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China‘s VPN crusade is crippling universities‘ ability to do proper research

China‘s ridiculous censorship laws are now chipping away at scientists‘ ability to rely on outside sources in their academic pursuits. Commonly referred to as the Great Firewall, China has become notorious for its nationwide internet censorship which renders popular global platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google absolutely inaccessible to local netizens. But while individuals whose work depends on the aforementioned services have

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The ultimate plain English guide to cybersecurity buzzwords

Words like worm, trojan horse and zombie may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they‘re part of the reality of life online. Now that we communicate, work and entertain ourselves on the internet, these familiar terms start to take on new meaning. They‘re just a few of the cybersecurity threats we face. While most of us would rather leave the problem to the IT department, it‘s essential we all have an understanding of cyb

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Your ultimate guide to the upcoming fork that‘s splitting the Bitcoin community

There‘s a lot of fuss in the bitcoin community about what will happen on August 1. Will the cryptocurrency split into two new ones? Will it not? What is BIP 91? What is BIP 148? What is SegWit? The incredibly significant date is just around the corner but there are still so many unanswered questions! I have put together this guide to walk you through the whole situation to keep you informed about the developments. As of this writing, it see

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Sales funnel management: 3 tips that mean major improvement

Most companies define the steps in sales funnel a little differently, but the core concept is fairly universal. The sales funnel breaks down the natural steps in the process of a purchase, of which customers go from being unaware of a product to a paying customer. It helps companies organize their sales progression into actionable steps that simplify the conversion process. More than half of customers are lost when they transition to the next ste

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Why emoji might be your next password

Would you rather unlock your smartphone with a plain four-digit PIN or with a smiley-face emoji? Would it be easier and more pleasant to remember ‘,‘ for example, or ‘2476‘? Smartphone users commonly use emoji to express moods, emotions and nuances in emails and text messages and even communicate entire messages only with emoji. In 2015, a British company tried using emoji passcodes in place of PINs at bank ATMs. But ther

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Google‘s DeepMind made an AI that can imagine the future

Google‘s London-based AI outfit DeepMind has created two different types of AI that can use their ‘imagination‘ to plan ahead and perform tasks with a higher success rate than AIs without imagination. Sorry if I made you click because you wanted AIs predicted flying cars. I promise this is cool too. In a post on their site, DeepMind researchers give a short review of ‘a new family of approaches for imagination-based planni

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Accused of throttling Netflix, Verizon starts site to explain how Wi-Fi works

When it isn‘t out to slay net neutrality or throttle internet speeds for Netflix and YouTube, it appears that Verizon wants to educate people about the internet. The telecommunications conglomerate has quietly rolled out a pleasantly-designed interactive website that aims to explain how Wi-Fi works to anybody lacking the knowledge or the the technical background to research it on their own. Equipped with a series of animated visualizations,

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Dear Microsoft, please don‘t kill Paint

Later this year, Microsoft will release the long-awaited Fall Creators Edition of Windows 10. It‘s a pretty significant update, not least because of what‘s being added, but also because of what Redmond is taking away. Get ready to say goodbye to Paint. In a page hidden in the nether-regions of its website, Microsoft lists it as deprecated, as of the release of the Fall Creators Edition. Deprecation means that Microsoft does not intend

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From Uber to Postmates: A tipping guide for the sharing economy

Plenty of guidelines govern tipping etiquette for the usual suspects: waiters, hotel housekeeping, taxis, etc. (The simplest and most exhaustive among recent lists would be this one atUncommon Courtesy.) But what about for the dude who‘s delivering your laundry as a contractor with a third-party app? Or the ‘driver partner‘ who‘s paid through an app that explicitly prevents you from tipping him (e.g., anyone working for Ub

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How artificial intelligence is defining the future of brick-and-mortar shopping

Thanks to artificial intelligence advances, every aspect of brick-and-mortar retail is being transformed.Or just read more coverage about: Intel

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The past, present and future of meeting people with meetup founder Scott Heiferman

There‘s a high chance that if you have attended an event in a city in recent years, it was arranged through meetup.com. The site now has over 32 million members, over a quarter of a million groups and over half a million meetups happening in 182 countries every month. Aside from being a keen and regular user, meetup has always fascinated me, as it‘s a tech company with a core mission that is about getting people away from their techno

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How to improve your work-life balance

It can be easy to put your work as the most important component of your life and forego all other responsibilities. Entrepreneurs are notorious for caring about nothing besides their ventures, but this level of dedication is not the best route to achieve success. Not only is it important to balance work with other hobbies and activities, but also health and wellness is crucial for long-term success. After all entrepreneurship and business as a wh

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The Rock teams up with Apple‘s Siri for his next movie

In case you manage to drag yourself out of the ongoing Game of Thrones craze today, you might be in for a treat: superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson just tweeted that he‘s joined forces with Apple‘s voice assistant, Siri, for his next film, which airs on the company‘s YouTube channel July 24 (that‘s today!). It‘s not the first time Apple‘s flirted with celebrity partnerships: last year, it teamed up

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Middle East and North Africa aren‘t the next big hotspot for tech yet

In the past, people didn‘t give much thought to the startup climate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). But after Careem‘s massive fundingand Amazon‘s acquisition of Souq, people are finally realizing the potential of the region. I‘ve been fortunate enough to meet with entrepreneurs and help startups all over the region through my work for the US-based Hidden Founders. The local founders I‘ve met in the regio

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7 signs your design style is out of date

If you‘ve worked in the design industry for any length of time you‘ve probably seen styles come and go. Maybe you‘re using some styles that are so popular they‘ve reached their saturation point. Or maybe you haven‘t even realized the possibilities that come with the constant influx of new technology. Whether or not you‘ve already noticed the changing times, here are seven signs your design is stuck in the past.

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NES classic ‘Punch-Out‘ has an Easter egg that went undiscovered for 29 years

Easter eggs in video games are everywhere, but most don‘t take nearly three decades to figure out. ‘Punch-Out‘ - aka‘Mike Tyson‘s Punch-Out‘- is the obvious exception to this rule. Reddit user Midwesternhousewives used his weekend to discover an Easter egg in Punch-Out that tells you when to deliver a knockout blow to two separate fighters. If you look closely at the left third of the screen you‘ll see a

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How to make money livestreaming

Recently we published a piece helping new livestreamers get started. Basic stuff, right? Now we think you‘re ready for a more advanced lesson: How to make money doing livestreams. This is not casual stuff we‘re talking about - you‘ll need a lot of time, dedication, and probably no small amount of luck to get to the point where you can make decent money while livestreaming. But we all have to start somewhere, and if you‘re

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Learn coding fundamentals with the Complete JavaScript Coding Bundle only 59

Any prospective programmer looking to break into the business needs a few foundational tools in his or her bag of tricks. And without a doubt, Javascript needs to be one of those tools. It‘s one of the most formative languages of the web, so get comfortable with the backbone of web development with thisComplete JavaScript Coding Bundleof instruction, nowjust 59 (an over 90 percent discount)from TNW Deals. These eight courses will get you co

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How app developers can avoid TV‘s advertising mistakes

Over the past twenty years the number of entertainment channels available to the public has increased dramatically from simple television and radio, to streaming on-demand, mobile apps, TV catch up, and many more. Business models vary, but many remain heavily reliant on advertising and in a world where consumers increasingly tune out and block ads, getting it wrong can kill your business. Television and apps The number of television channels ava

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How motion sensing technology can improve physical therapy and pain relief

‘Slow progress is still progress.‘ ‘Have faith in the process.‘ ‘It‘s mind over matter.‘ These are just a few in a very long list of quotes that people will hear - or see on an inspirational poster in their doctor‘s office - when they begin a long and frustrating road to recovery in physical therapy. Patients recovering from injury or illness, or dealing with chronic pain, face a difficult battle, a

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How product managers are slowly becoming mini CEOs

Ten years ago, the top companies by market cap in the world were predominantly in oil, general industry, and financial services. Today, the top five are technology companies, providing products and services to consumers and enterprises. With this transformation, the pace of innovation has increased exponentially in response to demand. Last year, the number of global mobile users grew to exceed half of the world‘s population with users in So

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TigerVPN grants full online security forever for less than 50

Other than the mostly unworkable scenario of going Amish and completely detaching from the grid, you won‘t find a more sound method of protecting your online information and privacy than with a top-quality VPN provider. With cyber-thieves, hackers and online snoops always lurking, you need the talents of a quality VPN provider likeTigerVPNto shield everything you do on the web. Right now, you can lock in a lifetime of TigerVPN service at ar

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Autonomous cars will create a trillion dollar passenger economy

Drivers are becoming riders. As ride services and autonomous vehicles become the norm, the new ‘Passenger Economy‘ will thrive as we strive to fill the reclaimed time once spent behind the wheel. Intel predicts that the value of goods and services for this economy will be close to 7 trillion by 2050, more than double the predicted value of the ‘Sharing Economy‘. Cars will be transformed from single-serving modes of transpo

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This Dutch startup turns plants into batteries

Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it. Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lighst run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil. Here‘s how it works: during the process of photosynthesis plants release organic compounds in the soil. This causes bacteria to generate electrons and protons,

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