Instagram Is Thinking About Messing up Your Perfect Grid

Instagram’s three-across picture grid system may be tweaked into a “four-across” grid instead, as it’s currently being tested among selected users.

While many of the tested features never come to fruition, the test might be alarming to those who have already put a lot of effort into curating their page into a work of art. Influencers and brands alike have developed highly thought-out curated grids and to many, it’s only just a compilation of posts.

Although it’s not clear as to why Instagram is considering a change, aside from just revealing more pictures with less scrolling, what do you think about the current test?

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Watch “Dark Skin” Video by Toronto’s Jayd Ink

Toronto artist Jayd Ink is the one to watch out for. Her chic aesthetic is inviting but her approach to song writing is downright wicked. Her latest song “Dark Skin” is a bold statement: float over trap beats with little regard to sub-genre because she raps when she wants and sings when she wants. The song and the video send out a positive message to strong people all around the world and encourages them to love themselves for who they are which is nothing less than beautiful.

The 88everything-directed video matches the high quality single. It is cinematic and clean whilst showing everyday life things going on in the Greater Toronto Area, Galloway reference intact. The look of the video has a hint of golden-era T-Dot rap: think Maestro, Choclair or say Bakardi Slang.

Take in the Kaui-produced track below.

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Kuo: If Face ID is ‘Well Received,’ It’s Likely 2018 iPhones Will Fully Adopt TrueDepth Camera

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this afternoon published a new research note for investors where he speculates about what Apple might do in future iPhones regarding Touch ID and Face ID. Investors, like many of us, are curious whether Apple plans to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Face ID, embrace a dual biometric solution, or swap back to Touch ID once a viable under display solution is available.



Kuo believes Apple’s future plans will hinge on whether or not Face ID is well received by the public.




A key question on the minds of many investors is whether the new iPhone models to be launched in 2018 will support Touch ID (fingerprint recognition). We believe the key factors are: (1) whether or not Face ID (facial recognition) of iPhone X provide a positive user experience; and (2) the technical issues that Apple (US) will have to address with an under-display fingerprint solution. We believe Apple will replace the existing Home button-based Touch ID with the under-display solution for higher screen-to-body ratios, if it decides to bring back Touch ID.

Should Face ID be well received by consumers who purchase the iPhone X, Kuo believes there’s a higher likelihood 2018 iPhone models will adopt the TrueDepth Camera and support Face ID.



Should Apple choose to return to Touch ID as either a dual biometric solution or a Face ID replacement should Face ID not fare well, Kuo believes any forthcoming Touch ID option will be built under the iPhone’s display. 3D Touch, though, will make it challenging for Apple to develop an under-display solution.

This is because the iPhone’s 3D Touch module makes the entire panel module even thicker, and could potentially undermine the scan-through performance of the under-display solution. If Face ID fails to impress consumers, Apple may turn its focus to the development of under-display solution. However, even if that happens, Apple will still have to find ways to overcome the aforementioned technical issue.

If Face ID does indeed go over well with consumers and makes its way into additional iOS devices in 2018, Kuo believes Apple’s Android competitors will make an effort to speed up facial recognition development, boosting manufacturers who supply facial recognition components.



Face ID will be in the hands of consumers this November, following the launch of the iPhone X. As Face ID is a new biometric system, there have been a lot of questions and doubts about privacy, security, and functionality, but Apple’s Craig Federighi has attempted to alleviate the uncertainty with a series of interviews.



In a recent discussion with Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber, Federighi said that once Face ID is in the hands of consumers, all of that uncertainty will just “melt away.” The feature “just works,” he says. “You don’t even have to think about it.”

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HALF OF BRITISH OFFICES ARE NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

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20 September 2017 / 00:00:01 / GMT

A new report released by Leesman, the world’s leading assessor of workplace effectiveness, analyses how organisations can better support employees by offering an office environment that actually works.

Today, Leesman launches ‘The Next 250k’, a global report based on the evaluation results from more than 250,000 employees across 2,200+ workplaces in 67 countries. The study looks at how a poorly planned workplace can have a negative impact on employees, inhibiting their ability to perform. The data reveals a shocking level of dissatisfaction among the workforce.

The findings show that while employers continue to face economic uncertainty, many of their employees are having to endure workplaces that fail to support their basic working day, obstructing their ability to positively contribute to business success.

43 per cent of employees globally do not agree that their workplace enables them to work productively. In the UK, that figure jumps to 46 per cent. Therefore, in line with ONS employment figures, For over 1.3 million UK workers, the office is simply not ‘good enough’.

The report points to five key areas that organisations need to focus on:

1. The top productivity killers: offices are routinely presenting barriers to daily work that impact everything from how proud people are to be there, to how much they actually enjoy working there. The features that have the biggest impact on employees’ ability to work productively are ‘space between work settings’, ‘dividers’ and ‘noise levels’.

2. The most demanding generation: millennials repeatedly show themselves to have the simplest workloads and thus the narrowest set of requirements. Attention should instead be directed at those in the 35-44 age band who consistently record the lowest satisfaction scores, and typically have more complex roles.

3. The winner of the open-plan v. private office debate: the research shows that both open-plan and cellular solutions can be equally good and bad. Across 2,200+ workplaces surveyed, employees in the highest performing locations will almost certainly be sat in an open-plan setting, so demonising this way of working is not the way forward.

4. Workplace transformation projects are not always transformative: with the vast capital sums invested in refurbishment and relocation fit-out projects, leadership teams would be forgiven for expecting them to deliver significant operational benefit. But evidence shows this to not always be the case.

5. Workplace + Behaviour = Effectiveness: based on Leesman’s research across 11,336 employees in 40 ‘activity-based’ workplaces (where employees can select a series of different spaces that best supports the particular activity being undertaken), these employees rarely work in an activity-based way. In short, employees don’t just change the working habits of a lifetime because employers tell them to.

Dr. Peggie Rothe PhD who led the research said:

“Great organisations build a business framework that enable their employees to do their best work. And the workplace is integral in this equation. Offices are assets – tools in talent management strategies, gears in product innovation, instruments in brand development and organisational performance. The central findings of this study should concentrate attentions on how workplace strategies can support business competitiveness, not by cost mitigation but through increasing employee engagement, loyalty and output.”

Tim Oldman, Leesman CEO, added:

“What this report demonstrates is that there is still more that organisations need to be doing if they’re going to leverage the workplace as a source of competitive advantage and a booster of organisational performance. We still see far too many workplaces that are simply not fit for purpose and that represents a huge missed opportunity for business leaders. We hope that the key central findings can help more organisations create better, more productive environments for their workforce.”

To download ‘The Next 250k’ report for free please visit http://www.leesmanindex.com/250k/

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About Leesman

Leesman is the world’s leading independent assessor of workplace effectiveness. With a database of 2,200 workplaces across 67 countries and more than 250,000 respondents across the world, the data can be used as an international benchmarking tool.

The Leesman Index is the world’s largest independent database on workplace effectiveness, providing insight into how employees are supported in the workplace. Through an 11-minute, online questionnaire, Leesman assesses people’s satisfaction with their working environment across five main areas. These consist of: work activities, physical features, service features, workplace impact and employee mobility.

Leesman does not offer consultancy, strategy, design or management services, so the survey is entirely independent. It simply helps organisations create better workplaces by arming them with the data that tells them where to invest their time and resources.

Leesman was set up in 2010 by Tim Oldman and Annie Leeson and includes data on workplaces in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from across the world.

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Jaelen Strong Claimed off Waivers by Jaguars After Being Cut by Texans

Jaelen Strong will get a chance at a fresh start with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, the Jaguars claimed the receiver off waivers Tuesday after he was cut by the Houston Texans.

Strong was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft but struggled to make an impact during his time with the Texans.

He burst onto the scene with two touchdowns on two catches in his first game, but only grabbed one more touchdown over the next two years. Over 18 games in 2015 and 2016, Strong totaled just 28 catches for 292 yards.

After beginning the 2017 season with a one-game suspension, he wasn’t targeted in his first game back and was waived the next day.

Strong has been limited by injuries at times and has had off-field problems, including an arrest for marijuana possession in February of 2016. However, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle believes he has made positive changes:

Considering he is still just 23 years old with good size at 6’3″ and natural athleticism, the receiver maintains plenty of upside going forward in his career.

Although he was never a good fit with the Texans, a team that has gone through seven starting quarterbacks in the last three years, Strong could become a valuable contributor with his new team.

With the Jaguars needing help after losing Allen Robinson to injury, there should ample opportunity for playing time during the rest of this season.