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Every country should consider copying this UK bill to support electric cars

In order for electric vehicles to go mainstream, it‘ll take more than just people buying them: governments will have to create infrastructure that enables drivers to use them just as easily as regular cars. And that‘s what the UK is trying to do with the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. It was included in the Queen‘s Speech (a list of laws that the government hopes to get approved by Parliament over the coming two years), a

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5 Ways to mitigate billions of ad fraud problem

Ad-related fraud is a very real problem that has been puzzling everyone in the industry from small business owners who wish to do new marketing campaigns to giants like Google and Facebook. According to a study by WWP, the revenue of global advertising wasted on fraudulent traffic and clicks generated by bots will reach 16.4 billion in 2017, double the 7.2 billion figure estimated last year. But what issues lie at the core of this problem? 1.Expe

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Mark Zuckerberg was Travis Kalanick before we ever knew the name

In post-dot com era Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg was the poster child for all things bro culture. The flip-flop clad, hoodie-wearing savant was thrust into the spotlight in his early 20s, and with his rise to fame came elements of toxic culture we didn‘t yet understand: playing fast and loose with the rules, lack of loyalty (or females and minorities for that matter) in the ranks, and the ‘move fast and break things‘ mantra that&l

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Ebay starts price-matching Amazon in struggle for consumer attention

In its continuing divergence from its original form as an auction site, eBay now offers price-matching through its Deals site. Up to 50,000 items will be available will now come with a price-matching guarantee, meaning if you find it for a lower price on another site, eBay will match the price. The shopping site has been undermined in recent years by juggernaut Amazon, as well as increased online presences from stores like Walmart and Best Buy. I

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Pokmon GO cheaters punished with unpredictable monster behavior

Last month, Pokmon GO developer Niantic decided to deal with cheaters by trolling them with extremely common monsters. Now the company is taking its anti-cheating measures to another level. In a Reddit post, Niantic had the following to say: With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokmon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers. Starting today,

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Smart devices scare old people

A 1000 person survey on issues relating to privacy has revealed that smart devices pose too much risk for the elderly to trust. Survey respondents aged over 65 said that virtual assistants, TVs, and gaming systems weren‘t worth it, rating them a 7.9on a ten point scale from ‘less bothersome‘ to ‘more bothersome‘. The survey was conducted bySafehome an organization that provides information on home security. The respo

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Super Mario Bros. in AR offers a peek at the future of gaming

Everything old is new again. Old, in this case, is the NES classic that introduced many of us to gaming. New, is a recently re-designed level using HoloLens that allows players to become their favorite fictional Italian plumber through the power of augmented reality. Developer Abhishek Singh recreated a single level of the classic game and played it in New York‘s Central Park. He did it dressed as Mario himself, but I‘d assume that pa

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Virgin Mobile only sells iPhones now, because who cares about choice?

If you‘re a Virgin Mobile USA subscriber and are looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest Android device, I have some bad news for you. The Sprint-powered carrier has decided to go all-in on Apple products. If you want a phone, your only options are the iPhone6, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus. God forbid you want a phone with a headphone jack when you need to upgrade in a couple of years. To prove just how serious the company is about t

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Taking pictures in low light with your phone: 13 tips for shooting like a pro

With July 4th coming up, you‘ll want to make sure you can eke the best out of your phone‘s camera for those nighttime fireworks. Though phones vary in quality and features significantly, there are still some general tricks both technical and common sense you can pick up on to maximize image quality in low light. Technical primer: Understanding exposure Before we begin, you should understand the two main variables affect exposure (ho

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Stephen Hawking says Earth is doomed; It‘s time to move on

World renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is urging the nations of Earth to resume sending manned missions to the moon. He wants us to engage in another space-race one that will serve as the catalyst for our eventual migration to a second Earth-like home planet. Professor Hawking spoke to the crowd at the Starmus Festival yesterday in Norway: We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds. It is time to expl

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11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers. It‘s one of those ineffable things that‘s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It‘s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where we‘ve created an entire category of worker that just called ‘creative.‘ But while creativity might seem like magic

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Netflix partner studio trusted hackers‘ honor - and it cost them

Last April, several episodes of the fifth season ofOrange is the New Black were leaked online. New testimony reveals it all started due to outdated computer software and the fickle whims of extortionist hackers. According to Variety, acollective calling themselves The Dark Overlord cracked the computers of Larson Studios, an audio post-production company that has worked onOrange is the New Black, among other shows. The studio was randomly targete

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Dad‘s age linked to geekier kids, higher intelligence, and autism

Dads looking to create the next generation of geeks should hold their horses. A new study shows that waiting until later in life to procreate increases the chances that male offspring will be intelligent, aloof, and focused. Researchers from King‘s College London and The Seaver Autism Center at Mt. Sinai collected data from 15,000 twin pairs. This data was used to create a ‘geek index‘ that scores children in areas like non-verb

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Learn the keys to crafting sturdy, beautiful websites - for only 39

Being a webmaster (especially a qualified and certified webmaster) means mastering a wide ranging skill set. It isn‘t enough to just know coding or graphic design or video and animation creation - you have to know something about all those disciplines as well as how they work together. You can earn the training in all those fields along with the certification to prove your mastery with the Web Design CPD Certification package of courses. Th

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Snapchat launches new Map feature to connect you with people nearby

Following speculation from last week, Snapchat has introduced a new location service: Snap Maps. The new feature, which aimsto hook you up with nearby users, essentially lets you follow where your friends are hanging out and what they‘re up to. In a way, Snap Maps is supposed to help you keep up with all the events and activities that are taking place in your your vicinity. Check out the video below to get a better idea how the new function

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This wall charger is the size of a credit card, and won‘t hurt if you step on it

Phone chargers are big, bulky, and often, completely forgettable. I can‘t count the number of times I‘ve left my house without my plug and cable, only for my phone to run out of juice halfway through the day. One potential solution to this all-too-common problem comes from Kado - a compelling Israeli startup that has figured out how to miniaturize a full phone charger into something as small as a credit card. I had the pleasure of see

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Sega is bringing free retro games straight to Android and iOS

Following in the footsteps of Nintendo and Atari, Sega has hopped on the retro gaming bandwagon to bring heaps of classic games from the 1990s straight to your flashy new Android and iOS devices. The new initiative, which aims to give old-school players a chance to revisit their most fondly remembered gaming memories, will be calledSega Forever and will feature a total of five titles at launch. The first games to arrive will be Sonic the Hedgehog

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Hiring freelancers online to build a national ID system is probably not smart

Grand, government-level IT projects are bloody tricky beasts. You don‘t have to look hard to find examples of ones that have gone over-budget and over-time. It‘s never a good sign when a country cheaps out on a tech project. And yet, one IT consultancy is bravely (and stupidly) trying to sub-contract a freelancer from People Per Hours to build a national e-ID system to be deployed across a yet-unnamed country. UK tech blog The Registe

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Thinking of starting an Airbnb business? Here are some tips.

Getting involved in the Airbnb industry sounds like easy money. You already have the rental units, and now all you have to do is keep them clean, post some pictures, and you have a business, right? Unfortunately, it‘s not that simple. As Airbnb has grown, so have customer expectations. Though the company was originally named for the air mattresses guests slept on in strangers‘ living rooms, customers now look for rentals more reminisc

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Someone made a site that tells you if Travis Kalanick is still the CEO of Uber

Following a disastrous string of publicity blunders over the past several months, earlier today tainted Silicon Valley entrepreneur Travis Kalanick announced he will be stepping down from his role as a CEO at Uber. But it seems one mysterious netizen had seen this coming all along. A week ago someone registered the bizarrely prophetic domain istravisstillceo.com. As the name gives out, the website has simply been set up to indicate whether Kalani

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Is an Uneasy Peace at Hand in the Ongoing Ad Blocker Battle?

Google has recently confirmed what was previously just a rumor: that an ‘ad filter‘ is coming to Chrome. Though many are skeptical about Google‘s move, it‘s clear the new technology will be different from traditional ad blockers. The new feature, which will conform to the advertising guidelines of the Coalition for Better Ads, will block ads that significantly disrupt the user experience. It is less forgiving to ads that d

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Uber now lets you tip drivers but will you?

Uber has finally caught up to its rivals in the ridesharing business with the launch of its latest feature the ability for riders to pay drivers a tip through the app. Currently being tested in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston (with plans to expand across the US and eventually other countries), it‘s simple enough to use after your trip ends, you can choose a preset amount when rating your ride, or enter a custom amount; there‘s a 3

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned

Following months of scandal at Uber and pressure from investors, CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has stepped down from his position at the ridesharing company, reports The New York Times. While he will no longer head the firm, Kalanick will remain on its board of directors. DevelopingOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Fill up your ebook reader with beautifully formatted free classics

I‘ve long been meaning to get around to finally reading some classic must-read books by the likes of Jules Verne, HG Wells and Anton Chekov, and I‘m glad that I‘ve finally run out of excuses. You‘ve probably heard of Project Gutenberg, an incredible initiative that‘s turned over 54,000 books whose copyrights have expired into freely downloadable ebooks. But they aren‘t formatted as well as most ebooks you&lsquo

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