• About time! Toyota finally announces an all-electric vehicle

    About time! Toyota finally announces an all-electric vehicle
    Japanese carmaker Toyota, the company that set fire to the eco-friendly driving narrative with its Prius hybrid, has finally announced that it will make an all-electric battery-powered vehicle. According to reports, Toyota will unveil a new all-electric SUV in the next few months Toyota will unveil a new  eco-focused SUV. It seems there is not a confirmed date, as yet. This will be Toyota’s first all-electric vehicle, outside of China that is. Last year, Toyota took the covers off it
  • Zuckerberg is wrong about WhatsApp’s superiority over iMessage

    Zuckerberg is wrong about WhatsApp’s superiority over iMessage
    WhatsApp is the most popular chat app in the world, with more than 2 billion monthly active users. However, its fame has been hurt in the last couple of weeks with potential issues related to user data privacy. First, there were WhatsApp labels in December on the App Store that suggested the vast amount of data the app collected in comparison to other messaging apps. Then earlier this month, the app introduced its controversial privacy policy change — which is now delayed till May. L
  • Pardon the Intrusion #35: WhatsApp’s Messaging Mess

    Pardon the Intrusion #35: WhatsApp’s Messaging Mess
    Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. Well, that escalated quickly. After alerting users of a change in privacy policy earlier this month and kicking up a storm, WhatsApp has backed down— for now. The in-app alert on January 6 urged users to agree to the new terms and conditions that grants the app the right to share with Facebook some personal dat
  • Zuckerberg promises Facebook will show less political content from now on

    Zuckerberg promises Facebook will show less political content from now on
    During Facebook‘s quarterly earnings call today, Mark Zuckerberg highlighted some major changes coming to Facebook. After years of being the primary news source for many people, Facebook has decided it wants to show less political content. According to Zuckerberg, “there has been a trend across society that a lot of things have become politicized and politics have had a way of creeping into everything.” He noted “one of the top pieces of feedback” that Fa
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  • Scientists say dropping acid can help with social anxiety and alcoholism

    Scientists say dropping acid can help with social anxiety and alcoholism
    What happens when the pandemic finally ends and hundreds of millions of people who’ve spent an inordinate amount of time secluded are suddenly launched back into the rat race? Things will likely never go back to normal, but eventually we’ll find a way to occupy space together again and that could be difficult for people who’ve developed social anxiety or had setbacks in their treatment due to the unique nature of pandemic isolation. We couldn’t find any actual rats to as
  • New MIT brain research shows how AI could help us understand consciousness

    New MIT brain research shows how AI could help us understand consciousness
    A team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital recently published a study linking social awareness to individual neuronal activity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time evidence for the ‘theory of mind‘ has been identified at this scale. Measuring large groups of neurons is the bread-and-butter of neurology. Even a simple MRI can highlight specific regions of the brain and give scientists an indication of what they’re used for and, in many ca
  • This AI chess engine aims to help human players rather than defeat them

    This AI chess engine aims to help human players rather than defeat them
    Artificial intelligence has become so good at chess that its only competition now comes from other computer programs. Indeed, a human hasn’t defeated a machine in a chess tournament in 15 years. It’s an impressive technical achievement, but that dominance has also made top-level chess less imaginative, as players now increasingly follow strategies produced by soulless algorithms.  But a new research paper shows that AI could still make the game better for us puny
  • Increase streams to your podcast with this SEO optimized website builder

    Increase streams to your podcast with this SEO optimized website builder
    TLDR: The Podsite Podcast Website Builder builds an entire website around your podcast and even keeps everything automatically updated. So, you’ve decided to follow the Joe Rogan-Marc Maron path and become a podcast tycoon. Great! Welcome aboard. So once you’ve recorded the whole thing, edited it, then posted it to your podcast feed on iTunes or Spotify, you’re all done, right? Not exactly. Just like everything else on the web, a podcast needs a dedicated website. There needs
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  • The Medium is worth playing, but only if you already have Game Pass

    The Medium is worth playing, but only if you already have Game Pass
    2021 starts off with a little treat for people who enjoy spooky games, as Polish developer Bloober Team is set to release their latest effort, The Medium, later this week. The Medium comes out on the new Xbox consoles and PC. I’ve been playing it for a couple of days and it’s… ok. Bloober Team has been making a name for themselves in the horror genre since they released Layers of Fear back in 2016. Before then, the Polish developer made some smaller titles that didn’t g
  • Amnesty International calls for ban on facial recognition

    Amnesty International calls for ban on facial recognition
    As advocates for facial recognition tout the tech’s potential to track down the US Capitol rioters, a new Amnesty International campaign has provided a timely reminder of the software’s dangers. The NGO has shared a stream of examples of how the software amplifies racist policing and threatens the right to protest — and called for a global ban on the tech. The Ban the Scan campaign was launched on Tuesday in New York City, where facial recognition has been used
  • Buying a second-hand EV? Do these 5 things first

    Buying a second-hand EV? Do these 5 things first
    Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. While owning an electric vehicle is still far from the norm in most of the world, they’ve been around long enough for there to be a decent amount of options now available on the second-hand market.c Buying a used EV isn’t exactly the same as buying a regular used car, and there are some things to be aware of. Assuming you’ve already decided what EV you&rsqu
  • Why Microsoft’s self-driving car strategy is quietly brilliant

    Why Microsoft’s self-driving car strategy is quietly brilliant
    Self-driving car startup Cruise has received more than $2 billion in a new round of investment from Microsoft, General Motors, Honda, and institutional investors, according to a joint statement by Cruise, its owner GM, and Microsoft on Tuesday. The investment will bring the valuation of Cruise to $30 billion and make Microsoft an official partner. Per Tuesday’s announcement: “To unlock the potential of cloud computing for self-driving vehicles, Cruise will leverage Azure, Micro
  • Digital trends 2021: Every single stat marketers need to know

    Digital trends 2021: Every single stat marketers need to know
    If you’re looking for the latest digital insights and social media stats, you’ll find them all in our new Digital 2021 reports series. Published in partnership between We Are Social and Hootsuite, this year’s reports reveal that connected tech became an even more essential part of people’s lives over the past year, with social media, ecommerce, streaming content, and video games all seeing significant growth in the past 12 months. Some of the key themes to look for in th
  • OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei’s new gadget brand is here — and it’s called NOTHING

    OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei’s new gadget brand is here — and it’s called NOTHING
    Former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has finally launched his new venture today — and it’s called NOTHING. Apart from the brand name, the company hasn’t given many details about its product roadmap. It said that it’ll launch smart devices in the first half of the year. Pei’s message on the launch was cryptic. He said that the company wants to remove boundaries between people and tech: t’s been a while since anything interesting happened in tech. It is time for
  • 5 ways AI can take us deeper into space

    5 ways AI can take us deeper into space
    Artificial intelligence has been making waves in recent years, enabling us to solve problems faster than traditional computing could ever allow. Recently, for example, Google’s artificial intelligence subsidiary DeepMind developed AlphaFold2, a program that solved the protein-folding problem. This is a problem that has had baffled scientists for 50 years. Advances in AI have allowed us to make progress in all kinds of disciplines – and these are not limited to applications on this p
  • Every navigation app should have Cowboy’s air-quality ebike route feature

    Every navigation app should have Cowboy’s air-quality ebike route feature
    Air pollution is one of the world’s biggest silent killers. Poor air quality can lead to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and other chronic respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization says 4.2 million deaths a year are a result of polluted air. Bike commuters face this problem on a daily basis. However, help is on its way from Belgian ebike maker, Cowboy. [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] In the latest update of its app — out this week &mdas
  • This massive, scorching exoplanet whips around its sun twice a day

    This massive, scorching exoplanet whips around its sun twice a day
    About 280 light-years from Earth, a world of molten magma orbits one of the oldest stars in the galaxy. This exoplanet, 50% larger than the Earth, whips around its star at a breathtaking clip. Racing in tight circles 100 times closer to its star than the Earth maintains from the Sun, TOI-561 b burns with scorching surface temperatures over 2,000 Celsius (3,630 F). This is roughly twice as hot as molten lava on Earth, and is even hotter than magma studied inside laboratories. This prox
  • We ranked the new iOS 14.4 features from worst to best

    We ranked the new iOS 14.4 features from worst to best
    Friends, it’s that time again: there’s a new iPhone software update available. Specifically, it’s time for iOS 14.4 to rule our pathetic lives for a few months. You may be sitting there wondering what’s new this time round and whether you should download it, or you may have automatic updates set and iOS 14.4 is already on your phone — I don’t know, I’m not your psychic father. But there are two things I do know. The first are the new iOS 14.4 featu
  • It’s time to use all of Twitter’s archives to teach AI about bias

    It’s time to use all of Twitter’s archives to teach AI about bias
    In 2016, Microsoft released a chatbot called Tay that fed off people’s replies to it. Within hours, the bot turned racist and the company had to pull it down. This incident remains one of the classic lessons that teach us why it’s a bad idea to train an AI using social media. However, data scientists now have a chance to tune their AI to become aware of this kind of bias. Twitter announced last night that it’s opening up its entire archive of public tw
  • It’s time to use all of Twitter’s archives to teach AI about about bias

    It’s time to use all of Twitter’s archives to teach AI about about bias
    In 2016, Microsoft released a chatbot called Tay that fed off people’s replies to it. Within hours, the bot turned racist and the company had to pull it down. This incident remains one of the classic lessons that teach us why it’s a bad idea to train an AI using social media. However, data scientists now have a chance to tune their AI to become aware of this kind of bias. Twitter announced last night that it’s opening up its entire archive of public tw
  • What the hell is a Chief Meeting Designer?

    What the hell is a Chief Meeting Designer?
    For those of us in the startup scene, it’s become pretty mundane to deal with all sorts of ‘wizards’ and ‘ninjas’ on a daily basis. But despite the onslaught of ‘quirky’ and ‘free-thinking’ job titles, I can’t help but to stop every once and again and wonder “wait… wtf is this person’s job exactly?” That’s why I got curious when I came across Juraj Holub, the Chief Meeting Designer at Slido. Was this yet
  • PSA: Update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 right now to protect it from active bug exploits

    PSA: Update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 right now to protect it from active bug exploits
    Get up from the bed, and update your iPhone right now. Apple has released its iOS 14.4 update with fixes to three critical vulnerabilities that are possibly being exploited as we speak. The iPhone maker hasn’t listed too many details about the bugs, apart from saying that they “may have been actively exploited.” One vulnerability is related to the kernel where the attacker could increase their privilege level (like becoming an admin) and cause serious damage to
  • Google’s alternative to third-party cookies open for advertiser testing in Q2 2021

    Google’s alternative to third-party cookies open for advertiser testing in Q2 2021
    https://searchengineland.com/googles-alternative-to-third-party-cookies-open-for-advertiser-testing-in-q2-2021-345599
  • Intel now sells desktop graphics cards, but don’t get your hopes up

    Intel now sells desktop graphics cards, but don’t get your hopes up
    Intel seriously doubled down on graphics performance with the launch of its Iris Xe graphics on laptops last year, all while implying it would bring similar gains to the more crowded desktop market as well. Today we are seeing the first inkling of this with the launch of Intel’s first dedicated, plug-it-in-a-slot desktop GPU in decades. The card is simply dubbed the DG1 (I’m going to hazard a guess that’s “desktop graphics 1”), and is being co-designed wi
  • How quantum computers could hack our brains with fake memories like Total Recall

    How quantum computers could hack our brains with fake memories like Total Recall
    Quantum computers, according to experts, will one day be capable of performing incredible calculations and nearly unfathomable feats of logic. In the near future, we know they’ll help us discover new drugs to fight disease and new materials to build with. But the far future potential for these enigmatic machines is as vast as the universe itself. The realm of classic science fiction is littered with ideas that today’s experts believe lie within the realm of reality – if not to
  • Sony’s $6,498 a1 is an overkill camera for photo and video pros

    Sony’s $6,498 a1 is an overkill camera for photo and video pros
    Sony has been dominating the mirrorless camera market for the past few years, but we always knew it intended to release a flagship camera lineup even more powerful than its popular a7 and a9 models. That new flagship arrived today: the Sony a1. At $6,498, it’s clearly aimed at professional photographers and videographers only — or those with big enough budgets. Featuring a 50MP sensor with a pair of new Bionz XR processors, the camera is able to capture 30 frames per second. I&
  • Design Played a Big Role in Winning Back the Soul of the Nation

    Design Played a Big Role in Winning Back the Soul of the Nation
    https://blush.design/blog/post/joe-biden-design-case-study
  • Checkerboard Reveal

    Checkerboard Reveal
    https://css-tricks.com/checkerboard-reveal/
  • A Google designer takes us inside Search’s mobile redesign

    A Google designer takes us inside Search’s mobile redesign
    https://blog.google/products/search/mobile-redesign-2021
  • What real AI developers and Black Mirror both get wrong about digital resurrection

    What real AI developers and Black Mirror both get wrong about digital resurrection
    One day we’re all going to die. Science and technology can put it off for awhile, but the march of time stops for no human. Sadly, most of us will be forgotten. It’s a bleak prognosis but that’s how things have always been. And that’s unlikely to change, despite the best efforts of the AI community. There’s a new tech trend (that’s actually a dumb old trope) sweeping through big tech, little tech, and South Korean TV stations: digital resurrection. The premis

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