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Eating into a growing percentage of these giants’ market share is Madison Reed, a four-year-old, 85-person, San Francisco-based maker of affordable “prestige” hair products.These include 45 shades of permanent hair color, 8 shades of hair “gloss,” 6 shades of liquid-based root touch-up (for in between coloring sessions), and 6 shades of powder for root touch-ups.Now Madison Reed is working on what could become its biggest product of all: a chain of real-world “color bars” that it expects will accelerate its business further.Today, we phoned CEO and founder Amy Errett in Hawaii, where she’s attending the high-wattage, low-flying Lobby conference.If you care about consumer packaged goods more generally, keep reading.TC: You’ve quietly closed on $25 million that brings your funding to $70 million.
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Nokia even discontinued its Ozo VR camera, citing “slower-than-expected development of the VR market.”But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any improvements or new additions to the space.You can look around in 360-degrees by moving your head around, but the headset does not track your position in the room like some high-end VR headsets do — it’s best used on a swiveling chair.In the Daydream environment, you have access to the Google Play Store, allowing you can install games, apps, or download movies directly in VR.VR’s biggest problem is its lack of appealing titles and content to keep us coming back, and we’re happy to find lots more to dig through on Daydream.There are a lot of free games and content to peruse, but do note that you’ll have to cough up some dough for certain apps and games.
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The Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center will host over 200 leading clinicians, physicists and researchers in the growing field of proton therapy at the 4th Annual Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group North-America (PTCOG-NA) Conference, being held October 23-25, 2017 at the Swissôtel Chicago, 323 East Upper Wacker Drive.Conference participants will share the latest clinical, scientific and industrial developments in particle beam therapy, an advanced form of radiation therapy using beams of protons to destroy cancer cells and diseased tissue.The unique behavior of protons allows tumors to receive more targeted doses, which can be more effective, while reducing damage to healthy tissue."It is a great honor to host the 4th Annual PTCOG-NA Conference," said William Hartsell, MD, medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center."The conference is a wonderful opportunity to gain new knowledge, share clinical experiences, network with colleagues, and learn about technological advances."Sessions examining a wide variety of proton therapy topics will be provided by nationally-recognized experts, including discussions on intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), treatment planning and 3-D imaging.
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Americans should be concerned about how these apps collect, save and share their personal health data, she said.Ostherr, who is a professor of English and director of Rice's Medical Futures Lab, has been doing research on health and medical media for over 20 years, from "old" media like celluloid films used for medical education to "new" media like smartphone apps."With the rise of mobile apps and the growth of smartphone and wearable-device use, people's daily lives have become experiments 'in the wild.'"The data collected through these devices offer new opportunities and challenges to researchers who want to gather information about human behavior outside the controlled settings of lab-based studies, she said.She said apps that make medical or therapeutic claims are considered a medical device and must go through the FDA procedures for approval and regulation.For some companies, that process is worth the time and effort, because their product could become covered by insurance.
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From our tweets and status updates to our Yelp reviews and Amazon product ratings, the internet-connected portion of the human race generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of computer data every single day.So what are savvy companies doing to harness the data that their human users shed on a daily basis?By opening the kimono on their data, companies large and small can figuratively invite the public to have a hackathon that yields novel applications they wouldn’t otherwise have the time or resources to create.In the case of crowdsourced restaurant review giant Yelp, its Dataset Challenge saw the company release more than 4 million reviews and 200,000 pictures pertaining to 156,000 individual businesses to the public as downloadable computer data.“We think there is incredible promise in the ways people can use Yelp’s data to understanding food trends, build Yelp chat bots, or understand the visual content of local businesses,” says Yelp Senior Vice President of Engineering Jason Fennell.For example, students from the University of Virginia’s computer science program fed Yelp’s data into a personalized sentiment classification model based on social psychology theory and the human tendency to associate with people like themselves.
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The China-based smartphone manufacturer–Oukitel, is in Hong Kong for the Global Sources Electronics Exhibition on October 18-21, 2017 which is actually held in AsiaWorld-Expo for the 6th time.And since it is the world’s largest mobile electronics sourcing event, Global Sources Mobile Electronics features 2,700 booths of the latest mobile products, including AR/VR, sports and health wearables, mobile speakers and headphones, wireless charging, cases and covers, smartphones and tablets – plus VR/AR/MR Ecosystem Summit, Experience Zone and Pavilion.Good thing Oukitel decided it is the place to bring 20 mobile phones to the fair, among them 5 are with “BIG” full screen.Below is the quick run-down of the main featured Oukitel devices:OUKITEL C8 – 3G-only device and first entry level full display phone offered for a super low priceOUKITEL C8 Pro – 4G version of the above, 18:9 aspect ratio and still wallet-friendly price
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Oct. 19, 2017 - Harvard University has established a 3-year strategic research alliance with Servier to support multiple, multi-year research projects that will focus on the development of innovative therapeutics across disease areas of mutual interest.Under the new research alliance, coordinated by Harvard's Office of Technology Development, Servier will support a number of faculty-initiated research projects at Harvard, identifying these projects through a request for proposals in two funding cycles.Harvard and Servier anticipate a range of projects spanning exploratory investigations of biological mechanisms, to identification of possible targets, or to preclinical validation of targets and leads.Visiting scientists from Servier will also have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Harvard researchers, gaining new expertise in areas of biomedical science and enriching the academic perspective with their experience in drug development."Collaborations between academic scientists and our colleagues in industry are crucial to advance discovery in areas of therapeutic relevance and to speed the adoption of promising new therapies," said Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard's Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology Development Officer."Investigations by Harvard researchers can lay the groundwork for life-changing medical advances.
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Is your desktop PC placed too far away from the router, so you’re unable to connect it directly via an ethernet cable?Or maybe you want to add 5Ghz WiFi to your older laptop?Then check out the Dodocool DC23, a small and smart WiFi dongle!The Dodocool DC23 is a tiny USB WiFi adapter that will allow you to add Dual Band WiFi AC600 connectivity to any compatible device.The DC23 works on 5Ghz networks with speeds of up to 433Mbps and 150Mbps in 2.4Ghz mode, so you’re pretty much never getting slowed down by the WiFi connection.The adapter supports the 802.11ac standard but it’s backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n as well.
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A study conducted by the University of Leicester and KU Leuven, Belgium, examined how small worlds emerge spontaneously in all kinds of networks, including neuronal and social networks, giving rise to the well-known phenomenon of "six degrees of separation".They arise in society as well as ecological and protein networks, the networks of the mammalian brain, and even human-built networks such as the Boston subway and the World Wide Web.A study recently published in Scientific Reports by an international team of academics from the University of Leicester and KU Leuven showed that these remarkable structures are reached and maintained by the network diffusion, i.e.The research presents a solution to the long-standing question of why the vast majority of networks around us (WWW, brain, roads, power grid infrastructure) might have a peculiar yet common structure: small-world topology.The algorithm just modifies a network that is already highly organised."The emergence is effectuated through adaptive rewiring: progressive adaptation of structure to use, creating short-cuts where network diffusion is intensive while annihilating underused connections.
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Google’s Pixel smartphones, which effectively replaced the Nexus line, have received critical acclaim for their design, performance, and mostly, their cameras.But that acclaim has come at a price: the Pixel phones start at $649 and can cost almost $1,000, depending on configurations.It’s not meant to compete with the Pixel or other premium phone in terms of features or performance, and its biggest limitation is that it’s only available on Google’s own Project Fi network.The X4 is a metal-and-glass phone with a 5.2-inch, 1080p IPS LCD display, IP68 water resistance, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery.The design, build quality, and overall fit and finish are top notch and a considerable step up from the Nexus 5X’s plasticky finish.On a similar note, the 1080p display is not an ultrawide design, nor does it have as many pixels as screens you might find on higher-end phones.
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We know already know that the successor to the HTC U11 may be announced at an HTC event on November, and while the basic specs were recently outed thanks to Gfxbench and Geekbench listing, but much about HTC U11 plus designs and external look still remains a mystery.Well, the latest 3D renders courtesy of Onleak unravel what the U11 plus could be in terms of design, but the render obviously is one that won’t appeal to die-hard fans of the Headphone jack.$1 Off New And ImprovedPrint Your Coupon & Save On Hefty Party CupsWhat is immediately clear from the 3D render is that HTC will be gunning for similar “Liquid surface” technique on the back of the base HTC U11, so the U11 Plus will ship with a reflective Liquid Surface on the rear cover.It is also evident the U11 plus will feature a single rear camera with LED flash and a fingerprint sensor below.
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After the recall of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 whose batteries went up in flame last year, many kept their fingers crossed to see how Samsung will respond to the serious setback.The South Korean tech giant responded strongly and released some smartphones that are currently doing very well.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of them.The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first new phablet in two years and reports from South Korea indicates that it has this device has brought in over 850,000 pre-orders for the company which is way higher than the 400,000 pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 7 last year.This phablet which was only released last month is sustaining a very strong momentum as it records 10,000-20,000 units sales per day in South Korea which makes it the most popular smartphone in the market.The performance of this device is not entirely surprising because it has a very loyal fanbase and the phone is quite amazing too.
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You might have heard: The Google Pixel 2 XL has a less-than-perfect screen.But after a close comparison of five different phones here in the CNET offices -- two Pixel 2 XL, two LG V30, and a Samsung Galaxy S8+ for comparison -- it's more of a nuanced issue, and less of an open and closed case.Screen nerds may want to steer clear of the Pixel 2 XL for now, but we don't believe of the issues we're seeing are dealbreakers for ordinary users.We created pure red, green, and blue RGB images in Photoshop at each phone's native resolution for an apples-to-apples test, and the Pixel 2 XL's colors were consistently muted by comparison.We're tempted to argue you wouldn't: when we watched movie trailers and CNET videos instead of peeping pixels, we had a tough time noticing a difference in color.(If anything, skin tones seemed slightly better on the Samsung.)
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The feature, as Apple displayed on stage — or tried to — during its most recent iPhone event takes an algorithmic approach to unlocking a phone by mapping your face with sophisticated sensors.Unlike previous attempts in facial recognition, Apple’s sensors use multiple reference points, including the distance between facial features and depth readings that map facial contours.In fact, Apple doubles down on the claim by suggesting the chance of a random person unlocking your phone is one in a million (as opposed to one in 50,000 for Touch ID).Chief among these was ensuring Face ID details were saved to the phone itself, not stored in the cloud on Apple servers — something Apple promised us wouldn’t happen at its latest event.And security issues aside, Sen. Franken wonders about the feature’s effectiveness in ensuring “its system was trained on a diverse set of faces, in terms of race, gender and age.”You can read the letter in its entirety, here.
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Jared Leto is known to many as an Oscar-winning actor, but he's also a longtime tech investor who regularly cold calls perspective companies he's thinking of investing in.Leto, who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in the 2013 movie "Dallas Buyers Club," most recently appeared in "Blade Runner 2049" and is the lead singer of the band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.He is also a familiar face in Silicon Valley, thanks to his investments in such startups as Spotify, Uber and Airbnb.When it comes to investing, Leto looks "companies that are changing the way that we behave, founders or CEOs that are incredibly passionate, smart geniuses," Leto said Wednesday during an onstage interview at the Wall Street Journal's D.Luxe fashion and technology conference.Leto's interest in tech stems from his experience years ago with his band, which grew in popularity as Napster users shared its music on the now-defunct peer-to-peer network.He said his band was also one of the first itself online.
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There are a few questions that have been confusing the SEO industry for many years.Let’s try to clear up some of the confusion by answering some frequently-asked (or frequently-wondered) questions about duplicate content.None of Google’s representatives has ever confirmed the existence of such a penalty; there were no algorithmic updates called “duplicate content”; and there can never be such a penalty because in the overwhelming number of cases, duplicate content is a natural thing with no evil intent behind that.Still, lots of SEO experts keep “diagnosing” a duplicate content “penalty” when they analyze every other website.Duplicate content is often mentioned in conjunction with updates like Panda and Fred, but it is used to identify bigger issues, i.e.Google keeps urging website owners to focus on high-quality expert content, which is your safest bet when it comes to avoiding having your pages flagged as a result of thin content.
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There are plenty of announcements coming out of BoxWorks 2017.Artificial Intelligence, the new Swiss Army knife of the tech world, is now being added to the Box platform for content collaboration.This may sound like a now well-trodden path where a vendor decides to chuck in some AI algorithms that don’t really add in any value but make the company appear innovative and with their ‘finger on the pulse’, but the cloud company is going for a different approach by allowing customers to use the AI tools that they want.The Box Skills framework will give customers the ability to apply AI tech from Microsoft Azure, IBM Watson, and Google Cloud to their content.The idea is to “bring intelligent to cloud content management” by giving customers the ability to uncover insights that previously wouldn’t have been available.“We are in the midst of a revolution in enterprise software driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and we are making Box the most intelligent cloud content management platform in the world,” said Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box.
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An international group of researchers led by Professor Wim Versées (VIB-VUB) has unraveled the workings of an essential mechanism in 'Parkinson's protein' LRRK2.Approximately 4 million people worldwide currently suffer from Parkinson's disease, and this number is only expected to increase.The most frequent genetic causes of the illness are mutations in the gene responsible for controlling the production of protein LRRK2, which includes two enzymes: a kinase and a GTPase.Because this kinase is at the root of neuronal problems, kinase inhibitors have already been clinically tested.However, these inhibitors eventually cause lung and kidney problems, making it imperative for scientists to seek alternative solutions.Parkinson's protein comes in a single or doubled state
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Dealing with the hundreds of pitches, follow-ups, and angry emails I get each day is basically a full-time job.Now, it’s introduced an AI assistant, which uses machine learning and NLP (natural language processing) tech to do much of the heavy sifting for you.It’ll show you, for example, how long it’d take you to clear your inbox, if you made a concerted decision to sit down and play catch-up.Boomerang also highlights relevant passages from emails.On one email inviting me to an event in London, the passage selected contained the all the pertinent details of the event (like the name, address, and time).That said, the accuracy of the voice recognition itself isn’t perfect.
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The availability of Google’s Wifi mesh router has been expanded to five more countries in Europe.The countries that received this router include Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.This addition has taken the total number of European countries with the router to 12.For initial setup, the Google Wifi app requires a device running Android 4.0 and up or iOS 8 and up.In the newly added market, this device currently sells for between €139 to €155 depending on the country you purchase it from.Also, deals are available from Mountain View, the California-based company if you go for three-pack.
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