Daimler and BMW bet on Ride-Sharing Services as the Future

Daimler BMW Ride Sharing Venture Daimler AG and BMW AG have forged an agreement into which they will pour more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) into a car-sharing and ride-hailing businesses. They plan to take on established players like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.

Is Ride-Sharing the Future for the Auto Industry?

The new venture was first announced almost one year ago. It will combine Daimler’s Car2go and BMW’s DriveNow...

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The AI Hierarchy of Needs

Artifical Intelligence design UX Web IOT As is usually the case with fast-advancing technologies, AI has inspired massive FOMO , FUD and feuds. Some of it is deserved, some of it not — but the industry is paying attention. From stealth hardware startups to fintech giants to public institutions, teams are feverishly working on their AI strategy. It all comes down to one crucial, high-stakes question: ‘How do we use AI and machine learning...

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Snapchat is losing twice as much money as it did last year

Snapchat Profit LossSnap reported its earnings for the first time since becoming a public company in March of this year. Its daily active user count clicked up to 166 million, a 5 percent increase over last quarter, up 36 percent from this time a year ago. That puts it behind Instagram Stories, a competitor launched by Facebook that copied heavily from Snapchat and has already passed 200 million users. It also means...

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Google Targets Mobile Back-End Development

Google Mobile Back End DevelopmentWith front-end mobile coding taken care of in the recent release of Android Studio 2.3, Google targeted cloud-based back-end development at its recent Google Cloud Next '17 conference. While the show addressed cloud development in general, Google's mobile focus was exemplified by new serverless computing initiatives that provide back-end functionality for Android, iOS and Web apps. These include an update to Google App Engine -- its nine-year-old serverless runtime environment...

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Dissecting User Experience

Importance of UI, user experience, digital staffingIn today’s technological world, it may be easy to ignore user experience, particularly when it comes to trivial questions regarding icons, colors, or the position of a button on a screen. However, you should keep in mind that bad user experience can be quite costly, and has the potential to manifest into something much bigger. Read More...

Ready or Not – Healthcare Consumers Want a Mobile Patient Experience

Healthcare Patients PreferencesMost people don’t look forward to doctors’ visits. As kids, we dreaded the needles and the medicine. As adults, we dread the time off work, the commute to the doctor’s office, and worst of all, the wait. So it’s no surprise that modern healthcare consumers are eager to bypass all that. Accustomed to getting everything from banking services to entertainment on demand, they are ready to approach their healthcare...

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DeepCoder: Learning To Write Programs

Business CodingA dream of artificial intelligence is to build systems that can write computer programs. Recently, there has been much interest in program-like neural network models (Graves et al., 2014; Weston et al., 2015; Kurach et al., 2015; Joulin & Mikolov, 2015; Grefenstette et al., 2015; Sukhbaatar et al., 2015; Neelakantan et al., 2016; Kaiser & Sutskever, 2016; Reed & de Freitas, 2016; Zaremba et al., 2016; Graves et al., 2016) , but...

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The iPhone: A Decade Later

  Mobile Development Staffing Bay Area In 2007, Steve Jobs stepped across the stage at Apple to give the most amazing and revolutionary Keynote speech of his life. He was there to present to the world a device that would create an entire industry by blending the user experience of three different products. A phone, an iPod, and the internet would now all be accessible through a single mobile creation: the iPhone. Read More...

Bridging The Gap: Mobile Wallet UX And Adoption

Mobile Wallet Adoption UX Design Security by Cody Winton, CEO and Co-founder of Credntia From answering email to checking account balances, today’s consumers use smartphones for everything. But there’s still one aspect of the digital lifestyle which is still lacking a true mobile user experience – digital payments. According to a February 2015 study from Placeable, only one in 10 consumers use a mobile payment option when it’s made available...

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Transforming Legacy Applications to Mobile Starts With UX Analysis

ux-ui-design-staffing-bay-area Moving your legacy applications to a smartphone screen can present some design considerations and challenges, especially when it comes to data-intensive applications like inventory management, sales enablement or project workflow. In order to create the foundation for a successful application migration to mobile, user productivity must be the focus throughout your initial analysis and planning. Read More...