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Qandidate.com

Everyday, employees leave, new jobs are created and vacancies open. Every business experiences the hiring process. Without a formalized system, it is almost impossible to keep track of applicant emails, resumes and portfolios. Qandidate (pronounced ‘candidate’) is a free, beta-web tool designed to organize and manage the hiring process. Qandidate was designed with a strong UI in mind. Candidates are organized by vacancy and can be arranged in various ways including application status, percentage of correctly answered questions and 0-5 star rating. It also provides you with a talent pool and free career site to host vacancies that can be linked anywhere else. Qandidate has helped 8ninths grow a ton. We love our Qandidates!

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Qandidate has made the recruitment process much easier. Our old hiring system was overly complicated and frustrating to use. I love Qandidate for the simplicity and reliability. They make their money posting vacancies to different media sites, so the actual  tool is completely free. Two thumbs up from me! Emily

Using this tool is great for keeping track of everyone. After an interview, I can write my notes or introduce the applicant to other people in my company. Logging the recruitment data is a neat feature too. It’s great to see our hiring rates over time.  Caitlin

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Release date: February 2013

Usage data: More than 10,000 companies

Platform / Tech: Web

Features: Media webshop, resume and cover letter organization, free career site, talent pool, screening questions, and email integration

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Slack

Everyday, emails arrive and clutter your inbox.  Communications are easily lost or forgotten as mail piles up. Slack was conceived by Tiny Speck Company, who was searching for a truly efficient method of professional communication. Unlike email, Slack allows team members to share ideas in real time. Chat rooms are “hash-tagged” to specific topics, where everyone can share files and links relevant to the topic. Slack can also host non-employees for collaboration on dedicated projects. Larger corporations will probably shy away from Slack because communication is naturally more relaxed and open. Slack is not a traditional chat room. It’s a multi-platform app, featuring real-time communication, topic search, and file sharing history. Your team can assign unique notifications to any slack room, such as twitter updates or new bug warnings. Direct messaging removes the need for email or instant messaging. 8ninths uses Slack, and we love it. Slack us!

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After working in corporate office environments and understanding the struggle to find ‘that one email’, transitioning to Slack has been a piece of cake. I can quickly search and reference files or a conversation that sparked an idea. Email has it’s place, but for our team, it’s Slack all the way. -Caitlin

Slack’s file integrations with Dropbox and Google Drive work great. It is incredibly easy to search for files or old conversations. I always have the desktop app open. It makes internal communication much faster and efficient. -Emily

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Release date: August, 2013

Usage data: 30,000 + teams using Slack

Platform / Tech: Mac, iOS, Android, Web browser

Features: File sharing, real time discussions, conversation and topic archives, complete history search

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Displio

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Keeping you on track and on time, Displio is a small, lightweight portable display for you home, office or desk space. Displio sits on your counter, alerting you to emails, stocks, social media, or any other notifications. Using the same E-Ink Screen as the Amazon Kindle, Displio is simple and easy to read. Using the WebClip feature, anyone can create their own Displio widgets. It requires WiFi to work, so a mobile hotspot, office, or home space is the best place to use this display.

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Release date: June 2015

Usage data: 1,113 Kickstarter backers

Platform / Tech: Compatible with Android, iOS, wifi. API available

Features: WiFi Display, E-Ink display, highly customizable notifications and widgets

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Since you only have to rotate it on its side to change widgets, Displio could be a great tool for someone with limited dexterity. It is so simple to use, it is easy to see why it was a successful crowd funded project.
– Caitlin

Having a visual notification tool is really handy. Rather than searching for my phone or pulling out a computer, I can easily see any updates. The size is a big factor for me. I like that Displio is small enough to throw in my purse so I can use it between home and work.
Emily

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Shifts Work Calendar

 

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Shift the Way You Plan Your Day

Are you a restaurant or hospital employee who works in shifts? Shifts is an app created to help build and manage your schedule. For those who schedule their shifts with a traditional smart phone calendar, understand how much of a hassle it can be to organize recurring shifts that change at a day’s notice. Little icons that are easy to operate have resulted in a simplified calendar experience. Add or change shifts with a tap, and share your calendar with family members to help them stay on track with you. Exclusively on iOS, the app integrates seamlessly with your calendar and helps you create your schedule, fast.

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I always used the standard calendar app on my phone to remember my waitressing schedule. It was handy to see my shifts, but it took forever to enter in the data. An app that is functional and simple has a big market for shift-based industries.
– Emily

Shifts would have been useful to me while I was going to college and serving tables. It will be great for a student trying keep their homework and ever-changing work schedule on track.
– Caitlin

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VR Union Claire

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The Claire VR Headset is the most sophisticated VR on the market. Stylish, lightweight and durable, the Claire VR is designed for businesses that want to add more oomph in employee training, create a buzz at trade show events, and impress clients in sales presentations. With Fresnel lens technology and better screen displays than your iPhone, Claire immerses you in wild 3D visuals. Additionally, the set fits over prescription glasses ensuring that no one misses out on the total experience.

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Release date: March 27, 2014 (Indiegogo)

Usage data: February 2015 batch: 51 units sold

Platform / Tech: VR Union Development, Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR)

Features: IPS dual display, 1350HzYEI internal orientation sensor, 170 degree Fresnel lens, prescription glasses compatible

 

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I’m curious to see how other VR headsets will compare with Claire. The screen resolution is 3 times greater than anything else on the market, setting the bar high for competitors. It will be interesting to see how companies will utilize this technology.
– Emily 

Claire is designed with businesses in mind, so I can really see this taking off as a must-have tool for presentations. It’s a great way to make an emotional connection with challenging abstract concepts. — Caitlin

 

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

In April 2014, DJI released an upgraded version of its popular consumer drone, the Phantom 2 Vision+. The DJI Phantom series is one of the first types of quadcopter drones designed with consumers in mind. The simplicity of the controls and thoughtful configuration works to eliminate the challenges of first time flying. The DJI Vision app is used on a mobile phone or tablet device in conjunction with a hand-held controller. The phone app controls the camera and shows flight information while the hand-held controller manipulates aeronautics. Drone camera footage is live-streamed to the mobile device so the operator sees exactly what the drone sees.

While there is concern of losing the drone or breaching restricted aircraft space, DJI has created a solution by fully incorporating GPS. While flying, drone operators are alerted to no-fly zones. If the drone exceeds its 700-meter range, ‘Return-to-Home’ is activated and the Vision+ will automatically fly itself to its original takeoff point. Similar to the Vision, both drones feature 14 megapixel cameras with full-HD 1080p recording capabilities. While in flight, pictures and video are downloaded directly to your phone or tablet and can be instantly shared on social media.

The Vision+ is the third drone in the Phantom 2 series. Next to its sister model, the Vision+ maintains many of the same key features with one significant upgrade, the incorporation of camera stabilization. By including a gimbal (a mechanism for keeping an instrument horizontal) this model takes steadier pictures and videos in comparison with its predecessors. Despite the enhanced video and picture quality, this improvement comes at a high price tag. With a $400 difference between the two models, the Vision+ is priced at $1,099 in comparison with the $699 Vision. Although the Vision+ is expensive, the improved features and the excellent photo and video quality are well worth the investment.

 

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I first used this drone last summer on a windy hill in park by the coast. I was amazed by how easy it was to fly on my first attempt, especially with the wind factor. The range of the drone is very impressive. It would fly beyond my eyesight, yet I could look on my phone screen and view everything the camera was seeing. The camera’s unique perspective created really, incredible pictures. While I have not tried the drone models without camera stabilization, I can’t imagine the footage would have come out so clear. -Emily

 

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Release date: April 2014

Platform / Tech: iOS 6.1 or above, Android 4.0 or above

Features: Full HD video, GPS enabled radar positioning & return home, real-time flight parameters, camera stabilization, no-fly zone features, Adobe lens profile support, 90 degree camera tilt

Watch the demo video here

 

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Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

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Released earlier this April, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are curving the way towards the future of smartphones. When it was announced in March 2015, a hardware redesign excited the tech community as Samsung expanded the touchscreen of the Galaxy phone to include touch edges. This new space phone the latest in the Galaxy series along with its sister phone the traditional, non-edge S6. Unlike previous versions, Samsung has done away with the removable plastic backing and opted for Gorilla glass and metal detailing. While the new materials are a highly anticipated change for Galaxy fans, many are disappointed the battery is no longer replaceable and the option for an external memory card is gone. In addition to the upgrades, Samsung announced they will release a second Gear VR innovator edition headset to accommodate the S6 series. While the Gear VR is not yet available for consumer purchase, the $200 price tag makes purchasing a Samsung smartphone an appealing option for virtual reality enthusiasts.

 

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Visually, the phone is very exciting, but the edges lack functionality to really be a ‘wow’ factor. Although the edges seem somewhat novel, the Edge is a much better phone than the standard S6. I am more impressed by the new features of the phone than by the curved screen itself. The messaging app pops up when I get a text and I can reply without leaving the screen I am on. The split screen, quick launch camera and multi-screen window are three of my favorite features. The camera takes amazing pictures and the high definition screen is stunning. Emily

 

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Release date: April 2015

Usage data: Estimated 70 million S6 & S6 Edge phones sold worldwide

Platform / Tech: Android OS v5.0.2 (Lollipop)

Features: 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED 577 PPI curved edge touchscreen, 16 MP rear camera, fast charging capabilities, 64-bit Octa-core processor, finger printer and heart rate scanner

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LaMetric

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Some gadgets sync with your Fitbit, others track social media, stocks or calendar changes. There seems to be a gizmo that works for one thing or another, but nothing that syncs everything. LaMetric is a highly customizable digital dashboard that can integrate all of your favorite apps. Released as a Kickstarter project in June 2014, LaMetric allows you to create your own notifications. At first glance, LaMetric looks like your parent’s old bedroom digital clock. The chunky pixel display looks like a classic video game from the late 80s, like something seen in an early Super Mario Bros. The little desk dashboard allows you to program your widgets, maintain RSS updates, and produces audio messages through the handy phone app. LaMetric is bluetooth enabled to stream music for an impromptu dance party- totally not your mom’s alarm clock.

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The functionality of this dashboard is handy for developers and tech-savvy individuals that want to program their own custom notifications. However, I can also see it being useful for anyone wanting to keep up on new updates. I am a visual person, so I like LaMetric’s big text and various colors because they are easy to recognize with different alerts. –Emily

 

I’m most drawn to the appearance of LaMetric. It’s bright and cheerful, so I have a happy buddy to sit next to me while I work. I find the dashboard very helpful for reminding me of my schedule. I like that it shows the weather or lets me know when an email arrives. -Caitlin

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8ninths Makes The Clutch List of Top Seattle Web Designers

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8ninths has earned a spot on Clutch’s list of Top Web Designers Seattle & Portland 2015Our stellar focus, delivery and and professionalism are what drove our firm to the top of the list with a 4.5 client review:

“We felt a lot of the work we did with them was some of the coolest and sexiest pieces of the campaign.” – Former Chief Creative Officer, Microsoft, Dec. 2014

About 8ninths

We are passionate, creative technologists who collaborate with Fortune 500 Brands and agencies to create truly innovative digital campaigns and marketing platforms. We are a hybrid of talented, seasoned brand marketers, innovative designers, and world-class software engineers. We don’t know the word “can’t,” but are instead asking, “what if?”

Thank you Clutch, for recognizing 8ninths as a leader in Pacific NW Web Design and Development.

Visit our Clutch.co profile to learn more about our services, read our customer reviews, and add a review yourself.

About Clutch

Clutch is a Washington, DC-based B2B research and review firm that identifies top service and software firms in the technology and marketing industry. The Clutch methodology is an innovative research process melding the best of traditional B2B research and newer consumer review services. Clutch utilizes a proprietary framework, the Leaders Matrix, which maps firms’ focus areas and their ability to deliver on client expectations. Clutch publishes the leading research on mobile agencies in addition to research and reviews covering 600+ companies spanning 50+ vertical markets.

HoloLens: heightened digital reality

The tech industry has been bustling with excitement as new developments in virtual reality emerge. As major tech companies like Facebook and Sony develop their virtual reality headsets, Microsoft has begun to occupy the space of augmented reality. Unlike the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR, which produce full virtual immersion, Microsoft HoloLens allows users to interact with holograms in the physical world. HoloLens crosses the lines of AR and VR by projecting a virtual environment onto the user’s physical space. The applications for this technology could greatly affect anything from neurosurgery to roof repair, and would even make Tony Stark jealous.

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Release date: July 2015
Usage data: Unknown
Platform / Tech: Windows 10
Features: Holographic googles, wireless, augmented reality, full HD camera, 3D printer capabilities
Video: Transform your world with HoloLens


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Virtual reality seems to be the future of gaming, but I see more practical uses with the HoloLens. The interactivity between reality and technology creates a new space for ideation, creation, and learning. I wonder if the HoloLens will be the YouTube-learning of the future.

-Emily

“Blending worlds” is a main selling point of the HoloLens. I’m excited to see what user-friendly applications they come out with in the next few years. I’m sure soon it will start to replace some traditional home tech, like my TV.

-Caitlin


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