New and Improved – Updated Apps

Apps are regularly updated for a variety of reasons: bugs, compatibility, security, and other features. If you’ve already removed an old app from the phone, you might not be aware of some of the latest features. Sometimes these features might encourage you to start using an old app that you had previously deleted. With that in mind, here are a few apps have been recently updated that offer some helpful features.

Microsoft Office iOS – Office just released a small update that only relates to PowerPoint and Excel. Those who use these apps will love this update. Now you can move, resize and format multiple objects at once.

Snapchat – The updated app in both Android and iOS now gives you a search bar so you find the best content and conversations. With “Quick Chat” suggestions, you can jump to a friend’s message or story much faster. Anyone can submit to Our Story, the collected slideshows for holidays, events and more.

Evernote – The iOS version just introduced a total new app redesigned from the ground up. This changes layout, navigation, text size, and more. When I updated, the Evernote would not open, so I had to delete, download afresh, and sign into a app again.

RokuAndroid and iOS has been redesigned and now offers a “What’s On” tab with recommended programming to rent or enjoy for free. The on-screen remote is more effective and works more like the handheld remote. Plus, you can share photos and videos with one tap.

Google Assistant – Currently in beta, Google Assistant now integrates many Google Services including Google Payments for select shared devices, the ability to change search regions for more targeted results, and more ways to access information.

Google Maps – As Google Maps rolls out its latest release, users will be able to find out if there is a parking place at the location where they are heading.

Outlook – The Android version of app has added the ability to add Mentions in the body of the email. Similar to @ mentions on Facebook, using the @ in the body of an email with highlight specific comments for the user mentioned. Emails you’re mentioned in will appear with an @ sign in your inbox.

Fitbit – A major update is coming in 2017 that will add a new level of social engagement for Fitbit users. With a scroll style news feed, users can see friends’ activities, badges, recommended exercises and more.

 

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Machine Learning and the Future of Your Smartphone

Gartner Research declared “machine learning” as the top strategic technology of 2017. Tech writer Steven Levy has suggested that Google is remaking itself as “machine learning first” company. Machine learning is set to alter the way you use your smartphone, the way your smartphone interacts with the environment around it, and the way your smartphone and other devices interact. What is machine learning and how might it affect smartphones? Here is a quick overview of this growing technology.

 

Machine learning basically means that a computer can learn without being programmed. Computer systems (including your smartphone) adapt and change responses based on usage, environment, predictive analysis and more. Machine learning based on multiple technologies such as natural language processing, neural networks, and big data analysis. Your bank and credit cards use machine learning technologies to learn your normal transaction behaviors, and respond to transactions that are likely to be fraudulent. This has helped protect many people from losing money.

 

As more and more apps incorporate machine learning technologies, your phone will be able to respond to your specific needs, anticipate your needs, and offer focused responses to your questions. During the past year, Google introduced a machine learning platform that developers could use to create specialized apps. Some of the apps released by Google include an ever-improving translation service, a voice interactive service, and an advanced image search. Google images offers the most advanced photo scanning service available. It can search millions of photos and deliver fine-tuned results on the basis on image recognition. And it keeps improving as it learns more patterns and improves algorithms. Try searching your own photos on Google Photos, and you’ll discover that it can find places, faces, objects, and more.

 

Currently, you’ll find mood recognition apps for iOS and Android. While these type apps may not seem serious, machine learning offers the potential for mood recognition apps that cause the phone to learn your emotional state based on the way you use the phone such as screen pressure, app usage and more. The phone could help people learn better ways to manage times of depression, anger, or frustration.

 

Apps are being developed and will be developed that can help users better manage health, improve business contacts, and even process important decisions. Think of Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Viv, and other digital assistants becoming fully robust digital helpers that anticipate your needs, provide key information and reminders, and other support on a regular basis.  Key your eyes out over the coming year(s) for new developments that incorporate machine learning. First, you’ll see a variety of apps released this year and in the coming years. Next, you’ll see new phones that integrate machine learning into the phone capabilities in ways that will change your phone into a tool that adapts to your needs and the ways you want to use it.

 

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New Year’s Eve Party Planning

New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and the celebration planning has been long underway. Fortunately, there are many apps that make the process of throwing the best party super stress-free. To plan the ultimate party, there are five essentials: details, music, budget, food and people. We are going to introduce you to four apps that will ensure you don’t miss any important details while planning this year’s festivities.

1. Pro Party Planner

This app helps you get organized by keeping track of your guests, budget and logistics in one place. Pro Party Planner can be used for inviting other planners to delegate tasks. With the app, you can also communicate with all your guests and plan your seating and room decoration using a drag and drop tool. Pro Party Planner is $4.99 and can be found in the app store.

2. Party Mixer

This app is everything you need and more regarding the perfect DJ for your party. Party Mixer lets you play two tracks at the same time and cross-fade between them just like an actual DJ. You can also change the pitch and tempo mix to match the mood of your celebration. This app is free in the Android store.

 3. Paperless Post

This app is going to be your best friend for getting guests to your party. Paperless Post is an online service that allows you to send quality, professional-looking invitations to all your invitees. The invitations can be sent through social media, emails or snail mail. This app is found in Apple app store for free.

4. Pinterest

This is a popular app and is many times overlooked in the midst of party planning. Pinterest is a free app that can be an essential asset to your budget. There are thousands of recipes and DIY projects that can add flavor and life to your party without depleting your budget. There are step-by-step tutorials on the best New Year’s Eve party ideas. You can download it for Android and iOS.

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