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A recent study asked people to draw the internet. Here‘s what they came up with

According to a recent study the internet is a blue wavy place that‘s used for connecting to people. This insight comes from one hundred people who were asked by cloud service company Summit Hosting to describe how they saw the internet, a computer virus, and the cloud. The best part: they each provided drawings. Some pictures were on the nose, when asked to draw the cloud a lot of people drew a cloud: Some of the most interesting submission

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5 impacts of virtual reality in marketing

What comes in your mind by the mention of the term ‘virtual reality‘? Most people will conceive it to be either a film or a game set. However, Virtual reality (VR) is an artificially generated environment by a 3-D computer program and then presented to its user in a manner that simulates reality, hence has a definition beyond film or video programs. The adoption of VR technologies globally has been influenced by social, economic, and

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Bill Gates regrets Ctrl+Alt+Delete, offers better solution

Nobody‘s perfect, not even Bill Gates. The billionaire recently admitted that if he could go back in time, he‘d switch the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command for a single button. Gates spoke out on the subject yesterday at a Bloomberg business forum in response to David Rubenstein‘s question about why he chose that specific command to access the task manager on a Windows computer. He blamed the ‘mistake‘ on the IBM developers a

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Nest‘s new smart cameras steal the show at its live event

Yesterday, Nest laid out a series of new smart home products at a launch event. Here are the best of the bunch in this new line of goods for the protective and territorial. Outdoor smart cameras The first of Nest‘s new products was the IQ Outdoor camera. These cameras use facial recognition, tracking, and loud speakers. During the event, Nest executives claimed the cameras were tamper-proof and wouldn‘t go offline. The IQ Outdoor come

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FIIL Canviis Review: The ‘Beats of China‘ are better than actual Beats

With all the companies making headphones in the world, you probably haven‘t heard of FIIL Audio (pronounced ‘feel‘) if you live in the west. That could change soon. The company has been referred to as the ‘Beats of China,‘ and I recently had a chance to listen to its 250 FIIL Canviis headphones. If the Canviis is a sign of what‘s to come as the company begins investing in the US market, it‘s off to a good

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Instagram now lets you use filters and masks in live video too

What would Instagram be without its filters? Unfortunately, for all their prominence, you haven‘t been able to use any filters in the increasingly popular live streaming feature until now. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out the ability to apply filters or masks during live video. Just tap on the face icon on the bottom right of your screen while streaming, and the filters will be visible in real-time to everyone watching your stream.

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AI should be treated like a curious toddler, not a killer robot

There are thousands of articles on artificial intelligence and, if you follow the field, the vast majority of them seem to be warnings of impending doom or technology experts shrieking that AI isn‘t as big a deal as the media would have you believe, ‘Move along there‘s nothing to see here,‘ they appear to say. All of those people are wrong. AI is a big deal; it‘s going to save human lives. If you‘re worried abo

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Instagram now lets you add filters and masks in live video too

What would Instagram be without its filters? Unfortunately, for all their prominence, you haven‘t been able to use any filters in the increasingly popular live streaming feature until now. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out the ability to apply filters or masks during live video. Just tap on the face icon on the bottom right of your screen while streaming, and the filters will be visible in real-time to everyone watching your stream.

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EU paid for a report that concluded piracy isn‘t harmful - and tried to hide the findings

Back in 2014, the European Commission paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys360,000 euros (about 428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but for some reason it was never published according to Julia Reda‘s blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament. What the @EU_Commission found out about #copyright infringement but ‘forgot‘ to tell us https://t.co/Sxs

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Here‘s why we‘re making TNW New York invite-only

We‘re under no illusions. Over the last five years, the ROI of attending conferences has made it harder and harder to justify allocating budget. Big-stage sales pitches mean you‘re never really learning, and the initially attractive Mega XXL attendee list just means that everyone is there, making it impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff while networking. So like any serious event organisers, we‘ve decided to take a lon

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11 ridiculously effective tools to help you automate your small business (and life)

As a small business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. From finding the best employees to ensuring that your customers stay happy, one thing is certain: you have no trouble staying busy. Of course, staying busy doesn‘t necessarily mean that you‘re being productive. Many small business owners end up wasting a lot of time on redundant, time-consuming tasks. Some of these might be extremely important, others might b

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iOS 11 is here! Are you ready? Learn everything about Apple‘s latest iOS and build apps for under 50

You can jump right into the most up-to-the-second Apple OS and harness its power for your creations with the training found in the Definitive iOS 11 Developer bundle, which you can pick up right now for just 49 from TNW Deals.

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How booking.com uses stress to rush your decisions

Many websites and applications these days are designed to trick you into doing things that their creators want. Here are some examples fromtimewellspent.io: YouTube autoplays more videos to keep us from leaving. Instagram shows new likes one at a time, to keep us checking for more. Facebook wants to show whatever keeps us scrolling. Snapchat turns conversations into streaks we don‘t want to lose. Our media turns events into breaking news to

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Facebook is testing a new WhatsApp button in its main app

Facebook appears to be running a trial that features its subsidiary WhatsApp a lot more prominently in the main app. Users are reporting seeing a dedicated WhatsApp button in the main Facebook app on Android. When clicked, the button acts like a shortcut, opening WhatsApp without the need to leave the Facebook app. TNW has since obtained images of the feature. Here is how it looks: In case you were wondering, the dedicated button can be found in

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These companies replace your banners with art, flowers and sunshine

No one likes banners. They tend to be intrusive, are often badly designed and somehow never show products you actually need for a while, I was shown daily ads for a Catholic matchmaking service, while I‘m neither single nor religious. The arrival of adblockers offered a much-needed solution. According to this recent report by PageFair, adblocking services are now installed on 615 million devices worldwide. Using an adblocker, however, mean

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This sudoku app shows how incredible ARKit is but it totally spoils the game

If solving sudoku puzzles on your phone no longer does it for you, there might be another sudoku-related activity you might revel in: Watching artificial intelligence crack the puzzles for you at an incredible pace, courtesy of Apple and its ARKit framework. Available for iOS 11, Magic Sudoku is an ARKit-powered app that uses augmented reality to complete the puzzles in the physical world. All you need to do is point your handset‘s camera a

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Is blockchain tech the missing link for the success of IoT?

Blockchains are still a fringe technology in many ways, but it‘s slowly making its way into the mainstream. While blockchain technology aspires to change the world, its potential is still unknown to most. And while developers are busy studying its nuances, businesspeople are hard at work figuring out how to harness it to power their latest, greatest ideas. There have been some unique concepts produced from a melding of blockchain with votin

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This hacker gained access to hundreds of companies through their helpdesk

Let‘s imagine you‘re the CEO of a major corporation. On a scale from one-to-ten, tell me how disastrous you think it would be if an adversary like a hacker, or a rival company was able to eavesdrop on every conversation taking place in your headquarters. Ten, right? It‘s a nightmare scenario, but it‘s not out of the realm of possibility. Services like Slack and Yammer serve as the water coolers of today‘s companies

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Android One comes to the US at last with the Moto X4

When it first launched in June 2014, Android One was envisioned by Google as a way to bring the mobile platform with its latest updates and features to easily accessible budget phones in developing markets. It‘s now branching out to target more countries with a wider range of devices, with the new Moto X4 that‘s debuting in the US as an example. The Moto X4 is the first Android One handset to become available on American soil we hear

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This ‘ticket trick‘ could see hackers gain unauthorized access to Slack teams by exploiting issue trackers

Let‘s imagine you‘re the CEO of a major corporation. On a scale from one-to-ten, tell me how disastrous you think it would be if an adversary like a hacker, or a rival company was able to eavesdrop on every conversation taking place in your headquarters. Ten, right? It‘s a nightmare scenario, but it‘s not out of the realm of possibility. Services like Slack and Yammer serve as the water coolers of today‘s companies

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iOS 11‘s Control Center buttons don‘t actually turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and that‘s a problem

Apple has confirmedsecurity researcher Andrea Barisani‘s slightly worrying discovery that, unlike previous versions, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in iOS 11‘s Control Center don‘t actually turn those respective antennae off. Instead, those buttons simply disconnect your iPhone or iPad from connected accessories. The company says that ‘both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use these important

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Breaking: Google acquires HTC‘s Pixel talent for 1.1 billion

It‘s happening, folks. Following reports from as late as yesterday, HTC has announced that Google is acquiring talent from the Taiwanese phone maker to further its product development efforts, in a 1.1 billion deal. Many of the the employees from HTC who are joining Google have already been working on the next Pixel flagship phone. Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google, said: HTC has been a longtime partner and has crea

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Are old school marketing tactics underrated?

Do you have a marketing strategy that provides the confidence you need to make key decisions regarding this aspect of your business? Are you willing to consider each and every marketing method, even if it initially appears outdated? Most companies understand the importance of creating a detailed marketing plan. While some rely solely on the ‘latest and greatest‘ methods, such as social media marketing and content marketing, others hav

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Forget what your school says, MIT research proves Wikipedia is a source for science

It turns out Wikipedia is a pretty good source for scientists, even if your biology professor won‘t accept it for your term papers. Researchers at MIT and the University of Pittsburgh today released a paper that shows a direct correlation between information made available on Wikipedia and how likely that work is to be referenced in future scientific literature. The core of the researchers‘ quest was to determine whether or not a larg

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