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A Japanese startup has ambitious plans for on-demand meteor showers

A Tokyo-based startup is hard at work developing a system that would deliver “shooting stars on demand.” According to a report by <i>Japan Times</i>, the world’s first artificial meteor shower could take place over Hiroshima as early as 2020.<p>ALE Co., is reportedly in the final stages of developing two …

Japan

Here's why you shouldn't give your Fortnite password to strangers

A teenager in Ohio fell victim to the oldest scam on record while playing <i>Fortnite</i>. Hopefully his loss will stand as a good lesson for the legions of other neophytes cutting their teeth on the popular battle royale game.<p><b>What happened:</b> The 13-year-old, named Jake, was playing a match when a stranger …

Fortnite

Google Translate glitch predicts the second coming of Christ

Google’s AI appears to be using its Translate platform to spread some good old-fashioned doomsday prophecy. We have no way of confirming that the world isn’t coming to an end, but we’re going to go ahead and say it’s a glitch.<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump inauguration kicked off the 'angriest' period in Facebook's history

According to a new study by <i>Pew Research Center</i>, social media users are angrier than they’ve ever been — at least as best as we can tell using emoji.<p>Since the inauguration of one Donald J. Trump, social media users are mashing the angry reaction more than ever. While “Like” remains the most common …

Social Media

Limbo and Inside fill a neglected niche in the Switch library

After playing both Inside and Limbo on the Nintendo Switch, I’ve com3 to the realization that the handheld needs more games with less color.<p><b>Tiny person in a big world</b><p><i>Limbo</i> and <i>Inside</i> are the only games thus far made by indie studio Playdead. In both games, you play child-like characters in dystopian …

Dark Souls

Researchers prove the arrow of time is irrelevant to quantum computers

An international team of scientists recently published groundbreaking research indicating quantum computers aren’t handicapped by a classical view of time. Grab a cup of coffee, we’ll explain.<p>The researchers set out to determine if quantum computers could be used to overcome one of classical …

Quantum Physics

Free-to-play games are a breeding ground for money laundering

New reports have surfaced that credit card thieves are laundering their ill-gotten gains in one of the most heretofore-innocuous markets out there: Free-to-play mobile games, such as <i>Clash of Clans</i>, or <i>Marvel Contest of Champions</i>.<p>According to cybersecurity company Kromtech, accounts in popular mobile …

Mobile Gaming

IBM came up with a watermark for neural networks

The creation and development of a robust neural network is a labor-intensive and time consuming endeavor. That’s why a team of IBM researchers recently developed a way for AI developers to protect their intellectual property.<p>Much like digital watermarking, it embeds information into a network than …

Deep Learning

The Motiv Ring is a fitness tracker for folks who hate fitness trackers

I’ve always thought fitness trackers are dumb. Often, they look cheap, tacky, and cheesy. In fact, they remind me more of those weird plastic bracelets kids were obsessed with in the 2000s than breathtaking pieces of tech.<p>You know the ones I’m talking about:<p>Well, I might have to backtrack on the …

Fitness Technology

Get up to speed on Python with this double-barreled course package

Python programming is everywhere…literally. Whether you’re testing algorithms for Google, launching spacecrafts at NASA, or sitting around chatting with friends on Facebook, Python’s simple, elegant and highly versatile code is at the heart of it all. In addition to fulfilling loads of creative …

You'll either love or hate this $39 cross-device steel charging cable

There are loads of charging cables that claim to be extremely durable. I can confirm that Anchor’s $39 offering walks the talk, and it even lets you swap connectors so you can plug it into anything.<p>But there’s one niggle that’s keeping me from using it regularly: the magnets.<p>Let me explain.<p>This …

Gear & Gadgets

How pay-as-you-go solar solutions can electrify Africa — and generate profits for you

Over 1.1 billion people have no access to electricity worldwide. Instead, they rely on kerosene lamps, candles, and inefficient cookstoves, which by themselves cause health and environmental problems. In Africa, alone, around 600 million people are left in the dark.<p>Yet, for many people where basic …

Off-grid

Join TNW's Highly Subjective Game Show and win great prizes and eternal glory

Next week, we’re hosting an event… but not just any event. We’re putting together the BEST ONLINE QUIZ THAT HAS EVER BEEN CREATED, and it’s called:<p>Wow. Whats that?<p>Why, it’s exactly what it sounds like!<p>We’ve set forth 10 carefully crafted questions which have no objectively correct answers.<p>Here’s …

Quizzes

Alexa needs better training to understand non-American accents

A team of researchers working with The Washington Post found that Alexa comprehends certain non-American accents and dialects poorly in the US, and that there was a pattern to this weakness.<p>The team had more than 100 people from nearly 20 US cities dictate thousands of voice commands to Alexa. From …

Dialects

Google is reportedly building Fuchsia OS to replace Android on all its devices (Update: not anytime soon)

Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Mark Gurman have a juicy scoop on Google’s secretive Fuchsia OS project, which we’ve been hearing about for the past couple of years. The company is reportedly working to flesh out the platform to eventually run on a wide range of devices, and perhaps even replace …

Material Design

Investment fund CEOs: XRP is digital fiat, not real cryptocurrency

In the lead-up to the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) critical decision on whether digital tokens are securities, CEOs of digital asset investment firms are really giving it to Ripple’s native cryptocurrency, XRP – claiming it’s really just digital fiat.<p>Most of the criticism centers …

Cryptocurrency

Google's latest AI experiment makes GIFs by watching you move

Google has published a brand new AI experiment called Move Mirror, which matches your pose with a catalogue of 80,000 photos. Useless? Kinda, but it’s also pretty bloody cool.<p>Here’s how it works: when you visit the Move Mirror website and grant it access to your computer’s webcam, it maps the …

GIF Animations

Nine simple ways to update customers on policy changes

Before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline went into effect in the EU, many websites updated their customers about their privacy policy. However, a lot of users were slammed with repetitive notifications which were intrusive and annoying. We asked members of the Young …

Privacy

Trading cryptocurrency? Use this nifty tool to stay up to date and in the loop

Cryptocurrency trading can be a fickle mistress – and if you hang out in Telegram channels long enough you’ll see these questions asked incessantly:<p><i>When moon? Why dump? When new exchange?</i><p>Well, a new service has opened up that can help answer in real time. Coindar is primarily a web-based …

Social Media

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight the spread of fake news

WhatsApp is making yet another change to its service to prevent the spread of misinformation by neutering its message forwarding function.<p>Users will now only be able to forward messages to 20 contacts at a time; people in India will be limited to forwarding messages to only five people at a time. …

Fake News

Instagram's new status dots tell you if your contacts are online

Back in January, Instagram began revealing when your contacts were last active on the platform. It’s now building on that functionality to enhance its messaging tool with status indicators that tell you if your friends are online.<p>The next time you pop into the Direct messaging section of the app, …

Apps

Sony announces limited edition 'Amazing Red' PS4 Pro bundle

Sony today announced a custom-edition PlayStation 4 that features a bright red exterior adorned with the logo of everyone’s favorite web-slinger.<p>I’m not a fan of custom-edition consoles. I’d like to think that when I fork over upwards of $500 that the console I just bought is going to be, visually …

PS4 Pro

Prime exclusive Moto G6 Play / Z3 Play are an Amazon power user's dream

Motorola’s G6 Play and Z3 Play smartphones recently joined the Prime Exclusive family of unlocked phones. They come with a hefty discount and all the Amazon apps you could want pre-installed. If you love Amazon Prime, and you’re in the market for a mid-tier phone, you should consider both devices.<p>I …

Mobile Technology

Zuckerberg says Facebook doesn't decide truth. He's right.

Mark Zuckerberg recently fell into a whole ocean of hot water when he appeared to equivocate on the controversial topic of Holocaust denial. But his message is less about Facebook‘s attitude towards fringe opinions, and more about its attitude towards <i>all</i> opinions — yours included.<p>In an interview …

Internet

Twitter bots are running amok with your public Venmo data

A data expert by the name of Hang Do Thi Duc recently exposed a problem with Venmo’s privacy settings, they’re public by default. For those who didn’t know that, Hang’s the angel on your shoulder trying to keep you safe. And, if you look to your other side, you’ll see the devil in the form of a bot …

Social Media

Amazon's new Part Finder scans your nuts and bolts to find odd parts

A new Amazon feature first spotted by <i>TechCrunch</i> helps anyone with an iPhone find odd parts that might otherwise involve a trip to the hardware store.<p>Called “Part Finder,” Amazon‘s new tool is one of the more useful computer vision tools to date. It takes advantage of the iPhone‘s excellent optics …

Barcodes

Backed by psychology, reviews are big for your business — here’s why

Online reviews ultimately serve as a modern-day form of word-of-mouth.<p>If your family and friends haven’t tried a product, these reviews give you the opportunity to learn what other people think of it. You’re not hearing what the marketing company wants you to hear. You’re getting insights from …

Psychology