Monthly Archives: January 2020

Apps are Dying?

Two long-time Android apps that I used to use a lot bit the dust recently: Hipmunk, the airfare aggregator is just dead.  Tapingo, the skip-the-line-order-ahead app for campus dining, has been subsumed into the Borg that is Grubhub.  (Weirdly, most people around here pronounced it “tap-ingo” while I perhaps wrongly said “tap-n-go”.  Guess that’s totally academic now.)

Coincidence?  Or have we reached a new stage in the lifecycle of even established apps?

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We Had an Earthquake?

Apparently, the earthquake between Jamaica and Cuba this afternoon was so strong (7.7!) it shook up parts of Miami. Various tall buildings downtown were evacuated as a safety precaution.

I didn’t feel a thing in my third-floor office in Coral Gables.

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The Apocalypse Will Be Televised

Graphical Real-Time Map of Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus: Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Global Cases (by JHU CSSE)

Above as of Jan 27, 2020 9 am EST. The map is real-time in the sense that it’s updated when new info is provided by authorities.  It can also be adjusted to show any country or city, and a timeline and scale of contagion.

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Overheard at Work

Heard from my office – no idea who the speakers were.

Voice1: “This printer must be Jamaican.”

Voice2: “What?”

Voice1: “It’s always jammin!”

Certainly offers a whole new world of meanings to rasterizing

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We Predicted This

A.I. Is Learning to Read Mammograms (NY Times). We predicted this, and lots more where it came from.

Admittedly, it was pretty obvious.

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