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Successful freelancing requires as much discipline and organization as it does talent (maybe even more). So get schooled in ways top freelancers manage their careers with the Professional Freelancing Mastery Bundle. Right now, you can get the full course for just $29 (an over 90 percent discount off its regular price) from TNW Deals.

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Up until about ten years ago, choosing a career in accountancy was considered a safe bet. It came with a decent salary, plenty of job opportunities, and all sorts of benefits. Oh, how times have changed. Recent research estimates there’s a 95 percent chance accounting will be fully automated in the near future. Should accountants be worried? How can we best prepare for this robot-infested future of finance? Which tools and software do you really need to know about? Ask all this and more to AI expert, Judith Redi. Redi is a leading expert in how artificial intelligence can improve… This story continues at The Next Web

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The cryptocurrency market is going through a rough patch, but as devoted hodlers often say – there is no better time to enter the market than buying the dip. But if you happen to be too lazy to do your own research, there might be an easier way to make your first investment. CBlocks is a new service that aims to lower the cryptocurrency entry barrier by choosing what coins to buy for you. The company essentially picks five random currencies from the top 300 on CoinMarketCap, buys them from one of the many exchange desks it works with, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Kenya wants to go nuclear. Since 2012, Nairobi has been talking the talk and walking the walk. It has engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency and signed multilateral letters of intent in pursuit of nuclear power. To date, Kenya reportedly has memoranda of understanding with Russia, China, South Korea and Slovakia which involve the building of four nuclear power plants with a total output of 4,000 MW. France is apparently also eyeing the potentially lucrative deals which would nearly double Kenya’s current electricity capacity. Kenya’s Nuclear Electricity Board secured the global atomic energy agency’s approval in 2016. It hopes to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram is best known for its photo filters. These let you adjust the profile and color of a photo, in order to subtlely transform what it looks like. There are lots of different filters. For example, Valencia brightens photos and adds a yellow tint, giving images a kitschy retro aesthetic, while Gingham cranks up the brightness to eleven. But what if you want to use Instagram’s photo filters elsewhere, like on your personal webpage? Sure, you could play around with Photoshop for a bit. Or you could upload them to Instagram and then download them again? Or you could check… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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Most people don’t yet know what a blockchain is, even less how to interact with one. For those who do venture into the unknown crypto space, it can feel a little intimidating at first. When trading cryptocurrencies and storing your funds, you need to watch your step or you risk losing it all. Poor UX is one of the main reasons why mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies is still years away. This is also why crypto investors can seem a little paranoid when it comes to securing their funds. In a world without banks, where mistakes are irrevocable and your money… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bloomberg reports that China is cracking down hard on cryptocurrency activity in the country by plotting to block domestic access to foreign exchanges and platforms that allow for centralized trading. That’s worrying news for crypto enthusiasts in China, who have already seen local exchanges being shut down entirely towards the end of 2017. The country is known to house the largest community of Bitcoin mining operations worldwide. According to Bloomberg’s sources, peer-to-peer transactions won’t be policed, but any organizations that facilitate market-making, settlement, and clearing services for centralized trading will be targeted by local authorities. The news follows reports and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The folks behind the Citra emulator that lets you play Nintendo 3DS games on PC are now at work on an exciting new project: Yuzu, an emulator for the Nintendo Switch. The developers announced the project on Twitter earlier this week, but haven’t specified exactly when Yuzu will be ready for primetime. Announcing yuzu, the first Nintendo Switch emulator that does all of the things you didn't need it to do! Stay tuned for more from the yuzu team! — yuzu (@yuzuemu) January 14, 2018 Still, that gives fans of Nintendo franchises something to look forward to. One of the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Airbnb is rolling out a new feature called Pay Less Up Front. No prizes for guessing what it does. It (shockingly) lets you stagger the bill for your accommodation. In most cases, guests will pay 50 percent of the bill upfront, with the remainder before check-in. If you’re curious, you can get an idea for how it works in the GIF below: Not every rental is eligible for Pay Less Up Front. The total value has to be at least $250, making this only really an option for those staying in higher-end properties, or taking trips that last several days.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is under fire this week after media organization Project Veritas published undercover footage of engineers from the company saying that employees – “at least, three or four hundred people” read users’ posts and supposedly private Direct Messages. The company denied the claim, telling BuzzFeed News, “We do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees.” Twitter hasn’t been great with disclosing its policies around how it manages content and users on its platform, but it seems like the company… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Surprise! Watching TV is bad for you. But, not for the reasons you might think. Okay, well, those too… but not only for the reasons you think. A recent study by Cancer Research UK revealed those watching more than three hours of television a day were more likely to eat hundreds of additional snacks per year, the kind of snacks known for making you fat. Interestingly enough, though, it wasn’t the sedentary behavior, per se, that did the average TV watcher’s waistline in; it was the advertisements. Based on a YouGov survey, the organization questioned 3,348 young people between the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The darknet, cyberspace’s filthy flea-market for forbidden goods, isn’t the global drug network it’s been made out to be. According to Oxford’s new darknet drug map it’s more like your local pusher’s Etsy page than Amazon’s marketplace. The researchers used darknet web crawlers to scrape the marketplaces of several top underground markets including Alphabay, Hansa, Traderoute, and Valhalla. Data gleaned from the search was then organized geographically to provide insights into what effect darknet markets have on the global illicit drug-trade. According to their white paper, the team tracked and classified data pertaining to nearly 1.5 million trades occurring on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Teaching yourself to play piano can be pretty daunting. I should know; I’m currently in the process. That’s why I’m curious anytime I come across a new resource to make the journey easier – like this gadget called the Piano Hi-Lite I came across at CES. It uses guide lights to tell you which notes to play when learning a new piece. The device is basically a long strip of LED lights designed to fit any standard 88-key piano, slotting in between the black keys while leaving you enough room to play unimpeded. It uses lasers to detect when the… This story continues at The Next Web

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AI developed by Microsoft and Alibaba, independently, last week became the first to beat humans at reading comprehension. The reported implications of this technological advancement seem to indicate machines with the ability to read better than humans have arrived or will very soon. This probably isn’t the case, however. What this definitely means is chatbots are getting a little better at their jobs, update-by-update, thanks to cutting-edge research in deep learning networks. And two giant companies have set the bar for accuracy higher yet again. Of course there’s a little more to it than that, but some experts think “AI… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re interested in the recent update to Google’s Arts and Culture app, which uses machine learning to match your selfie to a lookalike in an extensive library of classic art, you’d better hope you’re in the right place. Though the update is several weeks old by this point, it finally seeped into public view by way of several tweets from celebrities who showed their artistic doppelgangers. This google arts and culture app is pretty amazing. Feel real strong about my 40% 😳 pic.twitter.com/2iyexRkUG5 — pw (@petewentz) January 14, 2018 Judging by the reviews, these tweets and the ensuing furor… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Fledgling cryptocurrency startup TRON got its first big break three weeks ago, when anti-virus pioneer John McAfee shilled its TRX coin to his 500,000-plus followers. Days after that, the McAfee effect was on full display and TRON’s value had skyrocketed from a measly 4¢ to almost 29¢. But it seems this astonishing bull run is gradually coming to a halt – and not without reason. Tron is a long term Hodl. Those who are flipping it are losing out. — John McAfee (@officialmcafee) December 26, 2017 Shortly after breaking into the top-10 cryptocurrencies by market share, TRON found itself attracting tons of negative… This story continues at The Next Web

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If we feel the technology we rely on is changing us, can we trust that change? After all, the revolution of today is the mundane of tomorrow. Our successors will find the moral panics around smartphones as quaint as we now think of 20th-century moral panics over television. That isn’t to deny that technology changes us — just that humanity is endlessly adaptable, and we can find ourselves within a new normal with startling rapidity. We will always be living part-biological, part-technological lives because that’s what humans do. We invent, we adapt, we manipulate and adjust—and we try and understand… This story continues at The Next Web

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…. 1,000 attendees…. 8 keynotes… 45 round-table sessions… 61 million Twitter impressions… 22 very helpful volunteers… 1,500 mentions of @TNWNYC…. 1 Startup NYC Founders Cafe by Google Cloud… 1,000 coffee cups for the Startup NYC Founders Cafe… 5,000 unique users watching our Instagram story… 1 trending hashtag, #TNWNY These 10 numbers briefly summarize TNW New York, where 1,000 decision-makers came together to explore the digital technologies transforming tech, communication, and media businesses. For our latest edition on December 12, we tried a completely different approach from our previous events. Instead of using our European format, we went invite-only and focused… This story continues at The Next Web

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The holiday season and well-intended New Year’s resolutions are already just a distant memory. But digital storytellers are still digesting the news that Storify will be shutting down its services in a few months time. Creatives and journalists who carefully curated their content to showcase their portfolio must now face up the fact their work is now marked for deletion on the Storify platform. Thank you to everyone who has contributed stories to our Storify community. Unfortunately, we are no longer allowing new users to sign up and will end existing users’ access to Storify.com on May 16, 2018. The once… This story continues at The Next Web

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If your business is business, then you need to be on a first-name basis with Excel, and that’s a place you can reach with this Ultimate Microsoft Excel training bundle. You can get the entire package now for just $34, an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals.

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If you listen closely to most optimistic discussions about the future of retail, you’ll sense an underlying fear. It’s a fear that manifests in an over-reliance on futuristic technological advancements (Oh look, holograms are coming!) or on filling the room with exciting new statistics about the continued dominance of ecommerce — such as how online sales will continue to shatter records in 2018. Meanwhile, the elephant in the room is standing center stage and wagging its trunk for all to see. Grand predictions and superlatives about the ecommerce space can’t mask the audience’s feeling and understanding of some hard truths:… This story continues at The Next Web

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Anybody who used at credit card to purchase their flashy new OnePlus handsets from the company’s official site ought to immediately contact their bank: hackers might be out to steal your funds. Following a slew of complaints about possible credit card fraud from a flock of concerned OnePlus users, cybersecurity firm Fidus has discovered a vulnerability that might have allowed malicious agents to sweep sensitive credit card data from the website of the China-based phone-maker. So far, hundreds of affected users have taken to Reddit and the official OnePlus forums to report suspicious activity on their credit cards. According to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Technological advances associated with the fourth industrial revolution – including artificial intelligence – allow the automation of an increasingly wide array of processes in increasingly interactive and sophisticated ways. These advances will likely give rise to many opportunities for economic and social development in developing countries, for instance by increasing food production. But the new technologies also involve important risks, which have special significance in developing countries. They may build upon and exacerbate existing inequalities – both within developing countries as well as between developing and more developed regions. Three of these inter-related risks are worsening unemployment, increasing concentration of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese phone giant Xiaomi is believed to be preparing for its IPO. This will be the first time the company has sold its shares to the public — retail and institutional investors alike. The company is potentially aiming for a mammoth $100 billion valuation, which would eclipse other recent tech IPOs, like Twitter and Snapchat, by a considerable margin. Xiaomi has reportedly roped in Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs to help. According to Bloomberg, Xiaomi is also looking to tap Chinese financial institutions, and is yet to decide when and where the IPO will take plalce.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

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If you’re on the road a lot or often find yourself in crowded spaces, I can’t recommend noise-cancelling audio gear enough. While they’ve previously cost a pretty penny, this feature is now available on a wide range of inexpensive headphones and earphones, and I’ve just come across a pretty nice pair that’s worth checking out. Chinese hardware maker OVC’s H15 earphones plug into your phone via the 3.5mm audio jack, promise 60 hours of active noise cancelling (ANC) performance, and feature a useful bass boost. They aren’t perfect, but I’ve quickly grown fond of them over the past couple of… This story continues at The Next Web

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