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What the Tech?! Twitch

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Twitch, n;

A platform that lets people live-stream their favorite video games, as played by other people. Twitch was bought for $1 billion by Amazon this week, to bolster its place in the future of gaming.

Twitch is often used by gamers to study more proficient players who have mastered games. Others use it to observe games before they decide to buy them. It is, in essence, a television channel dedicated to broadcasting video games (in place of, say, baseball games). Those who are being streamed playing their video games are often making money, either by donations from viewers or by subscription. Like YouTube became a launch-pad for finding talented actors, singers, writers, and comedians, Twitch is becoming the place to find top-notch gamers ready to compete in big tournaments.

Twitch.tv also offers events like competitions, charity marathons and industry events for its users. It is a platform built on a community of people who want to learn form each other and improve with the help of others. The site also offers video shows, member chats and podcasts.

5 Apps for Moving Day

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Finding an apartment is one thing, but moving is a whole different kind of pain. Whether you’re going back to school or your lease is just about done, here are 5 apps to help your big moving day a little more pleasant.

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What the Tech?! HitchBOT

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HitchBOTn;

A robot created by two professors with a mission to hitchhike across Canada. HitchBOT rode from east to west from Halifax to Victoria, depending entirely on strangers picking it up and taking it to its next destination.

The robot looks fairly rudimentary with pool noodles for arms and a plastic bucket-like body. An LCD cube replaces his face with a smile and a message about his mission. After the trip was completed, HitchBOT had a few cracks on it’s screen and slightly mangled speech. Otherwise, the kindness of strangers (he was picked up within the first 2 minutes of hitch-hiking) kept him in tact and made him the first bot to successfully travel across the country (or any country) without human control. The robot shared its journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

HitchBOT used artificial intelligence — like speech recognition, processing, social media and access to Wikipedia — to communicate with drivers picking it up. It’s “sibling,” kulturBOT (also created by Frauke Zeller) travels to art shows and reviews them using Twitter.

Would you pick up a rudimentary robot hitch-hiking across the country?

Product Update: A Fresh Update for Our iOS App

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A Fresh Look for iOS

Earlier this summer, we released a redesigned Android app for Yapp. Now, it’s time for us to introduce the same for iOS.

You’ll notice a few aesthetic tweaks and should feel the performance improvements stemming from long hours of coding by our developers.

If you’re using Yapp on your iPhone or iPad, give the iOS update a try. Yapp creators, don’t forget to spread the word to your users as well so that they can get the best possible experience!

We would love to hear what you think — email us your feedback at support@yapp.us. If you think the updates are stellar, leave us 5 stars on the App Store.

 

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What the Tech?! WYSIWYG

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WYSIWYG, adj.;

What You See Is What You Get; describes an online editor that lets you easily build blogs, websites and apps. Often also called a ‘drag-and-drop’ editor, these tools take away the need to know code and have professional design skills to build an online presence. It is often pronounced “wizzy-wig.”

With this kind of building tool, the user (that’s you!) views something close to if not exactly the end result while creating. You’ll see exactly where the buttons and widgets will go, how fonts will appear, how movement will interact with sections. This is the method used by tools like Wix and Weebly for website building, and also on Yapp.

The screen you see in the center of the Yapp editor is almost identical (currently at least, on iOS) to how the app will look on your phone or tablet. Our co-founders wanted to create a super-simple app-builder that would let any and everyone create mobile apps for the parts of their lives that are most important to them. From that vision, our drag-and-drop editor was born. This concept and execution has resulted in a ton of success for Yapp, including the recent selection of our CEO and c0-founder Maria Seidman as an Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine. We want to add even more exciting WYSIWYG features in the future to keep our editor convenient and helpful for our users.