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Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! No matter what job you have or what life you lead, there will always be stress. If you don’t have money worries, you’ll have kids-worries. If you have a partner, you’ll have relationship-stress, and if you’re alone, maybe that stresses you out. Life is stressful and uncertain, and that’s part of what makes it fun. Nerves before… This story continues at The Next Web

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This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. UK supermarket Co-op has expanded its use of Starship Technologies’ autonomous home delivery robots to the town of Northampton. More deployments are expected in additional towns and cities soon. Northampton is the Co-op’s second Starship robot delivery location after Milton Keynes, where the service launched in 2018 and is available from eight stores. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: With your donation, you can earn up to 500 entries into a contest for a brand-new PS5 and an Xbox Series X, plus a prize package worth over $5,000. Maybe it’s because of COVID-19. Maybe it’s because people love the frenzy of hunting uber-elusive prey. Or maybe it’s just because a pair of mega-corporations planned it this way all along. But no matter why it’s happening, there’s no doubt that the supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles available this holiday season will come nowhere close to satisfying demand. We’ve known for months that the long-anticipated launch… This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The 2021 Complete Side Hustle Bundle can serve as your roadmap to getting an effective new business or brand identity idea up and running fast. The middle of a worldwide pandemic is a tough time to start a business. But no matter when you start, the basic opening moves for getting a new endeavor off the ground really haven’t changed over the decades. You need to be seen. You need to have a persuasive message. And you need to have multiple approaches to reaching and growing your target audience. While there are a lot of ways that can happen… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook‘s chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has sold nearly $280 million worth of company stock in the past month — his first sales of the year. Zuckerberg began offloading shares on November 9, and he’s now generating nearly $12.10 million every day on average by selling his Facebook stock. The sales come at the tail end of a comparatively average year for Facebook stock. The social media giant’s share price has risen 37% in 2020, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 index jumped 40%. Zuckerberg netted between $267 and $287 per share, with all sales made according to pre-set trading plans lodged with the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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For many of us, 2020 has been a year that turned our work lives completely upside down. While employees had to quickly adjust to working from home, managers were tasked with finding new ways to keep productivity flowing.  This led to an explosion in an already thriving workplace tech market. Solutions that were just picking up steam received thousands of new users overnight, while a number of new tools created specifically to solve ‘new normal’ problems have been popping up every day.  This has created the perfect condition to not only get productivity back up, but also rethink the way… This story continues at The Next Web

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I sometimes ponder how successful I’d be in charge of a phone that gets updated every year. In my less lucid moments, I believe I’d navigate the choppy waters magnificently, each year releasing an engineering marvel that’d send critics and the public into Dionysian revelry. But, more likely, I’d end up releasing a FIFA-on-the-Switch-style upgrade one year, and then the smartphone version of The Homer one year after. What I’m saying is releasing a phone every 12 months is fucking tough. The reason I bring this up is because of Apple. More specifically, its release of the new iPhone 12 range. While… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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You may be a recycling freak, have an array of solar panels decorating your roof, and only buy green label clothing — but is there more you could be doing to tackle climate change? Techleap.nl’s latest batch of Rise Programme participants are on a mission to help us speed up our transition to a truly sustainable society with cutting edge technology and new eco-friendly solutions. We caught up with three of this year’s cohorts to find out how they’re bringing sustainability to the next level. DyeCoo: Disrupting the way our clothes are made Trending terms like fast fashion and conscious… This story continues at The Next Web

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In September, Apple said that it’ll stop shipping a power brick with the Apple Watch. The next month, the company followed it up by removing the wall charger from the iPhone 12 range. While consumers around the world were not happy with the decision, there was nothing they could do. However, a decision by the consumer protection agency in Brazil will force the company to ship iPhones with the wall charger included. Procon-SP, the consumer interest agency for Sao Paulo state, asked Apple to provide justification for not including the power brick in iPhones back in October. Apple justified the decision by claiming… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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The UK has become the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for widespread use. The government has ordered 40 million doses and the first batch of 800,000 doses is expected to be shipped from Belgium – where the vaccine is being made – in the next couple of days. It will be enough to immunize 400,000 people (two doses per person). The UK drugs regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), is also started a rolling review of other vaccines in late-stage human trials, such as the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. If these vaccines also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here on SHIFT, we’ve covered conversion kits that turn your regular bike into an ebike to help you power up hills. But what about when it starts to snow? Well, there are conversion kits for that too. Envo Drive, a Canadian company that specializes in making electric propulsion kits for bikes and kayaks, is taking pre-orders for its “electric snowbike kit.” In short, the kit is pretty simple. You take a bike, replace its rear wheel with the kit’s electrically-powered snow track, and replace the front wheel with a snowboard that attaches to the forks and allows the rider to… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’ve been using video calls to stay in touch with friends a lot because of the coronavirus pandemic. And I really appreciate it when apps and devices have features to make the call quality better. Thankfully, Apple has quietly introduced support from 1080p FaceTime calling to some older iPhones — but only on Wi-Fi. According to findings by MacMagazine, the company has listed this feature on product pages of iPhone 8 through iPhone 11. The publication notes that prior to the iOS 14.2 rollout, this feature wasn’t available on any of these devices. Surprisingly, the Cupertino-based firm didn’t mention this in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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“LIDAR is a fool’s errand. Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! Expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It’s like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices. Like, one appendix is bad, well now you have a whole bunch of them, it’s ridiculous, you’ll see.” Elon Musk, April 2019. Tesla’s approach to driverless vehicle technology has been controversial at best. A series of increasingly poor marketing and branding choices have made it difficult to ascertain exactly what the company’s actual benchmark for autonomous driving is. On the one hand, it’s clear that Tesla has one of the world’s most advanced driver-assistance… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new study from the University of Melbourne has demonstrated how hiring algorithms can amplify human gender biases against women. Researchers from the University of Melbourne gave 40 recruiters real-life resumés for jobs at UniBank, which funded the study. The resumés were for roles as a data analyst, finance officer, and recruitment officer, which Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows are respectively male-dominated, gender-balanced, and female-dominated positions. Half of the recruitment panel was given resumés with the candidate’s stated gender. The other half was given the exact same resumés, but with traditionally female names and male ones interchanged. For instance, they might switch “Mark”… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you want to build a complex deep learning model for a self-driving car, a live face recognition program, or making your image processing software for your graduate project, you will have to learn OpenCV along the way. OpenCV is a huge image and video processing library designed to work with many languages such as python, C/C++, Java, and more. It is the foundation for many of the applications you know that deal with image processing. Getting started with OpenCV can be challenging, primarily if you rely on its official documentation, which is known for being cumbersome and hard to understand.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Strap yourselves in folks, because we’ve got a wild one for you. It’s perhaps the wildest story since General Motors decided it would be a good idea to acquire hydrogen truck startup Nikola — the deal has since fallen through, though — so this is bigger. Reports are surfacing that British sports car maker and James Bond’s ride of choice, Aston Martin, were behind a study that tried to cast doubt on the green credentials of electric vehicles. The study, which was presented as “groundbreaking,” has since been debunked by EV researcher Auke Hoekstra. It alleged that electric cars need… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last night, Qualcomm announced its newest flagship mobile chipset Snapdragon 888. Today, the company revealed more about the processor’s capabilities and features that might benefit upcoming top-end Android phones. One of the sections of the chipset announcement I look forward to every year is to discover the new processor’s camera feature support. While final images depend a lot on a manufacturer’s software, Qualcomm‘s chip gives them a platform to improve photo and video capturing prowess. Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm’s first chip with three image signaling processors (ISPs). These three ISPs enables triple camera concurrency and parallel processing. Fancy words, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: Silent Inbox keeps your inbox clean and you on task, holding newsletters and other non-essential emails until you’re ready to see them.  Email is like an avalanche. What starts with just a few disruptions at the beginning can quickly turn into a rumbling landslide that can ultimately leave you buried underneath. Each time you buy from an online store or join a new digital group usually comes with new email ads, newsletters, or other pieces of digital filler flooding into your email box.  And once you’re getting literally dozens of those each day, it’s easy for something truly important… This story continues at The Next Web

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Well, that depends on the brand. If you’re launching an intimate wine bar or an international travel app, then you may want to rethink your business model.  But even in the midst of a global pandemic and a recession, some brands have decided to launch. The ones that have been successful with their launches have recognized the shift in supply and demand, focusing on providing essential goods or structuring their businesses in a digital-first model.  “What COVID has done has been to accelerate trends that were already starting throughout the globe,” said Jonathan Goodman, COO of Polestar, a luxury electric… This story continues at The Next Web

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Any city that calls itself a “startup city” should provide a range of resources for startups to utilize. In metropolises around the world, local ecosystems are dedicating their resources to helping new businesses thrive, from small businesses to scale ups.  Figuring out how your local government can help you — as well as where to start — can be daunting. We spoke with Bas Beekman, the Director of StartupAmsterdam, on how companies can tap into their city’s resources, from government grants and funds to networks and workspaces.  1. Seek out entrepreneurship organizations  A startup city will undoubtedly have organizations that are dedicated… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether it’s diagnosing patients or driving cars, we want to know whether we can trust a person before assigning them a sensitive task. In the human world, we have different ways to establish and measure trustworthiness. In artificial intelligence, the establishment of trust is still developing. In the past years, deep learning has proven to be remarkably good at difficult tasks in computer vision, natural language processing, and other fields that were previously off-limits for computers. But we also have ample proof that placing blind trust in AI algorithms is a recipe for disaster: self-driving cars that miss lane dividers, melanoma detectors that look… This story continues at The Next Web

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After General Motors pulled its Holden brand from Australasia, public services that use its vehicles have had to find new fleets, including the New Zealand police service. The country, which is one of the more climate aware, says it has chosen its new fleet based on environmental factors. According to a recent announcement, the New Zealand police service will switch out its old Holdens for gasoline-powered Skoda Superb station wagons. The service will use two variants — a two-wheel drive version and four-wheel drive version. Critics will no doubt jump at the opportunity to point out that switching from gas vehicle… This story continues at The Next Web

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The COVID-19 pandemic has become an innovation accelerator, igniting a wave of creative problem-solving within organizations in every industry. Resilient companies have quickly adapted to changing market needs and trends and have engaged in continuous learning to survive. But to truly succeed and rise above competitors, companies must embrace “breakthrough innovation.” What is breakthrough innovation? It’s a new way of attacking an old problem that leads to products or services that can fundamentally change the outlook of a business, industry, or market. Typically, it’s not a single solution but rather the cumulative result of sustained, incremental attempts. Some examples of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yes, it’s that time of year again: Spotify 2020 Wrapped. Been living under a rock? Let me help out. Spotify Wrapped is a feature where the company gives you a personalized breakdown of your listening habits over the year. Is it absolutely ridiculous that it rolls this feature out at the beginning of December? When there’s technically still a full month of the year to go? A full 44,640 minutes of potential listening time (if you don’t sleep)? Of course not. How dare you. Bow down to Spotify 2020 Wrapped, peasant. Despite this cognitive dissonance, I still kinda like the feature.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify

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We’ve seen some cool AI-based musical experiments from Google’s team recently, including a virtual piano and a voice-to-music converter. The company’s latest experiment is a bit different: an infinite version of Billie Eilish’s hit song, ‘Bad Guy.’ Don’t worry. It’s not just one song being repeated again and again. Google’s team has developed a tool that syncs all the covers of the song on YouTube and plays them bits their portion sequentially. So, imagine a montage of covers being played from the beginning till the end, and then it starts over once the song finishes. [Read: How to build a search… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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