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  • The post-2016 MacBook Pro could — quite generously, I think — be described as a “shower of shit.” I’m still not exactly sure what Apple was thinking when it shipped a laptop with no USB-A ports and a keyboard that doesn’t actually work. They’re bad, but until recently, those wedded to Apple’s ecosystem could at least purchase the more conventional 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro. I did say “until recentl...

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  • As with, well, everything really, the internet has changed the dating game. Just think how ubiquitous the phrase “swipe right” has become. Yet while apps like Tinder work for many people, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to sexuality. It’s in these realms outside of traditional dating – whatever “traditional” means anyhow – that Fantasy App exists. Created by And...

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  • Australian mining company Rio Tinto’s high-tech train completed the first fully autonomous delivery of iron ore in Western Australia’s Pilbara. The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives, carried about 28,000 tonnes of iron ore across 280 km from the company’s mining operations in Tom Price to the port of Cape Lambert on July 10. A Rio Tinto autonomous train has completed its first jour...

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  • In a first for China, an illegal World Cup gambling ring has been busted holding more than $1.5 billion in live bets – all in cryptocurrencies. Six major suspects are in custody. Nestled in a southern Guangdong province, the syndicate is reported to have themselves been sitting on $1.5 million in cryptocurrency, which was seized by police, alongside half that in yuan, stored in bank accounts – now...

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  • A few months ago, security researchers at 4iQ uncovered a 41-gigabyte file being sold on the dark web that contained 1.4 billion username and password combinations from online services such as Netflix, Last.FM, LinkedIn, MySpace, Zoosk, YouPorn, Minecraft, Runescape, and others. Unfortunately, this is something that happens a lot. The sale of user credentials remains a very lucrative business, ear...

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  • Microsoft has finally launched its Whiteboard app for Windows 10 devices. It’s a free tool for collaborating on ideas with as many people as you like, and it’s not half bad. Whiteboard (which has been available in preview since last December) is designed for use with a stylus, so it’ll automatically recognize when you’re trying to draw shapes and tables, and help you out with your doodles. Of cour...

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  • When life handed Mike Saskasegawa a lemon, he did what anyone would do: made a video of it rolling down a hill. For context, Mike was walking home from after a run and saw a lemon rolling down a hill. He grabbed his smartphone and began to film it as it continued its journey down the street, along a sidewalk near his home. Why this is so goddamn interesting, I have no idea. But frankly, I couldn’t...

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  • How has no one thought of this before? Dan Bull, one of YouTube‘s foremost rappers just dropped his latest video about gaming. It’s about Fortnite, it’s got a fun beat, and it stars 100 rappers from across the site. And yeah, it’s as much of a treat as it sounds. 100 players in a Fortnite battle royale match, 100 rappers in the rap battle — the inspiration is obvious, and it’s a truly impressive c...

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  • It’s time to give credit where it’s due. Today’s MacBook Pro announcement, for the first time in years, made me excited again to be an Apple fan. Apple has always made great phones. The iPad is arguably the best tablet on the market. Apple Watch is, um, the best of a series of wearables without true utility outside of fitness tracking. And then there’s “Magic” accessories like the mouse, trackpad ...

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  • Fake AI-generated videos featuring political figures could be all the rage during the next election cycle, and that’s bad news for democracy. A recently released study indicates that DeepFakes, a neural network that creates fake videos of real people, represents one of the largest threats posed by artificial intelligence. The study’s authors state: AI systems are capable of generating realistic-so...

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  • It’s not secret Slack has dominated workplace communication among tech companies the last few years, but Microsoft began to fight back when it introduced Teams back in 2016. There was just one problem: Teams didn’t have a free option. That changes today. A free tier is pretty much essential for smaller businesses and companies. Slack has one, and it’s an easy way to onboard customers in hopes they...

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  • It is a truth universally acknowledged that the vast majority of the human population do not look their best first thing in the morning. And the iPhone X apparently agrees, as the phone’s signature Face ID feature reportedly struggles to recognize its users in their waking states. An article on Slate tallies up some of the circumstances under which Face ID seems to flounder, and mentions that a co...

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  • Once your startup has taken off in your local market, expanding geographically is a natural next step. Asia is likely to be on your target list given its promising consumer market that comprises a burgeoning middle-class with a high spending power, as well as increasing mobile and internet connectivity. I’ve seen startups going down this path but risks that emerge in Asia can prove to be a deal-br...

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  • Apple’s computers have never exactly been known for their graphics prowess, but the last year or two the company has taken the opportunity to improve its standing with official support for external GPUs connected via Thunderbolt 3. Fresh from releasing newly updated MacBooks, the company has collaborated with film hardware company Blackmagic on a $699 eGPU. Before you scoff at the price, there’s o...

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  • Facebook this week unveiled the schedule for its funded news shows, and it could use a little diversity — the entire slate is dominated by two shows. I really hope you like Anderson Cooper and/or Fox News, because both of those combined take up a hefty portion of the schedule — Fox News in particular is on every single day of the week. There are shows from the likes of Buzzfeed, Mic, and Univision...

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  • A team of German scientists recently developed a spectacular new cochlear implant that uses light to simulate sound. So far it’s only been tested on gerbils, but the results are promising. Cochlear implants are a decades-old invention that uses electricity to stimulate or bypass deadened auditory nerves in order to trick the brain into “hearing” something. Many people who suffer hearing loss use t...

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  • It seems the cryptocurrency community is under threat of a new blackmail tactic, so take caution. Cornell University computer science professor Emin Gün Sirer has shared an email that appears to leverage leaked passwords to swindle Bitcoin out of unsuspecting victims, demanding they pay a ransom. After weaving an obviously fake, but plausible, scenario describing the Mr Robot-esque ability to reco...

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  • The human brain is a formidable machine. Get yourself doing the same task over-and-over-and-over, and your brain will start shaping itself around that task. If you’re an interface designer, chances are you’ll build a special eye for type sizes, alignment, color tones. If you’re focused in UX, your brain will likely be stronger in skills like systematic thinking, flow definition, hierarchy, and con...

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  • Since the inception of artificial intelligence in the 1950s, we’ve been trying to find ways to measure progress in the field of AI. For many, the golden criteria for AI the Turing Test, an evaluation of whether a computer can exhibit human behavior. But the Turing Test only defines whether AI can fool humans, not compete with them, and it’s very hard to say how deep the Test goes. A much better ar...

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  • Being a kid in today’s world is tough. When I had a rough time at school, it generally stayed there. Yeah, there were chatrooms, forums, and things like MSN Messenger, but the lack of social media and smartphones meant it was hard for assholes to interact with you online. Now, with smartphones everywhere, there’s no hiding from bullies. This is what Russ Whitlock, the creator of the PhoneCloud PX1...

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  • Loon and Wing, two of Google X’s moonshot projects, “graduated” yesterday to become full companies under the Alphabet banner. Loon was an ambitious Google X project to establish a network of balloons in the stratosphere to relay internet connectivity to people in remote regions. Meanwhile, Wing saw the use of advanced drones for delivering goods to people on the ground. Now the two projects have b...

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  • After four years in the making, Magic Leap is now awfully close to launching its hyped mixed reality headset. In a Twitch stream, the company revealed that it would begin shipping the device before the summer is out. That builds on the company’s previous promise to bring its hardware to market sometime in 2018. It also revealed that it’ll bake a powerful Nvidia Tegra X2 system-on-chip into the hip...

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  • It’s official: at long last, the Indian government has approved net neutrality to ensure that all web traffic is treated fairly, and that internet service providers won’t block, throttle, or favor any content or services (with a few reasonable exceptions). That’s a result of the Telecom Commission (a group within India’s Department of Telecom) approving recommendations made by the Telecom Regulato...

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  • I think it’s fair to say that few of us have made decisions we didn’t later come to regret. But personally, I can proudly say that inserting a USB cable into my urethra was never one of them. An unnamed (thankfully for him) 13-year-old from China’s Heilongjiang province was hospitalized after cutting off the end of a USB cable, and inserting approximately 10 centimeters of what remained into his u...

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  • Twitter today announced it’d be removing locked accounts from users’ follower counts. If you’ve noticed a precipitous drop in follower counts today, it’s not you — it’s your followers. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Twitter had suspended a multitude of fake accounts in the months of May and June — apparently in an attempt to curb the rise of bot and their accompanying cocktail of issues. ...

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  • In the wake of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to run for Senate in Utah, the state’s online voter registration database has suffered more than one billion hacking attempts per day. You didn’t read that wrong. According to Utah state elections director Justin Lee, the one billion attempts per day – that’s more than 12,000 per second – are the result of increased scrutiny on th...

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