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Uganda loses 5 million internet users as a result of Social Media Tax

Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on the number of internet users in the East Afrikan country resulting in a drop of 3 million internet users over a 3 month period. What is also interesting when one looks at the data relea...
Tags: Startups, Africa, Social Media, Tech, Uganda, UCC, Uganda Communications Commission UCC, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp, Syndication, East Afrikan


How I got banned for life from AirBnB

A few months ago, I received a cryptic message from AirBnB that sounded like something straight out of the Black Mirror episode with Jon Hamm. Dear Jackson, We regret to inform you that we’ll be unable to support your account moving forward, and have exercised our discretion under our Terms of Service to disable your account(s). This decision is irreversible and will affect any duplicated or future accounts. Please understand that we are not obligated to provide an explanation for the action tak...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication, Jon Hamm Dear Jackson


Bug sake! Climate change is killing off insects

Climate change gets blamed for a lot of things these days: inundating small islands, fueling catastrophic fires, amping-up hurricanes and smashing Arctic sea ice. But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. It confirms what many have been suspecting: in Australia and around the world, arthropods – which include insects, spiders, centipedes and the like — appear to be in trouble. The global review comes hard on...
Tags: Startups, Australia, Arctic sea, National Academy of Sciences USA, Syndication


How realistic are China’s plans to colonize the moon?

The world is still celebrating the historic landing of China’s Chang’e-4 on the far side of the moon on January 3. Last month, China announced its plans to follow up with three more lunar missions, laying the groundwork for a lunar base. Colonizing the Moon, and beyond, has always being a human aspiration. Technological advancements, and the discovery of a considerable source of water close to the lunar poles, has made this idea even more appealing. But how close is China to actually achieving t...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Chang, Syndication


New research shows bees can do math

The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in the journal Science Advances. Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, the honeybee has recently shown it can manage complex problems – like understanding the concept of zero. Honeybees are a high value model for exploring questions about neuroscience. In our latest study we decided to test if they could learn to perform simple arithmetical ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication


The world’s first smart oral sex toy aims to close the orgasm gender gap

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was founded by ex-TNW European Editor Ben Woods, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.   Cunni, a Hong Kong-based sextech startup, is aiming to close the orgasm gender gap with what it claim...
Tags: Startups, Hong Kong, Tech, Ben Woods, Syndication, Facebook Cunni


Using social media to measure air pollution’s psychological toll

People are less happy on days when the air is more polluted, according to an analysis of 210 million posts on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo. Researchers have suspected air pollution takes a psychological toll generally, and dirty air due to industrialization, coal burning, and motor vehicles has become a drag on well-being for Chinese city dwellers. But these effects are difficult to measure. That’s where Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, comes in. An international team of resear...
Tags: Startups, Social Media, Tech, Weibo, Sina Weibo, Syndication


How I became pen pals with the kid who stole my iPhone

I’d always wanted to go to India. So I was pretty outraged when, in 2011, my iPhone went without me. I think it’s only fair to place around 5 percent of the blame on my friend Blair. A group of us were in a London wine bar pretending to be grown-ups, searching for more sophisticated ways to say “second-least-expensive bottle” while tossing around wine terms we’d heard in a semi-ironic attempt to impress our waiter. “Oaky.” “Fruity.” “Hmm… chewy.” What actually did impress him, however, was Blair...
Tags: Startups, London, India, Tech, Blair, Syndication


Here’s why icons are sexist

Icons, which may seem like a small part of the digital landscape, reveal larger issues of unconscious bias in tech and beyond. In many instances I can recall, ranging from company presentations to popular apps and websites, the main icons displayed were obviously representative of men. At best, this shows women were not taken into consideration when the product team designed and developed the product. At worst, it isolates women to feel like they are not the intended audience or priority. Perhap...
Tags: Startups, Design & Dev, Syndication


Let’s not accidentally build depressed robots

In trying to keep up with the never-ending deluge of news about the forthcoming AI takeover of human society, a talk at a recent conference made me pause. For a moment, instead of having to consider whether the intelligent robots would liberate us or kill us (it’s only ever one of those two options, I find), I took a moment to worry about the machines themselves. The conference, a meeting of computer scientists and neuroscientists at New York University, was called “Canonical Computation in Brai...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Robots, Lisbon, New York University, Champalimaud Centre, Syndication, Zachary Mainen


Important security lessons learned from Apple’s creepy FaceTime bug

Earlier this month, I woke up to a disastrous security bug in Apple’s FaceTime that could let anyone easily eavesdrop on iOS and macOS devices. In case you haven’t heard about it yet, FaceTime, the audio and video conferencing app that comes preinstalled on all iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, had a major security flaw that could let a caller hear the audio from the device they were calling before the person on the other end accepted or rejected the call. The bug could easily be reproduced and...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Mac, Tech, Facetime, Syndication


Human-centered design should consider all humans

I remember listening carefully to the presentation on the redesign, trying hard to bite my tongue and keep my comments until the end. I was still shy, I still felt new, and I was battling a serious case of imposter syndrome. It was probably a dumb question, anyway. I shouldn’t ask it. Easier said than done. I felt the question permeating through every fiber of my being, reverberating in my mind until it was the only thought I had. “Did you get anyone else’s insight on this project? Was it just y...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication


Reflecting on my failure to build a billion-dollar company

In 2011 I left my job as the second employee at Pinterest–before I vested any of my stock–to work on what I thought would be my life’s work. Just had an idea for my first billion-dollar company. Tomorrow, I start building it. — Sahil Lavingia (@shl) April 2, 2011 Gumroad would become a billion-dollar company, with hundreds of employees. It would IPO, and I would work on it until I died. Something like that. That didn’t happen. Now, it may look like I am in an enviable position, running a profita...
Tags: Startups, Pinterest, Tech, Syndication


AR > VR

If you’re among the millions of those who’ve used their smartphones to chase Pokémon in the real world, then you already know how amazing augmented reality (AR) can be, although you may not be aware of its broader implications. But VR’s younger sibling has moved beyond gaming and entertainment, and it didn’t take long before people started exploring AR for different applications, such as advertising, retail, training – you name it. This technology continues to grow rapidly, and it could soon bec...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Pokemon, Syndication


How selfies help Indian women from Delhi’s outskirts claim their right to the city

Taking selfies and posting them on social media is often derided as a narcissistic, self-absorbed, and attention-seeking practice. Filters come in for particular disdain due to the role they play in reinforcing unattainable beauty standards, by making faces lighter, slimmer, and wider-eyed than is natural. Yet feminist, minority, and queer activists have argued selfies can be a way for people to represent and take pride in their identity, sexuality, and gender orientation. And recently, my own e...
Tags: Startups, India, Delhi, Syndication


Calling people ‘users’ is unethical and outdated

I’ve worked in UX for the better part of a decade. From now on, I plan to remove the word “user” and any associated terms—like “UX” and “user experience”—from my vocabulary. It’ll take time. I’ll start by trying to avoid using them in conversations at work. I’ll erase them from my LinkedIn profile. I’ll find new ways to describe my job when making small talk. I will experiment and look for something better. I don’t have any strong alternatives to offer right now, but I’m confident I’ll find some...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication


What the moon’s craters reveal about the Earth’s history

Most scientists believe the rate at which the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites has remained constant for the past two to three billion years. Understanding the age of craters on the moon can help us better understand the age of our own planet because the Earth would have received similar numbers of impacts. It’s been assumed that the rarity of young craters on Earth (those created 300-600 million years ago) is attributed to preservation bias — craters have been erased over the ye...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Syndication


Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that...
Tags: Google, Startups, Sergey Brin, DoubleClick, Syndication


Nanomaterials are changing the world – but we still can’t ensure they’re safe

Nanotechnology may well be one of the most talked about industries of the last few years. Predicted to value US$173.95 billion globally by 2025, this fast-moving sector is already delivering major sustainability, health and well-being benefits to society. Nanomaterials, as the name suggests, are very small, less than a millionth of a meter in size. They have unique physical and chemical features which give them improved properties such as greater reactivity, strength, electrical characteristics ...
Tags: Startups, Science, US, Syndication


New research methods could help us find flight MH370

Motivated by a desire to help find Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014, we proposed a way of working out where objects hit the surface of the ocean using underwater acoustic waves. Unfortunately this didn’t lead to finding the plane. However, our research into these waves has moved on since we first proposed the idea in 2017, and we have now been able to identify two locations where the aeroplane could have impacted with ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Malaysia Airlines, Indian Ocean, Syndication


New hydrogen trains could put an end to diesel

When the UK government cancelled its plans to electrify train lines across Wales, the Midlands and the north of England, and cut back on the Great Western rail network electrification, it brought a premature end to a rail investment program once touted as the biggest the country had seen since the Victorian era. But now reports suggest the government and train manufacturers are hoping there may be an alternative way to turn British railways electric: hydrogen. Hydrogen trains have already replac...
Tags: Startups, UK, England, Germany, Tech, Britain, Syndication, Wales the Midlands


Scientists say orangutans can ‘talk’ about the past JUST LIKE US

The evolution of language converted a defenceless naked ape into a world-dominating force. It fundamentally transformed how humans transmit information and knowledge. A large and potent component of language is our ability to communicate about things that are not here, that happened in the past, or that will happen in the future. This feature of language is known as “displaced reference”. Displaced reference is universal across the world’s languages and pervades our daily lives. In fact, to spea...
Tags: Startups, Science, US, Syndication


What smart bees can teach us about collective intelligence

When it comes to making decisions, most of us are influenced to some degree by other people, whether that’s choosing a restaurant or a political candidate. We want to know what others think before we make that choice. Humans are social animals. So social that we can rarely be independent of others because of our propensity for copying behavior and communication – also known as social learning. Humans copy each other every day. You might buy the latest trainers because they’re really popular, eve...
Tags: Startups, Science, Syndication


How AI could help you learn sign language

Sign languages aren’t easy to learn and are even harder to teach. They use not just hand gestures but also mouthings, facial expressions and body posture to communicate meaning. This complexity means professional teaching programs are still rare and often expensive. But this could all change soon, with a little help from artificial intelligence (AI). My colleagues and I are working on software for teaching yourself sign languages in an automated, intuitive way. Currently, this tool can analyze t...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication


How scientists recreated a monster wave that looks like Hokusai’s famous image

Accounts by mariners of freak or rogue waves out in the ocean have long been a common occurrence but until relatively recently remained anecdotal. That is, until January 1 1995, when a huge wave was observed – and recorded – at the Draupner Oil platform in the North Sea. It was one of the first reliable measurements of a freak wave in the ocean and at a height of 25.6 meters, it was over two times the height of the waves that surrounded it. Appearing seemingly from nowhere, this seminal observat...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, North Sea, Hokusai, Syndication


Fascinating myths about the lunar eclipse from around the world

Millions of people will have the opportunity to see a lunar eclipse – an event popularly known in the media as a “blood moon.” During such an eclipse, the full moon moves into the shadow of the Earth cast by the sun, and is momentarily darkened. Some sunlight still reaches the moon, refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere, however, illuminating it with an ashen to dark red glow, the color depending on atmospheric conditions. As a communicator of astronomy, the term “blood moon” is a major thorn in m...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Earth, Syndication


Amazon, Facebook, and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about

If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. This kind of experience has led to suggestions that tech firms are secretly recording our private conversations via...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Amazon Facebook, Syndication


China’s scientific achievements are surrounded by secrecy – but this could change

China’s recent scientific achievements – including its embryo gene-editing research and historic moon landing – appear to be surrounded by secrecy. The global scientific community first learned about its experiments modifying the DNA of human embryos through rumors in 2015. While China’s National Space Administrative (CNSA) acknowledged in December 2018 that its spacecraft was preparing to land on the moon, it didn’t broadcast or announce the actual touchdown. Instead we learned about it through...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Syndication, National Space Administrative CNSA


Biased algorithms: here’s a more radical approach to creating fairness

Our lives are increasingly affected by algorithms. People may be denied loans, jobs, insurance policies, or even parole on the basis of risk scores that they produce. Yet algorithms are notoriously prone to biases. For example, algorithms used to assess the risk of criminal recidivism often have higher error rates in minority ethic groups. As ProPublica found, the COMPAS algorithm – widely used to predict re-offending in the US criminal justice system – had a higher false positive rate in black ...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech, Syndication


What to expect from 5G, the next generation of wireless networks

Never in the history of the mobile phone has there been so much hype about a new technology ahead of its launch than there is with 5G. It seems mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers, and equipment vendors are locked into a massive global game of one-upmanship, seeking to claim to be the first to achieve something groundbreaking with the technology. But the stakes are high – the mobile industry also desperately needs 5G, whether for new revenue sources, market share, or to drive growth. S...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication