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What Affect Is Tech Having on Society? An Interview With Yael Eisenstat

Yael Eisenstat has an interesting past. She ‘came out‘ as a long term CIA employee in January 2017 after Donald Trump delivered a poorly received speech in front of the C.I.A. Memorial Wall. She didn‘t intend to be sensationalist or release state secrets like some previous ex-secret service employees who revealed their identity, rather she had had enough of Trumps stream of insults to her country and hoped that her actions could

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Uber now lets riders in India ditch cards and pay via UPI

Since last August, India has been championing its Unified Payments Interface (UPI), a simplified system that lets people pay for purchases and transfer money instantly via mobile across banks. And now, Uber‘s taking advantage of it by allowing users to pay for rides using UPI. That‘s huge, because it negates the need for passengers to add a credit or debit card, and also takes digital wallets a growing phenomenon in India, with major

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5 lessons small business should learn from recent cyber attacks

If the recent cyber attacks have taught us anything, it is that most people are dangerously unprepared for them. Cyber security should be at the forefront of virtually every industry yet it is often treated as an afterthought. Small businesses are in a particularly disadvantaged position. Even so, many are unaware of the dangers they are already facing. The truth is that an estimated 43 percent of cyber-attacks target small businesses, so there a

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OnePlus has fixed the scary glitch that restarted phones when dialing 911

Emergency averted. Following reports from concerned users experiencing abrupt reboots when dialing the emergency hotline 911 from their all-new OnePlus 5 handsets, the Chinese phonemaker has managed to promptly patch the glaring bug. ‘We have been in touch with the customer and have tested a software update that has resolved the issue,‘ a spokesperson for OnePlus told TNW. ‘We will be rolling out the software update shortly,&lsq

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Google takes on Android malware head-on with Play Protect

In an effort to keep Android users safe from malware on their phones, Google is rolling out its Play Protect security features to all devices running Google Mobile Services 11 and up. Google says it‘ll automatically scan apps from the Play store that are installed on your phone to ensure there‘s no funny business; apps that don‘t play nice will be blocked or removed from your device. The service was first announced in May, but i

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Yes, that‘s Microsoft Cortana in your thermostat

Microsoft has teamed up with Johnson Controls to develop GLAS, a new thermostat with a sleek a translucent touchscreen that lets you adjust the temperature in your room, and monitor air quality and energy usage by tapping the display or issuing voice commands to its built-in Cortana assistant. With the inclusion of voice controls, GLAS is more like the Alexa-equipped Ecobee4 than a touch-only Nest. Microsoft hasn‘t shared much more info tha

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Samsung is reportedly ditching its smart speaker project

Earlier this month, we heard about Samsung‘s plans to create a smart speaker that would feature its Bixby voice assistant and take on Amazon Echo, Google Home et al. Now, The Korea Herald reports from the company‘s home country that the project is being shelved because Samsung doesn‘t believe there‘s enough money in it. An anonymous source told KH: Samsung currently does not view Al speakers as marketable, as the global ma

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Go phish: A smart fish tank let hackers into a casino

A hacker managed to use a smart fish tank to gain access to a casino, according to a report from a security firm. According to CNN, the fish tank was used as a point of entry, allowing the intruders to move laterally through the network. They managed to use the tank to send data to Finland before security firm Darktrace shut them down. The casino with the fish tank goes unnamed, though it might have been alluded to in an interview Darktrace&lsquo

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Google previewed its VR ad prototype and we‘re not fans

VR ad experiments are taking place at Google‘s Area 120workshop because developers are itching to monetize their apps according to a recent blog post. But unfortunately, the ads aren‘t as cool as you think. Because virtual reality is such a personal experience, developers are leaning away from intrusive ad experiences. No pop-ups sound like a breath of fresh air until you see the actual prototype a floating, branded box. The reasonin

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RadioShack is somehow still alive and under new management

RadioShack, the 96-year-old electronics store that‘s gone bankrupt twice in the last decade, is still here - and a new business just ensured it‘ll still be here a little while longer. Talk about a blast from the past. According to Reuters,Kensington Capital Holdings, a single family office from Boston, assumed ownership of the chain with a 15 million bid. According to Reuters‘ sources, the new owners will license the brand back

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Millennials: 7 big-money career paths for those searching for job satisfaction

What are you hoping to get out of your career? A hefty 401k? A six figure salary? Nice Christmas bonuses? If you‘re like most Millennials, you likely just want to be satisfied with the work you do and the company you do it for. Job satisfaction is a result of a variety of aspects coming into play. Primarily, job satisfaction comes when employees feel that they are in a trusting and respectful environment. Job satisfaction also goes hand in

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Check out this ‘co-op personality test‘ on Xbox One today

Moonhunters was released on Xbox One today, becoming the first ‘co-op personality test‘ on the console. It‘s actually a video-game, not a test, and it doesn‘t seem to tell you anything about your own personality. In spite of itself though, Moonhunters is a beautiful game that weaves a compelling story. The game is a short adventure that has players hack and slash through a tale broken into five parts. Each ‘telling&l

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The Google Pixel 2 will be gorgeous, according to these renders

The original Google Pixel had somewhat divisive looks, but if recent leaks are anything to go by, the second version will appeal much more to the masses. Now a render based on those leaks gives us a good idea of just how sleek it might be. YouTube Channel Concept Creator took a stab at creating 3D models of the device, including some possible shades and two-tone color configurations. While there‘s nothing to suggest Google will use these sp

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I used a meditation app for 30 days and all I got was one with the universe

I am a leaf on the wind, a zen master, and a techno-guru who inspires calm and balance in all those who gaze upon me. Okay, I‘m actually a slow-motion train wreck. But I spent 30 days with the Headspace app, meditating my ass off, in order to fix that. That‘s another lie. The truth is, I set out to meditate for 30 days straight and failed miserably. In one month I managed to complete a 10-minute meditation session 11 times, including

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Smuggling iPhones in your pants is a bigger trend than you think

A woman recently attempted to smuggle over 100 iPhones into China to make a profit. The woman was taking what appears to be a common smuggling route - bringing iPhones from Hong Kong (where they‘re cheaper) to mainland China by way of Shenzhen. Officials at Shenzhen spottedbulges on the woman‘s body underneath the heavy clothes she was wearing in the middle of the summer heat, and detained her. When they examined her, they found four

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Facebook is gearing up to launch Stories for Pages and Brands [UPDATED]

Facebook might be struggling to get you and your friends to use its recently introduced Stories feature, but it appears the company is already gearing up to expand the functionality to brands and pages. The popular social media platform now has a dedicated Stories field in the Branded Content section under the Page Insights settings panel. Details are still unclear, but we anticipate the feature will be an extension of Stories specifically design

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Apple launched a blog to show off its machine learning research

Apple is investing in machine learning, and it wants you to know. The company just launched a blog dubbed the Apple Machine Learning Journal, with the intent to show off its research into the technology. The company sums it up in its introductory post: Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal. Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for million

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Learn to build video games from the ground up for less than 50

With platforms and programming languages galore at your disposal, you‘ve got several different avenues out there to build your amazing video game idea. But you need skills to craft your dream worlds on these dream worlds that‘s where 2017 Zero to Hero Game Development bundle of courses comes in handy Right now, you can pick up this nine-course education on video game development at a giant discount -just 49, an over 90 percent saving

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Everybody is mad about Nintendo‘s shitty new voice chat app for Switch

Following months of anticipation, Nintendo has finally unveiled its all-new Switch Online mobile app for iOS and Android. Designed to make the overall Switch gameplay experience more seamless, the app was built with the intention to connect gamers across the globe. But there is one massive hiccup with this approach: Gamers are absolutely fucking hating it. For those unfamiliar, Switch Online essentially promises to bring players together by givin

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Take a first look at Augmenting Alice, an AR-enhanced book about the future of AR

We‘re pleased to share an exclusive pre-publication of Augmenting Alice, a book about AR that has one very special feature: AR. Kind of like a pop-up book, but for 2017. The book was written by Galit Ariel, a multidisciplinary creative who‘s bio states she‘ll ‘bitch-slap people still using the term ‘disruptive innovation‘.‘ Earlier this year, Ariel graced TNW Conference with a talk about how ‘Augmen

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Robot sculptors are hijacking galleries all around the world

Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm. It was a standard industrial robot arm, but it was not going to be used for standard purposes. The robot‘s job would be to carve moulds for the casting of large-scale, metal sculptures. It is being installed by Urban Art Projects, a company that specialises in the manufacture of sculpture and custom architectura

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Shutterstock has weird stock videos showing a Bitcoin trader in his undies

The standard rules of common sense no longer apply once you enter the infinitely absurd domain of stock photography especially when your distributor of choice is Shutterstock. As spotted by one snoopy Twitter user, the popular stock content provider now has a large collection of videos depicting a cryptocurrency trader impatiently monitoring a currency exchange chart in real-time on his couch in his underwear. Shutterstock has a whole series of

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SoundCloud is worth saving.

SoundCloud is on life support, and it might not have long left. The Swedish-born and Berlin-based music sharing company just shed a huge swathe of its workforce, closing offices in San Francisco and London. These layoffs were especially tumultuous, as they involved new hires, some who had been with the company for just a week. According to TechCrunch, the company only has enough money to keep it afloat until Q4. What happens after then is anyone&

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Facebook is gearing up to launch Stories for Pages and Brands

Facebook might be struggling to get you and your friends to use its recently introduced Stories feature, but it appears the company is already gearing up to expand the functionality to brands and pages. The popular social media platform now has a dedicated Stories field in the Branded Content section under the Page Insights settings panel. Details are still unclear, but we anticipate the feature will be an extension of Stories specifically design

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