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In this week’s unexpected-but-completely welcome bizarre news, Atari — yes, that Atari, children of the 80s — is putting its name on a line of gaming-themed hotels. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m definitely spending my next Vegas trip in Chateau Atari. Atari is working with the GSD Group to build the hotels in eight major cities. GSD will be doing the work of actually building the hotels, as this is essentially a licensing deal that gives them the use of the Atari name. Atari received a $600,000 advance for the deal, and is also entitled to 5 percent of… This story continues at The Next Web

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An Amazon software engineer named Max Eliaser is calling for the shutdown of Ring, the doorbell camera company Amazon paid $2 billion for in 2018. Hundreds of Amazon employees recently banded together to form Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an organization dedicated to holding the company’s feet to the fire when it comes to taking the steps necessary to face the global climate crisis. The group published a post on Medium yesterday sharing its members’ views on climate change, but Eliaser apparently felt the need to speak out on a different subject. They wrote: The deployment of connected home security… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Dyson may be best known for its vacuums, but recently it’s been branching out into lighting too. The company has released a few task lamps over the years, and today it’s announcing its most versatile lighting solution yet, the Lightcycle Morph. Before we go on, here’s the obvious caveat to any Dyson Product: It’s expensive, starting at $650. You probably don’t need a $650 light, but if the price doesn’t make you cringe too much, read on. [Read: The Dyson V11… or how I learned to stop worrying and love vacuuming] Unlike many modern “smart” lights, the Lightcycle morph isn’t interested… This story continues at The Next Web

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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. Facebook today completed its global rollout of the “Off-Facebook Activity” tool, a process it started last August. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called it a “Clear History” button in the past, and that’s a fair description: it lets you manage the information Facebook collects on your from other sites and apps. The platform has not, to put it mildly, cultivated a great reputation for consumer privacy. This tool is part of a multi-step process to address… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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RealityEngines.AI today came out of stealth to launch an autonomous AI generation service aimed at startups and medium to large enterprises that have put off adopting AI due to a shortage of data or personnel. What’s interesting here is the that the company’s taken on the data gap between big tech and wee startups. One of the biggest bars to AI adoption for businesses is a lack of data. It’s relatively easy for Google or Facebook to collect gobs and gobs of data, but what if you’re a small business owner with a tiny dataset? Traditionally, this means you wouldn’t… This story continues at The Next Web

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The UK’s high court has reportedly ordered cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex to freeze $860,000 worth of Bitcoin that had flowed through its platform en route to ransomware hackers. The funds were part of $1.2 million paid by a Canadian insurance company that had fallen victim to a malware strain known as BitPaymer, which locks computer systems and demands Bitcoin in exchange for a decryption tool. Once systems had been brought back online, researchers tracked the funds to find some had immediately been laundered, but 96 BTC ($860,000) had made its way to Bitfinex, presumably to be sold. According to court documents published… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Just yesterday TNW wrote about the Bloodhound land speed record vehicle that’s trying to break the 1,000 mph (ca. 1,609 km/h) barrier. But have you ever stopped to think about people who were breaking speed limits over a hundred years ago? As it happens, today marks the 124th anniversary of what is generally regarded as the first speeding ticket issued in Britain, and the driver was going a paltry 8 mph (13 km/h). Yes, about as fast as a good jog. [Read: Engineers bet on hydrogen-fueled zero emission rocket to break land speed record] Back in 1896, the world’s original… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Curiosity rover on Mars has sampled ancient lake deposits from Gale Crater on the Red Planet, showing water that once existed there was dense with salt and minerals. By studying mineral deposits on Mars, researchers hope to better understand the composition of water on the surface of that world in the ancient past. Water, on Earth or on Mars, leaves distinctive chemical traces, and examination of mineral deposits can reveal significant information about long-lost seas. Researchers study the salinity of deposits — the concentrations of salt in formations that were once exposed to water. They also look at the redox state… This story continues at The Next Web

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It looks like the day is coming ever closer: Apple and the EU are going to head out to the car park, strip down to the waist, and get into a good, old-fashioned fist fight. Rather than this being about dull things like “paying the proper amount of taxes,” or “having the right-to-repair my goddamn phone,” this is about something far, far more important: Mobile phone charging cables. Specifically, Apple’s Lightning connector. This topic has been floating around for some time, but a leaked report — seen and covered by the FT today — has confirmed that the European Commission… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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The ability to use raw data to read the true impact of business decisions has become a game-changer, a skill you can learn with The Data Analytics Expert Certification Bundle ($49, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals).

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The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course, it is. We’re doing it right now, aren’t we? We are all traveling into the future one second at a time. But that was not what you were thinking. Can we travel much further into the future? Absolutely. If we could travel close to the speed of light, or in the proximity of a black hole, time would slow down enabling us to travel arbitrarily far into the future. The really interesting question is whether we can travel… This story continues at The Next Web

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No, it’s not a scam: Google is officially providing Android tech support over Twitter now. In an announcement on — yep, you guessed it — Twitter, Google encouraged users to contact the company with any Android-related technical difficulties they might be experiencing using the hashtag #AndroidHelp. Until now, users mostly had to rely on Google’s support forums for such requests. “Today Google is announcing that you can get Android assistance on Twitter by tweeting your issue using the hashtag #AndroidHelp,” a company rep wrote on Reddit. “Responses will come from the official @android Twitter handle.” Have questions related to your #Android 📱?… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Chronologically speaking, the life work of Bill Gates can be divided into two main areas of interest: first and foremost building and leading Microsoft to become the number-one software company in the world, and secondly using the wealth he accumulated for philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Based on data from 2019, Bill Gates is believed to still own 330 million shares of Microsoft, accounting for roughly $55B worth of Microsoft stock, or 4.3% of the total company. He and his wife created a separate fund to support the foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, which… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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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: Let’s add the milk of data to the cereal of understanding! Bitcoin price We closed the day, January 27 2020, at a price of $8,909. That’s a respectable 3.63 percent increase in 24 hours, or $312. It was the highest closing price in eight days. We’re still 55 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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You’d have thought by now that cryptocurrency startups would know to focus on their tech rather than PR stunts. But sadly not. An Israel-based startup is offering a $250,000 bounty for anyone that can crack its supposedly ‘unhackable’ Bitcoin cold wallet and extract the funds. It’s like Bitfi all over again. [Read: Watch this 15-year-old hacker play DOOM on John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ crypto-wallet] The cybersecurity startup GK8 has put around $125,000 (14 Bitcoin) into the wallet itself, and will pay out an additional reward of up to $125,00 (14 Bitcoin) to the successful hacker, The Block reports. According to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cryptocurrency businesses operating in Singapore will need to register and be licensed to continue serving customers in the country. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Tuesday that the Payment Services Act will now be enforced. First passed in January last year, the act gives the regulator supervisory authority over all paymentbusinesses in the country. [Read: Singapore’s financial regulator wants its banks and blockchains to be friends] Companies now have a month to register with MAS. Once they do so, businesses will have six months to apply for a payment institution license. “Services that MAS will now be regulating are domestic… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ring, the Amazon-owned security camera company, has been caught in another privacy mishap. A report published by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) earlier today, suggests Ring’s Android app sends a ton of personally identifiable information (PII) to third-party trackers without explicit user consent. The report suggests the app (version 3.21.1) sends data to four trackers including Facebook’s graph API, a ‘deep linking’ platform called Branch, and analytics firms like AppsFlyer and Mixpanel through encrypted HTTPS standard. The information sent to these trackers includes names, unique device IDs, language preferences, time zones, devices’ IP addresses, and certain user actions, such as when someone interacts with the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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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. As some of you probably know, Google Drive and its accompanying suite of apps, like Docs and Sheets, went down for a while earlier today. Considering Google Drive has over one billion users, that’s a lot of people suddenly without access to their critical documents. While this particular outage appears to have been no big deal, and nothing of substance was lost, I would understand if you’re suddenly feeling paranoid for your Google Docs and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Docs,Google

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Artificial intelligence is, undeniably, one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. It belongs on a fantasy ‘Mt. Rushmore of technologies’ alongside electricity, steam engines, and the internet. But, in it’s current incarnation, AI isn’t very smart. In fact, even now in 2020, AI is still dumber than a baby. Most AI experts – those with boots on the ground in the researcher and developer communities – believe the path forward is through continued investment in status quo systems. Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in one day and human-level AI systems won’t be either. But Gary… This story continues at The Next Web

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The new bendy Motorola Razr might be the most exciting device from the venerable phone company in years, but that doesn’t mean it’s all its working on. Notoriously reliable leaker Evan Blass tweeted what appears to be a press render of an upcoming Motorola phone with a stylus. Yep, a stylus. The Galaxy Note is finally getting a bit more competition. Though a few challengers have appeared over the years, no phone has really managed to make the stylus a highlight the way Samsung has. There’s no visible button, which makes me wonder if the stylus is more of a one-off gimmick… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Motorola

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Elon Musk‘s SpaceX will launch 60 satellites this Tuesday as part of its ambitious Starlink program to provide world-wide broadband internet coverage. Plans to launch the satellites on Monday 27 January were scrubbed due to unfavorable wind conditions. Experts had forewarned that the odds would be about 50-50 for a Monday launch, but the weather appears to be more favorable Tuesday with Space.Com reporting an 80% likelihood winds will remain calm enough for the launch. The Starlink payload will be carried by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Upon successfully launching, the rocket will shed its booster and fairings on its… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: SpaceX

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Activision revealed over the weekend that it’d signed an exclusivity deal with Google, meaning YouTube will host the company’s esports tourneys for the foreseeable future. Up to now, Activision‘s had a contract with Twitch, the major player in the streaming space. This could be a big feather in Google’s heretofore underfed streaming game. Esports lives on @YouTubeGaming. Welcome to the family, Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and Hearthstone Esports. Let’s get this thing going with the inaugural season of the Call of Duty league kicking off today! https://t.co/9PAUaaQSz0https://t.co/p9kSbD9aAi pic.twitter.com/rBVpf0Re3H — Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) January 24, 2020 The news comes… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube,Twitch

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The world is in the midst of a global “superbug” crisis. Antibiotic resistance has been found in numerous common bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and salmonellosis, making them difficult – if not impossible – to treat. We’re on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era,” where there are fewer treatment options for such antibiotic-resistant strains. Given estimates that antibiotic resistance will cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050, finding new methods for treating harmful infections is essential. Strange as it might sound, viruses might be one possible alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections. Bacteriophages (also known as phages) are viruses… This story continues at The Next Web

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Choosing a monitor is a game of compromise. Want a 4K panel? Give up any dreams of a high refresh rate, or pay an exorbitant price. Want 240Hz? Kill the resolution and image quality. There are also vanishingly few options with a decent collection of ports, let alone ones that can run and transmit power via USB-C. The Eve Spectrum wants to fix all that. Eve first made waves with the Eve V – a Surface Pro lookalike that took basically everything people loved about Microsoft’s tablet and packed it with enthusiast features at a reasonable price. The Spectrum follows… This story continues at The Next Web

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It must suck to be Dyson at the moment. The UK government has recouped nearly all of its £8 million grant it gave to the British vacuum cleaner manufacturer to develop an electric vehicle, the Telegraph reports. Dyson was given the money back in 2016 as part of government plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs. In part, the money was going to help Dyson‘s development and expansion into the electric car market. The vacuum maker reportedly put $2.5 billion into developing its electric vehicle. [Read: The Dyson V11… or how I learned to stop worrying and love vacuuming]… This story continues at The Next Web

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