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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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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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NEW ALBUM out! “Music Machines Miracles” by HeyRJ (RJ Marmol) – Listen for FREE on Spotify!

Hey everyone! How’s it going? This blog has been quiet for a while, I know. I’ve been “thinking too much” which is not something a writer should so compulsively if he/she wants to ever put out something, right? That’s what happened.

Meanwhile, I’m happy to announce that I’ve just released an album (in the midst of all that thinking — and I’m still thinking..) I’ve embedded the Spotify playlist here.

Listen to my newly-released “Music Machines Miracles” album for FREE on SPOTIFY! Now available on iTunes/Amazon/Google Play Music/Apple Music/Amazon Prime Music. Thirty (30) cover songs ranging from Pop/Indie/Rap/RNB/Acoustic/Rock/Alternative/EDM. Share and listen with your friends! Go on over to iTunes and leave a review — I would appreciate it! <3

HugsXXXX
RJ

Single's Day 2014 Online Sales
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There’s No Better Time to be Single Than Here and Now

When people talk about being single — as in the civil status (yes, can you believe I’m actually talking about this now? Haha) — it’s almost always mired with some sort of negativity. Too picky. Too busy. Too complicated. Too “realist” — for lack of a better term. Single people have the hardest time enjoying family gatherings if only for the fact that it almost feels like it’s just another occasion meant for grilling them with “why are you still single?” questions like it’s some sort of a crime to be one.

Gone are those days. Well, not really. But we’re getting there.

Thanks to social media hedonism in the form of me, me, me — “I’mma let myself indulge in that sinful cake… but first lemme take a selfie!” or “I’mma let myself enjoy this rocking concert… but first lemme take a selfie!” or “I’mma let myself bask in the warmth of the glowing sun in this beach paradise… but first lemme take a selfie!” — singlehood has been regarded as another annoying Facebook feed along with “Please like this page” and “like this cute baby picture” for this “so and so online photo contest”.

It’s so wonderful and perfect that it’s almost unreal! Single people having the time of their lives and not giving a care about what others think — this is the prevailing mindset of a typical single of the social media era. To stop caring about what others think and start doing what actually makes them happy and what makes their being “single” an asset and not a liability. That’s singlehood empowerment at work.

And what better way to showcase singlehood than in the form of retail therapy? Why, is there a better way to show the world that while everyone else is scrambling to get a diaper coupon, you are reserving airline tickets and accommodations on Airbnb?

That is not to say though that singles these days aren’t savvy shopper, oh no sir! Au contraire, they’re actually savvier than ever! They’ve got money to spend and the time to actually do it and be there, so they use it to their advantage. It’s not surprising then, that there now exists, for you uninformed folks out there — a Singles’ Day celebration. It’s like Valentine’s Day but for singles only. :)

However, like any good ‘ol holiday conceived with the best intentions, it eventually became commercialized and has now evolved into one giant shopping event (not that it’s a bad thing, of course) that many singles look forward to.

Singles' Day 2014 Online Sales
Singles’ Day 2014 Online Sales

These days, Singles’ Day is known as an online shopping event set on November 11 (11/11) where most e-commerce sites participate with huge deals and discounts. “Singles” as it relates to the date refers to the 1’s — meaning “singles”.

So yes, all #blessed #singles #atm — don’t miss out on this awesome event to show the world that while #happiness may mean different things to different people, you’re not afraid to seek and find it in the littlest and most mundane of things if you must!

After all, online and offline stores the world over are not afraid to capitalize on this annual event just the same, so why not exercise your right to shop, eh? Alibaba and many other online stores offer big discounts during this time. Over here, you gotta watch out for ZALORA’s special deals and discounts this coming November 11 for Singles’ Day! (And yes, just like anything else these days, they also have an app you might want to download. I actually used it and it’s seamless and user-friendly).

Retail therapy is always a win-win, as long as you don’t spend more than you earn (*wink*) and hopefully, along with the glam and fun, you come across that special someone — the “only one” for you — and then get married, be happy #everafter , have babies, post “Please like this baby picture” for this “so and so online photo contest” and start collecting diaper coupons and keep living a #blessed life.

But until then, keep snapping those insanely perfect selfies of wining and dining and “Airbnb-ing” and shop to your heart’s content because in the end, real #happiness is all about choices. #HappySinglesDay :)

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Facebook Free for Globe/TM Subscribers Until January 25, 2014; Twitter Free for Sun Subscribers

Access to Facebook for Globe/TM subscribers will be FREE until January 25, 2014. This is true whether Facebook is accessed through m.facebook.com on a smartphone browser or through an app.

Meanwhile, access to Twitter becomes FREE for Sun subscribers. See images below. Please check your corresponding network’s website for more details.

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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.

Lazada Secures $100 million in funding and launches Android app
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LAZADA secures $100 million of funding and launches a new mobile shopping platform

Make way, folks! Online shopping giant LAZADA (operating here in the Philippines as lazada.com.ph) is coming in hot and in blazing speeds. On the heels of a round of funding from Kinnevik in November last year and Tengelmann in January this year comes yet another vote of confidence from no less than Verlinvest, a Belgian family-owned, consumer-focused investment holding company. This brings up investments in Lazada to $100 million.

Lazada Secures $100 million in funding and launches Android app
Lazada Secures $100 million in funding and launches Android app

For a customer like myself, you can’t get any more confident than that!

Lazada just celebrated its 1st year anniversary last April and in such a short time, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. It’s not surprising that investors will eventually flock to pour their money on such a promising business.

I’ve witnessed how Lazada grew from an online retail company that frustrated many customers because of delivery issues/delays to one that’s been immensely praised for speed and quality of service and even in their choice of product line-up. Hopefully, things would get even better from hereon because great businesses are all about happy, satisfied and delighted customers.

Oh, and before I forget, for those of you who own Android devices (smartphones, tablets, phablets), be sure to download LAZADA’s new Android app, it’s available for FREE on the Google Play Store and even gives you PHP500 off of your total purchase made from within the app itself (until June 30, 2013 only so hurry and get it). Download the app here. Watch my video review of the Lazada Android app here (I’ve already used the app and bought from it. It works flawlessly.)

For the rest of us iOS users, don’t worry, an iOS app is coming very soon.

SEE FULL PRESS RELEASE BELOW:

LAZADA secures $100 million of funding and launches a new mobile shopping platform

LAZADA, Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall, today disclosed that Verlinvest, a Belgian family-owned, consumer-focused investment holding company, has joined the company as an investor. Existing investors Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kinnevik, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group also participated in the financing round that injected about $100 million of fresh capital into LAZADA’s German holding company.

“We are extremely happy to have finalized this investment round shortly after our 1st year anniversary and to again focus 100% of our attention on what we enjoy most: providing an amazing shopping experience to our customers” Maximilian Bittner, CEO of LAZADA, commented. “The interest in joining this round and its quick closing has exceeded all our expectations” he added. “We are thrilled to join LAZADA as a partner of Rocket Internet and an investor, the company’s scale and achievements after only one year of operations are highly impressive. Given the management’s track record and the region’s macro outlook we are very confident in LAZADA’s future” Frédéric de Mevius, Chairman of Verlinvest, said.

LAZADA, which recently surpassed 1 million orders, has always maintained the customer experience as its main point of focus and invests heavily to provide superior services to its customers. This focus has resulted in a highly streamlined fulfilment process where currently 90% of all orders are shipped the same day and 85% of orders in metro areas are delivered within the next day. However, to further improve delivery time and increase customer satisfaction the company will use a large part of the freshly injected capital to optimize its fulfilment infrastructure in the near future.

At the same time LAZADA announced the launch of its new mobile application that provides its customers with a fast and intuitive shopping experience using a smartphone. The application is currently available for Android users and an iPhone version is soon to come. “We are very excited to launch this mobile shopping platform that provides additional convenience to our customers allowing them to shop anywhere at any time” said LAZADA’s CMO Stein Jakob Oeie. “Mobile commerce is representing more than 10% of eCommerce in the US and we expect this to develop even faster in Southeast Asia where many users only have access to the Internet through smartphones” he continued.

 

About LAZADA
LAZADA (www.lazada.co.id, http://www.lazada.com.my, http://www.lazada.com.ph, http://www.lazada.co.th, http://www.lazada.vn) is Southeast Asia’s fastest growing online shopping mall, with operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. LAZADA is pioneering eCommerce across some of the fastest growing countries in the world by offering a fast, secure and convenient online shopping experience with a broad product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys and sports equipment. LAZADA is always striving to offer its customers the best possible offering – including multiple payment options, free returns and extensive customer service and warranty commitments.

About Verlinvest
Verlinvest (www.verlinvest.com) is a Belgian family-owned, consumer-focused investment holding company. The company is an active and flexible long-term investor, and all its shareholders are part of the AB-InBev control group. Founded in 1995, Verlinvest currently manages around €700m of assets across multiple geographies.
About Holtzbrinck Ventures
Holtzbrinck Ventures (www.holtzbrinck-ventures.com) was founded in 2000 as the venture capital arm of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and now operates as the leading German early stage fund in the fourth generation of funds. For over a decade Holtzbrinck Ventures has been supporting founders in developing their Internet businesses. During this time, Holtzbrinck Ventures has invested in over 100 businesses, among them some of today’s most successful businesses, such as Groupon, Zalando, Parship, brands4friends, Experteer, StudiVZ, MyHammer, AdScale, Wooga, eDarling and Gameduell.
About Kinnevik
Kinnevik (www.kinnevik.se) was founded in 1936 and thus embodies seventy-five years of entrepreneurship under the same group of principal owners. Kinnevik’s objective is to increase shareholder value, primarily through net asset value growth. The company’s holdings of growth companies are focused around seven comprehensive business sectors; Telecom & Services, Online, Media, Micro financing, Paper & Packaging, Agriculture and Renewable energy. Kinnevik has a long history of investing in emerging markets which has resulted in a considerable exposure to consumer sectors in these markets. Kinnevik plays an active role on the Boards of its holdings.
The Kinnevik’s class A and class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm’s list for large cap companies, within the financial and real estate sector. The ticker codes are KINV A and KINV B.
About Summit Partners
Summit Partners (www.summitpartners.com) is a growth equity firm that invests in rapidly growing companies. Founded in 1984, Summit has raised nearly $15 billion in capital and provides equity and credit for growth, recapitalizations, and management buyouts. Summit has invested in more than 350 companies globally in the technology, healthcare and other growth industries. These companies have completed more than 125 public offerings, and in excess of 130 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Summit Partners has offices in Boston, Palo Alto, London and Mumbai.

In the United States of America, Summit Partners operates as an SEC-registered investment advisor. In the United Kingdom, this document is issued by Summit Partners Limited, a firm authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Summit Partners Limited is a limited company registered in England and Wales with company number 4141197, and its registered office is at 20–22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4JS, UK. This document is intended solely to provide information regarding Summit Partners’ potential financing capabilities for prospective portfolio companies.
About Tengelmann Group
Tengelmann Group (www.tengelmann.de) is an international operating retail company whose business interests are spread across a number of different industries. Subsidiaries include OBI, KiK, Kaiser’s Tengelmann, baby-markt.de and Plus Online. TREI Real Estate, as well as the holding company Tengelmann Ventures, which has been investing in promising online start-ups for several years, are also part of the corporate group. The family-owned business was established in 1867 in Mülheim an der Ruhr and is currently managed in fifth generation. Tengelmann Group is operating over 4,000 stores in 15 different countries and employing more than 80,000 people. The group’s annual turnover is totalling EUR 10bn.
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