10 PM | 26 Mar

Removing Our Wallets from the Real World


Greg Hong is the CEO and cofounder of Reserve, a mobile service that is looking to disrupt the restaurant dining game. The app not only lets customers reserve a table from a curated list of partner establishments, but also allows diners to place a bid on their reservations, offering to pay an above-market rate in order to ensure booking. After the meal is done, diners can pay their check through the Reserve app, meaning they could enjoy an entire meal from appetizers to dessert without ever having to pull out their wallet.

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09 PM | 26 Mar

Movies, financial markets and fashion trends all fall into frenzies, dips and lulls. Consumer apps are much the same.


Whether it’s photo-sharing, anonymity or live streaming, it seems that a confluence of apps all doing similar things at the same time is a natural occurrence.

Video apps Meerkat and Periscope are at the forefront of the present app zeitgeist, with the latter being acquired by Twitter months before the former took off. These apps leverage the higher quality phone cameras and faster mobile internet available in 2015 to accomplish what has been tried many times but never well: Building a better live streaming app.

And now we have quite a few promising ones: Meerkat, YouNow, UpClose and today, Periscope.

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07 PM | 26 Mar

Hotel Booking Startup Books Room While in Freefall


Class Travel has a unique hook to differentiate themselves from other hotel booking apps: signup, payment and checkin processes embedded in their product so users can simply walk up and get their keys with no other steps required.

Their problem was that every competing travel app has its own unique hook. They needed an ad presence that got real attention.

To demonstrate how simple their app and process were, they borrowed a page from Red Bull’s orbit dive promotion and demoed it by having their CTO jump out of a plane and complete a booking while in freefall.

The video, complete with crunchy guitar soundtrack, is a spectacle:

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07 PM | 26 Mar

Connecting Hardware with the Cloud: Parse for IoT


At Parse, our passion is making developer experiences easier on any platform—including platforms that extend beyond mobile. Of these platforms, one of the most exciting new spaces is the Internet of Things. We believe that connecting more hardware devices with the cloud has the potential to change the world for the better. We are already seeing devices that add tremendous value to people’s lives, from wearables that help you sleep better to insulin trackers that aid people living with diabetes.

But, as with mobile, connecting these devices to the cloud can be difficult. In addition to maintaining a backend, developers must contend with notoriously constrained environments on the client. We’ve been listening to feedback from a wide range of Parse customers who are already using our platform in hardware products — like Chamberlain, who makes a line of smart garage door openers that interact with our REST API; Milestone Sports, who make the wearable running tracker Milestone Pod; and Roost, who make smart batteries for smoke detectors. From these conversations, we decided we could go one step further.

Today, we’re proud to announce Parse for IoT: an official new line of SDKs for connected devices.

The first is an Arduino SDK targeted for the Arduino Yún, a microcontroller board with built-in WiFi capabilities. The SDK interface is in Wiring, and, in the spirit of Arduino, we designed it to be as simple as possible. For example, all it takes is a few lines of code to save temperature data from a smart thermostat:

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07 PM | 26 Mar

Twitter launches Periscope, its live video streaming Meerkat competitor


That’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you launch Periscope, Twitter’s new live video streaming app for iOS. Sure, Twitter acquired Periscope in January and the app was already in development before that. However, you can’t help but think of the app darling of SXSW that made Twitter livestreaming all the rage.

ss prebroadcast 220×391 Twitter launches Periscope, its live video streaming Meerkat competitorYes, both apps stream video with almost zero friction. But when you get down to it, Periscope is what Meerkat would look like with a little more thought put into it. It’s cleaner, the chat function makes more sense and you can save your videos for later viewing. Plus, it features something that’s sorely missing from Meerkat: the ability to line up a shot before streaming

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07 PM | 26 Mar

A Hug Emoji People Can Feel


HUG is an interactive app that sends hugs to loved ones from a distance.

Whether you’re a romantic away from your loved one for a semester overseas, or a grandparent with the little ones on an opposite coast, long-distance relationships just got easier. Brothers and former Google employees Petter and Kaspar Prinz noticed that the most written “word” via text and chat in 2014 was not a word, but the emoji of a heart.

HUG turns that emoji into a more tangible experience with the help of your phone. By placing your phone next to you, the phone’s proximity sensor picks up the length of the ‘hug’ and sends it a recipient’s phone as a vibration of equal length.

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03 PM | 23 Mar

OSEP spotlight

OSEP Limelight

Watch#RethinkDiscipline: Approaching Disparities in College Discipline Watch OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin. U.S. Department of Training, performing a live debate with experts and providers regarding disparities in school discipline on March 16, 2016 3:30 pm EDT.a thesis

Panelists can examine differences in ways and faculty control to remove those differences by applying restorative justice strategies, and approaching error that is implicit.

Assistant Secretary Yudin is likely to be registered by:

  • Dr. Kent McIntosh |University of Oregon
  • Robert Spicer |Restorative Approaches
  • Pamela Odom |Principal, Offer Middle School

FreshFairness in STRATEGY. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) the country’s special-education regulation, the People With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ) aims to ensure fairness within the recognition, position, and self-control of students with problems.

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06 PM | 12 Mar

Salvation Army Turns #TheDress Into a Powerful Domestic Violence Ad


You thought the dust had settled on #TheDress. But today, The Salvation Army in South Africa released what just might be the most harrowing take on the viral phenomenon—in the form of a domestic abuse PSA.

“Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” reads the headline.

Copy reads: “The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.”

Agency: Ireland Davenport.

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06 PM | 12 Mar

The 15 best Android apps that use material design


Google’s Material Design aesthetic is supposed to be the new standard for Android design, but not all apps have made the transition to the catchy new look.

That’s a shame, because it brings a level of beauty and polish to Android that hasn’t existed until the new design scheme was rolled out with Android Lollipop.

Fortunately, several developers have put it into practice and cranked out some rather good looking apps. If you want to find out what Material Design is about, then grab one of the following apps or custom launchers from the Play Store to experience it for yourself.

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