New Snapchat-like Video App From Apple Is In The Works

New Snapchat-like Video App From Apple Is In The Works

It’s clear that social media is becoming increasingly popular. The 150 million people who use Snapchat daily are on the app for 30 minutes per day on average. Facebook’s mobile users are on its News Feeds, Messenger, and Instagram for an average of 50 minutes a day. After seeing the success of these social media focused companies, Apple has decided to try their hand at social media themselves.

Apple Inc. is creating an app for sharing and editing videos. The company is also testing new related features for its iPad and iPhone operating systems. This is not the first time Apple has tried to launch a social media service. In 2010, Apple introduced Ping, an iTunes-focused social network which did not succeed. Apple is now working on creating its own social media features in order to appeal to younger users. Here are a few details about the new features that are in the works for Apple’s social media initiative.

In June, Apple announced an updated iMessage app, which will include animated effects such as fireworks and balloons to illustrate text messages. The App Store will be complete with plug-ins for sending out animated images, and tools that allow users to draw on top of videos and photos.

Much like Snapchat, Apple’s new video-sharing app will allow users to record video, add drawings and filters to the media, and send it to contacts or put it on existing social networks. The software is being designed with the intention that the user can can shoot, edit and upload the video in less than one minute, and for the most part, the user can do so using only one hand.

Apple is hoping to appeal to the generation that knows and loves Instagram and Snapchat. Apple’s plan currently calls for the project to be a stand-alone app, but the company may ultimately decide to package this feature in the camera app that already exists on the iPhone.

People familiar with Apple’s strategy stated that Joe Weil, the former president of a video production company based in New York, was hired by Apple to lead the vision for the project. It has also been said that the development of this app is occurring with the same Apple department that developed iMovie and Final Cut Pro software.

The video app is still in the early development stages, and Apple hopes to release the app in 2017. It is possible that the project could be killed it it doesn’t meet the company’s expectations or timetable. We’ll be waiting on the edge of our seats to see if this app gets released. If it does get released, it’s anyone’s guess how it will stack up against Snapchat and Instagram.

WhatsApp Could Transform American Health Care


Visiting the doctor can involve many difficulties, from trying to schedule an appointment to sitting around in a waiting room. But another big issue with doctors is getting in contact with them. Too often, a patient is trying to get a health related issue checked out or resolved, and it takes quite a while for the patient to get a hold of a doctor. Phone tag has become a regular part of interacting with a doctor. Thanks to a new initiative by the popular messaging service WhatsApp, there may be a solution to this.

In April, WhatsApp announced that it would start using end-to-end encryption. This change may lead to a shift toward better health care. In Brazil, almost nine out of 10 doctors communicate with patients using WhatsApp, according to Cello Health Insight. The app was instrumental in tracking the country’s outbreak of Zika virus. Doctors used it so share symptoms as they observed them, as well as the CT scans of babies.

U.S. doctors have been slower to adopt this policy, with only 4% using it with patients. This is mostly due to concerns about violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but this could change as WhatsApp promotes its commitment to encryption.

WhatsApp isn’t specifically for health care, but according to attorney Katie Kenney, it is just as HIPAA-compliant as many doctor-specific apps, if not more compliant. There are 132 companies that offer secure messaging, and while many declare themselves HIPAA-compliant, WhatsApp is one of the few that truly does comply. WhatsApp constantly works to ensure that the data is secure. This means focusing not only on the technology but on the precautions that physicians are taking. Doctors will need to protect their devices using passwords or other locks, and establish an authentication system to make sure that the person they are messaging is the correct patient.

WhatsApp and its health-focused competitors are likely to be the solution to the demand among doctors for a safe way to treat and monitor patients remotely. The American health care system is moving away from paying doctors based on the number of appointments they make and the number of tests they order. The system is instead shifting toward compensating doctors for keeping patients healthier overall. This is likely to sway more physicians in favor of using messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Not everyone is convinced that doctors in the U.S. will use WhatsApp. According to Barry Chaiken, president of DocsNetwork, people are questioning whether a WhatsApp conversation could be documented along with the rest of a patient’s medical record. Another concern is whether a WhatsApp conversation could be used in a malpractice lawsuit. It is still uncertain which messaging apps work with privacy laws.

The most appealing thing about WhatsApp is that it’s free. This is likely to make WhatsApp rise above the rest of the secure messaging apps. This free messaging app has helped a number of people communicate with their family and friends, but in a few years, it would play a huge role in allowing patients to speak with their doctors without the hassle and the high pricetag.

How Disruptive Technology Improves Elder Care

How Disruptive Technology Improves Elder Care

Technology is changing the way we think about elder care. In fact, due to the advances made in technology, members of America’s aging population are now able to live in their own homes while staying safe. One might think that these advancements are coming from new startups, but these strides are actually being made by companies that have been around for quite some time.

One company that’s altering the landscape of elder care is AT&T. It was recently announced that this telecommunications company would partner with the Texas Medical Center in Houston, as well as its network of researchers and hospitals.

Together, these groups intend to create digital solutions for various parts of the healthcare industry. AT&T is working to listen to the healthcare industry about the daily issues they face. AT&T hopes to build stronger connections between patients and caregivers.

Another mature company entering the elder care sector is Intel. Intel’s Care Innovations subsidiary has made great strides in connecting payers, caregivers, and consumers. Intel does this by collecting and analyzing data. This subsidiary plays a large role in allowing aging Americans to live independently.

Some innovations in elder care are coming from companies that focus specifically on helping aging people. One such company is GreatCall, a leading provider in active aging solutions. GreatCall one of the biggest companies using a merging technology called Ambient Assisted Living (AAL).

AAL can cull data from connected home sensors and devices, and then send the data to healthcare devices. The best thing about this technology is that it analyzes an older person’s activity within the home. The technology determines their cognitive, physical, or affective state and recognizes unusual patterns in behavior.

Families who have aging loved ones but cannot watch them all the time will love AAL. With this revolutionary technology, family members can monitor the activities of a loved one. They can also observe any cognitive declines and determine whether they are normal parts of aging or signs of the development of dementia.

According to an AARP estimate, about half of Alzheimer’s patients go undiagnosed. With Ambient Assisted Living, this may change entirely. While AAL technology isn’t as easy to understand as a number of new apps out there, it is extremely important to the health and wellbeing of America’s aging population. Many older people will not be able to live independently while still getting the care they need.

One of the earliest investors in this company was Tom Perkins. Perkins operates a little differently that the majority of venture capitalists today. He only supports companies with applications or products that have the potential to be meaningful. Ambient Assisted Living certainly is meaningful, as are all of the other technological advances that are being made to improve elder care. Mature companies like Intel, AT&T, and many more are paving the way for innovation in elder care.

Inside Look: TechCrunch Disrupt 2016

Inside Look- TechCrunch Disrupt 2016

New tech ideas are being thought up every day, but it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of these brilliant ideas came to fruition in September 2016. That’s because from September 12th to 14th in San Francisco, TechCrunch will be holding Disrupt 2016, a gathering of brilliant minds who have the potential to change the world through revolutionary tech.

TechCrunch Disrupt SF gathers entrepreneurs, hackers, investors, and tech fans for a number of events that lead to the brainstorming and creation of some of the most game-changing technologies out there. Some of the events at Disrupt 2016 include a 24-hour Hackathon, Hardware Alley, Startup Alley, a Startup Battlefield competition, and After Parties. This event is the world’s leading authority on introducing world-altering technologies, debuting startups, and having discussions amongst the tech industry’s key innovators.

TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 will feature a number of speakers. DraftKings CEO Jason Robins will be sharing how he was able to gain investments from big names like Major League Baseball and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. He’ll also talk about the future of his company and the future of daily fantasy sports.

Janica Alvarez, the CEO and co-founder of Naya Health will also be speaking at Disrupt SF. Naya Health offers a variety of early-infant nutritional products and services, and the company is currently working to reinvent the breast pump and bottle. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Alvarez will speak about her vision for the future of nutritional products like this pump. The breast pump aims to be more efficient and comfortable for moms than the clunky devices that are currently on the market.

TechCrunch Disrupt will also feature Marc Benioff. Benioff is a wearer of many hats, being a book author as well as the cofounder and CEO of Salesforce, one of the largest cloud computing companies in the world. Benioff is extremely accomplished in the tech world, but he is also well known for his philanthropy and social activism. Instead of waiting until retirement to give back to his community, Benioff has made philanthropy a priority at Salesforce since the beginning. Benioff has spoken out against laws that he feels are discriminatory. 

Disrupt also provides a service called CrunchMatch, which introduces entrepreneurs and investors using an analysis of what startups fit into a certain investor’s profile. The program is free for anyone who attends Disrupt. After registering for Disrupt, investors are able to complete a questionnaire regarding their investment interests. Any startups that participate in Startup Alley or Battlefield are able to fill out a similar form. The TechCrunch team looks for strong matches and then gives those matches the opportunity to connect in a private space at a time coordinated by the events team.

TechCrunch DisruptSF 2016 is bound to be an extremely productive and inspiring event. The event is guaranteed to fuel the fire of a number of startups, no matter what stage they are in.


Analyzing How Disruptive Tech is Changing

Increased reliance on the Internet, communications technology, and raw computing power reinforce the belief that technology is not just the answer, but for some people the only solution for any problem or issue you may run into on a day to day basis.

However, some may argue that this “tech phenomenon” has simply increased reliance on tools that have transformed traditional business models, business culture, and essentially redefined what “advancement” actually means to striving entrepreneurs.

uberThe search for the next disruptive technology has been replaced with finding the next Facebook, Uber, Twitter or Angry Birds. Many argue that these companies in fact are not completely disruptive in nature Although novel concepts, it is clear that some of these companies have designed services or products to further advance existing processes and platforms to help with a task instead of changing the industry entirely. In other words, these newer forms of technology are not as disruptive as consumers expected.

For example, the creator of Siri launched an AI platform that acts like a digital assistant. Also, Dog Parker puts dog houses outside shops so pets are safe while their owners shop, making the consumer experience for dog owners more convenient in the public space.

Similarly, Google recently announced plans to deliver virtual assistants and messaging apps that incorporate AI technology to compete with existing technologies companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

Within the financial tech industry, it is more likely though that the experiences of fintech in mature markets like China and the US will serve as good guides as to how this business will grow. However, there is pressure to put more measures in place to regulate various systems in this process. And the jury is still out as to whether traditional banks here will lose significant parts of their businesses to fintech start-ups.

While recent disruptive technologies have altered how we interact with the cab industry or sometimes how we socially engage in the digital space, the future of this industry can potentially take the shape of reducing world issues. As the millennial generation becomes increasingly ethically aware and active, newer disruptive technologies can positively affect and improve the human condition instead of just making the transportation experience more convenient for commuters.

Today’s complex environments require human innovation to create truly disruptive technologies. The only way to increase technology’s impact is to leverage and further utilize human intelligence. The future of disruptive technology may potentially shift focus to improving the world we live in and decrease global health issues instead of making lives even more convenient than they already are.

A Few Notes on Disruptive Tech from Karen Leland

Karen Leland, in a recent post on, highlights how the world of the entrepreneur is filled with equal parts risk and reward. The waters packed with brilliant minds, each looking to make a name for themselves. Oftentimes, this prospect is enough to turn others away from what could be the opportunity of a lifetime. With proper planning and insight, however, you can swim with the sharks without fear.

Preparing to join a particular industry means you should already understand the direction it’s headed in. There’d be little sense in establishing a new Blockbuster store when your competition has all but sunk the once massive rental franchise. By positioning yourself to anticipate the coming evolutions of your industry, you increase your chances of changing with the tide instead of being swept out to sea. For example, by predicting the societal shift to cloud-based computing and streaming services, Netflix was able to join the digital movement with little trouble. Though painful to imagine, all businesses are subject to the whims of the public, and adapting can keep your business afloat.

Karen Leland notes how timing is everything in business. Deciding when to launch your business carries a series of variables too important to ignore. Competitors launching their products, market conditions, and public opinion can differ depending on the day. Keeping a close eye on trends can mean the difference between your company landing at the perfect moment, and being forgotten shortly after its inception.

Don’t be afraid to test the waters. The value of random market testing is incalculable when compared to the potential risk of flying blind. Modern entrepreneurs are finding success in any number of crowdsourced funding ventures. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Rockethub are just a few of the many companies that offer wide exposure to a vast audience of potential investors.

After properly preparing your business to launch, it’s important to anticipate success. While this may seem like an obvious step, a tremendous outcry for your company without the sufficient means to meet that demands can be damaging. Though so many entrepreneurs prepare for failure, few expect the rigors of success. Meet your challenges, overcome the obstacles, and your success is all but assured.