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No Ewoks were harmed in the making of this TNW Star Wars Day gift guide
Unpopular opinion: “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor” is the best movie in the Star Wars universe. We won’t be taking questions, but here’s our Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) gift guide. First things first, every Star Wars Day gift guide should start off with this talking Chewbacca mask: And here’s why: It’s been three years and that’s still one of the funniest, wholesome things we’ve ever seen. Chewbacca Mask Lady became so popular she was presented with an action figure in her likeness by Hasbro. The mask was sold out in stores and online for much of 2016, but… This story continues at The Next Web
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Unwanted sexting linked to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem
A new study shows early evidence that receiving unsolicited sexual imagery through text, or being coerced into sending it is associated with mental health distress. This is the first research linking both non-consensual and coerced sexting behavior with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. The research was co-authored by Bianca Klettke, David J. Hallford, Elizabeth Clancy, David J. Mellor, and John W. Toumbourou at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. According to the team’s research: We recruited a convenience sample of young adults … to test the hypothesis that sexting might be associated with poorer mental health. Our results showed no association… This story continues at The Next Web
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Meizu’s flagship 16s useth ‘the bezel’ to hearken back to ye olden days
Phones these days are about the notch. With edge-to-edge displays all the rage, companies are defined by how they deal with the front camera – leading to things like huge notches or the infamous punch-hole design. Well, with its 16s flagship phone, Meizu is doing something (slightly) different: going old school and actually having bezels around the screen. Does it work? Well, it definitely doesn’t look like an ancient piece of tech… …but those bezels certainly don’t make the Meizu 16s seem super modern. Is that fair? Probably not. It seems that Meizu is focused on single-handedly keeping bezels alive, as… This story continues at The Next Web
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TNW2019 Daily: Party and network at our side events
We’re just about two weeks away from TNW Conference, our two-day event in Amsterdam! While the conference is on May 9 and 10, the tech festival vibes will go on all week. Check out our side events to join parties and networking all across the city. We’re taking over Amsterdam Both before and after TNW Conference, you can join in on a ton of events to discuss tech, learn new things, and have a good time. From boat parties to networking, make sure to sign up for our side events! All you need is a TNW2019 ticket. Don’t have one… This story continues at The Next Web
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Healthcare has a massive cybersecurity problem, and we’re not doing enough to fix it.
Not long ago, it was reasonable to think that financial businesses would be the most prominent and most profitable targets of criminal activity. After all, a successful bank robbery could score you tens of thousands of dollars (or more). But these days, it’s another industry facing the brunt of criminal attacks, and it’s one with much more bearing on us as consumers: healthcare. Ransomware attacks grew three times over last year, with healthcare organizations being the most common sources of attack. These incidents range from low-key and barely noticeable to large-scale hacks that have taken down hospitals for weeks at… This story continues at The Next Web
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Japan finance regulator raids cryptocurrency exchanges in money laundering sweep
Japan‘s top financial regulator has raided two cryptocurrency exchanges to enforce anti-money laundering rules, Reuters reports. Financial Services Agency (FSA) agents inspected digital asset firms Huobi Japan and Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange to make sure appropriate customer protections were in place. Both firms reportedly had recently undergone management restructures. In October last year, Fisco revealed it was to acquire embattled cryptocurrency exchange Zaif for $44.5 million, just one month after hackers stole $62.5 million worth of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Monacoin from the platform. Zaif has since reportedly paid back all affected users, and officially relaunched under its new management yesterday. While Huobi… This story continues at The Next Web
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Learn all the top project management disciplines for less than $5 per course
TNW Deals is offering a bundle of training that pulls together many of the most respected business methodologies into one collection. Armed with the Complete Project and Quality Management Certification Bundle ($39, over 90 percent off), you’ll have access to a host of working approaches that allow you to pick the one that works best for you.
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AI is helping regulators keep tabs on new industrial farms and their waste discharging habits
Researchers have developed an algorithm that uses satellite imagery to rapidly pinpoint industrial livestock farms, manifold faster than humans can do by manually analyzing maps. Now, the researchers think their new analytical tool could help regulators to identify farms that may be breaking environmental laws. The research, led by a team from Stanford University, was premised on the fact that intensive animals farms are notoriously difficult to monitor and regulate in the United States – while also being a huge source of freshwater pollution. Over 40 percent of the country’s livestock now comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), defined as sites… This story continues at The Next Web
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Corrupt Russian agents arrested over $1M Bitcoin extortion scheme
Law enforcers from around the globe seem to finally be getting up to speed with tackling cryptocurrency crimes. But it seems the lure of Bitcoin is still too much for some, even for those that should be protecting citizens from cyber-criminals. An operation to rid the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) of corrupt officials has reached a crescendo. Two FSB agents involved in a Bitcoin extortion scam were arrested last week, a local news outlet reports. Two law enforcement agents, Sergei Belousov and Aleksey Kolbov, are being charged with fraud totaling 65 million rubles ($1 million), according to another report.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Volkswagen bets on blockchain to electrify its battery supply tracking
German car manufacturer Volkswagen is launching a blockchain pilot to track its battery supply chain for lead from the point of origin to the factory. To do so, Volkswagen is partnering with Minespider, an open source, public blockchain protocol that claims to offer end-to-end mineral supply chain certification. The project will involve suppliers and sub-suppliers that deliver more than two thirds of the Volkswagen total lead starter battery requirements. During the trial, both parties will work to leverage blockchain’s widely lauded transparency to get a better idea on how components are made, where they come from, how they are managed, and… This story continues at The Next Web
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CHEAP: $128 off a Philips Hue starter kit to get Star Trek-style smart lights
Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Remember how on Star Trek someone could walk into a room and change the lights with their voice? There was no stumbling about in the darkness, and no stubbing your toes while searching for a switch. It felt like humanity’s destiny. Well today, you too could be living in the future. Why? Because you can get a whopping $128 off a Philips Hue starter kit, making it only $169.99. You get a lot for your cash. Not only will you receive four Philips Hue smart bulbs and a… This story continues at The Next Web
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Bitcoin hacker targets Meghan Markle’s friend’s fashion company
Meghan Markle’s designer friend’s Misha Nonoo’s fashion company has been targeted by a Bitcoin hacker. Nonoo, who is rumoured to have introduced Markle to Prince Charles, said she was “mortified” after a hacker gained access to her eponymous label’s email list and began sending threatening messages. In an email, written in broken English, the hacker claimed to have access to customers’ devices after installing spyware on the brand’s website. The hacker then threatened to publish all their photos if they did not send $583 to his or her Bitcoin address. “I scanned your hard drive and found enough of your… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Google Walkout organizers publicly accuse Google of punishing them
Two of the women who helped organize last year’s global Google Walkout have accused the tech giant of retaliating against them, reports Wired. Last November, more than 20,000 Google employees around the world took part in a mass walkout to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against senior executives at the company. Dubbed Google Walkout, the coordinated event was in response to a report by The New York Times that found two top executives to have been paid millions of dollars in exit packages despite having been accused of sexual misconduct. According to an internal memo, the march… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Prolific sim-swapper gets 10 years for stealing $7.5M worth of Bitcoin
A 21-year-old man in the US, who is credited with being one of the first people in the country to be convicted of stealing cryptocurrency by hacking a victim’s mobile phone, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. Joel Ortiz, who stole over $7.5 million from at least 40 people, pleaded guilty without contest to 10 felony charges on January 24, 2019. Santa Clara County Judge Edward Lee sentenced Ortiz on Friday, April 19, following a series of hearings in which victims shared the devastation caused by his thefts. Ortiz spent his loot lavishly – squandering $10,000 on nights out… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Bowers and Wilkins Formation Hands-on: If Sonos made $4,000 speakers
It’s no secret that audiophiles and hi-fi enthusiasts are skeptical of wireless speakers. Sure, there are some successes – KEF’s LSX is a recent example – but wireless technology typically degrades sound quality at least a little, and almost certainly introduces some degree of latency. Hi-fi manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins claims to have solved these problems with its new Formation suite of wireless products. I had the chance to listen to the speakers, and they’re like Sonos on steroids. Expensive steroids. The Formation family consists of five products at launch. Formation Duo ($3,999): A futuristic-looking stereo pair that borrows drivers… This story continues at The Next Web
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Mortal Kombat 11 might add Joker, Spawn and the Terminator to its roster
Netherrealm’s Mortal Kombat 11 is finally here — a bit sooner than anyone expected. Thanks to dataminers and a premature retail release, we have some idea of what kinds of fighters will be added to the roster of the game in the future — and whoo boy, if this isn’t a 90s fanservice parade, I don’t know what is. Several of the fighters are Mortal Kombat regulars, so it’s no surprise to see them. The more interesting additions are the guest fighters. According to the leaks, we’ll be getting the Terminator, Spawn, Ash Williams from The Evil Dead, and the Joker. The list… This story continues at The Next Web
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PoweredTemplate elevates your PowerPoint and Google Slides game — and it’s 90% off
PowerPoint users can bust out of that creative trance with a super-charged package of exciting new presentation options with a Powered Template account. Right now, a lifetime Silver Membership subscription is available at $99.95, 90 percent off from TNW Deals.
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Listen to this AI spit out brutal death metal non-stop
Puzzlomaly is a death metal album that sounds like others from the genre: it’s filled with screeching vocals, bludgeoning beats and dizzying guitar solos. However, the record – which you can listen to on Bandcamp or in the widget below – wasn’t produced by actual musicians.Puzzlomaly by DADABOTS Rather, it was created by a pair of technologists, CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski, using a deep a deep learning algorithm they created. It listened to an actual record – Psyopus’ Ideas of Reference in this case – 29 times over several days before recreating an approximated version that captures the musical elements… This story continues at The Next Web
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Why an AI’s personality is more complicated than Alexa’s
When we think of Alexa having a personality, we’ll describe it as her responding to certain things in a certain way – what she does or doesn’t do based on a question or request. That’s because Alexa doesn’t really have a personality. Almost every single AI or voice-based product doesn’t have one. When The Food Network discusses how Rachael Ray’s “personality” will come through the voice of Alexa, what they mean is that they’re adding expressions in her voice. Expressions are what we’re substituting for personality in robotics and AI – a series of movements, sounds, and displays that they… This story continues at The Next Web
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The difference between good and bad PR is a simple ‘no’
We all have an intrinsic human trait where we think that it’s all black or white, do or do not, kill or be killed — and when talking shop about PR — pushing an announcement, or not. Perhaps owing to the high-paced nature of the startup industry and a not-so-healthy dose of “hustle porn,” executives tend to approach PR with a quantity over quality mindset when it comes to perceived value. Unfortunately, this particular way of thinking couldn’t be any further from the truth. From companies sharing news about their nifty new office watercooler or launching alleged “bombshell” news daily… This story continues at The Next Web
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Post Foldgate, Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch in China
Samsung has reportedly postponed the launch events for its $2,000 Galaxy Fold smartphone in Hong Kong and Shanghai, according to reports by SamMobile and Engadget. The press events were originally scheduled for April 23 and 24. The company hasn’t announced revised dates as yet. While no reasons have been provided for the Hong Kong delay, Engadget, quoting National Business Daily, is reporting that the South Korean chaebol has cancelled the Shanghai event citing issues with the venue. The Galaxy Fold, one of the first smartphones with a foldable display to hit the market, has been recently in the news for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung
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Why philosophy and business should go hand in hand
Business people and entrepreneurs like myself often talk about ‘nice to have’ and ‘need to have.’ The latter refers to things you cannot do without. In a start-up IT company like mine, this could be things like a computer, desk, chair, and mobile phone. Examples of ‘nice to have’ items could be a foosball table or a designer lamp. Transferred to the world of education, the logic in recent years seems to be that the humanities should be trimmed because these are merely ‘nice to have’ for society. This is the subject of discussion in my home country of Denmark,… This story continues at The Next Web
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CHEAP: Level up your gaming with $300 off on Razer Phone 2
If you spend plenty of time playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) or Fortnite on your phone, it might be worth upgrading to something that’ll take your gaming to the next level. I’ve got good news on that front. There’s a massive discount of $300 on the Razer Phone 2, so it’s now down to just $499. The Razer Phone 2’s a very good looking phone that launched last year. Its super bright (600 nits) 120Hz LCD display and its boxy design might be the most eye-catching things about it, but it’s got a fair bit of muscle under the hood to run… This story continues at The Next Web
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