posted 13 days ago on the next web
In an email to Tumblr employees, CEO David Karp announced that he’s ending his 11-year stint as the head of the Verizon-owned blogging platform as 2017 draws to a close. Karp didn’t specify exactly what spurred the decision, but mentioned that it “comes after months of reflection on my personal ambitions.” His role will be taken up by president and COO Jeff D’Onofrio. Letter I just sent to my team ♥️ https://t.co/3Vsv3ROuhf — David Karp (@davidkarp) November 27, 2017 Karp, a New York native, has been through thick and thin with Tumblr; he founded it in 2007, and saw the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tumblr

Read More...
posted 13 days ago on the next web
FCC head Ajit Pai has always been the scumbag hiding in plain sight. While his weasel-like nature may have never been in question, this week’s sneak attack on net neutrality put to bed any doubt. After assuming his final form as Satan, Pai effectively killed the internet as we know it while we stuffed our face with dry turkey and store-bought pumpkin pie. But while we discuss internet fast lanes and paid tiers that prioritize Comcast-owned Hulu over Netflix, we haven’t really even begun to discuss the consequences on a macro-level. What, for instance, does this mean for cryptocurrencies like… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

Read More...
posted 13 days ago on the next web
Comcast has, up to this point, has been one of the loudest ISPs singing the praises of the FCC’s planned net neutrality rollback. Now it seems to be quietly backing off on at least a few of its more ardent promises: namely, that it won’t offer internet “fast lanes” which cost more. It’s not even so much what Comcast have said so much as what it hasn’t said. According to Ars Technica, in 2014 Comcast explicitly stated, “we’re not considering entering into any paid prioritization creating fast lane deals with content owners.” It reiterated this position (as it’s a common sticking… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 13 days ago on the next web
Mark Zuckerberg today announced Faceboook was rolling out enhanced AI to scan posts for signs of suicidal thoughts. The new system, which doesn’t rely on users to flag or report content, is set to rollout worldwide with the exception of countries in the EU, due to restrictions. The social network’s new algorithms use pattern recognition to search posts and comments for key words. If the AI recognizes cause for concern, such as commenters asking the original poster if they’re okay or if they need help, it’ll send the information to a Facebook employee for review. Here's a good use of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

Read More...
posted 13 days ago on the next web
This is your reminder that Pornhub and YouPorn are currently doing more to defend your rights on the free internet than the Federal Communications Commission. The pornography industry has been one of net neutrality’s staunchest defenders, going so far as to have a day of loading icons to protest potential rollback in June. Even earlier, in March, several sites switched to HTTPS encryption so as to hide your peculiar browsing habits from the ISPs. At the time, the FCC was voting to roll back restrictions preventing ISPs from selling your browser history. So that’s the state of the union as of… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 13 days ago on the next web
Shortly after announcing the the Pixel 2, Google surprised everyone by revealing the phone actually has a secret photography chip that had not yet been activated. Google just turned it on for the first time with the latest (and final) developer preview of Android 8.1 Called the Pixel Visual Core, it’s the first processor designed by Google, although it got some help from Intel. The eight-core chip is meant to speed up the grunt work involved with the software side of photography, such as fantastic HDR+ processing on the Pixel 2, as well as other AI-powered tasks. In fact, Google… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
After a long wait time, Microsoft’s Office apps are now finally available on all Chromebooks — though it’ll be useless if you have a larger Chromebook. Chrome Unboxed checked the Play Store for multiple models of Chromebook, and confirmed the Android app versions of the software appear to be available for all current Chromebooks. Among other models, Office apps appear to be on the Samsung Chromebook Pro, the Pixelbook, and two models of the Acer Chromebook 15. Office apps have long been corralled to only a particular set of Chromebooks, with no apparent rules or reason behind it. Anyone who didn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
Google’s machine learning researchers have automated the automation again. The company last week showed off an algorithm tweak that gives robots foresight and caution, so they don’t require humans to reset them during learning sessions. A deep learning network typically gains proficiency at a task, like controlling a robotic factory arm or keeping a car on the road, through repetition. This is called reinforcement training, and it’s powered by machine learning algorithms. Google, armed with fancy new algorithms, has eliminated the need for a person to hit the ‘reset button’ when AI fails an experiment. It might not seem monumental… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
You can now buy the Essential Phone and its tiny 360-degree camera for just $400 on Amazon. This isn’t a promoted post or anything – that’s just an incredible deal. Two months ago, that same combo would have cost you $900. When the phone first started shipping in August, it cost $700, and the camera was a $200 add-on. At the time, I thought the price was justified. Its design, build quality, and default 128 GB of storage made it competitive in the market, despite a disappointing camera. A 128 GB iPhone 8 costs $869, for instance, and that phone… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
Wi-Fi is an everyday essential utility, but public Wi-Fi hotspots can be few-and-far between, or cost a metric bum-load of money to use. So, why don’t people share their Wi-Fi hotspots through an app? I mean, it already happens with cars and homes (Uber and Airbnb respectively), why not Wi-Fi? That’s the premise of SiFi, and it’s not an entirely awful idea. The Wi-Fi hotspot market is expected to be worth $5.1 billion by 2025. Rather than have all the money go to a handful of providers, like Bitbuzz and Boingo, why don’t ordinary folks get a slice of the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Airbnb

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
Look, we all know gadgets are cool. But once you give the cool new toy or the hottest tech gizmo, how long before it falls out of fashion and ends up stuffed in the back of the hall closet, unmourned and unloved? Too depressing. So give the gift of true knowledge instead. Right now, you can grab access to 10 amazing learning courses…for just $10 each. They’ll make fantastic mind-expanding presents for your tech-savvy friends and family… or just keep ‘em all for yourself and be a super-brainiac in a matter of weeks. Either way, it’s a holiday deal too… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
You might have long forgotten about the time when Apple allowed third-party manufacturers to clone the Mac back in 1994, but former Cupertino employee Dave Garr certainly remembers it. Facing stiff competition from a bludgeoning Microsoft, the Big A – then headed by CEO Michael Spindler – entered into an unprecedented licensing agreement with Power Computing and several other companies, granting them the rights to build and sell computers running the Macintosh operating system. While the licensing deal ultimately proved to be a gigantic failure within a few years, employees regarded the move as a big step for Apple at the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple,Microsoft

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
We’re forever plugged in these days. Every entrepreneur or marketer in any industry is constantly searching for the latest and greatest strategy for boosting their online impact, because we’re all endlessly being told just how critical your web presence is to your business’s success. The truth, though, is that old school advertising is alive and well, and perhaps even better than ever. The results these traditional methods generate can be pretty surprising, especially since they can cost less per impression than more tech-savvy forms of advertising. For example, attention-grabbing signage can increase foot traffic to a storefront by up to… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
In 2017 we at TNW decided to completely revamp our contributor platform. We used to have a free-for-all platform which sometime led to the discovery of new voices and topics, but it also produced a lot of poorly written articles. That’s why we created a new contributors section on our main site, giving contributed articles more exposure while simultaneously enforcing stricter guidelines. We’ve been extremely happy with the results so far because this new method has given us better articles and brought in perspectives that our staff writers didn’t have. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get better. That’s why… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
The awfulness of Black Friday has passed. Now, we’re into the awfulness of the (truly porny-sounding) Cyber Monday. To divert our collective attention spans from the myriad of sites trying to get our money, Mozilla is running its first-ever “Download-A-Thon” alongside Open Signal, a public TV station from Portland, Oregon. What’s a “Download-A-Thon” you ask? Nothing. Mozilla literally just made it up for the purposes of this event. It sounds interesting though. The event takes place from 12PM Pacific Time, and runs for just shy of ten hours. Mozilla plans to broadcast the download-a-thon over Facebook Live, and it promises… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Mozilla

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
Mark Zuckerberg insists that he has no plans to run for the presidency. The bookies, however, aren’t convinced. On Irish gambling site Paddy Power, he’s given pretty generous odds not only of him clinching the Democratic nomination (12:1, meaning if you bet $1, you’ll get $13 back), but also of winning the ultimate prize. With 20/1 odds, Paddy Power thinks that a Zuckerberg presidency is equally as likely as Bernie Sanders winning the 2020 election, and more likely than Ted Cruz winning (who has 33/1 odds). That’s pretty remarkable, considering both Sanders and Cruz were runners-up for their respective parties’… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
I’ve written before about my crippling screen addiction: it’s got to the point where reaching for my phone has become something of a reflex motion whenever I’m fidgety, anxious or even rudely awoken in the middle of the night. Vienna, Austria-based product designer Klemens Schillinger has a wacky idea that might help curb my constant need to fiddle with my phone. His Substitute Phone features no silicon circuit boards, no Gorilla Glass protecting an LCD display, and no electronics whatsoever.   Instead, it’s a piece of plastic that’s fashioned into the shape of a smartphone (mimicking even the weight of… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
As a longtime Android user, I’m partial to Nova Launcher for its flexibility, allowing me to customize my home screen and app drawer just the way I like – minimal and clutter-free (see below). Today's #homescreen pic.twitter.com/o4HWxmadc3 — Abhimanyu Ghoshal (@aghoshal) November 18, 2017 If that looks like a nightmare to you, you might want to check out AIO Launcher, an interesting new alternative that puts ALL the information and shortcuts you could ever need on a single scrollable screen. The free app, developed by Evgeny Zobnin, features a simple text-heavy design with multiple sections containing everything from your last… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
The value of the world’s premier cryptocurrency is steadily on the rise: after crossing $9,000 at 06:40 GMT on November 26, it’s already inched past $9,600 as of 05:07 GMT on November 27, the time of writing today. Bitcoin made the news earlier this month when it hit a record valuation of $7,300 for the first time; Goldman Sachs vice president Sheba Jafari noted in a letter to investors in the first week of November that the currency could soon cross $8,000 – double the price of $4,000 that she predicted just four months prior. With that, it’s possible that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

Read More...
posted 14 days ago on the next web
BuzzFeed News reports that several users found YouTube’s site and app autocompleting search queries starting with ‘how to have’ with disturbing suggestions, including ‘s*x with your kids’, over the weekend. YouTube said in a statement that it’s removed that autocomplete result and similar ones, and is investigating how they cropped up in the first place. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that the suggestions are indicative of numerous related videos on the company’s streaming platform; rather, it’s being speculated that the specific autocomplete results may have been part of a planned campaign by trolls. Google has previously noted that its autocomplete prediction… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

Read More...
posted 15 days ago on the next web
Alright… so who will you forget this year? You’ve already handled the first round of holiday gift purchases, but there’s always everyone in your office. And your mailman. And that third cousin who’s coming for Christmas dinner. Stock up now on some great “good thing I thought ahead and picked that up” gifts, at up to 90 percent off. GADGETS Hover 4K Camera Passport Foldable Self-Flying Camera Drone – $349.99 (30 percent off) You see it here, and you instantly wonder why nobody created this before. It’s a drone specifically designed to be a self-sufficient hovering camera. Set your controls,… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 16 days ago on the next web
The sex doll industry is on the verge of greatness, in its own special way. Soon the Stepford Wives of science fiction will become real, thanks to the magic of AI. Men will be able to create their perfect, subservient silicon partner that knows their hopes, dreams, fears, and fantasies. She’ll never have a headache, she’ll always be ready to satisfy you, and when you’re not in the mood, she’ll able to converse like a real human. This is futuristic vision is becoming a reality, fast. RealDoll is one of the biggest sex doll manufacturers in the world and it’s aiming… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 17 days ago on the next web
I think we’re missing the bigger picture when it comes to AI. Once again humanity tricked itself into thinking that this time, it’s the end. That the looming technological revolution will take over our jobs and wipe us off the face of the earth. It’s not surprising, though. Technophobia is not a new phenomenon. It was a distinctive feature of about every technological shift that we went through in the modern era. People have always feared to be replaced by machines. Yet, the dystopias born out of this overblown collective fear have never turned out to be true. In fact, every… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 17 days ago on the next web
Adam Helps is an app that lets anyone living in the Toronto area hire others in their local communities to help them with odd jobs, much like TaskRabbit does (and to a lesser extent, classifieds services like Craigslist, Gumtree, and Kijiji). If you’ve burdened with some fiendishly tricky IKEA flat-packed furniture that needs assembling, or a lawn that needs mowing, you can put out the feelers into your local community and find someone available. You can even use it to find a babysitter, if you want to take the night off. But there are a few key differences between Adam… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 17 days ago on the next web
Virtual water-cooler Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that illustrates how many people are discussing individual, popular tweets through the service. The feature — which, again, is just an experiment — appears on embeds of popular, viral tweets found across the Internet. It replaces the like and retweet icons with a count of how many people are discussing the tweet. Twitter removed the Retweet / Like buttons for tweets embedded in articles?! Old Twitter Embed vs. New Twitter Embed pic.twitter.com/BAm6we9P0E — Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) November 23, 2017 Speaking to TechCrunch, Twitter spox Dan Jackson said the feature is a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

Read More...