Scotland: Edinburgh kids design January sales hoarding app


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Lara Findlay with the Life-Pod app.

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/graduates-clear-up-with-anti-hoarding-app-1-3646931

Got to love the education system in Scotland. As a Country that invented the TV, Radio, Telephone, Penicillin, Radar and Insulin and 1,000’s more in our history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_inventions_and_discoveries A group of kids from Edinburgh University have came up with this ‘Anti January Sales’ App, the ‘Life-Pod’ for mobile phones. I hate the January sales so don’t go near town, for those looking for a specific item, this App will tell the user if the ‘Really need’ what they are buying, you can talk to it and it asks you questions. Brilliant App and something I might buy 😀 I am the Worlds worse ‘It was near the till’ shopper 😀 I went for milk once and came back with a laptop, did I need it? No, so this app I might buy, it acts as a voice on your shoulder saying “What you buying this for, you have 2 already” PS: I Forgot the milk 😦

5164VGKZD3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_COMPULSIVE shoppers can seek help for a January clear-out courtesy of the world’s first app dedicated to thwarting hoarding.

A team of Edinburgh Napier University graduates has created Life-Pod, an app that acts like a journal and asks the user questions when they buy something such as when they will use it and how many of the same item they already own. It encourages users to set goals and to establish what triggers they need to make purchases – whether it is to de-stress after a hard day at work or because they cannot find what they are looking for at home as there is too much clutter already.

The designers of the app – named after a Capital-based firm offering expert advice and practical support to those affected by hoarding disorders – had been challenged to create the tool by Linda Fay, the UK’s only certified chronic disorganisation specialist.

The four-strong team underwent a lengthy design phase to make sure the app was clear and concise before creating a prototype.

Lara Findlay, 24, director and project manager, said: “One big aspect of hoarding is when 
people keep buying things that they don’t need. “It’s really to help people at the moment they are about to buy something and they are asked a few questions about whether they actually need to buy that item.”

The festive period can be particularly difficult for hoarders as the pressure to buy extra goods is so high, said Ms Fay, director of Bruntsfield-based firm Life-Pod. She said: “People who continuously acquire do it all year round but for people who just about keep a handle on it then Christmas may make it much more difficult. “What I do mainly is to help people to reduce their clutter and reorganise it but as much as I may try to help people to get rid of the stuff, I also need to help them stop buying things in the first place.”

As Scotland’s only certified counsellor specialising in helping people with compulsive hoarding disorder, Ms Fay has helped people whose homes are stuffed to the rafters with piles of papers, books and other junk.

There are many complex causes for this behaviour, she said, including an inability to let go after trauma or loss or loneliness.

She said: “For some people when they are standing in a shop and looking at what to buy it can feel like a life and death decision. “We try to get them to work through that and rationalise their thought process.”

It is not only compulsive hoarders who might benefit from the app but anyone who is tends to shop too much or needs help curbing their spending. Ms Fay added: “I have tried it with a few of my clients already who say it is a really useful tool for them.”

The app, which was launched in November, is now available for purchase on Apple and ­Android devices.

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Leaked e-mails show Sony botching its Steve Jobs movie


The biography of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs

The biography of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

For years, Sony Pictures has promised to make a movie about former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs based on Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography. But last month, Universal announced it had picked up the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie. We scratched our heads and moved on — then the hack of Sony Pictures exposed exactly how the picture went from being the next blockbuster to a Sony Pictures quagmire. Over at Gawker’s Defamer blog, Sam Biddle has published blow-by-blow account of the e-mail chatter that led to the disintegration. Here are five things we’ve learned from it.

These leaks make Sony Pictures look like a total mess. It’s unfair to judge a company based on a few heated e-mails from a few executives. But if the purpose here is to damage Sony Pictures’s reputation, then the hackers that leaked these e-mails have definitely chosen their targets well. In the leaked thread on the Jobs movie, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal comes as needlessly aggressive, incompetent and totally willing to trash high-value talent such as actress Angelina Jolie to anyone when needed. And Pascal doesn’t come off the worst in these hacks. From the leaked data on its gender pay gap to an enormous list of complaints from what appears to be an employee feedback survey, Sony Pictures looks like a bumbling, backwards place to work.

The upshot of this leak is not just a ploy to damage the company’s security reputation or to prove a point about how it handles consumer information, which was the aim of the major hack of the Sony PlayStation Network in 2011. And it’s not a hack for financial information.

This is character assassination.

Hollywood may be even more ego-centric than tech. Tech firms get a lot of well-deserved criticism for being self-absorbed and amazingly ego-driven. (In fact, Biddle’s sort of the master of that.) But the size of the egos at play in this thread are staggering.

The bulk of the conversation leaked here is between Pascal and the Jobs movie producer Scott Rudin — an accomplished Hollywood bigwig who’s not exactly famous for his congeniality. And they’re fighting, it seems, because Angelina Jolie wants director David Fincher to direct her picture about Cleopatra rather than the Jobs biopic. After numerous demands to Pascal that order her, in one form or another, to shut Jolie down, Rudin goes off on the Academy Award-winning actress:

I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming

And much more adept at spin. In an e-mail that is almost breathtaking in its mastery of spin, Sony marketing head Michael Pavlic waxes rhapsodic about Jobs, which Biddle reports “still basically just exists on paper” at that point. But to hear Pavlic tell it, it’s a masterpiece:

“It’s a mediation [sic] on Jobs himself. It’s one of his early computers – closed end to end. It’s insistent upon itself, it’s relentless. I kept begging for someone to walk outside, for some daylight, for an opening.”

We’ve seen some impressive pitches for vaporware over the years here at The Switch, but that’s pretty darn good. Plus, there’s no mention of innovation or disruption, or claims to be the “Uber” or “Tinder” of anything. Extra points.

Director David Fincher is hilarious.  Pascal was upset when she saw an article saying Fincher was clashing with the studio and might pull out of the project. So she forwarded the article — which had the headline “‘Girls’ Star Adam Driver to Play ‘Star Wars Villain; David Fincher Eyed for Steve Jobs Movie; Josh Boone to Direct ‘The Stand.'”  — to Fincher with one, um, word of commentary: “WTF.”

His reply? “Adam Driver is a terrible idea, I’m with you.”

Cold.

Real lesson: Don’t write things in company e-mails that you don’t want published in headlines. In the comments on the article,Biddle said that, at one point in the e-mail exchange someone wrote the wisest words of the chain: “You are both crazy to put this in an e-mail.”

Truer words have never been committed to the screen. In other words, folks, if you’re contemplating have a long, passive-aggressive (or outright aggressive) argument over a work matter, consider saving your best barbs for a series of lunches or phone conversations. Anywhere without a paper trail.

And also, as a sub-lesson: how about a little respect for the staying power of Steve Jobs? Even without this e-mail thread, Jobs was already making headlines because of his appearance in court this week, via a video taped just months before he died. The fact that the Hollywood elite and their studios as are still fighting to make a picture on Jobs a little over three years after his death says quite a bit about his lasting impact.

Via: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/leaked-e-mails-show-sony-botching-its-steve-jobs-movie/

https://www.newday.mk/leaked-e-mails-show-sony-botching-its-steve-jobs-movie/

http://hackhappens.com/2014/12/leaked-e-mails-show-sony-botching-its-steve-jobs-movie/

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