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Google Walmart Partnership

Walmart Throws Shade. Amazon Takes Note.

Listen to the audio version of this article! Google just announced that they’re entering a partnership with Walmart, no doubt in an effort to take on the e-commerce giant Amazon. Starting in late September, Google...
Augmented and Virtual Reality Shopping - Retailers Beware

Augmented and Virtual Reality Shopping – Retailers Beware

In contrast to last week’s blog topic, Why are Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Taking So Long?(a harsher subject surrounding artificial and virtual realities), I am shifting to something a bit lighter: shopping. Let me start...
Consumer-IoT-vs.-Industrial-IoT-What-are-the-Differences

Consumer IoT vs. Industrial IoT – What are the Differences?

Although most ink dedicated to discussing the Internet of Things (IoT) has gone towards discussing the concept’s consumer variant, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is beginning to capture significant attention for its role...

How Does WiFi Work?  –  8 Things You Didn’t Know About Wifi

Listen to the audio version of this article! Ah, good ‘ole WiFi. From helping us to keep our phone bill low (except March, goddammit) to allowing our laptops/tablets/etc. to connect to the internet, WiFi has...
Google and IBM vs Alexa - The Competition for Voice-Enabled Virtual Assistants Intensifies

Google and IBM vs Alexa – The Competition for Voice-Enabled Virtual Assistants Intensifies

Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz estimated that between 10 million to 12 million Alexa and Google Home devices were sold over the holidays. With RBC Capital Markets predicting $10 billion in revenue for Alexa by...
The Impact of AI - Key Takeaways from PwC's Latest Report on AI

The Impact of AI – Key Takeaways from PwC’s Latest Report on AI

The global impact and potential of artificial intelligence (AI), an emerging technology that includes digital assistants, chatbots and machine learning — but can also extend far beyond those basic forms — is rapidly developing. Taking...
Chatbots that Detect and Convey Emotion

Chatbots that Detect and Convey Emotion

From voice-enabled chatbots like Alexa and Google Home to native bots living on Facebook Messenger or Slack, we’ve become accustomed to holding a basic conversation with chatbots. But one of the most cited shortcomings...
The Best Adblocker - Using Artificial Intelligence to Perfectly Block Ads

The Best Adblocker – Using Artificial Intelligence to Perfectly Block Ads

Ever since Google figured out a way to monetize an internet business via ads, it’s become the go-to monetization strategy for most internet companies. But as ads began to clutter websites, developers fought back...
March Madness IoT

March Madness or Hoop Genius? You Make the Call

I hang out with several die-hard college hoop fans and former players that have an extra bounce in their collective steps this time of year. For most of them, it doesn’t get any better...

Bringing Magic into the Real World

IoT AND Zelda?!?The Legend Zelda: Ocarina of Time has a special place in my heart. It was the first video game I ever owned, a gift from my parents when I learned how to read. As...