Corbin's May/June 2018 TechTalk News
|Volume XX, Issue 3
Welcome to the latest edition of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows.
In this issue:
Face recognition (FR) is rapidly becoming part of our everyday lives. iPhone X users open their phone using FR as their passwords. Airlines and TSA are starting to use FR as a faster and more secure way of check-in and boarding flights. Apple, Facebook, Google and Snapchat have made recent significant investments to build their FR capabilities. It is likely, in the next few years, that FR will help to eliminate passwords and provide easier and more secure ways of protecting our online identities and data.
And now, FR is coming to events. This article details how this is working.
We are constantly tethered to our mobile devices. We are managing our texts, email, social media feeds, tablets, smart watches and more. We have become very adept at multitasking, but it has been at a significant price â the price of our leisure time.
In addition, we are overloaded with information. There are thousands of event-related software applications. There are more than 2 million free or nearly-free apps for iOS and Android. The web is continuing to burst with time-consuming options. The vast, sprawling nature of the options has been compared to drinking out of a fire hose and not being sure of the source of the water. Where does one even start?
So, here is the challenge: How do you adapt to and embrace technology to improve productivity and save time, when you are time-starved and information overloaded?
There is hope out there, however. In this article, I offer my suggestions of where to start.
Corbin Ball, together with Henry Givray, Edward Liu, and Deborah Sexton will be inducted into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders for 2018, the most prestigious honor in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry.
Personal note: I feel tremendously honored and thrilled to receive this award. One of my principal goals has been to help the events industry... an industry that brings people together to make the world a better place. To be recognized in this way by my peers is truly a dream come true.
Cvent, the world's largest event technology company, has announced its intent to acquire QuickMobile, a pioneer of mobile event apps, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, to deepen Cvent's event app and onsite solution capabilities and help the company extend its reach in the marketplace. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of May 2018.
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5 Sites Just for Fun
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it's damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person." -- Bill Murray
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"The ordinary 'horseless carriage' is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle." -- Literary Digest, 1899.
"Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in 10 years." -- Alex Lewyt, president of vacuum cleaner company Lewyt Corp., in the New York Times in 1955.
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