Apple tvOS 10 and New Remote App Under Beta Testing

The fourth-generation Apple TV will soon be receiving the tvOS 10 update, in addition to a new remote control app for iOS. This new app will work just like the current Siri Remote.

The new Apple TV Remote app and tvOS 10 are in their late stages of development and already available to registered developers who want to beta test them. While some have expected the new app to be a simple update of the existing iPhone Remote app, it is actually a total revamp. Developers who have tried the Remote app reported that it is very easy to use. To start, the user will need to add their Apple TV, which their iPhone will do by searching the local Wi-Fi network. The Apple TV will be paired to the iPhone once a four-digit code displayed on the TV screen is entered into the app.

The user interface is quite intuitive and anyone who used the Siri Remote before will quickly figure it out. However, it is worth noting that the app lacks one feature that is available on the Siri Remote: volume control. The remote has an infrared blaster that can be used to control legacy devices, such as TVs, soundbars or receivers, while the iPhone lacks IR capability.

Apple is using the beta testing phase to get feedback from developers and correct any problems with the app. Both the new tvOS and the Remote app are expected to be available in fall.

Image Recognition Technology of Tomorrow

New developments with image recognition software will soon make it possible for everyone to have ‘Star Trek’ like technology on their smart phone. Traditional image recognition software can analyze and recognize individual objects. For example, if you took a picture of a basketball, the software would identify it for you. This has useful applications for online stores. You can now use image recognition software for online shopping.

However, two groups of scientists have added an artificial intelligence (AI) twist. Their software can not only recognize a complex picture with multiple objects, but correctly identify the action. A group of scientists at Google, Inc and Stanford University collaboratively came up with AI based image recognition software.

The program works through using two separate digital neural networks. These networks are based on the human brain: one for images and the other for languages. The neural network software can teach itself to discover patterns and similarities in data. It does this through analyzing countless captioned images. Through this, it builds up a database of knowledge and can apply it to new pictures without captions. While this technology won’t result in any AI worthy of Terminator’s Skynet or the Matrix, it has excellent commercial applications.

A Slyce of the Digital Pie

Slyce is the “leading visual search provider for retailers and brands.” While researchers are busy working with abstract AI theories and image recognition, Slyce is bringing the practical technology to your smart phone. Slyce is most well known for their collaboration with retailers to take advantage of “the shoppers moment of interest” when the consumer sees a product and wants to learn more about it or possibly buy it. Slyce parters with retailers through integrating their image recognition technology into the company’s smart phone app.

Pounce is Slyce’s premier Snap-to-Buy software. It allows consumers to simply take a picture and with one tap, get shopping results based on the cutting edge image recognition technology. With another tap, the consumer can have the product shipped to their home. Shopping is now super easy and this technology is any company’s dream come true. The compulsive, credit card wielding consumer with poor control is now at the mercy of one touch, image based shopping. In addition to this, Slyce offer SnipSnap – an image recognition software that allows consumers to scan a coupon through the app and save it for future redemption. Perhaps this will balance out the online shopping sprees and splurges.

Image recognition software and technology is changing how we purchase and consume products. If it continues to grow and develop at the current rate, we truly will be living in a Star Trek like world of technology.

IKEA’s Emoji App

IKEA has now a new and funny marketing idea. They have launched their own app with Emoji, among which you can spot the famous dandelion lamp, meatballs with a Swedish flag on top, and the IKEA bags that you have seen if you have ever been in one of their shop. Dan Newlin says that even the building with blue-yellow design is there.

IKEA is already known for its marketing ideas which are always out of the box. In the long run, the app might get boring as it does not integrate in the keyboard of your smartphone but only exists as a separate app where you have to choose the emoj and send it to the right application. It works well and has a bunch of funny images despite that, so if you want to make some fun you can send some of these cute emoji.

The people behind he idea with the IKEA emoj app say that it is meant to improve communication related to household. It is easier to send an emoji depicting dish-washing than actually writing ‘do the dishes’. The app has many other house keeping related images like iron tables, a garbage can, a washing machine and even the drying strings. People tend to react better to these cute images than actual words, they said.