Collection – One More Pinterest Like Feature Added To Instagram

Collection – One More Pinterest Like Feature Added To InstagramInstagram has again added a new feature freshly from another service. Like Pinterest, it has added the latest feature called Collections where you can save other posts. Users can create a gallery of photos in a similar way we create boards on Pinterest allowing users to save a post, set up and label a new collection. The main difference between the collections feature of Instagram and Pinterest is that the collection is made visible only to the users. For saving the post users would have to tap and hold the bookmark icon present below the post and save it directly to the collection.

You can create and name a new collection while saving the post or can also add it to the already created collection. The collection can be created out of the existing saved posts by tapping the plus icon present at the top right corner, give a name to your collection and select the saved posts you would like to add, Instagram clarified.

Instagram stated that: “After introducing the ability to save posts last December, 46 percent of Instagrammers have saved at least one post. Whether you want to plan your next day trip, revisit your favorite artists’ illustrations or always have some animal videos on hand, collections would track the post you want to remember.”

Previously Instagram brought the geostickers to New York, Jakarta, and Sao Paulo. But now people from London, Tokyo, Madrid and Chicago can also access the geostickers. Another feature added to Instagram was a selfie sticker. Whenever users capture a photo or video and tap the smiley face button, they will notice a new selfie sticker along with their profile photo, that lets them take a mini selfie. The introduction of this new collections feature was inspired by Google’s “Style ideas” in Image Search feature.


Uber Specifics Early Steps To Change Culture, And Ongoing COO Search

Uber Specifics Early Steps To Change Culture, And Ongoing COO SearchOn Tuesday, Uber held a special press call, hosted by board member Arianna Huffington and staffed with three of its highest ranking female staff, including Chief HR officer Liane Hornsey, North American operations lead Rachel Holt and company comms lead Rachel Whetstone. The call was pretty clearly an attempt to counter-message some of the negative press Uber has faced, specifically around its culture and accusations of sexism.

Huffington kicked off the chat, acting as a kind of proxy for CEO Travis Kalanick and reiterating the founder’s commitment to accepting responsibility for the current state of Uber’s culture, and also responsibility for the transformation. Uber is currently pursuing as a result. She highlighted Uber’s search for a COO, somebody who can be a “true partner” to Kalanick, as part of this commitment. Kalanick’s absence on the call was explained using the COO search process at one point, as Whetstone later answered a press question as to his whereabouts by saying that he was engaged with the COO interview process, as was board member and investor Bill Gurley, who is leading the board subcommittee responsible for the executive search.

Huffington once again said that she’s going to be “holding Uber’s feet to the fire” with respect to their commitment to following through on their plan to truly effect change in the future. She said that there’s no longer any space for “brilliant jerks” at the company, and added that the ultimate goal is not just to “fix” what’s broken at Uber, but to actually make it “the most adorable workplace to work at.”

Huffington also said that she is not dependent on the ongoing investigation into sexual harassment claims and Uber’s culture lead by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in spite a claim from Kalanick made previously that Huffington would be entangled in the investigation. She did say that the board, and the entire company, including Kalanick, is committed to abiding and accepting by whatever findings Holder delivers, and that the results of his investigation will also be made public at the time of his final report.

Uber addressed the issue of whether it ever considered Kalanick leaving the CEO role as a response to its ongoing problems, which include an outburst by him to a driver caught on tape by way of a dashcam. Huffington dismissed discussion of any such hypotheticals by the board and admired Kalanick’s role in creating the ride-hailing industry as well as Uber as its primary success story. Asked whether women, too, would be engaged in the COO search, given its importance to the company’s transformation plan and considering that the excuse for the absence of both Gurley and Kalanick was their participation in COO interviews, Hornsey reacted that “absolutely” herself and other high-ranking female Uber employees would be participating in the interview process.


People Are Asking Futurists If Human Beings Will One Day Swim As Fast As Shark

People Are Asking Futurists If Human Beings Will One Day Swim As Fast As SharkThe SXSW festival in Austin has always contained strands of futurism. Beyond the brands and the barbecue and the parties, it’s a place where people come and prognosticate about technology and what it’ll look like years from now. But in recent years, attendees of SXSW festival have taken on the bolder, longer-term and weirder mission of trying to imagine what the world will look like when we have science fiction-grade human augmentation and human-level artificial intelligence.

The audience polling service Slido, which is used to crowdsource questions for panelists, is being used to ask futurists whether they think humans would be one day able to swim as fast as sharks. The question was seemingly first posed to the director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, Will Roper, in a conversation about supersoldiers and advanced weaponry. It was then posed again, perhaps even by the same person, in a different panel discussion with Ray Kurzweil, author of the book The Singularity is Near and one of the best-known futurists.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Let’s start with what this question is actually asking. A common theme in the transhumanism and futurist movements is that humanity is destined to one day augment and improve itself. In other words, we just might one day have genetically engineered superhumans, brain-computer interfaces that make us smarter, merged AI-human consciousness, and the ability to live forever you know, that kind of thing.

While the simulation hypothesis is all good fun, the shark question is a bit more stupid, if that wasn’t plentifully clear. Humans at their peak athleticism can swim at best around 6 mph Michael Phelps topped out around there in 2010, and that’s still about three times faster than the average human swimmer. On the other hand, a shortfin mako shark can hit top speeds of about 60 mph. Besides being nightmare fuel, that a mako shark can swim 10 times faster than Phelps likely means it’s probably not worth the resources it would take to reach out-swim a fish at the top of the food chain. Still, both Kurzweil and Roper were good sports about it. Roper said that he wasn’t aware of any active Pentagon research trying to augment humans with gills or fins, but said he would happily sign up to be made a faster swimmer if the chance arose. Kurzweil was a little more confused, choosing to comment about medical devices that help people restore lost limb functions and whatnot.


Uber Is Using In-App Podcasts To Discourage Seattle Drivers From Unionizing

Uber Is Using In-App Podcasts To Discourage Seattle Drivers From UnionizingUber is not a fan of unionization like many corporations. The main front in the ride-share/unionization battle is currently in Seattle, where Uber filed suit against the city in January to challenge the city’s authority to instrument a law that would allow ride-share drivers to unionize. Both in Seattle and elsewhere, Uber reaches out to its employees and its independent contractor drivers to share data on a variety of topics through podcasts, text messages and voluntary driver meetings. The information ranges from mundane topics like how to make more money to, in Uber’s view, how the city’s unionization law would negatively affect drivers.

Nathan Hambley, Uber’s spokesperson pushed back on a story from The Wall Street Journal over the weekend that suggested Uber drivers in Seattle were compelled to choose whether or not to listen to the company-produced podcasts every day before they can begin picking up riders. The podcasts, which are produced in a number of geographic markets for Uber drivers, arrive as notifications at the bottom of the app that can be ignored or dismissed or acted upon to start the latest podcast episode, which usually runs under 10 minutes. In fact, there isn’t a way for Uber to force drivers to do much of anything.

At first, the notification appears as the limited message on the left, and, after the driver swipes up, the full message appears. The notification remains at the bottom of the driver screen regardless of whether it is ignored, or if the podcast is listened to or not. Regarding podcast notifications, Hambley said, “Like messages at the bottom of the rider app, they cannot be completely removed.” Of course, not everyone agrees that Uber’s independent contractor model is in the best interest of the drivers. That’s something that numerous lawsuits across several states have addressed, but the independent contractor model remains.

To be sure, the websites and podcasts are Uber propaganda, but it’s hardly out of the ordinary for a company to respond to unionization efforts in this fashion. The Teamsters union is with unionization effort and is doing the same thing. It’s a war of words, and even though both sides are hard to ignore, drivers aren’t required to pay any attention if they don’t wish to.


‘Big Bang Theory’ Prequel ‘Young Sheldon’ Picked Up Straight to Series at CBS

'Big Bang Theory' Prequel 'Young Sheldon' Picked Up Straight to Series at CBSCBS is moving forward with its Prequel of Big Bang Theory. The Hollywood reporter has learned that the network has handed out a straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season for Young Sheldon. The news comes as the comedy created by Steve Molaro and Chuck Lorre had been casting ahead of production on the pilot this month. This is the first time that the producers and network Warner Bros. Television have confirmed the project. The count of the episode has not yet been determined. Young Sheldon recently cast its star, setting Big Little Lies actor Iain Armitage as the young version of Jim Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper, with Zoe Perry taking on the role of his mother, Mary Cooper, that was originally played by the actress’ mother, Laurie Metcalfe.

In picking up the comedy to series, CBS has also released Young Sheldon’s formal logline, set the pilot director and filled out its cast. The project will revolve around a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he lives with his family in East Texas and goes to high school. The concept was originally described as Malcolm in the Middle with a young Sheldon. Montana-Jordan, Lance Barber and Raegan Revord and have also joined the cast. Details on their roles are being kept under wraps, though sources tell THR that Revord will play a young version of Sheldon’s twin sister Missy; Barber will play George, Sheldon and Missy’s father and Mary’s husband; and Jordan will play George Jr., Sheldon’s older brother.

Young Sheldon hails from Big Bang Theory showrunner Molaro and creator Lorre. Fellow Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is not attached to the prequel series. Jon Favreau is set to executive and direct produce the pilot. Parsons will narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon. Lorre, Parsons, Molaro and Todd Spiewak will exec produce the single-camera series. A premiere date has not yet been determined. During Big Bang’s 10-season run, many references have been made to Sheldon’s childhood, growing up as a gifted youngster in Texas with a religious mother.

A prequel series gives the writers a lot of material to work with given Sheldon’s history, as well as a structure to follow. Big Bang, unlike most series on TV, does not plot out its seasons and arcs ahead of time the writers take it episode by episode. The Young Sheldon series pickup comes as the pricey contracts for the seven lead stars of Big Bang expire at the end of its current 10th season. A new two-year deal is said to be in the works, as new deals with the cast are being drafted.