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RIP: How to stop Google from stealing all your data after you die

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. Inevitably, one day you’re going to die. While you may think your online identity will go to the grave with you, that’s not always how it works out. Without setting your account to self-implode or handing your login details to a trusted person, companies like Facebook and Google will carry on storing your data and everything else they’ve got on you. You’re probably blissf[..]

Why startup founders should open up about their mental health

The money comes fast in the startup world, the fall may be equally swift. Sometimes the struggle is too much to handle. Colin Kroll (co-founder of Vine), Austen Heinz (founder of Cambrian Genomics), Jody Sherman (Ecomum entrepreneur) all led successful businesses. But their journey has ended abruptly, they died of suicide. And their mental health has played a crucial part in it. When we’re talking about entrepreneurship nowadays, it’s all about the grind. Being a step further, working an hour longer, not se[..]

How climate change infiltrated popular culture

It seems that people are finally waking up to the threat of climate change. The most poignant sign of this for me was seeing an infographic I created adorning the main music stage at Reading Festival 2019. While the majority of those in the crowd may not have grasped its true meaning, or been in the frame of mind to understand it, it was a significant moment. A popular rock band publicly endorsed climate research and literally put it centre stage. The climate stripes illustrate the global average temperatur[..]

CHEAP: This DJI Mavic Air drone kit is $150 off — fly my pretties, fly!

Drones are badass, right? Something that would’ve been science fiction a decade ago is now generally affordable. You know, like the DJI Mavic Air. This drone lets mere mortals have access to what’s basically professional cinematography equipment. And while this classy piece of tech usually doesn’t come cheap, hold onto your hats, because this DJI Mavic Air Kit is discounted by almost $150 — making it a sweet $750. So, what is the DJI Mavic Air? Well, it’s a foldable drone with a 4K camera. It’s the lovechil[..]

CHEAP: $35 for a Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 controller? TAKE MY THUMBS

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Yeah, beating someone online is fun. It’s satisfying — especially if you can hear their anguish down the other end of the line — but there’s something even better about wiping the floor with someone you can see. Someone you’re in the room with. Maybe it’s the facial expressions, maybe it’s the body language, maybe it’s look of horror in their eyes; but it’s probably a mixture of all that. And it feels damn good. But, you[..]

Want to make $100K a year as a project manager? Start by mastering Agile

Whether you’re trying to break into the lucrative project manager field or if you’re just trying to coordinate major initiatives in your current organization, the principles of an Agile-based project management system can make all the difference between success and failure.You can get fully up to speed on this career-redefining training with the instruction in The Agile Scrum Mastery Bundle. It’s on sale now at over 90 percent off, just $19.99 from TNW Deals.

Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘18 million of the 21 million Bitcoins have now been mined’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Sloterdijk used to say: Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 18 2019, at a price of $7,973. That’s a minor 1.57 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$127.72. It was the lowest closing price in one hundred and twenty-eight days. We’re still 60 percent [..]

Hideo Kojima’s games rely on sexist tropes — and Death Stranding will probably be no different

This article was originally published by Super Jump Magazine, an independent publication all about celebrating great video games and their creators through carefully-crafted, in-depth featured produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. Death Stranding, the long-awaited first game from Hideo Kojima after his split from Konami, is on its way. And with each new trailer, we see that Stranding will include the same crazy bullshit we’ve come to expect from a Kojima production: a [..]

Moon rocks could help us resurrect extinct species???

Life is the last thing you would associate with the eternally dark craters of the lunar poles. But these craters could hold the key to explaining how complex, multi-cellular organisms evolved on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago, affording unimaginable insights into our planet’s biological past. That’s because huge asteroid impacts, such as the one believed to have killed the dinosaurs, happen frequently and launch thousands of tons of the Earth’s material into space – bacteria, worms, and all. Some o[..]

Gaming industry veteran on how the Store Wars will end

The gaming industry suffered a schism earlier this year as multiple PC storefronts triggered the Store Wars, an escalating battle for exclusive games. Gamers were divided over the benefits of this, and the debate over it continues as more games come out as “exclusive” to a store. TNW got the chance to speak to Raph Koster, a legend in the industry, about the state of gaming. Koster’s previous credits include Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. Koster recently revealed he’s working on a new MMO that’ll cap[..]

Capcom wants to revive dead titles. Gamers have some suggestions

Capcom might be looking to revive some of the older franchises it hasn’t touched in a while. Gamers are happy to give them ideas because they’re nothing if not wildly nostagic — even if some of these franchises have gone decades without signs of life. The company’s annual report describes Capcom’s success with recent franchise entries like Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and Monster Hunter World. One of its strategies for maintaining this prosperity is to “awaken dormant intellectual properties,” w[..]

Google Maps just made it easier to report traffic incidents

Few things are more annoying than coming across an unexpected delay in traffic. Thankfully modern mapping services are generally pretty good at warning you about hindrances on the road, but someone has to report those incidents first. Now Google is making it easier to do so. The update most affects iOS users, as some traffic-reporting features were already available on Android. The iPhone crowd will now be able to report crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns right from the maps navigation screen. Simp[..]

Report: Apple will announce AirPods Pro with noise cancelling this month

Apple may have announced three new iPhones last month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is done for the year. A report from China Economic Daily suggests Apple plans to announce a ‘Pro’ version of its ubiquitous AirPods soon. Like, before the end of October soon. The most notable rumored update to the AirPods Pro is the inclusion of noise canceling. That would be a big boon to everyone who appreciates the reliability of Apple’s buds, but wants something that can actually block out sound too. Th[..]

The US nukes will no longer run on plate-sized floppy disks

The dated tech in the United State’s nuclear computer system is getting an upgrade as the military sunsets those gigantic old-school floppy disks. It’ll be replaced with a digital solution of some kind. 60 Minutes exposed the monstrous floppy disks in 2014 when it ran a special on the nuclear mechanism — host Leslie Stahl called them “the really old kind. They were mentioned again in a report from the Government Accountability Office, which said the disks were “a legacy system that coordinates the operation[..]

Honor’s latest fitness wearable wants to prevent sports injuries

Fitness wearables aren’t that exciting to cover. It’s a crowded niche, with few factors of differentiation between the dozens of competing devices. Fortunately, the Honor Band 5 Sport edition is an exception, and has a focus that stretches far beyond step counting. By and large, fitness wearables are focused on those with an interest in exercise. If you’ll forgive the pun, the Honor Band 5 Sport takes that a step further. It emphasizes the quality of exercise, while including metrics that help users avoid s[..]

Hey Google, why the hell doesn’t the Pixel 4’s camera app have a pro mode?

I was giddy to get my review unit of Google’s brand new Pixel 4. I ripped the plastic seal around the box like a wild animal that hasn’t been fed for weeks, turned the handset on, and rushed through the setup menus so I can get to the camera app. And then it struck me like a dagger in the back: there’s no pro photography mode. I’ve been truly impressed with the Pixel series’ cameras for years, but never quite got my hands on one. So naturally, my expectations were high. I couldn’t wait to put the Pixel 4 to[..]

My beloved Master & Dynamic MW07 earbuds have been upgraded — and I’m hyped

Of all the true wireless earbuds I’ve tried, the Master & Dynamic MW07 have been my favorite. Yeah, AirPods feel sophisticated, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are slick and durable, while the Sennheiser Momentum sound fantastic — but it was the MW07 that really captured my heart. They’re well designed, work flawlessly, and — importantly — sound tight as fuck. Well, today is a good day, because Master & Dynamic has updated the MW07 true wireless with two new models: the MW07 GO and the MW07 PLUS. Great names? No[..]

Researchers find fake WordPress plugins that secretly mine cryptocurrency

Researchers have discovered several malicious WordPress plugins that are being used to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency by running Linux binary code. According to the researchers at website security company Sucuri, the plugins are also being used to maintain access to compromised servers. It seems their use has increased in recent months. Essentially, the components are clones of the legitimate software, which have been altered for illicit purposes, making them relatively easy for hackers to create. Atta[..]

The iPhone 11 convinced me that Apple’s a photography powerhouse again

It’s kind of poetically funny to post an iPhone camera review during the week of the new Pixel launch. Google’s phones have been fierce, and often overpowering rivals to iPhones, especially in the camera department. Last month, when Apple announced its new set of iPhones, it talked about cameras and their new features a lot. So, it was time to test out whether the company’s tall claims were true. Just so you know, we’ve used the iPhone 11 for this review. Camera specs Rear camera: 12-megapixel wide sensor w[..]

This $39 app will have you producing brilliant marketing graphics in minutes

Rather than dumping hours into trying to make sure all your business emails and social media posts are just right, Design Wizard Pro offers up tons of pre-prepared templates and other design elements that can shave your creation time down to minutes.

CHEAP: Wreck your friends all year long with $20 off PlayStation Plus subscription

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! There’s nothing better than humiliating your friends… in a heated PlayStation showdown. But if you wanna wreck your buds online (because what else is gaming good for), then you’re gonna need a PlayStation Plus subscription. Especially if you don’t want them to swing by your dirty crib for an IRL multiplayer session. Worry no more, we’ve got you covered. There’s currently some handy discounts on one-year Plus subscription[..]

Fake Russian Tor browser purloins $40,000 in Bitcoin from dark web shoppers

Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET have uncovered a malicious version of the Tor browser – the program used to access the dark web – and it’s been stealing user‘s Bitcoin. According to ESET, the bad actors were able to steal more than $40,000 worth of Bitcoin. But how? The scammers have been using a trojanized version of an official Tor browser package. The bad browser redirects users to two websites which claim the user’s version of Tor is out of date. Researchers say this happens even if the browser[..]

Intel to publicly share its gender and race pay gap data by the end of 2019

A gender-based wage gap is persistently setting women and people of color back in the technology industry. While diversity and inclusion have made revolutionary strides for white women, the picture is still dismal for women of color — for every dollar a man makes, a black woman makes 61 cents, while a white woman makes 81 cents. Pay transparency has been lauded for its potential to solve the pay gap, and in the past few years we’ve seen a handful of corporate companies releasing their salary data — such as [..]

Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Republican congressman says Facebook should embrace Bitcoin and drop Libra’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 17 2019, at a price of $8,103. That’s a minor 0.69 percent increase in 24 hours, or $56. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitc[..]

G7 countries caution against Facebook’s ‘risky’ Libra

Earlier this week I told you Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ saga had turned into a soap opera and that it was going to be a long season, and it seems I wasn’t wrong. The technology giant is facing a new challenge after the G7 said on Thursday that such stablecoins shouldn’t be allowed to launch until international risk was assessed. Ultimately, regulators and governors are scared about Libra‘s potential impact on the world’s monetary system and financial stability — a concern echoed by the G7 working group rep[..]

Jupiter’s Europa could contain life — and these missions aim to find it

It’s brilliant news. In just over a decade, there will be two spacecraft exploring one of the most habitable worlds in the solar system – Jupiter’s moon Europa. That’s thanks to a recent announcement by NASA that the orbiter Europa Clipper has been given the go ahead, scheduled to reach the moon at the beginning of the 2030s. In April this year, the European Space Agency also approved development of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which is currently slated to reach the Jupiter system in 2029. At the[..]

Red Dead Redemption 2 gets a glorious 4K trailer ahead of its PC release

We’re less than a month away from the PC release of Rockstar Games‘ blockbuster open-world cowboy adventure title, Red Dead Redemption 2 — and there’s finally a trailer to get you pumped about it. And it’s in 4K at 60 fps, no less. While the game is already a hit on PS4 and Xbox One, the Windows release is a big deal, not just because it’ll bring in a huge new wave of players, but also because this version will look better than it ever has. The PC version is getting HDR support, unlocked resolution of 4K an[..]

Telegram is postponing its token sale, and it’s still not happy with the SEC

Telegram has yielded to the US Securities and Exchange Commission over the sale of its Gram tokens, for now. According to a court filing submitted earlier this week, Telegram has agreed to stop selling its Gram tokens. “Telegram has agreed to stipulate that it will not make any offers, sales, or deliveries of its expected cryptocurrency, called “Grams,” in order to maintain the status quo until this Court can resolve the legal issues at the heart of the matter,” the document reads. Telegram continues to dis[..]

These new implants are helping us link our brains to computers

Cyborgs are no longer science fiction. The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm – have actually been around for some time. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, is aiming to test their BMI systems on a human patient by the end of 2020. In the long term, BMI devices may help monitor and treat symptoms of neurological disord[..]

An entrepreneur’s guide to Copenhagen’s thriving startup scene

This September upwards of 7000 startup enthusiasts, founders, investors, and representatives of the world’s biggest tech companies flocked to Copenhagen for TechBBQ, the crown jewel in the Danish startup event calendar. The event is now heralded as the biggest startup and innovation summit in the Nordic region but began with humble beginnings back in 2012. While tech events tend to flower from the ecosystems around them, in Copenhagen the opposite seems to be true. Grassroots nonprofit organizations like Te[..]

Moto’s foldable Razr might launch next month

Motorola might finally give us want we’ve been asking for – a reincarnated Razr phone. According to a report by CNET, the company has sent an invite for an event scheduled for next month that hints towards a flip phone’s launch. The invite shows a device folding and unfolding with “An original, unlike any other” tagline. CNET adds the invite says, “You’re going to flip.” Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been hearing rumors of Motorola bringing the sexy back with a foldable Razr. We’ve even got a coupl[..]

Windows users can now use Yubico’s security keys to log in to their PCs

Swedish company Yubico has announced that its hardware security keys can now be used to login to a local Windows OS account. The feature, which underwent extensive testing over the past six months, lets you add a second layer of authentication to your Windows accounts, by plugging a USB key into your PC. To reiterate, using the security key with your Windows PC will not fully eliminate the need for passwords. Rather, you’ll first enter your password, and then use the YubiKey to complete the login. This way,[..]

Pixel 4’s ‘Face Unlock’ works even if you’re asleep or dead — and that’s a problem

Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Instead it relies on “Face Unlock,” a proprietary facial scanning system similar to the one found in Apple’s Face ID. Early reports show a system that works well, perhaps too well, in fact, according to some security experts. To unlock a Pixel, the operator must hold it up to their face while onboard cameras and sensors go to work scanning their mug for defining characteristics — the distance between your eyes, for example. Once the device i[..]

Nintendo’s Switch leads console sales in U.S. for 10th straight month

Nintendo today released sales figures for the Switch, and it should really not come as a huge surprise to know that it’s surpassed 15 million units sold in North America alone. That means Nintendo’s hybrid console is dominating its two main competitors, the PS4 and the Xbox One. According to the NPD Group, a market research company, the Switch has been the top-selling video game console in U.S. for 10 months now. The sales figures are probably bolstered by the release of the Switch Lite, a handheld-only ver[..]

Mark Zuckerberg speaks out on political ads, free speech, and China

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk today at Georgetown University, covering his views on free expression. During the speech, he repeated that Facebook stood for free expression, made vague noises towards its improvement, and pointed out that — as far as values go — it’s at least standing against the likes of China. There was a theme throughout the speech, linking Facebook communication with major civil rights movements of ages past. Zuckerberg name-dropped the likes of Martin Luther King Jr and Freder[..]

Rant: Google has no good excuse for the Pixel 4’s missing ultrawide camera

“Most popular SLR lenses do magnify scenes, not shrink them. So while wide-angle can be fun, we think telephoto is more important.” In those two sentences, Google tried to dismiss the omission of an ultrawide-angle lens while announcing the Pixel 4. Instead, the company just reminded everyone that when it comes to hardware, it’s often a generation or two behind. I like the Pixel 4 a lot, even though part of me wishes I didn’t. I still think Google has the best image processing on the market, by no small mar[..]

Study: Facial recognition AI’s alright, if you’re cisgender and white

I’m a cisgender white male. I can unlock my phone, sign into my bank account, and breeze through border patrol check points using my face with 98 percent accuracy. Facial recognition software is great for people who look like me. Sure, I still face the same existential dangers as everyone else: in the US and China we live in a total surveillance state. Law enforcement can track us without a warrant and put us into categories and groups such as “dissident” or “anti-cop,” without ever investigating us. If I s[..]

RIP Clips: Palm-sized AI-powered camera joins the Google graveyard

Google purged Clips, those tiny little cameras that could fit in your palm and which would take pics of you autonomously, from its store, meaning they join the graveyard of products quietly killed off by the company. The company revealed Clips two years ago. The conceit behind them is that you’d put them in strategic areas around your home or wherever you wanted to make memories. It’d detect ideal lighting or framing, and take photos of its own accord — which, in theory, sounds like something that’d provide[..]

PSA: The Pixel 4 comes with neither earbuds nor dongle

When Google revealed the Pixel 4 would start $799, I was surprised the company hadn’t raised prices over the previous year. But now we know it’s cutting corners in at least one way: the Pixel 4 doesn’t come with earbuds or a wired headphone dongle. The company is sending a clear message: Go wireless. This is a bit of a shame. I actually thought Google’s USB-C buds were quite good – certainly the best I’ve heard among bundled earbuds that aren’t meant to create an acoustic seal. Their omission is an especial[..]

PSA: The Pixel 4 comes with neither earbuds nor dongle

When Google revealed the Pixel 4 would start $799, I was surprised the company hadn’t raised prices over the previous year. But now we know it’s cutting corners in at least one way: the Pixel 4 doesn’t come with earbuds or a wired headphone dongle. The company is sending a clear message: Go wireless. This is a bit of a shame. I actually thought Google’s USB-C buds were quite good – certainly the best I’ve heard among bundled earbuds that aren’t meant to create an acoustic seal. Their omission is an especial[..]

CHEAP: Ditch your DSLR with this sleek Fujifilm mirrorless camera kit for $499

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Are you looking to ditch your hefty, old DSLR for a slimmer, slicker camera? Then you’re in luck. There are some pretty sweet deals on Fujifilm’s X-T100 series. An X-T100 photography kit with a 15-45mm lens is currently retailing for only $499. Oh, it also comes with a 32GB memory card and a camera bag to keep your new toy in. Not bad at all. Here’s what you get for that money: A sleek mirrorless camera with 24.2MP APS-C[..]

Samsung security flaw allows your fingerprint to unlock any Galaxy S10

Samsung just landed itself again in hot water. According to a report by BBC, a British woman discovered a horrible issue in the Galaxy S10 that lets anyone unlock the phone using the fingerprint sensor. That means you probably can go around and unlock anyone’s Galaxy S10 phone. The device uses an ultrasonic 3D sensor to register your fingerprint and unlock the phone — or at least it’s supposed to. As The Sun reported earlier this week, a British woman bought a cheap gel-based screen protector off eBay, and [..]

NASA finally launches unisex spacesuit — preventing more spacewalk let-downs

In March, NASA announced plans to conduct its first ever all-women spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain. However, what would have been a giant leap for womankind was canceled because NASA hadn’t packed enough spacesuits. Now, seven months later, the space agency has rescheduled the what-will-be historic moment and introduced a new spacesuit that will fit every human body, regardless of gender. On Tuesday, NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine showed off the space agency’s latest, most di[..]

Nicolas Maduro refuses to give up on Venezuela’s state cryptocurrency El Petro

It seems that the government of Venezuela isn’t ready to give up on its state-issued cryptocurrency ambitions. Speaking during a state broadcast last night, President Nicolas Maduro said protectorates and states would receive one million Petros — Venezuela’s home-brewed cryptocurrency — twice a month, from November onwards. “This means, my compatriots, that we are assigning between 1,354,000 euros and 3,249,600 euros to governors and protectorates,” Maduro added. The President also spoke about how Venezuela[..]

OnePlus TV review: great hardware, lackluster experience

OnePlus unveiled its most ambitious new product — a smart TV — to great fanfare in India a couple of weeks ago, after hyping the product for months beforehand. The company made a name for itself with a slew of well designed and thoughtfully appointed smartphones, and I was hoping to see that sort of thinking applied to a TV — so I was only too happy to test the 55 Q1 Pro over the past few days. Besides featuring a QLED screen, a minimalist remote control, and a mechanized soundbar that slides into place ben[..]

Blockchaining is the future of data tech, so learn it all for just $29

The Complete Blockchain and Ethereum Programming Bundle help you understand cryptocurrencies and its root technology for under $30.

A comprehensive look at OnePlus’ mistakes and wins with its T series of phones

OnePlus released its 7T Pro last week, and many people were confused as to why a product with such minimal updates exist. This was the fourth consecutive year of the company releasing the T series of products. In this post, we’ll take a look at every T version in comparison with its non-T counterpart launched earlier that year. Please note I’ve not counted for software updates as OnePlus has a record of making almost all software features available to the previous version. The OnePlus 3 v the OnePlus 3T In [..]

Nevada man charged for allegedly running $11M Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

A man in the US has been charged for allegedly operating an $11 million Bitcoin Ponzi scheme. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of a civil enforcement action yesterday, charging David Gilbert Saffron of Las Vegas, and Circle Society, Corp, with “fraudulent solicitation, misappropriation, and registration violations.” The complaint says that from at least December 2017, the defendants fraudulently solicited and accepted at least $11 million worth of Bitcoin and US dollar[..]

The Razer Blade helped me ditch my MacBook — but I bought a desktop instead

As much as it has refined my eye for detail, photography has become less of a hobby and more of a drag lately. I got into street photography because I wanted an element of surprise, a challenge that would force me to rely on my camera skills to get the images I want. But this experience, which I badly needed in the past, has become a hurdle to my progress. Out in the real world, things, people, and particles move on their own accord. All I can do is put myself in a position to capture the scene I have… This[..]

You can’t use Western digital marketing tactics for emerging markets — so adapt

For digital marketers targeting urban audiences within emerging markets — such as India, Indonesia, and Pakistan — it’s imperative that your marketing strategy employs a dynamic approach in identifying and assigning potential customers on either side of two broad market segments: the haves and have-nots. While this may be fairly common sense; the act of execution is not so straightforward. Maintaining a repository of accurate and trusted demographic identifiers remains a primary challenge for digital market[..]