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Why I don‘t care about net neutrality, or our country‘s future

I don‘t care about Net Neutrality because I‘m fine letting greedy telecom companies decide how I use the internet. And also, I don‘t care about our country‘s future. *** This is satire. *** Many people I know are talking about this thing called ‘Net Neutrality.‘ They‘ve gone through painstaking explanations as to why I should care about a ‘free internet‘ or should care about the fact that larg

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Whether technology is good or bad depends on the people that create it

Although we at TNW love new tech, we‘re also a bunch of cynics that view it with a certain scepticism (I mean we‘d be lousy journalists if we didn‘t). We, like you, know what practices we consider bad - such as irresponsible handling of personal data - but it‘s harder to pinpoint what‘s good. That‘s why I asked Torben Friehe, co-founder of the Good Technology Collective, a European forum for piloting technologi

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France‘s bonkers phone ban for students actually makes sense

This is a tricky one from the get-go, but bear with me: France is set to bar students aged six to 15 from using phones in schools, from the start of the next school year in September 2018. And while they may not know it just yet, it‘s probably one of the best favors their government can extend to them. The Guardian noted that there could be some issues with actually implementing the ban, like storing phones and returning them to their owner

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Tidal might die in 2018, leaving audiophiles in the lurch

Norwegian outlet Dagens Nringsliv reports that Tidal now only has enough money left to last another six months in the competitive streaming music business which is bad news for fans of high-fidelity audio. The company, fronted by rapper Jay Z, is said to have run up about 44 million in losses in 2016. However, a spokesperson told Engadget that the business has been growing year on year, and the company has claimed that it will even become profit

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Google is building its next AI research center in China

Google announced today that its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia will be set up in China, underlining the country‘s capacity to dominate in the fast-growing field. The company noted that the new center in Beijing will host researchers who will focus on basic AI, and ‘support the AI research community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, and working closely with the vibrant Chinese AI research co

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This 6-year-old made 11M on YouTube last year. What are you doing with your life?

Six-year-old Ryan has the job most of us dreamed about when we were his age. For the last three years, he‘s opened toys, played with them, and cashed checks that most of us can only dream of. According to Forbes‘new list of highest paid YouTube stars, Ryan of ‘Ryan ToysReview‘ earned about 11 million between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, good for eighth on the list - tied with Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, of the popular

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Facebook gets new festive features for the holidays

Facebook today began to roll out a suite of new holiday features to raise the spirits of its millions of users. The most useful cheer update is probably the holiday cards you can send to family and Friends. You can customize them with special photos and messages, and the designs are cute, if generic, holiday designs involving stars and doves. As we get closer to the end of the month, the site‘s users will be able to use a number of holiday

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Review: Force 1‘s U34W Dragonfly drone is great for beginners

While I‘m certainly not a hardcore drone enthusiast, I love toys that get kids interested in technology. Force 1‘s U34W Dragonfly is an entry-level drone advertised as being ‘easy to fly‘ and ‘for beginners.‘ I figured it would be the perfect drone for my family to try out, so we took one to the park. Right out of the box I was impressed. The Dragonfly is a fairly small drone, at only about 26 cm across, making

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Free Stranger Things VR game gives you your money‘s worth

Sony today released its Stranger Things VR Experience on the PlayStation store. Don‘t get too excited though. It‘s shorter than Eleven‘s Season 1 haircut, which is a crying shame. The game, first teased back in October, appears to take place during the first season of the show. Promotional images show the Byers‘ light-festooned home and little else. From what I‘ve been able to tell, the game consists of a few jump sc

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WTF: What‘s the future of business Why challenging the status quo takes more than a rallying cry

‘It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.‘ Leon C. Megginson We live in an era of digital Darwinism, where technology and society evolve faster than most businesses can adapt. Business as usual is no longer good enough. To survive, organizations must also evolve. While this sounds commonsensical, it‘s easier said than done. Challenging convention might be in

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WTF: What‘s the future of business Why challenging the status quo take more than a rallying cry

‘It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.‘ Leon C. Megginson We live in an era of digital Darwinism, where technology and society evolve faster than most businesses can adapt. Business as usual is no longer good enough. To survive, organizations must also evolve. While this sounds commonsensical, it‘s easier said than done. Challenging convention might be in

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Santa and Google want your help teaching robots about the holidays

Santa Claus is looking for help training Tensor, his robot elf. According to Google, the jolly one today released an update to the Santa Tracker website that lets you draw pictures to help train an AI (or robot elf, if you prefer) to better understand image recognition. Santa Tracker features a suite of activities for young and old fans of St. Nick, and with the new ‘Speed Sketch‘ game something for machine learning-lovers to enjoy

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How a decentralized economy helps society

Much like the early days of the internet, the blockchain revolution has begun to attract an incredible amount of attention from entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers alike. With Bitcoin soaring past USD 11,000, and other alternative coins trending upwards, the cryptocurrency movement is finally beginning to solidify its utility and gain viral momentum. Though the volatile, high-risk/high-reward nature of the currencies has proven lucrative for

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IOTA clarifies it has no formal partnership with Microsoft [UPDATED]

Following some speculation from the cryptocurrency community, IOTA has come out to clarify that it currently has no formal partnership with Microsoft, despite its announcement from earlier in November. This means that the Redmond giant has not yet contributed any data to IOTA‘s marketplace, nor does it have any sensors connected to its network. Asked about its involvement in IOTA‘s data marketplace, a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW t

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Twitter now lets you create tweetstorms before tweeting

Twitter today revealed plans to give users a better way to create threaded tweets. Thanks to a new button in the tweet composer, you can add new tweets to a thread before you publish them. Threads are a popular way of expressing thoughts and telling stories too long for even the new 280 character limit to contain. Up to this point, when a user wanted to indicate that a tweet was part of a longer story and to expect a thread, they‘d put some

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Here‘s all the proof you need that robots are too weird to take over the world

The most useful robots are purpose-built to aid or augment human endeavors. They build our cars, carry heavy objects, and even perform surgery. Over the last year, however, when it comes to robotics we‘ve spent a lot of time scratching our heads wondering ‘is this really necessary?‘ Let‘s take a look at these robots you might find on an all-machine Island of Misfit Toys. First, we tip our hats to MIT Technology Review for

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This startup uses body heat to mine crypto for when robots take our jobs

While many love tospeculate about the sheer number of jobs that robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace in the near future, no one seems to be coming up with any solid alternatives. One forward-thinking Dutch startup, however, believeshumans should start using their bodies to produce capital but not in the way you‘re imagining.Founded in 2015, the Institute of Human Obsolescence (IoHO) is based in The Hague and presents itse

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The global trends in digital storytelling bringing diversity to stock content

Finding the perfect stock photos from the usual suspects such as Getty Images, iStock, and Shutterstock can be notoriously tricky. The thought of wading through cliched footage of middle-aged men in white shirts shaking hands in a boardroom no longer feels fit for purpose in a digital age where diversity and authenticity is the new currency. Many underestimate how stereotyped stock images exaggerate the misconceptions of society or even alter peo

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Tech alone can‘t save your business from cyberattacks

Chris Young, CEO of McAfee just spoke at TNW New York. We‘re sharing his views on the importance of company culture in cyber security. For a growing number of CEOs, security is now a top concern - but most aren‘t doing enough to protect their companies from harm. Data breaches jumped 29 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. And by 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will suffer major service

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Instagram now lets you follow hashtags instead of people

As anticipated, Instagram now lets you follow specific hashtags in addition to individual accounts. The company started testing the feature about a month ago, but is now rolling it out to everyone. It‘s a handy addition; following a hashtag could be a good way to regularly discover new users who post about content you care about. Conversely, it‘s useful for when you want to see more of a certain topic, but don‘t want to deal wit

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IOTA admits it has no formal partnership with Microsoft

Following some speculation from the cryptocurrency community, IOTA has come out to clarify that it currently has no formal partnership with Microsoft, despite its announcement from earlier in November. This means that the Redmond giant has not yet contributed any data to IOTA‘s marketplace, nor does it have any sensors connected to its network. Asked about its involvement in IOTA‘s data marketplace, a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW t

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Learn the program that will turn you into a spreadsheet guru for just 18

Right now, you can learn how to use VBA to become an Excel super-user with this Microsoft VBA bundle, on sale now for only 18 with coupon code "GREEN40" for a limited time (87 percent off) from TNW Deals.

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All ICOs claiming to be registered with the SEC are lying, says top official

In an official statement from yesterday, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Jay Clayton warned cryptocurrency investors to exercise ‘extreme caution‘ when backing initial coin offerings (ICOs) especially the ones that claim to be registered with the SEC. Addressing the massive hype around cryptocurrencies, blockchain and ICOs, Clayton offered his ‘general views‘ on the current state of affairs in the market

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The Chivas Venture will give away 1 million in equity-free funding at TNW Conference

At our Flagship Amsterdam event in May 2018, an expert jury selected by the Chivas Venture will divvy out 800,000 to social startups, with another 200,000 being provided to runners-up before the event. Here‘s the story of how and why this partnership came about, as well as the full benefits available if you run a social startup. Over the years I‘ve come to accept more and more that really great business partnerships are as likely to b

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