Ipoh: A cultural and culinary guide to Malaysia’s rising tourism star

May 23, 2017

(CNN)Sometime after the tin slump of the 1980s, Ipoh earned a reputation for being a retirement destination, or just a pit stop on the way to Penang. “Before, there wasn’t one place where people gathered,” says Julie Song of Burps & Giggles, a cafe that’s contributed to the city’s new face. “Now, everyone who comes makes Old Town their first stop.” …

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Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

May 18, 2017

… deal of backlash surrounding the spread of live-streamed suicide videos and earlier this month after a violent video of a Cleveland man shooting and killing a 74-year-old man was posted to the site founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted more human intervention is necessary on the site to ensure the safety of users. The site also collaborated with mental health organizations back in 2016 to launch tools and resources aimed at supporting the mental health community. Users now have easily accessible …

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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

… way to work together. Making commerce relevant and inclusive To say the Internet fundamentally changed commerce is an understatement. However, the gulf between physical and digital products as well as the gulf between the haves and have-nots has been a bane since its inception. For consumers, more automation often means less individuality. Especially when it comes to irrelevant marketing and the disenfranchised. Can technology bridge these worlds? Hubspot Co-founder & CTO …

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Better hair representation could be coming to our emoji keyboards soon

May 18, 2017

… The addition of these four new characters intends to provide “methods of representing white hair, curly (or afro) hair, and baldness,” according to the proposal submitted to the committee. Image: emojipedia The proposal involves the creation of four new, standalone emoji which would support skin tones and genders. Jeremy Burge founder of Emojipedia and Unicode Emoji Subcommittee member says the earliest release date for the emoji would be mid-2018. Emojipedia Sample Images by …

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NYCxDesign: Why all-female shows are popping up all over New York

May 16, 2017

New York (CNN)On the tails of Milan’s massive design week in April, New York City’s citywide festival of design, NYCxDesign — which runs through May 24 — kicked off with a spate of shows giving voice to female talent in an industry that remains notoriously male-dominated. “I feel like this is happening a lot now. People are organizing themselves everywhere,” said Hilda Hellstrm, a sculptor and co-founder of Den Nya Kvinnogruppen (The New Women’s …

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Hospitals Gain Control After Ransom Hack, More Attacks May Come

May 16, 2017

Most U.K. health facilities whose computer systems were crippled in a global The Good Guys Can Have the Upper Hand on Cybersecurity Photographer: Carl Court/Getty Images Victims have paid about $30,000 in ransom so far, with the total expected to rise substantially next week, said Tom Robinson, chief operating officer and co-founder of Elliptic Enterprises Ltd., a ransomware consultant that works with banks and companies in the U.K., U.S. and Europe. Robinson, in an interview by email, said …

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LikeFolio is an app for understanding the stock market via Twitter

May 13, 2017

… “informal, blunt and not afraid to talk stocks,” Dimont wrote. “We have seen the way Donald Trump tweets and Elon Musk tweets have moved the market,” said Andy Swan, the founder of LikeFolio. “One of the purposes [of the app] is to bring investing to people who are kind of interested but not ready to go yet. For us it’s about making that connection to real life. You have more insight than you think.” Swan has been running LikeFolio for almost four years, …

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Here’s what you can do to fight global warming, beyond changing lightbulbs

May 8, 2017

… are actively guilty working to stop the system from changing. This is where collective action comes in. As 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben argues, the only thing powerful enough to take on the financial might and political power of the fossil fuel industry is the power of a social movement. This isnt just rhetoric: historical evidence suggests that it takes roughly 3.5 percent of the population to sustain a winning social movement. The single most important thing we can each do is to be part of …

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How female support can aid career growth

May 7, 2017

… talented women in the business community around her most notably Lynne Keckeisen, an associate from the Wisconsin Womens Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), and Amy Scerra, founder of Think Global Institute. Keckeisen was a calming presence for Scarberry, offering advice and guidance even in the most stressful moments. Meanwhile, Scerra provided encouragement and assistance, and became like family to Scarberry. Together, these women helped to make Becky’s Blissful Bakery the success …

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India’s leading edutech startup is now a Harvard case study

May 6, 2017

… titled ‘Byju’s The Learning App’ will outline the startup’s unique usage of content, media and technology that has enabled it to create a compelling product for students. Byju’s now has over 400,000 annual paid subscribers, and over 8 million downloads so far. It also claims that the average time spent on the app is a handsome 40 minutes. What makes Byju’s a two-year-old company unique? In the words of its founder, Byju Raveedran, Learning through …

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Even the Vatican has a startup accelerator now

May 6, 2017

Who needs Silicon Valley when you have the Vatican?Image: franco origlia/Getty Images Pope Francis famously asked, “Who am I to judge?” So did Stephen Forte. The entrepreneur and Fresco Capital founder is launching a startup accelerator based in Rome and in part at the Vatican. The accelerator will focus on for-profit, mission-driven companies (aka companies that care about more than just turning a profit). The accelerator will accept applications from startups until June 5, which …

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Steve Jobs Fast Facts

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., maker of the Macintosh computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Death date: October 5, 2011 Birth place: San Francisco, California …

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

Put down the phone.Image: bob al-greene/mashalbe Step into the Center for Digital Wellness and you’ll likely hear people chatting and that’s about it. Because that’s what the Wi-Fi disabled room at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is for re-connecting and interacting with your fellow humans no screens, gizmos, or gadgets in the way. You might find the center’s founder, Sylvia Frejd, a minister and counselor by training, in the conversation corner with the …

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It’s the worst possible time for ‘Girlboss’ on Netflix

April 22, 2017

… The soul-searching of the feminist movement post-election has caused more people to realize that feminism as used by businesses to sell their products, no matter how cool, is at least an incompatible match, if not an entirely hypocritical one. Girlboss is fictional. The show, based on the 2014 book #Girlboss by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, follows a 23-year-old, shoplifting, aimless version of Amoruso who can’t keep a job and has an epiphany when she makes hundreds selling a $9 thrift …

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Fox News stares down a decidedly pro-Trump future

April 21, 2017

… networks broadly, but Fox News is enjoying a particular run of success as the channel of choice for anyone who wants to Make America Great Again. That success could not be timed better, providing cover as the channel goes through a dramatic transformation spurred by the rise of James (and to a lesser extent Lachlan) Murdoch, the sons of Fox News founder and acting CEO Rupert Murdoch. .@FoxNews shouldn’t just hire another cheerleader for Trump. They should hire a cheerleader for freedom …

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DNC Announces Members Of Unity Reform Commission

April 18, 2017

… They are Cohen, the vice chair; former Ohio state Sen.Nina Turner; former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver; former Sanders New York delegate Nomiki Konst; Jim Zogby, founder of the Arab-American Institute; former Berkeley, California Mayor Gus Newport; former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores; and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez announced the complete list of members of the Unity Reform Commission on April 17, 2017. Many Sanders …

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Guitarist J. Geils found dead in his Massachusetts home

April 12, 2017

(CNN)John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist and founder of the eponymous J. Geils Band, has died, police in Groton, Massachusetts, said. Police came to Geils’ home for a well-being check, police Chief Donald Palma said. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene. Police are investigating the death as a standard procedure. Foul play was not suspected and a preliminary investigation suggests Geils died of natural causes, Palma said. …

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‘My fertility app made me too stressed to conceive’ – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… analyst at CB Insights. “The number of deals shot up from 20 in 2014, to 40 in 2015, and in 2016 deals and dollars set a record high, with $540.5m (433m) across 52 deals. “Overall, we’ve tracked $1.26bn in investment since 2009 across 173 deals.” But there are concerns that some women might become enslaved to such apps. Lea von Bidder is co-founder of Ava, a firm that has developed a wearable bracelet and app for tracking a woman’s fertile window in real time. …

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India’s leading fitness startup becomes a Harvard case study

April 4, 2017

… body data and make changes to their health and lifestyle. Most recently, GOQii has also enrolled diagnostic centers and hospital chains on its platform, and will soon tie up with health insurance services too. Image: GOQII “Our business model is very different than the traditional hardware companies since we focus on a subscription model with much higher engagement and lifetime value,” Vishal Gondal, founder and CEO, GOQii, tells Mashable. “Hence, it won’t be fair to …

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RISE wants to battle lionfish with robots

March 29, 2017

… and restaurants. Supply creates demand, which generates more demand that fisherman can supply. If they can figure out how to catch the fish. RISE, which stands for Robots in Service of the Environment, has come up with a very 21st century solution to the lionfish disaster: robots. “Erika and I love diving and, through diving, became increasingly aware of the crisis,” said Colin Angle who co-founded RISE with his wife Erika. Angle is also the co-founder and CEO of iRobot (Roomba robot …

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Taiwan by bike: How to cycle around the island in 12 days

March 29, 2017

… GIANT. An abundance of affordable cycles coincided with Taiwan’s evolution from an industrializing work-all-hours society, giving rise to a culture in which leisure and health became important considerations. “My grandfather wasn’t rich and worked hard,” explains Stephen Chen, founder of Taipei-based cycle tour operator Panagoe. “Now our generation inherits a wealthier society with more money and time for recreation and health.” There was already significant …

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