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How Hawaii‘s Emergency Alert System‘s interface SHOULD have looked

Honolulu Civil Beat managed to get a screenshot of the system that was used to accidentally launch the wrong emergency alert. It‘s an absolute mystery why such a high-impact task has an absolutely horrible interface: As a UI designer, I was stunned and embarrassed that these types of interfaces are out there. A bad interface can cause harm to people. So I decided to spend the evening redesigning the part of the Emergency Alert System‘

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How BitConnect pulled the biggest exit scheme in cryptocurrency

In a menacing turn of events yesterday, Bitcoin investment lending platform BitConnect abruptly announced it is shutting down its lending and exchange services. But while this sudden ‘curveball‘ might have come as a massive surprise for thousands of gullible investors, the writing was on the wall all along. The company, which made its foray into the cryptocurrency scene with an initial coin offering (ICO) in late December 2016, swiftl

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Slack tests private shared channels for companies to share secrets

Slack today announced several new features coming to its new shared channels, including the ability to make them private. Shared channels, currently in beta, are channels which can exist on two different Slack workspaces, enabling different organizations to work together. The new update adds private shared channels, which, as it sounds, are Shared Channels that are hidden except to the invited. Private shared channels can be public on one end and

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Why AI has to develop a personality to succeed

What‘s so interesting about talking robots? From The Tin Man and C3P0 to HAL 9000, humans have long fantasized about bringing their lovable idiosyncrasies to metal and silicon. Now, as intelligent assistants and chatbots become real presences in our lives, owing to impressive technological developments in machine learning and natural language understanding, a look at that history shows personality, not technology, is actually just as necess

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Native Instruments new Sounds.com is a music-makers wet dream

Native Instruments today unveiled Sounds.com, an online sample bank for music production. If you‘ve ever been frustrated trying to find the perfect snare, or wished you could just grab some loops and score your video, this might be the answer to your prayers. Typically gaining samples for music production involves digging through the crates (buying a lot of used records), scouring dozens of websites, or purchasing prohibitively expensive so

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Get these stylish wireless earbuds for just 39.99 today

Finding the sweet spot between awesome sound and a low price is the eternal quest of the audiophile. That‘s the sweet spot where the Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds live, especially with the current price drop bringing these 100 earbuds down to only 39.99 from TNW Deals.

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Get these stylish wireless earbuds for just 39.99 today

Finding the sweet spot between awesome sound and a low price is the eternal quest of the audiophile. That‘s the sweet spot where the Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds live, especially with the current price drop bringing these 100 earbuds down to only 39.99 from TNW Deals.

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Instagram tests new ‘Type‘ feature for Stories and screenshot alerts

Instagram‘s Stories are one of the most popular ways to share content on social media, but sometimes images and videos just aren‘t as effective as plain old text. At least, that‘s what the company seems to think; it‘s testing a new feature simply called ‘Type‘ that allows you to post a written story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-AtAmc-dr0 The feature shows up as another option at the bottom of the Storie

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How to become part of your customer‘s media diet

Gone are the days of being limited to a handful of news sources as we now reference a diverse range of mediums to stay informed, known as our media diet. Businesses should reframe their approach to marketing in 2018 by aiming to become a part of the media mix their customers consume on a daily basis. It doesn‘t really matter whether you reach consumers with a podcast, sponsored post on their favorite blog or on social media as the point is

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Get your side hustle on with Amazon and eBay-this 12-course package shows you how

Start a lucrative business with low overhead and the biggest retail partners on the block with this 12-course package called the Complete Side Hustle Bundle, just 29 right now from TNW Deals.

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Cryptocurrency doesn‘t have the same price between countries - here‘s why

In the last six months while I‘ve been actively writing about blockchain and cryptos, there‘s one question that people keep asking me ‘Why is the price of Bitcoin different between countries? Does that mean I can make money from arbitrage?‘ The short answer to that question is, ‘Yes.‘ Of course, it‘ll entail a lot of work when it comes to correctly reporting your transactions to the tax departments in you

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How to GDPR-proof your startup - time is running out

The May 25th roll-out date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is barrelling towards us. As with the majority of EU regulations, it can seem overwhelming at first, especially for startups who don‘t usually have a budget for expert legal advice. We consulted Remie Bolte, TQ member and co-founder of Project Privacy, a company dedicated to helping organizations deal with privacy regulations, to find out how startups with a limited

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How to GDPR-proof your startup - time is running out

The May 25th roll-out date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is barrelling towards us. As with the majority of EU regulations, it can seem overwhelming at first, especially for startups who don‘t usually have a budget for expert legal advice. We consulted Remie Bolte, TQ member and co-founder of Project Privacy, a company dedicated to helping organizations deal with privacy regulations, to find out how startups with a limited

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YouTube‘s decision to make it harder to monetize videos is hurting the community

YouTube is increasing the requirements for channels on its platform that will make them eligible to earn money from ads run before and during their videos. In April 2017, it began requiring channels to have a minimum of 10,000 lifetime views to qualify for its monetization program; it‘s now upped that to a threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months, and 1,000 subscribers. The company explained its revamped criteria in a

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Hike brings payments, news, and messaging to basic Android phones without mobile data

Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform all without mobile data. The company, which claims 100 million users on its platform, has been working for six months on Total, with the aim of making basic services available to people who are yet to experience the mobile web

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Kaspersky: Malware disguised as Android apps from carriers can steal your WhatsApp messages

Security firm Kaspersky has discovered a new piece of malware doing the rounds that‘s capable of spying on your Android phone like nothing else before it. The company says that the malware is called Skygofree (named after one of the domains on which it was first spotted), and is usually disguised as a downloadable app on fake sites designed to resemble those of mobile carriers, and promises to increase your internet speeds. Once it‘s

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Revolut now lets you automatically buy travel insurance based on your phone‘s location

One of the most overlooked parts of going abroad is travel insurance. That‘s probably because there‘s a massive dichotomy between how easy booking a flight within Europe is, and how tedious it is to pick out a policy. London fintech startup Revolut plans to make things even easier. The company has launched a new geolocation-based travel insurance product, called Pay-per-Day. If the company detects that you‘re abroad, it‘ll

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The importance of incentivizing fungibility in cryptocurrency projects

The bitcoinwas 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 the solution itself was novel, bitcoin has fallen well short other payment methods. To make bitcoin succeed as a global payment network, fungibility needs

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

David Marcus, head of Facebook‘s Messenger, today announcedone 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.‘ It‘s a good plan, considering Messenger has become weighed down with unnecessary add-ons. Here‘s what Facebook needs to cut from Messenger. Stories When Marcus clarified Messenger‘s status,

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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. 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 for another shot - one more GOP Senator is all we need, right? But not really. It‘s depressingto report, but all that&lsqu

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More than El Dorado: 3 less obvious benefits of launching in Latin America

Latin America has been receiving a lot more attention in recent years as a new and exciting location to start one‘s business. Sinceventure capital firms such as Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners started investing in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia and global startup organizations like 500 startups and StartupBootcamp began to lay roots over the continent, foreign businesses have started to take note of a potentially profitable region to st

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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. In a blog post titled ‘Changes coming for the Bitconnect [sic] system Halt of lending and exchange platform‘ released on its official website, the company said that is ‘closing the Bitconnect [sic] lending and exchange platform.‘ The websit

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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. 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 hair. Well, here‘s another one that parents don‘t like to cop to: Their kids watch a lot of digital content. According to research presented

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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. This comes after Facebook spent several months being raked across the coals for its inability to police its fake news and propaganda so it comes across as Facebook not fixing its own problems so much as giving up and excising the symptom completely. Even if Zuckerberg says he

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