Covid-19 has forced the world to reinvent life in a new digital way. School for Kindergarten through college seniors is being transformed to online classrooms due to rising Coronavirus cases in many states. However, many consequences could stem from virtual learning. These effects include altered sleep cycles, increased digital use and smaller physical activity levels of students. These seemingly small affects could have the potential to negatively affect student’s health for years to come with the end of Covid-19 nowhere in sight. The ability for students to transition to virtual learning showcases how advanced our technology has become. This is why we need to explore the consequences of virtual learning.
Amazon Prime Day.
A day that anyone who is familiar with the largely known site is fully aware of. Prime Day is Amazon’s annual sale event that normally is announced in June and takes place around mid-July. Though with the current pandemic the world is facing, the company has decided to push back the event. The date has not been announced when it will take place in the United States.
Previous news reports have pegged the start of Prime Day this year to September, then October. If it’s held any later than that, it could end up being rolled into holiday season sales, which kick off around Thanksgiving.
Prime Day started as a small affair, but has grown into a hugely influential summer sale that hordes of other retailers join in on to goose their revenues. So still holding the sale should be a benefit not only for Amazon, but other stores, which have been badly harmed by the pandemic, as well as the millions of smaller merchants who sell their wares on Amazon.
Google deletes another 25 Android apps caught stealing user data, including Facebook credentials.
We tell our clients and colleagues on a regular basis, “know your tech.” This is especially important for smart phones. One of the key reasons that wireless network providers or carriers, avoided an open ecosystem, loading just any mobile app on your phone, for so many years, was that your data and activities were not secure.
Now that we have a world where any old app or service can be loaded on your phone, and it has IP address, and they can record your every movement and moment, it’s especially important to know exactly what the apps you use on those devices are doing.
Apple iOS is not immune, I recently found an app secretly collecting 12-14 GB worth of data on my phone. More on what’s happening with Android at the link below.
Podcasts have become all the rage. There are a variety of podcasts genres available for listeners that range from true crime to health and fitness. Now Spotify has created a whole new genre of podcasts that listeners will be able to tune in on.
Superheroes and Villains.
Spotify has recently signed a new deal with DC Comics that will narrate the lives of DC’s superheroes and villains in their fictional worlds. The new deal may be an odd duo but for DC fanatics this might seem like a dream. The deal will most likely bring Spotify a whole new audience that may not already listen to podcasts.
The company has not revealed which characters will be featured but DC’s roster includes Batman, Harley Quinn, Superman and Wonder Woman. Spotify’s DC podcasts will be available for all users, both free and premium subscribers. The value of Spotify’s deal with DC and Warner Bros has not been revealed.
Food delivery services are used by people all day everyday. With the new food delivery service, Instacart, now you can order your groceries right from your phone. With everyone stuck at home during COVID-19, the need for the service became at an all time high. The new food delivery service app became overwhelmed with users being stuck at home. The users were then trying to find ways to get attention of the personal shoppers. They began over tipping the personal shoppers who were buying the groceries to reel them in and get to the front of the line. Then the users would withdraw their enormous tip after receiving their groceries.
Instacart is revising it’s tipping policy to keep users from taking advantage of the system by “tip baiting.” Starting Monday, Instacart users have 24 hours after a delivery is made to withdraw tips. Before, customers had up to three days to rescind or alter them. The company has hired over 150,000 staffers because of the COVID-19 crisis as the service has gained popularity. Instacart connects customers with nearby personal shoppers who gather provisions at local grocery stores for home delivery.
What makes the world go round? Metadata. That’s right, the web, search, directions, locationing, imaging, branding, impressions, engagement, pretty much you name it online or in the digital world, and it is guided or executed with metadata.
Put simply, that is data about the data. Think of it as an intelligent or interactive blueprint for data. What you really want to do when you create a website these days, or an online presence, is create a foundation for the manipulation and use of this metadata. Often, this includes your use of images.
Here is a simple guide on how to get some valuable metadata into your images. Protect your brand, your rights, and your creative.
As photographers, protecting your images is of real importance to us. Ensure you’ve done all you can to keep your images “yours” – add copyright metadata!
Formula E driver Daniel Abt disqualified and fined for cheating with a ring-in during virtual race – ABC News
The latest virtual motor race during the corona virus pandemic ends in controversy, with Formula E driver Daniel Abt caught using a gamer as a ring-in.
Ok, when did you have it? That a virtual athlete would use a stand in eGamer to win virtual races online vs in real life?
I will admit, I had just assumed that it had already happened, we just might not have known about it. This is something that will be a trend or end up being quite common. Primarily because culturally and intellectually, we will struggle with real vs virtual boundaries for some time.
Oh, and now the question I really wanted to get out. How will it affect brands? Good, bad, otherwise?
Read more at the fold below.
I have been quoted previously, saying Google Glass was never going to be a thing. *See Forbes article. Wearables have made some inroads since then, but there is still too much of a focus on the technology trap vs what makes a good product. You know, the technology trap? It’s that classic example of ‘build a better mousetrap and they will come.’
In this case, Apple looks like they are focused on some of the right things to make this work, namely size and usability. And what a lot of people who have been building these products don’t seem to understand is that it’s not as much about fashion, as it is identity. There is a difference.
Apple gets identity, at least I would like to believe that there are enough people working at Apple today, including some close friends and colleagues, that understand this distinction. They have products that scream identity, and ‘I want to be seen with you.’ The question is, that under the cult of Cook, does that focus still permeate, and can it get another one of these products to market?
Dazzle us Tim.
- The marketing name will be “Apple Glass”
- The glasses will start at $499 with the option for prescription lenses at an extra cost
- There will be displays in both lenses that can be interacted with using gestures
- The glasses will rely on a paired iPhone, similar to the original Apple Watch
- An early prototype featured LiDAR and wireless charging
- Apple originally planned to unveil the glasses as a “One More Thing” surprise at its iPhone event in the fall, but restrictions on in-person gatherings could push back the announcement to a March 2021 event
- Apple is targeting a late 2021 or early 2022 release
What a good read on the Door Dash, Grubhub, Uber Eats type deliver economy… These guys have nailed the fundamental disconnects in the model, tested it, and then exposed the basic idea that it is fundamentally unsustainable. I for one am hoping that we go through a phase of economic development, post pandemic seizing the reigns of everything you do every day, that gets us to focus on sustainable business models and practices.
I would love to see those concepts valued again vs what seems to be an un-tethered march to justify business activities by the terms of exploitation alone.
“Which brings us to the question – what is the point of all this? These platforms are all losing money. Just think of all the meetings and lines of code and phone calls to make all of these nefarious things happen which just continue to bleed money. Why go through all this trouble?
Grubhub just lost $33 million on $360 million of revenue in Q1.
Doordash reportedly lost an insane $450 million off $900 million in revenue in 2019 (which does make me wonder if my dream of a decentralized network of pizza arbitrageurs does exist).
Uber Eats is Uber’s “most profitable division” 😂😂. Uber Eats lost $461 million in Q4 2019 off of revenue of $734 million. Sometimes I need to write this out to remind myself. Uber Eats spent $1.2 billion to make $734 million. In one quarter.
Amazon just bailed on restaurant delivery in the U.S.
What is it about the food delivery platform business? Restaurants are hurt. The primary labor is treated poorly. And the businesses themselves are terrible.”
More on their article here: https://themargins.substack.com/p/doordash-and-pizza-arbitrage
Now we are talking. Do you do Minecraft? Do your kids do Minecraft? Have you envisioned your products in an AR based reality?
Well, here at Edelleye, we can help with all of the above. The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
Minecraft Earth, Microsoft’s blocky answer to Pokémon Go, continues to evolve despite still being in Early Access mode. The latest update adds three important new features to challenge players and make it easier to keep track of past feats.