Gift Guide 2017

Great Gifts for the 2017 Holidays

Looking for some great gifts to give this holiday season? Finding the perfect holiday gift for those you love is no small task. To help ease the challenge and inspire your own gift-giving creativity, we have curated a list of fun toys and exciting new tech that we think would delight even the pickiest recipient. (In fact, you may want to put a few of them on your own list!)

This year’s holiday gift guide includes ideas to help keep you connected, let you explore, jam to your favorite music, stimulate your mind, and just plain have fun.

Prices listed are MSRP. Follow the links below or try a browser extension like Honey to help ensure you have the best deal. If you happen to be an Amazon shopper, consider buying via AmazonSmile. You receive all the same benefits, plus Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Read More

Speech Recognition Technology

Speech Recognition Technology in Business

The use of speech recognition technology is increasing and your business could benefit. Do you remember the first time you heard an automated voice recite, “press or say one” when you called a service center? How about the first time you used the little microphone icon on your phone to dictate a text? The option to speak instead of press or type was novel and exciting. Today, speech recognition technology has advanced so significantly that the software can “comprehend” complete sentences, not just a simple number or word. In this blog post, we review what speech recognition is, software options, and current uses. We wrap up with some ideas about the future of speech recognition. Read More

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Digital Assistants: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence

This month Apple signaled its commitment to advance the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its products with the acquisition of tech startup Turi, a machine learning platform for developers. The move follows a growing trend by major tech companies such as IBM and Google to create and implement more advanced technology in the growing Chatbot industry.

For those new to the term, a ‘bot’ is simply software that’s been designed to automate tasks. Chatbots (from Chatter + Robot) take this to next level by simulating human conversation, making it seem as though you are talking with a human as you use the bot. While programs that recognize and respond to language have been around for decades, they have become a standard offering in consumer devices in more recent years. These programs use natural language processing, the ability to understand and use human conversational phrases, to interact with humans on simple tasks. Nearly all users of smartphones or messaging apps have experienced this technology, the most well-known being Siri by Apple, Alexa by Amazon, and Cortana by Microsoft. Read More

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