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Dell made a showing at this year’s CES, with two new laptops, including the XPS 13 and XPS 15 2-in-1. It also brought a collection of monitors and accessories. So far, so expected. But Dell’s other product came as a bit of a surprise: The company is launching a line of gold jewelry in collaboration with jewelry store Bayou with Love. Say it with me now: WTF? What is it? The jewelry line — which is called “The Circular Collection,” and includes rings, earrings, and cuff links — looks like a fairly modest collection of gold and opals. Cathleen McCarthy,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Dell

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Over the past 10 years, the marketing landscape has changed drastically. Companies are rapidly shifting away from antiquated strategies such as phone calls, print and radio. With advanced tech-based tools, startups can now easily generate leads, build data-driven models and automate their marketing channels. New technologies and norms have altered the ecosystem. Due to the sudden shift, many marketers have been unable to adapt. While some are stuck behind the curve, others have become too dependent on software and lost the human element of marketing. The most successful teams are able to strike a perfect balance between marketing and tech.… This story continues at The Next Web

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It turns out that newbie cryptocurrency enthusiasts are not the only ones struggling to tell Bitcoin apart from its fork, Bitcoin Cash. Online retailer Overstock.com, which has a wide selection of goods from furniture to luxury watches, suffered from a nasty technical flaw that allowed customers to pay with both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash – despite the fact that the latter currency was valued at a significantly lower price. The bug essentially made it possible to successfully pay the required amount of BTC in BCH, but without adjusting the price according to the value of the latter. This meant that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Blockchain has been crushing and redefining every industry that is coming in its way. We can see it happening in every traditional business from business and finance to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, there is a reason that as recently as September, only 17 million people, a fraction of world’s population had a Blockchain wallet. Well, the reason is pretty simple: TRUST Well, money as a system was first developed by societies and then we selected these centers of power called banks which served as agents/middlemen who organize transactions and manage our money. What we actually did was… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber and Lyft may have driven into a problem, at least in Las Vegas. For years, the city’s taxi drivers raged about losing fares to upstart competitors with better technology and cheaper rates. For years, Uber and Lyft capitalized on this to cannibalize not just the taxi industry, but each other as well. There are no winners in war. And although the biggest loser has, to date, been the taxi industry, Uber and Lyft haven’t exactly won, either. By refusing to play by the same set of rules, each seems to have backed itself into a corner and given taxi… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Your efforts demand to be highlighted in a package worthy of serious manpower. That’s where Bizplan comes in...and right now, you’ll secure a lifetime of Bizplan Premium service for only $69, a massive savings from its usual price.

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Yesterday, Chinese networking giant Huawei unveiled its new Wi-Fi router at the CES exhibition in Las Vegas. The Huawei WiFi Q2 is the company’s latest mesh network router, allowing users to pair a base station with as many as sixteen satellites in order to provide a larger area with coverage. So, if you’ve ever complained that your house is too big for your existing router, these are for you. If you live in a pokey little apartment, not so much. Routers that use mesh networking technology are nothing new. Linksys, Netgear, and Google all have their own compelling offerings. Huawei… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei

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December was, as expected, a quieter month than usual in the African tech space, but still not lacking in major developments. Not all of them were for the better, however. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shut down the country’s internet amid election protests, mirroring similar shutdowns in West African countries earlier in the year. Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, the government also blocked the internet following days of protests and unease that resulted in deaths and injuries. Nile X Better news from Egypt, where the country’s first locally made smartphone was rolled out. Nile X has been designed… This story continues at The Next Web

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I use a bunch of different apps for taking notes, recording voice memos, and managing my schedule, so I’m always ready with a suggestion if someone asks me what they should use to get organized. But if you don’t care to cram your phone with productivity apps and still need a way to remember stuff, there’s one you should definitely try. Remindee for Android lets you create reminders from any app that lets you share content – whether that’s your Reddit client, web browser, or online store of choice. Just hit the ‘Share’ button, or select text or an image… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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Sleep. Some of us can’t get enough of it, while others are in a love-hate relationship. For many years after becoming an entrepreneur, I was the latter. Like every human, my mind and body needed sleep to function. The problem was, I had trouble actually falling asleep in the first place. Now, I will say that there are variances of how one would define an insomniac. I wasn’t suffering from chronic insomnia that could do serious damage to my well-being. However, there were many periods when I would only get two to three hours of sleep during the week. If… This story continues at The Next Web

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FactorDaily reports that Ola, an Indian ride-hailing platform that rivals Uber in the country, is developing assisted-driving technologies to improve safety standards in its cabs. While the company has denied these claims in a statement, FactorDaily cited numerous sources who said that Ola has hired experts in autonomous vehicle tech to work on assisted driving features as part of its Ola Play program. The Play program is primarily meant to enhance riders’ in-car experience, with touchscreen panels in the rear passenger area for watching movies and playing music. But the company is believed to be extending Play to also add… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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While Google was quicker than other tech firms to bring virtual reality to phones a few years ago with its Cardboard initiative, interest in mobile VR seems to have dropped off lately. The company is hoping to drum up excitement again by partnering with gadget makers to launch standalone VR headsets that not only work without phones, but also promise more immersive experiences with its Daydream platform. Lenovo and Yi are the first brands to team up with Google this time around; the former has just unveiled its Mirage Solo headset. It comes with WorldSense technology that tracks your head… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Look CES-goers, we need to talk. The showroom has only been open a day and I’m already tired of your shit. I’m not alone. CES noobs are a constant source of amusement and frustration for those of us who’ve been to the event a few times already. But fear not, I’m going to drop some knowledge bombs on you. First things first… You need to stay to the right You may be tempted to walk wherever you see free space. Don’t. This just slows everything down. CES, after all, is a giant clusterfuck on its best day and a complete… This story continues at The Next Web

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Democrats in the US Senate said they’ll force a vote to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent move to repeal net neutrality guidelines for internet service providers (ISPs), reports Reuters. We heard this from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer last month too, and we noted that it wouldn’t be easy for Congress to fight the FCC on the matter, owing to a large number of Republican representatives in the house who were opposed to saving net neutrality. But now, the Democrats have an ally in Republican Senator Susan Collins, who voiced her support for overturning the FCC’s decision. With… This story continues at The Next Web

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I use voice assistants more than most people. My parents have made fun of me barking at my phone to do stuff for years, but I actually enjoy chatting it up with Google, Alexa, and their kin. I just wish they were better at talking to each other. Voices, voices everywhere CES  has made it clear that 2018 will be the year when the voice assistant start to goes beyond phones and smart speakers for techies, and into all sorts of devices and appliances used by average folk. Keeping track of all the new assistant-connected devices in Vegas is overwhelming.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Odds are you’ve been asked to contribute to a new product or cause via Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, or another crowdfunding site at some point or another in the last few years. Although popular crowdfunding sites like those only launched as early as 2008, the fact is, you’ve been participating in crowdfunding for a long time. You just didn’t know it. Crowdfunding is defined as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet,” says Wikipedia. By that definition, every time you bought wrapping paper… This story continues at The Next Web

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HP’s tiny Sprocket printer made an appearance at this year’s CES, where it looked just as much fun as any camera we might have seen. The Sprocket is two inches wide and three inches long, with a premium model that’s slightly larger. It also comes packaged in a 2-in-1 camera, but works with anything Bluetooth-enabled. It works via ZINK technology. ZINK printers aren’t new by any stretch of the imagination. ZINK (short for “Zero Ink”) is a Polaroid offshoot that’s been around since roughly the late Cretaceous. It operates without ink, using heat and special paper to print photos. We… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s going to be hard finding a cooler use of AI than fully-electric flying multicopters that autonomously carry people around cities on demand. What is it? It’s Volocopter’s X2, which is basically a giant drone with seats. Did we mention it’s autonomous? That’s right, the X2 will eventually be summoned with an app to arrive at whatever designated location it’s able to land at. At which point you’ll simply hop inside, strap in, and enjoy a quiet and relaxing ride to your destination. Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, had this to say after taking the Volocopter’s innaugural flight: That was… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems everyone wants in on the cryptocurrency craze – and it looks messaging giant Telegram is gearing up to launch its own initial coin offering (ICO). Following a report from TechCrunch, Cryptovest has shared a leaked copy of the white paper primer detailing Telegram’s blockchain-powered ambitions. According to the document, the Telegram Open Network (TON) will be a “third generation” blockchain with more efficient transaction and scaling capabilities than current solutions like Bitcoin and Ethereum. TNW has been able to confirm the authenticity of the white paper leaked by Cryptovest with an independent source. We refrained from sharing the… This story continues at The Next Web

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“Alexa, play my Spotify playlist — I can’t take my hands off the wheel.” Toyota is teaming up with Amazon to put the latter’s voice assistant into certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles starting this year. The voice assistant will be available in the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0. The company didn’t say into which of its models the suites would be installed, but it Alexa will be available in further models next year. John Scumniotales, head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive, said in a statement: Our vision for Alexa is that she should… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Video content has quickly evolved into the single most popular way to absorb information and entertainment online. Every day, Facebook users watch 100 million hours and YouTube users watch 1 billion hours worth of video clips. Because of video’s meteoric rise among consumers worldwide, nearly all social networks now give video special prominence in their algorithms. Similarly, marketers are heeding the call to become video content champions – not only because of its popularity with global audiences, but because newer video creation solutions are now making production easier than ever. The combination of consumer fervor and intuitive tools means that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Okay, this one actually makes a lot of sense. Kodak today announced a blockchain platform called KodakOne that will feature a token named KodakCoin. This of course sent its stock skyrocketing, like Hooters before it. Kodak stock is up 44% after announcing it's launching a cryptocurrency called KODAKCoin because 2018 https://t.co/IZ463x6fDS pic.twitter.com/psKBQlk4oQ — Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) January 9, 2018 Unlike a rewards program for an oddly-themed chain of restaurants (or defunct video store), Kodak on the blockchain should provide actual solutions. And if you’re a freelance photographer this may be the answer to your prayers. According to a report from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Net Promoter Score has been and continues to be, one of the most trusted metrics used by brands to measure the health of customer relationships for 15 years. Many experts touted it as the one number you need to know when planning growth. Traditionally under the purview of customer experience and customer success teams, NPS has become the go-to metric for customer ranking. However, we’re now seeing NPS expand from customer experience departments to product management. Product managers have begun to expand their KPIs from shipping products to delivering value-added services. NPS is likely to become a key metric in… This story continues at The Next Web

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The face of tourism has undoubtedly changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. A combination of online services, the emergence of ultra-cheap air fares, and more widespread globalization than ever before has made tourism an accessible, affordable, and very attractive option for a huge portion of the population. Technology has been a huge part of this tourism renaissance, and for good reason. Without technology, it would not have been possible to reduce prices so dramatically and expand tourism into such a gigantic global market. One thing that’s often overlooked, however, is the very experience of tourism. Tourism is now… This story continues at The Next Web

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I used to think there was a line in the sand. I thought there was a point where people would stop shoehorning computers and internet connectivity into devices that managed just fine without them for millennia. Obviously, I was wrong. A brilliant example of this comes from Sleepace; a startup from Shenzhen that focuses on how tech can help us get a restful night sleep. The company is at CES showcasing its DreamLife Smart Bedroom Solution technology, which integrates into your bed, and plays nice with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Yes folks, I’m talking about a smart bed. Truly,… This story continues at The Next Web

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