I doodle a quick sketch on my iPhone. I hit a button, and it’s floating in front of me as a bright pink Post-it. I grab the note, then toss it 15 feet where it sticks to the wall next to a giant mood board of images and notes. My colleagues–one real, one a hologram beaming here from 2,000 miles away–nod in approval, as I’ve taken them both by surprise. advertisement advertisement “I didn’t even tell you how to do that!” says Jinha Lee, from underneath his Microsoft Hololens headset. I’d just spoiled one of the best bits of Lee’s demo all by myself. But that’s how good Spatial, the new augmented reality conference room app he’s developing, is. You stop thinking that you’re wearing bulky AR hardware, you stop considering the things you can or can’t do–and you just do what comes naturally. Spatial should be the worst kind of startup. It’s just coming out of two years of stealth development … [Read more...] about Video conferencing sucks. Could “augmented” meetings replace it?
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Max Blachman-Gentile started selling bread on Instagram in 2017: sourdough. An everything boule. Ancient grain. Porridge loaf. Each its own perfect rounded shape, crisp on the outside with perfect bubbling within. Slide into his DMs, and two days later you could find yourself with a loaf in hand. advertisement advertisement View this post on Instagram Almost too delicate to cut. Almost. #handmixed #sourdough #bread #crumb A post shared by Max Blachman-Gentile (@maxbeegee) on Jun 26, 2018 at 1:14pm PDT Blachman-Gentile is part of a subset of Instagram users who use the platform as a digital storefront for their offline businesses. It is where new products launch and get sold–fast. Instagram says there are 25 million business accounts on its platform. Yet only 2 million of them actually advertise on Instagram, according to the company. Instead, many entrepreneurs are using a variety of scrappy tactics to build their brands to create wildly successful … [Read more...] about These next-generation small businesses only exist on Instagram
Ola plans to reduce employee strength by 15-20 percent over the next six months to improve margins ahead of its plans to go public in the next two-three years, according to a report in The Times of India.The majority of cuts would be from the operations team, the paper quoted sources. Ola employs 5,800-6,000 people across group companies and 8-10 percent of them from its electric mobility and financial services businesses would also be re-deployed, besides 350-400 fired.Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.Close Over the past year-and-a-half, the company already cut its tech team to 150-200 people from 800 and has reduced employee expense to Rs 414 crore from Rs 495 crore. related news Rape, POCSO case probes should be completed in 2 months: Ravi Shankar Prasad to write to CMs, CJs Delhi fire tragedy: building owner and his manager arrested Granting citizenship on basis of religion will reduce India to 'Hindutva version of Pakistan': Shashi Tharoor Since … [Read more...] about Ola to cut staff count as it plans to go public: Report
If you’re still paying for tickets to see live shows, pat yourself on the back: You’re a supporter of yet another declining part of the music industry. Even Justin Bieber had to cancel a show in March due to empty seats! advertisement advertisement Unfortunately, however, Ticketmaster doesn’t seem to care too much about ticket-buying music fans. Last month, the company settled a $23 million class action lawsuit in federal court for their sketchy “rewards program,” which offered little to no perks and a lot of hidden costs. Here’s what they did: After buying a ticket online between September ‘04 and June ‘09, Ticketmaster customers were immediately enrolled in a rewards program that cost $9 a month–reportedly with no signup notifications. Plaintiffs in the case argued they were unaware of the fees (which were charged to the credit or debit card used for their ticket purchase). Ninety-three percent of those who enrolled in … [Read more...] about Why Shazam Is A Force For Good In The Music Business
Railway capital expenditure (capex) has seen exponential growth in recent years. According to data compiled by Elara Capital, cumulative capex over FY15-19 stood at Rs 5.1 lakh crore compared to Rs 46,000 crore over FY09-14.There has been an increased focus of the government on improving railway infrastructure lately. In the Interim Budget 2019, then Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had announced Indian Railways' capex at Rs 1.58 lakh crore, more than three times the cumulative capex during the five years of UPA II.In the upcoming Budget, Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to keep the allocation same, if not increase it. And, one of the biggest beneficiaries of such high capex for Railways could be RITES Ltd.Close RITES is a leading transport consultancy and engineering firm with over 40 years of expertise as a consultant to Indian Railways. They are also the exclusive exporting arm of the Railways providing rolling stocks to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. related … [Read more...] about As railway capex skyrocket, here’s why RITES may be right pick after Budget