The Growing Developments and Uses of Image Recognition

Companies are consistently improving the functions and abilities of advanced technology. One of the technologies that has been experiencing an increase in usage and versatility is image recognition. Image recognition is the process of identifying an object, place, logo, or anything that consumers may be interested in. After the visual cues are identified, the consumer or user is given contextual information, such as prices, reviews, and/or locations. Several apps, social networks, and websites use image recognition technology to better assist their users, give and obtain data, and provide a new, interactive type of service.

Image Recognition Enhancements
Efforts to efficiently use and improve image recognition technology have made it possible to automate processes in depicting not just individual objects of a picture, but the entire scene. Experts have developed algorithms that correctly detect and label each object in a picture or image. Over time, these algorithms are perfected even more with an increase of factual depth and stringent criteria that allows even tiny objects or blurry images to be identifiable.

With the enhanced recognition, companies have begun to explore the true possibilities of its use. While some use it for meanings or locations in pictures, others use it for face recognition, advertising, or shopping.

Slyce, or, is an innovative, leading company in image recognition technology. They have decided to revolutionize the retail industry for their business clients through visual searches and product recognition. Currently, over 6 of the top 20 leading retailers in North America work with Slyce.

The goal of recognition companies like Slyce is to help businesses and consumers be connected whenever the consumer desires. Slyce alone operates with many different divisions to achieve this goal: Pounce is a free downloadable app that allows its users to take a picture of an item that they want, compare and pay the prices, and have the product delivered to their doorstep; Craves allows the users to upload pictures of what they want and discover the best places to buy; And Drivetrain is the app development and engineering team making strides in how to further develop the technology. Recently, Slyce also obtained SnipSnap, a mobile coupon app.

Each of the algorithms used in all of the apps by different companies are rigorously designed to return close or exact matches for every image search. Image recognition technology is a great way to uncover relevant information, make purchases, and advertise. As more developments are underway, a myriad of possible uses and improvements are also becoming uncovered.

Daniel Amen and the Daniel Plan

The current world of nutrition and health has experienced a number of breakthroughs and is a far cry from what general nutrition was once understood as. Still, the current trends on healthy eating and dietary improvements nevertheless have not lost their faddish bend, and many ‘tested and proven’ diets supposedly able to ‘revolutionize one’s health’ are either duds or simply too difficult or too unappealing to keep up in the long run. 

Not only does this make eating and living a far more healthful lifestyle all but impossible, thanks to the presence of droves of processed and refined foods, and any thoughts of a more wholesome lifestyle for the overall betterment of one’s health goes down the proverbial drain. 

Meet Dr. Daniel Amen, he has nutritional plan that all-natural

Meet Dr. Daniel Amen, a nutritionist, professional psychiatrist, and best-selling author of a number of books on health, wellness and diet with a degree in medicine from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. Dr. Amen’s take on successful health and wellness, particularly his focus on partaking of nutritionally dense whole foods to combat the most basic ailments to the more decidedly harmful types of disease, is the product of 32 years of practice. 

Dr. Amen believes that a diet which comprises of immunity-boosting and neuro-protective foods can do more than just improve overall health and wellness, but can actually help to prevent and even treat or reverse the effects of some common mental disorders like chronic depression, ADHD, ADD, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Very impressive claims back by evidence. 

Dr. Amen’s specialized dietary plan, referred to as the ‘Daniel Plan’ (referring to the Biblical prophet and seer Daniel) comprises of a simplistic and holistic take on disease-preventative and restorative diet, with a primary focus on the consumption of whole grains, fresh vegetables, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids derived from seafood. But that’s not the whole of his diet plan. 

Not only is one meant to enjoy the wholesome food eaten on a daily basis, the Daniel Plan also focuses on a fulfilling and richly rewarding spiritual angle – in that dietary changes for brain health and disease prevention is just the tip of the iceberg, but that a spiritually enriching lifestyle should go along with it. Unlike fad diets that focus on one type of super-food as a ‘wonder-drug’, the Daniel Plan understands that the nutrition derived from food have to work synergistically and holistically. 

Coupled with an emotionally and spiritually fulfilling and nurturing lifestyle to truly work, the Daniel Plan is a far cry indeed from most diets that focus merely on weight loss, gorging oneself on super-foods, or counting calories and avoiding fats. If it’s a good, wholesome, and effective diet one is after – one that will drastically improve the overall quality of one’s life – then the Daniel Plan is the way to go!

Also, check out these articles by Daniel Amen on the Huffington Post… they’re great reads!

Atlanta Hawks lose 1st game in last 20.

Nobody came into the season expecting the Atlanta Hawks to become one of the best teams in the game but that’s what happened. Early season analysts had Atlanta taking the 5th or 6th seed in the Eastern Conference now that they had Al Horford back but the Hawks had different plans. Currently Atlanta sits at 40-9 on the year and they are coming off of 19 straight wins which is almost unheard of in the modern day NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans, a young up and coming team of their own, were put right in the middle of the war path and they came out determined not to let that number hit 20.

Atlanta and New Orleans crossed paths so Brian Torchin and fans everywhere got a great show. The Pelicans got their star, Anthony Davis, back onto the court and he was the engine that provided the muscle to get past Atlanta. You see, the Hawks win when they are able to go down low and simply bruise past their opponents. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are two guys that can create havoc on the block. Unfortunately for them they underestimated Anthony Davis.

Atlanta came out seemingly fatigued as they were outscored by 10 points in the first quarter. After that the Pelicans never really looked back. The two teams traded blows but it was always Anthony Davis getting the last shot in. The second year All Star put up an incredible 29 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks during his time on the court en route to a Pelican victory by 15 points.

Igor Cornelsen: Long Term Investment King

Have you ever wondered what’s the secret to success in the investment world? Well, investment adviser and top Brazilian banker Igor Cornelsen has some advice. Igor Cornelsen has a long history of chaperoning investor’s portfolio choices as well as providing the advice necessary to consistently pick winners in the stock market. According to the investment expert, the key is to have an experience and understanding of the market during the volatile years.

Igor has an impressive history with Brazilian stocks as well as extensive knowledge of the Brazilian banking industry, which he relies upon to help investors interested in investing in the Brazilian stock market. His expertise includes knowledge of Brazil’s major bank players, currency value and trading partners, to which the guru adds “when you invest in a country, you should also pay attention to their trading partners. This will give you a greater understanding of your investments, which in turn, leads to more success and profits” (Cornelsen, 2015).

Mr. Cornelsen’s philosophy is that investments should be a long term goal and not just a “fly by night” scheme. To long term investors, the goal of investing is to create profits that lasts a life time. The focus of long term investing isn’t to earn a quick profit, but to invest wisely, so you enjoy legitimate returns. This means being prepared to invest in tools that lasts for years as well as making many small investments in various tools as opposed to making just one large investment. Diversifying your investments helps offset any losses. Long term investing entails investing in companies with a long history of returns as opposed to the hot new corporation on the market. If you are committed to investing for the long haul, it is not uncommon for investors to experience gains of at least 500% or more.

Igor Cornelsen has valuable experience working in the field of investments. He has extensive experience investing in any company or commodity, and is most notable for his work in guiding investors to making more successful long term investments, including stock opportunities that can be purchased for cheap and are practically guaranteed to make money in the long haul. He is currently the proprietor of Bainbridge Inv. Inc., a company that specializes in long term investing. He also held many senior positions in several of Brazil’s major banks, before retiring in 2010. Today, he spends time in South Florida, and enjoys investing as a hobby.

Getting To Know Dr. Rod Rohrich


Many young adults have aspirations of becoming a doctor and for Dr. Rod Rohrich that desire was clearly there. The only difference was that Rod decided to use his talents to make people feel better about themselves. With the basic medical groundwork already covered, Rod made a major turn in his career by joining UTSouthwestern Medical Center. His time at the center served as an opportunity to strengthen his resolve to sharpen his skills in several areas of plastic surgery. The University of Michigan Medical Center had the benefit of his expertise where he completed a great deal of his residencies of plastic and general surgery.

Recognized For His Contribution

As an individual serving in the field of medicine the ability to be recognized by his peers was a major accomplishment. Dr. Rod Rohrich was named as one of the best doctors of Plastic Surgery in Dallas only went on to confirm his dedication. The recognition did not stop there, in fact, Rohrich went on to receive other awards, which included top plastic surgeon by his peers in Texas and the popular U.S. News & World Report. His recognition was not just about his work in the field; Rod also left his mark among students and faculty members at the UTSouthwestern Medical Center where he shared his knowledge as a distinguished professor in the field of Plastic Surgery.

Strength In Knowledge

Whether the individual was a student, faculty member or patient, author or contributor, an encounter with Dr Rohrich would translate into confidence that the good doctor was more than qualified to serve in his chosen profession. With priorities which included improving safety among the patients under his charge, Rod has zero tolerance for situations and procedures, which were considered as less than ideal. Rod shared his concerned with several of his peers through speaking engagements both locally and on a global scale.

The Doctor You Know

One of the main reasons for his success in the field of Plastic Surgery is the compassion that Rod shares with his patients. With a track record that could only be compared to that of an excellent leader, he restricts his patient interaction to specialty areas, which include liposuction, facial cosmetic surgery, Rhinoplasty, cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring. With a reputation for being the best you can be in your field, Rod strives to reflect his dedication to safe medical procedures by operating at facilities with the same goals. Patients continue to benefit from Rod’s expertise regularly as Dr Rohrich proves his commitment to them.

Top 3 Most Lethal Drugs In The U.S. Are Legal

As America debates legalizing marijuana and drug policy reforms, there’s still one key aspect regarding the war on drugs that continues to confuse the masses: the 3 most deadliest and dangerous drugs are legal in the U.S.

Hard to believe, isn’t it Lee G. Lovett? The most current data available according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveals that alcohol, tobacco, and prescription opioid-based painkillers were the underlying cause for more deaths than any other type of drug throughout 2011.

1. Alcohol

In 2011, alcohol-based health issues, including liver disease, resulted in over 26,000 deaths. But that number doesn’t include all the deaths caused by alcohol alone; consider all the other alcohol-related deaths like drunk driving or other alcohol-induce deaths, and that number quickly rises to approximately 88,000 a year. Key issues surrounding alcohol-related erratic behavior and aggression often lead to subsequent injuries, crime, and family adversities.

2. Prescription Painkillers

Whether deaths from prescription painkillers reach an ‘epidemic’ level, as some federal, state, and local authorities claim, it’s more a matter of a semantic type of debate concerning certain circles of drug policies. Regardless of the label, the main point is that today’s prescription painkillers are directly connected to literally tens of thousands of deaths every year.

3. Tobacco

Want to talk about deadly? Nothing comes close to deadly tobacco and how many people it’s affected over the years. In fact, fewer people die from drug overdoses, homicides, and traffic accidents combined than tobacco-related health issues like heart disease and lung cancer.

I Will Never Leave FreedomPop

Remember when I did that post on FreedomPop back in November? At the time I thought I was just flexing my writing muscle doing a little profile on an interesting company, but a few months later, I’m a FreedomPop loyalist. I even liked them on Facebook, which I pretty much never do.

I’ve been with several different phone companies over the years, and all of them provided internet to me as well. After seeing how much money I was paying for both phone and internet, I was sick and tired of the high cost. I could easily play over $100 a month, between my phone and the internet, and the price did vary on a monthly basis. I had an internet limit, and if I went over it, I would see my bill go up each month. I tried to get unlimited internet, but the price was so high, I just had to cut back my usage.I decided it was smarter to stay within the limits of my current internet plan, as opposed to going to the unlimited internet on the same company. After a while, my day job decided that I could do a lot of my work from home, so I needed more internet usage. I tried it out for the first month, but my bill came up to be so high, I left the company the very next month. The next company that I went to was no better, and I still kept seeing an extremely high internet bill, even though my phone bill stayed with the previous company. 

I really needed a change, so I searched around to see which company could help me save the most money. After searching for so long, I came across FreedomPop, and I’m so glad that I did. Not only have I been able to save money, I’m using the internet like never before, and I’m able to complete my work from home. Working from home meant more money for me, even though I work a 40 hour work week. I now can do half of my work at home, and the other half at the office, and make more money. They even have a plethora of Wifi hotspots in my area which I can find with the FreedomPop app, so I can work at Starbucks if home is too distracting.

The internet is very important to me, and I like the fact that FreedomPop allows me to have the internet for $5 a month, and I created my own secure network in my home. I actually got my internet for free, and because I increase the speeds, I only paid a few dollars extra per month. I’m amazed at the price the company charges, especially for the great services they have. I decided to switch my phone over to FreedomPop as well, and I saw even more savings. I want to thank FreedomPop for everything.

Keith Mann: Savvy Businessman And Caring Individual

Keith Mann is a talented individual with the unique ability to connect people with the right skill set to companies with a need for those skills. This has made him a rising star in human resources management and led the New York based recruiting firm he co-founded, Dynamic Search Partners, to achieve great success. But Keith Mann is more than just a great judge of talent and an excellent businessman, he is also a kind, caring. individual who for many years has been donating money to organizations aimed at giving people in need some help and the means to make their dreams a reality.

It was in 1995 that Mann began his career with Dynamic Associates as manager of their Alternative Investments division. He was a natural for the job and moved up the corporate ladder at lightning speed. Within 5 years of employing Mann, the company had become very successful and Mann was promoted to its senior vice president. Life was good and business was booming. But Keith Mann had bigger goals and dreams about what he should be able to do for himself and for others. He wanted to see as many people as possible make their dreams become reality.

To make his larger vision a reality, Mann co-founded Dynamics Search Partners that recruited staff for private equity firms and hedge funds. The company was called Dynamic Search Partners. Mann took a position as managing director and set about building the company’s roster of firms in need of talent and talented individuals to fill those roles. To this point Dynamic Search Partners has satisfied over 2,000 client mandates. The company has also expanded to control a huge database of investment executives. In fact it is considered to be one of the country’s largest.

But personal success has never been all Keith Mann wanted. He wants to help other people be successful as well. One way he does this is by organizing charity events to raise funds for a local organization called Hope and Heroes. In 2008 Dynamic Search Partners donated %8,000 to the organization. Dynamic Search Partners also works with a community organization called Uncommon Schools. Through this organization, Mann and his staff helps children to learn the skills they’ll need to succeed in college. Not only do Mann and the staff at Dynamic Search Partners give their time, in 2013 the press announced Mann and his firm’s  $10,000 donation to Uncommon Schools.

Jermaine in Portland


Jermaine O’Neal came into the National Basketball Association in a massive way, as he was the youngest player at the time to enter professional basketball in the United States. He played his first game just a month after his eighteenth birthday, and has played eighteen seasons in the league since then. He is currently a free agent and not playing in the league, although he is only thirty-six years old and looks to have some juice left in the tank. There was speculation last month that the Portland Trail Blazers were interested in acquiring Jermaine, but that has failed to happen. After the major injury that has happened to Portland’s star player LaMarcus Aldridge, it looks as if the Trail Blazers are going to dig deep and try to get O’Neal on the roster. Slow Ventures stated the injury that Aldridge suffered does not seem to be that big of a deal when you consider the fact that it is just his thumb, but he has torn a ligament that caused both Mike Miller and Shaq to have tremendous amounts of trouble after sustaining the same injury in their careers and coming back too soon. It is an injury that will typically keep you out for about two months, but both Shaq and Miller came back in six weeks, only to be tortured by the injury for the rest of the season. Jermaine looks to be the only person that might be able to save Portland this season.

Mark Ahn, PhD. Lays Out Top Leadership Strategies for 2015

Mark Ahn, PhD. and founding Principal of Pukana Partners has laid his top leadership strategies for 2015. As author of over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and 20 year veteran of various leadership positions his advice on leadership is noteworthy not only in his own industry, but in others as well. With his experience in military, academia, and business Mark Ahn has the unique position of being able to identify effective leadership qualities and strategies in a variety of settings and situations. His newest report explains several importation concepts for being an effective leader in 2015.

One of the biggest values stressed in the report is learning from those who came before you. Mark explains that good leadership qualities and tactics are timeless and that learning from the past is a surefire way to build the future. He also talks about the importance of leading with integrity. According to Mark one who doesn’t’ lead with integrity compromises the effectiveness of the institution. This is closely related to another principal he goes over: leading by example. Taking a “do as I say, not as I do” is ineffective according to Mark and will undermine your employees performance.

Another big issue Mark talks about is remaining humble. He explains that many leaders often times ignore the wisdom of those whom they lead and in doing so undermine their own effectiveness. He states that this is particularly important during times of crisis. Additionally Mark Ahn says that good leaders aren’t born, they are made. This depends upon making good leadership a habit and working at it every day. A lifetime of good leadership isn’t easy he says, but it is worth it and the benefits of being a good leader can’t be overstated.

For more information on Mark Ahn and his report on leadership strategies in 2015 click here.