YouTube introduces audio ads

Google is moving into the audio ad territory on Youtube. This is particularly notable, since there are more than 2 billion monthly music listeners on YouTube, according to the company. The competion pales in comparison: Spotify, by contrast, reaches 185 million monthly users. Audio is actually where the money is: Internet audio advertising revenue reached […]

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch | WIRED

The ongoing Covid pandemic stretches us to our limits. During the last months, many of us have been quarantining or (self-)isolating and working from home. The Aspen Institute has studied the effects and published several reports with the telling titles: “Lessons in Loneliness” and “Artificial Intimacy.” Bascially, there is no one size fits all technical […]

What we learned from dogfooding call a BOX

Google used the term dogfooding (“eating your own dogfood”) in 2009 to describe the practice of an organization using its own product. We did recently a very similar thing with call a BOX, a self-storage service. After we finished the implementation of the webapge and the progressive web app for our customer, we simply used […]

Call a BOX

Call a BOX is now live and online. The new innovative self storage system of our customer MediaPrint and Wenzel Logistics just officially launched. We at IKANGAI developed and implemented the app and the website. Call a BOX uses the modern progressive web app technology stack that creates a seamless user experience from web to […]

WhatsApp will let you shop directly from chats | Engadget

Facebook is extending WhatsApp with shopping features. While WhatsApp has had cataloge features in the past, they appear to be limited to that what Facebook’s now previewing. It’s not yet clear, how the system works, but it could be something along these lines: A user messages a business The business replys with a link to […]

Windows 10: PWA Office Apps

German platform deskmodder.de reports that Mircosoft is experimenting with PWA (Progressive Web App) versions of their office suite with some users.  According to the author of the article, PWA versions of Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word appear in the startmenu. It turned out that these apps were created by Microsoft Edge (Stable). The path of […]

(Re-)Introducing LAL – Little Activity Language

We’ve been working on a mobile process language for quite some time now. During this process we’ve been devising several names for this language. We started with Tweetflows, moved to EGON and we’ve settled for lal – little activity language. The name describes the basic design principle, which is the encapsulation of (semi-)structured actions as […]

Woolworths launches automated eStore in Melbourne

Woolworths in Australia is accelerating the delivery of online orders and potentially improve order accuracy by applying novel technology. The rollout starts with an automated eStore at its Carrum Downs supermarket in Melbourne. The goal is to reduce aisle congestion for in-store customers, since  Woolworths’ personal shoppers choose most items from inventory without having to […]

Ephemeral Computing Service Plattform

Many every day tasks involve the use of smartphones. From activating a smart home appliance, to buying tickets, to checking in at a venue – many of these short lived (“ephemeral”) activities require users to install a mobile App upfront to complete the task at hand. From the perspective of the user, installing a full […]