needgap, Validate your problems to create products which people want http://needgap.com Validate your problems to create products which people want. Mon, 17 May 2021 16:49:00 +0000 Twitter alerts like Google alerts #socialmedia #alerts I want to get an alert when a particular Twitter handle mentions a keyword, Just like how Google alerts can alert us when the keyword pops up in the search result.<br><br>Currently we can search a Twitter account retrospectively using a keyword using '@handle [keyword]' but I want a real-time alert service for Twitter based on keywords.<br> 3 points posted by Apsara /problems/228-twitter-alerts-like-google-alerts-socialmedia-alerts 228 Mon, 17 May 2021 13:48:00 +0000 Book meetings easily and pay for that time #consultancy #payment I'm a consultant and I charge by hour my clients for advice. Nowadays the meetings happen through video calls and I charge my clients through PayPal or wire transfer.<br><br>If there was an automatic mechanism to charge those who attend the video calls based on hourly rates it can save time for me and my clients. I think this might be useful for all consultants involved in similar work.<br> 5 points posted by Jerry /problems/227-book-meetings-easily-and-pay-for-that-time-consultancy-payment 227 Mon, 10 May 2021 14:04:00 +0000 Transcript anyone's podcast #podcast #transcript I have always had this time crunch of not having time to listen to 2 guys speaking for 90+ minutes. I would like a transcript so I can read it faster than listening and skip to important parts. <div style="-webkit-user-select: auto;">This will help identify the podcast quality and also if it is worth wasting the time. </div> 1 points posted by Ronak /problems/226-transcript-anyones-podcast-podcast-transcript 226 Sun, 09 May 2021 17:47:00 +0000 Light weight disqus alternative #comment #discussion <div>Disqus comment system takes a heavy toll on the performance of my minimalist&nbsp; website, I would like a light weight comment system which is low on resources and allows me to manage my own data.<br><br>What are the discuss alternative comment systems you are using on your websites?<br></div> 1 points posted by Aazar /problems/223-light-weight-disqus-alternative-comment-discussion 223 Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:33:00 +0000 Accurate pulse oximeter for dark skin color #health #medicalquipment <div>Recent <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18048893/">study</a> shows consumer pulse oximeters are inaccurate for individuals with darkly pigmented skin. Researchers say that the pulse oximeters tend to overestimate the oxyhemoglobin saturation (Sao2) at low Sao2 levels.</div><div><br></div><div>Patients relying on just the Sao2 readings from the pulse oximeter alone i.e. SpO2 can risk missing out&nbsp; treatment at crucial time due to this inaccuracy and so <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/16/947226068/dark-skin-can-lead-to-errors-with-pulse-oximeters-used-in-covid-19-treatment">doctors advice</a> giving importance to the shortness of breath and trends of pulse oximeter readings over absolute readings.<br><br>There is a need gap for pulse oximeters which can offset the bias due to skin color after further research on this subject.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/222-accurate-pulse-oximeter-for-dark-skin-color-health-medicalquipment 222 Sat, 24 Apr 2021 05:47:00 +0000 As a thinker are you happy juggling b/w apps? #apps #contextswitching <div>In today's world we organize by different apps. For example &nbsp;- email has its own folder structure, slack has its own channels, confluence has its own pages and g-drive dances to a different tune. This is a very reactive approach. </div><div><br></div><div>As a thinkers and doers, on the other hand we want to be proactive. And &nbsp;a better way to organize work would be around topics important to us, while apps are relegated to the background.<br></div> 1 points posted by ammo1234 /problems/221-w-apps-apps-contextswitching 221 Sat, 24 Apr 2021 04:56:00 +0000 How much should I charge for my freelance work #freelancer #calculator One of the biggest pain point for someone in the gig economy, is to know the value of our time; How much should I charge my clients for the work?<br><br><div>For someone making an entry into the freelance work, there might not be much options than to undercut the competition in pricing. But once we have gained some reputation for our work, Calculating fair market price for our effort is hard.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel there is a need gap for tools which help freelancers calculate the fair price for their time.<br></div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/220-how-much-should-i-charge-for-my-freelance-work-freelancer-calculator 220 Sat, 17 Apr 2021 02:52:00 +0000 Tag and group Twitter direct messages #socialmedia #chat <div>I chat with lot of people through Twitter's direct messaging and the ability to categorize the chat with different labels would be immensely helpful to organize my chats.</div><div><br></div><div>Is there a 3rd party Twitter app which does this? Would you like to have a feature where you can tag and group Twitter direct messages?<br></div> 1 points posted by Tracy Devin /problems/219-tag-and-group-twitter-direct-messages-socialmedia-chat 219 Fri, 16 Apr 2021 06:11:00 +0000 Consumer level local distributed computing #computation #productivity <div>Current Smartphones, Tablets for most is more powerful(compute) than their old computers. At this point we should be able to distribute the computing load across all our capable devices. Distributed Computing is now limited to scientific research, data science, machine learning and I feel it's high time we use it for solving some consumer problems.<br></div><div><br></div><div>I use low power computers by choice for my climate goals, So I have several low power task specific computing devices. Consider able to compress 2TB folder consisting of disjoint files using the CPU of computer, smartphone, tablet etc. If Handbrake could use distributed computing then the encoding could be much faster. Network is an Achilles heel for distributed computing, but average network bandwidth in home networks have been growing steadily.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The manufacturers themselves are unlikely to create an interoperable environment, but perhaps applications which function in the user space could fulfill this need gap.<br></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/218-consumer-level-local-distributed-computing-computation-productivity 218 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:15:00 +0000 Notification when bookmarked pages gets updated #monitor #alert <div>I have hundreds of bookmarks and like most I forget after bookmarking them. Many of them are singe web pages and so receiving a notification when there is an update to the content would let me revisit them and also keep me up-to date.</div><div><br></div><div>I guess such a service would need to sync my bookmarks and alert me through an app.<br></div> 3 points posted by Aazar /problems/217-notification-when-bookmarked-pages-gets-updated-monitor-alert 217 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:19:00 +0000 Building our own investment club #investment #finance Online investment communities (e.g. Wall Street Bets) are too big, they often lead to noisy, low quality discussions. It’s extremely hard to find people we can trust and have thoughtful conversations around investments with.<div><br></div><div><span class="c-mrkdwn__br" data-stringify-type="paragraph-break">If there's a platform which can match me with like-minded individuals into small, tight-knit investment clubs it can help address this problem. Matching criteria could be based on our risk appetite, investment theses, time commitment, etc. <span class="c-mrkdwn__br" data-stringify-type="paragraph-break">Potentially each community can vote on its own portfolio, trade alongside each other and compete with other investment clubs.<span class="c-message__edited_label" dir="ltr" delay="300" data-sk="tooltip_parent"> </div> 1 points posted by Maria /problems/216-building-our-own-investment-club-investment-finance 216 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:41:00 +0000 Hire someone to create social AR experiences #hiring #AugmentedReality <div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">I want a social AR experience but I don’t have the skills to build and launch it, I want someone with technical chops to make me one.</div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">No code tools like Facebook Spark AI, Snapchat Lens Studio, BlippAR has made creating social AR content possible for many, But these still have a learning curve and naturally the AR content created by experienced creators is more impressive than one created by a newbie like me.</div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><br></div><div><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0">So, I would like to hire those experienced creators to create AR content for me for social media.<br></div> 1 points posted by Bakshara /problems/215-hire-someone-to-create-social-ar-experiences-hiring-augmentedreality 215 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:21:00 +0000 Dynamic Open Graph images based on screenshot #socialmedia #automation I run mostly text based websites nowadays, but for each post I have to create a featured image manually for it to look good when shared on social media.<br><br>For user generated content I currently create an <a href="https://twitter.com/needgap">og:image procedurally</a> with title text,&nbsp; But for manually typed content say like <a href="https://startuptoolchain.com">my curated list of startup tools</a> which has new content regularly I have to take a screenshot along with older content and So I'm looking for a service which helps me take screenshots of specific elements and saves me the time of building one myself.<br> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/214-dynamic-open-graph-images-based-on-screenshot-socialmedia-automation 214 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:38:00 +0000 No brand products #marketing #ecommerce <div>Brands have made developing cult following as the way to do business. This creates lot of negativity as I constantly see consumers fighting each other for their favorite brand over Internet forums, Private businesses shouldn't be able to command this much hold on their customers.</div><div><br></div><div>I think one way to address this would be the consumer choice to let go of the brands completely and buy high quality nondescript items without any brands. When I search for such no-brand products I see couple of websites pop up, many of them for just T-shirts with one difference being https://brandless.com/ which seems to be offering products from different categories.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel there's a need for more brandless type eCommerce websites, especially since the manufacturer can pass on the savings from brand development, marketing to the end consumers. Would you assert your consumer choice to buy products without any branding to reduce the hold private business have over you? If you are a manufacturer would you sell your product without branding through such eCommerce website?<br></div> 3 points posted by Rakesh /problems/212-no-brand-products-marketing-ecommerce 212 Fri, 02 Apr 2021 05:13:00 +0000 Outsource common searches to someone #search #outsource When I want to find out more about something - could be an illness, a new topic I found interesting (AI/ML), or just new travel ideas, I spend hours searching online, reading reviews, blogs, forums, etc. and then creating a mental conclusion about what I found. In the process, I bookmark pages for later review and make notes if necessary. <div><br></div><div>Can I out-source this work to someone to kind-of, summarise the findings and give me a balanced view, highlight the most relevant links for me to look at and basically cut-down a lot of the initial time I spend on searching things?</div> 1 points posted by xtraxor /problems/211-outsource-common-searches-to-someone-search-outsource 211 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 01:31:00 +0000 Amazon for high quality products #ecommerce #quality <div>Amazon is flooded with fake, cheaply built, low quality products. I spend lot my of my time sorting out good products from poor quality products.</div><div><br></div><div>How about an Amazon for just high quality products? A eCommerce platforms where the products and sellers are thoroughly vetted for quality, other aspects valuable to the customers (e.g. Environment, Ethics etc.), So the customers need not base their buying decisions just on customer reviews which are often <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/42-identifying-fake-reviews-in-amazon-other-sites-ecommerce-reviews">fake</a> themselves.<br></div> 2 points posted by Ricardo /problems/210-amazon-for-high-quality-products-ecommerce-quality 210 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:10:00 +0000 Monitoring Interweb for leaked data #monitor #cybersecurity <div>I have found some of my data on pastebin during a casual web search and had to take it down.</div><div><br></div><div>When our data is leaked on the Internet, by the time we come to know about it's often too late and it's usually already been shared widely on the Internet. So taking down the data becomes very hard or even impossible.</div><div><br></div><div>A service which monitors the Interweb, Dark web for our data and alert us in time would be invaluable for the victims of leaked data.<br></div> 3 points posted by Alisa /problems/209-monitoring-interweb-for-leaked-data-monitor-cybersecurity 209 Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:29:00 +0000 Show Google Calendar hidden guest list #googlecalendar #rsvp <div>If you regularly send out google calendar events with more than 100 invitees<b id="docs-internal-guid-26454a36-7fff-1995-69fc-bf2438a250e9">, the guest list is automatically hidden which means you can't see the RSVP status for your invitees.</b> Also Google Calendar has a 200 person invite limitation per event.<b id="docs-internal-guid-26454a36-7fff-1995-69fc-bf2438a250e9"><br></b> </div><br>Do you invite more than 100 guests for the event through Google Calendar often? Does this limitation affect you?<br> 2 points posted by KeMonte Jones /problems/208-show-google-calendar-hidden-guest-list-googlecalendar-rsvp 208 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:47:00 +0000 Search Engine Wall of Shame #search #submission <span class="commtext c00">A while back, I started writing down the search queries for bad search results from different search engines to publish one day a 'Search Engine Wall of Shame'.<p>But this needs to be public effort to create any meaningful action from search engines. How many of you would be willing to contribute to such platform by submitting your bad search results?</p> <p>Some examples, Format: [Search Engine],[Search query],[Expected Result],[Actual Top Result],[URL] , [Alternate better result search engine]<br></p> <ol><li>Google, "Port Chrome extension to Firefox",&nbsp; Official document from Mozilla, 3rd party blog, https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&amp;q=Port+Chrome+extension+to+Firefox , DDG (First result from Mozilla).</li> <li>DDG, "have i been pwned credit card number", Does HIBP include credit card details, Irrelevant news article, https://duckduckgo.com/?q=have+i+been+pwned+credit+card+number&amp;t=h_&amp;ia=web , Google (Shows discussion on topic from actual creator as 2nd result)</li> </ol><span class="commtext c00"> <span class="commtext c00"> <p><br></p> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/207-search-engine-wall-of-shame-search-submission 207 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 03:52:00 +0000 Contacts always end up out of date on your phone #sync You get a contact, it lives there for years but they are probably out of date in no time at all and how do you know? When you try and contact that person and can't find anything that works? Why don't we have a service that you can opt in to that allows the update on contacts to be pushed to contacts? Linkedin asks when you change your title, "do you want to share this with your network?" Why can't we do this with your contacts too?&nbsp; 1 points posted by Ross Jones /problems/206-contacts-always-end-up-out-of-date-on-your-phone-sync 206 Mon, 22 Mar 2021 16:21:00 +0000 Business scale based alerts #infrastructure #costsaving When we run a small business, we use different services based on our scale(number of users) e.g. Cloud infrastructure services but the service provider itself has no information about our scale or goals and so the onus is upon us to properly scale the required infrastructure services depending upon the number of users.<br><br><div>Currently we can get alerts indirectly based upon our business scale e.g. When the API query limits hits a threshold or other monitoring rules(Network, Storage, CPU etc.). But we have to set each of those rules independently and there is no central product scale based monitoring service.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel there is a need gap for a centralized business scale based monitoring service which can send us alerts regarding our infrastructure services when our users grow or drop and not just based on the infrastructure resources. This can help us save money on our infrastructure services and also serve our customers without any interruption by not over-<span class="module__title__link">commissioning or under-<span class="module__title__link">commissioning.</div> 1 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/205-business-scale-based-alerts-infrastructure-costsaving 205 Mon, 22 Mar 2021 07:09:00 +0000 Notice and fix common, small problems #lifestyle #advice <div>I would like help noticing problems that seem too small to worry about myself, but have already been solved by other people, so I can take advantage of these known solutions.</div><div><br></div><div>For example, if I'm washing dishes by hand, and I don't really mind any individual instance of washing that much, it could still be nicer to buy a dishwasher anyway. Perhaps I don't know that there exists a non-leaky portable dishwasher; it could be nice to be given that idea as a suggestion.</div><div><br></div><div>Currently my best idea is just to focus on whatever is the single biggest problem and investigate how to solve that, but that doesn't address problems that are common to many people and that have easier solutions.</div><div><br></div><div>Unfortunately this seems to be complicated by a few factors, including the fact that various people can disagree about ways to fix things, and also that others people can feel more strongly about an issue than I do.</div> 2 points posted by Jeff /problems/204-notice-and-fix-common-small-problems-lifestyle-advice 204 Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:02:00 +0000 History based education for everything #education #history When I learn new concepts,&nbsp; focusing on the history behind the concept i.e. why there was a need for it, what problem it solved, what was the earlier iterations of it helps me to understand that concept in a much more intuitive way.<br><div><br></div><div>e.g. <br></div><div> <ul><li>Exploring how Pi was calculated 2000 years ago by Archimedes using n-gon and How the method was continued until Newton changed the landscape in 17th century by introducing his formula derived from geometric construction gives us greater understanding of geometry, arithmetic progression, calculus etc.[<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMlf1ELvRzc">1</a>]</li> <li>How the usage of binary in the form of punch cards in Jacquard loom for repeating patterns in textiles; gives us the foundation of modern computing[<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itd-4lMoXgI">2</a>].</li> </ul><div>Wikipedia's history section does a decent job, but how about an in-depth, intuitive mechanism to learn concepts using its history? <br></div></div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/203-history-based-education-for-everything-education-history 203 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:16:00 +0000 Make decisions for me #psychology #cognitivescience <div>Every single day we make several decisions with varying level of consequences. I would like help to make faster, thorough decisions which has better probability towards favorable outcomes.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Although technology influences several of our decisions, I wonder whether technology is at a stage where I can ask a digital assistant to make a decision for '<i>What dress should I where today</i>' to '<i>Which insurance policy should I buy</i>' considering all requisite personal data to make a decision regarding these i.e. Calendar, Health, Finance etc. are already with the Big Data companies; Only difference being the decision should be in my favor instead of an advertiser.<br></div> 3 points posted by Shinzo Reyen /problems/202-make-decisions-for-me-psychology-cognitivescience 202 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:48:00 +0000 Show meaning of words in a video #language #movie <div>When I'm watching a movie and If I don't understand a word I pause the movie and look up the word in the dictionary to understand that word. Streaming services like Amazon Prime show details about that particular scene when paused like&nbsp; Cast, Trivia etc. in their X-Ray feature but not synonyms or thesaurus for the dialogue.</div><div><br></div><div>Say I'm watching a video and press a special key e.g. 'S' and Synonyms pop up for the words in the dialogue sentence except basic grammar. It's not like every word in the sentence requires synonyms, there will be usually couple of hard words in a dialogue depending upon the movie.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel this is a great way to learn language, Me and my friends improved our English language skills by watching Hollywood movies and I'm sure there are many like us around the world.<br></div> 3 points posted by Jonas /problems/201-show-meaning-of-words-in-a-video-language-movie 201 Sun, 07 Mar 2021 14:05:00 +0000 Human voice summary of news #news #voice <div>There are several news apps which offer automated summary of news, but they don't match the quality of human summarized content like <a href="https://inshorts.com/">InShorts</a> in India. But they don't offer read aloud feature i.e. voice summary of the news.</div><div><br></div><div>I just want to click play and want to listen to the bite-sized news one by one instead of scrolling through them visually. I know that Google Assistant &amp; other voice based assistants do offer news but they are usually auto-summarized web article or snippets from the TV news; both of them are not as good as the human summarized news content.<br><br>I would like a service which could convert these text based human summary of news to audio or a human voice summary of news itself.<br></div> 3 points posted by Ashoka /problems/200-human-voice-summary-of-news-news-voice 200 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:31:00 +0000 Selectively disable YouTube live chat #youtube #chat YouTube live chat on news channels are a cesspool, I'm afraid even to look at them and so the first thing I do when I visit a news channel is scroll down and click on 'HIDE CHAT'. Google doesn't allow to make this setting permanent and so I have to do this every single time.<br><div><br></div><div>It would be great to have a way to disable YouTube live chat selectively on different channels permanently.<br></div> 1 points posted by Richard_Dune /problems/199-selectively-disable-youtube-live-chat-youtube-chat 199 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:17:00 +0000 Hand wash liquid which doesn't make the skin dry #skincare #hygiene <div>All these obsessive hand washes due to the pandemic has made my skin dry like never before. I tried different hand wash liquid soap including the expensive ones in vain.</div><div><br></div><div>Skin on my hands look wrinkled, old and sometime the dryness is causing some discomfort.<br></div><div><br></div><div>I've heard my friends complain of this too, Is there any solution for dry skin from hand wash? If not I think now is a great time to build a product which doesn't make the skin dry while washing hands.<br></div> 5 points posted by Natasha Taylor /problems/198-hand-wash-liquid-which-doesnt-make-the-skin-dry-skincare-hygiene 198 Sat, 27 Feb 2021 16:57:00 +0000 New skills from short projects for organizations #skills #education <p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">Hi all, since some weeks ago I have been diving in a new industry and learning new skills/knowledge. I have been creating small projects to showcase these skills. In the near future I would like to create a startup in the industry I am diving into. Before doing that, it would be great to have experience with organizations where I could help with my new skills/knowledge. In my view this would be a win-win. I would get to gain experience and use my new skills (before getting paid gigs and to build a portfolio), while organizations can benefit from the help in an area where they lack experience or time for.</p><p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">Think about it as a very short project based internship. For a day-week max. For example, a small organization who wants help with their website and could use even basic knowledge of web development. You as a starting web developer or student, could help for two days In which organizations can benefit from someone helping them with their social media usage or web development.</p><p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">Do you know of such platform? I would definitely be interested in trying it.</p> 4 points posted by Toufic_e /problems/197-new-skills-from-short-projects-for-organizations-skills-education 197 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:01:00 +0000 Reduce document file size to specific size #document #compression Each website have their own maximum size limit for uploading .pdf, .jpg documents e.g. 100KB, 2MB etc. It takes a long time to reduce the size of the document to their size limit because the available tools compress the file size to an arbitrary size.<br><br>If the file is compressed to a size over that limit, the file cannot be uploaded and if the file is compressed to a size lesser than the limit it looses quality unnecessarily.<br><br>If the compression tool can take the size limit as input from the user and compress the file to that limit then this problem can be addressed.<br> 3 points posted by justine /problems/196-reduce-document-file-size-to-specific-size-document-compression 196 Sat, 13 Feb 2021 07:35:00 +0000 Original startup ecosystem news #infographics #news There is a sea of information and I feel lost keeping track of all of it globally. I want original startup ecosystem news with more info-graphics and insights. Most Apps today just add feeds from TechCrunch and Reddit but a lightweight medium to consume information from the startup ecosystem would be great.<br><br>Are you feeling the same way I do? How you consume the information from startup ecosystem? 0 points posted by Kernel_Consult /problems/195-original-startup-ecosystem-news-infographics-news 195 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 03:34:00 +0000 Fogging of glasses when wearing face mask #lifestyle #wellbeing Those who wear spectacles have to put up with another drag when wearing masks - The fog which forms over the glasses with every breath.<br><div><br></div><div>I've tried different solutions from wipes, sprays to gels although only the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/feb/01/fog-off-which-anti-fog-glasses-treatments-work-when-wearing-a-face-mask">gel seems to do something</a> but I'm not keen on putting chemicals on glasses in proximity to the eyes.</div><div><br></div><div>How are you managing the fogging of glasses when wearing mask and what can be done about it.<br></div> 2 points posted by Katy Jones /problems/194-fogging-of-glasses-when-wearing-face-mask-lifestyle-wellbeing 194 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:23:00 +0000 A Clubhouse for remote teams #remote #communication <p><span data-preserver-spaces="true">We’ve been inspired by the growth of remote work, but at the same time, we’ve also seen teams struggling with lack of communication, delays in productivity, and isolation. We think that real-time connection without friction can help solve that problem.</p> <p><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Zoom fatigue is real. Video calls make everyone feel the way people on TV feel every slouchy, every mumble, every interruption is magnified. Drop-in audio talk lets remote teams <strong>spark a conversation with a single click.</strong><br></p> 0 points posted by Remote_ /problems/193-a-clubhouse-for-remote-teams-remote-communication 193 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 03:29:00 +0000 Simple chat room without subscription #chat #asynchronous Okay, it's not a real big problem but sometimes I want to be able to chat with several people at the same time without creating a Discord or Slack group. I'd like to have something temporary, with a simple link. You can answer me Google meet, but I'm looking for something focused on chatting asynchronously. 1 points posted by Petillant /problems/191-simple-chat-room-without-subscription-chat-asynchronous 191 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:34:00 +0000 Proving computer hack #proof #cybersecurity <div>If a computer is hacked and fake incriminating evidence is placed by the attacker; The victim is left to the mercy of the investigating agencies to uncover the truth and for vindication.<br></div><div><br></div><div>We need a way to prove that our computer was hacked beyond any reasonable doubt as an user without dependence on forensic experts.<br> <br></div><div>Just like how tamper evident labels on physical products tell us if someone has tampered with that product, I would like something for computers which definitely tells that it has been tampered(hacked) with and which can be used in the court of law.</div> 3 points posted by Lisbeth /problems/188-proving-computer-hack-proof-cybersecurity 188 Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:01:00 +0000 Easy way to record diet, lifestyle habits #notes #lifestyle A way to record every diet we take its ingredients, water we drink and time we sleep. This seems to be quintessential for <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25871347">those suffering from Autoimmune Disease</a>.<div><br></div><div>I feel it can help anyone lead a healthier lifestyle. Recording every diet in detail seems to be a harder problem to solve without manual input, as fitness trackers are capable of recording sleep automatically.</div><div><br></div><div>A note taking app built specifically for this purpose which allows manual entries, something which allows easy input by the user and capable of providing detailed summary to doctors if needed could fill-in this need gap until robust solution is found.</div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/187-easy-way-to-record-diet-lifestyle-habits-notes-lifestyle 187 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:27:00 +0000 Reduce time to diagnose Autoimmune Disease #medical #health I recently had a <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25874168">conversation</a> with someone who is suffering from&nbsp;Sjögren's syndrome a type of Autoimmune Disease, time to get diagnosed for this disease seems to be a big problem.<br><br><b>20-40 doctor visits for diagnosis</b> seems to be very high for any medical condition, let alone for such debilitating condition.<div><br></div><div>I'm posting this problem, So others can share their experience and perhaps if there is a need gap we could come up with a solution.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/186-reduce-time-to-diagnose-autoimmune-disease-medical-health 186 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:02:00 +0000 Make entry level webcam better #webcam #video <div>Now that many are working from home, webcams are of demand and often unavailable. Even when available, they are the same ones from a decade ago.</div><div><br></div><div>e.g. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Desktop-Widescreen-Calling-Recording/dp/B004FHO5Y6">Logitech C270</a> debuted 10 years back, I even had one which I gave it to someone about 6 years ago as I didn't use it much at that time. Guess what, I had to buy the same webcam again now for 40 USD!<br></div><div><br>Which other tech from a decade ago are we still buying as it is? I can't believe entry level webcams hasn't gotten better when the phone cameras on even entry level smartphone gets better every 6 months.<br><br>What is happening with the webcams?<br></div> 3 points posted by Zimochrome /problems/185-make-entry-level-webcam-better-webcam-video 185 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:27:00 +0000 Practical handoff between multiple platforms #interoperability #compatibility <div>I use mobile and desktop devices on multiple ecosystems, and I'm sure many use even more devices than I do, across an even greater number of dissimilar platforms in a modern world that is increasingly fragmented on those lines and where interoperability is frequently commoditised by the likes of Apple. Platform-agnostic solutions enabling convenient handoff (e.g. links, images) between devices on different platforms, in a way suited to each platform, is desperately needed. Also desirable would be configurability of rules, allowing for items to be handed off to other devices with processing rules on the terminus device.<br></div> 2 points posted by cicero7 /problems/184-practical-handoff-between-multiple-platforms-interoperability-compatibility 184 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:17:00 +0000 Receive WhatsApp messages without using WhatsApp #messaging #whatsapp <div><a href="https://www.techradar.com/news/apples-privacy-labels-reveals-whatsapp-and-facebook-messengers-hunger-for-user-data">I am done with WhatsApp</a>, but all my friends and family still use it as their primary app for communication. <br></div><div><br></div><div>I am looking for a way to receive WhatsApp messages on Signal or Telegram without using WhatsApp and it looks like there are <a href="https://twitter.com/StopAndDecrypt/status/1347241320239214592">several others on the same boat as me</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Is there something which solves this problem? Can something be built to solve this?<br></div> 3 points posted by Apsara /problems/183-receive-whatsapp-messages-without-using-whatsapp-messaging-whatsapp 183 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 12:40:00 +0000 Search existing library in address bar #search #browser <div>Many of us maintain our own library of content through several read-it-later apps like Pocket, Evernote, Instapaper etc. but <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/41-human-memory-lack-of-thereof-psychology-neuroscience">forget</a> what we saved, but we saved the content for a reason and would be great if we could retrieve the content when we need especially when searching in the browser.</div><div><br></div><div>Right now browsers display the content from our bookmarks, history when we start typing on the address bar. It would be even better if the browsers could also display content from our read-it-later library as we type on the browser address bar; It would save us lot of time by giving the content we already saved for a reason before instead of searching anew.</div> 2 points posted by Purohit Jaikumar /problems/182-search-existing-library-in-address-bar-search-browser 182 Wed, 06 Jan 2021 04:15:00 +0000 Inexpensive, Accessible hardware security tokens #authentication #cybersecurity There is a rush to replace <a href="https://www.timesnownews.com/business-economy/industry/article/soon-you-may-not-require-otp-to-authenticate-financial-transactions-on-smartphones/699170">SMS based OTPs</a>&nbsp;in several markets&nbsp;with more secure and reliable alternatives for multi-factor authentication due to the growing prevalence of <a href="https://krebsonsecurity.com/tag/sim-swapping/">SIM swapping attacks</a>&nbsp;and reliability issues concerning SMS.<div><br></div><div>When compared to other authentication options, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIDO_Alliance">FIDO</a> based hardware security key/tokens have proven to be reliable and private mechanism for secure multi-factor authentication. But hardware security token's <a href="https://www.yubico.com/in/store/#yubikey-5-series">prohibitive costs</a>&nbsp;and accessibility friction have prevented widespread adoption.</div><div><br></div><div>Although app based <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-based_One-Time_Password">TOTP</a>&nbsp;is still a better alternative than SMS for two-factor authentication, it is still susceptible&nbsp;to phishing attacks and faces reliability concerns due to latency and not as accessible as SMS, Although <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAC-based_One-Time_Password">HOTP</a> fixes the latency issues with TOTP it still falls behind the accessibility of SMS.</div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/181-inexpensive-accessible-hardware-security-tokens-authentication-cybersecurity 181 Sun, 27 Dec 2020 06:54:00 +0000 Database of Bot IP addresses #cybersecurity #database <div>If you had run any web-service and checked the logs you would have found constant barrage of logs indicating bots scanning for vulnerabilities by trying to locate PHP, Wordpress, git credentials etc.<br></div><div><br></div><div>These are annoying, consumes resources at best case scenario to actually exploiting our web-service if any vulnerability is found.<br><br>I was wondering if there was a central database of these bot IP addresses contributed by public from their logs, we could block these bots from scanning our web servers.<br></div> 1 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/180-database-of-bot-ip-addresses-cybersecurity-database 180 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 17:39:00 +0000 Upload local music and sync playlist #music #cloud <div>I had my entire local music library on Google Play Music and I enjoyed using it while it lasted. Now I don't want to face similar situation with another music service where I upload my local library, only to find the feature removed one day and to start searching for another service.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like a music service where I can upload my local music library, playlists to cloud and sync across devices; I want that service to do only this and not offer other online music subscriptions as then they will treat local music upload as secondary like how its happening with all major music service apps right now.<br><br>I heard from my friends and others in forums that they are willing to pay for such a service.<br></div> 1 points posted by Trisha /problems/179-upload-local-music-and-sync-playlist-music-cloud 179 Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:07:00 +0000 Check email service status before sending emails #email #mailinglist When an email bounces, it gets auto-unsubscribed in many mailing lists to protect the reputation of the sender or the mailer service but a working email id can still bounce if the email service provider is having a technical issue and in this case all email ids belonging to that particular email service provider in the mailing list could potentially be unsubscribed automatically.<div><br></div><div>This can lead to mass unsubscribes if a major email service provider goes down, resulting in unrecoverable cost to the current <a href="https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/a-guide-to-the-substack-newsletter-economy.html">Newsletter Economy</a>.</div><div>To prevent this the mailer service should check the <a href="https://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&amp;v=status">service status of the email provider</a> before mailing to the list. </div><div><br></div><div>I think there is a need gap for a service which keeps track of the service status of all email providers in realtime (i.e. not dependent upon user reports like downdetector) which can be used by the mailer services. <br><div><br></div><div><br></div></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/178-check-email-service-status-before-sending-emails-email-mailinglist 178 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 12:39:00 +0000 Archive entire website permanently online #archive #backup <div>I have several side projects and each time I shutdown a project I have to archive each and every web page of my project website individually at <a href="https://archive.org/web/">Wayback Machine</a> as the ability to archive entire website seems to be available only for large organizations through their <a href="https://archive-it.org">Archive-It</a> program.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel there is a need gap for a service to save entire websites permanently on the Internet available to small website owners as well.<br></div> 2 points posted by Vessat /problems/177-archive-entire-website-permanently-online-archive-backup 177 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 13:26:00 +0000 Social media for uncompressed photos and videos #socialmedia #photo MKBHD a smartphone YouTuber recently published the annual <a href="https://youtu.be/kbeEkwlTeqQ?t=825">The Blind Camera Test</a>&nbsp;and as usual an unexpected contender wins the test like previous years. It largely comes down to image compression by the social media platforms.<br><br>I was wondering when many including myself are spending lot of money in buying a smartphone for its camera to post good quality photographs to social media, social media platform's compression defeats that purpose.<div><br></div><div>I understand that compression reduces Internet data consumption, but high speed Internet with unlimited data caps is not an issue where I live and others who are in similar circumstance might prefer a social media where photos and videos are not compressed.</div> 1 points posted by Bakshara /problems/176-social-media-for-uncompressed-photos-and-videos-socialmedia-photo 176 Mon, 07 Dec 2020 13:25:00 +0000 Daily activities to live a healthy lifestyle #fitness #health auto-pilot my fitness/health/recovery/lifestyle - programs like Precision Nutrition, Whoop, Wodup (hundreds of others) all have specific purposes but I have to add and join each one, setup and follow specifics. I would to subscribe to a stream instead of adding daily events/habits to a calendar - can I just join a coach who automates my health portion of my life. I just read it and do what it says and I should see results, hold me accountable. 3 points posted by Chad /problems/175-daily-activities-to-live-a-healthy-lifestyle-fitness-health 175 Sun, 06 Dec 2020 16:16:00 +0000 A/B test social media posts without posting #socialmedia #testing Everyone prefers to get more likes and shares for their social media posts but none more so than social media managers as we are paid to ensure that. But as the algorithms, people's preferences keep changing it's hard even for experienced social media managers to come up with best social media copy.<div><br></div><div>There are tools which provides analytics to do<a href="https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-media-ab-testing/"> A/B testing on social media</a>&nbsp;but all of them require the post/tweet to be published and are time consuming.</div><div><br></div><div>If there is a tool/service which allows A/B testing of social media posts without publishing by using historical and current data then it can make lives of social media managers easy.</div> 2 points posted by Ezekiel /problems/174-b-test-social-media-posts-without-posting-socialmedia-testing 174 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:55:00 +0000 Inexpensive secure home network routers #computernetwork #Internet Inexpensive home routers available on <a href="https://cybernews.com/security/walmart-exclusive-routers-others-made-in-china-contain-backdoors-to-control-devices/">Amazon, Walmart, eBay</a> are riddled with security vulnerabilities which allows a remote attacker to take control over the device and get inside our home network.<div><br></div><div>People buy these routers because they are inexpensive and very easy to setup but has to pay much more once hacked. Secure home routers from reputed brands which receive regular updates are expensive or DIY home routers are hard to setup for an average person.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for inexpensive secure home network routers which are easy to setup.</div> 3 points posted by Trevor Richmond /problems/172-inexpensive-secure-home-network-routers-computernetwork-internet 172 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 06:18:00 +0000