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Amazfit’s new Bip smartwatch promises 45-day battery life for just $100

One of the biggest reasons I rail against most smartwatches is their low battery life. Amazfit, a brand from Xiaomi’s wearable tech supplier Huami, says it’s got a fix for that with its new $100 Bip watch, which boasts more than a month of use on a single charge. That’s impressive, considering that the Android...

2018-02-06
Scribd’s Quest To Be “The Netflix Of Reading” Is Finally Paying Off

Taking on Amazon isn’t easy. But after a lot of experimentation, this company is finding success convincing readers to switch from buying to subscribing. Why own a few pieces of media when you can rent access to everything? That pitch defines Netflix, which evolved from an all-you-can-watch DVD service into the...

2018-02-06
The worst idea of 2018 (so far) is this email spam as a service company

A product billed as the answer to email spam wants to turn the tables on aggressive marketers. Currently featured on Product Hunt, ‘Revenge Spam’ allows anyone to input an email address in an onsite form. Once entered, the company submits the address to “several” other companies that “take of [its] dirty...

2018-02-06
Good hands? Allstate insurance is searching your social media

Last November, Allstate partnered up with Carpe Data, a data analytics company which provided it with a tool that searches publicly-visibile social media accounts automatically so its claims adjusters don’t have to, catching potential frauds faster and more efficiently. Carpe Data uses automated data collection to...

2018-02-06
You can finally pre-order Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro in the US

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was one of the best phones release last year, but it’s been difficult to actually get your hands on one if you live in the US. Fret no more: pre-orders for the Mate 10 opened today and the units will begin shipping on February 18. Unfortunately, you still won’t be able to buy one directly...

2018-02-06
Best Buy will stop selling CDs — good riddance

Best Buy today heroically announced it will stop selling CDs in its stores. And we’re one step closer to the much-needed death of physical media for entertainment. The retail giant will pull all CDs from its shelves by July 1st, a move likely prompted by the continued slumping sales in the US. Last year alone sales...

2018-02-06
Broadcom makes final offer in Qualcomm takeover bid

Broadcom Ltd. today made its final offer for beleaguered rival Qualcomm. The new amount, $120 billion, comes as Qualcomm faces legal battles with Apple and a portfolio of antiquated revenue streams. As far as takeovers go this one’s hostile enough to enjoy with popcorn. Broadcom is angling to buy Qualcomm in time...

2018-02-05
The Eagles, T-Mobile, And Kylie Jenner’s Baby Won The Social Super Bowl

Here’s a breakdown of whose social media reigned supreme last night during the Super Bowl. You already know the Super Bowl is not just about what happens on the field. Between the ads, the halftime show, and the game, social media is yet another cultural battleground where competitors vie for our attention.Read...

2018-02-05
Tech group wants device makers to join fight against technology addiction

A new cohort of ex-tech insiders have created the Center for Humane Technology, a new movement intended to resist the pressures of tech companies like Facebook and Google, which the Center’s members say are having a deleterious effect on society. Actually, that may be putting it mildly. One of the Center’s most...

2018-02-05
Purple Galaxy S9 leaks, confirms only Plus model will have dual cameras

Another day, another leak of Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Today’s images, courtesy of the ever-reliable Evan Blass, show off a sweet new color for the Galaxy series: “Lilac Purple.” The phone will also come in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue. …in Lilac Purple. pic.twitter.com/p506mqDci4 — Evan Blass...

2018-02-05
AI is giving the entire medical field super powers

The field of medicine has, arguably, been more positively affected by modern deep learning techniques than any other industry. And, despite the unending deluge of panic-ridden articles declaring AI the path to apocalypse, we’re now living in a world where algorithms save lives every day. Welcome to Utopia. Thanks to...

2018-02-05
On This Blockchain-Based Version Of Airbnb, There’s No Middleman

The crypto world is taking aim at platform companies, with the idea of creating true peer-to-peer networks. They just need users first. Yes, Airbnb just reached cashflow profitability and could be heading to IPO promised land. But, in the long-term, could the technology that gave rise to bitcoin and other digital...

2018-02-05
This company pays you to watch movies — in crypto, of course

There is no denying it, the world we currently live in has become completely obsessed with all kind of social networks. Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram may be leading the charge in their respective fields, but there are a countless number of groups and communities built around these platforms, some with the most...

2018-02-05
Warner’s warning: YouTube’s recommendation algorithm is susceptible to “bad actors”

YouTube may be susceptible to “manipulation by bad actors,” says Virginia Senator Mark Warner, and he’s not talking about Logan Paul. “Companies like YouTube have immense power and influence in shaping the media and content that users see,” Warner told The Guardian....

2018-02-05
Beauty and the Blockchain: This company aims to decentralize the cosmetic industry

It’s never been a better time to be a beauty entrepreneur. Figures suggest that the Global Beauty & Personal Care Products market is expected to grow from $432.7 billion in 2016 to $750 billion by 2024, according to Inkwood Research. Europe is expected to hold the largest market share, projected to be worth $225...

2018-02-05
Red Valentine’s Day phones are now a thing, apparently

OnePlus’ branding relies heavily on red. Its logo is often stylized in red, the interior of its boxes are in red, and the phone comes with a red cable. Now the company has gone and colorized the whole phone, right in time for Valentine’s Day. The new Lava Red is otherwise identical to the original model, although...

2018-02-05
Cryptocurrency trading got you confused? This startup seeks to solve that through automation

The sudden surge in cryptocurrency’s popularity has left many individuals wondering if they’ve missed their chance to invest. After all, when big name brands like Samsung start manufacturing their own cryptocurrency mining tools, it can be fairly easy to assume that the opportunity to make some serious financial...

2018-02-05
PSA: Watch out for this malicious Reddit knock-off that steals your password

Redditors might want to pay extra close attention when visiting their favorite website: There is a malicious Reddit copycat that looks precisely like the real thing – but has been designed to quietly steal your username and password. What makes the fake Reddit especially intriguing is that it seems to produce an...

2018-02-05
The ‘regret test’ could put the brakes on unethical design

What are the ethical responsibilities of companies that are able to manipulate human behavior on a massive scale? It’s a question one hopes technologists and designers ask themselves when building world-changing products — but one that hasn’t been asked often enough. Operant conditioning, intermittent...

2018-02-05
How to turn any movie or GIF into a live wallpaper for your iPhone

Live wallpapers might not be as trendy as they used to be when Apple initially introduced its Live Photos feature along with the iPhone 6s. But in case you wanted to turn your favorite movie into a moving background for your handset – there is an app for that. While Apple does support moving wallpapers on its...

2018-02-05
TNW’s Big Spam: Youtube is coming for Alex Jones’ tinfoil hat

You survived the weekend, congrats. Now here’s a newsletter. Top trending tech news: 📺 Netflix is now streaming JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield sequel (TNW)🍀 Stripe is headed to Dublin (TechCrunch) 🎵 Tesla is making a power grid in Aus with 50k homes (TNW) What we’re talking about: Don’t cry over your...

2018-02-05
Why being cute improves a robot’s functions

When iRobot designed the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, they made it round, so it wouldn’t get stuck in corners. They made it low, so it could scoot under beds and sofas. They did not think about making it cute. “It wasn’t designed with cuteness in mind,” says Charlie Vaida, a senior manager at the...

2018-02-05
Baidu launches its own CryptoKitties copycat that won’t break Ethereum

Chinese Google rival Baidu is the latest corporation to make its foray into blockchain tech – and its first undertaking is a doggy-centered copycat of smash-hit game CryptoKitties. But unlike its kitty counterpart, CryptoDogs will be based not on Ethereum, but a new blockchain alternative known as Achain....

2018-02-05
U.K. banks join American ones in banning buying bitcoins with credit cards

That Visa or MasterCard credit card is now useless if you’re going to buy cryptocurrencies, reports Reuters. On Sunday the U.K.’s biggest lender, Lloyds Bank, said it would join U.S. banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup, in banning the purchase of bitcoins with credit cards. Concerns have been...

2018-02-05
Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster is all set to be launched into space tomorrow

SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, tomorrow, and part of its payload will be Musk’s Roadster with a dummy in the company’s space suit. Musk shared images of the Roadster on Instagram earlier this morning. As for...

2018-02-05
“Truth About Tech” campaign aims to pressure tech giants to make less addictive products

A group of former Facebook and Google employees have come together to form the Center for Humane Technology, a nonprofit concerned about the intrusive and addictive aspects of social media and other technology including smartphones, reports the New York Times. Together with media watchdog Common Sense Media, the group...

2018-02-05
Several major banks are banning customers from buying crypto on credit

Purchasing cryptocurrencies with a credit card is about to get significantly harder. Earlier today, the UK’s Lloyds Banking Group announced that it would prevent customers from purchasing cryptocurrencies with its credit cards. Lloyds Banking Group is easily of the largest retail banks in the UK, and dominates a...

2018-02-05
Accused hacker Lauri Love wins appeal against US extradition

Lauri Love, the British-Finnish computer expert accused of breaking into US government computers, has won his extradition challenge at the high court. Love faced deportation to the United States over allegations he broke into computers belonging to NASA, the Federal Reserve, and other government agencies. If...

2018-02-05
Netflix is now streaming JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield prequel

Done with the Super Bowl but still can’t turn off your brain? Netflix has you covered with The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film in JJ Abrams’ monster thriller franchise. There’s not a lot you can tell from the two short TV spots for the Julius Onah-directed flick, but it promises to reveal the origins of the...

2018-02-05
Netflix is now streaming JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield sequel

Done with the Super Bowl but still can’t turn off your brain? Netflix has you covered with The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film in JJ Abrams’ monster thriller franchise. There’s not a lot you can tell from the two short TV spots for the Julius Onah-directed flick, but it promises to reveal the origins of the...

2018-02-05
To ride the virtual reality wave, start paddling now

Virtual Reality (VR) is coming to the masses. But how quickly?   An industry segment that truly started no more than a year ago with the launch of headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is already a multi-billion dollar enterprise, with every major tech player — Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel, etc....

2018-02-04
IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, or Metacritic? A data scientist’s guide to movie ratings

Should you watch a movie? Well, there are a lot of factors to consider, such as the director, the actors, and the movie’s budget. Most of us base our decision off of a review, a short trailer, or just by checking the movie’s rating. There are a few good reasons you would want to avoid reading reviews, or watching...

2018-02-04
13 attention-grabbing title formulas and how to use them

Whether you’ve been writing professionally for a long time or are an aspiring blogger or journalist, you probably know titles and headlines are some of the most important parts of a piece. Sure, they’re short — but they give readers an idea of what to expect from the content and help them decide whether it’s...

2018-02-04
4 ways the drone scene will change in 2018

Perhaps I’m biased due to my passion and business, but to me, 2017 was the year drones became mainstream. Initially a military innovation used for covert missile strikes and aerial reconnaissance — drones have evolved to become a novelty toy, readily available in any main street store. And as with so many other...

2018-02-04
In sports tech everyone’s a winner

Whether you are actively involved in sports or are one of the many people who simply enjoy observing any kind of sports and related activities, then you will know exactly how much technology can affect the industry. Video referees and goal line tech, for instance, have changed the face of certain sports forever....

2018-02-03
The best time to launch your startup is now

The world GDP has been declining since 2010, when it was at one of its highest peaks ever. Although the present situation looks positive and hopeful, it’s going to take quite some time to catch up to the previous rate. If you look at the giant companies of today like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and Airbnb, one of the...

2018-02-03
Attack three huge business problem areas in just 30 days

If you’re focused on starting a business, growing a brand or bolstering your technical skills, there’s a 30-day plan to get you there. With the One Month’s Growth Hacking course bundle ($29.99, 76 percent off from TNW Deals), you’ll have an actual concrete gameplan for moving your business -- and your life --...

2018-02-03
Where are our cyber peacekeeping forces?

Cyber warfare is upon us, from interference in elections to a leak of cyber weapons from a national stockpile. And, as with most evolutions in warfare, the world is largely unprepared. Cyber peacekeeping presents significant challenges, which we explore in our research. Any theatre of war now includes cyberspace. It...

2018-02-03
GDPR or GDP-argh: Why data protection doesn’t have to be a headache

If you work with data or IT at some level, then you’ve probably heard people talking about the General Data Protection Regulation, better known as GDPR — usually with mild trepidation. It’s certainly something that’s worthy of our attention and regulators haven’t been slow to harness our interest with...

2018-02-03
A GIF-filled guide to being an unusually good web developer

What does it take to be a really good web developer? If you’re working at your first programming job, you probably found out quickly that it’s not easy. It’s one thing to watch coding tutorials, read programming books, and make portfolio sites. It’s quite another to have to build websites from spec, to meet...

2018-02-03
Why brands need to get into ‘voice’ in 2018

Talking, once seen as the less cool forerunner of text messages and Whatsapp, is having something of a comeback, much like (regrettably) three members of the 90s British boyband, Five. Look at the race to dominate in voice-activated devices which saw the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple, and Samsung going head-to-head...

2018-02-03
This 8-bit retro video game mix will have you sweatin’ to the oldies

Chris Lawhorn, a DJ and fitness blogger for Style and The Huffington Post recently dropped two sets of 8-bit goodness featuring 35 minutes of MIDI magic. After receiving a CD of 8-bi video game music, Lawhorn says he was instantly transported. I gave the CD a listen in the car, which was surreal, as it made me feel...

2018-02-03
A brief history of bitcoin mining hardware

Bitcoin mining was once nothing more than a lucrative hobby for nerdy cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The only hardware required, in the beginning, was a simple computer. Things have changed a lot in less than 10 years. In 2009 the first bitcoin miners used standard multi-core CPUs to produce BTC at a rate of 50 per...

2018-02-02
Hold on to your tinfoil hat, Alex Jones. YouTube is coming for you.

YouTube today announced plans to combat state-sponsored content and conspiracy theories. The platform plans to label all state-funded broadcasters and conspiracy theorists, a move to add much-needed context to the types of channels often responsible for the spread of misinformation. Often overlooked, YouTube offers...

2018-02-02
Dating app shows singles care less about Valentine’s Day than ever

The dating app Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) recently conducted a survey of its users to see what they were planning for Valentine’s Day. The respondents relaxed, even dismissive response is, according to the app’s creators, indicative of a change in cultural norms. Of the 654 respondents, 235 said they considered...

2018-02-02
Government research shows link between cell phone radiation and tumors in rats

The telecom industry’s favorite topic is in the news again today. Government studies have discovered a link between high exposure to radiofrequency radiation–like that emitted by cell phones–and tumors in the hearts of male rats. That’s according to new draft reports of research conducted...

2018-02-02
TNW’s Big Spam: Here’s a picture of Matthew McConaughey eating lobster on a hoverboard

Friyay. Top trending tech news: 📺 YouTube‘s Go App is widely available (TNW)📷 IG’s new “Type” feature is rolling out to everyone (TNW) 🎵 Spotify and Discord teamed up to make gaming chats musical (TNW) Tweet of the day: Still significant. What we’re talking about: The latest in crypto...

2018-02-02
Here’s why Alexa won’t light up during Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is advertising its Alexa-powered speakers in the big game on Sunday. It’s an amusing 90 seconds that features celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Hopkins, Cardi B and the world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos himself. The word “Alexa” is uttered 10 times during...

2018-02-02

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