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Heartland Tech Weekly: The serial entrepreneur’s dilemma

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

This week, I wrote about a new startup out of Fayetteville, Arkansas called Engine. Cofounder John James had previously founded another startup in the area called Acumen Brands, which raised about $100 million during its history. After selling a majority stake in the company, he began using that money to invest in other startups, but he wondered wh…Read More

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Acer refreshes its gaming laptops with Intel’s impressive 6-core CPUs

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

The competition between AMD, Nvidia, and Intel has led to a lot of innovation in the Windows laptop space. The slim-style ultrabooks are better than ever thanks to devices like Dells’ XPS13, but it’s the gaming and workstation notebooks that are seeing the biggest leap in 2018. And Acer is one of the manufacturers taking advantage of th…Read More

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Canalys: Google shipped more smart speakers than Amazon in Q1 2018

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Despite the growing popularity of Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, Google’s global shipments of Home series speakers surged during the first quarter of 2018, surpassing Amazon’s shipments for the first time ever. According to Canalys, smart speakers remained “the world’s fastest-growing consumer technology segment,” hitti…Read More

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Pocket-Run Pool is indie dev Zach Gage’s version of 8-Ball

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Indie game developer Zach Gage has scored hits with titles such as Really Bad Chess and Flipflop Solitaire. Now he’s back with his own take on 8-Ball with a game called Pocket-Run Pool. The arcade pool game made its worldwide debut today on iOS, and it shows that lone developers can still be players in the ever-expanding mobile market. Mobile…Read More

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Firefox Focus for Android gets cookie management and autocomplete improvements

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Mozilla updated Firefox Focus for Android today with cookie management and autocomplete improvements. You can download the latest version of the company’s privacy browser now from Google Play. Firefox Focus offers privacy benefits and performance gains by blocking many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. Mozilla first…Read More

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Intel unveils Nervana Neural Net L-1000 for accelerated AI training

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Intel today announced plans to release Nervana Neural Net L-1000, code named Spring Crest, to make it easier for developers to test and deploy AI models. Intel first introduced the Neural Network Processor (NNP) family of chips last fall. Spring Crest will be 3-4 times faster than Lake Crest, its first NNP chip, said Intel VP and general manager of…Read More

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Dutch police are using AI to pick out the most solvable cold cases

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Dutch Police are using artificial intelligence to crack unsolved cases, according to The Next Web. The national police force is working to digitize the more than 1,500 reports and 30 million pages of material in its cold case archive, only 15 percent of which is currently stored electronically. (The Dutch police defines a cold case as any case sinc…Read More

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Apple offers $50 refund for some 2017 iPhone battery replacements

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Having started a discounted iPhone battery replacement program at the end of December 2017, Apple is now offering $50 refunds to customers who paid earlier in the year to replace iPhone 6 or later devices’ batteries. The refund appears to be the latest step in shielding the company against class-action lawsuit damages relating to last year…Read More

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Okta Powers Modern Authentication for Apps and Websites for Free

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

PRESS RELEASE: Okta Releases New Product, API Products for One App; Launches Free “Identity by Okta” Version LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 23, 2018– Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced a new API offering. API Products for One App, makes it easy and…Read More