Using Complex Analytics To Create Better Grading Systems For E-learning


Training is often one of the biggest expenses for businesses, and that’s especially true in times of rapid and radical technical change like we are experiencing now. “With business needs changing quickly and technology advancing even faster, companies are constantly reevaluating how they spend their training dollars,” asserts David Wentworth, the principle analyst at Brandon Hall Group. “It also can be difficult to determine just how big the training function should be related to a company’s size and the industry in which they operate.” Ad budgets, naturally, can vary widely, but for a mid-sized companies, Wentworth’s team estimates an average…

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Apple’s Face ID is probably going to cause the death of privacy but we won’t mind


Apple is about to drop its facial recognition feature, Face ID, on the world when the iPhone X launches. It’s a machine learning-powered agent that, over time, will become accustomed to your unique face. And just like everything else Apple makes, the technology is going to be everywhere. It seems harmless enough: using a camera and some nifty sensors, your phone will be able to recognize you. A baby can recognize faces – what’s so dangerous about giving a smartphone the same ability? That depends on who you ask. Advertising companies and marketing departments stand to benefit infinitely from the…

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How to get excited about bookkeeping – and other things that spur procrastination


To most people who run a small business, bookkeeping is a necessary evil. Last year, Dutch bank ING polled entrepreneurs on Twitter asking which time consuming tasks they dislike most about their jobs. The question generated over 2000 responses, with 17 percent voting for “facility management” and 21 percent disliking “human resource management” the most. Most votes went to “administration,” however – a whopping 62 percent stated they’d rather never deal with admin tasks again.  An American survey showed similar results. Last year, TD Bank asked 508 small business owners what they liked and disliked about having their own companies.…

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Twitter is getting a much needed save-for-later button


Twitter is working on a bookmarking button so you can save tweets to read later, for posterity or whatever else – without having to ‘heart’ it, reports BuzzFeed News. That’ll certainly come in handy, especially for the scores of users (myself included) who enjoy using Twitter to discover interesting content. In addition to the bookmarking button, there’ll also be a dedicated section within the app to help you go through your saved items. Here’s what that might look like: For Hack Week @Twitter we started developing #SaveForLater. Here’s the early prototype that we put together in a week, which is…

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Watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer here


Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga is nearly upon us, and Disney has just dropped the second trailer for the film. Directed by Rian Johnson (of Looper fame), Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows on from 2015’s The Force Awakens, and sees Rey meeting an anxious Luke Skywalker, Finn battling the First Order and Kylo Ren about ready to blow General Leia Organa’s ship to smithereens. Want more hype? Check out the film’s poster, which was revealed yesterday: You can pre-book tickets for the film, which opens in theaters in the US on December 15, and in the UK…

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PureVPN’s ‘non-existent’ logs used to track, arrest alleged internet stalker


PureVPN, one of many virtual private network providers claiming not to keep logs or identifying information of its users was instrumental in the arrest of a Massachussetts man on Friday. The logs, which PureVPN claims don’t exist, were used to track and arrest 24-year-old Ryan Lin. Lin is accused of stalking ex-roommate, Jennifer Smith, also 24. According to PureVPN’s privacy policy: We Do Not monitor user activity nor do we keep any logs. We therefore have no record of your activities such as which software you used, which websites you visited, what content you downloaded, which apps you used, etc. after…

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Amazon’s next target could be CVS and Walgreens


Amazon could be entering the drug game — prescription drugs, that is — according to a new report. The report, from healthcare industry investment experts Leerink, indicates Amazon will enter the pharmaceutical industry within the next two years. Word of the report caused Walgreens and CVS stocks to drop nearly five percent, demonstrating how powerful the mere thought of Amazon can be. At this point it’s safe to say that if Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos decides the company should become an online pharmacy, it will. Short of military intervention it’s nearly impossible to imagine anything stopping Amazon from disrupting –…

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Chatbots are here to stay, what the data is telling us about the people that use them


By now it should be of no surprise that chatbots are starting to become way more mainstream than they were ten, even five, years ago. Chatbots are popping up for everything. Heck, there’s even a chatbot now that lets you follow along with Steve Aoki on his new tour and chat it up with his bot. It seems there is a conversational UI for almost everything, and if there is a place without them, you can guarantee someone is out there trying to figure out a way to implement one. We know businesses are loving them thanks to better service…

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VR in healthcare: 3 developments pushing boundaries in 2017


Virtual reality might get its popularity from applications in film, gaming, and adult entertainment, but it is quickly becoming one of the most powerful new developments in a completely different industry: the medical universe. In light of the upcoming VR Days 2017 on October 25-27 in Amsterdam, I took a look at three important areas in healthcare that virtual and augmented reality (XR) are making a difference in: Surgery, medical training, and patient treatment. 1. Surgery  One of many promising elements XR brings to the medical field is that of 3D models that surgeons can use to prepare and plan operations.…

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