Can Facebook & Google top Zoom? NOT!

I’ll try making this as unbiased as possible.

Because the COVID pandemic, tutors in Thailand have profited massively from it. Meanwhile, language centers have completely dithered and fallen apart because they were romantically in love with the past. In saying that, zoom’s profit, around the world, has skyrocketed 1,300 percent because from the schools in America, to every other country in the world….zoom is a MASSIVE HIT.

It took a pandemic to boost the stock to unforeseen heights…and that wasn’t overnight. This was a 9-year making.

Then Mark, the man we are still unsure about the entire Cambridge Analytica and how he helped Trump win the election, has launched his own platform. He’s trying to sway people from zoom and for them to come on Facebook messengers live video with over 50 participants, but we all know how bad Facebook calls and videos are.

When it comes to chat applications in general, they honestly don’t do well. Viber is probably the best when it comes to making phone calls, but anytime I’m on Facebook or Line, the voice fades and video continuously freezes.

Brandy Loyalty?

Like Apple, Facebook has their fans. Although they’ve misconstrued algorithms and they’re forcing you to buy ads to have a more significant reach, the tides have completely changed on both Facebook and Instagram. Before, Instagram hashtags were fantastic at bringing newcomers onboard. I’m talking circa 2018. Now, it’s impossible to get anyone from hashtags because now that Facebook owns Instagram, that mentality has spilled over to IG, too. My highest video reach always involves younger women being interviewed with me. In videos that I have a strong message — forget about it.

So will Facebook enthusiasts make a drastic change from the zoom platform to stick with their guns at Facebook? Or will someone like myself, who’s been using zoom for over a year, make a change because it’s free?

Google Hangouts = Bottom of the barrell

As I was sitting at my desk listening to a group of 5 students give their presentation with the program director of Waterloo University, the audio was in and out. I can count a handful of times where it just didn’t work, and that was a frustrating experience. However, google is FREE. So anytime you use something for FREE, don’t expect it to be its full 100%. Zoom, which has an astronomically better platform than any other videos service, especially social media, is a paid one — 40 minutes of group chat is all you get. When it comes to schools, however, they are upgraded for free — which is a cool perk.

But going back to google, the features just aren’t there. You can’t use audio from your computer, whiteboard material, file sharing, etc. Some people would say “you can,” but it’s not like zoom.

The last time I used google was when I had to give a 20-minute presentation to a group of employees from a company here in BKK. When I first joined the room, the audio was gone. I couldn’t hear a damn thing…so I had to restart my Mac and sure enough — it began working. Just imagine if it was a live interview and google did that to me? So much for getting a job! That’s unreliability at its finest, and because Google likes to depict places in the world as being bad (Africa — off topic, but true)….I would NEVER use their platform as a reliable service.

Conclusion

Mark loves competition, but his product is faulty. Facebook pages and algorithms have taken a significant hit, and because of it, someone who has a group of 800,000 people would only get 1000 video likes because notifications don’t pop up for the other 99%. Facebook has intentionally orchestrated this, and if they’re not in it for the best interest of the end user, I would NEVER support a new service…especially someone that they rollout just to make a quick buck.

Google almost lost me a potential job because their platform is shambolic…and I think that’s all that needs to be said.

Decentralization of The Internet: Longread (1/2)

By Jiun Ting Yong

Since the boom of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, enthusiasts and adopters are very fascinated about the potential future of Bitcoin.  The WWW was invented by Sir Tim Berner-Lee. He had addressed his concerned of the potential monopoly if users’ data by Google, Facebook and Microsoft Bing and other niche websites. The internet experts named the new web or the internet as the ‘Web 2.0′ with the rise of social media like Facebook.  With the rise of sharing and consuming content on WordPress, unlike the dawn of blogging, was meant to be like personal web diaries or web blogs.

The world is getting hyperconnected, cybersecurity will be at stakes and the government will be ensuring their citizens’ safety by requesting the giant technological companies to hand over their users’ personal data just like Apple had handed over their users’ data and their cloud storage system to China state-backed data centre. Also, Google and Facebook are doing data mining and feeding users with their advertisement through their advanced algorithms.

A couple of months ago, the world was in shock.  A data company, Cambridge Analytica was allowed by Facebook Inc to do data mining and extracting them for manipulating a state’s election according to their powerful and influential clients who turned out to be ruling elites. This revelation really shocked the world and Sir Tim Berner-Lee and other founding founders of the internet were concerned that the massive surveillance will become the utopian dystopia Orwellian Big Brother as China already had already become by conducting massive social credit scores of her citizens, as well as using facial recognition to scan a Chinese citizen for any signs of ‘anti-government and Maoism.’  The China Communist Party is policing her citizens’ everyday lives by justifying for being the Nightwatchmen, a famous libertarian ideology by Robert Norwich. Furthermore, Facebook Inc admitted that the giant internet company really does scan their messenger platform for security purpose without users realising it!

The founding fathers of the internet and the inventor of the world wide web dreamt of an impenetrable and powerful communication tool that could be free from governments’ intervention, due to the combination of left and right wing ideology, ‘libertarian’ because of the countercultural movement back in the 1960s.  However, as the world is moving to digitisation, the government began to start their own digitised policies by regulating the internet for being a utility and even started their policing.

The Disruption of Industries Are Coming (longread) Part II

Job recruiters or recruitment agencies have already been displaced by websites like LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Monster. Also, Craigslist has been replaced by other kinds of classified advertisements and other classified websites. If you just browse your social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can see many hiring managers leveraging those social media platforms for recruitment.

Uber, Lyft, and other car-sharing apps are disrupting the traditional taxi, rental cars and chauffeur companies, as well car ownership.

Airbnb, Booking.com, Trivago and HomeAway are disrupting the traditional homestays, traveller inns, hotel and motel industry.

Driverless cars, such as those being developed by Google, will be the next big thing that replaces all sorts of driving jobs like bus and truck drivers.

Drone technology may revolutionize the way products are delivered that will disrupt the traditional postman and post office clerk works. Amazon is trying to make that a reality in deploying drones as part of their delivery services. Drones may also replace air traffic controllers. For years to come, fighter pilots have been replaced by drones on numerous military missions. Also, Drone technology will pose a great threat to logistic companies like UPS, fast food delivery riders and postmen because logistic companies and fast food companies would deploy their drone devices to send goods and deliver a set of pizza to their customers’ doorsteps without the need for workers. Amazon and some fast food companies are already implementing these technologies.

3D printing is growing rapidly, and the technology is becoming better and faster. In a next few years, manufacturing a wide variety of goods could disrupt the manufacturing industry and diminish the importance of logistics and inventory management. Also, it is capable of lowering the cost for home ownership, too, in the next few years, as well as being capable of saving lives with prosthetic limbs and organs that scientists and medical professions have already been successful in doing.

Fast food workers will be the next big disruption because Fast food companies already invested in computerized kiosks which can take orders without the need for manpower. Retail cashiers have also been displaced at supermarkets and big box stores with self-checkout lines for customers to do their own checkout and some even already deployed robots to do human work and serve customers better

Online educational sites like Massively Open Online Courses with platforms like Udemy, Lynda/LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Udacity, edx, Skillcrush, Codecademy, Team Treehouse and other online platforms have already offered leading university and college courses for free or for a fraction of the cost. This would allow the brick and mortar university and college professors to go freelance and run their courses which is known as  micro-education or micro-colleges/universities.

YouTube, NetFlix and Hulu already disrupted the traditional television programmes, cable or satellite TV with a cheaper cost and a wide variety of programmes and movies. This gave people a preference to stream online.

Digital music started with the booming of the MP3 format, later, when Napster came along, it caused the traditional music stores like Tower Records to go bankrupt, due to poor sales. After the bankruptcy of Napster due to heavy fines for their copyright violation — then came along the Limewire, a P2P software that allowed MP3 downloads for free that caused another revolution that was eating the market of a traditional music store until the platform was closed down. However, the birth of Spotify and iTunes digital download and Apple Music, it allowed people to opt for the streaming music services that allow people to download or stream online for their favourite music.

Libraries and librarians are moving online because of the giant free service of Wikipedia have replaced the multi-volume encyclopedia and giant libraries. Here, the librarians used to help people find information and conduct research; now it can be done individually over the internet.

There was a saying ‘Farmers will be sitting idle to dictate things to his machines while his dogs would stand guard beside his master’, this rings true as more food than ever is being produced in the US.

Law will be the next disruption as with the advancement of software like legal technology firms in London already deplying advanced software like Casetext to ease the pain of legal research, making legal documentation easier than ever before. Some have already gone to a further extent to automate the jobs of paralegals, solicitors and law clerks in the near future. Also, with the advancement of AI, a law firm, the BakerHostetler in the US, hired their first robot lawyer to oversee their bankruptcy cases. Legal professions will be replaced by automation where one day you will shake the hands of an AI or a robot to represent you in the courtroom to argue your case and defend you! Now with the advancement of smart contract, legal documentation for contracts and other forms of the contract will once again be facing disruption where one-day legal profession will be fully automated.

E-commerce will be the disrupting the traditional brick and mortar shopping complexes, malls and convenience stores at a fast pace. When eBay came to the market in the 90s, it took the world by storm because you can sell and buy; even trade your goods and unwanted goods to other buyers so that you won’t waste your unwanted goods in your storeroom for people who were real fans of garage items or love buying second-hand goods as an antique. However, with Amazon, an online shopping website where it sold goods, services, Mp3 music and renting movies with the recent Amazon Prime subscription plans, has taken off in the US.  Many small shopping complexes and convenience stores were vacated at a rapid rate because people flooded to shop online on Amazon and eBay.

 

The Differences Between VR & AR

By Jiun Ting Yong

To begin with, after the VR sensation, which was followed by AR a few years ago, playing Pokemon Go on your Android and iOS devices was and incredible experience . However, those two technologies were different — which brings us to the real question: what is a virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a technology where you use  computer technology to create a simulated environment. When you put on a VR headset, like Oculus hardware, you are viewing a completely different reality than the one we’re in. Remember it isn’t real, but a simulated world.

Virtual reality allows you to move around and look in each direction, even sideways and behind you,  or maybe in a 360-degree panorama view as if you are physically there. A VR simulated world can be photographed, events and places like a museum and ancient Rome! With virtual reality apps in Android and iOS, you can visit places you have never been such as planet Mars, Moons, the Mt. Everest, or areas deep under the sea and countries you have never been to. You can use Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift to simulate the virtual reality world by downloading those apps on your Android and iOS apps.

Also, the Google Earth allows you to view the VR app. Also, VR is a good tool for teaching and learning in History and Medicine.  Can you imagine if you learned more about the human anatomy and visit ancient ruins like Sumerian, Babylon, Assyrian, Persia, pre – Columbian Mesoamerican ruins and Greek/Roman temples!

Augmented reality is a technology where it will be an advanced version of reality created by the use of technology that allows you to add digital information on an image. AR is used in apps which are installed on your smartphone or tablet. AR apps use your smartphone’s camera to help you to view the real world around you with a layer of information with some text or images.

A great example of an AR app would be the Pokemon Go app, which was quite popular among children, young adults and adults who were fans of Pokemon. It was an example of a simulated environment using AR technology. The future of smartphones, like the latest iOS and iPhone released already, included AR as part of their functionality — even VR apps have already gone mainstream.

Future of Technology: Alexa Devices

Alexa cues…..

  • Alexa, what’s the agenda?
  • Alexa, how tall are you?
  • Alexa, what’s the weather like?
  • Alexa, volume seven.
  • Alexa, play rock, paper, scissors.
  • Alexa, how far away is Christmas?
  • Alexa, resume my audio book.
  • Alexa, open dominos and order a cheese pizza.
  • Alexa, how many calories are in one slice of cheese pizza?

These are just a handful of questions that you can say to a device.  Literally, a speaker that talks back to you.  You can ask it to order an uber and she’ll tell you the exact time the uber is coming.  I mean this is the age that we’re heading into.  Alexa devices and audio; such as podcasts, are going to be the gateway to the new world of technology.

It’s funny because I have never heard of Alexa Devices until Gary Vee brought it up not once, but a many of times.

I decided to do research and realized — WOW! How easy would it be to say, “hey Alexa, order three bottles of water from he 7-11 downstairs.”  Then to have her confirm the order and receive it almost immediately.  I would also like the, “Arsenio, your bottles of water have arrived.  Should I tell him/her that you’re heading down to pick it up?”

Within 10 years, time is going to be the biggest and most important commodity for a lot people (if it already isn’t) and people need to jump onboard because the world of technology is rapidly expanding.

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