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Fall is approaching rapidly, and besides the wonderful weather, falling leaves, and shorter days, it also means that students are returning to school.  In that spirit, we have compiled some of the best tech for college students.  We are not going to talk about dorms or apartments–these items are a matter of personal tastes and so many articles have covered them it is unlikely we could break new ground.  Instead, we have spoken with college students and ascertained what tech they cannot live without.  In other words, if you only buy a few things for your student this fall, these are the things to purchase.

Backpacks. No matter where you send your child to college, whether it be an urban campus like NYU or Georgia State, or a more traditional, insular college like Carleton College or Cornell, they are going to need a way to tote their books, notebooks, laptop, and tech to and from classes. Today’s backpacks aren’t like the old-school rucksack made of canvas and straps.  The best backpacks need to have compartments for cords and tech, need to be water-resistant, and need to be sturdy enough to protect the contents should the bag fall or drop.  Some of the higher end versions can even charge devices and include a hard drive. Here are the picks from the students we surveyed.  Co-alition and AMPL are both gadget-oriented picks if a bit on the pricey side.  Herschel backpacks are the college-student gold standard, and at a price of less than $100, can be replaced easily should they tear.  The North Face also has a wide variety of sturdy backpacks at all price ranges.

Laptop. Forget the tablets. They are hard to type on and remember that this list is about absolute necessity.  A well-made laptop with plenty of memory, options for gaming, and high functionality is a must.  Students will be doing everything from taking notes in class to researching term papers and coordinating their social lives on this machine. Even if money is tight, there are great options for every budget. If portability is the most important issue, look into an Apple MacBook Air. For creative types, the 2017 MacBook Pro, with its gorgeous display, is a great option. For a durable, powerful option with great features and 8G of memory, the Asus ZenBook UX330 is a fantastic option at a great price. If the price of tech is overwhelming for you, eBay has a great site with refurbished technology.

Headphones. For parents, this may seem frivolous.  They managed to get through their 4 years of college without them.  Bear in mind that Millennials and Generation Z are used to a barrage of constant white noise, what with people on their phones, typing on laptops, and watching videos. Every student we spoke with said that the ability to be able to block out distractions and listen to music or podcasts while they study is imperative. Headphones offer a portal to focus on the task at hand.  Audio-Technica has a great wired version at a good price, while wireless fans can find quality,  bargain-priced versions through BeatsX or SkullCandy.

Apps.  Many apps that are helpful for students are free, but if you do want to purchase one that you can be sure they will use, Amazon Prime for Students is probably the best choice. They have great deals on items that students would want, including textbooks. It also gives your student an option for entertainment when they need to unwind, because Amazon video has a staggering choice. For on-campus safety,  Circle of 6 is a great app to reassure nervous parents. To make the deluge of group projects easier on your student, try GroupMe.  To help with studying, Brainscape offers a nifty app to create flashcards. To facilitate and encourage your student to call home more often, make sure to install FaceTime or Google Hangouts. The list is endless, and many apps are either low- or no-cost, which is great for students (and parents) on a budget.


If you are a college student and need to amp up your resume and earn a bit of pocket money at the same time, Commercient is offering paid internships in a variety of positions.

Manejar un negocio propio no es tarea fácil. Toma mucho trabajo, determinación, perseverancia y sacrificio. Hay días en los que pareciera que todo sale mal, y podrías necesitar un poco de aliento. Así que, para darles un poco de inspiración a todos los dueños de negocio que estén leyendo, hemos compilado una lista con nuestras frases favoritas de líderes de negocios y atletas que te motiven cuando sientas que todo está en tu contra:

Frases inspiradoras

“He fallado más de 9,000 tiros en toda mi carrera. He perdido casi 300 juegos. 26 veces me han dado la oportunidad de hacer el tiro decisivo y he fallado. He fallado en mi vida una y otra y otra vez, y por eso he tenido éxito” – Michael Jordan, miembro del Salón de Fama de la NBA

“El secreto de una contratación efectiva es este: busca a la gente que quiere cambiar el mundo” – Marc Benioff, CEO de Salesforce

“Al innovar, prepárate para que la gente te diga que estás loco” – Larry Ellison, fundador de Oracle

“No necesitas tener una compañía de 100 personas o más para desarrollar esa idea” – Larry Page, co-fundador de Google

“Tus clientes más insatisfechos son tu mayor fuente de aprendizaje” – Bill Gates, co-fundador de Microsoft

“Nada funciona mejor que simplemente mejorar tu producto” – Joel Spolsky, co-fundador de Stack Overflow

“La manera más rápida de cambiarte a ti mismo es pasar tiempo con las personas que ya son como tú quisieras ser” – Reid Hoffman, co-fundador de LinkedIn

“Incluso si no tienes la idea perfecta al comienzo, puedes adaptarte” – Victoria Ransom, co-fundadora de Wildfire Interactive

“Intentar hacerlo todo y esperar que todo se haga exactamente como debe ser es una receta para la decepción. El perfeccionismo es el enemigo” – Sheryl Sandberg, CEO de Facebook

“Solo porque ya eres CEO no quiere decir que ‘ya llegaste’. Debes mejorar continuamente tu aprendizaje, tus formas de pensar y la forma en que te relacionas con la organización. Yo nunca lo he olvidado” – Indra Nooyi, CEO de PepsiCo

“Cada problema es un regalo -sin problemas es imposible crecer” – Anthony Robbins, orador motivacional y escritor

“Cuando todo parezca ir en tu contra, recuerda que el avión despega contra el viento, no con él” – Henry Ford, fundador de Ford Motor Company

“Los líderes excepcionales hacen lo que esté en sus manos para levantar el autoestima de su personal. Si la gente cree en sí misma, lo que pueden alcanzar es extraordinario” – Sam Walton, fundador de Walmart y Sam’s Club

“Es difícil derrotar a una persona que nunca se rinde” – Babe Ruth, miembro del Salón de la Fama de las Ligas Mayores de Baseball


Managing a small business is no easy job. It takes a lot of hard work, determination, perseverance, and sacrifice.  There are days when it seems that everything goes wrong, and you might need a little encouragement. To give small business owners everywhere a little inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite quotes from business leaders and athletes to motivate you even when it seems the deck is stacked against you.

Inspirational  Quotes:

  “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer.

 “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.

 “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” – Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle.

“You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google.  

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.” – Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow.

“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.

“Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.” – Victoria Ransom, co-founder of Wildfire Interactive.

“Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” – Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook.

“Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I’ve never forgotten that.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.

“Every problem is a gift – without problems, we would not grow.” Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” –Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club.

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer.


SYNC Demo integrate CRM ERP

For this week’s tech blog, we’d have some introductions to make.  We’d like you to meet the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Google Earth’s new social tool, and Commercient’s great new Salesforce SYNC apps.

Stuff I’d want if money were no object, Part 3.  Like the Norse goddesses for which it was named, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is gorgeous and untouchable. While it doesn’t match the Bugatti Chiron for specs, this car is literally designed for nothing but speed.  Aston Martin has even redesigned their signature badge to accommodate the car as the original was too heavy. Here are the specs. The hypercar has a mid-mounted Cosworth 6.5 liter V12 and a Rimac-designed KERS-style hybrid powertrain.  It has 1,100 HP, 7-speed paddle shift, and a top speed of around 250 mph.  It can get from 0-200 in under 10 seconds. The car has no mirrors in order to avoid aerodynamic drag; instead, it has rear-facing cameras mounted toward the back with the images going to two screens in the car.  This will also give the car a better peripheral view.  All switchgear is in the steering wheel. The car will be available in 2019, but unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy one even if you do have a spare $3 million lying around.  All 150 of the available cars have already been sold.  Here is a picture of the barely street-legal gorgeous piece of machinery.

Google Earth might become the next social network. Well, kind of.  As part of the “Voyager” tool, Google Earth will soon be offering a platform to share your own story.  You can post your status updates, photos, and videos and place them directly on Google Earth’s map of the planet, wherever your exploits occurred. Your posts then become a part of the site’s history. You can share stories, recommendations, pictures, or even philosophical ideas about the places that inspired you. They have a beautiful preview of what these personal stories could look like.  Check out their “I Am Amazon” video below.

Commercient’s developers have been busy enhancing our stories. We are excited to announce that we have added several new apps to the Salesforce App Exchange.  We’d like to introduce you to SYNC for IFS and Salesforce, SYNC for Aptean and Salesforce, SYNC for Exact and Salesforce, SYNC for NetSuite and Salesforce, and SYNC for SAP and Salesforce. Contact us today to learn more!


Summertime has arrived and one of the first things you notice when tracking visitors to your site in Google Analytics is a decrease in website traffic. So what can you do? Since 80% of a website’s traffic begins with a search query, the first thing you can do is review your current SEO strategy. In fact, by upgrading and improving your current SEO strategies you can boost your website traffic considerably. Here are some top SEO tips that will help increase traffic to your website this summer.

Pick winning keywords

Keywords are important for your website because they are an easy and free tool to drive traffic to your website.  Andy Beal recommends investing “Time in researching the keywords that potential customers will use.” He goes on to say that “The terms and keywords that are native to your industry may not match actual search queries.”

There are many free tools available that you can use to research keywords which are relevant to your business and are being used by your competitors. Here are a few inexpensive tools we recommend.

  1.   Google Keyword Planner (Free)
  2.   KeywordTool.io (Free)
  3.   SEMRush (30-Day free trial)
  4.   Ubersuggest (Free)
  5.   Moz’s Keyword Explorer (30-Day free trial)
  6.   Open Site Explorer (30-Day free trial)
  7.   Alexa (7-Day free trial)

While we’re on the topic of keywords, it is important to also mention the use of long-tail keywords. Long-tail keywords are “Those three and four keyword phrases which are very, very specific to whatever you are selling,” according to Wordtracker.com. These types of keywords don’t’ necessarily help in increasing website traffic, but provide a better way for you to connect with potential customers.

Yoast.com goes into more detail on why you should put more focus on using long-tail keywords.

Create and publish fresh content more frequently

If you want to increase website traffic this summer, you need a site that is alive and active – that is, you need to focus on creating and publishing fresh and high-quality content regularly. Search engines like Google will improve your site ranking when you update your website regularly with fresh content. In addition, the more content you publish, the more keywords you will have, and the more visitors you will attract. Research by HubSpot found that companies that post at least 16 or more blogs per month get 3.5 times more website traffic than those companies which post 4 or fewer posts per month.

According to Jayson DeMersm, CEO of AudienceBloom, “Your content strategy is the backbone of your SEO strategy because it fuels your social media campaign (which acts like an amplifier to spread your content’s reach) which improves your ability to earn inbound links.”

Be sure to include internal and outbound links

If you want to see an increase in traffic to your website this summer, you also should consider including both internal and outbound links. Internal linking involves connecting one page of your site to another page on your site. For instance, in writing one blog post–like this one–you could link to older blog posts or link to other pages in your website. This type of internal link allows you to distribute ranking power throughout many pages of your website and can be achieved primarily by creating lots of content and properly using anchor text.

You can also drive traffic to your website and improve your search engine ranking by including outbound links. When you link out to authority sites in your niche, you not only build up trust but “you build incentives for the Linkerati (bloggers, social media sophisticates, online journalists, website builders & forum participants) to engage with your site,” writes Moz.

All companies are competing for viewer eyeballs and thus for viewer dollars. Use analytics, fresh content, and smart keyword strategy to ensure that your site stands out.

Muchos hablan de Big Data hoy día, así que hicimos una investigación para ayudarte a entender mejor qué es Big Data exactamente y qué significa para las pequeñas y medianas empresas (PYMES). También abordaremos el porqué deberías emplear soluciones Big Data si aún no lo estás haciendo.

¿Qué es Big Data?

Según Salesforce.com, Big Data es “una colección de datos a gran escala, tan grande y complicada que los métodos tradicionales de procesamiento de datos no pueden manejarla”.

Business News Daily la define como una “masiva cantidad de información que las empresas recolectan de fuentes tanto offline como online. Estas fuentes incluyen sitios web, redes sociales, aplicaciones móviles, softwares, documentos, registros en computadoras, sensores y muchas más.”

En esencia, es información que les permite a las empresas conocer más a sus clientes, analizar campañas de marketing y estados financieros. He aquí lo que Big Data significa para las PYMES:

Mejores decisiones de negocio

Para las PYMES, Big Data representa la posibilidad de tomar mejores decisiones de negocio. Con soluciones como Google Analytics, una herramienta gratuita de analítica web que brinda a las compañías información sobre tráfico al sitio web, tu negocio puede obtener información de:

  1. Lo que las personas buscan en tu sitio
  2. Cuántas visitas recibe tu sitio
  3. Dónde viven los visitantes de tu web
  4. Qué páginas están enviando tráfico a tu sitio web
  5. Dónde los visitantes hacen más clic
  6. Qué páginas dentro de tu sitio no tienen buen desempeño
  7. Qué páginas y contenidos les agradan más a los visitantes
  8. También puedes acceder a información sociodemográfica de tus clientes como la edad, puesto de trabajo, etc.

Todos estos datos revelan tendencias, te ayuda a entender a tus clientes y a tomar decisiones más acertadas.

Relaciones más fuertes con los clientes

Big Data no solo ayuda a las empresas a tomar mejores decisiones, sino que también ayuda a fortalecer las relaciones con los clientes. Por ejemplo, Canopy Labs es una plataforma analítica de clientes y una solución Big Data que provee a PYMES con tendencias y predicciones del comportamiento de su audiencia. Provee una perspectiva de 360° de cada cliente incluyendo predisposición de compra, nivel de compromiso y lealtad, comportamientos por email y otras métricas.

Esto te permitirá crear ofertas más personalizadas para cada cliente, predecir expectativas y actividad de los clientes, y lanzar campañas online más efectivas. Esto te permitirá construir con ellos relaciones más fuertes, pues recibirán ofertas más adaptadas a sus intereses con un toque personal imprescindible en la era del consumidor.

Ideas más acertadas

Gracias a la Big Data, las PYMES pueden contar con ideas más acertadas sobre sus clientes y entender con mayor claridad el funcionamiento de sus negocios, lo que puede traer mayor eficiencia en los procesos, reducción de costos y mejor servicio al cliente.

Por ejemplo, Qualtrics, otra solución de Big Data, permite a las empresas realizar estudios y encuestas para obtener información más exacta de sus clientes, marca, empleados y productos, todo en una sola plataforma. Según Qualtrics, esta información ayuda a las compañías a tomar decisiones informadas basadas en datos y no suposiciones. Esta información también les ayuda a crear nuevos productos que se adapten a las necesidades de sus clientes.

Como gerente o dueño de negocio, es recomendable sacar ventaja de toda esa información. Esta es la era del consumidor, así que utiliza las analíticas para entender mejor a tus clientes y forjar relaciones con ellos a largo plazo.


¿Sabías que puedes obtener una perspectiva completa, de 360°, de tu negocio si integras sistemas? Commercient puede ayudarte a aprovechar toda esa información disponible en tu CRM y tu ERP. Contáctanos ahora para más detalles.

London Tech Week was last week, and the City’s weeklong series of events showcased some of the newest, hippest technology available. The show kicked off with a dramatic, Ironman-style entrance in a flight suit by inventor Richard Browning and only got more exciting from there. The festival even offered a concert for attendees from German composer Hans Zimmer.

With a main focus on Tech XLR8,AR and VR, AI and Machine learning, 5G, autonomous and connected cars, and the IoT, the weeklong event featured the best of new technology and gave startups the chance to feature their wares.

Below we have compiled some of the highlights of this groundbreaking event.

  • Sophia the Robot. First unveiled in 2016, Hanson Robotics’ lifelike robot Sophia has become a media darling since then, appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, gracing the pages of magazines, and garnering over 1 million views on YouTube. She gave a brief speech at London Tech week and was immediately deluged with admirers and requests for pictures.
  • The official opening of PlexalCity.  Located in Here East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Plexal City promises to be  a multidisciplinary hub of innovation for the arts, tech, and any pioneering business. Initially the focus will be on technology innovation applied to a variety of fields, including sports, health, and fashion. Plexal City will have room for 800 trailblazing corporations and startups.
  • Opening of Google’s London Digital Academy.  The Academy has been hailed as a symbol of the continued growth of London’s burgeoning technology sector. The 40,000 square foot space, peopled with industry experts from both Google and around the technology industry, is aimed to help marketers, children, and business people become more digitally savvy.
  • The TechOff. In a chance to let the event’s hardworking tech gurus to let their hair down, Tech Off is an amalgamation of music and technology. The site calls the event “The love child of TED Talks and WWE”. Eight musicians, entrepreneurs and other tech innovators go head-to head in a “battle of ideas”. The speakers get 5 minutes to give their pitch, after which time the audience votes to choose a champion.

It sounds like an amazing week!  Hopefully, Commercient will get the chance to attend this phenomenal event in 2018.

There is a lot of talk these days about Big Data. We did a little research of our own to help you understand what exactly Big Data is and what it means for small and mid-sized business (SMB). We will also investigate why you should employ Big Data solutions if you haven’t already.

What is Big Data?

According to Salesforce.com, Big Data is “A collection of data sets so large and complicated that traditional methods of data processing can’t cope.” Business News Daily defines it as “The massive amount of information businesses collect from online and offline sources. These sources include websites, social networks, mobile apps, software, documents, computer logs, sensor networks and many more.” In essence, it is data that allows businesses to gain more insights about their customers, marketing campaigns, and financial status. Here is what Big Data means for small and medium-sized businesses.

Better business decisions

For SMB, Big Data means better business decisions. With Big Data solutions like Google Analytics, a free web analytic tool that provides companies with data about website traffic, your business can ascertain:

  1.    What people are searching for on your site
  2.    How many people are visiting your site
  3.    Where your visitors live
  4.    What websites are sending traffic to your site
  5.    What people are clicking on the most
  6.    What pages are performing the worst
  7.    What pages and content do visitors like the most
  8. You can also learn about key demographics of your customers, such as age, job title, etc.

All this data can reveal trends, help you understand your customers and make better data-driven decisions.

Stronger customer relationships

Big Data not only helps businesses make better business decisions, but it can also help you to create stronger customer relationships. Canopy Labs, for instance, is a customer analytics platform and Big Data solution that provides SMBs with predictions on their audience’s behavior and trends.  Its 360-degree Customer View shows data about each customer, including propensity to buy, loyalty and engagement level,  and email behaviors as well as other metrics. This will allow you to create more personalized offers for each customer, predict customer expectations and activity, and launch more effective online campaigns.,This allows you to build stronger customer relationships because the customer is getting campaigns tailored for them, a personal touch that is imperative in the age of the consumer.

Better insights

With Big Data, SMBs can also gain better insights and a clear understanding of their business which can lead to efficiency improvements, reduction in costs, and better customer service.  For example, Qualtrics, another Big Data solution, allows businesses to conduct studies and surveys to gain valuable insights about their customers, brand, employees, and product, all in one platform. According to Qualtrics, these insights help businesses make “informed, data-driven business decisions.” The data can also help companies create more products that meet the needs of their customers.

As a business owner, it’s good sense to use data to your advantage. It is the age of the consumer, so use analytics to gain better insights into your customers and forge lifelong relationships.


Did you know that you can get a 360-degree view of your business if you integrate your systems? Commercient can help you take full advantage of the data from your ERP and your CRM.  Contact us today to find out how.

Question: What do Ada Lovelace, Jean E. Sammet, and Marissa Mayer have in common? The answer–they have all helped to shape technology as we know it today.  Ada Lovelace, for instance, wrote the world’s first algorithm and is known to be the world’s first computer programmer. Jean E. Sammet developed the programming language FORMAC and wrote the 1969 book Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals. And what about Marissa Mayer? She was the first female engineer at Google and is now the CEO at Yahoo.

In essence, women have been an influence in technology since the 1800s, and despite the current gender gap, some women are continuing to push their way to the top. We wanted to shed light on a few women who are changing the world of technology and small business today.

Sheryl Sandberg

Forbes called Sheryl Sandberg the most powerful woman in technology in 2015, and describes her as “One of the nation’s most influential female executives.” She has also been deemed one of the most powerful women in the world – she is a woman to watch.

Influence in technology

In 2008, Sandberg became the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and is the first woman to serve on the company’s board of directors. She has been responsible for expanding the company’s userbase from 70 million to almost 845 million in only three years and has increased the company’s revenue significantly.

Before her success at Facebook, Sandberg was the Vice President of global online sales and operations at Google, where she developed and managed profitable online advertising programs. She also served as the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

Influence on women

In 2013, Sandberg wrote the international best seller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead in which she touches on topics like feminism and gender bias and empowers women and gives them advice on how to achieve their goals. The book has created what Inc.com calls the Sandberg Effect, “Women are getting raises, starting businesses, and running for public office.”

Influence on small business

When speaking on the topic of small business, Sandberg says it’s her favorite topic because “It’s the source of economic growth.” She says, “We [at Facebook] really focus on them [small businesses]. Are we meeting your needs? Are we growing your sales? Are we helping you attract new customers? When we can serve them, it grows our business in turn.”

Sandberg’s focus on small business has brought the company unprecedented success and growth as more than 60 million small businesses now use Facebook.

Susan Wojcicki

In 1999, you may have known Susan Wojcicki as the 16th employee of Google, or as the woman who allowed Google to be formed in her garage. But today, she is called one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2015, Forbes Magazine listed her at the second most powerful woman in technology, only one spot behind Sheryl Sandberg.

Influence in technology

Susan Wojcicki joined Google in 1999 as their first marketing manager and later became the company’s senior vice president of advertising and commerce. Handling two of Google’s largest acquisitions, Youtube and DoubleClick, in 2014, Wojcicki became YouTube’s first female CEO.

At Google, she has also been responsible for creating AdSense, which allows companies to make money by displaying Google ads on their websites and blogs. AdSense has generated billions in revenue for Google.

Influence on small business

When you look at technology like YouTube, it provides countless opportunities for small businesses to reach people that may need their products or services. Additionally, it helps businesses build trust and establish themselves as an authority in the industry. Concerning YouTube, Wojcicki says, “We are incredibly proud that YouTube gives everyone a voice, bring them together and shows them the world.”

Keep watching women in tech as they continue to shape the sites we visit and the technology we use.

Drones might save the planet.  A Seattle-based company called Droneseed might have a solution to make reforestation scalable.  Right now, a skilled worker can plant about 800 seeds per day, but the automated drones can plant about 800 seeds per hour. In addition, finding laborers for tree-planting jobs is difficult because it is backbreaking work. The pay for these employees is very high because of the physical toll. The company has created specialty drones to complete reforestation tasks in a matter of days. According to the company website, the drones can survey and map a site in a few days. They also state one drone can seed half an acre of land in a single run. The project is still in the R&D stage; but if it proves viable, the company can reduce the costs of reforesting by ten times. In addition, it could make replacing valuable trees in delicate ecosystems like the Brazilian rainforest much easier.  I will report back as more news about this remarkable technology comes out.

Your cheat sheet to the best of Google I/O. Google being Google, the tech giant had a plenitude of new tech to unveil at their annual developer conference.  The best by far, though, is the AI that the company is developing.  Google lens smartphone camera has a passel of possibilities.  According to the folks at Google, the smartphone camera will not only take pictures of an image, it will comprehend the image and assist you with further action. In the demo, they showed a picture of a flower and then identified said flower for the user. The camera can also do plenty of other useful things. It can connect you automatically to wifi simply by taking a picture of the stickers on the router. There is also the possibility of connecting the app into Google assistant, which means that it can do things like add events to your calendar; translate text; get reviews of a local restaurant, and in turn score reservations at that restaurant.  All of this can be done just by clicking a quick picture of these things.  If it is as intuitive as the demo made it out to be, the Google lens may be the best thing the company has created in a while.  

Chevy finally put on some big-boy pants. I grew up with an unabashed gearhead for a father, so I have always had an appreciation for great cars, even if I don’t share my dad’s formidable knowledge. Normally, I would associate the Camaro with boys in my hometown who wore camo on dates and had an omnipresent ring in their back pockets from cans of dip. All that has changed. Chevy has come out with the throaty, tire-searing Camaro GT4.R, and the thing is everything a great American muscle car should be. With a gigantic 6.2-liter LT1 small block V8 engine, adjustable traction control and a six-speed sequential Xtrac transmission, this car screams. Stevenson Motorsports debuted it at the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series. Here is a video of the beauty in action.

Did you know that Commercient has created its own IoT integration app? Take a look at the possibilities!