• How to succeed as the leader of a distributed team

    How to succeed as the leader of a distributed team
    Did you know Ingrid Ødegaard, Whereby’s Founder & CPTO, is speaking at TNW2020 this year? Check out their session on ‘How to compete with tech giants’ here. It’s challenging to find positives in the middle of chaos. And if you’re the leader of a newly formed distributed team, you’re likely struggling to maintain business as usual at a time of unusual uncertainty. Even established leaders of remote teams are finding change forced upon
  • The first-ever image of a black hole is now a movie — literally

    The first-ever image of a black hole is now a movie — literally
    Over a year ago, a group of researchers made a revolutionary breakthrough when they successfully captured the first-ever image of a celestial phenomenon — a black hole. Well, that historic image has now been turned into a movie. The short sequence of frames shows how the black hole’s surroundings have changed over time as a result of its own gravitational pull. To create the footage, the Event Horizon Telescope team — the research group behind the discovery of the original bla
  • OnePlus’ new charger can fill its upcoming flagship in 39 minutes

    OnePlus’ new charger can fill its upcoming flagship in 39 minutes
    OnePlus today unveiled its new fast-charging technology called Warp Charge 65. The company claims that its new 65W charger will fully charge the upcoming OnePlus 8T’s 3,900 mAh battery in just 39 minutes. On top of that, if you don’t have time to fully juice up your phone, you can charge 58% battery in just 15 minutes. The OnePlus 8T will ship with twin battery configuration so it can charge faster. In earlier OnePlus phones, a single battery used to charge at 30W. But with new
  • England and Wales finally get contact-tracing app after months of delays — bit shit, but it’ll do

    England and Wales finally get contact-tracing app after months of delays — bit shit, but it’ll do
    After months of delays, U-turns, technical issues, and criticism from privacy campaigners, the UK government has finally launched its contact-tracing app in England and Wales. The revamped NHS COVID-19 app uses Bluetooth to track the time people spend near other users and the distance between them. When an individual falls ill, they can report it in the app, which then alerts anyone who’s been close to them. If the system’s algorithm calculates that their contact
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  • Spain’s top court declares gig-workers are EMPLOYEES, not contractors

    Spain’s top court declares gig-workers are EMPLOYEES, not contractors
    While the likes of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and friends are fighting legislation in California that would force them to recognize their drivers as employees, Spain has already made its own decision on the matter. In a ruling yesterday, Spain‘s supreme court said that riders for Barcelona-based food delivery service Glovo should be seen as employees and not as freelancers or independent contractors, Reuters reports. As a result, gig-workers in the country could have a solid legal basis for de
  • Labeled “research” chemicals, doping drugs sold openly on Amazon.com

    Labeled “research” chemicals, doping drugs sold openly on Amazon.com
    It’s not for the needle-shy. The drugs are sold in vials, and users reconstitute the powder in sterile water, suck the substance into a syringe, stick the needle under their skin, and blast it into their body. These are peptides, short chains of amino acids that, when made naturally in the body, serve a wide range of functions, including stimulating the release of human growth hormone to build muscle and repair injury. Olympic athletes, bodybuilders, and major leaguers have sought out syn
  • Adobe is making it less of a nightmare to read PDFs on your phone

    Adobe is making it less of a nightmare to read PDFs on your phone
    There are lots of things I hated about my university experience, but having to occasionally browse PDF files straight from my phone is certainly up there. Fortunately, though, future generations won’t have to endure the same dreadful experience. Adobe is rolling out a new AI-powered feature in Adobe Reader that’ll make PDF files a lot more readable and responsive on Android and iOS devices. Dubbed Liquid Mode, the new functionality leverages Adobe’s AI framework, Sensei, to ma
  • Where are all the self-driving cars we were promised?

    Where are all the self-driving cars we were promised?
    Did you know Aaron Jefferson, VP of Product at self-driving tech company Luminar, is speaking at TNW2020 this year? Check out his session: What’s needed to get safe self-driving cars on the road? here. When it comes to self-driving vehicles, we’ve been promised a lot in recent years. They are supposed to rescue us from the monotony of tedious driving. They are supposed to make our roads safer. They are supposed to be here already, but they’re not. In the past year, t
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  • Microsoft Office for desktops will be available through a one-time purchase next year

    Microsoft Office for desktops will be available through a one-time purchase next year
    When Microsoft announced Office 2019, some people were worried that it might be the last perpetual version (i.e. not a subscription model) in the offering. However, the company is planning to release a new flat-priced version of its marquee product next year. The company said that “Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021,” in an announcement first spotted by Windows Central. The perpetual version allows people to pa
  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin drops another 3% as stock markets continue to fall’

    Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin drops another 3% as stock markets continue to fall’
    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 Sloterdijk used to say: Your imagination is the only tool in the book! Bitcoin price We closed the day, September 23 2020, at a price of $10,225. That’s a notable 2.97 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$313.59. It was the lowest closing price in fourteen days. We’r
  • You need to learn to embrace uncertainty if you strive to be a great innovator

    You need to learn to embrace uncertainty if you strive to be a great innovator
    So you’re interested in entrepreneurship? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies. Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was America’s first female self-made millionaire. She pioneered a line of hair care and beauty products for people of color early in the 20th century, and the recent Netflix series “Self Made” details the story of this talented innovator and the challenges she
  • Wirecard left a $30B hole in European fintech — can Dutch startups fill the gap?

    Wirecard left a $30B hole in European fintech — can Dutch startups fill the gap?
    Three months have passed since Wirecard’s implosion, and while authorities continue to piece together exactly how much of the German payments processor actually existed, EMEA investors might be wondering: who will replace Wirecard, and how can I buy that company’s stock? The Netherlands plays host to a number of apparent alternatives. For one, there’s Adyen, the Amsterdam-based payments provider. Adyen is a publicly traded stock, and its share price is up a teeth-grinding 112%
  • Why digital events should be part of your marketing mix

    Why digital events should be part of your marketing mix
    For many companies, events have been a great way to grow their pipeline. Meeting people face-to-face, discussing what obstacles companies need to overcome and how your solution can help do just that (and more). It’s a place where people share experiences, thoughts, and here and there a smile. As Mastercard would say… PRICELESS. Many of the companies I have been talking to in the past eight months have had a tough time as in-person event marketing has been a vital part of their mark
  • Meet the designer that made a chatbot to flag workplace racism

    Meet the designer that made a chatbot to flag workplace racism
    I recently made a chatbot for recruiters to interact with my portfolio, which garnered some attention on Twitter: You can interact with it here. This was a simple experiment I did to manage recruitment emails and job applications, inspired by Big Kid Lab. My original intention was to showcase my resourceful skills and get hands-on experience with conversational AI design, but I added some bolder questions to filter out recruiters who represent companies that don’t align with my values. It
  • Wikipedia’s desktop site is getting a revamp for the first time in 10 years

    Wikipedia’s desktop site is getting a revamp for the first time in 10 years
    Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites in the world. And for over a decade, its desktop site’s design has remained consistent. However, that’s going to change soon, as the organization is redesigning some elements of it. Wikimedia, the organization managing Wikipedia, said that it had kept the site stuck with the current site design all this while to avoid overwhelming users with features. Now, it wants to modernize the interface while “keeping its core identity.
  • Why were the PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders so chaotic?

    Why were the PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders so chaotic?
    Buying a new, next-generation console is supposed to be an exciting thing. But this generation, pre-orders for the two upcoming consoles, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, were more of a time for frustration and disappointment as the preorder periods for both consoles turned into complete fiascos. So what happened? The PlayStation 5 pre-orders were the first to launch — prematurely, apparently. While pre-orders were supposed to start on September 17, they actually went live on Sept
  • How to hide pages of apps in iOS 14

    How to hide pages of apps in iOS 14
    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. The new iOS 14 has a lot of updates centered around customizing your screen layout. No longer are you fettered by the app tile uniformity of iOSes past. Now you can customize your screen with large widgets, or stacks of them. Also, most crucially, if you don’t want certain apps to take up room on your phone’s pages, you can hide them —
  • Report: Apple’s iPhone 12 event will probably be on October 13

    Report: Apple’s iPhone 12 event will probably be on October 13
    Apple had a plethora of devices to reveal last week, but one set of omissions stood out: for the first time in years, the company did not announce an iPhone in September. Just another consequence of coronavirus. Still, we do know the iPhone 12 is still on the way this year, and a variety of rumors have coalesced around one date: October 13. According to MacRumors, “an employee at a UK cellular carrier” shared the date with the publication, claiming Apple would launch pre-orders at t
  • Todoist takes a shot at Trello with Kanban-style ‘boards’

    Todoist takes a shot at Trello with Kanban-style ‘boards’
    Todoist today officially introduced a feature that could significantly change how people use the popular task-management app: Boards. It basically works a lot like Trello, but built right into Todoist. The feature had been testing in beta for a while, but today it officially arrived on all devices Todoist is available on. Rather than a simple one-dimensional list, Boards allows you to organize your tasks Kanban style, using both vertical lists and horizontal columns. This gives you a lot more f
  • California bans sale of (new) gas vehicles starting 2035

    California bans sale of (new) gas vehicles starting 2035
    If we’re going to get a hold on climate change, governments need to take clear action towards preventing harmful emissions. Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom tried to do just that, by issuing an executive order that effectively bans the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2035. Considering 2035 is quite some time away and that executive orders could theoretically be repealed by the next governor(s), it’s more of a symbolic one than one with guaranteed consequences. Still, i
  • Instagram Reels are now double the length and easier to edit

    Instagram Reels are now double the length and easier to edit
    Instagram today announced it’s making some much-needed updates to its TikTok competitor, Reels. These include the ability to make longer videos, as well as making it easier to trim video clips. It’s not going to help the feature compete against TikTok, but it could help get some Instagram natives on board. A few Reels updates coming at you: 🤳 Create a reel up to 30 seconds⏱ Extend the timer to 10 seconds when you’re recording 🎬 Trim and delete any clip pi
  • Google Maps now has a COVID-19 layer because 2020

    Google Maps now has a COVID-19 layer because 2020
    It’s 2020, the year when you can’t go outside without being at least a little worried about getting infected with COVID-19 or infecting someone else. Google wants to make your life a little easier during these trying times by adding a COVID-19 layer to Maps, helping you keep track of the number of confirmed cases in different areas. [Read: 5 things to know when you’re buying your first electric vehicle] Now you can open Google Maps, tap on the layers button on the upper-r
  • This Canadian city is giving out free bus passes to help those with low income

    This Canadian city is giving out free bus passes to help those with low income
    This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Vancouver City Council has approved a pilot programme to explore how to make transportation more affordable for people on low incomes. Through the initial pilot, the city will provide f
  • Facebook removes Chinese network of fake accounts that used AI-generated faces

    Facebook removes Chinese network of fake accounts that used AI-generated faces
    Facebook has taken down a China-based network of fake accounts that used AI-generated faces to spread government propaganda across the platform, according to research by analytics firm Graphika. The social network announced on Tuesday that it had removed 155 accounts, 11 Pages, nine Groups, and six Instagram accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity.” The fake accounts predominantly focused on Southeast Asia, where they posted ab
  • Volvo’s owner will offer its ‘transformative’ EV tech to competitors

    Volvo’s owner will offer its ‘transformative’ EV tech to competitors
    It’s not uncommon in the car industry for competitor brands to work together to develop common technologies. However, in the following case, it seems that Geely, the Chinese carmaker that also owns Volvo, Polestar, and Lotus, is just going to sell its tech directly to its rivals. According to a Financial Times report, Geely has created a new process for building electric vehicles, which it hopes will be one of a handful of platforms that will dominate the industry in the coming years. The
  • How UX designers can save us from our own shitty passwords

    How UX designers can save us from our own shitty passwords
    In 2019, cybercrime cost businesses more than $2 trillion globally. With the influx of digital products, more and more people are reusing login credentials – the leading cause of data breaches. For too long, the user experience of password management has been ignored. It’s time for designers to rethink every aspect of password UX. Much of our lives are digitally managed. There’s an app, website, or SaaS platform for nearly every aspect of the human experience, and they all req
  • Finished all of Netflix? FlixFling may be the streaming service you should check out

    Finished all of Netflix? FlixFling may be the streaming service you should check out
    TLDR: FlixFling is a streaming service boosting an archive of over 5,000 commercial-free movies, including many that other services don’t offer. This new era of streaming is often described as a golden age for movie lovers. All your favorite movies, available whenever you want them, right in your home. But actually…are they, really? Every month, Netflix, Disney, Apple and others play musical chairs with their film libraries, adding titles and — most importantly — deleti
  • 3 productivity tips on working from home — straight from a distraction expert

    3 productivity tips on working from home — straight from a distraction expert
    Did you know Nir Eyal, the productivity expert who helped us with this piece, is speaking at TNW2020 this year? Check out his session on ‘Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life’ here. For better or worse, the coronavirus pandemic has forced on us the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment. While working from home might be new to a lot of people, author and psychology expert Nir Eyal has had a head start. “I first began&n
  • 6 practical tricks every Python developer should have

    6 practical tricks every Python developer should have
    Python has become a popular programming language because it is clear, versatile, easy to learn, and it has plenty of useful libraries for different tasks. From web development to data science and cybersecurity, Python programmers are high in demand.  But like all programming languages, in Python, everything depends on you, the programmer.  You decide whether your code looks professional or ugly. Fortunately, Python has a vast array of built-in features that can help you write code tha
  • Tesla is finally waking up to the realities of being a legitimate car maker

    Tesla is finally waking up to the realities of being a legitimate car maker
    Tesla‘s Battery Day is one of the most anticipated days in the yearly calendar of electric vehicle fans, tech investors, and Musketeers. This year’s event was supposed to be in July, but after a number of delays and vague rescheduling it happened yesterday, and it feels like a bit of a damp squib. On a shareholder earnings call in January Musk urged the public to “wait until Battery Day” to have their minds “blown.” However, on Battery Day Eve, Musk tempered

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