Posts on Oct 2017

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Boo! – a Canvy Team Halloween post

OK, so it’s time to dive into a few scary technologies, existing or emerging, and let the cold 1984-ish shivers run down the spines of our readers.

Ubiquitous tracking

Yeah, you may well look above your shoulder, with that creepy feeling that someone is spying on you. With the emerging tracking technology of today, you’re bound to become a VIP: location tracking meets surveillance cam, giving an entire extra dimension to the “keeping up appearances” saying. Of course, there is more than “meets the eye” – the presence & behavior are also analyzed, not just captured. Having a bad day? Better not kick any street bin around, spit on the pavement or drown your misery in shopping or in a bar – these have all the chances of becoming part of your pattern or portrait, in terms of tech tracking and identification.

No privacy for you!

This kind of derives from the first one, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no. That is, it covers an entirely new area. With the smart houses of the (not so distant) future, data on your sleeping, eating and other habits will be fed to, well, practically, to you-don’t-know-what, since nothing is hacker-proof. You may be agreeing to this process out of handiness, as in, “I’ll let my fridge tell me when it’s time to order milk’, and end up in some dark internet scheme. It’s one of the risks… Ah, and in case you don’t know it yet, there are online services offering to spy on your SO by means of hacking into the smartphone and other tech networks that might provide insights on what a person is doing, with whom and where.

No opt-out from the things above

Read yesterday how an airport technology provides faster access for those who agree to have their face and retina scanned. Since this tech is in its early stages, it’s opt-in, but when the alternative presumes waiting in line until you get bored, there isn’t much mystery on what the average person will choose, right? And how about mandatory enrollment for every citizen of a state in a biometric database? It’s already happening, and it may soon be “coming to a location near you”. Stop fixing your hair and start worrying whether the AI will identify any menacing traits in the way your forehead is configured… oops, excuse the exaggeration, but this is a Halloween-y post, so just bear with us.

Feeling a bit spooked out?

You’d better drop the anxiety, because it’s bad for your health. And the future projections include robot doctors. You might not be (yet) prepared to relinquish your fate to some sort of cyber hands. What if the power is cut off? What if the machine goes berserk and starts preparing the planet for the rise of the machines – with you?!

Having medicine delivered inside your body by tiny nanobots isn’t far from scaring the daylights out of you. What are these tiny things doing, besides getting the treatment to the targeted cells? What happens when they are done, is any of them staying behind and starting to consider your body as a host? How about programmed nanobots that activate when the patient triggers them via certain behaviors & parameters, like nervousness or sweating. Sssh – just be nice and maybe they will leave you alone!

…Perhaps the future generations will save us!

Oh, well, who knows what a genetically engineered kid will think of these matters, and of us altoghether. When removing the weak or “bad” traits in the process, the CRISPR scientists might as well increasingly remove humanity. It takes quite a process to understand and accept human failures, and empathy is not found at every corner. Even less on every genetically-engineered corner. Will these alleged superhuman be able to accept their predecessors as such, or will become son kind of inferior species?

Shall we go on?

We thought of saving other tech spooks for the next Halloween. Enough is enough, right? Or you might go on with your own research on AI, driverless cars, brain scanning, cyber implants, and other potential wonders with a dangerous edge.

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Canvy Team – trending now, a few thoughts

Hello there! Each time we feel like knowing what are the moment’s trends, we go here, because, hey, Google is the king of all Earthly digital searches, isn’t it?

 

Today’s trending topics

As it so happens, the most successful topic at the moment we checked was actually a very good piece of news, because it showed that wow! – people still read. And there are a lot of them. All crowding the website that Cambridge University posted Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis, entitled “Properties of Expanding Universes.” The scientist wrote his thesis back when he “was a 24-year-old graduate student in 1965”, but I guess we’ll have to wait a bit more for us to read it.

Moving on, we find one video game topic, as usual. Each time when we checked the trends, there was at least one of this kind high up in the list. This time, as you may already know, the rumors are that Nintendo’s Animal Crossing is coming on mobile, with fans being partly enthusiastic , partly worried, as you may see on Games Radar.

The third place also belongs to games, whose “riveting launch trailer” enthralls its fans. Also, you may find out more in one of the source article, this time on Windows Central.

 

Trending tech news

Just below the podium, tech meets gaming with revelations concerning the Xbox One. Halo 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Assassin’s Creed will all be enhanced Xbox One X, which will be available starting November 7.

The following topic of interest belongs to the cloud games: Microsoft partners with the supercomputer manufacturer, Cray, in order to serve the Azure data centers. This move “gives customers the cloud-based supercomputing capabilities they need to increase their competitive advantage”, as the Cray CEO, Peter Ungaro puts it.

How about Super Mario Odyssey – the open-world, 3D Mario game? It’s also trending, and I bet there are plenty of enthusiasts out there just waiting for its release. Nintendo unveiled a trailer, whose images are fascinating, and which, of course, got analyzed in detail, as you may see yourself here, for example.

 

A particularly interesting trendy topic

 Of course, all game changers (or game enhancements) in what the Android phones are concerned are of a special interest for us, here at Canvy. Therefore, seeing how Huawei and Samsung were reported to go head-to-head in the foldable phone of the close future, we got a pretty juicy subject for our morning office talks. The foldable phone has been talked about for some years now, and with the increasing size in flagships, it may (at least in theory) combine the large screen appeal with a comfortable way of pocketing your beloved gadgets. However, seeing how the source article includes the cooling down reply “the technology isn’t quite there yet”, coming from Huawei, and contemplating what head-to-head means, I guess the tech companies are just roasting their customers a bit more on this line of development, while being yet far from accomplishing it.

 

Closure with Adobe, or not…

Since the 8th trending topic is somehow of a down-wise matter, it serves well for closure. Adobe is fighting for survival and throws a few AI applications in this, as you may see here. But Fstoppers compares prices and raises the question of whether it is time to ditch Adobe (or not). As mentioned, an invisible down-pointing arrow marks this trending topic – just consider this post’s conclusion to get the vibe: “more than the price, the performance and instability problems of Adobe may be a reason to look elsewhere”

Without feeling at all burdened by this Adobe dilemma, we move on through our week of marketing, developing, graphic designing, testing and being a successful team, eager to see how the trending topics will unfold through the next seven days – wishing you all a great week, too!

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Canvy Team Event&Award

We are proud to add yet another distinction to the Canvy Team portfolio! As you may have already noticed on our Facebook Page, this weekend Canvy won the Best Mobile Utility Solution Award at the Timisoara Innovators Award Gala 2017 – a local technology event.

The Timişoara Innovators Awards Gala was organized by TechFest, an umbrella event open to all tech enthusiasts. TechFest hosts a “series of activities dedicated to all those passionate about technology and innovation in the region (i.e. connectivity applications, smart solutions, VR, gaming robots, drones, and gadgets, etc.)”

Held in collaboration with the ARIES Timişoara Team, the Gala served the purpose of giving “recognition to businesses that are transforming their respective industries and are continually setting industry trends, as well as showing significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement.”

Canvy won the honorable achievement award in the Best Mobile Utility Solution category, and we are glad to share this piece of good news with you. We wish you a great week and many innovative ideas!

“We were glad to meet some of the local actors who manage to put Timişoara on the start-up entrepreneurship map of Romania, all in this friendly environment. I think this opportunity is part of a series of similar occasions to take the creative and local entrepreneurial potential to yet another level,” said Mr. Horia Damian, CEO and Founder Partner of Canvy.

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Missing the old-school vibe? You can still spice up your life with it

Missing the old-school vibe? You can still spice up your life with it

A big hello this week from the Canvy Team! Do you have a Canvy contact that chose a black-and-white pic for his account? If you have, then think of him/her for the old-school vibe, and if you haven’t, just imagine it.

This guided our weekly net surfing session – amidst the great digital disruption, there are businesses that thrive in their own way, keeping their services behind the times. Or, if you like, outside the mainstream times, as we know them.

 

Retro companies – cool by default

While many products and offers fade into a mass of resemblance, due to competing for similar USPs, this is definitely not true in what the following selection of brands is concerned. Courtesy of Oddee.com, we browsed through a list of a list of “companies that time forgot”.

How about playing a cassette tape? With what, you may ask. Considering that the National Audio Company (NAC) from Springfield, MO annually produces and sells around… a few million items (10 million in 2014, to be more precise), there are people who definitely still possess the necessary gadgets to play cassettes. You may check the NAC website here, because yeah, they also have a digital presence. Did you think they only advertised via flyers and megaphone!?

Another company sells “pre-assembled DeLoreans starting at $57,500”. If intrigued, their online history is available for all those interested. The company has over five locations all over the US.

Now, if you feel nostalgic, all you have to do is move to the Boston area and have your fresh milk delivered at home by the vintage brand Thatcher Farm, or even become one of their employees. This company, much like the previous two, features a simple website, with all the essential data crammed in a few simple static pages.

What makes these companies cool is that they are indeed one of a kind, and they either survive comfortably or even thrive.

 

From companies to clients – some out-of-timely products

Again, we are not considering products that are ahead of their time, but those who are out of time. Of course, they were branded “hipster-tech”, due to the fact these products are also pointless. However, they are endearing and make you think “wow”. They risk of making you want to own one exemplary, too. Therefore – case closed. These are viable products, and the companies that manufacture & sell them probably do not risk much competition, either.

What are some of these products? The laser keyboard – OK, OK, that is a bit progressive. (But we also have the wooden keyboard in another online selection, so you can back off). A device that “turns your iPhone 6 into an old-school 4K shooter”, and a pocket-size coffee brewer top off this rather short list.

Jumping right into the other selection we found, what do you think of a contemporaneous instant photo printer? The guys from Fujifilm estimated they will have enough appreciative customers for its production to be worth it. How about a levitating speaker? Now, this is progressive. If you think it’s scary at some point, just smack it with your bamboo keyboard and you are all set – back into the present!

 

The right products & the right strategy for the right customers

What the above companies did, voluntarily or by chance (sorry to all the strategists out there, but the “by chance” eventuality is one we must take into account), is finding their niche. There are an increasing number of people who simply don’t enjoy the mainstream clichés. (Don’t be too optimistic now, it probably is considerably lower than the number of people who enjoy them, but hey – it’s enough to provide the customer base for these businesses.)

The secret is to find this “right place” on the market – and add passion into serving your customers. Tech can be fun, and beautiful, and cherish nostalgia at the same time.

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Smile – it’s this weeks’ news mash up from the Canvy Team

This week the Canvy Team scoured the net for a few fun, tech-related news. (Seems like people are getting terrible serious of late about their grown up “toys”… Yes, we know that smartphones and devices are indeed useful in productivity, but let’s admit we all foster at least one game on these gadgets, so more or less secretly, they also are our toys – right?)

So, let’s see the findings…

 

The best office perks

In the spirit of steering away gradually from the work-productivity zone, here’s a great list of amazing amenities, some organizations provide their employees with. You will find from Google pods to maternity concierge services, indoor sports areas and other recreational spaces.

Although this list might make you feel a bit sad if you don’t have your own perks at the office, you may well take it lightly – there is still hope! Knowing how trends work, such attractive features are bound to reach your own work environment… someday.

 

Funny job titles in techworld

How about working as a digital overlord? Perhaps you already do and don’t know it, because that’s the title one company used for Website Managers. Also, plenty of Gurus, Ninjas, and Rockstars, Masters, Evangelists and Sherpas seem to populate the wondrous world of tech. There are even a few Prophets out there, or to be honest at least one, which works “across the globe to identify new opportunities for the business.”

Feast your curiosity and open your horizon by browsing this list here.

 

Next level CVs

This one you surely know about! Have you heard of the guy who Lego-ed himself in order to get better noticed in his job hunt?

You can find out more about this clever guy here. Or just Google him, and make him even more viral – his name is Andy Morris, and he’s a design school grad.

Here’s me, as a figurine… don’t throw out the packaging, there’s my CV there! Nothing more to see here, just move on to…

 

Your cat is controlling your TV

Oh, well, now that Internet streaming is usurping TV as we used to know it, of course your cat is playing with your old TV set in the basement… only that’s not the case here.

It’s all about the TV-remote wars, a society game played in every family of more than one member. We’ve played it with our friends, siblings and relatives. But I bet we’ve never thought of turning them into a remote. Or the cat. Or any other object in the house.

Wait for it… Yes, here it comes: “researchers at the University of Lancaster have developed a system that will let any object in your house become a TV remote – even your sleepy cat”.

Featured here by TechRadar, this odd piece of news, of course, can remain just a “would be”, since it will be a while until its consumer product stage. Nevertheless, we can dream on. I imagine the cats aren’t holding their breath for this innovation to reach the market.

 

That’s all, folks. Have a nice week!