WeChat reaches 1M mini programs, half the size of Apple’s App Store

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They may not be widely known outside of China, but Tencent’s mini program initiative to develop ‘apps’ that live outside of app stores is bearing fruit after it clocked two notable landmarks: 200 million daily users and one million apps.

In recent years, Tencent’s WeChat messaging app has blossomed into a universe of its own with a myriad of services that span from food delivery to getting loans. But the Chinese messaging app wants to lock users in for longer — and its mini program scheme appears to show promise.

Back in January 2017, Tencent introduced “mini programs,” which are essentially lightweight apps that run inside WeChat. When you need to hail a cab, for example, instead of downloading the standalone Didi Chuxing app, you can summon its mini program on WeChat in the blink of an eye.

WeChat has now clocked over one million such mini programs, Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma revealed today at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. That makes its ecosystem half the size of the Apple App Store, which recorded 2.1 million apps in April.

Meanwhile, 200 million users are active on WeChat mini programs every day. That’s an impressive number when you consider that China has a total of 800 million internet users.

Feel like shopping on JD.com but don’t have the app installed? Simply pull up its WeChat mini program

Developers of all kinds rush to mini programs as they covet WeChat’s one billion monthly active users worldwide. Furthermore, they can be cheaper and easier to build compared to native apps, making them ideal for low-budget startups, independent game developers, or services that lack a substantial reach in general.

But they can always be useful for tech’s biggest names. That includes e-commerce titan JD.com, second in China to Alibaba with over 300 million annual users and local services giant Meituan Dianping, which has over 350 million annual users. Both operate mini apps on WeChat.

But these slimmer apps don’t always work for everyone. Leisure games have proven to be equally sticky on both app systems, but other more heavyweight apps, such as JD, see a mere 18.2-day user retention rate on WeChat, according to research firm QuestMobile. That’s dwarfed by 53.4 percent on JD’s full-fledge app.

That discrepancy is partly a result of size. As their names imply, mini programs allow files up to only 2MB. They load faster than native apps – which means users may tend to reinstall them in the future – but they also compromise certain features which could undermine user experience.

Of the hundreds of app verticals, games take up 28 percent of all mini programs, followed by life services and ecommerce, according to QuestMobile.

For WeChat, mini programs have much promise. They’ve been an important driver for the social giant’s growing DAUs and advertising revenues, said the firm in its most recent Q2 earnings report.

Other tech giants have climbed on the mini-program bandwagon, with Alibaba and Baidu both rolling out their own versions of mini programs on their major apps over the past few months but Tencent, the originator, has developed the strongest community.

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Abstract art: a crown jewel of photography

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Abstract: Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

Abstract art in photography does not attempt to represent external reality. Photography artists instead find shapes, patterns, colors, and textures for their visually stimulating photographs. This body of work in essence attempts to separate or withdraw something from something else like, for example, the intricate patterns of reptilian skin or the shapes and colors of rough seas or volcanoes.

Abstract: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

Abstract photography is vastly creative, strongly individualistic, and open to interpretation. Perhaps most importantly, it allows photography artists the freedom to explore their imagination.

The question I most often receive about abstract photography typically has to do with the practical nuts and bolts aspect of how to see the subject being considered in an abstract way. Interestingly, this is perhaps the most difficult element of the craft for this genre. I usually approach it by just allowing myself to be taken in by a scene or subject I’m exploring and seeing what sensations, emotions, and memories emerge without any expectations. While doing this, I’ll search for color-interaction and visually impactful textures and patterns. Most importantly, I’ll take my time and give myself the freedom to allow the scene “to speak to me” no matter how absurd it may at first seem or how many strange looks I get as I stare, for example, at the reflections in a puddle.

In the end, abstract photography is akin to meditation as it usually gives back more than expected, opening one’s mind to a different realm of possibilities which are at first unseen. This is why I consider it one of the crown jewels of photography.

Abstract: Tropical Iguana, Florida

About the Images

The first image presents the flowing patterns and colors of the rough seas in the North Atlantic Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada. The second image highlights an aerial view of Wyoming’s Grand Prismatic Geothermal Spring. The third is an award-winning image which reveals the intricate patterns, colors, and textures of a Florida iguana during its breeding season. All three are part of an abstract photography series I worked on for Earth Aperture Natural World Imagery. My kit for this assignment included Nikon bodies, Nikkor glass, RRS and Gitzo tripods, Breakthrough Photography filters, G-Tech SSD drives, Adobe and Nik software, and DJI drones.

About the Author

Brian Rivera Uncapher is a U.S. based natural world photographer specializing in photographic techniques that include panning, long exposure/filter combinations, and subject/environment relationships. If you would like to see more of his work, visit his website and follow him on Instagram and Twitter. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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4 Metabolic Finishers To Ramp Up Fat Loss

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Yo, I’m not even joking with you when I say that I get HYPE when fall rolls around. PSL’s all damn day, yoga pants, fall clothes, all pumpkin errythang. Fall is the balls. If there were a power ranking for seasons, fall would easily come out in number one.

One thing I happen to hate about fall is just how fattening fall can be if you’re not careful. Hell, a grande PSL is nearly 500 calories by itself. Factor in all the pumpkin pie, pumpkin beers, and casseroles it’s easy to see why most of us need to buy new pants when the leaves start to turn.

It doesn’t have to be like that though bros! I’m telling you, there is another way. Outside of, ya know, eating sensibly and all that.

What are we talking about here? Fall finishers. More specifically, metabolic finishers to do at the end of your workout designed to specifically rev up your calorie burning and facilitate fat loss this fall.

What are metabolic finishers?

We’ve touched on metabolic finishers before in an entire article, but we’ll reshash them as simply as possible for you bastards who are too lazy to click. Metabolic finishers are basically short and intense end to the workout designed to ramp up your calorie burning.

They work thanks to the EPOC phenomenon. Done right, they can increase your calorie burning for the next 24-48 hours.

Why do metabolic finishers?

Why do them? Well, you don’t wanna be a fat fuck this coming fall, do you? Outside of that, they’re a superior way to keep off fat compared to eating like a rabbit all fall or doing hours of cardio.

Basically, you can get the calorie burning benefit of 30-45 minutes worth of steady state cardio within about 10 minutes of hard, fast, and intense work at the end of your workout.

Pretty fucking sweet, amirite?

So you’re sold on finishers? Here are 4 for you to try out:

Barbell complex.

A barbell complex is a brutal finisher where you go through a series of barbell exercises without putting the barbell down. You’ll do each exercise in succession for one round, then put it down to rest, and repeat.

The barbell complex:

  • Romanian deadlift x5
  • Hang clean x5
  • Reverse lunge x5 each leg
  • Overhead press x5

60 seconds rest between each round, 5 rounds total.

Bodyweight finisher

Bodyweight finishers are especially useful because they can be done anywhere and in a pinch if you’re looking to get your sweat on. You are your own equipment.

Bodyweight finisher:

  • Push-up x15
  • Mountain climber x30 (15 each leg)
  • Bodyweight squat x20
  • Burpee x10

Rest 40 seconds between each round, do 4 rounds total.

Dumbbell finisher.

Dumbbell complexes, much like barbell complexes, can be a surprisingly effective finishing tool if you use them correctly. The key is finding appropriate weight, because you’re going to be much stronger on some movements than others.

Dumbbell destruction complex:

  • Goblet squat x15
  • Romanian deadlift x10
  • 1 arm dumbbell row x10
  • 1 arm dumbbell floor press x8

Rest 50 seconds between each round, do 5 rounds total.

Kettlebell finisher.

It wouldn’t be right to talk about finishers if we weren’t talking about kettlebells at some point. Kettlebells are awesome tools for finishers like this because of their versatility, ease of use, and overall ass kicking capabilities.

  • Double kettlebell swing x10
  • Double kettlebell front squat x10
  • Double Kettlebell thruster x8
  • Double Kettlebell row x8

Rest 60 seconds between each round, perform 6 rounds total.

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Pornhub traffic in Washington DC skyrocketed on election night

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Good job everyone: Americans took a break from looking at porn long enough to watch the midterm erection election results roll in. 

According to Pornhub’s ever-insightful analytics, traffic in the United States was up as much as 20 percent on Tuesday morning. 

The report theorizes that Americans jerked off early before hitting the polls, or “perhaps they woke up more anxious than usual and needed to relax.” 

Pornhub's traffic dipped when election night results rolled in.

Traffic dipped between 4 to 7 p.m. and then again between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. as results rolled in across the nation. Strangely, traffic was up 1.7 percent at 8 p.m. — maybe it was too late to vote but too early for results? 

Women turned to Pornhub the morning of the election; a breakdown by gender shows that traffic from women jumped by nearly 21 percent at 7 a.m. But they also paid attention to election updates as traffic from women dropped more than usual from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Traffic from women increased by 21 percent at 7 a.m.

It seems like people of all ages were interested in staying informed about the results, as a break down by age range shows that both people 18 to 35 and 35+ paused their Pornhub browsing at 6 p.m., just as news shows would have started. 

People of all ages were trying to stay informed during this election.

In Washington DC, traffic was up by 31 percent from 8 p.m. to midnight as those in political careers sought some stress relief from campaigning. 

Looks like those in DC needed some relief after an insane day.

So … do what you will with this information. 

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Samsung couldn’t kill the bezel so it made a folding phone

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Samsung’s latest phone shows that it’s quit one rat race to join, or rather lead another. While companies around the world try hard to erase every ounce of bezel they can find, Samsung’s decided that the best way to make screens feel more expansive is by quite literally making bigger screens.

Under an extremely controlled environment at their annual conference, far from the crowds, and with lights so dim you could barely see the device (all one could see was the screen), Samsung announced its intention to launch a folding smartphone in just a matter of months, and debuted their folding screen technology, the Infinity Flex Display. The phone, let’s just called the Galaxy Infinity Flex (this isn’t the official name, but it sure sounds like it!), comes with two screens, a main foldable screen that folds inwards and a demo screen on the outside. Joining companies like Royole, Lenovo, and even Microsoft by putting its bets on the foldable display future, Samsung’s begun moving towards creating the most anticipated range of phones in quite some time (the bezel-killing spree can wait). The folding technology will essentially mean you can have a larger screen in your pocket, which is ultimately what everyone wants, right?

The foldable display also gives Android a new direction to work in. Developing an OS that supports flexible screens and that can adapt to folding displays by conveniently folding the UI along with it, Google is working hard along with Samsung to make the current iteration of Android work seamlessly with flexible displays. Samsung’s even encouraging developers to write apps for the nascent technology, and developed its own interface, called the One UI, in a bid to be the leader in folding displays. It’ll now be interesting to see two things. The consumer’s acceptance of a folding phone, and how this technology forces other companies (eyes on Apple) to make phones based on what consumers feel about #PurposefulBendgate!

Designer: Samsung

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