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This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

Written by Tiffany Rose

Every year, I make the same New Year’s resolutions: Go to the gym more often (no, the sauna doesn’t count), keep a gratitude journal, volunteer more often, lose the baby weight (guys, my son is 7), take a class, take a break from Facebook (or Myspace, depending on the year), and start meditating. While I’ll be making them all again this year, I’ve decided to add a new one that I’ll actually keep. In 2017, I resolve to help a friend (or three!) go vegan. A vegan lifestyle is second nature to me and probably to you, too, but some people still find it intimidating. Luckily, there are a lot of easy ways that we can help them make the change.

You probably have a friend or two who asks you questions about going vegan, and I’m betting that you can nudge them to give it a try. Let’s help them together!

Here are some ways that we can do it:

  1. Mail them PETA’s vegan starter kit. Your friends will be thrilled to receive this free, glossy, recipe-laden magazine instead of another credit card bill from the holidays. Just fill in their info, and we’ll handle the rest.

  1. Plan a movie night. There are many informative and entertaining films about food and animals. Check out this list of our favorites and have your friends over for a movie night.
  1. Go shopping together. Arrange a time when you and your friends can go grocery shopping together, and introduce them to the many delicious vegan items on the shelves. Many people have no idea that there’s such a huge selection of plant-based options out there—show ’em!
  1. Have them over for dinner. Of course, it only makes sense to cook up some of the grub you just bought and let them taste the goodness for themselves. (Note: If you’re a disaster in the kitchen, don’t cook for them. It could ruin everything. Trust me—I know what I’m talking about. Instead, use an app to find nearby vegan-friendly restaurants.)

  1. Lead by example. Every time that we choose a vegan option at a restaurant, grocery store, party, or anywhere else, we’re helping ensure that vegan options remain plentiful. There’s no need to be pushy about it. In fact, please don’t be—it gives vegans a bad reputation, which doesn’t help animals. Simply let your compassionate behavior speak for itself.

Activists Handing Out Leaflets

This is a New Year’s resolution that I can actually stick to. Lives are waiting to be saved, so I hope you’ll also resolve to help a friend go vegan. Now, please excuse me while I renew my gym membership, again.

Want other ways to help animals in the new year?

The post This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend appeared first on PETA.

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Intel to build a fleet of over 100 self-driving test cars starting later this year

 Intel is moving quickly to ramp its autonomous driving technology efforts now that it has closed its acquisition of Mobileye, the Israeli self-driving sensor and computing company. The plan is to build a fleet of over 100 test vehicles with SAE Level 4 capabilities (fully self-driving) with the first of those hitting roads later this year. The test fleet is designed to show off Intel and… Read More
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Watch this Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer made entirely on a 1984 Apple IIc

 Sometimes I see something that makes me wish we’d never evolved our technological graphics capabilities beyond where they were at in the 1980s. This shot-by-shot trailer remake of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is such a thing. Created by Twitter user Wahyu Ichwandardi, this was created using a vintage Apple IIc computer from 1984, using Dazzle Draw, a bitmap paint program from… Read More
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Be your own online ad agency with this digital marketing training — only $39


Digital marketing may seem as simple as setting up a website and posting to social media. But finding true business success in the online world requires a real understanding of your customers and the digital environment, as well as a cohesive strategy. You can assemble that roadmap for getting your message through the web clutter with the Digital Marketing Guru Bundle, which is available now for just $ 39 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals. In all, this training offers up four courses, each illuminating a different aspect of effective digital communication. Between Basic Programming for Marketers and Introduction to…

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Be a productivity pro with this ultimate Microsoft Office certification training for just $39


It’s easy to overlook a suite of programs that predate most offices and the people who staff them. However, there’s a reason Microsoft Office is celebrating a quarter-century as the gold standard of office productivity programs: because it’s powerful and still runs like a Swiss watch. Knowing the ins and outs of Office is still vital for almost any worker these days, so get Office-proficient with the Ultimate Microsoft Office CPD Certification Bundle. Right now, you can get this comprehensive training for just $ 39 from TNW Deals. This 12-course, 29+-hour package serves it all up, walking you through basic and…

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Add Python to your web programming arsenal with this complete learning package


Web pros are certain about one thing: Python is near the top of the list of essential programming skills, since it’s easy to learn and trusted by a host of big-name companies like Google, Facebook and Dropbox. By picking up the Complete Python Programming Bundle, you’ll have access to an array of training material you’ll need to not only understand Python top to bottom, but also to get a job as a qualified Python practitioner. The seven-course package is on sale right now at over 90 percent off its regular price, only $ 79 from TNW Deals. If you’ve never tackled…

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Why this former Facebook Messenger product manager is investing in AI


Outsourcing, automation, and connecting strangers on chat apps are among some of the biggest opportunities in conversational commerce forming around chat app platforms, former Facebook Messenger product manager turned investor Seth Rosenberg told VentureBeat.

Last Wednesday, amid a rush of Facebook news from F8, Greylock Partners announced that Rosenberg would join its consumer investment team to make seed or early round investments in startups working with bots, AI, messaging, AR/VR, and other fields.

Until late last year, Rosenberg had been part of the Messenger team working with businesses and a developer community to create a bot ecosystem for the Messenger Platform. During Rosenberg’s three years at Messenger, the chat app launched its bot and game platforms and grew from 200 million to more than one billion monthly active users.

About the series of changes made this week to increase the discoverability of bots on Messenger — the new discover tab for popular or featured bots, chat extensions to bring bots to groups, bots for Workplace by Facebook — Rosenberg said he wasn’t surprised, and that in this case it’s good to be predictable.

“It was really a signal of reinvestment in the platform and tools that were universally requested and practically useful. Every year you don’t want some kind of ‘this is the future of world’ bomb drop,” he said. “It’s kind of refreshing actually for everyone involved to not be super surprised by some of the announcements. Like ‘OK, they’re doubling down on the same platform, they built a lot of tools based on feedback we’ve given them,’ and people are starting to get more visibility to it, which is helpful.”

He told VentureBeat he’s interested in investing in companies making services to connect people outside of each other’s network for platforms like Messenger, WeChat, Kakao, and Line.

Companies that connect people include visual A-B test bot Swelly, as well as bots like NearGroup and Foxsy that connect people interested in dating or making friends nearby.

“It’s still an open space for using messaging to connect with people that are not in your close network,” Rosenberg told VentureBeat in a phone interview. “A lot of people have tried this, but nothing has really taken off yet.”

Above: Left to right: Wingstop CIO Stacey Peterson, Facebook Messenger Product Manager Seth Rosenberg, Fandango SVP Mark Young, and panel moderator Stewart Rogers of VentureBeat. Panel participants discussed opportunities and challenges in commerce and bots at MobileBeat, a two-day chatbot and artificial intelligence gathering held July 12-13 at The Village in San Francisco.

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Rosenberg also believes there are big opportunities on chat platforms for communication within and between businesses because “email is still the default.”

“There are obviously companies like Slack and Microsoft Teams, but beyond the Silicon Valley bubble, email is still the way businesses communicate with each other. And I still believe there’s something [there for] either those companies or others who tackle it in a slightly different way or who tackle verticals like SMBs or have more of a hybrid approach to messaging,” he said.

Rosenberg sees chat platforms as a vehicle for automation and outsourcing in the workplace, with the potential to “unlock a distributed sales force on mobile.” The most interesting of these companies fuel entrepreneurship that could play a big role in the way people work and think about work.

Several startups in enterprise and other businesses are working on such services. On Friday, Magic launched a bot to complete office tasks in a Slack channel for $ 35 an hour. The now-defunct Tina assistant bot connected a Slack channel to a network of tens of thousands of freelancers in the Philippines to complete administrative tasks. TARA bot automates recruitment and project management.

Other companies exploring the chat gig economy include Ask Wiz, which currently allows tech experts to accept tips from $ 2 to $ 10. There’s Sensay, which intends to allow its anonymous advice givers to get paid, and therapeutic and medical chat services from Talkspace and HealthTap.

Rosenberg sees both pitfalls and opportunity in the way tech is reshaping the workplace for many people.

“You have essentially a fork in the road where on one hand you can have a large group of people that are kind of left behind in this new economy, and it can lead to unhappiness and societal unrest and drug problems and political issues and war and conflict and Brexit, and you’re starting to see signals of that right now. But the other fork in the road is that services like Etsy, Uber, and Shopify are building tools to enable micro entrepreneurship, and they’re replacing giant corporations that you worked at for 40 years in a cubicle, and you can actually replace that with something better where people have more control of their time but still have the same level of security, just through more distributed services.”

“That’s one kind of outcome of AI that I think is interesting to invest in, which is the future of work,” he concluded.

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The winner of this astronaut training game could be going to space for real


The final frontier has never been closer for the average earthling as technology brings us closer to space with every passing year. We can see robot selfies from Mars, float around in space through VR and space tourism seems to be just around the corner. But why settle for that when you can get a ride to space for free? A Finnish space industry company recently announced its plans to give one lucky user of an upcoming mobile game the chance to experience space — by actually sending him there. Cohu Experience Ltd is launching a freemium smartphone app next fall…

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This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

Written by Tiffany Rose

Every year, I make the same New Year’s resolutions: Go to the gym more often (no, the sauna doesn’t count), keep a gratitude journal, volunteer more often, lose the baby weight (guys, my son is 7), take a class, take a break from Facebook (or Myspace, depending on the year), and start meditating. While I’ll be making them all again this year, I’ve decided to add a new one that I’ll actually keep. In 2017, I resolve to help a friend (or three!) go vegan. A vegan lifestyle is second nature to me and probably to you, too, but some people still find it intimidating. Luckily, there are a lot of easy ways that we can help them make the change.

You probably have a friend or two who asks you questions about going vegan, and I’m betting that you can nudge them to give it a try. Let’s help them together!

Here are some ways that we can do it:

  1. Mail them PETA’s vegan starter kit. Your friends will be thrilled to receive this free, glossy, recipe-laden magazine instead of another credit card bill from the holidays. Just fill in their info, and we’ll handle the rest.

  1. Plan a movie night. There are many informative and entertaining films about food and animals. Check out this list of our favorites and have your friends over for a movie night.
  1. Go shopping together. Arrange a time when you and your friends can go grocery shopping together, and introduce them to the many delicious vegan items on the shelves. Many people have no idea that there’s such a huge selection of plant-based options out there—show ’em!
  1. Have them over for dinner. Of course, it only makes sense to cook up some of the grub you just bought and let them taste the goodness for themselves. (Note: If you’re a disaster in the kitchen, don’t cook for them. It could ruin everything. Trust me—I know what I’m talking about. Instead, use an app to find nearby vegan-friendly restaurants.)

  1. Lead by example. Every time that we choose a vegan option at a restaurant, grocery store, party, or anywhere else, we’re helping ensure that vegan options remain plentiful. There’s no need to be pushy about it. In fact, please don’t be—it gives vegans a bad reputation, which doesn’t help animals. Simply let your compassionate behavior speak for itself.

Activists Handing Out Leaflets

This is a New Year’s resolution that I can actually stick to. Lives are waiting to be saved, so I hope you’ll also resolve to help a friend go vegan. Now, please excuse me while I renew my gym membership, again.

Want other ways to help animals in the new year?

The post This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend appeared first on PETA.

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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

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This week, Tech.eu tracked 23 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 62 tech funding deals (totalling €255 million, not counting the £2.4 billion pumped into London-based data centre operator Global Switch by Chinese investors) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:

1) Nokia said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple for violating 32 patents.

2) Russian carrier Megafon is acquiring a majority stake of 63.8% in Mail.ru for £602.21 million (about $ 738 million).

3) The European Commission Monday released the non-confidential details behind its ruling in August that Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion.

4) German meal delivery startup HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet company, has raised €85 million from a new unnamed investor along with previous investor Baillie Gifford.

5) Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is to acquire a majority stake in Belgian supply chain and mobility solutions company Zetes for €149.6 million.

6) Israeli startup Lumus, a developer of wearable augmented reality (AR) displays, has closed a $ 45 million Series C round.

7) Global Switch, a London-based data centre company, has sold a 49% stake to a consortium of Chinese investors for £2.4 billion.

8) BMW has partnered with IBM to add Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to its cars as it plans a campus for autonomous driving near Munich.

9) Rightware, an automotive software company from Finland, has been acquired by Chinese firm Thundersoft for €64 million.

10) French book publisher Hachette Livre has acquired a majority stake in UK mobile app developers Brainbow, makers of Peak.

Bonus link: Inside Facebook’s Berlin-based team in charge of policing content on the social network

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