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Microsoft announces Age of Empires IV

At the ongoing Gamescom expo in Germany, Microsoft announced the impending arrival of Age of Empires IV, the latest in its epic real-teal strategy game franchise. The title is being developed by Relic Entertainment, which previously worked on the Company of Heroesand Dawn of War series. That‘s a shift away from Ensemble Studios, which created the original AoE, and was disbanded by Microsoft after it acquired the developer. Microsoft didn&ls

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Elon Musk taps his inner customer service rep on Twitter

Elon Musk spent part of his weekend replying to individual Tesla customers‘ requests on Twitter. The electric car company CEO responded to several customers requesting updates to the automatic seating, headrest, and steering wheel settings for Tesla driver profiles. Tesla is known for customer satisfaction; Consumer Reports gave it a 91 for owner happiness and rated it an 87 overall which is currently best in class. As any Tesla owner will

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WhatsApp gets a colorful update to its text statuses feature

WhatsApp today announced a new form of status update - this time with colorful text and backgrounds. Now, when users have a text update to share, they have the option of doing so with a bright background or font. According to a spokesperson: Now you never have to worry about getting the word out to all your family and friends. Whether you‘re looking for vacation recommendations or notifying a group about the address for a party, the text-ba

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Facebook makes it quicker to check friends are safe when disaster strikes

Facebook todayannounced it was updating its Safety Check feature, making it easier to find and more useful for people in dire need. It will now have its own dedicated tab with all information consolidated there. According to Facebook‘s Disaster Response page: There‘s now a single place to go to see where Safety Check has recently been activated, get the information you need and potentially be able to help affected areas. Safety Check

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Facebook is making its Safety Check easier to find

Facebook todayannounced it was updating its Safety Check feature, making it easier to find and more useful for people in dire need. It will now have its own dedicated tab with all information consolidated there. According to Facebook‘s Disaster Response page: There‘s now a single place to go to see where Safety Check has recently been activated, get the information you need and potentially be able to help affected areas. Safety Check

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Android O is delightfully named Oreo, is rolling out in phases ‘soon‘

You can now relax: Android O is officially named Oreo. In an announcement timed a little melodramatically to coincide with the solar eclipse in New York, Google revealed the name of its latest and greatest version of Android. Thankfully, it went with the obvious choice, instead or repeating the mistakes of Nougat (which should have been Nutella, obviously). I assume there‘s a licensing deal in place. For those who haven‘t been keepi

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China fosters innovative AI research through competition

The Chinese government has been unequivocal in its goal to become the global AI leader. Three of the largest tech companies in China - Sougou, China‘s second-biggest search giant, Sinovation Ventures, and internet firm Bytedance - have joined forces to bring that plan to fruition. The companies pooled funds and data to create the AI Challenger contest. The contest features a prize pool of 2 million yuan, or approximately 300,000. Entrants w

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Android O is delightfully named Oreo

You can now relax: Android O is officially named Oreo. In an announcement timed a little melodramatically to coincide with the solar eclipse in New York, Google revealed the name of its latest and greatest version of Android. Thankfully, it went with the obvious choice, instead or repeating the mistakes of Nougat (which should have been Nutella, obviously). I assume there‘s some licensing deal in place. For those who haven‘t been ke

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will get no more DLC - and that‘s for the best

The team behindMass Effect Andromeda announced over the weekend it‘d no longer be supporting the game, either through patches or through single-player story DLC. And while that‘s a bummer - it‘s also no more than we should have expected. I‘m not sure exactly what everyone wanted from Bioware‘s latest red-headed stepchild. The game was absolutelyroastedwhen it was released. Most reviews that I read were, at best, luke

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On-demand worker startup Bizzby spams users with innocent man‘s address

Bizzby is a service that lets people book tradespeople and laborers on-demand - think of it like Handy or TaskRabbit. A few hours ago, it sent an email to all of its users - tradies and general public alike - asking if they‘d like to install a thermostat for Reuben, from Hartlepool, England. Can someone *urgently* get a plumber to Reuben in Hartlepool, some app has just sent his contact details to their entire database. pic.twitter.com/bUXE

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Will someone please install Reuben‘s thermostat?

Bizzby is a service that lets people book tradespeople and laborers on-demand - think of it like Handy or TaskRabbit. A few hours ago, it sent an email to all of its users - tradies and general public alike - asking if they‘d like to install a thermostat for Reuben, from Hartlepool, England. Can someone *urgently* get a plumber to Reuben in Hartlepool, some app has just sent his contact details to their entire database. pic.twitter.com/bUXE

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3 failsafe strategies to master the freemium app model

Creating a free mobile app that gains serious traction these days is much harder than it was in the mid-to-late 2000‘s. When the ‘App Boom‘ was in full swing (around 2008), people were downloading apps left and right and it was much easier to break into the market. Nowadays, most people are content with the current apps on their device and aren‘t actively looking to download new ones. In fact, some reports even indicate th

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Shutterstock has reverse engineered Google‘s watermark-removal app

Stock photo vendors might not be all that screwed up in the end. Only a week after Google released a paper detailing how its researchers built an algorithm that automatically removes watermarks from stock photos, Shutterstock has already put together an antidote. Taking a cue from the internet giant, the popular stock photo distributor managed to reverse engineer Google‘s software in order to stop copyright thieves from editing out watermar

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Fellow Swifties, Taylor Swift just posted a mysterious video after wiping her social media profiles

After Taylor Swift wiped her social media profiles (insert hackneyed Blank Space joke here), speculation grew as to what the country-turned-pop star was up to. Is the follow-up to 1989 on the horizon? Who knows? The Pennsylvania-born pop star just published the following video to her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. pic.twitter.com/p2DyY0e2M3 - Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017 And yeah, we‘re still none the wiser. This i

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Fellow Swifties, Taylor Swift just posted a mysterious video online after wiping her social media profiles

After Taylor Swift wiped her social media profiles (insert hackneyed Blank Space joke here), speculation grew as to what the country-turned-pop star was up to. Is the follow-up to 1989 on the horizon? Who knows. The Pennsylvania-born pop star just published the following video to her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. pic.twitter.com/p2DyY0e2M3 - Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017 And yeah, we‘re still none the wiser. This i

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Learn a new language or skill with Cudoo‘s online course library - only 29

If developing a new skill or even learning a new language is on your personal or professional to-do list, consider this deal for a two-year pass to Cudoo‘s giant archive of self-study courses and videos, available right now for only 29 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.

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Know a Cisco network like the back of your hand - and get seriously paid at the same time

You can put yourself in line for that bigger payday with this bundle of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Professional (CCNP) certification training. Right now, you can get that training at over 90 percent off retail - just 55 - from TNW Deals.

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Google is testing a handy new playback UI for YouTube

YouTube might be getting a nifty facelift pretty soon. Google appears to be testing a new user interface for its video hosting platform that will make it much easier to browse for content while watching videos on your phone. The current YouTube layout lets you minimize videos in the bottom so you can easily glance through other clips at the same time. While the feature is somewhat helpful, there‘s not much else you can do with it now. The n

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1,000 Dutch schoolkids get a free smartphone to fight isolation

One thousand kids in the Dutch city of The Hague are getting a free smartphone courtesy of T-Mobile, Samsung, and the municipality. Since more and more services announcements, class schedules, etc at high schools are moving online, kids from low-income families who can‘t afford smartphone are being left behind. The first 250 kids, who are starting high school next week, will be receiving their brand new smartphone from Dutch state secreta

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Your tech is polluting the world and it‘s time to do something about it

The media is at the forefront of generating awareness over environmental issues. It is easy to name influential films like An Inconvenient Truth or note advances made by The Guardian‘s environmental reporting. But what is often missing from this discussion is the environmental costs of producing media in the first place. Whether these be the energy that powers Al Gore‘s visually stunning presentations or the materials wood pulp, ink,

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Stories of Scale: Standing out in SaaS with custom tracking metrics

Stories of Scale is a content series we‘re doing with startup participants from our conference in a partnership with EQT Ventures, sharing growth stories and lessons from industry insiders centered around 4 pillars: technology, business, human optimization, and communication. During our TNW Conference in Amsterdam, we sat down with Perry Oostdam, co-founder of Recruitee. With powerful features that boost flexibility and connectivity, the re

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This manifesto against Internet addiction can only be viewed offline

Please don‘t tell my boss, but I got super sidetracked while writing this piece. Sure, I started off with good intentions, but I‘m easily distracted. It started, as it often does, with checking my Twitter notifications. Then I found something interesting on Vox. And then Well, you get the idea. Ironically, it all happened while I was writing a piece about this manifesto, by Chris Bolin, which rails against our always-on culture, and t

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Blockchain can make social networks more private - and profitable for you

Fact: You‘re going to spend a total of five years of your life on social media. Are you going to waste it lost along with all the mindless drivel of memes and fake news? Or will you make sure that you have a voice, and that you will matter? If you‘re like any of the 2.5 billion people out there who use social media, then you probably start your day checking your smartphone or other device for notifications. Yes, we‘re all guilty

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How to follow today‘s eclipse, even if you live outside the US

I know the Internet is exciting, but depending on where you live, you‘ll want to step away from your computer for a bit today, as parts of America bear witness by a total eclipse of the sun. It‘s the first total solar eclipse witnessed on the continental United States since February 26, 1979, and the spectacle will cut a path ranging from Oregon in the North, to Georgia in the South. Suffice to say, this doesn‘t happen every day

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