of leeway to move or use my phone while charging.

Also worth nothing is the rubbery feel of the cable itself. It feels sturdy enough yet comfortable to hold. The wire is also a little fatter than Apple’s stock cable so it lends a bit of toughness to it. I also love that it has this metallic protective coating on both ends which feels more secure and more durable.

And if you love bright, loud colors then you’d be glad to know that it comes in spunky, pastel colors to fit your unique taste! I got the Lime colored cable and it looks awesome when plugged to my black iPhone 5 and if you have a white iPhone all the better because practically any color would go well with it!

One more thing I like about Candywirez Lightning Sync and Charge cable is that unlike my stock cable, this one doesn’t heat up even during long charging sessions (charging and using phone at the same time).

So far, it’s been a wonderful experience. I will be using this as my main charging/sync cable while my old cable will stay in the car’s glove compartment as backup. So if you’re looking for a reliable, durable and pretty sync/charging cable, I happily suggest getting Candywirez! It’s well worth every penny!

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Apple Finally Releases iOS 7.0.2 To Allay Fears About Lock Screen Passcode Bypass

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Yes, the update is finally here and it hopes to calm down sweaty users that their lock screen passcodes won’t be bypassed by some weird combination of gestures and taps to send out their NSFW selfies to someone else. To be honest, I haven’t tried doing the bypass move after the update to iOS 7.0.2 but I did try it before the update. So, hopefully we can now go back to our own wonderful, busy lives and delight ourselves with the new OS version as much as we want. Or maybe not.