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  • 2017/06/07
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Wonder Woman: a New Era for Women in Technology

.“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power”. William Moulton Marston (creator of Wonder Woman)   Wonder Woman has been shattering box office records becoming the highest grossing opening for a female director in film history.  The fact that this super production was directed by […] read more

consultr_support
  • 2017/03/02
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People are still awesome

I love technology, don’t get me wrong, but I still prefer humans over robots. One of my responsibilities at ConsultR is to interview candidates for upcoming positions. I enjoy this process, I am always pleasantly surprised during the interviews. I’m also a self-confessed social being so I love meeting new people and being exposed to different […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2017/02/16
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Slackbot: the only bot you’ll ever need

Remembering to do things is hard.  For some reason, I find that it’s getting harder and harder to remember certain tasks.  Perhaps it’s because of all the different things I need to balance: work, school, family, social life etc.  Maybe it’s a product of the times I live in.  My brain is constantly exposed to […] read more

Evelina Suzdaltseva
  • 2017/02/01
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5 Essential Methodologies of Design

Nowadays we can say without any doubt that design is a multidisciplinary discipline.  Every designer has his or her own methodology and can therefore choose to use different tools and channels to gather information for the design in hand.  Taking this into consideration I have compiled a list of tools that I find very helpful […] read more

Ramiro Cánovas
  • 2017/01/19
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STILL Dare to Feel with Technology

I consider myself a person who can absorb a lot of information, a LOT, believe me but even with that, I still have to write things down. I am 100% digital so I recently started using an old notes app. This app has grown incredibly and is now much more functional than it was then: Evernote. […] read more

Federico Cardinali
  • 2017/01/10
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Gadgets I would like to see come to life in 2017

A new year is here, and as always new year’s resolutions are a plenty.  Most people are looking forward to new projects while others are busy trying to wrap up unfinished ones. For us technology lovers we look forward to the new launches, everything from CES and all the new gadgets, to Apples’ hyped up […] read more

Agustin Canovas
  • 2017/01/03
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5 HTML Editors to Make Your Programming Process Easier

At ConsultR we are constantly researching new practices to improve our workflow. We also strive to always be up to date and anticipate the new tendencies and technical tools that are coming. Particularly in the development department, my area, we are just a bunch of techies concerned about development optimization times. Always taking into consideration the quality […] read more

consultr_support
  • 2016/12/20
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Spotify: User Experience Beats Up Music Experience

This morning I woke up and much like every morning I put some music on while I had breakfast. I knew exactly what I wanted to listen to, so I opened Spotify and searched for “Gimme Shelter”. To my surprise I got an error message, my subscription payment wasn’t processed so my account was frozen. I […] read more

Evelina Suzdaltseva
  • 2016/12/02
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Heuristics in the Real World

To put an idea into place when it comes to a designing project, we must first take some important steps.  The choices we make to communicate effectively are not taken at random. Understanding heuristics helps us make better decisions in terms of the topics at hand. These are the three steps that must be followed […] read more

Federico Cardinali
  • 2016/11/23
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Hype: the root cause of dissapointment

For different reasons I waited anxiously for the new iPhone 7.  While doing so I noticed how I seemed to get more anxious by the minute.  After reading a few reviews I realized that I wasn’t excited to use the new iPhone, I wasjust excited  to have it.  My expectations were so high that I […] read more

Ezio Menutti
  • 2016/11/18
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Internet Browsing: I Don’t Wear Matching Socks

Life is short.  So I choose to unburden myself  and I just pick the first two socks I find in my drawer.  It’s not that I’m trying to take a stand or anything, nobody sees your socks anyways. What really matters is trying to figure out why we do what we do. Is wearing a matching pair […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/11/15
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Fake News Stories

Facebook and Google announce major changes This week Facebook faced significant criticism over its role in the US election.  Specifically for allowing and promoting fake stories as real and credible news stories.  But Facebook wasn’t the online “media” outlet facing criticism, CNN was accused of giving one candidate too much exposure and Google’s own CEO […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/11/04
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Facebook continues to wage war on Snapchat

Whatsapp: A new feature or a new app? Has Facebook decided  to move in a different direction  with Whatsapp and make the app more social?  A new feature in beta testing raises the question. Facebook testing stories feature in Whatsapp Whatsapp has started to test a feature similar to Instagram’s stories (and Snapchat’s moments) on it’s beta […] read more

Evelina Suzdaltseva
  • 2016/11/03
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Usability Heuristics

One of the ways to evaluate the usability of a site is to evaluate a given flow, interface or platform exploring their given functions and any errors they may have. This process is refered to as Usability Heuristics. Jakob Nielsen, has come up with  10 rules to consider when designing an interface to make user the user has a […] read more

Federico Cardinali
  • 2016/10/26
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API’s for real people

Often when we interact with websites, e-commerce sites and apps we can log in with our social network logins, we can also shop and pay for services with our PayPal accounts. There are many actions that demonstrate that sites / apps are not isolated islands, on the contrary they allow for reciprocal interactions and let […] read more

Agustin Canovas
  • 2016/10/19
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Call it SMILE

I really believe life choose a mission for all of us to accomplish … no, no, wait, I’m not talking about saving whales, or eradicating world hunger… sadly not… I’m just talking about small (or even ’stupid’) things. What I mean is the mission to be the class clown, the most unpunctual person in the […] read more

Santiago Nogues
  • 2016/10/11
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Time, precious time

Thursday, September 22, 11.33 PM. I’m just about to start writing the first lines of this blog. It took me 10 minutes to prepare myself a tea, and in the meantime my computer was already booting up and my email anxiously inviting me start working in only 30 seconds. And yes, it took me 10 […] read more

Ramiro Cánovas
  • 2016/10/05
Capture Hispanic MIllennials - DIgital

No hablamos Español, We feel Spanglish. A digital perspective on how to target Hispanic Millennials.

Long gone are the times where Hispanics are mostly blue-collar immigrants that live “off-the grid” and have a passive participation in our US economy. We now have second and even third generation Hispanics that are taking the digital market by storm. Not only they participate actively in the online shopping experience, but have also become […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/09/29
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Music Videos for Milenials: The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience

Are VR music videos the future of the music industry or just a natural progression?  MTV made it’s name and defined an era by playing music videos, yet it has now evolved into a different media monster that refuses to play them. Could VR music videos put this artistic expression into the limelight once again? Will […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/09/22
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Technology: Life Imitating Art

This week something amazing happened at work.  Actually something horrible happened but it precipitated a chain of events that made me think of 80’s TV, how far technology has come and how we do in fact live in a world where life imitates art. One of the programmers at ConsultR lost his cellphone this week. […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/09/12
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National Video Games Day 2016

ConsultR’s best video games of all time   September 12th is National Video Games Day, a holiday for gamers to celebrate their favorite pastime.  Since Computer Space, the first commercially sold game, video games have become part of our everyday lives, even if we don’t consider ourselves “true” gamers.     Starting at a very […] read more

Ezio Menutti
  • 2016/09/01
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I Need A Phone… And That’s OK

  In 2016 we use cellphones to help us with every aspect of our lives but can we really live without them? In the event that we break or lose our favorite device we may experience a sense of doom or emptiness. All that remains is an original cardboard box full of promises with an […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/08/25
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The Ultimate Chess Game: Google vs. Apple

Google and Apple have been locked in an intense chess game for about a decade now. They both have studied each other and built on their strategies year after year hoping to come out on top.  Each company has upped its game on more than one occasion fighting for the ultimate prize: primacy over mobile […] read more

Ramiro Cánovas
  • 2016/08/08
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5 Key Concepts That You Must Consider Before Selling Online

Selling online is no longer an easy task. We now live in a world where customers search and decide for online businesses (not the other way around), a world where 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. We now compete in a market where having a good product is not the […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/06/14
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Bluetooth 5: What we know so far

The next generation of Bluetooth standard is almost here.  This is what we know so far: 1. Speed The company behind Bluetooth has announced that Bluetooth 5 will be twice as fast than its predecessor Bluetooth 4.3 LE, which could entail a maximum speed of 2Mbps.  Even if you don’t reach that speed you should […] read more

Federico Cardinali
  • 2015/10/21
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7 streaming strategies to jump start your digital startup

Not long ago, in order to access content you had to literally go get it: To purchase a book you had to go to a library, to see a movie you had to go to the neighborhood’s video store and to listen to the latest CD from your favorite band you had to go to […] read more

Santiago Nogues
  • 2015/09/16
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5 Reasons why Information Architecture (IA) could boost your website

In this article we mention 5 key points that raise the importance of an IA work before the start of development. ”The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability”. The Information Architecture Institute 1. IA is not a navigation tree! Information Architecture does not consist […] read more

Julian Bravo
  • 2015/06/03
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The power of sustainable brands.

The climatic changes caused by deforestation, accidents and health problems caused by the use of chemicals in food and the cemeteries for electronic scrap in developing countries in Africa are partly examples of bad business decisions that have been dragged from decades. “Bad Market decisions affecting the human species” Towards the end of the century, […] read more

Ramiro Cánovas
  • 2015/05/13
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5 Reasons why developing a Native App could be a Mistake for a Startup

We live in a world where trends don’t just offer great opportunities for new business ideas – they can also dictate the direction of existing businesses. These opportunities naturally make people say, “Let’s build an app!” or “I have a great app idea.” But after years of working with startups, I came to the conclusion […] read more

Santiago Nogues
  • 2015/05/06
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5 key concepts to have in mind when developing a brand

Developing a brand is a challenge and continuous learning. Very often, brands are placed on unrealistic scenarios and neglect the fact that they will inevitably end up interacting in the real world. So here are 5 tips that, in our experience, are useful to plan branding as something strategic. 1. Believing in “absolute” brands Sometimes […] read more