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Arena and the disappearing art of bootstrapping startups

ZDNet

Silicon Valley headlines often report on the size of venture capital raised by a startup -- the bigger the funding, the bigger the story. But this is a poor way to understand the startup community. Startup success isn't determined by how much you raise; it's about how much you keep. Arena.im is a great example. It recently raised a seed round of $2.3 million -- a tiny amount by local standards.


Explaining artificial intelligence in human-centred terms – Martin Schüßler

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Since AI involves interactions between machines and humans--rather than just the former replacing the latter--'explainable AI' is a new challenge. Intelligent systems, based on machine learning, are penetrating many aspects of our society. They span a large variety of applications--from the seemingly harmless automation of micro-tasks, such as the suggestion of synonymous phrases in text editors, to more contestable uses, such as in jail-or-release decisions, anticipating child-services interventions, predictive policing and many others. Researchers have shown that for some tasks, such as lung-cancer screening, intelligent systems are capable of outperforming humans. In many other cases, however, they have not lived up to exaggerated expectations.


Take your gaming experience to the next level with Playstation Plus

Mashable

TL;DR: A 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus is available for £31.72 using the code PLAYSTATION2020. We have some seriously good news for any gamers out there. You can now save over 30% on a PlayStation Plus subscription with the help of a handy code. A 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus is now available for £31.72 using the code PLAYSTATION2020. When you take advantage of this deal, you're getting a full year subscription for roughly the same price as a four month membership.


Microsoft ships expanded Microsoft Teams for consumers

PCWorld

Long live Microsoft 365, the renamed version of Microsoft's productivity suite that now includes an expanded version of Microsoft Teams designed expressly for consumers. That expanded version of Teams is now live in preview for iOS and Android, Microsoft said on June 22. We're re-publishing it as the changes to the subscriptions have taken effect today, June 22.) On April 21, Office 365 subscriptions for consumers will shift over to become Microsoft 365 subscriptions, Microsoft said, available at the current price of $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year for a shared group of up to 6 people. Those subscriptions will still include features like a terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage, access to Microsoft's Office apps, and more.


Want to blur a face in your video? These video and photo editing tools can help

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

To step onto city streets means taking your chances with cameras recording your every move. Over the years, surveillance tools such as face recognition and artificial intelligence have made it easier for states to capture and identify a person in schools, banks, stores or busy intersections. In some cases, our own phones serve as surveillance tools, with social media helping users spread their recordings. Most recently, a video taken by a bystander shows the death of 46-year-old George Floyd after a white police officer kneeled on the Floyd's neck, causing outrage and protests across the nation. Body-worn cameras are also used by police officers, making it a surveillance tool for both the law enforcement and members of the community.


16 things to help battle your social distancing boredom, all on sale

Mashable

Whether you're working from home and need some retail therapy to unwind or you're simply looking for something to do, we've got you covered. These top-selling deals are massively discounted -- up to 98% off -- for no good reason other than to make your social distancing life a little better. From app subscriptions to online courses to smartphone accessories, there's something for every type of pandemic personality that'll surely appease your boredom. This personalized learning tool adjusts to your skill level and schedule to help you efficiently learn words and phrases in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, and/or Portuguese. MosaLingua has put years of cognitive science research into their methods – space repetition, metacognition, and the Pareto principle – to help you grasp a new language in a way that works for you.


Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell review: Very high-res video and no subscription needed

PCWorld

If you object to dropping $100 to $200 for a video doorbell only to find out that you need to pay for a subscription to derive the full benefit from it, you'll want to take a gander at the Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell. If you're not familiar with the brand, you might know its parent company, Anker. We like Eufy's battery-powered doorbell camera even more than we do its wired model, the Eufy T8200 that we reviewed in October, 2019. The doorbells themselves look remarkably similar and have nearly identical specs, including video resolution of 2560x1920 pixels, support for high dynamic range, and a 4:3 aspect ratio that provides a tall field of view. That said, we think the Arlo Video Doorbell's 1536x1536 resolution and 1:1 aspect ratio does an even better job of ensuring that you see packages left on your doorstep.


Motorola Lux65 Connect-2 video baby monitor review: This two-camera set offers monitoring and more

PCWorld

All of these plans include SmartZone motion detection, a feature that lets you set a custom area within each camera's field of view for motion-triggered video capture and notifications. A free trial is included with the camera, so you can try these features out and decide if you want to invest in them for the long term. The Lux65 is a great way to keep an eye on your baby or small child, but $184 for what is basically a conventional video baby monitor without a Hubble Connected subscription is a little steep. Considering you need one of those subscriptions to unlock all the Lux65 has to offer, you're looking at an initial outlay of more than $200, plus the recurring annual subscription cost. If that's beyond your budget, something like the VTech VM3251 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor will give you most of the same basic features without the Wi-Fi capability for less than $100.


Artificial intelligence to advance ADHD diagnosis

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A globally renowned expert in artificial intelligence (AI) from the University of Huddersfield has produced innovative research to show how technology can be used to support the diagnosis of ADHD in adults. Professor Grigoris Antoniou, the project lead from the university, said the work started after the NHS wanted to speed up diagnosis as currently treatments are available, but the process can be slow. "There are long and growing waiting lists, as people wait to be diagnosed and treated, and this can result in adverse effects on their work, their social life and their family life," said Professor Antoniou. He added a reason for the lengthening waiting time due to a limited number of specialist clinicians able to do a full diagnosis. It has been estimated that 1.5 million UK adults have ADHD, leading to a wide range of difficulties, jeopardising careers and relationships.


Made in Africa: African digital labour in the value chains of AI – Mark Graham and Mohammad Amir Anwar

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Artificial intelligence is often associated with prophecies of job destruction. Yet an army of workers in the global south is being pressed into action. In discussions about the locations comprising the key productive nodes of artificial intelligence and other next-generation digital technologies, African workers rarely get a mention. Autonomous vehicles, machine-learning systems, next-generation search engines and recommendations systems--how many of these technologies are'made in Africa'? The answer, actually, is'all of them'.