This week in lifelogging: can we manage the data we find?

Preparing for the Age of Data

Last week, we discussed how the digital age has forever altered the way we process anything, such as the need to quantify everything we do or see, which really is a sub-component of lifelogging. With that comes plenty of personal data that we can now analyse and work on for the betterment of our lives. Yet, with that amount of personal data, are we really managing it in a way that we had set out to when we collected them in the first place? According to a survey done by the Acquity Group, 53% of Millennials (ages 18-25) plan to buy an in-home IoT technology device in the next five years, compared to 32% of Baby Boomers (over the age of 45). What this means is a whole load more of personal data that we will end up collecting, in hopes that the Quantified Self will lead to a Better-Qualified Self. But are we ready to manage all that data?

Read more: Survey finds generation gaps in adoption of new tech and Preparing for the Internet of Things

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It just boils down to self

Perhaps the good news is this: that even if we are not able to manage the heaps of data that we gather from our personal trackers, the act of tracking in itself has at least motivated some of us to get our lazy bums off that couch to go do something. And that’s what Jon Jordan found. He found that purchasing a sports tracker actually helped him to fire the starting gun. And despite his stance on this, he also believes that “while the device provides a spur to action, it isn’t enough in the long run without a certain level of self-determination.” In the long run too, he realises that he cared less and less about the data, although he maintained choosing the healthier or better option whenever he put on his self-tracking device. To this, he cleverly draws a parallel with the Panopticon (the effect of knowing you’re being or could be observed), even if he’s the only person looking at the data. The wearables Panopticon has pushed him to his best behaviour. Do you identify with this?

Read more: Quantified Self just boils down to Self: What I’ve learned from two years of wearables

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Apple turning the tide

Still others are taking it upon Apple to bring the waves of self-tracking technology to its next higher level with the new Apple Watch that is due to launch in 2015. Reason being, some foresee that any new device for existing technologies that Apple introduces will soon reach mass adoption. Others are also betting on Apple because of how it has “an unbelievable number of users who are on the same hardware system, so when they push a product out, it has better ecosystem than anyone else”. Still others are counting on practical applications of identity relationship management, which really is there to provide both the security and the personalisation needed to realise the value of wearable technology, such as how users will be able to securely share online medical data in order to provide better results from their health trackers. What do you think?

Read more: Rise of mindful tech: every step you take, every move you make and Identity Management in the age of wearable technology

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Who will emerge as winner?

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And while Apple is scurrying around and pushing for the Apple Watch launch in early 2015, it looks like China smartphone maker Xiaomi has beaten Apple in terms of release dates for fitness trackers. And also in terms of price (even though Apple Watch doesn’t have a definitive price tag to it yet)! The Xiaomi Mi Band, retailing at $35, is said to be comparable in terms of certain functions that current fitness trackers like Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP boast of. One major downside though, is its limited access to third party apps, which could really prove to be very useful in the area of the Quantified Self. Is the Xiaomi Mi Band enough to win your wrist and wallet over?

Read more: Xiaomi Mi Band: at just $13, all flaws are forgiven (REVIEW)

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My pet’s narrative

Narrative Clip on pets

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Being so tiny, the Narrative Clip is just about to become everyone’s best pal. The Narrative Clip is so versatile that the perspectives it captures are wide and varied. So even though our published suggestions for wearing the Narrative Clip are largely centred around putting it near the chest and neck area, the Narrative community has helped to expand the ways in which the Narrative Clip could be used – secured on wine bottles, hung at their windows or attached to the rearview mirrors on their cars. Today, we will take a look at various perspectives from pet owners who have attached the Narrative Clip to their friendly, loving and beloved creatures at home.

Christina’s cat

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We have heard how the Internet absolutely loves cats. And we have seen for ourselves how the Narrative community loves cats just as much. In an interview with Christina Mason, she shared with us that one of her best moments captured with the Narrative Clip was her cat capturing her own shadow. Christina clipped it to her cat’s collar, and mentioned that “it was really cute to see how she spent her day while I was at work”. These curious creatures are about to show you their insightful perspective of the world.

A Cat’s Narrative

As you might have guessed, Christina is not alone. Along with Christina is fellow cat-lover Nick Starr, who has strapped the Narrative Clip to his Siamese cat. We particularly loved 0:35 to 0:46 of the video above, which really showed how his endearing cat climbed to the highest point possible to get a good look at his owners, only to realize that that the place he really wanted to be at was simply next to his owner on the couch. Have you got a time-lapse of your pet to share too?

Dog’s Narrative

And now moving on to what the Internet collectively seems to love less but is nonetheless dubbed as man’s best friend, we have narratives from the dear dogs. In an interview with Ben Stinson, he mentioned that the most interesting moments from his Narrative Clip came from attaching it to the front of his little Jack Russell Terrier’s harness whilst taking her for a walk. In his words, “attaching the Clip to her gives me a greatly different perspective on the world”.

And in case you’re wondering how stylish your little pet can look with the Narrative Clip, here’s a picture that Ben took of one of his Jack Russell Terriers, fully integrated into the world of wearables.

Charlotte’s dog

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Now if you have a pet tinier than all those mentioned above and are wondering if your tiny pet can actually capture interesting perspectives, we’d say a definite “Yes!”. Here’s one from our very own Customer Support Ninja, Charlotte, who was originally concerned if there could be any nice pictures taken by the Narrative Clip worn on her extremely tiny dog. As you can see, the resulting photos are pretty cool perspectives that we wouldn’t normally see unless we’re prostrating on the ground.

Finally, even though we have only featured narratives from cats and dogs today, we really would like you to know that we welcome perspectives from all creatures – turtles, tarantulas or the strangest animals that we never thought you’d have – as long as you promise that “No animals were harmed in the process of wearing the Narrative Clip”. Once you have those photos or videos, feel free to tweet your favorite Narrative Clip pet photos to us with #MyPetsNarrative. We certainly look forward to seeing through your pet’s eyes!

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Your Narrative Clip photos show up in the App FAST with improved momentification

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: the process of sorting, orienting and cleaning up your Narrative Clip photos for easy viewing and sharing through the Narrative App

Word Origin

Coined in 2012 by the company now known as Narrative, the idea behind momentification is that a perceived situation or event in life captured by the Narrative Clip should correspond to one moment in the Narrative App.

Latest update on momentification

The time it takes for your Clip photos to show up in the Narrative App once they have been sent to the cloud is now super fast! So, when the uploader message says, “Waiting for the server to build moments” it usually just takes a few minutes. Go ahead and give it try! You’ll be reliving that last great hangout with friends in no time.

A moment from team member, Niclas, at a recent lunch. You’ll get an idea of what surrounds Narrative’s Stockholm office.

This week in lifelogging: how the digital age has forever changed the way we process anything

Evolution of how we process things

Lifelogging is related to how we’ve decided that the digital age should and could be used for the betterment of our own lives. This subsequently led to the Quantified Self and the Internet of Things, as well as the rise in use of wearable tech devices. The digital age has brought along many changes. Not only have the things we brought to school to show our friends just how cool we are transformed from Pokemon cards and mood rings to the latest headphones or smart pens, our minds are slowly altered in the way we process anything at all. Whether it’s for the better or the worse, here are a few ways the digital age has impacted us as some food for thought for the weekend!

Read more: The Quantified Self community, lifelogging and the making of “smart” publics and 5 psychological challenges facing wearables, quantified self and behavior change apps

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All things are “ask Google”

Many of us trust Google more than ourselves. Whether it is with mapping our route home from work or checking who died in the latest Game of Thrones episode, we do what we do best – Google it. According to a study done by a spatial geographer at the University of Tokyo, participants who used GPS navigation performed 20% worse than their paper map peers when asked to recall various aspects of the surroundings. And while this may spell catastrophe for people who are concerned with the development of our brains, others have also welcomed Google Maps with open arms, quoting that there are now more kids exploring the world from their laptops before they reach the age where they can travel by themselves. And with Google approaching 1.6 billion facts in its Knowledge Vault, which is really the foundation of smartphone and robotic intelligence, anything could be asked with accuracy in the near future. What the Knowledge Vault represents, is also the possibility of medical breakthroughs and the discovery of trends as it sifts through humongous amounts of information.

Read more: Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of ‘Spatial Thinking’ and Google’s Knowledge Vault already contains 1.6 billion facts

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All things are shared and social

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The digital age also brought along that one thing we now know as not-so-social media. Looking at photos alone, we have shared a collective 1.8 billion photos in the year 2014. That’s a huge jump from the 274 million photos we shared in 2013, which could be largely attributed to Snapchat and Facebook. And the fact that the headlines in an article reads “Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you“, shows just how much we have allowed Facebook to actually affect us. And that’s not even including that one time when people started calling the police when Facebook went down for a bit. Yet once again, not all’s bad of course. With the increase in people sharing things on social media, people are now more aware of things that happen globally in general. Take ALS for instance. As of the end of August 2014, $100 million and greater awareness have gone towards supporting a cause that previously received little attention. Not only have we become more of a global citizen, we have also been given opportunities to experience things we might never have the courage nor opportunity to do through the eyes of someone’s camera. The two time-lapse videos below are examples of these for someone who might never get a chance to visit California, or Burning Man. Enjoy!

Read more: Stunning California Time-Lapse Is Your Mental Vacation and Epic Memories: A Breathtaking Burning Man Time-lapse Video

All things are quantified

Every mile we run and every workout session should be accompanied by our fitness trackers. As defined by The Huffington Post, “The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical)”. And even though perhaps the obsession with data is not currently matched up with the benefits that the analysis of these personal data can bring to us, other benefits of this self-tracking movement can already begin to unveil. These include knowing the exact amount of sunlight you need to take in to improve your mood, health, focus and sleep as tracked by SunSprite and how even gun violence could now be tracked with smart wristbands. Have you been tracking or quantifying anything? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

Read more: Quantifying the LTR: How Couples Use Data For Healthy Relationships and Quantified Self just boils down to Self: What I’ve learned from two years of wearables

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All things could be archived for the generations to come

Lastly, with everything being quantified and sometimes even selectively shared or placed on the Google Search Engine, things could be archived for the people we never meet after our own deaths. Raising concerns with how these data are treated have already spurred tech giants to include various clauses in their privacy statements. Google, for instance, started the Inactive Account Manager feature last year, which enables Google users to either delete their account or nominate individuals who will gain access to it if they die or are incapacitated. And while traditional genetic data from ancient bones can reveal things like how Europeans could be drawn from a mix of three ancient populations, perhaps with the possibility to archive every little detail of our lives dawns upon us the availability of digital data that replaces fossils and bones. Digging up fossils and archaeological evidence could well be in itself a thing that becomes fossilised. And it’s a pity that digesting digital data instead of physical evidences would certainly not help us find such cute things as skeletons who have held each others’ hands for 700 years anymore.

Read more: Putting Time In Perspective and The pleasures and horrors of the digital afterlife

Image credited to University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS)

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Life with the Narrative Clip. An interview with Bob Kueppers

Location:
Columbus, Ohio:

Website: 
www.IdeaAttic.com

Instagram:
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How long have you been using your Narrative Clip? 
Since the beginning of August, 2014

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings? 
The only time I don’t use the Clip is around the house or in the office.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
I was constantly pulling out my iPhone to take photos and most of the time, the people I’m with get annoyed with me. The Narrative Clip has solved this dilemma.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
I love how small and discreet the Narrative Clip is.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I found that wearing it on my sleeve captures the best photos. I wear a lot of dark colored clothes and the gray Narrative blends in nicely.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far? 
I was out with my partner one evening and we stopped at a little wine bistro. The lighting was perfect and the Narrative Clip managed to snap a great candid shot of him through a wine glass. Wearing the Narrative Clip on my sleeve captures some great perspectives.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
I’ve only been asked a few times about the Clip. One instance I said it was a camera and ended up having to answer a lot of worrisome questions. Now I just say it’s a Bluetooth pedometer and the questions stop.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
I recently got a new puppy and she’s constantly on the move. It always seems like when she’s still, I never have a camera around. I was able to capture some greats shots by using the double tap feature on the Clip.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I can’t wait to use this little Clip on my next vacation. I might just rely on it entirely!

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
I’d like to have the option to set the frequency of captured images. I know the battery will run down sooner, but if you know an important event is coming up, capturing more shots can be a nice trade off. It would also be awesome if you could plug the Clip into an iPhone, select images you want, and erase when the Clip gets full.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
I’ve been following Narrative ever since it was called Memoto years ago. I think the team did a fantastic job their first time out of the gate. I can’t wait to see what future versions will be capable of. Not since the first iPhone have I been this excited about technology.

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The Narrative Clip shows off its innovative style at New York Fashion Week.

Narrative is collaborating with innovative fashion brand, MARLON GOBEL

Designer Marlon Gobel is a 12 year fashion industry veteran, who has worked with prominent names in men’s fashion like, Thom Browne and Michael Bastian. In 2010 he launched his own brand, MARLON GOBEL. Since the successful launch of his company, Marlon has been collaborating with other amazing designers and companies, adding Narrative to his impressive list, that includes Christian Louboutin, Swarovski and Swedish fashion brand, GANT.

MARLON GOBEL’s Spring/Summer 2015 show, TRANSHUMANISM, took place yesterday in New York. The fantastic collection is based around three main inspirations: Human Augmentation, Technology is fashion and the idea of a wearable device. The Narrative Clip is a featured accessory on several of the designs.

Take a look at some photos from TRANSHUMANISM by MARLON GOBEL

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This week in lifelogging: apart from Apple (featuring QS 2015, Sony EyeGlass and Google curing death)

Enough of Apple

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Apple has got its fair share of attention this week with its launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch on 9 September 2014. Haters, lovers, and several others who are sitting on the fence waiting for Tim Cook to answer their questions all have their eyes on Apple. We too are eagerly awaiting for how their first step into lifelogging with the new iOS8 would turn out for all the lifelogging enthusiasts out there. But yes, for now, we’d like to turn the attention away from Apple for just a little while. So besides all that exciting news from us at Narrative regarding the $8 million in new funding, crossing the 100 million photos mark, a new office in San Francisco and increased customer support hours (!!!), here’s everything else that is happening in the lifelogging scene recently!

Read more (if you must): Inside the Apple Watch: the Tech Behind Apple’s New Wearable and The Apple Watch and the Quantified Self Movement

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QS 2015 Conference

Each year, tens of thousands of people gather all around the globe for this one common purpose – to share their knowledge regarding the field of lifelogging and the Quantified Self (QS). This started from a single QS Show & Tell only about 7 years ago with 30 people, and has since grown to 110 independent QS groups in more than 30 countries. Even though these QS Meetups are all unique in the way each individual contributes to and shares about the QS movement, all of them work towards the common goal of self knowledge through numbers. And each year, some of the best experts in this field gather together for the QS Global Conference. Next year is no different, and the 2015 QS Global Conference will be held from 13-15 March by the San Francisco waterfront, with an additional third day for a Grand Public Exposition where toolmakers, artists, designers and pioneering self-trackers share their greatest learnings in the QS journey. Interested? Head over here to register for an early-bird ticket now!

Read more: Announcing QS15: The Quantified Self Conference & Exposition and Beautiful Visualizations of Lifelogging and Quantified Self Data

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Google wants to cure death

And when we talk about making use of data for the betterment of one’s life, who does it better than our dear Mr. G? Last year, Google launched a company called Calico with the ambitious objective of extending our lives. Calico is the abbreviated form of California Life Company and will have Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, to be CEO and a founding investor. According to Arthur, “I’ve devoted much of my life to science and technology, with the goal of improving human health. Larry’s focus on outsized improvements has inspired me, and I’m tremendously excited about what’s next.” Well, one seemingly quiet year has passed, and today, Calico announces that it is partnering with UT Southwestern and 2M Companies to tackle neurodegenerative disorders caused by the aging and death of nerve cells, such as ALS and Parkinson’s. This was followed shortly after the announcement of their first partnership with drug company AbbVie just last week to build a research and development facility in San Francisco, as well as an earlier launch of Baseline Study, which will collect anonymous health data to define what a healthy human should look like.

Read more: Do corporate wellness programs really boost productivity? and Quantified Self: 10 Ways Lifelogging Improves Your Quality Of Life

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Sony EyeGlass Prototype

And while Google tries to be at the forefront of everything including its attempt to conquer the smart eyeglasses market, Sony is also seen stepping up in this same sector. This Sony EyeGlass acts like a secondary screen for Android smart phone users and displays information for wearers, overlaid on top of the real world. Currently, several apps have been developed for this EyeGlass, including Wikitude which displays information of landmarks as the wearer looked around, Cookpad which displays recipes while your hands are covered in flour and oil, as well as a camera which has facial recognition built into it. Although looking much bulkier and more like goggles than classy eyewear, the Sony EyeGlass is, according to CNET, still in its prototype phase and will eventually scan your eye movements to scroll through information on the screen. What do you think? Has Sony taken a little too long to arrive at its current EyeGlass?

Read more: Sony’s prototype EyeGlass smart specs eye up Google Glass

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Fashion, style and wellness

Even though Sony seems to be neglecting a little on style and design, several other wearable tech makers have plunged into making their products fashionable and chic right from the start. One example is designer Rebecca Minkoff, who dreams of her fashion to be ultra functional, and has since designed a notification bracelet and another one that charges and syncs your mobile devices. Others like FitBit, which started out focusing on basic designs coupled with accurate technology, are also partnering high-fashion masters like Tory Burch to target the female consumer. In addition, tech giant Intel has also partnered with fashion brand Opening Ceremony to create a sleek wearable bracelet known as MICA (picture above), which boasts of a 1.6-inch curved sapphire glass touchscreen display. Don’t you want one already?

Read more: 9 Fashionable Wearables for the Sartorially Savvy and The Stellé Audio Clutch: Wearable Tech Innovation Meets Audio Couture

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Life with the Narrative Clip. An interview with Javier Ortiz Castillo

Location:
Santiago, Chile

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip? 
It arrived in late May this year.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I use it on weekends especially for my outdoor trips, trekking and mountain biking. I love to capture the best moments with my Narrative Clip.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip? 
I liked the concept of Narrative Clip, capture important moments of our lives in photos, because you lose a lot of time in preparing to take pictures with a regular camera and sometimes the magic of special moments is lost.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best? 
A device that captures photos every 30 seconds is amazing, it helps you better enjoy every moment. When you arrive at home, you plug your Narrative Clip to computer and upload these photos to a server and you can see them on a smartphone, it is really incredible. So you get to have all your favorite moments in the palm of your hand.

How do you wear/use the camera?

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
The photo is called “Finding the top of the mountain”.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
Here in Chile there are few people who know the camera. Among my closest friends, nobody knew it. They usually ask me if this is a device for measuring heart rate or something like that, because I always use new equipment for sports. Then when I tell them what it is, they are fascinated.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
My best time using Narrative Clip was a trekking trip with a special friend, because the scenery was beautiful and we really enjoyed the trip. On top of the mountain we ate a delicious picnic. These have been the best photos that have been captured so far.

What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
Maybe leaving the Clip to record a sunset, it must be great to record this kind of sequence or something like that. Also, I’ve never uploaded picture to Twitter.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future? 
I wish I could upload photos directly to the server without connecting the Clip to a computer, so it would be quick and easy to view photos on the smartphone. The technological evolution is going to make it more of a priority to use the smartphone than a computer for this type of use.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
Here are more picture of places in Chile from my clip. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell my opinion of this great device that has changed my life !!

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Increased Support Hours for Narrative’s Customers

What a whirlwind month it has been for the Narrative Support team. Great things are happening at Narrative so quickly, it can be hard to catch up sometimes!

IF YOU’VE NOT HEARD, NARRATIVE HAS OPENED A NEW OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO!

Over the past month, we’ve been busy setting up our new office in San Francisco and in the short few weeks that we’ve been there, the response to Narrative has been incredible! To make our Narrative presence even more known in San Francisco, we have also been attending some local meetups to share what the Narrative experience is all about. The feedback we received so far has been amazing. Everyone loved it! Even when we were in the wine country of Napa Valley over a weekend, we had a barista ask, “ What is that White Clip you guys are wearing?” It’s been incredible and we know this is just the start for Narrative in San Francisco. We are humbled by it all. Everyone here at Narrative are really excited to see the “Narrative Effect” in San Francisco over the coming months.

This is also all incredibly exciting for us at Narrative Support! Besides having expanded to San Francisco, we now also have a support member over in Shanghai to help us with the different time zones.

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The expansion of the Narrative Support team to San Francisco and Shanghai means increased support hours for our customers – from 9 hours / day to 18 hours a day. Increased support hours means faster response time especially for our American and Asian-based customers (YAY!)

This is such a milestone for us. We are constantly seeking to improve our service to all our customers  – be it a faster response time or better answers. (Check out our revamped Narrative Support Centre – with a new order status page and new video tutorials!)

MEET MARIA DURKEE

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She is our first employee at Narrative’s US office, how exciting! She is based in our San Francisco office and is joining our awesome Support Team.

Over the past month, we’ve been working hard on getting her acquainted with Narrative – teaching her everything there is to know about our product – the Clip, the Uploader, the backend and our awesome Narrative App! And of course, everything in regards to how we work in Support. We believe in equipping our Support Team with the best knowledge possible at all times because knowledge is power. By understanding Narrative inside out, we will be best equipped to help our customers at any time.

We are incredibly happy to have her on the team and to help us establish our presence in San Francisco.

2 minutes with Maria

1) Tell me more about yourself 

I am from Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in Arizona, I developed a great appreciation for sunshine, pools, and air conditioning. My idea of fun includes, drinking delicious coffee, going out for an afternoon hike and exploring new cities while taking lots of pictures along the way!

2) Your previous work experiences and what did you learn from there? 

Some of my previous work experience includes: internships, fundraising, and community support.

While working as a intern at MF Productions, I co-coordinated an event called “Energy for Tomorrow” at Stanford University. Assisting the event taught me a great deal about the importance of details. The smallest tasks are just as important as the big ones!

As a student fundraiser at Northern Arizona University, my communication skills were put to the test. I learned that relating to individuals on a humanistic level can significantly impact their willingness to give you a donation.

Working in community support at Wrapp, I learned that loyal happy users are one of the most important (if not the most important) drivers in a company.

3) Why did you join Narrative?

I was initially interested in joining Narrative because of the stellar idea. While the idea of “letting a camera capture your life as it happens” is incredibly cool, it was actually the people at Narrative who attracted me to the company even more.

After having three interviews with three different managers in the company, I was sold. I truly believe in a good product but I also truly believe in great people behind a product. For me, working with talented people who will be my biggest support system is more than I can ask for. I feel very happy and lucky to say, I have found that at Narrative.

4) What do you hope to bring to Narrative? 

As one of the newest members of the Narrative team, I hope to bring forth a job well done! Most importantly however, I want to make an impact by establishing genuine relationships with my colleagues and keeping the positive work spirit alive. I would also love to explore my passion for interpersonal relations by being a voice for Narrative at various events in the future.

 

What do you hope to see in Narrative Support? Ping us at @Narrativehelp or drop us an email at support@getnarrative.com. To learn how to connect with Narrative Support, check this article out.

This week in lifelogging: the next megatrend (featuring Apple and astronauts)

Lifelogging on the rise

Lifelogging is on a roll. And so is its counterpart, wearable technology. According to an analysis of over 8 million online conversations about wearable tech between 2013 to 2014, there has been a 190% increase in mentions of wearable tech compared to the year before. When users of wearable tech were asked how useful these gadgets have been, 82% of them believe that wearable tech has enhanced their lives. That’s a good number for a category of products that has only recently taken off, if you’d ask me. Do you use any of the wearable tech devices mentioned below? Share your thoughts with us and comment below!

Infographic credited to the team at ShotTracker

The collective Internet of Things

The map you see above belongs to a form known as Internet Cartography, which simply means that this is a map showing everyone using the Internet right now. Since its illegal beginnings, Internet Cartography has now legally evolved into something anyone could do. To attain this map, John Matherly, founder of Shodan and creator of the map you see above, used his server to ping everyone he could on the Internet. This means that approximately 1.4million packets of data are sent around per second. Subsequently, each city and country is identified through a database of IP addresses and then plotted on a world map like this. According to Matherly, mapping these data has still been met with difficulties as organisations and whole countries (China, for instance) put up firewalls to block ping requests. This though might alter with the increasing awareness and usage of lifelogging devices while we welcome in the era of the Internet of Things, wherein this map could become a lot more accurate in future as we carry these devices around with us and are, in a sense, perpetually connected. It’ll be interesting to see how this map varies according to different events that happen around the world.

Read more: How to Make a Map of Everyone Using the Internet Right Now and Survey: IoT, Wearables Market Set for Explosive Growth

Image credited to Shodan

Thinking twice about Apple

Now even though the Internet of Things and the lifelogging trend are taking off well, some people have still expressed their doubts if technology leader Apple can bring something worthwhile to this table. With the whole world keeping their eyes on Apple this 9 September to see what’s in store for them with the official launch of the iPhone 6, many have also speculated that the Apple “iWatch” would be launched concurrently as well. Out of this latter group, some have made known their concerns of whether Apple can indeed gain a footing in this crowded smart watch scene. Still others have said that pricing and design could be a determining factor as to whether this will be a hit. Our guess though, is that Apple would use its long running strategy of building an entire ecosystem to appeal to its fans. This means that the key to winning the hearts of die-hard Apple fans already wearing a Pebble smart watch or the likes of it, will lie in how the Apple “iWatch” could run holistically in the upcoming iOS8 to create even more value for its users.

Read more: Winning In Wearable Tech: Why Investors Might Think Twice Before Betting On Apple

Image credited to Forbes

Lifelogging in style

And it certainly isn’t difficult to see why critics have listed design as one of the determining factors as to whether the Apple “iWatch” will be a make or break. With Ralph Lauren bringing together the two spheres of fashion and wearable tech quite successfully, consumers are now sure to demand even more after being exposed to the possibilities of high-fashion high-tech products that can add value to their wardrobes. Google has likewise partnered with Luxottica, which makes Oakley and Ray-Bans, while fitness tracker FitBit has also collaborated with luxury brand Tory Burch to launch a range of stylish fitness wristbands to accessorise your everyday dressing – both for work and play. What do you look for in your wearables?

Read more: Can fashion designers make tech wearables truly wearable?

Image credited to Ralph Lauren

Lifelogging in space

And when style meets space, the whole universe conspires to blow our minds away. The video above is giving us a glimpse of what lifelogging in space would look like. Not only will we see zero gravity in action, natural forces literally collide to present the most amazing views to us. While most of us have this thing on our bucket list to see the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, this astronaut is taking this bucket list item to a whole new level. He saw the Aurora display from where he lives – the International Space Station. Literally an everyday view for him as he awakes. Well, with the Virgin group offering flights to space, perhaps we will be able to see more lifelogging greatness from that place most of us dreamt as little kids to live in. Let’s stay tuned!

Read more: Astronaut Captures Aurora in Stunning Time-Lapse and Airglow ‘Ripples’ Over Tibet Give Aurora Photography a Run for Its Money and Travelling Russian Photographer Captures Breathtaking Morning Views From His Tent

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