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Is Blockchain the next big thing in technology?

The Blockchain technology has been the talk of the town as both Bitcoin and Ethereum have risen in their value per token in the past few months.<p>While others are busy earning digital money, investors are becoming interested as to how this technology can add value to their business. Even formidable …

Innovation

Uber reminds women it's okay to take a day off from the kitchen

Uber is again under fire. This time, it’s a sexist ad campaign for uberEATS in India promoting “Wife Appreciation Day.”<p>The ad reads:<p>The gaffe is just the latest in a series of sexism-related mishaps for the ride-sharing company. After former Uber engineer Susan Fowler lit the fire earlier this year …

Uber

Steam Inventory Helper update seeks permission to spy on users

A popular extension that helps gamers buy and sell digital goods on the Steam platform is now attempting to track their movements all over the web. Steam Inventory Helper, or SIH, today prompted users to accept new permissions that, according to Redditor ‘wartab,’ would:<p>Monitor when you are …

Game Development

The best thing about iOS 11 might be this augmented reality ruler

After iOS 11 dropped today, the internet went to work dissecting its best features. And if we’re being honest, there’s a lot to like. But one of my favorite things about iOS 11 didn’t come from Apple; it’s an awesome new ruler built on its augmented reality framework: ARKit.<p>At its surface, a ruler …

Augmented Reality

How I spent my summer: The (almost) 40-year-old TNW intern

I spent a decade in the armed forces and five years providing tech support as a customer service agent for a company that I won’t name in this article; then I decided it was time for a change. This is the story of how I became a 39-year-old intern for one of the largest technology websites in the …

Luke Skywalker

Amazon’s recommendation engine offers a shopping list for making bombs

Items on Amazon’s “Frequently Bought Together” recommendation could be used to create homemade explosives if actually bought together. Investigators at UK news organization Channel 4 recently uncovered the potentially worrying trend.<p>Among other things, the investigators discovered that searching …

Amazon

Venezuelans are farming videogame gold, and some gamers aren't happy

In case you haven’t been keeping an eye on the news, Venezuela is in a rather bad way. Some people from the country are turning to unconventional money-making methods to get by in an extremely unstable economy. One of those methods is gold farming in games like Runescape. Unfortunately, some in the …

Farming

One of the oldest AI companies is about to start selling its chat bot DNA

One of the biggest players in the chat bot space, Next IT, is now opening its libraries up commercially so businesses can create their own chat bots. According to the company this represents the largest repository of AI skills available for chat bots. The move also signifies that the demand for …

Chatbots

How entrepreneurs can build their personal brand

When it comes to building a personal brand, the golden rule is to be authentic to who you truly are.<p>Most people get caught up in trying to paint a picture of who they wish they were, instead of expressing what it is they know best. Aspiring influencers, especially, forget that what makes a personal …

Personal Branding

Google's new Pixel 2 designs and prices shown off in biggest leak yet

Brace yourself, team Android: A ton of new images and prices of Google’s upcoming hardware just leaked, courtesy of <i>Droid Life</i>.<p>First up, there’s the smaller Pixel 2, which showed up in ‘Clearly White,’ ‘Just Black,’ and ‘Kinda Blue’ colors. The smaller pixel will be made by HTC and comes in 64 and …

Tablets

Fitbit's Ionic is the best Fitbit, but I wish it were more Pebble

I’ve been wearing Fitbit’s new smartwatch, the Ionic, non-stop for about four days now. While I haven’t spent quite enough time for a full, comprehensive review of all its features and performance, one thing is already clear: The Ionic is Fitbit’s best tracker ever, but it’s also just barely a …

Wearable Tech

Twitter claims it's removed 95% of extremist content with no one noticing

Twitter today released its biannual transparency report, one section of which detailed requests it receives from government officials around the world to remove content that violates the site’s Terms of Service. Of particular note in the report is that, according to Twitter, it now receives 80 …

Social Media

US Navy signs Xbox 360 controllers up for submarine duty

Xbox 360 controllers are being called back to active duty. The US Navy will be replacing $38,000 periscope sticks with $30 gamepads aboard its top-of-the line Virginia class submarines.<p>The military has been using video game controllers for decades now. I was lucky enough to watch a demonstration of …

Military

How technology is changing the future of interior design

Ok, it’s no surprise that technology is literally changing everything around us, but one industry that hasn’t had as much advancement over the years comes in the form of interior design. It’s traditionally costly, timely, and requires a designer to come out and basically take care of everything …

Interior Design

The best new features in iOS 11

Apple today released the newest version of its mobile operating system, iOS. All things considered, iOS 11 was a massive update with a handful of features you’re sure to love. Others, while not as exciting, will provide the groundwork for awesome things to come.<p>Here’s what we love.<p>Screenshots and …

iOS

Emotional intelligence -- your best asset in business

When was the last time you did inventory? No, not on whatever product you might be selling. Inventory of your emotional intelligence.<p>People with high levels of emotional intelligence do better in life and in business, and since it’s something you can train for and improve on, you’ll want to give …

Emotional Intelligence

How I spent my summer: The (almost) 40-year-old TNW intern

I spent a decade in the armed forces and five years providing tech support as a customer service agent for a company that I won’t name in this article, then I decided it was time for a change. This is the story of how I became a 39-year-old intern for one of the largest technology websites in the …

Meditation

TNW Answers • The Pornhub Team

The Pornhub Team<p>Official Pornhub Twitter. Corey Price (VP), Brett Hall (Director of Product) and Alex Klein (Marketing Manager).<p>Answers session with the Pornhub team: Corey Price (VP), Brett Hall (Director of Product) and Alex Klein (Marketing Manager). Ask them whatever you want – for a friend, if …

Marketing

EU Commission just presented its cybersecurity strategy — here are 10 things they missed

Without much fanfare, the European Commission has published a new cybersecurity strategy. Although Commission President Juncker briefly touched on the issue in his State of the Union Speech, the document was published in the EU’s document database without a news release or press conference. It’s …

Cybersecurity

Amazon's new $150 Fire HD 10 could mkae you reconsider splurging on an iPad

Amazon’s been on a bit of a roll with its cheap tablets; this year’s Fire HD 8 being an one of the best you can buy on a tight budget. Now the company is bringing the same value at a larger screen size with the new $150 Fire HD 10.<p>I was able to briefly demo the tablet in person, and it looks like …

Tablets

One password to rule them all—get Sticky Password Premium for only $29.99

Tell us you don’t have trouble juggling the 42 passwords needed to get into all of your work and personal devices, sites, and assorted accounts. Then tell us you’ve never had one of those panic moments when one of those passwords just completely leaks out of your brain. Of course, you can tell us …

How to stop sites from 'borrowing' your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

Over the weekend, torrent portal The Pirate Bay was caught running a cryptocurrency miner on its website, queitly hijacking visitors’ computing resources to stack Monero coins, TorrentFreak reported.<p>The Pirate Bay has since confessed its sins on its official blog, claiming the JavaScript mining …

Internet

Can artificial intelligence and IoT feed the planet’s growing population?

The world is headed toward a major crisis, and it’s not the AI apocalypse. By 2050, the planet’s human population will reach beyond 9 billion, requiring food production to double in order to meet its growing needs. Meanwhile, parameters such as global warming and and the urbanization of life is …

Agriculture

Developers are building better software, faster, using AI

Software engineer Quoc Le grew up in rural Vietnam, in a small village that had no electricity till he was nine. But that didn’t stop him eventually becoming a PhD candidate at Stanford in 2007, working out a strategy that would let software learn things by itself.<p>Academics had begun to report …

Software Development

iPhone protip: How to check which apps work on iOS 11 before updating

Several months after Apple announced the new and improved iOS 11 at Wolrdwide Developers Conference, the company is at long last gearing up to release the revamped version of its operating system for mobile. But there might be a nasty surprize in store for some iPhone users.<p>While Apple has been …

iOS

Facebook’s open source React library is increasingly worrying devs

Facebook is in the middle of a fraught battle. No, it’s not over the pernicious tide of fake news surging onto our newsfeeds, nor is it about privacy issues on the platform. Rather, it pertains to how the social media giant deals with the open source community, the code it releases to the world, …

JavaScript

This wireless charger promises to juice up your phone from a foot away

While there have been numerous attempts to enable wireless charging in mobile devices, the closest we’ve come to a market-ready solution is Qi charging, which still requires you to either have a specially designed phone or case, as well as a pad on which to place your handset.<p>Now, Pi, a new startup …

Gear & Gadgets

Shure enters the Bluetooth earphone game with its $100 buds

Having tested a bunch of wireless earphones over the past few months, I’ve been glad to not have to wrestle with a cable that tangles in seconds in my pocket. But I haven’t been particularly impressed by the sound of sets that cost between $150 and $200.<p>That’s why I’m excited to hear what Shure has …

Headphones

iOS 11 will annoy the hell out of design nerds

Apple is usually lauded for raising the bar for product and interface design, since way before it launched the first iPhone. But designer Ryan Lau has noticed a number of design issues in iOS 11 which lead him to believe that the company’s software development division is no longer paying as much …

iOS