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Clever Ideas, 2017 Edition

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.

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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?

Google’s Free Mini Offer

Buyers of the new Pixel 2 smartphones will be getting a free Mini smart speaker to round out their connected home. The bundle serves to leverage the advantage Google has over Amazon’s speaker-only offerings.

Today’s Google event was a non-stop two hour deluge of Assistant news. Yet one small, overlooked announcement may have been the biggest bit boost to the company’s burgeoning AI ecosystem so far. The simple decision to include a Home Mini in early Pixel 2 shipments could prove a more successful method for spreading the Assistant…

via The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant — TechCrunch

Cartwheel. Like a Boss!

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Target’s popular coupon app Cartwheel has been saving shoppers money since it was introduced in 2013. If you’re not a fan of clipping, storing or keeping track of coupons— but like to save money— maybe Cartwheel is for you.

Coupons are saved to your own personal list and retrieved using your own personalized barcode. You can load coupons by browsing deals in the app or from the web. Or you scan products as you shop with the app’s handy UPC scanner feature. When it’s time to check out the app provides a personalized barcode the cashier scans to load your coupons.

Here’s how to make the most of it.

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Improve Your Voice Mail

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!

YouMailI 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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