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Alexa needs better training to understand non-American accents

A team of researchers working with The Washington Post found that Alexa comprehends certain non-American accents and dialects poorly in the US, and that there was a pattern to this weakness. The team had more than 100 people from nearly 20 US cities dictate thousands of voice commands to Alexa. From the exercise, it found that Amazon’s Alexa-based voice-activated speaker was 30 percent less likely to comprehend commands issued by people with non-American accents. The Washington Post also reporte...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Gadgets, California, Washington Post, Washington, US, The Washington Post, Alexa


Anchor’s cross-device steel charging cable is virtually indestructible – but I hate using it

There are loads of charging cables that claim to be extremely durable. I can confirm that Anchor’s $39 offering walks the talk, and it even lets you swap connectors so you can plug it into anything. But there’s one niggle that’s keeping me from using it regularly: the magnets. Let me explain. This cable has a solid steel casing, plugs into USB-A ports at one end, and lets you quickly switch between magnetic microUSB, Lightning, and USB-C connectors on the other end, on a whim. It’s well crafted,...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Gear


LiveRamp is one of Silicon Valley's most undervalued companies—and insiders think there could be a 'food fight' by potential acquirers (ACXM)

  Tech and advertising types alike are dying to know what will become of LiveRamp, a marketing tech business that recently parted ways with fellow portfolio companies under Acxiom. Some insiders think it could get acquired by a marketing platform company like Salesforce or Oracle, especially as M&A heats up in the space in the second half of 2018. Others think LiveRamp will benefit greatly from staying independent, and that the company will be valued higher as a Software-as-a-Service company th...
Tags: Adobe, Ebay, San Francisco, Trends, Paypal, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Hewlett Packard, Sap, AppNexus, Business Insider, EBITDA, William Blair, Mulesoft, Inouye, IPG


4 Ways Startups Can Use Their Blog To Get New Customers

When you are a startup, you are doing everything you can to gain new business and may be especially interested in how to make money online with your online content. Bringing in new customers through the internet seems to be an ideal way to attract a large audience and keep costs low. In this article, we are going to talk about 4 ways you can use your blog to bring in new customers. Before you start trying to make money online with your blog, you need to define your goals. When you start bloggin...
Tags: Startups, Blog, Content Marketing, HubSpot, Others, Startup Advice


Thousands of Tesla Model 3 cars are sitting in giant parking lots in California — here's why (TSLA)

Photos of numerous Tesla vehicles at locations in California have shown up on Twitter. These are likely staging areas for vehicles that are on their way to customers in other parts of the US. Tesla's rapidly expanding production of its Model 3 means that the company is running out of space at its factory in Fremont.   Some photos of Tesla vehicles parked at several locations in California recently surfaced on Twitter. What looks to be a few thousand Teslas are allegedly in the Central Valley...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Ford, TSLA, Lincoln, Central Valley, Bay Area, FREMONT, Burbank, Lathrop


Is Your PR Agency Dying On The Vine? Seven Steps To Make You Relevant Again

by Iliyana Stareva, author of “Inbound PR: The PR Agency’s Manual to Transforming Your Business With Inbound“ If you work in PR, you know there’s been a sea change. The old “push” tactics our industry once relied on no longer work well in the digital age. Today’s media people increasingly reject top-down, interruptive messages trying to sell a story. What they do crave is relevant content that draws them in, engages them, and helps them write the stories they want to write. You know you need to...
Tags: Startups, UK, Germany, Change Management, Public Relations, HubSpot, Don, Managing Change, Business Advice, Professionalisms, Iliyana Stareva, Inbound PR


Google is reportedly building Fuchsia OS to replace Android on all its devices

Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Mark Gurman have a juicy scoop on Google’s secretive Fuchsia OS project, which we’ve been hearing about for the past couple of years. The company is reportedly working to flesh out the platform to eventually run on a wide range of devices, and perhaps even replace Android on Google-branded hardware someday. The project now has more than 100 engineers on board, as well as Matias Duarte, the brains behind Google’s Material Design language for the Android interface. Unli...
Tags: Google, Startups, Bloomberg, Mark Gurman, Matias Duarte, Mark Bergen


9 of the most beautiful, expensive luxury smartwatches you can buy (GOOG, GOOGL)

The world of luxury smartwatches is a wild, wonderful, and expensive place.  There are some that come with a justifiable price tag — like the Emporio Armani Connected, which is "only" $395. Others, like TAG Heuer's white gold and diamond-encrusted timepiece, cost more than most people make in a year.  And lets not forget the original luxury smartwatch, the elusive gold Apple Watch Edition, which was mostly reserved for celebrities (unfortunately, that watch will now stop getting updates from App...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android Wear, Trends, Louis Vuitton, Heuer, Movado, Movado Connect, Tambour Horizon, Emporio Armani Connected, Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Black, TAG Heuer Connected Modular


Techstars Partners with Alchemist to Entrench NYC as the Blockchain Capital

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Alchemist , a global blockchain advisory group, are partnering to bring a new mentorship-driven accelerator program to New York City: Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator. Yossi Hasson of Techstars and Steven Nerayoff of Alchemist will lead the program along with other mentors and experts from both companies. The dedicated blockchain accelerator program will focus on blockchain infrastructure and protocol devel...
Tags: Startups, New York City, Announcements, TechStars, Blockchain, Accelerators, Alchemist, GE Digital, Blockchain Capital, Steven Nerayoff, Alchemist Blockchain, Techstars Partners, Yossi Hasson, Telegram Group, Maja Vulinovic, CIO of Emerging Tech


More people are buying a home — the biggest financial decision of their lives — sight unseen

Real-estate agents say more primary homebuyers purchasing already-built properties are willing to go in blind, in part because technology has improved the remote-viewing process.
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News


Japan’s Abe: US auto tariff will damage US, world economy

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned the U.S that higher tariff on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America’s jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy. Abe told a news conference marking the end of a Diet session Friday that Japan’s auto and auto parts industry has […]
Tags: Business, Japan, News, US, America, Ap, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, Abe, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


Shkrelifreude: while Martin Shkreli rots in prison, his price-gouging pharma company is hemorrhaging money

Smirking pharma-bro Martin Shkreli first came to public attention when he hiked the price of a drug used by people with HIV from $13.50/pill to $750/pill. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, News, Hiv, Pharma, Martin Shkreli, Daraprim, Turing Pharmaceuticals, Guillotine Watch, Phoenixus, Sic Semper Smirking Shitheads, Vyera


Apollo 11 astronaut submitted an out-of-this-world travel expense form upon return from Moon trip

An historic interplanetary business trip 49 years ago prompted an astronaut to submit some travel expenses to his NASA bosses. Such claims still happen every day for more Earth-bound business travelers, but a tax break for unreimbursed work-related expenses is gone. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on Earth's Moon, photographs the lunar module at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. (Photo courtesy the National Aeronautics and Space Administration/NASA) On a hot July afternoon 39 ye...
Tags: Florida, Taxes, Nasa, United States, Hawaii, Moon, Houston, Customs, Pacific Ocean, Collins, Columbia, Neil Armstrong, Mike, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Michael Collins, Houston Texas


Nine simple ways to update customers on policy changes

Before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline went into effect in the EU, many websites updated their customers about their privacy policy. However, a lot of users were slammed with repetitive notifications which were intrusive and annoying. We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council how to better tackle this task without putting off the customer. When brands update their privacy policies, what’s the most effective way to notify customers of the changes — witho...
Tags: Startups, Eu, Contributors, Young Entrepreneur Council


How To Personalize The Shopping Experience For eCommerce Customers

If you ever wished that you had the old mom and pop stores to visit where everyone knows your name, ecommerce personalization is getting pretty close. Besides for the perk of getting a personalized experience on ecommerce stores you have visited before, you don’t have to leave the house to get them. If you are learning about how to best personalize your ecommerce store, there is a lot to learn which means you have a lot of room for improvement and that’s a good thing. Name Usage. When we visi...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Florida, E-commerce, Personalization, Selling Online, Steve, Others, Phoenix, Online Commerce


A prominent Silicon Valley investor says entrepreneurs need to stop copying Mark Zuckerberg and quit talking about ‘breaking things,' 'disruption,' and 'robots eating the jobs'

Mike Maples, founder of Silicon Valley-based venture firm Floodgate Capital, says that people in the tech industry need to reconsider the language they use to describe their ambitions. Maples says that phrases like "Move fast and break things," "Robots are eating the jobs," and "Software is eating the world" are problematic and pervasive. Maples says that as tech has grown in to the mainstream culture, it needs to use more responsible language.  When Mark Zuckerberg first coined Facebook's e...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Okta, Trends, Silicon Valley, Thomas Edison, Maples, Mike Maples, Floodgate Capital, Twitter Twitch


Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are making it easier to transfer your data between their websites

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are collaborating on an open-source project that will make it easier to transfer your data between websites. Files like contacts, photos, mail, calendars, and tasks will be able to be transferred between platforms, without needing to download them and re-upload them to another site. The code for the project is open-source, and is available for the public to view on GitHub.  Soon it will be easier to transfer your files between certain websites withou...
Tags: Trends, Google Facebook Microsoft


Baidu is launching Interstellar Blockchain Game

Baidu has created a Blockchain game called “ Du Yuzhou ” (translates to ‘the universe’ in English). The game has been described as an “open blockchain interplanetary journey” and will allow players to build their own planets with the elements they receive while using the features of Blockchain. The website described the game as a magical world made up of all kinds of unique and rare elements with each player having their own planet which can be explored. The site also revealed that ...
Tags: Business, Baidu, Yuzhou, Blockchain News


3 Quick Tips for Building a Great Employee Referral Program

Learn the ABC’s employee referrals!  Check out 3 quick tips for building a great employee referral program. How to build a great employee referral program? First of all, you need to be aware that building an effective employee referral program is no picnic. Sending out an occasional email to your employees and asking them to share your job descriptions will not get you far. If you want to harness the full potential of employee referral programs, you need to set up a structured...
Tags: Jobs, Abc, United States, Kristina Martic


Techstars Partners with Alchemist to launch Blockchain Accelerator in NYC

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Alchemist , a global blockchain advisory group, are partnering to bring a new mentorship-driven accelerator program to New York City: Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator. Yossi Hasson of Techstars and Steven Nerayoff of Alchemist will lead the program along with other mentors and experts from both companies. The dedicated blockchain accelerator program will focus on blockchain infrastructure and protocol devel...
Tags: Startups, New York City, Announcements, TechStars, Blockchain, Accelerators, Alchemist, GE Digital, Steven Nerayoff, Alchemist Blockchain, Techstars Partners, Yossi Hasson, Telegram Group, CIO of Emerging Tech, Gary Rubinoff, Maja Vujinovic


Speaking of Business: Seattle has a ‘Manhattan moment’

This week’s best quotes in business address apartment towers right down the street and negotiations across the Atlantic, among other things.
Tags: Business, News, Atlantic, Manhattan, Seattle


Amazon wants to give Facebook and Google a run for their money in advertising — here are the 6 execs making it happen

Amazon is increasingly building out an advertising business that's powered by reams of valuable data across search, display, and video. The company made $2 billion in what it calls "other revenues" during the first quarter, largely from advertising. Marketers say they're looking for alternatives beyond the duopoly of Facebook and Google to spend their ad dollars with, and Amazon is emerging as a contender. Amazon may be one of the world's most mysterious brands, but advertisers are still ena...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, NFL, Trends, Merkle, Google Shopping, Hyundai, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Pepsi, Aubrey, Amazon Here, Dallaire, Andy Taylor


Sony announces limited edition ‘Amazing Red’ PS4 Pro bundle

Sony today announced a custom-edition PlayStation 4 that features a bright red exterior adorned with the logo of everyone’s favorite web-slinger. I’m not a fan of custom-edition consoles. I’d like to think that when I fork over upwards of $500 that the console I just bought is going to be, visually speaking, something I’ll have to live with for the next several years — until a new version takes its place. I’m not one that can justify forking over a few hundred dollars extra for something that’s ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Sony


Who's Your Buddy? The Evolution of OTT Video Partnerships

Buddy movies have been an entertainment staple for years. Like Felix and Oscar in The Odd Couple or Murtaugh and Riggs in Lethal Weapon, the buddy film genre shows how two people can overcome obstacles, and each other, to produce a happy ending. Today, we are seeing over-the-top video services buddy up with others in the market to find their own happy endings. OTT video services have partnered with a number of entities within the video ecosystem since their emergence, particularly content pr...
Tags: Ecommerce, FELIX, Riggs


Amazon reportedly had a 300-person conference call to deal with the Prime Day glitches (AMZN)

When Amazon started to have technical glitches during Prime Day, it raced to set up a lightweight landing page and cut off international traffic to keep up, according to documents obtained by CNBC. A source told CNBC that the scene was "chaotic" and that 300 people were on the line during an emergency conference call. An internal tool called Sable also reportedly experienced problems, causing problems for other parts of the website. Amazon's servers couldn't handle the flood of traffic from ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Cisco, Cnbc, Alexa, Sable, CNBC Amazon, Amazon At


The Tesla Model 3 interior sets a radical new standard for auto design (TSLA)

The Tesla Model 3 has the most minimalist interior we've ever seen in a production car. Not every decision was brilliant, but most were, and the ultimate impression is extremely satisfying. The Model 3's interior design is a powerful symbol of both the company's philosophy and what it believes cars should be like in the future. Tesla has reset expectations with the interior of the Model 3, the company's mass-market vehicle. I spent some time with the car at a launch event for the $35,000 all...
Tags: Facebook, California, US, Trends, Tesla, New Jersey, TSLA, Manhattan, Mazda, Ben Zhang, Franz von Holzhausen, Von Holzhausen, Tesla Model 3 interior


Viral publisher LADbible accidentally ordered a topless dancer for its summer party, much to the surprise of its staff

LADbible's summer party saw a performance from a topless burlesque dancer, much to the surprise of its staff. The UK-based viral publisher is in the middle of a campaign to change its tone and write content that tackles issues like gender equality and mental health. A LADbible spokesperson told Business Insider: "We were shocked that there was a performance by a burlesque dancer — we were not aware this was going to happen." The company immediately apologised to its staff. LADbible has had q...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Trends, Manchester, Cannes Lions, Popbitch, Smirnoff, Lauren Johnson, LADbible Group, Arian Kalantari


'Dunno where this bs came from': Elon Musk slams claims that Tesla Model 3 cancellations are outpacing deposits (TSLA)

Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday night to defend Tesla after a New York investment bank downgraded the electric car company's shares that morning.  The firm suggested Tesla Model 3 cancellations are outpacing orders.  Musk responded with a tweet calling the suggestion 'bs' and then gave specific order numbers.  Tesla, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday night to dispute rumors that Model 3 cancellations are outpacing orders. The move came after Needham & Co., a New York-based inv...
Tags: Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, US, Trends, Tesla, TSLA, Airbnb, Musk, Tesla Model, Needham, Needham Co, Needhan


IBM came up with a watermark for neural networks

The creation and development of a robust neural network is a labor-intensive and time consuming endeavor. That’s why a team of IBM researchers recently developed a way for AI developers to protect their intellectual property. Much like digital watermarking, it embeds information into a network than can then be triggered for identification purposes. If you’ve spent hundreds of hours developing and training AI models, and someone decides to exploit your hard work, IBM’s new technique will allow yo...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm


Google is reportedly building Fuchsia OS to replace Android on all its devices (Update: not anytime soon)

Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Mark Gurman have a juicy scoop on Google’s secretive Fuchsia OS project, which we’ve been hearing about for the past couple of years. The company is reportedly working to flesh out the platform to eventually run on a wide range of devices, and perhaps even replace Android on Google-branded hardware someday. The project now has more than 100 engineers on board, as well as Matias Duarte, the brains behind Google’s Material Design language for the Android interface. Unli...
Tags: Google, Startups, Bloomberg, Mark Gurman, Matias Duarte, Mark Bergen