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Why a Bitcoin future will always end up in centralization

Let‘s imagine Bitcoin has accomplished the unthinkable - it‘s become the one true currency used for peer-to-peer payments around the world. In this Bitcoin Valhalla, let‘s imagine that all non-cash payments are conducted with Bitcoin. Instead of credit cards, people whip out theifavoritete Bitcoin hardware or mobile wallets in coffee shops and hair salons across the world. Just how many of these non-cash payments would there be

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These are the best apps you‘ve probably never heard of

Have you ever wondered what products or apps you‘re missing out on? It‘s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category-but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt‘s community membersDavid Spinkshas the same question. So, he asked other users:What‘s one app you use a lot that most people don‘t know about? The community responded with over220 product recommendations. Here are 27 of our favorites-f

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Be a software AND hardware whiz with this Full Stack Web Development training

You can become the Swiss Army knife of the web development set with the training from this Full Stack Web Development Bundle, a package available from TNW Deals right now at basically any price you want to pay.

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6 things you should negotiate for as a freelancer (that aren‘t money)

When business professionals do well at their jobs, they get to negotiate for a higher salary at their next review. When we freelancers do well at our jobs, we usually don‘t get that kind of adjustment option. Worse yet, many freelancers get sucked into working for free. Recent research from Approve.io found that 70 percent of freelancers were propositioned to work for free in 2016.And, out of all the creative freelancers studied in this res

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Decentralization 2.0: Beyond the semi-monopolies of Uber and Airbnb

Four years ago, on Christmas Eve in my small hometown of Yakutsk, the temperature fell down to freezing -45C and all the local taxi services simultaneously doubled their prices - leaving loads of people stranded in the Siberian winter. Angry and frustrated, a bunch of students formed a public group on VK.com, a popular Russian social network, where anyone could submit a request for a ride, and those who owned cars could accept their calls for hel

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Interfaces are dying, so your brand needs a bigger personality

Less than a decade ago, branding style guides used to be a huge PDF covering multiple visual aspects of a brand, such as typography, colors, and photography. When digital came about, style guides started to account for pixel-based touchpoints between brand and consumer, including things like header styles, grid systems, and more detailed interaction design patterns. Over the years, they have continuously evolved. Static PDFs were not appropriate

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Why don‘t electric cars look like the future?

Electric cars were supposed to be the future or at least look like it. So now they‘re here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film? Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that electric cars would resemble the Light Runner from Tron: Legacy. After all, without the need for an internal combustion engine, an exhaust

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TigerVPN protects you online anywhere, anytime. And right now, it‘s an extra 15 off

In the age of hacking and cyberthieves, a virtual private network (VPN) offers some of the most comprehensive peace of mind possible...so secure yourself and your family with TigerVPN coverage for a lifetime. In addition to its sale price, we‘re even knocking another 15 off the price, down to just 34.99 from TNW Deals.

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Limited talent pool is standing in the way of driverless cars

2017 was an exciting year for driverless cars: from Waymo testing driverless cars on city streets for the first time, to the UK Government‘s plans to launch driverless cars onto the roads in 2021, in the past twelve months we‘ve seen faster development of driverless car technology than ever before. This year could be even more exciting. However, in order to maintain momentum, we need to tackle one issue head on: training technical tal

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AI will turn the workforce into hyper productive business centaurs

I spend a lot of my time talking to executives from some of the most iconic companies in the world. They know artificial intelligence (AI) is critical to accelerating business growth, but I‘ve been struck by how every one of them is now grappling with how to implement it in their business processes. AI isn‘t well suited to perform all tasks, so the challenge is to find ways to optimize the interface between humans and machines. Integr

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Apple CEO becomes latest tech bigwig to warn of social media‘s dangers

Apple CEO Tim Cook is the latest in a series of tech entrepreneurs and c-level executives to warn of the potential risks of social media. Speaking in the UK on Friday, Cook said: I don‘t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won‘t allow; I don‘t want them on a social network. He didn‘t stop at social media. Cook also said he didn‘t believe in the idea that the bes

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Boats and bros: Bitcoin‘s millionaire millennials smell like the 1980s

Here come the Bitcoin bros, partying hard and snarfing some marijuana cigarettes, or whatever 20-year-old millionaires do. Except, this isn‘t the 80s and we can‘t prove there‘s any cocaine. A recent yacht party saw 600 enthusiasts travel to exotic Thailand in a swank affair complete with cryptocurrency-themed music and plenty of booze. While the party-goers‘ vessel steamed across the ocean,Bitcoin was making waves of its o

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Twitter says over 600k people interacted with Russian propaganda accounts

Twitter today released more details of its internal investigation into Russian election interference, which confirmed that hundreds of thousands of users followed or interacted with accounts that tweeted propaganda. The report was an update on Twitter‘s initial findings, presented to Congress as part of an ongoing retroactive investigation into potential election meddling on social media. The investigated accounts were linked to the Interne

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Stop doing this.

I can‘t stress how much I despise these browser pop-ups. I see them all the time, and put simply, they‘re ruining the Internet. Every site that uses them fundamentally undermines their readability, and makes me never want to go back. News sites don‘t need to know my location. And nobody wants random, shrill notifications in their browser. Twitter and RSS are things, y‘know? And they‘re everywhere. Everywhere. No. Wro

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‘Bloggergate‘ fiasco leads Dublin hotel to ban bloggers in the most hilarious way possible

An Irish hotel has banned bloggers and other influencers after a 22-year-old YouTuber broke down in tears when she was refused free accomodation. Elle Darby, a UK-based social media influencer first emailed Charleville Lodge in Dublin to seek a tit for tat arrangement seeking a free five night accommodation in exchange for bringing attention to the boutique hotel. She touted her 87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers before con

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2018 is the year TVs became really interesting again

For all the buzzwords surrounding television, I‘ve feel like TVs have been kind of boring for a while. I‘ve attended CES four years in a row, and it seemed each event basically refreshed the same basic units with only mildly tangible improvements. Sure, I‘d ogle at the bombastic displays setups and panels I could never afford, but most improvements of the past years seemed more iterative than groundbreaking or even just interes

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Clever coder uses AI to make disturbingly cool music videos

What happens when you take a perfectly good neural network and, figuratively, stick a screwdriver in its brain? You get melancholy glitch-art music videos that turn talking heads into digital puppets. A machine learning developer named Jeff Zito made a series of music videos using a deep learning network based on Face2Face. Originally developed to generate stunningly realistic image transfers, like controlling a digital Obama in real-time using y

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Alexa needs to shut down sexual harassment by shutting down

Amazon has changed the way Alexa responds to suggestive and abusive language aimed at her, in response to outcries following the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. While her new response is admirable, I think there‘s another way she can correct her harassers: by denying them her services. Quartz reported ona petitionlast month for Siri and Alexa to alter their script in response to sexual harassment, from the polite deflection or co

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5 Reasons Big-Name Brands Seek to Hire Creative, Millennial Minds

The age of the baby boomer is nearly over. Are you ready for it? As the boomers age out of the workforce, millennials are starting their careers. Millennials have passed baby boomers as the most populous living generation, and much has been written about this younger generation and the way their habits and outlook will shape the world. Companies are beginning to recognize this, and as the next generation enters the workforce, savvy big-name brand

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Why proper community management might fix crypto market insecurities

These past few days have seen a ferociously wild volatility in the markets, in correlation with FUD spread through speculation regarding China / South Korea regulatory action (and the potential for other countries to adopt similar policies) as well as sensationalist stories and misinformation spread by voices of the mainstream media. At the time of writing there has been a loss across ‘Bitcoin and altcoins [by] up to 40%‘ which is be

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Gaming startup FaceIt explains why the world‘s next star athlete will be a gamer

This interview is part of our series ofGrowth Stories. We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. We asked them about their companies, their companies‘ culture, and their lives, trying to understand how these three factors played a role in the achievement of such impressive growth. Esports are booming and we know it.FaceIt is a leading esports platform that hosts online competitive tournaments. Con

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Make 2018 the year you become a great photographer

If you‘re going to take pictures, you might as well do it right - which is why the aspiring photographer should engage the services of the Hollywood Art Institute Photography course and certification to get the most out of their shots. Right now, the entire training is on sale at the massively discounted price of just 19.99 from TNW Deals.

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Startups, please don‘t buy my email address

One of my resolutions for 2018 was I wouldn‘t write about the fraught relationship between technology journalists and the startups and publicists that pitch to them. Partially because nobody cares. It‘s such a niche subject that‘s relevant to only a handful of people. The punters at home aren‘t interested; they just want to read about cutting-edge tech. But New Years resolutions exist only to be broken, and here I am writi

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This new blockchain-based platform wants to make sports betting less dodgy

According to a Statista survey, almost 50 percent of people 18 years and older in the United States have placed a bet on a sports event at least once in their life. The United States, arguably the world‘s largest sports betting market, is also getting closer to completely legalizing sports betting throughout the country. However, the channels for which to place sports bets online haven‘t evolved in terms of usability and customer expe

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