Why Are You Still Using A Key?

Get an apartment, get a job, get a significant other – next thing you know, you’re walking around with a key chain that makes you look like a janitor, or some 19th century jailer.

While KISI might not completely free you from the shackles of your keychain, it can help. As reported on Uncubed, KISI’s tech allows users to unlock doors using their smartphones – best of all it doesn’t require overhauling any existing entry systems.

Founded in Munich in 2012, the company expanded to New York after winning the EDC’s NYC Next Idea competition in 2013.

“We started trying to build our own intercom system,” cofounder Bernhard Mehl told us, “but we realized there are people who already do that really well. And then talking to all these coworking spaces, we realized they need all these management functions. They already have the infrastructure – we can tap into that and add a little device to the server room and then the whole office is upgraded.”

KISI is hiring for three jobs in sales and marketing out of their DUMBO offices. And if you’re planning a move to Munich anytime soon, they’re hiring a frontend developer there. Get all the details here.

My Social Media Habits in Developing Countries

When I first moved to the US, Facebook and Twitter were only available via the web. But once social media was available on our phones; I got used to uploading, checking in, tweeting or updating my status while I was living inside the United States.

But during my first trip back to my home city, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 2008, I experienced a different story. How I was going to try to utilize social while I was walking in the streets of one of the most dangerous city?

I had to battle my habit of updating and posting pictures from my city while I was walking in the streets — since updating your status or checking into places could reveal my location to kidnappers or thieves. I was only able to post pictures at my house or any other safe location. I took a lot of precaution while I was visiting my hometown, since I don’t put a lot of faith in social media privacy settings, particularly on Facebook.

Whenever I was visiting touristic sites, this was not a problem. However, once I was back in San Pedro Sula, my fear to expose my cellphone or share information on social networks started again.

My trip took place six years ago, and I still question various social media companies and smartphone manufactures if they are doing something about social media and digital usage in developing countries.

Perhaps, social media and smartphones have been able to established and fit everyone’s life in developed countries by being able to use social media safely.

But is still different story in some developing countries, as many kill each other for any smartphone. I must admit that it might not be social media and cellphones companies’ responsibility to combat this issue. Although, I believe they could contribute with plans or campaigns for these countries’ governments in order to educate people about safe usage of different social media networks and smartphones.