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Nov. 1, 2016

Twitter introduces customer service bots in direct messages

Twitter is rolling out bot-like features inside its direct messaging feature in an effort to lure more brands into using it as a customer service platform. The more that customer service grievances stay inside DMs, as opposed to the public timeline, the happier we are likely to be. “These features are designed to help businesses create rich, responsive, full-service experiences that directly advance the work of customer service teams and open up new possibilities for how people engage with businesses on Twitter,” Twitter says. The company today introduced automated “welcome” messages for customers who send a DM to a brand, along with “quick replies” that let customers choose from pre-written messages to complete common tasks. But as in so many things, Twitter was slow to take advantage of its initial lead, and this spring Facebook came along to launch pretty much exactly what Twitter launched today.

Nov. 1, 2016

Toyota’s new mobile app turns your smartphone into a car key

Japanese car maker Toyota has developed an app called Smart Key Box that lets people use smartphones to access and start up a car. According to Toyota, Smart Key Box “can be placed in a vehicle without modification,” enabling engine start and door lock access. The smartphone app, connecting to Toyota’s cloud-based Mobility Services Platform, can also handle payments and loan scheduling. The device works with a cloud service where an individual can be given access to a specific car for a set time period, CNET reported. “The platform has individual business functions like vehicle management systems and leasing programs,” Toyota said.

Oct. 31, 2016

Arts, Crafts, Design, and Marriage

And, if you have a good name for our pending Arts, Crafts, Design, and Marriage theme, leave it in the comments. Borrowed & Blue has also recently launched an iOS app available in Apple’s App Store. We’ve just closed a financing in Borrowed & Blue and Jason joined the board. Enter Borrowed & Blue, whose tagline is the ‘Smarter Way to Wed’. So – you can elope, stress out, or try out Borrowed & Blue.

Oct. 31, 2016

2016 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

THE Journal, published by 1105 Public Sector Media Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Readers’ Choice Awards. All things Apple, most especially iPads, but also MacBooks and iPhones; and all things Google, particularly G Suite for Education, Classroom and Drive2. THE Journal More than 1,000 of our readers — technology-using educators — selected the gear, software and brands they see as most valuable to the mission of education. Document camerasDetailed winner profiles will be featured on THEJournal.com, and will appear in the November issue of THE Journal. Best Science ProgramPlatinum: Discovery EducationGold: Delta Education’s Full Option Science System (FOSS)Best Robotics System/CurriculumPlatinum: Lego EducationGold: Vex RoboticsSilver: Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Coding RobotsBest Coding Tool/CurriculumPlatinum: Code.org/Hour of CodeGold: TynkerBest Formative AssessmentPlatinum: Renaissance Learning Star 360Gold: Kahoot!

Oct. 31, 2016

Microsoft's new scheduling tool for Outlook on iOS could make it easier to book meetings

Image: iStockphoto/kiddy0265Microsoft Outlook users on iOS may soon find it easier to schedule and book meetings with coworkers. On Monday, Microsoft announced that it was releasing a new scheduling assistant for Outlook on iOS, similar to the scheduling experience on desktop, a blog post said. The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readersMicrosoft is releasing a new scheduling assistant for its Outlook mobile app that aims to make it easier for professionals to book meetings with coworkers. The functionality is pretty standard, allowing for users to see their coworker's free times and book meetings accordingly. Additionally, another blog post said, icons help to better identify certain types of appointments (e.g.

Oct. 31, 2016

Toyota Teams Up With Getaround For Keyless Car Sharing

Like many of its rivals, Toyota is also getting into the car sharing game. The Japanese giant has announced that it’s going to start testing a new keyless car sharing system in 2017 which will enable users to unlock and start the cars with just their smartphones. The way it will work is that users will get codes to access the smart key box inside the cars that are part of the car sharing program. Toyota has teamed up with Getaround for this test which will kick off in San Francisco in January next year. The Smart Key Box is going to play an instrumental role in this keyless car sharing program as it will eliminate the need for users to have access to a physical key in order to unlock and start the car.

Oct. 31, 2016

Rwanda’s tech initiatives prove African governments can catalyze innovation

And Rwanda’s partnership with a Silicon Valley drone startup shows the potential of African nations to shape ICT policies that catalyze innovation with global applications. The list of Rwanda’s ICT initiatives goes on. In the case of drone delivery, Rwanda’s progressive ICT stance may have already produced an innovation model with advanced economy impact. The government of Rwanda, in partnership with California-based startup Zipline, recently started the world’s first national drone delivery program. Rwanda is rolling out its 4G LTE program nationwide and is the highest ranked African country on the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s Affordability Index.

Oct. 29, 2016

Wish e-commerce startup is raising a new round

Wish, the stealthy e-commerce company that's challenging Amazon, has filed to raise a new round of funding, according to a Delaware filing posted by research firm CB Insights. A person familiar with the round told Business Insider that's the round is almost closed and could be announced within the next few months. These types of preferences are not uncommon, but are a concession by the company — Wish wouldn't offer these terms if it didn't think it was necessary to raise these funds. The Delaware filing does include a nice deal sweetener, however. A provision in the Delaware filing cites that investors in the current get special liquidation preferences.

Oct. 27, 2016

Uber has quietly launched its own 'Uber for trucking' marketplace called Uber Freight

The Uber Freight marketplace has soft-launched and is working with a handful of shippers and carriers over the next few months before officially launching early next year. The first product from Uber Freight is a marketplace to connect a shipper with a truck, much like the Uber app connects drivers and riders today. The plan builds on Uber’s July acquisition of Otto, a self-driving trucking company that Uber bought for $65 million. To start, the Uber Freight marketplace will eliminate that middle man and offer shippers real-time pricing of what it will cost to move their goods based on supply and demand. Berdinis is betting that Uber’s intellectual property and worldwide operations team will make Uber Freight the winner in the “Uber for trucking” space.

Oct. 27, 2016

Does the Windows Store have what it takes to ensure the future of the Windows operating system?

For example, the CBS television network has several: CBS, CBS Local, CBS News, and CBS Sports Fantasy. Do you think that the Windows Store has enough big brand name apps to ensure the survival of Windows? So please don't fill this article's discussion area with disparaging comments about the uselessness of Windows Store apps on traditional PCs. In the Tech Insider section of the Business Insider website, I found an article titled For Microsoft Windows, it's do or die. There are a lot of terrific apps in the Windows Store from software developers you've never heard of before.

Oct. 26, 2016

Uber to launch Uber Freight for long-haul trucking

Those plans have accelerated, and in the four months since it was acquired by Uber, the company has already soft-launched its new trucking business, Uber Freight. Berdinis is betting that Uber's intellectual property and worldwide operations team will make Uber Freight the winner in the "Uber for trucking" space. The plan builds on Uber's acquisition of Otto, a self-driving trucking company that Uber bought in July for $65 million. How it fits into the big picture at UberIf Uber Freight is successful at making the "Uber for trucking," it could serve as a gateway for autonomous vehicles. The Uber Freight marketplace has soft-launched and is working with a handful of shippers and carriers over the next few months before officially launching early next year.

Oct. 26, 2016

Read, search, annotate PDFs with PDF Viewer, free on the iOS App Store

PDF Viewer is free on the iOS App Store. UPDATE: PDF Viewer was just added to the “New Apps We Love” list in the iOS App Store. PDF Viewer is built by the team behind PSPDFKit, the top mobile PDF framework incorporated into apps like Dropbox, Box, HipChat, Evernote and Ulysses and used internally by companies such as IBM, SAP, United Airlines, BMW, Audi and many more. In short, these folks really know the ins and outs of PDF. This is a no-brainer.

Oct. 25, 2016

Betabrand CEO To Speak at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolConsistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Lindland, a 1995 graduate of the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler, manages the 80-person startup in San Francisco. Chris Lindland, founder and CEO of Betabrand, an online clothing company, will give a free, public talk at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series on Nov. 7. Free parking will be available in the parking deck at UNC Kenan-Flagler. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business, full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online [email protected], UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs.

Oct. 25, 2016

Get one year of Evernote Premium for $35 via the Amazon App Store (Reg. $70)

Evernote Premium normally runs $70 per year, but Amazon is offering it to customers for $35 per year, a full 50 percent off. Amazon has a history of offering Android users solid deals on apps and services, and now the company is giving Android users 50 percent off a year of Evernote Premium. The offer is exclusive to Amazon customers and available until this Wednesday, October 26th. In order to qualify for the deal, simply head to Amazon’s website or the Amazon App Store, download Evernote, and purchase the one-year subscription as you normally would. For those unfamiliar, Evernote Premium offers a handful of benefits over the company’s free tier:Evernote Premium allows you to search in Office docs & PDF’s, annotate attached PDF’s, scan and digitize business cards, present notes with one click and more.

Oct. 22, 2016

Evernote implements Android 7.1's launcher app shortcuts

The app has been quick to implement one of Android 7.1's new highlight features: app shortcuts (previously known as launcher shortcuts). Other new features in this version are text stats on notes and better camera autofocus as well as the perennial bug fixes. Ever since it constrained its free plans, Evernote hasn't been the same darling of note takers that it was before. If you tap and hold on the Evernote icon on the homescreen of a supported launcher on a device running Android 7.1, you'll get 4 different shortcuts you can immediately launch: search, new text note, new audio note, and new camera note. WHAT'S NEW * App shortcuts: search, take text notes, audio notes, and camera notes directly from the home screen* Note stats: view word, character, line, and paragraph counts for your notes* Improvements to auto-focus in our camera* Squashed a bunch of bugs!

Oct. 20, 2016

Give your video content more Visionn « Silicon Florist

October 20th, 2016Give your video content more VisionnIn this day and age, we’ve all grown quite used to adding filters to our photos. And Portland based BeFunky has just released their own take on video filters—with Visionn, an app that allows folks to add filters to their videos in real time. “We didn’t want our users waiting for filters to be applied or guessing how the final results will look. “Artistic effects are the foundation from which BeFunky was built and we’ve spent the last ten years perfecting them. Instead, we give users the power to create something beautiful with these effects while still capturing life in the moment.

Oct. 19, 2016

App shortcuts too] New Google Keep update adds note pinning [APK Download]

Blue Raspberry portable USB microphone review: Stellar audio on the go, for those who need it

Oct. 19, 2016

CORRECTING and REPLACING Science Exchange and SolveBio Announce That SolveBio Will Be Listed on the Science Exchange Marketplace

The corrected release reads:SCIENCE EXCHANGE AND SOLVEBIO ANNOUNCE THAT SOLVEBIO WILL BE LISTED ON THE SCIENCE EXCHANGE MARKETPLACEScience Exchange and SolveBio are excited to announce that SolveBio will now be available from the Science Exchange marketplace. All 3000+ Science Exchange service providers have been pre-qualified and have in place pre-established contracts that enable scientists to instantly orders services from the Science Exchange marketplace. This will make SolveBio’s cutting-edge translational medicine software solution instantly available to pharmaceutical and biotech companies around the world from the Science Exchange marketplace. “Science Exchange is very pleased to offer the services of SolveBio through our marketplace and concierge service”, said Elizabeth Iorns, CEO of Science Exchange. SolveBio’s innovative technology for identifying new insights from large multi-omics and clinical datasets can be accessed immediately by visiting the Science Exchange marketplace.

Oct. 18, 2016

Commerce and Payments Platform Sourcery Launches AP Automation for Quickbooks

Available in the official Intuit app marketplace, the tool enables instant onboarding and seamless integration with QuickBooks Online. The software also enables users to pay invoices via ACH, or by sending vendors checks directly from Sourcery’s online bill pay application. The hassle-free onboarding process lets anyone with a Quickbooks Online account begin importing invoices and other pertinent info to Sourcery within minutes, dramatically reducing manual processing. The integration with Quickbooks Online follows the launch of an accounts receivable product, both part of the company’s longer-term platform enhancement strategy, funded by a recently-closed $5M venture round. Opening Sourcery’s powerful cloud-based invoice management capabilities to restaurants and other businesses of all sizes, the software is accessible directly from Intuit’s app marketplace.

Oct. 16, 2016

Betabrand's Enlightened View Around Depression

Following is the email Aaron sent to the Foundry Group EXEC list. Last week an email hit the Foundry Group EXEC list from Betabrand’s CMO Aaron. Aaron – thanks for helping eliminate the stigma around depression. If you’re like me and lucky enough to have never dealt with depression, understand that you can be the person that lends support to someone else. So far, I’ve had 14 employees email me back sharing their stories of their own depression and that of their friends/family members that have also committed suicide.