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BitGrail will refund $195M worth of stolen Nano – but only if you promise not to sue
2018-03-15

Back in February, Italy-based cryptocurrency exchange desk BitGrail reported that hackers had made off with $195 million worth of Nano (XRB) coins. But it seems not all hope is lost for duped investors: the exchange desk has revealed its intentions to issue refunds to affected customers in the near future. Founder...

Google rebrands Android Wear as Wear OS to attract more iPhone users
2018-03-15

A few days ago, rumors started floating around that Google would rebrand Android Wear. While we expected that change would happen at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, it turns out the company had a faster timeline. As of today, Android Wear is now ‘Wear OS’. Though Google doesn’t say so...

TNW’s Big Spam: CHEGH-chew jaj-VAM jaj-KAK... we mean it...
2018-03-15

Our TNW Answers session with Adeo Ressi is starting RIGHT NOW!!! HAVE YOU ASKED YOUR QUESTION YET??? Top trending tech news: 💍 This jewelry site leaked personal info of 1.3M users (TNW) 😬 YouTube prankster was jailed for shooting boyfriend dead (BBC) 🇬🇧 Facebook-WhatsApp data plan was blocked in the...

How To Update Your LinkedIn Without Making Your Boss Suspicious
2018-03-15

Updating your LinkedIn profile is something you should be doing regularly. Here’s how you can do it without raising alarm bells at work. Updating your LinkedIn profile can be a major stress point if you feel like it could alarm your boss or cause tension at work. However, the truth of the matter is that you...

Uber will share its London ride data with the public
2018-03-15

The company has announced it will make its anonymized ride data for London, including past travel conditions and how journey times are impacted by road closures and other events, with the public in an effort to get its London license renewed, reports Reuters. Announcing the move, Uber’s Head of UK Cities, Fred...

Leaked documents reveal Amazon Prime Video numbers
2018-03-15

The company has been notoriously secretive about any kind of data about its Amazon Prime Video service, but now documents leaked to Reuters reveal some numbers for the first time. The documents revealed: That Prime Video content drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shipping service. In the U.S.,...

These Gaza Students Designed A School Where They Could Feel Safe
2018-03-15

The Jamal Abdul Nasser School is designed to serve as a physical sanctuary for kids too used to bombing and violence. When plans began to rebuild a school in Gaza that was destroyed by Israeli bombs in 2014, the foundation funding the new school decided to involve some extra designers: the students.Read Full Story

The latest Firefox browser is big on privacy
2018-03-15

Specifically, Firefox 59 blocks untrusted websites from being able to access your computer’s camera, microphone, and location data, reports TechRepublic. The update is a boon to users concerned about their privacy being hijacked by websites that are designed to literally hear and see you without your knowledge....

Toys R Us is closing or selling all of its U.S. stores
2018-03-15

Those stores total more than 800, reports CNBC. There may be hope for 200 of those stores, however. Toys R Us says those stores may remain open–if they can find a buyer. The store closures come as the company is struggling under $5 billion in debt and struggled to pay its loans. The closings aren’t...

This Chrome extension enables two-factor authentication logins by watching you type
2018-03-15

Two-factor authentication is a great way to protect your online accounts, but it can be a tad cumbersome: you need to have your phone handy so you can either receive a one-time password via SMS (which frequently fails me), or set up an app like Google Authenticator to generate codes offline. The folks at New...

Google open-sources AI for improving Portrait Mode in camera apps
2018-03-15

Unlike most premium phones released over the past year, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t come with a dual rear camera – but they still manage to pull off impressive depth-of-field effects that separate the background from the foreground with natural-looking blur. It actually uses AI to pull that off – and...

The Nest Product Lineup Finally Feels Like A System
2018-03-15

It took longer than most would have expected, but the company that’s synonymous with smart thermostats is poised to capitalize on a vision it helped create. When Nest shipped its first smart thermostat in 2011, it wasn’t just a strikingly new take on the mundane matter of controlling a home’s...

Outdoor Voices nabs $34 million in funding, plans more stores
2018-03-14

Outdoor Voices, much like its fitness-fueled customers, isn’t slowing down. The cult athleisure label just raised $34 million in a series C round, totaling $57 million to date, reports CNBC. The latest round was led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), which previously invested in Jet.com and Blue Bottle...

Twitter has a fix for its news problem—make a new Twitter!
2018-03-14

Last week, Facebook waffled yet again about which #content people want to see on Facebook. Cue the launch of a new feature that lets publishers label one breaking news story a day. With Facebook experimenting with breaking news, it seems only fitting that Twitter would do the same. The company is now testing...

Why is Siri struggling? Report cites infighting and lack of vision
2018-03-14

Although Apple’s Siri is the most widely-used virtual assistant with more than a half billion monthly active users, it’s been shown up over the past few years by Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, especially in smart speakers. And according to a new report by The Information‘s Aaron...

TNW’s Big Spam: Space Boobs in Space is the Citizen Kane of our time
2018-03-14

Tomorrow we have a TNW Answers session with Adeo Ressi, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor who has made a shit ton of money mentoring startups. Also, he’s really into space innovation… and was Elon Musk’s college roommate. What did you think of Falcon Heavy’s environmental impact? Can I pitch you...

The fast-food industry is facing record turnover, but it’s not Flippy’s fault yet
2018-03-14

The fast-food industry is currently grappling with record employee turnover, and new technologies have a lot to do with it. According to MIT Technology Review, the turnover rate in the fast-food industry is 150%, the highest since researchers began recording data in 1995. While robots may eventually come to the...

Unannounced Tomb Raider sequel leaked through teaser site source code
2018-03-14

This is an excellent lesson in how not to do an online promo campaign. Gaming studio Square Enix updated the official Tomb Raider website to tease an upcoming announcement for the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider sequel – but not without accidentally leaking the secret announcement way ahead of time. As spotted by...

Facebook bans far-right hate group Britain First
2018-03-14

Facebook has announced it has permanently deleted the accounts of the far-right extremist group Britain First, and its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Britain First are perhaps one of the most controversial elements in British politics. Although the party has never known success at the ballot box, it’s...

Do This 20-Minute Morning Routine Before Answering A Single Email
2018-03-14

The most creative teams at Herman Miller warm up in the morning by playing around with the tools of their craft. In 1957, the designers Charles and Ray Eames created a “Solar Do-Nothing Machine” for the Aluminum Company of America. It’s a solar-powered gizmo whose artful welter of spinning...

Privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Verge (XVG) got its Twitter hacked
2018-03-14

In an ironic turn of events, privacy-focused cryptocurrency Verge (XVG) got its Twitter account hacked yesterday. According to Verge team members on Telegram, no funds were at risk at any point in time and the breach was exclusively limited to its social media profiles. Once in control of the account, the hackers...

Google is banning all cryptocurrency-related ads
2018-03-14

The search giant has announced that it is cracking down on ads promoting virtually anything related to cryptocurrencies, reports CNBC. Google is updating its financial services-related advertising policies to forbid any ads related to cryptocurrencies, including ads about wallets, initial coin offerings (ICOs), or...

Melania Trump will meet with tech giants to talk about “kindness online”
2018-03-14

The First Lady will meet with execs from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Snap to discuss ways to combat online harassment, reports the Washington Post. The meeting will take place next week at the White House. Melania Trump wants to find out how the tech companies are, among other things, planning to combat the...

Adidas sold a million shoes made out of ocean plastic last year
2018-03-14

The German sportswear giant teamed up with environmental group Parley for the Oceans to help clear plastic from the world’s oceans and also put that plastic to good use, reports CNBC. The resulting plastic went into Adidas’s UltraBoost shoe line, with three UltraBoost models being made out of ocean...

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