Slack Acquires Missions to Assist Users in Automating Daily Tasks

Posted on: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Over its 4 years of existence, Slack’s popularity has grown exponentially and the company has successfully acquired a few businesses. As reported by TechCrunch, the most recent acquisition is Missions, which is a Robots & Pencils startup that enables Slack users to automate daily tasks and create their own workflows.

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Paid Slack customers have grown a liking to the Slack integrations. According to a blog post from Slack, there are more than 1,500 bots/apps in the Slack App Directory. Users have vast opportunities to customize their experience and over 94% of paid users are already doing so. However, slack mentioned that they are aiming to make customization simplified for those who are not experienced coders. Through the integration of Missions, automating and simplifying tasks within Slack will be much easier for those who aren’t experienced developers.

Slack HQ’s blog post mentions the main features for Missions and slack, which include automating the on-boarding process for new employees that will guide them through the introductory steps. In addition, Missions can help with automating the hiring process, as it can manage the status of job applicants within the app for recruiters and managers.

As for users, the actual date that you’ll be able to start using the new integration is still unknown. Slack stated that they will share more regarding Missions later in the year. However, if you are currently a Missions customer, then Slack will continue to support you as they continue to work on building the new add-on.

Be sure to stay tuned to see when you will be able to begin utilizing these new features!

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Bose to Launch an Augmented Reality Platform

Posted on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

With the increasing amount of virtual  and augmented reality mixed into our daily activities, it’s no surprise audio electronic giant, Bose, is following the trend!

Bose has announced their new project focusing on audio augmented reality. While audio augmented reality isn’t something you hear of too often considering most augmented reality products on the market are strictly visual, Bose is definitely onto something and in the process of creating a whole new user listening experience.

Bose has gone so far as to display the prototype of the glasses, which is featured in the picture on the left. As you can see, the glasses are quite ordinary, but the hidden features within them are quite incredible.

How do the Bose AR glasses work? Well, despite what some may think, headphones are not necessary. Instead, the arm of the glasses provide sound for the user to hear clearly and crisply without others around them hearing it; however, a mobile device is required for music and GPS tracking purposes. Besides simple functions like playing music and the ability to make phone calls, this AR platform has a GPS tracker that follows your directions and head movements. With a simple tap of the glasses or audio command, directions, information, store hours and so on will be provided through the speaker.

Bose’s developer post regarding the new project stated, “Using only a Bose AR-equipped wearable, a smart phone and an app enabled with Bose AR, the new platform lets you hear what you see, making everything more valuable, more emotional and more meaningful”.

While there isn’t much information regarding when consumers will get their hands on these, we look forward to hearing more about this AR game changer from Bose.

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A Closer Look at Amazon Go

Posted on: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Imagine a grocery shopping experience that excludes lines, checkouts and cashiers… This vision has become a reality with Amazon’s first opening of Amazon Go just yesterday on Monday, January 23, 2018. The tech giant has been working on this project for more than four years and now consumers in Seattle, Washington are finally able to take advantage of it.

While the concept sounds all very new and exciting, many consumers are left wondering how this grocery store works and how it’s possible. By downloading the free Amazon Go app on their mobile device, consumers are all set and ready to shop at Amazon Go, as long as they have that device on them while they roam the store. There are no registers or cashiers, so shoppers use their app to enter the store, but after that they can put their mobile device away. As shoppers walk around the store and place the items in their bag, their app is constantly updating and keeping track of the items being bought. Once the shopper is finished, they are able to leave the store and charged automatically on their mobile app which presents a mobile receipt to the consumer.

As the video mentions, Amazon Go has used advanced technology coined, “Just Walk Out Technology”, which incorporates computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to make the experience all possible. However, this technology may look a little different to consumers. While most of the technology is hidden to the consumer eye, reports from TechCrunch and The New York Times have stated that the store has hundreds of cameras on the ceiling. This means that these cameras not only track the people in the store, but they track the details of every item without having to scan a barcode.

While we don’t know if Amazon will be opening any more locations in The United States or around the globe, it is certainly a fascinating concept that we will be watching closely. This technology opens up a lot of doors for the retail giant, and perhaps other grocery retailers.

Understanding Twitter Threads

Posted on: Friday, January 5, 2018

Unlike many other social media sites, Twitter is primarily for individuals to speak their mind, through writing short messages visible to their followers and the public in a limited amount of characters. Recently, the character limit increased from 140 characters to a substantial 280 characters – allowing users to express themselves more within a single tweet.

You will often notice on twitter that accounts will go on tangents regarding one specific subject, often referred to as rants, or threads. These can be with regards to anything, and they can be informative, provocative, opinionated, or persuasive. However, language used on twitter can contain a large amount of slang, especially when a user is attempting to cram all their thoughts and ideas into a limited number of characters. For this reason, these twitter threads can at times be difficult to follow.

Thread Reader App (@threadreaderapp) is a twitter bot that more clearly deciphers complicated threads for the everyday individual to understand. How does it work? According to a TechCrunch article, the bot “unrolls” the threads into a level of English that is of common understanding to all generations. It is very easy to do as well: all someone needs to do is either reply to a twitter thread or quote tweet a portion of the thread with the bot’s twitter handle and the keyword ‘unroll’. There is even a chrome extension available so that the process can be completed in a shorter amount of typing and clicking.

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