Belief in a New Relationship

Voice-controlled interfaces are the future of interactions between us and our technological resources. With the introduction of Nuance’s Dragon, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s ‘OK Google’, perspectives in reference to voice-controlled interfaces are growing increasingly intriguing by the day, and for a good reason. We at the Daily Steak firmly believe in the convenience and creativity  of voice-controlled technology, and we will be incorporating it into our news application.
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An Evolving World Needs Evolving News

 

Larry Page (CEO of Google) sat down with Charlie Rose to talk about the future of technology, and the future of Google. On stage, at TED talks March 2014, Larry Page spoke of several futuristic concepts he believes in.  The idea that had the crowd clapping and cheering with the most enthusiasm was his belief in a system of anonymous medical records open to research doctors. In this idea, Page explains that with this system in place, a person with a condition would be able to see which doctors accessed their information, and why they accessed it. In turn, the patient could now learn about the condition they have.  “I think if we just did that, we’d save a 100,000 lives this year”, Page said.

Let us now point out a reality that we are all immersed in: the need for change. The world is not in a great place, and anyone who believes this notion may not be reading the news.  There are countries storming other countries, religious and non-religious war seemingly breaking out daily, and economies worldwide falling into travesty. Now is not a time for ignorance or a blind eye. Now is not the time to shrug off the misfortunes of the 3rd worlds, or even your neighbor. Now more that ever is a time to wake up and educate oneself. Educate your friends and family, and stand proud with the right to intellectually evolve.

Concepts such as Pages’ are helping sculpt the world to a better place. Google has made it possible for almost anyone from almost any demographic to acquire knowledge on nearly any topic.  We at the Daily Steak share the idea of informing the world, and assisting in self-learning.  Our mobile news application will provide a service that will assist you in creating your ideas that will change the world. With a new world of learning created by massive corporations such as Google, it is time that other aspects of our lives evolve with these drastically changing times too. We believe it is your right to have an ever-evolving news channel, so that’s what we are doing.

‘Smart’ Hearing Aids

The empathy that we share as humans for those impaired, in even the slightest bit, is a major driving force in the world of current technological growth. With each new day, a ‘smart’ technology is invented and with each new day we are attempting to better our existence in its entirety. These ‘smart’ technologies are an expression of human kinds desire to embrace interconnectivity, and that is exactly what the “worlds smartest hearing aid” is doing today.

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Sharing the Experience


We live in an era of hyperconnectivity, and now, a huge part of our lives is online. In one way or another, we are all connected on a massive scale like no other era in the history of humanity. This is simply fact. We are sharing information at an intimidating rate, and it is growing each day. Cisco estimates that by 2015, the amount of data crossing the Internet every five minutes will be equivalent to the total size of all movies ever made, and that annual Internet traffic will reach a zettabyte – roughly 200 times the total size of all words ever spoken by humans.

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Radio Content Now On Demand

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Comcast On-Demand

You hear about a lot of products and services nowadays that bring immediate gratification, described as “on-demand” (think Comcast). Television shows, videos, and now radio content. Most of us have filled schedules, leaving little time for things that are unimportant; we want the option of getting right down into it. What Daily Steak aims to do is to provide on-demand unbiased radio content, compiled from a number of different news channels with different vantage points, and put into a responsive mobile application that brings you the content you want to hear about.

Uninterested in the story? Skip it. Is it a story you want to know more about? Drill down into it. Just want a quick update on the latest developments? Listen to the 20 second summary, then move on. Want to adjust your newsfeed on what types of stories you want to know about? You set your own preferences, and we’ll find similar articles for you to read. Daily Steak allows for all this and much more.

We want to make the news consumption experience as modern as it can be; quick, smart, and responsive, we aim to bring a whole new meaning to on-demand.

What do you think about on-demand radio?

Are Niche News Apps Merely a Fad?

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We found a question on Quora regarding mobile applications, and found it of most interest to us. There are many niche news apps nowadays; it makes sense when there is such an increase in mobile device usage. But are these niche news apps soon to die?

These news apps bring forth something the traditional ways of news consumption cannot, whether it is a summary of the article or a shortened video version of the full story. These news apps offer value to a specific audience: to those who want news in a condensed format that is interesting and personalized. These news apps are meant to be customized to a person’s taste, to take into account what their preferences are and mold the daily news to their interests.

Who doesn’t like personalized applications, made to make life easier for you? In a world in which we are overloaded with our daily priorities and mere distractions, we have little time for issues such as worrying about which news articles to skip and which ones are worth looking into. The value of these news apps is not a problem; the real question is how they could be improved.

What could niche news apps improve on to better your experience?

 

Out With The Old, and In With The New

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You’ve read up on how newspapers and news radio stations are becoming less and less popular for news consumption among the younger generations. You’ve seen the statistics on the increasing trend of getting daily news via mobile devices, and the use of several devices to gauge reactions and compare viewpoints and opinions.

Daily Steak is the next generation of news apps. Not only does Daily Steak have a Pandora-like algorithm to find you the most interesting and relevant news personalized to your tastes, but it also provides short headlining summaries of each story. Keeping it short and simple isn’t all it can do, because you can choose to delve deeper into the story by drilling into the full article after hearing the shortened summary of it. Then you can compare multiple perspectives, using it as a vantage point to oversee all opinions and allowing you to gather information to form your own opinions.

With such a huge advantage, Daily Steak is available to replace old technologies of news consumption. But how will Daily Steak improve and keep itself “new” in our society of ever-changing technological advancements? Will it come with voice control? Will it expand to using videos?

Do you agree with Daily Steak possibly being a replacement to older forms of news consumption?

Multiple Perspectives and App Designs Across Mobile Devices

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Cubism, pioneered by art legends Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, depicts a subject from a multitude of viewpoints. By design, the multiple vantage points that Cubism provides for the viewer allows the individual to achieve a more complete understanding of the subject. It even provides the choice to compare different perspectives by yourself or with other consumers of art and culture. This artistic feature, among other things, contributed to the style’s success as the first and most influential art movement of the 20th century.

You don’t need to be an art critic to understand that the freedom of choice to interactively engage with the subject in front of us, whether it is information or art, is a choice that modern consumers of knowledge are demanding. Indeed, research suggests that tablets and smartphones are not only a growing trend in news consumption, but also that users of mobile devices are more engaged in their consumption of information.

Currently, the democratization of technology and the choice in how we consume information not only extends to how we access the news, but also what brands and operating systems we use. Among smartphones, for example, the competition is primarily between iOS, Android, and Windows Phones. As discussed in an article released by Wired Magazine, Instagram has just been launched on Windows Phone. However, the aesthetic look and navigational layout of the popular photo-sharing application is radically different than the version of the app found on iOS or Android.

The ability to perceive the same image and interact with the same subject in ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ways through the freedom of multiple perspectives may have catapulted Picasso and Georges Braque to artistic stardom. But will these choices necessarily make interaction easier for users? Will apps launched on Windows Phones be so radically different in look and control functionality that a user of iOS would find it difficult to interact with? If Instagram is popularly perceived as “better” on Windows Phone than iOS, will Apple Inc. be at a disadvantage?

Should application have a standard aesthetic and design layout across competing platforms, mobile devices and operating systems?

“In A World”…of Interactive Voice Apps…

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Fast. Simple. Relevant. And ACCURATE. In a rapidly advancing world of new technology, these adjectives are no longer a luxury for mobile device applications. They are a mandatory prerequisite.

It’s no surprise that voice-activated apps hold a lot of promise as the quickest, easiest way to interactively engage with our mobile devices.

Assuming, of course, the apps can hear you properly, that you’re not resorted to shouting, and they don’t mistaken “together” as “weather.”

Even though the console wars of the 2013 holiday season have only just started, voice apps that are designed to make life as easy as possible (on what are supposed to be the most technologially advanced gaming platforms ever invented) are still far from perfect in accuracy.

So when searching this holiday season’s top mobile devices, how much of a factor does the quality of the voice app feature have in choosing your mobile device for information consumption? Do you have the confidence that it will accurately serve your needs, or will the frustration be too much? Would you prefer if the voice sounded less robotic, or do you barely use the feature?

How important are interactive voice apps for you when you’re browsing your mobile device? 

The Beauty of Technology

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Advancements in technology have provided us many opportunities to do things we never thought possible; we can track our own iPhones when we lose them, we can print in 3D, we can even fly to the moon. Technological inventions have not only helped us improve our efficiency but have also made our daily tasks easier, with the ability to use our phones to check the email on the go and the capability of detecting rain before we manually turn on our windshield wipers.

While there are inventions that embody entirely new ideas, there are also inventions that combine existing features in an innovative way. Though these products may not be considered “ground-breaking” or “cutting edge,” they still contribute to solving a problem and providing more efficient results.

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