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Which bikini is better on me?

Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

For broadcasters, Periscope lets you share an experience with others. Press a button, and instantly notify your followers that you’re live. Whether you’re witnessing your daughter’s first steps or a newsworthy event, Periscope offers an audience and the power of a shared experience. Most mobile broadcasting tools feel far from live. Broadcasters on Periscope are directly connected to their audience, able to feel their presence and interact. Going live on Periscope means more than a blinking red dot.

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For viewers, Periscope gives you a new set of eyes and ears. Travel the world and step into someone else’s shoes. See what they see, hear what they hear, and hopefully feel what they feel. Watching a broadcast isn’t a passive experience like television. On Periscope, viewers influene the broadcaster by sending messages, and expressing their love by tapping the screen to send hearts.

Here’s the sample broadcast from one of the popular.

 

One woman’s body was Photoshopped to explore beauty standards around the world

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, especially because beauty standards differ around the world.
Inspired by Ester Honig’s powerful 2014 series, UK-based Internet medical service Superdrug Online Doctor commissioned marketing agency Fractl to task graphic designers from 18 different countries across the globe to Photoshop a woman based on their nation’s average beauty preferences.

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Unlike Honig’s experiment Before & After, which only asked designers to manipulate the woman’s face according to beauty standards, in this case, female artists were asked to alter a model’s entire body to make her “more attractive.” Female designers were chosen because “we wanted a woman’s view of what her culture finds attractive and to understand more about the pressures they face,” according to Superdrug Online Doctor’s website.

The company is not the first group to use Honig’s idea. In 2014, journalist Priscilla Yuki Wilson also performed the same experiment, focusing on the subject of biracial beauty around the world.

The experiment also included a small sample study that asked 35 people what the Photoshopped woman’s body weight in the image might be, assuming a height of 5’4″.

Based on participants’ guesses, the study estimated the woman’s BMI for each country. China and Italy had the thinnest submissions, at about 101 to 107 pounds, while Spain had the heaviest at about 153 pounds.

The experiment also shows that some beauty standards — like the obsession with thigh gaps and unrealistically tiny waists — can potentially pose health risks, which doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.

Take a look at some of the designers’ submissions:

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11 incredible psychological tricks to get people to do what you want

You don’t need to be the CEO to get people to listen to you.

Psychological research suggests there are plenty of ways to get people to do what you want — without them even realizing you’ve persuaded them.

We’ve rounded up 11 science-backed strategies for getting people to like you, to buy stuff, and to give you what you’re after.

All of them will leave you feeling more powerful.


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1. Use a “decoy” option to get people to buy your product.
In his TED Talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the “decoy effect” using an old Economist advertisement as an example.

The ad featured three subscription levels: $59 for online only, $159 for print only, and $159 for online and print. Ariely figured out that the option to pay $159 for print only exists so that it makes the option to pay $159 for online and print look more enticing than it would if it was just paired with the $59 option.

In other words, if you’re having trouble selling the more expensive of two products, consider adding a third option whose only function is to make the “expensive” product look more enticing.
2. Tweak the environment to get people to act less selfish.
“Priming” is a powerful psychological phenomenon in which one stimulus produces a particular response to another stimulus, often unconsciously.

One study, cited in the book “You Are Not So Smart,” found that participants playing the ultimatum game opted to keep more money for themselves when they were seated in a room with a briefcase, a leather portfolio, and a fountain pen than when they sat in a room with neutral items. Even though none of the participants were aware of what had happened, the business-related objects may have elicited competitiveness.

This tactic could potentially work when you’re bargaining with someone — instead of meeting in a conference room, consider convening in a coffee shop so your partner is less inclined toward aggression.

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3. Help advance someone’s goals to get them to do you a favor.
Psychologist Robert Cialdini says one way to influence people is to invoke the reciprocity norm. Basically, you help someone with something they need so they feel obliged to return the favor.

And when you’re thanked for helping out, Cialdini advises saying something like, “Of course, it’s what partners do for each other,” instead of “no problem,” so they feel like they’re expected to do the same for you.
4. Mimic people’s body language to get them to like you.
The next time you’re trying to impress a hiring manager or the object of your affection, try subtly mimicking the way they’re sitting and speaking — they’ll probably like you more.

Scientists call it the “chameleon effect”: We tend to like conversation partners that mimic our postures, mannerisms, and facial expressions.

The strangest part of this phenomenon is that it happens largely unconsciously — most participants in the “chameleon effect” study weren’t even aware that they were being copied.

5. Speak quickly to get an argument opponent to agree with you.
How you communicate your ideas can be just as important as the substance of your argument. Research suggests that when someone disagrees with you, you should speak faster so they have less time to process what you’re saying.

On the contrary, when you’re delivering an argument that your audience agrees with, it helps to speak more slowly, so they have time to evaluate the message.

6. Confuse people to get them to comply with your request.
The “disrupt-then-reframe” technique is a sneaky way to get people to cooperate.

One study found that when experimenters went door-to-door selling note cards for charity, DTR helped them make twice as much money as when they simply told people they were selling eight cards for $3. In the DTR scenario, they told people it was 300 pennies for eight cards, “which is a bargain.”

Researchers say that DTR works because it disrupts routine thought processes. While trying to figure out how many dollars 300 pennies comes out to, people are distracted, and so they just accept the idea that the price is a deal.

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7. Ask people for favors when they’re tired to get them to cooperate.
An alert mind may express some doubt when approached with a request. Yet someone who’s tired or distracted will likely be less critical, and will simply accept what you say as true.

So if you’re planning to ask a coworker to help out with a project that will supposedly only take an hour, it’s best to ask at the end of a workday. That way, they’ll be drained from the day’s tasks and won’t have the mental energy to realize that the project will probably take up more of their time.
8. Display an image of eyes to get people to behave ethically.
In one study, people were more likely to clean up after themselves in a cafeteria when they saw an image of eyes than when they saw an image of flowers. The study authors say that eyes typically indicate social scrutiny.

Whether you’re trying to prevent littering or encourage people to return the books they borrow from the office library, it helps to give people the impression that they’re being watched.

9. Use nouns instead of verbs to get people to change their behavior.
In one study, people were asked two versions of the same question: “How important is it to you to vote in tomorrow’s election?” and “How important is it to you to be a voter in tomorrow’s election?” Results showed that participants in the “voter” condition were more likely to cast their ballots the next day.

That’s likely because people are driven by the need to belong, and using a noun reinforces their identity as a member of a specific group.

10. Scare people to get them to give you what you need.
Research suggests that people who experience anxiety and then a sense of relief usually respond positively to requests afterward. For example, people who heard an invisible policeman’s whistle while crossing the street were more likely to agree to complete a questionnaire than people who didn’t hear anything.

That’s possibly because their cognitive resources were occupied thinking about the potential danger they encountered, so they had fewer resources left to think about the request that was just posed.

11. Focus on what your bargaining partner is gaining to get them to agree to your offer.
While negotiating, research suggests you should emphasize to your partner what they’re about to gain as opposed to what they’re losing. For example, if you’re trying to sell a car, you should say, “I’ll give you my car for $1,000,” instead of, “I want $1,000 for the car.”

That way, you’ll persuade your partner to see things from a different perspective, and they’ll probably be more likely to concede.
source: businessinsider

Watch out Periscope, Samsung’s new phones stream video to YouTube

A new breed of live video apps like Meerkat and Periscope means just about anyone can become a streaming star overnight, but what about poor little YouTube? Well, it’s sure got an ally in Samsung: The new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ can both broadcast live video to Google’s cat-video-sharing platform, no extra apps required. The beauty of the formula lies in its simplicity: All you have to do is fire up the stock camera app, hit the “Live Broadcast” button and sign into YouTube.

 

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Assuming you’re a verified user (a process that requires you to click a button and two-factor authorize yourself), you should be able to share a link to your stream to all your would-be fans and start jabbering away about whatever crosses your mind. These days, it’s easy to forget just how stringent YouTube used to be about letting people broadcast live video on their channels — for a while there it was only available to big brands and acts before YouTube said anyone with 1,000 subscribers could get in on the fun in mid-2013. YouTube dropped that audience requirement to 100 subscribers just a few months after that, and by the end of 2013, you didn’t need a built-in audience at all. It took a few more years for streaming-video apps to seriously redefine how at least some people get their jollies, but the end result is pretty clear. Now just about anyone can become a “celebrity” (for better or worse) and Samsung was clearly eager to help. Thanks, we guess?

source: Engadget

Schrödinger’s Meerkat

TechCrunch

We humans are mostly boring. Our daily activity, unless carefully curated by the entertainment complex, is mundane and few people outside of our immediate family and circle of friends care about us. It is into this cold, dark world that Meerkat was born.

A “massive” hit at SXSW, the app allows us to stream live video to folks who follow us on Twitter. When you initiate a stream your followers find out about it and they can watch every fumbled phone drop and every odd angle until you quit out or they quit out. One video I saw featured Jim Gaffigan and Adam Goldberg trying to figure the app out. It consisted mostly of shots of Gaffigan’s forehead and beard, transmitted live to about two hundred people, myself included.

We humans are not good at being spontaneously amazing. While there are times when unedited video is important – in the…

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Callr Releases A Mobile App To Make Conference Calls Less Of A Hassle

TechCrunch

Do you hate conference calls? Do you hate having a thing just appear on your calendar with some sort of dial-in information that you always forget and then you have to go to your calendar with phone in hand and dial some numbers and then wait for a digital voice to welcome you and ask for a code and then you have to dial some more numbers? And if at any point you get any of it wrong, you have to go back and try to get the numbers right again?

Well, a startup called Callr has solved at least some of those problems — namely the need to search for, find and dial those elusive conference call numbers yourself. And now it has an iOS app and an Android app that will make it even easier for you to manage calls you’re scheduled to make.

Callr works like this:…

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Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event; Apple TV still coming

You don’t have to know how to code to make it big in tech

On Eve Of Apple Watch Launch, History On Apple’s Side

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Apple has a wee announcement tomorrow. Perhaps you’ve heard. It’s called The Apple Watch, and tomorrow’s the big day. Naturally in the days before the launch, as with past device debuts, we are hearing a range of predictions about how it will flop, be wildly successful and everything in between.

In fact, today feels a lot like the day before the iPad came out in 2010. There was a ton of speculation about it and many people (including myself, I might add), wondered why anyone would need a tablet, when they had an iPhone in their pocket. We were all wrong of course, because what we couldn’t predict was how this device would change computing forever.

When you took away the keyboard from a device with a larger touch screen, something happened that nobody expected. For consumers, the bigger touch screen gave them new ways to interact with content…

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Monument Valley Team Reveals The Cost And Reward Of Making A Hit iOS Game

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Games and the formula that leads to their success can be a bit of a mystery, perhaps more so on mobile. One of 2014’s big hits, both in terms of critical and audience success, was Monument Valley by ustwogames.

The isometric 3D puzzler was breathtaking in terms of its visual design and had nice mechanics, and it managed to earn nearly $6 million in revenue from over 2.4 million individual app sales. But the cost of development might surprise you, as well as the completion rate for the game’s relatively short story among paying players.

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Monument Valley counted 2,440,076 official sales, which includes iOS, Google Play, Amazon Paid and Amazon Free (via featuring) app installs. iOS drove the brunt of the official DLs (the Android launch also resulted in a piracy rate of around 95 percent, ustwo revealed previously), while Amazon’s free release drove about 4 times as many downloads as did its…

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