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Watch out Google! Blockchain will set us free from data tyranny

Do you know how much data you actually own? You would think it would be a lot, right? We're constantly feeding the internet with our personal information, traits, habits, and characteristics — so at least some of that data should belong to us personally. That would be the case in a rational world, ...

China will track its citizens' every move with a new facial recognition system

After leading the charge globally in manufacturing hardware, China has its sights set on a major technological achievement: developing a facial recognition system to visually identify all 1.3 billion citizens nationwide. South China Morning Post noted that the project has been in the works since ...

The swift death of Google's cupcake feature is a valuable lesson in UX design

Earlier today, Google rolled out a new feature in Maps for iPhone users in the US, which counted the calories burned when you walked to a certain place and depicted that in equivalent mini cupcakes. It was quickly panned by many a Twitter user and has already been killed off – that's perhaps one ...

Rogue Chinese space station is on a collision course with Earth

Sometime in the next couple of months, the Tiangong-1 space station is going to fall to Earth — and we'll have no idea where it's going to land until a couple of hours before it does. The space laboratory was being controlled by the Chinese government until an amateur space tracker noticed in June ...

Review: Huawei's MateBook X is more than a MacBook clone

Windows may have just gotten its best answer to the MacBook yet, and it hails from a relative newcomer. Huawei's MateBook X is not just an impressive first attempt at a laptop by Huawei, it might just be one of the best traditional laptops you can buy right now. I've used the device for nearly two ...

Google's AI can create better machine-learning code than the researchers who made it

Google's AutoML system recently produced a series of machine-learning codes with higher rates of efficiency than those made by the researchers themselves. In this latest blow to human superiority the robot student has become the self-replicating master. AutoML was developed as a solution to the lack ...

Google Photos update brings facial recognition to Fido

Google today launched a new feature that makes it easier to find pet pictures in Google Photos. The feature automatically seeks out pet faces and groups them in folders, just like it does people. You can label the photos with your pet's name once they are grouped and there's no need to type dog' or ...

Mobile ordering is killing the restaurant experience

Thanks to just about every restaurant and its mother having an app, you can probably order most food before you get to the restaurant. But the physical structure of restaurants are not made to accommodate such innovations. Think about it: the last time you were in a casual dining restaurant, be it ...

An addict's tale: My week without social media

By Monday I'd deleted Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn applications off my phone and logged out of all accounts on my laptop: it had begun Hi, my name is Inés and I'm a social media addict. But this week, I decided to go through digital detox by turning off all of my ...

Finding the needles in the haystack: How to meet journalists at conferences

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It's not only due to the changing autumn leaves. Much less romantic, I particularly enjoy this time of the year as it offers a chance for our team to regroup after the madness of the conference season summer months. With so many new events popping up, it ...

These gadgets are all you need to be a 'professional' ghost hunter

With Halloween around the corner its time to forget about smartphones and drones in favor of more important technology. Aliens are among us, the end is near, and ghosts are everywhere – these are the devices you'll need to hunt down and expose all things paranormal. First, let's get an EMF meter, ...

5 science fiction books Hollywood needs to turn into amazing movies

As you all line up to see Blade Runner: 2049, the sequel to the enormously influential Blade Runner, this week, remember the first film was based on an atmospheric story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Philip K. Dick. So we started thinking: what other science fiction novels need a big ...

Microsoft warns overreaching warrants could hamstring US cloud storage companies

The Supreme Court today announced it would hear the Justice Department's complaint against Microsoft concerning the company's refusal to comply with warrants demanding it turn over emails residing on foreign servers. The implications of this case could determine the future of individual online ...

'MeToo' hashtag lights up Twitter and Facebook with sexual assault stories

To say the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has been making waves would be to downplay it. Ever since the story in the New Yorker where the women who'd encountered him spoke out, others on social media have been speaking out. As the stories rolled in from other women who've been victimized by ...

Study: Hacker News users value code quality just as much as a work-life balance

What happens when you shift the conversation around tech recruiting away from cold, hard money towards something less tangible, like values? According to Lynne Tye, founder and CEO of Key Values, you gain insights into the priorities of the net's most popular programming communities. Key Values is a ...

Samsung's new tracking device looks both useful and scary

Samsung Electronics today announced the Connect Tag, an IoT device that helps you keep track of almost anything. It looks like the perfect device for parents or pet owners, but we do have some privacy concerns. It's the first consumer mobile product to use Narrowband , and has been designed for low ...

Learn how to understand — and get rich — with cryptocurrency investment for only $15

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Huawei Mate 10 hands-on: Tiny bezels, AI smarts, and weird choices

Huawei may not be the biggest name in the West, but it recently surpassed Apple as the world's second biggest smartphone manufacturer. Now it's announcing two new flagships, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, its first real entry into the bezel-less design trend that's made 2017 a wonderful year for ...

This crazy shoulder wearable wants to help you flirt

Looking to step up your flirting game? This device, called the Ripple, can tell when someone's staring at you via two cameras on your shoulders and notifies you by sending a shiver down your back. The Ripple was invented by four students from the Royal College of Arts in London as a conceptual ...

Huawei's Mate 10 flagship series comes in 3 bezel-less flavors to take on the iPhone

Huawei has been making noise for months about its upcoming flagship/iPhone killer, the Mate 10. At a launch event in Munich, it unveiled three variants of the flagship handset: the 5.9-inch Mate 10, the 6-inch Mate 10 Pro and a Porsche Design edition of the Pro. There are a number of reasons why ...

These people earn a second income sharing their online trading knowledge

The world of online trading has a lot more to offer than just buying and selling assets online. As it turns out, some traders earn extra income by allowing others to copy what they do. Day trading is hardly a new practice. Ever since the Internet revolution made trading available to almost anyone, ...

Someone is blackmailing dark web users to pay up or get doxxed

It seems the authorities are not the only ones going after dark web drug buyers. Someone is threatening to doxx dark web users unless they pay off a small ransom fee in Bitcoin. The news comes from Redditor going by the name of StrangerDanger420, who shared images of the blackmail letter with the ...

Huge number of Android devices vulnerable to new catastrophic Wi-Fi attack

Earlier today, reports emerged that the popular WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption protocol was fundamentally flawed, and could allow an attacker to intercept and read traffic sent across a wireless network. Now, details are emerging about the scale and severity of the problem. The attack – known as a key ...

Facebook tests LinkedIn-like resumes so you can flaunt work experience

Taking a cue from Facebook, earlier this year LinkedIn redesigned its website to make it a bit less confusing and a tad more suitable for social interactions. But it seems Facebook too is paying attention to LinkedIn. The social media giant is currently testing a new Resume / CV feature that lets ...

Apple wants to bring its payments service to India, but it won't be easy

On a visit to India over the weekend, Apple's senior vice president for internet software and services, Eddy Cue, told the Economic Times that the company absolutely wants to bring Apple Pay to market here.' That's good news for local fans of the brand, and seeing how Apple has focusing more on ...

All your Wi-Fi are now belong to hackers

Sorry to start off your week with some bad news: the WPA2 encryption protocol that protects your Wi-Fi router and connected devices from intrusions is rumored to have been cracked. That means that a hacker who is within physical range of your home or office network could crack your Wi-Fi password, ...

Craft the words to send your business soaring with these copywriting courses — and YOU decide the price

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Apple's Face ID will show how far the tech industry has come in fighting racial bias

Like many of their design choices, Apple's recent decision to swap out their much-used Touch ID feature in the new iPhone X in favor of facial recognition software — what they're calling Face ID — has caused a lot of chatter and debate. There are many questions around what a future that relies ...

Believe it or not, regulations will make ICOs more awesome

Cryptocurrencies present a compelling solution for more democratization in the investment space. While the financial services industry plays an essential role in the funding and creation of new ventures, these firms are monoliths and the barriers to entry for new players are too costly. Initial Coin ...

How to overcome the pitfalls in business as a young entrepreneur

Being a young entrepreneur is probably a better idea than flipping burgers when it comes to your long term career. It can help you to learn valuable entrepreneurial skills that you can build on for years to come, putting you light years ahead of your peers when college graduation rolls around. But ...

How to build a business empire with Instagram

What does it take to succeed online? Shouldn't real-world influence transfer into the digital world? The introduction of computers and smartphones has changed the business world and yet many still do not understand how new digital platforms fit into the business realm. These platforms are a new tool ...

A female Chinese entrepreneur's take on US-China business differences

After having been involved in over 2,000 venture capital projects within my role at Microsoft Accelerator Beijing, and now managing global market development as the co-founder of a fast-growing Seattle based IoT startup, I have been lucky enough to develop my skills on the frontline in two starkly ...

Blockchain can fix the sorry state of the real estate industry

Micheal Arrington, the founder of the tech news website TechCrunch, recently bought $60,000 flat in Ukraine. Under normal circumstances, the transaction would have involved a trip to the country and exchange of paper documents. However, Arrington didn't set foot in Ukraine. Neither was any ...

Master the ways of Six Sigma and become a black belt-certified master for just $24

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Help your video rank higher! On YouTube! Real study! 12 tips!

Are you using marketing videos in your social media strategy? Interested in getting them ranked higher on the most popular video search engine? In this article, I'll show you first-hand pieces of advice to grow your reach on YouTube by optimizing your video content, your SEO efforts and your ...

Bad design isn't just ugly — it's expensive

Badly drawn, derivative, and forgettable logos. Poorly designed websites and mobile apps. Formulaic products with no flair or originality. If you're a business, bad design hurts — from uninspiring packaging to interchangeable ads that don't differentiate you from the competition. The truth of the ...

4 monumental principles to keep in mind when striving for success

If a person or fellow entrepreneur is trying to make their dreams a reality, they do this by working, and pushing, and learning, and planning, and enduring every obstacle they face, because they know it is getting them one step closer to where they want to be. This is the mindset the book Think and ...

Productivity and politics: How to work together despite opposing views

No matter how much you try to tune it out, you can't hide from political coverage. It's on TV, podcasts, sports talk shows, and in nearly every social media post, tweet, pin, or snap. Even the place where politics was historically off limits is now no longer safe… the office. Political tensions in ...

Giant robot fighting is finally here as America and Japan do battle

The US and Japan will square-off in robot combat this Tuesday in a battle to determine who builds a better battle bot. The event will be streamed live on Twitch and will feature two giant robots clashing head-to-head in melee combat. IT'S TIME FOR THE GIANT ROBOT DUEL! #GiantRobotDuel @Twitch ...

Twitter boycott splits protesters over voluntary silence

Users across Twitter are absenting themselves from Twitter today following the social media site's banning of actress/director Rose McGowan. McGowan has been vocal on Twitter during the Harvey Weinstein rape scandal currently rocking the entertainment industry. She's tweeted the names of several ...

Watch: Insane drone footage of a Japanese volcano erupting

The Shinmoedake volcano hadn't erupted in six years. That changed this week. Luckily for all of us, storm chaser and drone pilot James Reynolds was there to capture the footage. Reynolds, using a DJI Mavic Pro shot the eruption from a safe distance, about 2.5km from the crater. The smoke plume rose ...

Amazon rumor sends Bitcoin surging to record highs

Bitcoin yesterday reached a new all-time high as cryptocurrency insiders try to figure out why. According to several industry analysts the mere rumor of Amazon acceptance is partially responsible, with tales of China reversing its exchange ban providing further market optimism. Rumors that Amazon ...

Facebook rolls out new juicy food delivery options in the US

Facebook today announced it's rolling out its Order Food option to all users. The site is partnering with food delivery services to allow users to order food directly from a restaurant's Page. To order food, visit the page of a participating restaurant and hit the Start Order' button. You'll be ...

If Instagram and Yelp had a blockchain-baby — it would be this app for foodies

Munchee, an app for foodies that feels like a combo of Instagram and Yelp, is adding blockchain technology to fight review manipulation. The MUN token will soon be available to provide incentives for users to participate in a decentralized review ecosystem designed to give real reviews a fair shake. ...

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Putting cigarette packet warnings on IoT devices is dead funny

Everybody knows the Internet of Things  suffers from a troubling security epidemic – but what would happen if IoT manufacturers were to put warning labels on their products the same way tobacco brands have to put them on cigarette packets? It is a common practice in many places around the globe ...

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Facebook, news publishers, and the 'demand' for video

Facebook traffic and engagement is way down for so many small to medium size publishers… and some bigger ones too. And the whole video thing is nuts. In my opinion, Facebook has and still is creating a fake 'demand' for video. Video only looks so popular because Facebook's algorithm is making it ...

Our upcoming conference in NYC offers real round-table intimacy with industry leaders

This year for TNW New York, we're moving away from the traditional conference format. Instead of focusing on growing our New York event with more stages and complex production, this year we'll be aiming for intimacy, making it easier for you to network with the right people. We're inviting 1000 ...

Eidoo's unique app seeks to solve every issue In the crypto-wallet world

Jamie Dimon, head man at JP Morgan Chase, has a love/hate relationship with Bitcoin. Dimon's vitriolic comments regarding Bitcoin went viral last month, as he called the cryptocurrency a 'fraud' and threatened to fire anyone caught trading it. On the surface, it would appear Dimon isn't a big ...