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Google doesn‘t want you to ‘send a message to Barack Obama‘

Well, kind of. It appears that the Google app for Android is suffering from a bizarre glitch that breaks its interface anytime someone tries searching how to send a message to Barack Obama. As spotted by observant users on Reddit, what triggers the bug is the search input or namely ‘how to send a message to Barack Obama.‘ Instead of Obama‘s contact details, the search breeds a long string of incomprehensible characters. Here&l

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This blockchain-based startup will cut out the middlemen in travel booking

The travel and tourism industry is worth nearly 1.6 trillion globally and accounts for one-tenth of the world‘s GDP. Despite this vast market, the industry is dominated by monopolies. This is quite evident in the space for travel booking services. Major players like Booking.com, Expedia, and Airbnb have become the go-to places for finding hotels and rooms but they all charge fees for the vendors while payment processing charges a fee on the

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Level puts a fitness tracker in your glasses, and it‘s not the worst idea ever

VSP Global, a network of eye care businesses in the US, is gearing up to begin selling its Level smart glasses next month. But unlike efforts from Intel and Vuzix, these spectacles don‘t feature fancy displays or augmented reality capabilities; instead, they‘re designed to help you stay in shape. The 270 glasses, which will go on sale in March at optometry practices across the US, look like standard spectacles and come with the same s

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Signal‘s secure messaging app gets a 50 million lifeline from WhatsApp co-founder

One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that‘s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it‘s been around. Now, it‘s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a rival app. Brian Acton, who built WhatsApp with Jan Koum into a 19 billion business and sold it to Facebook, is pouring 50 million into

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Hologroup‘s MR Guide makes Microsoft‘s HoloLens your new tour guide

Russian startup Hologroup recently released MR Guide for HoloLens developers. The software gives anyone the ability to make a holographic tour for Microsoft‘s mixed-reality headset, with no programming necessary. Currently the HoloLens hardware is available to the public only in a costly developer‘s edition, but it‘s already seeing useful software. MR Guide gives early adopters the tools to create experiences directly in the Hol

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Bowers & Wilkins PX Review: Beautiful sound after I got a haircut

Bowers and Wilkins‘ PX are among the best Bluetooth headphones I‘ve tried in recent memory. It‘s just weird it took a trip to the barber to get the best sound out of them. The PX are a 400 pair of noise cancelling headphones that launched to rave reviews for their classy looks and pristine sound. Unfortunately, my experience out of the box was not quite the same. The sound seemed to lack body, especially when noise cancelling wa

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Facebook, Google, and Microsoft gurus say AI will help workers, not replace them

‘In general, AI will not replace jobs, but it will transform them. Ultimately, every job is going to be made more efficient by AI,‘ says Facebook‘s Yann LeCun. Reports of the demise of human labor may be hyperbolic, if you believe the likes of LeCun, Google‘s Peter Norvig, and Microsoft‘s Eric Horvitz. The trio, each heads of research for the tech giants who employ them, participated in an ‘ask me anything&lsqu

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Twitter users cry foul when asked to verify their identities

Some Twitter users woke up to an unpleasant surprise this morning: Upon attempting to access their Twitter accounts, they were told they were temporarily locked out of their accounts. Shortly after this, the hashtag #TwitterLockout began trending, as users began to complain of being censored or persecuted by the site. That wasn‘t all of it. Upon logging in, they discovered they had lost a number of followers. Some users have speculated that

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Read the official FCC net neutrality repeal document and weep

The US government‘s official journal, the Federal Register, today revealed the FCC‘s net neutrality repeal paperwork in an ‘unpublished‘ version ahead of the unveiling of the officialversion set for 22 February. The document istitled ‘Restoring Internet Freedom.‘ This name, we can only guess, is meant to continue former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai‘s trend of lying to the American people. It‘s available

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Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends during calls without stopping the party

Facebook Messenger is making it easier to invite friends to your calls. Starting today, you can add friends onto an ongoing session. Previously you had to close your call, create a new group, and then initiate a call again. Now you can just tap on the screen while on a call and select the ‘add person‘ button. It‘s small change, but one that‘ll make the calling experience more seamless. Say you want to surprise a friend for

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YouTubers turn car into the world‘s biggest mouse

A YouTuber turned a small car into a massive mouse, and now we want to use it to play all the games. The car is ‘Cheese Louise,‘ a canary-yellow Comuta-Car - an electric car from the 80s which looks like a sentient, upside-down garbage skip. Louise is owned by Simone Giertz, who you might remember as the person who built - and subsequently got tangled up in - a rubber-handed alarm clock of death. The person doing the mousifying is Wil

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Why batteries are holding up tech breakthroughs - and what‘s happening now

Chances are, you‘re reading this article on a device that depends on a battery to operate. It might be your smartphone, your laptop, your tablet, or some other device, but it requires electricity to function. We live in an era of explosive growth in technological innovation, yet so many of our new technologies still rely on the same methods of energy storage. Despite incremental advancements, batteries haven‘t changed all that much ov

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Cryptocurrency News 2/21/2018

Editor‘s note: The following column is written as intentional satire and may or may not have deliberate or undeliberate errors. What happened everyone. What happened?! Cryptos go to the toilet God damnit we were all doing so well, and now Bitcoin is down to 10,500. How the hell am I meant to pay back the 40% APR loan I took out to buy all of them? This is ridiculous! You‘ll hear from my senator Mr. Bob Fudge (Democrat). Japan breaks B

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This cloud computing service runs Windows on Mac and Overwatch on smartphones

French cloud computing startup Blade today announced its Shadow PC service is available in California, marking the company‘s entry to the US market. With it, you can run Windows 10 on a Mac or play competitive shooters online using your smartphone and a game pad. The Shadow PC service gives users unlimited access to a high-end computer on the cloud. It‘s a complete Windows 10 experience allowing subscribers to install any software the

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Only the rich can get richer off cryptocurrencies

I‘m guilty. I‘m guilty for making fun of people betting obscene amounts of money on cryptocurrency because I know I‘m safe. I‘ve personally only put in money that I can afford to lose. When I see someone put 25,000 on Bitcoin, I laugh, but I also feel bad. When I see a forum of people potentially losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, I‘ve posted it and everyone‘s had a good chuckle. But deep down there&lsquo

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Got questions for a cryptography expert? Iddo Bentov is joining us on TNW Answers

How did you first get into cryptography? Will Bitcoin end in centralization?What exactly is an Instantaneous Decentralized Poker? Ask all this and more to Cornell University‘s resident cryptographyexpert, Iddo Bentov. Bentov is a Postdoctoral Associate in Computer Science at Cornell University. As an active contributor to the Bitcoin space since 2011, he has public several academic papers on bitcoin-related topics and cryptography. He also

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Apple‘s new HomePod is hereand we wanna give you one - FREE!

All you‘ve got to do to take home one of these babies is enter the Apple HomePod Giveaway for your chance to be the proud owner of a new first generation Apple HomePod, a 349 value.

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TNW‘s Big Spam: What do you call a week without a Wednesday?

Q: What do you call a week without a Wednesday? Top trending tech news: Uber officially launched Uber Express POOL(TechCrunch) Jeff Bezos bought a really expensive clock(TNW) Spotify announced its first new hardware product (TNW) What we‘re talking about: JeffBezosjust installeda 42 million 10,000-year clockon his property. Because he can. Twitter bannedthousands of Russian bot accounts yesterday - and Trump supporters are pissed.Follow the

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Find out how to get a team of business pros backing your new venture for under 40

The resources of Startups.co University want to make sure you don‘t stumble down the wrong roads...which is why you can lock in a lifetime of access to their entire portfolio of business startup materials and outreach for just 39 from TNW Deals.

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Shit programmers say, decoded

We all know thatproduct managers speak the same lingo to explain what they actually mean. But software engineers are just as culpable of a common dialect with hidden meaning. Here are eight of the most common programmer sayings, translated. Disclaimer: I‘m a former PM. But with the help of Google SWEPragya Bajoria, these shouldn‘t be too far from the truth. 1. This will take me a week tofinish. ‘Yeah that sounds great, I‘l

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The Vatican (yes, the Holy City) is organizing its first ever hackathon

‘No, I did not have to pitch the idea to the Pope,‘ laughs JakubFlorkiewicz, the co-initiator of the first Vatican Hackathon in history. ‘But the participants of the event hopefully will,‘ he adds. So how did this unlikely event come to be? ‘It‘s a story about a student arriving in Rome with an idea, and finding people who got excited about that idea,‘ Florkiewicz tells me. ‘Passionate myself about

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IOTA is vulnerable to replay attacks but has no intention of fixing the flaw

Fledgling blockchain startup IOTA has ran into yet another technical issue. ResearcherJoseph Rebstock has detailed a vulnerability in its network which makes users susceptible to replay attacks a common exploit vector in which valid data is erroneously repeated in order to steal cryptocurrency from users. The issues stems from a function related to IOTA‘s choice to use one-time signatures when processing transactions on the Tangle the com

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How a French 16-year-old is teaching the world to build VR headsets for 100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly 750 million at the age of 25, having sold his company to Facebook. 16-year-old Maxime Coutt‘s story has something in common with Luckey‘s beginnings, in that he set out at an early age

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How a French 16-year-old taught the world to build VR headsets for 100

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus and the inventor of arguably the most successful commercial virtual reality headset, was only 17 when he completed his first prototype for the device. Fast-forward to the present day, and Luckey is now worth roughly 750 million at the age of 25, having sold his company to Facebook. 16-year-old Maxime Coutt‘s story has something in common with Luckey‘s beginnings, in that he set out at an early age

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