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This Hacker News thread is a masterclass in how to put down your damn smartphone

While it‘s not worth rehashing the details, I believe most of us would agree that smartphones are both good and bad. On the one hand, we have a device that holds the vast majority of human knowledge. It‘s an invention responsible for a shift in power that democratizes information and empowers those most capable of dispensing it - in theory, at least. On the other, we have a doomsday device responsible for wrecking societal norms (for

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ProPublica designed a game to simulate the existential despair of the asylum process

A new interactive story game from ProPublica highlights the plight of asylum-seekers by pitting players against a formidable foe: a dull, dreary existence punctuated by inexorable sadness. It‘s much more affecting than it has any right to be. The Waiting Gameis designed to simulate the experience of someone seeking asylum in the United States. You follow the story of five different unnamed people, all of whom are based on real people. Each

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To hell with aging: Watch this YouTube video about a dragon

Popular Youtuber CGP Grey today released an adaptation of Nick Bostrom‘s The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant, a short story that parables the world‘s lack of effort to fight aging and death with science. It‘s an amazing animation that shines new light on an incredible story that seems outright prescient in the era of artificial intelligence breakthroughs. The video is a 13:00 complete narration of the original story, which you can re

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MyEtherWallet users report stolen funds after an Amazon DNS attack [Update]

It seems popular cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet is having issues. A litany of concerned users are reporting their wallets have suddenly been drained out without any notification or action on their side. The unexpected withdrawals have caused many netizens to suspect that MyEtherWallet has been hacked. Despite speculation though, the issue might have to do with with a glitch in Google‘s Domain Name System (DNS) protocol. Speaking to Ha

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You can now download your Instagram data. Here‘s how

What‘s the news? A couple of weeks ago, Instagram promised you‘d be able to download your data from its servers. It‘s now rolled out that feature, as first reported by TechCrunch. It includesInstagram photos, videos, comments and more. For context: While we‘d like to think Instagram will let you download your data simply out of the goodness of its heart, there are two major factors contributing to the decision. First there

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You can now download all your Instagram data. Here‘s how

What‘s the news? A couple of weeks ago, Instagram promised you‘d be able to download all your data from its servers. It‘s now rolled out that feature, as first reported by TechCrunch. And it‘s not just analytics and personal information; it theoretically includes everything Instagram has on you, including photos, videos, and comments. For context: While we‘d like to think Instagram will let you download your data sim

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Scam Alert: Fake MetaMask App on Google Play is stealing users‘ ETH

The epidemic of phoney cryptocurrency apps continue to float heedlessly on the Play Store, and Google can‘t seem to do anything about it. Security researcher Lukas Stafanko has found yet another phishing app on the Google Play Store - this time it is an imposter of Metamask, a popular Ethereum DApp Browser. Just last week, we had reported that Google Play is hosting a disturbing amount of cryptocurrency phishing applications. The fake MetaM

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Nvidia‘s AI reconstructs partially erased images with jaw-dropping accuracy

Nvidia this week unveiled its newest AI breakthrough in the form of a mind-blowing computer vision technique that can ‘inpaint‘ parts of an image that have been deleted or modified. If you‘re thinking Photoshop already does this, think again. This is something you have to see to believe. Nvidia‘s researchers explain the difference between its novel method for inpainting images with deep learning and currently existing tech

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LG G7 leak shows off phone in full glory

We already know the LG G7 ThinQ will officially be revealed on May 2, but that isn‘t stopping the leaks from flowing. Everyones favorite leaker,Evan Blass,shared an image of the G7 from pretty much every angle. The image simply confirms much of what we already knew. The phone will have dual cameras this time oriented vertically a notch at the top, and a small-ish bezel at the bottom. It looks kind of like the Huawei P20 from the front, mi

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Cancel your plans: Remake of Norwegian internet hit-show Skam airs in the US today

Scandinavia‘s favorite TV-show Skam - or ‘Shame‘- is airing in the US, at 3.40 PM CT today on Facebook Watch. Oh, you have no idea how excited you should be. Skam, as it is called in the original, is a Norwegian tv-show produced by the public broadcasting channel NRK. It follows a group of friends at a high-school in Oslo and depicts their everyday lives, struggles, and insecurities. The show first aired in the fall of 2015 and

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Ubuntu Touch lives again on the upcoming crowdfunded Purism Librem 5 smartphone

One of the most interesting upcoming smartphones is Purism‘s Librem 5. This crowdfunded device, which is expected to land early next year, emphasizes privacy above all else. For starters, it runs totally open-source software. Forget iOS and Android, with its proprietary binary blobs: every bit and byte that ships with the Librem 5 is open to inspection. And as is the case with the Librem 13 laptops (which are apparently selling well), the l

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MyEtherWallet users report stolen funds after a Google DNS attack

It seems popular cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet is having issues. A litany of concerned users are reporting their wallets have suddenly been drained out without any notification or action on their side. The unexpected withdrawals have caused many netizens to suspect that MyEtherWallet has been hacked. Despite speculation though, the issue might have to do with with a glitch in Google‘s Domain Name System (DNS) protocol. Speaking to Ha

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Indian President says Sanskrit is the best language for developing AI

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, speaking at the 17th convocation of the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, said the ancient language of Sanskrit was the most suitable language for writing algorithms and developing artificial intelligence. Why it matters: President Kovind was addressing a crowd of academics and specifically talking about Sanskrit‘s usefulness. He spoke about the rich history of Sanskrit as an ancient

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Facebook finally reveals how it decides to delete posts

Facebook today revealed the internal guidelines by which its moderators review content, meaning users will finally have a clearer idea of why some content is taken down, and how they can appeal the decision. What it is:The complete list of community standards is divided up into six sections, each one tackling the specifics of a kind of content. For example, they have different lists for objectionable content, such as hate speech, and respecting i

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Font psychology: What the posters for Netflix‘s top shows can teach us

When the day is done and you get to finally settle down for some sacred Netflix and chill time, how do you decide what show to watch? There is no shortage of options to choose from on Netflix. I can‘t count how many times I‘ve sat there staring at the rows and rows of shows with no clue where to start. So how do we choose what show to settle on? Sure, many of us hop on the bandwagon for the latest bingeable show. But what contributes

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This blockchain-based platform plans to boost earnings for social media influencers

The rapid evolution of technology means that it‘s not just celebrities who are the biggest influencers today. Now, it‘s possible for unknown individuals to raise their awareness, their influence ability, and become famous through platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Yet, while these avenues may attract a significant number of people to follow them, it doesn‘t necessarily mean that they get the exposure they want wi

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EOS cryptocurrency trading and investing lands on eToro

Social trading platform eToro has expanded its existing cryptocurrency trading and investing offerings with a new token: EOS. The pairing is already available on the platform for any users interested in buying EOS tokens. eToro says that EOS will soon also get implemented into its CopyFund feature, which lets users effortlessly mimic the trading activity of more successful traders and markets. EOS, which is building an ultra-scalable blockchain p

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iMazing 2 lets you control your mobile data your way for under 22

You can streamline the entire file management process to and from your iOS device with iMazing 2 for Mac or PC. A universal license covering an unlimited number of iPhones and iPads is available now at 68 percent off - 24.99 - from TNW Deals.

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Bitmain subsidiary Antpool accused of artificially boosting Bitcoin Cash (BCH) price

China-based Bitcoin mining giant and ASIC chips manufacturer Bitmain has landed in yet another controversy. Its subsidiary Antpool, known as one of the world‘s largest Bitcoin mining pools, has found itself in hot water after it became clear the company is burning a chunk of all Bitcoin Cash (BCH) mining fees and sending them to a ‘black hole address‘ a move many have since deemed a blatant attempt at artificially boosting th

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With smart cities, your every step will be recorded

Modern cities are brimming with objects that receive, collect and transmit data. This includes mobile phones but also objects actually embedded into our cities, such as traffic lights and air pollution stations. Even something as simple as a garbage bin can now be connected to the internet, meaning that it forms part of what is called the internet of things (IoT). A smart city collects the data from these digital objects and uses it to create new

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Broadband speeds are slowing the adoption of VR

As VR is more likely than ever to make its way into your home, it‘s vital that we have a kick-ass internet connection for a seamless experience. Unfortunately, it‘s not as easy as you might think. Companies like Netflix are holding off on their VR plans - could this be due to the struggle for bandwidth? I spoke with Bryan Hill, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Interxion, to see what he thinks. First off, Bryan explain

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Mobvoi‘s AirPods-style wireless earbuds promise comparable features for less

After entering the smart gadgets market with Wear OS-based watches and a Google Assistant-powered speaker, Beijing-based hardware brand Mobvoi is now working on its next product: its TicPods Free wireless earbuds. With their extended batons, these resemble Apple‘s AirPods to some degree, and aim to match up to their feature set with a smaller price tag. They‘re currently drumming up interest on Indiegogo, and have already surpassed th

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‘In AR and VR, caution might not be such a bad thing,‘ says data center expert

As VR is more likely than ever to make its way into your home, it‘s vital that we have a kick-ass internet connection for a seamless experience. Unfortunately, it‘s not as easy as you might think. Companies like Netflix are holding off on their VR plans - could this be due to the struggle for bandwidth? I spoke with Bryan Hill, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Interxion, to see what he thinks. First off, Bryan explain

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Google Search now helps you hunt for jobs in India

Roughly a year after launching its job search tool in the US, Google is bringing the feature to India today. Searching for terms like ‘jobs near me,‘ ‘jobs for freshers,‘ or ‘content writing jobs‘ will now surface openings from a roster over a million listings, from some 90,000 employers nationwide. The company says its tool should help job seekers at every level, from recent college grads to experienced manage

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