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7 childish tips for abusing Alexa Announcements

Amazon‘s Alexa has rolled out a new UK feature: announcements. Innovatively titled Alexa Announcements, it allows users to broadcast their voice to other Echo units in the house. This is different to the intercom feature, as rather than a one-on-one conversation, it‘s transmitted to every device. And, well, to my eyes, it‘s a feature ripe to be taken advantage of. Amazon chose to illustrate Alexa Announcements with the example o

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Binance to create employment opportunities for Uganda‘s youth in blockchain

World‘s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is planning to use its influence in the blockchain sector to help Uganda in economic development. It hopes to create new employment opportunities for the Ugandan youth and drive investments from the blockchain sector in the East African country. Changpeng Zhao, the founder and CEO of Binance announced the plan on Twitter: @binance will partner with @cryptosavannah @AggieKonde @HelenHaiyu to su

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MIT study shows the most successful entrepreneurs are in their forties

The tech world can sometimes feel like Logan‘s Run. If you haven‘t made your start by the end of your twenties, you‘re officially past it. Daniel Ek founded Spotify when he was 23. Steve Jobs launched Apple when he was 21. And Mark Zuckerberg found the time to launch Facebook amidst a busy schedule of breast feeds and playdates. Where are all the old people? Y‘know, the people with spouses and kids and gray hair and bad ba

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Meizu sticks with bezels for its new 15 series phones

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in business, Chinese hardware brand Meizu has launchedits 15 seriesof Android phones. The series doesn‘t go the way of numerous other recent devices which offer tall screens and notches cutting into their displays; instead, they feature more traditional front fascias with bezels and a front-facing home button. The company is talking up its 5.95-inch 1440p 15 Plus, and the 5.46-inch 1080p 15 with Super AMOLED

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Flickr has been acquired by SmugMug so where should you store your photos?

Over the weekend, photo hosting platform SmugMug acquired Flickr from Yahoo sorry, Verizon; merging two companies that have offered similar services for nearly 15 years. So what‘s changing, and in which cloud should you stash your photographs? SmugMug said that it couldn‘t pass up the opportunity to bring two photography communities together, and that it doesn‘t yet have any plans to unify the two. As such, they‘ll contin

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These common mistakes make tech startups less fundable, according to a VC

Throughout my nearly three-decade career in the venture capital industry, I‘ve had the privilege of meeting innovative teams and looking at next-generation products on a daily basis - especially in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, and virtual reality. Today‘s tech startup landscape is vibrant and exciting, but it‘s also important to underscore that it‘s a crowded landscape with many c

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Starting a business? Learn everything you don‘t know with this 29.99 training package

With a collection of courses like the Ultimate Startup Launch Lifetime Bundle, you can get a handle on what you don‘t know (and even the things you didn‘t know you didn‘t know) to make a startup a success. It‘s available right now at over 90 percent its retail price, just 29.99 from TNW Deals.

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4 great occasions to start your business‘ video strategy

There‘s a myriad of online marketing strategists writing tons of tips on their blogs to help entrepreneurs get a bang for their bucks from digital media - while simultaneously using those strategies to get their message to you. So, what strategy do these mentors themselves follow to reach their prospects and promote their services? Well, they just do what they suggest their followers to do. Throughout the year 2017, they all chanted one man

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How UX helped this designer learnEnglish

A little background info about me: I was born and raised in So Paulo, Brazil, where I lived more than 20 years of my life. In Brazil, we all speak Portuguese, everyday and everywhere, and less than 3% of the population speak English fluently. Brazilians take mandatory English classes in school, but for a number of reasons - including aquite broken national educational systemand the lack of exposure to the language on a regular basis - we don&lsqu

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Selling products on Amazon severs the ties with your customers

‘My advice to anyone starting a business is to remember that someday I will crush you,‘ comments Jeff Bezos, sitting on his throne at Amazon HQ. Let‘s be clear, Jeff Bezos never actually said those words - although some may be able to imagine it. In fact, this quote featured in a recent satirical article about Amazon‘s ability to acquire businesses left, right, and center and Bezos‘ growing hold on the ecommerce indu

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How to proactively secure your business apps

Despite increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching cybersecurity implementations, there isn‘t a day when we don‘t hear about newdata breaches and vulnerabilities. The industry does not even find time to fully comprehend the last breach before another blow is thrown its way. According toBreach Level Index, more than 5 million records are lost or stolen every day. The total amount of compromised records since 2013 is more than twice th

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Tech mentorship is a two-way street and here‘s how you do it

The first time I crossed paths with the person that would eventually become one of my favorite mentors, I wasn‘t exactly jumping for joy. It was 2012, and I met Richard Hopkins while we were both working for Deloitte. We were both assigned to this massive project that required us to fly in and out of a remote location, and I vividly recall sifting through pictures of my new teammates. I came across Richard‘s photo and immediately thou

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JavaScript is the code that runs the web - and you can learn it for under 30

For those looking to get proficient or maybe even beyond proficient with this core programming skill, this Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle (29, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) is a perfect place to get your feet wet.

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Wikipedia co-founder‘s 8,000-word essay on how to build a better Wikipedia

I fell into my mission by accident - it certainly seemed like an accident that Wikipedia took off as successfully as it did. It might have been what we wanted and planned for, but that it did take off was as much a surprise to me as anyone. Anyway, Wikipedia‘s success led to a discovery about myself, that- at least when it comes to Internet projects-more than anything, I want to develop communities in which people come together to improve t

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Social media users in Uganda to be taxed starting this July

A few months never go by without authorities inUgandacoming up with something bombastic to declare, the latest is a social media tax. The social media tax is expected to be implemented in July 2018 according to Uganda‘s government. In making the announcement, Uganda‘s government said that the soon to be introduced social media tax will help boost the country‘s revenue and help with national security. ‘We‘re looking f

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Lightning Network can be a real improvement to Bitcoin once it matures

With blockchains facing scaling issues depending on their makeup and governance, as well as their popularity, some, like Litecoin, have implemented the Lightning network as a way to address overcrowding, which leads to slow and expensive transactions. Scalability has become a byword with the success of certain cryptocurrencies as their popularity leads to the need to function with more and more users. Bitcoin, as blockchain‘s popularity has

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ICO predictions for 2018: Big changes for utility tokens

2017 was quite a banner year for the ICO marketplace with over 6.4 billion in crypto invested in hundreds of ICOs. Some investors thought the world had gone crazy, others were saying it was just the beginning. Will ICOs announce the end of Venture Capital as we know it? Clearly 2017 was performative, however, the year was not without some serious flaws in the ICO economy. Remember Tezos, the famous uncapped ICO which raised over 200M when Bitcoin

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Apple‘s recycling robot disassembles 200 iPhones an hour

About a year ago, Apple made the bold proclamation that it was zeroing in on a future where iPhones and MacBooks were created wholly of recycled materials. It was, and still is, an ambitious thought. In a technologically-charged world, many forget that nearly 100 percent of e-waste is recyclable. Apple didn‘t. Named ‘Daisy,‘ Apple‘s new robot builds on its previous iteration, Liam, which Apple used to disassemble unneeded

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Deleting your Facebook account won‘t keep it from tracking you

The #DeleteFacebook movement has been riding high ever since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal got rolling, with high-profile figures like Elon Musk publicly declaring their intention to purge their good names from Facebook‘s ledgers (only not really doing it, in Musk‘s case). But, by Facebook‘s own admission, it still has ways of tracking ex-users and non-users alike. For context: Facebook‘s inability to keep its u

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