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  • AI, blockchain, and just an overall rise in technologies across the planet are changing the way traditional industries are doing business. The wide world of auto insurance is no exception, with disruptive technology from insurtech propelling the industry forward. From apps that allow agents to quickly process applications on the go, to AI being used to navigate the vast amount data involved in ins...

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  • Witti Design’s line of smart home accessories contains several products which can only be described as delightfully odd. As a big fan of interesting design decisions in technology products, I simply had to review a couple of the company’s strangest offerings: the Notti and Dotti. First, the Notti Pictured in the above image is the Notti, a smart light with a unique aesthetic that you can take from...

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  • Facebook AI Research (FAIR) scientists yesterday unveiled a neural network capable of translating music from one style, genre, and set of instruments to another. Soon, you won’t have to blow your own horn; you can just whistle to an AI and it’ll turn your song into the symphony or dance hit of your dreams. The AI takes one input, such as a symphony orchestra playing Bach, and translates it into so...

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  • A political hopeful recently aired an anti-Bitcoin attack ad against a rival competing for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming Congressional race for California’s 45th district. The ad, ran by Dave Min, targets Brian Forde’s donors, calling them “Bitcoin speculators that oppose cracking down on drug deals and human trafficking.” File this under: Entertainment for people who hate Democrats. M...

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  • YouTube today began early access to its rebranded YouTube Music subscription service. What it means: YouTube Music comes with an all-new app, Google’s AI-powered search and insights, and a focus on finding new tunes. If you’ve signed up for early access — and you live in one of the supported countries — you’ll be able to get your groove on as early as today. The details: Google recently announced ...

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  • As a first-time founder or entrepreneur, knowing where to start when it comes to scaling your business can be extremely overwhelming. With an overabundance of resources telling you the right way to grow your startup, focusing on the wrong thing before having the basics down pat could spell disaster. With the TNW Conference in Amsterdam fast approaching, we’re lucky enough to have experts behind th...

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  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Northern California chapter today revealed documents and emails indicating Amazon aided law enforcement agencies in the US with the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. The impact: Amazon is in the public surveillance business now. Its impressive Rekognition technology is the perfect tool for government entities wishing to obliterat...

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  • Productivity giant Asana has launched a new Slack plugin, which promises to transform off-the-cuff ideas into actionable tasks you can put on your to-do list. The new plugin takes advantage of some of the new features in Slack’s API, and allows users to perform tasks in Asana without having to leave the popular chat service. With the plugin installed, users can create a task simply by hovering ove...

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  • Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone goes and invents a cajón-playing robot and launches it on Kickstarter. Cabot (which, one assumes, is a portmanteau of cajon and robot) attaches to the percussion instrument and, when connected to a smartphone, blasts out a rhythm of the user’s choosing or creation on the drum. Also, it looks like the facehugger from Alien if, rather than H. R. Giger,...

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  • As the European Parliament’s ‘Mr Privacy,’ Jan Philipp Albrecht, said: “It is a bad sign that Mark Zuckerberg only wants to answer the questions of selected Members of the European Parliament behind closed doors.” That’s an understatement! It’s also a pretty dreadful sign that the heads of the European Parliament’s biggest political groups were so happy to go along with this idea. It begs the ques...

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  • Deep-pocketed Korean conglomerate Samsung today announced it will open a massive AI research center, based in leafy (and deeply tech-centric) Cambridge. The Samsung AI Center, Cambridge (SAIC-Cambridge) will be lead by Professor Andrew Blake, who is one of Britain’s leading academics in the AI space. Blake previously headed up Microsoft Research’s Cambridge laboratory, and is a former director of ...

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  • With security threats a daily concern for anyone on the web, it’s probably no surprise that the no. 1 reason most North Americans use a VPN is to protect their anonymity. That’s where a quality provider like Windscribe comes in. With the current limited time offer from TNW Deals, users can lock in a lifetime of Windscribe VPN coverage for just $69, an over 90 percent savings off the regular price....

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  • Anonymous cryptocurrency Verge can’t seem to catch a break. It appears that hackers have again exploited the vulnerabilities in Verge’s blockchain to steal XVGs. In an attack that lasted a few hours, approximately 35 million XVGs seem to have been stolen — worth above $1.7 million as per the latest Coinmarketcap price. Verge suffered a similar attack last month resulting in the theft of 250,000 XV...

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  • Yubico, the maker of the popular YubiKey hardware two-factor authentication (2FA) token, has announced the launch of its iOS SDK. This allows developers to bake truly secure 2FA (read: not based on SMS) into their apps, based on the company’s YubiKey NEO NFC-equipped hardware. Support for the company’s NFC one-time-password hardware arrived in iOS 11, which Apple released last September. The launc...

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  • It isn’t just the initial coin offerings (ICOs) that are running rampant, it seems cryptocurrency forks are in close competition. Bitcoin alone has seen 44 forks of its blockchain since August last year, according to BitMEX Research. Bitcoin Cash, or BCash — launched on August 1, 2017 — was Bitcoin’s first hard fork that resulted in a blockchain split. The hard fork happened following the controve...

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  • Gmail got a much-needed visual refresh and some clever new features recently, including Smart Compose and a snooze button for incoming messages. But did you know that the revamped interface also supports user mentions, à la Twitter? When you’re composing a new message or a reply, you can insert anyone’s email address in the body by entering the @ symbol, followed by their name. For example, @Abhim...

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  • 2017 marked a major milestone in the world of advertising: it was the first year on record that global digital ad spending exceeded global TV ad spending. Worldwide, advertisers spent $209 billion on digital, compared to $178 billion for TV. The digital marketing sphere has come a long way from spammy pop-ups, now encompassing everything from SEO and content marketing to YouTube ad placements. Des...

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  • Google is updating its Photos cloud storage service with a star-shaped button to mark selected pictures as your Favorites. Android Police reports that the feature was first spotted in Photos’ Android app back in August 2017, and that it’s taken the company nearly a year to bring it to life for some reason. It’s OK to play favorites. Rolling out this week, tap the ⭐️ button to mark a photo as a fav...

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  • 2018 started off on a sour note with the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre chip-level security flaws, which could be exploited to access secure data on computers powered by the world’s most popular processors. Now, there’s another version doing the rounds. Microsoft and Google have jointly disclosed what’s being called Speculative Store Bypass (variant 4), which, as the US Computer Emergency R...

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  • Adobe has agreed to acquire Magento, a popular ecommerce CMS, presently owned by a private equity firm, for $1.68 billion. The deal will close in the third quarter of 2018. The Magento platform has long been regarded as a solid choice for companies who want to build and manage online stores; Bloomberg notes that it supports more than $155 billion in gross merchandise volume, and counts the likes o...

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  • Apple’s Siri today began leaking information about the upcoming WWDC event. According to the virtual assistant, it’s getting a brand new voice and another smart speaker. If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone you can ask it yourself. What’s the meaning of this: It looks like Apple is turning to Siri to generate some buzz for the upcoming WWDC event. Users with compatible devices can ask Siri to tell them...

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  • Royole today announced the launch of its RoWrite Smart Writing Pad to North American consumers. The device, perhaps a bit of a solution looking for a problem, lets you combine the experience of using a pen on paper with the reality that all of our information is on our phones now. The RoWrite is a digital notepad that allows you to use a special ink pen to write on actual paper. Everything you wri...

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  • If you can barely stop playing Epic Games’ ridiculously successful Fortnite long enough to read this sentence, you might be interested to know the company will soon offer the biggest prize pool in esports history. According to a company blog post: In the 2018 – 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We’re getting behind competitive play in ...

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  • Two new all wheel drive (AWD) versions of the Tesla Model 3 will go on sale next month. Both models are pricier by far than the current Model 3, but they have an extra motor. And, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Performance edition will gobble up a BMW M3 on the track. Wasn’t Musk, just a few weeks ago, sleeping on the Tesla factory floor, replacing robots with humans, and contending with an...

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  • After introducing Stories in 2013, Snapchat’s most prominent feature has really come into its own in the past two years. In 2016, Facebook poked the proverbial bear by making off with Snapchat’s signature feature. Drawing the ire of the internet in the process, it didn’t take long to expand into other Facebook-owned properties, like Instagram and Whatsapp. Now, some 14 months later, Stories has re...

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  • UNICEF may be using cryptocurrencies to crowd-fund children in Bangladesh, but Roger Ver has found a better utility for them. Ver is asking his twitter followers to send Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to a HK stock exchange official in order to get him to promote the cryptocurrency to his nine million Weibo followers. Ver was meeting with Shusong Ba, Chief China Economist at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE...

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  • Each year, Brits buy 1.5 million puppies, with much of the trade happening online. For obvious reasons, this can be a difficult and risky process, not least for the dogs involved. While there are some reputable breeders, there are also far too many unscrupulous puppy farmers. These high-volume breeders care only about their bottom line, and not the health of the dog. It can often be difficult dist...

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