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Equifax Breach: Freezing your credit is now free in all states under a new law

One of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft is now free.<p>Starting Friday, a new federal law allows people to freeze and unfreeze their credit at the three major credit bureaus without being charged. Before, it cost consumers in almost half the states $3 to $12 per bureau to freeze …

Identity Theft

Artificial intelligence hates the poor and disenfranchised

The biggest actual threat faced by humans, when it comes to AI, has nothing to do with robots. It’s biased algorithms. And, like almost everything bad, it disproportionately affects the poor and marginalized.<p>Machine learning algorithms, whether in the form of “AI” or simple shortcuts for sifting …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens

Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show, the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences.<p>Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build …

Alexa

How to become a killer negotiator in nine steps

Negotiating is something we do on a daily basis, be it at work or at home, and is key to ensuring that you always get the best outcome.<p>According to the late soul singer Marvin Gaye, "Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent". But negotiation is an art form that is hard to learn and even …

Soul Music

Amazon launches Scout, a machine learning-powered visual shopping tool

Amazon is experimenting with a new tool called Scout designed to help shoppers better figure out what they want to buy in a more visual fashion, according to a report from CNBC, which first spotted Scout live on Amazon’s site. Using a combination of imagery, a thumbs up and down voting mechanism, …

Machine Learning

AI Foundation raises $10 million to launch products that benefit humanity

The AI Foundation today announced the closure of a $10 million funding round to commercialize products that benefit humanity.<p>AI Foundation declined to go into details about the kinds of products it plans to commercialize, but said they will be aligned with the company’s mission to democratize and …

Business

Amazon’s Alexa Gadgets Toolkit beta brings voice control to singing fish toys

Ever heard of Alexa Gadgets? They’re Bluetooth devices that “enhance” voice interactions with compatible Amazon Echo devices (think connected lightbulbs synced to a killer soundtrack). Amazon made available a software development kit (SDK) in September 2017, alongside the launch of new smart …

Business

Hyper announces the "world’s most powerful USB-C battery pack"

$149 on Kickstarter with deliveries starting in November<p>In the battle for battery virility, Hyper just launched HyperJuice. The company says it’s “the world’s most powerful USB-C battery pack” and the first to support the 100W USB-C Power Delivery 3.0 Profile. The battery is capable of 130W of …

MacBook Pro

DIY Natural Aftershave Spray

Did you know that most aftershave products sold in stores has a laundry list of chemicals in them? Yep, it’s true. Thankfully, it’s easy to make your …

Essential Oils

Natural Aftershave Essential Oil Recipe

After some study on the ingredients in our family’s personal care products, I’ve come up with this Natural Aftershave Essential Oil Recipe.<p>When I was …

Grooming

Behavioral economics startup Wellth lands $5.1M

This morning Wellth, maker of a mobile platform designed to improve treatment adherence through behavioral economics, announced that it scored $5.1 …

Behavioral Economics

The 5 Best Website Builders for Entrepreneurs -- and Which Ones to Use, and When

Looking to create your online portfolio or build a landing page for your business? Here's where to start.<p>About 71 percent of small businesses had websites in 2017, suggests a survey by Clutch, a business-to-business research firm. If you’re part of the leftover three in 10, there's no time like the …

Customer Service

This is how computers "predict the future"

The poetically named “random forest” is one of data science’s most-loved prediction algorithms. Developed primarily by statistician Leo Breiman in the 1990s, the random forest is cherished for its simplicity. Though it is not always the most accurate prediction method for a given problem, it holds …

Machine Learning

The Periodic Table of Technology Lays Out Which Advances Are Coming Next

Pretty much everybody learns the periodic table of the elements in school (or, in the case of this writer, tries and fails to learn the periodic …

Periodic Table

15 Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already Own

Light a candle with spaghetti, fold shirts with a box, and open a beer with a lighter.

Cleaning

Top Product Management Skills Companies Look For

Product managers are the jack of all trades within their organization.<p>Known for behind-the-scenes planning and strategy work, product managers are …

Product Management

What is an IoT Platform?

Whether you’re new to IoT or a seasoned veteran, you’ve probably heard the term “IoT Platform” before. After all, there were over 300 IoT platforms …

Here's what to expect from Amazon's next private label launch

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.</i><p>Amazon's next private label launches will likely involve pet carriers, diapers, and patio heaters, according to a new study by One …

eCommerce

2018 Chatbot Trends: The Year of the VoiceBot, WhatsApp Bots, MaaP

First, MMS is not going anywhere anytime soon or in 2018. Particularly as 86% of businesses use MMS in marketing.<p>You also need look no further than …

These Chatbot Usage Metrics Will Change Your Customer Service Strategy

Chatbots are used in a huge variety of ways, from answering queries to selling products to entertaining the user with stories and games. But bot usage metrics have been scarce; data like chat session lengths, user satisfaction, percentage of escalation to humans, and leading channels and verticals …

What is a chatbot and how does it work?

Chatbots

Chatbots: What Happened?

Remember chatbots, the Next Big Thing of 2016? According to Sam Lessin, “the 2016 bot paradigm shift is going to be far more disruptive and …

How Artificial Intelligence enhances education

In the past years, a collection of hardware, software and online service have managed to bring changes and reforms to classrooms and teaching methods. But the true disruption of education is yet to arrive.<p>Artificial Intelligence has proven its role as a game changing factor in an increasing number …

How Airbnb Is Spurring Innovation In Luxury Travel

There is now a cottage industry of short-term-rental start-ups, whether started before or after Airbnb. The category includes dozens of other …

You can now buy the brains behind Amazon’s Alexa

The deep neural networks that power Amazon’s popular voice assistant are up for sale.<p>Developers will now be able to build their own virtual personal assistants for platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack with a tool called Amazon Lex, the company announced at its Amazon Web Services Summit …

This Software Works Just as Accurately as Your Lawyer--Only 200 Times Faster

Watch out, attorneys. The bots are coming--and they're getting good at your job.<p>For some lawyers, contract review takes up a huge chunk of time and it can be extremely tedious.<p>That's why the co-founders of LawGeex began their company in 2014. The Tel Aviv-based startup creates software that uses …

Artificial Intelligence

Now WeWork Wants To Build Out Your Office And Run It For You

WeWork execs say they will start offering a suite of on-site services to help big companies act more like lean startups.<p>At a time when more traditional businesses are scrambling to adopt the efficiencies of leaner startups, help is on the way. WeWork is currently in the research phase of a new …

WeWork

How to create the most value for the next technology wave

Major technology platforms shift every 10-15 years, with new platforms building on the ones they preceded. The PC was the platform of the early-1980s, then the internet came in the mid-1990s to improve the functionality and connectedness of PCs, then the smartphone emerged in the mid-2000s to put …

Google launches new shopping program

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.</i><p>Google has introduced Shopping Actions, a new initiative that's intended to help retailers make transactions across channels, creating …

eCommerce

Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa …