• Google’s Area 120 is bringing lightweight games to low-powered devices

    Google’s Area 120 is bringing lightweight games to low-powered devices
    Google’s Area 120, the company’s workshop for experimental products, has launched a project to bring lightweight HTML5 games to low-powered devices using slow 2G or 3G connections. The project, called GameSnacks, hosts many simple games such as Tower and Road Fury. You can try some of these games on the project’s website as well. The Area 120 team says that on devices with RAM lower than 1GB and connection slower than 1Mbps, games often take over 10 seconds to open up. So
  • Indian income tax agency patched a security flaw that would’ve allowed hackers to take over its site

    Indian income tax agency patched a security flaw that would’ve allowed hackers to take over its site
    India’s income tax department patched a bug on its website last week, that allowed attackers to gain control of the site. Thankfully, there was no loss of data. Security researcher Dhiraj Mishra discovered the vulnerability, and informed CERT-In, the country’s nodal agency to deal with cybersecurity threats. The agency acknowledged the bug and it was patched silently. [Read: Mozilla launches a VPN app for Android and Windows] The website was vulnerable to SharePoint RCE (Remote Code
  • Mozilla launches a VPN app for Android and Windows

    Mozilla launches a VPN app for Android and Windows
    Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox browser, is bringing its VPN (Virtual Private Network) service to Android and Windows 10 through a dedicated app. The app is currently in the beta phase, and you need an invite to sign up. Once you get an invite, you need to pay $4.99 a month, because privacy is not a free lunch. In return, Mozilla vows not to log your network traffic or your browsing history. The VPN uses a new Wireguard protocol, which is supposed to be faster and more secure than othe
  • SpaceX will launch its first 4 tourists into orbit as soon as 2021

    SpaceX will launch its first 4 tourists into orbit as soon as 2021
    We all knew it was coming eventually, but it seems Elon Musk‘s SpaceX is finally gearing up to launch its first tourists into orbit. The company will start off by sending four private citizens in an experience that would last five days – as soon as 2021. You can bet those will be four very expensive flight tickets. The experience will be brokered by Space Adventures, the same company that sent a handful of ultra-rich people into orbit between 2001 and 2009. We don&rsq
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  • Report: Coronavirus could cause iPhone SE 2 shortage, iPad Pro delay

    Report: Coronavirus could cause iPhone SE 2 shortage, iPad Pro delay
    Coronavirus fears shut down Mobile World Congress, and now the virus appears to be impacting Apple too. Yesterday, the company announced problems stemming from the outbreak would cause it to miss its next quarterly earning goals. Today, a report from Nikkei suggests supply shortages means Apple will likely miss its schedule for mass-producing the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 (sometimes rumored to be called the iPhone 9). Inventories of existing models may remain low until April or longer as well. N
  • Google Stadia finally launches on phones that aren’t Pixels

    Google Stadia finally launches on phones that aren’t Pixels
    Google today revealed that, at long last, its Stadia gaming service would be expanding to phones outside its Pixel line. Indeed, Stadia will be available on a plethora of new devices from Razer, ASUS, and Samsung, starting February 20. Starting February 20, you can play Stadia with even more phones. ASUS ROG Phone I & II, Razer Phone 1 & 2, and a variety of Samsung phones, including the Samsung S20 line, are all supported. For the full list of compatible phones, check out our blog &rarr
  • Facebook is testing tabs to organize your News Feed

    Facebook is testing tabs to organize your News Feed
    Facebook caused a lot of hullabaloo when it changed the News Feed from chronological order to an algorithmic ranking, and some people will never get over it. While you can still sort your feed by ‘Most Recent,’ the option is currently buried in the sidebar and reverts to normal after 24 hours. But as spotted by developer Jane Manchun Wong, the social network is considering adding tabs to your News Feed to make it easier to organize your content. Facebook is working on tabbed newsfee
  • Leak: TCL’s new phone turns into a tablet without folding

    Leak: TCL’s new phone turns into a tablet without folding
    We’re living in a new era for phone design. We’ve seen phones with bendable displays that fold horizontally and vertically, folding phones with dual screens, and phones with screens hidden on their backside. But I can’t for the life of me figure out how this TCL concept phone – leak courtesy of CNET –  is able to expand to a normal size to an honest-to-goodness tablet. Unlike the myriad of folding phones we’ve seen so far, this TCL concept actually has a
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  • How a shady anti-piracy company got Google to take down posts containing the word ‘did’

    How a shady anti-piracy company got Google to take down posts containing the word ‘did’
    A copyright watchdog service recently convinced Google to hide Search listings for websites containing the word “did,” as in the simple past tense of the word “do,” by claiming they infringed upon the copyrights of their client: the successful reality TV show “Dance India Dance.” That’s right, a shady company working on behalf of a major TV show tried to claim that the word “did” was protected by copyright. TorrentFreak first reported o
  • Facebook uses its ad policies to block apps that compete with its dating service

    Facebook uses its ad policies to block apps that compete with its dating service
    Facebook Dating was always doomed to be as dystopian and inhumane as a speech from Mark “I’m not a robot, I swear it” Zuckerberg, but who could have guessed that the company would consider cheating and hookup sites its direct competition. The creators of an app called #Open recently started a petition demanding Facebook stop its censorship campaign against sex-positive dating apps. Facebook denied its app several times because it lets users identify as being in a couple,
  • Redbox now offers a free streaming service — here’s how it works

    Redbox now offers a free streaming service — here’s how it works
    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. With so many players in the streaming space, it can be easy to overlook some of the smaller players that might offer a better experience for a cheaper price. So with that in mind, Redbox is now offering a free, ad-supported streaming option on its site and app. There’s not much to it yet, but if you just want a free way to watch some Family Fe
  • OpenAI’s flagging techno-utopianianism exposes tensions between business and public benefits

    OpenAI’s flagging techno-utopianianism exposes tensions between business and public benefits
    OpenAI‘s efforts to build an AGI that benefits humanity have earned plenty of plaudits and press coverage, but they’ve also further exposed the limits of techno-utopianism. MIT Technology Review’s Karen Hao published a piece on the lab this week that depicts a company buckling under the weight of its grand ambition. Over three days at OpenAI‘s office, Hao discovered “a misalignment between what the company publicly espouses and how it operates behind closed do
  • Spotify just made it easier to see what podcasts are about

    Spotify just made it easier to see what podcasts are about
    Spotify wants to make it easier for you to discover and preview podcasts you might dig — so it has revamped its podcast section to better accommodate your needs. The streaming service announced that starting today podcast descriptions will be more prominent so you can get a sense of what a show is about at a glance, without having to swipe for further details.. It’ll also display “descriptive show categories” under each podcast, ranging from “personal stories&
  • Everything I wish I’d known before we rebuilt our product

    Everything I wish I’d known before we rebuilt our product
    There’s an old saying about perfectly designed systems: You’ve never heard of them, because those companies never get off the ground. When you first get going, the only thing you should focus on is finding product-market fit. Picking the stack that works right now, fast, is the right choice. Yet, once you reach critical mass, waiting too long to re-architect can torpedo your reliability and ability to grow.  So, how do you know when it’s time to pause and reinvest in your
  • Buffett dumps $800M worth of Apple stock, invests in biotech and groceries

    Buffett dumps $800M worth of Apple stock, invests in biotech and groceries
    Famed investor Warren Buffett sold at least $800 million worth of Apple stock last quarter, BusinessInsider reports citing SEC filings published last Friday. The Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway unloaded 3.7 million shares between October and December last year, when Apple‘s share price rose by more than 30% (from $219 to $294). Despite selling off 3.7 million shares, Apple persists as a Berkshire Hathaway favorite. It owns around $72 billion worth of Apple shares — 5.6% of
  • The new iPad Pro might be announced soon — here’s what we know

    The new iPad Pro might be announced soon — here’s what we know
    We reported earlier that the iPhone SE 2 could be launched on a March 31 event, but it appears there might be some other hardware launched on the same day: The iPad Pro 2. DigiTimes, a paywalled Taiwanese publication that focuses on production line news, claimed that “Apple is scheduled to launch its new ‌iPad Pro‌ series around March.” If this is true — which is a big if — then it’d make sense the company would announce it at the same event. Unless
  • What science says about your kids’ tech habits

    What science says about your kids’ tech habits
    Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. It feels impossible to tell if the technology our kids use should be celebrated or feared. A few years ago I wrote a book, Hooked, about how technology can be used to change our habits. I intended the book to teach startups how to build healthy habits, but n
  • How to start working as an in-demand copywriter in 2020

    How to start working as an in-demand copywriter in 2020
    The training in The 2020 Complete Digital Copywriting Master Class Bundle ($38.99, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals) is created for those looking to break into the industry and get working as a highly-sought copy professional.
  • Elon Musk: Everyone developing AI must be regulated — even Tesla

    Elon Musk: Everyone developing AI must be regulated — even Tesla
    Elon Musk wants every organization developing advanced AI to be regulated — including Tesla. The billionaire tech entrepreneur also wants OpenAI, a company he co-founded but has since quit, to “be more open”. Musk made his comments in response to an MIT Technology Review story on the research lab, which claims its “mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. MIT reporter Karen
  • Create a new company identity in seconds with this $40 tool

    Create a new company identity in seconds with this $40 tool
    My Brand New Logo uses advanced algorithms shaped from years of graphic design successes and failures to craft a complete original and unique logo for your product, business organization. Just enter your company name and maybe add a slogan, and My Brand New Logo kicks into gear to automatically generate a crisp new emblem for your operation.
  • It’s no surprise Galaxy Z Flip and Razr phones are breaking

    It’s no surprise Galaxy Z Flip and Razr phones are breaking
    We all know what happened with the Samsung’s first crack at foldable phones, but hopes were high for its sophomore attempt, the Galaxy Z Flip. After a sketchy teaser at the Oscars, the handset launched to a sea of positive reviews. “It’s the future,” was the common sentiment. Then it started breaking. Yet another foldable with a shattered screen. That’s what I call a shattered dream. But who could’ve seen it coming? It’s as if we learned nothing from th
  • Kashmiri cops filed a case against people using VPN and social media

    Kashmiri cops filed a case against people using VPN and social media
    Police of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) region in India filed a complaint against people using VPN (Virtual Private Network) and social media. On January 14, the government issued an order to ban all social media sites in the region. Last month, authorities in Kashmir opened up the internet partially — after nearly six months of blackout– with limited 2G postpaid and broadband access to whitelisted sites. Later, it extended access to prepaid 2G users, and increased the number
  • George Soros: Zuckerberg is on Trump’s side and must be removed

    George Soros: Zuckerberg is on Trump’s side and must be removed
    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has called for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to “be removed from control” of the company in a letter to the Financial Times. Soros accused Zuckerberg of engaging in “some kind of mutual assistance arrangement with Donald Trump that will help him to get re-elected” by continuing to run political ads on Facebook. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has taken the opposite approach, banning all political advertisin
  • Strange signals coming from space every 16 days are puzzling scientists

    Strange signals coming from space every 16 days are puzzling scientists
    An odd radio signal is coming from space, starting and stopping in regular 16-day cycles. A team of Canadian astronomers was the first to report finding the source, which they discovered using a novel radio telescope. This newly-discovered burst of radio waves, called FRB 180814.J0422+73, does not fit any known cause, leading to range-ranging speculations on its nature, ranging from simple interactions between stars, to suggestions the waves are signals from intelligent lifeforms. A burst
  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘TV host Max Keiser says Bitcoin will go to $400k, not $100k’

    Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘TV host Max Keiser says Bitcoin will go to $400k, not $100k’
    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 whip up a knowledge omelette! Bitcoin price We closed the day, February 17 2020, at a price of $9,690. That’s a notable 2.47 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$246.42. It was the lowest closing price in eleven days. We’re still
  • E-scooters are just as safe as cycling, but that’s not saying much

    E-scooters are just as safe as cycling, but that’s not saying much
    A study just released by an intergovernmental group has found that using an e-scooter is no more dangerous than cycling. The study, from intergovernmental organization the International Transportation Forum (ITF), says fears over e-scooter safety “have been exaggerated.” What’s more, the ITF says that if alternative forms of transport like bikes and e-scooters get people out of cars it will make the roads safer further still. [Read: The UK is finally ready to discuss legalizin
  • Skype co-founder raises €757M fund to back European tech startups

    Skype co-founder raises €757M fund to back European tech startups
    Atomico, the venture capital firm set up by Skype‘s co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, has raised an additional €757 million ($820 million) to back “mission-driven” European tech startups, targetting Series A and beyond. The firm raised the funds from several institutional investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks, family offices, insurance companies, and government-backed entities from all over the world. [Read: What’s venture capital and why
  • Raising your first €1M: Define the ‘why’ and plan ahead

    Raising your first €1M: Define the ‘why’ and plan ahead
    Fundraising can be daunting at the best of times, but when you’re an early-stage startup founder looking to raise your first million, the idea of having to pitch to investors can be even more intimidating. How exactly do you go about planning your raise while also trying to get a business off the ground? I spoke to three tech founders to get a better idea about what the process entails. Pleo’s Jeppe Rindom: Think about the ‘why’ Jeppe Rindom is the co-founder of Danish f
  • Samsung might launch the Galaxy Fold 2 with an under-the-display camera by July

    Samsung might launch the Galaxy Fold 2 with an under-the-display camera by July
    Last week, Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Now, new reports are suggesting that the company might be already preparing to launch its next foldable — a sequel to the Galaxy Fold. Korean news outlet Ajunews and the founder of Display Supply chain Consultants (DSCC), Ross Young, separately reported this development. Both sources said the Korean tech giant is working on the Galaxy Fold 2 under the project name Champ. [Read: Surprise: The Samsung Galaxy
  • Researchers found ‘at least’ 9 gender expressions in the human brain

    Researchers found ‘at least’ 9 gender expressions in the human brain
    Humans thrive on simplicity, a black and white existence that helps to define otherwise grey subject matter. When born, a doctor checks a box denoting whether a newborn has a penis (male) or a vagina (female), but the truth, as many already knew, might not be that simple. A new paper published in the journal Cerebral Cortex argues that at least nine gender expressions exist in the human brain. Researchers acquired a dataset made up oof a gender/sex diverse group consisting of cisgender ind

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