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Zip App sheds light on the mind of the modern jobseeker

May 4, 2016 Comments off

 

Zip, the free Question Answer App for iOS and Android, is raising a lot of questions where employment is concerned, with surprising statistics pouring in from every corner of the United States.
The app, which functions as a completely anonymous polling platform, allows users to pose opinion-based questions and get real-time answers in seconds. Their latest series of puzzlers is focused on the perspective of the modern job seeker concerning their confidence in the hiring process, trends in the current job market, and the lengths they’ll go to get a job.
According to Zip, nearly 70% of job seekers see having a degree and gaining an internship as necessities to landing their ideal job. The rising cost of college tuition is placing the emphasis less on name dropping and more on experience.
If I want to get a higher paying job, should I go to a more expensive college?
32% answered – Yes, more connections
68% answered – No, any degree counts
Are internships necessary?
31% answered – Nah, you’ll be fine
69% answered – Yes, you need experience
Modern technology is also playing a key role in their decision making, with 50% of job seekers seeing the tech industry as the place to be. This, along with high unemployment rates, is motivating them to make a move.
With the growth of the tech industry, would you take a tech related job or something else?
51% answered – Silicon Valley for me!
49% answered – I’m no techie
Would you move for a job?
74% answered – I’d risk it
26% answered – No, staying put
Technology isn’t just changing the types of work that are available; it’s changing how people work. More people are able and willing to work remotely, but what’s surprising here is that only 62% want to make the leap into a home office.
Do you wish you worked from home?
62% answered – Yes! PJ’s and all
38% answered – No, I need office space
Their views on the current state of the market aren’t all that optimistic. The political climate, availability of higher paying tech jobs, and the switch to more remote positions, have many hoping for changes in the future.
Which president will hold employment steady: Hillary or Trump?
38% answered – I’m going Hillary
62% answered – It’ll take Trump
Do traditional interview questions still hold or is it time for an update?
57% answered – Updates PLEASE
43% answered – They still do the job
Are current base salaries fair?
44% answered – In most industries
56% answered – Not a chance
With the Zip Platform, questions like these are being asked and answered every minute of every day in every state. They’re clocking over 500,000 answers per week with topics ranging from flirty and fun to philosophical and newsworthy.
Users simply ask an AND/OR question, set how long it’s active, and let the results start rolling in. Questions can be set to stick around from as little as 15 minutes to as long as a week.
Users are 100% anonymous, giving them the freedom to ask any question without repercussions and answer with complete honesty. From polling one’s potential clientele to settling disputes between friends, the Zip App is the easiest way to start a conversation.
ABOUT ZIP THE QUESTION ANSWER APP
Zip, the Question Answer App, created by San Diego based Crazy Raccoons, is a fun app that will settle life’s friendly squabbles, arguments and subjective questions by tallying votes from other users quickly and anonymously. Users share their opinions on other people’s questions with a simple swipe or tap.
Media outlets are also partnering with Zip, the Question Answer App, to engage their audiences as well. The fun, addictive app is revolutionizing everyday conversation and mass polling.

Zip is available for FREE at the App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android.

Pitch Me with upitch: Public Relations & Journalist Pitch Discovery App

September 22, 2015 Comments off

upitchThere’s an app for that. If you want to pitch me a story, you might want to try upitch. The upitch service is an app and a website where you can pitch your stories to journalists who use the app. The app is also for journalists who filter your pitches based on content. The app allows journalists to connect via a chat applet with the pitch posting company. Companies can post their pitches directly to journalists who want to see them and journalists can filter the pitch noise to focus in on what’s relevant to them and their beats. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m just surprised, and sorry, that I didn’t think of it.

Every day, I receive at least two dozen PR pitches from various sources for stories to be posted on ZDNet, The Frugal Networker, Datamation, or other venues that I write for. Most end up in my mail client’s Trash folder. Some intrigue me enough to respond with a, “Please send me the announcement (or whatever) under embargo, but no promises.” A minority actually interest me enough to say, “Hey, let’s schedule a call for this.” It’s a public relations person’s job to pitch stories to journalists in hopes of getting their clients some ink on a website or to get a reviewer to review a product. I get it. I’m sensitive to it. Some products, services, and companies just don’t make the cut for my beats. We all have to live with that.

upitch: How it works

There are pitches that just aren’t right for the products and services that I write about. I don’t mean any offense when I say, “No.” Hopefully the PR person hasn’t only queried me for a potential story.

I sometimes say, “No” because of a poor approach, a bad pitch, a company that just doesn’t resonate with me, or for any number of reasons. I almost always say, “No” to pitches that involve companies that use cheap labor locations. It’s just my personal thing.

From the iTunes upitch app page:

upitch is a self-service public relations app (PR tool) for anyone looking to get media coverage, and a convenient and easy discovery tool for journalists to browse and swipe through story pitches and news announcements (or concise press releases).

Brands/People/Charities/Public Figures

Are you launching a product, company, movie, music single, art exhibit, event or maybe just have news you want press coverage for?

  • Upload concise, formatted story pitches and news announcements through the upitch mobile app or at UPitchApp.com on your desktop or laptop
  • Choose your industry and geographical filters
  • Your pitch will now appear on the smartphone or tablet screen of every journalist who is searching for stories in your industry and geographical location
  • When a journalist swipes right on your pitch you will receive a notification and you and that journalist can now message each other directly via upitch instant messenger.

Journalists/Producers/Bloggers

Are you looking for your next news story idea?

  • Log in and choose your industry and geographical location filters
    Start swiping through concise and easy-to-read pitches that are relevant to what you cover
  • Swipe right on pitches you wish to pursue as stories and make direct contact with the person or brand who uploaded the pitch via upitch instant messenger to coordinate the story or to learn more
  • When you wish to end communication, simply hit “End Chat”

What’s not to love about a service that actually helps people connect with journalists who’ll write about their products and services? This is not an app review, but I have to tell you that I love upitch and I’ll be glad, hence this post, when more companies start using it so I can get some great stories that I choose to pursue.

Yes, it’s frugal. Any app or service that can help me do my job in a faster, more pleasant manor is frugal, because I don’t have to spend valuable time skimming through every random pitch that ends up in my Inbox. And I don’t have overzealous PR folks calling my cell phone number that somehow keeps being placed into the Cision database despite my protest and multiple removals.

The upitch app works for me. I like it. I’m glad that someone created this app and this service to better connect journalists and companies that have stories to tell. It’s not that I don’t love my PR homies; I do. It’s just that, for me, upitch works and it works well.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid or sponsored article and I’m in no way associated with upitch either financially or personally.

Technovator XE: Wireless Device Charging

September 14, 2015 Comments off

Technovator XE ProductI recently had the opportunity to interview Technovator CEO, Ivan Chuba about his new wireless charging technology solution, known as XE. The solution consists of a device case, a charging base station, and an app that handles the connection between the two devices.

This is a transcript of that conversation.

1. Can you tell us a little about you, your team and the company?

I have been actively engaged in programming and electronics for over 17 years, but familiarity with the computer (the legendary ZX Spectrum) and soldering happened early, professionally for more than 10 years. As I remember myself I always like to create something new. My first creations were power supply unit and detector radio receiver, toy car with engines from the tape recorder. First programs were calculator, of course and small games.
I began to observe the development of hardware startups practically with the appearance of crowd funding platform – Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Two years ago I became co-founder and CTO of startup Concepter, one of the most famous products of external flash for smartphones. The idea of creation of new project was appeared a year ago, but I understood that the existing team couldn’t implement new project due to many factors. I gathered a team Technovator who share with me my ideas and ready to new achievements.

2. What motivated your team to develop this technology (Wireless Energy Transfer), how did it all begin?

With possibilities of wireless transmission of electricity I’ve faced 17 years ago, collecting a radio detector receiver. I have often observed how many users often look for a charger cable for smartphones. Moreover, the number of devices increases and all require a power or charger. After this observations – idea of a wireless power transmission creation appeared. A search showed that no existing solutions and technologies.
The first few months of development I have studied materials and different theories and tested features. By the time I realized on how many all is real and what qualification required for engineers who have to bring my assistance. As a result we were looking for engineers who previously addicted to electronics and at least conducted experiments with wireless transmission of electricity and understand the capabilities and solutions. So Roman and Vladimir joined our team Technovator with a good theoretical and practical level in electronics.

3. Who are your competitors and what’s radically new about your solution compared to existing competitors?

There are already companies that work in direction of wireless power transmission, but each team works under own technology and with own specific. I think it’s too early to compare, because they and we do not have finished product. If you compare the prototypes, we have a fundamentally different scheme of work, built on the unique transmitter and receiver.

4. What advantages does your XE product provide to consumers?

Our technology is fully safe for people and all living; the transmitters can be placed in all areas of your home or office, where most of time a user spends with his/her Smartphone. As a result, smartphone is always fully charged, regardless of activity of its use.

5. Is this technology patented?

We constantly improve our technology, changes are inevitable. We have already begun to prepare documents for patents.

6. Please describe the design features and tell us which mobile devices you can use with XE.

Our system consists of two parts: transmitter and receiver. The receiver is an independent module that can be integrated in any device. Firstly, we plan to release case for Iphone 6/6+, and further models. Also we are considering possibilities for integration into the case for other manufacturers.

7. Is this technology safe for consumers health in daily use?

Our technology is fully safe for people, animals, environment and surrounding electronic devices. This technology is originally designed in accordance to requirements of health safety. We have already conducted required tests.

8. Have you received any certificate or confirmation of the safety of this technology?

We are still planning to conduct additional professional researches and tests that would consumers have full confidence in their security. Also we are going to obtain the corresponding certificates.

9. On what distance is possible to charge mobile devices and what is the maximum number of devices can be charged at the same time?

We have reached a distance of 5 meters (15 feet). And we still work on the improvement of efficiency and size reduction, so we do not plan to increase the distance at this moment, but in future, of course. At the same time you can charge up to 2-3 devices.

10. Can you tell us about the actual efficiency and the charging time of the mobile device using the XE system?

Current tests show high efficiency, the obtained figures will be announced later. You can view the calculated indexes in a table below:

iPhone 6/iPhone 6s

iPhone 6 Plus/iPhone 6s Plus

Smartphone battery capacity

1810

mAh

2915

mAh

Average wireless power transfer, max

2.5

W

2.5

W

Average time to full recharge of phone battery by wired charging

1.81

h

2.915

h

Average time to full recharge of phone battery by wireless charging

4

h

6

h

11. How is your startup funded?

Our project is financed by our own resources, but we are going to attract additional funding for our further research and development. Implementation of this project will give great prospects for the electronics industry development.

12. Do you plan to improve the charging efficiency or the distance and what are the prospects of its development ?

We plan to improve our technology, to increase a distance, to reduce the size and maximize efficiency. Today, there are many devices around us that require wireless charging.

13. What’s your opinion on how your technology will affect mobile industry development?

I believe that our technology will influence on final devices, they can be made more compact with small accumulator without connectors.

14. Are you going to expand the scope of this technology in the future? If yes, in what areas?

The potential of technology lies in integration of receiver into devices. As a result, the devices will no longer require power connector leading to size reduction of the devices. You can use this technology in all areas that related to electricity and charging.

 

Keys Reinvents Musical Keyboard With Gesture Controls, Modularity and LEDs

March 17, 2015 Comments off

Playing opho Keys

San Francisco, CA. – March 5, 2015Opho (formally Incident Technologies) creators of the gTar, today announced Keys, the first modular keyboard with full sized LED keys to combine gesture control, simple computer connectivity and an iPhone app to gamify learning for beginners. Keys gives pros a one of a kind, durable and powerful keyboard with light up swipe and proximity gesturing, as well as effortless modular linking.

To pre-order Keys today, visit: www.playkeys.io

Check out the video demos:

Play Keys with gestures only

Keys Demo using an External Module

Connect your Keys Keyboards

The Key’s companion iPhone app instantly transforms the 24-key keyboard into a rhythmic game that directs the musician to the right key at the right time to play a song. With a library of songs to choose from and various learning and practice modes, users simply connect their iPhone to Keys utilizing Keys’ magnetic dock. Keys also modularly links to additional Keys keyboards and control panels to offer professional DJs and musicians a total customizable experience.

The Keys Keyboard with iPhone Connected

“We’ve taught thousands of people to successfully play the guitar with gTar,” said Idan Beck, founder and CEO of Opho. “Our customers and our team felt that a keyboard-like device would offer even more accessibility, as well as be more portable and affordable. We designed and developed Keys from the ground up to be a modern take on the musical keyboard, leveraging the platform that we originally built for gTar.”

Keys uses AMON technology, a unique magnetically actuated wireless communication technology, which allows multiple Keys to magnetically connect and create real time ad- hoc networks. This means no wires and no configuration. Just snap modules together to create variably sized keyboards or modular control surfaces. Then, when you’re done, take it apart and fit your entire rig in your backpack.

Connect Multiple Keys Keyboards for the Ultimate Music Experience

Key Features

Plug. Play. Simple. – Simply connect Keys with your mobile device or computer and launch the app – it’s that easy.

•One keyboard to rule them all – Keys is a multi-versatile, all-in-one keyboard designed to bring out the musician in everyone at any level – the possibilities are endless.

Get it and go – Keys is an extremely durable and portable keyboard. Get the sounds and features you want without lugging around extra equipment of hassling with clunky apps.

Pricing & Availability

Visit www.playkeys.io for limited time pricing specials. Keys is available for pre-sale for

$99.99. To pre-order your Keys, visit: www.playkeys.io

A portion of the proceeds from the pre-order campaign will go to Immunity Project, a non-profit initiative dedicated to developing a free HIV vaccine.

About Opho

San Francisco-based Opho (formally Incident Technologies) creates musical instruments for the Internet Age. Keys and gTar are designed for musicians of all

abilities to learn, create and perform music naturally and intuitively, while aiming to keep music core to the human experience. gTar officially launched in May 2012 at Startup

Battlefield, TechCrunch’s premiere startup launch competition.

For more information, visit http://www.opho.com

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