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Day: July 7, 2023

Day: July 7, 2023

Pitch Deck Teardown: Nokod Security’s $8M seed deck

Gone are the days when you needed a developer to build an app for a relatively easy task. No-code and low-code development let you dramatically increase the speed of building and bringing simple (and, sometimes, not-so-simple) apps to market. I swear, half my life is being run by Zapier at the moment: Book a meeting with me, and all sorts of things happen automatically in the background to ensure that our meeting is on the right calendars, is transcribed, and the video of the call is stored away and tagged with your company’s name. The ease of creating apps that

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Google Calendar now lets users specify where they’re working from throughout the day

Google has allowed users to set their working location for certain days of the week since 2021, but is now also going to give users the option to specify where they’re working from for specific portions of the day. The company says the new functionality should come in handy for people who work from multiple locations such as their home, an office, a specific building or a combination. For instance, you make your calendar note that you’re working from home in the morning and will be in the office in the afternoon. The feature should make it easier for your

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YouTube tests AI-generated quizzes on educational videos

YouTube is experimenting with AI-generated quizzes on its mobile app for iOS and Android devices, which are designed to help viewers learn more about a subject featured in an educational video. The feature will also help the video-sharing platform get a better understanding of how well each video covers a certain topic. The AI-generated quizzes, which YouTube noted on its experiments page yesterday, are rolling out globally to a small percentage of users that watch “a few” educational videos, the company wrote. The quiz feature is only available for a select portion of English-language content, which will appear on the

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The best electric bikes in 2023 for every type of rider

With summer well underway and a federal e-bike incentive back on the Congress floor, it’s time to start thinking about electric bikes — and what might be the best one for you and your lifestyle. We’ve rounded up the best e-bikes for your specific needs, whether you’re commuting to work and need to keep your cool, toting around children, delivering pizzas or traversing mountains. How did we make our picks? Our recommendations are based on a combination of our own experience on the bikes, industry research and talking with experts and our readers about what they love to ride. Our

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This $3,000, 32-inch e-ink display brings newspaper front pages to your wall

How do you follow the news? Websites? Television? Radio? Social media? Maybe you’re a real connoisseur who gets the paper delivered, knowing there are few pleasures in this world like cracking open a broadsheet over a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. Project E Ink won’t be replacing any of those avenues any time soon — and really, that doesn’t appear to even be the intention. Creator Alexander Klöpping describes the entire pursuit as a kind of hobbyist side project that eventually took on a life of its own. “I’m a news junkie, and the power and allure of

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VC Office Hours: Fabrice do Rego on building one of the few Black-led funds in the EU

Before he became one of the few Black fund managers in the EU, Fabrice do Rego had quite a long career in finance. He started off with Lehman Brothers, before moving to stints at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, and eventually founding M&A advisory firm Valmeon Corporate Finance. But during all his years analyzing M&A deals and corporations, do Rego rarely saw people who looked like him in that industry. That realization, he tells me, inspired him to start The Blueprint VC with Ibrahim Ouassari to back founders from under-represented backgrounds in France and Belgium. For do Rego, the logic

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Age of AI: Everything you need to know about artificial intelligence

AI is appearing in seemingly every corner of modern life, from music and media to business and productivity, even dating. There’s so much it can be hard to keep up — so read on to find out everything from the latest big developments to the terms and companies you need to know in order to stay current in this fast-moving field. To begin with, let’s just make sure we’re all on the same page: what is AI? Artificial intelligence, also called machine learning, is a kind of software system based on neural networks, a technique that was actually pioneered decades

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Martin Lewis warns over ‘first’ deepfake video scam ad circulating on Facebook

For a glimpse of the AI-generated misery fast accelerating onto our screens thanks to developments in synthetic media that are powering ever more sophisticated forms of deception, check out this clip of U.K. consumer finance champion Martin Lewis apparently shilling an investment opportunity backed by Elon Musk. Except of course the footage (also embedded in the below tweet) is an AI-generated deepfake and the investment opportunity is a scam not backed by Lewis (or Musk). The former also makes a point of never appearing in adverts to endorse third party products or services, not that that stops scammers repeatedly misappropriating

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Retro is a deeply personal photo journaling app for close friends

When is the last time you uploaded your vacation photos to a social network? And which app do you use to keep up with long-distance friends? A new social app called Retro wants to help you share what’s happening in your life with a small group of friends and family members. I have been using Retro for a few days and it feels like a deeply personal experience that has the potential to put a smile on your face — something that rarely happens on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter or YouTube. The app will be available very soon on iOS.

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