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Instagram is in the crosshairs of Congress. The social app’s chief, Adam Mosseri, is expected to testify before a Senate panel in the week of December 6. Mosseri will appear as part of a series of hearings about online safety for kids, The New York Times reports. The hearing will be led by Senator Richard Blumenthal, who heads the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection. “After bombshell reports about Instagram’s toxic impacts, we want to hear straight from the company’s leadership why it uses powerful algorithms that push poisonous content to children driving them down rabbit holes to dark places, and what…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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On Nov. 15, 2021, Russia destroyed one of its own old satellites using a missile launched from the surface of the Earth, creating a massive debris cloud that threatens many space assets, including astronauts onboard the International Space Station. This happened only two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly First Committee formally recognized the vital role that space and space assets play in international efforts to better the human experience – and the risks military activities in space pose to those goals. The U.N. First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international…This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to finding a new job, there are a few things that you can do to help you get noticed, network with the right people, craft an engaging cover letter and keep your resume short and sweet. Of course, some people will take it to the next level. We’ve all heard stories about potential employees delivering doughnuts to the hiring manager, creating bespoke websites for a specific role or even showing up to the office uninvited (we don’t recommend this one by the way). The recruitment world is constantly changing and now, thanks to technology, people are getting…This story continues at The Next Web

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The (in)famous rifle manufacturer Kalashnikov isn’t sticking to its guns — both literally and figuratively — as much as it used to. After making weapons for 214 years, it’s now eyeing a piece of the EVmarket. Come off it, Ioanna, you say. I hear you. And maybe you’re imagining an aggressive vehicle with firearms attached all around. That was on my mind too. But patent images, recently published in the open database of Russia’s Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (FIPS), show the possible production version of two urban electric minicars: a four- and a three-wheeler. The UV-4 four-wheeler Kalashnikov first showed…This story continues at The Next Web

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What are the major differences in doing marketing for startups compared to mature companies? Over the past few years, this question has puzzled me… and, it turns out, many of my colleagues. But now that I’ve been on the two diametrically opposite sides of the marketing universe — conceptualizing omnichannel campaigns in mature companies and analyzing promotional mechanics in early-stage startups — I’ve had the opportunity to compare them and figure out exactly where the difference lies. So if you’re interested in knowing the answer, check out the quick summary of my findings below where I highlight the most striking…This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’d told me a year ago that I’d come to love a robot vacuum cleaner, I would’ve laughed at you. And yet that’s exactly what’s happened with the $650 Roborock S7, a combined vacuum cleaner and mop. It is one of the few gadgets I’ve tested lately that I can actually say made my life better. I was a robovac skeptic I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to work when the house is a mess. I’ve been a remote worker since well before the pandemic, which means my office is my home. Living in the…This story continues at The Next Web

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WordPress is a notoriously divisive platform. While the CMS powers a whopping 39% of websites, it’s abhorred and adored in equal measure. The next version looks destined for further contrasting reactions. WordPress this week shared new details on what to expect in release 5.9. A block party? Set for release on January 25, WordPress 5.9 will add a range of updates, including: The next generation of themes, including a new default theme called Twenty Twenty-Two More than 30 theme blocks Extra design tools Improvements to List View The most notable change could be deeper integration of the block editor, which…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WordPress

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The moment humankind stepped out from our caves and gazed upon the night sky with curiosity and wonder, our ancestors set into motion a chain of events that will almost certainly end up with humans walking on Martian soil. And, if you believe the current hype, that day could come in the next couple of decades. NASA has every intention of sending a crewed mission to the red planet sometime in the 2030s. In the meantime, those of us who remain stuck here on Earth are left to wonder what such an accomplishment would ultimately mean for humankind. Is Elon…This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the metaverse – a vision for the internet which uses technology like virtual and augmented reality to integrate real and digital worlds. With Facebook changing its name to Meta to focus on this space, and other big tech companies like Microsoft coming on board, there is much discussion about the potential of the metaverse to enhance the way we socialize, work and learn. A key component of the metaverse ecosystem will be the creator economy. The virtual worlds within the metaverse need to be conceived, designed, and built by individuals and organizations. To…This story continues at The Next Web

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Fan art has flourished in the social media age, but not everyone is blessed with the skills to turn their ideas into spectacular — and disturbing — visual creations. The worst offenders hang in galleries of horrors across Reddit and Twitter. Visit them if you dare, but be warned: these cursed images will be forever imprinted on your brain. Fearful of joining these walls of shame, fan artists are turning to a new AI app for help. Known as Wombo Dream, the software converts text into computer-generated paintings. The app was built by the company behind Wombo AI, the popular deepfake singing…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The Dragon X5 Bluetooth Gaming Controller connects easily to most smartphones and tablets, while immediately elevating your gameplay. Mobile gaming is a heck of a lot bigger than Minesweeper and Candy Crush. Last year, games for your phone and other mobile devices brought in revenues totalling over $77 billion. Mobile games even make up about a quarter of all app downloads for both Android and iOS devices. Unfortunately, for all their escalating power and amazing graphics, the size of the phone itself isn’t really getting much bigger. That means those itty-bitty little buttons for actually controlling your gameplay are…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The 2022 Premium Python Programming PCEP Certification Prep Bundle offers more than 130 hours of training to become an expert Python coder, all for less than $35. It’s been building up steam for years, but after years of steadily increasing popularity, Python is now the king of the coding language mountain. For the first time in 20 years of tracking the world’s most used coding languages, the Tiobe Index put Python at the top of that list in October, ending two decades of dominance by the only two languages that ever led the index, Java and C. The Python…This story continues at The Next Web

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Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Dutch software company’s programming language index for 2021 also indicates that. But is it one of the most energy-efficient coding languages out there? Not really. A study from researchers of Universidade do Minho, Portugal (first spotted by hackaday) says that Python is just better than Perl in terms of energy consumed while performing certain tasks. It notes that C tops the chart followed by Rust, C++, and Ada. Researchers used 10 popular algorithms from the Computer Language Benchmarks Game (CLBG), to measure the energy consumption, runtime, and memory…This story continues at The Next Web

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Typing is one of the most common things we do on our mobile phones. A recent survey suggests that Millennials spend 48 minutes each day texting, while boomers spend 30 minutes. Since the advent of mobile phones, the way we text has changed. We’ve seen the introduction of autocorrect, which corrects errors as we type, and word prediction (often called predictive text), which predicts the next word we want to type and allows us to select it above the keyboard. Functions such as autocorrect and predictive text are designed to make typing faster and more efficient. But research shows this…This story continues at The Next Web

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Cryptocurrency investors in India hit the panic button last night as the winter schedule of parliament, starting from November 29, was published. It indicated that a new cryptocurrency bill will be tabled for discussion, which might but a ban on cryptocurrency trading in the country. The description of the bill said that it “seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses.” It also indicated that the Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central bank, might issue an official digital coin in the future. While…This story continues at The Next Web

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The last few decades have seen the mainstreaming of a very particular kind of crime — vehicle ramming.  According to the US Department of Homeland Security, this is when a perpetrator deliberately aims a motor vehicle at a target with the intent to inflict fatal injuries or cause significant property damage by striking with concussive force. And it’s a problem for cities, law enforcement, and carmakers.  This week, it was front and center in many people’s minds when a man driving a speeding car crashed into a Christmas parade in Milwaukee, killing five people and injuring 48 others.  There’s nothing to…This story continues at The Next Web

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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro may have just launched — heck even the Pixel 5a only arrived in August — but rumors and leaks about the Pixel 6a are already making the rounds. Based on what we (think we) know so far, the Pixel 6a is shaping up to be a very attractive budget phone. Here’s what we know about it so far. It’ll look a whole lot like the Pixel 6 The Pixel 6 broke away from the design of previous pixels and the Pixel 6a looks to follow the new design language. Renders by leaker OnLeaks…This story continues at The Next Web

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The world of cryptocurrency is a bespoke financial wonderland where timing is everything and nothing is certain. The moment you think you’ve got a handle on the market, a billionaire tweets out a meme and you’re thrust toward one margin or another. Fans of rollercoasters and thrill-rides may enjoy the experience, but investors genuinely looking for a way out from underneath the oppression of centralized currency and banking might wish for a less volatile future. Unfortunately, the path forward isn’t simple. On paper, decentralized digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum make perfect sense. If I own a dollar’s worth…This story continues at The Next Web

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Stock photos are the bane of many marketers and designers. The heavyweight image providers are prohibitively pricey, while the affordable ones could lead to a concerned call from HR. At TNW Towers, we smoothly circumvent these barriers by creating custom masterpieces — like these glorious pictures of Mark Zuckerberg: Mark, I promise I had nothing to do with any of this. Credit: The Next Web Sadly, not everyone is blessed with such virtuosity — including yours truly. Just check out the monstrosity I made atop this article. Thankfully, AI could soon conceal our artistic ineptitudes, by enabling photorealistic image generation.…This story continues at The Next Web

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President Biden seems to be all about electrifying America and pushing for EV adoption, but there are some people who feel seriously left out: our dear Elon Musk and… his mom. Last Wednesday, the president attended GM’s Factory Zero grand opening in Michigan and even had some fun behind the wheel of a 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup. During his speech, Biden praised GM CEO Mary Barra for driving the country’s electric future: You electrified the entire automobile industry. You led — and it matters — in drastically improving the climate by reducing hundreds of millions of barrels of oil…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Electric cars could help to power millions of households in the coming years, simply by harnessing their battery power. The electricity in the vehicle’s battery could be plugged back into the grid, instead of being stored. The technique was pioneered in Japan and our research will help us understand how best to use it in the UK. Many electric vehicles (EVs) are being produced with the ability to use their onboard battery to send power back to the electricity supply they are connected to. Whether that is the owner’s house, or the electricity grid more generally, these technologies have been…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The Epic 2022 Adobe Creative Cloud Training Bundle offers training in using Photoshop, Illustrator, and more of the Adobe Creative Cloud’s most popular apps. 300 billion PDFs accessed. More than 8 billion e-signatures processed. And with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of apps downloaded nearly 450 million times and a creative community of more than 24 million members, it’s no surprise that Adobe is an acknowledged leader in more than 40 different industry categories, from audio and video editing to content management, customer analytics, digital commerce, and more. And that doesn’t even touch on Photoshop, the image editing platform…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: VectorStyler Professional Illustration Software has all the tools for creating brilliant digital design work, including real vector brushes, all for just over $20. Adobe Illustrator has been an industry staple for creating vector graphics and design work for print, web, video and beyond for years. And as an industry leader, you pay for that positioning too, with annual subscription plans that can set you back about $240 a year. But the dirty little secret is there are some stellar vector graphic apps that can handle the same intricate design work that Illustrator can…and cost a whole lot less. VectorStyler…This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been two years since Mark Zuckerberg made a bold statement in 2019 about wanting to integrate all of Facebook, er, Meta’s messaging platforms — Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp — with end-to-end encryption protection. But the journey has already taken a long time, and it might not be complete for another two years. Over the weekend, Antigone Davis, Meta‘s global director of safety, said the company is taking its time to “get this right and we don’t plan to finish the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default across all our messaging services until sometime in 2023.” This drew a…This story continues at The Next Web

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In a move clearly inspired by the hyperrealistic movie Armageddon, NASA has decided to attack an asteroid. The space agency, however, has recklessly overlooked Michael Bay’s ingenious idea of training oil drillers to become astronauts. Nor will the NASA nerds follow the director’s advice of blasting the rock with a nuclear bomb. Instead, they want to smack it with a spacecraft. Life disregarding art Smaller asteroids frequently strike the Earth, but most burn up in the atmosphere before they reach the planet’s surface. That doesn’t mean we have nothing to fear, however. Just try telling the dinosaurs that space rocks…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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