Qnary Roundup: Wearables Rising, Ello, Lynxsy, and More


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The Digitization of Everything: Wearables Rising

Since the early days of computing, ever shrinking computers have been on a collision course towards human integration. The distinction between what is physical and digital continues to dissolve.

Not only are people and things being connected to the Internet, but previous “networks of one” are being broken into their own thriving digital ecosystems. This pattern, started long ago, continues to propagate.

The coming widespread adoption of wearables will take intimacy and personalization one-step further on the journey towards deeper digital/physical integration.

Participation in digital networks used to be something we did in its own its own space, largely detached from the physical world. In the near future, a fundamental shift will happen. Most of our lives will happen on digital networks by default, each of us generating terabytes of data, and leaving a permanently recorded, constantly evolving trail of digital exhaust in our wake.

But there’s still a ways to go. And next step ahead of us on the human journey is the transition from mobile devices to wearables. (Via Social Media Today)

What's Up with Ello, the Anti-Facebook Social Network? 

By now, you've probably heard something about Ello, the ad-free, invite-only, independent social network that has seemingly gone viral over the last week.

The ad-free social network has quickly (and somewhat inexplicably) gained a reputation for being the "anti-Facebook." Which is odd, because new users tend to boast on Facebook about having scored an invite to the service.

The site itself is like a cross between Twitter and Tumblr though with more limited features. Users can post status updates, photos and GIFs and comment on their friends' posts. There is also a search tool to find the people you know.

The creators have a long list of new features, including mobile apps and more privacy settings, they say are in the works, but the timing of those updates is unclear.

It's impossible to say whether Ello is the next big thing or just another passing fad, but it has definitely succeeded in getting the Internet's attention. (via Mashable)

LinkedIn Continues to Mobile Push Sildeshare for iOS

LinkedIn has added another standalone app to its growing mobile portfolio.

The company rolled out an iPhone version of SlideShare, the presentation-sharing platform acquired by LinkedIn in 2012.

SlideShare's iOS app was built completely with Swift, the programming language Apple introduced at this year's WWDC — a first for the company.

LinkedIn has been doubling down on mobile of late and the social network now has seven standalone mobile apps and the company has previously said it expects to reach its "mobile" moment, where more than half of their traffic comes from mobile, later this year. (via Mashable)

Lynxsy Launches A Mobile Recruitment App For Job Hunters

With planned layoffs sinking to a 14-year low and employment surging, the job market in America seems to have finally crawled back from the darkest days of the Great Recession.

And as the jobs market heats up, a whole host of apps have launched with new ways to help recent grads and current employees find the perfect job. One tool that recently launched from the Techstars Accelerator program in New York is Lynxsy, which aims to connect recent college graduates with companies in part-time positions so that job-seekers and employers can try before they commit to applicants for a full-time position.

Hiring managers post jobs to Lynxsy’s talent network and candidates apply from their mobile phones. When a candidate gets a gig, Lynxsy then manages the payroll process with a third-party provider. Right now, the company focuses on non-technical roles such as customer service, sales and operations.

So far, Lynxsy has 100 companies and 5,000 candidates on its platform. The New York-based service has partnered with 15 universities in the Northeast including schools like New York University, The University of Pennsylvania, Bentley College, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, Georgetown University and more. (via TechCrunch)

WhoWeUse Launches A New App For Local Service Recommendations

WhoWeUse, a new mobile app delivering recommendations on local services from your social network, has just launched on iOS.

As local services ratings and recommendation companies like Angie’s List make headlines thanks to rumors of a prospective sale to potential buyers like Amazon, Google, or Home Depot; it’s clear that companies still need a good referral for how to get at local markets.

And WhoWeUse thinks it has the mobile answer to all of your local problems. The Maplewood, NJ-based company was created in the backyard bar of serial entrepreneurs and developers John Garbarino and Pete Clark and former Wall Street Journal reporter Spencer Ante.

WhoWeUse differs from the anonymous reviews on Yelp or Angie’s List in more than just its mobile native platform. The company bills itself as word of mouth “on steroids”.

When someone downloads the app, it scans for local services that are in an address book and imports that contact information into the app. The app then organizes the services into ones that an individual uses and others that are used by other members of the contact list. The app then sorts each service into categories like car services, repairs, medical and health, and other categories.

On top of the organizational feature, WhoWeUse has also layered on customer relationship management functionality and an ability for businesses to see who are the influencers within certain social networks, says Garbarino. Eventually, the app will add payment features and functionality so that the entire process of booking and paying for most local services can be handled through the app. (via TechCrunch)

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