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Why did Amazon just launch an Android web browser?

There‘s no shortage of web browsing apps on Google Play, and today, Amazon‘s added one of its own to the list for some reason. It‘s called ‘Internet‘, and Amazon says it‘s ‘fast, lite, and private.‘ To that end, the app weighs in at under 3MB, features a basic design with a bunch of shortcuts and links to trending news articles on the home page, as well as support for incognito browsing. TechCrunch

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Dungeons & Dragons co-creator‘s unpublished works to become video games

The family of Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators ofDungeons and Dragons, today announced it‘s partnering with crowdfunding platform Fig to bring his unpublished works to the world as videos games. Gary Gygax developed DD in the 1970s with Dave Arneson, and Alex Gygax (Gary‘s youngest son, who is taking the lead on the operation) says he‘s determined to ensure future games stick to the spirit of his father‘s original work.

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9 ethical problems with VR we still have to solve

Virtual reality (VR) has made some impressive progress in the past few years. Despite a false start a few years back, VR headset sales are improving, with more than a million units shipped in a single quarter for the first time at the end of 2017. Sony, HTC, and Oculus are seeing increased sales, and VR developers are moving beyond gamers to target a broader market. So far, most VR engineers and developers have been focused on solving problems li

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Cambridge Analytica exec reveals there were more quizzes used to collect data

A former employee of the notorious data broker Cambridge Analytica (CA) today testified the company had several other quizzes on Facebook besides the one which started Facebook‘s current audit - and potentially they could have compromised far more than the 87 million people Facebook estimated. The BritishParliament‘s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is now conducting an inquiry into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica‘s

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One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm‘ may emerge sooner than you think

It‘s excusable if you didn‘t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with all the breakthroughs in the field of AI can be exhausting, we know. Robot consciousness is a touchy subject in artificial intelligence circl

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Sonos speakers come in pretty colors now

Sonos speakers have always come in two colors: black and white (and those aren‘t even technically colors, depending who you ask). If that‘s a bit too drab for your tastes, you can now buy the Sonos One in a few colorful options. The new, limited edition colors came about as a partnership with Danish design brand HAY. They‘re designed to match HAY‘s current product line, in neat shades of red, green, and yellow. Curiously,

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NASA‘s new Galactic Positioning System could lead to truly autonomous spacecraft

Humans have navigated by starlight for thousands of years, but NASA has a new appreciation for the twinkling bodies in our night sky. Using perfectly timed X-ray flashes from pulsars, scientists are building a Galactic Position System that will work quite similar to the global one here on earth. NASA sends an unmanned spacecraft to photograph a distant planet or moon in a process similar to pointing a rifle at the sky and firing a bullet. That pr

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Snapchat taps community creativity with user-built face Lenses

A few months after Snapchat opened its Lens Studio, allowing anyone to make their own versions of the app‘s augmented reality filters - the company today announced it‘s now allowing its users to make their own face Lenses, a.k.a. the ones Snapchat is famous for. When the Studio first opened last year, its creators were given multiple tools for creating Lenses that worked in the world, which many of them used to great effect. Neverthel

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Apple is developing a premium news subscription service

Apple is reportedly planning to update Apple News with a premium option. The Cupertino company recently purchased Texture, a magazine subscription service, and plans to integrate it into its baked-in news app for iPhone and iPad. The story broke earlier today when Bloomberg reported sources familiar with matter state Apple will roll out the paid option as early as this year. It‘s expected the service will cost 9.99 per month, the same as Te

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OnePlus 6: Here are the first camera samples

Another day, another bit of OnePlus 6 news. A day after we learned the phone would likely be water-resistant, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took it upon himself to share the first images we‘ve seen taken using the new camera. Lau shared the photos on Chinese platform Weibo. The photos are a set of simple daytime images taken in Standford, California. Have a gander: You can view and download the 16MP samples here. The photos certainly look nice, alth

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Twitter is down for many users [Update: It‘s mostly back]

You might have to keep your opinions to yourself for the time being: Twitter is down for many users worldwide. It remains unclear what is causing the issue, but numerous users in the US East Coast, Central Europe and Japan are reporting experiencing intermittent server downtime, according to data from DownDetector. There are currently more than 800 filed complaints from users. The micro-blogging service has yet to respond to the complaints from i

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TNW‘s Big Spam: And the Pulitzer for the best newsletter goes to

Tuesdaysnooze day, amirite? Tomorrow, marijuana mogul Socrates Rosenfeld is taking over TNW‘s Big Spam beforehosting TNW Answers on 4/20 (Friday).Telleveryone you know. Top trending tech news: Facebook is reportedly testing payments in India (TNW) ...theirfacial recognition is also facing a class-action lawsuit(BBC)Weibo is backtracking from agay content ban (BBC) What we‘re talking about: The Pentagon isfocusing on AIeven though the

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Twitter is down for many users go share your silly opinions elsewhere

You might have to keep your opinions to yourself for the time being: Twitter is down for many users worldwide. It remains unclear what is causing the issue, but numerous users in the US East Coast, Central Europe and Japan are reporting experiencing intermittent server downtime, according to data from DownDetector. There are currently more than 800 filed complaints from users. The micro-blogging service has yet to respond to the complaints from

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All you need to know to get coding is in this training package, and it‘s over 90% off

The training in the ultra-packed Complete Learn to Code Bonus Bundle (54, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) will make sure the realities of programming don‘t blindside your idea before it gets off the ground.

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Pornhub gets in bed with Verge cryptocurrency to offer anonymous payments

Big dogs like Valve, Stripe, and Reddit are all pulling the plug on cryptocurrency payments for the time being, but there is a new force gearing up to fill up the gap: Pornhub and you won‘t believe who they‘re partnering up with. The adult entertainment titan has announced it will now accept payments in anonymous cryptocurrency Verge (XVG). This means now you now have the option to pay for your premium subscription without leaving an

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Ethereum: We need cryptocurrency wallets that are both user-friendly and secure

The security of cryptocurrency wallets has recently come under security with increased number of hacking reports. Researchers have shown that even hardware wallets - which are designed for extra security - are prone to hacking. As such, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin thinks there‘s a need to better secure cryptocurrency wallets for regular users - andthe Ethereum Foundation is willing to invest in any project working towards that goal.

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Report: Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears

The latest in my ongoing series of Global Digital reports for We Are Social and Hootsuite shows that the number of people around the world using social media grew by more than 100 million in the first three months of 2018, reaching almost 3.3 billion by the end of March.There‘s loads of new data to cover in this quarter‘s analysis, and I‘ve saved some of the best numbers for the end of this article too - a massive breakdown of T

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IBM‘s new AI toolbox puts your deep learning network to the test

IBM today announced the launch of its Adversarial Robustness Toolbox for AI developers. The open-source kit contains everything a machine learning programmer needs to attack their own deep learning neural networks (DNN) to ensure they‘re able to withstand real-world conditions. The toolbox comes in the form of a code library which includes attack agents, defense utilities, and benchmarking tools that allow developers to integrate baked-in r

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Facebook is reportedly testing payments in India

Although Facebook makes most of of its money by selling ads, it‘s now looking to monetize other parts of its business in India. FactorDaily reports that the social network is testing a payments service for users in the country, and that it‘s looking to hire people to champion the program. It‘s said to be trialing an option for Messenger users to top up their pre-paid mobile call and data services straight from the messaging app.

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Facebook says it wants to give you control over your data, but it won‘t

Facebook has been embroiled in a major data privacy scandal over the past several weeks one that got its CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of the US Congress. One of the ways it‘s trying to fix its image is by offering up explanations of how its collects and uses data but it fails to see the problem in these processes. In a blog post published today, product management director David Baser said that Facebook collects data about web

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Iconic Koss Porta Pro headphones to get a wireless reboot (probably)

The Koss Porta Pro are some of the most iconic headphones ever. Their retro aesthetic and open-backed design has survived the test of time, making them a popular entry-level recommendation for over 30 years. But in this age of disappearing headphone jacks, even the classics have to adapt. As spotted by Ars Technica,an FCC filingregistered by Koss way back in December looks a whole lot like a Bluetooth version of the Porta Pro not to mention a us

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Dear Sony, please don‘t kill the PlayStation Vita

Sony‘s little-loved handheld, the Vita, is rumored to be winding down, and the gaming world will be lesser for its absence. Earlier today,TechSpotreported the Spanish PlayStation Twitter said the Vita had been discontinued in its region.Sony earlier this year announced that, starting March 2019, it would no longer be offering Vita games via its PS Plus subscription service. If the device isn‘t dead already, the prospects of the now-se

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