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To learn more and subscribe, please click here.A new report from VoiceLabs on smart home speakers and their AI-powered voice assistants concludes that they have major hurdles to overcome before they move more into the mainstream of consumer homes.Here are some of the major takeaways from the report:Sixty-nine percent of Alexa skills have zero or one customer reviews.This could point to low overall usage of those skills, but a survey last year from Experian Information Solutions indicated that consumers are using a number of Alexa s skills.Conversely, Android and iOS applications typically have retention rates at around 13% and 11%, respectively, according to App Boy.This includes the Echo and Google Home, but also competing devices that haven't yet been released.As the most mature device, the Echo line will likely comprise the largest share of these devices, but as more companies release competitors, it'll be critical to see if they'll be able to eat into Amazon s market share.The data from the report indicates that voice still remains a novelty within the smart home to many consumers.This could be because consumers see voice as yet another confusing or redundant platform or interface within the home, and not one that s critical to their smart home ecosystems or daily experiences.While this certainly represents another adoption barrier, it's unclear of what the actual impact of this perception will be.
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The new year has already been good to videoconferencing startup Zoom, a fast-growing competitor to Cisco's ubiquitous WebEx.Just last week, the San Jose-based company raised $100 million at a $1 billion valuation in a round led by legendary investment firm Sequoia Capital, making it Silicon Valley's newest "unicorn."At the same time, Zoom disclosed it had 450,000 customers, including Uber and SolarCity, and that it finished 2016 with two cash flow positive quarters, back to back.Days later, a report from fellow enterprise unicorn Okta indicated that in 2016, Zoom was the fastest-growing app among its subscribers  — a distinction previously held by $3.8 Silicon Valley golden child Slack.In other words, if you haven't heard of Zoom yet, you probably will soon.Business Insider sat down with Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan via a Zoom videoconference, naturally to talk about where his startup came from, and where it's going next.Zooming out of nowhereYuan served as the VP of Engineering at WebEx from 1997, staying in the role for years after Cisco's $3.2 billion acquisition of the company in 2007.By 2011, Yuan says, he was getting frustrated in the job: Cisco was focused heavily on selling expensive, complex teleconferencing hardware, and acting too slowly to reconfigure the underlying systems behind its meeting software to meet the new demands created by the rise of smartphones and tablets in the workplace."That's what the customer needs, it's what the industry needs," Yuan says.And so, sensing opportunity, Yuan took some WebEx engineers with him and formed Zoom.
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Career website Glassdoor today released its report on the Best Jobs in America for 2017, increasing the number from 25 last year to 50 this year.Of the top jobs, 14 were in tech, more than in any other industry.Glassdoor s list is ordered by a job score the firm gives each position.This score based on a 5-point scale ranging from 1.0 as very low to 5.0 as very high is determined by three factors weighted equally: earning potential median annual base salary , overall job satisfaction rating, and number of current job openings.Here s the list of the top 14 U.S. tech jobs for the coming year:Glassdoor defines a job in tech as requiring a deep technical skill set or education, such as coding or data analysis skills, among others.The first six tech jobs placed in the top 10 of the full list this year, compared to five last year.This is also the first time that top three jobs were all in tech.Glassdoor s report is based on what employees anonymously say about their employer.Job titles were only considered if they had at least 100 salary reports and at least 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year.
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Some of the Earliest Color Photos of Life Around the WorldPhotography as a means of capturing the world around us is barely 200 years old, and the concept of color photography even younger, by probably close to 100 years.Over at Timeline on Medium , Rian Dundon explores an archive of some of the oldest color photos of the world—not necessarily of the wealthy people who could afford them at the time, but taken by one of those wealthy people, who wanted a kind of photo archive of the world, and set out to take it between 1909 and 1931.From a Senegalese sniper in uniform to a portrait of three women in Kyoto to gorgeous photos of Egypt and Bosnia, there s a lot to take in—and a reminder that so much has changed in a very short period of time.Obviously the photos are copyrighted so I won t share them here the photo above is pubic domain —but they re more than worth a visit, and read of the story of the man who wanted them all taken and preserved for history.Packed with facts about each planet in our solar system and a little sight to see while you re there, you ll actually come away from it having learned a bit about how magnificent the other planets in our solar system really are, maybe a few things about our own, and even a bit about what lies beyond in other galaxies and how long it would take to actually make that multi-million-mile round trip.
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LONDON — Online mortgage broking startup Habito has raised £5.5 million from Silicon Valley-based Ribbit Capital and existingOther investors in the two-year-old business include Transferwise CEO Taavet Hinrikus, Funding Circle s cofounder Samir Desai, and Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner.Habito is part of a growing
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Samsung Electronics has finally revealed what caused all those Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch on fire last year, prompting flight bans and a multi-billion dollar recall.During a press conference in Seoul on Monday, the South Korean electronics giant announced that two separate sets of batteries used in the device had significant design flaws.The company, alongside three independent analysts, said it tested more than 200,000 phones and 30,000 batteries over the past several months to discover the errors.We ve identified the cause of the Galaxy Note7 cases.Find out what happened and why it won t happen again.— Samsung Mobile @SamsungMobile January 23, 2017
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While the technology should get you through airside more quickly, it might just mean you spend more time waiting for your baggage.If you re the type of traveler that can never remember which pocket you put your passport in when asked to produce it by airport officials, then Australia s plan for a major overhaul of its checking systems is likely to appeal.The nation s Department of Immigration and Border Protection is aiming to do away with the need for passports at its international airports by introducing systems for biometric recognition of the face, iris and/or fingerprints, the Sydney Morning Herald SMH reported.International arrivals could speed through airside without ever interacting with a human official as the new technology – part of the government s high-tech Seamless Traveler initiative aimed at transforming the border experience – will eradicate the need for passport checks and passenger cards.Besides making the arrival experience more efficient, officials also believe the system will be better at identifying passengers on watch lists.While a number of airports have for several years been using so-called smart gates that prompt travelers to scan their passports upon arrival, the new system, which the government wants in place within the next three years, goes much further.
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This video offers a simple, easy-to-follow demonstration of exposure and how it works when shooting video.If you are into still photography then chances are that you have at least heard of the terms aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.These three items are what combine to produce the exposure of your image, and they are often referred to as the exposure triangle.Learning and understanding how these elements interact is important for any growing photographer.But what about videographers, or photographers looking to shoot more video?Do the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO all act and function the same way when shooting video?
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YouTube, for all its grand scale in video, hasn t really done much to disrupt the traditional TV market.But the time is ripe for YouTube to strike, according to Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, who laid out a possible battle plan in a note distributed on ability to deliver video across platforms position it to disrupt traditional pay TV and capture TV ad dollars, in our view,
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The general feeling among fans and industry-watchers alike is that the Nintendo Switch, the $299 console launching on March 3rd, is a make-or-break moment for the 127-year-old company.Success would validate Nintendo's strategy of  building unique, sometimes gimmicky consoles that are like nothing else on the market.But delivering another flop, following its previous new product disappointments, would heighten investor pressure on Nintendo to get out of hardware entirely.And yet, the bar for the Switch's success is shockingly low.The Nintendo Wii U, the immediate predecessor to the Switch, sold a mere 13 million units in its four-year lifespan.Anything that tops that fiasco would be a marked improvement for Nintendo.Still, expectations for the Nintendo Switch are high, with at least one market research firm predicting 40 million sales within its first three years on the market — an optimistic forecast that would put the Switch not too far behind the 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles that Sony moved during its first three years to become the current market leader.Meanwhile, as VentureBeat reports, analysts are lukewarm on the Switch.While the console's $299 price tag and Nintendo's deep bench of blockbuster franchises like "Super Mario" and "The Legend of Zelda" are reasons to be optimistic, the limited number of game titles expected to be made for the Switch and the unproven, TV-mobile hybrid form factor of the console are potential minuses.Here's the thing, though.There's a growing sentiment among the investor community that the success or failure of the Switch is almost irrelevant to the huge, bright, shiny future they see for Nintendo.Take a licking and keep on tickingThe markets haven't been very kind to Nintendo in the last 12 months or so, beyond just the ongoing drag from the Wii U business.
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Women are half the gaming population but represent only a small minority in competitive gaming, an industry that is set to hit $1.1 billion in revenues by 2018.With 85 percent of professional gamers male and the number of cases of online harassment and abuse that have left many female players feeling disenfranchised, esports is in trouble of being associated as a boys club.One of the industry s answers has been to create segregated girls-only teams, leagues, and tournaments, a proposition that doesn t make sense in a sport where there are none of the physical disadvantages to mixing genders as there are in traditional sports.Sure, it s a quick remedy that produces immediate results like offering more opportunities to gain experience.It threatens to stunt your growth.Segregation isn t the right answer and it only perpetuates the underlying issues, particularly when it s clear that the industry will need to sooner or later consolidate itself by reintegrating the genders back together.This will be way more difficult after a few years pass and the landscape has already matured and broadened into a more mainstream industry.Quite a few women feel disenfranchised, and that s just bad business because you re alienating half of your potential market of gamers and potentially also the wider community of female spectators.
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Nintendo's new console isn't named something ridiculous like "Wii" or — worse — "Wii U.That name comes from the Switch's gimmick: You can switch from playing it at home to playing it on-the-go by simply removing it from its dock and attaching aNintendo's applied a similarly smart, logical naming convention
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NASA's Curiosity rover has photographed shallow crevices on Mars that may have formed from ancient mud cracks, yet more evidence that the planet had a watery past.The photos, taken Dec. 20 and unveiled Tuesday Jan. 17 , show a site called "Old Soaker" on Mars' lower Mount Sharp.Scientists think the cracked layer likely formed more than 3 billion years ago, as a result of wetting and drying cycles, NASA officials said.Previously, the Curiosity rover found evidence of ancient lakes in older, lower-lying rock layers and in younger mudstone above Old Soaker.However, the recent photos of Mars may be the first evidence of ancient mud cracks — also called desiccation cracks — confirmed by the Curiosity mission, according to a statement from NASA.Flowing Water on Mars: The Search in Pictures
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Experts and the media heavily discussed all the possible benefits, the future, and the value bots could create for businesses and consumers.Since then, many developers and consumers have massively experimented with bots and tested their limits to find the most suitable use cases for bots.During this trend, the U.S. market has proven to be highly interested in bots.The increasing interest and importance is also reflected in the job market, where more and more companies are explicitly looking for machine learning specialists.Even though the U.S. has taken the lead, the future for bots in Europe looks bright too.The European Bots Landscape focuses particularly on the chatbot market to underscore this.Previous landscapes show that the U.S. has been quick to invest in this new chatbot market.Many startups have emerged to build a great array of chatbot services and bots.
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By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Practice Lead for Heinz MarketingWe spend quite a bit of time here at Heinz Marketing helping companies sort out ways to improve their marketing effectiveness and increase sales pipeline growth.We are big believers in building the marketing plan to support the revenue plan and doing the funnel math that tells you how many leads you need to generate and explicitly states assumptions around conversion rates.The next level down of detail is deploying budget to specific programs and activities to execute the marketing plan and we have just released an Excel template that you can download no form to complete that does just that.Download the marketing plan and budget template!It is based on a spreadsheet I have used over many years that not only assigns dollars to activities but helps you think through when certain expenditures need to be made and how the overall budget will be deployed in a 12 month window.
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One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump.And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over.The most important one is probably @POTUS on Twitter, which now redirects to a new page for President Trump.While it only says he has about 4M followers now, this number will eventually creep back up to the almost 14M followed that former President Obama has on his account as Twitter completes the migration.Notably President Trump hasn t tweeted anything from the @POTUS account yet, but has tweeted about 10 times in the last hour from his personal @realDonaldTrump handle.He did tell us to expect this though, since his personal handle has about 10 million more followers than @POTUS does.
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What's more, as FCC chief Tom Wheeler steps down today, the FCC enjoys a GOP majority that has promised to gut net neutrality rules "," a move that's backed by many ISPs.And Trump's rumored pick to head the FCC and replace the departing Wheeler, Republican Ajit Pai, says net neutrality's "."At stake is a net neutrality order the FCC adopted in 2015 prohibiting ISPs from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.The order also set up a complaint process to prevent "unjust" or "unreasonable" pricing and practices.The threat of complaints to the FCC helped put an end to several disputes between ISPs and other network operators over network interconnection payments, which improved Internet service quality for many subscribers.Trump's thinking has likely spurred him to fossil-fuel-friendly Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Nintendo's upcoming video game console, the Switch, is versatile.In the image above, we see a pretty standard setup: a wireless gamepad, which looks relatively traditional, controlling a console connected to a television.If the gamepad looks a little "off," that's because it is.
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Some of you might already known about the upcoming Elephone P25 which is said to be launched with a healthy 6GB of RAM.Today, Elephone released an image of the camera that will be equipped on the P25.Let s have a look!Honestly, I m not 100% sure if that s a photo or a render skewed towards the latter for sure but it looks alright, who knows it might even take nice photos, but as of now we ve no idea what the sensor will be or any other info.All we can say is the camera lens looks quite big, so hopefully that will give better results, we ll have to wait and see.What else do we know about the Elephone P25?Well, we already know it ll sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display and it ll have a metal unibody design available in differente colors, Mocha Gold is one of them, as we ve already seen before, as well as a black version photo above Other specs will include 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and, given the phone s moniker, we may assume it ll pack a MediaTek Helio P25 CPU, but that s all it is, an assumption.That s everything we know as of now, we ll inform you when more info come out.In the meanwhile, you can check out Elephone s official website or Facebook page for the latest details.
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Tesla has made a name for itself as an electric carmaker that doesn't compromise on speed.The Model S with a 100 kWh battery can accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds — faster than the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.But Tesla isn't the only one trying to push speed boundries with its electric vehicles.Several startups are also looking to put their names on the map by building absurdly fast supercars.And it's not just startups — even big names like Mercedes-Benz are showing off electric cars built for speed.We're talking crazy-quick 0-60 mph times here and top speeds — the dynamic duo by which all high-performance cars are judged.Scroll down for the 5 fastest ones we could find: View As:
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