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Targeting Trump fans, QAnon ad slips through Facebook‘s filters

Despite Facebook‘s efforts to tamp down on the fringe conspiracy QAnon movement, its backers are still finding ways to push its message on the platform - even paying Facebook to do so. Just days after announcing last month that it would ban QAnon theories from the site, Facebook allowed an advertisement featuring a cartoon Pepe the Frog - a character associated with the alt-right political movement- with a message to ‘Connect with Cue

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The secret to powering web apps with full speech recognition

A few months ago, I wrote an article onweb speech recognition using TensorflowJS. Even though it was super interesting to implement, it was cumbersome for many of you to extend. The reason was pretty simple: it required a deep learning model to be trained if you wanted to detect more words than the model I provided, which was pretty basic. For those of you who needed a more practical approach, that article wasn‘t enough. Following your requ

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This handy site tells you if specific apps work on Apple Silicon yet

Apple Silicon has taken the tech world by storm. Whether it‘s people learning about the architecture of the new M1 chip, its performance benchmarks, or evenLinus Torvalds wanting to run Linux on the machines, Apple‘s new hardware is the talk of the town. Despite things going as smoothly as in Apple‘s wildest dreams most users still have a pressing question: do their favorite apps work on Apple Silicon yet? Thankfully, the beauti

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6 things I wish I knew before I bootstrapped my first SaaS startup

Three years ago, Kevin, a life-long friend of mine, and I left our jobs and decided to start our own bootstrapped SaaS at the tender age of 25. It was a dream we‘d be nursing for a long time as bootstrappers like Rob Wailing or Pieter Levels, and communities such as IndieHackers by the Courtland Allen had been a source of inspiration for us ever since 2010. So we decided it was finally time to see what we could make of it on our own but it

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Google wants you to complete simple tasks for hard cash in its new app

If you‘ve ever wanted to work for Google, now‘s your best chance. The company has a new app called Task Mate that lets you earn money by completing tasks such as taking pictures of storefronts or recording short voice clips. At the moment, the app is live only for users in India.Plus, you‘ll need an invitation code to sign up and start working on these tasks - it appears there aren‘t many codes around yet. [Read: Here&lsqu

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Twitter now warns you before liking a tweet labeled for misinformation

The US election may be all but over, but social media networks are still trying to fight rampant misinformation spreading on their platforms.Twitter today revealed that it will warn users if they try to so much as like a tweet that contains information believed to be misleading. Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital. These prompts helped decrease Quote

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Facebook‘s new ‘Drives‘ help collect food and clothing for people in need

Facebook today announced a new feature called Drives. No, that‘s not a ‘drive‘ in the sense of yet another cloud storage service, but instead in the sense of ‘clothing drive‘ or ‘food drive.‘ It builds on the social network‘s fundraising tools for emergencies and community causes, except this time it‘s not so much about raising money as it is about donations of actual goods. The feature, which

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We should hold animals accountable for their crimes. Here‘s how AI can help

The setup‘s hilarious: Two park rangers hiding behind a tree pointing a camera at a bear in the distance so they can use facial recognition software to determine if they‘ve actually found the infamous picnic-basket-snatching ursus known as Yogi. But this is no joke. Research groups across the world are turning to image recognition AI, the same kind used for human facial recognition and identification, to solve problems in the animal k

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Eureka: A family of computer scientists developed a blueprint for machine consciousness

Renowned researchers Manuel Blum and Lenore Blum have devoted their entire lives to the study of computer science with a particular focus on consciousness. They‘ve authored dozens of papers and taught for decades at prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. And, just recently, they published new research that could serve as a blueprint for developing and demonstrating machine consciousness. That paper, titled ‘A Theoretical Computer Sci

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Take advantage of these 10 time saving apps, now during this Black Friday sale

TLDR: From password managers to schedulers to administrative aids, these 10 time-saving apps can help you get through your day more efficiently. So, lookmost of these time-saving apps aren‘t exactly gift-giving material. Sure, you could give your brother-in-law a password manager; or your mailman a grammar checker. But the real recipient of these early access Black Friday deals is probably going to be you. With the discounts on most of thes

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On-demand public transport sounds like a luxury - but it can actually save cities money

This article was originally published on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Think going on-demand will drain your budgets? Think again. Evidence shows that when on-demand networks are implemented in a smart way, communities ca

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4 reasons why you should automate your social media marketing

Social media advertising can be daunting, especially as brands juggle multiple social media platforms. The average person uses around eight different social media accounts, which can make it tricky for brands to keep their branding and communication consistent and up-to-date. As a result, many leading brands have turned to automation to solve time-consuming processes that involve audience engagement and customized content. Automation has become c

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Why this security engineer loves working in infosec

Working in cybersecurity means you‘re constantly playing a game of catch-up. Every day you learn something new, but your work is also never finished. Whether you are a security researcher developing threat intelligence to power IDS / IPS systems or someone trying to plug holes in an area like application security, you will constantly be forced to find new solutions for unknown problems. To Dutch security engineer Ferry (he prefers us not to

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Samsung‘s Galaxy Z Fold 3 may launch in June 2021

Samsung‘s first folding phone had a stuttering start. However, with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the company has somewhat redeemed itself. And we‘re already hearing rumors as to what the next model might offer. According to the Korean publication Ajunews, Samsung could launch the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as soon as June 2021. The publication also said that the Korean tech giant could introduce its under the screen camera technology to make the phone m

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Solar power stations in space could solve Earth‘s energy needs

It sounds like science fiction: giant solar power stations floating in space that beam down enormous amounts of energy to Earth. And for a long time, the concept first developed by the Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, in the 1920s was mainly an inspiration for writers. A century later, however, scientists are making huge strides in turning the concept into reality. The European Space Agency has realized the potential of these efforts

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A beginner‘s guide to web scraping with Python and Scrapy

Since their inception,websitesare used to share information. Whether it is a Wikipedia article, YouTube channel, Instagram account, or a Twitter handle. They all are packed with interesting data that is available for everyone with access to theinternetand aweb browser. But, what if we want to get any specific data programmatically? There are two ways to do that: Using official API Web Scraping The concept ofAPI (Application Programming Interface)

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How Google Workspace unlocked the market for subscription business software

The software stack of a startup in 2020 looks much different than a company starting in 2007. In 2007, a new company would require large capital expenditures to build a Windows infrastructure for email, file storage, accounting, and marketing tools. It would cost tens of thousands of dollars and require hiring IT experts to deploy and manage ongoing. Today, all of those solutions can be ‘purchased‘ using a credit card and paying a mon

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Linus Torvalds wants Apple‘s new M1-powered Macs to run Linux

Earlier this month, Apple revealed its own ARM-based M1 processor, along with new MacBooks and a desktop Mac Mini powered by this chip. Reviewers across the globe have been praising Apple‘s first attempt, giving it high marks for performance and battery life. All this positive coverage has tempted many to take the plunge and buy one of the new machines - even if some apps are not running natively at the moment. Even Linus Torvalds, the prin

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Byte Me #21: You‘re not crying, we are

Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad 3 We have some really sad, horrifically tragic news, maybe even the worst thing that‘s happened in 2020 This newsletter will be our last Byte Me. *SOB* Cara and Gigi are both moving on to greener pastures.We‘re abandoning our mama Anouk, and the Byte Me cause, like the treacherous woman-haters we are. We‘re completely devastated that Byte Me is coming to an

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Enjoy stargazing while you can, SpaceX Starlink is about to ruin it

I walk outside my rural Saskatchewan house before dawn and look up, expecting to have my breath taken away by the sheer number of stars overhead. I‘m a professional astronomer, but I still appreciate naked-eye stargazing as much as an eager child. This is the first place I‘ve lived that‘s dark enough to easily see the Milky Way, and I‘m stunned and awed every time I look up. This time though, I curse softly. There‘s

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Now is the time to boost your digital marketing skills with these 10 training bundles, all under 15

TLDR: These 10 collections of marketing training explore how to create solid ad copy, build audiences through social media and drive thousands of new customers to your business. If you‘re an entrepreneur or somehow responsible for the marketing of a brand or product, 2020 was likely a scary time for you. Many old rules changed, but new ones cropped up to take their place. What worked six months ago doesn‘t necessarily work today. And

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How to use Electron to build responsive desktop apps

If you are like me, you love JavaScript and its ecosystem, and you have been building amazing web applications using frameworks like React or performant web servers with NodeJS . Now you want to develop a desktop application, and you don‘t want to learn a new programming language, or perhaps you want to re-use as much as you can from existing web projects. Here is when Electron enters the picture to save the day. Electron allows you to buil

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A closer look at Ford‘s all-electric Transit van

This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines. Ford previewed the upcoming electric version of its best-selling Transit van, putting down a marker for the company in the exploding commercial EV market

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Why vacuum cleaner bags make the most effective face masks

You have probably become used to wearing a face mask in public. And you probably wear a fabric one, as we‘ve been urged to save N95, FFP3, and other ‘clinical grade‘ masks for healthcare workers. This is despite science not knowing how well fabric masks work. To overcome this, a team that I am part of at the University of Cambridge decided to test various fabrics to see how well they would protect the wearer and the public when

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