• Forza axes emotes after Fortnite controversy

    The publisher of Forza Horizon 4, our pick for the best racing game of 2018, recently updated the game. In addition to adding several new cars, it also removed two emotes. While this wouldn’t seem like a big deal in and of itself, you begin to see what a bullet it’s trying to dodge when you look across at the legal tangle that is Fortnite, Epic Games, and the dance emote lawsuits. An update on the Forza website simply says “The ‘Carlton’ and &ls
  • Polk’s Alexa-enabled soundbar now supports multi-room music

    Polk Audio today announced its Command Bar, an Alexa-enabled soundbar, will receive a software update adding Amazon‘s multi-room music (MRM) protocol. It’s the first third-party smart speaker to do so. The Command Bar is among the best sounding speakers featuring Alexa support, but it suffers from a lack of features when compared to Amazon‘s first-party products. Until now, it was an isolated speaker (plus sub-woofer) that sounded great, but couldn’t join the party
  • The 2019 iPhone might not be so ugly after all

    We’ve only just started 2019 but the rumor mill for this year’s iPhone is already churning at a comfortable pace. It was just last week that @OnLeaks alarmed people with a supposed render of an iPhone 11 prototype with a hideous triple camera setup. Back from September 2019, I bring you the very 1st and very early glimpse at which I guess #Apple will unveil as #iPhoneXI!!! Yes, time has already come to meet the new #iPhone through gorgeous 5K renders made on behalf of new
  • WordPress announces a toolkit to kickstart small to mid-sized newsrooms

    WordPress, the open source CMS that powers nearly one-third of the web, is now looking to streamline newsrooms around the world. In 2019, we’ll see a new commitment to small and medium-sized publishers with a toolkit called Newspack. Born of a partnership between WordPress and News Revenue Hub — an organization to support sustainable, and profitable journalism — Newspack is a toolkit meant to allow publishers to hit the ground running, while minimizing hurdles in development,
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  • Twitter for Android can now show your timeline in chronological order

    In December, they allowed iOS users to revert to the traditional chronological order and now, they have rolled out the same changes to Android.As it always should haveBack in 2016, Twitter decided to switch to a new algorithm that no one really asked for. The change meant you would often see tweets that were days old or from people you didn't even follow. In December, they allowed iOS users to revert to the traditional chronological order, and now, they have rolled out the same changes to Androi
  • Blue Collar Linux: Something Borrowed, Something New

    Sometimes it takes more than a few tweaks to turn an old-style desktop design into a fresh new Linux distribution. That is the case with the public release of Blue Collar Linux. Blue Collar Linux has been under development for the last four years. Until its public release this week, it has circulated only through an invitation for private use by the developer's family, friends and associates looking for an alternative to the Windows nightmare. Another large part of his user base is the Universit
  • Hollywood’s making ‘Just Dance’ and DDR movies, but why?

    Somewhere deep in the bowels of Skull Mountain, where Hollywood‘s evil studio bosses come up with all of the movies and TV shows Tinsel-town will produce, things are amiss. The well, as they say, has run dry. Otherwise there wouldn’t be two upcoming films adapted from dancing-based video games. Screen Gems, the company responsible for one of the greatest motion picture thrill-rides of all time, “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid,” recently secured the film rights
  • 5 lessons we forgot we learned from our year-long newsletter experiment

    Last week was our beloved/behated daily newsletter‘s first birthday. We published an article looking back at the seven things we learned from Big Spam’s first year. In it, we talked about how people hate change, our Las Vegas casino aesthetic, and our favorite subject lines. As soon as we hit publish, we realized we’d made a terrible mistake. There were so many lessons we’d forgotten we’d learned, and we immediately started to write the second part, which is this b
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  • Vinyl made a surprise but welcome resurgence at CES

    For a show all about the technology of tomorrow, CES sure had a lot of turntables – decidedly the technology of yesterday. If you ask the audiophiles, vinyl never really went away. But it’s certainly seen a resurgence the past few years – growth ironically aided by streaming services. It’s easier than ever to discover new music, and when people find something they really like, they’ll often shell out to own it in physical form (just look at ebooks vs regular books)
  • Kano to launch Star Wars programming kit later this year

    Disney: if it can get stick a logo on something and then train an army of Chinese teenagers to manufacture it en-masse, it’ll do so. This has been to the dismay of Star Wars fans, who have seen their once-beloved franchise diluted with a plethora of plastic tat which, no doubt, will eventually find its way into the marine food system. Goddammit, I’m cynical. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, because there is some genuinely good Star Wars merchandise out there. One bright spot came today
  • Gillette triggers Twitter’s right-wing elite with ‘toxic masculinity’ ad

    Gillette, a company that sells razors, triggered a slew of right wing celebrities on social media yesterday with an advertisement featuring a new take on its old “the best a man can get” slogan. The video in question is nearly two minutes long and serves as a vehicle to call out toxic masculinity. It depicts men and boys showing violent aggression towards one another, pretending or preparing to sexually assault women, and dismissing poor behavior with the typical “boys will be
  • The real-life Pinkertons take issue with their inclusion in Red Dead Redemption 2

    Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Red Dead creator Rockstar Games, is duking it out in court with the Pinkerton Detective Agency — yes, they still exist, apparently. The Pinkerton Detective Agency, who appear in fictional form in Red Dead Redemption 2, issued a cease-and-desist letter to Take-Two, asking for royalties for the use of its name. Take-Two has since fired back with a lawsuit claiming fair use due to the Agency’s prevalence in the historical recor
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  • BlackBerry UEM is now part of the Android Enterprise Recommended program

    Google has now started adding EMM solutions to their Android Enterprise Recommended program and as announced by BlackBerry, BlackBerry UEM is one of the first to be included.Google has now started adding EMM solutions to their Android Enterprise Recommended program and as announced by BlackBerry, BlackBerry UEM is one of the first to be included.Read More »
  • The strange zen of the data diet

    It’s said that moving — along with getting divorced, or contracting a life-threatening illness — is one of the most stressful events you’re likely to experience in your lifetime. Two weeks into my move, I’m starting to feel the pressure. No, I’m not talking about the boxes piled up around my ankles. The fact that I still haven’t found my cutlery and thus have been using and re-washing the same knife and fork isn’t causing me anxiety. I’m tal
  • Anonymous Bitcoin miners are taking over the network

    The world’s most popular cryptocurrency is a now a little bit more decentralized, thanks to the waning influence of Bitmain and the return of the anonymous Bitcoin miner. Blockchain research unit Diar has published new data revealing exactly who has been validating the Bitcoin network. Analysts determined that mining pools either owned by or heavily tied to Bitmain (Antpool, BTC.com, and ViaBTC) are now validating far less Bitcoin blocks than this time last year. In fact, it is &ldqu
  • Netflix raises prices on streaming plans across the board for US customers

    Netflix subscribers in the U.S. can expect to pay a little bit more for the service going forward as the company has hiked pricing on their subscription plans across all tiers by 13-18%.Netflix subscribers in the U.S. can expect to pay a little bit more for the service going forward as the company has hiked pricing on their subscription plans across all tiers by 13-18%.
    Here's what the new plans look like:Read More »
  • Video: 5 things we love about the new Macbook Air – and 4 we don’t

    We’re huge fans of Apple laptops at TNW. Not only do most of us work on MacBooks many of us also have our own Apple laptops. I’m sorry to report that I’m one of those people. So, whenever Apple releases a new computer – like the fresh-from-the-factory MacBook Air – it’s a big deal. After getting my dirty mitts all over it, there were some things I loved and others I, well, didn’t Luckily for you, TNW has put together a lovely video breaki
  • Dankly, Anker announces two USB-C to Lightning Cables

    Oh yeah, wrap a bandana round your head, hop on your hog, and roar off into the desert: Anker‘s planning on releasing two USB-C to Lightning cables. One (mainly) for charging, and the other for audio. Anker will release the first cable-to-end-all-cables in March, and the second one in April. All I can say is I’M SO PUMPED. First, let’s take a look at the first USB-C to Lightning cable – the one meant for charging: Basically, this release follows Apple’s 2018 a
  • How to land your first programming job with this $11 course

    An overwhelming number of companies are or will be looking for qualified coders, but how do you prove you’ve got the know-how to do the job right?The Complete Career in Programming Course ($10.99, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) is the guide new coders are looking for to shepherd them from being a job seeker to a job holder.
  • All 4 cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A9 are disappointing

    2018 was an interesting year for smartphones: we saw numerous brands try different approaches to making their products more compelling and diverse than before, including Vivo’s dual-display Nex 2, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition that charges lightning-fast, and the slider-equipped Oppo Find X. Samsung has a reputation for sticking with what works well – case in point, its Galaxy S flagship series and Galaxy Note series, which have only iterated on successful designs and features over
  • Here’s why the DRC cut off their internet in the run-up to the elections

    Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) cut off internet access in the run-up to elections during December 2018 — other telecommunications services such as SMS were also suspended in the country. The reason given by authorities in the DRC for the internet shut down is they wanted to curb “rumor mongering” ahead of the much-awaited elections. This is not the first time the people of the DRC have experienced an internet shutdown in relation
  • Rumors Roil Ahead of Next Month's Galaxy Unpacked Event

    Samsung is expected to unveil its new lineup of flagship smartphones on Feb. 20 at a Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco, and the rumor mill has been operating on overtime. It's believed three new Galaxy S10 models will be announced at the event, as well as a folding phone. Banners promoting Unpacked are using the phrase "Unfolding the Future" as a tagline. Three models are expected:Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10 Lite. "That's a winning strategy," said Jack E. Gold, principal ana
  • These Are The Most Anticipated PlayStation 4 Games Of 2019

    Michael Grothaus15/01/2019 - 12:28pmIt’s going to be an amazing year for gaming on the PS4.The last several years for console gaming have seen some incredible titles: Overwatch, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man, Far Cry 5, Uncharted 4, Doom, Syberia III, Mass Effect Andromeda, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Final Fantasy XV, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Sniper Elite 4, Friday the 13th, Prey, and The Last Guardian, just to name a few.
    But 2019 is set to outdo them all
  • We’re throwing a New Year party and you’re invited!

    Here at TNW, it’s become a tradition for us to throw a party to celebrate the new year. We drink great cocktails, dance, and mingle with people who love tech. If you’re reading this, you probably fall under that category – that’s why we’re inviting you to celebrate with us on January 24, 2019 at our headquarters in Amsterdam. In essence: we’re throwing a house party! TQ is where we call home, along with over 50 startups and 700 people. For this New Year Editi
  • Israel shipping giant opens its blockchain after successful trial

    Israel‘s largest shipping firm is opening up its blockchain to all of its clients of specific trades following a successful trial. Shipping firm Zim took the decision to roll out its blockchain for electronic bills of lading (eBLs) following a successful trial last year, TradeWinds reports. For those not in the shipping biz, which I think is most of us, an eBL is a manifesto of a ship’s cargo which is given to the master or captain of the vessel as part of the ship’s legal doc
  • Boxy’s macOS app is like Gmail, but sexier

    I started using a MacBook nearly 3 years ago and since then I’ve been hunting for a perfect desktop Gmail client. I’ve tried clients like Apple Mail and Thunderbird but somehow I kept going back to the now-defunct Google Inbox or Gmail on the web. But almost two months ago I found the perfect client to satisfy my Gmail interface thrust – Boxy. It’s developed by the same team which released a nifty little Inbox desktop app nearly four years ago. Now, if you take
  • Boxy’s Mac app is like Gmail, but sexier

    I started using a MacBook nearly 3 years ago and since then I’ve been hunting for a perfect desktop Gmail client. I’ve tried clients like Apple Mail and Thunderbird but somehow I kept going back to the now-defunct Google Inbox or Gmail on the web. But almost two months ago I found the perfect client to satisfy my Gmail interface thrust – Boxy. It’s developed by the same team which released a nifty little Inbox desktop app nearly four years ago. Now, if you take
  • Long-serving cryptocurrency exchange forced offline, hackers blamed

    One of the internet’s longest serving digital asset exchanges, Cryptopia, claims to have been hit by a debilitating hack. After a full day of unscheduled maintenance outages, the NZ-based cryptocurrency exchange posted an official statement, explaining it had suffered “a security breach which resulted in significant losses.” According to Cryptopia, both New Zealand police and its high tech crimes unit are jointly investigating the matter, which they are treating &ldq
  • How Spain’s Iberdrola is using blockchain tech to push renewable energy

    Iberdrola, one of Spain’s main energy companies, has completed a blockchain pilot to track renewable energy more accurately than it ever could before – resulting in losses being slashed in half. The trial was carried out in cooperation with Kutxabank, a bank with an equity shareholding in Iberdrola. The energy giant used the Energy Web Foundation, an open-sourced and scalable blockchain solution to monitor the renewable energy delivered from two wind farms and one power station to t
  • Bittrex launches peer-to-peer trading service for high rollers

    The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex has just launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk which will see cryptocurrency traders deal directly, rather than through an exchange. The trading desk will support just under 200 cryptocurrencies, and will guarantee pricing for trades over $250,000, Coindesk reports. The OTC platform went live yesterday evening at 6pm UTC. Bittrex is not the first company to provide such a trading desk. Late last year, Coinbase quietly launched it
  • Samsung Hints That We'll See Its Folding Galaxy Phone Next Month

    Damien McFerran15/01/2019 - 8:58amAt the same time as the S10, in factSamsung has already revealed that it will be officially unveiling the Galaxy S10 on February 20th at its yearly 'Unpacked' keynote, but a fresh promotional drive by the Korean giant hints that we'll also be seeing the company's other big 2019 flagship release.
    Samsung has taken over central Paris with a series of large billboards, both featuring messages in its native alphabet, Hangul. One of the billboards reads “the fu
  • Why most of 2018’s tech predictions were wrong

    At the beginning of each year, tech journalists and everyday consumers love to speculate about the types of technology that the future will hold. And I’ll admit, I like to partake in these activities as well. But as I look back on predictions for 2018 (which started emerging at the end of 2017), I couldn’t help but notice the sheer quantity of missed or overzealous predictions. The fact that tech journalists are constantly overestimating the rate of progress in the tech industry is
  • Stop worrying about AI taking over the world — it won’t

    Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence? For me, this is a simple question with an even simpler, two letter answer: no. But not everyone agrees – many people, including the late physicist Stephen Hawking, have raised concerns that the rise of powerful AI systems could spell the end for humanity. Clearly, your view on whether AI will take over the world will depend on whether you think it can develop intelligent behavior surpassing that of humans – something referred to as &ld
  • The Sony Xperia XZ4 Leaks Ahead Of Official Reveal

    Damien McFerran15/01/2019 - 8:32amTriple cameras, no 3.5mm headphone jackSony has struggled to maintain the interest of consumers in recent years, with its line of Xperia phones failing to make the same kind of impression as Samsung, LG or even Xiaomi. Last year, the company issued a statement that admitted that it hadn't done enough to update its line of phones, also citing a lack of innovation as another reason for consumer apathy.
    Last year's Xperia XZ3 garnered decent reviews, thanks to its
  • Rocket League now lets you play with friends on any platform

    If you’ve never played Rocket League before, there’s now a good reason to give it a go: the massively popular soccer-with-RC-cars game has just introduced full cross-platform play across every modern OS and console – including the Nintendo Switch – so you can team up with players regardless of what system they own. That’s thanks to a recent update, which sees the title hopping on Sony‘s PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program. Rocket League already supported some
  • Apple says Qualcomm refused to supply chips for the next iPhone

    In the latest episode of the Apple v Qualcomm battle, the Cupertino-based company’s COO, Jeff Williams, said the chipmaker refused to supply modems for the new iPhones – a move that could drastically affect the network performance of the upcoming range of Apple’s handsets. As per CNET’s report, the Apple exec said this during the US Federal Trade Commission’s trial against Qualcomm on Monday. Qualcomm is still providing chips for the iPhone 7 and the
  • US police can’t force you to unlock your phone with fingerprints or face recognition

    Last Friday, Judge Kandis Westmore ruled in a US federal court in California that police cannot compel suspects to unlock their phones using biometrics like face recognition, iris scans, or fingerprints, as that would be in violation of their Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination. Westmore issued the order while reviewing a case involving extortion by two suspects who threatened to release embarrassing videos of their victims. She noted that “Testimony is not restricted t
  • Spotify just inked a deal with the world’s second biggest YouTube channel’s label

    Music streaming service Spotify has inked a deal with Indian music label T-series to make all 160,000 of its songs available on the platform. This means Spotify listeners can now enjoy a large collection of Bollywood and Indian regional music. However, it doesn’t tell us much about when the Swedish company hasn’t announced any plans regarding a launch date in India. “Today’s deal with T-Series significantly strengthens our Indian music catalog, bringing Bollywood to more
  • Spotify just inked a deal with the label that stole PewDiePie’s YouTube crown

    Music streaming service Spotify has inked a deal with Indian music label T-series to make all 160,000 of its songs available on the platform. This means Spotify listeners can now enjoy a large collection of Bollywood and Indian regional music. However, it doesn’t tell us much about when the Swedish company hasn’t announced any plans regarding a launch date in India. “Today’s deal with T-Series significantly strengthens our Indian music catalog, bringing Bollywood to more
  • Report: Apple may abandon Lightning for USB-C (and bring back the iPod Touch)

    A new report suggests Apple “might” make the switch to USB-C in 2019 on both the iPhone and iPad. The report, from supply chain blog Macotakara, claims Apple engineers are working on the USB-C transition but haven’t yet reached the reference design stage — meaning, it could miss the 2019 cut-off, pushing it to 2020. Macotakara, for those unfamiliar with the blog, has a sound track record, although not a perfect one. Take any rumors coming from a supply chain blog with a
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon enthusiast created a coaster that takes 12 years (and real bladder control) to ride

    Imagine walking into a theme park with a 6-year-old, and leaving just in time to drop them off at college, 12 years later. For fans of the game Roller Coaster Tycoon, these are obviously minor details. Some key in on coasters designed to snuff out their riders, and others create mile-a-minute thrill rides we’d never see at an actual theme park — mostly for liability reasons — Marcel Vos chose endurance over thrills in his coaster, “Wild Mouse.” Vos tapped every squ
  • Grab the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition from Best Buy for $300

    The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition hasn't had many discounts since release, but the folks at Best Buy have now added it to their clearance sale and have it reduced to $300 from the regular $500.The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition hasn't had many discounts since release, but the folks at Best Buy have now added it to their clearance sale and have it reduced to $300 from the regular $500. As a reminder, the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition comes unlocked with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Goodbye old friend: Microsoft to end support for Windows 7 in one year

    It’s not surprising to see PC users running an old version of Windows. Whether they refuse to switch to Windows 10’s service model or their IT department is lazy, it’s still pretty common to see PC’s running Windows 7. It might be a good time to move on now. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or free support for Windows 7 one year from today. Windows 7 was a huge success for Microsoft. Windows tends to come in good-bad cycles, and after the much-reviled Vi
  • The adorable story of Animal Crossing Grandma is the perfect start to 2019

    There’s something charming whenever you hear stories about gamers who don’t fit the preconceived notion of what a “gamer” is. At the beginning of the year, we were lucky to hear the story of “Animal Crossing Grandma,” a lovely octogenarian who’s logged more hours in one game than most of us have in all our games combined. The story comes from Paul Hubans, a game designer. He tweeted that, while upgrading his grandmother, 87-year-old Audrey, to a ne
  • US Army’s defense of killer robots sounds like the plot to War Games

    The US Army wants to develop fully autonomous weapons systems, but its initiatives to take humans out of the loop have been met with push-back from lawmakers and the general public. The government’s solution? Treat it as a PR problem. US Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Bruce Jette recently tried to assuage concerns over the military’s integration of AI into combat systems. In doing so, he inadvertently invoked the plot of the 1983 science f
  • YouTube now lets you swipe through videos like Instagram Stories

    We’ve all wasted hours watching recommended videos on YouTube, but now the company is making it even easier to procrastinate your time away. Starting this week, you’ll be able to navigate through recommended videos with a simple horizontal swipe. With each swipe forward you’ll see a new recommend video. Swipe back to return right where you left off on the previous video.It’s basically YouTube’s take on something like Snapchat or Instagram’s stories, which hav
  • 2019: The year Nvidia gets serious about robots

    Nvidia threw open the doors on its new robotics laboratory in Seattle last week, ushering in a new era for the company. In doing so it’s put the competition on notice. The 13,000-foot Seattle facility is an innovation center designed for a staff of 50. Among its first projects is a joint-endeavor with IKEA featuring a domestic robot designed to assist humans in the kitchen. The competition may be creating contraptions that can perform incredible acrobatics: Or sweet dance moves: But
  • CES 2019: A Tech Solution for a Standoff

    To say I'm typically not a fan of CES would be an understatement, but this year was very different. A combination of better logistics and fewer people at the show, coupled with some truly earth-shattering content, made CES a must-attend event this year. One of the things that jumped out at me is that IBM announced a compelling fix for the border wall controversy. It's a fix that actually could improve the U.S. government overall. In addition, I had an interesting chat that showcased the death of
  • Rumor: Nintendo to bring classic SNES games to Switch Online

    Over the weekend, an intrepid dataminer found evidence in the recent Nintendo Switch update to suggest games from the company’s Super Nintendo era might soon be available to Switch Online subscribers. The dataminer in question, KapuccinoHeck, spotted clues in the Switch’s code which suggests a SNES emulator could be on its way to Nintendo’s Switch Online subscribers, to complement its library of existing NES games. There’s also some evidence to suggest more emulator

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