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Adobe jumps into artificial intelligence

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Anyone interested in technology is bound to know about Adobe. The creative company has given the design world tools to create professional grade images and products. As part of the design world we can not thank Adobe enough! However, Adobe is taking a new route when it comes to their product. They have recently announced they will be jumping into artificial intelligence. Sensei, Adobe’s artificial intelligence technology, can assist you in Photoshop by anticipating your moves with colors, shapes, and fonts. Sensei will turn your papers into editable digital documents with the right fonts and cleaning up the document while you focus on the more important parts of the paper. It will also be a handy tool for marketers by crunching numbers and giving you the heads up when it finds something interesting in your field of work. There are bound to be more creative features added along the way, but all in all Adobe taking part in artificial intelligence can only mean good things for the design community.

To learn more about Adobe’s new technology click on the following link – Adobe Sensei  

Smart Home Design III

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Alex Capecelatro, Co-founder and CEO of JStar, has comprised fun animated images of Josh.ai. Josh.ai is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. You can learn more about Josh.ai at this link – https://josh.ai. These images are a collection that shows the design and use of Josh.ai. It will capture your dreams of a smart house.

To see all of the images click on the following link – Josh.ai Smart House Images

New Lynda.com Courses!

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It is that time again! Lynda.com has added new courses to their already extensive library of resources you can use for anything from Photoshop to how to manage your online accounts. This time Lynda.com has added courses about After Effects and personal finance tips.  The release of new courses has multiple tutorials on After Effects. So if you are looking to refine your skills in this area Lynda.com is a great place to start!

Click here to check out Lynda.com’s new courses

11 Internet of Things Predictions for 2017

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From ioti.com:

“Industry observers look into their crystal ball to foresee what is in store for the Internet of Things next year.

It’s still early days for the Internet of Things. As recently as 2014, 87 percent of consumers had never heard of the technology, according to Accenture. In 2016, and 19% of business and government professionals reported that they had never heard of the Internet of Things while 18% were only vaguely familiar with it, according to research from the Internet of Things Institute.

Although the technology is getting the most traction in the industrial space, the most promising use cases for the technology are just starting to come to light.

To get a sense of what to expect as we head into 2017, we spoke with Stanford lecturer and IoT author Timothy Chou, Ph.D.; Thulium.co CEO Tamara McCleary; industry observer and influencer Evan Kirstel; and Sandy Carter, CEO and founder of Silicon-Blitz.

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1. IoT Will Influence the Omnichannel

IoT’s impact will be felt in the marketing world, says Sandy Carter, CEO and founder of Silicon-Blitz, who was named a 2016 Forbes Digital Influencer. “Omnichannel has been a hot topic owing to its focus on a single face to the customer,” Carter says. With IoT, presenting a single view of the data becomes easier whether you are a B2B or B2C company. The convergence of digital and physical worlds across multiple channels has created opportunities to measure and influence customer behavior beyond traditional purchasing cycles. Sensors, beacons, subscriptions, and digital capabilities have dramatically changed how businesses reach and manage customer relationships. This results in a transformation of marketing.”

CMOs need to understand how this new technology’s data can drive a competitiveness in the client experience, Carter says.

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From amp.imore.com :

“Apple made a few notable announcements at its event today, and you can learn more about what’s coming for Apple’s laptop lineup right here.”

 

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

“The MacBook Pro was definitely the star of this event, with its first major redesign since the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display in 2012. The new MacBook Pro is slimmer, with smaller speakers, and feature a Retina display touch strip above its keyboard called the Touch Bar, which can provide a multitude of abilities depending on the app you’re using. The company is also introducing a version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with traditional function keys for $1,499. The MacBook Pros with Touch Bar start at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch laptop.”

Touch Bar

Touch Bar

“Apple’s new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro allows developers to develop a custom set of controls just for their app. The power button next to the Touch Bar also incorporates a Touch ID sensor, letting you unlock the new MacBook Pro with your fingerprint, or use Apple Pay without the needing to authenticate on your iPhone or Apple Watch.”

Apple TV

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“Apple made some announcements for the Apple TV today, announcing that Minecraft would be making its way to the set top box. The company also talked about its desire to make the Apple TV the single destination for all of your TV content, which it’s doing with its new TV app, which brings together television content from all of the apps on your Apple TV.”

Final Cut Pro X

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“To go along with the MacBook Pro announcement, Apple has released a major update for its Final Cut Pro X professional video editing software, along with companion apps Motion and Compressor. The update brings support not only for the new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, but also the wide color displays. The new Magnetic Timeline lets you take a quick glance at your movie and understand where you are, with color-coded audio clips and customizable arrangements making quick edits much easier. The updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor are all available for free to existing customers.”

NMC Strategic Brief On Digital Literacy

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“This project was launched because there is a lack of consensus across the field about how to define digital literacy and implement effective programs. A survey was disseminated throughout the NMC community of higher education leaders and practitioners to understand how digital literacy initiatives are impacting their campuses. The NMC’s research examines the current landscape to illuminate multiple models of digital literacy — universal literacy, creative literacy, and literacy across disciplines — around which dedicated programs can proliferate a spectrum of skills and competencies. These initiatives have the potential to generate more excitement around learning for students, especially as their growing fluency enables deeper connections with others and equips them with a new lens to critically evaluate the world around them.” – NMC Admin

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These are different levels of digital literacy that NMC thinks that our growing minds should be working toward. Further on in their report they illustrate how to keep your brain in action and accomplish these goals. To read more click on the following link – NMC Literacy Report 

Robots + Your Photos = You being able to procrastinate?

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Google and Apple are developing what is known as “machine learning” in order to help you procrastinate with your photos. With smartphones it has become incredibly easy to snap hundreds of pictures, but the down side to this joy is that many of these pictures get forgotten over time. Google and Apple want to help with their “machine learning” which will organize your pictures and videos and create “memories” for you to rediscover past photos. Apple updated their software to include this feature with IOS10. Google recently stated that they are looking for ways to improve their software by adding to the way your phone will create “memories”.

Apple’s “memories” feature creates highlight videos by collecting photos with a similar theme or from one particular day. These videos are not meant to be slide shows, but rather a fun video that pan and zoom. Some of the photos will even come to life if you have a newer iPhone that takes 3 second “live” photos. You can then share these videos with your friends and family via social media.

Google is advancing in facial recognition software for your photos. It is stated that Google’s face recognition can recognize the same child at 2 months and 6 years. Apple does have face recognition but it would separate the same child into different identities through the years.  Google also allows users to have unlimited online storage space for photos at up to 16 megapixels and videos at 1080p high definition.

These little details can make a world of a difference if you love flipping through our old photos. “Machine learning” can help organize those fun adventures you have had and have them ready to show to your loved ones. Click on the following link to read more about Google and Apple Photo Software