posted about 1 hour ago on the next web
Super Mario Bros. 3 was launched in Japan on October 23rd 1988 (and every game since has been sub par). It’s incomprehensible that this isn’t a globally recognized holiday, but nonetheless, we’re here to help you celebrate this momentous occasion in gaming history. It doesn’t matter how old you are, Super Mario Bros. 3 is the greatest game ever made. That’s a fact. If you’re my age, it was the absolute peak of 1980s video game technology, and you were the perfect age to appreciate it. Nothing else was close. If you’re older than me: whatever ancient Atari game you’re… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 3 hours ago on the next web
The White House wants the nation’s big tech companies to make it easier for employees to do a civic “tour of duty” with the government. Another way of putting it: the President needs to bring in temps now that his plan to cheat Federal workers out of their promised 2019 pay raise fell apart. This latest assault on Federal employees by the White House comes in the form of a meeting held Monday between lawmakers and representatives from several technology companies. According to a report from The Washington Post, the purpose of the gathering was to convince big tech bosses to come… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 3 hours ago on the next web
Bethesda Game Studios today released a note to its fans warning its upcoming game, Fallout 76, was likely to have some pretty big bugs and glitches, and it would need gamers’ help finding them. In other news, the sky is still blue and bears still shit in the woods. As the Fallout 76 beta is due to open tomorrow, one can only assume the note was a bizarre attempt to soften the blow for the people who are going to find the bugs the hard way. It begins with a description of how the game came to being, and how the studio feared… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 5 hours ago on the next web
Despite it being 17 years to the day since the release of the first iPod and four years since the classic model was discontinued, there are still shedloads of people who love an MP3 player. Myself included. Streaming is great, but there’s something wonderful about actually carrying your music with you. It could be that your commute takes you underground, you’re regularly out in the wilderness, or you just like curating your own music library – the reasons for wanting your music with you are endless. As Plugged is all about finding the perfect product for a particular person, instead of just… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 6 hours ago on the next web
For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. As #MeToo celebrates its first anniversary since going viral, and sexual assault continues to be at the forefront of political conversations around the world, finding new preventative solutions seems more pressing than ever. One year ago, #MeToo went viral, empowering women and survivors of sexual harassment and abuse all over the world. The hashtag ushered in a new era of feminist activism, fundamentally shifting society. Survivors across the globe shared… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

Read More...
posted about 6 hours ago on the next web
Powerful attacks on blockchains are increasing. So far this year, hackers have executed a minimum of five separate “51-percent attacks” on cryptocurrency projects, with profits amounting to almost $20 million. This represents a remarkable increase in success, after renowned cybersecurity firm Group-IB recorded no completed 51-percent attacks last year. Group-IB has just released the full version of its annual report on trends in high-tech crime, which it has shared with Hard Fork. It showed that since 2017, hackers have pocketed $19.5 million worth of cryptocurrency and caused havoc for fledgling blockchains. The report also revealed cryptocurrency hackers went on a veritable rampage… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 7 hours ago on the next web
It isn’t enough to shoot video anymore — style counts. And shaky, handheld camerawork is amateur hour. You can instantly up your game from bouncy, jarring footage to smooth pans and fluid focuses with a gimbal like the Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal, which is now available from TNW Deals at almost 60 percent off for just $94 with limited time coupon code: BOO15.

Read More...
posted about 7 hours ago on the next web
If your Office skills are incomplete or a little outdated, you can pick up a complete tutorial (or refresher) with the A to Z Microsoft Office training bundle. The entire package is on sale now at over 90 percent off, available for a limited time at just $29 from TNW Deals.

Read More...
posted about 7 hours ago on the next web
Apple caught a lot of flak for the way selfies from the new iPhone XS range of handsets looked, because it seemed like the devices were applying a ‘beauty filter’ with no way to turn it off. The Verge reports that Apple will fix it soon enough with a software update in iOS 12.1. You can see an example in the image above: The picture on the left is from a OnePlus 5T, and the one on the right is from the iPhone XS. While a designer behind the camera app Halide previously explained that the skin smoothening was due… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,iPhone,Apple

Read More...
posted about 7 hours ago on the next web
Over the weekend, I wrote an article explaining why I hate ASMR videos. But since then, I’ve listen to the arguments the ASMR community (which were quite passionate) and even watched Cardi B’s new ASMR video. All of this helped me come to a definite conclusion: I still hate ASMR If you don’t know already, ASMR, or “autonomous sensory meridian response,” is the term for the sensation people get when they watch stimulating videos such as this one. Many people describe the feeling as “tingles” (or “head orgasms“) that run through the back of the head, neck, and, spine. For some, the feeling… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 8 hours ago on the next web
Firefox now comes with built-in protections against privacy-invading cross-site tracking cookies, thanks to a new feature called Enhanced Tracking Protection. Enhanced Tracking Protection blocks cookies and storage access from the third-party cookies most typically associated with the type of privacy-harming behavior. To enable the feature, enter your Privacy & Security settings, and click on Content Blocking. Then check the boxes as pictured below. Mozilla warns that enabling this can, in certain scenarios, cause some websites to break. Fortunately, you can disable the blocking on a site-by-site basis, much like you would with an advertising blocker. This is a welcome feature… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Firefox

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on the next web
A week ahead of the OnePlus 6T’s launch, the company’s CEO Carl Pei has announced that OnePlus will launch a 5G-enabled phone next year. On the stage of the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong, Pei said that the company will release the phone in the first half of 2019, making it one of the first companies to launch a 5G-enabled phone. And given that OnePlus’ handsets are widely available across the world, it could potentially be the first 5G phone for many countries – especially those that don’t sell devices with carrier contracts. Moments before this announcement, Qualcomm’s president Cristiano Amon… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on the next web
Come, pull up your chairs. Closer. Closer. Good. Now listen closely, we’re here today for one reason: it’s the iPod‘s birthday and I’m going to tell you why it’s the greatest gadget ever. The first version of the device was released on October 23, 2001 – a full 17 years ago. That means if the iPod was born in the UK, it could now drive. It’s old. I mean, just watch the original iPod announcement: But, before we get into the meat of the argument about why the iPod is the greatest gadget ever, we need to define some things we’re… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on the next web
Uber has over 45,000 drivers in London, making the company a ubiquitous feature on the city’s streets. To try and mitigate some of the environmental damage caused by its activities, the company has announced an ambitious £200 million “Clean Air Plan,” which will see it transition entirely to electric vehicles by 2025. The plan itself isn’t new — the company announced something similar last year. The most significant change is the scale of the program. For example, starting from next year, the company plans to charge riders a 15p per mile “clean air” surcharge, the entirety of which will go… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
Leading cryptocurrency exchange desk Binance has received a backing from Singapore’s government-owned holding company Temasek Holdings. Vertex Ventures, Temasek’s venture capital arm, has made an investment in Binance to help develop a cryptocurrency-to-fiat exchange desk in Singapore, the company announced today. The exact amount of investment hasn’t been disclosed. According to Bloomberg., the funding — which is a joint venture between Vertex’s China and Southeast Asia & India branches — will also support cryptocurrency-to-fiat gateways by other companies. Binance’s plan to open a fiat exchange desk in Singapore were made public last month when the company’s CEO Changpeng Zhao announced the beta testing… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
After first revealing plans for its ‘blockchain phone’ back in May, HTC is ready to share more about the device, dubbed the ‘Exodus 1,’ and begin accepting pre-orders for it too. The Exodus is an Android Oreo-based phone with a secure enclave for your cryptocurrencies and tokens that’s separate from the OS. That’s a step down from the initial plan to make each device act as a node in a native blockchain network to facilitate secure cryptocurrency trading. In the unfortunate event that your Exodus 1 is lost or stolen – or if you forget your security keys, you can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin,HTC

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on the next web
Recently unsealed court documents allege a pair of Call of Duty gamers were key in the success of an aggressive online crime syndicate that stole at least $3.3 million in cryptocurrency. An FBI affidavit details the active roles played by two individuals, from Dolton and Bloomington Illinois, in an intimidating hacking campaign that saw hundreds of mobile phones accessed using stolen names, phone numbers, and other information, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Ultimately, the thieves stole $3.3 million in cryptocurrency, later converting it to Bitcoin or Ethereum to store in their own digital wallets. The case goes back as far as… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 12 hours ago on the next web
We’ve spent weeks scratching our heads over what the ‘R’ in the new iPhone XR stands for. And finally we’ve got a definitive answer to this great mystery: It just means “R.” Apple’s VP of marketing, Phil Schiller spilled the beans in an interview with Engadget and said that XR and XS are just letters with no special meanings attached to it. “I love cars and things that go fast, and R and S are both letters used to denote sports cars that are really extra special,” he said. Schiller’s decision to choose these letters might be rooted in his… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
This Day In Deals is our new section where we share a historical fact and the day’s best deal – and try to connect them. The aim? To enrich ourselves financially, and you spiritually. “Weird Al” Yankokic is a rarity these days: a non-problematic celebrity who has been around forever. If you’re unaware of Weird Al, he’s arguably the world’s foremost musical comedian. He’s most famous for his covers of popular songs (Amish Paradise, anyone?) and playing the accordion. Take for example his classic cover of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ – ‘Another One Rides The Bus.’ So, in… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on the next web
Xiaomi is launching its ambitious flagship phone Mi Mix 3 in China on October 25. Before the launch, the company announced a bunch of things related to the phone, including a 10GB RAM variant and 5G capability. 10GB RAM … I still remember that my first PC only had about 4MB of RAM. 🤣 How much RAM did your first computing device have? https://t.co/F6pUxdd80T — Donovan Sung (@donovansung) October 17, 2018 Xiaomi’s Mix series is known for its beautiful design. To achieve a massive screen-to-body ratio of nearly 99 percent, the device will rock a sliding mechanism to host the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

Read More...
posted about 23 hours ago on the next web
Facebook’s Oculus is discontinuing the storefront that allows users to purchase or rent movies to view in their Rifts. Instead, the company says its users are more interested in gaming than they are in anything else. Besides the store, the company is also reimbursing users for their past purchases — which makes sense, as they’re apparently also cutting off their ability to view said movies. According to Variety, the primary reason for shutting down the store appears to be apathy from users. In an email to consumers, a spokesperson says: Over the years, we’ve seen how people use VR for everything… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Research currently conducted by US-based companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, and Rigetti is widely considered at the forefront of quantum computer technology. It’s no stretch to say the US is the global leader in the field. But, if President Donald Trump and the GOP continue to have their way, that’s almost certain to change. A recent study indicates international student enrollments for prominent physics programs at US universities has fallen by an average of 12 percent in the past year. This, on top of news that many internationally recognized experts in science have avoided US technology contracts due to the… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
A technology company operating in Babcock Ranch, Florida was ordered by the US Department of Transportation on Friday to cease activity on a pilot-program using autonomous vehicles to transport school children. TNW reported last month that tech startup Transdev had entered an agreement with the progressive city of Babcock Ranch to demonstrate its autonomous shuttles. At the time we called the initiative, which saw young children riding the bus on public roadways, reckless. It looks like we weren’t the only ones who thought as much. The NHTSA release a statement ordering the company to stop: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
Capcom recently revealed three new bundles for its upcoming game Devil May Cry V, all with four-figure prices. While this is a little much even for an industry that loves expensive limited editions, I can’t help but be seriously tempted thanks to one of the perks — a snazzy coat. Available exclusively through Capcom Japan, the bundles include the game, natch, some box art, and a replica of the jacket of one of the three main characters: V’s sleeveless trench ($5,741), Nero’s hoodie ($7,176), and Dante’s red leather coat ($8,600). Given the exorbitant prices, the promise of an item for amateur… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 1 day ago on the next web
A team of AI researchers from India developed a tool to search for people in surveillance footage by height, clothing color, and gender. It’s like a search engine that can find people in a video. The scientists used deep learning (and Microsoft’s COCO dataset) to train a convolutional neural network (CNN) how to recognize certain human features, called soft biometrics, using computer vision. Basically, you can tell this AI some details about the person you’re looking for and it’ll scour whatever video you give it. For example, a request for “females wearing red shirts who are 153 cm tall” would,… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...