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Get a comprehensive set of online courses in computer science for 97% off

134 hours of all things robots and computer tech.
134 hours of all things robots and computer tech.

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If you thought you missed your chance to major in computer science when you opted for art history in college, there’s good news after all. There are such things as second chances, and thanks to the influx of online learning, gaining a new skill set won’t require you to dip into your savings. This Computer Science training is just $39 — that’s equivalent to just 4.8 months of Netflix.

The Computer Science Advancement Bundle features eight classes that will help you make a career in tech, no matter what you do now. Here’s a breakdown of each course:

First, learn how to code

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Break Away: Programming And Coding Interviews

A great introduction to tech jobs, this course will walk you through the job interview process for programming and coding careers. The team behind this course has conducted hundreds of interviews at Google and Flipkart, so they know what they’re talking about and will give you the heads up on the kind of programming problems that might come up in an interview.

The Fintech Omnibus: Theory and Practice in Python, R, and Excel

The Fintech Omnibus will walk you through risk modeling, factor analysis, numerical optimization, and linear and logistic regression using real models and examples. You’ll learn a ton about value-at-risk, Eigenvalue decomposition, modeling risk with covariance matrices, and the method of least squares.

The Web Development Omnibus: jQuery, AngularJS, and ReactJS

This comprehensive course covers jQuery, AngularJS, and ReactJS, which are essentially the building blocks of many websites. After accessing these 212 lectures and 21 hours of content, you should be able to build interactive websites from scratch. 

Software Testing Omnibus: Sikuli, Selenium, JUnit, and Principles of Testing

This 145-lecture course will teach you all about software testing, with a focus on Sikuli, Selenium, and JUnit. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to write tests and test user interactions with confidence and ease.

Get in on Big Data and Machine Learning

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The Big Data Omnibus: Hadoop, Spark, Storm, and QlikView

After these 120 lectures on big data, you’ll be able to install Hadoop in different modes, manipulate data in Spark, run a Storm topology in multiple modes, and use the QlikView In-memory data model. Using these tools, you’ll glean insights from enormous amounts of data in the way both major and minor corporations do. 

Machine Learning and TensorFlow on the Google Cloud

TensorFlow is an open source software library for machine intelligence. Using TensorFlow and Google Cloud, you’ll learn all about neural networks and machine learning principles.

Don’t forget the Cloud

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GCP: Complete Google Data Engineer and Cloud Architect Guide

Google Cloud is key for high-end machine learning applications (because TensorFlow is also from Google). This guide will put you on the certification track to become a Google Data Engineer or Cloud Architect through 166 lectures and 22 hours of content.

Tap into product strategy

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Time Capsule: Trends in Tech, Product Strategy

While it’s important to know all the latest tech, it’s also important to remember the past (lest you repeat it). This Time Capsule course examines trends all the way from 1994 to today and talks about why different sites thrived while others floundered.

Get the Computer Science Advancement Bundle now for just $39 — a massive 97% discount off its $1,492 retail price.

The best tech of 2017

Of all the tech products that came out this year, no single product was more talked about than the iPhone X.

Rumors about Apple’s new phone started well before 2017 even began. The pressure was on for Apple to deliver a redesigned iPhone that would revolutionize the smartphone once again.

What would an iPhone with a screen that stretched corner-to-corner look like? How would it work without a home button? Would Face ID really be a better replacement for Touch ID? Is $1,000 too expensive for a smartphone?

Everyone seemed to have questions and concerns. But Apple put all those fears to bed when it unveiled the iPhone X in all of its glass and stainless steel glory at the tranquil Steve Jobs Theater located at its new Apple Park campus.

As often is the case, Apple under-promised and over-delivered. All of the reports about the iPhone X’s ugly notch, huge dual camera lens bump, and death of the home button were largely misguided. 

Minor iOS 11 bugs aside, the iPhone X is a showcase of why Apple products feel so magical to use. The iPhone X effortlessly melds beautiful hardware with intuitive software into an experience that’s incredibly delightful at every corner.

You need only use Face ID or play around with Animoji to understand why the iPhone X is such a game-changer.

It took a decade of iterations to get to the iPhone X. Android phones may have caught up and even surpassed the iPhone in certain areas such as screen technology, battery life, and photography, but the iPhone X puts Apple back on top, lightyears ahead of everybody else.

Apple’s relentless focus on pushing technology forward, even when decisions like removing the headphone jack anger fans, that has made the iPhone a forward-facing innovation for which the whole world now revolves around. The iPhone X isn’t just another shiny new phone, it’s the bedrock for mobile for the next 10 years and beyond.

Google might bring Nest back into its own hardware business


Google might fold Nest back into the Google, well, fold. The company is considering integrating Nest, which is a separate company under mutual parent Alphabet at the moment, back into Google’s hardware business.

The re-integration, first reported by Wall Street Journal, is a move that Google is considering as a way to help it build out its smart home capabilities vs. Amazon, which is expanding its hardware offerings in that regard. Nest’s lineup works with Google Assistant, but also with Amazon’s Alexa; bringing it back into Google’s core hardware team could help develop better integration with Assistant and the company’s other mobile and networking devices, building a more extensive competitive hedge.

Now that Google is developing out its Google hardware business in earnest, it also makes a bunch of sense to bring this together in terms of branding and making sure that consumers are clear about the relationships and advantages inherent in Google’s growing device ecosystem.

This is still just a move that’s being considered, per this report, and not something final – but it’s hard to see what the big advantages are at this stage in terms of keeping Google and Nest distinct, especially with Google’s focus on Pixel, its Wi-Fi products and Google Home along with its Assistant companion.

Save big on these wireless headphones for Black Friday

Just say no to wires.
Just say no to wires.

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Got your new phone sorted? Great. Now, we’re here to help you take the next step with a pair of wireless headphones. Here’s a list of the latest and greatest wireless headphones to hit the market.  

Social headphones make listening a team sport. These over-the-ear headphones by Wearhaus can daisy-chain on one bluetooth connection, allowing multiple people to listen to the same track on one device. It’s even got customizable lights so you can jam out in your style. They normally cost $199.99, but you can get them right now for 25% off.

Who doesn’t like strutting around with Beats headphones? These sleek and stylish headphones boast 40 hours of battery life and Fast Fuel, where five minutes of charging gives you three hours of power. Target’s got a great deal today on Solo3 for 20% off.

If you don’t want your music to obstruct your hearing, then bone conduction technology is what you should be looking for in your headphones. Instead of sticking these headphones in your ear, they send vibrations through your inner ear to your brain, so you can listen to music without drowning out your surroundings. They’re normally $149.95, but you can grab some on sale for $64.95.

As one of the more popular brand of headphones, Skullcandy’s got you covered on Black Friday. These headphones fit a variety of head sizes, and the padded earpieces make for a comfortable wear. Normally $200, Best Buy is knocking off $100 today.

Perfect for fitness fans, these earbuds are sweat proof and water resistant. They wrap around your ears nicely and boast nine hours of battery life. They normally cost $179.99, but you can grab a pair for $36.99.

Sometimes, the outside world is too loud and you just want to shut it out. You can slip these onto your ears and put on some Evanescence while you do just that. Along with providing some sweet musical atmosphere with noise cancellation, it can answer calls on your phone and let you speak with a built-in microphone. It’s even got an AUX cable connection for when you need to plug into your device on especially long plane rides. 

If over-the-ear noise cancelling isn’t your style, then you can go for a more compact design. These earbuds also have that noise-cancelling touch without smothering your ears, and Smart Listening can switch between ambient sounds based on your surroundings. You can get $22 off these headphones that are normally $200.

If you want to be as hip as an AirPod wearer but don’t want to spend the cash, check out this stylish alternative. This pair offers phone call access, bluetooth audio, and noise cancelling. Plus, they actually stick into your ear without falling out all the time. Perish the thought. These earbuds normally cost $200, but you can visit the Mashable shop and grab a pair for only $36.99.

Take your pick and join the wireless revolution, no matter what device you’re using.