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Meet Nuro, the pint-sized robot that could one day deliver your pizza
Robotics company Nuro will soon unleash its self-driving vehicles on the streets of Houston. This isn’t a ride-sharing partnership, or a new Tesla competitor, but a trial run at the future we’re all waiting for. Starting this fall, Domino’s plans to employ a fleet of Nuro vehicles, each electric and self-driving, to deliver piping-hot pizza directly from its ovens to your doors. Each of the electric autos has a top speed of around 25 miles-per-hour, and they’ll soon share the roads with human-driven cars. These vehicles, however, aren’t built for humans. Each is about half the height and width of… This story continues at The Next Web
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How to download new apps to your Fitbit watch
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Fitbit‘s smartwatches, the Ionic and Versa, come with a number of apps pre-installed. These apps — which include three music apps, a weather tracker, and a timer — might offer all you need, and you’d never think to try putting more on there. But if that’s the case you’re missing out, because both watches have a number of great apps. Sure, neither of them have a whole App Store at their disposal, but the number… This story continues at The Next Web
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Roli’s Lumi is an advanced light-up keyboard that makes learning piano easy
Anyone can learn to play the piano, but it takes dedication. People tend to give up not because it’s too difficult, but because they get bored practicing so much they don’t actually get to make any music. Roli wants to change that with the latest entry in its family of modular ‘Blocks‘ instruments, a light-up keyboard called the Lumi. It’s far from the first light-up keyboard around – I’ve already reviewed two of them on this very site – but it might just be the cleverest iteration of the concept yet. The Lumi came as a surprise when I sat… This story continues at The Next Web
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Nintendo makes over Dr. Mario for iOS and Android
Nintendo revealed last night that its next mobile game is finally hitting the stores next month, and it’s the comparatively low-key Dr. Mario World. The game appears to be Nintendo‘s attempt to cash in on the Match-3 puzzle genre — sort of like Candy Crush Saga, if that game made me a little less hungry for gummy bears. Unlike the series’ namesake game, which was more like Tetris, Dr. Mario World gives users a certain number of moves in which to eliminate all the onscreen viruses via color-coordinated pills. Gameplay is limited by a stamina meter, which runs out after you… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,iOS,Nintendo
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Crypto Twitter responds to the reality of Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’
Following months of speculation, Facebook finally confirmed the release of Libra next year. The tech giant also unveiled details about Calibra, its corresponding custodial digital wallet, but failed to provide specifics about its launch plans. Given the buildup to the announcement, it didn’t take long for Twitter to go into meltdown, with many commentators rushing to share their views with the world. Some good, other less so. Libra twitter pic.twitter.com/5M1fgZP2QU — Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) June 18, 2019 Peter Todd, a well-known industry figure and an applied cryptography consultant, didn’t mince his words. I think it’s safe to say Facebook‘s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Twitter
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How to avoid spilling coffee on your expensive laptop
DON’T DRINK COFFEE NEAR YOUR EXPENSIVE LAPTOP. For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on Twitter and Flipboard.
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EU lawmakers need to look beyond the ‘top layer’ when regulating the internet
Brussels policy makers could be forgiven for wanting to move quickly to regulate ‘the internet.’ Assailed by an avalanche of public opinion and a ‘techlash’ against many of the tech giants, politicians and legislators have quickly sought to target those that loom large. Unsurprisingly, this has meant a disproportionate focus on the well-known consumer facing technology platforms. Outwardly, this may seem like a sensible move. But problems occur when policy makers see these large tech platforms as ‘the internet,’ when in fact they are nothing more than the ‘top layer’ — the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Policy ideas and… This story continues at The Next Web
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This $29 bundle lays the groundwork for any successful startup
Over eight courses featuring more than 20 hours of instruction, you’ll start gathering insight on the focal points of a winning business plan.
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CHEAP: $270 off Harman Kardon’s Onyx 4 speaker sounds like a sweet deal
We’ve written quite a few times about cute and compact Bluetooth speakers. But today, we’re bringing a mega deal for a top-shelf speaker. Harman Kardon’s gorgeous Oxny Studio 4 Bluetooth speaker is selling at just $179, down from $449. The speaker features premium fabric and a beautiful circular design that will make you want to replace your living room centerpiece with it. Plus, its two 75mm woofers and two 20 mm tweeters produce room-filling sound to get the party started. What’s more, you can simultaneously connect two devices, so you don’t have to fight with your mate over the playlist. It… This story continues at The Next Web
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How YouTube became the app parents love to hate
Over the last several months, YouTube has reeled from a wave of criticism. It has been accused of radicalizing young voters, ignoring harassment of LGBT content creators, and most importantly not doing enough to address toxic videos on the platform. Now it’s got a new problem: the YouTube Kids app. According to a new report published by Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen and Lucas Shaw, the Google-owned company is painfully aware its kid-friendly alternative isn’t appealing to children, and that it’s struggling to make it safe for the few kids that end up using it. Those who do watch YouTube kids don’t stick around… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube
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How to get started with mind mapping apps
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. List making and note taking have been digitized to help us keep track of shopping lists, to-do lists, and quick notes. But what if your ideas are more complicated than that? What if, like me, your mind is chaotic and messy, and needs more of a helping hand when formulating ideas? Then maybe, a mind map is what you need! And yes, those too can be done on smartphones and laptops thanks to a range… This story continues at The Next Web
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An open letter to my Macbook Pro, on which I spilled coffee this morning
My dearest MacBook Pro, I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry. It wasn’t meant to be like this. We’ve spent five beautiful years together and, honestly, they’ve been the best of my life. We’ve shared almost everything together, the highs and the lows. But… God, this is tough. I was sitting down to write this morning – as I do most days – and, fuck, I don’t even know exactly how it happened. The time either side of the incident are burned in, but the actual event itself? A blur. One moment the coffee was in the cup, the next… Fuck me,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook,MacBook Pro
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These $99 wireless earbuds get 8 more hours battery life than AirPods
The xFyro ARIA earbuds were designed by some of audio’s finest award-winning engineers, leading to a product that’s a true passion project for fidelity addicts. And when you look at what the ARIA earbuds can do, a pair of numbers jump out.
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Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’ is missing one thing: monetary policy
Facebook has outlined the economics of its new Libra cryptocurrency, revealing it will create a secondary token intended specifically to pay dividends to early backers. It’s called the Libra Investment Token, and it will only be available to members of the Libra Association (which maintains the network) and other accredited investors. Money raised by selling the Libra Investment Token is said to be placed in low-risk assets, and revenue generated is to go towards supporting operating expenses of the Libra Association itself and other development costs, including grants to non-profits. Once those are paid for, some of the remaining returns will be distributed to Libra Association members in the form of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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Google is rolling out RCS messaging without waiting for carriers – here’s what that means
Almost two years after showing off the first glimpse of  its Rich Communication Services (RCS), Google is rolling it out without waiting for carrier support. The Verge today reported that The Verge reported today that Android users in the UK and France will be able to use RCS by the end of this month. But, how will it change your life? First, an introduction to RCS. Think of RCS as SMS on steroids. It gives you the ability to send large texts without any character limit, create groups, send content, and share live location. In short, it’s Google’s attempt to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Facebook will launch its Libra digital currency in 2020
Facebook has finally revealed plans to launch its new digital currency Libra next year. The tech giant said users would be able to use the coin through its apps and on Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp. Once it’s launched, users will be able to purchase Libra and store it in its own digital wallet called Calibra. The website for Calibra was also launched earlier today. “Over the coming months, the association and its members will be recruiting additional members to further diversify and support the network. We will also be raising money in a private placement to help jumpstart the ecosystem… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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India is still hounding WhatsApp to make its messages traceable
The privacy vs. security battle is heating up in India. The Indian government has once again asked WhatsApp to “digitally fingerprint” every message sent on its platform without breaking its encryption, according to The Economic Times. The report further added, WhatsApp needs to be able to identify where a message originated, and how many people have read and forwarded it without having to read the message. “We don’t want to read the messages but when we see a problematic message we should be able to go to WhatsApp to help us trace the sender. They have to find a way, it… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp
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How to recover your hacked Instagram account
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Previously, if your Instagram account was taken over by an attacker, recovering it would require wading through choppy customer support, or calling for assistance from white-hat hackers. Now, Instagram is rolling out new measures to help you get your account back more easily Here’s what you have to do in case your account gets hacked: Open the Instagram app, and go to the login page. Tap on ‘Need more help’. Enter the original email address and phone… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram
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MIT researchers taught robots to link senses like sight and touch
MIT researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created a predictive AI that allows robots to link multiple senses in much the same way humans do. “While our sense of touch gives us a channel to feel the physical world, our eyes help us immediately understand the full picture of these tactile signals,” writes Rachel Gordon, of MIT CSAIL. In robots, this connection doesn’t exist. In an effort to bridge the gap, researchers developed a predictive AI capable of learning to “see by touching” and “feel by seeing,” a means of linking senses of sight and… This story continues at The Next Web
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Here’s why Minecraft: Story Mode episodes are $100 each on Xbox 360 right now
Something strange is happening with Minecraft: Story Mode. The game is currently on the verge of disappearing, at least from digital storefronts, but it’s reappeared on the Xbox 360’s digital storefron, and at an insanely high markup? So what’s going on? Unfortunately, the price is more of a last gasp designed to deter gamers from buying the dying game. The games were previously delisted from sale, given how the servers that support them will be shutting down in about a week. But according to the Minecraft: Story Mode Facebook page, taking it off the Xbox 360 store resulted in the users who already owned… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox
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Hilarious robot revenge video parodies Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics creates some of the most incredible robots on the planet. From the company’s back-flipping biped to the four-legged dog-bot that Jeff Bezos hangs out with, you’ve probably seen videos of its robots completing feats of agility under extraordinary circumstances. But what happens when a robot gets sick and tired of being kicked, pushed, and forced to work under extreme conditionsin the name of robustness testing? Revenge is what happens. As you may have guessed, the “Bosstown Dynamics” video is a parody. It was made by a VFX crew called Corridor Digital with a knack for making funny videos… This story continues at The Next Web
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The unforeseen trouble AI is now causing
AI has come a long way in recent years — but as many who work with this technology can attest, it is still prone to surprising errors that wouldn’t be made by a human observer. While these errors can sometimes be the result of the required learning curve for artificial intelligence, it is becoming apparent that a far more serious problem is posing an increasing risk: adversarial data. For the uninitiated, adversarial data describes a situation in which human users intentionally supply an algorithm with corrupted information. The corrupted data throws off the machine learning process, tricking the algorithm into… This story continues at The Next Web
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Scientists discover infinite decay and rebirth in quantum particles
A team of scientists recently determined certain quantum particles can regenerate after they’ve decayed. This has grand implications for the future of humanity, quantum computing, and intergalactic graffiti. Theoretical physicists from the Technical University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute conducted simulation experiments to determine that certain quasiparticles are essentially immortal. Per the second law of thermodynamics nothing lasts forever, but these quantum particle fields can reassemble themselves after decaying – just like the phoenix from Greek mythology. Ruben Verresen, lead author on the research, said: The result of the elaborate simulation: admittedly, quasiparticles do decay, however new, identical… This story continues at The Next Web
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A Super Mario battle royale should not be this addictive
It’s finally happened… our beloved Mario has finally made his way into a battle royale game, just like everything and its shadow. My first reaction was, “What madness hath we wrought?” My second was, “I’ve played sixteen games already, what the heck?” “Mario Royale” is a browser-based game that can be played on keyboard or controller. The game was created by YouTuber Inferno Plus, and uses shortened version of worlds from the original NES Super Mario Bros as the battleground, of sorts. You play against up to 99 other players, racing to see who can get to the end stage… This story continues at The Next Web
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‘Crypto Twitter’ anxiously awaits white paper for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency
Tomorrow, Facebook is expected to release full details of its new “cryptocurrency” project Libra — and as always, Twitter has lots to say. Few concrete facts about Facebook‘s Libra (formally known as GlobalCoin) have been made public so far. Reports indicate the likes of Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, and PayPal have already paid a $10 million fee to become validators on its network, which allows untapped access to related data. Facebook‘s rumored goal is to attract 100 companies to join the Libra Association, which would see Zuckerberg and co. net a cool $1 billion right off the bat. Libra Coin: A peer-to-peer we’ll do… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Twitter
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AIs should be legally liable for their mistakes soon
Assigning blame can often be a complex task. A person’s actions, intentions, and state of mind all come into consideration when meting out judgement over any wrongdoing. Across various industries, examples of medical malpractice and reckless endangerment are continuous eventualities that insurers need to deal with. The matters of risk and responsibility are key factors taken into account when any kind of insurance policy is being drafted, and when any insurance investigation is being carried out. Historically, insurers have had to consider only the human aspect of parties involved in any insurable matter. Today, things are a lot more complex.… This story continues at The Next Web
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Wikipedia titles you can sing to the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ theme song, tweeted
Cartoons have given us a lot over the years. They’ve entertained, they’ve taught us valuable life lessons, but – and most importantly of all – they’ve provided us with some bonafide musical bangers. Just consider the animated X-Men series’ theme song: Or the irresistible shuffle of The Simpsons’ opening music? But, if we’re going to truly honest, if we’re going to genuinely look within ourselves to find a higher truth, we all know the greatest cartoon theme song of all time. Yes, that’s right, please stand up for the intro to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It has everything you could ever want from a piece of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Wikipedia
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Insiders wrote the Official 2019 State of Marketing Report. Learn from it for $39.
You should really turn to some experts for input.  Now, you can rely on the experience of some of the world’s top marketing executives with the training in The 2019 State of Marketing Report, on sale now for just $39.
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Cloudflare’s new open-source project helps anyone obtain truly random numbers
Randomness sits at the heart of everything we do online. Many encryption algorithms depend upon randomly generated numbers to work, and that’s just one example of many. But how random is random? It’s a fair question. History has been shown that tools designed to generate random numbers — both physical and virtual — can be prone to failure. In this sense, failure means producing numbers that can be guessed or otherwise influenced in order to produce a certain outcome. Addressing this problem is Cloudflare, the Internet titan best known for its DDoS protection software. It’s teamed up with five other… This story continues at The Next Web
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Google Play hosted phishing apps impersonating Turkish cryptocurrency exchange
Malicious apps impersonating Turkish cryptocurrency exchange BtcTurk are circumventing Google’s recently adopted security enhancing measures. According to researchers, the apps are accessing one-time passwords (OTPs) and SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA), was well as some email-based 2FA systems. By impersonating the cryptocurrency exchange, the apps are able to phish for users’ login credentials. Instead of intercepting SMS messages to bypass 2FA protection on users’ accounts and activity, the malicious apps take the OTP from notifications appearing on the comprised device’s display. Worryingly, besides being able to read the 2FA notifications, the apps are also to dismiss them, meaning victims are unable to notice… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,Google
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