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Square stock on fire: Jack Dorsey‘s beard sets 3 share price records in 3 days

Square, the fintech stock led by Twitter billionaire and beard-of-the-people Jack Dorsey, is on fire. In the past three days, Square‘s share price has set three consecutive all-time highs, both intraday and closing. It peaked at 208 on Monday, hit 209.36 on Tuesday, and broke 214 on Wednesday to close the day up 240% for the year-to-date. Square‘s previous intraday and closing records were 201 and 198, set on November 6. If Square was

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We‘re already living in an era of unlimited technology

Boris is the wise ol‘ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech - from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! There‘s a difference between things being theoretically unlimited and virtually unlimited. The universe is infinite. It goes on forever. Most things, however, are not unlimited but might feel virtua

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This AI tool generates your creepy lookalikes to trick facial recognition

If you‘re worried about facial recognition firms or stalkers mining your online photos,anew tool called Anonymizer could help you escape their clutches. The appwas created by Generated Media, a startup that provides AI-generated pictures to customers ranging from video game developers creating new characters to journalists protecting theidentities of sources. The company says it built Anonymizer as‘a useful way to showcase the utility

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Stop embarrassing yourself in Zoom calls - use this app to check your face

At the start of lockdown, the horror stories did the rounds: shirtless man joins 200-person Zoom call! Woman forgets to turn off camera, and takes a dump in front of colleagues! Jim picks his nose repeatedly while his 30 students watch in horror! These viral stories -I‘ll admit, I did click, and I did giggle -are enough to give anyone more than a little stage fright when it comes to making video calls. There was once a time I‘d glance

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Stop your search! Here are cool gifts for every budget

For many of us, this is going to be a festive season like no other. Maybe it‘s the first Christmas we can‘t go home. Maybe we won‘t be able to catch-up with friends. Or visit the pub. But there‘s one thing most of us will probably have more of: time. And that‘s what TNW‘s 2020 gift guide is focusing on. Yes, we‘ve picked out a whole load of awesome things to give people, but this year we‘ve also foc

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Before Black Friday, pick up these chargers and charging accessories at big savings

TLDR: These chargers and other accessories can help keep all your devices at full strength at all times. Holiday pro tip no. 23: Don‘t forget about the chargers. As tech items come flying out of their boxes during this gift-giving season, many new gadget owners get caught flat footed by their power needs. While many of today‘s devices come with basic charging equipment (but not all), it never hurts to get a nice charging upgrade along

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How to build a search engine for criminal data

Whether it‘s a WhatsApp message arranging the distribution of cocaine from So Paulo to Amsterdam or other encrypted conversations to lure the enemy into a deadly ambush; criminals have long tried to keep their digital footprints hidden. The evidence of crime is all stored in the digital archive: emails, photos, and cloud storage data. Law enforcement agencies can use these digital clues to find out where criminals have been, and what they&l

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How CAPTCHAs could show if an algorithm‘s getting closer to AGI

Creating machines that have the general problem-solving capabilities of human brains has been the holy grain of artificial intelligence scientists for decades. And despite tremendous advances in various fields of computer science,artificial general intelligencestill eludes researchers. Our current AI methods either require a huge amount of data, or a very large number of hand-coded rules, and they‘re onlysuitable for very narrow domains. AG

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3 reasons why batteries will power our future trucks, not hydrogen fuel cells

A prominent decarbonization researcher believes battery electric trucks will become the norm for low emissions road freight, as alternatives, like fuel cell vehicles, are more expensive to run. In an interview with Clean Energy Wire, Auke Hoekstra, an academic researcher from Eindhoven University of Technology, says that fuel cell vehicles ‘won‘t ever be able to compete with electric trucks‘ business case.‘ Below are three

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Suck at gifting? This GPT-3-powered bot will save your ass this holiday season

The vast number of festive socks you got over the past several years‘ holidays bears testament to the global lack of imagination when it comes to gifts. We can do better, and we will, with the help of OpenAI‘s GPT-3. More specifically, I urge you to try out GiftGenius, a handy AI concierge that claims to use the GPT-3 language model to recommend suitable gifts for everyone in your life. Simply describe a recipient with something like

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It‘s not just you - work psychologist confirms COVID-19 made jobs suckier

The pandemic has seriously altered how we work. According to statistics published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in September 2020, US35 trillion (26 trillion) has been lost globally in labour income. There has also been an estimated loss of 17% of working hours worldwide since 2019, with young people and women being hit hardest. And many of those still in jobs are working under very different conditions. We are just beginning to

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The Spurcycle bike bell is so nice, it might just be worth paying 49 for

Do you need a 49bike bell? Probably not. Do I regret testing the Spurcycle bike bell, said 49 trinket? Absolutely not. I get that to some people, the idea of spending half a C-note on a bike bell is silly. You could spend a tenth of that to pick up some generic one online. You do you! But if you believe it‘s worth paying a little more for good design - made in the US with a human touch - the Spurcycle bell is one of the nicest little upgrad

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Researchers taught AI how to judge a video game by its cover

Have you ever seen the promo art or box cover for a video game and thought ‘what the hell is this even about?‘ Well, wonder no more. A pair of researchers have combined cutting-edge image recognition and natural language processing to create an AI system for video game genre classification. Yuhang Jiang and Lukun Zheng, in their recently published pre-print research paper ‘Deep learning for video game genre classification,&lsquo

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YouTube is testing AI-generated video chapters

YouTube‘s video chapters could soon get a time-saving AI upgrade. The streaming giant recently started testing using machine learning to automatically add chapters to videos. The company announced the trialon theYouTube test featuresand experimentspage of the Google Support website: We want to make it easier for people to navigate videos with video chapters, so we are experimenting with automatically adding video chapters (so creators don&l

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The COVID-19 vaccine was developed in less than a year - and that‘s totally fine

I‘m a clinical trials geek. I keep hearing people talk about the seven to ten years it takes to make a vaccine and how dangerous speeding this up might be. The word that keeps popping up is ‘rushed,‘ and it is making the average person nervous about vaccine safety. So, as a clinical trials doctor, I am going to tell you what I do for most of those ten years and it is not very much. I‘m not lazy. I submit grants, have them

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How do you design an underwater scooter? Easy, start with a drone

One of the best parts about the modern world is how once-futuristic technology is now available to pretty much anyone. Take for example, an underwater scooter. This is the sort of thing you wouldn‘t see outside of a spy movie, but now you have equipment like theGeneinno S2 that you can, well, just go out and buy. So, let‘s talk about theGeneinno S2. It‘s an underwater scooter that‘s small enough to fit inside a backpack, h

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Tesla recalls 9,500 cars for steering issues and detaching roof trim

EV maker Tesla has just issued two recalls that cover around 9,500 vehicles, Reuters reports. According to the report and the US‘ National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the first recall relates to the roof trim in 9,136 Model X vehicles from 2016. The recall states the trim may separate from the vehicle due to bolts that may not have been tightened sufficiently and an incorrect use of adhesive. The NHTSA says the front and spin

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With more than 150 hours of training, this web developer bootcamp package could mean a new career

TLDR: The Complete Web Developer Coding Bundle includes 14 courses and more than 150 hours of instruction that can help turn you into a full-stock web coding professional. The effects of COVID-19 and the world‘s economic downturn have forced many to adapt to the new normal. Now, freelancers make up almost 40 percent of the U.S. workforce, nearly 59 million workers. And most aren‘t working menial labor jobs either. In fact, many profes

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A Mars megaflood may be evidence of ancient waterways - and maybe life

Long ago, when our solar system was young, Mars was a world teeming with water. Researchers at Cornell University have now found evidence of an ancient massive megaflood on the Red Planet. Gale Crater, explored by the Curiosity rover, provided data showing distinct signs of a titanic flood, roughly four billion years in the past. This finding could provide further evidence thatMarsonce had a climate suitable for the development of primitive life.

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Subsidies for plug-in hybrids should be cut, say climate campaigners

Government subsidies to encourage people to switch to greener forms of transport are nothing new. They‘ve proven to be popular and effective, but climate campaigners are now calling for some of them to be removed. Campaign group Transport and Environment (TE) is calling on the UK government to put an end to subsidies and tax breaks for plug-in hybrid models, Reuters reports. The demands come in response to recent emissions studies that plug

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7 digital health trends that will dominate the globe in 2021

Digital health has the potential to vastly improve healthcare services, but up until recently, it hasn‘t been much of a priority for investors. If anything positive has risen from the coronavirus pandemic, it‘s that it‘s opened up a new opportunity to revisit how we think of healthcare, from telemedicine to research and data to collaboration. As former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said: ‘Never let a good crisis

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Musk boasts his Semi will have a 621-mile range and a 40-ton payload capacity

In typical fashion, Tesla figurehead Elon Musk has boasted about the range of the EV company‘s planned semi-articulated electric truck. According to a report by Electrek, Musk said that the goal is to eventually equip the truck with enough power to travel 621 miles (1,000 km) on a charge. The range will reportedly be achieved thanks to new in-house battery cells and pack technology. [Read: Why this security engineer loves working in infosec

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Musk boasts his Semi will have a 621 mile range and a 40 ton payload capacity

In typical fashion, Tesla figurehead Elon Musk has boasted about the range of the EV company‘s planned semi-articulated electric truck. According to a report by Electrek, Musk said that the goal is to eventually equip the truck with enough power to travel 621 miles (1,000 km) on a charge. The range will reportedly be achieved thanks to new in-house battery cells and pack technology. [Read: Why this security engineer loves working in infosec

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How mimicking asteroid collisions can make diamonds in minutes

In nature, diamonds form deep in the Earth over billions of years. This process requires environments with exceptionally high pressure and temperatures exceeding 1,000. Our international team has created two different types of diamond at room temperature - and in a matter of minutes. It‘s the first time diamonds have successfully been produced in a lab without added heat. Our findings are published in the journal Small. There‘s more t

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