One Stop Shop shut down new system and staff coming

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration denies more money to Helen Garlick SIPT Recommended for you Impressive opening for Long Bay High; PNP Administration breaks ground on Phase II Related Items:one stop shop, pnp administration, sammy been building Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – The one stop shop concept will be dismantled according to the PNP Administration and the government is prepared to hire more immigration workers to repair the reputation of the office beleaguered by customer complaints. During that press conference yesterday, it was explained by Premier Rufus Ewing that mounting complaints about slow service and lack of customer service have forced the break-down of the old immigration structure.Hon Ewing said an additional 8-10 staff will be hired, trained and staffed at the new Samuel Been Building on Airport Road which is currently undergoing retrofitting. New Passport process ready says Govt Use TCI passportlast_img read more

Magazine Industry Traitors

first_imgIn my 11 years of publishing, I find this to be the most exciting, vibrant and interesting time I’ve experienced and looking at this time period as an incredible breeding ground for experimentation and innovation. I only see good things ahead for magazines and, more importantly, publishing companies that are willing to face the fact that this ain’t your mother’s or father’s publishing industry. So either get on board, or walk that plank![PHOTO: Disney] What ever happened to the idea that a good captain always goes down with his ship? Or in this case, his magazine? The doom and gloom surrounding the magazine/print business is scaring very talented publishing professionals away from the industry altogether. They are, in droves, flocking to anything that has the word “digital” attached to it—it’s truly starting to feel like 1999’s dot-com migration, at least some level, all over again.What about standing and fighting? I wonder if that thought has occurred at all, or if these individuals have become so disenchanted with the print business that they have just thrown up their hands.I’ve personally had many conversations with other publishers about this subject and there is a very clear line of distinction between those who grew up in the traditional world of publishing who have not been able to embrace change, innovate or see their brands as more than a circulation driven ad-page model, and those who actually see this supposed “dark period” as pure opportunity for experimentation, building beyond ad pages and circulation and concentrating on all of the exciting opportunities and platforms for magazine brands in areas outside of the busted newsstand sales, subscriptions and ad page business models.last_img read more

Partnership with County Brings Bookmobile to Charleston Naval Facility

first_imgPersonnel at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., starting this week will be able to use a bookmobile operated by the Berkeley County Library System, under a partnership agreement officials from the library system and Joint Base Charleston signed last week.The collaboration provides a tremendous benefit to the weapons station as the joint base, made up of the weapons station and Charleston Air Force Base, only has enough staff to keep either the weapons station’s library or the Air Force base’s open at any given time. The bookmobile — which offers print and digital books, audio books and DVDs — will be available to weapons station residents when their library is closed. The bookmobile also offers computer stations with access to the library’s databases and Wi-Fi, reported Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs.Col. Robert Lyman, Joint Base Charleston commander, and Donna Worden, director of the library system, signed the agreement at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.“We have a great relationship with the Lowcountry and all the surrounding Charleston communities,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Taylor, 628th Mission Support Group deputy commander and the base’s P4 (public-public and public-private) partnership director. “Having these P4 initiatives even makes it stronger because we’re meeting with them on a quarterly basis … and discussing new initiatives,” he said.Both parties said they would explore developing further initiatives in the future. “The agreement is the first step to a long-lasting relationship with Joint Base Charleston WS [Weapons Station],” said Barbara Ash, the library system’s children’s librarian. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 vs LG Gram 2in1 2019 Which laptop should you

first_img PC Memory Best 2-in-1 for traveling light 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U Sarah Tew/CNET 512GB SSD Get what you get or get what you wantThe LG Gram 2-in-1 is currently available in a single configuration from Best Buy for $1,500.  Fortunately, it’s a good one and is in line with Lenovo’s pricing for the C930. (There’s a spec chart below for comparison.) The price also includes LG’s active pen and a USB-C-to-Ethernet adapter. The Yoga, on the other hand, starts at around $1,100 and can be configured with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of memory, up to a 1TB PCIe-NVMe SSD for storage and a 4K UHD display. Lenovo also frequently has deals on its site, so depending on when you buy you could end up getting a better configuration for less. For example, at the moment you can get the C930 with a Core i7 and 16GB RAM for less than one with a Core i5 and 8GB RAM.  The LG Gram weighs noticeably less than its similarly sized competition. For business travelers, commuters or students, the lighter load will likely be appreciated. With its great battery life and USB-C charging, you can likely get through a daily commute without carrying its power supply, too. Plus, since LG gave it a full-size HDMI out and USB-A ports, you won’t need as many adapters.  16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz Post a comment 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U 256GB SSD Storage Lenovo Yoga C930 Best 2-in-1 and touchscreen laptops 5 ways you should be using your two-in-one laptop Best laptops, desktops and tablets for creatives in 2019 Read CNET’s review 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620 45 Photos Tags Best all-around premium 2-in-1 Within LG’s deep portfolio of appliances, TVs, soundbars and phones is its line of Gram laptops. Available in 13.3-, 14-, 15.6- and 17-inch sizes, they all have ultralight bodies for their sizes and exceedingly long battery lives (though never as long as LG claims). This year LG added its first Gram 2-in-1 to the lineup by essentially putting 360-degree hinges on its Gram 14 laptop, in turn making it one of the lightest — if not the lightest — 14-inch two-in-one laptop available. It’s a good half pound less than our current top-rated two-in-one of that size, the Lenovo Yoga C930. With similar features, components and pricing, too, the LG Gram 14 2-in-1 is stiff competition for the Yoga C930. Here’s how they measure up to each other. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Weighing the design differencesWhile the Yoga C930 and Gram 14 2-in-1 are roughly the same size, the latter is lighter, which makes it slightly more comfortable to use as a handheld tablet. That comfort extends to the included Wacom AES 2.0 Pen with 4,096 pressure levels and tilt detection. It’s a full-size pen unlike the Yoga’s, which is about the size of Samsung’s S Pen and significantly smaller than the Wacom. The Yoga’s advantage here is that the pen stores and charges in the body; there’s no storage or holder for the LG’s pen. (Both pens worked well, by the way.)Pen storage is admittedly a small issue and likely not a dealbreaker on its own. There are a bunch of these little differences that could sway you one way or the other. 024-lg-gram-2-in-1LG Gram 14 2-in-1 is well connected.  Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo went with two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a single USB-A port, for instance. There’s a combination mic-headphone jack, too, but that’s it. This means you’ll need an adapter or dongle for other connections. LG, despite having similarly limited space, gives you two USB-A ports, a microSD card slot and HDMI output as well as a USB-C 3.1 port and includes an Ethernet adapter.  When it comes to keyboards, neither laptop’s keys have a lot of travel. The Yoga’s ultimately proved to be more comfortable and accurate, at least for touch typing, because LG used smaller Enter and Backspace keys that resulted in missed keystrokes.  Lenovo Yoga C930 Now playing: Watch this: Display size/resolution Share your voice 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620 Related stories The C930 might not be as light as the LG or have its port assortment, but it has other design advantages like a better keyboard, a garaged active pen, a webcam privacy shutter and a speaker system that actually sounds good. Multiple configurations are available from retailers and direct from Lenovo starting around $1,100 so you can get performance that fits your budget. Two other features might help the Lenovo rise above the LG for you. If you’re concerned about web cam privacy, the Yoga has a small switch that slides a shutter across the camera to block it. There’s also a function key to instantly cut the built-in mics. Then there’s the Yoga C930’s speaker system. Lenovo used the laptop’s 360-degree hinge as a rotational soundbar. Paired with its Dolby Atmos audio processing, the C930 has unusually good sound for its thin chassis. The Gram’s speakers are fine in a pinch, but it’s no surprise LG built in headphone-specific DTS processing. 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz Networking LG Gram 14 2-in-1 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 4.1 27 Photos Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Graphics More than beginner’s luck  The Gram 2-in-1 might be LG’s first for the category, but it doesn’t show in the final product. LG’s taken everything that worked for its clamshell laptop designs and made it work as an ultraportable convertible. It also carried over a couple things that were less desirable like its keyboard layout and thin-sounding speakers, which are two areas where Lenovo’s Yoga C930 shines. And with the options to get the C930 in more than one configuration from more than one retailer, the Lenovo has broader appeal while delivering similar performance and battery life.  Lenovo Yoga C930 CPU 14-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel touch display Laptops 2:06 Operating system Sarah Tew/CNET 14-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel touch display 0 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0 Read CNET review Lenovo’s Yoga C930 is the ultraportable 2-in-1 we’ve… LG Gram 14 2-in-1 Power drawBoth the LG and Lenovo delivered strong performance for general home and office uses such as word processing, web browsing and email. Want a two-in-one for jotting down notes, putting together presentations or sketching a design? Either of these will do the trick. They also have enough muscle to push through more demanding work, assuming it’s not too graphics intensive. The integrated graphics can handle casual gaming at low settings as well as basic photo and video edits. On our benchmark tests, the configurations we reviewed performed roughly the same given their slight processor and RAM differences. Battery performance was similar, too, on our online streaming video test. The Gram ran for 12 hours, 35 minutes while the Yoga stopped less than 10 minutes shy of that at 12 hours, 26 minutes.  Price as reviewed See at Best Buy Specs comparison Lenovo LG $1,300 See at Best Buy Windows 10 Home (64-bit) LG Gram 2-in-1 lives up to its lightweight name $1,500 last_img read more

Sensex Nifty feel the heat ahead of Donald TrumpHillary Clinton debate

first_imgIndian stock markets dropped by more than 1 percent on Monday tracking global cues that saw investors getting jittery over equities becoming volatile if Donald Trump wins the US presidential elections. The sell-off was triggered over a perception that Trump could pip rival Hillary Clinton in the presidential debate between the two candidates. The debate assumes significance as the outcome could swing the decision of many fence-sitters during polls.The BSE Sensex fell 374 points, or 1.30 percent, to close at 28,294 while the NSE Nifty ended 108 points lower at 8,723. Top Sensex losers were ONGC, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, NTPC and GAIL (India). Sectoral indices on the BSE that shed more than 1 percent included Bankex (1.56 percent) and Auto (1.72 percent), “A good performance from Mr. Trump could see market volatility increase, particularly if investors think there is a possibility that he could actually win,” wrote Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in London, Reuters reported.The X-factor for driving markets is no longer the speculation over US Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rate hike, rather it is the outcome of the US presidential elections.”But as the U.S. elections are moving into a closer market horizon, the tendency of U.S. political events to influence global markets will probably rise,” Investec economist Philip Shaw told the agency.The speculation pulled the pan-European STOXX 600 index down 1.4 percent, translating into a fall of about 7 percent since the beginning of the current calendar year.Global stock markets are likely to witness a shift away from equities in the run-up to the American presidential elections. “I think there could be some shift away from equities to the safer assets ahead of the US elections across the markets globally,” NDTVProfit quoted Ambareesh Baliga, a Mumbai-based independent market analyst, as saying.Select stocks hit a new 52-week-high on a day of losses and these included public sector oil marketing companies Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Biocon, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and Jubiliant Life Sciences.last_img read more

2 oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

first_imgFront Altair on fire.TwitterTwo oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, according to a UK maritime security report. A similar incident in the region was reported last month when four oil tankers were attacked.The incident took place near the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.One of the two ships, the tanker ‘Front Altair’ managed by a Bermuda-owned shipping company Frontline, suffered a fire on Thursday morning while sailing through the southern end of the Strait of Hormuz. While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a spokesperson of the company told CNN that all the 23 crew members were evacuated and safe.The Iran state media, on the other hand, reported that the Front Altair had sunk, reported The Guardian.The vessel was identified as an oil tanker that was transporting Naptha (a type of crude oil) and was on its way to Taiwan. The other ship, Kokuka Courageous was reportedly attacked “thrice” with “some sort of shell” according to the spokesperson of the Japanese ship, reported CNN. All 21 crew members on board were evacuated in which one was reported to be injured. The ship was reportedly a goods carrier and was carrying methanol and was on route to Singapore, reported CNN. However, according to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, both tankers were carrying “Japan-related cargo.”Managed by the Singapore based company BSM, a company spokesperson said that the ship remains in the area and is not in danger of sinking.Michio Yuube, the co-manager of company Kokuka Sangyo said that the vessel was “first shot above sea level and then caught fire briefly before the blaze was extinguished”.Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tweeted that “suspicious doesn’t begin to describe” the incident as it happened on the day Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on a state visit to Iran to meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali KhameneiReported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM @AbeShinzo was meeting with Ayatollah @khamenei_ir for extensive and friendly talks. Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning. Iran’s proposed Regional Dialogue Forum is imperative.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 13, 2019On June 6, according to the international investigation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Norway told the United Nations Security Council in an informal meeting that there are “strong indications that the four attacks were part of a sophisticated and coordinated operation carried out with significant operational capacity.’Out of the four vessels attacked on May 12, two belonged to Saudi Arabia, while the remaining were owned by the UAE and Norway. The investigation did not mention the name of any country responsible behind the attack.last_img read more

4 JMB men held in Natore drive

first_imgNatore police superintendent Biplob Bijoy Talukder speaking with reporters after conducting a drive where four suspected activists of JMB surrendered to the law enforcers in Natore. Photo: Muktar HossainPolice in a drive arrested four suspected activists of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dighapatia, on the outskirts of Natore town, early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The arrestees are—Anisur Rahman Anis, a resident of Arkandi village in Singra upazila, Shafikul Islam and Fazlur Rahman, residents of Chapapukur village in Bagatipara upazila and Jakir Hossian, a resident of Kholabaria village in Naldanga upazila.Acting on a tip-off, a police team cordoned off a house adjacent to the Uttara Gonobhaban around 3:00am and started operation at the house from 5:30am and asked the insiders to surrender to the law enforcers after nine rounds of firing, claimed police.After one hour, the four suspected activists of JMB surrendered to the law enforcers.Police, later, recovered five hand bombs, petrol, a laptop, one motorcycle and books searching the house.Details will be come to light after interrogation of the arrestees and investigation, said Natore police superintendent Biplob Bijoy Talukder.last_img read more

120 firefighters tackle blaze at central London hotel

first_imgFirefighters tackle a blaze at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in central London on 6 June 2018. A fire broke out at London`s Mandarin Oriental hotel, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped smoke high into the air over the British capital. Photo: AFPFire broke out at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel on Tuesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped smoke high into the air over the British capital.The fire brigade said “around 120 firefighters” and 20 fire engines were involved in tackling the fire on the roof of the 12-storey hotel in Knightsbridge, a luxury area of central London where Harrods department store is also located.The fire service said the blaze was “producing a lot of smoke” and was “very visible” and its cause “is not known at this stage”.Firefighters were called to the fire at 1455 GMT.”We are aware that there is a fire at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, and that the fire brigade is at the hotel,” a hotel spokesman said.”As the situation is still unfolding, we have no further details to share at this time, but will provide an update soon”.Roads were closed off at Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner, busy junctions near the hotel — an Edwardian-style building that opened its doors in 1902 and was bought by Mandarin Oriental in 1996.The hotel has 198 rooms and suites.Transport for London, which manages the city’s public transport system, said an entrance to Knightsbridge Underground station had been closed “at the request of the emergency services”.Anna Whiteley, a TV presenter, tweeted that she was evacuated from the hotel.”Just evacuated Mandarin Oriental hotel to see this… absolutely crazy! So impressed by the organisation in bringing everyone to safety,” she wrote on Twitter.The London Ambulance Service said had sent “a number of resources” to the scene of the incident.last_img

Modi concedes state election defeats ahead of 2019 India vote

first_imgIndian Congress party supporters celebrate outside the party headquarters in New Delhi on 11 December 2018, as vote counting in five Indian states began. India`s ruling party looked set on 11 December for stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls in 2019. — Photo: AFPIndia’s ruling party suffered stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, results showed Tuesday, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before national polls in 2019.The votes held earlier this month and in November were seen as a dress rehearsal for next year when Modi will likely go head-to-head with a emboldened Rahul Gandhi of the Congress party for a second term.”We accept the people’s mandate with humility,” Modi said late Tuesday on Twitter.”I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.””We defeated the BJP today, we will defeat them in 2019 too,” Indian media quoted Gandhi as saying. “Mr Modi sold a vision to the country five years ago. India had the patience to give them five years. But they have failed.”In both the central state of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the west, the chief ministers from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat, while in Madhya Pradesh the outcome was on a knife-edge.In Chhattisgarh, ruled by the BJP for 15 years, initial results showed the BJP winning just 16 seats, down from 49 in the outgoing parliament, trailing Congress on 68 in the 90-seat state parliament.Congress also trounced the BJP in Rajasthan, governed since 2013 by the BJP’s Vasundhara Raje, an unpopular local princess, winning 99 seats ahead of the BJP on 73 — 89 fewer than in the last election.Television footage showed jubilant Congress workers bursting firecrackers and dancing at regional party offices in both states.In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh the BJP also suffered from voter fatigue after 15 years in office, with Congress set to be two seats short of a majority and five ahead of the BJP.In two other smaller states also releasing results Tuesday, Telangana in the south and remote Mizoram in the northeast, regional parties looked to be leading.Congress’s five-time Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla was routed by the regional Mizo National Front, a BJP ally. In Telangana the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi won handsomely — at the expense of Congress.- Cow Belt -But it was Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that mattered most for the Hindu nationalist BJP, which swept to power nationally under Modi in 2014.They form part of the “Hindi Belt” or “Cow Belt” region of around 475 million people — more than the United States, Canada and Mexico combined — where the right-wing BJP has its core support base.Before the recent five elections, the BJP ruled 19 out of 29 Indian states either outright or in alliance with local parties. Congress rules just two states, including one in partnership.But the latest results are a blow to the image of Modi as an invincible vote-winner, and puts the 68-year-old on the back foot months before he seeks a second term in office.It also strengthen 48-year-old Gandhi — scion of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty — with Congress having lost more than a dozen states to the BJP since Modi took office in 2014.The results could also help his party cobble together a grand alliance of smaller parties to take on the BJP next year, with Gandhi at its head.”The message (from voters) is very clear. (Modi) needs to address the main issues of employment, corruption, and damage to economic structures,” Gandhi said on Tuesday.Analysts have linked the BJP’s apparent dwindling support to growing rural distress and unemployment.Nearly 55 percent of India’s 1.25-billion population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture, and farmers form an important voting bloc for parties.”The verdict is the cumulative result of the issues faced by people in these states,” Gurpreet Mahajan, a political scientist at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University told AFP.”Victory and defeat are an integral part of life,” Modi said in a second tweet.”Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India.”last_img

Why AssistantAsApp Might Be the Next Big Tech Trend

first_img 8 min read Whenever I feel uncomfortable writing about a topic, that’s when I know I should write about it. So here goes. This article is about how a new way of designing apps changed my life. But to explain the power of this trend, I need to tell you about poop. That’s the uncomfortable part.For the past five years or so, I’ve struggled with intestinal discomfort. (I’ll spare you the gory details.) I spent countless hours crawling the web searching for a possible diagnosis and tried dozens of different remedies and diets. Nothing seemed to help.Finally, I saw a gastroenterologist. He listened for all of five minutes while I described my symptoms and quickly jotted down a prescription for antibiotics. They worked for a while but soon the symptoms returned. I went back to the doc. A few tests were done and more antibiotics were dolled out. But the problems came back. Then again. And again.After a few cycles, I could see he was running me through a gambit of various gut bug killers until my symptoms stopped or he was out of drugs. I decided I’d rather live with the problem (whatever it was) and hope for the best.Recently however, a chance encounter with a total stranger led me to start using a new kind of app that does things my physician and the specialist never could.Related: People Don’t Want Something Truly New, They Want the Familiar Done Differently.This app helped me get to the bottom of my problem. I’ll explain how later but what makes the design of this app important has implications in all sorts of industries, including outside health care. At its core, the app facilitates a conversation to solve a complex problem with greater ease than ever before.Over the next few years, smart entrepreneurs and savvy designers will use similar techniques to dramatically improve the way they connect and serve their customers.Going NativeApp makers are returning to the roots of what our phones are for. They are after all communications devices. So called “invisible apps” engaging in “conversational commerce” are popping-up in all sorts of unrelated industries.For example, a few weeks ago, my friend Stephen and I chatted at the park while we watched our kids play. As Silicon Valley tech geeks do, we got to talking apps. “Have you started using any good apps lately?” he asked. “Actually, yes.” I said. “Have you heard of Native?” I don’t usually recommend apps, but Native is special.What is Native? It’s a virtual travel agent. If you’re not impressed, neither was I the first time I heard the idea. But when I started using the service, I realized they were onto something.Here’s how Native works: every time I need to do anything related to travel, I just ask Tim to handle it. Tim lives inside Native and while he appears to be a human, I’m not 100% sure he is. For all I know he may be a bot, artificial intelligence, or any number of people working behind the scenes under the persona of the fresh-faced Tim. To be honest, I don’t much care. Every time I need him he’s there, ready to assist me.For example, I recently had to book a gnarly itinerary in and out of two countries using various airline loyalty points. Normally, booking this sort of trip would have taken me hours of comparing prices, flight times, connection difficulty, and frequent flyer point requirements. Instead, I just opened the app and told Tim what I needed in plain English — like sending a text message. Then, I went about my day and an hour later I received a notification from Tim telling me he found the best two options. Would I like itinerary A or itinerary B? I picked one and he booked the flight. Done!I didn’t have to use any dropdown menus, sift through hundreds of options, or spend half an hour attempting to pay for my ticket only to learn that the price I wanted was suddenly not available. Nope! I left it up to Tim to handle everything. Native charges $25 per month. Considering that Tim can complete any and all travel-related requests — from booking me on another flight if I miss a connector to calling the airline to request a seat change — it is well worth the money. Of course, whether Native can actually make money with this business model is an open question.As I described Native to my friend Stephen, a woman pushing her child on the swing next to us interjected. “Excuse me,” she asked, “What app are you talking about?” I showed her Native on my phone. “Funny,” she said “my company does the exact same thing but for health.”Related: 4 Ways to Use Psychology to Win Your Competition’s CustomersThe woman, I would come to learn, was Stephanie Tilenius, CEO of Vida Health. As she explained her app, Stephanie told me “Vida is great for irritable bowel syndrome if you happen to know anyone with that.”Did I ever!I told her I’d be interested in giving her app a try. “We’ll connect you with a coach to help you figure out what’s going on,” she said, and by the time I left the park I had received an invitation to use the service.Meeting MindyDiagnosing a digestive problem is fiendishly difficult. It requires looking back through a detailed log to find what might be causing symptoms that don’t manifest until the food has time to work it’s way through the body a day or so later. Finding a solution involves not only understanding what I ate that might be causing the symptoms, but also what I did not eat that I should have. I had done this sort of detailed record keeping before on my own but it was incredibly time consuming and I always gave up after a few days.I started using Vida. Over the next several weeks, I shared what I ate and how I was feeling with my coach Mindy who, like Tim from Native, was a helpful face on the other side of the app. Like Native, there was no complicated interface to learn. The app felt more like messaging with a friend than diagnosing a health problem.Along with helpful suggestions, Mindy sent me regular reminders to send her snapshots of what I was eating. She also requested I text a number from 1 to 10 to quantify my symptoms — my “poo score,” we called it.Soon, something interesting happened. Mindy started analyzing my diet in ways neither my doctor nor I ever could. She looked at the nutritional content of what I was eating and searched for correlations with how I felt. Like a detective, she was on the hunt for the intestinal who-done-it. She started eliminating suspects from the food line-up and narrowing in on what might be triggering my symptoms by looking for clues in my diet. She told me what I should eat instead and after changing my diet, I’m feeling better.Just the BeginningMindy’s ability to diagnose the source of my problem was something my physician just didn’t have the time or ability to address. Without a way to carefully monitor and analyze what was going in and coming out of my body, how could he? Conversational apps like Vida however are designed to always be accessible; allowing users to send the kind of information a professional can use to provide more insights in less time.Similarly, Native’s highly trained travel agent on the other side of the conversation allows the app to provide just the right itinerary, eliminating all the hours spent sorting and culling travel options I previously had to do myself.This trend is bigger than travel and diet apps. The fact that these two very different services both use what I call an “assistant-as-app” to help users accomplish complex tasks, makes me think there’s more to this trend.How About You?Do you use any assistant-as-app services? Do you have any favorites? Can you think of other products or services that should use the conversational interface but don’t yet? Where would you like to see an assistant-as-app service?Related: 5 Questions to Ask Before Developing a Mobile App Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on NirAndFar.com Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 9, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more