• YouTube’s next big change could penalize anyone who creates for kids

    YouTube just changed a major rule for anyone who uploads videos, ostensibly to protect kids — but now content creators are confused as to how to follow it. Starting next year, all YouTube content creators will have to tick a box when they upload a video, indicating whether or not said video is “kid-directed.” Creators will also have to categorize each of their previously uploaded videos and even their entire channels the same way. Content for kids in this case means children a
  • Why this 2019 Nobel physics winner says we should stop calling it a ‘Big Bang’

    The Big Bang Theory remains the most convincing and popular estimation on the origin of universe, but that doesn’t mean it’s true. James Peebles, a one-half winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics (he split the award with a duo comprised of Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz), is a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to early-universe theories. According to him, the events surrounding the “Big Bang” are still unknown, and he really wishes his colleagues would stop referring
  • Elon Musk says Neuralink can ‘solve’ autism with a brain chip. We call BS

    Elon Musk‘s back on the podcast scene and causing mayhem as usual. Instead of smoking cannabis with Joe Rogan – an activity that’s illegal at the federal level, where Musk holds a security clearance – he’s making outlandish claims about the capabilities of a brain chip in development by his neuro-tech startup Neuralink. On Lex Fridman’s “Artificial Intelligence” podcast, Musk recently stated that Neuralink will ‘solve’ certain brain di
  • Google is rolling out RCS, text-messaging on steroids, in the US

    Rich Communication Services (RCS) has been a long time coming. Billed as the future of text messaging and the technology that will eventually replace SMS and MMS, it’s been Google’s pet project as the way to ‘fix’ messaging on mobile devices ever since the company gave up on Hangouts and Allo. Instead of using a separate messaging app, RCS works just like regular old texting, except it adds a bunch of features usually only available in apps like WhatsApp or Messenger. Un
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  • Instagram just took its divisive ‘hidden likes’ experiment global

    Instagram today announced it’s expanding its test of hidden likes to users around the world. This means that a significantly higher number of people will be logging into Instagram today and seeing their friends’ posts sans numbers. The test was run in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand earlier this year. Now it’s been expanded to the rest of the world. So if, all of a sudden, you can’t see the number of likes on another user&rsquo
  • Facebook let anti-vaxxers run rampant with misinformation ads, because money

    Earlier this year Facebook said it would crack down on ads from groups peddling misinformation about vaccines. The announcement was heralded by medical professionals and pundits as a capstone in their efforts to fight the pro-disease movement. However, in the time since the announcement, Facebook‘s done the exact opposite. A recent study from researchers at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins shows that Facebook blocked pro-vaccination ads on the ba
  • Google begins rollout of RCS to all Android users in the U.S.

    Rather than waiting any longer for carriers to get things in order, Google has now announced they have begun their rollout of RCS in the U.S starting today.Rather than waiting any longer for carriers to get things in order, Google has now announced they have begun their rollout of RCS (Rich Communication Services) to Android users making use of the Messages app in the U.S starting today with it being more broadly available by the end of the year.To make your conversations more seamless, we've wo
  • Google's European RCS end-around is repeated in the U.S. starting today

    Remember that little trick we showed you late last monthusing the Android Messages app? Today Google made this little trick unnecessary by rolling out RCS Chat to all Android phones using the Messages app as the default messaging platform. Those who used the trick will automatically be enabled for the official RCS Chat service. Many Android phones have Messages as the default messaging app right out of the box, but Samsung phones don't. If you need to change the default messaging app on your And
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  • Google starts pushing out RCS Chat to all Android phones in the U.S.

    Remember that little trick we showed you late last monthusing the Android Messages app? Todayby starting to roll out RCS Chat to all Android phones using the Messages app as the default messaging platform. Those who used the trick will automatically be enabled for the official RCS Chat service. Many Android phones have Messages as the default messaging app right out of the box, but Samsung phones don't. If you need to change the default messaging app on your Android phone, first download Message
  • Wikipedia’s co-founder takes on Facebook with ad-free social network

    Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks he can create a better social network. Called WT:Social, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but operates on a similar business model: donations, not advertising. WT:Social went live last month and is currently nearing 50,000 users. The company is rolling out access slowly; when I signed up, I was approximately number 28,000 on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can pay 13 bucks a month or 100 a year to get access right away. In comment
  • Disney+ Launches New Era of Streaming, With a Few Hiccups

    The much-anticipated Disney+ streaming service has arrived. In the first 24 hours, the app was downloaded 3.2 million times. Demand for the new over-the-top streaming service prompted the company to announced that it had exceeded its highest expectations -- but with problematic results. Many users were unable to launch the app on its huge opening day. Forty-two percent of users had problems just logging in, while 57 percent reported video streaming issues, according to Internet traffic monitorin
  • Google reportedly plans to offer checking accounts starting next year

    A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates Google is getting into the banking industry — specifically, it’ll soon offer checking accounts. The project is codenamed Cache (hmm, fitting), and is set to launch sometime next year. The accounts will be managed by Citibank, and a credit union at Stanford. According to Google, Citibank will handle the “financial plumbing.” This feels like bit of a dig at Apple, which claimed its new card — which is backed b
  • Brother of OneCoin’s ‘Cryptoqueen’ pleads guilty, could serve 90 years in prison

    The brother of OneCoin’s missing “CryptoQueen” has pleaded guilty to money laundering and fraud charges, BBC reports. Konstantin Ignatov admitted to his role in the multi-billion dollar OneCoin scam when he signed a plea deal on October 4. That document has since been obtained by Inner City Press. Ignatov is yet to be sentenced, but now faces up to 90 years in prison. OneCoin’s alleged ringleader Dr. Ruja Ignatova is still on the run, while Ignatov is reportedly worried
  • BlackBerry and Apple were just fruits

    Sure, technology is incredible and has enriched our lives in so many ways, but do you ever feel like in some ways, life was easier when Apple and BlackBerry were just fruits? That was the inspiration for our latest CrackBerry shirt design available now.Sure, technology is incredible and has enriched our lives in so many ways, but do you ever feel like in some ways, life was easier when Apple and BlackBerry were just fruits? That was the inspiration for our latest CrackBerry shirt design availabl
  • Start Black Friday shopping early with 75% off this electric toothbrush

    A great smile is the best first impression, but dental care involves much more than maintaining a set of pearly whites. You’ll have a much harder time getting rid of plaque with an old plastic toothbrush, but with this early Black Friday deal, you can get a high-quality electric toothbrush for just $34.The AquaSonic Black Series is an electric toothbrush designed to eliminate 10 times more plaque than a regular plastic toothbrush. Its 40,000 VPN motor easily dissolves hard-to-remove s
  • Razer’s Kraken Ultimate headset sounds just alright, but feels super comfy

    How was your weekend? “Not bad, went out with some frie–” Mine was dope. I was at my crib (you can still call a tiny overpriced studio a crib) checking out an unreleased Razer gaming headset that nobody’s tried before. Cuz my life’s dope and I do dope shit. What can I say, I’m a cool guy. I’m so cool I spent the entire Friday pompously bragging to my colleagues I’m reviewing a yet-to-be-launched headset over the weekend. “What
  • Apple’s gone back to its old keyboard — now it should replace the butterfly models for free

    Yesterday, Apple launched its new 16-inch MacBook Pro. This was notable for one major reason: the keyboard. Apple has backtracked on its controversial butterfly design and has gone back to the old design: the scissor switch. Or, as Apple refers to it: the Magic Keyboard. While the butterfly experiment appears to be over, the reality of day-to-day life with this keyboard isn’t. And Apple needs to do something about that. For those who haven’t been following the saga closely, som
  • Here’s how you can prepare for hyper-personalization in marketing

    Hyper-personalization is one of the latest marketing trends in the spotlight. A study by Epsilon found that 80 percent of consumers were more likely to do business with a company if it offered well targeted, meaningful, and personalized experiences. More consumers are demanding personalization and have even come to expect it. Traditional personalization uses basic customer data, limiting itself to simple tactics like addressing customers with their first name in the subject line. Meanwhile, hyp
  • Siri and Google Assistant can be considered equal now in the eyes of Walmart shoppers

    Siri has beenwithin terms of accuracy and convenience for quite some time now, but at least as far as Walmart shoppers are concerned, Apple's AI is catching up with the competition. 
    The world's largest retailer unveiled a very handyto rival Amazon's Alexa-powered hands-free shopping capabilities, and after seven months of Google Assistant exclusivity, . The digital assistant can be summoned on an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, or even in the car with CarPlay to help you shop for
  • Iranian gov reportedly offering bounties to those who rat out illegal Bitcoin miners

    The Iranian government is reportedly offering a bounty for anyone that dobs illegal Bitcoin mining businesses to the authorities. A spokesperson from Iran‘s Energy Ministry reportedly said that anyone who outs those using subsidized electricity for cryptocurrency mining will be rewarded with up to 20 percent of the funds recovered from the miner, PressTV reports. Damages are based on how much electricity the cryptocurrency miners have used. Energy Ministry spokesperson Mostafa Rajabi made
  • This custom 3D-printed bicycle helmet is the future of saving skulls

    Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. Cycling is dangerous. In Britain more than 100 cyclists are killed and more than 3,000 are seriously injured each year. Reducing these numbers is no small task.  But one plucky startup from Britain, backed by ex-pro and Australian national road cycling champion Simon Gerrans, thinks it can make cycling safer with its 3D
  • President of UN affiliate pleads ‘not guilty’ to selling fake cryptocurrency

    The president of the UN-headquartered World Sports Alliance has pleaded “not guilty” to a wire fraud charge related to the selling of an allegedly fake cryptocurrency, Law360 reports. Asa Saint Clair, a resident of New York, is now reportedly under house arrest in Arizona, having been released from US federal custody on a $500,000 bond. Prosecutors sought strict conditions for his release, as he’d bought a one-way ticket to Madagascar in the wake of investigator
  • Attackers are staging tax-themed phishing attacks to target businesses in Germany and Italy

    Researchers have discovered a new kind of social engineering attack targeting organizations in Germany, Italy, and the US by delivering malicious payloads with finance-related lures in local languages. According to cybersecurity vendor Proofpoint, the email phishing campaigns — discovered between October 16 and November 19 — impersonate the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the Italian Ministry of Taxation using malicious Microsoft Word attachments, which when opened, downloads
  • ‘Gold-backed’ crypto firm ordered to cease operations amid pyramid scheme claims

    A German cryptocurrency company that used several ex-footballers to promote its products has been told to desist its blockchain-based business amid claims that it was operating a pyramid scheme, The Guardian reports. According to German business newspaper Handelsblatt, the country’s banking watchdog, BaFin, handed a cease-and-desist-order to Karatbit Foundation, registered in Belize, and told the company to settle any outstanding financial claims. Founded by
  • The Outer World will satiate your need for character-driven RPG experience

    This article was originally published by Super Jump Magazine, an independent publication all about celebrating great video games and their creators through carefully-crafted, in-depth featured produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. I have been playing a lot of great games lately. Apex Legends and Forza Horizon 4 — along with sprinklings of Damsel, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, and Mini Motorways&nbs
  • Create a Responsive Website in Minutes with This Beginner-Friendly WordPress Builder

    But, for how great WordPress is, it can be frustrating to use if you're new to coding and want something that's a little more sophisticated than your run-of-the-mill WordPress site. That's why there's WP Page Builder, and it's now over 90 percent off at just $49 from TNW Deals.
  • How to see the brightest constellations in your own backyard

    The dark skies of the great outdoors help people to see the wonders of space, either with the naked eye or using telescopes. That’s why observatories are usually placed in high altitudes or remote locations, where there’s often outstanding natural beauty and little light pollution. A report commissioned by the UK government recommended that every schoolchild should be given the opportunity to spend a night under the stars in such places. In my research, I’ve noticed the awe an
  • Planned Parenthood launches clinic search tool to make abortion safer in the US

    Over the past year, women’s access to abortion and reproductive resources in the US have been continually threatened by lawmakers denying women the choice to decide what happens to their body. As reported by The Cut, there have been 26 anti-abortion bills passed in America, including Alabama, where last month, a federal judge temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortions going into effect this week.  Planned Parenthood, a sexual and reproductive healthcare organization, found tha
  • Anonymous supposedly resurfaces to donate $75M in Bitcoin to privacy tech

    A group claiming to be hacktivist organization Anonymous has supposedly pledged to donate $75 million in Bitcoin to startups and individuals working on anonymity propositions. The Unknown Fund will apparently be used to boost the proliferation of privacy-preserving technologies, with a specific focus on startups and individuals working on personal data protection solutions, anonymity tools, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology. Anonymous is made up of unknown, tech-savv
  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin rewards app Lolli among 100 most promising startups’

    Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Hegel used to say: Let’s make it rock! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, November 13 2019, at a price of $8,808. That’s a minor 0.04 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$3.77. It was the lowest closing price in one day. We’re still 56 percent below Bitcoin&lsquo
  • 265 Indian fake news sites caught pushing anti-Pakistan propaganda

    Researchers have discovered a network of 265 fake local news sites — named after defunct newspaper and media outlets — across 65 countries that are being used to disseminate anti-Pakistan coverage and serve Indian governmental interests. Uncovered by the EU DisinfoLab, an EU-based NGO focused on researching sophisticated disinformation campaigns, the operations were traced back to a group of Indian companies, NGOs, and think tanks. The sites — such as 4newsagency.com, eptoday.
  • CHEAP: Wanna vlog and take pics? Then grab Lumix GH5 at 30% off

    Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! When I’m in the market for a new camera, I rarely pay attention to its video capabilities. Sure, it’s a nice bonus, but I mostly look for the crispest image quality. That’s not the case for everyone, though. For some, video capabilities are the priority. And then there’s a third pack that seeks the best of both worlds. If you belong to the last group, you’ll be happy to know tha
  • Google Maps will now ‘speak’ the name of a place in the local language

    Google Maps has been my hero and savior many times I traveled abroad – or even in India where I don’t speak the local language. It’s not always perfect, however. While the app might help me get near the place, I often have a hard time locating it, and I end up roaming around like a headless chicken. Thankfully, Google is rolling out a new feature for the app that speaks the name and address of the place in the local language. To trigger this, open the information card of
  • Moto Razr is back officially in a foldable avatar

    Motorola launched its much-awaited foldable phone Razr today at an event in Los Angles. The phone costs a whopping $1,500 and it’s exclusive to Verizon in the US. The clamshell phone has a 6.2-inch display that folds in. On the top of the display, there a notch hosting a 5-megapixel camera, but it probably won’t bother you. There’s a 2.7-inch outer display as well to display notifications. While the phone’s design is drool-worthy, it’s spec-sheet might remind you o
  • The Motorola Razr is BACK (Hands-on!)

  • OnePlus Care app coming to the US in late November

    OnePlusthat its support app, OnePlus Care will arrive in North America later this month. OnePlus Care is an app that lets OnePlus smartphone users submit service requests and track the repair requests.Unlike the OnePlus Care app, the program with the same name offers OnePlus smartphone owners a free one-year extended warranty and 50% off battery replacements. However, the Chinese handset maker didn't mention anything about the availability of the OnePlus Care program, so it's just the app that i
  • Google Maps update adds a new translator feature for Android and iOS users

    Google is making it easier for Maps users to get around in a foreign country where they don't speak or read the language by adding a new translator feature directly into the app. Think of it as Google Maps withintegration.The new translator feature that will be added this month should allow a phone to speak out a place's name and address in the local lingo. In order to do that, you'll have to tap the new speaker button next to the place name or address, and Google Maps should then say it out lou
  • Facebook fixed that bug that opened your camera without permission

    It was just yesterday we reported on a disconcerting bug in Facebook’s iOS app that would sometimes open your camera in the background while scrolling through your feed. It appears Facebook has fixed the bug; The Verge reports the updated version of the App is now available in the App Store. As a recap, users found out Facebook was opening the camera in the background due to a bug that shows the camera feed in a tiny sliver on the left side of your screen when you open a photo in the
  • Apple Music introduces Replay, a playlist of your top songs of the year

    Apple is bringing a new feature to its music streaming service in the hopes to bring Apple Music on par withand other similar services. The new feature is called Replay and lets Apple Music users check out their favorite music from 2019.Simply put, Apple Music subscribers will get a playlist of the most played songs from 2019, as well as playlists for every year they've been subscribed to the service, retroactively,reports. All songs alongside playlists can be added to the Apple Music Library to
  • Apple Music gains new Replay feature, here is how it works

    Apple is bringing a new feature to its music streaming service in the hopes to bring Apple Music on par withand other similar services. The new feature is called Replay and lets Apple Music users check out their favorite music from 2019.Simply put, Apple Music subscribers will get a playlist of the most played songs from 2019, as well as playlists for every year they've been subscribed to the service, retroactively,reports. All songs alongside playlists can be added to the Apple Music Library to
  • Adobe Lightroom for iPad and iOS lets users directly import photos

    Adobe recently confirmed that iOS users will be able to import photos directly from their SD card or USB drive into the latest version of Lightroom. The same goes for iPad owners who've hoarded photos on their devices.Up until now,could only import images to their camera roll to be able to copy them to the app's library, an obnoxious issue that forced users to go back to the camera roll and delete the copied files to free up space.The latest version of Lightroom will now detect any media on an S
  • Microsoft wants to bring 64-bit apps to ARM laptops too

    Microsoft has been pushing ARM compatibility in Windows hard the last few years. Case in point: The Surface Pro X – the company’s fanciest new product of the year – runs on a custom ARM chip. But the architecture so common in our mobile devices has always been beleaguered by one issue on Windows: it can’t run traditional 64-bit  apps. A new report by Neowin suggests Microsoft plans to change this. Citing “several sources,” the report claims Microsoft is
  • Anger over Pokémon Sword & Shield spurs a White House petition

    Sword & Shield, the latest installment(s) in the venerable Pokémon series, has been the subject of no small amount of controversy. And now one fan’s passion and upset about the changes to the series have led one fan to make a petition to stop its sales to the White House — yes, that White House. Originally, the problem was that Sword & Shield would not have a National Dex, a feature whereby players could import their complete collection of Pok&eacu
  • Google redesigns Play Store on Wear OS devices

    Owners of smartwatches powered by Wear OS will be happy to know that Google is now rolling out an important update that will refresh the Play Store app. It won't make your smartwatch faster, but you'll have a better experience while scrolling through the Google Play Store.Thanks to , we know what changes Google included in this update. First off, the “Apps on your phone” tab has been positioned at the top of the main Play Store screen, while the actual apps are hidden behind a submen
  • Disney+ is already rocking the streaming industry with incredibly early milestone

    One full year of hyping afterin the , the most highly anticipated new platform of 2019 finally made its commercial debut yesterday, November 12. Today, November 13, the Mouse House is already boasting about the insane subscriber numbers of Disney+, which might explain why it was initiallyto access their family-friendly content.
    , which is quoting an official company announcement, no less than 10 million people have signed up for the surprisingly affordable and incredibly extensive VOD service ro
  • 6 predictions on where European tech is headed in 2020, according to experts

    2020 is set to be a defining year for European tech. While startups and scaleups have been supported over the years through a number of EU-based programs, newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made achieving technological sovereignty a rallying cry for more globally competitive European tech brands.  This shift is heating up Europe’s focus on the promise its hot young scaleups can bring. But what will define the ‘Made in Europe’ tech brand,
  • FCC leaks the new Moto RAZR, including several new details

    Just a few hours before Motorola‘s event tonight, we’re getting our clearest look at the new RAZR phone yet. Moreover, we know this leak is the real deal: it comes via the FCC, which seems to have jumped the gun on making the phone‘s listing public. There’s a lot to peruse through, and much of it we already knew, but the documents do reveal a few facts about the phone. The phone looks pretty much identical to the leaks we’ve so far, though those have typically been
  • Netflix partners with Nickelodeon as Disney+ ensnares millions

    An ancient military strategy suggests “the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend.” In the modern war to engage eyeballs, it seems at least a couple of the primary opponents of Disney are teaming up to create competing kid-friendly material. Specifically, Nickelodeon has struck a multi-year deal to produce new, original content for Netflix. The two companies will produce shows based on existing intellectual properties and all new ones. The two companies have already produc
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch: The ANTI-Apple Computer?!

  • BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition back in stock at the BlackBerry Mobile EU store

    Whether you're looking for a BlackBerry KEY2 in black, silver, or red, the BlackBerry Mobile EU store has it available right now!For a few weeks now, BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE stock levels at the BlackBerry Mobile EU store have been rather low. A quick look through the inventory today, though, shows most devices back in stock and available, including the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition.Read More »

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