Friday, May 17, 2019

The Benefits of Facial Recognition Software in Business

Fun Snapchat filters are just the beginning of advancements resulting from facial recognition software.  Many companies are starting to recognize the many benefits of facial recognition software and the ways it can benefit their business. This technology is continually developing—more and more companies are utilizing the software as a cost- and time-efficient alternative to standard practices.

Increased security

Unlike passwords or access cards, which someone can easily lose or steal, facial recognition software poses little threat in the way of stolen identity. With advancements such as 3D mapping and deep learning capabilities, facial recognition technologies are becoming increasingly harder to trick, making them much safer than alternate security practices. Samsung and Apple have already implemented facial mapping as a means of cell phone security; however, some companies are now considering the use of facial recognition software on a larger scale. For example, using it in place of traditional building security. Utilizing facial recognition software in this way would allow building managers to supervise all workers and visitors that come into the building and ensure maximum security for their employees.

Increased accuracy

3D facial mapping uses distinguishable facial pinpoints, such as the distance between eyes or the length of the nose, to accurately recognize the user. These advancements will make identification much quicker and easier and will have major impacts on several industries. Law enforcement will be able to utilize these technologies to more accurately identify criminals. Similarly, airports can integrate facial recognition into their security processes to recognize individuals that may be on a no-fly list. Furthermore, facial recognition software helps create a database that officials can use to identify images obtained via security cameras.

In addition to the benefits of facial recognition software in law enforcement and security practices, some companies have started using this technology to improve their sales and marketing strategies. Companies can also use facial recognition software to detect differences in emotion. Using this software, companies can attempt to understand consumer’s emotions when using their products or viewing their advertisements. This information allows advertisers to more accurately predict the buying patterns of consumers and adapt accordingly.

4 of the Major Financial Technology Trends in 2019

Each year, tech trends reinvent the way we interact with the world—including financially. From increased customer consent over data sharing to AI-driven financial advisors, these four of the many financial technology trends expected to emerge in 2019 may impact your life.

Mobile banking

Mobile apps are redefining the banking industry in 2019. From depositing checks to applying for loans, almost anything that required a visit to the bank can now be accomplished from your phone. Banks are expected to focus on creating a seamless and user-friendly digital presence and not so much on the appearance of their buildings.

AI-driven wealth managers

Automated wealth managers driven by artificial intelligence are expected to play a huge role in the investment industry this year. These bots are designed to help people make the best financial decisions with algorithms that calculate optimal investment opportunities, interest rates, and the best loan providers.

Open banking gives customers more consent over data sharing

Banking data can be shared with third parties without a customer’s consent or knowledge, but this is expected to chance in 2019. Banks will begin to implement application programming interfaces that provide customers with options to control which third parties can access to their data. These open banking APIs will also increase collaboration in the banking industry, and will likely lead to further improvements in customer service and financial transparency for account holders.

Voice-first banking

Voice-first devices are expected to completely alter the way traditional banking interactions take place in 2019. Rather than having traditional conversation, many financial institutions will allow customers to complete account transfers, establish account alerts, and make payments using voice commands.

Whether you work in the financial industry or simply have a bank account, these financial technology trends will likely have a huge impact on your life in 2019.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dark Mode News: The Apps Driving the Dark Screen Trend

Over the past few years, dark mode has become a popular smart phone setting because it dims the background of any window’s background on your screen. People rave about dark mode’s ability to improve text readability and reduce eye strain. But many people enjoy dark mode because, well, it simply looks better.

Let’s take a look at the apps propelling the dark mode movement forward.

Apple

macOS Mojave currently offers a dark mode option that features soothing grays to replace any jarring bright colors on your screen. Many users love it, which is why many people are also confused why dark mode doesn’t exist for iPhones yet.

People are speculating, however, that Apple will soon release dark mode for iOS devices. The iOS 13 update, which is anticipated to arrive in the coming weeks, should finally bring consumers the popular dark mode theme. iPhone users will have the ability to access dark mode from the Control Center. Best of all, they can also expect the theme to conserve battery power.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome has been at the forefront of dark mode news this year, starting with its desktop applications. First, Google released Chrome 73, which supported Apple’s beloved dark mode for macOS. Essentially, if a user enabled dark mode on their Mac, Chrome browsers would also be dark. Then, Google revealed Chrome 74, which included a dark mode feature for the Windows 10 browser. Just a few days ago, Google rolled out Chrome 75 Beta;, which features an improved dark mode.

On your desktop, you’ll find dark mode in Chrome’s flags interface. You can also access dark mode on Android devices; the theme is known to save your phone’s battery life.

Facebook

At its most recent annual F8 conference, Facebook announced a site redesign across all platforms. The new interface, which the company calls FB5, will feature faster speeds and a cleaner look. Plus, the redesign puts a greater emphasis on community.

In addition to these features, FB5 will have dark mode for the web version of the social media platform, which users will certainly prefer for video experiences. This past April, Facebook also gave users the opportunity to darken their chats in Messenger. With a simple toggle, you can change the aesthetic from white to black.

Facebook recently made these changes live on U.S. and Canada mobile apps, but the desktop version should arrive in the next few months.

Other Popular Apps That Support Dark Mode

Although it seems like dark mode has gained most of its traction recently, Microsoft has spent years perfecting dark mode for Windows 10. What makes Windows 10’s dark mode stand out is that the theme is a pure black.

Twitter also has dark mode—to switch to the theme, go to your profile and select the blue lightbulb icon. YouTube has caught onto the dark mode trend as well; it has released a dark theme for both iOS and Android. We really look forward to which other apps adopt dark mode in the future.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Best Smartphone Accessories for Those on The Go

Smartphones are one of the most important and expensive items we own today. Along with the high price tag comes the stress of damaging the device, leading many individuals to invest in protection products. However, on top of keeping our smartphones intact, some items also have really cool features that help those with hectic lifestyles. Check out what we consider to be some of the best smartphone accessories for those on the go.

Portable Chargers

Portable chargers are the perfect thing to have when you are on the go and don’t have access to an outlet. Always be prepared and invest in a portable charger so you always have power in case of an emergency.

Car Mounts

Do you frequently travel via car? We recommend investing in a car mount—this allows your phone to remain easily accessible, while also promoting safer driving. In many states, a cop will pull you over if you’re seen using your phone irresponsibly. Car mounts decrease this risk and give you a better view of your navigation system, music player, and other tasks our smartphones perform.

Armbands

Most people listen to music to motivate themselves during a workout. Many use their phones to do this, which are only getting bigger each year. This can make it hard to keep it in your pocket—that’s why we recommend using an armband. Armbands allow you to safely store your phone during an intense workout while continuing to play music.

Wireless Earphones

Along with armbands, wireless earphones are another smartphone accessory you’ll want for your workouts. You no longer have to worry about your tangled wires disrupting your exercise routine. Plus, wireless earphones last much longer than wired ones.

Smartwatches

If you don’t feel comfortable using an armband, consider a smartwatch instead. Today’s digital watches provide easy accessibility to your phone, so you can control your music, access text messages, and more—right from your wrist.

Phone Case

Smartphones are incredibly expensive, plus they store all our important information. It’s imperative that we take care of them, and the best way to do this is to invest in a durable phone case. We also recommend adding a screen protector to ensure your phone’s safety.

Google Chromecast/Apple TV

Smartphones allow you to watch your favorite shows, movies, and other videos via apps. However, if you are sick of watching them on your phone, a Google Chromecast or Apple TV device is one of the best smartphone accessories you can get. These devices allow you to broadcast various entertainment onto a connected TV.