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Calculator showing how much exercise it takes to burn off fast food will ruin your lunch plans

While many of us try to eat healthy on a daily basis, sometimes our busy lifestyle gets in the way. Enter fast food.<p>But all those calories, high salt …

Fitness

Bill Maris Talks Uber, Zenefits, And Increasing GV’s Yearly Fund To $500 Million

On Thursday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, I talked with GV CEO Bill Maris about a wide range of issues, including what happened with its Europe fund, why GV didn’t invest in Zenefits, and why Maris alone makes every decision on behalf of the powerful venture unit, which now employs …

TaskRabbit’s app update focuses on getting tasks done in under 90 minutes

TaskRabbit wants to help you get your tasks done faster than ever before. The company has redesigned its iOS app to focus more on real-time services. It promises to pair you with a “Tasker” within five minutes of your request, and assures you that your task will now be attended to in less than 90 …

Annual ranking of billionaires shows their number is down on last year and that the biggest loser is telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim<p>Spare a thought for the billionaires of the world: the combined wealth of the 20 richest people on the planet has fallen by more than $70bn (£50bn) following a slump on …

Top 10

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

IBM's new Watson ad has Carrie Fisher leading a support group for robots

IBM's attempts to showcase Watson in TV commercials have been a bit less impressive than the computing system's Jeopardy wins. They usually involve a renowned figure awkwardly carrying on a short conversation with Watson, like this Bob Dylan spot or a brand-new one featuring Ridley Scott. But now …

Review: Neat's $99 Widget Mic is retro-styled awesome

With every passing generation, computers get better displays, processors, speakers, and more.<p>Microphones though? Not so much.<p>That means that if you have any interest in documenting anything involving sound – podcasting, vlogging, singing – you’ll need a serious upgrade. And while podcast mics exist …

Facebook Enhances Everyone’s Like With Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, Angry Buttons

Humanity has been boiled down to six emotions. Today after tests in a few countries, Facebook is rolling out its augmented Like button “Reactions” to all users.<p>This article has been boiled down to six emotions too.<p><b> <br>Like</b> – Facebook designed Reactions so Liking is still as easy ever. You’ll see the …

Learn Why Node.js is an Open Source Juggernaut

by Richard Harris<p>Saturday, February 20, 2016<p>in Open Source<p>The Node.js Foundation was created last year to support the open source community involved …

IBM cloud launches Swift runtime, open-source AWS Lambda competitor, GitHub Enterprise, VMware support

IBM today announced new services available from its public cloud, thanks to deeper partnerships with Apple, GitHub, and VMware. IBM is also launching a new cloud service called Bluemix OpenWhisk that represents an answer to Lambda event-driven computing service from public cloud market leader …

Google and Alphabet's 20 most ambitious moonshot projects

Google went through a massive reorganization October 2015 when Alphabet became its parent company.<p>Projects that weren't part of Google's core business (Google search engine and Android) were spun out into separate Alphabet companies with their own CEO. All of these "moonshot" projects cover …

Scientist Moshe Vardi tells colleagues that change could come within 30 years, with few professions immune to effect of advanced artificial intelligence<p>Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday …

Artificial Intelligence

The VIDIUS Drone streams live video while in flight: $74 at TNW Deals

Meet the Axis VIDIUS Drone, the world’s smallest quadcopter, and your new favorite flying toy – with live video capability! At just $74.99, this deal is available for a limited time only on TNW Deals.<p>The VIDIUS is an impressive flying machine, utilizing six-axis gyro technology for a speedy, stable …

Google gives Forms a makeover with new notifications and insights

Google Forms power users will have a lot to celebrate today, especially if they use the handy tool for workplace or education purposes. Today, the company announced a nifty makeover that includes new notifications, more granular insights, and faster ways to get forms up and running.<p>Templates are …

Automakers in the age of extinction

In the next few decades, the transportation sector is going to be blown up in every conceivable way. This isn't some sort of idle, dramatic prediction: we're already hitting the leading edge of it, fueled by a convergence of technology, vast climate change, urbanization, and a generation ambiguous …

BloomReach lands $56M to deliver personalized marketing to every digital business

In what is one of the largest funding rounds for any private cloud personalization company ever, BloomReach announced today it has landed $56 million in Series D funding.<p>The round underlines the increasing interest in personalized marketing, an area that offers promising returns to those who employ …

Fintechs — a 'shoal of piranhas' — have forced banks to switch from 'compete to collaborate'

Think about TransferWise, one of the few British tech unicorns (private companies worth over $1 billion), and PayPal when it comes to payments and peer-to-peer matching services. Or how about the blockchain — the technology that underpins bitcoin. Or online-only banks?<p>All in all, the way we bank …

Managers are baffled about how to handle their robot underlings

A lot of people today are worrying about robots taking over our jobs. But the more pressing question is actually how we will manage our robot employees.<p>Many industries are already incorporating artificial intelligence into their daily operations. The financial industry uses robo-analysts to offer …

The 11 best tech products of 2015, according to Product Hunt users

Here's how it works.<p>A new tech product gets added, and then people vote on whether they like it or not. In this way, the site functions a bit like Reddit, though there is a heavy element of curation by Product Hunt's team, which decides what gets featured on various pages.<p>This year, Product Hunt …

GitHub and Udacity are launching three new Ruby Nanodegree programs

Udacity and GitHub are bringing three new Nanodegree programs to the world, all focussed on Ruby.<p>The first program, Beginning Ruby, is now available, with both the Ruby on Rails and Senior Ruby on Rails programs starting up in 2016. Like all Nanodegrees, the three Ruby courses will cost $200 per …

Elon Musk says George Hotz's self-driving car technology isn't a threat

At least not to Tesla<p>Can you issue a correction to an article you didn't publish? It's not clear, but Tesla and Elon Musk are certainly giving it a go. The company has published a "correction" to a story yesterday in <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> about former iPhone hacker George Hotz reportedly creating …

An Interactive Guide To The Latest Artificially Intelligent Robots

Some are helpful. Some are creepy.<p>As our favorite companion robot Buddy can attest, artificial intelligence reached a fever pitch in 2015: Humanoids now greet customers in retail stores, intelligent speakers control your smart home, and digital assistants have taken over your scheduling. Some are …

Big Data: Success Stories Beyond Hadoop

John Schroeder is the co-founder and CEO of MapR, one of the big names of the Big Data revolution and a key provider and enabler of many of its biggest success stories. I talked to Schroeder about the big data industry, their business, the most interesting use cases and his views on the future.<p>MapR …

Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2016

• The advertised salary for technical professionals with big data expertise and in-demand skills is $124,000 net of bonuses and compensation.<br>• IBM (NYSE:IBM), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) together advertised 26,488 open positions that required big data expertise in the last twelve …

Big Data

Big Data Is Only Half the Data Marketers Need

For marketers, truly valuable customer data comes in two forms: thick data and big data. Thick data is generated by ethnographers, anthropologists, and others adept at observing human behavior and its underlying motivations. Big data is generated by the millions of touchpoints companies have with …

Check out a new trailer for Netflix and Marvel's Jessica Jones

The show is premiering on November 20th<p><i>Jessica Jones</i> is set to become Netflix and Marvel's latest collaboration when it's made available on November 20th. The show's second full-length trailer was released this morning — the first came out in October — and it sheds a little more light on the …

GrabTaxi launches peer-to-peer carpooling service in Singapore

GrabTaxi, Uber’s main rival in Southeast Asia, announced at a press event in Singapore today that its new carpooling service will launch in the city by the end of the year, with registration open to drivers from today.<p>The announcement represents GrabTaxi’s entrance into the peer-to-peer ridehailing …

Nokia’s Fall Means The Rise Of Startups In Finland

Dennis Mitzner Contributor<p>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent<br>• Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty<p>Until recently …

Moxiware offers first elegant, upright Apple Pencil charging dock

Accessory maker Moxiware is the first out of the gate with a dock for the new Apple Pencil stylus that launched today alongside Apple’s larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.<p>Apple Pencil, Apple’s first stylus launching today as a companion accessory for the new iPad Pro, charges using a built-in Lightning …

Karrot cleverly helps UK shoppers save on mobile bills

‘Earn rewards by shopping’ is a business model almost as old as shopping itself, but Karrot is an app that uses some smart technology to offer a fresh take on the idea.<p>Here’s the premise: after downloading Karrot (not to be confused with the personal loans company or the other rewards program of …