Practically, Healthtap Is An App That Might Prove To Be Extremely Practical For Internet Users Who Seek For Valid Health Advices From The Internet!

Most apps on mobile devices such as a smart phone are pretty much useless in my earnest opinion, but some of those apps are actually practical.  Practical apps are hard to find these days not for the reasons such as lack thereof, but it’s about how hard it’s for us to look for not so obvious practical apps among hundred thousands of similar useless apps.  Plus, there is this saying, one individual’s trash is another individual’s treasure.  Some apps are purely for pleasure and aesthetic means, then I guess it’s up to the eyes of the beholder to judge the beauty and merit of the apps.  So, when I first set my eyes on Healthtap, I felt immediately that the app is unique and practical.  For an example, an app in which had been rolled out by a bank to help facilitate banking transactions would be an obvious useful and practical app.  Healthtap is definitely fitting into an obvious useful and practical app category since it helps its users to seek for answers to their health-related questions with real doctors for free.  Nonetheless, if a user feels that she or he doesn’t need to reveal health-related questions in public forums, she or he can basically pay for private questions.  Initial private health-related questions cost around $10 each, and subsequent health-related questions in relation to the initial ones will cost $5 each.  Nonetheless, users who don’t want to pay or ask health-related questions in fear of losing privacy can just browse for the answers from Healthtap public forums.  In a nutshell, Healthtap provides the means for reputable doctors to help just about anyone who uses Healthtap easily, and everybody can access these doctors for some quick advices affordably.

Obviously, to truly treat one person’s illness, one probably has had to visit a doctor in person for a complete treatment, but Healthtap might help a person to clear up some major curious health-related questions before making a face to face visit with a doctor.  Even if Healthtap app is hard to use and ugly, the value behind the means of this app is still tremendous.  Luckily, I had browsed Healthtap app through a browser from a laptop and noticed that it was pretty sleek and easy to use.  I also had downloaded Healthtap onto my iPhone, but I had not yet launched it to see how friendly it would be on a mobile device.  Furthermore, Healthtap app is also available for iPad and Android mobile devices.  Besides the obvious means of asking health-related questions such as sending texts and photos to a doctor, Healthtap provides means to allow all doctors to rate the health-related answers — providing even more confidence to such health-related answers.  According to TechCrunch’s “With New Mobile Apps, Eric Schmidt-Backed HealthTap Brings The House Call Back To Healthcare” article, Healthtap provides doctor-to-doctor ratings known as DocScore.  I’m not sure how DocScore works out, but it seems that it’s a peer review kind of thing.  Perhaps, peer review can be biased (i.e., people who knew each other may give each other great score on something), but it does put pressure on doctors to have great Healthtap reputation for them to be effective health providers in the eyes of Healthtap users.  Obviously, I had left out many features that Healthtap is providing, because I’m still learning how this app works exactly.  Nonetheless, it’s clear that the purpose of this app is sound and practical.  Whether people will find Healthtap as the only app to go for health-related advices is remained to be seen though.

In summary, Healthtap is a health advising platform — with the potential of allowing patients to meet up with reputable doctors for real treatments — which so far has been successfully connecting thousands of highly regarded doctors of various medical fields to just about anyone who has the will to use Healthtap.  This feat alone is excellent and practical.  Icing on the cake features are features such as allowing Healthtap users to ask each private question for minimum fee of $10 or less, encouraging people who may not have the wish to visit a doctor yet to find out what is going on with their health affordably and virtually.  Meanwhile, Healthtap users feel reassuring that Healthtap’s medical advices are merit since the advices come from licensed doctors.  Simply put, I think there will be plenty of people that find Healthtap to be practical and useful.  After all, humans with failing healths are plenty in number, because they are humans!

Afterthought:  Prophetically, people have had envision that one day patients don’t really have to meet up with their doctors physically to get a health exam or something similar since Internet technology might advance in a way that allows such possibility to be possible.  I think ISPs need to provide more affordable and much much faster broadband services in order for people to regularly stream videos and possibly 3D digital contents before the idea of having doctors to visit your home virtually be feasible.  Plus, ISPs need to get rid of bandwidth limit and favor the flat rate, unlimited bandwidth applications before innovation such as having doctors to visit someone virtually be practical.  For now, Healthtap is only a stepping stone for the next best innovation that will bring doctors to someone virtually!

Source:  With New Mobile Apps, Eric Schmidt-Backed HealthTap Brings The House Call Back To Healthcare

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Dashlane Has Got To Be The Best Solution For Remembering Online Passwords So Far. I Love It!

Dashlane

Dashlane

Wow, Dashlane wows me a lot!  Basically, Dashlane strives to be more than just a password manager, because it’s also capable in filling out your purchasing details and keeping your online shopping records.  I’m testing out Dashlane, and I’ve to say its password manager capability is quite pleasing to use.  Whenever I decide to log into a website, Dashlane automatically fills in my username and password.  If Dashlane has never seen me log into a website for the first time, it will automatically present me a popup form which allows me to add my credential information (e.g., username, password, category).  Dashlane is capable of automatically auto-filling user credential and purchasing details (e.g., address, credit card number, others), because you have the option to allow Dashlane extension to be installed onto your favorite web browsers.  Dashlane eases the adding itself to your favorite web browser(s) when you first complete the Dashlane first time registration process, therefore right after you have Dashlane going you should be able to use Dashlane password manager capability with your favorite websites right away.  Of course, beyond password manager ability, Dashlane helps you manage your purchasing history, credit card numbers, and more.  This is why Dashlane is so intriguing to me.

If Dashlane only is easy to use, it might not have enough inspiration to garner my adoration, but Dashlane is much more.  How come?  Dashlane is not only so easy to use, but it’s also secure.  According to Dashlane itself and TechCrunch’s Dashlane Speeds Up The Web With Instant Logins, Automatic Checkout And More article, Dashlane saves and encrypts the data locally.  If this is correct, it means Dashlane will not store our data anywhere else but only on our hard drives.  To access Dashlane app, one must know his or her master password, and this master password will not be stored anywhere.  Since the master password will not be stored anywhere, one will not be able to recover the master password if one cannot recall the master password from memory.  Losing master password, one might have to start Dashlane from scratch again — meaning to register with Dashlane app and hopefully filling in the correct website credentials again.  Luckily, if one has not changed any password from a browser’s password manager (one has to allow the browser to remember passwords), starting Dashlane from scratch might not be too hard since one can always allow Dashlane to re-import all the passwords from the browsers.  Nonetheless, some users might have been disabled the browser password managers for security purpose (i.e., they don’t trust the security of their browser password managers), therefore these users may have to recall most of their website credentials from memory.  It would be hard!

I think Dashlane will definitely speed up the online experience by a lot.  I’m myself like Dashlane a lot since Dashlane allows me to use the web without the hassles of remembering passwords and filling out the same online credentials over and over again.  Plus, Dashlane is capable of synching web credentials from multiple devices securely.  For this to work, it’s obviously that Dashlane is currently supporting all major operating systems.  This probably means that Mac OS X and Windows are being supported.  By the way, Dashlane encrypts data with AES-256 encryption algorithm — data will be very secure.

With Dashlane is being so awesome, I have to wonder why Dashlane is free!  It’s unclear to me yet why Dashlane is being a free service, but I guess I have to dig around some more on this so this question can be answered with earnest.  In my opinion, Dashlane is awesome, but one should also use KeepassX to manage one’s passwords alongside Dashlane.  How come?  Well, it’s all about redundancy matter!  In case Dashlane experiences whatever problems (might be super rare or if ever), one can always feel assure that one has saved web credentials with KeepassX.  Although KeepassX isn’t as capable as Dashlane in features, but its password management capability is definitely one of the best — just as good as Dashlane’s password management capability.  By the way, just as Dashlane, KeepassX is free to download and use!  KeepassX supports Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows!

Source:  http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/16/dashlane-speeds-up-the-web-with-instant-logins-automatic-checkout-and-more/

Watch out Siri, Assistant Is On The Way To Best You!

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Google (Photo credit: Daniel Morris)

It’s so obvious to just about anybody that Google has got to be forevermore innovative in its dominant specialty which is Google Search.  You know, the thing that you do on the Internet whenever you stuck and need some answers to your particular problems (i.e., searching the web).  If Google snoozes, plenty of newcomers will overtake Google by being innovative.

Just recently, we have seen waves of innovations that might do just that!  Siri from Apple is one of those waves that might undermine Google’s future!  We know Google’s bread and butter has got to be Adsense and Adwords — these two technologies are relying on Google Search or else things will be moot for Google’s bottom line.  But why Siri and similar technologies?  Siri and similar technologies promise a step up artificial intelligence kind of technology which might be more attractive than just plain smart search engine.  With this in mind, we can see why Google might not like the idea of Siri to be the future search engine, because Adsense and Adwords will become irrelevant and bringing in less revenues when Google Search becomes less popular.

Of course, as now, we might think Siri, Evi, and others are just cosmetic effects for inferior search engines when one compares such things against Google’s effective search engine.  Nonetheless, one must not forget that Siri and the likes are possibly more awesome since it might be applicable for more than just your traditional computers.  People don’t exactly use laptops and desktops on the go as much as how they are with their smartphones, and this is why Siri is much more attractive on smartphones than plain old search engine.  Searching for something through voices can be less painful than typing in things on tiny screens that you often find with tiny smartphones.  And we know nowadays smartphones matter since these things are even more proliferate than laptops and desktops; for entirely different purpose which is surprisingly quite pleasant to many people — they’re going to be used on the road!

What’s more is not all about voice activation but more of the novelty of having a digital assistant.  Of course, as now Siri and the likes might not be exactly how people expect these technologies to be since the intelligence of these technologies aren’t yet quite sophisticated, but giving times I think these technologies will be smarter and then Google really has to worry then.  Imagine how something as Siri can be inside cars, houses, TVs, computers, and more.

It’s that obvious Siri can assist with more things than just being iPhone 4S’s assistant.  And we know we can use Siri or Evi to find things on the web.  What’s more is that Siri allows iPhones owners to execute tasks on their iPhones.  The artificial intelligence is now becoming more apparent as the virtual/virtue of the future of all things digital and real life.  Instead of imagining something much far out, we can just take a look at what we have already imagined and see why artificial intelligence of Siri and the likes will be so successful that Google will be tremble with fear.  It’s all about the Jetsons.  The lifestyle where robots serve their masters is indeed quite appealing!  Siri and the likes can certainly be installed onto robots!  Aren’t our cars becoming more robot-like?

One thing which I’m uncertain about the business model of Siri and the likes is how will the advertising business model fit into this technological picture?  Certainly, it’s quite awkward for Siri to spew commercials right?  We can’t really have or like that right?  I know I won’t!  Anyhow, I think eventually someone might find ways to squeeze in profitable business models for Siri and the likes.

Even Siri and the likes might not yet be profitable for the bearers (i.e., the founders or companies of these technologies), Google is not going to sit idle around for something or someone to usurp its bread and butter. This is why I’m not surprised to read a TechCrunch’s report Google’s Plan To Compete With Apple’s Multi-Platform Siri? Google “Assistant” which has reported that Google is working on a technology which goes beyond Siri to compete against Siri and the likes.  I think TechCrunch’s report mentioned they called Google’s Siri counterpart as Assistant.  Perhaps this name might be up for trademark troll?  Google might just as well better call it as Google Assistant, because the plain Assistant is either too common of a word to trademark or someone probably has used it within a computing field already.  Apple’s recent iPad trademark legal battle against Proview might be the best lesson for Google’s Assistant?

Anyhow, TechCrunch reported that Assistant might emphasize in helping real people solve real problems.  It certainly sounds to me as if Assistant is a better type of artificial intelligence design.  After all, this technology designs to solve people’s real problems, right?  TechCrunch reported that Google might allow third party developers to hook into Assistant’s API to create novel things.  If this is true, then it’s certainly that Google is taking an opposite direction of how utilizing something similar to Siri in general, because Apple is tightly guarding its Siri technology to a point that one can say three words, wall gardened experience.

So, in a sense, now it’s on Apple!  Even though Google has not yet released Assistant, it seems that Apple might better be making Siri as prolific as possible for the market, or else Assistant is going to do just that, stealing the spotlight from Siri eventually!  Luckily for Siri, I think Apple is moving in the direction where Siri can be found to be coupled with even more technologies.  One example would be how Arstechnica reported Siri will be coupled with Mercedes so drivers can use Siri to command Mercedes to do things (e.g., turning on radio, playing mp3s, GPS-ing).

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Evi Might Outdo Siri And Google Search

Image of Evi App taken from Vinh Nguyen's iPhone 4

Image of Evi App taken from Vinh Nguyen's iPhone 4

I couldn’t yet upgrade to iPhone 4S from my iPhone 4, therefore I had not a chance to experience Siri.  Luckily, I found an article in regarding to how Apple would pull Evi off its App Store by TechCrunch, because Apple did not like how Evi could do similar things to Siri and do them well.  I went to the App Store immediately to see if Evi was gone from App Store yet, but to the sigh of my relief it was there still.  I purchased Evi for $0.99.  I tested out Evi and it was certainly a little nice app for $0.99.

People have been reporting how Evi’s true knowledge search engine may make Siri looks dumb.  So, I tested it out, and I’ve found Evi’s server to be super busy as it seemed to tell me that it had gotten trouble from getting a response from its servers.  Nonetheless, as long I tried again or few more times with the same questions, Evi eventually got it right by spitting out correct answers.  Of course, Evi could not hook me up directly to iPhone 4’s applications and performed tasks, but I think Evi could be a contender for Siri and Google!

Yes, this sort of apps might make Google’s search engine goes the way of the dinosaurs.  So, I think if I’m Google, I better create something that is better than this sort of things (e.g., Evi, Siri, Vlingo).  Get busy Google!

In conclusion, Evi is cheap enough and nice enough, I don’t regret of having it.  Perhaps, I might use Evi for stupid questions such as “Where can I buy a cat?” — even though I know I would never get one and yet I know Evi would give me the answer anyway.  That’s the beauty of Evi.  Evi would point me to several locations that Evi thinks I might find a cat of my liking.  How about this one?  “How do I make the best coffee?”

Make It Your New Year Resolution To Learn How To Code Each Email At A Time For 2012?

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New year celebration is already over, and you have made up your mind what new year resolutions you want to achieve for the year 2012, I presume.  Nonetheless, there is always time to squeeze in a late new year resolution.  How about learning how to code?

According to TechCrunch, around 100,000 members already sign up for Codecademy’s codeyear.com in roughly 48 hours.  By giving up your email address, each week folks at Codecademy will send you email which includes new programming lesson.  Following the programming lessons within Codecademy’s emails, I guess you might learn how to program.

Source:  http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/03/codecademys-codeyear-attracts-100000-aspiring-programmers-in-48-hours/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign
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New Fastest Speed For A Network? Researchers Were Blasting Away 186 Gigabits of Data Per Second!

Upload / DownloadAccording to Cnet‘s article “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” various experts in various fields with the same goal in mind, faster network, had accomplished a new feat together in blasting data across their special network at 186 Gigabit per second.  It all took place at SuperComputing Conference of 2011.  Imagining this, by uploading and downloading single sided double layer DVD data (8.7 GB) at this speed, you would get 2.489 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per second; 149.34 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per minute; 8,960.4 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per hour; 215,049.6 DVDs of 8.7 GB size per day.  How about Blu-ray disk of 50 GB type?  You would get 0.433 Blu-ray disk of 50 GB size per second; 25.98 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per minute; 1,558.8 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per hour;  37,411.2 Blu-ray disks of 50 GB size per day.

With such a speed, I bet some researchers still want faster network.  Why?  If I’m them and have terabyte after terabyte of data to transfer, I definitely think that 186 Gigabit per second is still kind of slow.  Think about it, at 186 Gigabit per second, researchers can only upload and download 1,823.04 terabytes of data per day.  If Cnet’s report “Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data,” is true that petabytes of data being generated at various big research institutes for however long, at such a rate, someone will eventually start complaining how slow it’s for them to be able to only transfer 1.780 petabyte per day.  Of course, everyday users like us would think of such speed is superman.

According to Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, around five exabytes of data get generated every two day period by the Internet (source:  http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/04/schmidt-data/); this TechCrunch article was written in August 4th of 2010.  Imagine as we moving forward, the Internet would need a lot more of data.  The future of the Internet will include the additional evermore growing mobile devices on the top of all devices and computers that we already have today.  1.780 petabyte per day is simply too slow for the Internet by then, I think.  Here is a simple calculation of five exabytes in two days equates to this many terabytes; 1,048,576 terabytes are equal to one exabyte, and so we take this number times five and get 5,242,880 terabytes.  Yep, it takes this much terabytes for every two day period to satisfy the Internet nowadays.  It makes me wonder how much bigger this number will be in 2020 or so.

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