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The pilot must have seen a crash coming. The BlockDown Web3 conference was kicking off the next day. TNW was flying in to attend — but the fates had other plans. After descending towards the landing strip in Split, Croatia, the plane suddenly reversed course and climbed back into the skies. A shroud of Saharan sand had made it too dangerous to land — and the real drama had only just begun. When we finally arrived in Croatia the next day, the crypto market had entered its biggest downturn in years. Falling skies The seeds of the crash were sown…This story continues at The Next Web

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There currently exists no machine capable of superhuman feats of intelligence. I’m sorry to be the one who bursts your bubble but, at least for the time being, that’s the way the universe works. It might seem like AI is smarter than humans in some ways. For example, the powerful neural networks used by big tech can sort through millions of files in a matter of seconds, a feat that would take humans more than a single lifetime. But that’s not a superhuman feat of intellect. It’s trading human attention for machine speed. On a file per file basis, there…This story continues at The Next Web

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Transport operators are always looking at ways to increase passenger levels. And making comfortable carriages that offer a great user experience is the way forward. This week German long-distance rail operator Deutsche-Bahn launched images of a new interior redesign, part of their goal to modernize and improve the passenger experience. There’s a lot of wood, warm, natural colors, and modern fabrics to help you pretend you aren’t sitting near other people. It looks pretty cool and I am feeling like a big old train nerd fangirling over some pretty sick features.  Let’s check it out:   The dining carriage Finally,…This story continues at The Next Web

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Qualcomm announced its XR1-based smart AR viewer last year before the “metaverse” became a buzzword. Now, it’s launching its new XR2-powered reference AR glasses so hardware manufacturers can “enable immersive experiences that unlock the metaverse.” But if we look beyond the marketing speak, the company’s new headset has gone wireless with a sleeker design. What does the new headset offer? The firm says it has a 40% thinner profile than the XR1 reference design, and has equal weight distribution for wearing it comfortably for a longer time. What’s more, these glasses — designed by Goertek — weigh just 115 grams.…This story continues at The Next Web

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Most phone companies release several models throughout the year to give users more choice — and sell loads more devices than if they just offered a single one. Fairphone, a company with a core mission to make sustainable devices, is trying to chart a different path than most phone makers by breaking that cycle. It’s not a household name when it comes to buying phones. But at its core, the company wants your phone to last longer, and design it in a way that you can easily repair it yourself. We talked to CEO Eva Gouwens about the challenges of…This story continues at The Next Web

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. This week has been a big one in the EU, with the European Commission going all-in on renewable energy and, in particular,solar.  In March 2022, following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the European Union committed to entirely phase out its dependency on Russian gas, oil, and coal imports. It asked the European Commission to develop a plan on how to do so by the end of May 2022. The REPowerEU plan is the result. An intensive commitment to renewables The plan commits to partnerships with renewable businesses and a rapid rollout of solar and wind energy projects, combined…This story continues at The Next Web

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Traditional computer programming has a steep learning curve that requires learning a programming language, for example C/C++, Java or Python, just to build a simple application such as a calculator or Tic-tac-toe game. Programming also requires substantial debugging skills, which easily frustrates new learners. The study time, effort and experience needed often stop nonprogrammers from making software from scratch. No-code is a way to program websites, mobile apps and games without using codes or scripts, or sets of commands. People readily learn from visual cues, which led to the development of “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) document…This story continues at The Next Web

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There are a lot of machine learning developers in the world. But only one has been mentored by both Andrew Ng and Yoshua Bengio, invented a new kind of artificial neural network, contributed to or led research at Google Brain, OpenAI and Apple, and still has fewer than 40 candles to blow out on their birthday cake. And Apple just let him walk out the door and right into Google’s offices where he’ll soon be working for the DeepMind research team. His name is Ian Goodfellow. And letting him walk away from your California-based, Silicon Valley elite, ultra-progressive technology company…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Bentley might not have produced a single EV yet, but it sure aims to make the front page with its first one. In a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, the brand’s CEO Adrian Hallmark teased some jaw-dropping specs we can expect to see in the electric car. Planned for 2025, the Bentley EV will be able to deliver up to 1,400 horsepower and accelerate from zero to 60mph (9km/h) in just 1.5 seconds. If these numbers come true in real action, the Bentley would destroy in a race both the Tesla Model S Plaid (1,020hp) and the Lucid Air…This story continues at The Next Web

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Imagine there is a public speaking square in your city, much like the ancient Greek agora. Here you can freely share your ideas without censorship. But there’s one key difference. Someone decides, for their own economic benefit, who gets to listen to what speech or which speaker. And this isn’t disclosed when you enter, either. You might only get a few listeners when you speak, while someone else with similar ideas has a large audience. Would this truly be free speech? This is an important question because the modern agoras are social media platforms – and this is how they…This story continues at The Next Web

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Not a day goes by when I don’t see people on ebikes whizzing past me, mocking my pedestrian status. But how fast are they allowed to go? And, is speed even policed? Let’s take a look at how the laws and their policing vary in different locations:  The US  In the US, unsurprisingly, there’s no national approach. Instead, there are two different approaches to setting speed limits, and several states don’t recognize ebikes at all.  You can take a look at the different states in detail here, but here are the main distinctions: Ebike classification (if it exists) varies widely…This story continues at The Next Web

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The AirPods Pro weaseled their way into my life two years ago and haven’t let up since. I take Apple’s earbuds with me everywhere — and I love them dearly. But, today, I had a horrendous shock. I got up nice and early to go for a run (that #FitBoy lifestyle,) and, to my horror, my AirPods Pro were nowhere to be found. After spending a good 20 minutes searching the usual places, I accepted I must’ve left them somewhere weird and went for my jog anyway. During my huffing and puffing and grunting and groaning, I wracked my brain…This story continues at The Next Web

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For the last few days, a new website called smallandroidphone.com, has been doing rounds on Hacker News and Reddit. The site is created by Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky, and he’s making a pitch for a great small Android phone. It’s a story we’ve heard countless times before: many people love small and powerful Android phones, but there aren’t many options. Apple released a tiny iPhone two years ago, but multiple reports suggest there won’t be an iPhone 14 mini. So what does Migicovsky want? Easy: a no-compromise Android phone with a less than 6-inch screen. Ideally, it should be the…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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If you’ve been wondering what your Bear Grylls lifestyle has been missing all this while, meet the weird and wonderful BeTriton, the amphibious e-trike that’s a bike, a boat, and… a camper. Behold! Credit: BeTriton Formerly dubbed Z-Triton, the polymorphous tricycle was conceived and created by Aigars Lazuis, designer and entrepreneur, who seeked to upgrade cycle-touring and find a sustainable solution for die-hard travelers that want it all. The man behind this unique vehicle. Credit: BeTriton As a tricycle, it features an internal gear hub electric motor with pedal assist. Powered by a lithium-ion battery — and solar panels on…This story continues at The Next Web

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In 2022, we rely on algorithms for a lot of things. Think about it: an algorithm can usually tell a bank if they should give you a mortgage, universities use grade prediction software to decide whether or not to enrol applicants, and even your daily bus to work is controlled by mathematical instructions. But should we welcome algorithms into every aspect of our lives? In March last year, a groundbreaking documentary was released by HBO Max called ‘Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests.’ The documentary claims to have “uncovered the frightening reality of discrimination in corporate America” due to…This story continues at The Next Web

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A few months ago, Sony released the most interesting earbuds I’ve tested in years. The $180 LinkBuds — a rare Sony product with a pronounceable name — have a ring-shaped design that allows ambient sounds to filter through with perfect clarity. They also feature futuristic controls that allow you to tap the space in front of the earbuds rather than tapping on a tiny surface. As it turns out, Sony had another addition to the LinkBuds family on the way — the $200 LinkBuds S — and it couldn’t be more different. And by ‘different,’ I mean they’re a pair…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Sony

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Sony is flaunting its entertainment arsenal in the battle for metaverse supremacy. The company has been diversifying a product portfolio that could lay strong foundations for virtual worlds. The Japanese conglomerate now boasts a revived music business, a movie studio that produces Marvel blockbusters, an immense film library, and the PlayStation gaming platform. The group’s music, movie, and gaming operations drove a fiscal fourth-quarter surge of 67% over the previous year.  Sony also plowed $1 billion into Fortnite publisher Epic Games last month. The Tokyo-based business had previously sunk $250m into the gaming firm. These moves have built a product package that…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Sony

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Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin were meant to be used as digital cash. Instead, they’ve become popular as speculative investments. As well as being resource-intensive and inherently wasteful, cryptocurrencies are also incredibly volatile. Prices for the largest cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and ethereum, have both dropped by over 55% in six months, leading some to suggest that regulation is needed to contain the turmoil. Some are blaming sliding prices on one specific contagion, a collapsing “stablecoin” called TerraUSD which is supposed to be pegged to the US dollar. But the current cryptocurrency market crash is more likely a combination of lots of factors. For…This story continues at The Next Web

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Big Tech can be small-minded about the Global South.  Products conceived in Silicon Valley don’t always fit the needs and skills of Southern nations. Their launch can also stymie homegrown competitors and fuel accusations of digital colonialism. The need for expertise is particularly vital in data science and AI. “If you’re looking at analytics, for example, getting a data scientist from the UK to come and integrate data in Senegal might give you insights that don’t take account of the local context, because they will miss certain nuances,” Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa, Chief Technology Officer at Greenpeace International, tells TNW.  Her point…This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you heard maximalism is in and minimalism is out? Rooms bursting at the seams with clashing florals, colorful furniture, and innumerable knick-knacks, this is what defines the new interiors trend ‘cluttercore’ (or bricabracomania). Some say it’s a war between generation Z (born 1997-2012) and minimal millennials (born 1981-1996), symptomatic of bigger differences. Others say it’s a pandemic response, where our domestic prisons became cuddly cocoons, stimulating our senses, connecting us with other people and places. But what really lays behind the choice to clutter or cull? Why do some people revel in collections of novelty eggcups? Or have so…This story continues at The Next Web

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The Elon Musk–Twitter saga has reached an extremely weird and uncomfortable point. Literally every few hours, the deal to acquire the social platform switches between full steam ahead to a hold state. If you’re an investor, user, or Twitter employee, it could be a really confusing time to understand where the company’s headed. I want to help you make sense of what’s happening with the deal, and try and understand if it’s going to go through. Here’s my best shot. Elon, Twitter, and robots Last week, Musk said the Twitter acquisition deal is on hold until the company can prove…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Calling a product ‘the best’ of anything isn’t something I take lightly. Everybody has different preferences and needs, so I always try to tailor recommendations to a person’s tastes. But when someone asks “what noise-canceling headphones should I get?” my answer is almost always “the Sonys.” Okay, sometimes one of Bose’s latest models gets the nod too, and I actually tend to find Bose’s sound more neutral out of the box. But Sony has been driving progress in the noise-canceling headphone space for the past several years, and the new $400 WH-1000XM5 are no exception. As shown in multiple leaks,…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Sony

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It’s time to stop training radiologists. AI can predict where and when crimes will occur. This neural network can tell if you’re gay. There will be a million Tesla robotaxis on the road by the end of 2020. We’ve all seen the hyperbole. Big tech’s boldest claims make for the media’s most successful headlines, and the general public can’t get enough. Ask 100 people on the street what they believe AI is capable of, and you’re guaranteed to get a cornucopia of nonsensical ideas. To be perfectly clear: we definitely need more radiologists. AI can’t predict crimes, anyone who says…This story continues at The Next Web

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The crypto crash has spooked many investors, but blockchain bros have high hopes for one nascent application: GameFi. A portmanteau of “game” and “decentralized finance,” the model offers a chance at earning cash by gaming. Players who complete in-game tasks are rewarded with crypto and NFTs, which can then be traded for real money. It’s a tempting pitch on paper. But play-to-earn shows signs of plateauing before it enters the mainstream. In April, active users shrunk by 24.9% to 9.22 million, while transaction volumes fell by 73.4%, according to Footprint Analytics, After consistent growth last year, the number of new…This story continues at The Next Web

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Ah, Uber. I’m just not sure what the company wants to be with its ever-expanding brand and platform. One day it’s a platform for flying cars. The next day it’s all about bikes, then it decides to let taxis share its platform.  And yesterday, it set its sights (or site, to be specific) much higher than ride-hailing and food delivery to something akin to life concierge, launching a new range of service offerings under the brand. Let’s take a look at their offerings and share some thoughts on the merits of each:  Uber Travel Uber is here to solve the…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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