Innovating Our Daily Gaps


Every day we encounter gaps of free time, and in these gaps it is our conscious choice to decide what we will do with this time. One specific gap is that of our morning commutes. During our commutes some of us prefer the sound of music, some prefer deep thinking, others prefer listening and reading the news. Now, I mean not to narrow our free time to these three choices, but rather attempt to bring forth a few viable and popular options. With that said, the news is the option that we at the Daily Steak are enriching and is the primary focus of this post.

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Artificial Emotion

What does it mean to relate? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. How do we relate? With whom or what can we relate? And when we relate, are we actually relating? Without getting too deep into such philosophical questions, let us think about a specific relationship: what is the difference between a natural human voice and one generated by a computer, and can we as humans relate to a computer-generated voice at all?

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Individuality

Individuality – ‘the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind’.

In an article recently published by USAtoday.com titled, ‘It’s the next step in campaign targeting based on masses of data about consumers and voters’, by Martha T. Moore, explains a concept that is being introduced in a new medium not yet perfected.

There is a new ‘channel’ for marketing that is utilizing an innovative and relevant technology in combination with satellite TV. Companies such as Direct TV and Dish Network  are now selling space for addressable adds, which are pushed into specific households, unique to certain variables.

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Measuring the Competition.


Competition…something the world has thrived off for centuries. It is the desire to succeed further, to create intelligent fairness, and to never conclude. Competition is a necessity in all aspect of our lives… including our news.

Everyday we search in continuous categories and endless corners of life to accomplish the goals of bettering others and ourselves. We do this because we know that knowledge is key. We do this because we know that knowledge of the world around us, and its current state, is imperative to making strong and beneficial decisions for everyone.

Think about if you spent your entire day searching the web for the perfect article, on the subject you are interested in, the subject you feel will propel your life with the greatest advance. That would take hours of research. You would have to read every article out there and then decide which one had the information that was applicable to your wants and needs. Not only that, you would have to do it every day to get the most out of your news… that would take a life time in itself.

But what if you had the opportunity to do this on the go, and had an application that recognized such desires and interests? What if this app began molding your own channel for the daily news, a channel that could help you excel in your individual path?

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News “Grazing”

Now that news has gone digital, people can now access the daily news whenever and wherever they please. News habits are changing in this now digital age, and we can start to see a gap in ways that older and younger Americans are consuming their news.

According to the PEW Research, there is an increasing trend of “grazing” the news in the younger generation. To “graze the news” would involve Continue reading

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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The Search for Interaction

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With technology as such a prominent part of our modern lives, we seem to always be searching for new technology that is not only relevant to our daily routine, but will also boost our productivity levels. What we seek are applications for our iPhone and Android devices that provide us with a revolutionary experience, one that eases our workload by optimizing our “free time” and allowing hands-free usage (a favorite for multi-taskers).

Many companies are successful in observing this consumer demand, and have developed applications that satisfy this need; whether it is a to-do application (like Carrot) or a fitness goals application (like Fitbit), there are thousands of innovative apps that almost cater to our every need.

Naturally the next question would be: What else are we looking for?

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