Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Siri on Mac: 11 Ways to Get Tasks Done With Your Voice

Akshata Shanbhag ,

We’ve shown you how to set up Siri on your Mac. Now here comes the tricky bit: figuring out what kind of tasks Siri can do for you. There are so many of them!
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The following roundup will help you on your quest by showing you what you can do with Siri on macOS. While Siri suggests a few starter queries herself, we’ll provide you with more options.
But before we get into the tips proper…

A Few Basics About Siri on Your Mac

It’s easy to figure out what to say to Siri once you get a few points straight:
  1. You don’t need to memorize commands, because Siri understands and responds to natural language just fine. (But it’s true that Siri is more versatile on iOS devices than on macOS, at least as of macOS High Sierra.)
  2. Siri makes it clear when she doesn’t understand what you’re saying, and prompts you with sample queries to help you along. You can even fix her pronunciations if she gets names wrong.
  3. If you need to change a setting or set up an app before Siri can process your query, she’ll tell you so and give you the necessary instructions as well.
  4. If you know how to use Spotlight, you’re already halfway to properly using Siri. Their commands are similar, but to work with Siri you deliver them with your voice instead of typing them into a box.
All you need to remember is that there’s no wrong way to use Siri on your Mac! Now, let’s move on to the types of tasks you can handle with Siri.

1. Search Your Mac

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You can ask Siri to bring up everything from photos, documents, and presentations to emails, chats, and screenshots. If you want to refine your search with a time frame, you can throw in criteria like last weekthis month, or from [Year].
If you add keywords like the names of files, folders, and albums to your search, Siri will know what you’re talking about. Let’s say you want to search for files that you either sent to or received from a certain person. Siri will bring them right up if you add from [Contact Name] to your query.
Specifying a file or document type also works as a filter. So for example, you can ask Siri for photosscreenshotsimagesJPGs, or PNGs. All these keywords work, and you’ll get the right set of results in return. You can also ask for, say, images in the Documents folder.

2. Launch Files, Folders, Apps, and Webpages

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No matter where a file or folder lives in Finder, if you tell Siri to open it, she’ll do it right away. If you want to display the item in the search results instead, use the keywords get or show instead of open.
Keywords that match app names can throw Siri for a loop, and in such cases her response is inconsistent. So it’s a good idea to use the keyword file or folder as a prefix or suffix with the file or folder name as appropriate.
Launching websites with Siri on Mac is also pretty easy and the results are accurate as long as you get the phonetics right.
To jump to pages other than the home page of a website, read the entire URL (including the word slash) as it appears on the web. You can leave out the https:// (or http://) bit. For example, if you want to visit MakeUseOf’s About page, your query should sound like this:
make use of dot com slash about
If the website URL contains a special character like hyphen, you’ll need to mention that along with the other words that make up the URL. Also, if Siri has trouble getting the domain extension right, you might want to spell it out for her. Case in point: the .ly in Bit.ly.

3. Ask for Information

Siri is an expert not only at serving up data, but also at delivering all kinds of information. Let’s see what Siri can bring up for you.

About Your Mac and Its Data

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Siri can tell you various essential details about your Mac. Those include the macOS version you’re running, your Mac’s serial number, the processor type, and the RAM capacity.
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You can also ask Siri to check the amount of free disk space and iCloud storage you have left, but that’s not all. You can get Siri to tell the time, spell words, search for apps in the App Store, find pictures of specific objects, and do basic math and conversions. She uses the pre-installed Mac apps to respond to your queries.

Based on Location

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Siri can respond accurately to queries about:
  • Movies playing near you
  • Grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations near you
  • The weather anywhere in the world
  • The location of apartments, railway stations, businesses, etc.
  • Directions to your destination by various modes of transport
  • The location of your friends (if you use the Find My Friends feature)
All these queries work only if you first tell Siri where you’re located by enabling location services for your Mac. You can do that from System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Location Services. Once you enable the checkboxes for Enable Location Services and Siri & Dictation, you’re all set.
Have you synced the Reminders app between your Mac and your iPhone with iCloud? Then you can ask Siri on Mac to remind you to, for example, call your spouse before you board your flight. When you’re at the airport, the location-based reminder will pop up on your phone.

4. Search the Web

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If your Mac doesn’t contain the answer to your query, Siri will get the most relevant answers for you from the web. Thus, Siri is a bit like Google for your Mac desktop. Here’s a sample of the variety of information you can elicit from her:
  • How to find a computer’s IP address
  • Show me photos of Irrawaddy whales from the web
  • Is Gmail better than Outlook?
  • What are swim lanes?
  • Which movies won an Oscar in 2018?
  • When is George Clooney’s birthday?
Siri is great for keeping up with the news, sports, and entertainment. You can ask her for the latest headlines, the schedule for upcoming baseball games, or the results of a particular matchup. Siri can also recommend movies and TV shows for you, and even bring up show times for movie theaters near you.
Monitoring Twitter is also easy with Siri. Ask her what’s trending on Twitter, or have her get the latest tweets from a particular account. Want Siri to search Twitter or show your tweets? You got it!
Remember that Siri has a fun side to her. She’ll read you a poem, tell knock knock jokes, roll a die for you, speak like a pirate, and even answer existential questions. When you get creative with your questions (and sometimes even when you don’t), she gets creative with her answers.

5. Change System Settings

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It’s super convenient that you can bring up various System Preferences panels with Siri. If you ask for, say, Battery settings or Trackpad settings, Siri will open the corresponding panel for you.
Want to raise or lower the system volume, brightness, or the cursor size? Tell Siri to do that. How about telling Siri to put your Mac to sleep or mute/unmute the speakers? That works too.
You can also direct Siri to turn on or turn off system settings like Wi-FiBluetoothNight ShiftDo Not DisturbVoiceOver, and Zoom. (Inverting colors and switching the display to grayscale also works.) You’ll even get a slider switch to toggle the selected setting right in the results panel.
Another trick that Siri has up her sleeve is matching contacts to relationships. Just tell Siri that [Name] is your sister, for instance. Siri will then come back with, “OK, do you want me to remember that [Name] is your sister?” Once you respond with a yes, Siri assigns the relationship sister to the contact [Name] in your Mac’s address book (the Contacts app).
Helpfully, Siri knows how to improvise. If you say email my sister to Siri without assigning the relationship to a contact first, Siri will ask you for your sister’s name and proceed from there.

6. Read Aloud and Dictate Text

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Siri can read new emails and messages for you out loud. She’ll mention details such as who sent the item and when. If you ask Siri to read your calendar, she’ll get back to you with your scheduled appointments.
You can ask Siri to read your notes too. She’ll read them one by one, but only after a confirmation from you at each step.
Additionally, you can dictate emails, messages, tweets, etc. to have Siri take them down for you. Unfortunately, you can’t compose Pages or Word documents this way. Siri’s dictation capabilities don’t stretch that far. Also, they’re not the same as your Mac’s Dictation feature. The latter is more versatile, and you can ask Siri to turn on the feature for you.
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For reading articles, documents, and ebooks, it’s best to use your Mac’s speech function, which can read any text back to you. With this function, you’ll hear the system voice by default.
If you want the system voice to sound like Siri, head to System Preferences > Accessibility > Speech. There, set the system voice to Samantha. The results are not perfect, but that’s the voice closest to Siri.
It’s too bad that you can’t use Siri’s voice as the system voice yet. Unlike the other voices on macOS, she sounds more like a human and less like artificial intelligence.

7. Create New Items in Mac Apps

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Want to create a new note in Apple Notes or a new event in Calendar? You don’t have to switch away from the app you’re in because you can delegate either task to Siri. Apart from notes and events, Siri can create reminders, lists, messages, and email drafts for you. It’s a pity that Siri can’t create blank iWork documents, though.
Unlike Siri on iOS, Siri on macOS lags behind when it comes to integration with third-party apps like Evernote and Things. You’ll need either a bit of research or trial and error to figure out which commands (if any) work with your installed apps.

8. Call People, Book Tickets, and More

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Siri can help you take care of various small personal tasks. For starters, you can call, FaceTime, message, and email people without opening the corresponding apps or looking up contacts.
Let’s say you want to message your colleague Sarah. Ask Siri to do it. She’ll then prompt you to dictate your message. Once you do that, you can give the message a once-over and tell Siri to send the message for you. Calling and emailing contacts works in a similar fashion and Siri is with you every step of the way, responding like a human.
Siri can also take care of flight and cinema bookings, plus restaurant reservations, for you. But that depends on where you live. Here in India, Siri tells me she can’t do any of those tasks.
If you tell Siri that you’re drunk, she’ll find you several taxi services and even place a call to the one you choose.

9. Post Tweets and Facebook Updates

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Want to try sending out tweets and posting Facebook updates from Siri? You can do that, once you’ve set up your Twitter and Facebook accounts under System Preferences > internet Accounts.
If you want to add a hashtag, say the word hashtag and Siri replaces it with the symbol #automatically.

10. Control, Discover, and Identify Music

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Siri can control playback of music that’s in your iTunes library and in your Apple Music collection. She can also play radio stations, soundtracks from movies, and new music on demand. You can direct her to play, pause, like, skip, shuffle, and jump to the next/previous tunes.
Keep in mind that Siri plays music from the Apple Music catalog by default. If you want her to play songs that are on your Mac, you’ll need to add the modifier my (as in my music) to your query.
Feel free to ask Siri for music trivia or songs from a particular genre, band, album, artist, decade, or year. She will deliver! You can also ask her to play songs like the one already playing.
Apple Music subscribers have some extra features available. Creating a personalized radio station based on previous listens and likes is one of them.
Whether music is playing on your Mac or from another source, you can ask Siri what song is playing and she’ll identify it for you.
If you like the idea of controlling your music with Siri, you’ll also want to know how to control your smart home devices with Siri.

11. Preview, Pin, Copy, and Screenshot Siri Results

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You can preview a search result by hitting Spacebar after you select the result. That’s the usual macOS preview feature, Quick Look, at work.
If you want quick access to any particular set of search results Siri provides, you can pin that set to the Notification Center.
To pin results, click on the + icon at the top-right of the results box. (The icon will appear grayed out if Siri doesn’t support pinning for the type of results you have summoned.) The pinned items show up in the Today tab.
Pinning is useful when you want to keep, say, weather details for your city, the price of Bitcoin, or sports scores handy. For dynamic information like this, you don’t have to do anything to update the pinned results. Siri takes care of it.
Apart from pinning Siri results, you can drag individual items like documents, locations, and images into apps to attach them. Copying and pasting them with the usual keyboard shortcuts (Cmd + C and Cmd + V) also works!
You can even save a screenshot of the answers to a query. Grab the title bar of any results set and drop it onto your desktop or in any Finder location. It creates a screenshot instantly, saved as a PNG file.

It’s Time to Enable Siri on Mac!

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Siri is a super convenient tool to have at your fingertips. You can offload the bulk of your digital tasks to her and give your hands a respite from all that typing.
If you want to use Siri, but prefer to type your queries instead of speaking, you’ll need to activate the Type to Siri feature. Head to System Preferences > Accessibility > Siri and select the checkbox for Enable Type to Siri.
Before you jump in, make sure you understand and acknowledge the risks of sharing personal data with a voice assistant. And if Siri has inspired you to work smarter, check out other Mac productivity features for an even more efficient workflow.
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Source: www.makeuseof.com

Monday, May 21, 2018

How to Hide Your Online Status in WhatsApp

By   Dan Price,

If you’re old enough, you might remember the time when SMS messages burst onto the scene. We all thought that we’d reached the zenith of communications; being able to drop notes to other people instantly and from anywhere was revolutionary.
How wrong we were. WhatsApp has revolutionized the communications world for a second time. But the app has not necessarily revolutionized it for the better.
Is it really a good thing that people can see when you were last online? Is it not a gross invasion of privacy to display that information to everyone all the time? Perhaps you should turn the feature off.

How to Hide Your Online Status in WhatsApp

How to Hide Your Online Status in WhatsApp whatsapp last seen
Hiding your online status in WhatsApp is easy. You just need to follow the step-by-step instructions below:
  1. Open the WhatsApp app.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. From the Settings menu, select Account.
  5. Next, tap on Privacy.
  6. Choose Last Seen from the list of options.
  7. In the popup window, choose Nobody.
Note: Unfortunately, it is not possible to set the availability of your online status on a user-by-user basis.
Perhaps most importantly, the Privacy menu is also where you can disable the infamous blue ticks (aka Read Receipts). They’re a sure-fire giveaway that you’ve been online, even if you disable your online status. To turn off the blue ticks, scroll down to Messaging > Read Receipts and unmark the checkbox.
This is just one of many useful hidden tricks in WhatsApp.
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Source: www.makeuseof.com

5 Industries the Internet Is Going to Kill by 2025 (And How It Affects You)

By  Ryan Dube  

Web-based technologies have been advancing at a rapid pace. Many of the latest disruptive technologies in different industries exist because the internet made them possible.
These five industries are on a course toward full disruption. They will affect the way you live. You can thank the seismic change in internet and mobile technologies.

1. Cable TV

Netflix
For decades, cable companies enjoyed a monopoly over television entertainment.
Once DSL data transmission speeds made it possible for people to purchase high-speed internet and start streaming video entertainment via another “pipe” into the home, cable companies realized they needed a new game.
Cable companies bundled TV and internet packages. This successfully kept most cable TV customers happy. Who wants to sign up for a new company when you can get both TV and high speed internet through a single provider?
However, with high speed cable internet came the influx of online services that let you stream high-quality entertainment. The quality of services like Netflix, Hulu, and now YouTube TV became so good, in fact, that more people started dropping the “cable” part of their cable and internet package. When you can watch TV on your computer, what’s the point of cable TV?
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Unfortunately, it’s taking a long time for the technology to catch up with demand. Joel recently described the many limitations of streaming services that keep many customers tied to their cable TV:
  • Slow internet speeds and data caps
  • Poor coverage of live events
  • Too many streaming package options
  • Rising prices of those streaming services
  • Geographical restrictions on content for many countries
As streaming services overcome these technical limitations, cable companies then turned to the government to put a stop to the creeping competition.
As Ben explained in his overview of net neutrality, cable companies went after the laws that prevented them from slowing down traffic from competitor entertainment services like Netflix or Hulu.
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Under heavy pressure from the cable television industry, the FCC eventually repealed net neutrality laws at the end of 2017. Despite congressional efforts to overturn this repeal, the net neutrality rules officially came off the books on April 23rd, 2018.
At this point, things are looking bad for the future of online entertainment streaming services. It’s only a matter of time before cable TV monopolies make a move to recapture control over the streaming entertainment domain again. Is this the end of the story?

Mobile Internet to the Rescue

The only reason cable companies are winning this battle is the backbone technology.
The ability to stream shows and movies depends upon the large bandwidth provided by cable internet. Up until recently, there was no other technology available that could challenge that. Communication companies continue building a fiber network infrastructure that could offer consumers an alternative. But the growth of that infrastructure is slow, and availability remains limited.
However, there is a glimmer of light. In 2019, the mobile communication industry is set to release the next generation of internet data: 5G.
5G Speed
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The next time you’re out in public, take a look at how people are already using their mobile devices. Now that most mobile carriers offer unlimited data packages priced on par with most cable internet packages, making the transition to a full mobile internet solution will be seamless.
The only thing holding most people back from using the 4G internet at home is bandwidth. But when 5G (and later) mobile internet technologies overcome that limitation, services like YouTube TV and other live TV streaming solutions will fill that market. The need for a cable internet package will disappear entirely.
Wireless high speed internet will open up a world of possibilities in entertainment delivery. We could see a world with the following technologies:
  • Smart earpieces that stream music to your ear without the need to carry a phone
  • Smart eyeglasses or contacts that wirelessly deliver augmented content
  • Streaming entertainment screens inside every new vehicle on the market
  • Countless new products that connect to your mobile data plan for streaming content
Once people can switch over to a wireless internet capable of transmitting the same quality and amount of data as cable internet, cable television will become an archaic concept. This rise in the competition will mean the freedom and flexibility of choice for you.

2. Brick-and-Mortar Car Dealerships

Disruption in the automobile industry
The traditional method of buying a car is to drive around to local dealerships and search for a car that strikes your fancy. In the process of doing this, you’re usually accosted by a car salesperson whose job is to draw you inside the dealership where they can make a deal.
The internet brought more knowledge to the consumer. Before heading to the dealership, car buyers would browse sites like Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds. This allowed consumers to walk into a car dealership fully aware of what a “good price” for a particular car looked like.
Unfortunately, you still had to go into the dealership and negotiate with a salesperson, as she tried to convince you why all of the bells and whistles on this particular car justify a higher price.
However, more services are cropping up that are bringing Amazon-style consumerism into the auto sales industry.
  • Carmax: Lets you search an online inventory of almost 200 locations across the country, set a fixed price, and have the car delivered to a local Carmax location.
  • Vroom: Shop for a car online and have it delivered directly to your home or a nearby location. You can even apply for financing.
  • NowCar: Pick a type of car or truck you want, add or remove features, set a budget, and browse. Surprisingly, delivery is free.
  • Carvana: You can browse, take a virtual test drive, and get the car delivered to your home. They even allow a “seven-day test own” so you don’t have to keep a car you’re disappointed with.
These services bring the convenience of click-and-deliver Amazon-style shopping to the car buying experience. Even with a delivery fee, paying a premium for the luxury of avoiding a car salesperson would be worth it.
Unfortunately, as these services become more popular, it could lead to the end of physical car dealerships and remove the need for on-site sales staff. This means you’ll be able to shop for a car in your pajamas, and never have to haggle over a car purchase again.

3. Taxi Services

Uber
It’s clear at this point that services like Uber and Lyft are disrupting the taxi service industry.
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Even people who might have been nervous to use a taxi service, or confused about how to call or find one, are the same people who feel completely confident opening up an app on their phone and summoning an Uber ride.
Some of the things that make these services so much better than a traditional taxi service include:
  • The convenience of a simple mobile app to request a ride
  • Non-stressful payments and tips via the mobile app
  • Availability in areas that have never had taxi service
  • Affordable, no-scam pricing
  • The ability to schedule rides ahead of time
  • Integration with other internet services like Google Maps
Once public confidence with these services became mainstream, adoptions rates grew rapidly. In 2017, Forbes reported that Uber had over 40 million active monthly riders, and an app install rate of at least 150,000 new installs a day.
The collapse of the taxi industry has already started. Just a year earlier in 2016, Business Insider reported on San Francisco’s Yellow Cab filing for bankruptcy. It also reported in 2017 that taxi rides in New York City over the previous twelve months dropped 11 percent.
This is most likely only the beginning. The technology that forms the platform for services like Uber and Lyft are allowing other startups to compete:
  • Curb: This is the taxi industry’s answer to public demand for convenience and ease-of-use. The mobile app works in 60 cities across the country and allows users to quickly request a professional taxi or for-hire car service.
  • Via: An interesting, new take on commuter ride-sharing. Via drivers follow a route defined by the company, not by drivers. The algorithm creates a stress-free commute for as many people as possible, and a relaxed driver who is working for an hourly rate, not racing around to pick up as many fares as possible.
  • Hitch-a-Ride: This app lets people offer a ride to anyone along their daily commute, at a fraction of the cost of a taxi or other services.
When you boil this technology down to its basics, these are simply services that make use of the mobile internet for ride-sharing purposes. Because of this, ride-sharing apps are likely to multiply as time goes on.
This may lead to a full collapse of the taxi industry, but what it means to you is that in many communities it may no longer be necessary to even own a car. This will not only bring many people newfound freedom, but it could also contribute to a better environment.

4. Traditional Currency

Blockchain
Cryptocurrency is a digital currency built upon the foundational technology known as a “blockchain”. The concept of a blockchain was first developed by someone going by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.
The technology can transmit a digital unit of currency via a peer-to-peer system. Multiple nodes of a network (miners) validate every single transaction in the system, with every transaction stored in a public ledger.
The validation introduces a level of security for both the sender and the recipient that surpasses most existing transaction security protocols. But the most compelling, disruptive elements of the technology is that it removed the need for a “middleman”—such as a bank—serving as the manager of those transactions.
Individuals own “wallets”, which serve as the endpoints of transactions. The unit of currency used in each transaction is a Bitcoin (or another cryptocurrency), which holds its own value based on the market demand for it.
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If the use of blockchain is adopted by the mainstream as a secure method of sending and receiving money, how will that blockchain disrupt the banking industry?
  • Bank accounts won’t be necessary as endpoints in a cryptocurrency scenario
  • There will be no need for an institution like the Federal Reserve to manipulate the value of financial units
  • Governments will have no method to interrupt or interfere with an individual’s financial transactions
  • Thieves can’t take money from a central storage facility—the only way to steal cryptocurrency is through hacking
It’s that last point that many observers disagree on. Many say the major issue with cryptocurrency is that it’s susceptible to hacking. Also, since many users store their cryptocurrency “wallets” in exchanges like Coinbase, the danger of theft from a hack is just as high. The theft of Bitcoin from Mt. Gox is a perfect example.
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At the beginning of its history, many people were saying that Bitcoin could mark the end of the banking industry. The reality is that cryptocurrencies may only change how people look at currency, and how currency is valued.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies aren’t really the disruptive technology. The disruptive technology is the blockchain. Both large banks and small startup companies have recognized the significant value of blockchain security. In 2017, Financial Times reported on the biggest areas banks are looking to capitalize on blockchain technology:
  • Handling financial settlement without the need for an escrow account
  • Providing more secure financial transactions
  • Modernizing paper-based trade finance
  • More secure customer identity verification
  • Managing loans more efficiently.
Outside of the banking industry, small companies are building new products on top of blockchain technology. This has birthed a whole new area of startups known as an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), analogous to the Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the stock market.
Companies are developing use cases for their own proprietary “coins” for uses like gambling and real-estate transactions, and using the blockchain to provide customers with more secure methods to use their services.
Yes, this may lead to new forms of currency that hold value all on their own, but the bigger news is that entirely new products and services will be launched in coming years that will allow self-enclosed economies to grow and flourish.
Imagine a virtual world where a “virtual coin” holds as much or more value than gold, and those coins can be exchanged between users of that virtual world in a transaction that’s just as secure as one that took place between two bank accounts.
This is an exciting new area of technology, and it’s only in its infancy.

5. Grocery Store Cashiers

If you’ve been in a grocery store lately, there are two technologies showing up that provide some clues into the future of retail shopping,
The first is the row of self-serve kiosks without a clerk available to scan items for you. It’s clear that grocery stores understand that long lines at the checkout are the number one complaint from customers.
It’s this fact, combined with the demand for more at-home-delivery options like Amazon, that many new companies are now offering grocery-delivery service.
My wife and I first noticed one of those green Shipt shirts while we were waiting in a long checkout line at Meier. The alien space ship logo caught my eye, so I Googled the brand.
When I learned that it’s a grocery-shopping service, I started wondering why we were wasting our time walking through the grocery store for an hour or two every week. We could just have someone else do it for us.
So far there are a few companies that offer this service in more populated areas throughout the US:
  • Shipt: For a yearly or monthly membership fee, you can have any grocery orders over $35 delivered to your door for free. There’s a small service charge at checkout.
  • Peapod: This grocery delivery service also offers free delivery of groceries for an annual fee. The service remembers past orders and there’s also a “specials” area for saving some money. They also double manufacturer coupons.
  • Instacart: This same-day grocery delivery service has been partnering with major grocery chains, like Whole Foods, to offer delivery to loyal shoppers. Instacart is only available in major cities, and the service fee is from 5 to 7.5 percent of the total bill plus a delivery fee. For an annual membership, the delivery fee is waived for orders over $35.
In our instant-gratification, consumer-based society, these services are becoming wildly popular. This popularity is also fed by the availability of mobile apps that make ordering groceries just as simple as ordering pizza delivery.
In a strong economy, when families have more income available for groceries, paying a small fee to avoid spending hours in the grocery store is a very tempting proposition.
This trend will likely lead to fewer customers in the grocery stores, and fewer cashier jobs for local communities. But on the upside, there will be lots of grocery delivery jobs!

The Impact of Disruptive Technologies

It’s never easy to predict how things will go in the future. But current technology trends in the areas of industry described above point to some very big changes in the coming years.
These changes will result in more flexibility and convenience for customers. Unfortunately, it also means a dramatic shift of available jobs for workers, and the strong need for retraining and career adjustment.
Predicting the future is hard, but the disruptive technologies in these five areas of our lives are almost mainstream. They will only evolve in the years to come.
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