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July 1, 2016

20 Best Fourth of July Sales, Deals and Discounts of 2016

The article 20 Best Fourth of July Sales, Deals and Discounts of 2016 originally appeared on NerdWallet. Best Buy: Shop deals throughout the store, including discounts on refrigerators, stand mixers and select HDTVs. J.C. Penney: Through July 5, buy one, get one for a penny on select home products, including bath towels, bath rugs and pillows. Macy’s: Through July 4, save on select apparel and home products, including pool floats and luggage. From furniture to food, these are the best sales, deals and discounts you can find this Independence Day:Amazon: Celebrate the holiday with time-sensitive markdowns on movies, TV, books, music and more.

June 17, 2016

Apsalar Launches Uninstall Attribution for iOS-PR Newswire Asia

Earlier this year, Apsalar was the first mobile attribution provider to launch Android Uninstall Measurement. This launch is a win-win for customers and media partners because iOS Uninstall Attribution can be leveraged to help improve marketing program ROI." Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151116/287839LOGOApsalar is the first mobile attribution solution to offer uninstall measurement for iOS. About ApsalarApsalar is the leading mobile app marketing measurement and optimization company that helps app marketers drive maximum return from all their marketing investments. Uninstall attribution is of tremendous value to marketers as they explore ways to plan and optimize marketing programs for stronger ROI.

June 15, 2016

Sapho: Apps in chat are the future of work

The startup Sapho unveiled its micro apps and Sapho Micro App platform on Wednesday, joining a growing field of startups building bots for use with enterprise software. The platform allows users access to Sapho Micro Apps — single-purpose bots that let users interact with enterprise software through chat messengers by using cards to visualize actionable tasks. The platform can also be used to customize micro apps and can integrate different kinds of enterprise software, as well as internal databases and legacy systems. Most enterprise bots are trying to address frustration caused by antiquated or hard-to-use enterprise and SAAS software, ElNaggar said. Sapho calls its bots “mini apps” because there is no natural language processing involved; rather, these are small, task-specific applications that operate on mobile devices, web browsers, or messaging apps like Slack.

June 13, 2016

12 Stories Show Why Women in Tech Are Terrified of Being Pregnant

I went on to raise the $1 million round, but it was really, really hard. I feel like women feel they have to provide that explanation or drawn out reason why they can handle it, but it shouldn’t be necessary. The industry advice is, “Do not under any circumstances tell people you’re pregnant if you’re the CEO and fundraising. While there are laws prohibiting discrimination against pregnant women when hiring, they don’t apply to investors, who have been known to pass up investments because the CEO is pregnant. There are laws against discriminating against pregnant women when hiring, but that doesn’t apply to investors.

June 11, 2016

M&A roundup - week ending 6/11/16

Fortinet, a provider of high-performance cyber security solutions, acquired AccelOps, a provider of network security monitoring and analytics solutions. Acuant, a provider of identity management solutions, acquired AssureTec Technologies, a provider of identity document authentication and data capture solutions. PowerSchool, a provider of K-12 education technology solutions, acquired Haiku Learning, a provider of a cloud-based learning management and classroom collaboration solution. Pulsant, a cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation company, acquired Onyx, an IT infrastructure services provider. SterlingBackcheck, a provdier of background screening and HR solutions, acquired RISQ Group, a provider of employment background checks across the Asia-Pacific region.

June 10, 2016

Security blindspots: websites, network architects, and third-party code

Borohovski said a lot of companies struggle with network security, web app security, and third party/open source security. Worrying about vulnerabilities from internal users or third-party code, however, is moot if security is not part of the network architecture. Thinking about security, then, must extend beyond the components of the enterprise website and extend out to testing third-party code. "The entire dependency chain with third-party code can become a dangerous proposition and the dependency chains can become quite large," Weber said. Finding issues in both the first- and third-party code is not a singular act.

June 8, 2016

Security blindspots: websites, network architects, and third-party code

But in the era of Big Data, they are also collecting information about voters – with little or no control, consent or security5 cases where big data was a big flop You thought big data is your answer to everything? Worrying about vulnerabilities from internal users or third-party code, however, is moot if security is not part of the network architecture. Thinking about security, then, must extend beyond the components of the enterprise website and extend out to testing third-party code. "The entire dependency chain with third-party code can become a dangerous proposition and the dependency chains can become quite large," Weber said. Finding issues in both the first- and third-party code is not a singular act.

June 1, 2016

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2016 – BootstrapLabs

The annual BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference will take place on Wednesday May 25th in San Francisco. ContactsBootstrapLabsPress inquiries Email: info(at)bootstraplabs(dot)comWebiste: http://www.bootstraplabs.comTwitter: @BootstraplabsApplied AI Conference hashtag: #AAI16More articles about the Applied AI Conference:Facebook spares humans by fighting offensive photos with AIAre High Stress Decisions Best Made by Bots? Facebook’s machine learning director shares tips for building a successful AI platformNew Frontiers in Artificial IntelligenceUBER’s Head of Machine Learning Thinks You Might be Doing it WrongHow is AI changing the enterprise? BootstrapLabs’ investment platform stands on three core pillars: Venture Capital, Human Capital, and a Community of founders, makers and thought leaders. This year’s conference will focus on AI’s disruptive power and its impact on Society, the Enterprise, and People.

May 31, 2016

Y Combinator Posthaven

We are excited to announce that Imagine K12, the original edtech accelerator, is joining Y Combinator to form an edtech vertical within YC.

May 26, 2016

The 5 best performers among the middle tier in online retail

580) receives top scores for both its web sales growth and its five-year compound annual growth rate. That’s more than three times higher than the 18.1% average among Second 500 apparel retailers. The retailer also outpaced many others in the short term, as it increased sales 50.0% online in 2015 to an Internet Retailer-estimated $18.0 million. 561) grew online sales at a CAGR of 56.3%, two and a half times higher than the collective Second 500 growth rate of 21.6% during that same period. But success online is defined by more than sales growth.

May 25, 2016

Organic adoption of one classroom technology leads to a seamless way to share other ideas

The creators of ClassDojo, who say they are in two out of three schools nationwide, say they carefully developed the first iteration for growth mindset. (Take a “growth mindset” quiz developed by Dweck.) “When [the idea of growth mindset] comes from me, it’s like they try to forget it, because I am an adult and they are seven years old. But in a fate suffered by many promising ideas in education, in some places the idea spread in a faddish way. The company worked directly with Dweck’s lab at Stanford to ensure that the videos and lessons they offer are in line with “growth mindset” research.

May 25, 2016

Blockchain Startup Develops Identity App with Major Airline IT Firm

The identity app, dubbed the SITA Digital Traveler Identity App, was formally unveiled today during the Air Transport IT Summit industry conference, held in Barcelona, Spain. Blockchain startup ShoCard has developed a proof-of-concept focused on digital identity in partnership with a major IT firm that works with the airline industry. Any airline terminal connected to this system could then verify the identity of that passenger wherever they present this token. With the app, a passenger uploads their travel documents, which are then encrypted and hashed on the bitcoin blockchain. Using a blend of blockchain-based data and facial recognition techniques, the app is aimed at both streamlining how airlines verify passenger identities as well as facilitating real-time data flows at the airport.

May 25, 2016

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2016

The annual BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference will take place on Wednesday May 25th in San Francisco. ContactsBootstrapLabsPress inquiries Email: info(at)bootstraplabs(dot)comWebiste: http://www.bootstraplabs.comTwitter: @BootstraplabsApplied AI Conference hashtag: #AAI16 BootstrapLabs’ investment platform stands on three core pillars: Venture Capital, Human Capital, and a Community of founders, makers and thought leaders. Follow this link to view the conference agenda and full speakers list - http://hackers.ai/applied-artificial-intelligence-conference/speakers/About BootstrapLabsBootstrapLabs is a Silicon Valley based Venture Builder Company with a global outlook on innovation, combining Human Capital with Venture Capital to invest in Applied Artificial Intelligence startups leveraging Big Data. The conference has a packed house of 400+ attendees and features 43 thought leaders in AI from companies like AirBnb, Accenture, Amazon, BMW, Facebook, IBM, NASA, Sentient, Singularity University, Stanford University, Uber and more.

May 24, 2016

Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. The app also gives educators tools to help coordinate parent-teacher conferences, classroom volunteers and other help from parents around school-related events. Given the seed capital, 8VC co-founding Partner Jake Medwell said he expects Bloomz to solidify its monetization strategy, and keep growing its user base and user engagement aggressively. CEO Chaks Appalabattura said, on the company’s website, that Bloomz is currently seeking beta testers for an enterprise product, Bloomz for Schools, for which it will eventually charge schools.

May 22, 2016

3 Great Apple Pencil Alternatives for iPhone

Please see our Apple Pencil ReviewAdonit Jot Stylus: the Best Apple Pencil Alternative for Inking on the ScreenAdonit makes a line of precision styli, which work great as Apple Pencil alternatives. 3 Great Apple Pencil Alternatives for iPhoneApple Pencil fans would love to use the excellent Apple stylus on other devices, like the iPhone. Neo Smartpen N2: the Best Apple Pencil Alternative for Paper LoversThe Neo Smartpen costs more than the Apple Pencil at $169 on Amazon. However, Apple doesn’t make an Apple Pencil or an iPhone that work together. The Adonit Jot Dash comes with a couple of features that Apple should consider adding to Apple Pencil.

May 20, 2016

Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps

Microsoft says that if the company is licensed for Skype for Business Server or Skype for Business Online, then there are no additional costs for the use of the SDKs. On Thursday, the company launched its Skype for Business SDK – tools which allow iOS and Android developers to integrate Skype’s messaging, audio and voice capabilities into their own mobile applications. Skype for Business SDK customers can continue to use their existing infrastructure, like Skype for Business Server or Skype for Business Online – depending on if the company has deployed Unified Communications on their own servers, or if they’re relying on Microsoft’s cloud. Microsoft is further opening up Skype to businesses. The idea is to allow Skype to power the communications experience inside applications, so developers can focus on building their product’s unique features.

May 20, 2016

The Social Content Network Built on E-Mail Newsletters

He speaks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West." What Apple's New iPhone Screens Mean for Users, Suppliers10:04 - Ben Lerer, Thrillist's chief executive officer and Lerer Hippeau Ventures managing partner, comments on Apple's plans to outfit next year’s version of the iPhone with a brighter, higher-definition screen. (Source: Bloomberg)

May 19, 2016

3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

The GO wheelchair (not to be confused with the HU-GO, another 3D-printed wheelchair project) is the brainchild of Benjamin Hubert, director of London design agency Layer. A London design firm has worked for two years to create an alternative: a 3D-printed wheelchair made to fit exactly the shape and needs of its rider. A seat that’s made to measure is likely a more comfortable experience over the many, many hours users spend in their chairs. But medical providers, wheelchair makers and sports companies are already interested in the design, he added. Right now the GO is still in prototype form, and will be on display at Clerkenwell’s Design Week later this month.

May 19, 2016

The truth about due diligence

It’s easy to wag our fingers as we wait to see how these narratives unfold, but here’s the truth: due diligence only goes so far. “You’re usually dealing with shades of gray.”The truth will set you freeAs you might imagine, due diligence means different things, depending on the sector in which a startup is operating and the stage of its development. Yet the biggest sin committed by investors is simply relying too heavily on their peers’ reputations as a form of due diligence. “If you’re investing in the next Snapchat or Slack, many VCs might feel confident investing on their own,” says Abrams. If you don’t, it increases the likelihood that you can be vaguely misled.”VCs can also perform too much due diligence, apparently.

May 18, 2016

Cazena’s Big Data-as-a-Service offering lands on Azure

“Our launch on Microsoft Azure extends Cazena’s vision of big data on demand for enterprises.”Cazena’s premise is simple – businesses can use it to offload workloads to the cloud, analyze Big Data sources from outside their network (including data from social networks etc. “Cazena will help accelerate customers’ ability to migrate Big Data workloads to Microsoft Azure,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist, Developer Experience at Microsoft. Big Data-as-a-Service startup (BDaaS) Cazena Inc., which burst onto the scene just last year, has said it’s flagship offering can now be used with Microsoft Azure, giving customers faster access to on-demand data processing and analytics. Cazena is betting that support for Azure will be extremely attractive to the thousands of enterprises that currently use Microsoft’s cloud. Using Cazena on Microsoft Azure is one way of doing that, because it only requires a very low investment on extra resources in order to be able to use it.