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CHEAP: 20% off the Blue Yeti Nano USB mic is the perfect excuse to start a podcast

Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! You know how easy it is to start a podcast? Quite. And you know how easy it is now you can get the Blue Yeti Nano USB mic for only $79.99 (its lowest ever price)? Very. When we reviewed this fancy device, we referred to it as “perfect for rookie podcasters and streamers” – and that was at its full $100 cost. If you’re looking to start your own show or do some amateur recording, now’s the time to pic...
Tags: Plugged


Why science matters so much in the era of fake news

Democracy and social progress die without science and fact-based knowledge. Science and facts are the foundational basis for rational and logical disputation and the possibility of reaching some truths. Fake news, on the other hand, is a calculated assault on democratic freedoms. The power of the notion of fake news and of its practitioners is demonstrated by how we have all quickly come to accept that there is a category of news called fake news. By doing so, we are running the real risk of bei...
Tags: Syndication, Tech


Why I believe the future of work is on the blockchain

Mobile and internet technologies have made it easy for people across the world to successfully work on and get paid for projects, regardless of their time zone, currency, and location. For many, freelance work is an appealing alternative to the restrictive, office-bound, 9-to-5 model, and the macro trend toward flexible and geographically autonomous work is only accelerating. “The future of work” is definitely upon us — but this increasingly flexible employment model makes the need for better sy...
Tags: Podium


When to quit? An entrepreneur’s guide to pulling the plug

If you believe the pop-psych literature, perseverance is the most predictive characteristic of successful people. But isn’t knowing when to quit equally important for a satisfied and fulfilled life as an entrepreneur? The basic narrative is that anything worth doing will have major setbacks, and in the face of adversity what you must do is get up, dust yourself off, and try again. I am living proof of this axiom. Of my five to six startups (depends on how you count them), half have failed, and e...
Tags: Podium


Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite. As part of a new pilot program, Blade has given 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them to book helicopters, private jets and even seaplanes at a moments notice for $200 per seat, at least. Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau, Airbus, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and others, currently flies pass...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Venture Capital, Airbus, American-Airlines, BLADE, California, Carsharing, Ceo, Commuting, Eric Schmidt, Executive, Google, India, Los Angeles, Mumbai


4 ways social media platforms can stop hateful content after terror attacks

The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media platforms. Versions of the livestream attack video stayed online for a worrying amount of time. A report by the Guardian found that one video stayed on Facebook for six hours and another on YouTube for three. For many, the quick and seemingly unstoppable...
Tags: Social Media, Syndication, Tech


CHEAP: Our beloved UE BOOM 3 now has TOO MUCH DISCOUNT

Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! If there’s one thing I love, it’s portable Bluetooth speakers. So, when I found out that the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is selling for its lowest ever price ($119.99 to be exact), I knew one thing: I had to tell you. I’m not entirely sure when my love affair with portable sound began – quite possibly with the X-mini. But these days, the technology has advanced incredibly. And my favorite of this new wave?...
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Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that spending on AI and ML will rise from $12 billion in 2017 to $57.6 billion by 2021. The skyrocketing research funding into these fields is mirrored by the resulting patents being filed, wit...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech


Smart grids are essential to prevent old power infrastructure from holding back the US economy

In March 2018, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report detailing how Russian operatives had launched a handful of attacks across segments of the US’s critical infrastructure, including the power grid. The report spurred a wave of headlines claiming that Russia would soon be able to take over parts of the power grid as it did in Ukraine in 2015. Grid modernization is vital to the future of the US economy, and recent events have underscored a particularly vulnerable sec...
Tags: Podium


Why banning phones from schools is a backward step for education

Schools and governments around the world are struggling to figure out how to deal with smartphones in the classroom. Last year, France passed a law that banned students from using smart devices at school, and now in the UK politicians are discussing joining in, with UK schools minister Nick Gibb recently saying there should be a new policy introduced to ban phones from schools. To me, and probably others in edtech, this whole discussion feels like a major dose of deja vu. In 2012, when I was wor...
Tags: Podium


Dyson’s V11 vacuum automatically changes its suction power to last longer

Last year, Dyson promised it would no longer develop corded vacuums, because, well, cords are annoying. But battery life is limited. When I reviewed the V10 last year, I had to constantly think about which power setting to use – do I want more suction or longer runtime? Dyson’s new V11 Torque Drive makes that a concern of the past. Dyson’s stuck a 20 percent more powerful motor and bigger battery in the vacuum, but the biggest change is the V11’s Dynamic Load Sensor. The DLS is able to detect th...
Tags: Insider


Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d already raised tons of money. Be sure to check out our write-ups of all 85 startups from day 1 plus our top picks, as well as the full set from day 2. But now, after asking investors and conferrin...
Tags: Apps, Biotech, Food, Funding, GreenTech, Hardware, Health, Logistics, Startups, TC


$100,000 Investment to be Awarded at Capital Factory’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Summit

In December 2016, Capital Factory launched Austin’s first VR Lab. Stocked with cutting-edge technology, the VR Lab enables entrepreneurs, investors, VIPs, and tech influencers to learn about emerging technologies and the impact they have on their industries. Capital Factory’s first Augmented and Virtual Reality Summit, on April 16th, is a full day of programming for the Corporate Innovation Council to bring corporations together and introduce them to new technologies to inspire creativity and ...
Tags: Fundraising, Austin, Virtual-reality, Augmented-reality, News


[Infographic] Essential Business Leadership Characteristics

Managers and executives shoulder an impressive amount of responsibility for their company, which is matched by their impressive paychecks. Top executives make upward of $100,400 a year. (1) Not all leaders are equal in value, though. To lead a company in a profitable direction, executives must master some essential business leadership competencies. Global leaders agree these six characteristics are the most important: (2) Strong ethics and safety (67 percent) Empowers self-organizing (59 perce...
Tags: Professionalisms, Leaders, Leadership


Bolt Founder Ben Einstein Leaves Hardware Tech VC Firm

Ben Einstein, co-founder and general partner of hardware-focused investor Bolt, says he has left the venture capital firm he started as his partner, Grace, enters chemotherapy for a cancer diagnosis.“Through this gut-wrenching experience, the things I enjoy doing and that give me energy are clearer than ever: I am a builder,” Einstein wrote in a post on Medium. “My life revolves around the process of creating new things; from hardware products and companies to relationships and community, my li...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, San Francisco blog main, San Francisco top stories, Ben Einstein, Bolt, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Desktop Metal, Hardware, Machine Metrics, RoboticsAI, San Francisco, Sense


Two months on, the Honor View 20 is still one of the best mid-range phones you can buy

Late last year, I flew to Hong Kong to see the the launch of the Honor View 20 first hand. This phone was notable for three reasons. Firstly, it was the second commercially available phone to ship with a 48MP rear camera. Secondly, it was the first phone to come with a punch-hole camera, beating the Samsung Galaxy 10 to the punch. Finally, it is among the first Honor phones to come with Magic UI, rather than EMUI. When you’ve got a phone that’s so groundbreaking, you’ve got to resist the urge to...
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PSA: MetaMask reveals your Ethereum address to sites you visit, here’s how to hide it

There’s a setting that popular Ethereum service MetaMask doesn’t enable by default, and its putting users‘ privacy at risk. MetaMask works as a gateway to decentralized apps (dapps) running on Ethereum’s blockchain. It’s a browser extension that seeks to simplify the use of cryptocurrency, which tends to intimidate unfamiliar users. It’s one of the most popular apps of its kind, boasting over a million installs on Chrome. The company built a new “privacy mode” last year, designed to keep users f...
Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork


[ADV] Tips On Moving Your Start-Up

With all the hope and confidence in the world, you started a company. And guess what? It’s doing very well! It’s time to move your start-up to the next phase of your business plan, but how do you do that? Between finding somewhere to lease, finding your ideal moving company, and trying to keep your income steady throughout this transition, you’re under a lot of stress. Your moving company can help abate that. Using Your Start-Up Grants Wisely. Most start-ups have grants to get them off the gr...
Tags: Others, Startup Advice


You can now play scratchcards with Bitcoin, thanks to the Lightning Network

The Lightning Network is where all the weird and wonderful use cases of cryptocurrency micro-payments come to life. You can order a Coke, feed chickens, dispense candy, and even play roulette or Pokémon, all courtesy of the Bitcoin sidechain. But thanks to one enterprising dev, the Lightning Network now has scratchcards. This one has 1,000,000 Satoshis (0.01 BTC) hidden in it. That’s about $40 at the time of writing, not too bad for a scratchcard that might only cost you a few cents worth of Bit...
Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork


A quick guide to understanding blockchain smart contracts

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. ‘Smart contracts’ is a term that gets thrown about quite often in the blockchain world, but there seems to be some confusion about what they are – and how they work. Some context The term was first coined by Nick Szabo, a prominent computer scientist, and cryptographer, who first proposed the idea in the 1990s. Szabo realized that decentralized ledger t...
Tags: Hard Fork, Insider


GitLab now automatically warns against merging API keys into your codebase

GitLab, the hugely popular devops platform, today announced the introduction of secrets detection with version 11.9 of the service. This means that should someone inadvertently include an API key or secret in a commit to a shared repository, the service will warn the user. From a security perspective, this is a huge advantage. API secrets are supposed to be that – secret. If they fall into the wrong hands, an attacker could use them to gain third party services at the developer’s expense. AWS ke...
Tags: Design & Dev


Respondology helps brands and influencers hide toxic comments

“Don’t read the comments” is one of those cliches that sticks around because it’s still good advice — maybe the best advice. But the team at Respondology is trying to change that. The company started out by helping brands find and respond to messages on social media. Senior Vice President of Sales Aaron Benor explained that in the course of that work, it also built a tool to mitigate “the vitriol, the awful toxicity of online social media.” “We realized that the tool had a lot more legs than we ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Respondology, Social Media


TNW2019 Daily: Don’t be a stranger

TNW Conference is only 48 days away, and that means we’re about to launch some really cool things. In the countdown to TNW2019, we’ll announce the full schedule, the festival terrain map, and an amazing giveaway – just to name a few. You obviously read my TNW2019 Daily religiously, but it’s not the only way to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. That’s why today’s TNW Conference highlight is about how to get the latest news. Please @ me I know this makes me the worst millennial ever,...
Tags: Events, Insider


AgileCraft’s Exit, $45M for Ojo Labs, Intel Grants & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Georgetown, TX-based AgileCraft was acquired by Australia-based Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM), the team collaboration and productivity software maker, for $166 million. AgileCraft makes planning software that helps executives build and manage how the company’s projects develop. It’s focused more on leaders in a business than engineering and IT staff, and it helps them map out product strategy, spot bottlenecks and risks, and get a feel for the...
Tags: National blog main, National top stories, Texas, Texas blog main, Texas top stories, AgileCraft, AI, Artificial Intelligence, AT&T, Atlassian, ATX Seed Ventures, ATX Venture Partners, Austin, Australia, Brad Bentz, Canada


PUBG Mobile is testing a 6-hour per day limit in India

Tencent’s popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is under fire in India after reportedly causing deaths in multiple instances. Some Indian cities have banned the game for a certain period, and several people are asking the government to outlaw it. In a corrective step, the makers seem to be testing a 6-hour per day restriction on mobile. As spotted by SportsKeeda, the app is sending a health reminder to players after 6-hours, on the mobile version. If the player logs in ...
Tags: Gaming, India


CHEAP: At $185, this Samsung Chromebook 3 is more than half off

It’s always nice when something a bit overpriced becomes… well… cheap. Take the Samsung Chromebook 3, for example. Would I pay $399 for this? Absolutely not. But drop that price down to $185, and I’ll start throwing wads of cash in your face so fast, you’ll think you’ve got a new job as an exotic dancer. Chromebooks are great laptops for the most basic computing tasks, from casually scrolling through your Facebook News Feed, to buying stuff online. They’re simple, secure, and they don’t require ...
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Kickstart a career running Oracle & Microsoft databases with this $39 training

You can set yourself up for a lucrative tech career with the training found in The Complete SQL Certification Bundle, a massive collection of database-centric instruction that’s available now for only $39 from TNW Deals. That’s less than $4 per course.
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To stay relevant in the 5G era, telcos will need to step up their IoT game

We are now in the early stages of another pivotal moment in technological evolution and paradigm shift. With artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented reality transitioning from buzz words to the backbone of developed economies, wireless connectivity enabled by 5G , a new standard for wireless telecommunications, will be the catalyst for unlocking the new technologies’ full potential and is expected to have a major impact on every industry, from media and entertainment...
Tags: Business, Syndication, Tech


Find the perfect gift for your mum with TNW’s Mother’s Day guide

Consider yourself warned, dear reader. There’s just nine days left until UK Mother’s Day. Nine. Days. And you thought the countdown to Brexit was scary. If this news has caused your blood pressure to plummet and beads of sweat to accumulate on your forehead, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. TNW’s compiled a list of gifts, experiences, and tech gadgets to make your mum beam with joy. Buy her something from this list, and I’ll guarantee that you’ll remain written into her will. Ember Ceramic Mug...
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WeChat Pay to reportedly take on Google Pay and Paytm in India later this year

Chinese tech giant Tencent is looking to enter India‘s payment market with a UPI-based (Unified Payments Interface) WeChat Pay app, according to Entrackr. The report notes Tencent execs met with the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) three weeks ago to discuss obtaining a license, with plans to launch the service in May or June. In the already saturated UPI payments market in India, WeChat Pay will compete against BHIM, PhonePe, Paytm, and Google Pay. According to NCPI’s website, month...
Tags: Apps, India, Money