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Self-Service Kiosk For Vehicle Registrations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Drivers in Nashville can now renew their vehicle registrations at a self-service kiosk.

On Tuesday, Mayor Karl Dean joined Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn for the unveiling of the first motor vehicle registration renewal kiosk in the state of Tennessee.110

More information: http://www.scrippsmedia.com/newschannel5/news/County-Clerk-Unveils-Self-Service-Kiosk-For-Vehicle-Registrations-290677961.html

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Self-Service Kiosks Offer Convenience

Self-service is on the rise, and not just in situations in which people are alone at home using their computers. Increasingly, people are also handling transactions themselves via kiosks at airports, hotels, libraries, restaurants, and theaters.109

More information: http://www.cloudcontactcenterzone.com/topics/cloud-contact-center/articles/402210-self-service-kiosks-offer-convenience-cost-savings-various.htm

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Self-Service Kiosks To Receive Updates

By Sarah Valenzuela SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The eight new high tech self service kiosks installed at the Office of Social Services in the Civic Center on March 23rd are as much a time reducer as they are a stress reliever. Like most technology, these kiosks have more updates on the way.108

More information: https://nccnews.expressions.syr.edu/technology/new-self-service-kiosks-to-receive-updates-at-civic-center/

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Self-Service Kiosks at Airport Customs

Customs self-service kiosks, which aim to cut down the time travelers are stuck waiting after traveling abroad, are being installed at major airports around the globe. But do they save time? Traveler investigates.107

More information: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-04-03/do-self-service-kiosks-at-airport-customs-actually-save-time-jfk-newark

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McDonald’s self-ordering kiosk

Wesley Chapel, Florida — In the ever-changing world of fast food, McDonald’s is now trying something totally new and it’s right here in our backyard.

The Wesley Chapel McDonald’s on State Road 54 is the only location in the state with the new Create Your Taste menu and self-ordering kiosks. The store is one of only 12 nationwide with both options.106

More information: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2015/03/26/create-your-taste-menu/70499122/

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Outdoor kiosks: best practices

The challenges of retail kiosks are finding the right spot and driving customers to the kiosks. However, when you make the leap to outdoor kiosks, you add a new dimension to the equation. Now you have to deal with the elements. Will your kiosk operate in wild temperature swings? Can your customers see your screen when the sun beats down upon it? You need to consider all these questions to craft an effective outdoor kiosk.105

More information: http://www.kioskmarketplace.com/articles/outdoor-kiosks-best-practices/

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Self-Service Kiosks On The Rise

The hospitality industry is heading towards using self-service technology to provide a better travelling experience for its customers. At the airport, passengers waste too much time waiting in long lines. The long security lines can’t be avoided, but passengers who need to quickly check-in can do so at a self-service kiosk. With self-service kiosks, ticketing agents are free to attend to passengers who need more help. The convenience of self-service kiosks doesn’t end after a flight, though.104

More information: http://www.acuantcorp.com/self-service-kiosks-on-the-rise

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How Self-Service Kiosks Are Changing Behavior?

Soon, you may be able to walk into a McDonalds, tap your order on a “Create Your Taste” touch screen, and receive a burger adjusted to your specifications. Avocado and shaved parmesan on your sandwich? No problem.

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More information: https://hbr.org/2015/03/how-self-service-kiosks-are-changing-customer-behavior

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Bizzabo puts a stack of event management tools

If you’re not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you’re likely losing them to someone else. Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest will be exploring the latest strategies and tactics in the mobile space.102

More information: http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/18/bizzabo-puts-a-stack-of-event-management-tools-into-one-cloud-based-basket/

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Attend.com raises $5.6M

Event software startup Attend.com has landed $5.6 million in Series A funding and has a new CEO.

Investors in the Series A funding, which was raised over a period of about 18 months, include .406 Ventures and Comerica Bank. The money will be used to invest in product development and increase headcount from 27 to the “mid-to-high 40s,” said CEO Matt Engel.101

More information: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2015/02/event-software-startup-attend-com-raises-5-6m.html

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Event Registration Solutions Reviewed

Online event registration streamlines the process, improves efficiency, often increases attendance, and measures results with a click of the mouse. Online registration software is typically provided by a company specializing in event management software, usually web-based. Online event registration software allows you to customize your event, and then publish it online.100

More information: http://eventplanning.about.com/od/productionentertainment/a/Online-Event-Registration-Reviewed.htm

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Best Event Management Software

Whether you just Googled this exact question, or were emailed this article as part of our blog newsletter, event organizers are asking this question more and more. In an effort to minimize overhead and make more data-driven decisions, #eventprofs are actively looking for all-in-one event management platforms that are designed to make event planning  faster and easier.

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More information: http://blog.bizzabo.com/what-is-the-best-event-management-software

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Core Event Management Software Features

Buying an events management software is easy because there are plenty of solutions available in the market, but selecting the right software for your business is a daunting task. Every software vendor will tell you that his product has “all the features”, but when you play with it, you realize that it’s not good enough to meet your expectations.98More information: http://www.eventindustrynews.co.uk/2013/12/04/four-core-event-management-software-features-need-next-event

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Free and Open Source Event Management Software

We all have our favorite four-letter words.

Mine is “free.”

Free things brighten anyone’s day, whether it’s the snacks stocked in the Capterra fridge or event management software.

Here’s our list of the top open source and free event management software out there:97

More information: http://blog.capterra.com/free-event-management-software/

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Samsung Patents Simultaneous Translation

One of the world’s foremost developers of home appliances and electronics systems is the Samsung Group, a conglomerate of many subsidiaries that is headquartered in the South Korean city of Seoul. The company has struck hard times of late, with Reuters reporting that the corporation plans to meet with shareholders to discuss strategies in the face of a 13 percent reduction in stock prices. However, its presence in the electronic device market has been strong as of late, and the company recently announced its plans to release a smartwatch device during the fall of 2013.

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More information: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2013/09/09/samsung-patents-simultaneous-translation-seeks-patent-on-robot-cleaner/id=45072/

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Conquering Babel

Simultaneous translation by computer is getting closer

IN “STAR TREK”, a television series of the 1960s, no matter how far across the universe the Starship Enterprise travelled, any aliens it encountered would converse in fluent Californian English. It was explained that Captain Kirk and his crew wore tiny, computerised Universal Translators that could scan alien brainwaves and simultaneously convert their concepts into appropriate English words.95

More information: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21569014-simultaneous-translation-computer-getting-closer-conquering-babel

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TYPES OF INTERPRETATION

Calliope’s interpretation services cover all types of interpretation, be it simultaneous, consecutive, whispered, executive or small tour guide system. While we work mostly on location, we can also provide services remotely, through video or webcasting.94

More information: http://www.calliope-interpreters.org/interpretation-services/types-interpretation

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Lost in Translation

How does interpretation work at the United Nations?

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi delivered a rambling address to the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday morning, calling Barack Obama “our son” and railing against the U.N. Security Council. He spoke not in Arabic, Libya’s official language, but a local Libyan dialect. Does the United Nations have an interpreter for every dialect in the world?93

More information: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/09/lost_in_translation.html

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Brains of real-time interpreters

The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time interpreting of one language to another. Yet human interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.92

More information: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141117-the-ultimate-multi-taskers

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Early history of simultaneous interpretation equipment

Simultaneous interpretation was used prior to the Nuremberg Trial, although information is contradictory and incomplete.

There are many references to simultaneous interpretation being used well before its “official” birthdate – the Nuremberg Trial. The information available, however, is incomplete, inconsistent and often contradictory. Let’s try to summarize the situation, establish a clear timeline and clarify some common misconceptions.91

More information: http://aiic.net/page/6625/early-history-of-simultaneous-interpretation-equipment/lang/1

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Conference Room Mic Myths

When a meeting is large enough that not everyone is able to hear all potential talkers in the room, you need to turn to sound reinforcement or audio conferencing technologies. If the meeting participants are limited to only those physically present in the same room, the objective is simple: to increase the audio level of each talker within the boundaries of the room. Achieving this requires some sort of sound reinforcement system, and the main challenges are acoustical. – See more at: http://www.avnetwork.com/av-technology/0002/top-five-conference-room-mic-myths/94605#sthash.M9VEe8ee.dpuf90

More information: http://www.avnetwork.com/av-technology/0002/top-five-conference-room-mic-myths/94605

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Conference Phone with Extension Microphones

SUDBURY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Revolabs®, the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications (UC), enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications, announced today it has begun shipping the latest addition to its award-winning FLX™ family, the FLX™ UC 1500 IP & USB Conference Phone with Extension Microphones.

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Gemalto contactless payment wristbands

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is supplying Saracens, one of the UK’s most successful rugby union clubs, with prepaid wristbands that offer fans speedy and secure contactless payment for food and drink at its Allianz Park stadium in north London. It promises supporters an even better match day experience, cutting queues for refreshments and eliminating the hassle of fumbling for notes and coins.

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More information: http://www.gemalto.com/press/Pages/gemalto-contactless-payment-wristbands-enable-speedy-and-secure-purchases-for-saracens-supporters.aspx

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Contactless payment wristbands

Supporters of Saracens rugby union club have been given prepaid contactless wristbands that let them pay for food and drink with a tap at the club’s Allianz Park stadium in north London, as well make payments outside the venue and travel on the city’s public transport network.87

More information: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/05/06/335097/saracens-fans-get-contactless-payment-wristbands/

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Lollapalooza Goes Cashless

Lollapalooza is rolling out a new initiative this week called Lolla Cashless that claims to be the first effort from a major U.S. music festival to use radio frequency identification (or RFID)-enabled wristbands for payments. The Chicago music festival will begin sending concertgoers bracelets leading up to the August event that can be linked to credit card information for buying food and drinks.86

More information: http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/lollapalooza-goes-cashless-digital-wristbands-158661

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Surplus food for the homeless

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.

One lunch changed Komal Ahmad’s life.

It was 2011. She had just come back from Navy summer training and was attending the University of California at Berkeley to start work on her undergraduate degree.

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More information: http://www.cnet.com/news/feeding-forward-app-delivers-food-to-homeless-shelters-in-real-time/

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Startup turns smartphones into microphones at events

MESA, Ariz. — During a session on Thursday at Phoenix Startup Week, an investor advised entrepreneurs in the crowd that founders within the same family may have a harder time raising money for their company, let alone building a successful business.

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More information: http://www.geekwire.com/2015/this-sibling-led-startup-turns-your-smartphone-into-a-microphone-at-big-events-meetings/

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Is the smartphone app “Waze” a benefit?

I had never heard of this smartphone app “Waze” until I saw news article after news article pertaining to the controversy of whether or not this app is helpful or harmful to consumers and law enforcement.

You might ask what is Waze?  It is a smartphone app used mainly for navigation. Waze remembers users’ commonly used routes and tells users what traffic events will be encountered on any route.83

More information: http://www.edwardsragatz.com/is-the-smartphone-app-waze-a-benefit-or-a-detriment-to-consumers-and-law-enforcement/

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How your smartphone threatens?

When fans showcase their favorite athletes on Twitter or Instagram, sports teams have been enthusiastic enablers. But a new live-streaming video app is threatening to undercut one of pro sports’ biggest revenue sources: TV rights fees.

The app, called Periscope, recently was purchased by Twitter and is sparking speculation that it will do to live broadcasting what Napster did to the music industry. It enables users to broadcast in high definition free from their smartphones, and fans are using it to stream team events from warmups to game action.81

More information: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150508/ISSUE01/150509841/how-your-smartphone-threatens-pro-sports-teams-bottom-line