• Olympus unveils the E-M1 Mark III, a versatile but iterative pro camera

    Olympus unveils the E-M1 Mark III, a versatile but iterative pro camera
    Just a year after announcing the prosumer OM-D E-M1X, and a few months after revitalizing the classic E-M5 series, Olympus today announced another camera slotting in between those two: the OM=D E-M1 Mark III. Long story short, it takes a very similar body to the Mark II and updates it with some of the goodies introduced on the E-M1X. I was able to spend some time with the Mark III in beautiful Costa Rica before launch. My full hands-on post will follow, but for now, here’s what you need t
  • Andy Rubin’s Essential is shutting down

    Andy Rubin’s Essential is shutting down
    It’s been a tough few weeks in the smartphone world. First BlackBerry Mobile announced it would soon stop selling phones. Then companies started pulling out of Mobile World Congress over coronavirus fears, until the massive event was canceled altogether today. And now Essential, the phone company created by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has announced it’s shutting down too. On one hand, the news comes as a surprise, considering it was just in October the company announced it was wo
  • Project xCloud gets a test run on iPhones (but don’t get too excited)

    Project xCloud gets a test run on iPhones (but don’t get too excited)
    Microsoft today revealed it’s releasing a Testflight preview of Project xCloud for iOS users, meaning the service is finally on its way to the iPhone. Admittedly the test is limited at the moment, meaning only a comparative handful of users will get the chance to try it, but at least it’s progress. We’ve heard your requests, Apple users. Starting today, we're beginning a limited Project xCloud iOS TestFlight preview 📱☁️🎮 Details in this blog post h
  • Why Jeff Bezos might run for president to spite Elon Musk and Donald Trump

    Why Jeff Bezos might run for president to spite Elon Musk and Donald Trump
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is suing Donald Trump over the Pentagon’s decision to award a lucrative military artificial intelligence and cloud services contract to Microsoft instead of his company. Normally these kinds of lawsuits are yawn-inducing, but this case has some interesting caveats. And, if you’ll let me set the stage first, I’ll explain why I’m convinced the court case will lead to a successful presidential campaign for Jeff Bezos in 2024. ICYMI: Amazon prepares to
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  • Mobile World Congress 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus fears

    Mobile World Congress 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus fears
    Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest showcase for smartphones and mobile technology, has been canceled for 2020. I don’t just mean that metaphorically due to the companies that have pulled out; it’s been completely shut down by the GSM Association, the group that runs yearly event. Bloomberg reports GSMA CEO John Hoffman sent out an email announcing the cancellation, saying the Coronavirus outbreak has made it “impossible” to hold the event. JUST IN: The 2020
  • Mobile World Congress 2020 has been canceled over coronavirus fears

    Mobile World Congress 2020 has been canceled over coronavirus fears
    Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest showcase for smartphones and mobile technology, has been canceled for 2020. I don’t just mean that metaphorically due to the companies that have pulled out; it’s been completely shut down by the GSM Association, the group that runs yearly event. Bloomberg reports GSMA CEO John Hoffman sent out an email announcing the cancellation, saying the Coronavirus outbreak has made it “impossible” to hold the event. JUST IN: The 2020
  • Telcom companies are using Facebook fake news against each other

    Telcom companies are using Facebook fake news against each other
    Facebook today revealed it’d identified and removed several new fake news sources on its platform and Instagram. Some of the latest apparently include Southeast Asian telcom companies — whose goal is apparently to discredit their rivals, making it a rare case of disinformation used for commercial purposes rather than nationalistic ones. According to a statement from Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Security Policy the fake news pages were linked to state-owned
  • Gamers will teach AI how to control military drone swarms

    Gamers will teach AI how to control military drone swarms
    Gamers could soon be guiding military robots after researchers won a grant to investigate what they can teach an AI about controlling swarms of drones. Scientists from the University of Buffalo will study the decisions, brainwaves and eye movements of people playing video games. They will then use this data to build an AI that can control autonomous air and ground robots The participants will play a real-time strategy game developed by the research team that’s comparab
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  • 15 hedge fund managers earned $12B last year — thanks to bullish tech stocks

    15 hedge fund managers earned $12B last year — thanks to bullish tech stocks
    Just 15 hedge fund managers collectively earned $12 billion last year, fueled by bullish tech stocks like Facebook and Microsoft. Even more impressive, Bloomberg reports that five of those managers reaped more than $1 billion all by themselves in 2019. While most of the profits go directly to their clients, these top funds generally take 20% ($200 million) for themselves. Tech stocks connect these top-performing managers. Most of the highest earners Bloomberg analyzed found significan
  • New Zealand’s first AI police officer reports for duty

    New Zealand’s first AI police officer reports for duty
    New Zealand Police has recruited an unusual new officer to the force: an AI cop called Ella. Ella is a life-like virtual assistant, who uses real-time animation to emulate face-to-face interaction in an empathetic way. Her first day of work will be next Monday, when she’ll be stationed in the lobby of the force’s national headquarters in Wellington. Her chief duties there will be welcoming visitors to the building, telling staff that they’ve arrived, a
  • The UK has no idea how to handle ‘harmful content’ — and that’s bad for free speech

    The UK has no idea how to handle ‘harmful content’ — and that’s bad for free speech
    It’s a dark day for netizens around the UK: The government is considering implementing a new law that will practically make social media services like Facebook and Twitter responsible for moderating “harmful content” on their platforms, Reuters reports. The country will impose a duty of care to ensure companies have systems in place to react to concerns over problematic content, the government explained. The measure is also expected to help improve the safety of online users,
  • Oh great, the EU has ditched its facial recognition ban

    Oh great, the EU has ditched its facial recognition ban
    The European Union is backing away from its plan to introduce a temporary ban on facial recognition technology — instead delegating decisions on the software to its member states. In a previous draft of a paper on AI, the European Commission had proposed introducing a five-year moratorium on the technology. But in a new draft seen by the Financial Times, that suggestion has been dropped. “The early draft floated the idea of a full ban, which is ver
  • Social media is a recruitment channel — don’t neglect it

    Social media is a recruitment channel — don’t neglect it
    You probably know full well by now that hiring isn’t as simple as posting a job ad. The recruiting world has undergone a seachange in the last few years. Actually, it’s seen several in rapid succession, with each new wave sweeping over the HR landscape bringing with it cutting-edge technology and better, more efficient ways to do recruiting. One of the first of these waves of change was the shift in the global labor market to being heavily candidate-focused. There are less quality c
  • WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users

    WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users
    WhatsApp announced today it has crossed the mark of 2 billion users today. It’s the second Facebook-owned service to achieve that milestone after the social network got to that number in 2017. The mobile messaging app was initially released in 2009, and was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $19 billion. In 2017, it reached the mark of 1 billion active users. While WhatsApp has been the world’s most popular chat app, it’s had its fair share of controversy. Brian Acton
  • GitHub launches an Indian subsidiary to boost its developer community

    GitHub launches an Indian subsidiary to boost its developer community
    GitHub announced today that it’s opening a subsidiary in India called GitHub India Private Limited. The company said the country has a third-largest number if active developer community on GitHub following the US and China. Over the coming months, the Mircosoft-owned company ll build teams across the community, engineering, sales, support, marketing, and services to enable developers to adopt best DevOps practices. In a blog post, Erica Brescia, COO of GitHub said that with of g
  • Apple Pay accounts for 5% of global card transactions, growing to rival PayPal

    Apple Pay accounts for 5% of global card transactions, growing to rival PayPal
    Apple Pay, the company’s mobile wallet, is gaining a notable chunk of payment transactions around the world. So much so, competition watchdogs are starting to pay attention. As it stands, Apple Pay is responsible for around 5% of card transactions, globally. However, over the next five years this is expected to grow to 10%, Quartz reports. Eventually, Apple Pay could be competing with the likes of payment processing mainstay PayPal. [Read: How to add Apple Pay to your Watch ahead of your
  • How the tiniest particles in the cosmos saved us all from annihilation

    How the tiniest particles in the cosmos saved us all from annihilation
    Ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves could reveal the answer to one of the greatest questions in the study of the Cosmos — why anti-matter in the early Universe did not completely annihilate every particle of matter and vice versa. According to widely-accepted models of the Big Bang, the enormous energy of the explosion soon began to freeze into subatomic particles. As the Universe continued to expand and cool, matter and anti-matter formed (theoretically) in equal amounts. W
  • Say goodbye to 9-5 workdays at TNW2020

    Say goodbye to 9-5 workdays at TNW2020
    Remember the birds-eye scene in Edward Scissorhands with identical cars pulling out of driveways on a Monday morning in pastel suburbia?  For the most part, we’ve moved on from the comical synchronization asked of us by the 20th century work week. Although we’ve been sliding towards a new status quo for decades, the combined forces of culture and automation have accelerated the rate of change in the workplace. When it comes to adapting as individuals and companies, it can
  • Want to get CompTIA-certified? Let the Alpha Geek lend a hand.

    Want to get CompTIA-certified? Let the Alpha Geek lend a hand.
    A premium teacher is one of the main calling cards of The Total CompTIA Core Certification Prep Bundle, now just $39.95, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals.
  • For under $40, get wireless headphones that sound great, can take a beating & last for hours on end

    For under $40, get wireless headphones that sound great, can take a beating & last for hours on end
    TREBLAB has made a name producing premium headphones at affordable prices -- and their new xFit Bluetooth Sports headphones are carrying on that tradition, delivering great, reliable sound even as they withstand gym-level punishment. Right now, you can save $10 off their regular price, just $39.99 from TNW Deals.
  • How to optimize your cart abandonment email strategy

    How to optimize your cart abandonment email strategy
    Unfortunately, most of us in the ecommerce scene know the problem of ‘cart abandonment’ all too well. The phenomenon describes the process when an engaged customer adds your product to the cart, but for some reason does not complete the purchase. Imagine an “almost converted” customer who does not contribute to the conversions and ROI. Sad isn’t it? Although the cart abandonment rate has fallen to 75.6% in the year 2018 when compared to 79.2% in 2017, marketers con
  • If you don’t know why wireframing is vital to a site build, Blueprints can school you.

    If you don’t know why wireframing is vital to a site build, Blueprints can school you.
    Simple drag-and-drop website builders may be too rudimentary to suit your needs. Blueprints Website Builder is a better choice-- and right now, a lifetime subscription to their web design features is just $39, almost $100 off the regular price.  
  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Fed chairman Powell says crypto transactions should be private’

    Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Fed chairman Powell says crypto transactions should be private’
    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 Baudriallard used to say: Let’s make it rock! Bitcoin price We closed the day, February 11 2020, at a price of $10,208. That’s a respectable 3.57 percent increase in 24 hours, or $352. It was the highest closing price in one hundred and forty-four days. We’r
  • What UX from 1989 can teach us about product design

    What UX from 1989 can teach us about product design
    Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. Let me take you back to a time before iPhones, Game of Thrones, and Netflix. The year is 1989. The hairstyles are big and curly. The earrings are huge. George H. W. Bush is sworn in as the 41st president of the United States. A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Berlin Wall comes d
  • Every phone should have the Galaxy S20’s bluetooth sharing feature

    Every phone should have the Galaxy S20’s bluetooth sharing feature
    Samsung unveiled a bunch of stuff at its special event last night: three phones under the Galaxy S20 series, a new clamshell foldable phone called the Galaxy Z Flip, and the Galaxy Buds+ wireless earbuds. While there’s a lot to unpack, one of the features that caught my eye on the new S20 series phone is Bluetooth sharing. Assisted by Bluetooth 5.0 standard, the phone acts as a Bluetooth hub allowing multiple devices to connect to it. It’s easy to imagine scenarios where this i
  • Nissan drops 5-track EP to help children sleep in electric vehicles

    Nissan drops 5-track EP to help children sleep in electric vehicles
    With virtually no engine noise, electric vehicles are smooth and nearly silent. But is that a good thing? Some parents, and their children, would disagree. According to research from Nissan, more than half of all the UK-based parents surveyed resort to hopping in their car with their restless children to help them get to sleep: A practice Nissan charmingly refers to as a “dream drive.” And Nissan is close to replicating this in otherwise-quiet electric vehicles. [Read: A tricked-out
  • Apple joins FIDO alliance to support password-free authentication

    Apple joins FIDO alliance to support password-free authentication
    Apple has joined Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an open industry association that promotes passwordless authentication. FIDO already has some big names such as Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, ARM, and Intel as members. Apple joining the alliance means we can expect more support for password-free authentication in iOS and macOS devices. The company already supports FaceID on iPhones, and TouchID on select Mac devices for logging into the device and apps. The alliance promotes a n

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