Neurala updates Brain Builder with visual tagging capabilities

Neurala has updated its AI-creation tool Brain Builder to include custom vision solutions. Users may now upload images to Brain Builder, leverage the platform’s annotation tool to tag data, and the platform will train as they tag. The platform automatically creates an AI solution that’s custom-fit for businesses’ specific use cases and can evolve with the businesses’ changing needs.

From the release: “While investments in AI have increased exponentially in recent years, a staggering 91 percent of organizations still face significant barriers to adoption, including a lack of IT infrastructure and a shortage of AI experts,” said Dr. Massimiliano Versace, CEO and co-founder of Neurala. “These challenges are compounded by the fact that every company has their own unique data, use cases, workflows and problems they wish to solve, which demand customized – and resultantly complex – AI solutions.”

Link: BusinessWire

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Citizen Developer, we have tools for you

It used to be that to build software to send bulk emails, make a report out of telephone data, add up the number of conversions in a week, what have you, you needed to be able to write sophisticated code. Lacking that skill you needed to buy something that fit right out of the box, or you needed to throw weight around to get on IT’s developer calendar. Those days are gone, and the days of the Citizen Developer are here.

Need a tool you can quickly customize with zero or almost-zero coding? Increasingly sophisticated tools are being developed with back ends that are drag-and-drop for the Citizen Developer. Here’s a few examples:

Tools for Citizen Developers

Quickbase Low-Code Platform for Citizen Development is an online tool that empowers non-developers with the ability to design and launch their own custom apps, automatically fully optimized for mobile. It’s a guided, wizard-based drag-and-drop interface that automatically creates app workflows, making it easy to publish time-saving, streamlined automation for a variety of tasks.
BEST FEATURES: Quickbase’s platform allows relatively low-skill users to create and prototype apps in real time while avoiding burning IT Department time.
PRICING: Tiered pricing plans start at $15 per month per user, starting at 10 users.


Formidable Forms is a form creation and content management plugin for WordPress. With Formidable, WordPress users can quickly and easily create and incorporate any kind of form into a WordPress site. Users of any skill level can create and insert contact forms, registration forms, feedback forms, and many others, with no code required.
BEST FEATURES: Connects data from forms to other programs like MailChimp (email) or Highrise (customer database) without tons of code.
PRICING: Packages range from $34 to $397 for an enterprise with up to 200 websites.


SkyVisualEditor is for marketers looking to make Salesforce pages work for them without a developer. Make Visualforce pages with advanced functionality that simply would be impossible to make with Salesforce’s default layouts, not by coding from scratch, but using an intuitive drag & drop WYSIWYG studio.
BEST FEATURE: Use SkyVisualEditor’s templates and layouts as a starting point for your pages. When you’re finished designing your page, simply deploy it directly to your Salesforce organization for use. Assign the Visualforce page to any location you would like to use it.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

Kameloon automates A/B testing and optimization. The software includes: a DMP coupled with powerful predictive algorithms to customize site content and sales management and a library of templates for real-time marketing messages. Kameleoon has been designed to allow marketing teams to manage the maximum number of test cases without writing a single line of code or seeking assistance from your technical team. No technical knowledge is required. Users can modify text, color, product images, button sizes, banners, block placement without technical knowledge.
BEST FEATURES: Not a bug — anonymity is preserved because IP addresses or personal data are not stored.
PRICING: QuickStart is 50 Euro per month for 15,000 tested visitors per month; Learner is 150 Euro per month for 65,000 tested visitors per month; Standard is 400 Euro per month for 200,000 tested visitors per month; Premium is 600 Euro per month for 300,000 tested visitors per month; and Enterprise is available with custom pricing.

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Podcasting tools for beginners

Content right when your customers need it and while they’re on the go? How perfect a format can podcasting be?

Answer: It’s pretty snazzy.

Back in the day – 20 years ago – the way to reach customers on-the-go was on the radio. Now listeners have iPods or other MP3 players they can take anywhere, and on those pod devices you can play podcasts.

Podcasts are downloaded audio files intended for listening on the move. Your subscribers get a podcast pushed to them when new content is produced. The content can be anything you can record as an audio file – discuss your industry, your products, customer uses cases… anything to market your business.

The following tools make podcasting a little more simple for the novice.

GarageBand is an audio workstation software application for Apple device users. With GarageBand, users of any skill level can create jingles, theme songs, podcasts or any other recorded asset.
BEST FEATURES: Enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, voice recordings, and an array of instrumental effects.


Libsyn offers a podcast hosting and publishing service that enables users to easily publish new episodes. The platform permits users to upload podcasts directly to the hosting site instead of saving it on their website, which allows content to load more quickly. Users have the option of scheduling automatic delivery of the completed project to both iTunes and Stitcher.
BEST FEATURES: Single click multiple destination publishing.
PRICING: Packages start at $5 monthly.

Adobe Audition is a comprehensive tool set enabling users to record, edit, and create audio content including waveform, spectral display, and multitrack. Learn the basic steps of recording an audio file in Audition, including how to adjust recording levels and work with playback controls. Find and remove unwanted sounds and background noise, and learn how to export clips in the proper format.
BEST FEATURES: Adobe is attached to the platform Behance, where podcasters can be discovered or find other podcasters.
PRICING: Packages with just Adobe Audition start at $20.99 monthly.


Podbean is a web-based podcasting platform where users can easily create professional podcasts without any programming knowledge. Upload, publish, manage and promote podcasts with just a few clicks. Built in are templates for the podcasting website, as well as a statistics system to give you an in-depth dimensional view of your audience, episodes and trends.
BEST FEATURES: Unmetered bandwidth and unlimited storage.
PRICING: Free. Paid packages begin at $9 monthly.


Auphonic is an automatic audio post production web service for podcasts, broadcasters, radio shows, movies, and screencasts. It includes features such as “Intelligent Leveler” which balances levels between speakers, music and speech – no compressor knowledge required, and “Loudness Normalization” to broadcast standards, including a true peak limiter.
BEST FEATURES: Use the Auphonic Leveler and Auphonic Multitrack to compute our algorithms offline on your desktop.
PRICING: Two hours of process audio is free. Packages start at 9 hours of processed audio for $11 per month.


Buzzsprout offers a podcast hosting service that enables podcasters to host, promote, and track their show, all from one place, without the need for technical training.  Get behind-the-scenes statistics to learn how and where your listeners are finding your podcast. These include: each episode’s play count over time, the geolocation of your audience, what device or directory they’re using, and the total size of your audience.
BEST FEATURES:  Buzzsprout’s embeddable audio players, directions for getting into iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast directories makes it easy to share podcasts on multiple platforms.
PRICING: See vendor for details. 


Hipcast is an audio and video podcast creation and publishing tool. Hipcast enables users to record and post video using a phone, a webcam or microphone and a web browser, or by simply uploading audio and video files from a computer. Delivers the podcast to subscribers at high speeds to ensure that the podcast can be listened to as quickly as possible.
BEST FEATURES: Record the podcast by phone, Web recorder, upload multimedia, or post by email.
PRICING: Paid packages start at $4.95 monthly.


Blubrry is a podcasting community and directory with a PowerPress pluggin for WordPress sites. It contains more than features and is regularly upgraded to remain the most powerful podcasting plugin.
BEST FEATURES: Blubrry is also a community forum, matching advertisers with podcasters, and supporting networks of support among users.
PRICING: PowerPress is free, see vendor for details. 

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Club OS launches new fitness industry management product

Club OS has launched Studio, its platform for business processes and marketing operations for the fitness industry. Its features include SMS and email marketing tools, gym and fitness center scheduling platform for staff and classes, and  an intelligent CRM for customer contact information.

From the release: “The fitness landscape is changing and Club OS is ready to meet that challenge,” says Adam Stokar, Founder and President of Club OS. “Our company mission is to help every fitness and wellness business reach its goals. We can’t do that if we aren’t servicing a rapidly growing market segment.”

Link: PR Newswire

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Facebook opens Group Stories to all, allows reactions with emoji

Facebook is enabling all users to add Instagram-like stories to groups via mobile devices. The feature, which launched in beta earlier this year, also allows members of the group to respond to the story with emoji. Facebook Group members can view Group Stories on both mobile and desktop, but only add to a story from their mobile device. To add to a Group Story, members tap on the Story located at the top of the Group mobile page and select the “add” button.

Link: Marketing Land

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BabbleLabs’ Clear Cloud App uses AI to clean up audio recordings

BabbleLabs unveiled its Clear Cloud App now available to Android and iOS users. The app quickly improves audio and video recording quality by removing virtually all unwanted noises like traffic, crowds, wind, fan, and machinery, among others. Original files are cleaned and enhanced by Clear Cloud with fast turnaround – up to 10x faster than real-time.

Link: Xpress Release

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AdStage Join marries real-time performance data with pay-per-click advertising tools

AdStage has launched Join to connect advertising data from Google, Facebook and LinkedIn with in-house data from Google Analytics and Salesforce. The combination enables marketers to mange campaigns based on actual sales of pay-per-click advertising.

From the release: “If you’re spending a million dollars on paid marketing, you want to know how the money translates into sales pipeline and bankable business revenue. You simply can’t calculate that from clicks and impressions,” said Sahil Jain, AdStage’s CEO and Co-founder.

Link: PR Newswire

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NexTech launches augmented reality platform for eCommerce

NexTech has launched its new augmented reality platform in beta. NexTech AR is an eCommerce platform, which uses artificial intelligence to display products in a virtual space. NexTech AR will also create an AI-enabled curator that learns a shopper’s style, size and preferences.

From the release: “NexTech’s web enabled AR e-commerce solution effectively addresses the entire global market for e-commerce on both desktop and mobile” comments Evan Gappelberg, CEO of NexTech.  When we started looking at AR we immediately saw the wow factor and application for e-commerce but also saw a hesitation of consumers to load another app on their mobile device.  With our web enabled AR e-commerce solution, we have eliminated that hesitation which we believe will open the floodgates to the rapid adoption of web enabled AR shopping experiences worldwide, this truly is a game changer.”

Link: PR Newswire

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AWS launches Amazon Personalize to automate recommendation modeling

Amazon Web Services launched Amazon Personalize to make creating a recommendation model easier.  Using AutoML, a process that automates complex machine learning tasks, Personalize performs and accelerates the work required to design, train, and deploy a machine learning model. Amazon Personalize supports both datasets stored in Amazon S3 and streaming data sets, e.g. events sent in real-time from a JavaScript tracker or server-side.

Link: Amazon Blog

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SAP SE has announced it will acquire experience management platform Qualtrics

SAP SE has announced it will acquire experience management platform Qualtrics. The deal will enable SAP and Qualtrics to accelerate the new XM category by combining experience data and operational data to power the experience economy. SAP will apply its operational data will to enable customers to better manage supply chains, networks, employees and core processes.

From the release: “We continually seek out transformational opportunities – today’s announcement is exactly that,” SAP CEO Bill McDermott said. “Together, SAP and Qualtrics represent a new paradigm, similar to market-making shifts in personal operating systems, smart devices and social networks. SAP already touches 77 percent of the world’s transactions. When you combine our operational data with Qualtrics’ experience data, we will accelerate the XM category with an end-to-end solution with immediate global scale. For Qualtrics, this introduces a dynamic new partner with the belief, passion and scale to bring experience management to millions of customers around the world.”

Link: SAP News

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