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Lately, a new app has been making the rounds. Called SketchFactor, the idea is that by collecting crowdsourced reports of harassment. Needless to say, the idea has a few rather glaring flaws that were gleefully pointed out, including the potential for racism. But the bigger flaw in this app is that it’s largely pointless.
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Before you read this, I’ll have to make clear that i don’t approve the use of weaponry, for anything else than self defense. For that very purpose I think you should see this bad boy!. The Defender is a pepper spray that “takes prevention to the next level.” In addition to spraying a painful liquid into the eyes of a mugger, The Defender is also connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This provides you with some useful features. The Defender’s inbuilt camera takes a picture of whoever is assaulting you, makes a loud sound and sends your GPS-coordinate to law enforcement. This kind of gadget is every muggers nightmare, and it has the potential to safe your life.
See more here: THE DEFENDER
I expect to be doing some livetweeting of sessions this convention (as I have for recent conventions I have attended) and I thought I would address some common questions and concerns. If you are interested, you can follow along at my twitter account: @criener
What are the benefits of livetweeting?
Signal boost to other interested experts: If you are giving a public presentation at a conference, why not have the signal spread far and wide? While the APA convention is certainly enormous, there are surely many interested parties who might not make it, due to distance or costs. Livetweeting a session can reach interested psychologists who may not be in the room.
Giving psychology away: Some sessions might also be interesting to the general public. At most talks, there is a short section at the beginning with some general context and a summary of the prevailing consensus on that topic…
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Why did Jelly become famous? And Medium? What about Square? What do they all have in common? They are all great products, that’s for sure, but there is something else: as it turns out, behind each of these awesome companies there is one of the co-founders of Twitter.
Are new tech products more successful when tech celebrities are behind them? Is it really possible for the same people to keep having several billion-dollar ideas? Do some of these ideas become famous businesses due in part to previous successes?
All these questions were popping in my head as I was reading the book “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal” (I loved it by the way, although I’m not sure all that drama is actually true), and I would say that the answer is probably ‘yes’ for all of them.
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