A Company That Is On The Move

Slyce is the Canadian born company that has brought us the Snap to buy technology on their apps. This is a wonderful technology that allows a user to see an item that they want, take a picture of that item, and then their mobile device will use that picture in order to purchase that very same product. This is a process that is done within minutes, and it allows a person to purchase the exact item that they want instead of having to go on normal search engines on their mobile device or on their computer. This image recognition on slyce is really revolutionary because it saves a person a lot of time, and of course a lot of energy. Many thousands of people are using this technology right now and they are able to reap the benefits of it.

Slyce was originally created by Cameron Chell and Erika Racico. These were two like minded individuals that came together to create this concept. They were business partners in a firm and they originally had their office in Calgary Canada, but later they went on to move their office to Toronto Canada. Now Slyce has offices in different parts of Canada, and they also have offices in parts of the US. At the Mobile World Congress that took place in Barcelona Spain, Slyce launched its technology. They were able to get over six million in funding by the time of the launch. Many investors found that the apps were going to be a great investment, and later by the beginning of 2014 they were able to get together another 4 million dollars in funding. Slyce was able to acquire a few other app development companies, and that aided them with the development of their app.

Slyce is still a company that is relatively new. Their technology is state of the art, and that is why as a company they have been able to get so much financial support from individuals that are in the know in the industry. There is no doubt about it, Slyce is a very promising company. In the few years that have past since their beginning, they have grown quickly, and they have improved their apps to make them even more versatile and more user friendly.

New Faces of the Human Rights Frontline

As long as there are people in the world being treated as less than human, as animals, there will be people fighting for them. This unique class of humans stretches far back into history and all around the globe. With that in mind, I wanted to introduce some of the new players of the human rights game to you. These individuals focus on different areas, but are all focused on the same goal: Everyone should have a chance.

When Nisha Ayub was 21, she was sentenced to three months in prison for being a man dressing as a woman. After she was released, she made it her goal to not see others suffer for being who they were. She founded two organization, the Seed Foundation and Justice for Sisters, whose goals were to repeal transgender laws and support fellow transgender people, sex workers and people living with HIV in Malaysia.

Yara Bader’s fight focuses on Syria, where she has worked as a journalist to expose what happens to fellow journalists, aid workers, and human rights activists who speak out. In 2012, forces in Syria raided the offices Bader and her husband worked in and charged them with releasing prohibited information. While she was released, her husband is still in jail, being tortured. She now works even harder to expose the Syrian government’s prejudice against journalists and the people that work to defend their freedoms.

The limited freedom of expression and association, along with the questionable ethics of the authoritarian former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan caused investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to speak up for the slighted and ignored. In 2011, she reported on the expropriation of property and the eviction of homeowners in the government’s goal of appropriation of land for construction for Eurovision. She has also exposed the ruling family’s leveraging of transportation, government mining operations, and banks. While at first she was threatened and had a smear campaign ran against her, she was ultimately sentenced to prison on September 1st for seven years and six months.

Yeonmi Park is a defector from North Korea, where she was told not to even whisper. Yeonmi Park speaks out on youngvoicesadvocates about the strict class system instilled in all citizens. As a prisoner’s daughter, she was told she didn’t have a future. She and her mother crossed the border to China and at 15 years old, crossed the Gobi desert into Mongolia. At 21 years old, she is defying her former country and speaking up for her fellow countrymen and women. “[…] people in North Korea are dying for food and freedom, and it’s not just freedom of expression – it’s of wearing jeans or watching movies.” While Park works to get the word out about the regime, it’s not standing by idly. They have used Parks erratic, trauma-addled memory to cause suspicion and doubt. I hope that she and her fellow defectors can bring hope.