The Next Web (110)

Estonia is looking into starting its own national cryptocurrency

Kaspar Korjus, the Managing Director of Estonia's e-Residency program, just announced the program's proposals to make Estonia the first country in the world to launch its own crypto tokens and Initial Coin Offering . In his blog post, Korjus illustrates how creating 'estcoins' could greatly benefit ...

Medium is using an applause meter to calculate authors' pay

Earlier this month, Medium added a Clap button to articles on its blogging platform that you could click as many times as you like to applaud a piece. It's now counting those claps to figure out how much authors should earn for their work. Who knew back in January that this is what CEO Ev Williams ...

#The #hashtag #is #ten #years #old

Fun fact: if you've got a child under the age of ten, hashtags are officially older than them. Wild, right? Here's the tweet that launched a thousand #ships, posted back in 2007 by open source advocate Chris Messina. how do you feel about using # for groups. As in #barcamp ? — ⌗ChrisMessina ...

Apple switches gears from self-driving cars to lame short-haul shuttle buses

After years of murmurs surrounding Apple's plans to build a self-driving car, it turns out the company is now focusing its automotive efforts on something far tamer: short-haul shuttle buses that will ferry employees a few miles at a time from one campus to another in California. Zzzzz. Earlier this ...

Why you should care about China's VPN crackdown

Internet censors have a new target. The Chinese and Russian governments recently announced plans to block the use of virtual private networks' , which are a key tool for people trying to avoid internet restrictions and surveillance. This crackdown isn't surprising, given the two countries' histories ...

CrashPlan is killing off its backup service for home users – here are your options

Code42 has announced that it's shutting down its CrashPlan for Home data backup service on October 23, 2018. After that, you won't be able to retrieve your files. The company says it's shifting its strategy to focus exclusively on enterprise and small business segments.' That's a bummer, because ...

HP's Omen X is a beastly gaming laptop you can actually upgrade

Companies like Apple seemingly do everything in their power their laptops from being opened up. HP's new Omen X laptop embraces it. It's a beast of a device. The base model comes with a GTX 1070, 16GB of RAM, a i7-7700HQ processor, a 256 GB SSD, a 1TB hard drive, and a 1080p 120Hz display for ...

Facebook wants to end the 'I read it on Facebook' problem

Facebook today announced a feature designed to increase visibility on the platform. Publishers, as of today, can add several logos to a new Brand Asset Library . These logos will then appear next to anything published by the page, but only in the Trending and Search sections… for now. The reason ...

The Church of Satan has one hell of a social media team

You don't have to worship Satan to appreciate the proper grammar and surprising wit behind the Church of Satan's Twitter account. In fact, it would be silly if you did, because its members don't. While the bulk of the tweets it sends out may center around correcting misinformation, the church has a ...

Amazon isn't one of the 2,575 companies to pull ads from Breitbart

An activist group this week released a list of nearly 2,600 companies who have pulled ads from Breitbart News. The group, known as Sleeping Giant, pointed out one notable commission: Amazon, who continues to advertise on the site as of this writing. Sleeping Giant has, for months, encouraged its ...

Nintendo reveals an in-game rewind feature for SNES Classic

A video released today on Nintendo UK's YouTube channel details all of the features available in Nintendo's new SNES Classic Mini. Buried in the middle of the video is a feature that allows you to rewind your gameplay. You choose an in-game suspend point,' aka a point you wish to rewind from , and ...

Please let this black Surface Book be real

Intel just revealed it's 8th generation processors yesterday, but in doing so it may have teased a new Surface PC. A promo video for the new chips shoes off a device that looks a whole lot like a stealthy black Surface Book. The Surface Book is traditionally only available in grey and comes with 6th ...

The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro prove the old console cycle is dead

For almost all of console gaming history, a game's graphics were written in stone. Barring remakes and re-releases, Mario 64, Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger, etc, look the same to everyone playing. Unlike PCs, where visual fidelity correlates strongly with your rig , consoles democratized the ...

Fourth US Navy collision this year raises suspicion of cyber-attacks

Early Monday morning a US Navy Destroyer collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore. The US Navy initially reported that 10 sailors were missing, and today found some of the remains' in flooded compartments. While Americans mourn the loss of our brave warriors, top brass is looking ...

6 Innovative Tech Startups Set On Improving Athletic Performance

Odds are, if you grew up playing sports, you heard lots of talk about hustle, grind, and rubbing some dirt on it.' The common thread between these three phrases is that, if an athlete simply works harder, they'll become better. While no athlete will ever discount the value of hard work and ...

Visual Inspector is a designer-friendly complement to Chrome's DevTools

Chrome's DevTools is an essential component in any web developer or designer's toolkit. It lets you modify, debug, and experiment with almost any element of a website's front end. However, you could make the argument that it's a little bloated, and some users would be best served by something more ...

Wikileaks' Julian Assange🔹 is upset the media says he lives in a basement

As the founder and director of an organization dedicated to unmasking the shady actions of governments and public officials, Wikileaks' Julian Assange seems to be unusually preoccupied with insignificant shit like getting a fake verified' badge on Twitter or offering tips how to stare at the ...

Train as a web security pro with hacker training for under $20

You'll know how to fight the good fight with the training in the Complete White Hat Hacking and Penetration Testing Bundle, on sale right now for just $19 from TNW Deals.

Xiaomi's massive Mi Max 2 is too much of a good thing

Whoever first said size doesn't matter clearly didn't try replacing their normal-sized phone with a phablet. I tried, folks, I really did. For the past couple of weeks, I tried to live with Xiaomi's oversized Mi Max 2 phablet. I don't care if you think that word is no longer in use; that's simply ...

Visual Inspector is a designer-friendly compliment to Chrome's DevTools

Chrome's DevTools is an essential component in any web developer or designer's toolkit. It lets you modify, debug, and experiment with almost any element of a website's front end. However, you could make the argument that it's a little bloated, and some users would be best served by something more ...

There is no excuse for shipping crappy software

If you were to visit Facebook's Menlo Park campus just a few years ago, you'd see the company's famous motto – Move fast and break things' – plastered on the walls. It was born out of the company's hacker mindset of young software engineers building a rapidly growing startup. The ability to ...

Your angry tweets may require libel insurance

— Courtney Love spent almost six years in litigation, accused of libeling her former attorney in a Twitter post that was visible for less than 10 minutes. She paid a reported $780,000 in settlements as a result of two other defamation suits, both stemming from Twitter missives Love ...

People rushed to ask Google why their 'eyes hurt' after the solar eclipse

Yesterday Donald Trump proved his unbreakable spirit yet again when he ballsily squinted into the solar eclipse – a move that some have since touted as perhaps the most impressive thing any president has ever done.' But as Google Trends reveals, Trump wasn't the only dumbass to stare right at the ...

Irony: A site with a .fish domain was used to phish French bank customers

It's a hacking worthy of an Alanis Morissette song; a website with a generic .fish domain name was used to phish French banking customers, as spotted by the folks at Netcraft. When anyone visited parser.fish, they would be redirected to a Vietnamese-based site masquerading as the French bank BRED , ...

These games know exactly when you'll quit playing

We have a tendency to consider ourselves unique and unpredictable, but digital games research shows that this is far from the case. In fact, we can be categorised into groups of people who show the same behaviours, and what we do in the future is imminently predictable. For example, how you play a ...

Google could launch a new Chromebook Pixel this fall

Android Police reports that Google is developing a new Chromebook Pixel as a successor to its 2015 Chrome OS-based laptop; the device is slated to be launched alongside two new Android Oreo-based Pixel phones this fall. The outlet's source couldn't share any specifications, or whether this would be ...

Microsoft announces Age of Empires IV

At the ongoing Gamescom expo in Germany, Microsoft announced the impending arrival of Age of Empires IV, the latest in its epic real-teal strategy game franchise. The title is being developed by Relic Entertainment, which previously worked on the Company of Heroes and Dawn of War series. That's a ...

Elon Musk taps his inner customer service rep on Twitter

Elon Musk spent part of his weekend replying to individual Tesla customers' requests on Twitter. The electric car company CEO responded to several customers requesting updates to the automatic seating, headrest, and steering wheel settings for Tesla driver profiles. Tesla is known for customer ...

WhatsApp gets a colorful update to its text statuses feature

WhatsApp today announced a new form of status update — this time with colorful text and backgrounds. Now, when users have a text update to share, they have the option of doing so with a bright background or font. According to a spokesperson: Now you never have to worry about getting the word out ...

Facebook makes it quicker to check friends are safe when disaster strikes

Facebook today announced it was updating its Safety Check feature, making it easier to find and more useful for people in dire need. It will now have its own dedicated tab with all information consolidated there. According to Facebook's Disaster Response page: There's now a single place to go to ...

China fosters innovative AI research through competition

The Chinese government has been unequivocal in its goal to become the global AI leader. Three of the largest tech companies in China — Sougou, China's second-biggest search giant, Sinovation Ventures, and internet firm Bytedance — have joined forces to bring that plan to fruition. The companies ...

Android O is delightfully named Oreo, is rolling out in phases 'soon'

You can now relax: Android O is officially named Oreo.  In an announcement timed – a little melodramatically – to coincide with the solar eclipse in New York, Google revealed the name of its latest and greatest version of Android. Thankfully, it went with the obvious choice, instead or ...

Mass Effect: Andromeda will get no more DLC — and that's for the best

The team behind Mass Effect Andromeda announced over the weekend it'd no longer be supporting the game, either through patches or through single-player story DLC. And while that's a bummer — it's also no more than we should have expected. I'm not sure exactly what everyone wanted from Bioware's ...

On-demand worker startup Bizzby spams users with innocent man's address

Bizzby is a service that lets people book tradespeople and laborers on-demand — think of it like Handy or TaskRabbit. A few hours ago, it sent an email to all of its users — tradies and general public alike — asking if they'd like to install a thermostat for Reuben, from Hartlepool, England. ...

Will someone please install Reuben's thermostat?

Bizzby is a service that lets people book tradespeople and laborers on-demand — think of it like Handy or TaskRabbit. A few hours ago, it sent an email to all of its users — tradies and general public alike — asking if they'd like to install a thermostat for Reuben, from Hartlepool, England. ...

3 failsafe strategies to master the freemium app model

Creating a free mobile app that gains serious traction these days is much harder than it was in the mid-to-late 2000's. When the App Boom' was in full swing , people were downloading apps left and right and it was much easier to break into the market. Nowadays, most people are content with the ...

Shutterstock has reverse engineered Google's watermark-removal app

Stock photo vendors might not be all that screwed up in the end. Only a week after Google released a paper detailing how its researchers built an algorithm that automatically removes watermarks from stock photos, Shutterstock has already put together an antidote. Taking a cue from the internet ...

Fellow Swifties, Taylor Swift just posted a mysterious video after wiping her social media profiles

After Taylor Swift wiped her social media profiles , speculation grew as to what the country-turned-pop star was up to. Is the follow-up to 1989 on the horizon? Who knows? The Pennsylvania-born pop star just published the following video to her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. ...

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Know a Cisco network like the back of your hand — and get seriously paid at the same time

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Google is testing a handy new playback UI for YouTube

YouTube might be getting a nifty facelift pretty soon. Google appears to be testing a new user interface for its video hosting platform that will make it much easier to browse for content while watching videos on your phone. The current YouTube layout lets you minimize videos in the bottom so you ...

Your tech is polluting the world and it's time to do something about it

The media is at the forefront of generating awareness over environmental issues. It is easy to name influential films like An Inconvenient Truth or note advances made by The Guardian's environmental reporting. But what is often missing from this discussion is the environmental costs of producing ...

1,000 Dutch schoolkids get a free smartphone to fight isolation

One thousand kids in the Dutch city of The Hague are getting a free smartphone courtesy of T-Mobile, Samsung, and the municipality. Since more and more services – announcements, class schedules, etc – at high schools are moving online, kids from low-income families who can't afford smartphone ...

Stories of Scale: Standing out in SaaS with custom tracking metrics

Stories of Scale is a content series we're doing with startup participants from our conference in a partnership with EQT Ventures, sharing growth stories and lessons from industry insiders centered around 4 pillars: technology, business, human optimization, and communication. During our TNW ...

This manifesto against Internet addiction can only be viewed offline

Please don't tell my boss, but I got super sidetracked while writing this piece. Sure, I started off with good intentions, but I'm easily distracted. It started, as it often does, with checking my Twitter notifications. Then I found something interesting on Vox. And then… Well, you get the idea. ...

Blockchain can make social networks more private — and profitable for you

Fact: You're going to spend a total of five years of your life on social media. Are you going to waste it lost along with all the mindless drivel of memes and fake news? Or will you make sure that you have a voice, and that you will matter? If you're like any of the 2.5 billion people out there who ...

How to follow today's eclipse, even if you live outside the US

I know the Internet is exciting, but depending on where you live, you'll want to step away from your computer for a bit today, as parts of America bear witness by a total eclipse of the sun. It's the first total solar eclipse witnessed on the continental United States since February 26, 1979, and ...

How do you bring artificial intelligence from the cloud to the edge?

AI needs to move its brains closer to its limbs, if it wants to perform in disconnected environments and perform time-critical tasks.

Virtual reality stage shows are coming to a theater near you

When the legends of opera were composing their works, it is unlikely they ever envisaged a time when intricate sets made by man's hand would be replaced with virtual reality. But that is just what the Wales National Opera is doing this summer. The company has created two virtual reality ...

Xiaomi is reportedly working with Google on the next Android One phone

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi has made a name for itself with a wide range of high-quality products that almost always blow the competition away with low price points – including smartphones. Now, it might be on hopping on the Android One bandwagon for its next handset in a reported collaboration ...