Ideas & Insights
17 April 2019 7:28
There is a brand-new viral app for teenagers. It is called YOLO, and it has skyrocketed to the top of the U.S. app charts just one week after it was launched. But not everyone is in love with it. Some worry that it may be susceptible to abuse. Built upon the Snapchat's Snap Kit platform, which allows app developers to integrate their apps with Snapchat, YOLO authenticates users through Snapchat. It also uses Bitmoji profile images so that users can add an "ask me anything" sticker to the Snapchat stories that they post. It works like this: once a story is posted, friends of that user can ask this user an anonymous question through the app, which the user can then answer back through the use of another sticker. Supposedly, this is all the rage at high schools at the moment. The app is eerily similar to Sarahah. Back in...
09 April 2019 7:27
It Hopes To Get the Planes Back in the Air in the Near Future Boeing announced it had finished updating the software of its 737 Max airplanes. This is seen as an important step toward getting the planes in the air once again after authorities across the world grounded the planes in the wake of two deadly plane crashes. U.S. investors responded positively to the announcement. Boeing shares rose nearly 3% in the aftermath of it. As part of the announcement, Boeing said that it would soon schedule what is called a certification flight with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). In March of this year, a 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia experienced a deadly crash, which was the second fatal crash of the popular plane in less than 6 months. A failure in the plane's automated anti-stall system has been said to have been the cause of both crashes,...
01 April 2019 7:26
University of Washington student Kona Farry develops web app that tracks city transit. The web app helps riders track the whereabouts of city buses, ferries, streetcars and even the light-rail trains around Seattle in real time. If you are like most people who regularly take a bus, you have probably more than once waited at a bus stop for a bus that was really late. Just imagine if you had an app that could have let your track where this bus was so you could have done something more useful with your time. One person, in particular, imagined such an app. His name is Kona Farry and he is a junior at the University of Washington. But Farry more than just imagined this app. He actually built it. Last month, Ferry launched a web app that lets commuters not only track buses in the Seattle area but also light-rail trains,...
28 March 2019 7:32
The odds in Las Vegas for the Seattle Mariners to win the 2019 World Series are currently 20 to 1, while the odds for the Mariners to win the American League Pennant are 10 to 1. Don't tell that to the ultra-hot Mariners team, however, who aren't listening to the odds, their horoscopes, or the baseball historians that jokingly point out the team has not even been in the Major League Playoffs since 2001. Instead, the Mariners, with a 13-3 record stand atop the entire major league standings and would seem to be chanting the late Al Davis Oakland Raider's mantra, "Just Win Baby!" Unexpected Results By all accounts, nobody, including General Manager Jerry Dipoto, foresaw a team that was playing 800 percent baseball. After all, even the 1906 Chicago Cubs, the Major League Team with the highest percentage ever, finished with an overall season percentage of 763. However, even...
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