• Russia’s attack on its own satellite could put all of us in danger

    Russia’s attack on its own satellite could put all of us in danger
    Earlier this week, astronauts onboard the International Space Station rushed to seek shelter. The near-evacuation was not caused by an unpredictable space weather event or the millions of pieces of remains of existing space objects and rocket launchers left there since the beginning of the Space Age. The lives of astronauts were temporarily threatened by a cloud of orbital debris — space junk — created by the testing of anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities by Russia. What is not tempo
  • Who are the nuns taking on Microsoft?

    Who are the nuns taking on Microsoft?
    Microsoft has survived brutal battles against Apple and Google, but the company now faces a more formidable foe: the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The congregation is leading a group of Microsoft investors who want to hold the firm accountable for its tech. The campaigners are urging Microsoft shareholders to vote for two proposals at a November 30 meeting: Ask Microsoft to ensure its lobbyists live up to its values and policies on racial justice, human rights, and privacy. Call for Microsoft
  • We picked the 3 coolest two-wheelers from the EIMCA Moto Show

    We picked the 3 coolest two-wheelers from the EIMCA Moto Show
    This year’s EICMA Moto Show started on November 25 and, boy, has it showcased some juicy rides for two-wheeler lovers. Sadly, I was unable to attend, but I could comfort myself with endless scrolling through the show’s official page. And while it was difficult to choose the coolest vehicles on display, these were three that really blew me away. The Vespa Elettrica RED Credit: Piaggio Yes, I know, Vespas are always iconic and beautiful. And yes, the electric Vespa was already introdu
  • AI must have its own goals to be truly intelligent

    AI must have its own goals to be truly intelligent
    Welcome to AI book reviews, a series of posts that explore the latest literature on artificial intelligence. What is intelligence? Is it the capacity to solve complicated mathematical problems at very fast speeds? The power to beat world champions in chess and go? The ability to detect thousands of different objects in images? Predict the next word in a sentence? Those are all manifestations of intelligence. And thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, we have been able to replicate
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  • Grab a year of PlayStation Plus and a lifetime of VPN Unlimited at a serious Black Friday price

    Grab a year of PlayStation Plus and a lifetime of VPN Unlimited at a serious Black Friday price
    TLDR: With the VPN Unlimited Lifetime and PlayStation Plus 1-Yr Subscription Bundle, you get both awesome PlayStation action and full online protection, all for under $50. Far Cry 6. Battlefield 2042. Returnal. If you’re a PlayStation fan, you may well be hoping at least one of those triple-A titles is under the tree with your name on it this year. Of course, if you really want to get the most out of those games, you need somebody to play with. And since Grandma and the cat are pretty poo
  • Degoo Premium can serve up all the cloud storage you’ll need for life for just $59.99

    Degoo Premium can serve up all the cloud storage you’ll need for life for just $59.99
    TLDR: For under $60, a Degoo Premium Lifetime 10TB Backup Plan locks up all that cloud storage space forever. Cloud storage is like New York real estate. When you stumble across a great deal, you’ve gotta jump on it, then figure out everything you’re going to do with it. Thanks to Black Friday, some of those already standout deals are getting an even more impressive bump, allowing shoppers to carve out huge cloud storage spaces it could take years to fill at super-low one time prici
  • Is it a car? Is it a motorbike? No, it’s an autocycle!

    Is it a car? Is it a motorbike? No, it’s an autocycle!
    You might have seen a weird vehicle at any number of recent car show that sits somewhere between motorcycles and cars. It’s called an autocycle, and while the idea is hardly new, it kind of reached its peak about 2014, only to leave most hopeful buyers cooling their heels waiting for vehicles to roll off the factory floor. But what is an autocycle? Where does it sit in the mobility ecosystem? More importantly, can it emerge as the future of micromobility? What is an autocycle?  Versi
  • How to turn off those damn ‘allow site notifications?’ pop-ups in every browser

    How to turn off those damn ‘allow site notifications?’ pop-ups in every browser
    Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. There’s practically no need to allow websites to send you notifications, and there’s certainly no need for your web browser to ask if that’d be okay. If you’ve never found any use for these, I want to show you how to fix it once and for all, in whichever browser you use. Google Chrome (desktop) Click on the three dots button near
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  • From our worst month to our best: 4 lessons my startup learned the hard way

    From our worst month to our best: 4 lessons my startup learned the hard way
    The pandemic was incredibly difficult for many startups, and mine was one of them. As restrictions started, our operations fell by a whopping 81%. This might not be that surprising, seeing that we work in recruitment. But what might be a surprise is that we made it through this difficult patch and are growing again. So let me share my learnings and how we got back onto the growth path with a new, faster, and more aggressive mindset. Before we dive in, let me give you a bit of background. My sta
  • The childhood phones that broke our hearts

    The childhood phones that broke our hearts
    Do you remember the good old days? When people had real values, the streets were safe at night, and America was great? Me neither. But I do recall the joyous phone designs of the past. In the old days, my dear, before every handset was just an enormous screen, phones came in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most of them were hideous and stupid, but at least they had charm. Many of these cellular gems are in the Mobile Phone Museum. The collection of over 2,000 models has been meticulously transfe
  • Why being a ‘Swiss army knife’ hurts your business

    Why being a ‘Swiss army knife’ hurts your business
    Boris is the wise ol’ founder of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! When I bought my first house, I wanted to make some home improvements and needed tools. While I was mostly looking for a drill, I was amazed when I happened upon a great deal at the hardware store. An incredible 3-in-1 machine that would solve
  • Uber forced to leave Brussels — what happened to the company’s European dream?

    Uber forced to leave Brussels — what happened to the company’s European dream?
    Uber will be forced to halt all operations in Brussels from November 26, following a ruling issued by the city’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday, De Stanaard reports While this blow to the ride-hailing giant’s business might come as a surprise to some, it has been brewing for over six years. Uber entered Brussels in 2014 with UberPop, where private individuals could register to transport people for a fee. But a year later, local taxi company Taxis Vert filed a lawsuit against
  • The weirdest future cars at this month’s auto shows

    The weirdest future cars at this month’s auto shows
    With big events like the German Autoshow struggling this year, you might be forgiven to think that COVID-19 has killed the traditional car show. But you’d also be completely wrong. In China and the US, auto shows are back with a vengeance and they’re not taking any prisoners. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a whole host of cool stuff coming out of the massive LA Auto Show and Guangzhou International Auto Show. Now, if you’re looking for some serious bre
  • Your music taste should decide which headphones you buy

    Your music taste should decide which headphones you buy
    Between music, podcasts, gaming, and the unlimited supply of online content, most people spend hours a week wearing headphones. Perhaps you are considering a new pair for the holidays, but with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know what to choose. I am a professional musician and a professor of music technology who studies acoustics. My work investigates the intersection between the scientific, artistic, and subjective human elements of sound. Choosing the right headphones invol
  • Setapp offers over 200 brilliant productivity apps to supercharge your Mac. And right now, it’s over 50% off

    Setapp offers over 200 brilliant productivity apps to supercharge your Mac. And right now, it’s over 50% off
    TLDR: With a 1-year subscription to Setapp, Mac users can download any of more than 200 highly curated apps aimed at supplying your machine with the best of the best efficiency tools. If we’re struggling with getting anything done on a Mac, your first thought is likely that there must be an app to help with this somewhere. And odds are, you’re right. The problem is that you always don’t know where to find that all-important tool or which one is the all-important tool among a d
  • Get brilliant audio and active noise cancellation with this holiday-friendly earbuds for just $31.99

    Get brilliant audio and active noise cancellation with this holiday-friendly earbuds for just $31.99
    TLDR: The xFyro Active Noise Cancelling AI-Powered Wireless Earbuds block out outside noise while providing premium audio reproduction, all on sale now for under $32. Headphones and earbuds of all types have been trumpeting about noise cancellation for years. That often means passive noise cancellation, which is basically the seal created when an earbud fills the ear canal, blocking out many sounds from reaching the eardrum. It’s crude, but often effective. However, blocking your hearing
  • TNW’s favorite games to play with friends online

    TNW’s favorite games to play with friends online
    Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Whether you’re still social distancing, stuck at home because of bad weather, or just don’t feel like getting out, logging on to a multiplayer game with your friends and family is a great way to enjoy each other’s company. Here are a few games we love and recommend trying with your crew, from the comfort of your own home. Read: How
  • Adam Mosseri vs Congress: Why the Senate believes Instagram is bad for kids

    Adam Mosseri vs Congress: Why the Senate believes Instagram is bad for kids
    Instagram is in the crosshairs of Congress. The social app’s chief, Adam Mosseri, is expected to testify before a Senate panel in the week of December 6. Mosseri will appear as part of a series of hearings about online safety for kids, The New York Times reports. The hearing will be led by Senator Richard Blumenthal, who heads the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection. “After bombshell reports about Instagram’s toxic impacts, we want to hear straight fr
  • Our outdated space laws could threaten global peace — the UN aims to change that

    Our outdated space laws could threaten global peace — the UN aims to change that
    On Nov. 15, 2021, Russia destroyed one of its own old satellites using a missile launched from the surface of the Earth, creating a massive debris cloud that threatens many space assets, including astronauts onboard the International Space Station. This happened only two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly First Committee formally recognized the vital role that space and space assets play in international efforts to better the human experience – and the risks military activiti
  • Making TikTok resumes is not just for Gen Z — I’m deeply sorry

    Making TikTok resumes is not just for Gen Z — I’m deeply sorry
    When it comes to finding a new job, there are a few things that you can do to help you get noticed, network with the right people, craft an engaging cover letter and keep your resume short and sweet. Of course, some people will take it to the next level. We’ve all heard stories about potential employees delivering doughnuts to the hiring manager, creating bespoke websites for a specific role or even showing up to the office uninvited (we don’t recommend this one by the way). The rec
  • Hold your fire: Kalashnikov wants to make electric minicars

    Hold your fire: Kalashnikov wants to make electric minicars
    The (in)famous rifle manufacturer Kalashnikov isn’t sticking to its guns — both literally and figuratively — as much as it used to. After making weapons for 214 years, it’s now eyeing a piece of the EVmarket. Come off it, Ioanna, you say. I hear you. And maybe you’re imagining an aggressive vehicle with firearms attached all around. That was on my mind too. But patent images, recently published in the open database of Russia’s Federal Institute of Intell
  • Startups vs established companies: 4 biggest differences for marketers

    Startups vs established companies: 4 biggest differences for marketers
    What are the major differences in doing marketing for startups compared to mature companies? Over the past few years, this question has puzzled me… and, it turns out, many of my colleagues. But now that I’ve been on the two diametrically opposite sides of the marketing universe — conceptualizing omnichannel campaigns in mature companies and analyzing promotional mechanics in early-stage startups — I’ve had the opportunity to compare them and figure out exactly whe
  • The Roborock S7 changed my mind about robot vacuums in tiny apartments

    The Roborock S7 changed my mind about robot vacuums in tiny apartments
    If you’d told me a year ago that I’d come to love a robot vacuum cleaner, I would’ve laughed at you. And yet that’s exactly what’s happened with the $650 Roborock S7, a combined vacuum cleaner and mop. It is one of the few gadgets I’ve tested lately that I can actually say made my life better. I was a robovac skeptic I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to work when the house is a mess. I’ve been a remote worker since well before the pandemi
  • Ground-breaking or site-breaking? What devs expect from WordPress 5.9

    Ground-breaking or site-breaking? What devs expect from WordPress 5.9
    WordPress is a notoriously divisive platform. While the CMS powers a whopping 39% of websites, it’s abhorred and adored in equal measure. The next version looks destined for further contrasting reactions. WordPress this week shared new details on what to expect in release 5.9. A block party? Set for release on January 25, WordPress 5.9 will add a range of updates, including: The next generation of themes, including a new default theme called Twenty Twenty-Two More than 30 theme blocks Ext
  • Scientists propose first steps toward creating life on Mars

    Scientists propose first steps toward creating life on Mars
    The moment humankind stepped out from our caves and gazed upon the night sky with curiosity and wonder, our ancestors set into motion a chain of events that will almost certainly end up with humans walking on Martian soil. And, if you believe the current hype, that day could come in the next couple of decades. NASA has every intention of sending a crewed mission to the red planet sometime in the 2030s. In the meantime, those of us who remain stuck here on Earth are left to wonder what such an a
  • What I learned from creating a metaverse for my students

    What I learned from creating a metaverse for my students
    We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the metaverse – a vision for the internet which uses technology like virtual and augmented reality to integrate real and digital worlds. With Facebook changing its name to Meta to focus on this space, and other big tech companies like Microsoft coming on board, there is much discussion about the potential of the metaverse to enhance the way we socialize, work and learn. A key component of the metaverse ecosystem will be the creator economy. Th
  • This AI app turns your words into striking (and less cursed) fan art

    This AI app turns your words into striking (and less cursed) fan art
    Fan art has flourished in the social media age, but not everyone is blessed with the skills to turn their ideas into spectacular — and disturbing — visual creations. The worst offenders hang in galleries of horrors across Reddit and Twitter. Visit them if you dare, but be warned: these cursed images will be forever imprinted on your brain. Fearful of joining these walls of shame, fan artists are turning to a new AI app for help. Known as Wombo Dream, the software converts text
  • The Dragon X5 offers the gaming control smartphone players never get. Right now, it’s under $35

    The Dragon X5 offers the gaming control smartphone players never get. Right now, it’s under $35
    TLDR: The Dragon X5 Bluetooth Gaming Controller connects easily to most smartphones and tablets, while immediately elevating your gameplay. Mobile gaming is a heck of a lot bigger than Minesweeper and Candy Crush. Last year, games for your phone and other mobile devices brought in revenues totalling over $77 billion. Mobile games even make up about a quarter of all app downloads for both Android and iOS devices. Unfortunately, for all their escalating power and amazing graphics, the size of the
  • Python is now programming’s no. 1 language. This training will help you use it like a pro

    Python is now programming’s no. 1 language. This training will help you use it like a pro
    TLDR: The 2022 Premium Python Programming PCEP Certification Prep Bundle offers more than 130 hours of training to become an expert Python coder, all for less than $35. It’s been building up steam for years, but after years of steadily increasing popularity, Python is now the king of the coding language mountain. For the first time in 20 years of tracking the world’s most used coding languages, the Tiobe Index put Python at the top of that list in October, ending two decades of domi
  • Python sucks in terms of energy efficiency — literally

    Python sucks in terms of energy efficiency — literally
    Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Dutch software company’s programming language index for 2021 also indicates that. But is it one of the most energy-efficient coding languages out there? Not really. A study from researchers of Universidade do Minho, Portugal (first spotted by hackaday) says that Python is just better than Perl in terms of energy consumed while performing certain tasks. It notes that C tops the chart followed by Rust, C++, and Ada. Resea