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Celebrity Cyber Report – Kevin Hart, Lionel Richie

Comedian Kevin Hart in association with Lionsgate will launch a streaming comedy app entitledLaugh Out Loudon August 3rd. Content for the show appears to be plentiful with Hart’s comedy front and center. Among the shows planned are “Campus Law,” which places recent grads in security guard jobs at their alma mater.  Another sitcom planned for the service is “Dead House,” where a human joins a reality show alongside four zombies. Comedian Jo Koy will host a series that highlights viral pranks called “Inglorious Pranksters.”  Another show,”Black Geo,”  is a comedy series that satirically investigates the origins of black culture.

“Laugh Out Loud” will also offer all theDef Comedy Jam” seasons as well as standup sets from the comedy festivalJust for Laughs.” The service will also offer comedy from YouTube star GloZellVine stars King Bach and DC Young Fly, Emmanuel Hudson and MADtv performer Anjelah Johnson. Kevin Hart will have his own comedy series as Lyft driver using hidden cameras entitledKevin Hart-Lyft Legend.” In the show Hart plays old and hilarious Lyft driver Donald Mac. 

The ” Laugh Out Loud” app will be available on Apple and Android for free on August 3rd for $3 a month allowing users to stream shows ad-free. 

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie with “Heal” Founder Nick Desai

Singer, song writer and all around music legend Lionel Richie has decided to invest in new health care appHeal.” Richie is no stranger to tech investing as he was an early investor in the software colossus Microsoft. Richie has turned his sites and money on the new start up to bring the kind of quality medical care he remembers to others.

A native of Tuskegee, AL, Richie said, “If you’re born and raised in Alabama in a small, tight-knit community, you know all the doctors, you know all the nurses… No one said meet me at the office at 8 o clock in the morning and wait.”

That’s what drew Richie to “Heal.” He believes this technology and new business model could return a degree of service that seems to have disappeared from American healthcare.

“Heal” is a doctor-on-demand service that provides personalized doctor visits booked through an app on a user’s phone for $99 per visit.

Speaking about his first meeting with “Heal” founder Nick Desai Richie said, “When I met with Nick, he said ‘Here’s the pitch: we want to bring back affordable healthcare with doctors coming to the house in less than two hours.’ I said… are you kidding me… from there it was pretty much a question of how he could he pull this off? And when I realized they had actually pulled off the logistics of it, that was it… It was pretty much what I love.”

Richie, like many celebrity tech investors, has taken the time to get to know some of technology’s most influential movers and shakers as friends. Richie counts both Yuri Milner and Elon Musk as friends. It was Milner who got the music legend involved in the start up world. 

“Yuri is my entrée,” said Richie. “Yuri is the one who got me with the bug… I find that when I speak to him he has one one more fascinating thing to tell me after another.”

Richie likes the the fact he does not have to leave L.A. to find tech investment opportunities. “Silicon Valley and its innovation is moving here. That innovation is a new wave of creativity. And I can’t help but want to be a part of that future, said Richie.

“Heal” is free and available for the Apple and Android devices.

Celebrity Cyber Report – Serena Williams, Wendy Williams and JayZ

Serena Williams

Serena Williams and SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie (Image courtesy of Recode)

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has taken on the challenge of diversity in the technology industry. Williams has joined the board of directors of SurveyMonkey along with Intuit CEO Brad Smith.  Williams says she wants to help solve the diversity problem in Silicon Valley.

SurveyMonkey employs about 650 workers. Women represent 27 percent of its technology jobs. Just 14 percent of its total payroll consists of African-Americans according to numbers the company provided.

“I feel like diversity is something I speak to,” Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Change is always happening; change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of the change and to make it easier for the next person that comes behind me.”

Although Williams exact goals are not clear she feels that her presence on the board can help open up the valley to more diversity.

Williams is pregnant and engaged to technology entrepreneur, Alexis Ohanian co-founder of the online forum Reddit. Williams expressed her disappointment in the lack of diversity in high paying technology jobs.

SurveyMonkey, like many technology companies, are looking for a way to change the diversity equation. Williams’ appointment is part of the solution, according to SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie. “My focus is to bring in change agents around the table who can open our eyes,” he said.

Williams’ became linked to to SurveyMonkey through her friendship with Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, another member of SurveyMonkey’s board.

“I have been really interested in getting involved in Silicon Valley for years, so I have been kind of in the wading waters,” Williams said. “Now, I am jumping into the deep end of the pool. When I do something, I go all out.”

Wendy Williams

Day time talk show host Wendy Williams is reaching out to her audience using a new app. Williams just launched ‘Wendy Digitala new entertainment and lifestyle app. Williams is deploying the technology to strengthen her already powerful connection with her audience. 

‘Wendy Digital’ will allow her audience to get to know her better by extending the show to their smartphones and mobile devices increasing interactivity. The app will offer staples of her television show that includes the very popular Hot Topics. Fans will able to participate in the often saucy discussions. The app will also offer shopping from her HSN Collection and outfit of the day or “OOTD.” The ETrivia function permits her audience to test their celebrity knowledge and win prizes. Wendy is using the app to share a little of herself by offering ‘Suddenly Wendy” that gives her fans exclusive video and behind scenes  views of “Wendy’s World.” 

‘Wendy Digital’ is free and available for Apple and Android devices.

JayZ and Tidal

JayZ continues to struggle with his Tidal Music Streaming service. The company announced the loss of yet another CEO. Tidal confirmed that it had jettisoned its third CEO in two years, Jeff Toig. In a statement to Billboard.com  the company wrote, “As part of Tidal’s continued expansion this year we will be announcing a new CEO in the coming weeks. We wish Toig all the best in his future endeavors.”

Toig took the reigns of CEO in January 2016 during its rocky launch. Toig replaced Peter Tonstad who replaced Andy Chen.

JayZ purchased Aspiro a Swedish ­technology company and its Winamp ­streaming service in 2015 for $56 million dollars. He renamed it Tidal and added powerful music stars like his wife Beyonce, friend Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, Prince and many others. All seeking a away to get their fair share of music streaming revenue.

However, Tidal has struggled in the highly competitive music streaming business. Most importantly Tidal has struggled to attract and hold paid subscribers. Tidal has an estimated one million paid users falling far behind streaming leaders Spotify, 50 million subscribers and Apple Music, 20 million subscribers.

Adding to JayZ’s headaches is a report from a Norwegian newspaper saying Tidal has been inflating subscriber numbers to the media, the public and investors.

 

Celebrity Cyber Report – Beyonce, Jay-Z

beyonce-22Black artists and athletes are all seeing the value of technology. Beyonce, the ‘Queen Bee’ herself has jumped into the technology investment game. But Beyonce is showing her smarts when it comes to the tech game. Miss Bee and her management company, Parkwood Entertainment, dropped $150,000 on Sidestep, the company that created an app that lets music fans purchase those concert t-shirts and other merchandise and pick it up without waiting in line.

Beyonce and her business people understand that concert souvenirs bring in a nice chunk of change. Anyway you look at it for a superstar like Beyonce  this is a smart move. The Sidestep app started selling t-shirts and posters for Beyoncé’s current world tour. Apparently the purchasing app must’ve performed pretty well since Beyonce invested in the company a mere two weeks. Beyonce is also invested in her husbands Jay-Z’s  music streaming service  Tidal.

You can download the app for Apple devices here. Click here for Android.

tidal-share.239a2bdcSpeaking of Jay-Z and Tidal things are not so smooth over there. According to an Esquire.com report the music service has been nothing but disappointing. Tidal was supposed to be the standard in high fidelity music streaming with a nice share of the money going to the artists. At least that was the original idea. And plenty of artists and music fans jumped on board. But according to reports Tidal has become known for slow download times and little if any increase in the sound quality for too much money. Complaints have surfaced that Tidal has been luring in listeners by promising a complimentary trial subscription then making it difficult if not impossible to cancel the  subscription before it automatically starts charging.  Tidal has also been stringing users along with some shady tactics like Kanye’s  Life of Pablo album release. The rapper updated The Life of Pablo with new songs right as the 30-day free trial ended.

But the news gets worse. Tidal has made some decent moves with people like having his wife Beyonce and buddy Kanye onboard but there is still the problem of money. Tidal is losing it big time!

 According to the Wall Street Journal Tidal lost $28 million last year as reported by the streaming service’s Aspiro AB holding company. That’s down another $17.4 million more over 2014. The WSJ reports that Tidal is struggling to pay its bills owing roughly $438,000 to about 100 record labels and is lacking enough on hand capital to make it through 2016. The bottom line is, Tidal bleeding to death…slowly.

 

Celebrity Cyber Report – Mike Tyson

Iron MikeFormer heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson has jumped into the Bitcoin game. You might remember the mountains of money that boxing legend George Forman made by endorsing an electric grill? Well Iron Mike is using that strategy by endorsing an app based Bitcoin wallet and ATM.

Bitcoins are a digital currency that is created and held electronically. Unlike hard currency such as the dollar or Euro, there is no controlling authority and its completely untraceable. Bitcoins are produced by people, and by more and more businesses, running computers all around the world using software that solves mathematical problems. Solving these problems results in the creation of a Bitcoin. That’s Bitcoin in a nutshell. To learn more about Bitcoins check out this article.

Tyson is endorsing Bitcoin Direct, a subsidiary of Connexus Corporation. In a separate deal Tyson previously announced another partnership with this company  which is making Bitcoin ATMs more widely available.

This new app based digital wallet is designed to introduce Bitcoins to smartphones. Users of smartphones  will be able to buy and sell Bitcoins through the app. The app will set certain thresholds for minimum amounts, letting the user quickly confirm payments over the platform and reducing the risk of losing their Bitcoins through a glitch or hacking.

Tyson admits he is no expert on the digital currency and neither was George Foreman a chef. So Like George, Iron Mike is bringing his name, fame and facial tattoo to the company.

App of the Week – Laundry Day

Laundry DayNothing is more frustrating than trying to decipher those mysterious washing instruction tags on garments. What do those symbols mean? What is worse is that you know that making a mistake will ruin the clothes and send your hard earned money down the drain. That is why Laundry Day is the App of the Week.

The world has become a global market place and its likely your new silk blouse or cashmere sweater was imported. And that goes for many of the clothes we wear in the U.S. So when you look at that laundry tag you gonna ask, WTF?! But here is a bit of useless trivia that suddenly becomes useful. There is an internationally recognized dictionary of laundry symbols published by the TextileLearner. Its a dictionary not a Bible. We found a lot of symbols that were not listed there. 

Laundry

The Laundry Day app works by using image recognition technology that automatically sees, deciphers and provides the user with a translation of the information. You could consider this app an investment or insurance policy against destroying clothes that are not supposed to be dry cleaned or washed with dark colors that bleed. Yeah; we have all done that!

Laundry Day costs $1.19 and is available only on Apple.

 

App of the Week – ManDown

mandownNothing is more terrifying than being alone and suddenly needing emergency help. Thats why ManDown is the App of the Week. 

Smartphones are now part of outlives. And with a smartphone and the ManDown app you are never alone. The ManDown app alerts family, friends or colleagues automatically if you have an emergency even if you are unconscious. The app send out emergency notifications via text, phone or email.

The ManDown app monitors your movements and can be set for minutes or hours up to 24 hours. If the user does not move for a set amount of time a pre-alarm warning will activate. If the phone is not moved your smartphone go into a full alarm mode. In the full alarm mode the phone sends out a local, audible alarm. The phone also sends out a text, email and phone call to selected emergency contacts. That message will also provide your GPS location.

Many elderly people enjoy an independent life. But with age comes hazards and sometimes this can have family members worried. Falls in the home is a major cause of injury to the elderly. ManDown can help ease the worry of family members.

But ManDown is useful for many people including;

  • Fire and police first responders.
  • Military personnel.
  • Workers in potentially hazardous situations.
  • People who work alone such as postal workers, utility workers, security guards and convenience store clerks.
  • Physically or developmentally handicapped people living alone.
  • People with health conditions
  • Children
  • College Students
  • Caregivers and baby sitters
  • Hikers , campers and and people who enjoy activities in remote locations.

Unlike other personal emergency alert monitors ManDown has no monthly fees. The app also has a SOS button the user can activate when in need and when activated constantly monitors the users GPS location.

ManDown is $2.99 and available for Apple and Android.

App of the Week – Allset

AllsetWouldn’t it be nice to select a restaurant walk in, sit down, eat and walk out. Your reservation has been made, your meal selected and your bill paid before you even walk in the door? Yes, that would be nice and save a lot of time and headache for all concerned. That is why Allset is the App of the Week.

Allset is an app that eliminates a lot of the time consumption and inconvenience of eating out. Especially if you eating on a schedule, like say lunch in a downtown area.  The app allows you to select your restaurant and even your favorite table. Your meal is ordered directly through the app and ready when you walk through the door. When you’re done eating just walk away. Using the app means you have already paid your bill.

Allset is a blessing to the busy, the busy office worker and the busy restaurant owner who wants to feed you and get you out of that seat so someone else can get fed…and get out! This speed  means you get back to the office on time and the restaurant gets to feed more mouths resulting is greater profits. Allset is available for  just about any restaurant.

Allset is free and available for Apple and Android.

App of the Week – See Something Send Something

See SomethingSadly terrorism has become a part of life. People are more aware than ever before of extremism for various causes. This atmosphere has resulted in a hyper state of alert for law enforcement and the average citizen. That is why See Something Send Something is the App of the Week.

New York state officials unveiled the app in an effort to enlist citizens in the effort to keep them safe and fight terrorism.  The app is designed to encourage citizens to report suspicious activity to the police.

See Something Send Something is not new and is currently in use in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Colorado, and Virginia. New York however seems to be the most inviting target for terrorist. Most recently the terrorist group ISIS released video of a suicide bomber with New York’s Times Square as a backdrop. The implication was clear.

Because of this threat and the past history of terrorists targeting New York the use of the app there will be its biggest test so far.

“It is important to remember that all New Yorkers have a role in keeping our state safe,” said state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner John Melville.

Police are however cautious about the app as it could be used to feed useless information based on prejudices.

New York Governor Cuomo said, “Of course, it’s also important to note that such apps are easily abused — particularly in times of extreme tension, users have been known to send in “tips” that are based more upon their own prejudices than legitimate concerns. When you ask for anonymous tips, you very well could get false information or information the person believes is true, but turns out not to be correct,” Cuomo admitted. “As such, significant vetting will be needed in order to ensure that the information being passed along holds water, and doesn’t simply flood the system with racist comments.”

See Something Send Something is free and available for Apple and Android.

 

 

 

App of the Week- WageSpot

WageSpotMany will tell you that nothng is more private than money, not even sex. But is the hush-hush attitude about wages and salaries keeping wages low? Are corporations using this situation against the 99%? That’s why WageSpot is the App of the week?

WageSpot allows the user to compare their income to that of others around them. Revealing one’s wages is a radical concept but America has a serious problem when it comes to wage gaps among workers across genders and even between races. It’s common knowledge that women earn less on average than men for the same job. And black men earn less that whites with equal education and qualifications. Why? WageSpot maybe abe to change some things.

Users of WageSpot will be able to see and share their salary information directly with other users. This feature will provide a clearer picture of what the worker should, or could be, earning.  

WageSpot uses data inputted by users that will be filterable by job title, salary, location, gender, job satisfaction, experience, and a number of other determinant factors.

In an email to Fortune.com co-founder Marat Galperin said, “What appealed most to us about the idea of WageSpot was that it was both controversial and compelling. The last American taboo on keeping salary information secret has really helped employers keep salaries down. We strongly believe that bringing transparency into the world of compensation can help turn the tables on employers by empowering employees with useful information. We envision WageSpot becoming a ubiquitous part of any salary discussion and a powerful tool helping level the playing field for all employees.”
WageSpot is free and available on Apple and Android devices.

Ludachris Jumps into the Tech Game

www.roadie.com

www.roadie.com

Rapper Ludachris, real name Chris Bridges, has decided to join a host of other rap artists and athletes  who have decided to get into the tech game.

Ludachris announced that he will be partnering with Atlanta based delivery company Roadie. Roadie proclaims itself to be the first neighbor-to-neighbor delivery network. The service works by allowing someone who has a package to be delivered to post a “Gig.” Drivers traveling in the direction where the package needs to go will see the posting and claim the job of delivering it. Both parties must to agree on the terms of delivery. The sender can schedule a pick up and delivery the same day or anytime they wish. Senders can track the package to its destination. No pricing information was made available on the website.

In a statement Ludachris said, “I am intrigued by new technology and I love seeing the Atlanta tech scene on the rise so I partnered with Roadie to help spread the word about this brand new, completely unique app created in Atlanta. In a world where I feel we need a lot more people helping each other out, Friendshipping is the future.”

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