posted 7 days ago on the next web
The Federal Communications Commission voted today in favor of a plan to repeal Title II net neutrality rules, in a 2-1 vote along party lines. With this vote, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made good on his plan to reverse the net neutrality rules put in place during the Obama administration. Under the new rules (or rather, the absence of the old ones), internet service providers would not be required by law to treat all internet traffic the same way. Pai and Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly voted in favor of the plan, while Democrat Mignon Clyburn voted against it. According to Consumer… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
Duolingo announced today that it was adding Japanese to its language courses. The course teaches English-speaking users the hiragana syllabary in addition to Japanese phrases, with katakana cards being available on the company’s Tinycards app. Duolingo called the course “the most highly anticipated course launch in our five-year history.” The language app first teased the release of the Japanese course last month, with a very positive response on both Facebook and Twitter: Surprise… we’re finally building a Japanese course! It’ll be ready in one month. Click here to get notified:https://t.co/Soq7zkmYYa pic.twitter.com/7PZiLyAVxu — Duolingo (@duolingo) April 20, 2017 With the inclusion… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
No two computer systems are created equal. There are so many ways to go about assembling a functioning computer network that the possibilities are nearly infinite. But knowing the building blocks of putting together and running a strong system is essential knowledge these days. So get the fundamental training you need with this System Administration and Infrastructure Management course bundle, which is on sale right now for only $41 (a 90 percent discount) from TNW Deals. This package offers up eight courses featuring 95 hours of training, all tasked with breaking down and helping you understand Linux, Docker, Git, and a… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
Amazon has introduced Charts, a weekly bestseller list which tracks which 20 books have been sold — and read — the most. Introducing Amazon Charts! Discover the top 20 most read and most sold books every week: https://t.co/QoyUvtyyac pic.twitter.com/MLU3anyCMC — Amazon (@amazon) May 18, 2017 Each list is divided between fiction and nonfiction books. Each book has a description, links to the store page and reviews, and a free sample. David Naggar, vice president of Amazon said in a statement: Many well-known bestseller lists today add, remove, or re-rank books based on editorial considerations and customers have asked for a bestseller list that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
For the fourth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: The UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden. We screened hundreds of young companies, in the end focusing on one key metric: percentage growth in revenue. The top ten finalists of each country were invited to a celebratory dinner during which the winner of that country was announced. Just now, on the mainstage of TNW Conference 2017, TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive and Adyen SVP Account Management Tim van Dies announced the overall European winner and handed… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
We’re currently in the final phase of AI development, in which we’ve advanced past teaching computers to follow rules and evaluating the best solutions to problems. With a clearly defined goal and enough data to parse, AI can now learn how to arrive at a solution on its own. That’s both exciting and terrifying all at once, says data scientist and YouTuber Siraj Raval on stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam. According to him, the danger we now face in the 21st century is that governments and corporations can arm themselves with powerful AI to control societies, and we need… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
In sex, the concept of consent is fundamental. But how can you give informed, enthusiastic consent to a ‘smart’ sex toy that comes with terms and conditions you can’t possibly hope to understand, let alone read in its entirety. Mystery Vibe co-founder and Chief Pleasure Officer, Stephanie Alys, explored how her company maintains a consenting, honest relationship with its customers. In an industry where trust is essential, and once it has been broken cannot be repaired, Mystery Vibe has created a strategy that emphasizes radical transparency and honesty. The first pillar in the Mystery Vibe approach is communication. Anyone who buys a… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
Hate them or love them, Google is ditching its infamous blob emoji and redesigning them entirely for the upcoming release of Android O. In addition to the redesign, the Big G has become the first major company to announce full compatibility with Emoji 5.0, Emojipedia wrote in a blog post. This means you can expect a slew of awesome new icons like the vomit face and the dinosaur. The “blob” shape – which has gradually morphed into more of a “gumdrop” over the years – will soon become fully circular with the arrival of Android O. Here’s what the new emoji… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
It seems passengers flying from Europe to the US might not have to worry about leaving their laptops and tablets behind when crossing over the pond after all. Following initial reports that the Trump administration has been seeking to ban any consumer electronics larger than a smartphone from European flights, this Wednesday US Homeland Security officials met up with European Union representatives in Brussels to discuss the proposed laptop ban. Citing an undisclosed insider, AP reports that the ban is currently “off the table” – though the officials will reconvene again next week in Washington “to further assess shared risks and… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
I’m not a fan of how the term ‘millennials’ is thrown around, but Ray Chan has good reason to use the word. His company, 9GAG, runs a content sharing platform with an audience of over 80 million people across the globe, and roughly 70-percent of them are under the age of 24. Speaking on day one at TNW Conference in Amsterdam today, Chan shared some interesting insights from a survey 9GAG conducted this with 100,000 millennials worldwide (essentially followers and fans of the site below age 34) to understand what’s on their minds. It included a bunch of questions that… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
Taking the stage during day one of TNW Conference, Kevin Rose dished on life as a post-40 tech nerd. Rose, the founder of Digg, and partner at Google Ventures, sat with TNW’s co-founder Boris to shoot the shit about technology killing human interaction, buying socks based on Instagram ads, and why startups don’t need to be in Silicon Valley. “It’s where the highest concentration of startups are,” said Rose, “but it’s a myth that startups need to be in the Bay Area.” His own meditation app, Oak (coming later this year), was developed mostly outside of The Valley with Rose… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
The Europa Commission has slapped Facebook with a massive $122 million fine after the company purportedly provided “incorrect or misleading” information for its WhatsApp acquisition. The decision goes back to an investigation under the EU Merger Regulation dating back to 2014. The penalty has to do with changes in the terms of service and privacy policy the social media giant announced back in 2016 to make it possible to link your WhatsApp account with your Facebook identity, despite claiming it would be impossible to reliably accomplish this two years earlier in 2014. The Commission further claims that – contrary to what Facebook stated… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp,Facebook

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
We’re quickly advancing towards a world where we’re drastically outnumbered by connected gadgets: Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices will be online by 2020. With that in mind, Amber Case took to the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam on day one to warn us of the Dystopian Kitchen of the Future, which can order groceries automatically in the best of times, but locks you out of the fridge when your Wi-Fi network is down and pings you constantly with unnecessary alerts. Is there a way out? Case, who’s the author of Calm Technology, highlighted some principles to keep in mind… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
Google’s Android Device manager, which allows you to do things like locate, lock, or wipe a lost device is a nifty tool with an unfortunate name – it doesn’t tell you much about what it actually does. But at Google I/O, the company has sneakily changed the name into something more sensible: Find My Device. Along with the name change, Google has added battery information, which should help you know how long you have to locate your device before it dies out, as well as the name of any WiFi network its currently connected to. I can’t tell you how many… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
TNW Conference has officially opened its doors to thousands of attendees in Amsterdam, along with loads of hand-picked startups and a roster of world-class speakers. If you’re reading this you’re probably not out with us at the venue – but that’s okay. Thanks to LiveU, we’ve got a bangin’ livestream set up, so you can follow all the action from anywhere in the world. Visit this page to tune in, and go here to check out the schedule that’s chock-full of incredible sessions. Happy viewing!

Read More...
posted 7 days ago on the next web
The official Twitter account of Sweden was at the center of controversy after the person using it blocked 14k people en masse. Sweden boasts a very democratic official Twitter account. Every week it’s used by a different person, with the Swedish Institute managing the account overall. Last week, the account was used by online security expert Vian Tahir. Using a block list, Tahir blocked 14,000 Twitter accounts that were, according to the Institute, “specifically dedicated to aggression, harassment and threats as well as inciting others to behave the same way.” The Institute was going to keep the block list, due to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Facebook secured the right to stream professional CrossFit events and shows on Live. Up until this point, CrossFit would stream events from it’s own site. Now it’ll also stream to YouTube as well as Facebook Live. CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh said in a statement: We’re splitting our audience to a certain extent, but we also feel like we’re getting new lift and new engagement by having it on multiple platforms. We’re always looking for better ways to serve our community. This gave us new tools that allowed us to talk and listen in a way that was going to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Google is making it easier for low-powered devices to run Android smoothly – and its doing so by releasing a new version of Android altogether. Say hello to Android Go. It’s basically a lighter version of Android O, with several optimizations for lower power devices. Some examples of the optimizations thrown out during the keynote: Google’s main apps will have a lighter versions that use less memory, storage, and data. A streamlined Android kernel. Chrome’s data saver is turned on by default. There’s also a new graphic showing how much data you’ve saved right from the menu button. The Google Play Store… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Google announced at today’s I/O conference that it was working on a new kind of a DayDream VR headset, one which would work without a phone, a PC, or any kind of cable. New #Daydream standalone headsets from partners like @htcvive won't require a phone or PC. #io17 pic.twitter.com/7TpYPJGEdU — Google (@Google) May 17, 2017 Google says it is working with HTC and Lenovo to develop the new DayDream. Developing…refresh for updates.Or just read more coverage about: Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Google Photos is coming to the real world. At its I/O keynote today, Google announced a new Photo Books feature, which is exactly what it sounds like: it lets you print physical picture albums from your Photos app. But this is Google of course, so AI is involved. Rather than simply letting you pick and choose images (which you can nevertheless still do) Photo Books is able to automatically create photo albums based off of your best images. After all, one of the biggest hurdles to printing images is the menial work of curating and properly formatting images. Think of it… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Google announced at its I/O event today that it’s making Photos more social with Suggested Sharing and shared libraries. Suggested Sharing will prompt you to share photos based on the people in them. Photos will have a new Sharing tab, and will send notifications prompting users to share photos. Anil Sabharwal, Vice President of Photos, also showed how the users who receive the shared photos will also be prompted to share related photos of their own based on shared faces or location. Coming soon on #GooglePhotos, we're bringing more ways to share photos and hold onto the moments that matter most.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
If you’re the type of person who can seemingly never get to Inbox Zero, let alone actually reply to every message, Google has an update for you. At its I/O event today, the company announced that Smart Reply – a feature to creates automated responses based on email content and your writing style – is coming to Gmail on Android and iOS. Smart Reply first launched for Goole’s Gmail offshoot, Inbox, as well as its newest chat app, Allo. It works pretty decently too, as long as you only need basic few-word responses. The tool learns from your typing style… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Gmail,iOS,Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
At its I/O keynote today, Google announced that its Google Assistant is now available on iOS. The news had been rumored earlier this week, so its not terribly surprising. Google hasn’t specified whether it’s via its a new app or if its just integrated into the main Search app – most likely the latter. And of course, Google doesn’t have the native integration Siri has on iOS devices, so it won’t be nearly as convenient as Apple’s native tool. Still, Google’s apps are ubiquitous enough that it might just convince some people to use the Assistant over Siri, especially if Google starts… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Google announced at it’s I/O conference today that it’s working on a new form of AI called Google Lens, which understands what you’re looking at and can help you by providing relevant responses. With Google Lens, your smartphone camera won’t just see what you see, but will also understand what you see to help you take action. #io17 pic.twitter.com/viOmWFjqk1 — Google (@Google) May 17, 2017 With Lens, Google’s Assistant will be able to identify objects in the world around you and perform actions based on Google’s various apps. For example, Lens can help you identify a flower you’re looking at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

Read More...
posted 8 days ago on the next web
Minecraft is getting a small, but important change after an uproar on Reddit — and it might just save a few lives. In Minecraft, you can tame parrots (and coax them to breed) by feeding them chocolate chip cookies. Intrepid Redditor 1jl pointed out that chocolate will kill parrots in real life, and pleaded with Mojang to change the game to reflect that: I get that you want to give chocolate chip cookies a use in the game, but literally millions of kids will play this game and chocolate and pet parrots are common enough that this will cause a problem. There… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...