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Visualizing the Diversity of the Tech Industry

Visualizing the Diversity of the Tech Industry

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The tech industry has a big problem with diversity. This issue has been magnified by a recent 10-page memo that circulated at Google, arguing that the company’s gender gap in leadership positions and other jobs is a result of inherent biological differences between men and women. It’s not just gender though. Although tech companies have managed to fill a lot of jobs with different races, the numbers still lag far behind. The tech industry is taking steps to change that, with Google, Facebook, and other companies now fostering big diversity initiatives. But it’s clearly not getting through some employees, if this new memo is any indication. Google has spent much of the past 72 hours insisting its commitment to diversity is “unequivocal” after the internal publication and sub
Digital currency could spark African financial revolution

Digital currency could spark African financial revolution

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The conversation about digital currencies in Africa jumped several notches when M-Pesa, sub-Saharan Africa’s world-leading mobile payment platform, embraced bitcoin. The conversation has grown loud enough to spawn annual conferences such as Afrikoin, trade and advocacy organizations such as the African Digital Currency Association, blogs, consultancies, news services, and even films.  Currently there are many different cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin being the most well-known. During the first half of 2017, Bitcoin’s average number of daily transactions totalled 288,953 – up 182% over the same period two years ago. Despite its growth, this number still pales in comparison to Visa’s 150 million daily transactions, but the evidence is there that cryptocurrency could soon prove a force
Why its essential to prepare for the rise of the Artificial Intelligence

Why its essential to prepare for the rise of the Artificial Intelligence

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Whether you consider yourself tech-inclined or not, you’ve likely heard of AI.  Or maybe you’ve noticed the onslaught of headlines describing AI as either the future or a cause for concern. So it’s worth asking, what will AI mean to you? What will the coming revolution mean for your day-to-day work, your business, and ultimately, your customers? Artificial intelligence (AI) had a big year in 2016, with massive strides forward in deep machine learning, IoT, predictive forecasting, more intelligent business processes and smart personal assistants. While technology seems to move at an ever-increasing rate, AI is seemingly everywhere and may prove to be one of the fastest-growing technology segments in 2017. That’s why organizations need to determine how exactly they need to prepa
Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

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San Francisco-based cab aggregator Uber announced that it has completed 500 million trips in India since its launch in the country in 2013. The trips add up to mark Uber’s Six billion trips worldwide ever since its launch in 2010. The company entered Bangalore in 2013 and has expanded to 29 cities in India till date. The company also said that it has registered double digit growth in the country and almost 2.5 times annual increase in business as of June’ 2017. It's a major milestone for Uber, which said it is "winning in India," its largest overseas market. The demand for Uber, which operates in 29 cities in India, surged by almost 2.5 times between June 2016 and June 2017, the app aggregator said. India was the 18th market for the San Francisco-headquartered company when it ente
Google begins testing built-in ad blocker in Chrome

Google begins testing built-in ad blocker in Chrome

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Google has plans to introduce a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser. While Google has already warned publishers about the change, the ad blocker is now starting to show up in pre-release versions of the Chrome for Android app. TechCrunch reports that the ad blocker can be found in the latest Chrome Canary app for Android. Testers can download the latest Chrome Canary build from Google Play to try out the ad blocker. The ad blocker was discovered by German-language Caschys Blog. In Canary, it takes the form of a toggle in preferences, though it’s switched off by default. Not all Canary users have received the setting at this time, so it appears to be a server-side update. Part of the reason Google is waiting until the new year to launch its ad blocker is to give web develope