Tinder Acquires Ephemeral Messenger Tappy

“We’re growing and recruiting like crazy,” said Sean Rad, cofounder and CEO of Tinder. “It’s incredibly difficult to find talented people to join us fast enough to keep up with our roadmap for 2015, which includes some ambitious plans.

“We’re very good at connecting people, but there’s this ‘what happens after that?’ moment that we want to improve,” said Rad.

via Tinder Acquires Ephemeral Messenger Tappy | TechCrunch.


So are we still in the ephemeral-messenging-apps bubble? Do we need more of those apps? Do developers need to create these kinds of apps if they want to get acquired?


Windows 10 after Windows 8.1?

“We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius, and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla.”

via Windows 10 is the official name for Microsoft’s next version of Windows | The Verge.

It looks to me that they now understand how bad the “Windows 8.1” name was. Plus it’s a marketing trick to upgrade sooner.. Bad call Microsoft!

Just imagine every product to start jumping version names! iOS 10 after iOS 8, Android 6 after Android 4, what else?

Apps help us create new habits

“CARROTS don’t work. Nor do sticks. Nor, even, do carrot sticks.” With these words starts the article in the Economist arguing about the good use of the mobile apps in raising children. It states, for example, that the children learn to associate vegetables as something useful in their health and learn to eat more carefully.

I couldn’t disagree more by saying that “CARROTS” DO work pretty well. Well… digital carrots of course. 😀 I am using for some time the Carrot Alarm app, available on the App Store, and it changed the way I wake up! In fact I was so excited that I made a review about it on Saxolist, the new project of our team. Today I realized how useful it was in forming a new habit. The habit of waking up on the time I’ve set the alarm!!

I always used to hit snooze button in the mornings to get a few more minutes of sleep, which is really a dilution. But as soon as the app got updated and with each snooze-hit I now lose points, I never hit it again. It was really irritating by that point with the PSTN modems I heard connecting and the “name callings” with every snooze-hit but that new feature did it! Read the review if you want to understand what I am talking about.

There are apps out there that can help us track our patterns in each area of our life. From our fitness, our sleep, our eating habits to the way we complete things and the way we work. There are also apps destined for our things, from our thermostat, our light bulbs to our cars or taxi rides. Also tracking our patterns. The day that your fridge refuses to open at 3 am is not very far! The list is getting longer and the apps are becoming better by finding new ways to motivate you or discourage you, like becoming more fun to use or having a great portion of gamification in them. 10 points for eating that apple sitting alone for days in your fridge, minus 100 for eating that apple pie!

Rewards and punishments got new means of teaching not just kids but everyone of us useful habits. As long as the Internet of Things gets more implemented in our devices and in our body, a new way of living is gonna be formed. Again, exciting times ahead!

Over-the-top phone services: Joyn them or join them | The Economist

Joyn is so far available only in Spain, although it is due to be launched in Germany in October and South Korean operators and others are expected to start RCS-e services soon. It will spread gradually, as people replace their phones with joyned-up devices, which should be on sale before long. All the leading handset-makers have agreed to embed joyn—with a big exception: Apple, which happens to be an OTT provider too.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.

I think it’s too late for Joyn. We are in a point that we want to communicate through every device we are currently using (phone, tablet, pc, TV or else (?)). Apple would be a fool to agree to Joyn’s plan since it’s the pioneer who got us in this point. (Thank you!)

Soon we will only need a data plan and that’s an option that the mobile operators have to start to explore.

NO, less-confident people are NOT more successful!

I read HBR’s article Less-Confident People Are More Successful and didn’t see enough people arguing about it so I thought I must do it myself. I quoted the most important parts of the article that I wanted to comment and make a comparison:

Not everyone can be CEO of Coca Cola or the next Steve Jobs.

And who is capable of deciding about it? Who is the one that chooses to say: “You would do this x thing for the rest of your life because this is all what you can do!”? How many real-life examples are out there of people telling to challenged ones “you can’t do it” and then those second ones get out there and do it?

1.Lower self-confidence makes you pay attention to negative feedback and be self-critical.

Low self-confidence may turn you into a pessimist, but when pessimism teams-up with ambition it often produces outstanding performance.

What Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is talking about as a high self-confidence person in this article is actually a delutional one. A person that has no connections with reality. Pessimists have been proven to be more accurate about the evaluation of a task they made than optimists. But the thing is that they tend not to do it again in contrast with the optimists that they think they did a better job than what they actualy did and they think that they would do an even better next time. (A concept that I learned from Tony Robbins)

2.Lower self-confidence can motivate you to work harder and prepare more.

Someone from the article’s comments writes the old quote: failing to prepare is preparing for failure. Yes, absolute true, but how much “hard work” would be enough to feel that you are well prepared and be confortable about presenting your work? For almost of “those” people the answer is endless!

3.Lower self-confidence reduces the chances of coming across as arrogant or being deluded.

Yes reduces the chances but that doesn’t mean that the only way to be modest or have a good sense of what’s going on is having low self-confidence. Not to mention that it increases your chances of coming across as a person who doesn’t believe in himself or at his work. Who wants that?

I also want you to think of people that are/were extremely successful and gave you the feeling, since you can’t actually know, that they have/had low self-esteem. Do you want me to name you thousands of successful that I think are also very confident about themselfs?

The article in general might be in some use for low self-confident people, to get them to feel better about themselves, but even to those it can give the impression that low self-confidence is something that you need to pursue and not change!! 😛 The point of all the million articles, books, videos, podcasts, movies and so on that try to inspire us and to get us to feel more confident about ourselves, I think, is since life as it is will get us down sometimes, we need something to keep us moving! And I hope I put a small stone to that direction myself also with this one…

Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy – Louis CK

Reading the best strategy for reducing stress from HBR, reminded me of this old but amazing video of Louis CK.

Louis CK is a very good comedian and he is making a very good point. We have stoped appreciating things in our lifes and we take everything for granted. We expect too many things from our daily lifes and when we experiencing “the gap between what he(we) expected to happen and what was actually happening”, as the HBR article says, we feel frustated, angry, disappointed, sad or some other negative emotion. Or when something changes the things that worked in the past or our routines.

So the articles suggests to “Either change the reality around you or change your expectations.” Very good solution!!! Find a way to make it the way you want it or change the way you see things or both! But that’s something you need to think about it when you are trapped in that emotionally state! Not very easy..

So I would recommend a much more pro-active step than that: Appreciate the things you accept for granted. Right now and every day you wake up in the morning there are thousands things you could feel grateful about. About the birds, about the sun, about the rain, about the fogs, about that you are still alive! Does it look fake to you or artificial? Well maybe, or maybe you are used to have them! If a guy from the 50’s gets in a time machine and gets to our present wouldn’t be excited from all the things that didn’t exist back then? So why not accept his attitude right now?

Surface by Microsoft


About the keyboard: “Now you can chat with friends and respond to emails comfortably.” Does it sound to you like a dig to Apple, and the competition in general?

It sure looks that Microsoft is speeding up! That it is starting to look on the rearview mirror of Android-Google.

P.S. Microsoft’s site might be experiencing some issues right now. Fair enough!

When you start looking at a problem and it seems… (Steve Jobs Quote)

When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop… . But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem—and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works. That’s what we wanted to do with Mac.

Why Apple is such a great company today…