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Is the smartest design inconspicuous? Intel seems to think so

You must have surely heard by now of the smart glasses’ odyssey. The wearable computer glasses have gone through a few versions – and the issue of comfort shared an equal part with the tech issue, in what keeping the product from mass commercialization is concerned.

The most well-known attempt comes from Google. The Google Glass went through several proofs of concept (PoC), then it became the Aura Project, aiming niche markets (healthcare, corporate). It gradually faded out of the limelight.

The entire experience prompted out that unusual, uncomfortable head gear cannot lead to success. VR headsets represent a similar case.


Intel’s attempt to turn the tables

Intel decided to avoid making the same mistakes as mentioned above. Their smart glasses look inconspicuous, according to online media reports. The prototype is called Vaunt, and allegedly mimics the usual pair of plastic glasses one may find at any optometrist.

The Vaunt can reflect holographic images on the user’s retina, include Bluetooth connectivity, and are able to send discreet notifications to their user. The matter of contextual, integrated notification is one focal point of this new piece of technology, whilst the software that backs it up remains a secret for the moment.

While Slate underlines the possible connection between Intel’s negative chipset security flaws attention and this new gadget – as in suggesting that the company may have used this project to distract people from the less flattering question of flawed chipsets, the product is nevertheless interesting.

Regardless of whether Intel will decide to commercialize the Vault or not, it sure has set a precedent.


What if the bold new technology were inconspicuous?

Let’s imagine the tech gear of the future looking just as our current objects look like, only having an advanced tech twist hidden beneath a normal looking surface.

This would surely be another way to go, in opposition with in-your-eyes technology, making a loud statement that it should prevail in our lives.

An IoT-connected, highly automatized household could, for example, look just like any other house, unraveling its technological potential only per request.

We could integrate efficient technology in a completely environment-friendly landscape, aiming for health, visually-pleasing greenery and sustainability.

Of course, the degree of maturity involved in taking such an approach is way higher than the actual stage of societal progress seems to involve. But we can always remain optimistic.

If by the time we’ve grown out of the tech-enthusiasts’ adolescence we are basking in, there will be enough of a planet for us to steer back towards an eco-compatible environment, inconspicuous technology might be the only way to go.

In the meantime, you may take a look at the Vaunt, on this Verge hands-on video:

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Humanizing brands – what does it mean in our age?

On the background of the news concerning the Google acquisition of certain HTC employees for a sum of $11 billion in cash, as captured by ZDNet, we wondered what does the public associate brands with  – nowadays.

The individual-behind-the brand is an obsolete trend. We remember the Steve Jobs cult, yet most of the customers of the same company today could hardly pin the current Apple CEO. A few amends can be made to this conclusion, however, since Facebook definitely means Zuckerberg, Virgin Group means Richard Branson and Tesla means Elon Musk.

When we see a person as being the brand, as in determining the fundamental decisions that steer a brand in what its products and societal impact mean, we’ve humanized the brand. All its employees and values are infused by the characteristics we associate with the one person that IS the brand.

However, is this just a perception, or does it have a nugget of truth in it?


The value of brand humanization

Profits. Influence. Isn’t that the core of commerce? These apparently come easier when instead of random clients, brands have loyal customers or even absolute fans. OK, let’s settle for the middle area of loyal customers – fans, although extremely in fashion for decades, are in fact a bit more. The amount of emotion involved in being a fan makes the entire thing a bit extreme, and in any serious study, the extremes are not taken into consideration.

*For those who enjoy video materials, here’s an Inc video on the value of brand humanization subject.

The process starts from the inside. As the brand owners personalize and humanize its presence, by attributing “character traits – likes, dislikes, mannerisms and a dialect” to it, and by positioning their campaigns “in and around these traits”, they induce the same perception to their target audience.

The process might take time, but it sure pays off in the end. There are recipes on how to approach this whole humanize-your-brand business. Big companies invest a lot of resources into it, smaller companies strike gold when they manage to infuse it on a more restrained budget.

The baseline – it’s not easy. Some specialize in it, others simply make the brand in their likeness. And yes, it is mostly about perception.


When the branding story parts with reality

Of course, all stories benefit or suffer from this phenomenon. Yet there is digression and digression. There are brands that have fallen due to being exposed as being the exact opposite of their official story. One cannot pretend to be ethical, for example, while in fact, not being – or can they?

Well, to put it bluntly, keeping up appearances works as long as no unwanted exposure turns the fans into haters. The game is a dangerous, especially when the reality does not at least partially keep up with the official image.

There are examples when the brand fans believe what they were led into believing, and ultimately contribute to fueling the image they want to be true. For example, Android and iOS are competitors, yet the big tech companies beneath these operating systems are in fact working together. Due to the patent system, one company actually gains when a product of the “adversary” is bought. Now, in a humanized version, would we see them as frenemies, as fair-play competitors, or as being in cahoots?

The same with merging, acquisitions and important personnel shifts – when actual humans associated with one brand go to a completely different company. We assume these former employees are imbued with the company values, and in turn the company values reside in each such employee. So, what happens when changes occur?


Keeping brand-related likes and dislikes genuine…

Snatching the approval of the potential audience is a game with high stakes. With Machine earning, AI, algorithms and big data involved, the customer is like an ancient king, maneuvered by clever, calculated decision makers.

However, even the turbulent history of humanity managed to have a few wise kings. Making educated choices, reaching a higher level of likes and dislikes, a level where we are emotional,, but also rational – here’s a possible way of actually being in charge as customers.

By supporting the brands which fake it less, and sanctioning the changes that we don’t like, we contribute as customers to a better future. Of course, we have to really understand what the values worth fighting for are, as well as the deep (yet amazingly prone to invisibility) link between what surrounds us and our own choices.

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Get the best out of modern cybersecurity, don’t let it get the best out of you

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, just launched its own cyber-security project, entitled Chronicle. The project targets enterprises and aims to help such customers better manage their own security.

The online media debate tackles the fact that, the Chronicle project resembles other countless similar projects. It hasn’t been disclosed so far what makes this particular project relevant and outstanding in the cyber-security environment. Gizmodo, for example, wonders what exactly qualifies as moonshot about this entire endeavor, besides being associated with Google, that is.


Modern cyber vulnerabilities call for modern cyber-security


Of course, we have a Captain Obvious thing here. Who does not know this in our day and age?  Well, when you juxtapose this with the fact that modern cyber-security is still in the making, perhaps we start getting the image of a current dilemma.

Most companies are aware of the IoT dawning upon their operations. The decision makers have moved forward to implement the necessary hardware and software changes. Yet the IoT comes along with cyber-vulnerabilities like never before, some of which have already been acted out.

It’s only logical that ubiquitous connectivity can be reversed into ubiquitous hacking, and malicious parties taking control of the companies’ networks. The cyber-security experts work continually towards improving the means of protection, yet sometimes it seems that the enemy manages to be ahead of them.

This fluctuating gap between the protectors and the attackers in cyber-security leaves room for a lot of misrepresentation, fuelled by the enterprises’ real and deeply rooted concern for their critical and sensitive data.

There are no standardized solutions, there are ambiguous sets of best practice measures, and there are quite a lot brands and branded cyber-security projects. The field is crowded, and there is a lot of noise – not at all the best atmosphere for encouraging straight thinking.


Get the best out of modern cyber-security


The online media means any piece of news travels fast and has a potentially global reach. Keep updated on the trajectory of the leading brands in cyber-security. As a CIO person, even as a CEO, the latest in cyber-security is now mandatory, not optional. At least a weekly update on what happened to notable importance is well advised.

This way you have a chance of learning from the mistakes of others, instead of repeating these mistakes. Also, when approached with various offers, it is easier to discern the actually possible/doable from the mass of wishful thinking you can be presented with by a bold, yet dubiously trustful specialized brand.


Now, the leading cyber-security brands rarely venture in making promises they cannot sustain. Reliability and consistency is part of being successful on the market for a long time. However, when their solutions seem similar, an educated partner of discussion from your company can go through the process of understanding what makes one potential partner stand out against the others.


In other words, you have to make the first step, and in order to do so (and be a solid discussion partner in cyber-security matters), you need a background, a pool of thematic general knowledge. There is no universal recipe for how to keep informed on the most important matters, but it is mandatory that you do so.


Don’t let it modern cyber-security get the best out of you


…especially that, as we’ve mentioned, there is no official modern cyber-security operations set, but rather a work-in-progress phenomenon.

In conclusion, the iterations that exude complete self-confidence and reassure you that your operations are completely protected in any eventuality – not valid.

A cyber-security partner that guarantees virtually nothing, because, well, it’s a big bad world and an infinity of threats out there – also to avoid.

The key is in the previous experience, in the continuous market presence, combined with a solid agreement – look for relevant certifications, find out whether your industry’s unique considerations are provided for and so on.

It takes patience and attention, but it pays off in the end. As the representative of a company or as a privacy-concerned individual, in this field is better to leave the enthusiastic attitude at the door, and poke into each detail, calmly and in the most concerned and calculated manner – before selecting your partner.

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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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Trends that caught our attention: Google Pixel 2 news and DNA nanobots

While recovering from a local storm that managed to wreak havoc on the city here, we couldn’t help but browsing the bigger picture trending subjects – in the tech field, which is always a matter of interest here, at the Canvy Team.


Gogle Pixel 2 launch confirmed

With a timing that managed to out-trend even the iPhone X post-launch comments (at least in the USA), Google confirmed its October 4th event marking the launch of Pixel 2.

This high-end device competes in the premium segment. The additional Google-related rumors are that the company will replace the defective Nexus 6P with Pixel XL-s, even if the one year warranty term id overdue.

The price for the expected Pixel 2 remains yet to be announced, as well as the validity of the second piece of (unofficial) news.


DNA nanobots

On the healthcare-oriented side of next-gen technology, the Caltech researchers managed to make quite a few waves by reviving the idea of microscopic DNA robots set to intervene in favor of the human health by transporting molecules to specific places in the body. This time the robots evolved into a more feasible concept – the specialists speak of “pegs” that would enable the tiny robots to advance their way towards their destination inside the body.

However, as the source article mentions, “there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in order to perfect the technology and understand how the robots could work in a wider variety of situations”, a detail that might temper the enthusiasm, but nevertheless does not impair the fact that the scientists advance on their way to materializing the prototypes.


Conclusion in G minor

…Where G can either stand for Google – a brand definitely on top of the digital trends, or you can also look at the trending topics on (again!) Google, and see how G may stand for “games”, a subject that takes at least one of the top places weekly. This may be construed positively (people will always keep their playful nature), or negatively (all this tech primarily serves the gaming field, while other domains are not as appreciated). In fact, the balanced conclusion is nor here nor there.

Modern technology empowered customers like never before – in terms of making choices of high impact. Ultimately, the playfulness or seriousness of any tech product translates not into moral conclusions, but into profitability metrics. The most world saving concept can populate a dusty file if not approached and supported accordingly. Similarly, the video games industry is thriving due to the fact that it manages to captivate people of all ages.

On this note, we leave you to another week of tech discoveries, and we invite you once again to explore Canvy’s full array of features, as you might find things that you’ve missed before. Our Android contact manager app is pretty complex, and we welcome your feedback at out contact addresses!

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Analysis of a trending piece of news in gaming – the Canvy Team

Besides keeping an eye on the latest in technology, and especially in apps, we all know that signaling, “digesting”, and perhaps adding a bit of a different angle on the most recent stories serves in riding their ranking wave. This technique is established in the online environment.

When the spotlight news happens to be on a topic that we already know, fully understand or at least partially grasp – all for the better. But when the leading lady of the tech news is more of a niche subject for us – the Canvy team members that love to share weekly trending articles with our audience – we may be in a bit of a tight spot.


Exercising a different kind of topic

However, we decided to take the bull by its horns and attack the top trending tech story in the US region – two famous Japan-based fighting video games just got “DLC characters from old beat-’em-ups”, according to vg247.

Now, you may wonder what the link between this and the target audience for Canvy is. It might be that we have Canvy users that are passionate about fighting video games. Or not. Anyway, these games have a huge mass of fans, and most definitely their fans also own smartphones and have contact lists, therefore a potential need for our contact management app. But enough with the backstage justifications – let’s dive into the main story we picked for today.


What happened and why should the gamers feel thrilled?

As we mentioned above, two renowned games just got new DLC characters. FYI “DLC is extra content for a video game you download from the internet, either distributed by the game’s official publisher or a third party content producer.

Let’s also disclose the games – it’s all about Street Fighter – created by Capcom, and Tekken (Iron Fist, in Japanese) – created by Badai Namco Studios. Fighter fans will add to their arsenal in Street Fighter 5 the character Abigail – from Final Fight. Meanwhile, starting with Tekken 7 Geese Howard is the next add-on character.

The announcement was made on 16th July 2017 during the Evo (Evolution Championship Series) 2017, held in Las Vegas.


The humans behind the two games – and their alleged friendship

That’s the news – in a nutshell. Also, adding to that, it seems like for the first time (?) the two competitor developer companies teamed up, in a move that serves for the good of the fighter game genre – as the source we quoted in the beginning of our piece mentions.

A human-to-human friendship might be behind this move – respectively Yoshinori Ono (Street Fighter) and Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken) are rumored to get along, especially that in 2012 they collaborated on the crossover release Street Fighter X Tekken ( – now look back at our question mark from 5 rows above, and fully understand its purpose…).


The bigger image in all this

Software developers create games, programs or applications, which in turn expand their own life and meaning when imbued with the perspective, actions and energy of all the users around the globe. It’s a case of double creation – the backbone fueled by developers gets full life only once the audience fills it with actions, purpose, feedback, and continuous use.

True, the video games are sort of a supreme example. The audience is unrestricted by age, race, interests, special abilities or whatever other characteristics might there be. On the opposite side, people who employ business apps should have something to do with the business environment, those who employ creative apps should be potentially creative and so on. But the pattern is the same – the work of a team of developers holds the potential to expand it influence and power with the contribution of the product’s users.

Developers provide a framework, whilst aiming to improve upon a certain starting product via user feedback, market monitoring and so on.

And, some day, there is the passing of that magical threshold when you realize your product has really turned into an inanimate friend for all those who employ it – a friend in need, a skill expander, a loyal assistant or whatever other role a software product might take.

Do you agree?

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Google’s Alphabet move generated a powerful parent company – the $1000 threshold news, summarized by the Canvy Team

Alphabet Inc shares went over $ 1000 for the first time ever. The class A shares pertaining to this company closed at $1,003.88 this Monday, according to Mercury News.

As you may well remember, Google went through a restructuring process, completed in October 2015. After creating Alphabet as a subsidiary, Google itself merged with yet another subsidiary – this time a dummy. This dummy subsidiary belonged to Alphabet, thus the newly-created brand ended up as a parent company for Google. Via a two-step switch, the tech company emerged more powerful from this reorganization process, while choosing a clever move that did not require for the shareholders’ vote.

Well, if any of the important shareholders may have felt threatened by this important change dating almost two years back, this moment of business history surely confirmed the company went the right way.

If curious, you may see here more details on the $1000 mark here. Apparently the Alphabet four-digit stock price comes only a week after Amazon marking the same milestone.

How tech, business and finances merge together for the perfect combination

We are tech people, as well as strategists. While focusing on what we aim to improve via our app, we also find tech success stories interesting and valuable. We keep an eye on what’s trending in relation with the tech giants, and we like to see how startups evolve and gain traction, as well.

Here’s an article on the $ 1000 stock-club and its select membership, dating back to 2013, when Google was just Google. Perhaps you find it interesting to put the values in perspective.

Although the said value of the shares greatly depends on the companies’ refusal to split the shares, the high-value status generates a stability effect, since such trading instruments are out of range for most of the usual investors. Volatility is most likely reduced this way.

While some voices fear bubbles whenever such high stock values are involved, others see this threshold share price as a trophy for the companies that manage to attain it.

Bottom line, in our times technology, business and finances merge together for a promising combination. While some companies represent success stories we may all learn from, others emerge as startups or smaller ventures, yet may hold the potential for great achievements.

Take yet another trip down the (volatile) digital memory lane and check out how investing in tech IPO’s looked like 4 years ago – here.

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Dreaming of quantum smartphones? The Canvy Team checked out the timeline

This article on Inverse caught our attention. Turns out that quantum smartphones are waiting in line for the quantum computer to materialize. That is if they are ever to become a convenience of the future – a thing that some really doubted a few years back.

Spoilers, spoilers… Well, not really, because it would be only logical for any tech aficionado to assume that we are still at a distance from buying quantum smartphones, instead of the regular types we see today.

Here’s a 2012 answer on Quora that explains how miniaturizing quantum technology in order to fit it into a phone is highly unlikely. Although we have seen such arguments in the past of humanity being blown into pieces once certain breakthroughs happened, there is a lot of sense in this argumentation.


With the expansion of technology, distribution takes place

We have seen how AR and VR tend to distribute themselves into phone-compatible solutions (AR) and more complicated, device-compatible tech (VR) – see the Canvy Team previous article here.

In a similar manner, quantum technology would supplement existing computers, instead of supplanting them. Due to the fact that the computers of our times already do a very good job in certain areas, quantum computers are to take up other tasks. Inverse sees quantum computers dealing with big data “mass sorting and brute force possibility checking”.

There is no point in employing over-qualified technology for mundane tasks. Although we might be stretching our comparison a bit here, it is just as in human resources. Quantum computing would go into unfathomably complex tasks, as far as traditional computers are concerned.


No quantum smartphones doesn’t mean lack of interest in what the quantum technology is concerned

The truly passionate know that having no quantum smartphones at the horizon (not even via cloud solutions) does not mean the quantum technology will remain parallel with the mobile technology of the future.

We are already witnessing the starting effects of bringing AI into marketing and sales, and ultimately into business. AI’s potential depends on quantum computing – handling big data is necessary in order to mimic human thinking processes. Moreover, going beyond human capabilities surely needs the quantum-based power of computation.

What this means is that, although at a hardware level our phones might remain pretty much the same, we will see the effects of quantum computing in an intermediate manner. Processing big data, with quantum-powered AI algorithms, should revolutionize the tech world as we know it. Even more, all that counts on technology, but leads into the business environment should see a boost that might lead to surprising breakthroughs in some cases.

Although there are risks involved – perhaps you’ve also noticed the concerns raised in the Inverse article – this version of our technological future is the most plausible. Quantum computing could support more activities and processes than we imagine, being ubiquitous in a less visible manner.


The Canvy Team encourages you to keep in touch with the latest trends in technology

As IT specialists, the tech world is our larger focus, while our main focus remains on what we specifically design and develop.

Staying updated with the emerging technologies is important – on a connected future, success depends on seamless integration and on being one step ahead in the right direction.

Quantum computing might feel unfamiliar for many technical people, because it involves learning some concepts from the start or relearning others. Nevertheless, since there are solid reasons to believe it will form the underneath layer in many tech fields, it comes with the right motivation for getting to know a few details about it.

Here’s a recent update on this subject. We especially enjoyed exploring the IBM Quantum Experience experiments featured on their IBM Q website.