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Amazon is building a translation service for your sites and apps

Amazon is set to expand its Web Services range of offerings for developers with a new tool to translate their apps and sites into multiple languages, reports CNBC. When it launches, the new service will see Amazon go up against Microsoft and Google, both of which offer translation APIs to enterprise customers. Amazon already uses its own translation tech in-house to offer product documentation in various languages. The effort to build this out fo

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Amazon Echo now works as a home intercom

Amazon has just pushed an update for its Echo family of smart speakers that enables a handy room-to-room intercom feature, making it a whole lot easier to snoop keep an eye on your entire family. If you‘ve got multiple Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show devices around the house, you can now initiate walkie-talkie style chats between them with a voice command. You‘ll need to first name each speaker and enable ‘drop-in‘ on them, of

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Mario 64 gets the Super Mario Odyssey treatment thanks to this modder

Upcoming Switch game Super Mario Odysseylooks to be a grand adventure for Mario, in the vein of several of his open-world, multi-environment platformers of days gone by. But there is one new feature: Cappy, Mario‘s iconic red hat, is now sentient and capable of zapping Mario‘s soul into the bodies of Goombahs, Bullet Bills, and even non-sentient objects. Mario then has complete control over the being, and can use it for various puzzle

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The clueless parent‘s guide to understanding Snapchat

Confused about Snapchat? You‘re not the only parent. Snapchat is perhaps the most misunderstood of all social media apps. Is it a social network? A photo platform? A means for frustrated millennial expression? The short answer is yes, to all of those things. The longer answer, well What is Snapchat and why does my daughter love it? Snapchat is an app that allows users to share pictures and videos with friends or complete strangers. But it&l

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Study shows just glancing at your phone makes you dumber

A recently conducted survey shows smartphones might make their owners dumber, at least when they are left in plain sight. Researchers surveyed nearly 600 people to find out if our phones were taking up space in our cognitive thought process even if they were on silent or turned off. Turns out the answer is a resounding yes. University of Texas at Austin researchers had participants to perform a series of math problems while simultaneously being a

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How high can shoe technology elevate your game?

Adidas, Nike, and Reebok would have you believe that purchasing their products will change your life. Is that just marketing convincing us that the shoe-makers are smart, or is there more behind the technology of footwear than hyperbole? The global athletic footwear industry will rake in an estimated 83.2 billion dollars in 2017. Those earnings are estimated to increase by two-percent yearly until 2024. A never-ending research and development cyc

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Amazon‘s robots are invading Whole Foods

Amazon‘s 13.7 billion acquisition of food retailerWhole Foods earlier certainly looked like part of a strategy to make a dent in the food delivery market. Now experts suggest the place it could start innovating the store is in behind the scenes, with warehouse robots. According to Bloomberg, Amazon will introduce robots into Whole Foods‘ warehouses as a way to cut down on costs. Gary Hawkins, CEO of the Center for Advancing Retail and

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iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list

iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple‘s mobile OS yet, especially for iPad users. Now that it‘s available in a public beta, here‘s our rundown of the best features so you can decide for yourself whether to install. Spoiler alert: you probably should. Apple Pay takes on Venmo and Facebook Apple Pay now allows you to make person-to-person payments, for one. It‘s integrated directly into iMessage, which should make it

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iOS 11‘s public beta is out now here‘s how to get it

iOS 11 is finally available for everyone to try and if you‘re willing to put up with some bugs, you probably should. It‘s not an exaggeration to say iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple‘s mobile OS yet. This is especially true if you‘re an iPad user, thanks to numerous improvements to multi-tasking and app switching that help the OS approximate the functionality of a desktop environment. To name a few new feature

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GoPro captures the moment an alligator nearly took a man‘s head off

How can the ‘craziest and most eccentric alligator handler in Florida‘ prove his lunacy? You find a dinosaur and let it eat you. Or at least let the close relative of one take a chomp at your face. The ‘Gator Crusader‘ decided to find out what it‘s like to get eaten by an alligator and recorded the experience with a GoPro. His reasoning? ‘Everybody always wants to know what an alligator‘s bite is like.&ls

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Facebook teams with Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to fight terrorism

Facebook today teamed with Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to announce the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. The unlikely alliance aims to crack down on terrorism and violent extremists by making ‘[their] hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.‘ From the release: The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all. We take these issues

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Experts weigh in on how 5G could change the world

The promise of 5G includes faster internet, greater mobile connectivity for businesses, and the ability to take futuristic digital experiences like VR and AR mainstream. With such limitless potential, the question becomes just how 5G will change the way people use their devices. To find out what‘s coming, I asked a group of entrepreneurs fromYEC the following question: How do you see 5G changing the way consumers or businesses use the inter

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Nintendo announces the SNES Classic (and Star Fox 2)

We all knew it was going to happen (or at least we hoped), and Nintendo today confirmed it: the Super Nintendo Classic Edition is coming out later this year. Super Mario World, Earthbound, Star Fox 2 + 18 more games? Now you‘re playing with super power! #SNESClassic launches 9/29. pic.twitter.com/BPPGjpskPT - Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 26, 2017 The SNES Classic has been rumored to be in the works ever since the NES Classic

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Google Easter egg celebrates Pride in your spreadsheets

It‘s Pride month, so the world is a little more colorful thanks to the rainbow flags popping up everywhere. Here‘s one place I didn‘t expect to see a rainbow though: Google Sheets. In typical Google fashion, the feature is hidden as a bit of an Easter egg. To activate it, simply spell out the word ‘pride‘ such that each letter corresponds to one column in the Sheets app. Your spreadsheet will then be rainbow-fied ad

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How to leverage your brand‘s voice via your employees‘ social media accounts

‘Social media spark[s] a revelation that we, the people, have a voice, and through the democratisation of content and ideas we can once again unite around common passions, inspire movements, and ignite change.‘ Brian Solis Social media has become a prominent part of every brand marketer‘s strategic planning toolbox. Additionally, it is the second largest driver of traffic to business websites, with the first driver being traffi

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Dell Precision 5520 Developer Edition: An amazing Ubuntu mobile workstation

The transformation of Dell into Linux hardware maker is nothing short of extraordinary. It started in 2012, when Dell‘s Project Sputnik started to offer Ubuntu pre-installed on specific developer-class laptops, like the Dell XPS series. Five years later, Dell is offering Ubuntu on an even broader array of PCs, including the gorgeous Precision series. Dell‘s Precision 5520 Ubuntu is a capable machine, with looks to match. But does this

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Meet Laughly: The Pandora for jokes

Laughly is an audio streaming service focused on comedy. It works like Spotify or Pandora, but it treats artists like partners. Comedians get paid for every ‘click‘, and all revenue is split 50/50. There are 250,000 registered users listening to over 700 comedians on Laughly; all the popular artists like Kevin Hart and Sarah Silverman are there. The app has plenty of offerings and, while it isn‘t the only comedy app out there, i

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Get trained and certified with Microsoft Excel for less than 20

Since commerce went digital, there may be no more crystallizing snapshot of a business‘ overall health than the simple spreadsheet. One quick look at the right columns and you can immediately tell where a company is succeeding or failing. In the world of spreadsheets, Excel has been and remains king so understand this seminal program top to bottom with this Microsoft Excel Specialist Certification Bundle. You can pick it up now for a ridic

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This app uses augmented reality to turn your smartphone into a ruler

One resourceful company is reinventing the ruler. Creative collectiveLaan Labshas developed a nifty mobile app that relies on augmented reality technology to turn your smartphone into a legitimate measuring device. To accomplish this, AR Measurefactors in the distance between various points in 3D space to help you measure any physical object by simply using your phone‘s camera. All it takes to put the virtual ruler to use is point your came

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How to improve your style (and confidence) in the office

Even if you work in a boring corporate office, looking good is still a very effective way to brighten your day and improve your confidence. Appearance can say a lot about a person and no matter what your personal style going the extra mile will put a spring in your step. On top of that, the more comfortable you are with the way you look, the more self-confidence and charisma you will acquire. Bottom line, looking awesome will also make you feel

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3 ways cognitive computing can transform banking

What if you had a personal banking bot that warns you when your funds are getting low? Or that you usually buy flowers at a certain time of the year for your mother‘s birthday and that you haven‘t this year? With cognitive computing, this scenario might soon become a reality. Cognitive computing broadly refers to technology platforms which leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and signal processing to mimic human behavior. They are us

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The UK parliament getting pwned by a brute-force attack is utterly, utterly embarrassing

This weekend, the British Parliament‘s email system fell victim to a sustained brute-force attack. Over Saturday evening, an unknown adversary (believed to be either Russia or North Korea, because obviously) bombarded the British government‘s email system with thousands of login attempts, and ultimately gained access to 90 accounts with weak credentials. In response, the security services have limited access to the email system, forci

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Bored programmer built a site that turns Trump‘s tweets into shitty poems

The childishly unfiltered approach Donald Trump takes with Twitter has allowed bored programmers to build an entire parody industry around his tweets. Over the last year we‘ve seen robots that print and burn his posts, bots that turn his rants into cash, and now an algorithm that transforms his tweets into poems. A Redditor going by the alias Darby Crashhas put together Poet in Chief, an amusing website that selects random Trump tweets and

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10 questions that can dramatically change your life (and your business)

The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives. A few years ago, I was in a dreary situation that I didn‘t know how to get out of. I was not passionate about the work that I was doing, I wasn‘t surrounding myself with the right people, and I felt like a hamster running in circles. I didn‘t realize it back then, but this was mostly because I wasn‘t asking myself theright questions. Instead of asking &lsquo

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