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Tomorrow, marijuana mogul Rosenfeld will host TNW Answers and take all your stupid questions for glorious 4/20. But TODAY he’s taking over TNW’s Big Spam.   Meet Socrates Tech ganjapreneur Socrates Rosenfeld is the CEO of Jane Technologies and online cannabis marketplace, Jane. As a former platoon leader in the US Army, he faced a difficult transition back to civilian life. Cannabis saved his life, and after studying business and technology at MIT, he created an online ecosystem for cannabis sales. Pass the dutch and read up on the state of marijuana + tech today. Oh, and ask a question. What I’m reading: What’s the state of… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no question that the internet of things (IoT) has revolutionized the way people manage their homes. From a simple voice-activated AI assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home to interconnected systems for lights, thermostats, kitchen appliances and security alarms, these devices are designed to make our lives simpler and more convenient. But it’s also important to fully understand the power and implications of gadgets that can listen in, learn about us and transmit our personal data to corporations. Whether you’ve already invested in smart home devices or are considering them as your next tech purchase, consider what members of YEC have to say on… This story continues at The Next Web

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As a tech-savvy TNW reader, you may have already ditched SMS for more sophisticated messaging apps years ago, but people still send some 8 trillion texts a year – and that means that it’s worth improving the experience for those folks, and for the rest of the planet that’s yet to send their first message. To that end, Google is building Chat, a texting experience that will replace traditional SMS on Android devices. It’s built on the Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services standard – aka RCS – and it’ll roll out sometime in the next several months. The Verge… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

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More then 300 companies and organizations may have received a little more for their YouTube advertising buck than they’d bargained for, according to a CNN scoop. What happened? Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Adidas (among others) who paid to advertise on the platform found their ads appearing on channels promoting pedophilia, conspiracy theories, propaganda, and white nationalist hate speech. Worse, several government organizations — like the Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Control — also ran ads that unintentionally appeared on these channels. The bottom line: It’s not the first time YouTube has drawn fire for failing to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Few of us will ever get to step foot on a space shuttle but that doesn’t mean we’re incapable of training like those who do. What is it? Space Nation Navigator is a mobile app that trains aspiring astronauts (or those wanting to train like them) in three core areas: body, mind, and social. How it works: You’ll train in the three core areas using a variety of pre-bundled quizzes, educational tools, and games. It’ll feature beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels allowing each wannabe astronaut to level up over time. Along the way, you’ll earn badges and achievements to become… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, but the $999 price tag on the iPhone X is a little too rich for your blood, a new rumor suggests Apple may be making a new phone with you in mind. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo — who accurately predicted Face ID on last year’s iPhone model — estimates that this year’s iPhone lineup will include two lower-priced models, one dual SIM and one single SIM. The latter could be priced from $550 to $650, with the former being up to $100 more. If this proves to be true,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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IKEA is cheap, stylish, and a superb solution for furnishing an entire dwelling on a budget. It’s also the leading cause of divorce in couples who attempt to assemble its furniture at home, according to a poll I just made up for the sake of this joke. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore created a robot to do the grunt work for you, assembling an IKEA chair in all of 20 minutes. All told, the machine divvied up its time by spending 11 minutes and 21 seconds planning its motion pathways, three seconds locating parts, and then eight… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Huawei P20 Pro is perhaps the best Android phone on the market right now. A big part of what makes it so special is its bonkers three-lens camera, created in partnership with iconic German photography firm, Leica. From the minute you pick up the Huawei P20, you can tell that this is special. Unlike pretty much every other phone on the market, Huawei’s newest flagship devices boasts a three-lens camera system. These are as follows: 40MP color sensor, f/1.8 20MP monochrome sensor, f/1.6 8MP 3x zoom, f/2.4 These aren’t ornamental. As mentioned, each camera does a specific job. What… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei

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More and more British citizens are becoming aware of cryptocurrencies, but they are not all that enthusiastic about it. A survey conducted by D-CYFOR, a UK-based market research company, has shown that as many as 93 percent of Britons have heard of Bitcoin — an increase of 2 percent from the poll conducted in January by the same company. But, the increased awareness has not translated into increased trust for the apex cryptocurrency. 32 percent of the surveyed people feel that Bitcoin’s price will decrease in the next 6 months, while 29 percent believe that it will collapse and be worthless. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been paying attention to gaming’s trends, then you’ve probably spotted the current criticisms of lootboxes. The consumer complaints have spiraled into full-blown legal battles as courts across the globe scrutinize whether gaming’s lucrative industry of mystery boxes fall afoul of anti-gaming edicts. Lootboxes are getting all the attention, likely because the games in which they’re peddled are popular triple-A titles, such as Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II. But there’s another kind of money-sucking gaming loot facing a legal battle against gambling laws: online casinos. Last month, an appeals court in Washington ruled on a case against game portal Big Fish… This story continues at The Next Web

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For years, rumors have claimed Apple is planning on merging macOS and iOS somewhere down the line. At the very least, Apple intends to integrate enough macOS features into iOS to effectively make it a replacement. But if you ask Tim Cook, that’s not happening anytime soon. When asked about the divide between macOS and iOS in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Apple CEO said his company’s products were so good because of that chasm. Here’s the relevant quote: We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS

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Eyeo, the firm behind the popular AdBlock Plus plugin, just scored a major victory in Germany’s Supreme Court. For the past few years, the firm has been embroiled in a battle with publishing giant Axel Springer over its acceptable ads program. In 2015, a group of German media publications sued Eyeo, eager to put a stop to adblocking as a practice. They failed, but the following year, Axel Springer won a minor victory that forced Eyeo to whitelist certain adverts for free. AdBlock Plus runs an “Acceptable Ads” program, where adverts deemed to be respectful of the user experience are whitelisted.… This story continues at The Next Web

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The initial coin offering (ICO) market has grown rapidly over the past year, specifically since mid-2017. Several successful ICOs, including Bancor, EOS, and Tezos have raised billions of dollars through bitcoin and Ether (the native cryptocurrency of Ethereum). ICO tokens are particularly appealing to users of the Ethereum network because ICO tokens can be stored in Ethereum wallets which are compatible with the ERC 20 token standard. Every crypto-token available in the market has initiated an ICO or a token sale is based on Ethereum’s ERC 20 token standard. This has enabled independent projects to launch cryptocurrencies, that are also… This story continues at The Next Web

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We live in a world today where the pace and scale of change is faster than ever before.And it is totally unlike anything we have ever known. Not only in the world around us rapidly shifting to a truly digital economy, but one that will become economically borderless. Existing technology plays a big role in this certainly, as eCommerce, content streaming, and other advents revolutionise our today. But ultimately it is the technology that is forthcoming. The innovation on the horizon, that will truly led this new era. At its core, this new chapter will see the rise of virtual… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you are a social media marketer offering your services to businesses or a business owner using social media to reach customers, it is imperative you understand that social media is about to go through a dramatic shift. Blockchain technology is disrupting numerous industries, and social media is one that is likely to feel the ramifications of blockchain disruption first. Companies used to building their brands on platforms like Facebook and Twitter are about to realize that all that investment of time may have been for naught. As blockchain technology changes the platforms consumers and businesses use and how they… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re looking to build your own website — or start getting paid to build websites for others — you can’t go wrong with some solid WordPress knowledge. You can get that in this WordPress Essentials Lifetime course bundle, which is on sale now for just $19 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.

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Shortly after the Cambridge Analytica debacle broke out, heaps of high-profile celebrities and brands – including Elon Musk, and his ventures SpaceX and Tesla – went on to delete their Facebook pages. But it appears these admirable acts of protest might have been nothing more than a self-serving case of virtue signalling. Contrary to Musk’s promise to delete the accounts, it seems that Tesla and SpaceX have instead opted to unpublish their official Facebook pages. This means that the pages are not deleted, but merely invisible to users for the time being. What’s Facebook? — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,SpaceX,Tesla

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It’s official: we’re entering conference season. Those lucky enough to be sent by their employers to some exotic clime for a few days of networking know how hard it can be to find somewhere to stay. Hotels sell out quickly. The ones that don’t are usually pretty sketchy, and charge guests several times the usual going rate. Airbnb is usually a decent option, and now the company is making it easier for event planners to help their guests find somewhere to stay. The tool, called Airbnb for Events, lets anyone organizing an event create their own personalized landing page on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yesterday, numerous news outlets reported that popular cryptocurrency startup Savedroid – which purportedly raised $50 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) – had pulled an exit scam. But in an interesting turn of events, it appears that the suspected exit scam was nothing more than a poorly thought-out PR stunt. The whole situation unfolded after the Savedroid website suddenly went down, displaying just one cryptic meme: As you could expect, many users went on to suspect that the website was hacked. This is when Savedroid founder and CEO Yassin Hankir thought it would be a good idea to punk… This story continues at The Next Web

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Loot boxes are a controversial element in modern gaming. These virtual boxes — which you often have to buy with real-world cash — offer random items to be used within a title. These can be as simple as a skin that changes the appearance of a character or weapon, or something that radically transforms gameplay. You never know what you’re going to get, and it’s for this reason why some have compared it to gambling. It’s a bit like pulling the lever on a one-armed bandit; you might make a couple of bucks, or you might hit the jackpot. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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The recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal has sparked plenty of interesting conversations about the value of our data, the future of Facebook, and the relevance of social networks. It also led CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address the question of whether there’d ever be a paid version of Facebook; when testifying before US Congress, he didn’t entirely rule it out. And today, BuzzFeed News combed through the company’s financials and did the math to figure out what a Facebook subscription would cost: $11 a month. That would net you an ad-free experience on the social network – and hopefully, make the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The number of people using Reddit has surged in the past few months, and the platform now reports as many active users as Twitter. A rapid growth spurt The company’s own data indicates that average monthly active users (MAUs) have jumped from 250 million in November last year, to 330 million by early April 2018. That’s an increase of more than 30 percent in less than 6 months, and puts the platform in equal 11th place in our new global social media platform ranking (see chart above). And it’s not just Reddit’s own data that suggests the platform is doing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit,Twitter

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A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming. It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on their own. By solving simple challenges and answering quiz questions, you’ll soon get the hang of basic JavaScript. The gamified app, named after programming pioneer Grace Hopper, currently includes three sets of lessons, which cover the fundamentals of coding (calling functions, using variables and objects, and so on), as well… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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After showing off its promising Vaunt smart glasses just a couple of months ago, Intel is now shuttering the division that built its wearable device. The devices group was formed in 2013 with a view to develop fitness trackers and smart glasses – but its products didn’t really see the light of day for long, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from the company, and partnerships.with brands like Oakley. The Information reports that the move will likely result in layoffs from the New Devices Group (NDG) team of roughly 200 people. In a statement to The Verge, Intel… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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Facebook makes a great show of pretending to care about safeguarding your data, but today, it’s shattered that illusion. The company has confirmed to Reuters that it won’t be extending the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws worldwide. That means that the social network’s 1.5 billion users who reside in Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America won’t enjoy the same protection as those in the 28 countries that make up the EU. The GDPR, which will go into effect on May 25, requires companies to seek users’ consent before collecting, using, and sharing their data with advertisers and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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