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Esqapes

On July 5th, Esqapes opened the world’s first virtual reality massage center. The Esqapes Immersive Relaxation Center, located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite M111, Los Angeles, CA 90036, is like a “mini-vacation” that anyone can enjoy during a lunch break or after a long day of work. Each Esqapes environment is designed to tantalize the senses and help guests shed the stresses of daily life.

By combining beautiful virtual reality environments, carefully curated fragrances and programmed, automated massages, Esqapes will transport guests to a state of relaxation unlike anything else.

Guests can choose from 10 different Esqapes: from a tropical Koi pond at an ocean front resort, to a luxurious cabin in a snow-covered wonderland, complete with a crackling fireplace.

“The goal of Esqapes is to provide guests with a unique way to relax and take a break from the routines, responsibilities and daily issues that can cause anxiety and stress. Esqapes is using VR in ways unlike any other company, which is to de-stress and help people relax. With a combination of proprietary software, and traditional wellness practices, Esqapes is offering the spa of the future, today,” says Micah Jackson, creator of Esqapes.

Esqapes  provides a novel method of immersing users into a virtual environment, while ushering them into a heightened state of relaxation. Using this system taps into the key senses that people use to evaluate their surroundings (sight, sound, smell, touch) which in turn helps them to relax and feel comfortable.

Micah has 20 years of expertise in innovative and interactive design. Some of his prior ventures include starting Angeles Vista Creative Ventures, LLC (AVCV) he worked for AOL, Yahoo, Disney. Three years ago, he resigned from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to pursue his newfound passion: virtual reality. Soon after, his first VR project ‘Where Angels Meet’ was chosen by Oculus/Facebook to receive funding as part of their prestigious Launchpad program. In 2018, he began to experiment with virtual reality experiences that transported viewers to beautiful places. This is how Esqapes was born.

As an African-American founder, it’s Micah’s mission to become a pioneer in the VR industry. With Esqapes, he can set this example. One of the founding principles is to maintain a diverse staff at every location and at all times. No location should be run by people of a single gender or a singular race. Guests should feel welcome at all times.

Guests can book at: https://www.myesqape.com/book

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Printful

When Printful launched its print-on-demand/drop-shipping business in 2013, most competitors were traditional bulk-printing companies that weren’t built for one-off fulfillment of t-shirts and other products. Today, thanks to the e-commerce explosion and a savvy technology-focused business strategy, Printful is the largest company of its kind with three fulfillment centers in the U.S. and headquarters in Riga, Latvia and Charlotte, NC, a fourth that recently opened in Mexico, 500 employees, dozens of product options, and 800,000+ customers around the globe from artists and cause marketers to Twitter-preneurs like WeRateDogs that use merchandise to monetize their ventures.  

 

  • The company was founded by two young Latvians who couldn’t find an acceptable print-on-demand drop-shipping partner for a business they ran selling posters, clothing and other items with motivational quotes for entrepreneurs. 
  • It has doubled revenues every year since inception, fulfilled more than 10 million orders generating over $540 million for customers, and is still self-funded.
  • Features like 14 integrated e-commerce platforms (more than any competitor), API connectivity, and a mockup generator that creates store-ready product images help fuel business.
  • One-third of customers surveyed say their e-commerce storefront is a full-time gig, and three-quarters of the rest say they’re aiming to get there. 

 

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FM Transmitter Technology

The best use of FM transmitter technology

The FM transmitter is offered by the GR Radio brand, which is capable of doing remote control transformer models with a plane to overcome the boundaries and boundaries. This is one of the many different channels available in the market RC transmitter, which are looking for the best transmitter for their models. For model owners, it is necessary to research different transformers to ensure that it is the correct transmitter receiver package for the needs of their models. Here we have the quality fm transmitter technology along with the features right here at https://www.bestadvisor.com/fm-transmitters

Types in fm transmitter

Fm transmitter types are larger than numbers, which feature nine different channels with 30 different model memories. This system has been able to handle three different types of models, including helicopters, aircraft and shines. Thus the transmitter gets its name.

This particular model of the transmitter is considered a pro model; it is serious about flying their models dealing with their needs. These people may be capable of a strong fm transmitter for small models and large models, because nine channels and advanced systems can handle both types of models.

Technology connection

This technology, which will be connects to the best receivers in the market. This particular model is backward compatible, however, that means it will work with any and all speaker receivers. This is a great advantage for those who were in the flight of the year, and allow them to use their own large receivers. The system uses DSS, or direct appointment sprinter technology. This means that the system is sprinkled with two specific channels for the entire flight rather than every few milliseconds between every single multimedia channels. It helps to provide an incredibly successful connection between transmitter and receiver, to ignore maximum interference problems and avoid any possible connection issues.

The best way of model match system

When considering the fm transmitter on another part of the technology, it’s a model match system. This system usually goes out of technology that commands just a specific transmitter. It only commands the recipient with specific model memory. It has helped many of the damage caused by their ships, because orders sent from wrong model memory can be argued on any flight model.

FM transmitter general technology

You need to see the FM transmitter general technology out to fully understand how transmitter will work for your specific mode. As far as aircraft are concerned, fm transmitter is failing; three wires curtains, flip systems, snap roll systems, and zero systems. There are three planes and timers available for the aircraft system. Features of the glider, apart from other things, two separate timers are as well as the flip to the flip and the Elion-to-Flip. System helicopter settings allow adjustable trim rate, timers, six programming, and six different potential flight modes. These are just a few specifications and benefits to get through this system. If you are looking for a strong transmitter for your pro model, it’s a transmitter for you.

One Hour Translation: Google Wins the Battle of Real Time Voice Translators

OHT used expert in-house linguists to compare the performance of Skype Translator, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri in translating business and tourism expressions from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87) 

Google Assistant is the top performing real time voice translator, according to a benchmark conducted by One Hour Translation (OHT), an online platform which provides translations in more than 100 languages and 3,000 language pairs.

With demand for real time voice translation on the rise, OHT decided to test out the leading services: Skype Translator (run by Microsoft Translate), Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, and rank them for accuracy.

With the help of expert in-house linguists OHT took 16 business and 10 tourism expressions and translated them from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa. The same sentences were then given to real time voice translator devices, apps and digital assistants to see just how they performed. The results were rated by the linguists on a scale of 0 to 6.

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in three out of the four languages – Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87).  Overall Japanese was the hardest language to translate with an average score of 3.7.  French was the easiest language for the instant voice translator devices to translate with an average of 4.75, followed by Spanish (4.54) and German (4.41).

“The real time voice translators were more accurate in translating tourism related experssions in comparison to business expressions” said Yaron Kaufman, chief marketing officer and co-founder of OHT. He attributed this to the use of a lot of business-related abbreviations which are not easily recognized by real time voice devices. Kaufman added that “despite the recent improvements in all of the assistants we tested, real time voice translations still cannot be relied on for business related content.”

Some examples of the sentences: “Stay on budget for this campaign, we can’t have it affecting our ROI”; “R&D are cutting too many corners, the product is undeployable”;  “Schedule a meeting between your CMO and our product manager”; “Do you have any allergies? This dish contains peanuts and avocado”; “I need to find the fastest way to the airport, my plane is leaving soon”; “My travel insurance should cover that bill.”

There are also new developments on the horizon in the field of real time voice translation. Among other advancements, Amazon is planning to release a DIY toolkit for creating translation apps and Xiaomi has released a new and advanced physical device for real time translations.

About One Hour Translation

One Hour Translation (OHT) believes that businesses should be able to reach any customer, anywhere, anytime, with no language barriers.

One Hour Translation’s AI powered cloud-based translation management platform, HALO,  helps enterprise customers reduce overhead by automating their translation process and workflow. HALO combines automated workflows, Neural Machine Translation (NMT) and professional translation services, to process all of the enterprise content quickly and easily via API/WEB. A dedicated NMT engine is automatically trained as the translations proceed and as a result the project’s cost keeps decreasing while translation speed improves. HALO is easy to implement and use, encrypted, secured and allows the enterprise to use any mix of its translators and reviewers with those of OHT, as well as any mix of NMTs for optimal quality and cost. The platform also allows OHT to manage a company’s resources and in-house budgets earmarked for translation in order to obtain the best possible results.

OHT is the leader in translations for enterprise customers, currently serving over 60 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, HP, Xerox, Acer, Shell, Deloitte, HSBC, Procter & Gamble, IKEA, 3M, McCann, Allianz, Xiaomi and many other organizations.

One Hour Translation specializes in translation for 30 expert domains, including law, technology, marketing, website translation, applications, software and more.

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OXYGEN: A SECRET WEAPON FOR FITNESS? 

Expert Offers Insight into the “Oxygen-Enhanced Exercise” Trend & Shares Breathing Tips to Improve Health & Enhance Your Workout

Have you seen anyone at your gym wearing unusual face masks as they workout? If not, you are sure to encounter this soon and when you do, there is no need for alarm. It’s called oxygen-enhanced exercise, and it’s a holistic approach to fitness that has recently skyrocketed in popularity. Once available and common only with Olympians and pro athletes (like Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Mario Lemieux,) this training method has hit the mainstream and now at-home-exercisers and workout warriors across the country are using it as an all-natural way to gain an athletic advantage.

Oxygen-enhanced exercise is a scientifically proven phenomenon that’s said to benefit the body by reducing the physical stress of exercise, accelerating recovery, helping you sleep, giving you more energy, and improving your metabolism.

According to breathing expert Michael Grant White, oxygen is crucial for peak athletic performance.

“Playing sports, weight-lifting, circuit training, or any other intense physical activity, of course, burns calories and builds muscle, but many people don’t consider the wear and tear it has on their body. Lack of oxygen ages the body at a much greater rate…”

…says White, who has studied breathing over the past 24 years and has seen a rapid rise in interest for oxygen-enhanced exercise. As anti-doping initiatives spread across the country, and athletic drug testing becomes more prevalent, many athletes are turning to oxygen-enhanced exercise as a way to amplify their workouts without the use of drugs, chemicals, surgery, or invasive techniques.

We all know oxygen and exercise go hand-in-hand, but in case you missed this high school biology lesson, here’s a quick recap of the science: During exercise, your muscles have to contract and work harder, which increases their demand for oxygen. The amount needed is much more than you are taking in. Your body first burns the existing oxygen in the red blood cells and when this runs out, the body turns to fermentation for its energy needs. Instead of using oxygen, the muscles convert glucose into lactic acid and this is when fatigue sets in. Oxygen-enhanced exercise leverages the body’s already-existing system for oxygenating the blood before this happens.

If you’re not ready to sport an oxygen mask, you can still enhance your workout through mindful breathing. According to research, proper breathing should be one of your main focuses during exercise. It’s easy to underestimate just how much it impacts our overall health and fitness. Oxygen helps the body maintain pH balance, it increases neuronal energy metabolism in the brain, detoxifies the blood, and strengthens the immune system by killing harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Oxygen also plays a huge role in the recovery process because it helps restore pre-exercise ATP levels and helps your liver break down lactic acid into simple carbohydrates.

“Not all breathing is created equal, there are breathing techniques you can do to enhance your workout…”

…says White who has trained athletes to use proper breathing techniques and seen first-hand how better breathing can help strengthen endurance, lower lactic acid production, and improve stamina for cardio-centric activities (like running, swimming, biking, etc.) In addition, simple breathing techniques can help athletes (at any level of fitness) recover more quickly from high-intensity activities.

In short: better breathing = better health.

Michael Grant White is on a mission to awaken the breathing consciousness of the world. He has insight into the oxygen-enhanced exercise trend and can share breathing tips people can use at home to improve their health and their workout.


IN AN INTERVIEW / ARTICLE:

  • Breathing Tricks to Improve Your Health & Enhance Your Workout
  • Unlikely Ways Your Breathing Impacts Your Life
  • Fascinating Link Between Breathing & The Brain
  • Insight into the “Oxygen-Enhanced Exercise” Trend: An All-Natural Approach to Improve Health & Enhance Workouts

ABOUT MICHAEL GRANT WHITE:

Michael Grant White is a holistic health expert, author, and international speaker who has dedicated his career to helping people improve their health through better breathing. As an Optimal Breathing Coach and the founder of My Oxygen Machine and Breathing.com, White is on a mission to make the world healthier one breath at a time.

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The Top 5 Most Craziest Pranks Ever

As a child, you probably pulled a prank. Back then, they were harmless – jokes designed for nothing more than temporary amusement. They stopped being entertaining when you got older though. The stakes became higher. The potential damage became much greater to someone’s life.

You can’t deny that the potential for a good prank is still there. We never lose touch with that side of ourselves entirely. But when it comes to jokes as an adult, what options do you have? You might be interested to know that you have a few. We’re quite fond of pranks, so we’re going to look at a few examples here. Perhaps we’ll even coax you into playing a joke on someone again!

Hire a ‘Special’ Stripper!

So, the bachelor party of any man is a big event. It is the last night before you get married. The final evening you will spend as a man who isn’t committed to someone in the most intimate way. That’s pretty big, you know? So a lot of men celebrate in style. They go on big nights out. There’s often a lot of drinking and merriment. One thing that this night also includes, traditionally, is a stripper.

Now, picture the ideal image of a stripper for a minute. Curvy, but not too slim – think ‘all the right curves in all the right places’. There’s long, luscious hair. That sultry gaze that can hold you paralysed for what seems like an eternity. It’s a very captivating image. Now take that, and throw it out the window! Instead, the best idea for a practical joke is the roly-poly stripper. Now, in all fairness, you might get the luscious hair and the dazzling look. But it’s not so appealing when it’s connected to a huge woman!

We guarantee that it’ll be hilarious. You tell your friend you’ve hired them a stripper. They’re excited. They’re keen to meet this lovely lady and enjoy her talents for a night. And when the big moment finally arrives, and a very chunky lass comes swaggering out, their jaw will drop. And it won’t be picked back up in a hurry. They’ll be shocked, you’ll be crying with laughter, and everyone gets a night they won’t forget in a hurry.

Paint Bucket + Door = Giggles

Let’s come away from the bachelor party for a moment. Instead, let’s look at a more common occurrence. It’s the weekend off, and your friend has been annoying you all week. You want to get even. You feel that familiar stirring… it’s time for a prank, and it’s going to be a good one.

But what do you do? How can you make them pay for winding you up for so long? Well, here’s what you do. Take the door. Half open it so that you can balance a can of paint on it, and then do just that. If you’ve done it correctly, they’ll open the door, and the paint bucket will fall directly on them! If you ask us, this is pretty hilarious. However, you should be careful when you do this. Make sure that there’s facilities available to wash the paint off – don’t use anything too heavy duty. After all, you don’t want to end the friendship, do you? But there’s no doubt this will be hilarious.

Smartphone Fails

The era of modern technology is excellent. One thing that it is beneficial for is pranks. You can use your smartphone in a variety of different ways to play a joke on someone, so let’s get creative.

The obvious solution is to prank-call someone. You could pretend to be a boss or an angry-ex partner… the possibilities are endless. Make sure you don’t get them to do anything dangerous though – no prank is worth injury. Alternatively, you could record them saying something hilarious. The thing about a smartphone is that you can set it to record and then put it away. No one will know that you’ve been recording the entire awkward conversation!

Failing that of course, you could sneak a photo of them and post it to their co-workers – something unflattering and potentially idiotic is good. Something that you should try and remember is that you don’t want to get them in trouble, so be smart when sending photos or audio clips. No prank is worth someone getting injured or getting into trouble with their employer. As we said at the start, the stakes are higher when you’re an adult.

Voice Modulation Pranks

You know, it’s pretty easy to manipulate audio. People release parody videos all the time where they splice together words to make new sentences. You can probably begin to see the prank potential with this. Imagine that your friend said something which could be hilarious in another context. If you recorded it secretly, thanks to a smartphone, you could modify the audio.

You have to be careful doing things like this. If you make someone say the wrong something, you can get them into trouble. But, there’s still a lot of potential for pranks here. You have to think of something harmless. You might make them sound like a leprechaun, all squeaky. You could change things so that they seem incredibly silly. The only real limits are your imagination, which is wonderful for people who want to be able to prank their friends. Something that you should keep in mind, however, is that you can go too far. If your friend doesn’t seem okay with things, you need to stop.

But at the same time, it could be hilarious to turn your friend into Darth Vader. You could even create a personalised message for someone with the funny voice included. It would be very entertaining and would make for a top-tier prank.

New Year, New Prank

Okay, this is only good for a New Year’s prank. But oh, it’s a good one. Your friend will be so confused and potentially horrified if you can pull this off properly.

What you want is for your friend to fall asleep on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes midnight. Next, you should take all the phones and watches and devices with the year on them and move them one year forward. So for example, you’d move 2019 to 2020. Why do you do this? Well, we’ll explain it to you.

When your friend wakes up in the morning and comes to talk to everyone, you can tell him that they slept for a year! All of the different electronic devices will all confirm the story, including his phone. It especially helps if you’ve all got stories that you’ve made up which happened during ‘the year that never was’. They help to add credibility to your claims. If your friend is half-awake and potentially hungover, they might buy into the idea that they slept for a whole year. They’ll panic. They’ll ask you who’s Prime Minister. They’ll desperately try and find out if they still have a job. And then you explain to them that it’s all just a prank. And they’ll feel incredibly foolish.

Something you should be aware of is that this can go wrong. Your friend could panic and freak out. So be prepared to be able to show them that this didn’t happen. You should also expect them to scoff and laugh at you. Don’t force the joke if they seem like they’re getting angry at you for it. It’s not worth your friendship after all. But if the circumstances are right, this can be hilarious. In truth, it works for any day when there’s a party. You can convince people they’ve been asleep for 24 hours if you’re smart. Just be prepared for potential freakouts.

In conclusion, these are five of the craziest pranks that you can pull. As you can probably tell, there’s a lot to appreciate here. Whether it’s going for that roly-poly stripper or not, you have many choices. We know pranks can be fun. They’re often harmless too. However, you need to be careful when deciding how to prank someone. All it takes is for someone to get hurt and then it’s not funny anymore. Or someone loses their job. And then it’s not funny anymore. We know that the urge for big and exciting pranks can be tempting. But when we’re all adults, that’s not okay. That prank you pull in the office? It might get someone fired. When you go for a practical joke at home? It could backfire and put someone in the hospital. We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t prank people. Instead, we’re indicating that you’re sensible about it. Just stop and think about what you’re going to do. Consider the consequences. If you upset someone too much and they don’t want to talk to you anymore, was it worth it? Always try and be reasonable with pranks. Accept that there are limits. But above all else, have fun. We know how good jokes can be. And we encourage you to enjoy yourself sensibly.

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WLabs Smart Oven w/ Katie Lee

By Krishan Narsinghani × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE paid a visit to the newly imagined Kim Sing Theatre (once the 1926 Vaudeville), which houses an event space, gallery, courtyard as well as hotel.

At this venue, we joined Food Network star, Katie Lee, for the WLabs’ smart oven first look and tasting. Try cooking with an appliance that manages it all for you. Literally, the smart oven can tell what’s inside and let you know when it’s done using a new camera and sensor detector technologies. Witnessing Katie Lee fit a whole chicken inside this 13.5” H x 19.5” W x 21” with a magnetic thermometer (conveniently sticks on the side of the unit) was a shock, more so, that she was alerted by the app on her phone it was ready. Not to mention, the counter space you’ll save in a small galley kitchen within an urbane habitat. De-hydrate limes for handcrafted cocktails, roast asparagus or reheat/bake a 12″ pizza. The personal assistant makes your life in kitchen that much easier. So, take a long shower or a soothing bath with no worries.

In short, the innovative WLabs Smart Oven is ideal for a budding executive who resides in a metropolis and is always in transit swinging from city to urban center while on various assignments. Or, for empty nesters who like to entertain intimate yet memorable parties where this appliance will surely be the center attention.

Merely 2,000 of these bad boys are available for pre-order here.

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Easy and smooth E-mail migration: how to make it real?

Nowadays, growing competition on the market makes a real boom in communications. Each mailing client tries to offer some extra-services: increasing the level of security, giving additional storage space, making a unique design or templates, etc. Therefore, for domestic usage people choose Thunderbird or Gmail, while for corporate needs MS Outlook seems to be more appropriate.

It happens that people have to migrate to another mailing client for some reasons. In this case, it is vital to ensure that your files will be imported without being damaged. So, if you have to migrate from Gmail to Outlook, you should primarily convert file formats, storing your correspondence. Which formats we are talking about? How to choose the reliable tool to convert mailbox files to PST format like this one https://www.outlooktransfer.com/products/mbox-to-outlook-transfer/? Let’s figure it out.

What is Mbox?

The MBOX format is supported by some e-mail apps and allows you to save e-mail messages in a single text file, for example, export all correspondence from the Inbox folder to the INBOX .mbox file. Messages are stored in chronological order, following one after the other, starting with the “From” heading. For example, all emails in your Gmail account are stored in this format.

What is PST?

PST is the file format of Microsoft Outlook. It keeps correspondence and contacts in a suitable for a storage format. It provides MS Outlook clients with the opportunity to contain a big amount of data in a compact way. Therefore, this is a good way to maintain your business communication.

How the Mbox to Outlook Transfer works?

This program earned its reputation as a product of GlexSoft LLC, specialized on the developing extensions for data conversion and email migration. It is compatible with all the Outlook versions, and offer the following features:

· Quick and highly-intuitive data analysis engine, able to process any size;

· Accurate files transferring from Mbox to PST;

· User-friendly interface;

· Performs direct import to Outlook profile or standalone file;

· Provides a high level of customers support.

Tutorials

A program website provides easy-to-learn tutorials on how to perform e-mail migration. If you still face any difficulties, you can always contact the support team ready to help you any time after purchasing a license or in case you have questions at any stage of reviewing the products.

Licensing

There are three types of license available for users:

● Home License – is suitable for home usage. It makes the conversion of data belonging to you and your family members and includes annual updates and support.

● Business License – is applicable for commercial use. It performs data transferring belonging to stuff and clients but no more than 50 people annually.

● Technical License – is a multiple tool, allowing an unlimited number of activations annually and extensive support.

Each of them may be tested during the trial period and seek to meet the strictest requirements of users.

What makes people use Mbox to Outlook Transfer?

There are 3 possible answers: reputation, high level of services and competitive pricing. If you still hesitate – we bet, your time worth this investment.

5 Tech Trends That Businesses Can’t Afford To Ignore

With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, some business owners are left digitally disoriented as they try to figure out which of the latest innovations they need to invest in and what they can ignore.

It can make for confusing times.

All that bewilderment aside, though, these fast-developing advances also create opportunities that can help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive – if they understand how to seize them.

“Technology exists today that at one time was available only to large corporations with huge technology budgets,” says Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com), an IT consultant who works with small businesses.

“Every year, technology becomes even more accessible to companies of all sizes.”

Hoose says businesses that want to stay on top of their games should make sure they invest in these technological trends, if they haven’t already:

The Internet of Things. Many Internet of Things-connected devices, such as smart refrigerators and thermostats, are designed for home use, but there are also applications for small businesses, Hoose says. Some examples: smart locks use digital keys that can’t be lost or stolen, and log a record of who uses a door and when; RFID tags on merchandise can prevent theft and automatically update inventory; and mobile-card readers can replace cash registers.

Artificial intelligence. Don’t be fooled into thinking that AI is something only the big organizations can afford to use, Hoose says. “It’s making inroads into technologies accessible for businesses of all sizes,” he says. “AI can help you offer increasingly personalized experiences to customers by maximizing your time and automating manual tasks, like data entry.” AI also can be used to improve decision making, Hoose says. Essentially, AI will help you take that jumble of data most businesses have and analyze it in a way that allows you to make better-informed judgments on the actions you need to take.

Telecommuting. The office world is changing and more workers spend at least a portion of their work week telecommuting. “In many cases remote employees use their own equipment, which can eliminate some of the company’s costs with purchasing and maintaining computers, printers and mobile phones,” Hoose says. Video conferencing, instant messaging and other advances are helping to make telecommuting a viable option, he says.

Customer-relationship-management (CRM) software. Any application that a business uses to interact with customers, analyze data, or recommend products and services to customers is “part of the CRM family,” Hoose says. “This type of software helps your team manage, control and build customer relationships,” he says. “It can log your team’s touchpoints with prospects, including emails, phone calls, voicemails and in-person meetings. You can have a complete record of your team’s interaction with a prospect that’s easy for anyone to access.”

Voice search. Consumers increasingly are making use of such AI assistants as Siri or Alexa to help them do internet searches using their voices. “Voice search is changing the way people find information because these queries are structured differently than when we type terms into a search engine,” Hoose says.

“Organizations of all types can benefit from optimizing their content to improve where they fall in a voice search.”

“To help propel your business going forward, it’s important to stay abreast of technology innovation,” Hoose says. “These technologies will help you expand your customer base, create more efficient in-house processes, and increase engagement from both customers and staff.”

About Chris Hoose

Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com) is the president of Choose Networks, an IT consulting firm for small businesses. Hoose started the company in 2001 to give large-scale solutions and support to businesses that can’t afford their own in-house IT department. He earned a Master of Information Systems Management from Friends University.

WaiverSign Takes on College Sports Championships

The game was on. The jury was out. This was the real thing. This type of volume had been simulated, but this was now the real world.

Would the newly launched online waiver software, WaiverSign, handle the volume of upwards of 4,000 sports fans signing digital liability waivers almost simultaneously?

Yes! It would. By the end of the weekend, more than 50,000 participants had signed a digital waiver using either the onsite kiosks provided, or via their personal Android or iOS devices.

“WaiverSign is proud to announce the small part they played in the excitement that surrounded the men’s college basketball championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this spring,” said Chip Broyles, WaiverSign VP of Business Development and Operations. He was onsite in Minneapolis and monitoring the action.

At one point on the Saturday of the two semi-final games, 4,000 guests signed waivers within 15 minutes. WaiverSign development teams were prepared for the high volume and were standing by at a moment’s notice to react to changing needs if necessary.

“I must admit, at any given time, there can be hundreds, if not thousands of participants going through WaiverSign processes with any number of businesses somewhere in the country. But this was admittedly the first time we had a single client processing that kind of volume all at one time. It was exciting, and a bit nerve racking. But I needn’t have worried. The whole event was a huge success,” Broyles concluded.

In March college hoops fans from around the country descended on US Bank Stadium to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans, Texas Tech Raiders, Auburn Tigers, and the Virginia Cavaliers. Throughout the championship weekend, fan-centered events were held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, about a mile and a half away from the tournament.

Spectators at sporting events don’t always have to sign waivers. In this case, free for all who had a ticket to the big games, or just $10 per person otherwise, the festival activities included scores of interactive events designed to get people hands-on experience with college sports. From batting cages to augmented reality basketball skills, these events excite the public and get everyone geared up for the big games.

“Those who wanted to join in the fun were asked to sign waivers. That’s where WaiverSign came in,” explained Broyles.

Prior to participation in any of the hands-on activities, a Release of Liability waiver must be signed on behalf of each participant. A representative with the company in charge of the activities explained: “We had previously used another white-label waiver signing solution to process participants at the fan events we sponsor throughout the year. We ended up looking for a new vendor that could provide additional functionality, as well as one that fit our budget appropriately. WaiverSign became the obvious choice for us rather quickly.”

“These events are quite popular, as it’s a family friendly environment full of exciting hands-on activities, sponsored giveaways, games and events,” he continues. “Celebrities from the world of college and professional basketball and broadcast sports show up on site for everything from 3-on-3 match-ups to autograph signing and handshaking. Kids as well as adults love it!”

“We’re pleased that the professional sports industry is now enjoying the benefits of presenting waivers digitally rather than on paper,” said Broyles. The benefits of going digital include immediate document retrieval, redundant and secure storage opportunities plus increased document integrity. Digital signature collection also means that companies can gather much more usable data simply because that data is readily accessible and typed and legible — not hand-written.

Using any web-enabled mobile device, parents or legal guardians can immediately sign digital waivers in English or Spanish for their children engaging in youth activities. An Event Management feature communicates to the event organizer and provides easy access to a printable list of names for managing event participants. It can identify and locate groups of people who signed a particular waiver or set of waivers for a certain activity on a specific day.

Lawyers like the fact that through a digital program people have access to documents they can read carefully and sign before they arrive at an activity destination so there’s no last-minute signing situation. The signed document is also delivered with the signer’s email address. The old paper waivers didn’t do that.

“WaiverSign offers a clean, solid product that customers appreciate when comparing other options. Add in simple, straight-forward pricing, mix that with a support team that works directly one-on-one with customers. You have a recipe designed to grow WaiverSign’s client base at a pace we’ve not seen in years past,” Broyles adds. “We fully expect this growth trend to continue. It’s been a wonderful couple of years.”

About WaiverSign

Founded in 2013, WaiverSign offers one of the most efficient, easy-to-use digital liability waivers and electronic liability release solutions available in today’s marketplace. An API (Application Programming Interface) allows other reservation and customer relationship databases to push and pull customer data directly to and from WaiverSign. This provides a simple and fool-proof way for collecting customer information in whatever reservation system being used. For more information, visit https://www.waiversign.com/ or call 877.741.7705.

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