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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
Google has officially completed its acquisition of HTC’s smartphone business

The internet giant has sealed the $1 billion deal to acquire HTC’s smartphone business, the company revealed in a blog post. In the post, Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware, praised HTC’s past achievements in the smartphone arena including releasing “the first 3G...

2018-01-30
Digital trends 2018: 153 pages of internet, mobile, and social media stats

The new 2018 Global Digital suite of reports from We Are Social and Hootsuite reveals that there are now more than four billion people around the world using the internet. Well over half of the world’s population is now online, with the latest data showing that nearly a quarter of a billion new users came online for...

2018-01-30
Apple is reportedly launching 3 new Macs with custom chips this year

Bloomberg reports that Apple has at least three new Macs in the works for 2018, including a desktop and two laptops. Oh, and they’re said to feature custom processors made by the company. That’s not a complete surprise: having developed chips in-house for its phones and tablets, Apple recently kitted out the new...

2018-01-30
Waymo is putting ‘thousands’ more driverless minivans on roads across America

Google’s self-driving tech spinoff Waymo is set to make a big push into its trial programs for its autonomous vehicles: the company has inked a deal to buy ‘thousands’ more minivans from Fiat Chrysler, which it plans to run across several cities in the US without a human driver at the wheel. It won’t just say...

2018-01-30
Learn and get certified in the most popular project management techniques for under $50

Project management methods are that intersection of science and intuition...and if you know how to do it right, it’s an amazingly bankable skill for anyone looking to advance their career. Learn the different schools of thought behind leading a winning project with the Project Management Professional Certification...

2018-01-30
Indian ride-hailing giant Ola takes the fight to Uber in Australia

After tussling with Uber in its home market of India, Ola is ready to go up against the ride-hailing giant in new territory as it expands beyond the country’s borders for the first time: the company has announced it’s launching operations in Australia this year. Ola claims to have garnered 125 million passengers...

2018-01-30
How to Cope Online After You Get Dumped

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2018-01-30
Lyft turned annoying car alarms into a slightly less annoying version of ‘Despacito’

Hijacking big events for viral success is one of the most well-worn sections of the marketing playbook. Effective and often entertaining, there’s no better way to get your brand in front of millions than by piggybacking on an even bigger brand. Oreo, for example, was the toast of the marketing world after its...

2018-01-30
Net neutrality activist ‘throttles’ street outside FCC building

While the rest of you were crying into your cruelty-free glasses of vegan pond-water over the repeal of net neutrality, humanitarian and activist Rob Bliss was restoring freedom to American roads. Instead of allowing traffic to rely on government regulations and oversight, Bliss decided the street in front of the FCC...

2018-01-30
Sorry Snapchat, it’s time to say goodbye

I’ve been a Snapchat power user for the past four years. But, because Instagram has won my heart, I’m saying goodbye to the little ghost taking up 460 MB on my phone. I first heard of Snapchat’s controversial disappearing messages back in December 2013. I was skeptical of the concept, but at the same time,...

2018-01-30
Amazon’s Super Bowl teaser hints at new voices for Alexa

Amazon released a teaser for its upcoming Super Bowl ad today. It’s less than 30 seconds, but presents an important question: What happens if Alexa catches a cold and loses her voice? Who replaces her? Just watch: It’s possible that the full ad will just be a skit featuring some famous personality for a...

2018-01-30
Big brother is here, and his name is Facebook

In his book 1984, George Orwell detailed a dystopian world wherein a person or persona called “Big Brother” saw everything that people did and where the central government pushed its agenda through propaganda, spying, monitoring, and thought controls. That book was published in 1949. It is now 2017, and while we...

2018-01-30
Elon Musk denies zombie apocalypse rumors, sells 10,000 flamethrowers just in case

Do I need a flamethrower? No. Do I want one? Yes. That seems to be the general attitude behind the thousands of people buying Elon Musk’s new fire-breathing toy. If you haven’t been following, Musk promised to begin selling a flamethrower for his Boring Company – the one digging giant tunnels under LA – a few...

2018-01-30
This Is How To Turn Procrastination Into A Management Technique

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not answer your team members’ questions right away. You’ve just been promoted to a supervisory role, and you really don’t want to be the absentee boss who inspires articles like this one. So you make a concerted effort to be attentive and...

2018-01-29
Now a YouTube prankster is staging fake acid attacks in London

Some people say “the kids are okay,” but these days I’m not so sure. The U.K.’s Metro reports that a YouTuber named Arya Mosallah has posted a dumb video of him walking up to people on the streets of London, holding paper cups of liquid, and throwing it in their faces. While the liquid...

2018-01-29
This drone learned to fly thanks to driverless cars

University of Zurich researchers built an AI that flies around on a drone telling it how to navigate the streets thanks to data gleaned from self-driving cars and GoPro-toting bicycles. (Anyone else picturing Atreyu flying around on Falkor the luck dragon? Just me?) In a new paper appearing in IEEE Robotics and...

2018-01-29
Qualcomm Is (Almost) Ready To Take On Apple’s AirPods Now

A new Qualcomm “hearable” chip allows for practically any feature you’d want to stick in your ear. When I recently wrote about why Amazon hasn’t made Alexa earbuds yet, one observation from other headphone and earbud makers was consistent: They’re constrained by current Qualcomm...

2018-01-29
Can tiny high-tech anal beads cure your constipation?

Maybe one day! But not the kind of anal beads you think–and definitely not the kind Miki Agrawal has been mailing to journalists. Unlike the sex-toy variety designed for rectal insertion, a biotech solution under development at Thomas Jefferson University combine snippets of genetic material with “micro...

2018-01-29
Instagram has a new feature that adds 'recommended' posts to your feed

What are your friends liking on Instagram? Whatever it is, it's about to land in your feed. Instagram is quietly rolling out a new feature that will recommend posts for you based on the activity of the accounts you follow. "Recommended for You" posts will sit in their own section, accessible through a thumbnail...

2018-01-29
Team internet reunites a man with an envelope full of money after he left it in the pub

Here's a tale of lost and found that'll restore your faith in humanity. A pub in London rallied to find the owner of a packet of wages that had been left on the premises in the run-up to Christmas. And, much to the relief of the internet, the pub jolly well found him!  SEE ALSO: This teddy was flown 200 miles...

2018-01-29
Logan Paul isn't the only problem. YouTube is broken — here's how to fix it.

It's easy to hate on Logan Paul. A 22-year-old YouTuber with 15 million subscribers, Paul made himself the poster child for shallow and gross behavior this weekend by posting a graphic video in which he finds the body of a man who died by suicide in Aokigahara forest, a sacred site at the base of Mt. Fuji. The video...

2018-01-29
Why this UK public figure deleted 50K tweets in a day

The name Toby Young has been plastered all over Brits' Twitter feeds this week after he was appointed the UK's new universities regulator — a position created by the government to uphold free speech at third level, among other things. But just days after his appointment, Young deleted a huge chunk of his...

2018-01-29
Twitter to notify users who got played by Russian propaganda accounts

Over a half million Twitter users are about to be on the receiving end of an inbox surprise.  No, not the news of an unexpected verification. Nor something more prosaic, such as their unwitting participation in a new feature test group. Rather, Twitter will be dropping a little email truth bomb: You got played...

2018-01-29
Instagram is supposedly testing a feature that tells you when someone's recorded your story

Did you really think Instagram was going to stop copying Snapchat features in 2018?  Now, Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature — one that Snapchat already has — that notifies users when someone's taken a screenshot or screen recording of your stories. SEE ALSO: Instagram just added a...

2018-01-29

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