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When Facebook announced it was changing its name to “Meta,” it was immediately clear the company was doing more than just pivoting – it was evolving. In the weeks since, the metaverse has become the hottest topic in tech. The last time I saw a planet-scale conversation about technology of this magnitude was when blockchain and cryptocurrency entered the mainstream periphery around the middle of 2017. Unfortunately, it seems like most people don’t “get” the metaverse. It’s being referred to as a VR/AR/MR technology or as a marketplace for digital goods and NFTs. While those things are true, calling the…This story continues at The Next Web

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Christmas shopping is guaranteed to unleash my inner Grinch. The urgency, the icy temperatures, the emptying shelves, and the crowds — sweet Santa, the crowds! They turn my Yuletide glee into deep holiday blues. This year, however, Google Maps is delivering some festive help. The app has gift-wrapped a bundle of new features to help shoppers survive the holiday rush. First up is Area Busyness, which analyzes geographical data to show when a neighborhood is crowded. Open up Google Maps, and the app will show you the locations to avoid. You can then tap on a neighborhood to see how…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Ultra-hot Jupiters — named as such because of their physical similarities to the planet Jupiter — are exoplanets that orbit stars other than the sun with temperatures so high that the molecules in their atmospheres are completely torn apart. They are among the most extreme environments in our galaxy. They also whip around their parent stars in orbits that only last a few days, and astronomers still aren’t sure how it’s possible for them to form. While these harsh conditions might sound like they’re as extreme as it gets, astronomers are starting to realize they may just be the tip…This story continues at The Next Web

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A boom in new technologies is revolutionizing the field of mental health in terms of understanding and treating mental disorders like phobias, eating disorders, or psychosis. Among these innovations, virtual reality (VR) is a powerful tool that provides individuals with new learning experiences, increasing their psychological well-being. Immersive VR creates interactive computer-generated worlds that expose users to sensory perceptions that mimic those experienced in the “real” world. People have found new ways to satisfy their sexual and emotional needs through technology; examples include virtual or augmented reality, teledildonics (sex toys that can be controlled through the internet), and dating apps.…This story continues at The Next Web

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Space just got a lot messier — and more dangerous. Russia has sparked outrage by shooting down one of its satellites in a missile test on Monday. The move has created an enormous quantity of orbital debris, jeopardized the safety of astronauts, and reignited fears about an arms race in space. Russia’s Defense Ministry has downplayed the risks of the operation, but there are good reasons to be concerned. Here are three of them: 1. The ISS crew had to shelter in capsules The missile blew apart a defunct intelligence satellite and scattered thousands of pieces of debris into orbit.…This story continues at The Next Web

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When cryptocurrencies first began as a way to create decentralized digital currencies, they were primarily used by techies and finance experts — individuals who understood the intricacies of crypto and how they could build up a sizable stash of digital currency. Fast-forward to today, and things have changed drastically. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe use cryptocurrencies, with nations such as Nigeria seeing adoption rates as high as 32 percent. There are many factors that have played a role in this trend, from trading apps and play-to-earn games, to influencer endorsements. Each of these has helped bring cryptocurrency…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The Spade Mini Smart Ear Wax Remover connects via WiFi and offers crystal clear video for cleaning your ears the right way. It’s time we all had an important talk about ear wax. That’s a sentence you probably never thought you would read. But when an audiologist pops a “chicken nugget” of ear wax out of a guy’s ear, it’s time to make sure we’re all on the same page. Your hearing is important. And in case it was unclear, cotton swabs and — gasp — bobby pins(!) are no way to remove earwax on your own. There is…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The CuriosityStream and KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Bundle offers thousands of fantastic documentaries and VPN protection appealing to any smart web user. During the holiday season, it’s easy to fall back on the gift giving perennials like video games, Marvel movies, and the ever-popular gift card. But if you want to step beyond the usual and give something with a little more thought, not to mention more educational value, this CuriosityStream and KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription Bundle ($179, over 60 percent off, from TNW Deals) might hit that holiday gifting sweet spot. It starts with a lifetime subscription to…This story continues at The Next Web

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A lot of people think car innovation begins and ends with Tesla. But Tesla was founded in 2003, almost 20 years ago.  Now, there’s a new breed of automaker startups advancing materials innovation and sustainable motoring. And they’re doing it using solar technology to make solar electric vehicles. The two startups are Lightyear Motors and Sonos Motors. They both hail from Europe — from the Netherlands and Germany –and both started their journey in 2016. While most automakers seem stagnant in “nice to have” solar sunroofs, it’s these startups that are evolving the technology to new capabilities. Lightyear Motors solar electric…This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s always one. No matter how bold a goal we announce. No matter how transparent we are in our reporting. There’s always someone in the comments pointing out our sustainability shortcomings, blind spots, or apparent failures. We’re all for it. In 2020 we published the first Polestar 2 Life Cycle Assessment, including its full methodology. This prompted a critical response from within the car industry, which became known as Astongate. It even has its own Wikipedia page. But fascinating though industry greenwashing scandals are, we’re more interested in what individuals think. Because we know that total transparency helps consumers make…This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter announced its v2 API for developers last July under an ‘Early Access’ label. Now, the company is enabling wider access so more folks can take advantage of it. So now if you’re using the Twitter API, you’ll be automatically accessing the new version and taking advantage of its features. With this launch, the social media company is focusing on two primary areas: easy signups and access to more tweets per month. If you’re starting out using Twitter’s API, you’ll get Essential level access. With that, you can have one app environment, and access to 500,000 tweets per month. The…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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The last couple of weeks have been momentous for politicians, community and religious leaders, and activists as they flew to attend COP26 to stop the world imploding into doomsday scenarios. No sector was safe — transport, overpopulation (ok, maybe not a sector per se), meat and dairy, or forest logging — from the ire of people desperate to assign blame. One thing that attracted plenty of wrath is flying — and I’m part of the problem. Private jets are bad, m’kay? It’s no surprise that flying private jets has a heinous impact on the environment. It’s no surprise that flying…This story continues at The Next Web

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If you asked a bunch of founders what the number one thing they look for in a startup hub is, you’d probably get a few different answers. The one thing they’d agree on is the need for the right people. Whether that’s investors, employees, customers, or partners. It’s one of the reasons we see founders flocking to locations like Silicon Valley, New York, and Shenzhen. But the overwhelming concentration of startups in these areas has also resulted in fierce competition for funding, customers, and an ongoing ‘war for tech talent.’ This is causing more and more founders to step back…This story continues at The Next Web

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As the CEO of a relatively new marketing agency, I’m happy to admit there were a few things I got wrong in the early days of my startup journey… although maybe I should’ve avoided them seeing how common they are. Growing a newly-launched company can be challenging but also highly rewarding. You are continually learning, and no day is ever the same. If you are in the growth stage of your startup, take heart from the mistakes I (and many others) have made along the way — and try to be more prepared than I was. Below is a round-up…This story continues at The Next Web

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I’ve used Microsoft’s Edge browser almost exclusively for a couple of years now. I’ve written about how I prefer it to Chome, and I often recommend naysayers give it a try because it does a lot of things better than the alternatives. But Microsoft’s hostile attitude towards allowing people to use third-party browsers is making me second guess that choice. I’m not just trying to be high and mighty about browser ethics here; I think it genuinely bodes poorly for the future of the browser. Someone at Microsoft has to realize this approach is a really bad idea. Microsoft doesn’t…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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The AGI hype train has hit some heavy traffic. While futurists and fundraisers used to make bullish predictions about artificial general intelligence, they’ve become quieter lately. Peter Thiel — the tech billionaire and rumored vampire — says Silicon Valley big brains have lost enthusiasm for AGI. “Elon’s not talking about it anymore and Larry [Page] is off to Fiji and doesn’t seem to be working on it quite as hard,” Thiel said at a recent event. Thiel described Musk as “a weathervane for the zeitgeist,” who’s stopped talking about AGI because interest has declined. Scientists are also increasingly skeptical. A recent…This story continues at The Next Web

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IBM might have just changed the computing game in a major way. Nobody’s seen a research paper yet, but Big Blue’s quantum department is claiming that its mysterious “Eagle” processor has achieved quantum supremacy. Eureka? IBM CEO Arvind Krishna gave Axios on HBO the exclusive. According to them, the Eagle processor is capable of doing things no supercomputer can do. In fact, per the interview, Krishna says there’s no other system on the planet, classical or quantum, that can do what Eagle can do: It is impossible to simulate it on something else, which implies it’s more powerful than anything else.…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: IBM

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Seven months after it was launched, the US robotic rover Perseverance successfully landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. The landing was part of the mission Mars2020 and was viewed live by millions of people worldwide, reflecting the renewed global interest in space exploration. It was soon followed by China’s Tianwen-1, an interplanetary Mars mission consisting of an orbiter, lander, and rover called Zhourong. Perseverance and Zhourong were the fifth and sixth planetary rovers deployed in the last decade. The first one was America’s Curiosity which landed on Mars in 2012, followed by China’s three Chang’E missions. In 2019 the…This story continues at The Next Web

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An anonymous owner of a 2021 Tesla Model Y has filed a complaint at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reporting their vehicle crashed while the Full Self-Driving Beta was engaged. The accident took place on November 3, somewhere in Brea, California. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities, but disturbingly enough, the owner blames the FSD for causing the crash. Specifically, the car kept entering the wrong lane and didn’t respond to driver input. This is the driver’s statement on NHTSA’s official page: The Vehicle was in FSD Beta mode and while taking a left turn the car…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Cryptocurrencies have had an exceptional year, reaching a combined value of more than US$3 trillion (£2.2 trillion) for the first time in November. The market seems to have benefited from the public having time on their hands during pandemic lockdowns. Also, large investment funds and banks have stepped in, not least with the recent launch of the first bitcoin-backed ETF – a listed fund that makes it easier for more investors to get exposure to this asset class. Alongside this has been an explosive rise in the value of stablecoins like tether, USDC and Binance USD. Like other cryptocurrencies, stablecoins…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: Babbel Language Learning and its world-renowned language training system is now 40 percent off. If you’re looking to stay sharp or to help keep the mind of someone you know and love honed and focused, you might want to seriously consider plunging into some language learning. A new study found older adults who studied Spanish showed cognitive improvements even if they didn’t become fluent in the language. In fact, the results for those learners were the same as the results for those who took a series of targeted brain training activities to improve those skills. It’s further proof of…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The mbeat PT-18K Bluetooth Vinyl Player combines premium vinyl playback technology with some innovative twists for a turnable fan both young and old will love. In 2007, the recording industry only sold about 1 million vinyl albums, mostly to those last few diehard fans and collectors of the long-deposed format. Flash forward less than 15 years and things have seriously changed. The reports of vinyl’s demise were greatly exaggerated, with over 19 million vinyl records sold the first six months of 2021 alone. Oh yeah, baby…vinyl is rejuvenated and back with a vengeance. In an age of MP3s and…This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube’s decision to hide dislike counts on videos has sparked anger and derision. The company said the move will protect creators from harassment and coordinated attacks, but critics fear it will become harder to find useful and trustworthy content. Some of them have proposed using YouTube comments as an alternative dislike counter, while others are devising technical fixes. One inventive programmer has attempted to restore the feature in a browser extension. It’s currently only available for Chrome, but the creator said it’s coming to other platforms soon. Credit: Anarios The plugin currently uses the Google API to generate the dislike…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Deep learning shows a lot of promise in healthcare, especially in medical imaging, where it can help improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosing patient conditions. But it also faces a serious barrier: The shortage of labeled training data. In medical contexts, training data come at great costs, which makes it very difficult to use deep learningfor many applications. To overcome this hurdle, scientists have explored different solutions to various degrees of success. In a new paper, artificial intelligence researchers at Google suggest a new technique that uses self-supervised learning to train deep learning models for medical imaging. Early results…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Apple is slowly shifting its slew of computing systems towards ARM-based processors — the new MacBook Pros with M1X chip being the latest. On the other hand, there are only a handful of Windows laptops and desktops that use ARM-based processors. One of the keys to having more of these systems would be a robust app ecosystem. Last year, Apple introduced an ARM-based Mac Mini for developers to start porting their apps. If you’re a Windows app developer, there’s also a reference machine available for you, thanks to Qualcomm. In May, at Microsoft’s Build developer summit, Qualcomm announced a developer…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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