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The Pygmalion Effect: Proving Them Right

<i>The Pygmalion Effect is a powerful secret weapon. Without even realizing it, we can nudge others towards success. In this article, discover how</i> …

EverCam Wireless Security Camera With 365 Day Battery

Eufy Security has created a new wireless security camera called the EverCam that offers an amazing 365 days of monitoring from a single battery …

Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

If you’re worried about someone finding out what you’re pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes things further than perhaps any other anonymous browsing method by masking the page you’re viewing not …

IT security

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

This graph tells you everything you need to know about Facebook's problem with falling use

There's a serious malaise at the core of Facebook's business right now — and you can see it in a simple chart.<p>The graph below illustrates what proportion of time US consumers spend on different sites when they're online. In other words, it shows how much time users mess about on YouTube, Snapchat, …

This incredible map shows the undersea cables that keep the internet alive — and security services are worried Russia could cut them

This map shows how the huge, complicated network of undersea cables which keep the internet running is spread around the world.<p>The map, by telecom analytics company TeleGeography, uses coloured lines to show how there are many hundreds of fibre optic cables running under the world's oceans.<p>It shows …

Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers

Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers …

Online Privacy

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral

Facebook was always famous for the sign that hung in its offices, written in big red type on a white background, that said “Move Fast and Break Things.” Every time I think about the company, I realize it has done just that—to itself.<p>Years ago, long before <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> became Mark Zuckerberg, the …

Facebook's fake war on fake news

It's hard watching Facebook struggle. Like how for the past two years it's alternated between looking like it's doing something about fake news, and actually <i>doing</i> something about fake news.<p>The company's latest stab at the problem is saying it will change what people see in their News Feeds. The …

Internet

20 handy things you didn't know Google Photos can do

Most people think of Google Photos like a dusty old album on the shelf. Every once in a while, you flip through those old snapshots with a friend. Remember that trip to the beach? That was so nice.<p>Like most Google services, Photos is overflowing with helpful features, which can manipulate, …

Apps

Bill Gates promised to pay off this country's $76 million debt — now he's doing it

Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates will pay off $76 million of Nigeria's debt.<p>It's part of a promise the Bill & Melinda Gates …

It's Time to Toss Out GDP

Imagine two people. Let’s call them Bill and Ben. Bill is a midranking investment banker who clears 500,000 pounds ($680,000) a year after tax. Ben …

Economics

Why You Should Switch From Google Chrome to Firefox

Since its debut, Chrome has grown in popularity, though its once-stellar reputation has taken a bit of a hit as of late. Examples of Chrome-only …

Software

‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

It was late November and former Intel Corp. engineer Thomas Prescher was enjoying beers and burgers with friends in Dresden, Germany, when the …

Some apps were listening to you through the smartphone’s mic to track your TV viewing, says report

There may be a reason why that ol’ “Facebook is listening to you talk” conspiracy theory refuses to die – and not just because Facebook’s ad technology has gotten so good, it’s downright creepy. As it turns out, some apps are <i>actually</i> listening. Well, kind of! According to a recent report from The …

Apps

China’s New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried.

HONG KONG — Bai Shichao has a debt problem that is bigger than his paycheck — and that’s a problem for the rest of China, too.<p>Mr. Bai, a 30-year-old Beijing deliveryman, has borrowed heavily from China’s growing ranks of online cash lenders. In a country that lacks reliable ways to tell who might …

China

How a Laid-Off Computer Engineer Built the Most Successful Product on Amazon

A small company with no marketing budget, and it consistently has one of the top-selling products on Amazon. Here's how it all happened.<p>This is a story about initiative, opportunity, true success--and just maybe how it can inspire you to do something similar yourself.<p>Nearly a decade ago, when …

computerengineer

Larry Ellison: Oracle's fancy new 'autonomous' database is coming in January, and it will crush Amazon

Oracle's expectation-beating third quarter announced on Thursday had one big bear: The cloud didn't grow as fast as analysts expected.<p>Thanks to that, Oracle's stock fell in after-hours trading and is still down about 4% on Friday.<p>But Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison was was ready during the …

Oracle Must Now Answer Big Questions On How It's Faring Against Rivals

Three months ago, Oracle's (ORCL) shares sold off after the company beat August quarter estimates but issued disappointing cloud sales guidance. Now, …

Deloitte: 5 Trends That Will Drive Machine Learning Adoption

Machine learning isn't as widely adopted as some may think, mainly because there are serious barriers to adoption. Researchers are making progress in …

7 indispensable soft skills to develop for 2018

Oftentimes when you’re eying job descriptions, you’re haphazardly and unintentionally checking off what requirements you match. Being fluent in …

How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web

"I just came across this email," began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months …

Personal info of 31 million people leaked by popular virtual keyboard Ai.type

Data belonging to 31 million users of the popular smartphone virtual keyboard, Ai.type, has leaked online after the developer failed to properly secure the app’s database.<p>Ai.type is a freemium virtual keyboard that runs on iOS and Android, with the bulk of the users on Android. According to the …

China’s phone market is now dominated by five companies, none of which is Samsung

Xiaomi, Huawei, the Oppo-Vivo duo, and Apple now account for 91 percent of sales<p>China is the most unique smartphone market in the world: a phone maker can be a global sales leader without ever treading beyond Chinese borders, and small upstart challengers can suddenly explode in popularity from out …

Mobile

What is IFTTT? A free platform that connects everything as a service

You’ve no doubt heard of software as a service. Those who are deeply into IT will nod their heads in recognition when acronyms such as IaaS …

The CVS-Aetna deal is actually all about Amazon

It’s Amazon’s world—we just live in it.<p>The retail behemoth has already transformed the way the world shops. Now Amazon’s moves to enter the health care industry have led two major US companies to make one of the biggest deals of the year, signaling major changes to come in the way Americans buy …

Health Care Industry

These solar panels can pull clean drinking water out of the air — and they've spread to 12 countries around the world

Around the world, approximately 2.1 billion people do not have immediate access to clean drinking water.<p>A startup called Zero Mass Water aims to make clean water easily accessible to more people around the world. In 2015, it launched its first product, Source — a solar panel array that harvests and …

Fueling growth through data monetization

A new survey finds that many companies are launching data-focused businesses. But few have achieved significant financial impact, which requires the …

A look through TransferWise’s early pitch deck

Nearly seven years ago, TransferWise was readying the launch of its international money transfer service with bated breath. Co-founder Taavet Hinrikus would later tell me that he wasn’t entirely sure at the time if anyone would use the product. It certainly put the minimal in MVP.<p>The startup’s …

Media Industry

AWS announces a serverless database service

Amazon’s AWS cloud computing division today announced a new database service that will make it easier and cheaper to quickly launch relational databases that don’t need to process data continuously. Aurora Serverless, which, unsurprisingly, was built on top of AWS’s existing Aurora database system, …

Cloud Computing