Slyce Into Product Recognition

Image recognition is an up an coming technology that is the next generation of product searching. This technology has been available in the google image search for years, and has been advancing in ways we never imagined. Image recognition can be used as a lock screen on cell phones and detect fingerprints and unlock computers. There are many applications for image recognition and it is now breaking into everyday commerce as well.

Slyce is a company that utilizes this technology to meet the growing needs of businesses everywhere. Slyce features a Universal Scanner that allows the user to snap a picture of or scan the object and immediately compare the it to results online. In addition to QR codes, bar codes, and coupons, this technology has the ability to work with real world images.

Imagine a world where the consumer can identify products in the real world around them with the push of a button. Now take it a step further and imagine that the consumer is able to access that product online and purchase it instantly. The in-camera search enables you to receive instant results without having to switch between the application and a mobile search engine.

Results of the search are received in varying amounts of time depending on the type of image captured. QR codes, bar codes, and 2D images, such as a billboard or magazine are received in 1-5 seconds. Real world 3D images are received within 5-15 seconds. The results are matched 1:1 with bar codes, QR codes, and 2D images. 3D images will match to the most similar item in your catalog.

Slyce visual search can give a business the opportunity to capitalize on existing product advertisement and even product sales. By allowing the mobile device to be the POS anytime and anyplace, Slyce is an invaluable asset to any business.

Mark Sparks’ Spark Tank: A Financial Gift for Social Entrepreneurs

“Spark Tank” is sparking up a lot of attention for the expert venture capitalist Marc Sparks from Dallas, Texas. This new endeavor is another humanitarian effort by Sparks aimed at improving society. Social entrepreneurs are encouraged to pitch their ideas and lobby for funding much like what happens on the reality series “Shark Tank.”

Marc Sparks believes that these social entrepreneurs should have their innovative ideas for successful “social” businesses heard and funded. According to him, these innovators have the entrepreneurial gifts to create strategies and programs that will solve serious and prevailing social issues.

Social entrepreneurs are deemed as heroes, but there aren’t many programs and services available to provide them with the financial help they need to grow their businesses. So, Marc Sparks created the Spark Tank as a solution to this problem. Learn more about Marc Sparks: and

In the Spark Tank, non-profit entrepreneurs are given twenty minutes to present their innovative businesses, plans and ideas to a panel of ten judges headed by Sparks himself. The non-profit that gets the most votes from the panel is awarded a $5000 grant to help bring their venture to life of support their growing business. Read more: Marc Sparks – AngelList and Who Is Marc Sparks?

The Spark Tank organization was created by Sparks in 2016 with the help of Lynn Sipora, his partner in a homeless shelter known as The Samaritan Inn. Together, they transformed a home in Collin County, TX into this shelter that services 200 people per day.

The success of the shelter prompted many social entrepreneurs to want to participate in Spark Tank. The first round of the program touted applications from fourteen local Texas non-profit organizations.

The three finalists were Metro Dreams, Dog Matters, and House of Eli. Out of the three presenters, one winner was chosen: Dog Matters, which is an organization that provides foster care to the pets of owners who have entered addiction treatment programs.

Beyond the April final, there will be two more rounds of Spark Tank in the year 2016 before the winners of each round go head-to-head. They will compete for a grand prize at the end of the year.

Sparks is known for believing that individuals can become successful themselves, which fuels his drive for social change. It also fuels his drive for not only donating money, but also donating his time to work in his own shelter and even help build homes through Habitat for Humanity.

According to Marc Sparks his mission in forgoing any humanitarian effort is to “give back,” and creating the Spark Tank only adds to that mission while giving others the chance to “give back” as well.

Securus Technologies Points Out Theft In The Corrections Telecommunications Industry

The Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) accused Global Tel Link (GTL), a firm offering inmate communication solutions, of overcharging inmates and their families for telephone calls. Securus Technologies, a private company in the same industry, is issuing press releases to emphasize GTL’s theft. Securus hopes to shame GTL into acting with integrity in the future. According to a PR Newswire report, the PCS found that GTL engaged in multiple acts of overcharging for calls, including artificially inflating charges for the sole purpose of increasing the company’s revenue. Rick Smith, CEO of Securus Technologies, admits that Louisiana’s PCS held their investigation years ago, however, Smith claims that GTL is a tainted company and time does not excuse their actions.
Securus America Technologies recently announced that they have received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the company received an A+ rating. Acting with honor and transparency is important to Securus; the company knows that they owe a responsibility to the 1,200,000 inmates that they serve across North America.

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CrunchBase lists a number of acquisitions that increase the scope of services Securus can offer to its customers. When Securus acquired Guarded Exchange, the company’s 17th acquisition in 32 months, they gained over 70 of Guarded Exchange’s proprietary technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, Securus currently serves 3,450 corrections, public safety and law enforcement agencies.

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The Midas Legacy Sets Itself Apart From The Competition

The Midas Legacy team has the expertise and knowledge working in the financial industry markets, and they use this experience to help guide others to achieve their goals. The company is run by Sean Bower, Jim Samson, and Mark Edwards and works to supply online courses and publications as well as many other programs designed to help others get their finances under control. Becoming financially independent is a goal for most people, and many of them have the necessary motivation to achieve it. But often times they do not know how to get started and do not have the tools needed. The Midas Legacy is here to help people achieve their personal goals and dreams.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can use the business blueprints from The Midas Legacy to build the needed foundation for making money and starting up their own company. The Midas offers premium memberships and the Midas Code, which supplies customers with the knowledge and tools necessary to learn the proper way of starting up a business and the secrets to making profit. Don’t be mislead however, The Midas Legacy is not about getting rich quick or some guarantee to be a millionaire over night. They solely work by guiding people in the right direction to be successful.

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Want a happier, healthier, & wealthier life? Find The Midas Legacy

The Midas Legacy has extensive information on planning out funds for retirement offered to their members, with plenty of information on making good investments and cutting overall costs to reach retirement quicker. Most people think that retirement is always in the future and they don’t need to worry about it until later, but that’s not the case. Members at The Midas Legacy and set up their own retirement plans that fit their personal needs, instead of taking some company based benefits plan that may not be what’s best.

It’s all too easy to get stuck focusing on work or the negative things happening in life, and people who do this know the kind of stress it can bring on. The Midas Legacy helps its members with information on techniques for overcoming the stresses of life and putting their minds at ease so they can be more focused. To go even further, The Midas Legacy even provides information on good diets for its members.

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Skout CFO Portia Kersten


It takes a special skill set to be successful as an executive in the fast paced and ever changing world of internet based social networks. Portia Kersten, Chief Financial Officer of Skout knows this first hand. She joined Skout’s executive team in April 2011. At that time the internet based social network site had been operating for just four years. The highly successful San Francisco, Ca. based firm is now the world’s largest network for people to meet. Skout is not a dating site, but it focuses on facilitating serendipitous meetings. Skout is proud of the more than five-hundred million connections made between its ten million members.
The Skout app is easy to use, fast and safe. A department devoted to app security operates twenty four hours a day, and oversees users in one hundred and eighty countries speaking fourteen different languages. The app uses Global Positioning Software to help members find other members in the general area. It doesn’t give out the exact location; it provides a platform for people with similar likes and tastes to meet.
In an interview with journalist, Laura Dunn, Kersten shares that she has spent over ten years assisting small high- growth companies raise capital, maximize growth and achieve success. Kersten believes her childhood imagination and role models such as Charles Dickens and Margaret Thatcher were instrumental in starting her on the road to success. She attributes her strength to push through tough challenges to mentoring she received from Robin Wolaner, the founder of Parenting Magazine.
Kersten relies on efficiency and focusing on high priority tasks to balance her professional and personal life. Kersten gladly gives back some of the wisdom she has benefited from early in her career. She is pleased to have opportunities to serve as a mentor and role model to younger women. Kersten encourages those starting out to “embrace versatility…question the status quo and don’t let others define you.”
She cites the Skout Philippines community, as an example. One of this Skout community’s members encountered a medical emergency, the Skout community came together to offer help and support. Kersten hopes that Skout will keep bringing people together and giving them a positive experience.
With Portia Kersten helping to lead, Skout will continue to grow and flourish allowing Kersten to see her hope come to fruition.







Is Wen by Chaz Cinderella’s Cleansing Conditioner?

WEN by Chaz is a cleansing conditioner not a shampoo. The rich, non foaming formula does not contain sulfites that can strip hair’s natural moisture. The product has a loyal Hollywood following among those with coarse, unruly or exceptionally dry manes. But will Wen by Chaz heavily moisturizing formula weigh down fine hair?

Emily McClure from is determined to find out. In her article I Used Cleansing Cleansing Conditioner On My Fine Hair & Here’s What Happened, the salon professional tests Wen by Chaz for an entire week and documents her results.

Like magic, she found her hair to be extra shiny, bouncy and thick after just one use. Her only concern was the amount of product that she needed to use. Wen advises 10X the amount of normal shampoo or a minimum of 24 pumps for long hair. Since the sephora hair care kit replaces five products, including shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave in conditioner and weekly treatments, Wen by Chaz might still free up some space on the shower shelf.

However, just like Cinderella’s dress for the ball, she found that all the hair magic had disappeared the next morning. She was left with greasy flat hair. Yet the devoted reviewer kept trying Wen by Chaz for the entire week. Visit Guthy-Renker to know more about Wen.

Her conclusion is that Wen by Chaz transformed her fine hair into soft and beautiful locks for about 12 hours. After that it was flatter and greasier than if she had cleansed with a traditional shampoo. Wen is available online on Total Beauty‘s website.

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