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The importance of incentivizing fungibility in Cryptocurrency orojects

The bitcoin was designed as a solution for many problems associated with fiat currencies and cross-border transactability. The idea of a zero-cost method of transfer was highly appealing, especially for those individuals and institutions that need to constantly move funds around the globe. While …

Bitcoin

Messenger pledges to cut clutter this year. Here's what needs to go

David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Messenger, today announced one of the company’s 2018 plans for the chat app is to simplify it. What is primarily supposed to be a messaging app has become, to use his word, “cluttered.”<p>It’s a good plan, considering Messenger has become weighed down with unnecessary …

Facebook Messenger

Blame the algorithm: How kids get away with watching what they shouldn't

No one tells you that becoming a parent means keeping a lot of dirty little secrets.<p>Like that time you wiped your kid’s booger on the underside of a park bench when you were out of tissues. Or that sometimes (ok, at least once a month) an entire weekend goes by without them brushing their …

Kids

Net neutrality is dead. Let's move on and deal with the fallout

“If just one more GOP Senator crosses the aisle we can save net neutrality!” Is a statement that would be awesome if it were, in any way, true.<p>Folks, it’s time to accept the death of net neutrality. We denied it could ever happen, we got pissed off about the impending repeal, and we’ve bargained …

Net Neutrality

BitConnect is shutting down its lending and exchange platform

Following months of red flags, Bitcoin investment platform BitConnect – which has long been suspected of running a Ponzi scheme – has officially announced its platform is shutting down.<p>In a blog post – titled “Changes coming for the Bitconnect [sic] system – Halt of lending and exchange platform” – …

Bitcoin

Kenya’s push for nuclear power rests on false premises

Kenya wants to go nuclear. Since 2012, Nairobi has been talking the talk and walking the walk. It has engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency and signed multilateral letters of intent in pursuit of nuclear power.<p>To date, Kenya reportedly has memoranda of understanding with Russia, China, …

Energy

Got questions for an AI expert? Exact’s Judith Redi is joining us on TNW Answers

Up until about ten years ago, choosing a career in accountancy was considered a safe bet. It came with a decent salary, plenty of job opportunities, and all sorts of benefits. Oh, how times have changed. Recent research estimates there’s <i>a 95 percent chance</i> accounting will be fully automated in the …

Italy

Facebook gave up on news too soon, for no good reason

Facebook recently announced a major change to its News Feed: Namely, that it was shifting away from brand and news posts and prioritizing what your friends and groups post.<p>This comes after Facebook spent several months being raked across the coals for its inability to police its fake news and …

Facebook

BitConnect promoters cover their tracks as site struggles with downtime

One of the things that made BitConnect so resilient to criticism was its wide network of promoters, shamelessly shilling the company on YouTube and other social media channels. But it seems that even these “once-passionate” supporters are leaving the Bitcoin investment platform behind – though …

Vitalik Buterin

WhatsApp now warns users against annoying chain hoax messages

Whatsapp is reportedly testing a new feature designed to curb the proliferation of spam chain letters throughout the service.<p>The feature, which was spotted by Whatsappen.nl and WABetaInfo, warns users that certain messages have been “forwarded many times”. This warning, which is displayed to both …

WhatsApp

Freelancing isn’t just a hobby, and these courses will make you a one-man industry

Everybody dreams about being their own boss. However, it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds. Without a solid plan or the right tools in place, your self-determined future can start losing focus and turn into too much time spent web-surfing and watching afternoon TV — and not enough of your …

This startup wants to send you a mystery box full of cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency market is going through a rough patch, but as devoted hodlers often say – there is no better time to enter the market than buying the dip. But if you happen to be too lazy to do your own research, there might be an easier way to make your first investment.<p>CBlocks is a new service …

Cryptocurrency

This CSS stylesheet lets you add Instagram-esque image filters to your website

Instagram is best known for its photo filters. These let you adjust the profile and color of a photo, in order to subtlely transform what it looks like. There are lots of different filters. For example, Valencia brightens photos and adds a yellow tint, giving images a kitschy retro aesthetic, while …

Web Development

Pernod Ricard

I wrote a ‘cryptocurrency will’ to leave my riches to my family — here’s how it went

Most people don’t yet know what a blockchain is, even less how to interact with one. For those who do venture into the unknown crypto space, it can feel a little intimidating at first. When trading cryptocurrencies and storing your funds, you need to watch your step or you risk losing it all. Poor …

Cryptocurrency

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China reportedly plans to block access to foreign cryptocurrency exchanges

Bloomberg reports that China is cracking down hard on cryptocurrency activity in the country by plotting to block domestic access to foreign exchanges and platforms that allow for centralized trading.<p>That’s worrying news for crypto enthusiasts in China, who have already seen local exchanges being …

China

A Nintendo Switch emulator for PC is in the works

The folks behind the Citra emulator that lets you play Nintendo 3DS games on PC are now at work on an exciting new project: Yuzu, an emulator for the Nintendo Switch.<p>The developers announced the project on Twitter earlier this week, but haven’t specified exactly when Yuzu will be ready for …

Nintendo Switch

Airbnb now lets you stagger the cost of your rental

Airbnb is rolling out a new feature called Pay Less Up Front. No prizes for guessing what it does. It (shockingly) lets you stagger the bill for your accommodation.<p>In most cases, guests will pay 50 percent of the bill upfront, with the remainder before check-in. If you’re curious, you can get an …

Hospitality

How Twitter could have avoided this week's DM scandal

Twitter is under fire this week after media organization Project Veritas published undercover footage of engineers from the company saying that employees – “at least, three or four hundred people” read users’ posts and supposedly private Direct Messages.<p>The company denied the claim, telling …

Project Veritas

These were the biggest takeaways from TNW New York

…. 1,000 attendees<br>…. 8 keynotes<br>… 45 round-table sessions<br>… 61 million Twitter impressions<br>… 22 very helpful volunteers<br>… 1,500 mentions of @TNWNYC<br>…. 1 Startup NYC Founders Cafe by Google Cloud<br>… 1,000 coffee cups for the Startup NYC Founders Cafe<br>… 5,000 unique users watching our Instagram story<br>… 1 …

Networking

Grasp the true power of Microsoft Excel in 6 stellar courses, for under $35

Tech is a business that thrives on the new and the flashy. Yet Microsoft Windows is still the undisputed titan running most home PCs after more than two decades. More than 750 million people have Windows, including the venerable Microsoft Excel, on their computer. However, there are only a fraction …

The end is nigh for Storify users, how to export your content

Founder Jamil Khalil created Wakelet, based in Manchester, as a response to the disorganization of the web – a web that favors disjointed chunks of information over human curated stories. Journalists wanting to make their voice heard above the white noise are increasingly adopting the platform to …

Noam Chomsky

Study shows TV ads are responsible for your growing waistline

Surprise! Watching TV is bad for you. But, not for the reasons you might think. Okay, well, those too… but not <i>only</i> for the reasons you think.<p>A recent study by Cancer Research UK revealed those watching more than three hours of television a day were more likely to eat hundreds of additional snacks …

Advertising

Scientists find darknet drug markets have little influence on global trafficking

The darknet, cyberspace’s filthy flea-market for forbidden goods, isn’t the global drug network it’s been made out to be. According to Oxford’s new darknet drug map it’s more like your local pusher’s Etsy page than Amazon’s marketplace.<p>The researchers used darknet web crawlers to scrape the …

Darknet

This gadget turns your old piano into an educational 'smart' piano

Teaching yourself to play piano can be pretty daunting. I should know; I’m currently in the process. That’s why I’m curious anytime I come across a new resource to make the journey easier – like this gadget called the Piano Hi-Lite I came across at CES. It uses guide lights to tell you which notes …

Flute

Reading robots aren't here to threaten your jobs

AI developed by Microsoft and Alibaba, independently, last week became the first to beat humans at reading comprehension. The reported implications of this technological advancement seem to indicate machines with the ability to read better than humans have arrived or will very soon. This probably …

Alibaba Group

Google app only offers art-matching selfie feature to a select few

If you’re interested in the recent update to Google’s Arts and Culture app, which uses machine learning to match your selfie to a lookalike in an extensive library of classic art, you’d better hope you’re in the right place.<p>Though the update is several weeks old by this point, it finally seeped …

Selfies

VR can’t save retail

If you listen closely to most optimistic discussions about the future of retail, you’ll sense an underlying fear. It’s a fear that manifests in an over-reliance on futuristic technological advancements (<i>Oh look, holograms are coming!</i>) or on filling the room with exciting new statistics about the …

eCommerce

Everything you need to know about cyborgs

If we feel the technology we rely on is changing us, can we trust that change?<p>After all, the revolution of today is the mundane of tomorrow. Our successors will find the moral panics around smartphones as quaint as we now think of 20th-century moral panics over television.<p>That isn’t to deny that …

Books