The web alienates non-English speakers — and we need to change that


Imagine you are trying to buy something online — plane tickets, an app subscription, a pair of sneakers. If you are an English speaker with an email address ending in .com, .org, .edu or .net, that process probably goes pretty smoothly for you. But if your email address ends in .世界 or @डाटामेल.भारत or .photography, you might get an error message and be unable to complete your transaction. In this case, you have fallen victim to a lack of Universal Acceptance (UA). UA is a technical compliance best practice that ensures all domain names and all email addresses can be…

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How to check the security of your Google Chrome extensions


The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add those few that he really needs. But it occurred to me that this friend of mine will probably be hit by more scams brought by other malicious Chrome extensions unless he looks out for a few things. And I can assure you my friend is not alone. According to statcounter.com,…

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The car industry needs to embrace open source


The race to develop software for the connected car market is heating up as consumers expect their vehicles to give them the same experience and ease of use that they have come to know with their smartphones. The 2017 Autotrader Car Impact Study found that 53 percent of consumers expect their vehicles to offer the same level of technology as their phones, keeping them connected on the move. Unfortunately, far too many of the automotive manufacturers and the other companies that are developing products for the connected car market are stuck in neutral, unable to produce software at a pace…

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Data shows people want serious long-form content — and brands need to take note


You probably noticed the recent video that asked people whether they heard “Yanny” or “Laurel.” It would have been hard not to. That tiny piece of audio drove more than 10 million views, inspired countless memes, created conflict between friends, and even re-surfaced the Greek composer Yanni for a new generation. Seeing this, you might think that we’re in a golden age of sharing when any random image or video has the potential to grab an audience and with a little luck spread like a contagion. But oddly enough, data tells a different story. Your chances of going viral have…

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Car dealers don’t want you to have electric vehicles


High costs and range anxiety, the worry of a car battery running out of juice, are considered the biggest barriers to people embracing EVs. A study finds that car dealers are also to blame. The Nature Energy analysis shows that salespeople steer people away from EVs to get them behind the wheel of a traditional gasoline car. Because plug-in vehicle technology is still new, and people’s experience at a car dealership influences their decision, the dismissive attitude of dealers towards EVs poses a major obstacle to their sales and widespread adoption. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Sussex in UK visited 82…

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Quick guide to understand the hype around ‘deep learning’


You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘deep learning’ bandied about in conversation, or maybe you’ve read about it in a post like this one. It seems like almost every tech conversation happening today somehow touches on the topic of AI, machine learning, or deep learning. These technologies are coming into their own, and are poised to usher-in massive changes not only to the tech industry, but to every aspect of the global economy and society overall. But…what the heck does all of this mean? In my position as a VC and as a managing director of scale-up program, I’ve worked with…

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