• This startup wants to become the Facebook of death

    Social media has changed how we live, and surprisingly, how we die. Mortality used to be an intimate affair shared between families and close groups of friends, but that’s no longer the case. People now broadcast the passing of their loved ones across the internet to an audience of potentially billions. This raises an interesting question: are social media platforms, which are rife with trolls and aggressive advertising, appropriate vessels for collective grieving? Mark Alhermizi, fo
  • PokerStars Deals Winning Hand to Social VR

    Back in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg made a $3 billion dollar bet through the acquisition of Oculus Rift that virtual reality (VR) would soon become one of the most social platforms that ever existed.   Fast forward to 2018 and very few VR companies have been successful (including Facebook) at building social communities that can bring users together into virtual worlds with real meaning and purpose. AltspaceVR and Rec Room are two noteable social VR experiences that have received some acclaim bu
  • Coinbase and Kraken hit back at NY Attorney General’s scathing criticism

    Cryptocurrency exchanges are hitting back at New York Attorney General’s scathing criticism, suggesting the industry lacks fairness, integrity, and security. Earlier this week, the office of the NY Attorney General office published a report which highlighted a number of risks cryptocurrency exchanges expose their users to, including the possibility of market manipulation. Yesterday, Coinbase’s Chief Policy Officer, Mike Lempres, published a blog post to clarify some of the report&rs
  • Samsung Working On FOUR Galaxy S10 Models, Including One With 5G

    Damien McFerran20/09/2018 - 10:36amAndroid Pie update spills the beansTech sleuths digging around in the XML documents found inside the Android Pie update for the Samsung Galaxy S9+ have found evidence that the South Korean company has a whopping FOUR models planned for the Galaxy S10.
    The Android Pie update files – which presumably will also ship on the S10 when it eventually arrives – contain references to a hardware variant known as 'Beyond'. It's common knowledge that this is Sam
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  • Crippling DDoS vulnerability put the entire Bitcoin market at risk

    The entire Bitcoin infrastructure has been issued with a stern warning: update Bitcoin Core software or risk having the whole thing collapse. Until now, Bitcoin miners could have brought down the entire blockchain by flooding full node operators with traffic, via a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. “A denial-of-service vulnerability (CVE-2018-17144) exploitable by miners has been discovered in Bitcoin Core versions 0.14.0 up to 0.16.2.” the patch notes state. &l
  • Japan lost over $540M in cryptocurrency hacks in first half of 2018

    Hackers have swiped over $540 million (60 billion Yen) worth of cryptocurrency from Japanese netizens over the first six months of 2018. On September 20, Japan’s National Police Agency revealed the number of cryptocurrency-related reported incidents rose to 158 – triple the amount of incidents over the same period last year, local outlet The Asahi Shimbun reports. For the record, most of the stolen funds can be traced back to the breach of cryptocurrency exchange desk Coincheck, whi
  • Instagram is testing geo-restriction for stories and posts

    Instagram is testing a geofencing feature for stories and posts. This will allow the creators to post their content to selected countries, instead of being universally available. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong pointed out on Twitter that while creating posts, users will be able to choose specific countries where they want to show their content. It seems that this feature will also be available for stories. Instagram is testing geofencing posts and stories. It allows creators to limi
  • Xiaomi admits to showing ‘unobtrusive’ ads on its Android phones

    Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi has admitted that it shows ‘unobtrusive‘ ads in its MIUI skin for Android, which is present on almost all its phones. It said in a statement to The Verge: Advertising has been and will continue to be an integral part of Xiaomi’s Internet services, a key component of the company’s business model. At the same time, we will uphold user experience by offering options to turn off the ads and by constantly improving our approach towards advert
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  • 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson charged with child sexual assault

    Cody Wilson, an active proponent of 3D-printed guns, has been accused of having sex with an underage girl in Austin, Texas – which amounts to child sexual assault, as the victim is under 17. And now, a judge has signed an arrest warrant with Wilson’s name on it. According to this affidavit shared by Austin-based reported Tony Plohetski, Wilson is accused of meeting a 16-year-old girl through a site called SugarDaddyMeet.com, and paying her $500 for sex last month. He also allegedly
  • Amazon reportedly plans to open 3,000 cashier-less stores by 2021

    Amazon is said to be interested in beating grocery stores at their own game by opening 3,000 more of its cashier-less Amazon Go shops over the next three years, reports Bloomberg. That could see it go up against major chains like 7-Eleven, Subway, and Pret a Manger – with the added advantage of zero checkout lines. To recap, shoppers at Amazon Go simply scan their phones loaded with the necessary companion app when they enter, and then grab the items they want, and leave. Smart sensors an
  • Leak: Amazon’s Echo Sub will turn Alexa into a 2.1 stereo system

    The sound output on Amazon’s Echo is fine for casual background music, but it’s not worth much for any critical listening. But now that both Google and Apple have speakers that can pump out some serious tunes, it seems Amazon is starting to take sound seriously. Pocket-Lint caught an Amazon UK listing showing off an unannounced Echo Sub – it seems someone posted it too early – listed at £75 (~ 99 USD, but gadget prices don’t usually follow exchange rates tigh
  • Elephant tusk DNA may hold the key to stiffer penalties for poachers

    A study published Wednesday in Science Advances detailed a creative approach to stopping the illegal ivory trade. While our awareness of the problem has grown in recent years, it hasn’t slowed demand. In Africa alone, some 100 elephants are killed each day due to the insatiable lust brought on by the illicit ivory trade. Journalist Jeffrey Gettlemen described the carnage in harrowing detail in a 2012 report, saying 2011 broke the record for illegal ivory seized at 38.8 tons, or more
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  • CrackBerry Poll: Are you using portrait mode on your BlackBerry KEY2?

    One of the highlights of the BlackBerry KEY2 is the new dual-camera setup, which allows you to capture great looking dramatic portrait photos with just the right amount of bokeh. It's a great addition to the KEY2, but are you using it?
    One of the highlights of the BlackBerry KEY2 is the new dual-camera setup, which allows you to capture great looking dramatic portrait photos with just the right amount of bokeh. It's a great addition to the KEY2, but are you using it?Read More »
  • Teaching robots to predict the future

    Future-predicting robots are all the rage this year in machine learning circles, but today’s deep learning techniques can only take the research so far. That’s why some ambitious AI developers are turning to an already established prediction engine for inspiration: The human brain. Researchers around the world are closing in on the development of a truly autonomous robot. Sure, there’s plenty of robotics that can do amazing things without human intervention. But none of them a
  • PlayStation One Classic won’t fix the biggest problem with retro consoles

    Sony today announced it was releasing the PlayStation One Classic later this year — the sixty millionth retro console so far (I’m guesstimating). You’d think, now that we’re so deep into this trend, we’d see a little innovation, or at least something other than a tiny hunk of plastic with a couple of emulated games on it. But no, we’re not going to get much beside yet another NES Classic. The PS One Classic was first hinted at earlier this year when Sony Inte
  • For just $3 a month, NordVPN can secure all of your web browsing

    Security and privacy are important and worth saving on.
    Keep your information away from prying eyes.Have you ever stopped to think about how much of your day you spend connecting to networks that aren't your own? Whether you're working at a Starbucks, trying to finish something up at the airport before your flight, or sitting in the public library, odds are you're connected to a network that isn't the most secure without even thinking about it. Daily we do things like accessing our bank account,
  • New physics AI could be the key to a quantum computing revolution

    Quantum computing is one of the most exciting technologies there is, but its basis in quantum physics makes it a pain in the ass to understand and even harder to do anything with. A recent breakthrough in physics research, however, might change all of that and start a computing revolution. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. IBM’s Thomas J Watson (the person the Watson AI was named after) famously said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,&rdq
  • HQ Trivia’s next game is a Wheel of Fortune lookalike

    If you’re reading this site, you’ve probably heard of HQ Trivia, the live mobile gameshow where you answer questions to win real money. The HQ team is now looking to branch out with its latest project: HQ Words. As first reported by Digiday, it’s basically an HQ-ified Wheel of Fortune. That means you get a blank grid of potential letters, along with a clue as to what lies hidden beneath. You’ll see a selection of letters to choose from and earn points for each correct gu
  • Amazon's latest Fire TV and Kindle deals rival Prime Day's offerings

    Amazon has a few deals that are available exclusively to its Prime members that you're going to want to check out.
    Exclusive, but worth checking out!Amazon is no stranger to offering exclusive discounts to members of its Prime service, and right now the company has a few deals going on that are definitely worth checking out. If by some chance you aren't a Prime member already, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial right now to take advantage of all these deals. We've been covering the deals as
  • PUBG rumored to drop on PS4 soon

    The Korean game ratings board dropped a listing for a PS4 version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, indicating a long-awaited release is on the horizon — and not a moment too soon for the floundering battle royale game. The listing was spotted earlier today by Twitter user @Nibellion, and clearly shows “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS PS4” along with a description of the violence inherent in the game. PUBG for PS4 has popped up on the Korean Ratings Board h
  • Register for the Android Enterprise on BlackBerry UEM webinar today!

    If you're looking to learn more about how BlackBerry UEM and Android can work together, BlackBerry is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 AM you'll want to take in!
    If you're looking to learn more about how BlackBerry UEM and Android can work together, BlackBerry is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 AM which will cover a wide array of topics including how to deploy, manage, and secure Android Enterprise through BlackBerry UEM.Read More »
  • Amazon Has Big Plans for Alexa in Homes, Cars

    Amazon will unveil eight new Alexa-powered devices for the car and home before the end of the year, according to a report. They include a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer and an in-car gadget. Amazon is expected to reveal some of the devices at an event later this month. All the devices will connect easily to Alexa, and some will have the voice assistant built in. The products mark Amazon's first move into the home appliances market, an area where competitors have already st
  • Researchers paid people to talk to themselves so AI will sound less dumb

    A team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh developed a novel method for teaching AI to respond to queries in a more conversational manner: They paid people to talk to themselves. It turns out that paying one person to pretend to be two people is a cost-effective way of training an AI to recognize natural human language. That may seem like a no-brainer, but the interesting part is that it also produces better results than current multi-speaker conversation datasets. Here’s an e
  • Trade in your old BlackBerry for... meat?!

    The Fore Quarter Butcher Shop is having their Grand Opening in Kitchener on September 22 and one of the owners, Colby Lemoine, has a unique offer for folks. Trade an old BlackBerry for some meat.
    Remember around the time the DTEK60 was coming out and someone wanted to tade their car for one? At the time, I thought nothing would ever top that but it seems I was wrong. The Fore Quarter Butcher Shop is having their Grand Opening in Kitchener on September 22 and one of the owners, Colby Lemoine, has
  • Beauty app teams up with Kik to bring cryptocurrency to 92 million women

    AR-powered vanity platform Perfect365, which touts more than 100 million (mostly female) users, is the latest startup to embrace blockchain technology and tokenize its platform. Through a collaboration with messaging giant Kik, the beauty app will soon reward users with Kin cryptocurrency for their activity on Perfect365. To earn tokens, users will have to complete surveys and other tasks on Perfect365. With an audience made up of 92 percent women, Perfect365 claims the Kin integration aims to
  • Europol: Criminals are still using Bitcoin, but ISIS loves ZCash

    Europol has found that Bitcoin is still the chosen cryptocurrency of the internet underworld. The insight comes from Europol’s latest Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) report. Among other things, the research claims cybercriminals still favor Bitcoin over other cryptocurrencies – despite its lack of anonymity features. Europol also notes Bitcoin’s share of the cryptocurrency market has dropped significantly, from over 80 percent to less than 35 percent (it&rsq
  • UK shipping giant floats blockchain as a solution to sink supply chain woes

    The UK’s leading port operator is planning to explore blockchain as a possible tool to improve the performance of British shipyards. Associated British Ports (ABP) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to work with blockchain logistics developers, Marine Transport International (MTI), Dry Bulk Magazine reports. ABP operates some 21 ports all over the UK, and is responsible for processing 25 percent of the nation’s seafaring freight. This partnership will see t
  • Say Hello To The The Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi's iPhone XS And Galaxy S10 Killer

    Damien McFerran19/09/2018 - 4:19pmA truly bezel-less smartphone giantWhile column inches may well have been gobbled up by news regarding the iPhone XS and upcoming Galaxy S10, over in China Xiaomi – also known as the 'Apple of the East' – has been teasing its next big-screen device, and it's sure to have mobile lovers hot under the collar.
    Xiaomi hasn't fully revealed the Mi Mix 3 just yet, but it has offered up some choice bits of info to get chins wagging. The most eye-catching asp
  • Google’s 3 secrets for startups struggling with hiring

    At one point or another, the bane of every startup founder’s existence is hiring. Not only do most startup teams have little to no professional hiring experience, but the process also takes a huge amount of time and effort most startups don’t have. Cutting corners and careless decisions, however, can lead to bad hires that could be dreadful for business. Two weeks ago, I went to a workshop at TQ — TNW’s tech hub — led by Google for Entrepreneurs Global Pr
  • If you’ve ever been curious about CAD and 3D printing, here’s the resource motherlode for under $2 a book

    Understanding CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing is becoming a much sought after talent, from large-scale modern design manufacturers to smaller boutique producers. Learn all the skills needed to do that whole process right from start to finish with the CAD and 3D Printing eBook Bundle, available now for less than $2 a book, only $19.99.
  • Texas regulator goes after cryptocurrency scammers boasting fake Obama endorsements

    The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) is taking emergency action against cryptocurrency scammers, peddling fake endorsements and posing as well-established blockchain services. In a statement from yesterday, TSSB Commissioner Travis J. Iles revealed the board has issued a cease and desist letter for three cryptocurrency businesses. The suspected businesses are currently under investigation. The TSSB claims that Coins Miner Investment, DGBK Ltd, and Ultimate Assets LLC have been duping potenti
  • Coinbase, EOS, and Stellar paid $60K to white-hat hackers this week

    There has been a sharp increase in payouts from cryptocurrency bug bounties. Major platforms Coinbase, EOS, Stellar, and Augur have all recently rewarded hackers (the good kind) handsomely for discovering security flaws. Notably, Block.one – the company behind EOS – paid out bug bounties worth more than $60,000 over the past week. Six of those bounties were labeled as ‘critical threats,’ earning rewards of $10,000 each – the maximum amount currently offered for dis
  • The Future of Open Source

    Linux and the open source business model are far different today than many of the early developers might have hoped. Neither can claim a rags-to-riches story. Rather, their growth cycles have been a series of hit-or-miss milestones. The Linux desktop has yet to find a home on the majority of consumer and enterprise computers. However, Linux-powered technology has long ruled the Internet and conquered the cloud and Internet of Things deployments. Both Linux and free open source licensing have dom
  • Chaos follows Linux dev community’s new code of conduct

    On Sunday, Linus Torvalds – the chief programmer of Linux Kernel – sent out a letter in which he apologized for his hostile behavior towards others in the community that maintains the project. He added that he will be taking some time off: I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately. Torvalds is referring to what he described as “My flippant attacks in emails” which he believes were “bot
  • ACLU says Facebook ads allow employers to favor men over women

    On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) submitted a complaint to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Facebook. It claims the platform’s ad options have allowed employers to post adverts that allow discrimination based on gender. “Facebook has created and profited from a powerful tool for discrimination against female and other non-male job applicants,” the complaint explains. ACLU’s complaint was filed on behalf of three femal
  • NY Attorney General: Cryptocurrency exchanges lack security, fairness, and integrity

    Cryptocurrency exchanges may not be as safe as we first thought. A report from the state of New York’s attorney general has revealed that most exchanges do not have basic consumer protections in place, leaving them vulnerable to manipulation. “Many virtual currency platforms lack the necessary policies and procedures to ensure the fairness, integrity, and security of their exchanges,” state Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement. “Most platforms seem to c
  • The #1 Best Value Smartphone Right Now (No Contest)

    Richard Goodwin19/09/2018 - 9:40amAre you after a smartphone that offers excellent performance, a great camera, brilliant software, and ridiculous value for money?If you’re in the market for a new phone, and value for money is important to you, there really is only one game in town right now.
    That phone is the OnePlus 6, a super-powered Android phone with a brilliant camera that retails for around half the price of Apple’s new iPhone XS.
    In my OnePlus 6 review, I called it the best s
  • Aubrey de Grey is working to cure aging whether you like it or not

    Don’t think about living forever. Just think about never getting sick, ever again. At least that’s how Aubrey de Grey would like you to contextualize his work. The notoriously bearded biomedical gerontologist is the scientific spark that lights up so many all-caps “immortality” headlines. De Grey wants to increase human longevity so significantly that death could become a thing of the past, a condition people fell prey to before they developed the medical technology to s
  • Forget The OnePlus 6T! OnePlus Wants To Make TVs

    Richard Goodwin19/09/2018 - 9:16amOnePlus will release a successor to the OnePlus 6 in the coming months – the OnePlus 6T. But that’s not all the company is working on…The OnePlus 6T is coming. Just like the OnePlus 5T, the handset will pick up where the OnePlus 6 left off, adding in some new features, specs, and tweaks.
    The OnePlus 6, a phone I am currently using, is one of the best phones around right now. For the price, around half the cost of the iPhone XS, it is essential
  • Move Over, SNES Classic Edition Mini! The PlayStation Classic Is Coming

    Damien McFerran19/09/2018 - 9:10amComes with 20 games, launches in December at £89.99When Nintendo released the much sought-after NES Mini a couple of years ago, it triggered a gold rush of micro-consoles, with hardware makers attempting to exploit our love of nostalgia by repackaging dusty old retro games in a sleeker, more compact form. Nintendo has since followed up with the excellent SNES Mini, and next year, Sega will launch its own Mini console based on the Mega Drive. Even SNK has g
  • All Too "Familiar" iPhone XS & XS Max Divide Opinion (Again…)

    Richard Goodwin19/09/2018 - 8:59amThe first iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX reviews are in… and as usual there is plenty of differing views about the phonesEvery year, without fail, a new iPhone (or iPhones) arrive. And every year, we see the same cookie-cutter reviews from Apple’s “trusted” stable of reviewers.
    The reviews usually begin (or end) something like this: “This is the best iPhone to date”, as if that should actually mean anything in an industry that m
  • Better Connected: Punkt's Stylish Dumbphone Now Has LTE Support

    Damien McFerran19/09/2018 - 8:48amReady to reject social media and the internet? Get a MP02While the rise of the smartphone has brought with it many tangible benefits, there are plenty of drawbacks – people are literally addicted to their phones and find it hard to be parted from them for even a short time, and if you glance out of your window right now, chances are you'll see at least one person glued to their handset's display as they walk along the road. In short, humankind has a proble
  • Sony unveils its $100 PlayStation Classic with 20 pre-loaded games

    Following the trend of bringing retro consoles back to delight nostalgic gamers, Sony has launched the PlayStation Classic – a smaller, modern take on the original PlayStation from 23 years ago. The Classic is nearly half the size of the first PlayStation, which read CD-ROMs and sold 100 million units worldwide. It’ll come with 20 well-loved titles including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. You’ll get an HDMI cable to plug the cons
  • AI can protect elephants from poachers — here’s how

    A project by the USA’s Cornell University has been using Artificial Intelligence to help with protecting elephants in Afrika against poaching. Named the Elephant Listening Project (ELP), the initiative tracks elephant herds across the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. The tracking of elephants is done through 50 sensors placed in various locations in the park. A major focus has been to monitor elephant activity at numerous forest clearings t
  • Samsung might launch its first quad-camera phone on October 11

    It seems that Samsung is set to push the limits in photography with mid-range phones. According to a leak from SamsungMobile.News, Samsung will be launching its first phone with four rear cameras – Galaxy A9 Star Pro (2018) – on October 11. The cameras will be placed vertically on the left with LED flash underneath them on the back of the phone. Samsung earlier teased a possible quad-camera phone with an invite which said ‘4X Fun’. Let the fun times b
  • Mozilla’s new Firefox Reality browser brings the web to your VR headset

    Mozilla has launched Firefox Reality, a web browser custom built for use with VR headsets. Version 1.0 is now available for free in Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores. The goal with this project, which the organization has been working on for years, is to make it easy to enjoy 2D and immersive content on the web as easily as possible. To that end, it supports web search using the mic on your headset so as to negate the need for typing; it also showcases VR games and experiences available
  • Review: Monoprice’s M565 is a $200 gateway to planar magnetic headphones

    Dissect a random pair of headphones and there’s a good chance you’ll see something like this: a cone-shaped diaphragm speaker placed in front of a metal coil magnet. This basic design has been the foundation for most speakers and headphones for roughly a century; you’ll find it in everything from everything to the cheapest earbuds to the most expensive hi-fi setup. But headphone companies have branched out in the past decade or so. In particular, headphones using something cal
  • Google Home Hub leaks ahead of Pixel 3 event

    Though everyone is focusing on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google likely has more devices planned for its October 9 event. Following rumors of two new Chromebooks, a leak of Google’s Home Hub smart display is making the rounds today courtesy of MySmartPrice. Unless these are some classy fakes, the images show off a device conceptually similar to other Google Assistant devices with a screen, which are in turn similar to Amazon’s Echo Show. You have a 7-inch touchscreen with a base th
  • Women get just 47 cents in equity for every $1 awarded to male colleagues

    The gender pay disparity isn’t a secret. We know that women make $0.82 for every dollar a man makes, still, in 2018. It’s well-documented that tech’s biggest companies, including two newly-minted trillion dollar corporations, employ women in fewer than a third of their leadership positions. And still, in 2018, only 24 Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. As bleak as this all sounds, there’s another problem for women in tech that’s, arguably, worse. Acc
  • 45-year-old arrested after threatening to kill a child over Fortnite beatdown

    Gamer rage is one thing, but a 45-year-old New York man took things way beyond the legal limits when he allegedly threatened to murder an 11-year-old child who beat him in an online game yesterday. According to local law enforcement, suspect Michael Aliperti has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child. He was arrested at approximately 1 AM local time this morning after police received reports he’d sent threatening voice and text messa

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