Varsityhire Offers Platform for Students to Help Homeowners

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Description: A new startup is connecting students with homeowners to help the former earn supplemental income to mitigate rising tuition costs. Source: Fast Company Date: April 8, 2016 Based out of Calgary, Varsityhire gives homeowners an affordable option to handle tasks around the house. In essence, it’s a “platform for people to help each other,” says… Read more »

Messenger Chatbots Likely To Top The Agenda At Facebook’s F8 This Week

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Description: Other big topics will include Instant Articles, Live Video, 360 Video, and much more. Source: Fast Company Date: April 11, 2016 When more than 2,000 people descend on San Francisco this week for Facebook’s annual two-day F8 developers conference, their discussions and decisions will have a huge impact on how you and 1.59 billion other… Read more »

On-demand moving app Lugg hits Silicon Valley

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Description: A San Francisco company called Recharge has developed an app that enables users to book a stay in hotel for just for 67 cents a minute, or $40 an hour. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 1, 2016 Lugg, the startup that helps people with small moves, requested via an Uber-like mobile app, is this week… Read more »

Facebook and WhatsApp might be the next Apple in encryption fight

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Description: Police in Brazil want messages from Facebook-owned mobile service WhatsApp. But WhatsApp says it can’t provide the information that’s requested because of its encryption technology. Source: CNN Money Date: March 10, 2016 Authorities in Brazil think information transmitted through WhatsApp could help in a criminal investigation into drug trafficking. In Apple’s case, law enforcement wants… Read more »

You can now like, love, and frown at posts on Facebook

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Description: Facebook has introduced ‘reactions’ which allow you to show emotions beyond ‘like’ such as ‘angry,’ ‘sad,’ or ‘love.’ Source: CNN Money Date: February 24, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. What is the point or advantage of adding multiple “reactions” to Facebook? 2. is it possible that this added feature might have a negative impact on… Read more »

This app will give you near real-time alerts whenever deforestation happens

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Description: For the world’s forests, researchers have developed a satellite-based alert system that detects logging with a week or even hours after trees start falling, and in some cases, before clear-cutting even begins. Source: Mashable Date: February 24, 2016 The new tool, developed by University of Maryland geographer Matthew Hansen, is a significant improvement on existing… Read more »

The dating app where only women initiate

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Description: Bumble turns the dating dynamic on its head by asking women to start the conversation. Source: CNN Money Date: February 11, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think an app with this motive would be as successful as other alternatives? 2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a business model?