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.
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.
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?
Kailijumei Flower Lipstick | Facebook Live Unboxing Review
Hey guys! I just got my hands on these Kailijumei Flower Lipsticks I ordered from my supplier and I was super excited to open and try it. I’ve been looking for these here in the Philippines but I’ve never managed to find them here so I decided to source them out myself and sell them to others like me who want to try this.
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.
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 :)
This is probably the longest product testing I’ve ever done here at RJMarmol.com but also undoubtedly the most rewarding on a personal level. You see, I don’t normally immerse myself (for as long as this, which is almost 4 months) with products/services/apps that I review because I always want to maintain a considerable distance, so to speak — just to make sure my reviews aren’t biased in some way. But I have to tell you that this service had so much impact on my daily life that looking back now, I can’t believe I actually survived without it.
Please don’t tell me you still suffer in silence while you wait for hours inside any Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) bank branch? That’s so 2012!
Don’t you just wish you can go inside the bank, be served in about 5-10 minutes OR LESS and then be off on your merry way to where it’s more fun to stay for hours??
Well, YOU CAN! But since this is a bureaucratic country, you know you gotta have the right connections to get what you want, right? And this is why I want to introduce you to BEA. BEA, my dears is not an actual person, it’s an acronym for BPI Express Assist. You might have seen BEA pop-up in your favorite BPI bank branches — the one that looks like an ATM but is actually just a fancy ticket-dispenser giving you your virtual queue number so you don’t have to actually stand (assuming there are enough chairs for everyone) while you wait in line.
Now, BEA inside BPI banks is a nice addition to the service. After all, once you get your ticket, you’re in effect, guaranteed a spot. So if you realized they’re still serving #022 and you’re #099, you know you can always choose to go for a stroll in the nearby park or mall to kill time and come back (hopefully) just in time for your turn. That sounds like enough relief but in practice, it still wastes a lot of your precious time!
Thankfully, there’s a better BEA out there — and surprise, surprise — it’s a virtual/online version that’s both smarter and kinder to your feet. This virtual/online BEA (BPI Express Assist) can be accessed as an add-on feature for BPI Express clients currently enrolled with their online banking service at BPIExpressOnline.com. If you’re an unregistered client, head on over to that website and register. You’re clearly missing out on a lot of add-on features!
Now assuming you’ve had yourself registered and logged-in, I’ll walk you through the entire process of getting your virtual ticket from the online BEA facility. But first: a word from our sponsors! Nah, I’m just kidding. First, I’ll tell you how extremely wonderful it is to have online BEA in your life especially if you’re compelled to do a lot of on-site bank transactions.
1. Using online BEA makes you a ninja! You’re in and then you’re out, in minutes if not seconds! :)
2. Once your number gets called and you get served, you will get jaw-dropping stares from other bank clients who were there hours before you went in and will stay there for (hopefully not) hours more after you go. Almost everyone would think you’re some kind of VIP or Preferred Client. Hey, maybe you are!
3. Once you try online BEA, you’ll never go offline/on-site BEA ever again. They’re worlds apart!