ID Cards Of Chinese Citizens Are Moving On To Smartphones

May 9, 2018 in Cultivate, tools

Tencent and Alibaba are found in a stiff competition with each other to get a Universal ID of Chinese Citizens. Now Alibaba is adding digital IDs to its payment app across three cities namely Quzhou, Fuzhou, and Hangzhou. Notably, national identity is a very important aspect of life in China. Back in 2017, Tencent was on the News for bringing a digital ID system on WeChat for one of the largest cities of China namely Guangzhou.

ID Cards Of Chinese Citizens Are Moving On To Smartphones

So far Tencent and Alibaba are battling out their way to strengthen the ubiquitous payment system. Now they are seen competing to grab cities to move the ID cards on to smartphones in their digital format.

Creating a digital ID for the Alipay version is just simple as selecting the ‘Web ID’ under the ‘Card Wallet’ and scanning their faces.

The Public Security Bureau is issuing ID cards to the Chinese citizens at the age of 16. About 1.4 billion citizens of China which are roughly about 60% of the total population now own a smartphone.

Within 7 years of its debut, WeChat has now got 902 million users in an average on a day. These statistics show that almost everyone in China owns a smartphone.

The ruling Tech dynasty of China is highly in favor of deploying artificial intelligence to promote the country’s stability as well as fuel economic growth. Given this scenario, we can hope to see WeChat can become the country’s electronic ID system.

Since the national ID card is considered as the official document for personal identification provided by the Public Security Bureau, having digital ID is highly essential in China where social credit rating will be linked to all citizens by 2020.

China is seen inventing vigorously in the mobile world pointing out to the possibility that the country will become the first mover in the IoE (Internet of everything). The promising trends in the Chinese integration of ID into the mobile app will only mean that China’s internet is going to be more streamlined bundled with sophisticated features and an easy user experience.

How to Involve Human Conditioning in Your Digital Design

March 20, 2018 in Cultivate, Design

Designing a digital product or web property is not a simple task that involves various blocks, colors, and text—it has more to do with the user and the ease of usability of the product, so that the users find the experience interesting, rewarding, and enriching at the same time.

For designers, the most fundamental principle for designing a great product revolves around this idea: a user need not think while using it.

But, how to achieve this end? How can you make sure all the elements of your design are self-explanatory and visible to the user so that the desired action could be taken without much trouble?

Well, there is research and behavior patterns available and certain theoretical rules that you could follow.

For example, the behavior pattern of a YouTube user would be to try finding the full-screen icon on the bottom-right. However, for an Amazon Prime user, this icon appears top-right. The behavior of the users could be conditioned and patterned accordingly. Similar examples and data could be put to use while you design your product.

Another instance of data could be the type of device your audience has—it may sound very strange but there are many countries with a vast population (the population that uses the internet) that is opening up to the experience of using a smartphone for the first time. So, for them, the conditioning can be developed because they are new to the environment—till now, they might have experienced the joy of using internet on desktops or possibly on laptops.

Smartphone designing is completely different from desktop or laptop online properties because space is small, and you have to depend solely on the touch, which could be tricky. Your prompt and visibility should be such that it is easier for the new users too to find the relevant links, icons, and features. If they have to spend time and brain to find your features, you have failed your design!

Do We Need To Enact Rules to Remedy Gadget Addiction?

February 12, 2018 in Cultivate, tools

Since long in history, cigarettes had been the chosen companions for the fretful hands. Tobacco had been viewed as a factor that enhanced one’s social life. The enviable place enjoyed by tobacco has now been grabbed by smartphones and social media sites like Facebook. Now the growing popular concern looks for ways and campaigns to quit smartphones.

What is the concern?

Technology does not act on humans in a similar fashion like tobacco. A person addicted to gadgets does not find his teeth yellowing or get succumbed to cancer or emphysema. However, psychologists and socialists warn that device addiction can severely damage mental health. Now a lot of social initiatives and NGOs are running digital detox campaigns.

Positive efforts around us

If you have a chance to go to the Silicon Valley, you will find the smartphone users turning off the notifications in order not to get distracted by the constantly buzzing sounds. Smartphones are now being banned from bedrooms to ensure a peaceful sleep and many change the color on the display to lesser seducing grey shades.

Big enterprises are now discovering ways to deal with the new generation of quitters. Facebook lead the show by slashing memes, news, and brands from its news feed in order to make the social network users feel at home surrounded by friends and family when they are on Facebook.

Call to action

Around the world, the new generation of activists is questioning the role of technology on the earth. Groups like Jana Partners and the California teacher pension fund have demanded that Apple comes out with software that can help parents limit their children’s cell phone usage. Arjuna Capital and the New York State Common Retirement Fund have urged Twitter and Facebook to put an end to sexual harassments on their networks. Trillium Asset Management has asked Facebook to institute a committee to explore how the site is leading to depression and a host of psychological issues in the users.

Legal measures

Growing concerns around us insist that addiction to technology must be seen in the same way as addiction to junk food or tobacco. Strict rules are needed to make people come away from addiction to smartphones. Parents must not get lost in cell phones while taking care of children. Eventual developments can see phones being banned from public places. If this is not done with strict legal measures, the developments can only point out to the way to ruin.