Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-In

first_imgFoursquare is unbundling. The company announced Thursday it’s splitting the main Foursquare application into two services—one that tracks and shares where you are, and another that helps you figure out where you’re going next.The plan is an ambitious move to split up Foursquare’s mobile services—perhaps taking the lead from Facebook in that manner—and shed the stereotype that has plagued the app since 2009: That Foursquare is just an app for checking into places.See Also: Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderThe new Foursquare app eliminates the check-in entirely, placing it instead in a separate new application called Swarm. A redesigned Foursquare app will be built from the ground up for a launch later this summer, and that app will be responsible for offering personalized recommendations in a similar way to Yelp.“The unbundling is motivated by us listening to the users and observing the way users use the app, both watching them and seeing the data and what the data suggests,” Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley said in an interview. “A lot of functionality is crammed into the Foursquare experience.”Moving Beyond The Check-InFoursquare’s directory of places, unlike Yelp’s, doesn’t feature paragraph-long diatribes that accompany the location. Instead, each location has specific “tips” or short snippets of what’s best or what to avoid at any given destination. It will be hard for Foursquare to shift its reputation from a check-in app to a recommendation engine. Many people use Foursquare for this singular purpose, and the check-in is arguably Foursquare’s bread and butter.It’s a risky move to rip checking in from Foursquare entirely. People are accustomed to using Foursquare for this main reason, not so much to find recommendations. Crowley said the company is building in hooks so bouncing between Foursquare apps isn’t an inconvenience, but it doesn’t change the fact that Foursquare is in completely new territory. (Again, Facebook pursued a similar strategy recently by removing the chat function from its main app and forcing users into its private Messenger app.)Foursquare needs to be mindful about the failure of most ambient location services. Many location-broadcasting startups never caught on with the masses; Facebook has even failed multiple times with its friend-finding features, and more recently, when the company rolled out a feature nearly identical to Foursquare’s Swarm, the reaction was overwhelmingly negative.Giving Up Privacy For Suggestions selena larson Tags:#Check-In#Facebook#Foursquare#foursquare checkins#foursquare facebook#foursquare fragmentation#Foursquare swarm#Location#privacy#Swarm#Swarm app Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Foursquare has spent the last four years building a massive collection of places thanks to five billion global check-ins. It doesn’t need you to add to it anymore; instead, Foursquare will learn your behaviors and provide you with suggestions as to what it thinks you will like.Already the app alerts users to places they will probably like nearby, based on their previous locations. “Some of those passive notifications that you’ve gotten [in the Foursquare app] is because Foursquare can just sense you’re at a certain place,” Crowley said. “Without saying too much about what the new Foursquare will look like, you can imagine a version of Foursquare that doesn’t actually need you to check into places.”Essentially, even though Foursquare won’t be the check-in app anymore, it will still collect all your data, even without you checking in. Foursquare will use your phone’s location services paired with its vast location database to track where you go in order to provide you with location suggestions.Foursquare won’t be sharing this location data with your friends, but Swarm will. You don’t need to check in for your friends to be able to find you. Swarm is supposed to help friends find each other easier, whether or not they check in. Its ambient location services will know your relative location even if you don’t check in, and will share that information with friends. “The app has neighborhood awareness,” Crowley said. For instance, he said, “if I open up my app right now I’ll see 20 people checked in to Foursquare HQ in New York City, but I’ll see a handful of other friends in the Soho neighborhood who haven’t checked in anywhere.”For users that would rather not have their friends know where they are at all times, Foursquare’s ambient location service can be turned off. Foursquare’s new approach is interesting. Personally, I find the Foursquare location suggestions potentially helpful, though I’m not keen on my friends knowing where I am at all times—especially since many people in my Foursquare network aren’t even real friends anymore. As a service that knows which restaurants you frequent, Foursquare telling you where to eat and what to order might come in handy. As long as you’re okay with Foursquare tracking your whereabouts the rest of the time. All images courtesy of Foursquare The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Domestic Violence Awareness called for by PDM Leader Police extend questioning of

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – The Leader of the Opposition PDM says she is incensed by the violence being played out against women recently; one of those women dying at the hands of her attacker. Hon Shalene Robinson said the battery of laws recently passed at the House of Assembly, as she put it, “provided greater rights and protection of and for women, parents and children. Among these pieces of Legislation was the Domestic Violence Legislation which secured greater rights and protection and called for greater resources.” Robinson believes, that in light of the two attacks – one a stabbing death, the other a woman lit on fire – there should be a mobilization of relevant agencies to begin “educating women and other persons in domestic relationships on the rights and provisions under this new Bill and also to provide the much needed resources for those who may need practical assistance.” Sharlene Robinson also expressed concern at a home invasion which, she said, “left one of our sisters battered and we are truly saddened by this event as we continue to see a serious change in the way we are used to living in our homeland.” The man police believe responsible for the Monday afternoon stabbing death of a 44 year old Haitian woman has already been to court; but not for formal charges to be laid. The Police got more time to question the suspect from the judge; ten days more. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:domestic violence, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Pdm, police TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Microsoft confirms layoffs job cuts likely to impact about 3000 employees

first_imgAfter all the reports and rumours that have been doing the rounds in the last few days, American multinational technology company Microsoft has finally confirmed that it is set for a corporate rejig, which will witness about 3,000 jobs being cut.The Redmond-based firm began sending out layoff notices on Thursday but declined to reveal the exact details of the move. Most of the job cuts are likely to affect the firm’s sales and marketing staff based out of the US.”Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in a statement, according to Tech Crunch. “Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others.”It had earlier been said that the layoff process was likely to begin on Thursday, July 6, and numerous Microsoft employees are said to have discussed this on anonymous chat app Blind.Conference rooms had reportedly been booked and numerous employees were asked to meet their managers for about 15-minute discussions, reported Business Insider. Many employees believed that they will not be laid off but will instead be asked to move to another department.The exact intention behind the rejig is yet to be known, but GeekWire is said to have got hold of a document, which it indicated were excerpts from the Microsoft memo, and it says that this is a part of the company’s plans to help its customers with “digital transformations.” The Microsoft logo is shown on the Microsoft Theatre at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 13, 2017.ReutersMany reports have also said that Microsoft now intends to focus on cloud-services product, Azure, whose sales grew 93% in the last quarter. “While Amazon has become a bigger competitor in the space, Microsoft’s restructuring is to pivot to software as a service, platform as a service and infrastructure,” a CNBC report said. IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this year Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

US Museum Stalls Hiroshima Exhibit Over Nuke Weapon Ban Push

first_img Share AP Photo/Max Desfor, fileIn this Aug. 8, 1945 file photo, survivors walk past one of the few buildings still standing two days after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The Los Alamos Historical Museum recently announced it won’t be hosting a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme.A museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico — a once-secret New Mexico city that developed the atomic bomb which help end World War II — has put an exhibit from Japan on hold because of its theme of abolishing nuclear weapons.The Los Alamos Historical Museum confirmed Monday that it will not host a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme.The exhibit, which features articles of clothing, exposed plates, and other personal items from victims, aims to draw attention to the horrors of the bombs that destroyed both cities.Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, said the museum’s board of directors felt uncomfortable about the exhibit’s call to abolish nuclear bombs. The New Mexico city is still home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons research centers.The exhibit dispute comes as the Los Alamos National Lab competes with the U.S. Energy Department’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina to continue production of plutonium pits. Those are critical cores which trigger nuclear warheads.No new pits have been made since 2011. The Energy Department wants to ramp up production to 80 pits a year by 2030.“The Los Alamos Historical Society will continue its dialogue with the museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in hopes that we can overcome cultural and linguistic differences and host exhibits that are respectful to all of our communities’ concerns and stories,” McClenahan said. “In other words, we hope this is not the end but the beginning of delving together into our history and the questions it raises.”She said the historical society will not send an exhibit about Los Alamos scientists to Hiroshima and Nagasaki without significant dialogue and input from their museums.“We would ask that the same respect be afforded to our community,” McClenahan said.Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum official Tomonori Nitta told the Associated Press that officials were informed by the Los Alamos museum in mid-February that its board meeting turned down a current plan and that the Japanese museum missed a deadline for funding needed to hold an exhibit in 2019.The sides also failed to reach consensus on nuclear disarmament details to be included as part of the event, Nitta said.Nitta said that it is mainly up to the Los Alamos side to figure out ways to resolve the issue, and that he hoped that an exhibit can still happen sometime after 2019.“If 2019 doesn’t work, we still hope to achieve an exhibit at a later occasion,” Nitta said. “We will continue to cooperate so that we can clear the hurdles and hold an exhibit.”Takatoshi Hayama, an official at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, said no details have been decided and that officials are still hoping to put on an exhibit.“We only wish people from around the world to see our exhibit and learn the reality of atomic bombings and their consequences,” he told the AP from Nagasaki.The traveling atomic bombing exhibit is taking place in Budapest, Hungary through end of August, before moving to France and Belgium later this year. The atomic bombing exhibits have been held in 12 other cities in the U.S.In the 1940s, scientists working in the then-secret city of Los Alamos developed the atomic bomb as part of the World War II-era Manhattan Project. The secret program provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb. Facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington were also involved in the project.The two atomic bombs were later dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending World War II. More than 210,000 people in both Japanese cities were killed.last_img read more

Medical College students fast enters 6th day

first_imgKolkata: The indefinite fast of six students of the state-run Calcutta Medical College and Hospital entered sixth day today. The fast was undertaken to press for their demand for accommodation in a new hostel which is allotted only for first year students, the agitating students said. Principal Uchhal Bhadra, in a fresh appeal, today urged the students to withdraw the fast. “With the admission process to the first year going on, I urge the students not to continue the fast. We will sympathetically consider their problem. We are ready for dialogues any moment. We had previously held talks on July 13. Our doors are open all the time,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The fasting students belonged to the second, third and fourth year of the state-run medical college and hospital. They demanded that senior students should be housed in the newly-built hostel complex which has plenty of spaces and they should not forced to put up at the “run-down, old hostel building for seniors.” Bhadra told reporters today that the old hostel building will be renovated very soon and those senior students, who are facing accommodation problem, can be put up there. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP The principal earlier said as per guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI), freshers and seniors cannot be accommodated in the same hostel building to prevent incidents of ragging. He said the college authorities were ready to address the problem faced by the agitating students but accommodation at the new hostel building was not possible. The students, however, said, “Our demand is non-negotiable.” Two of the fasting students have fallen ill during the past four days. Apan Samanta and Soumyadip Roy were taken to emergency on July 13 and were currently under treatment, Ayan Dey, a third year student said. In place of the two hospitalised students, two others have joined the fast, Soumyadip Dutta, another third year student said. On July 5, the senior students had gheraoed the principal. However, the gherao was withdrawn after the police were called in.last_img read more