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  • Instacart, in partnership with ALDI, will support SNAP EBT for online groceries
    by Sarah Perez on October 22, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Instacart is making its grocery delivery and pickup services more accessible to lower-income customers by offering customers the ability to pay for groceries using their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. This is the first time Instacart shoppers have been able to use government assistance programs when paying for groceries, and follows earlier moves by […]

  • The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year
    by Brian Heater on October 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    New numbers from Canalys point to a strong growth in smart speaker shipments in Mainland China this year. The market is on track to grow 2020, having gotten the COVID-19 pandemic mostly under control in recent months. The rest of the world — much of which continues to struggle with the virus — is only […]

  • Woven adds to its calendar app’s $20/mo premium plan
    by Lucas Matney on October 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Productivity software has had a huge couple of years, yet for all of the great note-taking apps that have launched, consumers haven’t gotten a lot of quality options for Google Calendar replacements. This week, Woven, a calendar startup founded by former Facebook CIO Tim Campos is shaking up the premium tier of their scheduling software, […]

  • Here.fm raises $2.9 million to reimagine video chat
    by Jordan Crook on October 22, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Here.fm, a new web-based communication platform founded by Jesse Boyes and Seth Harris, has today announced the close of a $2.9 million seed round from FirstMark with participation by Y Combinator and a group of angel investors. Here is all about giving people the chance to create personal, shareable and flexible video chat rooms. Boyes […]

  • Chinese live tutoring app Yuanfudao is now worth $15.5 billion
    by Natasha Mascarenhas on October 22, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Yuanfudao, a homework tutoring-app founded in 2012, has raised $2.2 billion from investors, surpassing Byju’s as the most valuable edtech company in the world. The Beijing-based company is now worth $15.5 billion dollars, almost double its valuation set in March. The company views the new capital as two separate extension rounds of its March raise, […]

  • Lyft will soon let riders pay for rides with Venmo
    by Matt Burns on October 22, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Lyft riders will soon have the option for paying and splitting fares using Venmo, the company said in a blog posting this morning. Venmo joins Lyft’s other payment methods of PayPal, credit cards, debit cards, Lyft Cash and more. To enable the payment method, users need to authorize Venmo in the Lyft app. Lyft says […]

  • Freelancer banking startup Lili raises $15M
    by Anthony Ha on October 22, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    It’s only been a few months since Lili announced its $10 million seed round, and it’s already raised more funding — namely, a $15 million Series A. The startup, founded by CEO Lilac Bar David and CTO Liran Zelkha, is creating a bank account and associated products designed for freelancers, with features like early access […]

  • Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound
    by Brian Heater on October 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Six years ago, Amazon essentially created a new consumer electronics category. Expectations weren’t particularly high when the first Echo device debuted in November of 2014. Amazon, after all, has never shied away from throwing a new device against the wall to see what sticks — if anything, that’s become a defining characteristic of the last […]

  • Facebook adds hosting, shopping features, and pricing tiers to WhatsApp Business
    by Ingrid Lunden on October 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Facebook has been making a big play to be a go-to partner for small and medium businesses that use the internet to interface with the wider world, and its messaging platform WhatsApp, with some 50 million businesses and 175 million people messaging them (and more than 2 billion users overall), has been a central part […]

  • WoHo wants to make constructing buildings fast, flexible and green with reusable “components”
    by Danny Crichton on October 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Buildings are the bedrocks of civilization — places to live, places to work (well, normally, in a non-COVID-19 world) and places to play. Yet how we conceive buildings, architect them for their uses, and ultimately construct them on a site has changed remarkably little over the past few decades. Housing and building costs continue to […]

  • New MIT algorithm automatically deciphers lost languages
    by Thomas Macaulay on October 22, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    A new AI system can automatically decipher a lost language that’s no longer understood — without knowing its relationship to other languages. Researchers at MIT CSAIL developed the algorithm in response to the rapid disappearance of human languages. Most of the languages that have existed are no longer spoken, and at least half of those remaining are predicted to vanish in the next 100 years. The new system could help recover them. More importantly, it could preserve our understanding of the cultures and wisdom of their speakers. [Read: What audience intelligence data tells us about the 2020 US presidential election] The algorithm works… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Watch a VW ID.3 get smashed up in the name of safety
    by Matthew Beedham on October 22, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    When electric cars started to become popular many people were concerned about the safety of driving whilst sat atop high-voltage batteries. They needn’t have worried, though, because modern cars EV or not are pretty well-equipped to handle impacts. It’s also worth noting that while EVs might contain lots of potentially dangerous electronics, there are safety systems in place to prevent these circuits from causing a danger to people. All high voltage lines are sheathed in bright orange cable housing too. If you’ve ever looked under an EV and seen orange cables, that’s why; it’s best not to mess around with… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Here are 10 best practices for Node developers
    by Live Code Stream on October 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Node.js is popular among developers as an asynchronous and event-driven language used for backend development. It has a syntax easy enough to understand even for beginners. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned developer using Node, following the best practices of Node.js programming is a must when developing applications aimed for production. In this post, we’re going to point out 10 best practices every Node developer should follow. On top of the general best coding practices you should be following as a programmer, these will help you get the maximum use out of Node’s unique features. [Read: What audience intelligence data… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Sustainable car-sharing brand Lynk & Co. launches in Europe — and we investigated
    by Matthew Beedham on October 22, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    After peering out the window on a cold and wet October morning I decide against cycling across Amsterdam to visit the newly opened Lynk & Co location. It’s times like these I wish I owned a car, but only for the half hour I actually need it. With its unique approach to mobility, this is the very opportunity that Swedish Chinese car maker Lynk & Co. is trying to tap into. It’s a car brand, but the car is far from the company’s centerpiece. In fact, when CEO Alain Visser showed me around the new Amsterdam location, we hardly talked… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • How corporations and SMBs can turn competition into collaboration
    by Toni Sekinah on October 22, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    We can finally live out our Jetsons fantasies – almost. Pandemic permitting, in a few years we should be able to hire an aircraft to get from A to B. Volocopter’s drone-like, electric-powered helicopters will be cleared to take off with passengers in two to three years.  During its first public flight in Europe last year, CEO Florian Reuter stated that backing from Daimler gave his company the credibility and traction that his competitors cannot claim to have. CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Chairman of its parent company Daimler, Ola Källenius said that by partnering with Volocopter, Daimler can be part… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Samsung moves to autoblock spam calls, but only on its top-end phones
    by Ivan Mehta on October 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Apple rolled out automatic spam call detection and blocking functionality on iPhones with iOS 13. Now, a ton of Samsung users are set to get the same feature on their devices starting with the Galaxy Note 20 series. Samsung already provides spam and fraud call detection through its dialer that’s powered by Hiya, a spam and call detection company. Now it’s extending the service to automatically blocking those calls on devices that are running One UI 2.5 software. [Read: What audience intelligence data tells us about the 2020 US presidential election] Currently, only the Note 20 series and the Z… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung […]

  • What exactly is an algorithm and how does it work?
    by The Conversation on October 22, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used throughout computing – algorithm. In the most general sense, an algorithm is a series of instructions telling a computer how to transform a set of facts about the world into useful information. The facts are data, and the useful information is knowledge for people, instructions for machines or input for yet another algorithm. There are many common examples of algorithms, from sorting sets of numbers to finding routes through maps to displaying information on a screen.… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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