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Semi-supervised Image Classification with Unlabeled Data

by Urwa Muaz

Supervised learning is the key to computer vision and deep learning. However, what happens when you don’t have access to large, human-labeled datasets? In this article, Toptal Computer Vision Developer Urwa Muaz demonstrates the potential of semi-supervised image classification using unlabeled datasets.

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Are Million-dollar Markets Better Than Billion-dollar Markets?

by Aaron Chockla

Entrepreneurs have been hardcoded to aim at billion-dollar sized markets with their solutions. However, such lucrative markets will appeal to many others and thus, are hard to succeed in. Going after smaller market sizes may be the more logical path to success.

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Machine Language – A Guide to Chatbot Terminology (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

Chatbots have unique abilities that humans don’t. When we regard them as tools, they provide business opportunities humans can’t. Unfortunately, when it comes to chatbot terminology, confusion reigns.

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Stale-while-revalidate Data Fetching with React Hooks: A Guide

by Avi Aryan

Inspired by stale-while-revalidate cache control logic, modern sites implement stale-while-refresh logic on the UI side. Thankfully, React Hooks make this logic painlessly reusable across components.

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Doing Business in the European Union

by Paul Ainsworth

The EU economy is worth $15.5 trillion, 24 million companies operate within it, and there are 300 million online shoppers. Is this a market you should be in? If so, how do you serve the EU market while balancing customer service, cost, and complexity?

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All Together Now – An Overview of Inclusive Design

by Fanni Csincsak

Using the inclusive design process helps designers consider a broad cross-section of human perspectives, abilities, and backgrounds to create products that make everyone feel included.

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Write Once, Deploy Everywhere: When to Go Native?

by Joel Frank

Writing multiple native applications for different mobile platforms can be a daunting task, but taking a non-native approach comes with pitfalls of its own. In this article, Toptal Mobile Developer Joel Frank outlines the concept of Write Once, Deploy Everywhere (WODE) and explains how to choose the right development path for your project.

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The Challenges of Initial Market Entry

by Allan Milne Lees

Developing a market entry strategy is critical to any product. What might seem like an overnight success is a result of months and years of planning and hard work. But even the most prepared product managers face challenges when entering a new market.

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How to Approach Financial Data Visualization

by Archil Lursmanashvili

Looking to make your financial models more effective with better data visualization? Design principles can be effective tools in corporate decision-making.

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