India is finally cracking down on the doxxing of coronavirus patients

As the number of coronavirus cases in India is rising, the country is trying hard to contain the outbreak through strict lockdown measures. Amid this situation, the Health Ministry issued an advisory yesterday asking not to share details of people who’ve tested positive or are under quarantine. This was an important step after a number of incidents that targeted folks who were infected or under insolation after their details became public. These people faced heavily discriminatory behavior from ...
Tags: Startups, India, Health Ministry, Coronavirus

Review: The Q Acoustics 3030i takes one of my favorite budget speakers and adds bass

The Q Acoustics 3020i has been one of my top bookshelf speaker recommendations under $500 since I reviewed them last year. They ticked most boxes you could ask from an affordable compact speaker, including classy design, solid build quality, and most of all: good sound. But like any compact bookshelf speaker with a 5-inch woofer, the 3020i had its limits in the bass and power department. So Q Acoustics took the 3020i and supersized it into the new 3030i, featuring a 6.5-inch woofer and a larger ...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Plugged

Report: iOS 14 will let you try out apps, no install required

Apple is apparently working on a way for iPhone users to use the features of apps without having to install them in its next iteration of iOS. In theory, you would be able to scan a QR code that allows you temporary access to the app — say for watching a video or looking at a social media post. The feature was spotted by 9to5Mac, who found it in code within an early iOS 14 build. The new API is codenamed “Clips,” which confuses me only slightly because Apple had a video-editing app by that same ...
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I won’t buy Sony’s A7R IV (even though it made me a better photographer)

When I was doing research for my very first camera, the Fujifilm X100F, I didn’t know much about the differences between crop (also known as APS-C) and full-frame cameras. I mean, I got the gist of it — but only hypothetically. You’ve probably heard of the upsides of full-frame sensors already: Crisper images even at higher exposure, wider field of view, better performance in low-light settings, higher dynamic range, shallower depth of field, and more defined separation of subject from its backg...
Tags: Startups, Sony, Plugged

New math theory suggests time travel is impossible

A physicist named Nicolas Gisin from the University of Geneva recently published a series of papers that could change our entire view on the concept of “time.” Gisin’s work attempts to reconcile modern-day quantum mechanics theory with an alternative math theory developed by Dutch mathematician Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer in the early 20th century called “intuitionistic mathematics.” That may sound like the math version of “holistic medicine” but Brouwer’s theory has persisted for more than a c...
Tags: Startups, Science, Insights, Brouwer, University of Geneva, Gisin, Nicolas Gisin, Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer

San Jose will build ‘up to 500’ tiny homes for coronavirus-affected homeless residents

San Jose plans to build up to 500 tiny homes to house its coronavirus-stricken homeless population. According to The Mercury News, San Jose, nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, should have many of these units ready within a few weeks. The move should ease the strain of a city that’s currently housing around 6,000 homeless individuals. To date, San Jose has relied on temporary trailers, leased motel rooms, and converting two of its convention centers to makeshift shelters. Still, this lea...
Tags: Startups, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Insider, Coronavirus, Mercury News San Jose

Here are 7 essential games to get you started on Nintendo Switch

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. The Nintendo Switch is far and away the most versatile console on the market right now, with its hybrid design and vast game library. If you’re just getting into gaming, it’d be top of my list of recommended hardware — and I suspect there are lots of you who’ve done just that since quarantines and lockdowns have completely changed how we spend our free time. S...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Nintendo, Basics

Travelex paid $2.3M in Bitcoin to get its systems back from hackers

Travelex paid hackers $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin to regain access to its computer systems after a devastating ransomware attack on New Year’s Eve, reports the Wall Street Journal. The London-based company said it decided to pay the 285 BTC based on the advice of experts, and had kept regulators and partners in the loop throughout the recovery process. Although Travelex, which manages the world’s largest chain of money exchange shops and kiosks, did confirm the ransomware attack when it happen...
Tags: Startups, London, Bitcoin, Wall Street Journal, Btc, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Travelex, Hard Fork

Google created a braille keyboard for Android, no new hardware required

For people who are blind or have severely impaired vision, typing on a smartphone or computer typically requires an expensive and bulky physical braille computer – not exactly convenient if you just want to make a quick reply on your phone. To help make Android more accessible, Google today revealed its new TalkBack braille keyboard, a virtual keyboard rolling out to devices running Android 5.0 or later. Google says its team collaborated with braille users and developers while coming up with the...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider

Google Duplex arrives in Australia, Canada, and the UK

Google’s AI phone assistant Duplex is now available in Australia, Canada. Duplex was previously only available in the US and New Zealand. But VentureBeat spotted that a support page for the product now includes phone numbers for calls from Duplex in the three new countries. The system uses AI to mimic a human voice that calls businesses to make restaurant reservations, book appointments, and find out opening hours. Google first unveiled Duplex at the company’s annual I/O developer conference in ...
Tags: Google, Startups, UK, US, Artificial Intelligence, New Zealand, Voice, VentureBeat, Australia Canada, Neural, Google Duplex, Plugged, Australia Canada Duplex

AI predicts where coronavirus cases will spike next

An AI has predicted which areas of the UK will suffer spikes in coronavirus cases next by analyzing social media posts about COVID-19. These posts suggest that outbreaks will soon hit Manchester, Liverpool, Oxfordshire, Leeds, Northamptonshire, and Luton. The system was created by Dataminr, a risk detection tech firm with a track record of detecting where the virus will spread to next. It previously predicted outbreaks in London, Hertfordshire, Essex, and Kent, between 7-13 days before these are...
Tags: Startups, UK, London, US, Artificial Intelligence, Luton, Dataminr, Neural, Coronavirus, Hertfordshire Essex

Report: The Pixel 4a’s specs have all been revealed, but there’s no XL version

The Pixel 4a – Google’s budget take on the Pixel 4 – has leaked extensively by now, but there are still a few tidbits to clear up. A report by 9to5Google goes into detail about the device, claiming to have “confirmed all of the Pixel 4a’s specs — including the fact there will be no XL model this time around. The 4a is expected to have a 5.8-inch, 2340 x 1080 screen and come with a plastic body. It’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 730, and will have Google’s custom Titan M security chip. There is, h...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Plugged

These AIs think they can translate your dog’s barks

We’re all suffering under lockdown — even our dogs. Although most can still enjoy regular walkies, the pooches are picking up on the reduced social interaction outside. And many of them are missing their friends from puppy school and playdates. If you’re worried about what’s going on inside your dog‘s mind, a new AI system will tell you — just by listening to it bark. The feature will soon be added to Furbo, an “interactive smart dog camera” that lets you have a video chat with your mutt, toss i...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Furbo, Neural, Plugged

US doesn’t need state privacy laws, it needs a federal one

How much is your personal data worth? Mine is worth about $9.23, according to a check I received from a privacy violation class action lawsuit. While I appreciate the need for new legislation to strengthen data security practices and enable more consumer control over personal information, one wonders if all of the hoops we’re putting businesses through are going to be effective, not to mention worth the cost. Have we gone from not enough regulation into overdrive too fast, creating new problems ...
Tags: Startups, US, Podium

Launching an ecommerce business could be your next big move. Here is some helpful advice.

When you’re ready to get started, the training available in The Build Your Own Business with Wordpress and WooCommerce Bundle, now $39.99 from TNW Deals, might just help make the difference between that business’ success or failure.
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Who needs a copywriter? Email Skript writes all your marketing emails for you.

But with Email Skript, you don’t need a copywriter to craft smart, effective email text without slaving over copy for hours. Right now, a lifetime subscription to Email Skript’s services is over 90 percent off, just $39.99 from TNW Deals.
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Disney+ hits 50 million subscribers in just 5 months, giving traders hope

The Walt Disney Company has managed to amass 50 million paid subscribers to its Netflix-style streaming platform in five months. The entertainment powerhouse hits that milestone after launching Disney+ in just over a dozen countries, eight of which are in Western Europe. [Read: How to watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and others with friends online] “We’re truly humbled that Disney+ is resonating with millions around the globe, and believe this bodes well for our continued expansion throughout Wester...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Disney, Netflix, Walt Disney Company, Latin America, Western Europe, Kevin Mayer, Hard Fork, Netflix Hulu Disney

These coronavirus stock photos will make you want to stay at home

Rule 34 dictates that if something exists, or can be imagined, there will be an internet porn version of it somewhere. The same can be said for stock photo imagery.  With coronavirus sweeping the globe and taking over news cycles, it’s not surprising that ‘coronavirus’ is now a sought-after category in stock photo databases. Looking at Google search trends, there’s been a spike since the beginning of this year: So how to best visualize COVID-19? The most neutral choice is a 3D image of what the ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Distract, Coronavirus

Turn your standard smartphone video into a professional-grade machine and stream on Twitch or Instagram Live

If you’ve already got a smartphone, then making that type of investment isn’t nearly as expensive as you might think. In fact, iRig has a pair of video kits that essentially put everything you need to elevate your game altogether in one convenient package.
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Watch 50+ live performances from Montreux Jazz Festival for free

The good people behind the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival have made over 50 live recordings from the event freely available (until April 18) to enjoy during your lockdown music sessions. If you’ve never heard of Montreux Jazz Festival, I can only assume you don’t really care about music, so let me indulge. [Read: Watch movies with your friends via Discord’s livestreaming feature] It might be branded as a jazz festival, but over the years it’s played host to a whole variety of acts including, Quee...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Music, World, Basics, Montreux Jazz Festival, Coronavirus

Daily Distraction: Follow these YouTube chefs and cook up a feast with pantry ingredients

One of the few pleasures I can afford myself during this coronavirus crisis is cooking up a decent meal. And over the past few weeks, I’ve learned that you don’t always need fancy ingredients to do that. Some of my favorite cooking channels on YouTube have loads of great ideas for using up what you’ve got at home. Here are some folks you should follow for tips on what to cook next to delight your loved ones, or to simply enjoy by yourself — and learn a thing or two along the way. Internet Shaqui...
Tags: Startups, Working From Home, Distract, Daily Distraction

Index Ventures launches $2B fund to back tech startups worldwide

Index Ventures, arguably one of the most prominent venture capital funds around, has announced the closure of a $2 billion investment fund. According to a press release, $1.2 billion will go towards backing growth rounds and the remaining $800 million will be used to support more nascent companies. [Read: Don’t believe the hype: Why skepticism is increasingly important for VCs] Interestingly — and perhaps unsurprisingly given the current climate — the fund will specifically target companies fund...
Tags: Startups, Money, Index Ventures, Growth Quarters

Will product designers survive the AI revolution?

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. “Our intelligence is what makes us human, and AI is an extension of that quality.” ― Yann LeCun The human species has performed incredible feats of ingenuity. We have created beautiful sculptures from a single block of marble, written enchanting sonnets that have stood for centuries and landed a craft on the face of a distant rock orbiting our planet. It is ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Design & Dev, Yann LeCun, Syndication, Neural

Survey: Drop in pollution gets Brits interested in electric vehicles

With lockdown and quarantine policies enforced around the world, people aren’t driving or traveling as much. It’s had an undeniably positive effect on air quality in cities, which is demonstrating the power of switching to greener forms of transport. For some, it appears to have provided the evidence they needed to consider switching to an electric vehicle for their next car. [Read: Study: No, electric car motors don’t adversely interfere with pacemakers] According to a survey conducted by UK co...
Tags: Startups, UK, Cars, Tech, Shift, Coronavirus, Venson Automotive

Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin will go to $0 or $1M, says ex-Facebook exec’

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 Bentham used to say: Bob’s your uncle! Bitcoin price We closed the day, April 08 2020, at a price of $7,334. That’s a respectable 2.15 percent increase in 24 hours, or $154. It was the highest closing price in twenty-seven days. We’re still 63 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high o...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Bitcoin, Bob, Bentham, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto

How travel tech companies aim to survive the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has so far had devastating consequences across the travel industry. Airlines have flown empty planes to try and keep their usual slots despite flight prices dropping below unimaginable levels — tickets from New York to Miami were on offer for just $51 several weeks ago. The situation is such that comparisons to the 9/11 terrorist attacks — which brought the travel industry to its knees — don’t seem overtly far-fetched. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) t...
Tags: Startups, New York, Miami, Airlines, International Air Transport Association IATA, Coronavirus, Growth Quarters

Research: Moon colonies could be (partially) built with human urine

Colonies on the Moon or Mars could, one day, be manufactured — in part — from using human urine. The waste we flush away on Earth could play an important role in constructing the first permanent colonies in space, a new study finds. Urea extracted from urine could be used as a plasticizer, forming concrete for use in building living quarters, a new study finds. These structures could then shape the makeshift concrete using large 3D printers. The European and Chinese space agencies, along with NA...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Nasa, World, Moon, Mars, Syndication

The research is in: Your startup’s brand authority matters

You might’ve long suspected it, but the evidence is finally in: The authority of your brand amplifies the authority of your content. It makes sense. People want to trust the creators of what they’re reading. It’s the difference between a stranger telling you something and a dear friend saying something else. Whose message are you more likely to believe? But my team and I wanted to know for sure. So we worked on a project with BuzzStream to see how people rated the authority of different snippets...
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US Senate reportedly bars its members from using Zoom

Popular video conferencing app Zoom seems to be having a hard time convincing organizations that it’s secure to use. Just after Google banned its employees from using the app, the US Senate has forbidden its members from utilizing Zoom. A report from the Financial Times noted that the Senate’s sergeant at arms has warned people against using the service. Earlier this week, Reuters reported the Department of Homeland Security said in a memo that Zoom is responding to security concerns swiftly. Pe...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Senate, United States, US Senate, Pentagon, Department Of Homeland Security, Financial Times, Reuters

Google bans employees from using Zoom on their devices

Another day and another organization has banned Zoom over privacy concerns around the popular video conferencing app. This one’s pretty big: Google has barred all its employees from using Zoom on their devices. BuzzFeed News reported last night that the company’s security team sent an internal email last week notifying employees that Zoom would stop working on their work machines, citing “security concerns” in the app. A Google spokesperson said in a statement that Zoom’s desktop client doesn’t ...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups