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.

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.