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You can now buy a Surface Laptop for $799

Microsoft today introduced cheaper variants of its Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2, making both products a little more accessible at the expense of power. The Surface Laptop now starts at $799. The entry-level configuration has pretty meager specs by modern standards: an Intel core m3, 4GB of RAM, and 128 GB of...

2018-02-02
The Nunes memo has been released. Here’s how to read it

Republicans have been alluding to a classified memo that alleged abuses among U.S. intelligence officials. For weeks, #ReleaseTheMemo has been trending on social media, and today President Trump finally authorized its release. The document, which was spearheaded by Representative Devin Nunes, says, essentially,...

2018-02-02
Free rides are the future of public transport, according to this German startup

At 5pm today, Berliners get the get the chance to try a brand new carpooling service. 25 shuttle cars will hit the streets, offering shared rides to up to five passengers at a time. Oh yeah, and it’s free.. Carpooling offers the same features as conventional ride-sharing, but is often vastly cheaperThe initiative...

2018-02-02
Cynicism and trolling have ruined an experiment in digital democracy

Yesterday, a UK politician launched his own app. Called Matt Hancock, and from UK Conservative MP Matt Hancock, the app is a fascinating experiment in digital democracy. Think of it like Facebook, but centered around one relatively minor political figure, and aimed at people living in one obscure, mainly rural part of...

2018-02-02
UNICEF is asking gamers to mine cryptocurrency for children in Syria

It turns out that not every cryptocurrency campaign is designed to steal money. In an effort to raise funds for victims in war-torn Syria, UNICEF is now putting solidarity on the blockchain – and it is asking gamers to lend their powerful GPUs and help the humanitarian fund mine cryptocurrency for the Syrian...

2018-02-02
Always busy running your own business? Then you’re doing it wrong

Running a small company can be very demanding. After all, when you don’t have a large team of people to manage the different tasks associated with operating your business, more and more responsibilities end up on your plate. While this can certainly make it easier for small business owners to maintain control over...

2018-02-02
Smart glasses are coming this year, and I’m not ready

Roughly five years after the unveiling of Google Glass, it looks like hardware brands are getting close to bringing a consumer-friendly pair of smart glasses with an augmented reality display to the market. Rochester, New York-based Vuzix unveiled its Blade glasses at this year’s CES, and hopes to launch the...

2018-02-02
We’re at a crossroads in digital identification: here’s why

When was the last time you used a digital device to, in some way, confirm your identity? If you’re like most consumers, it was probably today, when you logged into your email account, or tried to check the balance of your checking account. You might have even done it when you used a thumbprint to unlock your phone....

2018-02-02
Counter-Strike co-creator arrested, suspended from Valve for sexual exploitation of a child

Seattle’s KIRO-7 news outlet reports that 36-year-old Jess Cliffe, who co-created the immensely popular multiplayer FPS  franchise Counter-Strike and is an employee at gaming giant Valve, has been arrested for sexual exploitation of a child. Details are scant, but the channel noted that a booking over the...

2018-02-02
YouTube’s Go app for watching and sharing videos offline is now widely available

Google has made its lightweight YouTube Go app available to Android users in more than 130 countries, making it easier to enjoy videos on the platform on spotty connections. The app first went live in India a year ago, and came with features to let you download videos to watch offline, as well as beam them straight to...

2018-02-02
UPS patent file describes system that could decentralize private sales

The US patent office today revealed a United Parcel Service (UPS) patent application for a computerized item exchange “locker bank” that accepts numerous forms of payment including Bitcoin. According to the application, UPS intends to build a storefront full of lockers for people to purchase items from without...

2018-02-02
These are the wines that pair best with dick, John McAfee

Noted cybersecurity-turned-cryptocurrency expert John McAfee made an interesting bet on Bitcoin last year. As the world’s largest cryptocurrency climbed to dizzying new heights, McAfee didn’t see an end in sight. He claimed, via Twitter, that if the price of a single bitcoin didn’t reach $500,000 within three...

2018-02-02
Watch out, Facebook and Google! Amazon just hinted at its ad ambitions

As Facebook and Google continue to control the lion’s share of digital advertising revenue, bystanders wonder what could possibly disrupt the duopoly. Amazon has been a quiet contender, with many speculating that its search-based advertising offerings—which give advertisers more visibility on...

2018-02-02
HBO hits 5 million online subscribers, but half aren’t using its app

HBO has accrued 5 million online video subscribers since venturing outside the cable bundle in 2015. But according to Bloomberg‘s unnamed source, roughly half of those subscribers didn’t sign up through the stand-alone HBO Now service. Instead, they’re joining through add-ons to other online video...

2018-02-02
Alphabet’s stock tumbles as Google reports Q4 profit loss

Alphabet reported revenues of $32.3 billion with non-GAAP earnings of $9.70 per share. The company took a GAAP loss of $4.35 per share. Analysts estimated average earnings of $9.96 per share on revenue of $31.85 billion. With the miss on earnings, stock has dropped over 5% in after-hours trading. Google’s ad...

2018-02-01
Alexa’s coming to Windows but Cortana’s boss isn’t worried

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella doesn’t seem worried about Alexa’s arrival on Windows, despite Amazon’s clear market dominance. At a recent investors’ call Nadella even went so far as to praise the impending addition of Amazon’s Alexa to the Windows 10 platform, according to a report from MSPowerUser’s Surur....

2018-02-01
Tech Ceviche: Why Peru has all the ingredients for a healthy startup ecosystem

Anyone who has visited Peru will tell you that it’s a country with one foot in the past and one in the future. Lima, the fifth largest urban hub in Latin America, is home to roughly 10 million people — a third of the total population of the country — and has a skyline rippling with skyscrapers, a globally...

2018-02-01
Grand Theft Auto VI needs a female protagonist

It’s been five years since Grand Theft Auto V came out, so naturally it’s time to start asking when the next game in the series is coming out. We have no official word from developer Rockstar Games about the state of its most popular series (probably because it’s preoccupied adding “extra polish” to...

2018-02-01
Review: The crowdsourced Eve V almost out-Surfaces Microsoft

Crowdfunded hardware is full of horror stories. Sometimes products are delayed ad infinitum. Perhaps worse, sometimes the products simply don’t live up to their lofty promises. The Eve V is not one of those cases. It took a while to get here, but the company set out to create a convertible tablet that could live up...

2018-02-01
A Crowdfunded Rescue On Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” Saved One Climber

Another climber was lost to the world’s ninth-highest mountain as crowdfunding campaigns raced to raise enough money to pay for rescue efforts. The world’s mountaineering community managed to crowdfund enough money to finance a rescue mission for French climber Elisabeth Revol, who had been scaling...

2018-02-01
Instagram Stories introduces a powerful new medium: Words!

Earlier this month, The Next Web’s Napier Lopez reported that Instagram was testing a new feature designed to let you add text to Instagram Stories–no photo or video required. Now the feature, dubbed Type Mode, is official, letting you type in brief blocks of text and dress them up with typefaces and...

2018-02-01
“Father of Black History” Carter G. Woodson gets a Google Doodle

To kick off Black History Month, today’s Google Doodle celebrates Carter G. Woodson, the great African American scholar who is considered to be the “Father of Black History.” Woodson was the son of freed slaves, born in the aftermath of the Civil War, and worked on the family farm, working as a...

2018-02-01
Hyper-partisan content is still the best performing on Facebook

Over the last year, Facebook has been scrutinized for its potential role in helping promulgate fake news and hyper-partisan content. Like the stages of grief, first the company denied the problem and over the last few months has admitted it and then slowly announced it would implement ways to try and fix it. But just...

2018-02-01
Do Not Watch This Short Horror Film If You Have Kids

Everybody else, prepare to be terrified by this “Babadook”-like commentary on parenting. What: Behind, a short horror film designed to make parents’ skin crawl.Read Full Story

2018-02-01
Y Combinator is launching an “investor school” to help aspiring angels get their wings

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an angel–an angel investor, that is–then Y Combinator wants to have a talk. The elite incubator is launching a program called Startup Investor School, designed for aspiring angels. Topics will include dealflow, dilution, and cap tables. Students who complete the...

2018-02-01
Latvian startups to watch: 3D printed casts, crypto inheritances, and a tiny manned aircraft

With TechChill approaching, it’s worth to bring some attention to some of the promising early-stage startups from the Baltic country making waves this year. Some of them are very fresh and a few others have attracted first funding rounds (or done ICO’s), but here’s our selection of the ten early teams we are...

2018-02-01
Amazon Web Services is an exploding IT beast... so learn to tame it for less than $9 per course

As AWS’s footprint in the cloud industry keeps expanding, now is the time for forward-thinking techheads and IT job seekers to make sure they know the AWS infrastructure. You can earn that knowledge with this comprehensive Amazon Web Services Certification Training Mega Bundle, which is on sale now for only $69 from...

2018-02-01
Instagram’s new text-only ‘Type’ feature for Stories is rolling out to everyone

A couple of weeks ago, we reported Instagram was testing a new text-only format for Stories called Type. Now it’s official: Instagram is rolling out the feature to everyone. We first noticed the test back in December, and then it showed of up on one of our team member’s devices. To recap, the feature shows up as...

2018-02-01
Spotify and Discord team up to add music to your gaming chats

The latest service to throw its weight behind chat client Discord is Spotify, as the two services today announced they’re joining forces. As part of the new partnership Discord users can link up with their Spotify accounts. Starting today, users who link the two accounts will display what they’re listening to in...

2018-02-01
Twitter’s new API lets developers sift through every tweet in history

Over the past few months, Twitter has steadily improved its API offerings. In step with this trend, it just launched a new API endpoint that allows developers to parse every Tweet currently on the social networking site. The API, which is currently in beta, offers an unprecedented level of access to everyday users....

2018-02-01
Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed until autumn

Rockstar Games today announced Red Dead Redemption 2, the follow-up to its open-world Western fable, would be released on October 26th 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2 is Coming October 26th 2018: https://t.co/LLSkGYfJMP pic.twitter.com/fSu8k9qVZe — Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 1, 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2...

2018-02-01
TNW’s Big Spam: Let’s all ditch Facebook

Today we’re going to try something out, so bear with us. We have a new daily newsletter, that’s a lot sassier and snarkier than our old automated one, and we want to show it off. We really enjoy writing it, and it gives you guys an idea of what goes on in our newsroom. If you like it and want it delivered straight...

2018-02-01
Facebook banned cryptocurrency ads but it still shows them anyhow

In an interesting turn of events, Facebook announced that it is removing all cryptocurrency and ICO-related ads from its platform claiming such content is “frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.” But it turns out the some of these ads continue to slip past the social media titan....

2018-02-01
Telegram and Telegram X vanish from the App Store [Update]

Update: Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov has taken to Twitter to clarify why Telegram and its X sibling have been taken off the App Store. “We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps were taken off the App Store,” Durov said on Twitter. “Once we have...

2018-02-01
DonorsChoose Just Funded Its 1 Millionth Project

The site that lets people help teachers fund their classrooms hits a big milestone–and has learned a lot about what teachers need. The education-themed crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose allows teachers to post requests online for classroom supplies, projects, or even field trips, which contributors review and...

2018-01-31
Using blockchain, this company wants to make online gambling less of a gamble

Gambling, in one form or another, has been around for almost as long as civilization. It is a pastime, and a lucrative business, that has been able to grow and evolve. And now, in the 21st century, it is bigger than ever thanks to the internet and online gambling. However, this $44 bln industry of online gambling...

2018-01-31
Here is why the price of RaiBlocks suddenly dropped by 20 percent

Emerging cryptocurrency RaiBlocks has lost 20 percent in value after shady exchange desk BitGrail suddenly announced that its platform will soon suspend support for non-European users. The cryptocurrency, whose blockchain tech promises to deliver fast transactions at no fees, saw a drop from $18.60 to $14.90 earlier...

2018-01-30
Can blockchain democratize education? This startup seems to think so

Without much fanfare, recent advances in technology have helped provide quality education to people across the world. Cloud applications helped us create classrooms that defy geographical barriers and span across thousands of miles. Artificial intelligence and machine learning helped make up for the shortage of...

2018-01-30
Vivo’s Xplay 7 might come with 10 GB of RAM and be truly bezel-less

The Xiaomi Mi Mix and LG G6 established the current wave of ‘bezel-less’ phone, but that term has been something of a misnomer. The bezels haven’t disappeared, they’ve just gotten way smaller while still accommodating a camera and earpiece. Vivo’s XPlay 7 might actually bring us a true bezel-less phone, if...

2018-01-30
Research: Half of business leaders plan to implement AI despite believing it won’t help

Dell Technologies today released research indicating most businesses believe humans and machines will work together in nearly every industry within five years. What they don’t agree on is whether that’s a good thing or not. It’s estimated automation will replace nearly a billion humans in the workforce in the...

2018-01-30
Child welfare advocates protest Messenger Kids — can Facebook meet them halfway?

Facebook’s feet are being held to the fire again — this time, its being criticized by those hoping to protect children. Child advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) today wrote an open letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg today in which they outlined their objections to Facebook’s...

2018-01-30
Forget “pivot to video.” Maybe just pivot to sports

As media companies struggle to make ends meet, the adages of the past few years are becoming more and more outdated. If we remember only a little bit ago, many publishers began to double down on pivoting to video–that is, letting go of editorial staff to focus on social video that would (theoretically) lead to...

2018-01-30
5 signs you would make a lousy hacker

It hasn’t been a good year for cybersecurity. People are being RATted and swatted, governments are leaking, and companies are being phished. In the Netherlands, DDoS attacks hit three large banks as well as the Dutch tax office over the past few days, temporarily blocking all web traffic. For those of us just trying...

2018-01-30
Samsung is reportedly manufacturing cryptocurrency mining hardware

Samsung could be the latest technology giant to hop onto the blockchain wagon. The company has reportedly begun manufacturing ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) hardware specialized for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining. The deal will see Samsung supply an unnamed Chinese mining equipment provider with the...

2018-01-30
Cake Browser adds a bit of Tinder’s magic to mobile search

Most people stick with whatever default browser came with their phone, be it Safari or Chrome. That’s a shame, because there are a lot of compelling options out there, like Cake Browser, which re-imagines how search can work on mobile. Cake Browser’s genius is that it makes a single assumption: most times when you...

2018-01-30
This blockchain sports betting platform improves betting odds

Can the blockchain improve your sports betting outcomes? In 2018, sports bettors may no longer have to wager under the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip or on offshore online betting sites to bet on their favored sports team. Nationwide, Casino and mobile sports betting operations are gearing up for business in the...

2018-01-30
This company is the P2P freelancer market that rewards your reputation

In the US alone, there are 55 million freelancers, making up 35 percent of the total workforce. More and more professionals – whether it’s in design, writing, translation, coding, or legal – are independent contractors and relying on commissions and gigs to earn their income. Finding clients is the number one...

2018-01-30
Child development experts want Facebook to pull its Messenger Kids app

The experts have written an open letter urging Facebook to pull the child-focused messenger app, saying that “younger children are simply not ready to have social media accounts,” reports the Guardian. The letter was spearheaded by the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood and signed by over 100 child...

2018-01-30

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