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What the hell is going on up in there in space? Just as I was beginning to accept the fact that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore, I find out that Earth has more than one moon. This is unacceptable. A team of scientists recently published research indicating that heavenly bodies in the area of 1-2 meters large (person-sized) sometimes get caught in our Earth’s orbit. Since they’re essentially moons during the period they orbit the planet, researchers have dubbed them ‘mini-moons.’ If you’re thinking what I’m thinking: You’re absolutely correct. According to the research team’s white paper: We refer to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rumors this week have surfaced that Twitch is trying to encroach on YouTube’s territory by offering deals to its top stars if they’ll come and stream on Twitch instead. Twitch‘s motivation appears to be hunger for a slice of that sweet YouTube advertising pie. A report from Bloomberg indicates Twitch is making a concerted effort to pull YouTube’s talent for its own site. Bloomberg’s sources name Will Smith, lifestyle vlogger Gigi Gorgeous, and prankster Tanner Braungardt as examples, with only the latter having apparently accepted. Turning them down is no small thing, considering the number Twitch is reportedly guaranteeing them yearly is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube,Twitch

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What if there was a way to give everyone suffering from conditions like paralysis or Locked-in syndrome the means to operate prosthetic devices and tech gadgets using mind-control? Well, there is – or at least, there will be. IBM Research recently developed an end-to-end proof-of-concept for a method of controlling an off-the-shelf robotic arm with a brain-computer interface built using a take-home EEG monitor. To accomplish this, the researchers developed AI to interpret the data from the EEG monitor as commands for the robotic arm. That may not sound like something that will change everything overnight – and IBM isn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: IBM

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Puerto Rico has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. From the mayor being arrested on fraud charges, to the the effects of hurricane Maria and the local government being forced to seek a federal bailout for $123 billion in debts. After such a terrible year, many would expect the overall mood on the island to be sombre. But as soon as you set foot outside San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, you’re met with bright colors, wide smiles, and vibrant energy which characterize the “Island of Enchantment” and its friendly, optimistic people. From the taxi driver… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m consistently amazed by the lengths people will go to for their free-to-play mobile games. In this case, a librarian in Utah managed to blow thousands of dollars on Game of War. According to the Herald Journal, the former librarian, Adam Winger, used city credit cards to fund his digital addiction. He was put on administrative leave sometime last year after he was apparently unable to account for $89,000 of missing funds, and resigned from his position three months later. The credit cards were used to purchase Itunes, Amazon, and Play Store gift cards, which were themselves used to purchase the virtual… This story continues at The Next Web

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A trio of Mozilla Fellows recently released a browser extension designed to keep Facebook‘s advertisers from pigeonholing you. We’ve argued that Facebook should pay users for their data, but in lieu of that, at least this tool makes it harder for the social network to exploit it. Fuzzify.me is a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox that collects information as you browse Facebook. It shows you which advertisements you’ve seen and, if available, gives Facebook‘s reason for showing the ad. It features single-click access to your Facebook ad settings and an interface that allows for bulk removal from categories. Facebook relies… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Adult entertainment streaming service Tube8 – a Pornhub subsidiary with over 150 million page visits each month – wants to reward your porn-watching habits with cryptocurrency… so it is putting its entire platform on the blockchain. In a note exclusively shared with Hard Fork, the company revealed it has entered an agreement with Vice Industry Token (VIT) that will see its platform entirely tokenized. The collaboration will enable users to earn VIT tokens for streaming and interacting with Tube8 videos. The token implementation is expected to take place by the end of the year. The move will make Tube8 the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook, bruised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and fifteen years of unmitigated dickery, is currently in the process of trying to rehabilitate its image. As the saying goes, you can’t polish a turd, but god knows Zuckerberg is willing to try. In the UK, Facebook’s weapon of choice in its crisis comms war is an advertising blitz previously unheard of from a social network, which has seen it spend millions across TV, digital, and street adverts. Right now, you can’t walk down the street without being confronted with a big bus stop advert from Facebook, talking about how it’s unfriended… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Google recently announced its plan to curtail the distribution of cryptocurrency mining apps on the Play Store, but it appears some are still slipping through the net. “We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” the Big G wrote in its updated developer policies last month. “We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.” But this isn’t stopping developers from pushing smartphone mining software to the Play Store anyway. Mining app JSEcoin One such example is JSEcoin, a British blockchain startup working on browser-based mining solutions as an alternative stream of avenue to advertising. Earlier this week,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,Google

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With Obior, you can create an amazing site with all the built-in hosting and special features you’ll need to get it done. And while most such services will usually cost $10 to $15 a month, you can get a lifetime of Obior support for a one time $39.99 price from TNW Deals.

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The EOS community is growing anxious that its blockchain is really being controlled by a select few. A petition has been drafted to introduce voting limits to protect small-time token holders against the influence of whales.  EOS runs on Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) to determine who validates blocks on its blockchain: instead of miners though, it uses so-called block producers (BPs). The idea is that those who have invested more money should have a stronger voice when it comes to making important decisions, as they have more to lose – but there is currently no limit to the amount of votes… This story continues at The Next Web

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A federal judge in San Fracisco has ordered a cyber-criminal to pay their bail charges in Bitcoin, inadvertently stimulating cryptocurrency mainstream adoption. The Daily Post – a local Palo Alto newspaper – reports Martin Marisch has been charged with hacking the well-known video games company Electronic Arts, responsible for popular titles like FIFA, The Sims, and Battlefield. Marisch, the Daily Post reports, managed to gain access to EA’s central computer systems, and obtain 25,000 customer records. Had the attack not been caught, Marisch could’ve used this information for substantial financial gain. Federal Judge Jacqueline Corley ordered the defendant to pay the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Welcome to our new column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week. Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something in here to exercise your thumbs with. If you enjoy this series, let us know in the comments, and find more of NimbleThor’s recommendations on his YouTube channel. Between cruel dictators, crooked world leaders, and devastating natural disasters, it feels like we’re only few days till our planet’s impending doom. What are you supposed to do with yourself in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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Michigan-based audio brand Jam isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with its new range of Bluetooth speakers – but it is trying its darnedest to make them look cute as buttons, while surviving pool parties and days out at the beach. I got to test the inventively named Hang Around speaker, as well as one called Zero Chill. While they’re not the best speakers I’ve heard, they’re pretty compelling for outdoorsy folks who want durable audio gear on the cheap. And the fact that you’ll never have to worry about carrying a charging cable for these sweetens the deal a… This story continues at The Next Web

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What if I told you that, just like modern VR was born from smartphone technology, the next generation of smart homes will share technology with autonomous vehicles? The centerpiece is machine learning-based activity prediction. We’ll get to how that works and what it means, but first, let’s look at what’s wrong with today’s smart homes. Smart homes today consist of smart devices connected to one or more hubs, often with voice interfaces via smart speakers or smartphones. There may be cameras, but they are largely for monitoring and security. Turning on lights with voice feels magical at first, and remotely… This story continues at The Next Web

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Good news for folks who rely on Google Drive to store their WhatsApp backups: they’ll soon no longer count against your cloud storage quota, so the space you have on there will be entirely yours to use with other files and documents. As someone who uses the messaging service almost exclusively and switches phones every few weeks, I’m glad to know I won’t need to give up over 2GB of space on Google Drive (where I’ve got 19GB of space for free) – which is also where I stash my voice recordings for personal notes and interviews. Android Police noted… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Drive,WhatsApp,Google

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Seeking to reassure customers after the news of repeated breaches of its network broke yesterday, Apple said that no user data was compromised in the attacks, reports Reuters. The statement follows the 16-year-old Melbourne-based student’s appearance in court: according to statements by his lawyer, he had broken into Apple’s mainframe multiple times over the course of a year, and downloaded 90GB of files. It’s worth noting that Apple’s statement doesn’t line up with the lawyer’s claim that the teen accessed customer accounts. If that part is true, it would almost certainly amount to users’ data being compromised. According to The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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After letting third-party hardware brands take a crack at building smart displays powered by Google Assistant, the search giant is said to be working on one with its own label on the tin this year, reports Nikkei Asian Review. The company first announced the arrival of AI-powered speaker-and-touchscreen combos aimed at homes back in January; Lenovo and JBL launched their products over the past weeks, with prices starting at $200. That gives those brands – and Google – a chance to show up Amazon, which has been selling its Alexa-powered Echo Show since last June at $230 a pop. While… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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A former Tesla employee today filed a formal complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the automaker failed to disclose to shareholders a drug trafficking operation run out of its Nevada Gigafactory. Filed by Karl Hansen, a former member of Tesla’s internal security and investigations division, the complaint levied accusations of at least one employee dealing “substantial” amounts of cocaine, and possibly methamphetamine. Hansen claims Tesla was first told in May by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Storey County Sheriff’s Office Task Force that “several Tesla employees may be participants in a narcotics trafficking ring involving the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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A survey published this month suggests liberal gamers have a bit more interest in Overwatch and its like, while gamers in conservative areas are more interested in Call of Duty. The ValueGamers, a gaming research site, conducted the survey using Google Search data on the seven most popular esports games within each metro area of the United States. That interest was then cross-referenced with the area’s voting data, as gathered by Fivethirtyeight. In the spectrum of games, Overwatch fell to the more liberal side, while Call of Duty was on the conservative side. Starcraft, meanwhile, fell in the middle. A spokesperson for ValueGamers suggested conservative states favor… This story continues at The Next Web

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Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in seven coastal counties this week as a red tide laps at the state’s shores. While officials and scientists on the scene react, IBM and some of its friends are 1,000 miles away asking Lake George why these things happen. Lake George, to be clear, is a lake. It just happens to be the world’s smartest, thanks to a partnership between IBM Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and The FUND for Lake George called The Jefferson Project. A team of interdisciplinary science all-stars have spent the last five years at Lake George,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: IBM

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Studio headphones can be pricey beasts. They’re designed to offer the precision required when mixing audio or editing video. At the cheaper end of the scale is the Brainwavz HM5, which retails at just under $110. Brainwavz isn’t a household name, and the HM5 lacks many of the bells-and-whistles offered by more everyday-focused cans. There’s no noise-cancelling or bluetooth. Just faithful reproduction of music. TNW’s got its grubby mits on a pair a couple of weeks ago, and so far, we’re decidedly impressed. But read on for our full breakdown of what makes these pocket-friendly studio cans so worthwhile. Design… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two well-meaning Facebook vigilantes are in a battle against scam accounts, and Facebook‘s response seems to be “Yeah, good job. Now keep doing it.” Kathy Kostrub-Waters and Bryan Denny are spending some of their precious free time finding fake accounts on the site — not the kind created by Russian trolls during the fake news blitz a few years ago, but the kind that use stolen photos to convince lonely hearts to send money to people they’ve never met. Kostrub-Waters and Denny told Buzzfeed they regularly present Facebook with their findings, and each time are disappointed to find Facebook hasn’t changed their… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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A much-ballyhooed study published yesterday indicates children are more easily influenced by robots than adults. Perhaps next we’ll discover that robots find it easier to take candy from babies than grown-ups. I’m a parent. When a study titled “Children conform, adults resist: A robot group induced peer pressure on normative social conformity,” starts making the tech news rounds, I pay attention. On the surface it seems scary — especially if you live most of your life immersed in news coming out of the field of artificial intelligence. It’s not. The research was conducted at the University of Plymouth where a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter has deprecated three of its legacy developer APIs. As of today, the Site Streams, User Streams, and its REST Direct Message Endpoints are officially retired. Shakeups are seldom welcome, and bracing itself for an angry developer backlash, Twitter has published a blog post explaining its reasioning behind the cull of its APIs. In short, it’s all about the numbers. According to Rob Johnson, Senior Director or Product Management at Twitter, two of the legacy developer tools being retired today are only used by about one percent of third-party developers. Most developers, it seems, have migrated to the newer APIs… This story continues at The Next Web

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