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OnePlus announces it’ll launch a 5G phone next year
A week ahead of the OnePlus 6T’s launch, the company’s CEO Carl Pei has announced that OnePlus will launch a 5G-enabled phone next year. On the stage of the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong, Pei said that the company will release the phone in the first half of 2019, making it one of the first companies to launch a 5G-enabled phone. And given that OnePlus’ handsets are widely available across the world, it could potentially be the first 5G phone for many countries – especially those that don’t sell devices with carrier contracts. Moments before this announcement, Qualcomm’s president Cristiano Amon… This story continues at The Next Web
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The iPod is the greatest gadget ever – fight me
Come, pull up your chairs. Closer. Closer. Good. Now listen closely, we’re here today for one reason: it’s the iPod‘s birthday and I’m going to tell you why it’s the greatest gadget ever. The first version of the device was released on October 23, 2001 – a full 17 years ago. That means if the iPod was born in the UK, it could now drive. It’s old. I mean, just watch the original iPod announcement: But, before we get into the meat of the argument about why the iPod is the greatest gadget ever, we need to define some things we’re… This story continues at The Next Web
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Uber unveils its £200M London Clean Air Plan
Uber has over 45,000 drivers in London, making the company a ubiquitous feature on the city’s streets. To try and mitigate some of the environmental damage caused by its activities, the company has announced an ambitious £200 million “Clean Air Plan,” which will see it transition entirely to electric vehicles by 2025. The plan itself isn’t new — the company announced something similar last year. The most significant change is the scale of the program. For example, starting from next year, the company plans to charge riders a 15p per mile “clean air” surcharge, the entirety of which will go… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber
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Binance enters Singapore with funding from state-owned investment firm
Leading cryptocurrency exchange desk Binance has received a backing from Singapore’s government-owned holding company Temasek Holdings. Vertex Ventures, Temasek’s venture capital arm, has made an investment in Binance to help develop a cryptocurrency-to-fiat exchange desk in Singapore, the company announced today. The exact amount of investment hasn’t been disclosed. According to Bloomberg., the funding — which is a joint venture between Vertex’s China and Southeast Asia & India branches — will also support cryptocurrency-to-fiat gateways by other companies. Binance’s plan to open a fiat exchange desk in Singapore were made public last month when the company’s CEO Changpeng Zhao announced the beta testing… This story continues at The Next Web
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HTC’s ‘blockchain phone’ is real, and you can now pre-order it with Bitcoin and ETH
After first revealing plans for its ‘blockchain phone’ back in May, HTC is ready to share more about the device, dubbed the ‘Exodus 1,’ and begin accepting pre-orders for it too. The Exodus is an Android Oreo-based phone with a secure enclave for your cryptocurrencies and tokens that’s separate from the OS. That’s a step down from the initial plan to make each device act as a node in a native blockchain network to facilitate secure cryptocurrency trading. In the unfortunate event that your Exodus 1 is lost or stolen – or if you forget your security keys, you can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin,HTC
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Call of Duty crime syndicate suspected of stealing $3.3M in cryptocurrency
Recently unsealed court documents allege a pair of Call of Duty gamers were key in the success of an aggressive online crime syndicate that stole at least $3.3 million in cryptocurrency. An FBI affidavit details the active roles played by two individuals, from Dolton and Bloomington Illinois, in an intimidating hacking campaign that saw hundreds of mobile phones accessed using stolen names, phone numbers, and other information, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Ultimately, the thieves stole $3.3 million in cryptocurrency, later converting it to Bitcoin or Ethereum to store in their own digital wallets. The case goes back as far as… This story continues at The Next Web
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The ‘R’ in iPhone XR doesn’t stand for anything but ‘R’, Apple reveals
We’ve spent weeks scratching our heads over what the ‘R’ in the new iPhone XR stands for. And finally we’ve got a definitive answer to this great mystery: It just means “R.” Apple’s VP of marketing, Phil Schiller spilled the beans in an interview with Engadget and said that XR and XS are just letters with no special meanings attached to it. “I love cars and things that go fast, and R and S are both letters used to denote sports cars that are really extra special,” he said. Schiller’s decision to choose these letters might be rooted in his… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple
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This Day in Deals: Celebrate Weird Al’s birthday by buying an accordion
This Day In Deals is our new section where we share a historical fact and the day’s best deal – and try to connect them. The aim? To enrich ourselves financially, and you spiritually. “Weird Al” Yankokic is a rarity these days: a non-problematic celebrity who has been around forever. If you’re unaware of Weird Al, he’s arguably the world’s foremost musical comedian. He’s most famous for his covers of popular songs (Amish Paradise, anyone?) and playing the accordion. Take for example his classic cover of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ – ‘Another One Rides The Bus.’ So, in… This story continues at The Next Web
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Everything we know about Xiaomi’s ridiculous Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi is launching its ambitious flagship phone Mi Mix 3 in China on October 25. Before the launch, the company announced a bunch of things related to the phone, including a 10GB RAM variant and 5G capability. 10GB RAM … I still remember that my first PC only had about 4MB of RAM.
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6 reasons why municipalities are getting hammered by cyberattacks
More and more municipalities are becoming victims of hacks. For example in the US, the first half of 2018 has seen many major (or not so major) cities being attacked by bad actors using a variety of methods. In fact, a major attack on Atlanta put every metro official on notice that hackers don’t balk at attacking cities, and it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” they find an opening. Not surprisingly, one of the key entry points for these attacks is (drumroll please) … Phishing! By most accounts, over 90 percent of breaches start with phishing. The criminal… This story continues at The Next Web
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The Scanmarker Air Scanner lets you scan notes and save them to your phone or computer— and now, it’s $30 off
The Scanmarker Air Wireless OCR Pen Scanner brings note-taking into the 21st century with a truly innovative concept that’ll instantly change how you compile and store information. And with this limited time offer from TNW Deals, you can knock $30 off the price of this digital highlighter, bring it down to just $89.
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Open floor plans should be killed with fire — or sound
The open office floor plan is kind of like socialism. It sounds utopian in theory, but in practice leads to a lot of pain and suffering. Yet, there will always be those dreamers who read Karl Marx’s, or in this case Frank Lloyd Wrights’, vision and say – could we do it better? Could we be the ones who will usher in the open office utopia? Who came up with this horrible idea? In the early 20th century, just as socialism transformed into its particularly virulent form, communism, and preparing to take over half the world, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank… This story continues at The Next Web
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SaneBox knows which emails matter and sorts them all — check it out for just $39
Many of us deal with email overflow just like we do winter weather.  We grab a shovel and start digging. However, a smarter way of handling the insane number of emails you get in a given day, week, month or year is to let your lifetime subscription to SaneBox do the heavy lifting instead. Right now, a one-year subscription to SaneBox from TNW Deals is just $39, which is more than half off its regular price.
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Startups that blend profit with purpose can apply to win a share of $1 million in funding at Chivas Venture 2019
As will.i.am said at this year’s TNW Conference, “the superstars of the future are going to be founders of startups that solve tomorrow’s problems.” Sustainability is more important than ever before, but it can be really hard to build a for-profit business that aims to do good in the world. Luckily, entrepreneurs don’t have to do it alone. Chivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, hosts an annual competition where they support some amazing entrepreneurs that are using business to solve social and environmental issues. Applications are open for Chivas Venture 2019, and you can apply right here. In the… This story continues at The Next Web
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This rangefinder camera uses your phone as a screen
French startup Pixii has an interesting idea to advance modern photography: its upcoming rangefinder camera looks like a sleek shooter on its own, and pairs with your phone to store and display pictures you’ve shot. The company hasn’t yet revealed much about what the Pixii camera will have under the hood, but we do know that it’s a rangefinder with an optical viewfinder and a digital CMOS sensor with support for ISO 100 – 6400. To recap, a rangefinder camera offers a larger frame through the viewfinder than what a traditional through-the-lens camera would, making it easier to anticipate and compose… This story continues at The Next Web
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IBM and Visa partner to upend global payments using Ethereum tech
Visa has just announced it has partnered with IBM ahead of the commercial release of its blockchain-powered global financial payments platform, B2B Connect. Upon its expected launch in the first quarter of 2019, Visa will have integrated its core assets (including B2B Connect) with the proprietary IBM Blockchain Platform, which IBM built using open-source Ethereum technology. B2B Connect tokenizes sensitive data, like customer information and account numbers. It then generates unique identifiers that businesses can use to facilitate global payments on the platform. Visa believes that its distributed ledger (DLT) ecosystem can reduce opportunities for fraud when processing global remittances, and give… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: IBM
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Facebook is reportedly shopping around for a cybersecurity firm
Facebook’s had a bad year handling user data and securing its systems. Now, according to The Information, the company is looking to acquire a major cybersecurity firm to help repair its reputation. The report says the social network is looking to close the deal by the end of the year. The company might look towards security firms which can provide technology to protect user accounts, introduce new privacy features, and to flag incidents of unauthorized access. According to the report, companies like Demisto, JASK, ZeroFOX, and Swimlane are in consideration. The deal could end up costing Facebook hundreds of millions of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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China drafts regulation to stamp out blockchain anonymity
After killing all legitimate cryptocurrency businesses in the country, Chinese authorities are now turning their attention to other blockchain service providers. The country’s apex internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), released a draft policy on Friday that will require all companies to collect their users’ real names and national identification card numbers before offering them any blockchain related service. The draft regulations are open to comments from the public until November 2, but CAC hasn’t given any timeline for when they will actually come into force. If the policy is implemented, the companies will be required to store their users’… This story continues at The Next Web
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#WontBeErased is Twitter’s response to Trump’s proposed anti-trans policies
Over the weekend, the White House released a memo saying the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to revise the definition of “sex.” As reported by The New York Times, the absolutely bollocks memo details how the Trump administration wants to define sex by the genitalia a person is born with. The new definition would not include gender identity or sexuality, effectively denying transgender people civil rights protections. This would roll back several Obama-era policies concerning gender recognition in education and healthcare. The memo states: “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
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This Day in Deals: Why don’t you just go fly a kite?
This Day In Deals is our new section where we share a historical fact and the day’s best deal – and try to connect them. The aim? To enrich ourselves financially, and you spiritually. Ever been the first to do anything? Maybe you set a school athletics record? Invented your own drink? Created a game? Well, something I know you weren’t the first to do was parachute from a thousand meters. Why? Because that honor fell to the obviously unhinged Frenchman, André-Jacques Garnerin. Just soak in this dude’s magnificence: By trade, Garnerin was a hot air balloonist (what a career), but… This story continues at The Next Web
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Germany wants a global ‘minimum tax’ for tech giants’ revenue
Tensions between the EU and US tech giants are increasing as the union tries to find ways to regulate international tech services in Europe. The union has repeatedly gone after big tech on competition matters and GDPR’s four percent of worldwide annual turnover fines show it doesn’t intend on giving tech giants a free pass. European ministers are now looking for more permanent ways of making sure that tech superpowers — such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — play by the rules and pay their fair share. Latest addition is Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz. He wrote a… This story continues at The Next Web
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Moonday Morning: DJ Khaled & Floyd Mayweather finally sued over scamcoin
It’s Moonday Morning! Time to serve up a hot, steaming pile of cryptocurrency news leftovers that we all missed over the weekend, but taste oh-so-good when you reheat them. On today’s menu: 1. Blockchain engineers are reportedly making between $150,000 and $175,000 on average. Apparently, that’s on par with AI devs and higher than any other specialized engineering roles. 2. Accountancy giant E&Y says in the first six months of 2018, 86 percent of the leading ICOs that listed on a cryptocurrency exchange in 2017 are now trading below their initial price. That’s almost all the percent. 3. Dutch bank ING… This story continues at The Next Web
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GitHub is down because of data storage issues
Developer platform GitHub has been down for hours due to data storage issues. According to GitHub’s status message board, the issue began around 10 PM ET on Sunday. Some users are facing login errors while others are not able to see their commits. The company acknowledged the issue saying “We’re failing over a data storage system in order to restore access to GitHub.com.”. GitHub also said on the status board that the team is working on migrating the database to get the website up and running. We are continuing work to repair a data storage system for https://t.co/IEoI8IWMw9. You may see… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: GitHub
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Here’s the step-by-step guide to building profitable social media marketing strategies — and it’s under $20
It’s not enough to know your way around posting to Facebook anymore. You can learn the real ways of 2018 marketing in the social sphere with the complete Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Certification Course training. It’s on sale now at only $19.99, literally thousands of dollars off its regular price.
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The 7 deadly sins of email security
Email is one of the most fundamental forms of business communication today. Not many of us can imagine our lives without it. But with one in every 100 emails disguising a hacking attempt, what can we do to better protect ourselves against those nefarious bandits wanting to get to our sensitive data? Considering that more than 205 billion emails are sent daily across the Internet, one would be forgiven for thinking, with apologies to Mark Twain, that reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated. Yet, some argue that  its days are numbered. With several alternative forms of digital communication available,… This story continues at The Next Web
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ASMR videos are the absolute opposite of relaxing
My YouTube recommendations are weird — usually ranging from videos like “How to cut your own bangs” to “Princess Diana’s death conspiracy theories.” A new suggestion hit my algorithm this week, “✂️Sleep-inducing Haircut
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Here’s why black women’s #MeToo experiences are different
In April, a 25-year-old black woman named Chikesia Clemons was violently arrested by police at a Waffle House restaurant in Alabama. A video of the arrest that went viral shows police pulling Clemons from her chair and throwing her to the floor. In the process, her breasts are exposed and her dress rides up in the back. When she attempts to cover her breasts, the two officers on top of her threaten to break her arm for “resisting.” Clemons’ experience is not unique. In the U.S., black women are not afforded the same regard for bodily privacy as white women.… This story continues at The Next Web
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Why CEOs that say ‘no’ are good for growth
It’s no surprise that life as a startup CEO can be brutally exhausting, with long, grueling workweeks, constant stress, and next to no sleep. And, forget having a personal life, right? In fact, many assume that tackling the role requires a certain amount of neurosis and perhaps just a tad of masochism. Pouring your heart and soul into making a business venture work is just part of the job. While that might be true for some, it doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that as a startup CEO, you can expect to lose your mind. Having the fortitude to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Learn to become Cisco certified in networking and cloud computing for $39
Whether you’re working with large-scale or mom-and-pop networks, assembling that digital architecture the right way is key.  And you can get hired as the mastermind behind those systems with this Cisco Networking and Cloud Computing Certification Bundle, on sale now for $39 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.
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Netflix tests ads: No need for drama
News of Netflix testing ads spread like wildfire and caused outrage among bingers worldwide, but there’s no need to fret. For me, the proportions of the meltdown only show that most people have little idea about what Netflix ads really are and how they could actually benefit our watching experience. Everybody calm down, these are not typical ads Netflix boasts over 130 million active subscribers around the globe and certainly can’t afford to alienate its viewers by adulterating the watching experience. However, the news of introducing ads in-between episodes made a lot of people jump to hasty conclusions about the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Violent videos put journalists at increased risk of post-traumatic stress
Newsrooms across the UK are finding themselves increasingly under-resourced. Less journalists and constrained budgets has meant many editors now rely on their staff to use more information from digital sources – such as social media. But as more journalism work relies on – or at least incorporates – potentially violent or harmful user-generated content, the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in journalists has increased. This can lead to short, unpleasant careers and, in severe cases, long lasting mental health risks. PTSD is more commonly associated with combat situations or war reporting – but anyone can develop post-traumatic stress after… This story continues at The Next Web
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Battlefield V devs reveal how they recreate era-appropriate sounds
With Battlefield V beginning to peek its head out on the horizon of game releases, the game development team is opening the curtain on the making of the game. If you’ve ever wanted to see what goes on in the studio when the game du jour is being created, you’ll find some of EA and DICE’s Dev Talks fascinating. Members from DICE’s sound design team were the focus of the latest episode of the behind-the-scenes shoot, and they revealed some of the stuff they do to get the in-game booms and bangs sounding just right. As far as historical accuracy is concerned, the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Do cryptocurrencies need a company like coinbase?
Around the world, popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are being embraced by wide swaths of investors and tech enthusiast alike, which has generated a surge in cryptocurrency-supporting technologies, platforms, and websites. One of these supporting companies, Coinbase, has itself garnered a global reputation thanks to how much of a staple it’s become in the broader cryptocurrency community. But does cryptocurrency really need a company like Coinbase to suceeed? As we’ll come to see, if cryptocurrencies ever really hope to become mainstream, some fundamental changes need to be made, and the widespread embracing of companies like Coinbase is a great… This story continues at The Next Web
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An entrepreneur’s guide to Mexico City’s tech scene
In March of this year, Mexico was lauded by tech experts for becoming the first country in Latin America to pass a law regulating fintech, thus unlocking the potential of blockchain technologies to solve entrenched problems relating to political transparency and financial inclusion. For Mexico and its capital city of approximately 9 million, positive publicity can still feel like a novelty. But, in fact, the praiseworthy, forward-thinking commitment to innovation demonstrated by the bill is nothing new. While still struggling to shed an uglier reputation, Mexico City in particular has spent the last half-decade earning new fame as an emerging… This story continues at The Next Web
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Chrome 70’s best new feature is picture-in picture
Picture-in-picture has been available in Android for a while now, allowing you to watch a YouTube or Netflix video while doing other stuff. Now that same feature is coming to Chrome on the desktop. The feature has technically been available for a couple of months in the Chrome 69 beta, but Chrome 70 makes PiP public. It works like this: Open a video, right click on it, and select picture-in-pitcure. Your video will be transferred to a floating window.. You can resize or move it to your liking, and it will remain on top of all your other apps and… This story continues at The Next Web
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Facebook needed to hire a diplomat, and Nick Clegg is the smartest choice
When Elliot Schrage announced he was stepping down from his role as Facebook’s Head of Global Policy and Communications, the Internet was abuzz with rumors about who would replace him. Today, we learned that it would be Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and one-time leader of the Liberal Democrats. Nick Clegg’s formal title will be VP of Global Affairs and Communications. According to the BBC, he’ll start working at the company next week, and will relocate with his family to California next year. I don’t think anyone saw this coming. When Recode published a speculative list… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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OnePlus pushes its 6T launch event up to avoid Apple overlap
We’ve known for a while that the OnePlus 6T would launch on October 30. It’s set to be OnePlus’ most ambitious device to date, with pre-launch coverage pointing to a smaller notch, and in-display fingerprint reader, and official carrier support via T-Mobile. But then Apple announced it was hosting an event the same day. For all of OnePlus’ popularity, it’s still no Apple. Making matters worse, Apple’s event would be held in New York, meaning a lot of journalists would potentially have to double up on coverage. So OnePlus did the best it could do when dealt with a bad… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple
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It’s only a matter of time until terrorists use AI as a weapon
Do you have a family emergency plan for autonomous weapon attacks? Stop, drop, and roll isn’t going to fool the drone tracking you. Duck and cover? Does it even matter? It’s hard to separate the hyperbole and science fiction-nonsense from practical concerns — for regular people — when it comes to autonomous weapons. Despite the late Stephen Hawking’s warnings, we’re probably decades away from the dystopian nightmare military experts predict the battlefield will become. And, it’s not like there’s a crime-syndicate of extremely well-financed super villains developing warehouses full of laser-equipped murder bots. It’s easy for the average individual to frame the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Redefining commerce: The underappreciated, but growing prominence of online marketplaces
Since the launch of eBay in 1995, Etsy in 2005, AirBnB in 2008, Uber 2010 and so many other game changing startups, digital marketplaces have fundamentally transformed the commerce landscape and will only continue to do so. By 2020, marketplaces around the world will account for 40 percent of the global online retail market. Traditional retailers are also recognizing the opportunity, as well as the need, to invest in marketplaces if they’re to compete against the growing and expanding array of modern commerce brands, next-generation startups and of course, Amazon, Alibaba and other digital behemoths investing in marketplaces. And yet,… This story continues at The Next Web
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Last week’s best Android games to distract you from your inevitable death
Welcome to our weekly column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week. We’re actually a week behind this time; please bear with us while we get back on track next Friday. Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something in here to exercise your thumbs with. Life is short. And one day, you’ll be outta here. Heck, there’s even an app that reminds you about it several times a day. But you’re probably better off thinking about other stuff.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android
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Analysts track cryptocurrency scammer who stole from 10K Dogecoin fans
An online scammer is targeting the popular cryptocurrency, Dogecoin. To date, more than 10,000 individuals have been hit by the operation, with overall losses amounting to some $24,000. Russia-based cybersecurity firm Doctor Web fingered the perp in a recent blog, spotted by BleepingComputer. Analysts have been tracking the suspicious activity of a particular cryptocurrency criminal, who has been using a wide array of malware and other methods to gain illegal income. Security researchers bestowed our scumbag friend a few nicknames: Investimer, Hyipblock, and Mmpower. I really like Mmpower, so let’s go with that one. Trojan horses in all the fake Dogecoin… This story continues at The Next Web
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US authorities to auction off nearly $4M in confiscated Bitcoin
The American government is again showing that it has no interest in hodling, and is auctioning off over 600 BTC. The US Marshals Service (USMS) announced yesterday the auction will be taking place between 8am and 2pm EST on November 5th. Oh, the irony. Nope? Just me then. The Bitcoin being auctioned has been confiscated and seized from a number of federal, civil, and administrative cases. Before you start rummaging through your savings to make a bid, there are a few hurdles to jump over first. Interested bidders must register with the USMS by e-mail by midday on October 31st,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Even bankruptcy can’t keep Vertu from selling $4,000 phones
UK-based brand Vertu made a name for itself handcrafting luxury phones that included premium materials, precious stones, and a global concierge service. It went under a year ago, because (shocker) not enough people were buying its $20,000 devices. But if that sounds like your idea of a daily driver, you’re in luck: Vertu’s back with a handset starting at just $4,200. The company is now hawking the Aster P, a 4.9-inch Android phone with 133-carat sapphire crystal glass, a titanium body, and a leather rear panel – you can choose from lizard or crocodile hide. It’s certainly eye-catching, with its… This story continues at The Next Web
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Legendary cypherpunk declares cryptocurrency is failing its creators
As cryptocurrency falls further into the hands of the mainstream, it falls further away from its creators, the cypherpunks. Earlier today, CoinDesk published an in-depth interview with Timothy May, one of the founding members of the cypherpunk movement. In the interview, May highlights how the ideology that spurred the creation of Bitcoin is slowly being eroded. After asking May a few questions, CoinDesk received “a sprawling 30-page evisceration of a technology industry [May] feels is untethered from reality.” Blockchain is an ideology before a technology In an article dating back to 1985, David Chaum, the creator of DigiCash, outlined the… This story continues at The Next Web
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North Korean hacker crew steals $571M in cryptocurrency across 5 attacks
North Korean hacking outfit “Lazarus” is the most profitable cryptocurrency-hacker syndicate in the world. Since 2017, internet baddies have in total stolen $882 million worth of cryptocurrency from online exchanges, but none have done it quite as well as the infamous North Koreans. World-renowned cybersecurity unit Group-IB is prepping to release its annual report on trends in hi-tech cybercrime. A summary obtained by Hard Fork details 14 different attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges since January last year and calculates the state-sponsored Lazarus group is responsible for $571 million of the ill-gotten gains. That’s well over half the total sum, more than half… This story continues at The Next Web
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NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea
Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum were soliciting reservations for the first space tourism mission, well before the modern era of Blue Origins, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. All you had to do was supply your address and tick the box for your preferred destination, which included Venus. Today, Venus is unlikely to be a dream destination for aspiring space tourists. As revealed by numerous missions in the last few decades, rather… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA
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Scientists made a self-lubricating condom that can withstand 1,000 thrusts
Not much has been done for condoms since they were first introduced several centuries ago, other than god-awful flavors, distracting neon colors, and uncomfortable self-warming options that put you off sex altogether. But a team of scientists are developing a self-lubricating latex condom that becomes slippery when wet — which isn’t the case with regular condoms.  The sex-revolutionary accessory came about after Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a competition to design a better “next generation” condom, one that will “significantly preserve or enhance pleasure” for men — which offered a $100,000 grant to the winning researchers. The foundation estimated that only one… This story continues at The Next Web
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Researchers zap nostrils in hope of creating internet of smells
Not too long ago, Google claimed to have a developed a search engine for smells. Google Nose, as it was called, was said to be capable of offering “the sharpest olfactory experience available.” The company claimed that its Street Sense vehicles had ‘inhaled’ and indexed millions of atmospheric miles helping them build a search engine with a database of 15 million smells, which sounded too good to be true. And naturally, it was. The smell internet was Google’s idea of an April Fool’s prank back in 2013. Now, the joke may be on Google as a new digital smell research… This story continues at The Next Web
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