31 Jan

Siri doesn't understand me.

Approximately 75 percent of the time, I utter a command and Siri says some variation of, "I'm sorry. I didn't catch that." At first I assumed it was me, but when I complained about it to a friend, he pointed out that voice translation is a very complex technology. So complex, in fact, that when someone invests in the full version of Dragon Dictate, eight to ten minutes of "training" are required to allow the software the chance to learn a user's particular vocal quirks.

So when I read about Google Translate's ability to instantly translate 64 languages, I was skeptical. We've all used online translation services before and had our multilingual colleagues tell us the translation is off by a mile. But when Google does something, it puts the full power of today's top technology into it, so Google Translate could be just the thing to solve all of business's problems today. No need to send documents out to some high-priced translation service. A couple of clicks and your document is translated.

29 Jan

If the thought of surgically shrinking your stomach seems a step too far to prevent overeating, fret not. The HAPIfork just might be the answer to a staple-free digestive tract.

The high-tech eating utensil, introduced at last month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, keeps track of every bite you eat. It also logs the length of mealtimes as well as the pace at which the fork travels from plate to mouth. All of that data is then automatically fed into a computer (via USB) or smartphone (over Bluetooth), where special apps can analyze the information for telltale patterns. If you're eating faster than your brain can tell you to stop, you can make adjustments to avoid gaining weight. No word yet on whether it can make you eat your vegetables.

28 Jan

After years of helplessly watching jobs head overseas, Americans are seeing an exciting new trend in a variety of industries. Millions of jobs could be migrating back to the factories and service industries in a country that still has an unemployment rate above seven percent in many states.

The trend, called reverse outsourcing or 'in-sourcing,' is due in part to rising salaries in eastern countries. Companies are finding that work that could once be done in India can now be done for the same price by American workers living in states with low costs of living. Interestingly, now some overseas companies are beginning to outsource work to the United States.

26 Jan

Many of us can say, that we may take certain things for granted. Daily, we log in to our tablets, phones, computers and even our cars without reservations, nor questions about its Internet availability. Have you ever asked yourself where does all of that live? Meaning, does the Internet cloud ever become too full? It just so happens, this is a hot topic of discussion among tech minds.

24 Jan

If it seems like online medical services keep taking one giant leap forward after another, that's because they are. And the leaping looks to accelerate into an outright sprint.

Just a few years ago, medical practitioners and patients were either unwilling or unable to use online services to share information. The technology was either unreliable or too expensive. And patients and doctors alike harbored serious concerns about privacy. Could sensitive information be vulnerable to theft or misuse -- or just mistakenly dropped into a stranger's virtual lap? What about the role of insurance companies?

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