Get a Head Start on Your New Year’s Resolution. Learn to Code With This $40 Training.


Every entrepreneur could benefit from learning how to code. When you can code, you can save thousands of dollars on contract fees, technology, and more since you can just do everything yourself. When you have an idea, you can implement it on your own. When that great new app idea hits you in the middle of the night, you can start building it the next morning. That’s why learning to code is such a boon for entrepreneurs. You can do just that in The Complete Web Developer Coding Bundle.


This extensive 14-course bundle covers some of today’s most important coding languages, from JavaScript and C# to HTML and Python. You’ll learn from some of the web’s best instructors, like Joseph Delgadillo (4.2 stars) and Avetis Ghukasyan (4.5 stars). The coursework takes a hands-on approach

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More tech training for girls

There is excellent news that more girls are getting the opportunity to access skills-building training in technology. This edition of Digital Life salutes Juleen Gentles, an outstanding young woman who has become a vital voice and an ambassador on behalf of young women at home and abroad. Gentles is among those calling for more exposure to technology training for young women.

There is good reason for the call. Recent research points to the disparity between men and women in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, referred to as STEM. Academics have also shown that there are significant benefits to the general populace from having greater equality. Steps in that direction could include a narrowing of the gender pay gap, enhancing women’s economic security as well as ensuring a diverse and talented workforce and reducing biases. STEM fields are often viewed as masculine-only territory and, unfortunately, teachers and

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Amazon debuts Trainium, a custom chip for machine learning training in the cloud

Amazon today debuted AWS Trainium, a chip custom-designed to deliver what the company describes as cost-effective machine learning model training in the cloud. It comes ahead of the availability of new Habana Gaudi-based Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances built specifically for machine learning training, powered by Intel’s new Habana Gaudi processors.

“We know that we want to keep pushing the price performance on machine learning training, so we’re going to have to invest in our own chips,” AWS CEO Andy Jassy said during a keynote address at Amazon’s re:Invent conference this morning. “You have an unmatched array of instances in AWS, coupled with innovation in chips.”

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Amazon claims that Trainium will offer the most teraflops of any machine learning instance in the cloud, where a teraflop translates to a chip being able to process one trillion calculations a second. (Amazon is quoting 30% higher throughput and 45% lower cost-per-inference

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The Latest: USC stops training after positive COVID test | Sports

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

No. 19 Southern California has closed its training complex for the day after an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19.

The unbeaten Trojans didn’t practice Tuesday and held their meetings virtually while awaiting test results for the rest of the program.

The positive player traveled with USC to Salt Lake City for its victory over Utah last weekend before testing positive Monday. The rest of the program tested negative Monday, and the Trojans are conducting contact tracing for the unidentified player, who is symptomatic and quarantined.

USC is 3-0 heading into its visit from Colorado (2-0) on Saturday at the Coliseum.

No. 24 Tulsa’s football game Saturday at Houston has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases at Houston and the ensuing contact tracing of players.

The American Athletic Conference made the announcement Tuesday.

The league

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The Latest: USC stops training after positive COVID test

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay, left, tries to bring down Tennessee Titans safety Amani Hooker after he intercepted a pass from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore.

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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No. 19 Southern California has closed its training complex for the day after an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19.

The unbeaten Trojans didn’t practice Tuesday and held their meetings virtually while awaiting test results for the rest of the program.

The positive player traveled with USC to Salt Lake City for its victory over Utah last weekend before testing positive Monday. The rest of the program tested negative Monday, and the Trojans are conducting contact tracing for the unidentified player, who is symptomatic and quarantined.

USC is 3-0 heading into

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Training AI algorithms on mostly smiling faces reduces accuracy and introduces bias, according to research

Facial recognition systems are problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which they tend to exhibit prejudice against certain demographic groups and genders. But a new study from researchers affiliated with MIT, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid explores another problematic aspect that’s received less attention so far: bias toward certain facial expressions. The coauthors claim that the impact of expressions on facial recognition systems is “at least” as impactful as wearing a scarf, hat, wig, or glasses, and that facial recognition systems are trained with highly biased datasets in this regard.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence that facial recognition is susceptible to harmful, pervasive prejudice. A paper last fall by University of Colorado, Boulder researchers demonstrated that AI from Amazon, Clarifai, Microsoft, and others maintained accuracy rates above 95% for cisgender men and women but misidentified

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This fintech and blockchain training bundle features 8 courses for $40

Blockchain could very well be the technology of the future. It’s gaining ground among businesses and financial providers because of its ability to record information across multiple systems, which improves transparency and security while reducing the risk of data tampering or loss. Similarly, blockchain may be used to solve ethics and bias issues in regards to machine learning and AI algorithms.

With the rise of big data and fintech, blockchain will play a pivotal role in our economy moving forward, so learning how blockchain works and how it can be applied will help you stand out on the job market. If you’re looking for fun, comprehensive courses that will get you up to speed with blockchain, fintech, data science, and more, look no further than The Ultimate FinTech & Blockchain Bootcamp Bundle by FinTech School. This bundle is available to ZDNet readers for $39.99, but you can get an additional

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Just hours of training triples doctor confidence in use of handheld ultrasound devices — ScienceDaily

While ultrasound imaging technology has been available for more than 50 years, machine size and cost limited its reach to medical offices and hospitals. However, relatively recent advances in this technology has allowed for the development of ultra-portable handheld devices that appear more like the tricorder from Star Trek than a traditional ultrasound machine. These devices hold high promise in many areas of medicine, but are especially promising for uses such as monitoring heart failure and pneumonia in geriatric populations that have difficulties with mobility or remain entirely housebound.

But when any kind of innovative technology is adopted into the medical community, appropriate training to ensure diagnostic accuracy and safety is essential. A recent trial showed that a short training course — which was made even shorter when it was concluded due to the encroachment of the COVID-19 outbreak — dramatically increased the confidence of four geriatricians in their ability

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Cuomo offers free online skills training for unemployed New Yorkers

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday the launch of a new online training platform which will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the Covid-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost. The new tool will provide access to nearly 4,000 online programs taught by leading professors and industry professionals on Coursera, with a focus on high-growth and in-demand sectors like advanced manufacturing, technology, and health care, among others.  

“This new training platform will be key in this effort by ensuring unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers are not left behind by providing access to the resources and training they need to get back on their feet,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release.

The new course offerings are

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Stanford rushes to comply with Trump executive order limiting diversity training

Stanford University is facing backlash from educators, students, and alumni for recently taking action to follow a Trump executive order that limits acknowledging the history of structural racism in the United States. Directives on how to modify diversity training were issued despite the fact that the order is likely to be rescinded in January when the new administration takes over. In some ways, a checklist issued to Stanford faculty appears to go beyond the Trump executive order, prohibiting any acknowledgment that “systemic racism exists at Stanford.”

The Stanford University checklist explicitly prohibits diversity training that discusses whether the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist or whether meritocracy is racist, sexist, or made by one race to oppress another. Additional documents from the university’s human resources department label diversity training related to critical race theory, white privilege, systemic racism, and racial humility as subject to review.

Stanford Assistant Vice President

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