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Mr. Gabriel, the safety app that actually solves problems (and works on Apple Watch!)

Mr. Gabriel is a safety app that lets you inconspicuously get help because no bad guy is going to let you dig for your phone and call 911.

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Most personal safety apps fail

Imagine you’re a 23 year old young lady just starting out in real estate, let’s say. You get a call from someone that wants to see two houses up the street from you, and you hop in the car to open that door, hungry for a sale. But you don’t know who the caller really is, and no one knows you’ve left to show homes. You get a bad vibe from the couple who doesn’t ask anything about the house, but follows you around the dark interior until they corner you in a closet.

Do you think they’re going to let you dig in your purse for your phone so you can call 911 or maybe even find your safety app, trigger it, and wait for a response? Nope.

Mr_GabrielBut with an inconspicuous tap of your Apple Watch, help could be on the way if you have the Mr. Gabriel personal safety app. Founder and CEO Virginie Gretz is a former Googler who has actually been in a troubled situation, having fallen and been forced to crawl for nearly ten hours to grab a phone in the next room. Imagine if she could have just tapped her watch and alerted her top three contacts (called “Angels”) of her name, number, and exact location without having to type a damn thing.

Mr. Gabriel users can manually activate the alert OR they can choose one of the preset modes (called Halo Modes) which currently include “Run,” or “Walk With Me,” to set a surveillance time during which the Apple Watch sensors will pick up any suspicious moves and automatically alert Angels if they don’t respond to the prompt asking if they’re okay.

Geolocation is only requested and sent when an alert is triggered. In the next iteration, geolocation will be updated every 15 minutes once an alert has been triggered: this is specifically intended for abduction cases or when the victim is being moved.

Take a look at how it works:

How Mr. Gabriel is different than competitors

The personal safety app pool is deep and there are endless competitors, but the truth is that most of them are no longer active, and none as comprehensive.

Mr. Gabriel addresses the very real issue of 911 being flooded with non-urgent calls, sometimes forcing urgent calls to wait – it uses your contacts like filters as the first touch point, so be sure your “Angels” understand their responsibility.

It’s also different because incorporating the watch means it’s always there – no falling and crawling, no fighting an attacker to let you use your phone, just an inconspicuous tap (we recommend practicing being discreet and having it readied when you’re alone).

Most apps allow you to tap-to-alert, but the Mr. Gabriel sensors can be activated for surveillance of our movements and send an alert if it detects you can’t respond to the prompt asking if you’re okay.

Privacy is a huge issue, and several competitors have been hacked and used to scam the elderly. With Mr. Gabriel, geolocation is only picked up when an alert has been activated.

The app is free and will offer in-app purchases in the future, but we’re watching them expand to partner with companies to scale at enterprise level (having done a deal last with with a major insurer who will be offering it to their clients).

Whether you’re in frequently dangerous situations or you just run solo, this is the personal safety app that actually makes sense to us.

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Earbuds that are noise cancelling hit the market just in time for the holidays

(TECH NEWS) There are no shortage of earbuds on the market, however, Nuheara’s noise cancelling, bluetooth earbuds are sure to top everyone’s wish list.

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Noise cancelling earbuds are efficient for blocking out the world around you – when all you want to hear is your music and nothing else. However, for those who want a smaller, sleeker alternative, Nuheara is the perfect fit.

Nuheara are wireless audio earbuds that are customizable to your hearing needs. Even though they have the same power as noise cancelling headphones, they can be adjusted to amplify or minimize sound based on each situation.

You can choose to blend the sounds of the streets and your new favorite album in order to be aware of the world around you. The earbuds are ideal for any situation.

The noise cancelling earbuds use SINC (Superior Intelligent Noise Control) technology, which lets every user create their custom hearing experience.

There are numerous times when it’s hard to hear because of the noise around us. This may be in crowded restaurants, concerts or even when you’re at home trying to avoid the noisy neighbor in the apartment above you.

The SINC technology applies a frequency filter to sounds you choose to hear or want to avoid. Additionally, the left and right earbuds have their own settings, so that they can be customized individually. Everything is customized through the app, so it’s up to each user to decide!

Prior to founding Nuheara, Justin Miller and David Cannington worked in the oil and gas companies creating industrial strength hearing headsets.

The feedback they received during these experiences paved the way for inventing Nuheara. People wanted a sleek headset that they could wear in everyday life, not just at their job.

The earbuds will set you back a few hundred bucks, but they come with accessories like a battery charger, carrying case and 8 different silicone tips. The battery charger provides three full charges. Nuheara earbuds are also sweat and water resistant, but they are not yet waterproof.

As wireless headphones, Nuheara are also compatible with most Bluetooth connected devices. The earbuds also use tap-touch control to make hands-free phone calls, control music and adjust settings.

There is no need to connect Nuheara to external devices to use their noise cancelling capabilities.

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Turn your FAQ page into a chatbot without knowing how to code

(TECH NEWS) An easy way to add a chatbot to your site and automate some of your work is through this new simple tool that doesn’t require any tech know-how.

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Reduce your workload and personalize customer service engagement with Faqbot, the tool that turns your online FAQ into a customized chatbot.

Co-founded by Denny Wong and CEO Mathis André, Faqbot uses machine learning to streamline frequently asked questions into a handy chatbot pal.

Based on your existing FAQ content, Faqbot builds a database that learns from every conversation to improve responses. Faqbot can also be used to automate sales and lead generation.

You get to design the conversation flow, mapping out a custom path to guide users to a desired outcome. Set predefined choices or free text, customize the bot’s responses, and determine what leading questions the bot should ask.

For example, on the Faqbot site, I was given two pre-set choices to click after each response from the bot. Clicking “Thanks for helping” gets the polite response “You are welcome! ;-)” complete with an old-school emoji featuring a nose.

If you select “not my question,” Faqbot uses its general response to any unanswerable question: “Sorry, I’m a chatbot. I am constantly learning and have answers to frequently asked questions. Thank you for leaving your email and we will get back to you shortly.”

Choose your own responses based on already defined FAQ or come up with new messaging to better engage and inform your customers as needed. The free text option is also available if customers wish to continue asking questions.

Of course, I had to try out some less than frequently asked questions. When I asked Faqbot “are we friends?” it kindly replied, “Absolutely. You don’t have to ask.” So I’m smitten.

However, when I tried to take it to the next level by asking “Do you love me?,” which seems to be the internet’s favorite way to harass a bot, I got the “Sorry, I’m a chatbot” response.

That’s okay. I’ll recover. Faqbot isn’t here to love, it’s here to answer questions.

You can easily install the chatbot by either copy/pasting the snippet of codes directly into your webpage, or connect Faqbot to your company’s Facebook page. No coding skills required.

Pricing is based on number of users per month, but all levels include the same service offerings of FAQ database management, messaging interface, a ticketing system, and DIY guided conversation flow. You can try out Faqbot free for 14 days by signing up on their site.

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This note-taking app is perfect for the creative mind

(TECH NEWS) The newest app for note-taking could be a tremendous asset for a very specific type of creative that tools like trello and evernote fall short on… not all apps work for all people.

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If you’re like me, you’ve had many phases in your idea-having, note-taking life. There was the AP History period, where I decided the quality of my notes would be judged based on the tininess of my handwriting and the number of innovative abbreviations coined. There was the “song collection” period, in which I wrote down song and band names with reckless abandon, on any scrap of paper or non-paper within reach, and promptly scattered the scraps everywhere. There was the post-it era, in which every single idea was carefully documented on a “Sticky Note” that tiled over my Windows desktop and was impossible to find thereafter.

And then, there was Evernote, and Trello, and I thought my evolution was complete. I had neatly organized “Notebooks” and “Cards” and I felt very structured and efficient and spiritually done with my note-taking journey.

But a whisper of rebellion called out to me. It sounded musical, colorful, whimsical. It asked me whether I wouldn’t like to liberate myself from those neat lists and stacks, let my ideas flow, visualize my thoughts?

It introduced me to Milanote – the note-taking app truly made FOR images, not just tolerant of them.

Milanote markets itself toward creatives: “For the research, thinking and planning behind your next great piece of work.”

But the strengths of this app could benefit anyone who could use a more freeform space to collect their thoughts. A blank page resembles a peg board, and users can add images, notes, links, and more in any configuration their hearts desire. You can also link any elements together with a web of lines, or leave them on their own.

This could be a great app for early-stage brainstorming and planning, when you need to play around and be flexible.

Milanote can be collaborative, like Trello, or individual and personal, like my always-evolving grocery list in Evernote. Milanote currently works in any web browser, and iOs and Android apps are coming soon.

For up to 100 notes, Milanote can be yours free of charge. More than that, though, and you’ll have to pay $9.99 for the pro version.

Something tells me infinity should cost much more, but the organic, customizable concept is something to hold on to.

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