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Modern human society today enjoys the highest state of health care standards that it has ever known. Aided by advancements in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and medical technology, major diseases have been eradicated, deaths from illnesses have decreased, and previously fatal afflictions such as HIV/AIDS have become treatable or curable. Between 1990 and 2013, average life expectancy at birth increased by almost ten years for males – from 57.3 years to 64.2 years, while females enjoyed a full decade of increase from 58.2 years to 68.5 years. Last year, the UN projected these figures to be above 70 years… This story continues at The Next Web

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Modern human society today enjoys the highest state of health care standards that it has ever known. Aided by advancements in the fields of medicine, nutrition, and medical technology, major diseases have been eradicated, deaths from illnesses have decreased, and previously fatal afflictions such as HIV/AIDS have become treatable or curable. Between 1990 and 2013, average life expectancy at birth increased by almost ten years for males – from 57.3 years to 64.2 years, while females enjoyed a full decade of increase from 58.2 years to 68.5 years. Last year, the UN projected these figures to be above 70 years… This story continues at The Next Web

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After Apple, Google, and Huawei, Amazon is the newest kid on the AI chip block, according to a report from The Information. The outlet noted that the ecommerce giant is developing its own artificial intelligence processor for its Alexa-powered hardware, which presently includes the Echo lineup of smart speakers. The idea is to use the chip to process voice commands on the device itself rather than rely as heavily as Echo speakers currently do on the cloud, making for quicker responses to your questions. The Seattle-based company has been acquiring and hiring specialists in chip making over the past couple… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Huawei made a lot of noise last year about its Mate 10 flagship, which came with the company’s own AI chip for adding some interesting camera features. Now, LG is hoping to take on the Chinese gadget giant with on that front with the successor to its V30, which it’ll show off later this month at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. LG says its next phone will come with Vision AI, which “analyzes objects and recommends the best shooting mode from among eight modes: portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset.” That’s similar to what the Mate 10 series… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei,LG

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In order to prevent drowsy driving and improve safety, Uber is going to limit drivers in the US to a maximum of 12 hours a shift, after which it’ll block them from the service for six hours in the hopes that they’ll take a break and recharge their batteries before getting back behind the wheel. That’s a commendable move from the ride-hailing company, and it’s good to see Uber taking the issue of driver fatigue seriously. However, it’s only rolling this out in the US for now – where nearly 60 percent of drivers use the service for under 10… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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A recent Wired profile details the lengths at which Facebook employees are willing to go to ensure the company isn’t monitoring their communications. The piece examines two years of Facebook’s struggles, detailing everything from its Trending Topics debacle, to the dismissal, acceptance, and regret surrounding the hijacking of the 2016 US Presidential Election by Russian operatives. From its beleaguered CEO, to the increasingly paranoid people manning its workstations, one thing is clear: there’s trouble in Menlo Park. What struck me immediately was the lengths some employees felt were necessary in obscuring private information, such as location data, from their employer.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Reviews of Apple HomePod started pouring in last week, and it was was immediately apparent it sounded quite good compared other smart speakers on the market, especially for its size and price. But most of those reviewers weren’t really audio nerds, and considering the lackluster price-to-quality ratio on AirPods and Beats, my expectations were low. So how does it hold up to audiophile choices? Pretty darn well, it seems. Redditor WinterCharm published an extremely thorough review of the Homepod in the r/audiophile subreddit, largely comparing it to the KEF X300A – one of the top speakers recommended under $1,000 for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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A German court today ruled Facebook was collecting data illegally from its users. The ruling, handed down by a Berlin regional court, states that Facebook didn’t obtain the consent from its users to collect data used for targeting in its own advertising platform. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzvb) said some of Facebook’s default settings were in breach of consumer law in the country. Other settings, the court ruled, asked for consent, but in a way deemed to be invalid. According to Heiko Duenkel, litigation policy officer at vzvb: Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Boston Dynamics put the power of collaborative problem solving on display in a new video today. The 45 second video shows two SpotMini robots working together to achieve a common goal: opening an office door. SpotMini is an 11 kilogram (25 pound) four-legged robot capable of picking up and handling objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and perception sensors. In the video, the first SpotMini approaches the door and appears to scan it before calling in reinforcements. As the second robot comes into view, the first retreats and watches as his “armed” counterpart moves into position, scans the door, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to slash more than 10,000 jobs this year as part of an aggressive robot takeover. Innolux, Foxconn’s LCD-display arm is said to bear the brunt of the lost jobs. According to Honorary Chairman Tuan Hsing-Chien: We will reduce our total workforce to less than 50,000 people by the end of this year, from the 60,000 staff at the end of 2017. This just days after Foxconn Chairmain Terry Gou reported the company would invest some $342 million into processes and equipment to make better use of artificial intelligence in its manufacturing process. Innolux doesn’t supply… This story continues at The Next Web

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Thanks to the Apple, you can expect a plenty of devices to copy the iPhone X’s unholy notch in the years to come (even though Essential was first). Now seems Google is preparing for this notch-filled future by building support for screen cutouts directly into the UI for Android P. According to report by Bloomberg, the next version of Android – allegedly codenamed Pistachio Ice Cream – will include a ‘dramatic redesign’ in order to lure more buyers away from Apple’s ecosystem. It will also bring tighter integration with the Google Assistant, improved battery life, and native support for multiple… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,iPhone

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Samsung has made great strides to fix its custom Android UI over the past few years, going from the bloated and ugly TouchWiz to the less-bloated and sleek Samsung Experience. Unfortunately, its emoji have continued to be terrible, often expressing radically different emotions than those of other brands. Thankfully, Samsung is finally doing something about that as it rolls out Android Oreo to its suite of flagships. As first reported by Emojipedia, the Oreo update includes Samsung Experience 9.0, which brings redesigned the redesigned emoji in addition to a host of new features. Although the overall aesthetic of the emoji… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Samsung

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No matter how much communication technology advances, travel isn’t going anywhere. Despite constant debates over political instability and a backlash against globalization in some circles, travel remains the fastest growing global sector. Communication technology only makes international business relationships more important, and face-to-face communications aren’t going out of style, anytime soon. For that reason, virtually every entrepreneur can benefit from becoming more travel conscious. Here are some tips about how to make the most of your travel. 1. Shop from discount and comparison sites Use discount and comparison sites to find deals not just on flights and hotels, but also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Happy Monday. We’re taking a break tomorrow 😢 Don’t miss us too much ❤️ Top trending tech news: 💰 Government websites have quietly been running crypto coin mining scripts (TNW)😮 Russian election meddling is up for ad awards (TechCrunch)🤑 Alibaba invested another $1.3 billion in offline retail (TechCrunch) What we’re talking about: A security researcher discovered thousands of legitimate websites have been lowkey running scripts forcing visitors’ computers to mine cryptocoins. Many of the sites belong to local governments and government agencies. Got a design mock-up that you need converting into HTML and CSS? Here’s how to get AI to do it for you. Falcon Heavy is a fully reusable middle finger to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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Microsoft is out to prove blockchain naysayers wrong. In an effort to show the potential of the technology beyond its applications in cryptocurrency, the Redmond giant has announced plans to use blockchain tech as the foundation for storing and processing digital identity data. Following a collaboration with the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), Microsoft has revealed its plans to rely on blockchain technology to solve some of the challenges we face when managing our identities and personal data digitally, such as improving privacy and security across the physical and digital world. “We believe it is essential for individuals to own and control all… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Every time I start a new business, I’m a bit overwhelmed. Seriously, I’ve started everything from a watch company to a product manufacturing platform, and every single time, I’m a bit nervous. I live by the quote “One who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions,” and starting a new company always seems to present me with questions I’ve never answered before. Luckily, I’m also a firm believer in learning by doing. So, I jump in, and I come up with the answers as I go. One of the latest questions I’ve been faced with is how… This story continues at The Next Web

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For business transformation to succeed, the whole of innovation must be greater than the progress of its parts. But in an era of digital Darwinism, as technology and society evolve faster than many businesses can keep up, it may be up to the “parts” to lead the way toward holistic business transformation. Digital Darwinism doesn’t discriminate in selecting which companies survive, thrive or fade. Outcomes are dependent on the impact of business efforts. But experimentation and change have to start somewhere. One of the more promising areas for organizational innovation oftentimes starts in marketing with a boost from artificial intelligence… This story continues at The Next Web

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Now, the fruits of Brandon Hakim’s pursuit can be shared by you with a course dedicated to helping you become a speed reading machine. And with a recent price drop, all this life-changing training is available for less than the price of a decent lunch: only $9 from TNW Deals.

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While there’s an absolute artistry in creating sales copy that sings, there are also some time-tested steps any writer can follow to generate effective copy. You’ll get a 360-degree view of those steps with this Step-by-Step Copywriting Secrets Course, now on sale for just $15 from TNW Deals.

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Another day, another exit scam: an emerging cryptocurrency startup more commonly known as LoopX has suddenly vanished out of thin air along with millions worth of its investors’ savings. The sketchy investment platform, which promised to earn backers’ money with its proprietary trading algorithm, has abruptly gone dark after raising $4.5 million in a series of initial coin offerings (ICO). The company has since also pulled its website and deleted its social media fingerprint, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram accounts. The only remainder from LoopX is a still active BitcoinTalk thread from December last year – that and its… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook continues to refuse to accept the inconvenient truth that nobody cares about its blatant Stories: knock-off. The company has updated the ephemeral posting feature with a dedicated photo editing feature for desktop users. The new functionality resembles the standard image-posting photo editor and offers various options to manipulate the final picture – by adding text, color filters, and stickers. Here is what the new addition looks like: Users can access the Stories photo-editing tool by clicking the “Edit Photo” button in the right bottom corner. Among other things, the feature lets you choose among several different fonts and color… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Earlier this month history was made when UK culture secretary Matt Hancock became the first UK Member of Parliament to launch his own app. The aptly named Matt Hancock MP app had something of a mixed reception from a bemused media. While the general aim, to allow Matt to connect with his West Suffolk constituents, is promising, the hasty execution has left much to be desired, as the app is riddled with privacy issues, careless functional errors, and silly UX mistakes. While I very much encourage other politicians to launch their own apps, I don’t recommend imitating like-for-like the efforts… This story continues at The Next Web

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A security researcher has discovered thousands of legitimate websites — many belonging to local governments and government agencies — running scripts that secretly force visitors’ computers to mine cryptocoins. In the UK, both the websites of the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Student Loan Company have found to be affected. The mining scripts were also found on the websites of the General Medical Council and NHS Inform. Ummm, so yeah, this is *bad*. I just had @phat_hobbit point out that @ICOnews has a cryptominer installed on their site… 😮 pic.twitter.com/xQhspR7A2f — Scott Helme (@Scott_Helme) February 11, 2018 On the other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Imagine, if you will, a President of the United States that truly understands AI’s potential: how to use it, when to trust it, and how to stop it if necessary. Is this prospect terrifying or exciting? It’s hard to say for sure. It seems obvious that up-and-coming generations will bring a new, if not radically different perspective to government, in part because they are the world’s first digital natives. While those born in the mid-80s were early adopters of technology in their teenage years, younger millennials and the following generation Z, will be more familiar with innovations like AI, VR,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Within three years, deep learning will change front-end development. It will increase prototyping speed and lower the barrier for building software. The field took off last year when Tony Beltramelli introduced the pix2code paper and Airbnb launched sketch2code. Currently, the largest barrier to automating front-end development is computing power. However, we can use current deep learning algorithms, along with synthesized training data, to start exploring artificial front-end automation right now. In this post, we’ll teach a neural network how to code a basic HTML and CSS website based on a picture of a design mockup using deep-learning platform FloydHub. Here’s a quick overview of the process: 1)… This story continues at The Next Web

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