5 best Tech websites to follow in 2017

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Technology is evolving fast. Every day, we hear about some new technology that will change the world and the way we learn in it. It’s as well hard to remember a world without blogs. Tech websites have been discussing technology news in detail online for years, and these blogs and websites are where much of the online conversation is centered. Because of the ease of editing and updating blogs quickly as news happens, many of these blogs and websites are able to break news that traditional media organizations haven’t covered…

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Silicon Valley investors offer $10M to boost diversity in tech

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At a time when Silicon Valley is on the receiving end of criticism for lack of diversity in tech, one coalition of investors is putting its money where its mouth is. Learn Capital, Obvious Ventures, Acumen and Kapor Capital are investing $10 million in an engineer training program that aims to bring more diversity to the tech industry. The $10 million investment comes amid a larger debate in the tech industry about some of the top tech companie.Learners Guild has removed many of the traditional barriers to acquiring the skills…

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Microsoft will soon block the installing of desktop apps on windows 10

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Microsoft is currently testing a new functionality in Windows 10 that prevents you from installing any desktop apps – unless they come from the official store. The latest Windows Insider preview build of Windows 10 includes options to only allow apps from the Windows Store, but the feature appears to be set as allowing apps from anywhere to install by default. It could be a useful feature to enable on a family PC to prevent rogue desktop apps from being installed. MSPoweruser reports the feature will notify users with a warning…

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Wikipedia goes data-free in Iraq

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Mobile internet is available everywhere but the price can be expensive. As part of the Wikipedia Zero scheme that has operated in 59 countries around the world since 2012, the organization has announced that Access to Wikipedia will not incur mobile data charges to customers of the Asiacell mobile phone provider in Iraq The community curated content website says it wants to “bring the sum of human knowledge” to as many people as possible by removing one of the biggest hurdles to access to knowledge: data charges. However some argue…

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AI Threat Prediction Platform Detects Cyberattacks in Real Time

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AI has made great strides in things like computer vision. A new artificial intelligence SaaS application was introduced at the RSA Conference 2017. The new Threat Prediction Platform by PatternEx is human-assisted. It’s been proven that this approach produces around five times less false positives while at the same time detecting ten times more the attacks than other detector solutions Trendin Tech reports. What makes PatternEx’s solution so different is that it uses technology known as “Active Contextual Modeling (ACM).” This technology has the ability to synthesize analyst intuition into…

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Apple expands in Microsoft’s backyard

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Apple is growing its team in Seattle by creating a new hub for artificial intelligence research reports CNBC. Apple’s expansion will also bolster a relationship with researchers at the University of Washington, which on Thursday announced a $1 million endowment named after Carlos Guestrin, a member of the machine learning team at firm. In a statement, Guestrin noted the “amazing talent” that comes out of the university — who have plenty of options, with Amazon and Microsoft headquartered nearby. Luring top artificial intelligence researchers to big companies has become so…

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Verizon to buy Yahoo for $250m less as deal to go ahead despite data breaches

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Verizon will press ahead with plans to buy Yahoo despite the two historic data breaches the internet giant revealed it had suffered last year. The US telecoms giant Verizon has renegotiated its $4.8bn (£3.85bn) deal to buy Yahoo to pay around $250m less in the wake of the record-breaking cyber attacks, according to Bloomberg. The sale, which was due to go ahead in the first three months of 2017, was delayed and almost derailed after Yahoo revealed hackers had stolen details from around 1.5bn accounts in two separate attacks back in 2013 and…

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21% of British startups plan to open a European office due to Brexit

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The vote to leave the EU left some start ups questioning where their future lies, particularly if they’re confronted with issues around employing foreign staff. Currently, One in every five UK start ups intends to open a European office due to Brexit, according to survey results published Tuesday by Silicon Valley Bank. It found that 21% of UK startups are planning to open up a new office in cities such as Berlin, Paris, and Stockholm, which are all trying to take on London’s Tech City. The survey also found that around…

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Microsoft celebrates 20 years of Visual Studio

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Microsoft announced  that it’s celebrating 20 years of Visual Studio, and in doing so, introduced a launch date for Visual Studio 2017, which will be available on March 7 Neowin reports. According to the Neowin, Visual Studio 97 was the first version of the IDE, and it launched in, you guessed it, 1997. Back then, it was a suite of applications, such as Visual Basic 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, and more. It was followed by Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, which included a similar suite, and then .NET was launched. Visual…

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Smart TV company accused for massive privacy violation

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A top smart TV manufacturer will pay state and federal authorities $2.5 million to settle claims it illegally tracked and sold data on customer’s viewing habits without their consent,  reports IT News. Vizio, which was acquired by Chinese electronics maker LeEco last year, has agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey Divsion of Consumer Affairs a total of US$2.5 million (A$3.27 million) for the privacy violation, US$300,000 of which was suspended. Authorities claim that the company sold televisions loaded with software that, by default,…

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