August 15 is Relaxation Day! I know, you’re probably thinking: Is this for real? But we don’t make this stuff up (although somebody did), and there’s a calendar out there for these things. Anyway, in celebration of this special day that I don’t think anyone would complain about, we present three apps to help you relaaaaax.
First, we have Stop, Breathe & Think which is targeted towards those who are aged under 25. Its creators aim to teach the youngins how to “build the emotional strength to tackle life’s ups and downs,” and works by asking how you are, and then suggesting and guiding you through a meditation that matches your mood.
Next up, we have Headspace, which is “meditation made simple.” It was created from a consultation between a businessman and a meditation instructor with a goal to teach meditation and mindfulness to as many peoples as possible. They have guided meditations, animations, articles, and videos that help share this knowledge.
Lastly, we have Calm, which gives you more than just guided meditations. It has a repository of nature sounds and scenes to help with ambiance, alongside other things. It also offers 10-minute daily guided meditations called The Daily Calm, the Breathe Bubble for 30-second breathing and relaxation, Sleep Stories which are essentially bedtime stories for adults, and the Calm Masterclasses which are audio classes from experts.
All three apps above are free to download, but have paid subscriptions that would give you more options. You don’t have to pay, though; they all have content for free users, as well. Pick one, or all, and join us in celebrating one of the most zen days of the year!
App that removes ‘China apps’ now trending
TikTok could be the most affected
An Android app going by the name “Remove China Apps” is trending on the Google Play Store in India. The app says it can identify apps that are made in China and help you uninstall them. It has already crossed five million downloads and is currently at the top spot of Google Play’s top free apps list.
Not just India, but other countries like Australia are also actively downloading the app according to App Annie. The app is fairly easy to use. You just need to install it and it’ll show you all the China-made apps installed on your phone, for example, TikTok.
The app was launched on May 17 by an Indian developer going by the name OneTouch AppLabs. It had crossed one million downloads within 1o days of launch. It holds a rating of 4.9 out of 5. Obviously, much of this has to do with the nationalistic notion attached to it.
India went into a complete lockdown when Coronavirus threatened to ravage the country. While the country prioritized life over the economy, a two-month lockdown has drastically hit the economy and experts suggest it could dip into a recession soon. To revive the economy, the Indian Prime Minister urged everyone to support locally sourced products and reduce dependence on imports.
While India is actively fighting the virus, China has escalated border skirmishes in the north. It’s no wonder that the many have developed anti-China sentiments radically and a few developers are taking advantage of the situation. Furthermore, TikTok clones like “Mitron TV” have popped-up as local alternatives of the Bytedance controlled social platform.
Microsoft replaces journalists with AI for its news service
Part of the company’s push towards using AI for its services
These days, we often hear of AI or artificial intelligence and computers taking over the jobs of people. The latest company to join the party is Microsoft. The Redmond-based company is now replacing its hired journalists with AI to curate news for MSN and Microsoft News.
The move comes after a company-wide reshuffling this month. Microsoft is slowly building its artificial intelligence capabilities like other Silicon Valley companies. As such, MSN and Microsoft News will increasingly rely on AI for news curation and recommendation. This doesn’t mean, however, that Microsoft will stop dependence on human curators and editors. Currently, it employs more than 800 editors around the world.
The layoffs are not only affecting those based in the US. There are also reports that Microsoft is also letting go of people in the UK as part of the broader push towards AI.
Microsoft is no stranger towards using its own AI for its services. As a matter of fact, it is already using AI to scan news content and process it. It is also using AI to suggest photos that a human editor can pair with another one. The company has also been pushing for the use of AI to news publishers and journalists.
Twitter adds draft, schedule tweets on the web
Sending tweets just got more flexible
Sending tweets just got more flexible. Twitter is now adding an option for users to draft a tweet which they can continue later. Plus, there is now an option to schedule when a tweet should be posted.
Users don’t have to do anything to take advantage of these new features. Twitter has enabled these features just recently to everyone after experimenting with them in November.
For users who want to draft a tweet, they simply have to click “X” on the tweet window. A prompt to save the tweet will appear. Clicking “Save” will send the tweet to the “Unsent Tweet” where users can see a list of their drafted tweets.
It is important to note that drafted tweets will sync only on the web version of Twitter. There’s no option yet to see web version drafted tweets on the mobile app.
Meanwhile, those who wanted to schedule their tweets can do so by clicking on the new calendar icon on the bottom left of the tweet window. By doing so, a schedule option will appear, and users can change the date and time of the tweet’s post schedule.
Twitter Support prepared a little video for those who prefer to watch these new features in action:
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 28, 2020
These new features are surely a welcome addition to the platform. Perhaps, users who wanted to clarify their thoughts first before tweeting should greatly benefit from this feature. Now, if only Twitter would give its users an option to edit tweets. It’s still a pipe dream, but with new changes being introduced to the platform, it’s not impossible.
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