What do some people think about digital meetings? A lot of too clever guys, who are crazy about technology and speak incomprehensible language. However, it’s not so most of times. For instance, Digital Dialogues, the company that organizes regular meetings of digital media specialists, influencers and enthusiasts has chosen another approach.

 

The mission of the company is to increase awareness about the opportunities the digital media spaces offers Africa and facilitate action to take advantage of it. Digital Dialogues focuses on bring industry players together to develop solutions to problems. Community shares not only digital problems, but also some funny developments, which attract attention of the audience. If you still think that digital meetings are just for nerds, here are five opposite examples.

 

The sensor that maintains smart houses

The sensor that maintains smart homes isn’t a distant future anymore. Without a disparate number of smart appliances, the sensor can give a brain to all of your technical equipment. This is what Carnegie Mellon researchers in the Future Interfaces Group, who have developed a “synthetic sensor-based device that can monitor multiple types of phenomena in a room, including sounds, vibration, light, heat, electromagnetic noise, and temperature,” promise.

 

“The idea is you can plug this in and immediately turn a room into a smart environment,”- Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student in CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), explains. “You don’t have to go out and buy expensive smart appliances, which probably can’t talk to each other anyway, or attach sensors to everything you want to monitor, which can be both hard to maintain and ugly. You just plug it into an outlet.”

The secret of sensor technology is that the sensor comes in the form of machine learning algorithms, capable of combining data feeds to distinguish various appliances and their uses. So based purely on an appliance’s sounds and vibration patterns, these sensors can tell whether they’re hearing a blender, a coffee grinder, or a mixer. Hopefully, the technology will be able to do much more than this.

The app that will help you to break your social media addiction

How much time do you spend checking your social media? Four hours? Maybe seven? Or you can be as social media addicted as I am and spend there all of your free time. If you’re like me, I have good news for you! Developer Dan Kurtz has found a way to stop it.

 

Dan created Binky after recognizing his own social media treadmill. After scrolling through his Facebook feed, he would close the app and not remember anything.  The thought made him wonder:”If I replaced all the stuff I’m seeing with just random photos of chairs and condiments, would that be just as compelling?”

This idea has become the concept of Binky, the app that Dan created.  After you download Binky, there’s no signing up or registration. You open the app and it’s pre-filled with random images – a fake feed full of public domain pictures of food, animals and lots of other non-objectionable material that you can swipe, star, “re-bink,” or comment on.

Tech-lover’s paradise

If you live in a country like America or the U.K., it’s not a problem for you to buy a new device. You just go to Best Buy and get it. However, if you want something different like used phone or you want to haggle over the price, finding this place is a torture!

For people, who live in Shenzhen or China, buying a technique it’s a very different story. If you’re a gadget fan, you’ve definitely heard about Shenzhen. Shenzhen is a home to most of the major manufacturing plants in which the world’s greatest devices are built. Many big and small-name hardware companies have offices and production facilities there, so it’s no surprise to find a sprawling retail area packed with the fruits of the workers’ labor on sale.

 

The place is a mixture of official, single-brand stores selling one type of phone, along with labyrinthine marketplaces that disappear deep into buildings. The latter is where you’ll find smaller shops selling all kinds of electronics and gadgets, and even single booths staffed by one person, selling everything from fidget spinners to parts and components for phones.

These shops operate like regular stores elsewhere, such as a carrier retail store, or an Apple Store. What’s most impressive about this location is the repair work — a consultant checks in the phone, there are offline computers to back up your data, and a dedicated team of technicians behind a glass wall ready to restore your phone to health. It’s even possible to change a cracked screen, and most of the work is completed within an hour.

A freezer and other weird places to keep appliances

Have you ever thought about an alternative way of using your freezer? So, here a few ways to rethink it!

 

  • If you’re into make-up, you probably know that it’s better to keep some beauty products in a cool place. So, why not to put a freezer in a bathroom and enjoy your face masks, cucumbers, and eye creams there!
  • Adding a fridge in a kid’s playroom is also a good idea. Kids will have a quick access to juice or cool water. So, they will be able have a snack without interrupting.
  • Microwaves are small and can fit in any place. Why not to place it in a bedroom for aromatherapy heating pads? Or with a microwave in your bedroom you can warm up baby bottles. Or if you love to chill watching Netflix, you can use a microwave to cook popcorn.

 

In honor of Trump’s birthday, we dug up his completely real MySpace profile

How many fake accounts of Donald Trump have you seen? A lot! So, to acknowledge Donald Trump’s 71st birthday, Mashable.com decided to find the best fake president account. Here is it!

The profile gives a complete picture of his life, including the president’s most loyal friends, insight into his favorite hobbies, and his thoughts about books, music, movies, whether and so much more.

 

 

 

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