You probably don’t need a degree to be a UI/UX designer

It was a regular day at the office, and I was sitting in the common area of our open office space with my manager at the time. We were seated around a table of supplies gluing squares of patterned wallpaper to those sample tiles that you get at hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It was arts and crafts day at the office, so we were making DIY coasters. I’d been interning at Skookum, a…

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Chicago’s Sprout Social prices IPO mid-range at $17 per share, raising $150M

On the heels of Bill.com’s debut, Chicago-based social media software company Sprout Social priced its IPO last night at $17 per share, in the middle of its proposed $16 to $18 per-share range. Selling 8.8 million shares, Sprout raised just under $150 million in its debut. Underwriters have the option to purchase an additional 1.3 million shares if they so choose. The IPO is a good result for the company’s investors (Lightbank, New Enterprise Associates,…

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Amazon is delivering half its own packages as it becomes a serious rival to FedEx and UPS

Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images Amazon has been steadily growing its logistics operation over the last decade, and it now delivers more than half of all Amazon packages in the US, according to an estimate from Morgan Stanley published on Thursday and reported by CNBC. That’s a staggering increase over the course of the last few years. It means Amazon, which now operates its own freighters and cargo planes, is accelerating its push…

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Art and technology can reconstruct the faces of the dead based on remains

Facial reconstruction is best known as a forensic tool that can help identify human remains and reconnect them with families for burial or memorialization. The technique has a potent claim on our imaginations. These images are usually produced when other identification methods have failed. It’s usually a last resort with very high stakes. This is perhaps why, when forensic depictions lead to recognition in spite of their own technical limitations, it can feel like a…

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Soci raises $12M to help big brands manage local marketing

According to CEO Afif Khoury, we’re in the middle of “the third wave of social” — a shift back to local interactions. And Khoury’s startup Soci (pronounced soh-shee) has raised $12 million in Series C funding to help companies navigate that shift. Soci works with customers like Ace Hardware and Sport Clips to help them manage the online presence of hundreds or thousands of stores. It allows marketers to post content and share assets across…

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Billboard is changing its albums chart to count YouTube streams

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year. Video streams from other platforms will also count, including Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, and Billboard says the change will also impact genre album consumption charts, like country, Latin, and others. Billboard’s charts have historically been seen as a barometer of success within the music industry. Video streams have…

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CHEAP: This wireless HP printer is only $25 — you know what to do

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The world is pretty goddamn futuristic. You can watch movies on your phone anywhere. You can have things delivered to you the day you order them. Drones are an actual real thing you can go on Amazon and buy. But, despite all the technological advancements, sometimes the simplest ways of navigating the world are still best. Phones can run…

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Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022

Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its shared ride service MOIA and Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID. The aim is to develop the entire transport…

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