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Digital imaging pioneer Russell Kirsch dies at 91

Digital imaging pioneer Russell Kirsch dies at 91

Russell Kirsch, whose research going back to the ’50s underlies the entire field of digital imaging, died earlier this week at the age of 91. It’s hard to overstate the impact of his work, which led to the first digitally scanned photo and the creation of what we now think of as pixels.

Born to Russian and Hungarian immigrant parents in 1929, Kirsch attended NYU, Harvard and MIT, eventually landing a job at the National Bureau of Standards (later the National Institutes of Science and Technology) that he would keep for the rest of his working life.

Although he researched, coded and theorized for 50 years and even after his retirement, his most famous accomplishment is no doubt the first scanned digital image — decades before the first digital camera.

The research was being undertaken from the perspective that computers — then of course still room-sized things — could

Despite a difficult Q2 2020, Lyft and Uber reiterate profit promises

Despite a difficult Q2 2020, Lyft and Uber reiterate profit promises

Lyft is sticking to its previous target to hit quarterly adjusted profitability by the fourth period of 2021, a milestone it says it can achieve even with fewer rides.

The company reiterated its quarterly adjusted profit target timeline — a milestone based on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization — during its second-quarter earnings call yesterday. Upholding the target in this uncertain era of COVID-19 is newsworthy on its own. But what caught our attention was Lyft’s claim that it would hit this milestone even at a lower ridership than it had previously targeted.

“We now expect we can achieve adjusted EBITDA profitability with 20% to 25% fewer rides than what was assumed when we initially disclosed this last year,” Lyft CEO Logan Green said during the call.

Quarterly rides will need to be about 5% to 10% above the level achieved in the fourth quarter of

Six Toronto VCs discuss COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era

Six Toronto VCs discuss COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era

As North America’s fourth-largest city, Toronto is one of the world’s top startup ecosystems.

After spawning companies like Eventbrite and Crowdmark, Ontario’s capital has attracted international talent that complements its homegrown population of entrepreneurs and technical talent.

Six investors we surveyed who work and live in the area said they believe Toronto will continue to thrive after the COVID-19 storm passes. Some of them focus exclusively on the region, while others invest elsewhere as well. As they explained, the city has a lot going for it: It’s diverse, has access to locally trained engineering and business workers, and the area has already fostered many companies that are doing very well.

Investors expect Toronto to remain a fintech hub

Fintech is one of the city’s top industries, and the investors in this survey expect this to continue. Stephanie Choo, head of investments at Portag3 Ventures, said “fintech continues to

Mission Bio raises $70 million to help scale its tech for improving the development of targeted cancer therapies

Mission Bio raises $70 million to help scale its tech for improving the development of targeted cancer therapies

California-based startup Mission Bio has raised a new $70 million Series C funding round, led by Novo Growth and including participating from Soleus Capital and existing investors Mayfield, Cota and Agilent. Mission Bio will use the funding to scale its Tapestri Platform, which uses the company’s work in single-cell multi-omics technology to help optimize clinical trials for targeted, precision cancer therapies.

Mission Bio’s single-cell multi-omics platform is unique in the therapeutic industry. What it allows is the ability to zero in on a single cell, observing both genotype (fully genetic) and phenotype (observable traits influenced by genetics and other factors) impact resulting from use of various therapies during clinical trials. Mission’s Tapestri can detect both DNA and protein changes within the same single cell, which is key in determining effectiveness of targeted therapies because it can help rule out the effect of other factors not under control when

How to Set Up Your Course Website Using LearnDash & Elementor

How to Set Up Your Course Website Using LearnDash & Elementor

We’re all making changes due to the pandemic we find ourselves in. With uncertainty around us all, taking stock of things, and reevaluating our careers, either due to loss of employment or looking for additional revenue streams, it’s at the back of our minds.

As a by-product of this mindset, many have taken the plunge, set up online courses, taught others, and shared knowledge.

All it takes is knowledge, your knowledge, and of course, a little work. If you’re using WordPress already, then creating online courses is easier than you think.

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to use LearnDash, how to install it, the benefits of doing so, and how to style your site using Astra and Elementor.

1 What Is LearnDash? 2 Benefits of Using LearnDash 3 Installing LearnDash 4 Creating Course Content 5 WordPress Themes For LearnDash 6

5 Tips for Effectively Translating Your LearnDash Courses

5 Tips for Effectively Translating Your LearnDash Courses

Here is the smiling emoji –  ‘ : ) ‘. The unmistakable symbol of a happy face.

But why do we never use it like this –  ‘ ( : ‘ ?

It’s still a smiling face, but somehow, it seems wrong and unsettling right?  

There’s a simple explanation –  as English readers we read everything, including emoticons, from left to right.

But for an Arabic reader everything is written from right to left, including their smiley faces.  

Emoticons aside, the point is, the process of LearnDash translation isn’t limited to just translating your text. If the aim is to create a good learning experience, it requires a little more effort. 

When it comes to education the goal is always to make things as easily understandable as possible. And this shouldn’t get lost in translation. (excuse the pun)

So, here are a few things to go over