How fast is your internet?

Noble Horvath

Working from home is the new normal for millions of people worldwide. Yet data shows that 6 in 10 users do not have internet connections fast enough for smooth telework. Has the pandemic deepened the digital divide?

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Elia Merguet began working as an external consultant for a German federal ministry in Berlin in summer 2020, months after the coronavirus pandemic had begun. “I worked almost entirely from home from the beginning,” he says. Yet, working from his kitchen table in Berlin’s Wedding district turned out to be harder than expected. “I have actually already moved house since I’ve been in Berlin — and I had Internet problems in both places.”

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Elia Merguet at his kitchen table in Berlin

Merguet explains that the problems were not as extensive as in Hanover where he lived previously, but still made doing his job hard.

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Wix vs WordPress – Which is the Best Website Builder? – 2020

Noble Horvath

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Wix and WordPress are two of the best ways to build a website. However, on balance, we think that Wix is the better way to build a website, thanks to its greater level of customization and the ease with which you can add extra features to your site. WordPress does have the advantage when it comes to building blogs and journalism websites, but Wix is ultimately a more versatile builder, and has regular deals and discounts to help it compete..

Right out of the gate, Wix is a notably powerful website builder. Using

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Global Signature Verification Market 2020-2025: Industry

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Signature Verification Market by Product Type, Technology

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled, “Signature Verification Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025″, the global signature verification market grew at a CAGR of around 20% during 2014-2019.

Signature verification software performs auto-validation of signatures from the signatory with claimed individuals. It compares the signature image fed into the software with that on a file. Signature verification software reduces operational costs, saves time, and validate the legal identity of the person. As a result, it finds extensive applications across diverse industries, such as education, government, healthcare, and BFSI, to reduce human errors and ensure process compliance.

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The increasing incidences of data theft and identity duplication, security breaches, and transaction fraud, are primarily driving the need for signature verification to protect critical and confidential data. Moreover, the increasing utilization of electronic signatures in the

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Smart Vision AI Developers Kit Is Accelerating Computer Vision Applications

Noble Horvath

Imagine being able to embark on a real-time computer vision project in a few hours, with no code to build a traffic control system, a warehouse monitoring system, or an in-store point of sale optimization system. Like the apps that are built on top of smartphone operating systems, these smart computer vision projects can use a multitude of proprietary and vendor algorithms. Because they are built on top of BrainFrame, an operating system for computer vision that comes with a Smart Vision AI Developers Kit, they take a fraction of the time to build than other computer vision projects.

BrainFrame is one of the core products of, started by two founders, Stephen Li and Alex Thiel. Stephen applied his experience building out the Android operating system to BrainFrame. In collaboration with leading chipmakers such as Intel, Nvidia, etc., BrainFrame is positioning itself to

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Wading into the World of Online Dating in China

Noble Horvath

The Mandarin term shengnu literally means “leftover woman.” It was coined to describe China’s growing crop of middle-class women who, thanks to new educational and economic opportunities, have been able to rise to unprecedented ranks within Chinese society—at the expense of their love lives. Nearing (or, heaven forbid, passing) the age of 30, these women find themselves materially successful but romantically unattached.

As a female in her mid-20s, living in China with a graduate degree and no significant other, I’ve been particularly sensitive to the term’s use. But while local media and gossipy mothers often use it derisively, my leftover sisters and I have come to embrace it as a badge of honor worn by independent women who know what they want and are unwilling to settle.

And why should we. In 1979, the one-child policy was implemented to curb population growth. Because of culturally engrained preferences for male heirs

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Instagram lets you revert to classic icons for its birthday — here’s how

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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

It’s Instagram‘s 10th birthday — yes, it’s now been in our lives for 10 years, and no I don’t feel old at all. As a treat for users this month, Instagram‘s giving users the option to change their app icon to one of the old classics. Here’s how you can do it.

The icons are somewhat hidden in the app itself, so you’ll have to do a little snooping to find it. To start, you’ll have to go to the settings within the Instagram app. Once you’re there, pull down as hard as you can. You’ll see a string of progressively more curious emoji.

Pull down as far as the present emoji, and you’ll get some confetti

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How To Create a Blog in Seven Easy Steps 2020

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How To Create a Blog For Free

You can create a blog for free – but you probably wouldn’t want to, for a few reasons.

Ads on Your Site

Firstly, you’ll be lumbered with adverts for whichever blog platform you use. This might be simply a line at the bottom of your page telling people which platform you use, or it might be banner adverts along the top and sides of your page. Either way, it doesn’t look great. And these ads won’t be making money for you, either, but for the website builder platform you’re using.

Storage Restrictions

Secondly, you’ll be restricted on storage. We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s a critical flaw with free website builders – with restrictions on storage ranging from 500mb to 3GB on free packages, it’s going to be extremely unlikely that you could store your photos, videos and other assets on your site.

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Penn State lays off 30 Information Technology employees in move sources label a surprise

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Penn State recently laid off 30 Information Technology employees in a move that took many by surprise, according to several sources and the university.


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A university spokesperson confirmed Thursday morning that 31 positions were eliminated but 30 employees were laid off because one affected employee moved into another open position. Three sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak, characterized the layoffs as sudden and unexpected.

Sources said the layoffs occurred Sept. 30 and/or Oct. 1, the same day Donald J. Welch permanently took over as the vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer. Welch, who previously served as the interim IT VP/CIO, acknowledged in an email he was involved in the layoffs and said “reduction planning” started in the spring.

A university spokesperson issued a written statement Thursday morning in response to an inquiry from the Centre Daily

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Howard University’s computer science program wins diversity award

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The award from the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT celebrates retention of underrepresented groups in undergraduate computer science programs.

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Howard University, a historically Black university located in Washington, DC, has been awarded the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students With Disabilities in Computer Science for the year 2020.

The award, now in its fourth year, focuses on representation of African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and people with disabilities in undergraduate computer science programs, and includes a $15,000 cash prize for the winning institution. 

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“We, the electrical engineering and computer science department, are extremely honored to have been recognized by winning the 2020 CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science. We are committed to creating computing curriculum that is socially and culturally

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Is American internet becoming less important?

Noble Horvath

The year 1994 is an incredibly important one in technological history. Floppy disks were all the rage (with a vast memory of 2.88 MB), the seminal FPS Doom was released, and consumer internet was unleashed upon the masses via Netscape. Well, provided you had a PC and a way to connect.

But since its humble beginnings, complete with ridiculously grating dial-up connection sounds, the internet has made huge leaps and bounds. It’s no longer a pay-per-minute service where the simplest of images would take an age to load. The internet is now a behemoth of information that captures hobbies, skills, careers, dating, and everything in between. You can access it on everything from a traditional PC tower to the phone in your pocket, and even on some refrigerators.

The internet isn’t just popular in America anymore though. 80-90% of smartphone users are now outside the USA, so we’re starting to

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