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The father of the world wide web is one disappointed dad

Today is the World Wide Web's 29th birthday, and to celebrate the occasion, its creator has told us how bad it's become. In an open letter appearing in <i>The Guardian</i>, Tim Berners-Lee painted a bleak picture of the current internet -- one dominated by a handful of colossal platforms that have …

Samsung slips up, gives us an early look at potential 860 Pro 4TB SSD

<b>Update 1/23:</b> Samsung has officially announced the 860 Pro and 860 Evo consumer SSDs. Storage sizes range from 256GB to the rumored (and now confirmed) 4TB, with prices going from $139.99 for 256GB Pro to $1,899.99 for the 4TB Pro model. Samsung’s 860 Evo 256GB starts at a much more approachable …

A Smart Coffee Cup? It’s More Useful Than It Sounds

The Ammunition-designed mug lets you choose the exact temperature you’d like your coffee to remain for hours.<p>It’s a chilly Sunday morning. You pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up in a cozy blanket, grab a book, read a few pages, and take a sip only to find that it’s gone cold. This letdown is …

Coffee

Ethereum will match Visa in scale in a ‘couple of years’ says founder

The mind behind Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is matter-of-fact about the crypto. In short, he believes what interviewer Naval Ravikant called “brain virus” is the true future of security and economics and, with the right incentives, Ethereum can replace things like credit card networks and even …

Blockchain

Western Digital releases a massive 20TB desktop storage system

Western Digital has announced a new 20TB version of its My Book Duo storage system, the highest capacity system it has ever made. The new RAID-optimized system features speeds up to 360 MB/s sequential reads, and comes with a USB-C port and two USB 3.0 ports.<p>The My Book Duo also comes with 256-bit …

This mini wearable camera wants to be like a GoPro for your everyday life

Announced on Tuesday, the Front Row is a miniature wearable camera designed to capture, stream, and share whatever it is you're doing without needing your smartphone.<p>It's primarily meant to be worn with a lanyard around your neck, though it also comes with a clip that can double as a small …

First video of RED's $1,200 phone shows it's even weirder than we thought

Red raised many an eyebrow last month when it announced the Hydrogen, a $1,200 ‘holographic’ phone for filmmakers. Sticker shock aside, there were so few concrete details (and many lofty claims) that some thought it might be a vaporware concept. But now we have proof it’s a serious endeavor.<p>MKBHD, …

Pricey! Best Buy selling Samsung TV for $20K

I'd say the most common top-end TVs come in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. Above that there isn't as much choice, and the price escalates quickly. But Samsung feels there's a market for an 88-inch TV, and as The Verge points out, Best Buy just started selling it for an eye-watering $19,999.99.<p>The TV in …

This $1,600 Smartphone Comes With a Luxury Concierge Service Run by a Digital Knight

It’s not easy standing out in the smartphone game. Apple and Samsung Electronics pretty much have the market locked up with high-performance phones …

[Update: LG V30 too] Netflix enables HDR playback on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The good news keeps piling up for owner of Sony's latest badass-est flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium. Not only did they discover it's one of Sony's …

This fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper - and kill hundreds of jobs

A robotic sewing system will soon produce hundreds of thousands of shirts for Adidas, which could potentially change textile manufacture.<p>The machine — called a “Sewbot” uses cameras and bots to cut and sew the soft fabric, a task which has eluded other forms of automation. Until now, the task was …

Netflix's new Interactive Storytelling feature puts you in the director's chair

There's no shortage of movies and shows for you to binge on Netflix, but sometimes, even in the midst of all these options, boredom pervades. After all, you can almost always predict the endings of entertainment these days, and sometimes, plots are so similar you feel like you've seen everything …

Apple iPhone 5s 16GB pre-paid in Space Gray for $99 shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Walmart is offering the Apple iPhone 5s with 16GB of storage on Straight Talk Wireless for <b>$99 shipped</b>. The device is available in …

An ex-plumber from Australia invented a $179 earpiece that can translate 8 languages in real-time

Lingmo International, a startup based in West Gosford north of Sydney, launched its TranslateOne2One earpiece at the UN's Artificial Intelligence for Good Summit in Geneva, revealing that IBM Watson machine learning technology had been used for its algorithms.<p>Traditionally, converting one language …

Asus ZenFone AR with Tango and 8GB of RAM will debut this summer, says Google

The last time we played with Asus’ Tango-supported ZenFone AR, it was in January during CES. Since then, we have heard very little from the Taiwanese firm, but Google confirmed the phone is still alive during I/O 2017.<p>As a refresher, the ZenFone AR was unveiled alongside the ZenFone 3 Zoom during …

Mophie's new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus battery cases will keep the party going longer

Mophie is the current leader in providing battery cases for smartphones, helping to extend their overall battery life. Today, the company announced it is launching new “juice pack” battery cases designed for Samsung’s latest flagship headsets, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.<p>Mophie says its Galaxy S8 …

For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of ‘dates’ with older men

TOKYO — High school dating? No big deal in many parts of the world — but in Japan, it means something quite different.<p>Here, “high school dating” matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. And it means money changing hands.<p>Sometimes this involves a walk around the block or a …

Here's how to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a beat

So you've decided to dump Facebook.<p>But you're worried. Worried about missing out, struggling to stay connected, or getting left behind by the almost …

Social Media

Uncovering the Latest Drug Craze to Sweep Latin America's Party Scene

Last June, Alejandro Arboleda Uribe was awakened from an afternoon nap by police kicking in the door of his apartment in a posh district of Medellín. …

South America

No Twee Here: A Tiny Home For the Pickiest Modern Design Fan

A lot of the tiny houses out there are very, very <i>cute</i>—sweet little peaked roof, petite double-hung windows, teeny tiny front porch. So what if you're …

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

How I Earn $200,000+a Year from Photography

It’s kind of a crazy thing: I believe you can stay true to your roots, values, and ethics, and also get rich. In this post, I’ll share some of the …

Street Photography

Will a 3D body scanner help you get fit?

More information isn’t always better<p>I freely admit that I perhaps have an excessive amount of fitness gadgets. There’s the Withings smart scale that connects to the HappyScale app that connects to Apple Health that connects to MyFitnessPal that connects to Fitbit that connects to Strava that …

Readdle launches PDF Expert 6 for iOS w/ new design & editing features

Readdle is out with a new version of its PDF Expert for iOS that includes a new design and editing features. PDF Expert 6 for iPhone and iPad features new editing capabilities, a streamlined design, improved cloud sync, password protection, and more. Check out the full release notes below:<p><i>**Edit</i> …

Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

12 years.<p>That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of</b> …

Machine beats humans for the first time in poker

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Artificial intelligence has made history by beating humans in poker for the first time, the last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand.<p>Libratus, an AI built by Carnegie Mellon University racked up over $1.7 million worth of chips against four of the top …

Facebook's new tool looks to replace traditional two-factor authentication

Facebook today announced a new means of securing your online accounts. Delegated Recovery, as it’s being called, looks to be a step forward for those afraid of losing their devices when using two-factor authentication (2FA) — which, should be most of us.<p>Facebook security engineer Brad Hill …

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro officially launched in China

Samsung has officially announced the new Galaxy C9 Pro in China, after details and pictures surfaced online ahead of the launch. At the moment, it looks like the phone is only targeted at the Chinese market with no hints about the availability in other markets.<p>Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro …

This Swedish startup brings insurance to 24 million people in the developing world through their mobiles

BIMA offers what's called "microinsurance" — people can get accident or life insurance for as little as 60¢ a month on rolling monthly cover. The product offers people payouts of up to $1,000 for their family if they die, for example, and takes just 3 minutes to sign up for.<p>BIMA collects payments …

Prisma uses AI to turn your photos into graphic novel fodder double quick

Artists beware! AI is coming for your paintbrush too… A new iOS app, called Prisma, is using deep learning algorithms to turn smartphone photos into stylized artworks based on different artwork/graphical styles.<p>Snap or choose your photo, select an ‘art filter’ to be applied and then wait as the app …

Deep Learning