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App offers travel recommendations based on time of year

What’s It Like is an app that aims to let users simply choose the time they’re looking to get away in order to receive a suggestion that’s perfect for the time of year.


Travelers are always looking for suggestions as to where in the world they should visit next. We previously wrote about the Hitlist app which even makes the decision for them based on their social media profile. However, recommendations for any location may be better at one time of the year but not so good at others. What’s It Like is an app that aims to let users simply choose the time they’re looking to get away in order to receive a suggestion that’s perfect for the time of year.

For those with holiday time availble in early September, it may be no use trying to catch the Northern Lights in Norway as they’re best in late December. However, they might be just in time to catch the famous New England fall or the Whale Festival in South Africa. Users of What’s It Like will be able to enter in their dates of travel and receive a number of recommendations for destinations where they’ll be right on time to witness a natural phemonenon or annual activity. Still in beta at the moment, the startup is currently collecting information to drive its suggestions, as well as travel experts to advise travelers. 

The app aims to make the limited time workers have off for exploring the globe more fruitful by ensuring they don’t miss out on what the world has to offer in limited timeframes. Are there other aspects of trips abroad that comparison sites can use to recommend the best options for travelers?


Visual recognition app acts like Shazam for furniture

LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload

With thousands of furniture catalogs being pushed into mailboxes everyday, alongside endless images of aspirational lifestyle apartments in the media, it’s perhaps inevitable that today’s consumer is more paticular than ever when it comes to interior design. In an effort to help them source exactly the right item, LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload.

To get started consumers can either select an item of furniture from the app’s built in gallery, or upload their own picture — either a photo they have taken themselves or an image from the web (most likely Pinterest or Tumblr). The app then analyses the image and presents the user with similar and complementary items — drawn from the app’s extensive database of millions of products from thousands of top furniture brands. After the consumer has found an item they like, they can click to make a purchase directly from the retailer. 

Both the website and iOS app are free of charge and an Android version will be released later this year. Are there any other departments where visual recognition could aid search in a meaningful way?


AI restaurant guide makes friendly recommendations

Finding a new place to eat with a friend or that special someone often requires a trawl throughGoogle search results or Yelp reviews, but they're not very good at knowing the types of restaurants you already like. Adding a touch of natural language recognition and artificial intelligence, Russia's IO is an app that learns users' preferences and chats with them to help them find restaurants nearby. Users simply start by typing questions into IO, without having to fill out any preferences up front. IO will then begin to reply with an easy-to-understand answer in a friendly tone. Users can type as if they were speaking to a friend over text and IO will understand what they're saying. When recommending a restaurant, the app brings up all of the relevent details -- location, description, menu, prices, opening times and contact details. Users can also ask what's good on the menu, what the atmosphere's like and if it's good for a date, along with other questions they might have. For each response, users can let IO know if they think it looks good, if they want to know more info or a different suggestion. This way, the app learns their preferences and can make better recommendations in the future. The more they use it, the smarter it becomes. Over time, users can save information about their favorite restaurants to create their own unique collection.

Recently launched in New York City and with plans to expand to major European cities, IO is part of a trend for presenting data in a more friendly way using AI and machine learning, and at times it feels close to the vision of the future presented in Spike Jonze's Her. Are there other ways to make tech user interfaces feel less like working with a computer and more like speaking with a human?

Sexy Data? SHOW ME!

Personal data, business data, Big Data, data e-ver-y-where! Captured, stored and according to a scientific rapport called Extracting value from chaos The world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011 the world created a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of "information containers". All these numbers could either mean nothing to you or drive you totally nuts.  

That's why there's Infoactive! It translates all this information in data driven stories. It Builds interactive infographics and data visualizations who are simple, responsive and of course ,already mentioned, interactive.

Data is everything but sexy, with the Infoactive overhaul it's appearance becomes visual, simple and compelling. When analyses become more visual they're easier to understand which will increase efficiency and speed up the information intake. It also lowers the bar of understanding complex matters and makes it easier to grasp. With more knowledge of the world under their belt people might develop intellect quicker and could make better overal choices. It will raise the quality of life standard as we know it simply by changing numbers in visuals.  

Slavery gets shit done

Well I've got a lot going on recently and in reaction to that I respond quite the opposite of normal human beings. Yes, I get kind of lazy! See, I work real hard when I have goal that I'm passionate about. Craving to get that one big oppertunity or breakthrough, and when I finally tend to get there my mind hollers with a deep afro american cinema voice - DONE!

I then litterally turn my back and the priority of napping grabs first place again. It's not the weirdest phenomenon, but still. So if you're in this pickle too, high five the shit out of someone's ear next to you! because I have found a solution! *warning if you think this last joke is not funny in ANY possible way you are better off just stopping right here, or here,

I do not have a shiny docter's degree but I will give you the same advice. Wheter you're turning blind because tasks are pilling up at your desk or your rasta attitude is getting the the best of you, Get (a) Carrot

It's a application that preforms the role of this Absurd football coach screaming casual questions guided with some serious spit. Refreshing as it is, you need it on your phone to do some actual work with style.