Let’s look at 10 hottest artificial intelligence applications that succeed in leveraging tons of data in today’s changing environment.
SIRI is one of the most famous artificial intelligence applications. It’s a personal assistant software for Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and AppleTV, which works as an intelligent knowledge guide to recommend, answer questions and delegate requests to other connected web services. The software is controlled by voice and thus it returns individualized answers learning from a user’s language. According to Apple’s Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, Siri gets 1 billion requests a week. As of 2016 Siri is available in 20 languages.
Another intelligent personal assistant is Google Now developed by Google, which goes as a part of the Google app available for Android and iOS. To enable Google Now you need to launch the Google app and then allow Google to pull all the synced information from all Google services you use and your location history for making you recommendations and alerts. By turning off all the needed privacy and tracking settings in this probably the most practical artificial intelligence applications a user is able to see different Google Now Cards: Activity summary (steps you’ve made to stay fit), Boarding pass (sent to Gmail account, displayed later at the airport), Events (events scheduled on your Google Calendar), Flights (the status of your flight in real-time), Location reminders, Parking location (helps finding your parked car), Translation (look up translations of words), TV (a list of shows broadcast in real-time) and many other. All the commands in Google Now you can control by voice, however, they are limited. Currently Google Now is available in English and is a major competitor of Siri.
Cortana is the Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant initially designed for Windows Phone, but now available on Android, Windows 10, xBox One, and on Apple’s iOS. Cortana software reacts to a user’s voice and accomplishes limited commands, answers questions using the information from the browser installed (Bing by default), works as a secretary by scheduling events, locating necessary files and opening the apps needed. The Cortana artificial intelligence application can process voice commands in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese.
Alexa is the voice service created by Amazon for Amazon Echo intelligent speaker, which was widely introduced in 2015. Alexa uses natural language processing algorithms to adapt to natural voice of the user. Moreover, as it is built in the cloud, Alexa is constantly learning by recognizing patterns from interactions with the user. The more a user interacts with Alexa the more it evolves and gets smarter, delivering higher quality answers to a user’s questions. The Alexa artificial intelligence application has a free SDK that can be used by developers in creation of new voice-based AI software and devices.
Kinect is an AI-based motion controller and a motion sensing technology by Microsoft that is used in Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles. Kinect analyzes natural user interface and reacts to voice commands and gestures. Microsoft offers a free SDK for developers to build Kinect-enabled applications. This has already resulted in wider application of Kinect technology for non-gaming purposes including healthcare, retail industry, military and robotics.
Braina is a free artificial intelligence application that works as a personal productivity software and a virtual office assistant on Windows computers. The software reacts to a user’s voice commands and performs different tasks on their computer accordingly. Due to the built-in speech recognition technology a user can interact with their computer remotely over Wi-Fi via the Braina app for Android. Braina is currently available in English, free and paid versions.
VIV is more than just an artificial intelligence application, but an artificial intelligence platform from the creators of Siri. Unlike Siri, VIV has an open platform that allows developers to build external plug-ins to work with it. The makers of VIV aim to make the first consumer-oriented, omnipresent assistant. The work on it started in 2012. The demo version of the ‘intelligent interface for everything’ was presented by VIV CEO Dag Kittlaus at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May 2016.
P.A.N is a free artificial intelligence software that virtually analyzes any kind of textual data, such as poetry, fiction, history, newspaper etc. The application first parses the text, recognizes the structure of its sentences, the mood and tone of the given text. Generally P.A.N allows to put any text under a microscope and eventually provide different variations of its understanding based on a comprehensive analysis executed.
Wipro HOLMES is a cognitive artificial intelligence platform used for development of predictive systems, visual computing applications, digital virtual agents, cognitive process automation, knowledge visualization, drones and robotics. Wipro HOLMES learns from new information and can make recommendations, as well as predict failures. The platform was designed and introduced in 2016 by the Indian company Wipro for optimizing business processes in corporations.
Wolfram Alpha is a free intelligent answer engine, which uses artificial intelligence to provide answers to a user’s questions from curated set of data like statistics, source cross-checking, expert reviews etc. Wolfram Alpha differs from semantic search engines like Google in the way that it gives specific answers from a structured set of information rather than matches the question to the best answer from indexing multiple answers to that question. Wolfram Alpha is being used for answering some requests by Bing, DuckDuckGo and even Apple’s Siri. Wolfram Alpha app is available for iOS and Android, Kindle Fire, Nook.
Artificial intelligence is without a doubt a very powerful tool for creation of experiences never imagined before. We do hope that artificial intelligence applications entering our lives will stay serving the humanity in the most beneficial way.
Source by Maria Petar
How can you make consumers aware of your products without repelling them?
Making people aware of your product is critical to the sale of your services / products and to the overall productivity of your businesses. Most companies are not as widely known as Apple or Ford. Without an effective method of informing, your products and company could likely go unnoticed. However, in general, blatant advertisements have the opposite effect of their intended purpose perhaps repelling more audiences than they attract. In today's over-advertised world of products and services, helping the public become aware of your business requires making your product information interesting and perhaps even subtle.
Let's look at three modern marketing techniques businesses have been successfully utilizing.
PRODUCT PLACEMENT is a form of advertising used effectively by many well-known companies. Product placement is the placement of brand names typically within media types such as movies, video games, and television with the hopes the brand name will be seen and associated with the good feelings within the source. For example, many luxury brand vehicle are placed in James Bond movies in hopes the vehicle will be viewed as stylish / cool, increasing the viewer's desire to make a purchase. Usually this type of advertising is expensive, but a large number of people will be exposed to the product / service. Some have further criticized this method of advertising claiming it's only effective for well-known brands that people already recognize. But if a business carefully selects the media which their target audience will be viewing and inserts their product into the media, the chances of positive effects may be increased.
CONTENT MARKETING is a type of advertising that has gained momentum in the last few years. Content marketing is basically "hiding" the product and company information in publications that will likely attract the interests of consumers. Content marketing is often free and can easily be shared on social networking sites.
** Some common forms of content marketing include (1) Educational videos. Such publications might give customers advice about personal finance, business strategies, health advice, retirement ideas, etc. In these videos, the company will place truly useful information, but also insert small "plugs" for their service / product and businesses. (2) Another popular method of content marketing is online informational articles. A company might print articles related to the interests of their target market and insert links and the company name into the publication. (3) A final method that is commonly seen in content marketing is blog posts. Through these blogs, companies hope to begin conversations with among customers and attract attention to their website.
** Another effective branch of content marketing is infographs. Infographs show a graph, chart, or another display that shows some interesting information. They are quick to read and are likely to gain the attention of an audience.
** Although not directly a type of content marketing, many companies show their products / services and educate people about their company through humorous or interesting online video. Posting such content on popular online video channels such as YouTube can be free. If the information in the video is carefully designed, the video has greater chances of being shared on social networks. Thus, this type of free advertising can be effective if the content of the publication is appealing to your audience. Gary Vaynerchuk is considered a master of content marketing using videos. By making and publishing various videos on YouTube, he expanded his small family winery to a 45 million dollar company in a matter of years.
SOCIAL MEDIA has millions of users everyday making it an excellent avenue for reaching consumers. It's very common now for companies to create their own social media accounts and post articles, videos, product information, and company updates. Facebook, Google+, yahoo, LinkedIn, and Twitter all allow you to create accounts and post information. If consumers are interested in the information on your company account, there are great chances of it being shared. Thus if your account and publications are interesting and appeal to the needs and interests of social network users, your company's information can be shared by others for free.
According to statistics, the average adult sees an average of 2,500 ads per day. People literally see so many advertisements their mind doesn't react when they see it. If the advertisement is constructed in a way that the viewer must, or is forced, to read / view it, the usual response from viewers is annoyance. As a business, you want don't want people to view your company's advertisement with disgust and frustration … This is the common response to older methods of marketing. The advertising methods listed above are current and designed to be less intruding and offensive to viewers. They are designed to separate your company's product or service information from the other 2,500 ads people see everyday.
Source by Josh Lee
Hammertap software and Terapeak software are two software programs that are used to help eBay sellers research the most popular selling product, what that product sells for and how competitive sellers are making out in the market. Both of these software programs provide eBay users with tons of statistical information regarding the products sold on eBay and are both quite simple to use. The most difficult aspect of these two software programs is how to decipher the stats and turn them into the best profit available for the seller. In this article I present make money selling on eBay – Hammertap versus Terapeak.
To start down the path to make money selling on eBay, let’s first examine Hammertap software. Hammertap software provides users with video tutorials of their product on their website regarding the use of the software. The tutorials will guide the user through each step of the research process and teach the user how to decipher the research and how to put those stats into effect. The video tutorials usually run around one hour at a time but are well worth watching and listening too. You might even want to take some notes.
Other features of Hammertap are its price. Hammertap is currently selling for $19.95 per month, down from roughly $25 per month. Also, Hammertap recently released its web-based software. The first version of Hammertap software was only available as a disc to be installed on a PC. That meant it could not be used on a Mac, Linux or other non-Windows platform. The web-based version means that subscribers to the software can log into the company’s website and use the program via their internet browser on any computer. Hammertap also provides its users with an eBay fee calculator tool and a bad bidder blocking tool.
Now, let’s analyze Terapeak software. Terapeak software was originally released as a web-based program before Hammertap released their web-based version. Terapeak sells for roughly $25 per month but a yearly subscription can be purchased for $197.95. The $25 per month is for their Terapeak Advantage plan. Their Terapeak Insight plan is available for $15 per month. Terapeak’s design is much easier on the eyes compared to Hammertap’s. For those who plan to make money selling on eBay this is a solid advantage.
Hammertap’s software displays colors of brown and green while the Terapeak version of the software displays colors of red, blue, white, yellow, pink and much more. Their layout design is much nicer and easier to navigate. A lot of what is offered with Hammertap is also offered with Terapeak. That is, stats on the supply and demand of products, how to list products and price them, stats on what other competitors are doing and what it is buyers want, when they want it and how they want it.
For those who wish to make money selling on eBay both Hammertap software and Terapeak software are almost identical in their features and stats they offer to the consumer. One of the main differences now that Hammertap has released a web-based version of their product is that Terapeak is more expensive than Hammertap. However, for the veteran or beginning seller on eBay, you cannot go wrong with either one of these products when it comes to selling your products on eBay.
To Your eBay Success!
Source by Bob B. Hamilton
Samsung has just disclosed its seventh smartwatch, the Gear S3 along with its two variants, Classic and Frontier. The fresher model comes with some incredible features and makes various improvements on last year’s watches. Here, we are going to compare both of these exceptional watches so you can analyse better which one to shop and which one to ignore. So, let’s get started with side by side comparison of Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2.
First, let’s discuss the variants of these two great smartwatches. Both Gear S3 and S2 come with two separate and unique designs. The Samsung Gear S3 variants are Gear S3 Classic and the Gear S3 Frontier. Overall, there is no big difference between the two forms, except its strap style and weight and Frontier with LTE built-in. Inversely, The Samsung Gear S2 alternatives were named as Gear S2 Basic and Gear S2 Classic.
The design of Samsung Gear S3 is elegant, unique, and rugged but it is not suited for women due to its bigger size and wrist styling. Samsung Gear S3 Classic version appearance is almost similar to the LG Watch Urbane than the S2 Classic.
Overall, S3 comes with a dress watch style in comparison with S2, which looks more like a sports watch due to its sporty plastic curves. The rubber strap has been upgraded with a leather strap and a 22 mm pin in a metal body similar to the S2 Classic.
It is more loyal to compare the S3 Classic with the S2 Classic, which had a standard 20 mm leather band. However, the S2 Classic smartwatch delivers more visual features in comparison with the S3 Frontier. Frontier version of S3 is more sporty, according to the majority of people.
When it comes to size, the Samsung Gear S3 is one of the largest smartwatches in the market nowadays. 46mm size is way too big for the individuals with smaller wrists. While on the other hand, Gear S2 was the smaller ones.
With additional size, Samsung Gear S3 is bulky too, almost 30% heavier than its predecessors. Frontier version is even 8% to 10% heavier than the Classic. Due to its bigger size and weight, S3 is not suited for the individuals with smaller wrists. And it will not attract women either.
The screen size of both Samsung Gear S3 variants is larger than its predecessors. S3 has 1.3-inch 360×360 pixel AMOLED Always-On display with a pixel density of 278ppi.Although the bigger screen size is convenient to read but it also increases the overall dimensions and the weight as well as decrease the pixel density of the device, which is not good at all. As the body weight increased up to 30% in the current model than the previous versions, the display size has also been increased by 15%. As far as display material is concerned, both Samsung watches use Corning Gorilla Glass. The S3 uses the SR+ composite, which is more damage resistant.
All in all, the Gear S2 technically has a brighter but smaller display. In comparison, S3 can display more on its Always-On display, which also keeps color intact instead of going to grayscale and delivers the best customisation.
Performance wise, Gear S3 is far better than its predecessor. With the powerful processor, improved operating system, and more RAM, S3 is beating S2 in almost every department. It delivers 50% additional memory and battery comparing with its predecessor.
Now let’s come to one of the most vital considerations of any gadget device, the battery. Samsung Gear S3 is loaded with 380mAh ambient light yet powerful battery that gives extra 24 hours than Gear S2’s 250mAH battery, and you remain connected up to 4 days. However, it may vary according to the usage of the device.
If you experience the Samsung Gear S3’s operating system then you will know that it is the same as was active on the S2 smartwatch, except now you can spin the bezel to accept or cancel calls and there are some minor visual changes. According to the manufacturer, both devices are compatible with Android and iOS.
Price is one of the most important aspects when it comes to buying these powerful and stunning smartwatches, and it would be your main concern too. Well, the basic model of Gear S2 costs 299 USD, and the S2 Classic is available at 349 USD. On the other hand, the Gear S3 opening price is 499 USD. Through a well-reputed shopping comparison engine; you can get your favourite smartwatch at the cheapest price while cutting the additional charges and taxes. These types of price check sources provide the best deals from the top retailers of any particular location.
Other Features Comparison:
Both smartwatches are completely water-resistant and provide great protection against splashing, rain, and water drop with IP68 dust & waterproof rating. IP68 water resistance means you can put it under the water of up to one meter deep and for maximum 30 minutes. It is far better than Apple watch that can’t be worn in rain or while swimming.
Both models of Samsung smartwatch support wireless charging.
Unlike Gear S2, speaker and microphone are pre-installed in S3 that let you call more freely.
GPS & Connectivity
GPS is only active in the 3G variants of the Samsung Gear S2. Inversely, all the S3 models have built-in GPS. In addition, the Frontier version of S3 has built-in 3G/LTE connectivity, so you can make and receive calls as well as check other activities without even using the phone.
Samsung Pay has been added into the Gear series since 2016. However, the 2015 models were NFC-only, and so retailers were required to use an extra NFC scanner for accept payments. The 2016 models have both NFC and MST technology, and thus you can shop from anywhere. While doing online shopping, try to compare prices for getting the cheapest deals.
With the bigger display, bigger RAM, and bigger battery, Samsung Gear S3 has already given Gear S2 a tough time but it doesn’t mean that S3 is replacing the Gear S2. Both models have their own ups and downs. And so picking up a one between these two is not an easy decision to make. Although S3 is built with some amazing new features, but it is also a bit bulky and due to the bigger size it’s not well suited for the individuals with smaller wrists. At first look, it looks like that the S3 is made only for men. On the other hand, S2 has a perfect size and includes all the major features of a well-equipped smartwatch. But it doesn’t offer LTE. So it is worth spending some time to compare features and prices of both these watches and choose a one according to your preferences.
Source by Lucy Eva
If your beloved iPhone 6 screen has suffered any type of physical damage and its screen has been shattered beyond recognition then you should waste no time in replacing it. But there are certain things that should be kept in mind while doing that.
If you have already purchased ‘Apple Care’ then the DIY option is not for you. Making any move for self-replacement of the screen will void the terms of agreement and you will not be able to avail the benefits of ‘Apple Care.’ However, it does not matter if your iPhone 6 is still under warranty or not because the warranty does not cover any type of physical or water damage.
Considering such factors will help you decide whether you should proceed or not. Make sure that you have purchased an original Apple iPhone 6 screen and replacement tools for the job. Some simple DIY steps are given here to guide you towards the screen replacement of iPhone 6.
• Start the process by removing the bottom screws using a pentalobe screwdriver. Removing these screws loosens the screen.
• To remove the shattered screen, you can use an iSlack device that is a suction cup designed for the purpose. However, the screen should be removed halfway with the iSlack and the rest should be removed only after disconnecting the various cables and connectors.
• Remove the PCB connector plate and the connector cables. The process continues with the removal of earpiece, camera, proximity sensor, light sensor, and microphone flex assembly.
• While removing such assemblies and connectors, you should be careful as most of them are fixed with adhesive and applying too much strength can damage the components.
• Focus on removing the home button assembly and the home button itself. The button is fixed with an adhesive to the flex assembly which is fitted into the screen and you have to gently remove it to avoid any type of damage.
• After carefully removing all those parts, you will find the LCD backplate which is adjoined with 7 Phillip screws.
When you have removed the old LCD backplate, you can install the new screen and place all the components carefully in the exact order they were removed. It will be better if you note down the whole process in a sequence so that when you are re-installing all the components you can refer to the notes and avoid any mistakes.
For help or guidance, you can also watch a couple of videos online to get a better idea about what to do when you are replacing the iPhone screen parts. It is a fairly easy process but you will have to be careful throughout the whole process. Doing it in one uninterrupted session is advisable.
Source by Fernando Ariza
Mobile application development is a widely used term denotes the process by which application software is evolved for mobile devices, like personal digital assistants, mobile phones and enterprise digital assistants. Mobile application development is a challenging set of processes as well as procedures, which involved in writing software for the purpose of small and fast wireless computing devices, like tablets and/or smartphones. Building a mobile application can be a challenging experience for the first time.
Experts believe mobile app development is quite similar to web application development, and has its origins in traditional software development. There is an interpretative difference, though, mobile application is sometimes written particularly to take advantage of the distinctive features a specific mobile device provides. For example, a gaming application may be written to take the advantage of iPhone’s accelerometer. It is a great process of creating or building a strong and scalable mobile application to run on different mobile platforms. A mobile platform is nothing but a mobile operating system.
Future of Mobile App Development
Apple’s mobile operating system is known as iOS. Google’s mobile operating system is known as Android, RIM has its Blackberry and Windows has its own Windows Mobile operating system. Each operating system has its own set of rules, regulations as well as requirements to create a mobile application. For example, Apple’s iOS mobile applications require the use of Objective C, but Android mobile apps use Java. This is one of the essential things to understand, because when building an application for the purpose of mobile app development in different mobile platforms you can’t just make one application, and port it over to the next platform.
In the future, it is highly expected that the majority of mobile apps development efforts will deeply focus on building browser-based applications that are sometimes called device-agnostic. Browser-based applications are websites that are normally built for mobile browsers. Such websites are made to load quickly over a powerful cellular network and have easy to use features or finger-friendly navigation.
Benefits of Having Mobile App
Fast becoming a standard for efficient and effective online interactions, the advantages of strong and innovative mobile application development are indeed many. Some of the advantages and benefits of creating a mobile app are:
· Simplicity and convenience of accessing business and personal information from anywhere and anytime.
· High speed and dependability.
· Fast replacement of conventional and simple built-for-purpose devices and services.
· Considerable and affordable access to wide range of information like e-catalogues, media files, videos as well as other online facilities.
· Accelerate end-user experiences.
· Enhance profitability quotient and improve workplace productivity.
Users these days wish for a fuss-free experience, if they access a business website or app, and if they do it from their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. With a perfect plan and a clear vision, it becomes easily possible to deliver their actual needs and expectations through a mobile app. A powerful mobile app helps a business in many ways. It boosts the interest and enhances engagement of the users. It aids promotion and offers support.
Source by Kabbyik Mitra
When it comes to surveys that identifies what our greatest fears are, public speaking frequently top these lists. According to an article published by The Washington Post, more than 25% of Americans surveyed fear public speaking, making it the number 1 fear of all Americans (see article titled America’s top fears: Public speaking, heights and bugs, published by the Washington Post on 30 October, 2014). Delivering a speech in public is more fearful than heights, bugs, snakes, and drowning!
One way to mitigate this fear of public speaking is to play public speaking games! These games encourage people to stand up and speak, without fear of embarrassment or judgement.
Here are 3 classic public speaking games that you can play with your family and friends.
Game #1: The Story Behind The Item
Prepare a starter list of events or things.
For example: a postage stamp, birthday cake, books, a zebra’s stripes, a chimney, the tooth fairy, common sayings like ‘a penny for your thoughts’, ‘a red rag to a bull’, ‘a pinch and a punch for the first of the month’,
April Fools Day, a wheel, a Christmas tree, ice cream, a ladder, Father Christmas, May Day, a siren, shaking hands on meeting someone…
Each speaker is to give an account of the story or history behind the thing or event. It needn’t be factual! The goal of this public speaking game is to cultivate credible fluency and impromptu speaking skills.
Game #2: Speak About This Phrase
Prepare a list of phrases.
For example: ‘Just do it’, ‘Diamonds are forever’, ‘He’s fallen in the water’, ‘Some like it hot’, ‘His bark is worse than his bite’, ‘Love makes the world go round’, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, ‘First up, best dressed’, ‘King for a day’, ‘Funny money’, ‘Laughter is the best medicine’…
Each speaker is to speak about the phrase they have been given. Set a time limit, e.g. 2 minutes per speech attempt. The purpose of this game is to cultivate creativity and impromptu speaking skills.
Game #3: Spot The Lie
This game fosters imagination, fluency and fun. In playing it your group will learn about body language too! How do you know when somebody is lying? How can you tell?
Each speaker is to share 3 things about themselves on a theme you set.
Examples of theme: holidays, the future, my favorite after school activities, when I was young, my beliefs, the best books I’ve read, the best adventures I’ve had… , my family…
Two of the things they say about themselves are to be true. The third is not.
When they’ve finished speaking, ask the class to identify the lie.
PS. This makes a great icebreaker for groups getting together for the first time.
There you go, three amazing games you can use right away during your next gathering with friends or family. If you are a teacher, you can use these games to promote new opportunities for your students to speak up in class or share a story. The bottom line is to create as many chances to speak, in as fun a manner as possible. Public speaking need not be fearful and intimidating!
About The Author
Source by Dr. Tan Kwan Hong