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The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today's visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the ground

While running Yardsale, a previous Y Combinator startup based around essentially making it easy to sell your old stuff, Ryan Mickle had the benefit of talking to alumni and colleagues to figure out what to use to build it. But one of the basic services he used to run it ended up costing more in the …

Startups

NoHold's QuickStart lets anyone create a chatbot in seconds

There’s a strangely poetic beauty about the birth of a chatbot.<p>Over a shaky WebEx connection, NoHold CEO and Co-Founder Diego Ventura showed me how one can take form in just a few moments.<p>The chatbot had a very simple job. It was created to be an Amazon Kindle savant. You could ask it anything, …

Logojoy turns design into an AI-powered, iterative process

If you’ve ever had to have a logo designed, you probably know that a lot of love, care, taste, years of training, tons of experience and buckets of knowledge goes into the process. Logojoy pulls the plug on all of that and goes barreling down a different alleyway, unlocking the power of AI and …

Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

Everyone knows the basics of how to improve their financial health: put money into savings, track your spending, reduce your debt, look for ways to save on your monthly bills, and make smart investments. Where people struggle is translating that knowledge into specific actions you can take today. …

Personal Finance

Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps

New collaboration tools for designers embrace the Material Design philosophy<p>Google is launching a new suite of tools meant to make it easier for designers and app makers to collaborate. It’s partially an expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago as a way to rethink …

How startups can use data to grow smarter

Tech investing isn’t what it used to be — even compared to six months ago.<p>Investors are applying greater scrutiny to deals. Many wonder if the days of the mega round that produced the likes of Snapchat, Uber and Magic Leap are fading quickly. Founders are realizing they can’t favor growth over …

startups

Determining the worth of your SaaS company

Todd Gardner Contributor<p>Todd Gardner is the founder and managing director of SaaS Capital.<p>An entrepreneur recently asked me “What are SaaS companies ‘going for’ these days?” I said, “Well, it depends on a number of factors, but 5 times annual run-rate revenue is average.” His response was pure …

Apple buys Seattle-based Turi to bolster machine learning and AI efforts

Apple has successfully acquired Turi, a machine learning company based out of Seattle. According to sources in discussion with GeekWire, Turi’s team will be able to remain in the Seattle region as Apple builds out the technologies further. Turi’s original product, GraphLab, was developed as an open …

Tricorder Tech: Oxford Scientists Made A Pocket-Sized, Portable DNA Sequencer

I Have One In My Pocket<p>The handheld, portable tricorder from Star Trek was essentially able to scan and record biological data from almost anything, …

Roost’s latest connected home product detects leaks and freezing

It looked like Roost when getting ready to go full-on Nest when the company made the leap from connected batteries to smoke alarms, but its latest product represents a different approach to a connected home strategy. The Smart Water and Freeze Detector is, dare I say, not as sexy as a smoke alarm …

Smart Homes

A complete guide for launching successful Slack bots

While working on the beta version of Sprinterbot, we faced many challenges in attracting early adopters. We reached out to bot experts and ran our own research to answer this question. Today, I’d like to share some of the data we gathered, along with insights from other Slack bot</b> …

These stick-on lenses turn your smartphone into a digital microscope

Thin enough to fit in your wallet, and with up to 100x magnification<p>It's a cliché to say that your smartphone is a pocket-sized computer, but sometimes we forget exactly how powerful these devices are. BLIPS — a set of thin, stick-on lenses that turn your cell phone into a portable, digital …

Gear & Gadgets

On the dark art of software estimation

“How long will it take?” demand managers, clients, and executives. “It takes as long as it takes,” retort irritated engineers. They counter: “Give us an estimate!” And the engineers gather their wits, call upon their experience, contemplate the entrails of farm animals, throw darts at a board …

How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last

In the first part of this series, we learned about designing products that use good triggers and motivators to get users like Joe to engage in healthy behaviors. Now, how can we ensure that these new behaviors become long-term habits?<p>In this second part, we return to Nir Eyal’s Hooked model to look …

Brain Imaging

How To Train Your Human: Designing For Healthier Habits

Meet Joe. He’s in his mid 30s and has two kids. Trying to watch his waistline, he decides he wants to lose 20 pounds. He buys the latest in wearables and the best in fitness apps to track his food and exercise. He tracks religiously for the first week and manages to lose a few pounds.<p>But by week …

Wearable Tech

How To Run Your Company Based On Metrics

David Teten Contributor<p>David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital.<p>I review a lot of board decks with a beautifully hand-crafted page with metrics for the company. That makes me nervous.<p>I prefer to see a screenshot of an internal dashboard, not something created for the board, and I prefer to …

Analytics

The Most Overlooked Aspect Of UX Design Could Be The Most Important

Benjamin Brandall Contributor<p>Benjamin Brandall is a content crafter for Process Street.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games<br>• Why it’s so easy to ignore your to-do list app but get distracted by Twitter<p>I’m not much of a designer. In fact, I’m awful …

UX Design

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

How to Trace Your Ancient Ancestry Through DNA Sampling

With the miracles of modern science it is now possible to determine scientifically how some of your earliest ancestors migrated throughout the 60,000 …

Genealogy

$100 in supplies can now make tens of thousands CRISPR gene editing units

The CRISPR-Cas9 technique, invented three years ago at UC Berkeley, has taken genomics by storm, with its ability to latch on to a very specific …

Everybody hates when you use your phone at dinner

It’s official: using your cell phone during a family dinner is frowned upon by pretty much everybody.<p>A new survey by Pew Research Center found that …

Science Says Working Long Hours Is Seriously Bad for Your Health

Seriously: stop working so much, for your health’s sake.<p>A new study of 600,000 individuals in Australia, the United States, and Europe published in …

Mayo Clinic

Drug combo shows promise for skin cancer ‘in transit’

New melanoma research finds a combination therapy is highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases.<p>The treatment, interleukin (IL)-2 …

Cancer

Software To Predict Exactly What Happens When You Edit A Gene

Sifting through the tangled genetic web of precision medicine<p>Genetics researchers are really excited about CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme that has made it easier than ever for scientists to target a particular strand of DNA, snip part of it out, and replace it. And though its use in humans is still in its …

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Computer says no: Amazon uses AI to combat fake reviews

Retailer uses artificial intelligence to fight astroturfing by putting greater emphasis on verified and helpful reviews<p>Amazon is using artificial intelligence to combat fake product reviews and inflated star ratings.<p>It is employing a new AI machine-learning system that the online retailer built …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon uses machine learning to show you more helpful reviews

Let's be blunt: Amazon's reviews sometimes suck. Many of them are hasty day-one reactions, others are horribly misinformed and a few are out-and-out fakes. The internet shopping giant thinks it knows how to sort the wheat from the chaff, however. It just launched a new machine learning system that …

Google Launches Bug Bounty Program For Android With Rewards Up To $38,000

Google today announced the launch of a security rewards program for Android at Black Hat’s Mobile Security Summit in London. The Android program will only cover vulnerabilities that affect Nexus phone and tablets available for sale in the Google Play Store, though. Right now, that’s the Nexus 6 …