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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 Talent Tools Worth Watching In 2017.

The competition for your HR Technology dollar is more cutthroat – and more lucrative – than ever before.<p>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 pretty damn amazing.<p>First, Zuckerberg announced Facebook's new augmented reality platform called Camera Effects Platform. The platform is launching as an …

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 …

Messaging

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 endlessly growing pile of lookalike products was its top priority, Instagram has some fresh salt to rub into Snap's wounds: Instagram Stories now has 200 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Exclusive: The Caavo streaming box is built on a gamechanging machine vision for TV

Something huge is happening here<p>The Caavo TV box was announced yesterday in an live demo with <i>The Verge</i>’s own Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg at Code Media — it’s not <i>exactly</i> a streaming box, but rather a universal control system for every other streaming box you might have. You can plug in an Apple …

This award winning app is designed for blind and visually impaired people. Excellent! #innovation @aipoly https://t.co/HxrWw88eb9

Twitter is replacing the Moments tab with a new Explore tab instead

Twitter wants to make it easier for you to find stuff on Twitter.<p>Twitter wants to make it easier for you to find great content on its app. To do this, Twitter is consolidating a number of its search and discovery features into a new tab on its mobile toolbar.<p>The company announced Thursday that it’s …

Marketing

Forget AI. The real revolution could be IA

This past Spring, AlphaGo — an artificial intelligence (AI) machine — beat the human world champion in a five-game match of Go, an ancient Chinese …

Snapchat’s big redesign, featuring universal search and more, just hit iOS

Snapchat’s major redesign, which introduces a universal search bar to the top of the app, among other features, has today hit iOS. The refreshed user interface was first announced earlier this month, but was only available to Android users at the time with a promise that it would reach iPhone users …

Vimeo now lets video creators collaborate and review in real-time

Vimeo is quickly drifting away from being merely a site to share video content, to a place where artists and videographers can actually build a creative vision. Underscoring this point, Vimeo today launched all-new video review tools, available to its Vimeo Pro and Vimeo Business members.<p>These …

Apps

Augmented Reality Will Be Much Bigger than Virtual Reality, Study Says

Pokémon Go may have been a flash in the pan, but augmented reality — specifically mobile — will completely overshadow virtual reality in the near …

Mixed Reality

Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million. The vast majority of the transaction is in cash ($360 million), with the remainder being paid out in restricted shares and options. The acquisition is expected to close before March 31, 2017.<p>This …

How The Gurus Behind Disney’s MagicBand Are Remaking A $38B Cruise Giant

An exclusive look at Carnival’s plans to turn cookie-cutter cruises into something out of Minority Report.<p>With his aw-shucks grin, neatly parted hair, and his strong resemblance to Richie Cunningham, you can easily picture John Padgett as a kid growing up in Seaford, Virginia, a small town hard by …

7 AI predictions for 2017

2016 was a busy year for the emergence of AI, but 2017 is shaping up to be an even busier year of accelerated adoption for AI. Here are our top 7 AI …

Machine Learning

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is ‘thinking a lot about’ an edit-tweet button

He also wants to know what else you want him to build.<p>You’ve probably dreamed of directing Twitter’s product strategy — well, here’s your chance!<p>CEO Jack Dorsey took to his Twitter account Thursday to ask users what the company can do to “improve or create in 2017” — an idea he borrowed from Airbnb …

Jack Dorsey

4 ways I would improve Twitter – LearnGeek

Periscope sunk without Twitter’s wings

Periscope’s app is slipping beneath the waves. It has steadily dropped from No. 23 on the overall iOS app charts in January to No. 441 this weekend. Now Twitter is adding Periscope’s live streaming abilities to its own app, something it should have done from the start. Taking 21 months to build …

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Machine Learning

Salesforce LiveMessage brings messaging to Service Cloud

As more and more people use SMS and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger to interact with friends, it’s only logical that they want to interact with business that way too — and today Salesforce launched LiveMessage, a tool that helps customer service reps manage messaging traffic just like any …

Snapchat rolls out Groups, letting you chat with up to 16 friends at once

Snapchat is introducing a new Groups feature today that lets users converse with up to 16 friends at a time.<p>Snapchatters can create a group while initiating a snap or when starting a new chat. You can also start one-to-one chats, called Quick Chats, from within a group by tapping the person’s name, …

Snap Inc.