Addicting Apps Are No Accident

When an addicting app is released, people look at the developers and say how lucky they are that the public loves the app. Addicting apps are rarely happy accidents though; there is big money in having teens glued to their phones, using their favorite apps all day long. In 2016, apps revenue was $52 billion worldwide.

 

Hooking people through apps is a science, at least according to California startup Dopamine Labs, which uses neuroscience and artificial intelligence to advise companies on how to build addicting features into their apps. With more than a quarter of all iOS app developers earning approximately $5,000 per month, it is easy to see why companies would pay Dopamine Labs to give them an edge in the increasingly crowded app market. Game apps bring in more revenue than any other type of app, primarily through purchases made in the app.

 

Addicting apps trigger a burst of dopamine in user’s brains, creating a euphoric feeling that they want to repeat by using the app multiple times per day. Facebook excels at the practice; the helpful notification that someone commented on the user’s post is a trigger, designed to get people to open the Facebook app. When someone likes the post, a reward encourages the user to keep opening the app and posting, hoping for more rewards.

 

Dopamine Labs uses artificial intelligence to advise clients when to reward app users, to keep them using the app for as long as possible at a time and repeatedly come back to it. Addicting features, such as push notifications, are literally built into apps that depend on advertising for revenue. Fortunately, the addiction is not self-destructive, and it is one parents can control easily with the push of a button.

The One Login Data Company

Businesses have established systems whereby the individual users can access the files through login. Passwords have been generated to secure files in the systems. Today landscape does not involve individuals having passwords to safeguard their data. Advanced technologies like the use of the biometrics have been employed to protect user information.

Biometrics are substances that an individual possesses. They are of two types namely the behavioral and the physical ones. Physical biometrics involve what an individual is able to feel or touch. They include the heartbeat, facial and movement of the eyes, fingerprints, the voice and even the whole pattern of movement of parts of the eye.

Behavioral biometrics lack the characteristics that have been portrayed in the physical characteristics. The behavioral biometrics further do not have unique characteristics. The methods are best used while in use with other data. The processes that include behavioral biometrics are the attributes of the hardware, data of the devices and the biometrics that entail physiological processes.

Security personnel should be able to devise ways in which they can find information about behavioral biometrics, authentication of passwords and being able to find the right physiological processes. This is done so that they can access the management of the company at the same time identifying how the company has been designed generally.

Google has endorsed the Abacus Project which has been instrumental in the security measures. Academic institutions have utilized this concept and it has been successful though it has not been practiced in the other society. Companies have to agree on the type of biometrics they have to employ in order to access their data.

Management strategies should be employed by individual companies to identify who accesses the company’s system. Corporate world should employ these systems as individuals are able to protect their economy fairly. Alvaro Hoyos works with the login company where he offers pieces of advice on risk management and efforts to comply with the rules and systems that have been set up.

He has helped vendors in making them understand the confidentiality surrounding a particular system and the privacy the individual should take when faced with a certain problem. The company has helped startup companies address the compliance issues surrounding them.

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Tinder’s Evolution Continues

The dating app Tinder broke new ground when it came to online innovations when it made the concept of swiping more popular. On July 18, they began offering an extension to the app that now allows for easier movement between the picture of a person and the text that accompanies it with a simple tap of the screen.

Some have described this idea as a variation on what Snapchat and other social media sites have been offering. For Tinder, the photos are slightly larger, with taps to different areas of the photos leading to the presentation of additional information on the person in question or simple movement back and forth.

When the bottom of the photo is tapped, profile information that the other person has provided can be read. Other demographic information and the distance between the two people is also provided, along with a presentation of the other person’s interests and social media addresses.

For those looking to simply go through photos at a much quicker pace, tapping the right side of the screen moves to the next photo. If a need to return to a previous photo is required, a tap to the left hand side of the screen is all that’s needed.

In the past, Tinder has taken some heat because of what critics charge is a superficial way of assessing the quality of individuals simply on the basis of their looks. That’s led some of its rivals to zero in on other aspects related to personality.

More technical concerns are also being worked on by Tinder as mobile technology continues to advance at a rapid pace. Added simplicity when it comes to the makeup of the app is behind much of the thinking, since it will allow the company to adapt in quicker fashion than rivals.

Classrooms Uniting Through ClassDojo

ClassDojo is an amazing app that allows not only teachers to keep up with the progress their students are making in class, but allows students and guardians to stay involved as well.

With ClassDojo, teachers have the ability to keep guardians in the loop with the activities their class is partaking in, through video, pictures, and announcements. The class is able to choose skills and values that are important. The students can later receive points for using the chosen skills and values as positive reinforcement. Teachers are able to exchange private messages with guardians using ClassDojo as well, without having to share contact information. It even allows teachers to give feedback on, what students are excelling at and what needs improvement. Teachers also have a “Quiet Hours” setting that shows guardians when teachers are not available.

Students are able to create their own portfolio using ClassDojo. This providing students with the option of taking ownership of their work by capturing photos and video that illustrate what they’re completing in class. They can even create their own monster as an avatar. Students can only see their profile and feedback, thus allowing them to focus on their progress.

ClassDojo has its own learning tool that both teachers and guardians have access to called, Big Ideas. Big Ideas helps students learn about social skills as well as emotional skills with the help of a monster named Mojo. So far, the videos available teach students, “Growth Mindset”, “Perseverance”, “Empathy”, “Gratitude”, and “Mindfulness”.

ClassDojo doesn’t discriminate, it can be accessed on any device and translates to 35 different languages. This app is truly giving classroom a whole new meaning. It has the ability to get parents, teachers, and students involved to make education a team effort.

Hulu Expands TV Offerings By 3,000 New Episodes

Hulu continues to impress as the online streaming service massively expands its audience reach. Hulu reflects the future of entertainment technology: a streaming platform in which preferred programming can be accessed on-demand. Hulu has recently signed an amazing deal with 20th Century Fox to bring another 3,000 television episodes to the platform. The deal probably was easy to sign since 20th Century Fox owns about a third of Hulu. Whether the deal was easy or difficult matters not. What matters is a ton of new programming comes to Hulu very shortly. Also coming soon is the future of how people watch their favorite television programs.

The classic television won’t be going away completely, but a host of broadcasting and cable channels might either dissolve or morph into an online platform. People love convenience. The ability to watch a particular television episode any time of the day or evening 365 days out of the year currently fuels the popularity of streaming services.

The ability to watch programming on a variety of different devices further enhances popularity. Hulu can be viewed on a mobile device adding a level of near infinity to the different locations in which programming can be viewed. Why read a dull magazine in the doctor’s waiting room when several episodes of NYPD Blue are available via a smartphone?

Hulu remains a pioneer in streaming programming and is well-primed for great success in the near future. Other streaming services are sure to follow suit but they would be playing catch-up.

Talk Fusion Wins Award, Spreads Optimism on Future

You don’t get to be an industry titan without knowing exactly what you are doing. In 2007 Bob Reina found a hole in the market of video communication solutions and he was quick to take care of it. Reina established Talk Fusion back in 2007 and over the next ten years he would turn his company into an elite answer to video marketing for companies and consumers everywhere. Now, Talk Fusion is being awarded for their hard work with one of the highest honors available: the 2016 Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award from TMC. This award goes to industry relevant companies who push the limits in marketing.

Rich Tehrani, the CEO of Technology Marketing Corporation, was the first voice to give praise to CEO Bob Reina and the rest of the crew at Talk Fusion. Tehrani called the winners at Talk Fusion “True leaders within their industries.” He went on to say, “These honorees represent the best of the best products and solutions available on the market today.” Tehrani’s words were far from empty and they received an equally ambitious response from who they were expressed toward.

CEO Bob Reina was quick to give a statement after his company was awarded the prestigious Communication Solutions Products of the Year Award. IN fact, Reina is always quick to accept goodwill and redirect it toward his hard working employees. Reina said, “This is just the beginning. Our talented IT team has big plans for the future of our All in One Video marketing Solution.” Reina’s words were glowing and his praise of his IT team was nothing short of on point.

In fact the Chief Technical Officer at Talk Fusion, Ryan Page, was also on the record to give a statement. Page confirmed Reina’s views by echoing them in his own words, “This is just a testament to how efficient and innovative Talk Fusion’s team is.” Page went on to discuss how they already have huge plans to improve the company starting as soon as early 2017. The sky appears to be the limit for the team at Talk Fusion! Talk Fusion on Linkedin.