This is 7: Recap of Apple Special Event 2016

Last week, Apple unveiled some exciting new products that every Apple fan has been waiting for. The two biggest announcements were around the highly anticipated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and the new Apple Watch model.

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IoT Platforms: Exploring 10 Dimensions of the IoT Technology Stack

This blog was co-authored by Jarrod Luker, Julian Dale, and Jamie Cooley. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming society, economies, and businesses on a scale that could rival the tech boom of the late ‘90’s. Gartner predicts that IoT could have an economic value add of $1.9 trillion, and some industry estimates predict there will be 20+ billion connected devices online by 2020. Getting these “things” connected to the Internet, bringing value to society, creating and expanding economies, and generating profits for businesses is a race that many want to run. Getting started with developing an IoT device can be confusing and overwhelming, and choosing a platform to support that device can be an even more daunting task.

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Apple WWDC 2016 Recap: watchOS, iOS, tvOS, & macOS

Henry is currently attending Apple's WWDC this week in San Francisco with our co-bloggers Pablo Bartolome, Andre Bocchini, Robert Palmbos, Robbie Plankenhorn.

This year marks Apple’s 27th WWDC conference, and there was a lot of excitement at yesterday's keynote around the new features being presented for Apple's four major platforms: watchOS, iOS, tvOS, & macOS. Apple flexed it’s muscle on all four of these, and the common theme as it would be expected, is “improving people’s lives with great products”. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights around each of these.

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Google I/O 2016 Recap: Google Home, Android Instant Apps, Daydream

Contributors to this blog include Nathan Anaman, John Oberhauser, Noah Malmed, and Tyler Stewart

At this year's Google I/O Keynote, the Silcon-Valley giant displayed its vision for contextual technologies, the smart home, the next evolution of mobile apps, and much more. From Google Home to Android Instant Apps to Daydream, we pulled out the following key announcements for the enterprise.

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Developing with Amazon Echo and Alexa

What is an Alexa Skill?

With the recent buzz around Amazon Echo and its’ voice-enabled virtual assistant Alexa, many developers are trying to harness the power of developing for Echo using Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). But what exactly is an Alexa skill? An Alexa Skill is essentially Echo’s version of an application. Using voice commands, users can call to various skills by asking Alexa to perform different tasks. As Amazon explains, their Alexa Skills Kit is “a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for you to create new voice-driven capabilities for Alexa.”

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The Beginner's Guide to Building An Intelligent Bot on Slack

In today’s workplace, it’s hard to come by a team that isn’t using some sort of team messaging service. Email inboxes have become so bogged down with junk and noise that it’s becoming extremely difficult for teams work efficiently and be productive. Employees are now recognizing that when in-person chats aren’t an option, a messaging service is the next best thing to help streamline and improve team communication.

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Build Better Mobile Apps: Data and API Best Practices

This post was originally published on LinkedIn.

As digital technologies and experiences have evolved rapidly over the last decade, new architectural approaches and patterns have emerged in order to better support robust, performant and elegant digital experiences. The consideration and planning of integration between client and server is more important today than ever before. Below are some common patterns and practices that have emerged as a guide to building exceptional client experiences.

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Why Product Analysts benefit by focusing on the customer experience

Product Analysts go by many names: Business Analysts, Delivery Analysts, Functional Analysts, etc. As customer experience (CX) increasingly becomes top-of-mind for leaders in the digital space, the Product Analyst's (PA) role will evolve beyond feature-based criteria to include customer success criteria; soon not just the purview of User Experience (UX) roles. Here at Solstice, we believe the PA's inherent adaptability and broad focus will be a great platform to provide distinct value to our designers and researchers, and in turn our clients and partners, by reinforcing Solstice's customer-centric focus. 

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How we celebrated Engineers Week at Solstice

National Engineers Week calls attention to the contributions that engineers make to society. And, it is a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills. The annual celebration dates back to 1951 and is always during the week of George Washington’s birthday - our first president had a background in engineering and Land Surveying. Solstice is proud to have joined the celebration of our engineers across the globe and how they make a difference in our world.

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Tools and considerations when developing for Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is just around the corner and, to some, it’s already here. What do you need to know to be ready to develop VR applications? Well, there are some specific considerations to make for VR development. There are also more VR frameworks, SDKs, and devices coming out by the day. So where do we begin?

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