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A conversational interface is any UI that imitates chatting with a real human. Right now, there are two basic types of conversational interfaces. There are voice assistants, which you talk to, and there are chatbots, which you type to. 

Almost every major tech company has its own voice assistant. Apple has Siri, Google has OK Google, Amazon has Echo, Microsoft has Cortana, and so on. All of these voice assistants allow you to do things like play music, do a search, call someone, set an alarm, and more—just by speaking. Facebook has M, a human-assisted chatbot who lives within Messenger and can do anything for you from book a dinner reservation to buy you a car. 

Conversational interfaces work well everywhere, including smartphones, desktops, smartwatches, and even devices without screens at all. They can integrate with services like Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat, or run just in a text message window. Conversational interfaces also mean that every single function in an app or service no longer needs to be buried in a menu, or represented by an icon.

In the past, we would point at a symbol representing what we want a computer to do, and then it does it. For example, clicking an icon to open an app. With conversational interfaces, computers and humans can finally speak the same language.

The use of smart devices is projected to reach 50 billion by 2020, according to Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group. With so many smart devices and the availability of easy to use hacking software, home-targeted cybercrime is a growing problem.

 

Here are tips on how you can protect yourself from cyber scum:

1. Change the default setting on your smart device.

Manufacturers add convenience by shipping devices with default settings enabled. When enabling a new smart device, change the default settings at initial start-up.

2. Update passwords at least once a year.

Multiple passwords are unavoidable. Make sure to change your passwords each year. Never use names, address or birthdays, or easy to guess passwords. While it is easy for you to remember, it's also easy to hack. It is equivalent to leaving the key under your mat.

3. Add an extra authentication protocol.

Bulk up your security with an extra step for gaining access. The added security layer could be a one-time pin you receive by text. Or, it could be biometric authentication, which relies on a unique thumbprint, eye-scan or user's unique keystrokes.

4. Check your smart devices for firmware updates.

While updates are annoying, and notification of updates equally as annoying, keeping your software loaded with the latest fixes helps keep out hackers.

5. If you experience a security breach, immediately take action.

Update passwords, notify credit card companies and file a police report. Never use public Wi-Fi networks and don't keep smart devices on the same network as your PC. This will minimize hacking across different devices.

Be as vigilant about smart device security as they are with credit cards, computers and locking the house when you're away.

 

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Our core goals in building your website have consisted of:
 
  • building a mobile-friendly site that functions equally on all devices
  • creating a clean appearance that allows the right messages to stand out
  • leaving users with a lasting impression of trust & quality
  • blending content with simplicity
  • making the site load as fast as possible
 

As the new year begins and technology gets more incredible, there will be certain trends that stand out in web design. People are incredibly visual beings, and the strongest trends are those that consider the human eye, along with our other senses. Websites boasting high resolution will be important in 2017, and brand-curated images to pique audience interest. But, images aren’t the only way to be visual. Typography will become more important this year, as more businesses will try to separate themselves from the competition with strong branding.

Video will continue to dominate trends. Video content is already strong on blogs and YouTube, but designers are tinkering with it in other ways. Background video and motion graphics will be enjoying some attention. The success of good animation depends on subtle gentle movements and simplicity.

As web designers, our job has changed considerably to the extent that we are now largely styling content containers. With the establishment of responsive design our page designs have to fit into simple re-configurable panels – there is less and less customization we can do.

Some clients tend to think the design work is over when the site is built and don’t really consider designing their content. It is so easy to mess up a homepage with an ill-cropped image or with a headline and image that do not really work together. Web users have grown to expect a professional look and feel to websites and organizations that can’t maintain it will lose out.

Infographics could be part of this picture. Using data to identify the areas in which a designer’s touch will make a difference and tying that in with your website’s user experience is the key. This will be a transformative year in the integration of user experience, design and digital marketing.

Flat design will continue being influenced by the simplicity and clarity of app design.

UI patterns will continue to develop, as behavior patterns that occur frequently in checkouts, logins and registrations are likely to become more constrained due to changes and developments in browsing security.

You may not realize it, but you are using keywords every time you write a blog post, or website content. Although, depending on how you use the words, Google may or may not “see them.”You must be relevant to chose up in search results. Start by choosing words that represent the heart of your service, and remember, not all keywords are created equally – some are more useful than others.

You can gauge the keywords that will be most useful based on the following:

1. Traffic 
Is anyone searching for that word or phrase?  Focus on keywords that have results, however they don’t need a lot of traffic, as popular words are harder to rank for.
 
2. Be Specific
Since the competiton for popular words like “bank” and “yoga” are high, look for phrases that are easier to rank for, like “Bank in Denver” or “yoga in downtown Denver.” In general, the more specific your terms are, the easier it will be to rank for them.
 
3. Be Relevant
Make sure the keyword is relevant to what you do. If you’re trying to rank for keywords that don’t fit your website, service or blog, you will have less relevance in a search engine result because you have less authority in that area. Don’t try to fool Google.
 

There are several resources that you can use to do your keyword research. Google makes it easy with Google Ad Words. People use this to buy ads, however you can use it to browse keywords for free! Enter the words you want to focus on and see how they’re doing, or if your website has been around for a while, enter the URL and they’ll give you their best guess on what to focus on. Don’t worry if Google doesn’t recommends words you want to rank for – you know your business better than Google, and you can choose how you want to position yourself online.

The keyword research results will be displayed based on competition and monthly searches for that particular word. Try to choose keywords that have a relatively high traffic score with a relatively low competition score, because you aren’t the only one trying to rank for these words!