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What happens when you take a perfectly good neural network and, figuratively, stick a screwdriver in its brain? You get melancholy glitch-art music videos that turn talking heads into digital puppets. A machine learning developer named Jeff Zito made a series of music videos using a deep learning network based on Face2Face. Originally developed to generate stunningly realistic image transfers, like controlling a digital Obama in real-time using your own facial movements, this project takes it in a different direction. Sometimes the best AI isn’t good enough. When it comes to art, for example, computations and algorithms often don’t matter… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has changed the way Alexa responds to suggestive and abusive language aimed at her, in response to outcries following the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. While her new response is admirable, I think there’s another way she can correct her harassers: by denying them her services. Quartz reported on a petition last month for Siri and Alexa to alter their script in response to sexual harassment, from the polite deflection or coquettish responses she originally had to something more stern and repudiative. According to Quartz, Amazon had indeed changed Alexa’s response to a flat “I’m not going to respond to that.”… This story continues at The Next Web

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The age of the baby boomer is nearly over. Are you ready for it? As the boomers age out of the workforce, millennials are starting their careers. Millennials have passed baby boomers as the most populous living generation, and much has been written about this younger generation and the way their habits and outlook will shape the world. Companies are beginning to recognize this, and as the next generation enters the workforce, savvy big-name brands are trying to snap up the best prospects from Generation Y. What characteristics do millennials bring to big-name brands that other generations don’t? 1) Millennials… This story continues at The Next Web

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These past few days have seen a ferociously wild volatility in the markets, in correlation with FUD spread through speculation regarding China / South Korea regulatory action (and the potential for other countries to adopt similar policies) as well as sensationalist stories and misinformation spread by voices of the mainstream media. At the time of writing there has been a loss across “Bitcoin and altcoins [by] up to 40%” – which is being considered by market-positive media skeptics as well as steadfast HODL-ers as a temporary buyers market, or “Crypto sale”. One possible reason for why people are making this… This story continues at The Next Web

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This interview is part of our series of Growth Stories. We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. We asked them about their companies, their companies’ culture, and their lives, trying to understand how these three factors played a role in the achievement of such impressive growth. Esports are booming and we know it. FaceIt is a leading esports platform that hosts online competitive tournaments. Contestants square off on video-games like Dota 2, CS: GO, and Rocket League. The platform caters to any level of players, from amateur participants to professional heavyweights. The latter are… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re going to take pictures, you might as well do it right — which is why the aspiring photographer should engage the services of the Hollywood Art Institute Photography course and certification to get the most out of their shots. Right now, the entire training is on sale at the massively discounted price of just $19.99 from TNW Deals.

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One of my resolutions for 2018 was I wouldn’t write about the fraught relationship between technology journalists and the startups and publicists that pitch to them. Partially because nobody cares. It’s such a niche subject that’s relevant to only a handful of people. The punters at home aren’t interested; they just want to read about cutting-edge tech. But New Years resolutions exist only to be broken, and here I am writing yet another piece about article pitching. Sorry about that, but trust me, I’ve got a good reason to. Yesterday, a friend pointed me in the direction of a product… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to a Statista survey, almost 50 percent of people 18 years and older in the United States have placed a bet on a sports event at least once in their life. The United States, arguably the world’s largest sports betting market, is also getting closer to completely legalizing sports betting throughout the country. However, the channels for which to place sports bets online haven’t evolved in terms of usability and customer experience. A sports bettor could incur commissions of up to 10 percent per bid, experience lack of transparency, suffer unfair account blockages and risk their financial information being… This story continues at The Next Web

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Product Hunt is an essential venue for whoever wants to showcase products to an audience of investors, journalists, and tech fanatics in general. Launching on PH at the right time and in the right way can determine the success of a product. For this reason, social media analytics startup Popsters conducted a thorough statistical research on how to effectively launch your product on the popular website. We’re happy to share the insights of this research. Methodology The data was gathered thanks to Product Hunt’s API between August and October 2017. In total, the researchers analyzed 32,657 products that appeared on… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Product Hunt

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One of the biggest news stories of 2013 came from a US government contractor, who blew the whistle on the country’s National Security Agency (NSA) spying on citizens’ communications. The story sparked outrage over American intelligence agencies’ methods, and drew the world into debates about whether national security should come at the cost of privacy. Nearly five years on, the NSA is set to receive renewed permission to continue its warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, thanks to a bill that was just passed in the US Senate. Now, all that’s left to enforce it is… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no question that Amazon is the go-to e-commerce destination for many consumers. It makes sense, then, that retailers looking to expand their reach would want to get their products listed there. But successfully selling on Amazon requires more than simply uploading your products. You need a strategy to optimize and market your Amazon offerings, just like with any other platform. We asked members of YEC for their advice on selling with the retail giant. What’s your best tip for brands looking to sell on Amazon? Their best answers are below:  1. Make sure your audience is actually there Many assume everyone uses Amazon when, in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Radiant Entertainment has made good on its promise to deliver a free Community Edition of its 2.5D fighting game, Rising Thunder, so you can duke it out with your buddies online at no charge. The game features a bunch of robots that you can choose from for your fights. Each has a unique design, personality, and special moves, which are easy enough to learn even for novice players – and that’s pretty much it. The developer had to abandon Rising Thunder after the company was acquired by Riot Games, but promised to release a build based on the alpha, so… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following murmurs from last April about WhatsApp gearing up to allow payments in India, FactorDaily reports that Facebook employees in the country are presently testing the new functionality in the messaging app, and that the company plans to begin testing it with about 1 percent of its user base there within the first quarter of this year. That means that the Facebook-owned service will soon go up against numerous major players in India’s crowded mobile payments space. Built on the country’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which allows for instant money transfers between bank accounts at no charge, it’ll have to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp

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Microsoft set the pulses of strategy gamers racing last June when it announced that it was working on a high-definition remaster of its hit RTS, Age of Empires, to celebrate the title’s 20th anniversary – but then failed to launch it in October 2017 as promised. Thankfully, we’ve now got a new release date, and we’re just a month away from it. Age of Empires Definitive Edition will drop on February 20 for PC, and cost you $20 in the Microsoft Store. Adam Isgreen, creative director at Microsoft chalked up the delay to the development team’s desire to get every… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has developed an AI to draw entirely original images based on nothing more than text. You type it, a computer draws it, and we’re one step closer to a world where using software like Photoshop and Illustrator is a hands-off experience. Researchers created a text-to-image bot that spits out pretty amazing images when fed a series of descriptive words like “this bird is red with white and has a very short beak.” This was accomplished through the creation of neural network called an Attentional Generative Adversarial Network (AttnGAN) that creates the image pixel-by-pixel. Like any other artist or designer, it… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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General Motors (GM) first started tracking customers in 1996. Using its popular OnStar service, those in select GM vehicles could ask for directions, diagnose vehicle-related problems, or even disable a stolen vehicle by contacting a voice on the other end of the line. For around $35 a month, GM provided customers with an on-demand concierge available at the touch of a button. But unbeknownst to many, OnStar required more than just a monthly subscription fee. “Data is the currency of the digital age,” said Jim Barbaresso, Intelligent Transportation Systems lead at HTNB, told CNN last year. “Vehicle data could be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo’s rather perplexing new announcement this week is Labo, a set of peripherals for the Switch made from cardboard. While they may seem like an odd addition after the company’s renewed focus on more mature titles and nostalgia, it’s part of Nintendo’s pattern of embracing the bizarre and making it work. What at first glance looks a little baffling about Labo — its use of cardboard rather than plastic, and DIY focus — is what makes it look so alien compared to just about everything else currently in the gaming market. It’s clearly aimed at children, and, though I question… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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The car industry has traditionally been at the forefront of innovation, constantly attempting to reinvent the wheel in order to entice old and new customers alike. Now that we are deep in the digital age, the industry is undergoing a sort of revolution which may well change the face of driving forever. Automotive tech is better than ever It’s no secret or revelation that technology keeps on improving by the minute but not every industry witnesses such profound changes as the ones currently happening with cars. All the major auto manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, and pretty much anyone… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve ever been curious about what happens to a major porn site when there’s a nuclear missile bearing down on the US, we’ve got answers. It turns out, when the government sends out a doomsday alert, porn connoisseurs are more concerned with getting out than getting off. About 64 million people watch porn online every day, and while it’s unclear how many of those users are in Hawaii (which has a population of about 1.5 million), it’s clear the threat of nuclear holocaust is a real mood-killer. Once the threat turns out to be fake, however, they’re back –… This story continues at The Next Web

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After years of waiting and limited trials, businesses finally have their own WhatsApp solution. The company today launched the simply-named WhatsApp Business, available on Android devices as a free download. The app provides some of the basic functionality you’d want from a business app. You can create a Business profile with additional information like a description, address, and contact information, and enable quick replies for answers to common questions. You can create greeting messages and view some simple analytics so you can see which messages are most effective. According a WhatsApp spokesperson, the current feature set will remain free in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,WhatsApp

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After a devastating economic crisis brought the country to its knees, Spain has started to build itself back up — in part thanks to the country’s developing startup ecosystem. Spain has had a difficult decade, with its unemployment having risen to as high as 26 percent in 2013. However, last year Spain’s economy finally returned to its pre-recession size, with new opportunities for entrepreneurs promising to combat the still-high level of unemployment. This past year I had the chance to visit Spain with my Partner Eddie Arrieta, and while conversations about Spain may be still be dominated by stereotypical topics… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, there’s a reason some people work harder than others. It’s not because they have to. It’s because they want to. As simple as that sounds, creating a workplace where people want to put in the extra mile, as many business owners will tell you, is rather difficult. Most people don’t love going to work and some even actively dislike it. According to Gallup’s latest worldwide study measuring employee engagement, about 15 percent of the workers on this planet feel engaged in their jobs. Dutch workers are even less passionate about work: Erasmus University professor… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the world of IT tech, there are few skill sets more coveted than those of a certified network pro. Cisco Systems is responsible for more than half the routers and switches in use today, so get up to speed on the first name in networking with the Ultimate Cisco Certification Super Bundle, which is on sale for just $59 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.

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Another day, another feature nobody asked for. Facebook subsidiary Instagram has now enabled activity status in direct messages: this means that practically all of your friends will now be able to see when the last time you were actively using the app was. The feature rolled out as part of the latest updates for Android and iOS – so at least you know everyone is getting the same deal. In case you were wondering how this looks, Instagram now displays a line indicating the last time a user was active on its platform directly underneath their username. The activity status… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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As it has become clear just how luxurious life within the Apple ecosystem tends to be, so too has it become clear why Apple power users — often dubbed “sheep” — tend to behave in the ways that they do. They are the definition of people who pay premiums at every turn — with their time; with their money — they are the type of people who wake up at hours they shouldn’t, wait in lines others don’t, and pay amounts others can’t. As I noted in The Luxury Network, there is good reason for this; life within the Apple’s ecosystem is… This story continues at The Next Web

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