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TLDR: The RoboKiller Spam Call and Text Blocker eliminates 90 percent of the spam phone calls and texts you receive — and now, it’s almost 50 percent off. Last month, Americans received an estimated 5.3 billion spam calls. While that’s an insane number of needless wastes of time and stupid distractions, it actually represents a 5 percent decrease from the numbers posted in April. But don’t cheer too loudly just yet for a blow struck against scammers. May also saw 7.1 billion spam texts flooding American smartphones and tablets, which was actually 7 percent higher than the previous month. Those…This story continues at The Next Web

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Good news EV lovers: electric vehicles might actually catch on sooner than we think! In fact, their combined sales in the US, China, and Europe are expected to outpace all other engine sales by 2033, according to the latest analysis by the multinational professional services network EY.  The latest predictions show that Europe will be the first to reach the new automotive era in 2028, when EV sales are expected to outstrip those of other powertrains. Then China is slated to follow in 2033, while the US won’t reach it until 2036. But while Europe is expected to hold the first place until 2031, China…This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has long argued against having alternative app stores and allowing sideloaded apps on the iPhone. In its latest effort to convince you, the company has released a whitepaper describing the bad effects of sideloading and how the App Store is the best protection against them. The whitepaper also highlights the importance of the role of the App Store to protect your data and let you safely download apps. The company argues that the App Store is designed to block and detect attacks, but sideloading changes this threat model and allows attackers “more resources to develop sophisticated attacks.” Apple has…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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What happened at the beginning of the universe, in the very first moments? The truth is, we don’t really know because it takes huge amounts of energy and precision to recreate and understand the cosmos on such short timescales in the lab. But scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Switzerland aren’t giving up. Now our LHCb experiment has measured one of the smallest differences in mass between two particles ever, which will allow us to discover much more about our enigmatic cosmic origins. The Standard Model of particle physics describes the fundamental particles which make up the…This story continues at The Next Web

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As COVID-19 shut down offices across the world, major tech hubs with their elaborate office spaces shuttered. The entire industry began to wonder, “how will it be possible to keep our unique culture alive over video conferences?” But now as we see real hope for going back to an in-person setting, the new burning question has become, “how will we adjust and recreate culture and encourage attendance once it’s time to return?”  There is, of course, no right answer to these questions just yet — sorry. However, I believe changing how we think about returning to the office in the…This story continues at The Next Web

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It is all around us. Every day in our lives we are in contact with it. In fact, we are made from it: ancient stardust. All the atoms around us have witnessed the most violent explosions in the universe. Their journeys through space are the longest, roughest and loneliest voyages imaginable. The hydrogen in the water we drink is the lightest of all the elements, and it dates back to the Big Bang at the beginning of the universe. Heavier elements, like the iron in our blood and the oxygen in the air we breathe, were forged in stars and…This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s bullish run has continued as the company entered the ultra-exclusive $2 trillion club. The company reached a $1 trillion market cap for the first time in 2019 — which means it took just two years to double that figure. In the last quarter, the company posted a record revenue of $41.7 billion with 19% year-on-year growth. Its profit for that quarter was $15.5 billion — a 44% jump from 2020. While most verticles from 2019, remain the same, the company’s cloud offerings have consistently shown tremendous expansion. Apple is the only other publically traded American company with a market cap above $2 trillion.…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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There’s always that ONE friend who posts screenshots of their tweets to Instagram to score some much-needed validation. If you don’t have such friends, you probably are that friend. Now, Twitter is testing a way to share tweets directly to Instagram. The company announced last night that it’s rolling out this feature to its iOS app for now. When you’ll hit the share button under a tweet, you’ll see the Instagram Stories option pop up. pls stop posting screenshots of Tweets on IG Stories. you can now share Tweets directly on iOS. -management pic.twitter.com/wpjnElsRTK — Twitter (@Twitter) June 22, 2021…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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Facebook has slowly but surely been looking for ways to monetize its investment in WhatsApp, adding new several features for businesses over the past few years. Now the company is turning it into a straight-up shopping hub — in a few countries, at least. Facebook introduced Shops in 2020 as a way to turn Facebook and Instagram pages into digital storefronts, with a particular emphasis on small businesses. The company noted at the time that the feature would be coming to WhatsApp (and Messenger), so today’s announcement isn’t exactly a surprise. In fact, it seems that the Shops integration with WhatsApp…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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For the first time, Tinder is letting users chat before they match. The app has launched a game called Hot Takes that connects potential spouses in a speed dating-style game that’s now available every day from 6PM-midnight local time. Users will first be shown some multiple-choice questions, such as: “Which of these is most pretentious? Bragging you don’t have TikTok, natural wine, saying your found something first, or or Oxford comma enthusiasts.” Tinder will then drop them into a chat with another user who’s given similar answers. [Read: Why entrepreneurship in emerging markets matters] The potential spouses can then talk before deciding…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tinder

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2020 will forever be the year of COVID-19, but it has a different meaning for UFO enthusiasts. This marked the time when the Pentagon’s covert UFO operation became an above board government program. And on Friday June 25, it will publish its first report covering 120 UFO sightings. Does this means aliens exist? Disappointingly, the Pentagon will probably point to high-tech aircraft by Russia or China as an explanation. Still, it won’t completely rule out extraterrestrials.  To try and get to the bottom of this, we discussed the much-anticipated report with TNW’s Alex Griffioen, one of the Netherlands’ main UFO experts and initiator…This story continues at The Next Web

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Say hello to Earth 300, the beautiful research supervessel that aims to be the “Noah’s Ark of science.” Does that mean it only has two of everything on board? Or that the Big Guy Up There is about to smite the planet?  No. And I’m not sure. But let’s have another look at it.  Earth 300’s mission is to ensure humanity’s survival by addressing its biggest threats, especially regarding environmental and ecological concerns. Specifically, the team behind the vessel aspires to tackle the pressing problems of carbon emissions, pollution, ecosystem degradation, water and food security, and global health resilience. Credit:…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The 2021 Complete Angular Developer Certification Bundle can help web creators add new robust functionality to all of their app and website building, all for less than $40. Modern web developers need the new tools. Old JavaScript libraries and stuff like jQuery just don’t do it anymore. For dynamic, modern web presentations, web creators are leaning toward newer front-end frameworks that integrate easier and generally just help builds happen faster and with few conflicts. That’s why companies like Microsoft, Forbes and Samsung are on board with Angular. Delta uses it to display real-time flight data. PayPal uses it for…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The Premium 2021 Project and Quality Management Certification Bundle offers training in some of project management’s most popular methodologies, all on sale now for just $20. If you’re looking for a new career path, consider this — by 2030, the world is going to need another 25 million new project managers to help keep all those important strategic business initiatives on track. From software development to mobile apps, from IT security to specialized industry-centric roles like healthcare tech specialists, that means 2.3 million trained and certified project process experts needed every year, according to the Project Management Institute. And…This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube has won a skirmish in its copyright war with the EU’s creative industries — but suffered some losses on the way. Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday that YouTube and other online platforms are not responsible for copyright-infringing material uploaded by users. However, they could be liable if they fail to act “expeditiously” to remove or block content once they’re aware of breaches. They could also be liable if they don’t adopt “the appropriate technological measures” to tackle copyright breaches, provide tools “specifically intended” for the illegal sharing of content, or “knowingly promote such sharing,” the European Court of…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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The Hubble Space Telescope, launched more than 30 years ago, has halted operations, following the failure of a payload computer critical to the operation of the spaceborne observatory. At around 4pm EDT on June 13, the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) experienced a failure, leading to a shutdown of the world’s best-known spaceborne observatory. Turning it Off, and Turning it Back On Again Initial analysis suggests a degrading memory module within the payload computer may have triggered the shutdown of the Hubble Space Telescope. The announcement of the shutdown, published on the official Hubble Twitter page on…This story continues at The Next Web

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At the end of February, an impassioned op-ed appeared in The Chicago Crusader, a well-established Black newspaper in the city. Titled “Why Independent Workers Want to Stay Independent,” the op-ed argued that gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft are a “lifeline” to communities of color by providing “a flexible way to work.” One week later the exact same op-ed was published in the bilingual El Dia Newspaper. Two months later, a version of it appeared again in Crain’s Chicago Business newspaper. Similar articles and op-eds riffing on the theme of “protecting” independent work have popped up in local publications…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Since Clubhouse launched and put all the worst parts of podcasting into one neat package, companies have been keen to cash in. Just think of the Clubhouse clones we’ve seen already. There’s Twitter Spaces. Who could forget Reddit Talk?  Even Spotify has got on the trend with Greenroom. And, just yesterday, Facebook finally launched Live Audio Rooms. But you know what? This isn’t enough. We need more Clubhouse clones. Everyone and everything should be a Clubhouse clone. Friends, I don’t want to alarm you, but are you aware there are currently social apps out that exist without a live audio chat feature?…This story continues at The Next Web

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Tesla announced last month that it’s ditching radar sensors from its Model 3 and Model Y EVs for a camera-based autonomous driving system, called the Tesla Vision – but just for the North American market. Tesla’s move made absolutely no sense and it even cost the company the safety recognition by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But new details from the company’s Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence, Andrej Karpathy, shed at least some light into the automaker’s choice. During his presentation at the 2021 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition on Monday, Karpathy revealed that the reason behind the vision-only autonomous driving approach…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Two high-profile cyberattacks on critical infrastructure companies over the past month have shone what experts say is a much-needed spotlight on the rising threat of ransomware. An attack against Colonial Pipeline in May forced the company to temporarily shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline that it said supplies nearly 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel. Colonial eventually paid the extortionists—a group known as DarkSide—nearly $5 million in Bitcoin. The FBI has since recovered roughly half of the ransom. Colonial confirmed the attack and thanked the FBI for its efforts in a statement. Just weeks later, another ransomware attack, credited to the group…This story continues at The Next Web

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When you’re watching a cooking TikTok, it can be annoying to manually note down the ingredients, or follow the link in the creator’s bio to see the recipe. However, the app has a nifty new feature that solves this problem. TikTok released a function called Jump that lets creators use mini-apps with their videos. Here’s how it works: if the feature is enabled, you can include a link for showing stats, ingredients, a Wikipedia article, or a quiz. For starters, TikTok has partnered with Whisk, Breathwrk, Wikipedia, Quizlet, StatMuse, and Tabelog for these app integrations. You can watch the feature in action here. Soon BuzzFeed, Jumprope, IRL, and WATCHA will also have their…This story continues at The Next Web

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While Clubhouse is very popular among live-audio social network enthusiasts, it lacks one major feature users would give anything for: direct messages. It’s annoying when you’re engaged in a lively room, and want to connect to someone, you have to go to their profile, find their Twitter or Instagram handle and message them there. That’s probably about to change. [Read: Why entrepreneurship in emerging markets matters] Clubhouse accidentally leaked its under-development chat feature called Backchannel. This UI element disappeared very quickly after some users noticed it, so we don’t know much about how it’ll supposedly work. Check out the video in…This story continues at The Next Web

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We have a rule about crowdfunding campaigns here at TNW: with rare exceptions, we don’t cover crowdfunded products unless they’re from an already established company with a proven track record or we get to demo a fully functional prototype. With the Tenways C-Go 600 ebike, it was the latter case. And I’m really glad I did get to try it because this ebike is fantastic — no gimmicks necessary. At $1,000-1,500 (Tenways has not settled on a final price yet), the bike offers a Gates Carbon belt drive, a stealthy appearance that doesn’t betray its electric nature, a weight of…This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is doing a terrible job of banning Donald Trump from its platform. From its failure to hold the former president accountable for the myriad misinformation campaigns conducted on his behalf by members of his campaign team from 2015 through 2018, to the most recent nonsense, it’s apparent that Facebook’s somehow vested in keeping Trump on the social network. Up front: Facebook’s allowing “Team Trump,” a Page directly associated with numerous leadership and conservative PACs run by Donald Trump, to remain up and advertising on the site as of today, 21 June. According to a report from FWIW: The official…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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GPT-3 is arguably the world’s most advanced text-generator. It was trained using supercomputing clusters, a nearly internet-sized dataset, and 175 billion parameters. It’s among the most impressive generative AI systems ever created. But it absolutely did not create a video game. You may have read otherwise. But it’s what you didn’t read that matters. Background GPT-3, for those who aren’t in the know, is a big powerful AI system that generates text from prompts. At the risk of oversimplifying, you give GPT-3 a short input and ask it to generate text. So, for example, you might say “What’s the best…This story continues at The Next Web

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