Hi, you might like to checkout Linxy: https://golinxy.com . It enables you to find and track latest news by specifying i) keywords AND ii) news sites categories. With these two inputs, you can create a very personalised search feed for professional development and for tracking knowledge based topics.
For example as a programmer, you can track i) "java", "python", "go" AND ii) Programming and Technology site Categories. Such input will show you latest articles about these languages from relevant sites, and the links found should be very much relevant.
Linxy is cool! It seems to be solving a part of the problem on getting information about things related to my career.
But I can get such information through other means too, what I'm not able to get is information based on predictions for career trajectories. I feel with what you have built, you have a chance of building a system which is able to give information on what one should know if they want to reach a milestone in their career.
Hey Andora, I have been facing the same issue since eternity. Everyday, waking up to nonsense was mentally taxing. However, very recently, somebody texted me on LinkedIn for product feedback and I found out about this app called offbeat news from there.
I didn’t pay a heed to whatever the guys were saying first, but then gave it a shot and found it to be quite pleasant. It only shows us positive and inspiring stories from all over the world and has personalised feeds in various categories. In this way, I stay informed and don’t lose my sanity over it. I am linking the play store link here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.offbeat.today , see if this helps.
I think journalism is about truth, positive or negative emotion doesn't play a role in reporting. Although there could some who would want an app which delivers only positive news, I don't think it solves this problem of delivering a news which someone needs.
Hi, you might like to check out https://golinxy.com (please feel free to ask any questions or give any feedback) - the point if Linxy is to create a very personalized news feed exactly like this. You can specify i) phrases and keywords, ii) news sites topic groups or just select individual news sites. Linxy then creates a chronological feed of news matching your keywords/phrases and coming from your selected news sources.
This way you will i) only see very relevant articles (based on your keywords) and ii) the articles will only come from relevant sources. When you setup the search feed, you can just bookmark the url and visit your news feed whenever you'd like.
As the search feed is specified by chosen keywords and phrases, Linxy is best suitable for professional, knowledge based topics etc.
Thank you for the comments. Linxy doesn't just show you general Category news. You can create a very specific search feed: i) Pick very specific phrases/keywords which define your area of expertise, AND ii) select Categories of news sources. It is this combination (keywords AND filtering news sources), which creates a 100% relevant news search. If you setup both of these inputs well, Linxy will show you very relevant news only. You also don't need to sign-up to Pro (for emails), you can just bookmark the Linxy search url and visit it periodically.
You can browse some of the example searches shown on the first page to get an idea how the inputs can be setup for different use cases for various areas of professional/knowledge topics.
I like what you've done with Linxy, although what I've mentioned in the other comment is my personal opinion/preference, I feel Linxy could use it to differentiate itself among others as even Google Alerts delivers keyword based news.
But to do that, automatically finding the keywords is crucial, perhaps asking few specific set of questions to the users can help there.
Can the users add the news sources? Are you planning to release an API?
Current issues with the News media has been well articulated in your problem description.
I've been thinking about this too, although much of the information I consume are usually from highly curated sources like HN - https://news.ycombinator.com or specific subreddits from https://reddit.com , they are not complete and cannot replace regional/national news. Again, none of them provide the news we need, they only provide what we wanted.
I think, we need to change the fundamental format of news and the schedule delivery.
I'm thinking about once a day news delivery with the following sections, one news source per section strictly -
A section for hyperlocal news e.g. Weather, COVID-19 figures etc.
A section for personalised health i.e. health news relevant to our current health.
I think a .pdf in an email would do, since it's just once per day. Think of it like single page news paper, only that it's printed just for you.
The reason for why I think online news hasn't attempted this kind of hyper-personalised news delivery is because Advertising as sole monetisation strategy and advertisements thrive on platforms which give what people want and not what they need. Also, I don't think any major online News Media or even News Aggregator would risk reducing their volume to once a day as they have to satisfy their reader's FOMO as there are plenty of competition.
I feel a section for random news, i.e. not personalised for us is necessary to know something outside our bubble every day.
Btw, Apple has released the new Apple Watch series 6 with Pulse Oximeter but doesn't seem to have breathing rate measurement as I previously suggested - https://www.apple.com/apple-watch-series-6/ , likely because the breathing rate measurement is not accurate yet.
I use https://www.hnreplies.com which is fine for my use case. I feel like by providing a notification service, it wouldn't be HN anymore. it will encourage emotional replies/attacks/flame wars due to people instantly reacting to any comments/replies without thinking.
I prefer not to give my email id and also browser notifications are better for me as I can organize it with other notifications. I feel notifications needs to be a choice as, I have missed several important conversations by not knowing that I had a reply.
Hey KeMonte, when there are no user accounts or email id involved browser extension, desktop or mobile app are the only way to deliver a notification. Since HN is itself a website, a browser extension should be the way to go IMO.
As for unique address or identifier, every HN url (submission/comment) has the id.
That doesn't work, it's not updated for years now. When added, the extension shows notification couple of times only when the HN page is refreshed and then stops. Besides it does not have comment subscription.
I think this problem needs to be solved if we want more B2B side projects to grow into actual profitable startups.
I once had such a project, for which I wasn't able to get any clients. I sold it for a meagre sum to a friend's company which is making lot of money with it, the company didn't do anything special with it, the difference was that they were incorporated and were in existence for couple of years; so they were able to get clients for it.
As a side project creator, I cannot be incorporated just for selling it to business customers. An agreeable service-level agreement(SLA) would could solve this.
How do you think such an SLA should be implemented?
Like for any chicken-and-egg problem, the first step is likely is to reduce the size of the market for working out a solution. We need to have find a small market where businesses would accept a SLA from a side project, a way for side project builders to offer SLA and adhere to it.
As for what that SLA should be, We need to discuss more about the requirements, challenges faced by both the parties. Hopefully, we'll find that out here.
This is what I use to organize my bookmarks and find it when needed - https://getmemex.com . It's not just a bookmarking tool, but also helps to annotate information from different websites into a single collection.
I appreciate what you are trying to do for your friend.
Teaching theoretical Computer Science as such through books without a computer is very much possible as its been done for ages, but IMO teaching programming which is a subset of CS; especially latest programming languages without access to a compiler could be difficult if we want to impart practical knowledge and not just memory of the syntax.
That is an excellent write-up on the subject, thanks for sharing. None of the correspondence degree courses I checked teach Programming or even Computer Science, they are providing Arts, Bachelor of Science and Math degrees.
Maybe there is a reason for not providing programming course? But the article you shared states how it can be done.
https://green-pixel.com/ has been doing this for design i.e. offering monthly fee for freelancing work. But their service seems to be employer focussed, I wonder whether the freelancers they offer to customers are their own regular employees.
Didn't know that I needed this, but after visualizing what you wrote I would like to have it as well! Just to know about different musical instruments, but the variety of instruments seems to be lacking in western music when compared to Asian, Middle East and even European music.
This is a neat problem to solve with Machine Learning, I'm sure a ML/DL enthusiast would pick it up and could be commercialised as well to sell as a library/service to music app industry as they are interested in differentiators for their platform and a music instrument visualisation would definitely fill that need gap.
Ignoring the harsh words, I think the problem you are stating is that 'freelancing service providers commission are high' and you think flat fee could address that.
I guess by charging commission, they ensure that the fee is paid only when the work is done. But if it's a subscription, even those who don't get a work needs to pay each month and soon freelancers would leave for other platforms where they have to pay only when they get paid.
Comparing a consumer service like Netflix just because it is a subscription service seems just wrong. But, I will leave someone more knowledgable about business models state why it is so.
It's called Two-sided market place, when the platform enables exchange between two distinct user groups. In fact Netflix, Uber, Airbnb etc. are all Two-sided market place, but I agree that we cannot just sight Netflix as a justification for any subscription.
There could be others who feel commission rates for freelancing services are high and might indeed prefer a flat fee service as an alternative. But, solving the chicken-and-egg problem would be much more critical i.e. having enough employers and freelancers to begin with as the competitors are huge. Some of these platforms, even offer life time zero commission rates between a freelancer and the client they have brought from other platform.
So I feel a change in the business model alone wouldn't cut it as the existing players can always drop their prices, more needs to be done to understand other underlying core problems/need gaps faced by the freelancers and their employers to create a platform which solves them.
Recipeify( https://recipeify.com/ ) seems to be addressing this the other way by aggregating recipes from different sources themselves and offering a search facility with filters for ingredients, dish types and other dietary preferences. But they seem to be allow saving only the recipes shown in their website and from any other website of our choice.
Building a cheap computer could be the first thing which comes to the mind of a technically inclined person. But efforts regarding this have been underway for for several decades without widespread success in getting access to mobile computing to the underprivileged from One Laptop Per Child to Raspberry Pi.
I've seen regular laptops with poor build quality being supplied to high school/college students(before COVID-19 pandemic), such devices won't survive handling by younger children and are an over-kill for their needs.
Besides, smartphones have proved themselves as the preferred mobile commuting device(from adoption rate) and cost lesser than any of the above full fledged computers for children.
Perhaps donating smartphones, computers at the scale of how we donate clothes, food items during other natural disasters could help alleviate this problem for some. But, then again phones and computers don't get replaced often in emerging economies; When they get replaced, the old often goes to someone who needs it within their family.
Without solving for electricity, Internet a solution in this direction could just be a part of overall solution.
This is a problem of extraordinary implications, requiring immediate attention, thank you for posting this Abishek.
I think creation of easier mechanism (like contact free door-to-door pick-up and delivery) for the donation of smartphones, computers from cities to rural areas can help reduce the pain for several children immediately.
I have found links to few Govt. and NGOs working on donating electronic devices for education,
like contact free door-to-door pick-up and delivery
That's a great suggestion Bakshara. Those who want to donate devices from cities are now limited by logistics, so a door pickup can address that and kudos to the agencies working to donate devices.
But these devices come in various conditions, configurations, form factors, battery life etc and most of all it's likely to be an Android device which hasn't received a security update for several years and so these children could easily fall victim to cyber-fraud and exploitation. Besides, long hours of using smartphones with small displays aren't great for a child's health either.
I think we need to work on device which which can deliver remote education without Internet and proper electricity.
I'm thinking on the lines of receiving television signal(DVB-T is robust), receivers are cheap (<$10) and transmission of data back from the device using 433Mhz LoRa network.
So, the primitive concept is -
11.6" LCD display.
DVB-T receiver for receiving television/radio signal.
Water proof Keyboard which the children can do their home work and chat with the teacher.
Communication via LoRaWAN® network for light weight text data .
Minimal compute (e.g. Raspberry Pi Nano) for handling all the above and for extensibility.
Removable batteries, capable of being charged through various options (e.g. Solar, Cycle etc.)
I think, such a device could be manufactured at the cost of a low-end smartphone but with better quality and versatility fulfilling specific needs for remote education.
Hi! Check https://speechtext.ai . It is one of the best software for podcasters to transcribe their podcasts that I found. It has the similar accuracy as Google (even better), supports 30 languages and popular non-native accents. Price starts from $0.05 per minute.
Very interesting, the guidelines shows how to solve this problem and thanks for sharing it.
Is there any repo where I can see some cheat sheets created using Material Summaries guidelines? I think you should link some at the start of the README for visitors to get inspired and also motivate those who are creating cheat sheets using your guidelines to upload them to a open public repository.
The issue is this: Most cheat sheets are highly specialized for a given professor or subject at one university. I upload them to the university directory but uploading them anywhere else doesn't really help except as a demo for the visuals.
That makes sense, but considering it's education it might still be useful outside of the Univ. Also some might find the cheat sheet they prepared gives them a strategic advantage for exams over their peers and might be unwilling to share it, but I think even they would be willing to share it after their exams.
But like OP said in above comment, only if the cheat sheets built using open guidelines are available to the public, it would address this need gap completely. I appreciate you working on solving this problem.
Hey all! I built an app to solve this problem! If you ever need to remember a small piece of information like when or where you did something, just type it in and the time/location will be logged. You can then search for it and easily recall when/where it was. A friend of needgap suggested I post here!
Logger: Spacetime Notes helps you write notes quickly and capture exactly when and/or where you wrote them. During the pandemic, you can also use it to record when, where, and who you've been in contact with by simply typing their name (like a text message).
I've personally used it to remember conversations with people, record the time I start something, track progress of my projects, jot down fleeting thoughts, mark where I've parked, and pinpoint cool places I've visited. Basically, anything you want to record quickly that you might need to recall in future. I like to think of it as a cache/extension of your biological memory.
There is always a need gap to save customer's time, definitely so in video editing and I appreciate you looking into it.
main pain points are synchronizing the video to the music, trimming clips perfectly, and finding the right order of putting clips one after another (and then resynching to the beat).
Great, I would further urge you to look deeper into these to find the core problem which causes delays when we do the above tasks. So, that you can build a solution to address it.
e.g. My main problems when it comes to video editing delays are -
Trimming: Clipping the video at correct frame, often I miss out on a frame and have to revisit it.
Audio: Removing unwanted gaps, pauses in the voice over.
Masking: Blurring selective portions of the video to hide sensitive information.
Likewise there will be different core problem with each of the pain points you have mentioned and it's necessary to address them to in order to fulfil the need gap effectively otherwise it will be just another video editing software which the customers have no reason to switch over to.
Any tips on getting people to spend 10-15 minutes to talk this?
Now, that's a great question. Unfortunately, on average people don't know how to identify the core problem for their issue and Builders don't know how to ask for the core problem. That's the main reason I had to create this platform in the first place - To understand the grammar of problems and startup ideas.
So, it's easier to ask to the people who come here searching for 'Simple video editor for youtube' what they want than asking some random individual about building a video editor.
That said, I would suggest you to derive a mechanism to identify novice YouTubers who are having issues editing their videos and then hear their editing woes(But identifying the core problem within those woes would be completely on you.).
of the above, masking is an order of magnitude more complex than the others, implementation wise
True, an example to show that problems complexity varies. But, if there's one thing Machine Learning does better than humans, it is image processing and so you will find a way when you want to address this.
> Unfortunately, on average people don't know how to identify the core problem for their issue and Builders don't know how to ask for the core problem. That's the main reason I had to create this platform in the first place - To understand the grammar of problems and startup ideas.
Awesome! I wish I'd known about it sooner :D
> That said, I would suggest you to derive a mechanism to identify novice YouTubers who are having issues editing their videos and then hear their editing woes(But identifying the core problem within those woes would be completely on you.).
I kinda' have found this more or less (via reddit), but it's a lot harder than I originally thought. I need to iterate through this, and improve on the process.
> True, an example to show that problems complexity varies. But, if there's one thing Machine Learning does better than humans, it is image processing and so you will find a way when you want to address this.
Agreed - if this is an issue for a lot of people, I guess I'll find a way to solve it :)
I don't know if insurers are permitted to package coverage separately like this. They heavily abused it prior to Obamacare and a lot of the regulation in Obamacare mandated that any insurance plan cover a certain set of procedures and medications. The largest barrier seems to be regulatory.
I agree. There are mandatory package coverage like you said here, in fact very recently they have launched COVID-19 specific insurance policies. But the issue here is more of the enforcement of regulations than the regulations itself.
That is exactly what I wanted, thank you. How is your experience with it?
I quickly tried it out with websites like Amazon, it seems to cover the whole website instead of individual items, but even then the chats are old and doesn't seem to have active users. Perhaps it is the 'chicken and egg' problem Abishek was telling about in another comment?
Anyways, this is the best solution for this problem so far. I hope many people use it.
I will also pay for this. Too many time i get a regular voice call that interrupts the Zoom, GoogleMeet , Whatsapp calls.. and what is worst is that if i'm using handsfree, when i get back to videocall, the sound has automatically changed to earpiece/speaker from bluetooth.
Oh right, there are numerous handsfree/bluetooth related issues when one app intrudes another during a call. My bluetooth headset doesn't get picked up by WhatsApp, when it interrupts a regular call and so I have run back to my phone!
Hacker News users are divided when it comes to notifications, many feel it adds to the notification pollution and want to stay away from any of the social network features. Although I agree on the need to control notification pollution, I think an on-demand notification service for HN like this - https://imgur.com/sCfEUO2 (mockup) is the best option to give the control to the user as Shinzo says.
Also, on-demand notification helps to spend less time on Hacker News by avoiding the need for refreshing HN pages frantically during interesting discussions.
Thanks for the remark. Here's how a tickler file works:
The system consists of two types of folders: dayly for in the running month and monthly folders for the year.
You can place all short-term items into the appropriate daily folder to schedule them for the current month. Items which need attention in a future month are put in the corresponding monthly folder. This makes the fortythree folders one of the easiest to use follow up systems.
Every day, you can focus on those items, that you have commited yourself to for that specific day. At the end of the day you can enjoy the feeling of achievment, when everything is done. Open tasks move to the next day.
I think at least some part of the problem can be addressed with a 'remote daycare for children' like a parent unable to focus on work as the child needs to be occupied with some activity (or) a child with nanny needs to be constantly monitored via camera which someone remotely could do it as well.
Sidenote - This thread is receiving large number of visitors organically from search engines for the query 'remote daycare', if you are a new visitor who came to this discussion with via a search; can you tell us what you are looking for so that we could build a solution for it i.e. Are you are parent looking for a remote daycare for your children (or) are you looking for an employment in a remote daycare?
Dude, this is going to be huge if someone builds it commercially because, of all the other products discussed here, this is the only one so far which doesn't need any user action; set it up and forget it while it improves productivity and health!
I will buy one for sure if someone builds it.
Kudos for the premise of needgap, it has proven that it helps people to build what people want.