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The future of war is cyber

Gone are the days where battles are fought in person-to-person conflicts. In the coming years, most wars will be waged via computers, servers, and digital weapons. The question is, is the United States prepared for the future? Cyber and electronic warfare Military battles have evolved a tremendous amount over the years most of it due to advances in weaponry and technology. In early centuries, wars were fought with hands, fists, sticks, and stone

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The challenges of moderating online content with deep learning

Earlier in December, the internet was abuzz with news of Tumblr‘s declaration that it would ban adult content on its platform starting December 17. But aside from the legal, social and ethical aspects of the debate, what‘s interesting is how the microblogging platform plans to implement the decision. According to apost by Tumblr support, NSFW content will be flagged using a ‘mix of machine-learning classification and human moder

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For 40, Appz helps you win at Instagram without lifting a finger

Since you probably don‘t want to stay tethered to posting 24/7/365, enlisting services like the Appz Instagram Assistant are practically a must. Right now, TNW Deals is knocking over 90 percent off the price of a lifetime Appz subscription, cutting your cost to only 39.99.

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The hidden secrets of insect poop

Insect defecation may not seem like one of the pressing scientific inquiries of our time, but in fact the faeces of these wee creatures serves an extraordinary variety of functions in bug and human life. Unlike most animals, many insect species actually use their excrement. They utilize it as their home, for feeding, in predator-prey interactions, for hygiene, habitat location, shelter construction, for reproduction and physical or chemical defen

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How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

The flurry of anti-dockless electric scooter headlines reached critical mass last summer. ‘This town seriously hates electric scooters,‘ screamed the link to a story focused on Santa Monica, Calif. ‘San Francisco Is Fighting the Scooter Trend With Poop and Vandalism,‘ blared another. There‘s even an Instagram account devoted to images of destroyed rideshare scooters.And, of course, ‘bike share‘ bashing is

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How 2018 became Facebook‘s worst year in privacy and security

In early December, Facebook‘s developer teamdeclaredthe discovery of a security bug that gave developers access to photos users hadn‘t shared on their timeline, including photos they had posted in Facebook Marketplace or Stories. More worryingly, apps could find access to images users might have uploaded to Facebook but didn‘t post anywhere. For example, this could be pictures you uploaded to a profile update you abandoned and d

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Hiveage streamlines your freelance and small business invoicing for just 50

Hiveage is trusted by 60,000 small businesses and freelancers around the globe -- and with this offer, you can get a lifetime of access to their suite of invoicing features for only 49.99, hundreds of dollars off the regular price.

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The security threats of neural networks and deep learning algorithms

This article is part ofDemystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. History shows that cybersecurity threats evolve along with new technological advances. Relational databases broughtSQL injection attacks, web scripting programming languages spurredcross-site scripting attacks, IoT devices ushered innew ways to create botnets, and the internet in general opened a Pandora‘s box of digital

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Government use of blockchain will shape our digital identity

To be honest, I hate the word ‘identity.‘ There‘s a lot of talk about this now, but if anyone is telling you they‘re building ‘identity‘ on a public network, you should run immediately. Why? Because it‘s probably the worst thing to do. The irony of this all, is that the more we advance into the future with devices, IoT, blockchain technology, and hyper-connectivity the more data is going to be brought i

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Recycling the world‘s plastic garbage could buy you the NFL, Apple and Microsoft

This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society‘s International Statistic of the Year. On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled. Okay but why is that such a big deal? Much like Oxford English Dictionary‘s ‘Word of the Year‘ competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this year. The judging panel accept

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AI isn‘t here to steal your job, it‘s here to make it better

The belief that AI will displace jobs has been well countered with arguments that AI actually empowers workers to focus on higher-level thinking and creating. It‘s an advantage in the workplace, not an obstruction. But there‘s another, less discussed advantage of adopting AI at work. One with the potential to level the playing field for underrepresented groups at the very top levels of many corporate environments. I see a not-too-dis

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Facebook‘s secretly working on LOL - a meme hub meant to lure teens from Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok

Facebook hasn‘t given up on attracting teens. After numerous failed products aimed at teens - including LOL, Facebook Watch, and IGTV - the company is now hard at work on LOL, a meme hub of sorts meant to win the hearts and minds of teens fleeing for greener pastures at TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram. First reported by TechCrunch‘s Josh Constine, LOL would bridge the gap of a traditional News Feed with meme-focused content that Faceb

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Facebook‘s secretly working on LOL - a meme hub meant to lure teens from Snapchat, Instagram, and Tik Tok

Facebook hasn‘t given up on attracting teens. After numerous failed products aimed at teens - including LOL, Facebook Watch, and IGTV - the company is now hard at work on LOL, a meme hub of sorts meant to win the hearts and minds of teens fleeing for greener pastures at Tik Tok, Snapchat, and Instagram. First reported by TechCrunch‘s Josh Constine, LOL would bridge the gap of a traditional News Feed with meme-focused content that Face

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Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids‘ accidental purchases [Update]

A federal judge this week ruled Facebook must make public internal documents that reveal the rather unsavory ways the company allegedly profits off of unsuspecting children - as if the company‘s history with kids wasn‘t dubious enough. The whole shebang started in 2012, with a lawsuit against Facebook in which the plaintiff claimed it‘d profited off of a child‘s unwittingtransaction. The child, referred to as I.B., said th

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Popular travel app hands out Trump-shaped stress balls to anyone who books a trip to Mexico

Travel app TRVL is offering Trump-shaped stress balls to travelers heading to Mexico, as a reward for those visiting in spite of damaging rhetoric from the USpresident. The item looks about how you‘d expect: a recreation of the President‘s head in squishy foam form. The company has 1,000 balls to give away, and they‘re available to any traveler who books a trip to Mexico via TRVL‘s site or app. For those who don‘t kn

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The #AmazonShitCarShow is some of the best crap on Prime

Amazon Prime‘s marketing team recently fired some shots when it called one of the most popular automotive shows on the air today a ‘shit car show.‘ Even crazier is that the ‘shitcar show‘ in question is one of Amazon‘s hit car shows unbelievable! Amazon‘s hit car show returns. Watch #TheGrandTour now only on Prime Video. #amazonshitcarshow - The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) January 17, 2019 If you‘re

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Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids‘ accidental purchases

A federal judge this week ruled Facebook must make public internal documents that reveal the rather unsavory ways the company allegedly profits off of unsuspecting children - as if the company‘s history with kids wasn‘t dubious enough. The whole shebang started in 2012, with a lawsuit against Facebook in which the plaintiff claimed it‘d profited off of a child‘s unwittingtransaction. The child, referred to as I.B., said th

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Microsoft is euthanizing Windows 10 Mobile in 2019

Just a few days after announcing it would stop supporting Windows 7 soon, Microsoft is sounding the death knell for another of its products: Windows 10 Mobile. Starting December 10, 2019your devices will no longer be able to receive security or software updates on the OS, and Microsoft will no longer provide support should issues arise. It‘ll provide a bit of extra time for backups and such after that date, but Windows Mobile is basically d

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Alexa gets a Sims 4 integration, while Sims get an off-brand in-game Alexa

Approximately one in five Sims under my care will die in a kitchen fire. Those who survive will face an even bigger threat: smart speakers. EA and Maxis recently announced The Sims 4 would arrive on Amazon‘s Alexa smart speakers in the form of a new Alexa skill. And, as art imitates life, your Sims are also getting their own smart speaker with a virtual assistant called ‘Lin-Z.‘ The Amazon collaboration means The Sims 4 is the l

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Ethereum devs reschedule Constantinople hard fork for late Feb

Ethereum core developers have now said they will activate the proposed Constantinople upgrade in late February. The upgrade was delayed earlier this week following a code audit, which revealed that thefork would introducesecurity issues affecting Ethereum‘s smart contracts, potentially resulting in the theft of users‘ funds. As previously reported by Hard Fork, the initial delay was announced on Tuesday less than 24 hours before the

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ShapeShift forced to ‘help‘ police with 60 cryptocurrency inquiries last year

Prominent cryptocurrency exchange service ShapeShift has disclosed the number of times it been forced to give up information about its users to international authorities. In a blog post, ShapeShift revealed it has ‘assisted‘ law enforcement agencies with 60 different inquires last year, 30 percent of which came from the United States. A significant number of enquiries made by authorities from Germany, the UK, and France were also reco

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Here‘s what Google, Strava, and more will reveal at TNW2019

The best way to learn what to expect at any conference is to check out the speaker lineup. At TNW2019, our diverse list of exciting speakers attract everyone in tech marketers, developers, designers, and everything in between. For those in the dark, TNW2019 is our annual technology festival in Amsterdam. 17,500 people come to hear industry-leading speakers, join in-depth workshops and roundtables, and network in our uniquely intimate atmosphere.

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Five reasons why 2018 was a big year for paleontology

A lot happened in the world of paleontologyin 2018. Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors and a major controversy whose outcome could rewrite human history. The Conversation Africa asked Dr Julien Benoit to discuss five important moments in paleontologyyou may have missed during 2018, and what they mean particularly for Africa and its place in the story of human origins. 1. A contes

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Blockchain sharding made so simple your dog would understand

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Scaling blockchain is becoming one of the technology‘s great mysteries. Does anyone know how to do it? Can it even be done? Some seem to think so, but of course, it won‘t be simple. There are numerous ‘solutions‘ being offered by various developers, researchers, and academics. One

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