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Digital wealth manager Moneyfarm acquires tech behind fintech chatbot Ernest

 Moneyfarm, the U.K.-headquartered “digital wealth manager” has acquired the technology behind personal finance chatbot Ernest. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, though I understand that, along with the tech, this is an acqui-hire of sorts, seeing London-based Ernest’s CTO

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US Navy "smart" prosthetics monitor for signs of infection

As useful as they are for amputees, prosthetic legs aren’t the most comfortable things to wear. With the whole body pressing down on the point of contact, they can be painful, awkward to walk with and cause infections. Now scientists

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US Navy "smart" prosthetics monitor for signs of infection

As useful as they are for amputees, prosthetic legs aren’t the most comfortable things to wear. With the whole body pressing down on the point of contact, they can be painful, awkward to walk with and cause infections. Now scientists

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Founders Fund backs Home61, a real estate platform for the middle class

 Most real estate agents are commission-based and incentivized to focus on the big sales. That results in inefficiencies for lower class home buyers, who may have to wait longer to view properties and receive less guidance on paperwork. A Miami-based

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Carbon fiber Slingshot jets onto the powered board scene

The promise of a powered wakeboard has captured the imagination of thrill seekers and water lovers alike, but there’s no consensus on the best way to bring that vision to life. Some companies will tell you electric power is the

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Carbon fiber Slingshot jets onto the powered board scene

The promise of a powered wakeboard has captured the imagination of thrill seekers and water lovers alike, but there’s no consensus on the best way to bring that vision to life. Some companies will tell you electric power is the

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Once thought extinct, giant stick insects confirmed back from the dead

Extinction is permanent, but there are rare cases where creatures we thought had died out suddenly turn up alive and well. That’s the story of Lord Howe Island stick insects (or “tree lobster”), which went extinct on their native island

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MIT system uses VR to get inside a robot’s head

Oculus Rift sure has corners of the gaming community excited, but the virtual reality system could have very practical applications, too. Scientists at MIT have developed a system that uses Oculus Rift to pull the strings on a teleoperated robot,

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Apple makes macOS High Sierra 10.13 safe again with emergency ‘Supplemental Update’

Since macOS is a Unix-based operating system, it is often seen as being stable and secure. For the most part, the OS is. With that said, it is not perfect, and certainly not infallible. Quite frankly, no operating system is impervious to

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Kickstarter’s most successful fundraiser shares lessons from a failed campaign

 PodCase’s search for $300,000 on Kickstarter has ended — not with a bang but a whimper. Earlier this week, the company posted an update to its page, explaining that it would not be continuing the campaign after having pulled in

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Many UK SMBs don’t invest in security solutions

A third of UK small businesses are risking their online safety by operating at or below the “security poverty line,” according to new research from Duo Security. The cybersecurity company partnered with YouGov to survey 1,0009 senior decision makers across the

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At the intersection of technology and private equity

 It’s been said that private equity has a crush on technology. But dismissing the growing relationship as a crush would not only do it a significant disservice, it would miss the undercurrents at play that are making technology such an attractive,

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"Wired" bandage delivers meds on a schedule

Imagine if a wound dressing could release fresh doses of medication over time, or even different types of medication at specific times. Well, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have developed just such a thing

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"Wired" bandage delivers meds on a schedule

Imagine if a wound dressing could release fresh doses of medication over time, or even different types of medication at specific times. Well, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have developed just such a thing

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Cartoons, Etc.: God and Man and Butt Pillows

The cartoonist Liana Finck discusses her creative process with The New Yorker’s cartoon editors, Emma Allen and Colin Stokes. Go to Source

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How to choose the best experimentation solution

To build and deliver products that customers love, development teams at leading companies like Uber, Netflix, Airbnb, Google, and Facebook focus on experimentation as a critical business process. Engineers and product managers are empowered to A/B test each new product

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The Image of Alabama as the Bastion of Pure Conservatism

Alexis Okeowo on how Alabama’s conservative reputation and fundamentalist politics are attractive to outside politicians, including Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. Go to Source

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Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share

 TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook has stealthily launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Right now, they’re only available for Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration software that competes with

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New research shows that apps can help combat screen addictions

 Any human advancement has been fraught with the opportunity for misuse and abuse, and the internet is no different. And just as mobile technology and the apps that have been built for the new communication platform have created these problems

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Door pads kill germs where they’re spread

Look around any hospital, and you’ll see plenty of hand-sanitizer dispensers. Unfortunately, not everyone uses them, and their germs can spread rapidly on commonly-touched surfaces such as door handles. With that in mind, a University of Leeds spinoff company has

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