Snapchat is distancing itself from its core messaging feature with its new Discover product. Instead of offering new communication tools, it’s focusing on media content to hook users. It’s hoping that will keep people on the app longer and get them there more frequently, the same way it did for Facebook.
The time is right. Discover’s launch comes a few weeks after I reported that growth in messaging apps has plateaued, according to leaked Comscore numbers.
In the new Snapchat section you can surf bite-sized text, video and photo updates from 11 different news organizations ranging from CNN to Vice. It’s slick, sophisticated and stylish. It’s also a big departure from the original app. You can get the rundown on the details here or here.
Is Snapchat moving on from messaging?
Discover isn’t just a new feature for the ephemeral messaging app, which has an estimate of more than 100 million…
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Knocking back a daily cup of joe (or several) delivers more than a jolt of energy. That morning brew comes with a host of health benefits, according to research. Here’s how coffee can benefit your body and your brain.
1. Coffee may decrease your risk of depression. Drinking four or more cups per day could decrease the risk of depression in women, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health. The study examined the coffee habits and depression rates of 50,739 women over 10 years. Coffee drinkers had a 20 percent lower chance of developing depression later in life. Drinking two to four cups daily also appears to lower the risk of suicide by 50%, according to another Harvard study.
2. Coffee might help prevent skin cancer. Drinking four or more cups of coffee daily may lower your risk of cutaneous melanoma, the leading cause of…
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With Windows XP unsupported and users eager to get off of Windows 7, the much anticipated Windows 10 should be great for businesses. While we already explored a little bit about the exciting Surface Hub for Office Collaboration, we want to break down some of the features that Microsoft is launching with Windows 10 and how they can help businesses become more efficient.
Here are the top features that we think you’ll be interested in:
- The return of the start menu.
One of the biggest obstacles for Windows 8 was the navigation. Removing the start menu was a huge change for the user interface in Windows 8 and one that many didn’t like. For Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing back the start menu with advanced features. A sleek integration of the tiled interface and the old start menu – we’re hoping that it’s the best of both worlds (we’ll let…
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You might not have noticed it, but depending on the phone platform you use, your Facebook mobile app is about 10 to 15 faster than it used to be. How’s that? Facebook has tweaked its app for both iOS and Android to render pictures and your overall News Feed faster than before.
On the [company]Apple[/company] iOS side, [company]Facebook[/company] said in a blog post on Wednesday that its software uses 10 percent less data and displays images 15 percent quicker. The company now uses the PJPEG, or Progressive JPEG, image format to display pictures. PJPEG has been around for a while in browsers and it speeds things up by having multiple scans of the same image but at different quality levels.
When an image first appears in Facebook, the app may use a lower resolution scan to display a full image quickly, which can also save on bandwidth since less data…
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Whether you want to be prepared for a visit from a neighbor or you just need some peace of mind before you walk out of the door, you want your place looking presentable — fast. Here are 10 ways to eliminate mess, in under five minutes.
Snap A Pic
Before you dive in, take a quick photo of the space. “It’s so easy to get used to clutter that has been in one spot for a while,” points out Emma Chapman, the lifestyle blogger behind A Beautiful Mess. “Glancing at the photo and trying to spot anything that looks out of place helps me to notice little things that I may not have spotted before.” You can then quickly move those little things to a proper, or at least less noticeable, place.
In a pinch, toss out-of-place odds and ends into a laundry basket (like this woven…
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What is Data science?
Data science is magic.
Magic, not just because it can grow exponentially and unpredictably, neither because of the vastness in context of what each data holds within, but also because it has capability to re-define the entire process of how the perfectly armored and sophisticated model or a product (in theory) can be actually nothing but perfectly imperfect. What is interesting is, even when we do not know “why” the product’s marketability is low, we are ready to make decision with “what” is the reason for product’s marketability to be low. The data is everything. Once you understand the concept why it is important, you begin to know that everything could be possibly made perfect (as close to it as possible).
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I listed it as one of the 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. It can boost happiness.
Via Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:
Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out. While you do so, try to remain patient. If you find your mind drifting, just slowly bring it back to focus. Meditation takes practice, but it’s one of the most powerful happiness interventions. Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, even improve immune function.
Increase meaning in life and social support:
The authors tested this build hypothesis in a field experiment with working adults (n = 139), half of whom…
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A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window called transparent luminescent solar concentrator, which can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.
“Because the materials do not absorb or emit light in the visible spectrum, they look exceptionally transparent to the human eye”.
As a retiring worry wart, there are times I’m faced with minor issues, personal and professional, that seem to drive me crazy, but are really not worth the added stress. I used to destroy myself over every little problem that arose in my life, from completing homework to witnessing unethical behavior to chipping a newly painted nail. But with observation, insight, and honesty, I began to identify what was worth stressing over and what was not. Below are some helpful concepts that I’m learning to use and practice in my everyday life.
Take a moment, breathe, and think again. Think about the issue and what’s causing you more stress. Then think to yourself about how this will really affect your life. Some of the worst decisions come from acting too quickly. Think through the consequences or the possible outcomes of this problem.
How will this event…
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