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This Startup Plans to Revolutionize Quantum Computing Technology Faster Than Ever

Investor Interest<p>Since Rigetti Computing launched three years ago, the Berekely and Fremont-based startup has attracted a host of investors — …

Quantum Computing

Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.

As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month. It is the sort of eye-popping number that has become the norm these days for big companies that use automated tools to reach consumers online.<p>Now, as more and more brands find their ads …

AdTech

Harvard Scientists Discover How to Repair DNA Damage and Reverse Cellular Aging — What It Means for Skin-Care

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you your skin is aging. (I don’t care if you’re 20 — your skin has taken some hits since infancy.) But it does take one heck of a geneticist to figure out how to throw that whole chain reaction into reverse. Scientists have known for a while that the …

Using React, Redux and Webpack with Dotnet Core to build a modern web frontend

As a developer, I consider myself mostly a Dotnet developer. But when building modern applications for the web, there’s no way around it: every web …

JavaScript

Nested, a London startup that guarantees to sell your house within 90 days, raises £8M

Nested, the London ‘proptech’ startup that guarantees to sell your house within 90 days or offer you a cash advance instead, has raised a further £8 million in funding.<p>Passion Capital has led the round, with participation from Rocket Internet’s venture arm GFC, bringing total funding to-date to £11 …

Housing Market

Is Cancer Linked To Autism? According To Scientists, The Two Have A Problem Protein In Common

Are people with autism more likely to develop cancer? Scientists have discovered that a protein connected to the developmental disorder also plays a …

Google’s new machine learning API recognizes objects in videos

At its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, Google today announced the launch of a new machine learning API for automatically recognizing objects in videos and making them searchable.<p>The new Video Intelligence API will allow developers to build applications that can automatically extract …

Machine Learning

How two companies hooked customers on rarely used products

Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, …

React.JS Top 10 Articles for the Past Month (v.Feb 2017)

<b>For Jan-Feb 2017,</b> we’ve ranked nearly 1,200 React.JS articles to pick the Top 10 stories (0.83% chance) that can help advance your career.<p>This …

Top 3 machine learning libraries for Python

You don't have to be a data scientist to be fascinated by the world of machine learning, but a few travel guides might help you navigate the vast …

Time

Time 2<p>Beat procrastination and live stress free.<p>Tired of being overwhelmed?<p>We all procrastinate, and it sucks. Work piles up, and we feel guilty and …

License Plate Tracking Has Gone Open-Source

OpenALPR makes it all so, so easy.<p>Computer vision-assisted license plate reading seems to be a favorite spectre of a certain sort of privacy worrier, at least anecdotally speaking. Something to do with its potential for tracking and profiling an activity that seems to make Americans in particular …

9 principles of psychology for powerful marketing campaigns | Articles | Marketing

<i>This article was originally published on PR Daily in February 2016.</i> <br>Marketers are in a new world.<p>They have to spend time learning the most current …

What Marriott Learned From Starwood's Loyalty and Digital Expertise

Marriott International, like every other hotel company on the planet, is taking a very intense look at loyalty these days, and asking themselves the …

Intelligent Machines are Teaching Themselves Quantum Physics

Machine learning could lead to unprecedented advances in quantum physics.<p>Last year, Google's DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol at Go, a strategy game like chess, but orders of magnitude more complicated. The win was a remarkable step forward for the field of artificial intelligence, but it got Roger …

Quantum Physics

Man's daily vodka intake calcified his pancreas

After drinking a half a pint of vodka every day since he was 35, a 50-year-old man in Pennsylvania went to the emergency room vomiting blood. He complained of abdominal pain and "foul-smelling diarrhea" that had been plaguing him for two months, per a report on his case in the <i>New England Journal of</i> …

The Failure That Led Snap Inc. To Its Business Model

Sometimes an in-app purchase just causes too much “friction.”<p>There’s a fun little section in today’s Snap Inc. IPO filing titled “Why We Sell Ads.” It’s odd, in a way, that Snap should have to explain this in the first place—advertising is the company’s primary source of revenue, after all.<p>Yet it …

Mobile Photography

How to Do SEO for a “Tiny” Website That Doesn’t Have Any Visitors or Money

I have consulted thousands of businesses ranging from Fortune 100 companies to your local mom and pop shops.One of the biggest objection I hear from …

Review: The best frameworks for machine learning and deep learning

Over the past year I've reviewed half a dozen open source machine learning and/or deep learning frameworks: Caffe, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (aka …

Researchers Have Figured Out a Way to Use Salmonella to Eat Tumors

Science is f*cking amazing.<p>Sure, salmonella is known as the reason why we're not supposed to eat raw cookie dough, so it doesn't have the most favorable of reputations (on top of causing over a million cases of food poisoning every year)—but according to new research, it may very well save your …

‘Uber for logistics’ startup Lalamove raises $30M to expand beyond 100 cities in Asia

Lalamove, a Hong Kong-based logistics on-demand service, has closed a $30 million Series B as it begins to consider a public listing.<p>The company, which was founded as EasyVan three years ago, is currently present in 50 cities in China and five cities across Southeast Asia. It plans to use this new …

Startups

How do I attract traffic to my high quality content?

Hey, first of all, congratulations on your “high-quality content”, this is the most important thing you need if you’re looking for traffic.<p>If you …

Time’s AI-powered time tracking app will help you stop procrastinating

Do you like making lists of things to do, but then end up failing to accomplish the items you’ve laid out? A new application aimed at those with a tendency towards procrastination can help. Instead of a simple checklist or time tracker, Time, as the app is called, lets you more obsessively …

Apps

What Google Really Wants: 7 New Insights That Will Change the Way You Create Content

Forget (almost) everything you think you know about SEO, and get the expert take on Google's latest search engine algorithm updates.<p>Confession: I am personally obsessed with all things SEO. And for good reason, too.<p>When the editorial team at my company Masthead Media creates a great piece of …

SEO

Belkin’s CES 2017 announcements include new WeMo plug, light switch

Home automation continues to be a booming category, and Belkin is using CES 2017 as a launching pad for a couple of its new WeMo products.<p>Belkin is …

Home Automation

Withings Steel HR Smartwatch Is A Clever Melding Of Analog And Digital

Withings has taken a unique approach with their line of Steel fitness trackers in that they’re actually analog watches with special tracker dials instead of bulked-up bracelets festooned with LEDs and screens. Now Withings is taking that analog aesthetic and bringing it forward to fill the gap left …

JeVois Smart Machine Vision Camera (video)

JeVois based in Los Angeles California have created a new open source quad core smartphone machine vision camera aptly named the JeVois which they …

Goodbye Google Keyword Planner, Hello Keyword Research Using PPC

Did you sigh when you heard Google is revoking free full access to its Keyword Planner? Your first reaction was probably like mine: Google is …

AdWords

A Computer Turns Home Footage into Animated Oil Paintings

A creative technologist at The MET is finding intimate new uses for neural networks.<p>What if an oil painting could come to life? Thanks to increasingly accessible machine learning software, Metropolian Museum of Art creative technologist Chewy Wu has implemented a style transfer neural network that …

This Website Is Like Having Your Own Personal Sommelier

If you’ve ever spent way too long circling a wine shop debating the right red or a refreshing white, we know how you feel. Even the most savvy …

Burgers