Tap Bio’s mini-sites solve Instagram’s profile link problem

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You only get one link on Instagram, but Tap Bio lets you point that to a customized landing page full of all the sites you want to share. Rather than constantly changing your Instagram profile URL, you can easily add slides equipped with links to your Tap Bio corresponding to your latest Instagram posts. Tap Bio could be a powerful tool for social media stars, digital entrepreneurs or anyone trying to market themselves via Instagram.

Tap Bio is About.me for the next generation. You can see it in action here.

It’s a deceptively simple idea, yet one that the big website-creation platforms like Squarespace, Wix and Weebly have missed. It’s dumbfounding that there’s no popular mobile-first site builder, though an app called Universe was one of the hottest companies that graduated from Y Combinator’s accelerator this month. But by starting with an obvious problem, the bootstrapped Tap Bio could gain a foothold in a business dominated by heavily funded startups, and angle to become the center of your online identity. People interested can sign up for the private beta here.

The whole reason for Tap Bio’s existence is a brilliant decision of Instagram’s. You can’t post links, and you get just one link in your profile. URLs in post captions don’t hyperlink and can’t be copied. That means the focus is on sharing beauty, not driving clicks. But promoters gonna promote, so the “Link in bio” trend began. Instagrammers change their profile link to where they want to send people, then mention that much-derided phrase hoping their followers will open their profile and click-through. Unfortunately, though, anyone reading one of their older posts might be confused when the “link in bio” has changed to point somewhere unrelated.

The fact that you can’t link from posts has contributed to the quality of the experience,” says Tap Bio CEO Jesse Engle. “But it’s created a major pain point for people who are promoting something, which is a lot of people.”

Engle is experienced with filling social platform gaps. He co-founded Twitter scheduling and multi-account management app CoTweet in 2008, which sold to ExactTarget in 2010 and eventually became part of Salesforce. Over the past few years, he and Tap Bio co-founder Ryan Walker, who just left Apple, have been running Link In Profile, a more basic but similar tool that just recreates your Instagram profile but with links attached to each post.

With Tap Bio, you set it as your Instagram profile link, and then create different cards to show on your mini-site. One can show two columns of your recent Instagram posts that instantly open whichever link you want to pair with each. Another offers a more visual full-screen profile with links to your other social media presences, like on Twitter and YouTube. There’s a focused, single-link call to action page if you’ve got one big thing to promote. And Tap Bio is adding more card styles.

Tap Bio is “forever free” if you only want one profile card and one of any other card; $ 5 per month gets you three extra plus analytics, while $ 12 per month grants unlimited cards across up to three Instagram accounts — though there are discounts for yearly billing. It will compete with traditional site builders and less-polished alternatives, like Linkin.bio and Linktree.

But the biggest risk for Tap Bio isn’t competition, it’s its host platform. Instagram could always shut down links out to Tap Bio. After all, it did just suddenly kill off a big part of its API three months ahead of schedule as part of Facebook’s big data privacy crackdown. Luckily, Engle says, “we’re mitigating this risk by building a close relationship with Instagram, openly sharing our plans and offering whatever value we can to them. They’ve been very helpful in sharing their plans, and we are confident that we’ll continue to play a role in this space well into the future.”

Tap Bio’s potential goes far beyond Instagram, though. It could become the hub for your web presence. About.me is outdated, Twitter’s too temporal, Facebook’s too personal, LinkedIn’s too formal and Instagram’s too informal. Unless you have your own full-fledged website, it’s unclear which one link your should give people you meet online or off. If Tap Bio plays it right, it could become your digital calling card.

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Consumer wearables can detect major heart problem

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the cardiogram app combines consumer wearables with AI to detect health conditions

The dawn of fitness wearables has allowed us to track exercise, count steps and generally look like we know what we’re doing in the gym. But arguably their full potential has yet to be fully harnessed.

A study has just been published showing that everyday consumer wearables, including the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and products from Garmin, are capable of detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm with 97 percent accuracy.

The study was carried out by mobile health data startup Cardiogram in conjunction with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Titled, ‘Passive Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using a Commercially Available Smartwatch’, it’s available to read online at JAMA Cardiology.

Read more: Health IoT: KardiaBand sensor could replace invasive blood tests

Training a deep neural network

Cardiogram and UCSF have developed a deep neural network capable of detecting atrial fibrillation. The condition will affect 25 percent of us at some point in our lives, is responsible for 25 percent of all strokes, and is often left undiagnosed.

“By using software to transform ordinary wearables into personal health monitors, we can literally save lives,” said Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger.

The software, named DeepHeart, is the result of 9,750 Cardiogram users taking part in UC San Francisco’s Health eHeart Study. Together, they contributed 139 million heart rate and step count measurements, which were used by the DeepHeart neural network.

To validate the software, 51 cardioversion patients at UCSF were tested. DeepHeart was able to distinguish between normal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation with an accuracy of 97 percent.

Read more: Health IoT: App helps sports stars predict and manage injuries

Consumer wearables for health

Cardiogram claims to have over 750,000 monthly users, with 78 percent of those using its mobile application every day. That engagement rate, which is higher than that of the most popular social media networks, has coincided with the company’s recent research on major health conditions: hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, and, this week, atrial fibrillation.

Read more: Fitbit and Apple Watch can help predict diabetes, says report

“Over the last year, we’ve presented research on four major health conditions. The link between these health conditions and heart rate comes from the autonomic nervous system,” explained Ballinger.

“As you develop hypertension, for example, your pattern of beat-to-beat heart rate variability shifts – so your heart is not just an important organ in its own right, but also a vantage point into the rest of your health.”

The Cardiogram application is compatible with the Apple Watch, and any Android Wear watch with a heart rate sensor, including models from Huawei, LG, New Balance, and Montblanc.

Internet of Business says

Personal healthtech devices and other wearables that can be optimised to monitor health and fitness have been one of the big stories this year, alongside smart/connected car partnerships (good news) IoT security (bad news), and AI ethics (calls for action).

The revelation that wearables’ key application isn’t to offer us a window into our social world, as many people had thought, but a window into ourselves and how our own bodies are performing, has been transformative, and the levels of user engagement prove this.

The IoT is saving lives with data, and encouraging us to look after ourselves better: as positive an application of networked computing and analytics as you could wish for.

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Report explains how Apple will avoid the problem that plagued last year’s iPhone X release

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iPhone X 2018 Release Date

Apple released three distinct iPhone models last fall, which was a first in its iPhone history. The iPhone X, however, was delayed by more than a month due to supply constraints — also a first for Apple. Now, a new report says Apple plans to launch this year’s iPhone X successors right on schedule, and it’s taking special steps in order to avoid delays.

That’s why Apple is supposedly kicking off a trial production run for its new iPhone lineup as soon as the second quarter of 2018, according to data obtained by Digitimes. Apple wants to equip all three 2018 iPhones with 3D-sensing front cameras, which is why the company is going for an early production run. It’s the TrueDepth camera components that held iPhone X production behind last year, according to reports, since some of the parts were more difficult to manufacture.

Digitimes’ sources say iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X sales have been lower than expected, and Apple is looking to “rekindle its smartphone momentum” by ensuring the 2018 iPhone launch is not affected by any production delays. Digitimes says that Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup includes two OLED models with 5.85-inch and 6.45-inch displays, and one 6.1-inch LCD model.

Component makers should see revenues move upward in the second quarter if Apple is to be able to deliver the new phones early in the third quarter, Digitimes says.

Apple traditionally unveils new iPhones in mid-September every year, which is when preorders start. By the end of September, preorders are delivered and sales kick off at Apple and partner stores. Last year, the iPhone X went up for preorder in late October, and didn’t hit store shelves until November 3rd. The iPhone 8 series, meanwhile, launched right on schedule.

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Apple Watch can detect serious heart problem

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Apple Watch can accurately detect atrial fibrillation, a serious heart condition that is a leading cause of stroke. This advanced feature remains in testing. However, a new medical study offers proof that wearables can do far more than simply track fitness. In fact, they could actually keep the wearer alive. The Health eHeart Study, coordinated […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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New Yorker applied machine learning to blocked bike lane problem

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Alex Bell likes to bike around New York City, but he got fed up with how often bike lanes were blocked by delivery trucks and idling cars. So he decided to do something about it, the New York Times reports. Bell is a computer scientist and he develop…
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Google has a new iPhone problem, and it’s nothing to do with the iPhone X

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iPhone vs. Android

Google just admitted to the world that notch designs are a thing that people want, and that happened because of the iPhone X. Going forward, Android P will support notch designs on Android smartphones released later this year.

But the iPhone X isn’t Google’s only iPhone nightmare. There’s something else happening in a market that seldom comes up whenever these smartphone makers talk about handset sales.

The iPhone X sales have been slowing down significantly according to reports, and the Galaxy S9 isn’t off to a great start, other stories said. The whole smartphone market isn’t supposed to see huge gains this year, analysts say, but they’re only looking at new device sales.

There’s also a different handset market worth paying attention to, one that’s seeing incredible growth. And it’s all driven by Apple’s iPhone.

Looking at the refurbished smartphone market, CounterPoint Research highlighted the “surprising growth of used smartphones.
Some 140 million refurbished and used phones sold last year, a 13% year on year increase compared to 2017. The global new smartphone market grew by only 3% during the same period.

The research notes that only 25% of all pre-owned phones are sold back into the market, and of those, just some are refurbished. This leads to a variety of refurbished devices that sell for different price points. Apple’s iPhone is the most popular device in this particular market, followed by Samsung’s Galaxy.

Combined, old iPhone and Galaxy models make up for almost 75% of the market, but Apple is leading by “a significant margin.” Apple and Samsung control more than 80% of the revenue in the refurbished smartphone market, the report notes. The money doesn’t go to either company, unless Apple and Samsung sell refurbished models themselves.

“It’s a surprise to many that the fastest growing smartphone market in 2017 was not India or any other emerging market, but the refurb market. With refurb smartphones in play, we think the market for new devices will slow further in 2018.”

This is a nightmare scenario for Google and might explain why the company is investing so much effort into making sure its latest Android versions would work on Android Go entry-level handsets. Google probably doesn’t entertain the idea of smartphone buyers choosing second-hand iPhones over second-hand or brand new but affordable Android devices. Some of these users may get “stuck” into Apple’s ecosystem, and spend more money on other Apple products and services rather than making money for Google.

And if there’s one huge advantage the iPhone has over most Android handsets, it’s that Apple keeps offering software updates for many years after the phone’s original launch, which means buyers who purchase refurbished handsets can still enjoy some of the latest features in iOS.

As for Apple, the company still sells the new iPhone 6s units online and in stores, a model that was launched in 2015. Meanwhile, certain carriers and other vendors still stock a new but affordable 32GB version of the iPhone 6, which was not available back in 2014. These devices are even cheaper in the pre-owned market.

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Essential really wants to solve the screen notch problem

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 In a way, Essential is something of a pioneer. Before the iPhone X helped the world reluctantly embrace the screen notch, the company proudly displayed one atop its first flagship. Since then, of course, it’s become a feature, not a bug, with a long list of companies rushing to embrace it on their latest flagship. But Essential’s clearly hoping to solve the issue with a number… Read More
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