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In the past five years, I’ve worked for and with various startups across the globe. As an English as a Second Language teacher, I’ve been fascinated to watch cultures interact, see businesses grow, and be part of a global ecosystem that didn’t exist for quite some time. With the fast rise of the Internet along with instant universal connection, the ability to scale a startup has brought both tremendous growth and opportunity. Startup capital According to a recent report from Bloomberg, capital raised in 2017 falls into the following categories, all of which have a digital and vast scalable component:… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Art of Analytics project visualizes complex datasets as works of art. In her day-to-day work, Yasmeen Ahmad tackles immensely complex datasets, deploying an arsenal of approaches and methodologies that would sound intimidating to most lay people. From predictive modelling to text analytics, time series analysis to development of attribution strategies, few people can easily wrap their heads around what such terms mean, and even fewer are capable of drawing actionable insights form them – which is why data scientists such as herself are always in such high demand. Ahmad worked in the life sciences industry before pivoting to commercial… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber recently added a live location sharing button to its app, meaning its finally possible to show your driver exactly where you are so they know where to pick you up. TechCrunch reports its an optional feature. According to an Uber spokesperson, the company saw a decrease in riders cancelling pick-ups during the testing phase. Another update, added last week, is an upfront pricing structure that lets you lock in the price for a ride if you book well in advance. This way, you can get a reasonable price ahead of any potential surges or traffic jams that might result… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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It seems yet another fledgling cryptocurrency startup has pulled a Houdini. Distressed traders are flocking to Reddit to warn fellow cryptoenthusiasts that up-and-coming startup Confido, which recently raised $374,477 in an ICO, has vanished out of thin air. The company, which promised to bring a new decentralized trustless payment solution for online shopping, has suddenly taken down its website. Coincidentally, yesterday Confido suffered a 90-percent drop in value after informing investors a legal issue will halt development of the project indefinitely. In addition to this, the shady startup has also wiped its social media fingerprints from the web, closing down its Twitter,… This story continues at The Next Web

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I set out to find interesting tweets from the top minds in AI, but after about five minutes of reading either non-stop apocalyptic doom and gloom, or uninterrupted declarations of disrupted markets and machine learning-powered data-wizardry, I was ready to wave the white flag. You’ve won Twitter, all of my optimism for AI has been destroyed. Kill the machines, burn down Silicon Valley, and just for good measure remove all the paper from the printers. There’s no reason to believe this guy isn’t right: If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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will.i.am is perhaps best known as the frontman of insipid rap-pop group The Black Eyed Peas, and for his work on the British version of singing talent show The Voice. But did you know that the man who famously asked “where is the love?,” and coined the lyrics “I get on the floor just to make that booty twerk. Shake, shake that ass like an expert,” is also a misunderstood technological innovator and iconoclast? I’m not taking the piss. My tongue is nowhere near my cheek. I write this with a stony face, and without even the hint of a… This story continues at The Next Web

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REVL today announced the retail launch of its Arc 4k smart action camera, which features hybrid mechanical and electronic image stabilization. The company also claims the Arc is the smartest action camera in the world, thanks to built-in machine learning. The Arc is a camera that tries to get you to leave your editing computer at home, which is something I’ve been hoping to see in an action cam for a long time. I’m not fond of video-editing and the ability to rely on AI to find my best clips and stitch them into ‘ready for upload’ videos makes it… This story continues at The Next Web

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ZenMate Premium makes sure your online enemies stay on the outside looking in...and you can pick up a lifetime of their VPN protection at over 90 percent off, just $50.99 from TNW Deals.

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Look to take your communication skills to the next level with this double-barreled pairing of self-help exercises, the vocabulary-building Vocab 1 and the reading comprehension boosting 7 Speed Reading EX. Both software programs are on sale together right now — with an extra 15 percent discount — down to just $24.65 from TNW Deals.

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I thoroughly enjoy mechanical keyboards for the tactile feedback they offer as you press down on each key that’s supported by a precisely manufactured switch; I wrote a love letter to these wonderful devices a while ago, and the novelty isn’t likely to wear off anytime soon. Of course, they can prove to be a bit of an acquired taste. And if you’re a gamer, chances are you’ve been thinking about getting a keyboard with RGB LEDs that change color either at your command or in a programmed sequence, to help your rig stand out from the crowd. Havit wants… This story continues at The Next Web

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The popularity of influencer marketing shows no signs of slowing down. Interest in the term influencer marketing increased 90x from 2013 to 2016 and it doubled in first nine months of 2017. Reasons for ever-growing popularity of influencer campaigns are numerous ranging from their versatility (this type of marketing works for every business) to noninvasive nature. Since an increasing number of businesses is including influencer campaigns into their marketing strategy (or you already have), it’s important to learn more about trends that will dominate next year. Here are seven influencer marketing trends that you should embrace in 2018. Value of… This story continues at The Next Web

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We have reached the peak of initial coin offerings. Mocking the recent ICO mania, an opportunistic entrepreneur has launched a new coin offering that is raising funds to help Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin “get better health and become a fitter person.” “Because some people are much too busy thinking about our future… They’ve forgotten to think about theirs,” the FitVitalik page reads. “We, the crypto currency [sic] community, have made it our mission to help one altruistic yet self-neglectful [sic] genius at a time.” “We’re talking about Vitalik Buterin!” All funds amassed during the coin offering will go towards getting Buterin a gym membership,… This story continues at The Next Web

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You never thought juggling—a term typically reserved for circus clowns or the party trick you tried to learn in college—would be something you practice daily. Yet, as an entrepreneur, juggling is something you have to constantly practice in order for all balls, bowling pins, and rubber chickens (so to speak) of different sizes to not drop around you. Running your own business means driving your vision forward and all those daily to-dos are essential, but stressful and can be major time sucks. Important startup operational tasks, like fielding customer inquiries over social media, can quickly lead you down the rabbit… This story continues at The Next Web

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After launching its episodic video streaming service in the US in August, Facebook is gearing up to bring Watch to India sometime between January and March next year, reports The Ken. The service includes shows that span lifestyle, comedy and children’s entertainment content, as well as live sports events. Still in its early days, it’s open to a small pool of creators and viewers on the platform, and can be found in a ‘video’ tab in Facebook’s mobile, desktop and TV apps; each show also gets its own Page that fans can follow for updates. The move could help propel… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Apple is slated to begin shipping its all-powerful iMac Pro desktop computer next month, with options including an 18-core 4.5GHz processor, 11 teraflops of GPU horsepower, and a 5K display. It might also come with a surprise in the form of an A10 Fusion chip, according to reverse engineering expert and author Jonathan Levin. That’s the same badge as the one on the processor that powered the iPhone 7 from 2016, but the iMac Pro will likely feature a stripped-down edition of it to handle certain macOS security processes, as well as enabling support for an always-on version of Siri… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iMac,Apple

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Blockchain is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated technologies of our time. Much like the early internet, experienced technologists foresee blockchain as a vehicle to drive society forward. Implementations of secure, decentralized systems can empower us to conquer organizational issues of trust and security that have plagued our society for generations. In effect, we can fundamentally disrupt industries core to our economies and social structure, eliminating inefficiency and human error. One of the most exciting and imminent applications of blockchain is with Bitcoin. Though volatile in nature, Bitcoin represents a not so far away future where payments are secure,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite the fear, remember this — public speaking isn’t a natural born talent. It’s a skill...and like any skill, it can be developed. You can learn how to get the art of verbal showmanship into your skill set with the Complete Presentation and Public Speaking Course. Right now, this training is available for about the price of a decent meal, just $19 from TNW Deals.

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Large companies have already embraced the rise of data and analytics. An IDG study last year showed 78 percent of larger employers agree data collection and analysis have the potential to completely change the way they do business. But their smaller brethren still aren’t reaping the same benefits of real-time digital interconnectivity. According to an SAP-sponsored global survey of small businesses, many are still in the early stages of digital transformation. But there’s no reason for small businesses to fear big data. If you know where to look and have the right strategy, there are many ways you can gather,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Savvy shoppers are already preparing to secure the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But, many remain oblivious to devious cybercriminals that are hoping to use the excitement and thirst for massive sales to trick unsuspecting users into handing over their details. Many will remember David Baggett as the co-founder of ITA Software that was sold to Google in 2010 for $700 million. But the cybersecurity expert and Inky CEO, recently shared essential information on my podcast about the most common scams and how to avoid them. Baggett warned that everyone should approach emails that seem to be from… This story continues at The Next Web

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While smartphones and other portable devices have empowered photographers of all ages and abilities to snap away, there’s still a thriving market for apps to make those images look better. So master the tool that’s been setting the digital photography pace this century with the Complete Photoshop Mastery Bundle. It’s on sale now for just $29 (an over 90 percent savings) from TNW Deals.

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AI has the power to make decisions on our behalf and the world is getting excited. But there’s always that nagging question: Who will be the servant and who will be the master? Should we approach AI from a completely different angle? Should we actually hand over control at all and let the AI make its own decisions? Well, to an extent, in some circumstances, we’re going to have to let go of the reins. AI with no decision-making power really is not AI at all. Machine learning, at times, must be input-free There’s no way to reap the massive benefits… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s also more than just a 10th anniversary faceover for the trailblazing device. It’s a top-to-bottom overhaul with a bigger screen, faster processors and sensors, improved security...the works. But at $1,000 a pop and with many pre-orders still backlogged, most of us won’t be getting our hands on one any time soon. That is, unless your friends at TNW come through and you win this awesome iPhone X Giveaway contest.

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The concept of ‘social TV’ first came to widespread prominence in 2010 as people embraced sharing their wild and wonderful opinions about TV experiences on social media. That same year, MIT Technology Review named the phenomenon in its top ten ‘breakthrough technologies’. Fast forward to 2017 and social TV is taking on a much different meaning, especially in light of the marquee launch of Facebook’s new platform for TV shows, Watch. While Amazon and Netflix have invested heavily to become some of the biggest TV makers in the business, without having a traditional terrestrial channel, Facebook is, in contrast, trying… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’d previously written an opinion piece titled “The case for an artificially intelligent god.” This is our counterpoint to that. It’s a strange time to be a technology journalist. Somehow artificial intelligence has grown from buzzword to a religion, literally. For tech enthusiasts, it can often be more comfortable to wrap our heads around ideas like algorithms and neural networks than religion and faith. Yet here we are, in a never-ending discussion on the ever-terrifying prediction that one day computers will become smarter and more powerful than humans. This is called ‘the singularity’ and it’s an event a lot of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Internet addicts in Latin America can get a “detox” treatment at Instituto Delete in Brazil, a center focused on treating cellular and internet addictions. For many of us, our cell phone is an extension of our hand. Whether that’s healthy or not remains in how that affects our lives — but for many people, it’s the cause of arguments, conflicts and could even result in losing a job. The addiction is often referred to as nomophobia, joining the words “no,” “mobile,” and “phobia,” to explain an irrational fear when you don’t have access to cellular connection. Instituto Delete was set up… This story continues at The Next Web

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