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A study by Wishpond of 62 landing pages shows that a lot of B2B SaaS business landing pages are not able to convert about 87 percent of their visitors by not fulfilling certain aspects on the landing page. When looking at landing pages for the B2C market this metric even goes up to about 91 percent, measured on 80 landing pages. Landing pages are the vital organs for your SaaS business. The more qualified leads you generate, the faster you can acquire new customers.But what makes your landing page bad? Most businesses have certain thoughts that are stopping progress on… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m not sure how I feel about the upcoming launch of Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service. The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on Canada. Lyrebird has posted some audio examples that sound pretty convincing (listen below, and find more on this page). The company says that it doesn’t require the speaker to say the words that you’ll use the voice to speak in the audio you generate, and it’ll also be able to create… This story continues at The Next Web

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A report from The New York Times on newly uncovered malpractice at Uber pointed to the company buying data about people’s Lyft ride usage through Unroll.me, a free service that helps you unsubscribe from email lists and newsletters. Unroll.me isn’t the only one; you’ll find others like Unsubscriber which are free, but may collect your data and transmit them to third parties. While such tools can come in handy for reducing clutter in your inbox, you may not be comfortable with companies scraping and selling data from your emails this way – or even granting the necessary access to your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is making headlines once again as fresh allegations of its questionable business practices surface. The latest comes from The New York Times, which reports that Uber was nearly kicked out of Apple’s App Store for tracking iPhones even after users had deleted the ridesharing app. In early 2015, Apple had discovered that Uber had been ‘fingerprinting’ iPhones in such a way that they could always identify each of those devices even after they had their data erased. Apparently, some drivers were buying stolen iPhones, creating rider accounts on them and accepting rides from said accounts in order to make… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Uber

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Putting together a business plan can be almost as nerve-racking as starting the business itself. How do you make sure to include all the components you need so potential stakeholders will trust you and invest in your vision? You can take a big leap toward answering all of those questions with the help of a lifetime subscription to Bizplan’s premium service. Right now, you can lock in Bizplan assistance for life at over 90 percent off its regular price — just $69 — from TNW Deals. With simple, intuitive, step-by-step navigation, Bizplan will immediately put even a planning newbie in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Artificial Intelligence breakthroughs and developments entail new challenges and problems. As AI algorithms grow more advanced, it becomes more difficult to make sense of their inner workings. Part of this is because the companies that develop them do not allow the scrutiny of their proprietary algorithms. But a lot of it has to do with the mere fact that AI is becoming opaque due to its increasing complexity. And this can turn into a problem as we move forward and Artificial Intelligence becomes more prominent in our lives. By a long range, AI algorithms perform much better than their human… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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If you’re going to be an IT specialist, knowing all there is to know about Cisco Systems hardware and networks isn’t a bad place to start. Cisco remains the preeminent tech titan for bringing complex business networking into alignment – so being an expert in their universe of products is a sure-fire way to put a charge into your job prospects as well as your income bracket. In fact, Cisco network administration skills add about 9 percent to a tech professional’s salary — and with the Complete Cisco Mastery bundle of courses ($49, over 90% off), you’ll not only have… This story continues at The Next Web

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Successful digital marketing and website optimization = more business. Yes, it’s a fact and that’s great… But what about hacking your way to growth as a new entrepreneur working alone i.e. a ‘solopreneur’? The phenomenon has arrived and it’s here to stay. Many of us are now cutting the costly overheads that come with operating huge offices and numerous employees. It just makes sense. So, with limited hours (and budget) working for yourself – how do you efficiently maximize your presence and get noticed by those who matter? Growth hacking is a turbo-charged form of marketing where you shed anything… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is on fire. It has a $68 billion market cap and countless happy riders who can readily articulate why using Uber is better than taking a cab or driving their own car, or maybe even owning their own car. And the Uber drivers get to be their own boss and choose the hours when they want to drive. What’s not to like?  Well, of late, there’s quite a bit not to like, and the fire may be burning out of control. Even if Uber overcomes the resigning and firing of key executives, and escapes from the legal mess of Waymo and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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In advance of the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Target has gone Nintendo crazy. According to its senior vice president of merchandising, Scotty Nygaard in a statement, it’s all about the experience. Experience counts—it’s what keeps guests coming in and coming back to our stores. So we’re delivering the fun like only Target can, giving generations of Mario fans a shopping trip they won’t soon forget. If it’s experience you want, it’s experience you’ll get. Target’s Mario Kart experience starts before you even open the doors, with its giant red bollards — the things that keep cars from… This story continues at The Next Web

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A drone-sailboat-submarine-Bond villain’s wet dream could be the key to getting an unprecedented look at the world’s oceans — and all it needs is sun and water. The Submaran 10 is a hybrid device created by marine tech company Ocean Aero. It can function both as a sailboat-like water done and as a submarine. Importantly, it doesn’t need any external fuel. It’s powered by the solar and wind power. An article on FOX News which describes the Submaran focuses on the military applications, but I’m more interested in it’s “civilian” uses — specifically, how it could be used to view the ocean. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier today, Windows Central leaked a document detailing Microsoft’s grand plan to take on the Chromebook. The company is reportedly releasing a variant of its main OS called Windows 10 Cloud or Windows 10 S, which can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store. These can be legacy apps, mind you, but they can only be downloaded from the official Windows Store. In doing so, Microsoft is able to better regulate which apps users download and emphasize software optimized for low power consumption. Considering Microsoft is holding an event on May 2 that’s focused on education – and that Chromebooks… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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An Albert Einstein chatbot on Facebook Messenger is a window into how the chat service could be used as an educational tool — at least when it comes to simple facts. The chatbot is intended to promote National Geographic’s new show Genius, which is about Einstein. And it does that, with a constant stream of gifs and pictures from the show. The conversation was also bookended by references by both the show and a March for Science happening on the National Mall in D.C. this weekend. But, that aside, I did learn more about Albert Einstein than I knew when I started… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Browser tabs used to help me stay organized. Now they’re part of the problem. For me at least, it’s become second nature to open a page in a background tab to save it for later. That sounds fine in theory, but then half an hour later, I’m buried in so many tabs I can’t even see their titles anymore. More often than not, tabs end up cluttering up my digital workspace, making it harder to find information when I actually need it. Spawning a mess of tabs had became a bad habit, one that was hampering my productivity. There was a time… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re crass and materialistic like me in my better moments, I’m sure you’ve wondered what it’d be like to be the child of the richest man in the world. And Bill Gates is the cofounder of one of the biggest tech corporations on the planet. Surely his kids live in a tech version of that enormous Willy Wonka candyland, right? Actually, according to an interview with The Mirror, the tech billionaire was more of a low-tech dad. For starters, he didn’t let his three kids — daughters Jennifer and Phoebe, and son Rory — have cell phones until they were 14.… This story continues at The Next Web

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With 150 million users, uTorrent is still the most popular torrent client in the world. It’s surprising. Most of its best features came from an update five years ago, when the service unveiled version 3.0. Since, growth has stalled, and new feature releases have been all but nonexistent. Founder Brahm Cohen, according to TorrentFreak, promises this is about to change. Cohen points to time where the company experienced a rough period after hiring outsiders to run the company. He’s talking about cousins Bob Delamar and Jeremy Johnson, who became co-CEOs of BitTorrent and aimed to turn the client into “the next… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitch today announced a new way for small-time streamers to make money playing video games: a new tier of partnership called the Affiliate Program. Until now, the only way to make money directly from streaming on Twitch was to become a Partner. Streamers partnered with Twitch enjoy a number of benefits, including access to the Cheers tipping system, Twitch’s new marketplace, and subscription services. Non-partnered streamers didn’t have any of those benefits, and the requirements for getting a partnership were (and still are) pretty steep. Twitch says it requires a high average concurrent viewership and a consistent schedule of at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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Samsung’s penchant for bloatware is notorious. Ever since… well… since forever, its phones have been loaded with half-baked applications that replicate and replace those found in the stock operating system. Samsung Browser, for example, is nowhere near as good as Google Chrome. Similarly, S Memo is overwhelming by the standards of notetaking apps, especially compared to the clean and simple Google Keep. And that’s saying nothing of TouchWiz, which demonstrates that the company’s fondness for child labor isn’t just limited to its factories; there’s probably a few toddlers working in its design department, too*. As more and more phone manufacturers… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,Samsung Galaxy,Google,Samsung

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Subtitle lovers, beware: a court just ruled that making fan subtitles or translations is not protected by the law. A Dutch group called (translated) the Free Subtitles Foundation took anti-piracy group BREIN to court over “fansubbing.” BREIN has previously been active in taking fan subtitles and translations offline, and the Foundation was hoping a Dutch court would come down on the side of fair use. The court didn’t quite see it that way. It ruled that making subtitles without permission from the property owners amounted to copyright infringement. BREIN wasn’t unsympathetic, but said it couldn’t allow fansubbers to continue doing what they’re doing… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held next Sunday, on April 23. The French election is seen as one of Europe’s three pivotal elections this year that will determine the continent’s future. Europe has already dodged one bullet, when the flagrantly racist Geert Wilders didn’t win the Dutch elections. However, automated accounts are currently bombarding French voters on social media with fake news and misinformation, so Europe isn’t out of the woods yet. According to Reuters, two studies that were published this week suggest that Russia might be tampering with European elections through misinformation. This supports the claims by European… This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you ever wish you could just take a trip down nostalgia lane and dabble in the mesmerizing history of vintage computers? The Old Computer Museum is your portal to the past. The quirky museum is essentially an online collection of tons of information about phased-out computing tech. There you’ll find timeless classics like the MITS Altair 8800 from 1975, the Commodore 64 from 1982, the Atari 520ST from 1985 and many other antiques from the period between 1970 and 1995. What is particularly captivating about the quirky website is that, in addition to images, information and list of specs for the outdated computers,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following early complaints from customers claiming their brand new Galaxy S8 handsets are affected by an unusual red tint on the screen, Samsung has vowed to release an a software update that will purportedly solve the issue. Speaking to South Korean outlet The Investor, a company official said the tech giant will refrain from revealing a “specific date yet, but the update will occur next week at the latest.” “The company has already notified its nationwide customer service centers that it will release the software for fine-tuning the color balance,” the official continued. In case the software update fails to eliminate… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Google already makes it ridiculously simple to digitalize your photo prints with only a few taps, but things are about to get even easier. The company has rolled out an update to its PhotoScan app that lets you snap glare-free pictures of pictures in just one tap. The feature will come in handy for occasions where the lightning is “just right” so you can turn off glare removal and scan prints simply in one step. The good thing is that you’ll still get the benefits of PhotoScan like “cropping, edge detection, image straightening, and rotating to the correct orientation.” Here’s how… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Tesla might have a huge problem on its hands as the company has issued a voluntary global recall for 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles to repair a malfunction in the parking brakes. While the automaker claims the issue seems to affect merely two percent of the 53,000 units, the company has opted to recall all of them for safety reasons, BBC reports. Vehicles from the recalled batch were manufactured in the period between February and October 2016. Tesla further noted it received no reports suggesting the parking brake issue has caused any accidents or injuries. In an official statement,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Last month, we heard that Elon Musk was getting his hands dirty with Neuralink, a new company intent on connecting the human brain to computers. Now, Musk has revealed that he’s the firm’s new CEO and has ambitious plans to deliver products as early as four years from now. That’s from an in-depth story and interview by the folks at Wait But Why. With Neuralink, Musk hopes to first develop a micron-sized device to help link brains and machines, and treat brain injuries and their symptoms – such as strokes, paralysis and even memory loss in old age. The goal… This story continues at The Next Web

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