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More than a year ago, the world was shocked by Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui’s attempt to use CRISPR technology to modify human embryos and make them resistant to HIV, which led to the birth of twins Lulu and Nana. Now, crucial details have been revealed in a recent release of excerpts from the study, which have triggered a series of concerns about how Lulu and Nana’s genome was modified. How CRISPR works CRISPR is a technique that allows scientists to make precise edits to any DNA by altering its sequence. When using CRISPR, you may be trying to “knock out”… This story continues at The Next Web

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With Pinstriped, meetings get organized, stay organized and wipe out all those diversions that send other meetings into the weeds. You set up a timed and structured agenda that goes to all your participants, including all your supporting links, like discussion points, files or other supplemental material.

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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Bluetooth speakers are one of my all time favorite bits of tech. It wasn’t that long ago that affordable portable speakers were a non-existent category, but things have changed over the past decade or so. Now, you not only have Bluetooth speakers that fit easily in a bag, but many of them also deliver top quality sound. And one of the best companies in this space? Ultimate Ears. I’ve been a huge fan of their speakers for some time — I even wrote a love… This story continues at The Next Web

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It was a regular day at the office, and I was sitting in the common area of our open office space with my manager at the time. We were seated around a table of supplies gluing squares of patterned wallpaper to those sample tiles that you get at hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It was arts and crafts day at the office, so we were making DIY coasters. I’d been interning at Skookum, a software consulting agency, for almost two months. She and I were chatting about Mexican food for whatever reason, and she mentioned that there’s a Mexican… This story continues at The Next Web

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Artificial Intelligence may be one of the greatest technologies developed by humans. The quest for imitating human intelligence might not be a hundred percent accurate. But, it’s pretty helpful in shifting the existing burden of humans to an extent and developing devices that can work independently without the intervention of human beings. Ever since its inception, artificial intelligence has come a long way to become what it is today. It’s expanded its domain and gave subfields such as machine learning a great chance to thrive in the world. Name any sector today, artificial intelligence has been able to penetrate it… This story continues at The Next Web

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The path to becoming a working photog starts with training found in The Complete Photography Side Business Bundle. It’s available now at hundreds of dollars off its regular price, only $29 from TNW Deals.

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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The world is pretty goddamn futuristic. You can watch movies on your phone anywhere. You can have things delivered to you the day you order them. Drones are an actual real thing you can go on Amazon and buy. But, despite all the technological advancements, sometimes the simplest ways of navigating the world are still best. Phones can run out of battery, or aren’t suitable to use in certain conditions. Sometimes you just need the information you require on a bit of paper. And the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facial reconstruction is best known as a forensic tool that can help identify human remains and reconnect them with families for burial or memorialization. The technique has a potent claim on our imaginations. These images are usually produced when other identification methods have failed. It’s usually a last resort with very high stakes. This is perhaps why, when forensic depictions lead to recognition in spite of their own technical limitations, it can feel like a miracle, providing an essential, often long-awaited, piece of an investigative puzzle. Facial reconstruction becomes most culturally visible when it is applied to archaeological research. Depicting… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not very often that I get to go to live, gaming-based events without having to leave my home territory of North Texas. I got an invite to the “Oscars of Esports,” the Esports Awards — to be held in Arlington. For those of you who don’t know, that’s a stone’s throw from where I live. So I was able to attend for the first time, and I’m so glad this glitzy event came to Texas. The Esports Awards have been around for a good few years now, but they’ve been hosted in London. But this year a change of… This story continues at The Next Web

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BenQ has, perhaps quietly, made a name for itself as one of the best in the business when it comes to home theater projectors. Recently, I got my hands on the HT5550, the brighter and beefier twin to the popular HT3550. And while it’s a bit on the lighter side of features when compared to similarly priced competitors in this space, it’s aces in terms of performance. Highlights HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma 300” max image size 1.36-2.18 throw ratio 60%/23% lens shift (horizontal/vertical) 1800 Lumens 4,000-15,000 lamp life I first took an interest in BenQ when I got to sit… This story continues at The Next Web

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“Community groups, workers, journalists, and researchers—not corporate AI ethics statements and policies—have been primarily responsible for pressuring tech companies and governments to set guardrails on the use of AI.” AI Now 2019 report AI Now’s 2019 report is out, and it’s exactly as dismaying as we thought it would be. The good news is that the threat of biased AI and Orwellian surveillance systems no longer hangs over our collective heads like an artificial Sword of Damocles. The bad news: the threat’s gone because it’s become our reality. Welcome to 1984. The annual report from AI Now is a deep-dive… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft surprised the heck out of everyone when it revealed the name and look of its next-generation console at the Game Awards last night. Now we know that Microsoft‘s contender, formerly known as Project Scarlett, is called the Xbox Series X. But what else do we know (and not know) so far? Introducing the new Xbox Series X. Power your dreams. #XboxSeriesX #PowerYourDreams pic.twitter.com/3r0WtUs9xG — Xbox (@Xbox) December 13, 2019 The Series X, more so than any console that’s come before it, resembles a brick. I saw one particularly amusing comparison to a refrigerator. It works in vertical or horizontal… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox

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Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! Politicians in the Netherlands have agreed to a mandatory quota for the amount of women board members of the country’s top 100 biggest companies. The new rule is that at least 30 percent board members must be female. I’m very much in favor of this new rule, but I want to address one of the most common… 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! If you’ve been considering upgrading your camera setup with something slick, compact, and versatile, you’ll be happy to know there’s never been a better time than now. Yep, there’s currently a wild deal on a Canon EOS M50 photography kit, which comes with a EF-M 15-45mm lens and a bunch of accessories, including an SD card. The price? Just $599 — that’s $300 off the original price of $899 for just the camera and the lens, without any of the accessories. Pretty good. The EOS… This story continues at The Next Web

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Infamous Russian dark web marketplace Hydra is seeking to raise $146 million by selling tokens for Bitcoin, CoinDesk reports. Funds generated by Hydra’s initial coin offering (ICO), which is reportedly scheduled to begin December 16, will supposedly be used to expand operations to a global scale. According to CoinDesk, which cites an investment document hosted by the site, Hydra says it will issue 1,470,000 tokens sold for $100 worth of Bitcoin each, offering 49 percent of that supply to the general public. If purchased in bundles of 100, Hydra says it will provide buyers with 0.00333333 percent share of its profit —… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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We all know web development is one of the most accessible, lucrative fields to break into if you're itching for a career switch. But, if you're like most, the thought of stringing lines of code together might sound a bit harrowing, especially if you failed to major in comp-sci back in college. But, even if you're a complete newbie, it's not too late to master the nuts and bolts of web development—you just need the right training.

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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. Google just added a couple of useful features to its cross-platform Chrome browser, so you can easily beam text, links, and even open tabs between your desktop and your Android mobile devices. It’s a piece of cake, but there are a few simple things to do before you can start copying stuff across. Setup You’ll need to be signed into the same Google account, and have version 79 of the browser installed on all your… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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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 Ada Lovelace used to say: Whip it, whip it, whip it! Bitcoin price We closed the day, December 12 2019, at a price of $7,243. That’s a minor 0.36 percent increase in 24 hours, or $26. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 63 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Anthony Francis Faulk, an alleged cryptocurrency SIM-swapper, reportedly used his stolen funds to purchase several high-end cars, a Rolex, a house, music royalties, and diamond jewelry, court documents show. A US court indictment alleges that Faulk engaged in a scheme to obtain cryptocurrency and other money and property by fraud and extortion. He targeted assets owned and controlled by executives of cryptocurrency companies and investors during the period of October 2016 and May 2018. Most of the song royalties purchased appear to be from the rap genre. This, combined with their penchant for expensive jewelry and cars, may suggest they were… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is an addictive site, and I spend way too much time on it. One of my major gripes about Twitter has to do with the way it handles media uploads. Your photos and videos lose a ton of details and quality when you share them on the social network – a result of compression to make this content load faster on web and mobile devices. The company is finally changing that. Going forward, the site will preserve the quality of your photos in JPEG format. Nolan O’Brien, a software engineer working at Twitter, revealed the updated functionality. Starting today, Twitter… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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One of the long-standing promises of modern technology has been the ability to translate conversations in real-time. Google is making this a reality with a feature called Interpreter mode. Previously available on Google Home and Nest devices, it will now work on any Android or iOS phone running the Google Assistant. A more useful place for it, if you ask me. Simply say “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” or “be my Spanish translator,” and Google will help you out with speedy translations that are both displayed on-screen and read out loud. Google will also provide a few Smart Replies… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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In an almost casual showing at the Game Awards, Microsoft revealed both what its next-gen console will look like, and what its going to be called. Say hello to the Xbox Series X. The Fastest. Most Powerful Xbox Ever. #XboxSeriesX #PowerYourDreamshttps://t.co/rNGNQvsdTl pic.twitter.com/fU8R6kjaY3 — Xbox (@Xbox) December 13, 2019 Dubbed the fastest, most powerful console yet (and will remain so until we see have the PlayStation 5 to compare it with), the Series X purportedly has “four times the processing power of Xbox One X.” It supports 4k graphics at 60fps, though we didn’t hear exactly what kind of hardware would be… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox,Microsoft

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A new report suggests the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might file an injunction against Facebook, to keep it from integrating its messaging apps together. Doing so might make it harder to break up the company — which the FTC is reportedly considering. The report comes from the Wall Street Journal, whose sources say that the FTC could block Facebook from pursuing further “interoperability,” which is its word for the ways in which its platforms interact. The word is that Facebook is trying to integrate its messaging services — Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram — with each other so that users don’t have… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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If you so much as own a cellphone, you’ve probably come across some kind of spam asking for personal details or linking you to some shady website. Google is now ramping up its efforts to curb such texts by introducing a Verified SMS feature in Android Messages. Now when you receive a text from a strange number, Google will verify if it came from a legitimate business. If so, you’ll see the business name and logo in addition to a verification badge in the message thread. Of course, this doesn’t mean that texts without a badge are illegitimate; Google is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

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Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward appears to have broken its promise not to split up the Call of Duty community. As one Redditor noticed, the new Season One update comes with a purchasable content bundle featuring an in-game wristwatch that keeps track of its wearer’s death count. As far as we can tell, the only way to obtain this item is through a micro transaction using real money or purchasable in-game currency. Death counts – the number of times a player has died during a match – are not listed on the in-game scoreboards in some of Modern Warfare‘s most… This story continues at The Next Web

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