Nice seeing old friends in person – And to meet people I’ve only seen online, til now

June 11, 2017

➡️ Follow @HeavenBeatbox on Twitter! ⬅️ So one day in the future we’ll look back on these backward-image Snaps⬇️ and know it’s OG Snapchat?? LOL!  Fix it, already! C’mon, man!

⬇️ My Snapchat “video” from the event. No HBB beatboxing in it, sadly! My bad . . . I got there a little too late ⬇️

Snaps from tonight:
Taken via: the Huawei Google Nexus 6P smartphone.
Carrier: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE. Yes, you CAN use the Nexus 6P on Verizon Wireless. It’s perfectly fine🙄 You’re not doing anything wrong. Don’t let Verizon tell you you can’t use the Nexus 6P on their 4G LTE. #eyeroll🙄

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A chat with the developer of MyScript Calculator


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The MyScript Calculator free Android and iOS app by Vision Objects

I had the fortune of interviewing Giovanni Rodriguez of Vision Objects, a world leader in handwriting recognition. At the Mobile Apps Showdown, Vision Objects’ Fernando Rynne told the crowd that handwriting recognition goes beyond replacing legacy keyboards. The unprecedented app they created proves that. They named it the MyScript® Calculator and it’s available on Android and iOS.  If you click on this link, you’ll see the presentation video and why MyScript Calculator was crowned the 2013 Winner of the Mobile Apps Showdown, besting nearly 40 other great competitors. Now that’s impressive!

Here’s more information about the app and the company. Answers are provided by Giovanni Rodriguez of Vision Objects.

Q: What’s the difference between the MyScript® MathPad and the MyScript Calculator? How soon was MyScript MathPad created after MyScript Calculator?

A: MyScript Calculator is targeted at the general public and shows that there is an easier way to enter math into a machine than using a keyboard. The fact that your mathematical expression gets transcribed and calculated on the fly is what gives this app its wow effect. However, our core business has nothing to do with developing calculators or scientific solvers – we provide the handwriting recognition engines that let developers add handwriting input methods to their solutions (the SDK used in MyScript Calculator is called MyScript Equation). To illustrate the full power of MyScript Equation, we decided in Q2 2013 to develop a full-fledged mathematical expression renderer capable of recognizing and converting into LaTeX almost any form of mathematical expression. This is a tool many professors and students have longed for!

Q: After its inception, how many years and months did it take to finally present the Calculator at the Mobile Apps Showdown?

A: MyScript Calculator started a couple years back as a demonstration application we developed to showcase our math recognition SDK. All the customers we showed it to were amazed by its accuracy, speed and concept. In fact, after the feedback received at CES 2012, we decided to polish up this demo and turn it into an application. The first release of MyScript Calculator was born on Google Play in late June 2012. Then we recognized the need to port this app to the Apple world and version 1.1 appeared on the App Store that December, just 3 weeks prior to the 2013 Mobile Apps Showdown. The rest is history I guess. We have reached over 12 million downloads since its launch, appeared on the Apple TV commercial, and inquiries are still coming in from all over the world.

Q: At what age did you become aware that you loved math? What else would you like to say about your apps to students, parents, professionals, etc.?

A: Being a system engineer,  math was always with me as a student. I remember those big calculators with a lot of buttons. In those days, just to write a simple equation, you’d need to refer to the user manual and do a lot of combinations. What we are looking to do is to have a real natural way to write and interact with math, text, shapes and much more. This is what our technology provides, a natural way for people who want the pen and paper feel, but with the advantage of mobile devices and the interactivity on tablets and smartphones. The idea behind the use of our technology is to provide students and professionals reasons to start using those devices more as companions and content creation devices, and less as consumer devices.  Thank you for taking time to write about us and our vision for the great potential of mobile devices for students, parents, children, and professionals.

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FAT news (From Around Twitter)

Funny one by Adam Singer

And finally, a company who knows that excess tapping leads to a bad user experience for buyers. The 3-year old company is named @Button and they’re trying to make the path to [mobile] purchase contain the fewest taps possible. Thanks Mike


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FAT news “From Around Twitter”

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Kid inspiration for week ending August 19, 2017

2 sisters who are science enthusiasts were chosen for ABC #WorldNewsTonight “Person Of The Week” \\\ Also: John Cena gave advice to children at Cricket Wireless event

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Video 1 (2017): abcnews.go.com

Video 2 (Aug. 18, 2017): Below

Video 3 (2015): youtube.com

Click: ABC #WorldNewsTonight for the video

The Yeung sisters will be sharing their Aug. 21, 2017 total eclipse data with NASA

On Saturday, August 19th, WWE Superstar John Cena and Junior Achievement of New York attended the Cricket Cares anti-bullying summit to share stories and offer tips on how to prevent and/or defend themselves against all types of bullying. The event, hosted by Cricket Wireless was a unique day for children in the lead up to WWE’s SummerSlam at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Thanks for the invite! Facebook Live replay: Click here

Cena surprised the children to talk about his experience being bullied as a child, how he overcame and how they can leverage their experiences as motivation. The kids in attendance also visited SummerSlam autograph stages to meet talent and marvel at memorabilia. Additionally, everyone experienced special virtual reality technology, and engaged in a tech and an anti-bullying conversation with Cricket Wireless President John Dwyer. According to a recent AT&T and Tyler Clementi Foundation study, nearly half of New York City metropolitan area teens have experienced cyberbullying in some form, and eight out of ten say they know someone who has experienced cyberbullying.

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Plug types around the world! And more

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True Fit Launches “Shop for Others” Feature

True Fit, a personalization company focusing on clothes and shoes added something new they’re calling “Shop for Others”. The new feature allows every True Fit user to now create profiles for friends and family. Users can  toggle between fit, size, and style recommendations for themselves and/or for family and friends.

Despite fashion being a trillion-dollar industry, this type of tech is not exactly commonplace. Clothes and shoes are notoriously difficult for gifting. For example, ill-fitting clothes are a bummer and it’s the top reason people avoid buying online.  Romney Evans, co-founder of True Fit said he’s excited to finally have an easy way to buy the right-sized clothes for his wife.

True Fit mapped the first-ever Genome™ for footwear and apparel, which helps retailers and brands unlock digital growth.

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Hey Calvin Klein fans: Some collaboration news…

© 2017 Alasdair McLellan

Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein Raf Simons collaborated with indie musicians The xx and photographer and filmmaker Alasdair McLellan on the creative concept and direction for the music video for The xx’s latest song “I Dare You”. It includes several faces from the CK world like Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, and Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes.

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Opinion on buying or avoiding $SNAP (Snapchat) stock

When you first hear the phrase “technical analysis” you might assume it’s about tech stocks because it has the word tech in it — You’d be wrong. If you said it’s related to studying Wall Street charts (in EVERY sector, not just tech), congratulations, you’re right. . . . A great example of technical analysis is in the video tweet by Jamison Gaddy above! (Oh, bonus: In his video you’ll also get to hear what he thinks about buying or avoiding Snapchat stock which trades as SNAP on the New York Stock Exchange.)

Don’t get technical analysis and technology stocks confused due to the word tech. THEY’RE DIFFERENT.

The fact that SNAP is a tech stock is pure coincidence and has nothing to do with technical analysis. Technical analysis is done on EVERY stock in EVERY SECTOR, for example, “airlines”, “major oils”, “apparel and footwear”, “paper and forest”, etc., etc.

In his video tweet above, Mr. Gaddy is doing technical analysis (click here for Wikipedia’s explanation of technical analysis) on the possible future movements and the price history of SNAP stock, a stock which, coincidentally, is in the technology sector. True to technical analysis, Mr. Gaddy is NOT analyzing any technology used by Snap Inc, and he’s not analyzing the way Snap Inc is run as a business — again, that’s not what technical analysis is. He’s also not analyzing the tech sector . . . If you’ve never worked on Wall Street, you’re to be forgiven if you assumed technical analysis was “the study of tech stocks in Silicon Valley” just by how it sounds, but you’d still be wrong, so I’m letting you know technical analysis has NEVER BEEN THAT. Look at the Wikipedia page above and it’ll clarify how a technical analyst is different from a fundamental analyst. I worked on Wall Street for nearly a decade in equity research and distribution. Most of the bulge-bracket investment banks have entire departments solely dedicated to technical analysis. During my days on Wall Street, I remember having to interact with technical analysts daily, although in a very easy, structured way.

So if you didn’t know, well, now you do! In a nutshell: The discipline has nothing to do with technology. It never has — it just has an unfortunate name.

Here’s another difference. Fundamental analysts (most have MBAs and the CFA title) are required to visit the companies they follow at least 4 times per year. Part of their job is to study how a specific business is run. So if a company is in Idaho, guess what? Joe or Jane Fundamental Analyst would need to fly to Idaho. . . . In contrast: Technical analysts aren’t asked to fly anywhere — they’re analyzing charts all day.

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