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We’ve read plenty of stories of how AI can be horrible, but it can also be surprisingly useful. According to a report by the South China Morning Post, a person accused of murder was caught by an AI after he tried to scan his dead girlfriend’s face to get a loan sanctioned. The report notes that a 29-year-old man in Fujian province was suspected of killing his girlfriend after an argument over finances. He tried to scan her face in a lending app called Money Station. The app uses AI to verify applications, and it asks them to wink during the… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new study shows confirms the worst fears of mobile phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung. According to responses from 3,640 mobile phone users shows that more than half of them plan to keep their current device for three to five more years. In recent years, we’ve certainly seen the slowdown. People who once rushed to buy the latest and greatest iPhone (like me) are now patiently bypassing new offerings and instead waiting an additional year (or more) between upgrades. For me, my current iPhone X has been wonderful, to the point where I saw little need to upgrade during… This story continues at The Next Web

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If Apple sticks to its usual timing, it should reveal its latest iPhones in a manner of weeks. But as always, the rumor mill has churned out enough leaks to reveal much of what to expect well before Apple‘s event. We’ve gone ahead and summarized some of the most reputable rumors so far. What will they be called? All signs suggest Apple will once again release three iPhones this year, but the naming scheme is changing. Rather than allowing people to continue mispronouncing Roman numerals (iPhone ‘excess,’ anyone?), Cupertino appears to be aligning its iPhones with its other product lines.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Age of Empires IV, a game that’s been teased for two years, is finally going to make its gameplay debut later this year — at least, we hope so. Microsoft turned up empty-handed to this week’s Gamescom. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Microsoft’s busy pushing its upcoming Gears of War 5, so it’s no surprise it’s chosen to focus on that. However, AoE4‘s absence was noted. When asked about it by a reporter, Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg said, “Our next big beat is XO19. I would suggest that people watch that… Cannot confirm or deny anything, but [you] definitely want to tune in.”… This story continues at The Next Web

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A team of researchers from George Washington University and the University of Miami recently published the results of a study to determine the ecological makeup of online hate groups. Based on their findings, they’ve come up with four strategies to disrupt these groups and, hopefully, eradicate them once and for all. Not all heroes wear capes. Online hate groups are a scourge that, according to the researchers, thrives due to the formation of networked “cluster groups.” Traditional studies have focused on the individuals that comprise hate groups or the ideologies they support, but this study focused on the “network of… This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube’s made the decision to squash a feature I honestly forgot existed — its private messages. It’s stated reason is to focus on public conversations — and for once I believe the party line here. According to Google’s announcement, “Two years ago, we launched a feature to enable you to share videos via direct messages on YouTube. Since then, we’ve also focused on public conversations with updates to comments, posts, and stories.” That’s certainly true, given how it’s fiddled with it formula since then. With the plethora of other messaging apps and platforms available, I’m curious to know how many… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Android’s ditching the carbs and saying farewell to sugar. The latest update to the brand, unveiled today by Google, introduces a new logo and style language, and ditches the iconic dessert-themed OS codenames. So, let’s talk about the logo. The old-school “bugdroid” robot has had a bit of surgery and now only shows its head, rather than the entire body and the requisite appendages. Similarly, the Android wordmark is slightly more svelte. As with the previous two revisions, each character is lowercase. However, when examining the new logo, you’ll notice that each character has been thinned somewhat, and there’s now… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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Not so long ago, Google set up a consultation hotline in case you needed to be convinced why your home needs a smart speaker – or any other smart device. But if you were wondering why nobody was picking up the phone, don’t worry, it wasn’t personal: the Big G had listed the wrong number on product pages for months. The company accidentally messed up one of the digits in the phone listing, as spotted by AndroidPolice. Instead of (855) 224-6378, Google had initially put down (855) 244-6378. So who did the wrong number connect customers to, you might wonder? The answer… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Google Play Store continues to attract sketchy Android apps despite its best efforts to vet incoming apps for malware. In a new report published by security firm ESET, researchers have discovered the first known instance of an open-source spyware bypassing the internet giant’s app store vetting process — twice. Radio Balouch — the app in question — is a legitimate radio app serving Balouchi music enthusiasts, except that it also included AhMyth, a remote access espionage tool that has been available on GitHub as an open-source project since late 2017. Lukas Stefanko, ESET researcher who uncovered the campaign, said the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,Google

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I loved the iPod. Hell, I think it’s the greatest gadget ever. And while I’d love for Apple to release a new version, it’s never going to happen. So, I’m stuck listening to my MP3s on my iPhone‘s Music app. Generally, this isn’t too bad. The thing is, it lacks a pretty basic feature, one that exists not only on the streaming part of the Apple Music app, but also on the five-year-discontinued iPod: the ability to go directly to an artist from the song you’re currently listening to. This is shit. Tell me more First off, and to reiterate, this piece is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This August-ish roundup lands on the gorgeous Sturgeon Moon! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 28,451 patents and published over 38,209 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot list all these patent assets here, the PatentYogi team and I have selected the five most interesting patent assets. Enjoy! 1.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is showing its age, but it’s still a worthy iPad alternative for those wedded to Google’s Android ecosystem. As Samsung gradually rolls out its successor, vendors are dropping the price of the S4 to clear stock. Amazon, for example, is selling a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 for just shy of $500, with a free S Pen included. This model comes with 64GB of storage, which should be enough for most people. If you enjoy hoarding apps and movies and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung Galaxy,Samsung Galaxy S4,Samsung

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Capto is an app that’s all about helping users handle the kind of everyday projects they need done. You can give Capto Screen Capture and Video Editing for Mac a try now at almost half off the regular price, only $16.99 from TNW Deals.

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On August 9, Huawei launched it’s much talked about operating system, HarmonyOS. However, the company is not releasing any phones powered by that in 2019. Huawei‘s Senior Vice President, Vincent Yang, told media in New York there’s no phone running HarmonyOS in the launch pipeline.  Yang said the Chinese tech giant wants to maintain one ecosystem at the moment, and its upcoming flagship will run Android. He also added HarmonyOS is just a Plan B in case the US authorities upholds the ban on the company. The company released a smart TV running HarmonyOS under its sub-brand Honor, and according to Yang,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei

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The US government has released a series of advisory notes, one of which specifically looks at the role played by cryptocurrencies in the buying and selling of illegal substances such as fentanyl. Published on Wednesday, the advisories are focused on four facets of illegal drug trafficking: manufacturing, marketing, movement, and money. The money advisory states that “convertible virtual currencies,” such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Monero can be used to buy and sell drugs online. Directed at financial institutions and the private sector in a bid to tackle the trade of illicit substances, the note said: “The United States is in the midst… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Some of the biggest names in tech have banded together in an effort to promote industry-wide security standards for securing data in use. The initiative — dubbed Confidential Computing Consortium (CCC) — has Alibaba Cloud, Arm, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Swisscom, and Tencent as its founding members. It was formally launched yesterday at the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit in San Diego, California. What is confidential computing? “Confidential computing will enable encrypted data to be processed in memory without exposing it to the rest of the system and reduce exposure for sensitive data and provide greater… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,Intel,Microsoft

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Last week, a good friend approached me with a question. The organization he works for is struggling to attract engineers for their technical team, and he was desperate to find ideas. As a developer myself, I appreciated that he came to me to understand what motivates technical minded people to consider switching jobs. The hiring funnel The process of recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees would be too long to explain in here. Let’s just say that people smarter than me have identified the four majors steps of the hiring funnel: Identifying candidates Motivating them to apply Evaluating them for your… This story continues at The Next Web

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French President, Emmanuel Macron, has started turning up the heat before this weekend’s G7 summit. At a press meeting yesterday, Macron stuck to France’s policy of upping taxes on big tech, calling the system which provides companies with a “permanent tax haven status” simply “crazy,” The Local reports. Europe has been cracking down hard on American tech companies, issuing billions of euros in fines and implementing strict privacy laws like GDPR. Under Macron’s leadership, France has tried to take it even further by unilaterally fixing loopholes in global tax rules. “The global tech players do not contribute financially to the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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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 Bentham used to say: Do what you love and you’ll never work another day! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, August 21 2019, at a price of $10,138. That’s a worrying 5.82 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$626.52. It was the lowest closing price in six days. We’re still 49 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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People will do anything to get their hands on that sweet cryptocurrency including, perhaps one of the most audacious yet, using secret areas in a nuclear power plant to hide and power mining machines. According to a court case, a person with high level access to parts of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant placed mining machines at one of the plant’s administrative buildings and siphoned electricity from the local grid, RT reports. The mining network created by the individual was connected to the nuclear plant’s intranet. As a result, authorities believe the scheme has compromised the site’s security arrangements,… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Apple Card is such a delicate piece of technological wonder it apparently needs its own cleaning instructions. Just kidding: it’s a fucking titanium credit card with fancy coating, which also happens to require a laborious cleaning process. It also turns out it shouldn’t come into contact with denim or leather – or so says Apple. In new guidelines posted on its website, the Cupertino giant says that “[s]ome fabrics, like leather and denim, might cause permanent discoloration that will not wash off.” This basically means that your elegant leather wallet and cool denim jeans’ pockets might not be the best… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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On August 1 2019, Lyft was hit with seven sexual assault lawsuits from women who were allegedly raped or assaulted by their drivers — and still charged for their ride, even when reporting the incident to the ridesharing company.  Four of the women suing Lyft said they were raped by their drivers in their own homes, and three others said they were sexually assaulted. In addition to these accusations, multiple women came forward with alleged experiences of harassment and stalking by their Lyft drivers.  Back in 2017, Lyft’s president and co-founder, John Zimmer, described the ridesharing startup as “woke” compared to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Malware designed to surreptitiously infect victims’ computer systems and mine cryptocurrency on behalf of hackers has been found in 11 code libraries on programming language manager RubyGems. Hackers exploited RubyGems – a package manager for the Ruby programming language that devs use to upload and distribute new versions of software – by downloading Ruby libraries, adding the malicious code, and re-uploading them under new names Decrypt reports. Thousands have been exposed to the malicious code, although the exact number remains unclear. It’s also not statedt if hackers have been able to commandeer and cryptocurrency through this specific exploit. GitHub user… This story continues at The Next Web

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A second zero-day vulnerability has been publicly disclosed in the Steam gaming client by security researcher Vasily Kravets after he said he was banned from its bug-bounty program. The revelations come two weeks after another zero-day previously disclosed by Kravets and researcher Matt Nelson was disputed by Valve, Steam’s parent company. The flaw (CVE-2019-14743), which affects Windows versions of the client, concerns a privilege escalation (aka elevation of privilege or local privilege escalation) bug that makes it possible for other apps, and potentially malware, on a user’s computer to run code with system privileges. As a result, a threat actor could… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple launched fast charging support for iPhones in 2017, starting with the iPhone 8. But until now, the company has only been including chargers capable of a measly 5W power delivery with its iPhones. If ChargeLAB – a website focused on charging peripherals – has it right, the iPhone 11 will be shipped with a USB-C charger. That hints at the possibility of higher charging capacity. 😆The iPhone 11 will come with a USB-C charger. pic.twitter.com/FqYgAHJnqx — ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) August 20, 2019 The site claimed that “a high-level executive” confirmed the development. However, this doesn’t mean Apple’s new phones will have a USB-C… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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