Audio Technology to Hit Pause on Poor Acoustics

by Thomas Kaufmann

Imagine being at your industry’s most relevant conference of the year. Whether in a large auditorium or a hotel ballroom with just two loudspeakers set up at the front, the acoustics are anything but ideal. Add hundreds of people in the room talking to each other, coughing, doors slamming, and the person next to you… [More]

Emojis Do Real Estate

by Mike Hunter

HomeSmart International recently released an app that adds real estate-themed text messaging stickers to users’ smartphone keyboards. The idea for developing the emojis grew out of feedback from the company’s real estate agents that homebuyers appreciate appointment reminders, deadlines and other purchase-related messages by text — which can be expressed as an emoji icon —… [More]

Broadband Carriers: Making Smart Connections?

by Melissa Simpler

Today’s consumer is increasingly connected. Credible analysts report that there are now an average of 10 connected devices per home — and there will be more than 50 by 2020. It’s not just smartphones that are connected: it’s tablets, TVs, smart locks, smart lights, Web cams, environment sensors, security systems, fitness bands, smart thermostats, robotic… [More]

Handwriting Tech Poised for Exciting Year

by Gary Baum

Handwriting technology in 2017 burst out in a big way as major hardware vendors began bundling active pens with their tablets, laptops and smartphones. The Pixelbook was Google’s entry into this market. A Chromebook that comes with an advanced pen that virtually eliminates ink lag, the Pixelbook was built to take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro… [More]

Gamification App as Management Tool

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix-based Driggs Title Agency kicked off 2018 with the launch of its latest app, Kindness Kwest. The app utilizes gamification to build teamwork, enhance client relations and inspire employees to give back to the community. As they work through the levels and complete tasks, employees earn rewards; their efforts will generate donations in their name… [More]

Digitization Coming to the Fore in Construction

by Mike Hunter

Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, recently added Justin Wright to its global IT leadership team to oversee regional IT operations while defining and implementing a progressive digital strategy for the firm and its clients. “Arcadis has prioritized technology investment as a key part of its ‘Creating a… [More]

Avnet Pioneers Digital Platform for Technology Distribution 

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Ask Avnet” is the first digital platform for technology distribution, affording access to the engineering knowledge base across the vast ecosystem of leading global technology distributor Avnet, including Hackster.io and element14. After five months of closed beta testing, Avnet recently moved the tool to open beta, rolling it out first to all avnet.com users in… [More]

Valley Golf Course Embraces Future with High-Tech Golf Cars 

by Lauren Vargas

Quintero Golf Club in Peoria has become one of the first courses in the country to implement a new fleet of state-of-the-art golf cars from Textron Fleet Management. Each of the ninety vehicles is equipped with a touchscreen video monitor that allows players to track their GPS location on the map, place food orders delivered… [More]

‘Ask Avnet’ and ‘Engineer on Demand’

by Mike Hunter

Ask Avnet, from leading global technology distributor Avnet,  encompasses a range of tools and services, including an intelligent agent, customer service, technical support and a new Engineer on Demand service. The automated assistant provides users with 24/7 support and a single point of entry for basic inquiries regarding product search and order status, and seamlessly connects customers… [More]

Technology Is Improving Expense Report Auditing 

by Ethan Laub and Maggie Mae Joy 

How common is expense report fraud? According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ “2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse,” 85 percent of all business fraud schemes involve some form of asset misappropriation, with expense fraud making up about 14 percent of such schemes. Obviously, this is a costly problem. Before… [More]