Fast Company magazine offered their top ten of 2017’s most clever tech ideas. From smarter photo sharing to the ongoing AI wars— there was a lot going this year.
For all the tech industry’s talk of changing the world, sometimes the best innovations aren’t particularly dramatic. They’re ideas that are small—but so clever that they seem obvious in hindsight. They improve the products we already use in ways we can immediately appreciate.
Big breakthroughs and splashy new products tend to get all the attention; for once, here’s a tribute to the small-scale innovations that are just as important.
The 10 Cleverest Tech Ideas Of 2017
What are your favorite tech innovations of 2017?
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Following up on the latest cordcutting rage— here’s a look at Hulu’s latest offering.
Hulu officially announced the launch of its live TV streaming service this morning at its Upfront presentation in New York. The service has a robust channel lineup, cloud DVR and combines Hulu’s existing on-demand library, including its Originals, with streaming TV and on-demand content from its broadcast partners. However, a key part is the revamped,…
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No matter what you personally believe the cause to be— changes to the Earth’s crust are occurring. Now you can watch it happen in compressed time format. Some are rather alarming.
Planet, the global imaging company that recently acquired Google’s Terra Bella satellite imaging business, is introducing a new tool called Planet Explorer Beta that allows its users to view how its image captures of Earth from space change over time. It’s available to the public without a login, which means petty much anyone can check…
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Explore your world as never before.
Planet, the global imaging company that recently acquired Google’s Terra Bella satellite imaging business, is introducing a new tool called Planet Explorer Beta that allows its users to view how its image captures of Earth from space change over time. It’s available to the public without a login, which means petty(sic) much anyone can check…
via TechCrunch – Planet’s new Explorer Beta lets anyone time travel through geospatial images
Making voicemail better is not something most people think about. It’s one of those ubiquitous facts of modern life and we don’t usually give it much thought. Until it screws up!
I recently purchased a new, unlocked, unbranded Android smartphone and discovered it had no voicemail app. Since the phone had no carrier associated, there was no voice mail installed at all. Most of us don’t realize the carrier adds those apps! That’s when I discovered YouMail.
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Tired of dropping a hundred bucks a month to stay connected?
You’re not alone. Millions of mobile users are looking for relief from the monthly heart attack prompted by their AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile bill.
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New Site Promises Drag and Drop Simplicity
A new system, now in beta, hopes to make WYSIWYG mobile app design a reality. Kleverbeast is a web-based tool that allows you to design your very own tablet app. For as little as $29 per month you can spew your creative juices on to the iPads, Kindles and Nexii of the world.
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So you got a fancy new tablet or phone for Christmas?
By now you’ve probably come across one of those ubiquitous quick response (QR) codes. If your new mobile gadget didn’t come with an app for scanning these little boxes of visual static consider Google Goggles.
Goggles is an app originally created for Android devices, but now available for Apple iOS and Blackberry. It’s actually an image search tool and can identify famous paintings, a building or even translate a label. Even though it isn’t specifically designed as a barcode reader it does a dandy job with QR codes and the UPC codes found on most products.
Using your device’s camera the app locks on to shapes, images and patterns. After analyzing the data it presents you with links or info on what it “sees” in the image. It also has OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities which allow you to scan business cards into your contacts list, translate signs or solve Sudoku puzzles!
Here’s a slightly cheesy little video about some of the cool things you can do with Goggles and how it works:
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