AR in the Everyday World

Augmented reality is already making big steps in the world of technology and design (you can read more about the history of AI here). Doctors are practicing surgeries on AR platforms and archaeologists are able to look at and participate with sites digitally. While there are many beneficial uses of AR technology, there is also controversy surrounding it. What happens when augmented reality is implemented into common spaces, such as schools or malls? While the long-term effects and uses of AR are unknown, here’s what is already being put into practice in these every day places.

Google Updates Gmail for First Time Since 2011

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers - including major changes to Gmail. Google just released their updated email service, which is the first time the company has officially tampered with its interface since 2011. Here’s what you now get on the new platform.

The Creative World: Collaborative or Competitive?

Does this sound familiar? You’re in your last year of college, finishing up your degree. You and a classmate are both submitting your portfolio to the same job opportunity. Naturally, the competition is on. In the creative market, collaboration is often overlooked due to the small number of positions, scholarships, jobs, residencies, etc. available. Creative spaces suddenly become cut-throat environments because how else can you stand out in the world of [insert creative medium here]?

Facebook Faces a Data Breach

Recently, you may have seen some internet headliners about Facebook’s data breach. This is one of several huge company leaks that have been affecting users directly and indirectly (depending on how much of their information was accessed). We’re here to break down what’s been happening with these companies and also what you can do to ensure your digital safety.

A.I. Games to Get You Through the Workday

Artificial Intelligence is on the rise in an effort to make companies and technology as efficient as possible; however, that doesn’t mean that we can’t also have a little fun with it! Here is a glimpse into some platforms that are using AI for rankings, gaming, and as useful generators.

Design Gone Wrong: Snapchat's New Look

Snapchat. An app well-known and loved by millennials since 2011 for its ability to share images and videos between users quickly with just the click of a button. Snapchat gained notorious popularity for its ephemeral sharing feature, meaning that the content shared disappears after being opened. But as of last week, Snapchat has gathered more notoriety for their newly designed user interface.

Olympic Design, Takes the Gold

The 2018 winter Olympics are in full swing! While we only experience an Olympics every two years, Olympic committees are constantly occupied with event planning and design for future games. As we discussed in our blog post entitled “The 2022 Olympic Logo takes the Gold,” Beijing just released their logo for the 2022 games (aka the next time we’ll be huddling around the TV during a snowstorm to watch people ice luge and figure skate).

DYK: Apple's Home Pod Ships Today

Apple just entered the smart speaker competition with their latest “HomePod” system. Shipping for their speakers, constructed with a built-in voice assistant, is scheduled for this Friday, February 9th. But how does Apple’s latest creation compare to other top smart speaker brands?

Brand-less Branding, a New Trend

When you go to the store, are you more likely to purchase a product from a brand you know or something more generic?

Traditionally, according to The New York Times, products associated with a name sell more than “brand-less” products. Consumers enjoy familiarity and with that familiar usually comes recognizable quality. However, more recently, there has been a shift in the market towards generic products. But really, what’s better?  

The History of Emojis 🎉

Emojis. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they have certainly changed the way we communicate with one another (which is no small feat). But do you know the history of these little images that often say just as much (if not more) than messaging with just words alone? Test your emoji knowledge here:

DYK (Did You Know): Robo Tech is on the Rise

What’s trending in the tech world in 2018? Robotic advancement certainly takes the cake.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Sophia, the first “social” robot who recently received citizenship in Saudi Arabia (which, naturally, caused a lot of controversy). Sophia was invented by David Hanson of Hanson Robotics and has made many media appearances because she has over fifty facial expressions, evolves her personality from human conversation, and, according to Hanson Robotics, Sophia has “humanly” traits, such as creativity, empathy, and compassion. Sophia interacts and progresses through AGI, artificial general intelligence.

Unlimited Time off: A Blessing or a Curse?

The amount of employee time off per year has long been debated by companies, particularly companies based in the United States. On average, Americans are alloted about two weeks of PTO a year. And even though this is a standard offer, many employees worry about utilizing all of their time off because they don’t want to appear like they aren’t pulling their weight or slacking off in front of their employers.

But what happens when companies offer their employees unlimited time off? Well, it may not be as glamorous as you think.

Net Neutrality, Just the Facts

The first amendment in the United States Constitution includes the right to freedom of speech. Some would argue that this isn’t so much of a law as it is a concept. Although the idea of free speech comes up in the discussion of many topics, today and in centuries past, it is closely intertwined with a more recent argument, net neutrality, which was recently repealed in the United States on December 14, 2017. We understand that there may be some confusion or uncertainty around this topic, so we decided to break down net neutrality a little further by defining what it is and what it may mean for your own internet use in the near-future:

Samsung's Ad Game was Surprisingly Strong in 2017

If there was a contest, we'd say Samsung won the advertising game for 2017. Whether you’re pro-Apple or pro-Android, their “Growing Up” commercial successfully displays their latest product while prodding at Apple’s flaws over the years, such as the iPhone’s notoriously poor battery life and their earlier models’ defect of running out of storage space for photos.

Amazon Treasure Truck

First, there was the Google Home Mini giveaway. Then there was the eBay airstream. Now, Amazon is taking their swing at a metropolitan city pop-up vehicle. Originating in Seattle, the Amazon Treasure Truck is decorated with the look of a flashy theater and provides monthly surprise deals in varying urban neighborhoods. As of late, the Treasure Truck is available to people in 25 U.S. cities and soon it will be driving around the U.K.. According to the Amazon site, “At Treasure Truck, we hand-pick our favorite new, trending, local, or delicious items, load them on the Truck, then cruise around town spreading joy for everyone with a smartphone and an appetite for fun.”

Spotify’s Commemoration for 2017

Who doesn’t love unwrapping presents? Well, this season, we were excited to unwrap Spotify’s gift of reflection through their “2017 wrapped” feature. With the click of a button, this music streaming service can show you how many songs, artists, and genres you listened to this past year in addition to how many minutes of music streamed through your headphones.