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This week in patents: Facebook, Apple, Boeing and more

This week, the US patent office issued 6,784 patents and published 8,163 patent applications.

Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the eight most interesting patents, including two from …

Facebook

How apps turned me into an incredible money wizard

Like most people, I left college perplexed about how I was supposed to survive financially. I’d certainly left my alma mater with enough education — two full degrees under my belt — but also with a sizable portion of student debt. And, since I have made the boneheaded mistake of living in not one …

Money

Master hacking with the Pay-What-You-Want White Hat Hacker Bundle

Learning to become a hacker without spending a fortune in questionable-legitimacy training can be difficult and dangerous, but the fundamentals of hacking are now securely available from reliable sources with a great new offer from TNW Deals.

The White Hat Hacker Bundle can be yours for however much …

White Hat

How our brains work on caffeine: And alternatives to coffee to try

Caffeine. It’s one of the most addictive drugs in the world.

It runs through our bodies on a regular basis, either through coffee or tea, and it has become an embedded morning habit for many of us!

An average person in the United States consumes approximately 300mg per day, which is equivalent to …

Caffeine

Jack Dorsey responds to #RIPTwitter: No plan to reorder timelines next week

In a move designed to reassure the people who made the #RIPTwitter hashtag trend around the world today, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has gone on a charm offensive in a tweetstorm.

He says “we never planned to reorder timelines next week.”

If the ‘next week’ part caught your eye (maybe they’ll do it …

Jack Dorsey

Free speech shouldn’t be more important than the safety of our children

Free speech fundamentalists argue that any kind of internet regulation is censorship. But for those of us who want to protect the (relative) innocence of 21st Century childhood, internet regulation is more than essential; it may even be our moral duty.

At the end of last year, European Union leaders …

Internet Safety

I almost managed a week using only my iPad… but one thing held me back

When my trusty 12-inch MacBook went in for repair last Saturday, I decided to try a week using just an iPad Air as my main computer. While Apple’s tablet may be ‘good enough’ for most people’s general work tasks, dig into the niche cases and there’s still a lot of refinement needed.

I write for a …

iPad

The incredible story of CNET’s founder: He beat bankruptcy, now he wants to beat the banks

Halsey Minor has had remarkable entrepreneurial career by any standard. He was an early business partner of Jeff Bezos; practically invented the online tech media business when he co-founded CNET in 1994, and he’s invested in and started many companies besides that.

Now, after a dark period that saw …

Bankruptcy

An affordable smartwatch with style

The next generation of tech is upon us, with the smartwatch phenomenon picking up serious steam as developers build apps to revolutionize our lives and functional convenience.

While most of the best smartwatches today often cost hundreds, an excellent entry-level smartwatch is now on offer for a …

Wearable Tech

The future isn’t as bad as you think: Matt Ridley explains why

Mark Zuckerberg’s nineteenth pick for his Year of Books shows you why we shouldn’t fear the future — things are actually looking brighter, and even climate change can be halted. Read on for your daily dose of positivity.

The dangers of the modern world are bound to get you down. There are …

Matt Ridley

#RIPTwitter? Calm down – algorithmic tweets won’t ruin Twitter

Update: An earlier version of this article referenced a faked screenshot of the new feed. We doff our caps to you, sir.

Update 2: Jack Dorsey has spoken out, denying an algorithmic feed is coming next week, but he doesn’t deny algorithmic elements are coming to Twitter in some form. Either way, …

Programming

3 hacks to legitimately steal traffic from other sites without paying a dime

What’s the #1 most important thing for your website? How much traffic you’re getting. More traffic = more customers.

Most sources of traffic involve some type of investment up front in order to get more targeted people to come over to your website. Example: you pay for Facebook ads up front and get …

Traffic

Amazon adds the ability to order an Uber from Echo

Today, Uber announced the ability to order a ride with just your voice, assuming you have an Amazon Echo, that is. Using the Uber API and the brains behind the Echo, Alexa, users can now use the Amazon device to snag a ride with Uber or UberX.

To get started, just blurt out any of these …

Amazon

Parrot wants to 3D print your designs, pay you in drones

Drone company, Parrot, is calling on the crowd to create some really cool 3D printed accessories for its latest quadcopters, the Minidrone and Bebop.

Designers have the opportunity to create unique and exciting accessories for the drones that Parrot could then sell in its store, while paying you …

Drones

Messaging app ‘Wiper’ launches streaming service for indie flicks

Wiper, the popular secure mobile messaging app, today announced an additional $2 million in funding, and the launch of its indie film streaming service.

Of thousands of films that are made each year only a handful (about 2 percent) secure distribution. With customers craving video content like …

Streaming

Verizon follows T-Mobile’s lead and makes its go90 video app free to stream

Verizon is making its nascent go90 video app a bit more appealing for post-paid subscribers. In an app update, the service will no longer count against your plan data.

Though it doesn’t specifically say as much for the Android version of go90, the iOS version — both updated to version 1.4 — says you …

T-Mobile

Twitter has removed 125,000 terrorism accounts to fight ISIS

As extremist groups are becoming more vigilant about taking their recruiting efforts and propaganda campaigns online, companies like Twitter are often left to police its platform for suspected terrorist activity, a monumental task considering the size of its userbase.

For the first time publicly, …

Terrorism

Google filings suggest it wants its self-driving cars to charge wirelessly

According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — and found by IEEE Spectrum — Google is looking to cut the cord on its self-driving car, the power cord, that is.

In February of last year, HevoPower, a New York-based start-up received permission from the FCC to install …

FCC

Apple’s CloudKit update makes it a fantastic Parse replacement for developers

Apple has updates its CloudKit service with server-to-server capabilities, making it easier to use outside of Apple’s locked-down environment.

From Apple:

In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public …

Apple News

Google Hangouts is getting better call quality thanks to p2p networks

Google Hangouts is changing up its back-end technology a bit; it can now use peer-to-peer (p2p) connections to improve call quality.

The addition was first noted in the Android app by Reddit user kxra, and it’s likely the app is using the Google-developed WebRTC API, which supports p2p data …

Google

How Tinsel founder Aniyia Williams built a hardware startup from scratch while pregnant

It’s one thing to leave the comforts of a good career to chase your dreams in a startup, it’s entirely another to do so in the brutally difficult world of hardware.

It’s also different from approaching that work as a non-technical founder. And as a woman. While carrying your first child.

Yet sitting …

Startups

Study shows Apple may be making a new 4-inch iPhone 5se to please those resistant to change

With rumors circulating that Apple will unveil a 4-inch iPhone in March dubbed the ‘5se,’ many wonder why the company would take a step backwards with regard to screen size. New research may shed some light on why.

According to Mixpanel, 32.22 percent of iOS users are using an iPhone 5S or earlier. …

iPhone 5

For the San Francisco tech scene, homelessness remains a sore spot

For all intents and purposes, San Francisco is a modern day business success story. Billions of capital flows through the corporations that have set up in the city and the greater Bay Area, and the resulting boom has brought with it a tremendous amount of success.

But it has also brought a lot of …

San Francisco

Facebook is deleting pages for legal weed businesses

According to a local news site, NJ.com, Facebook has begun to remove pages for businesses that legally sell marijuana for medical purposes in New Jersey.

The three dispensaries were all legal, and licensed to sell marijuana for medicinal reasons in the state of New Jersey, one of 23 states in which …

Facebook

Here’s how to see your Snapchat posts after they’ve disappeared

Snapchat is known for its ephemerality and sure, you can save your posts if you remember, but how about getting a monthly recap of all of your posts in one place?

That’s exactly what Snap Memories is offering its users.

All you have to do is sign up with your email address and username and then add …

Snapchat

Apple patent shows how home button on future iPhones and iPads may be like a trackpad

A new patent filing from Apple suggests the home button on future iPhones and iPads may have 3D Touch, and act like a virtual mouse.

Apple is exploring the idea of bringing some sort of depth sensing technology to the home button, which could mean forceful presses will do more than go back to the …

The Future

Watch this golf robot get an epic hole-in-one

Yes, this robot is probably better at golf than you are.

LDRIC the Golf Robot, as he is known, got a hole-in-one yesterday at the opening round of the Phoenix Open. It’s also the exact same shot that Tiger Woods hit in 1997 before he was the golfing legend he is today.

LDRIC stands for ‘Launch …

Robots

What TNW is reading (week 5)

Ah, welcome welcome. I see you enjoyed last week’s edition and are back for more. Well we won’t disappoint. For the uninitiated (go back and start at post one, please) the team at TNW has made a New Year’s Resolution to read a bit more. So every week, a select number of our team will be sharing …

Peter Thiel

Replacing your iPhone’s home button could lock you out

Touch ID is a great way to log in to your iPhone with your fingerprint, but it may also mean that if you replace your home button at an unauthorized store, it might brick your whole phone.

According to a story in The Guardian, Apple customers who went to unofficial repair stores for their broken …

iPhone

Conquer electronics prototyping platform Arduino with this $15 course guide

A confident knowledge of robotics can make a virtual god of men in today’s rapidly evolving tech world, offering the ability to control and manipulate their physical surroundings.

The Complete Arduino Step-by-Step Guide gives you the know-how to build your own electronics through hands-on …

Physical Computing