• WhatsApp delays it privacy policy update by three months — but what’s the point?

    WhatsApp delays it privacy policy update by three months — but what’s the point?
    After a ton of backlash and user exodus, WhatsApp is delaying the rollout of its controversial privacy policy by three months. Instead of applying the new privacy policy on February 8, the chat app will now apply it on May 15. In a statement, the company said that it’s going to make an extra effort to educate people about the app’s privacy and security practices: We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their
  • Asteroid dust helps solve the mystery of dinosaur extinction

    Asteroid dust helps solve the mystery of dinosaur extinction
    More than 99% of all organisms that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct. Most of these just died out quietly. However, in Earth’s history there have been five major mass extinction events – known as the big five – during which many species became extinct at the same time. Each of the big five events caused at least a 40% loss of all species on Earth. Yet humans hold a particular grudge against the most recent one, which brought a sudden end to the 160-million-year history
  • Enhance your gaming experience with this sound algorithm software

    Enhance your gaming experience with this sound algorithm software
    TLDR: With Audio Optimization Experience software, you can make video games or anything coming through your computer speakers instantly sound clearer, crisper, and better. Back in the day, audiophiles would add one of those ginormous multi-band equalizers to their stereo setups, allowing listeners to tweak every facet of their system’s sound to their highly individualized liking. With all the multi-channel audio and incredibly intricate sound mixing that happens in today’s entertain
  • Furious AI researcher creates a list of non-reproducible machine learning papers

    Furious AI researcher creates a list of non-reproducible machine learning papers
    On February 14, a researcher who was frustrated with reproducing the results of a machine learning research paper opened up a Reddit account under the username ContributionSecure14 and posted the r/MachineLearning subreddit: “I just spent a week implementing a paper as a baseline and failed to reproduce the results. I realized today after googling for a bit that a few others were also unable to reproduce the results. Is there a list of such papers? It will save people a lot of time a
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  • These 3 studio monitors are great speakers for a small desk

    These 3 studio monitors are great speakers for a small desk
    As someone who’s worked from home since long before the pandemic, having great sound at your desk can make the workday a lot more enjoyable. But if you, like me, have a small desk, you probably don’t want giant speakers taking up all your precious real estate. Fret not, for I’m here to tell you you can get great sound from small speakers too. But to get the most bang for your buck, I make one important recommendation: consider buying studio monitors instead of mainstream or &l
  • Scientists made an AI that reads your mind so it can generate portraits you’ll find attractive

    Scientists made an AI that reads your mind so it can generate portraits you’ll find attractive
    A team of researchers recently developed a mind-reading AI that uses an individual’s personal preferences to generate portraits of attractive people who don’t exist. Computer-generated beauty truly is in the AI of the beholder. The big idea: Scientists from the University of Helsinki and the University of Copenhagen today published a paper detailing a system by which a brain-computer-interface is used to transmit data to an AI system which then interprets that data and uses it to tr
  • Researchers developed an AI that scours existing drugs for new Alzheimer’s treatments

    Researchers developed an AI that scours existing drugs for new Alzheimer’s treatments
    Alzheimer’s disease is becoming increasingly prevalent as life expectancies lengthen. But the complexity of the condition makes it hard to find effective treatments. One way to expedite the search that’s yielded promising results is using AI to find existing drugs that could be repurposed to combat the disorder. Harvard researchers recently used the approach to identify 80 candidate medications that merit further investigation. They discovered the contenders through a framework
  • Smart cities: Tech is great, but don’t forget the people

    Smart cities: Tech is great, but don’t forget the people
    This article was originally published by Jem McKenna-Percy 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. One way to enable evidence-based decision-making by cities is to integrate physical and digital urban infrastructure and identify usage patterns and emerging trends. However
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  • Algorithm detects new mysterious layer inside Earth’s core

    Algorithm detects new mysterious layer inside Earth’s core
    Schoolchildren have long been taught that Earth’s composed of four main layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core. But a new study suggests their textbooks may be incomplete. Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) discovered a mysterious new layer at the center of the planet: the “innermost inner core.” They suspect it contains secrets about an unknown, dramatic event in the Earth’s history. Geologists first propo
  • Learn one of the most popular coding languages with this $35 Python bootcamp

    Learn one of the most popular coding languages with this $35 Python bootcamp
    TLDR: The 2021 Premium Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle is the perfect introduction to all things Python as students learn the basics of using this red-hot programming language. It’s a cliche to say the world is transforming. It’s always transforming, especially in the tech realm. But it’s no exaggeration to say the explosion of growth surrounding the Python programming language over the past 30 years is not a transformation you see every day. Fueled by its indispensable p
  • CDs are the most under-appreciated music format, fight me

    CDs are the most under-appreciated music format, fight me
    Vinyl is booming, streaming services are more popular than ever, and we’re all depressed. This means one thing and one thing only: it’s time to reassess CDs. Yes, friends, you read that correctly. The humble compact disc has been unloved for far too long. And I’m here to change that. And your opinion. After this you’ll no longer view CDs as a boring bit of old technology. Instead, you’ll view them as a medium we should all value and throw ourselves at the feet of.
  • Watch: Car-sharing platform CEO Niki Sie talks about the future of mobility

    Watch: Car-sharing platform CEO Niki Sie talks about the future of mobility
    In our video series, Unwind with Boris, TNW CEO Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten talks shop with Dutch entrepreneurs and innovators. Check out this latest episode in which Niki Sie, the CEO, and founder of car-sharing website Juuve, shares his vision for the car of the future. When COVID-19 hit last year, Juuve CEO Niki Sie feared it would be the end of his three-year-old company. The car-sharing platform was just starting to gain some traction. Sie was expanding the selection of cars, when suddenl
  • What are NFTs, and why are people paying millions of dollars for them?

    What are NFTs, and why are people paying millions of dollars for them?
    A couple of days ago, the musician Grimes sold some animations she made with her brother Mac on a website called Nifty Gateway. Some were one-offs, while others were limited editions of a few hundred – and all were snapped up in about 20 minutes, with total takings of more than US$6 million. Despite the steep price tag, anybody can watch or (with a simple right-click) save a copy of the videos, which show a cherub ascending over Mars, Earth, and imaginary landscapes. Rather than a copy of
  • Super shoes: Explaining athletics’ new performance-enhancing tech

    Super shoes: Explaining athletics’ new performance-enhancing tech
    In the 1960s, when traditional cinder athletics tracks were replaced by spongy, synthetic surfaces, endurance running experienced a revolution. Long-distance runners began clocking far faster times on the synthetic tracks, smashing multiple world records in the process. Today, another revolution is afoot: the development of the so-called “super shoe,” which is driving another spike of record toppling in endurance running. The new shoe technology was introduced to road running i
  • How to generate buzz in a buzzless industry

    How to generate buzz in a buzzless industry
    One of the toughest challenges young startups face is getting the buzz they need to generate media attention, user interest, and VC backing. Even if you know your solution is set to change the world in some way, trying to generate a buzz can sometimes feel like shouting in the middle of Times Square during rush hour.  Now, what if your solution is so niche, that only a small portion of the population will ever use it? Add to that solutions that are so heavy in scientific research that only
  • Twitter is testing the next best thing to the edit button — an undo send feature

    Twitter is testing the next best thing to the edit button — an undo send feature
    We’ve all been there, staring at a tweet where we made a huge typo. We’ve all also yelled, “Why wouldn’t you give us an edit button, Twitter?” while looking at our screens in frustration. We might not be getting an edit button anytime soon, but we might get the next best thing: an undo send button. Tipster extraordinaire Jane Manchun Wong tweeted today that the social network is testing this very feature. From the GIF she posted, we could see that the timer la
  • I’m not a gamer but I really want Razer’s smart glasses — for work

    I’m not a gamer but I really want Razer’s smart glasses — for work
    Razer‘s products are usually designed for gamers, and I, an Apple Arcade person, can’t claim to be one. I don’t sit on my gaming chair to fire up  a custom PC to play the latest titles with graphics settings at full blast. However, the company’s latest product has piqued my interest, and I imagine I’m not alone: a pair of smart glasses. Before you jump the gun, no,it doesn’t show you a ton of information via Augmented Reality (AR), like Go
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  • NASA figures we’ve got about a billion years before the sun kills us all

    NASA figures we’ve got about a billion years before the sun kills us all
    A team of researchers working with NASA have finally figured out when the sun’s going to burn off all the oxygen on our planet, thus destroying all life on Earth. By their calculation it’ll happen somewhere around the year 1,000,002,021. If you’re still on the waiting list for Hamilton tickets, you may need to plan accordingly. In a research paper published on Monday, the team describes the final moments before Earth loses its ability to support life as we know it: We find tha
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  • Leak: Here’s our first look at the Sonos Roam, a $169 Bluetooth speaker

    Leak: Here’s our first look at the Sonos Roam, a $169 Bluetooth speaker
    It’s no secret that Sonos is planning to announce something next week — the company sent virtual event invites to the press, and we’ll be tuning in. But it turns out we didn’t have to wait that long to get a good look at the product; a report by The Verge extensively details the new Sonos Roam, images and all. Just as predicted by earlier leaks, the Sonos Roam is a more compact Bluetooth speaker than the Sonos Move — the type of speaker you might keep in a backpack
  • Researchers discover huge security holes in Amazon’s ‘skills’ for Alexa

    Researchers discover huge security holes in Amazon’s ‘skills’ for Alexa
    You might want to place a moratorium on using Alexa’s ‘skills’ until Amazon can sort out some gaping privacy holes in its third-party access. According to a study published today by a team of researchers from North Carolina State University, your personal data – including, potentially, your banking information and contact lists – could be at risk if you’ve installed any third-party skills from the Alexa skills marketplace. First things first: Skills are
  • Microsoft brings vertical tabs to Edge and Bing gets better at visual search

    Microsoft brings vertical tabs to Edge and Bing gets better at visual search
    Microsoft is today announcing several updates for its Edge browser and Bing search engine, aimed at making your browsing experience a little more seamless — and differentiating themselves a bit from Google’s offerings. Perhaps most notably, Edge now supports vertical tabs. These hang out on the left side of your browser as icons, but then expand to full title sizes when you hover over them. The idea is that it can make it easier to see all your tabs in one place, as tab hoarders you
  • Announcing Flutter 2

    Announcing Flutter 2
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  • The one question every leader should ask themselves

    The one question every leader should ask themselves
    Boris is the wise ol’ CEO 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! I know a business coach who always starts his sessions by asking his clients a single question: ”Who would you be if you weren’t you?” What he means is; if you didn’t have your current job and responsibilities, and if you w
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound solution aims to improve wireless audio on smartphones

    Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound solution aims to improve wireless audio on smartphones
    Chipmaker Qualcomm is launching a new end-to-end audio solution called Snapdragon Sound to bring high-quality wireless audio on phones. Smartphone audio is not always at its best when you’re listening to music or playing games through wireless earbuds. You might experience quality drops, glitches, or latency issues. Snapdragon Sound aims to solve all these problems with series of existing and new hardware and software solutions, including processors, DACs (Digital to Analog Convertors), a
  • 4 new particles were found at CERN — and they could crack the secrets of nature’s laws

    4 new particles were found at CERN — and they could crack the secrets of nature’s laws
    This month is a time to celebrate. CERN has just announced the discovery of four brand-new particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. This means that the LHC has now found a total of 59 new particles, in addition to the Nobel prize-winning Higgs boson, since it started colliding protons – particles that make up the atomic nucleus along with neutrons – in 2009. Excitingly, while some of these new particles were expected based on our established theories, some were altoge
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