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Millennials: The generation that knows everything and nothing

Nestled firmly between old and new, millennials are the middle child of the technology industry. On one hand, we have our parents and grandparents, who grew up with landline phones, or no phones at all. On the other hand, we have Gen Z who were brought into the world basically knowing how to use an iPhone. Millennials have it differently we‘re torn between two worlds. A Wall Street Journal article this week tells the story of 23-year-oldAn

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The realities of joining the big league: On working with the Fortune 500

For many early stage companies, partnering or working with a Fortune 500 company may feel like being accepted to a top fraternity. When you put on that jacket emblazoned with its logo, all of a sudden you start getting noticed and doors begin opening. At the same time, with added opportunity comes responsibility. Being part of the team means following strict codes of conduct, adopting outside processes, and involving others in decision making fro

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Researchers think a full ‘bodyNET‘ of skin sensors is the platform of the future

Researchers from Stanford University today published an article in Natureclaiming the next great frontier for human-electronic interaction is the bodyNET platform, a network of electronic wearables, implants, and skin-based sensors that put the tech at your literal fingertips. The article proposes a top-to-bottom system of body-based tech, including augmented reality peripherals, ‘elastronic‘ skin-based touch displays, and even brain

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7 dynamic e-commerce experts share their best advice for future entrepreneurs

In today‘s world, the trend towards e-commerce has become significant as more entrepreneurs try to create their own online stores. The hard part is knowing which potential factories are most important to focus on in the early stages of your online store. To address these questions, events such as eCommCon, the first ever eCommerce virtual summit, have started to spark. These events provide attendees with countless hours of interviews from s

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Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a 10 piece of pre-built hardware easily purchased online into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it‘s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump. A clever developer came up with a somewhat simple approach to protecting yourself at the gas station. The CEO and Founder of SparkFun, Nate Seidle, built a free, open-source Android app to detect popular skimmers.

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Steam will now fight review trolls with the power of graphs

Steam has apparently responded to the recent review bombing controversy by implementing a new change in its review section. Now there will be an infograph in the review section which will show spikes in review activity, and whether the activity is positive or negative. In a Steam Community blog post, Valve UI designer Alden Kroll described the thought process that led up to the new graph, mentioning review bombing by name: In short, review bombs

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This hacker really, really wants people to hide their ID badges when they‘re on the bus

Tom Van de Wiele, a security researcher with F-Secure in Denmark, has an interesting project. The Belgian-born researcher has taken to photographing people with their company ID badges on display, and posting them on his Twitter page with the hashtag #protectyouraccesscard. So far, he‘s managed to capture dozens of ID cards, mostly from people walking down the street, or riding public transport. Introducing #protectyouraccesscard pic.twitte

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Become a credible Android expert by creating 14 cool apps - learn how for only 17

Android is where the world stands today, so learn to create for the Android environment with the Complete Android Developer course, which you can get right now at over 90 percent off - just 17 - from TNW Deals.

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Google admits it was serving ads on the ‘ad-free‘ YouTube Red

Earlier this week, we reported that Google was purportedly serving ads on its premium YouTube Red service, which promises an ad-free watching experience across the board. The internet giant has now admitted it was indeed running ads on Red which should be fully ad-free blaming the erroneous occurrence on a technical issue. The initial ad complaint came from a small group of peeved Red subscribers that took to Reddit to raise their concerns. In

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Computer science degrees don‘t always result in hefty pay bumps, but that doesn‘t make them pointless

Data released by Stack Overflow earlier this morning suggests that obtaining a computer science degree only translates into a modest pay bump. Stack Overflow‘s 2017 Developer Ecosystem report shows those with Computer Science degrees only earn 3,000 more per annum compared to those without. On average, developers without a university education reported earning35,000 (47,500) yearly. Those with a batchelors degree reported yearly average ear

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We desperately need ethical algorithms here‘s why

Algorithms have taken over our lives. That‘s not an exaggeration, nor the plot of a futuristic movie: it‘s the reality. Algorithms used to be something we could use to our benefit, to automate everyday processes like buying a train ticketor to help us choose where to go on vacation. Now, we‘ve reached the point where almost all of our decisions are actually determined by algorithms. This transformation is of particular interest

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Watch Microsoft‘s AI suck at captioning gorgeous city landscapes on Twitter

Earlier this year, Microsoft opened up its Custom Visionframework to the public, empowering researchers and enthusiasts to effortlessly build and experiment with AI models; and it seems crafty users are already finding interesting ways to put the technology to use. Recreational AI-ficionado Geoff Boeing, who is currently completing a doctorate degree in urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley, has leveraged Microsoft‘s comp

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HTC is gearing up for a big announcement tomorrow, possibly Google acquisition

If reports from earlier this month and new developments today are anything to go by, Google is almost certainly going to acquire Taiwanese phone maker HTC this week. That‘s good news for HTC, and good news for Pixel fans too. This company knows how to make good hardware, and has had some clever ideas in the past, like the squeezable U11 and the Vive VR headset. It‘s believed to be manufacturing the search giant‘s next Pixel 2 fl

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This Facebook group about eating chips is the last pure thing on the internet

If there is a single innovation worth saving from the wreck of modern history, it is the humble potato chip. This salty, savory delicacy, first popularized during the Industrial Revolution, is now a staple of the national diet: Americans individually eat an average of 4 pounds of chips per year, for anannual nationwide total of 1.5 billion pounds. To be honest, these figures sound a bit low to me. By a conservative estimate, I‘d guess I&lsq

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The only safe email is text-only email

It‘s troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam. Any one of the endless stream of innocent-looking emails you receive throughout the day could be trying to con you into handing over your login credentials and give criminals control of your confidential data or your identity. Most people tend to think that it‘s user

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YotaPhone is trying to make dual screens a thing for the third time

Remember YotaPhone, the brand that attempted to solve smartphone battery woes by adding a second e-ink screen on its phones‘ rear panel? It‘s back again with its third handset, which brings refreshed hardware and a new design, hoping third time‘s the charm. The all-aluminum Yota3 packs a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display on the front, and a 5.2-inch 720p e-ink display on the back. It‘s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 pr

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Report: Amazon is working on Alexa-powered smart glasses

The Financial Times reports that Amazon is embarking on a difficult journey: it‘s developing smart glasses that tether to your phone and allow you to invoke and interact with the company‘s Alexa voice assistant. It isn‘t clear exactly why they have to be glasses, since Alexa primarily listens for voice commands and responds vocally as well. The glasses are said to have a bone-conduction audio system built-in, so you don‘t

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Twitter lurkers will love its new Popular Articles feature

In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users and presumably, folks who don‘t tweet much Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles‘ header in the Explore tab on Twitter‘s mobile app today. In addition to articles that your network is engaging with, you‘ll also

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How companies are innovating the world of ecommerce at a rapid pace

The tech world loves finding ‘the next big thing.‘ It‘s just the nature of the business. With all of the excitement surrounding innovative solutions and emerging platforms and hardware, tech developers and consumers, alike, are constantly looking ahead. However, constantly living in the future tense somewhat blinds us to the growth that occurs in certain avenues like ecommerce. According to a study by the International Trade Adm

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The best thing about iOS 11 might be this augmented reality ruler

After iOS 11 dropped today, the internet went to work dissecting its best features. And if we‘re being honest, there‘s a lot to like. But one of my favorite things about iOS 11 didn‘t come from Apple; it‘s an awesome new ruler built on its augmented reality framework: ARKit. At its surface, a ruler doesn‘t seem all that sexy. MeasureKit, however, is so much more than just a ruler. Using Apple‘s AR framework and

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Amazon‘s recommendation engine offers a shopping list for making bombs

Items on Amazon‘s ‘Frequently Bought Together‘ recommendation could be used to create homemade explosives if actually bought together. Investigators at UK news organization Channel 4recently uncovered the potentially worrying trend. Among other things, the investigators discovered that searching for one ingredient (harmless on its own), or adding it to your cart, would lead Amazon to show you that other customers bought the othe

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Is Blockchain the next big thing in technology?

The Blockchain technology has been the talk of the town as both Bitcoin and Ethereum have risen in their value per token in the past few months. While others are busy earning digital money, investors are becoming interested as to how this technology can add value to their business. Even formidable tech writers from reputable news organizations are seeing how this trend in financial technology can also benefit different industries in the future.

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One of the oldest AI companies is about to start selling its chat bot DNA

One of the biggest players in the chat bot space, Next IT, is now opening its libraries up commercially so businesses can create their own chat bots. According to the company this represents the largest repository of AI skills available for chat bots. The move also signifies that the demand for conversation-savvy AI is growing. Next IT president Tracy Malingo told TNW: We‘ve been around a long time, we‘ve been developing these AI libr

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Google‘s Pixel 2 designs and prices shown off in biggest leak yet

Brace yourself, team Android: A ton of new images and prices of Google‘s upcoming hardware just leaked, courtesy of Droid Life. First up, there‘s the smaller Pixel 2, which showed up in ‘Clearly White,‘ ‘Just Black,‘ and ‘Kinda Blue‘ colors. The smaller pixel will be made by HTC and comes in 64 and 128 GB configurations, priced at 649 and 749, respectively. You‘ll be able to finance it startin

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