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Tidal might die in 2018, leaving audiophiles in the lurch

Norwegian outlet Dagens Næringsliv reports that Tidal now only has enough money left to last another six months in the competitive streaming music business – which is bad news for fans of high-fidelity audio. The company, fronted by rapper Jay Z, is said to have run up about $44 million in ...

Google is building its next AI research center in China

Google announced today that its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia will be set up in China, underlining the country's capacity to dominate in the fast-growing field. The company noted that the new center in Beijing will host researchers who will focus on basic AI, and support the ...

This 6-year-old made $11M on YouTube last year. What are you doing with your life?

Six-year-old Ryan has the job most of us dreamed about when we were his age. For the last three years, he's opened toys, played with them, and cashed checks that most of us can only dream of. According to Forbes' new list of highest paid YouTube stars, Ryan of Ryan ToysReview' earned about $11 ...

Facebook gets new festive features for the holidays

Facebook today began to roll out a suite of new holiday features to raise the spirits of its millions of users. The most useful cheer update is probably the holiday cards you can send to family and Friends. You can customize them with special photos and messages, and the designs are cute, if ...

Review: Force 1's U34W Dragonfly drone is great for beginners

While I'm certainly not a hardcore drone enthusiast, I love toys that get kids interested in technology. Force 1's U34W Dragonfly is an entry-level drone advertised as being easy to fly' and for beginners.' I figured it would be the perfect drone for my family to try out, so we took one to the park. ...

Free Stranger Things VR game gives you your money's worth

Sony today released its Stranger Things VR Experience on the PlayStation store. Don't get too excited though. It's shorter than Eleven's Season 1 haircut, which is a crying shame. The game, first teased back in October, appears to take place during the first season of the show. Promotional images ...

WTF: What's the future of business – Why challenging the status quo takes more than a rallying cry

It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.' – Leon C. Megginson We live in an era of digital Darwinism, where technology and society evolve faster than most businesses can adapt. Business as usual is no longer good enough. To ...

Santa and Google want your help teaching robots about the holidays

Santa Claus is looking for help training Tensor, his robot elf. According to Google, the jolly one today released an update to the Santa Tracker website that lets you draw pictures to help train an AI to better understand image recognition. Santa Tracker features a suite of activities for young and ...

How a decentralized economy helps society

Much like the early days of the internet, the blockchain revolution has begun to attract an incredible amount of attention from entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers alike. With Bitcoin soaring past USD $11,000, and other alternative coins trending upwards, the cryptocurrency movement is ...

Twitter now lets you create tweetstorms before tweeting

Twitter today revealed plans to give users a better way to create threaded tweets. Thanks to a new button in the tweet composer, you can add new tweets to a thread before you publish them. Threads are a popular way of expressing thoughts and telling stories too long for even the new 280 character ...

Here's all the proof you need that robots are too weird to take over the world

The most useful robots are purpose-built to aid or augment human endeavors. They build our cars, carry heavy objects, and even perform surgery. Over the last year, however, when it comes to robotics we've spent a lot of time scratching our heads wondering is this really necessary?' Let's take a look ...

This startup uses body heat to mine crypto – for when robots take our jobs

While many love to speculate about the sheer number of jobs that robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace in the near future, no one seems to be coming up with any solid alternatives. One forward-thinking Dutch startup, however, believes humans should start using their bodies to ...

The global trends in digital storytelling bringing diversity to stock content

Finding the perfect stock photos from the usual suspects such as Getty Images, iStock, and Shutterstock can be notoriously tricky. The thought of wading through cliched footage of middle-aged men in white shirts shaking hands in a boardroom no longer feels fit for purpose in a digital age where ...

Tech alone can't save your business from cyberattacks

Chris Young, CEO of McAfee just spoke at TNW New York. We're sharing his views on the importance of company culture in cyber security. For a growing number of CEOs, security is now a top concern — but most aren't doing enough to protect their companies from harm. Data breaches jumped 29 percent in ...

IOTA clarifies it has no formal partnership with Microsoft

Following some speculation from the cryptocurrency community, IOTA has come out to clarify that it currently has no formal partnership with Microsoft, despite its announcement from earlier in November. This means that the Redmond giant has not yet contributed any data to IOTA's marketplace, nor does ...

Instagram now lets you follow hashtags instead of people

As anticipated, Instagram now lets you follow specific hashtags in addition to individual accounts. The company started testing the feature about a month ago, but is now rolling it out to everyone. It's a handy addition; following a hashtag could be a good way to regularly discover new users who ...

IOTA admits it has no formal partnership with Microsoft

Following some speculation from the cryptocurrency community, IOTA has come out to clarify that it currently has no formal partnership with Microsoft, despite its announcement from earlier in November. This means that the Redmond giant has not yet contributed any data to IOTA's marketplace, nor does ...

Learn the program that will turn you into a spreadsheet guru for just $18

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All ICOs claiming to be registered with the SEC are lying, says top official

In an official statement from yesterday, Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton warned cryptocurrency investors to exercise extreme caution' when backing initial coin offerings – especially the ones that claim to be registered with the SEC. Addressing the massive hype around ...

The Chivas Venture will give away $1 million in equity-free funding at TNW Conference

At our Flagship Amsterdam event in May 2018, an expert jury selected by the Chivas Venture will divvy out $800,000 to social startups, with another $200,000 being provided to runners-up before the event. Here's the story of how –and why– this partnership came about, as well as the full ...

Dell's Precision 5720 all-in-one is more about fun and games than serious work

As someone who's been using laptops exclusively for the past few years, I quite like the idea of an all-in-one PC: like a laptop, everything's housed in a single unit and ready to go right out of the box. Dell's $1,700+ Precision 5720 AIO PC promises to pack enough firepower to handle ...

Dutch blockchain project GUTS is ending ticketing scams

The Netherlands-based blockchain project GUTS, which is currently executing an ICO, released the news is has brought on one of the world's most prominent live music booking agents as an advisor. Chris Payne, agent at International Talent Booking which represents acts like Pearl Jam, Guns 'n Roses ...

Got questions for a design master? Adobe's principal designer Khoi Vinh is joining us on TNW Answers

Why do all startups use the same minimal aesthetic? What do you think of the iPhone X? What font should I use for my blog? Meet the man who put NYTimes.com on the map; Graphic design legend Khoi Vinh is here for all your questions during his upcoming TNW Answers session on December 15th. Vinh is the ...

Here's how to find and share your 9 best Instagram pics of 2017

Wondering which of your Instagram posts scored the most likes this year? There's an app for that, and it generates a handy grid of your nine top posts, which you can happily publish on your profile for all your followers to enjoy. Simply visit 2017bestnine.com on your phone, enter your Instagram ...

Apple's GymKit for syncing your Watch to your fitness machines is now live

Back in June, Apple talked up GymKit for Apple Watch, a feature that would let you sync performance data from exercise machines with your wearable. With the release of watchOS 4.1 today, it's now available for users to play with. With the latest version of the software platform, your Apple Watch ...

Apple now lets devs accept pre-orders for iOS and macOS apps

Apple took to its Developer portal to announce that it's turned on pre-orders in the App Store, so app makers can promote their new apps before they launch. The company explained: Customers can see your product page and order your app before it's released for download. Once your app is released, ...

Stripe brings its payments platform to India at last

Stripe announced today that it's launching its payment gateway and processing service in India, after roughly seven years in operation in 25 countries. The company, which lets online businesses accept payments from customers with a per-transaction charge and no setup fee, is right to enter India ...

People losing it over this 'creepy' Netflix tweet really don't understand the internet

Yesterday Netflix freaked out some subsets of internet culture with a relatively harmless tweet some are now calling 'creepy.' The tweet read: To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you? — Netflix US December 11, 2017 'A Christmas Prince,' ...

YouTube's child video cleanse is way too little, way too late

Recently, YouTube has been removing or demonetizing large swathes of content featuring young children, in videos that could be seen as abusive or exploitative. These include videos as seemingly harmless as parents pranking or scaring their children, and as disturbing as children being apparently ...

AI creates fake celebrity porn for Redditors to fap to

Artificial intelligence is a game-changer. Never in the history of human existence has there existed a technology with the power to wipe out cancer, end traffic accidents, and perhaps even formulate an actionable plan to reverse climate change. And fortunately for us, some of the smartest people in ...

Geelong, the restart capital of Australia

When I was last living in Melbourne, the startup scene was still in its nascent stages. It had a handful of local success stories, a burgeoning community, and a lot of interest. Three years later, the startup scene in Australia has grown exponentially, especially in the larger cities, but Australia ...

Robots will definitely take our jobs but they might give us better lives in exchange

There's a lot of experts talking about AI, most of which want you to know robots will destroy nearly a billion jobs in the next twenty years . But it's not all bad, some actually predict the integration of machines into the workforce will create jobs. Let's focus on those. A study conducted in the ...

Google Storyboard turns your videos into comic strips

Google just launched three experimental photography apps on Product Hunt. My favorite one is Storyboard, which lets you automatically turn your videos into a one-page comic strip. It's still early days, so the app is super-sparse at the moment. Just load the video into the app, wait a few seconds, ...

How personalized data is quickly improving customer experiences

If the customer is always right' is the golden rule of customer service, then treat each customer as an individual' should be the golden rule for brand marketing. Every consumer wants to feel as though the brands they support view them as a unique entity, rather than another customer identification ...

The Force is strong with the Google Pixel's new AR Stickers

Remember Google's AR Stickers? Months after they were first announced as a headlining feature on the Pixel 2, they're finally rolling out to the public – including an exclusive set of Star Wars stickers. They work pretty much like you expect: you can place a variety of 3D characters into your ...

Play PUBG on Xbox One a day early with this clever trick

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds , the megapopular arena multiplayer game, is coming out on Xbox One in various regions tomorrow. If you don't already have the game in your region, there is a way around the restrictions. According to VG247, you need to have pre-ordered the game for this to work. You'll ...

Comcast continues to inject its own code into websites you visit

Comcast believes it's acceptable to inject hundreds of lines of code into any web page you visit if it thinks you're in need of a hardware upgrade. And even if you don't need an upgrade, you're wrong. A user recently took to the company's forums to complain of its practice of running its own code ...

Facebook is testing 'private comments' to save you from idiots

Facebook is experimenting with privacy settings that apply to individual comments. This means that you could write a reply to a thread, but only pre-approved individuals can see it. Here's what it looks like: Clicking the padlock icon brings up the security settings. This has four options: friends ...

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With the training in the Ultimate Data & Analytics Bundle, now available at 97 percent off - just $23.40 with coupon code "GREEN40" - from TNW Deals, you'll instantly become the person in your organization that your boss can turn to to truly understand what the numbers are trying to ...

You can pre-order the Ataribox this week, but why would you?

The gaming world got a bit of a surprise back in July, when Atari teased it was creating a new console called the Ataribox. Today the company announced you'll be able to pre-order in just a few days – December 14 to be precise – when it will presumably launch its crowdfunding campaign. But why ...

Uber-rival Taxify launches in Australia

Estonian ridesharing service Taxify has grown like crazy of late, and has now launched in Australia. Starting from 10AM today, passengers in Sydney can order a ride through the Taxify service, and get picked up by more than 4,000 drivers that are already registered with the company. It's likely ...

These are the 4 biggest challenges for Latin American startups

We in Latin America are the happiest people in the world. We have dominant international soccer teams. We have over half our population using the internet, and some of the highest daily internet usage in the entire world. Understandably, having a population higher than Russia and America combined, ...

Mozilla just launched an augmented reality app

Mozilla has launched its first ever augmented reality app for iOS. The company, best known for its Firefox browser, wants to create an avenue for developers to build augmented reality experiences using open web technologies, WebXR, and Apple's ARKit framework. This latest effort from Mozilla is ...

Bitcoin heads to Wall Street as CBOE launches futures

Bitcoin finally arrived on Wall Street with the launch of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's futures for the cryptocurrency on Sunday. Within hours of the exchange kicking off trading for Bitcoin futures at 6PM ET, they soared by 25 percent – triggering a five-minute trading halt that's similar ...

Your OnePlus 5T can't play Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in HD – yet

Owners of OnePlus' all-new bezel-less 5T flagship have discovered that the phone is unable to stream HD video from numerous streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Play Movies. That's because it doesn't come with support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, which is required for ...

Celebrate Street Fighter's 30th anniversary with 12 classic titles next May

Can you believe that it's been nearly 30 years since Capcom first brought one-on-one brawling to video game arcades with its iconic title, Street Fighter? The franchise is still alive and well, with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition set to drop on January 16. But the publisher has another treat in ...

Why we need to shatter the illusion of work-life balance for entrepreneurs

Work-life balance has always scared me. Aside from the fact that it isolates work and life as two opposing states of being, it's the number one topic that's always brought up at a table of entrepreneurs. I do think it's important to discuss these topics and since entrepreneurship can be a lonely ...

Bigger isn't better: Smaller engineering teams are the key to innovation

We used to make scientific leaps. Engineers, scientists, and manufacturers once made bold steps and drove the human race forward. Less than 10 years passed from developing jet engines to launching a supersonic aircraft into the sky and 20 years from the first fully automatic computer to one that ...

The iOS jailbreaking community is going nuts over this cryptic tweet by a Google employee

It's been a while since we've seen a a reliable iOS jailbreak. You'd have to go back to iOS 10.2.1 to find a working version that's widely-known. Since the last working exploit, the jailbreaking community has mostly gone dark, with repositories remaining un-updated and a group of once cooperative ...

Apple to buy music discovery platform Shazam

Reports today indicate that Apple is in the final stages of a deal with music discovery platform Shazam. According to initial reports from TechCrunch, the deal could be announced as soon as Monday. If the sale happens, the price being floated is around $400 million, a number Recode later ...