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Blockchain training courses: Master the basics with this online boot camp

With this training bundle, you’ll also learn how the financial services industry uses artificial intelligence and machine learning, how to run a startup, and more.

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Blockchain is adopted across industries to help with copyright protection, authenticating event tickets, and even adding layers of transparency in the supply chain. Forecasts suggest that global blockchain technology revenues will experience massive growth in the coming years—with market valuations for blockchain tech expected to climb to over $39 billion by 2025. This means there’s still time to get in on the ground floor of this financial revolution, and the Ultimate FinTech & Blockchain Bootcamp Bundle is here to help. 

With eight courses and 85 lessons, this popular online training offering will teach you what you need to know about blockchain technology, FinTech, robot-advisors, and much more—all through instruction that’s easy to follow even if you’ve never dabbled in cryptocurrencies.

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2021 will see the spread of AI and automation in the workplace

Enterprises are already interested in how to automate invoicing and expensing procedures, says SAP Concur.

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Businesses are always looking to optimize and streamline services to cut costs. The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic calamity caused by it have put even more pressure on enterprises to innovate and do more with less. 

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Andy Watson, senior vice president for Asia, Pacific, Japan, and Greater China at SAP Concur, says many organizations will turn to automation and AI in 2021 as a way to address key business pain points and simplify cumbersome processes. 

“Automation will become essential, not extra. As businesses maintain hybrid remote-working models and anticipate other potential disruptions in 2021 and beyond, the role of automation and AI use cases in the workplace will grow,” Watson said in an email interview. “These may include enabling efficient day-to-day communications between knowledge workers doing their jobs

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Raspberry Pi alternative seeed Odyssey: Assembly is challenging, but it’s worth it

The seeed company offers a single board computer and case combination that could make for a nice rollout for a number of solutions. Jack Wallen offers his take after a hands-on review.

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I was recently sent a combination of the seeed Odyssey single board computer and the seeed re_computer case for review. I’ve always found these types of computers to be an incredibly valuable part of the IT landscape because they are so versatile. Use them as a desktop or a kiosk. IoT? Sure, why not? Cluster them together for a small container deployment? Of course. Anywhere you need a tiny form factor computer, you’ve got a solution.

The Raspberry Pi is the gold standard of single board computers. When seeed reached out to me, my first inclination was, “You’re not Raspberry Pi.” Then again, I’ve always been a champion of the underdog, so why not

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Top fitness, health and sleep gifts for the holidays

Looking for a smartwatch or a cool sleep or health item with a tech edge to gift this holiday season? Here’s a roundup of some options to feel more fit or sleep better.

Finding the ideal 
gift

for that fitness lover, health-focused family member, or sleep-deprived friend can be time-consuming. There are plenty of tech options available, however. TechRepublic has dug up some of the best and most useful choices for everyone from your favorite teen to your aging parent. 





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The Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch is a sleek new device available in two sizes, 42mm or 44mm. It has an optimized activity tracker, sleep tracking, cardio fitness tracking and phone app updates. It runs on Wear OS by Google. 


$249 at Fossil



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Under Armour has developed a face mask for athletes to use while training and working out. It has a moldable nose bridge to secure

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Quantum computing: Aliro wants to make quantum hardware more accessible for software developers and network engineers

With Q.COMPUTE and Q.NETWORK, Aliro Quantum is using cloud tech to make it easy for software developers to run quantum programs and networking engineers to build quantum networks.

If you’re a developer who wants to write code for a quantum computer, how do you know which quantum architecture and by extension which company’s
quantum computer

is best suited for the problem you’re trying to solve? Likewise, if you’re interested in connecting quantum computers together across a quantum network, how do you pick the right hardware and network design?

Aliro Quantum, thinks the answer to both these questions is to use an abstraction layer.

On this episode of
Dynamic Developer

, I talk with Dr. Prineha Narang, Assistant Professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and CTO and co-founder Aliro Quantum about how the company is trying to make quantum more accessible

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Future of Farming: Bluegrass agtech facility plants first tomatoes, expects produce to hit shelves in early 2021

AppHarvest plans to use recycled rainwater on-site to sustainably grow more produce closer to US consumers.

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On Thursday, agtech company AppHarvest announced that it had planted its first crop at the company’s sprawling 2.76 million-square-foot indoor farming complex in Morehead, Ky. The recently planted tomatoes are expected to hit store shelves in early 2021, according to AppHarvest. By doing so, the company takes a step closer toward ensuring food security in the region and more.

“Today is an important milestone for AppHarvest as we seek to build a more resilient American food system from within Appalachia,” said AppHarvest Founder and CEO Jonathan Webb in a press release. “Our team has built one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced indoor farms, which means AppHarvest’s tomatoes soon will be on store shelves and in American homes.”

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