iOS 12.1 supports dual-SIM, group FaceTime, and stops ‘fixing’ selfies

Apple just announced that it will be rolling out its iOS 12.1 update, for the iPhone and the iPad, starting today. The update will bring important features like group FaceTime, dual-SIM support for the new iPhones, over 70 emojis, and a fix for over-smooth selfies. The company originally announced the group Facetime feature, supporting up to 32 people, at its developer conference WWDC, back in June. In its latest update, the company has added more features to Facetime. During a group call, Facetime will automatically detect the active participant and bring them to the forefront. One can tap a specific person’s… This…

iOS 12.1 supports dual-SIM, group FaceTime, and stops ‘fixing’ selfies

IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat is huge news for the Linux world

IBM today announced it would be acquiring iconic Linux firm Red Hat in a $34 billion all-cash deal. According to a joint statement issued by both companies, IBM will pay $190 for each share of Red Hat, with Big Blue intending to absorb its latest purchase into its Hybrid Cloud division. [NEWS] @IBM to acquire Red Hat and become the world’s leading #hybridcloud provider. https://t.co/goihRICRr3 https://t.co/G8SKS5gsVk pic.twitter.com/GJL4UmBu1B — Red Hat, Inc. (@RedHat) October 28, 2018 This move is huge for IBM. After spending the past ten years delving into the worlds of artificial intelligence (via Watson) and blockchain with little… This…

IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat is huge news for the Linux world

3 handy features in Google For Jobs to measure your hiring campaign’s success

Google For Jobs has made a great impact on the jobs market ever since it was released by the search giant in June 2017. There’s been tons written on the feature since it came out, but it’s still a new product and many users are still figuring out how to get the most out of it — that’s why I’ve written this article. I’m going to go into the three main features that I felt helped the most when it comes to hiring campaigns. Bu I don’t want to tread over old tracks that can be read all over the… This…

3 handy features in Google For Jobs to measure your hiring campaign’s success

Twitch debuts group streaming and karaoke at TwitchCon

Twitch today revealed a plethora of new features for streamers and viewers, as part of the first day of its TwitchCon celebrations. CEO Emmett Shear led the Day One keynote, revealing the new features to the attendees. Some were niche — such as the better moderation tools, and the ability to designate some viewers as VIPs — but others were big and exciting. One of the biggest updates was Squad Stream, which allows users to stream together from a single page. Streamers in the squad will all have their streams visible in small panels, with one “main” streamer taking up the… This…

Twitch debuts group streaming and karaoke at TwitchCon

Someone paid $432K for art generated by an open-source neural network

Three guys from France recently used an open-source generative adverserial network (GAN) trained on public domain images to create a “painting.” That painting today sold for nearly half a million dollars at one of the most prestigious auction houses in London.   A couple weeks ago world-renowned artist and prankster Banksy pulled off a good one. He sold a painting at auction that shredded itself as soon as the winning bid was accepted. What a hoot! But that’s nothing compared to duping someone out of $432K by selling them a painting that was generated by a neural network you found on… This…

Someone paid $432K for art generated by an open-source neural network

Tomorrow’s telescopes will be planet-sized quantum teleportation devices

A team of researchers from Harvard recently published early work indicating a complex theory of quantum physics could be exploited to create huge, high resolution telescopes. Astronomers of the future will see the distant reaches of our universe through the magic of teleportation. Technically, it’s called “entanglement,” but it works pretty much like teleportation. Basically a couple of quantum particles become “entangled” with one another in such a way that anything that happens to one particle happens to the other, even if they’re separated by physical distance. We wrote a whole thing about it you can read here. The big… This…

Tomorrow’s telescopes will be planet-sized quantum teleportation devices

Super Mario Bros. 3 — the greatest game ever — just turned 30

Super Mario Bros. 3 was launched in Japan on October 23rd 1988 (and every game since has been sub par). It’s incomprehensible that this isn’t a globally recognized holiday, but nonetheless, we’re here to help you celebrate this momentous occasion in gaming history. It doesn’t matter how old you are, Super Mario Bros. 3 is the greatest game ever made. That’s a fact. If you’re my age, it was the absolute peak of 1980s video game technology, and you were the perfect age to appreciate it. Nothing else was close. If you’re older than me: whatever ancient Atari game you’re… This…

Super Mario Bros. 3 — the greatest game ever — just turned 30

Feds shut down ill-advised driverless school bus tests in Florida

A technology company operating in Babcock Ranch, Florida was ordered by the US Department of Transportation on Friday to cease activity on a pilot-program using autonomous vehicles to transport school children. TNW reported last month that tech startup Transdev had entered an agreement with the progressive city of Babcock Ranch to demonstrate its autonomous shuttles. At the time we called the initiative, which saw young children riding the bus on public roadways, reckless. It looks like we weren’t the only ones who thought as much. The NHTSA release a statement ordering the company to stop: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s… This…

Feds shut down ill-advised driverless school bus tests in Florida

6 reasons why you should make your ‘digital consultants’ work on-site

In the future, all companies will be tech companies. Traditional firms must upgrade their technological capabilities to match those of their competitors — else they face extinction. Look at the disruption that Netflix, Amazon, and Airbnb have created in their industries and beyond them: Technology is becoming an integral part of companies’ strategy and competitive advantage. This is where tech agencies come in. There are many types of agencies and approaches, but one is unmatched in its execution and value: The model of the embedded teams. There are six key benefits to a tech agency innovating and creating digital services… This…

6 reasons why you should make your ‘digital consultants’ work on-site

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.

Learn to become Cisco certified in networking and cloud computing for $39

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…

Even bankruptcy can’t keep Vertu from selling $4,000 phones

50% of American WhatsApp users don’t know it’s owned by Facebook

Just over half of Americans (50.42 percent) who have used WhatsApp in the last six months are unaware that it’s owned by Facebook. This, my friends, is a pretty high figure. The research was carried out by DuckDuckGo, the privacy-protecting search engine. The same survey found that 56 percent of Americans who had used Waze, the navigation app, in the past six months didn’t realize Google owned it. Let’s have a look at a pie chart of the WhatsApp data, because who doesn’t love a pie chart? DuckDuckGo has carried out a similar survey before, finding out that 57 percent of… This…

50% of American WhatsApp users don’t know it’s owned by Facebook

India’s biggest internet association forms committee to build a ‘blockchain ecosystem’

Despite the Reserve Bank of India’s directive that prevents Indian banks from working with cryptocurrency businesses, the country is still forging ahead to explore blockchain technology. In a tweet yesterday, the Internet and Mobile Association of India announced the forming of a blockchain committee. IAMAI Forms Committee For #Blockchain . The group will identify opportunities and challenges and work with government, industry and #startups to develop the ecosystem. https://t.co/Ciu10RV7Kf @SecretaryMEITY @FinMinIndia @PMOIndia — IAMAI (@IAMAIForum) October 16, 2018 The committee will help the government and startups alike develop a blockchain ecosystem across India. It’s hoped this support will create jobs… This…

India’s biggest internet association forms committee to build a ‘blockchain ecosystem’

Facebook will delete posts that spread voting misinformation this election

Facebook today announced it’s tackling the most basic form of fake news to circulate around the time of an election: Voter misinformation and anything that might keep users away from the voting booths this fall. Specifically, the company revealed it would be removing posts that encourage “voter suppression” — anything that might deter or prevent people from voting. So posts that imply others shouldn’t vote, or attempting to feed them incorrect information on the voting process in their region, would fall into that category. According to Jessica Leinwand, the company’s public policy manager, basic misinformation about voting booths, voting dates,… This…

Facebook will delete posts that spread voting misinformation this election

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s gorgeous Chrome OS tablet features odd choices

The Pixel 3 may have been the star of the show at Google’s event this week, but the Pixel Slate tablet offers a compelling new product category for the search giant. Well, not totally new. A few years ago, Google had the Pixel C, a beautiful Android tablet that was somewhat ahead of its time, given the OS couldn’t even run two apps side-by-side back then. The Pixel Slate instead offers a new vision for Google’s tablets, slotting in somewhere between the Pixel C and last year’s Pixelbook. It starts at $599 (sans keyboard) and comes in a wide range… This…

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s gorgeous Chrome OS tablet features odd choices

How will AI affect my faith and religion in general?

“I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.” This phrase before is based on a quote from the 1977 film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short story “Empire of the Ants.” In the revised quote, “robot” replaces “insects,” the idea of the meme being that anything can: llamas, octopi, robo-dogs, you name it. When it comes to AI overlords, the joke hits closer to home. That’s because there’s a real fear that AI will assume godlike qualities, taking over humanity along with our beloved institutions. As a woman of Jewish heritage and faith, I sometimes wonder what the rise of AI… This…

How will AI affect my faith and religion in general?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: This is how you make a $1000 phone

The Galaxy Note 8 was one of the best phones of 2017, yet I couldn’t help but feel Samsung played things safe after the flaming Note 7 fiasco. Not so with the Note 9. The company has regained its confidence and returned the series to its overpowered roots. I’ve been using the device for over a month now, and it delivers on almost everything you’d want on a $1000 phone. Unless you’re looking for a small and cheap device, there’s something for everyone. The Note 9 isn’t a radical design departure from its predecessor. It’s still a glass-and-metal sandwich, and… This…

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: This is how you make a $1000 phone

This white noise machine works so well I reviewed it in my sleep

Witti’s Dozzi is a white noise machine whose sole purpose is to help you (and your baby, fellow parents) get some sleep. As someone who suffers from insomnia I leapt at the chance to review this gadget, daring to dream I’d get a better night’s sleep. I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re unfamiliar with white noise machines, all you need to know is that they’re designed to provide background noise that either drowns out or minimizes other noises. They’re practically mandatory if you’re a light sleeper. This particular one is an interesting gadget because it’s not smart, doesn’t have an app,… This…

This white noise machine works so well I reviewed it in my sleep

Stardew Valley is coming to iOS and it’ll let you import your PC saves

The developer behind Stardew Valley, the hit indie farming sim, this week announced the game was coming to mobile devices. The iOS version launches in two weeks, while the Android version is still in development. This, by itself, isn’t exactly surprising. Stardew Valley is the sort of twee indie game that makes the jump to mobile very easily, just like it’s predecessor series Harvest Moon did with the 3DS. (Speaking of which, I’m surprised we’ve never seen a Harvest Moon game for iOS, to my knowledge.) What is unexpected, however, is that Barone specifies that PC gamers can import their save files to the iOS version… This…

Stardew Valley is coming to iOS and it’ll let you import your PC saves

Google’s Pixel 3 will use AI to respond to telemarketer calls

Google today announced its Duplex AI feature will roll out to Pixel 3 owners next month, but that’s not the only cool new AI experience they’ll get. A new call-screening and response feature will launch with Duplex, and it could mean an end to spam calls. Telemarketers: Your days are numbered. Duplex is the futuristic jaw-dropping AI the company showed off earlier this year that calls businesses to schedule appointments for you autonomously. It’s finally making its way to English language customers sometime next month and, along with it, a robust new update to Google’s call screening AI is slated for… This…

Google’s Pixel 3 will use AI to respond to telemarketer calls