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Safe by Design – An Overview of UX Security

by Mayank Sharma

Interface designers: A disregard for UX security places users at risk—financially, professionally, and emotionally. Learn why security is a crucial aspect of interface design.

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Human vs. Machine: The Next Frontier of Wealth Management

by Ankur Chandra

Since the introduction of index funds in the 1970s, the investment management industry has embraced the use of software to enhance its decision-making. With robo-advisors reaching further prominence, will machines replace humans in the world of wealth management?

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Bringing an Outsourced Finance Team In-house: A Case Study

by James Hamory

LendEDU, a Y Combinator-backed startup, spent more than $50,000 on its outsourced finance department to create professional monthly financial statements. There was just one problem—they couldn’t trust the numbers.

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UI Trends 2020: What's in Store?

by Olha Bahaieva

The best UI trends are visually appealing while improving the usefulness and overall UX of a digital product. 2019 introduced some amazing UI design trends that will continue to be seen through 2020.

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Timestamp Truncation: A Ruby on Rails ActiveRecord Tale

by Maciek Rząsa

Tests should keep apps from being flaky. But tests themselves can become flaky—even the most straightforward ones. Here's how we dove into a problematic test on a PostgreSQL-backed Rails app, and what we uncovered.

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A Complete List of Project Management Conferences 2020

by Vytas Butkus

The only project management conference list you will ever need. This list contains all the information you might need when picking a conference including insights about the conference, locations, and ticket prices.

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A New Brand with an Edge

by Taso Du Val

Today is an exciting day at Toptal: We are announcing a new logo to complete our new brand!

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Imperfect Harmony: An Overview of SoundCloud vs. Spotify

by Natasha Ketabchi

Not many industries have undergone the same level of transformation as the music industry - technology has changed every facet of the industry. File streaming has been nothing short of a revolution. What can be learned from Spotify vs. SoundCloud?

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Prominent Design Conferences 2020

by Miklos Philips

Even the sharpest designers need to explore new ideas, learn about new techniques, and draw inspiration from other creatives to stay on top. We present a list of the most prominent design conferences to consider attending in 2020.

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