Chatbots for Business

Chatbots for Business: Leveraging AI to Benefit Business

Chatbots for business are becoming increasingly common, and can offer a variety of benefits to both the customer and the company. You’ve probably noticed them pop up on retail websites, map pages, and in mobile apps about everything from travel to nutrition.

Chatbots provide interactive communication between a business and its consumers using software developed to imitate human conversation. Today’s bots now leverage artificial intelligence to assist customers with questions about products and services, making them more effective than ever.

A computer scientist at MIT gets credit for the first talking bot, named ELIZA, back in 1966. ELIZA used pattern-recognition in speech for its conversation. Then, throughout the second half of the 20th century, chatbots became increasingly more complex and intelligent – and useful. In today’s world, chatbots comprise no small part of the growing tech space with Gartner estimating that more than 85% of all customer support services will use chatbots by 2020.

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Blockchain Technology

Blockchain and Mobile App Development

Blockchain is an emerging technology that has the potential to reshape numerous industries, including mobile apps. Among other things, it offers the ability to secure data, reduce intermediaries, provide global transparency, and keep an immutable record.

In this blog, we’ll provide a basic overview of how the technology works, the benefits it can offer in a variety of industries, and some opportunities within the mobile app economy.

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IoT Apps for Business & Home

How IoT Apps are Impacting Business and Personal Life

The Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping industries, and an increasing number of IoT apps are being built to leverage this technology in both business and personal settings.

The idea of the “Internet of Things” dates back to the late 1990s, but the opportunities have been multiplying rapidly in recent years. McKinsey estimates it will grow into an $11 trillion industry segment by 2025. The term IoT is mainly used to reference extending internet connectivity to devices that would not normally be considered “smart.” Sensors are imbedded in everything from natural to man-made objects, enabling these devices to transfer data over the network, independently of any sort of human action.

IoT apps collect and leverage this sensor data, providing an interface for businesses to do everything from operate more efficiently to improve customer experience. IoT apps are also enabling consumers to take better control of their health, home, and more. In this post, we’ll review some of the ways IoT apps are being used to manage health, increase workplace efficiency, and customize your home.

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Perfect Holiday Gifts 2018

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List: Our 2018 Gift Guide

While it might be the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season brings with it the stresses of extended family, office parties, and finding the perfect holiday gifts for all the names on your list. To make your holiday shopping easier, we’ve compiled a few of the most exciting tech presents that offer something to all your friends and family.

The list includes holiday gifts for the gamers, music lovers, parents, and busy professionals in your life. From household gadgets to office essentials, you’ll find the perfect holiday gift to satisfy everyone — and maybe even discover something you want on your own list! Read More

STEAM skills

Kids & Technology: Developing STEAM skills

As a company that delights in using technology to bring ideas to life, we know how important it is for the next generation to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful innovators. While there are many ways this can occur, we appreciate an educational approach called STEAM (standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). This philosophy embraces teaching skills and subjects in an integrated way that resembles how those subjects will be applied in real life. Many schools do emphasize STEAM skills, but there are also a number of ways outside the classroom to encourage exploration and growth.

With summer around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for ways to inspire your student to learn STEAM skills while still having fun! To help you with this, we have put together a few ideas ranging from camps to at-home projects and competitions. Read More

Top Tech Innovations 2018

Top Tech Innovations that Will Impact 2018

As anyone who has attended CES can attest, tech innovations for 2018 abound. Since none of us can predict the future, it’s hard to know for certain which technologies will truly take off. Nonetheless, there is something to be said for looking ahead to the coming year and seeking to identify and leverage key technologies that could propel your business forward.

Below we’ve compiled a few tech innovations that have grabbed our attention and seem to show lots of promise. Most are not new concepts, but are ones that have the potential to be more fully realized in everyday life this coming year. Read More

Eight Great Books

Eight Great Books to Read in 2018

Great books, thankfully, are not hard to find these days. The bigger challenge for many is whittling down the options to a manageable number!

As literature is an important part of growing, both professionally and personally, we took some time to think about what great books we might want to add to our ever-expanding reading list. We share a short list of some of our top book choices for 2018 below – we’d love to hear if there’s another “must have” you suggest we add.

While all of these books can be found on Amazon, the link we’ve included will take you to purchase at the Boulder Book Store. InspiringApps was founded in Boulder, and we love to support local businesses when we can. Read More

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

Top Tech Disruption Timeline

Top 10 Tech Disruptions over the Past 10 Years

A disruptive technology could be defined as one that displaces an established technology, thereby shaking up an industry and reshaping the trajectory of its future. It could also be a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that we have seen a significant number of tech disruptions in a relatively short time. In honor of our ten-year anniversary as a company (today!!), we thought we would take a look back over the past ten years and highlight those technologies that have had – and continue to have – significant impact on the way we live, work, and play. Read More

Cost of Cloud Computing

Cost of Cloud Computing: Virtual Server vs Serverless Model

Cloud computing refers to the practice of using a network of remote servers (rather than a local server or personal computer) to host, manage, and process data. The cloud offers numerous benefits from reliability to operational agility to cost effectiveness. About a year ago we expounded on some of the top reasons to choose cloud computing, speaking at a high level of the reasons why many businesses opt to utilize cloud services.

Since that time, clients have asked us for more details about the cost of cloud computing. A valid question, but challenging to answer since “the cloud” isn’t a single entity or type of service, despite what the name suggests. In the same way physical clouds come in different forms (stratus, cumulus, cirrus, to name a few), cloud computing is often broken into different services: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). And a few years ago, the Functions-as-a-Service (also known as “Serverless”) model entered the scene. Read More

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