A commitment to write

I’m truly blessed to live in a world where I get the option to choose to do whatever drives my passion.

I have the opportunity to meet and connect with so many fascinating people that are doing exactly what brings them happiness.

I started a podcast last year, and it’s the most critical thing that I had wanted to do for a very long time. I kept pushing it because I needed co-hosts to start a podcast, but then I realized that my hobbies were the cohosts.

My many hobbies and projects that I explored became something of a qualifier that somehow defined me.

I decided to embrace it all, digging deeper into the many hobbies that brought me joy.

I’ll list these hobbies here because what better way to restart blogging than to list out a number of topics that I can then explore.

  1. Podcasting
  2. Videography
  3. Woodworking
  4. Photography
  5. Lego builds
  6. Cycling
  7. Beekeeping
  8. Virtual reality
  9. Marketing (is this a hobby?)
  10. Helping others
  11. Paper and vinyl crafts

That’s just a shortlists.

But you might be wondering what made me start blogging or writing again.

The single most decisive podcast episode to date has to be the one I heard last night. It was Seth Godin being interviewed by Mark Metry. It was full of so many actionable insights that I made a decision that I need to do this on the top of the morning and get thoughts down on paper and start to change the way my brain works.

Seth Godin has been writing blogs daily since a very very longtime and that’s something that I plan to start today.

He says, it’s not if, but what I’ll be sharing with the world tomorrow.

So here my first post into the fray of daily blogs.

Thanks for reading!

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No more ‘Doorbell’ category in HomeKit accessories page on Apple.com

Like most people that bought the Ring Doorbell among other doorbell video camera services probably hoped that thought that doorbell video camera would show up in the “Home” app on our iPhones and iPads. Well it has now disappeared after years of promises by the hardware manufacturers.

With the recent acquisition of Ring doorbell company by Amazon, it just seems like we’re moving further away from collaborating on technology platforms.

One of the biggest reason behind the disconnect is the fact that Apple spends a lot of time in making sure the services and products they support follow a strict protocol for security. Enabling multiple levels of encryption to deter hackers and missteps.

Check out the source for some more information regarding the “doorbell” purge.

Source: Apple purges ‘Doorbell’ category from HomeKit accessories page

What if we killed the job interview?

An interesting piece on skipping the entire interview process. 100s nay 1000s of people give and take interviews on a daily basis. They’re either interviewing to hire new candidates or candidates hoping to land a new job. The problem with interviews is that it almost always doesn’t surmount to a good understanding of the interviewer. Sometimes it’ll take a few months to really know the candidates likes and dislikes.

There has been countless websites and services created to help with this problem, here’s a few that come to mind.

But maybe there’s another way?! I mean as social media users on several networks we share information, freely and engage with our peers and acquaintances, its quite easy to see who somebody is by just looking at the engagements.

Check out the article over at FastCompany and see what you think.

Source: What if we killed the job interview?

Avengers: Infinity War – the beginning of an end.

Infinity War is upon us, with less than a week left before it opens in theaters everywhere in the World. One of the longest conclusion to a set of movies for the past 10 years, starting with Iron Man in 2008.

History

Marvel started as an independent studio back in 2008 and produced their first movie Iron Man with Jon Favreau as the Director and Actor.

You’ve probably read a few stories and articles about the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War. It is a culmination of 18 movies in the past 10 years, a decade of movies all pointing to one direction. All good must come to an end for the biggest evil to take over the entire universe.

If you don’t already know the movies that leads to Infinity War, they’re right here in chronological order.

MCU Phase 1:

  1. 2008 – Iron Man – Jon Favreau
  2. 2008 – The Incredible Hulk – Louis Leterrier
  3. 2010 – Iron Man 2 – Jon Favreau
  4. 2011 – Thor – Kenneth Branagh
  5. 2011 – Captain America: The First Avenger – Joe Johnston
  6. 2012 – The Avengers – Joss Whedon

MCU Phase 2:

  1. 2013 – Iron Man 3 – Shane Black
  2. 2013 – Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor
  3. 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  4. 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  5. 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron – Joss Whedon

MCU Phase 3:

  1. 2015 – Ant-Man – Peyton Reed
  2. 2016 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  3. 2016 – Doctor Strange – Scott Derrickson
  4. 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – James Gunn
  5. 2017 – Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jon Watts
  6. 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok – Taika Waititi
  7. 2018 – Black Panther – Ryan Coogler
  8. 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

At this point in time we’ve got a total of 18 movies before Infinity War, making it a total of 19 movies to close out the MCU or is it just the beginning of something new?. So many main stories and side stories it is impossible to talk about everything.

FUTURE- Continuing Phase 3:

  1. 2018 – Ant-Man and The Wasp – Peyton Reed
  2. 2019 – Captain Marvel – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  3. 2019 – Avengers 4 (Untitled Movie) – Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

I’m sure there are movies scheduled out to 2020 that I haven’t listed. But I’ll see if I can touch on some of these movies as we go forward.

Bees & Bikes

In this episode, I go into the basics of beekeeping, why I picked it and how things come together. Then I go into a bit of details on the last time I went on a bike ride.

Hacks & Hobbies Pilot Episode: Queen Bee

Back in 2012, myself, Omar and Danish we decided to give it a go at creating a podcast and we called it “StillBrewingIt” It last for about a few months. The amount of time it took to put together the audio for the podcast and just to get together and talking was quite cumbersome.

Step-forward to 2018, we have an amazing mobile app in the form of Anchor.fm which enables multiple parties to join and have a conversation and Anchor records all of the audio and uploads it for you to use it in a future podcast.

I gave it a go and this is my first episode that can listen to over at hacksandhobbies.com

Apple and Healthcare

Is Apple following in the footsteps of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase in creating their own network of Health Clinics?

It’s quite possible that Apple’s been working on this initiative for at least 2 years if not more given that the Apple Watch has been around for a good part of almost 3 years, released on April 24, 2015. But research on the device might’ve started 2 years prior.

Recent History

The Apple Watch gave apple a direct link to enabling health-conscious individuals and athletes a way to track their heart-rate and other health-related information with the well-established Health app which had successfully been tracking other human activities such as counting steps, flights climbed, heart-monitoring & blood pressure monitoring via 3rd party apps and devices.With the launch of HealthKit in 2014 with support and research partnership with major US hospitals such as Mayo Clinic, Ochsner, Stanford University Hospital and Duke University to name a few. Apple had already built relationships with Hospitals and Clinics.

As the Apple Watch was released it helped health providers to track heart-rate directly from the users and this cause a relationship as well as research information coming back to health providers via the ResearchKit in 100 folds.

Not only were the people using their Apple Watches to track their own fitness, health-care providers had access to data that was previously not possible to acquire with such ease.

The Now

As it turns out, Apple had been working in secrecy (big surprise) with other providers and creating these clinics to start with providing support and health to their own employees. It’s certainly a noble movement and completely makes sense. Why not provide healthcare (a major requirement for being a human being) everyone like literally everyone needs access to these basic needs. So a company creating solutions for their own employees simply falls into place as part of the benefit an employee can not have to think twice about.

We spend 1/3rd if not more of our life working for a company, spending our precious time in creating solutions and helping the overall cause of the company forward. No matter who you are. You need healthcare, and if the company you work for is paying for your health-insurance the Health industry has been taking advantage of the corporations (LOL) in charging more and more over the years.

Hopefully, this move will start the much-needed disruption.

In health and wellness. Let us embrace this new future with open arms and Apple Watches for everyone 🙂

 

This article was originally published on Linkedin.com pulse.

Hello, Sketch 49!

Hello, Sketch 49!

Rejoice!

Sketch 49 brings us a killer update, reducing the need for a few 3rd party plugins but also giving a head start for new users. Speeding up the user experience and interaction design for the 1000s of UX designers out there.

When you launch Sketch 49 and start with their Tutorial File, you’ll notice the flag icon (this is the start point)

You can enable the “Flag” icon to show up next to your artboard by enabling it on the “Preview” window.

Recalling the history

When Adobe introduced Adobe XD we were all so amazed by the inherent prototyping ability.

Of course, Adobe built the app purely based on the number of prototyping apps emerging for the UX community.

With apps like Flinto, Marvel, Atomic, Kite, Origami, Principle, Framer and many more. Each offering the user to let them create a prototype that can show off to the end user or developer how the application they’re designing work.

Adobe XD took about a year to mature as I remember wanting to get my hands on it when I read and experienced the keynote in 2015, the first beta was here around spring 2016 lacking a lot of features and affordances we were used to in Sketch, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I had a go at the beta build and subsequent updates bringing more and more features. Finally around fall of 2017 Adobe XD could stand on its own with quick abilities to copy your layers from Photoshop and Illustrator leaving Sketch in the dust.

Adobe XD enabled prototyping and ability to share via the web, a feature that was available in Sketch only with the use of third-party plugins by InVision as Craft Labs.

With Sketch 47 we started to see Sketch Cloud and it matured with Sketch 48, with the ability to share entire Sketch files in read-only mode.

Where there’s a demand there’s development. The folks over at Sketch are geniuses, they finally integrated some of the awesome features surfaced by plugins and 3rd party developers, prototyping, collaborations, cloud sharing, shared libraries to name a few.

This is an initial response to an article by SketchAppSources on Medium.

Other cool apps that have updated and build on this power is Zeplin, they recount how they’re taking this information and enabling preview mode on their own web-app.