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.

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…

How Mark Zuckerberg inspired a more social Bing | Microsoft – CNET News

When users sign into Facebook, those familiar 10 blue links are still there. But Bing’s new sidebar connects searchers to friends that may have specific insight into their queries. If those friends have “liked” a Thai restaurant in Noe Valley or they posted photos from a recent trip to New York, they’ll pop up in related searches in the sidebar under the heading “Friends Who Might Know.

Great idea kai and a great feature that I will start exploring when the new Bing search is available wordwide (US always first!). Bing has a lot of way ahead of it but Microsoft seems to do the right things..