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Here are 19 random facts about Google on its 19th anniversary

In 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded the search engine.<p>Google is celebrating its 19th birthday today. Naturally, the search engine giant is celebrating in the most Google-y way possible — by releasing a special Google Doodle.<p>This doodle is a bit different, though — it has a game built into …

Google

How Virtual Reality Could Help Improve NFL Officiating

NFL officials—much like players—need to practice in order to be at the top of their game, and watching football on a screen is no substitute for …

Virtual Reality

These Six Clever Gmail Add-Ons Will Make You Infinitely More Productive

Feel like your inbox could use an upgrade? Give Gmail new productivity powers with practical, efficiency-enhancing add-ons.<p>Gmail may be the de facto standard for web-based email—but sometimes, the service can start to feel a teensy bit stale.<p>After all, Google’s younger Inbox app is the where the …

Google Docs

Vocalytics analyzes your body language to make you a better public speaker

Vocalytics, one of the many projects that came out of our Disrupt SF hackathon this weekend, wants to make you a better public speaker.<p>The project uses machine learning to analyze videos of your performances and gives you feedback on your body language. The team trained the system to look for your …

Body Language

The 32 Best Google Docs Add-ons in 2017

A word processor requires very little—a blank page, typography tools, and a way to save, print, or share your finished documents. The earliest word …

Google Docs

Twitter's best reactions to the iPhone X reveal

Apple’s iPhone event today had a few interesting hardware reveals, a touching tribute to Steve Jobs, and Animoji. It was a relatively sober affair, especially considering most of the cool stuff was leaked days or weeks in advance.<p>But if you found the event a bit underwhelming, don’t worry: Twitter …

Steve Jobs

There's No Such Thing As 'Digital Natives'

And the myth that they exist is hurting the entire workforce.<p>Author Marc Prensky coined the phrase “digital native” as a descriptor of someone proverbially born with a smartphone in hand.<p>The prevailing thinking has been that older people have to “adapt” to technology, while Prensky’s digital …

Millennials

Apple & Accenture Partner to Create iOS Business Solutions

CUPERTINO, California and NEW YORK; Aug. 29, 2017 – Apple® and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are partnering to help businesses transform how their people …

Innovation

Disney’s ‘Magic Bench’ Fixes AR’s Biggest Blind Spot

You sit on the bench, as one does. Across from you hangs what appears to be a mirror. Before you can fix your cowlick, a pygmy elephant saunters …

Augmented Reality

iOS 11 will let you record your iPhone or iPad's screen

Screenshots are so 2016. With iOS 11 you can record a video of your iOS device's screen with a tap.<p>Yes, Apple added an awesome new screenshot tool to iOS 11 that practically makes the upgrade worth the price of admission alone. But, Apple also added a new Screen Recording tool. Meaning, instead of …

iOS

ARKit Inter-dimensional Portal by @nedd. Music by The SAME. Literally chills down my spine. The future is going to be nuts 樂 https://t.co/hZcXee18rH — Aaron Watson ☄️ (@AaronWatson59) June 30, 2017 This is absolutely incredible. https://t.co/CxpTGotNvi — Paul Maclennan (@PaulMaclennan) June 30, 2017 Ive been sitting here for 10 mins trying to figure out how theyre doing this…. — Fabian Buentello (@initFabian) June 30, 2017 This may be cooler than VR. https://t.co/vnOm39ClHF — Alex Delia (@alexdelia) July 7, 2017 Incredible. — Jeff Benjamin (@JeffBenjam) June 30, 2017 This is epic next level #AR. https://t.co/W3rfcsOp3Z — Blair Hughes (@MrBlairHughes) July 11, 2017 We need AR Apple Glasses!!! — Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) June 30, 2017 The game has changed. — Asim Aslam (@chuhnk) June 30, 2017 I’ve done this hundreds of times across multiple video games, but I honestly was surprised when you were able to step into the door. — iandanforth (@iandanforth) June 30, 2017 Someone call @StephenKing stat — Mitchel Broussard (@mbrsrd) June 30, 2017 AMAZING AND WOW WOW WOW !:) — azamsharp (@azamsharp) June 30, 2017 Wow, this is amazingly cool — Sulka Haro (@sulka) July 6, 2017 That’s just way too cool. The imagination unleashed. — Radjin (@_Radjin) July 2, 2017 jesus christ ARkit is going to be insane — juan (@juanbuis) June 30, 2017 Absolutely stunning —  ZABIR (@ZPCigaars) June 30, 2017 This stuff is getting mind-blowingly good SO quickly. https://t.co/XhYY5FHHEt — Dennis Doughty (@DennisDoughty) July 23, 2017 Madness — Abdus Fauzi (@abdusfauzi) July 3, 2017 Unreal. — Martin Legowiecki (@IAmMlego) July 1, 2017 This is incredibly cool. I’m beyond impressed. — Youssef Sarhan (@YS) July 1, 2017 No words possible for the awesomeness of this. When will we hook ourselves up to the Matrix? https://t.co/DEMzhg9j6Z — Michiel Sikkes (@michiels) June 30, 2017 it’s like a magic ✨✨✨— Lisa Dziuba (@LisaDziuba) June 30, 2017 How???? — Gustavo Saez (@gustavosaez) June 30, 2017 With an ARglasses, an iPhone and ARKit there is going to be a revolution. Awesome demo!!! — Choche (@Fremen1430) June 30, 2017 This is absolutely bonkers. I stopped working and watched it about ten times in a row. https://t.co/ehoVsqIJ52 — Chad Marriotti (@cmarriotti) June 30, 2017 Once again, the reason I think Augmented Reality is going to be bigger than Virtual Reality :) — Will Burns (@darianknight) July 5, 2017 @mattmchale That is INSANE!!!!! — Casey Ferrier (@caseyferrier) July 1, 2017 @bst3r @erfon @lkahney this just blew my mind — MrShep23 (@mrshep23) July 1, 2017 Wow wow WOOOOWWW — Arturo Elissonde (@AElissonde) June 30, 2017 mind = blown — Marcos Griselli (@marcosgriselli) June 30, 2017 Looking so good looks like I’m gonna have to get a new iPhone after all — chrrissss (@chrrissss) July 1, 2017 I’ve seen a lot of cool AR but this might be the coolest https://t.co/YchD8N63jX — david gabeau (@dgabeau) July 15, 2017 THIS IS SO COOL. https://t.co/pZS7whKLKc — James Nichols (@Jamesnicholsfry) July 15, 2017 this is the one that blows me away the most https://t.co/QX9KIFV4IE — kiggle (@kiggle) July 12, 2017 Ok, my doubts about AR are gone with this. https://t.co/d6Q6ccqi75 — Franz Unterkoffer (@peterapmcfly) July 23, 2017 What the…?! https://t.co/xuIuCSKrMx — James Marsden (@Jimbomarsden) July 11, 2017 This is awesome! Alot happening in AR these days https://t.co/P73QgpG6QV — Bjarke Aagaard (@bjarque) July 7, 2017 This is blowing my mind https://t.co/Mo6clRVNqO — Andrew Minchew (@andrewminchew) July 11, 2017 Lots of potential applications for AR games with this sort of tech! Exciting times! https://t.co/qFD7QZs82h — Tim Browne (@N1tch) July 11, 2017 HOW DID THIS ONLY GET LIKE 4 MINUTES AND A COFFEE CUP IN THE KEYNOTE https://t.co/nqjRP2145y — Ed Cormany (@ecormany) June 30, 2017 Wow! Just wow! This is going to be amazing! https://t.co/THqJ14mqpT — Gerald (@jfversluis) July 23, 2017 Absolutely crazy stuff! https://t.co/7373nro2N7 — Alex McPherson (@mymocouk) July 7, 2017 Mixed reality… The next level. WOW! https://t.co/peEDZQ5bGP — cedric chambaz (@CEDRICtus) July 7, 2017 Mind. Blown. https://t.co/4Y8hKBZIHm — Carlton Jefferis (@CarltonJefferis) July 7, 2017 This is incredible. Wow. https://t.co/QnMrQd337e — Jake Underwood (@jakeu) June 30, 2017 Okay this is pretty damn amazing. https://t.co/Sbh1wGF7Sb — David ಠ_ಠ (@dacoursey) July 6, 2017 Absolutely inspiring! Cannot wait to use this! @Matteo_Aliberti @kamenovk https://t.co/JjswEWNu0o — ajwhelan (@ajwhelan) July 6, 2017 VR and AR adds so many new variables to the game palette. Wow! https://t.co/rLXoV1oOfJ — Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) July 6, 2017 We’re gonna see some pretty awesome AR stuff hitting the mainstream this year https://t.co/Yz8aRUfisD — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 6, 2017 #AR platform #ARkit from #Apple will open entirely new directions of storytelling as #OS11 launches. https://t.co/maD6Tktp5V — Jared Hendler (@jaredhendler) July 5, 2017 ARKit will be huge.  https://t.co/ctboPx9EO4 — Jakub Beneš (@jukben) July 4, 2017 This is surreal https://t.co/kRziJm73Gq — Krishna Sagar (@_KrishnaSagar_) August 3, 2017 Lots of cool ARKit demo’s to be found these days. Seems to be an AR Renaissance happening… https://t.co/qcoU9peRQs — Brian Selzer (@BrianSe7en) July 5, 2017 Definitely the coolest use of AR I’ve seen  https://t.co/HNg2Cqmgeb — Edie//Jo (@digitaldualist) August 2, 2017 I want this so bad. https://t.co/m3MZ9nruD5 — Mike Dwyer (@Cruiter) July 4, 2017 This but with historical scenes would be amazing!! https://t.co/L7sducd34s — Tom Screen (@tomscreenx) July 3, 2017 I want one https://t.co/LP1SD1i9Zs — Maegan Collins (@maeganc16) July 3, 2017 This has actually blown my mind https://t.co/8hnerIa2ig — Adam Howe (@AdamHoweStop) July 3, 2017 So super cool https://t.co/WMQw730Xrx — Josh (@Jetstopia) July 4, 2017 This is incredible. ARKit continues to astound. https://t.co/86XouGhhNU — BJ Homer (@bjhomer) June 30, 2017 Every demo I see of things @madewithARKit convinces me that the world is about to drastically change. https://t.co/HNWqkKGb1i — Scott McDaniel (@mcdev) July 1, 2017 This is nuts. I’m constantly floored by what people are building with ARKit. https://t.co/BsH7Ie5NZr — Grant Butler (@grantjbutler) June 30, 2017 Mark my words - the next appstore gold rush will be in augmented reality. #ARKit #appstore #iOS11 https://t.co/POKTgUSuvW — Fran O'Reilly (@franoreilly) July 1, 2017 This is just getting silly now https://t.co/ESUch0B1d5 — Tony Onodi (@TonyOnodi) July 1, 2017 This is getting very crazy very quickly. Wow!  https://t.co/xY609lHiuQ — Sid (@sidoza) June 30, 2017 This is ridiculously impressive. Convinced that #AugmentedReality has some serious potential yet? #ARkit https://t.co/mVDrqijvQw — Rob Lindley (@rlindley70) July 3, 2017 Everything else was awesome but this is wild https://t.co/n24mtCkr2r — BEE | Kraken  (@allonsykraken) June 30, 2017 This is beyond next-level. https://t.co/CKj3hHxTPn — Timothy Reavis (@TimothyReavis) June 30, 2017 This is awesome. And think what this would be like on a pair of Apple glasses #takemymoney https://t.co/uNSRrboENM — ᴀʟᴇx ᴍᴏʏʟᴇʀ (@aeoye) June 30, 2017 This is cool and will be even cooler when you can step through the portal into the same streetscape as of 50-100 years ago. #VRTimeTravel https://t.co/xAynwPCTp9 — Vance A Lehmkuhl (@VanceTune) June 30, 2017 Whhhhhaaaaaatttttt…… . These ARKit prototypes on iPhone are INSANE. My bet is Augmented Reality will be bigger than VR. No doubt. https://t.co/2wbogRmCOn — Jason Jahnke (@JasonJahnke) June 30, 2017 For anyone doubting the dramatic potential of ARKit… https://t.co/csRn0pOrJ4 — Nick Pryor (@nickpryor) June 30, 2017 ARKit is smashing it, and the publicity and increased awareness for AR are going to accelerate https://t.co/ypnuxBBC4L — Lee Walker (@leewalker10) June 30, 2017 This is pretty jaw-dropping, especially at the end when the camera turns around. https://t.co/zw40nVbysL — Cult of Mac (@cultofmac) June 30, 2017  ARKit is some straight-up sorcery. Can’t wait to see more! https://t.co/qZnUSM1apU — Realm (@realm) June 30, 2017 Like I said before, #ARKit is going to be huge. Hundreds of millions of eligible devices on day 1. Biggest thing Apple has done for years. https://t.co/3eBiJsNjjn — Evan McCann (@MrEvanMcCann) June 30, 2017 Android friend still saying ARKit won’t be significant 路‍♂️ https://t.co/H6wLOm2zkY — Saleem  (@SaleemUsama) June 30, 2017 Historical tourism will be amazing with ARKit and iOS 11 - the past will come alive https://t.co/a8kW7vhjaG — Daniel P Dykes (@DanielPDykes) June 30, 2017 Press: Apple not innovative as before Apple: ARKit https://t.co/s5oeXEENhJ — Amro Guzlan (@3amrology) June 30, 2017 Devs are getting out of control. Wow. https://t.co/uWJp200i8A — Tai (@bullseyetech) June 30, 2017 See All Videos

L&D Digital Transformation Begins with Rethinking the LMS by JD Dillon

While the LMS was one of the few tools available for L&D to deliver training in the past, the way we do our work has not kept pace with the way we …

Digital Transformation

Walmart is bringing VR instruction to all of its U.S. training centers

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, will soon be using virtual reality to help train its employees on topics like management and customer service.<p>VR instruction will be used at each of the retailer’s 200 “Walmart Academy” training centers in the U.S. by the end of the year, helping educate the …

Virtual Reality

Where's The Market For $3,500, Ruggedized Smart Glasses?

Last year Pokemon Go got us comfortable with the surreal idea that wherever we go there exists an unseen realm, an alternate dimension, populated by creatures like Pikachu, Snorlax and Tentacool. This world of “augmented reality” is set to grow exponentially with the broader adoption of smart …

Augmented Reality

Google Search just got a lot more personal

Google already tracks everything you do while inside any of its online services to make money off your data. The trade-off is worth it, many people …

Google

How Siemens Is Using Big Data And IoT To Build The Internet Of Trains

Trains that are never late? To someone like me living in the UK, it may sound impossibly utopian. But Siemens say that thanks to Big Data and analytics it could soon be a reality.<p>Train operators have responsibility for getting millions of people to where they want to be every day. When journeys are …

Big Data

Best of 2017: The Top 7 PowerPoint Downloads

As a PowerPoint power user, I want the latest, greatest, and best-of-the-best tools to help me do my job. My presentations and my client’s projects …

Infographics

100+ HR Technologies and Recruiting Tools Worth Watching in Q2 2017.

The competition for your HR Technology dollar is more cutthroat – and more lucrative – than ever before. This means, of course, getting ahead of that …

Human Resources

Facebook fires directly at Snapchat with augmented reality platform, 'Camera Effects'

During the opening moments of this year's F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg began showing off the company's augmented reality strategy, and it looks …

Augmented Reality

Messenger is finally making it easier to find and use bots

Messenger is adding new QR codes and a bot discovery tab.<p>It’s been one year since Facebook Messenger first unveiled its bot platform in the hope that brands and retailers would use the app to automate messaging conversations with their customers.<p>Since then, developers have created tens of thousands …

QR codes

Instagram is absolutely crushing Snapchat and there's no end in sight

Now Instagram's just rubbing it in.<p>In case the Facebook-owned company hadn't already made it abundantly clear that burying Snapchat under an …

Instagram

Google bets on AI in Canada with Google Brain Toronto and Vector Institute investment

Google is contributing to the $150 million going into The Vector Institute, a new initiative housed at the University of Toronto, guided by chief scientific adviser Geoffrey Hinton. The Institute is getting started today, with significant investment from the governments of Canada and the province …

Artificial Intelligence

Southwest Airlines’ Digital Transformation Takes Off

Rolling out new software is hard in any company, but it’s even harder when your employees still send faxes.<p>Southwest Airlines’ hub in Dallas exists in a world of constant hecticness. Love Field, one of the city’s two main airports, is as close to a private Southwest airport as you’re likely to …

Airlines

Google just showed off a new Video Intelligence API that lets you search for objects within video clips, here's an bit of the demo https://t.co/wOPwsmnAfe

Hangouts splits into two, Google positions itself to fight Slack

It’s official. Google will pivot Hangouts to become a business-focused product instead of a consumer-focused one; therefore, the entire service now …

Meet Amazon Chime: A New Digital Workplace Collaboration Tool

Amazon has unveiled Chime, a communications platform that’s ready to battle it out with the likes of Skype, Hangouts, GoToMeeting and WebEx.<p>In a blog …

Collaboration

Twitter app adding new features to tackle trolls, including ability to mute keywords and ‘egg’ accounts

As part of an ongoing effort to tackle abuse and offensive users, Twitter is adding some new muting features to its apps.<p>Similar to what has been offered by third-party Twitter clients for sometime, users will be able to hide tweets from specific users or tweets that contain certain keywords from …

Jack Dorsey

Twitter opens up Periscope Producer service to everyone

After four months of being slowly released, Twitter announced that its Periscope Producer service is now available to everyone, allowing broadcasters to incorporate high-quality live video from sources other than their mobile device — it’s supported on the web, iOS, and Android.<p>Periscope Producer …

Periscope

Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality

The brilliant future of mixed reality will come to us from the likes of Microsoft and Magic Leap, according to the conventional wisdom.Microsoft has …

Augmented Reality