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In an effort to make braille more accessible for the visually impaired in signage and printed media, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has hit upon a novel solution that merges those characters with English and Japanese alphabets, so they appear in the same place. Essentially, the fonts in Takahashi’s Braille Neue typeface feature characters overlaid with their braille equivalents (with the dotted symbols embossed). That negates the need to accommodate braille text separately, and makes it easier to include braille in more spaces and media. Takahashi developed the typeface by basing it on Helvetica Neue, and then tweaking each letter to… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the past three years since its launch, YouTube’s Kids app, which is designed to surface child-friendly content, has come under fire numerous times for featuring videos that are inappropriate – and in some cases, downright disturbing – for young viewers. Over the weekend, BuzzFeed News reported that the company is trying a new strategy to keep things kosher: it’s going to have – not algorithms – curate videos for the platform. The app is slated to be updated with an option for parents to choose between handpicked videos, and those suggested by YouTube’s algorithms. It should become available in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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While Facebook is off fighting a number of fires caused by its failure to protect users’ privacy, Twitter still hasn’t yet solved its abuse problem. However, it now has a grand plan: show trolls a list of rules they must abide by on the platform to avoid being booted out. Susan Benesch and J. Nathan Matias, who are researchers at Harvard University and Princeton University respectively, are leading a project at Twitter to combat abuse by tackling ignorance around how people should behave while using it. Benesch explained the initiative, which will use anonymized data and evaluate it independent of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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From big names like Fitbit, to smaller outfits like Huami’s Amazfit, there’s no shortage of companies offering wearable devices that promise to track movement and activity. One interesting take on this familiar paradigm is the AURA Band, which is currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign. The AURA Band focuses on real-time information about activity and your body’s state, allowing you to make actionable decisions about your health. The tool combines an activity tracker and a heart-rate monitor (standard fare on any fitness band worth its salt) with something it calls “bioimpedance analysis,” which allows the user to take… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook says it will notify 87 million users of its service that they affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data analytics firm snap up their personal information through the social network to influence voters. The news comes ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s appointment to testify before Congress this week, over the company’s role in enabling Cambridge Analytica to gather data and profile users. It’s worth noting that the 87 million figure may not be entirely accurate: according to Zuckerberg, Facebook came up with it by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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A couple of years ago I needed a new health plan ahead of the yearly enrollment period. Lured by impressive branding and a slogan on a subway advertisement, I logged onto the homepage of a well-known insurance company. This company, well known for pedaling a “fresh” approach. Unfortunately, did not deliver this brand promise. My digital experience on their platform was marred by a labyrinth of confusion. After toggling through menu after menu, I struggled to find what I needed and left the site, and this insurance company lost a potential customer. Now, technically there was nothing wrong with their… This story continues at The Next Web

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Websites and publications tailored for entrepreneurs and the startup crowd are saturated with articles and guides on how to create the ‘perfect’ company culture; everything from redesigning offices to throwing more team parties. As a company executive in previous ventures, I often observed my employees at these “company bonding” events and wondered, is this working? The truth is that a company culture isn’t something that can be forced. An organic process of evolution within a company is a far more successful way to build a strong workplace culture than a top-down approach. A motivated workplace with cohesive teams is a… This story continues at The Next Web

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When the Facebook data of 50m users was collected by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan, his actions reportedly came to the attention of colleagues who regarded his subsequent use of the data as unethical. The university revealed that Kogan had unsuccessfully applied for ethics approval in 2015 to use data collected on behalf of GSR, a commercial enterprise he set up, for use in his academic research. He was reapplying for approval when Facebook requested that the data he had gathered be deleted. These applications are currently the focus of a freedom of information request. Responses to the Cambridge Analytica controversy… This story continues at The Next Web

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In The Art of War, Sun Tzu famously advised, “When the enemy occupies high ground, do not confront him.” But disruptive startup companies are famously irreverent, and so perhaps it is no surprise that scrappy new space ventures are challenging the Old Guard in orbit by doing the unthinkable: attacking from below. Two cornerstone satellite services — telecommunications and Earth observation — are being reinvented by companies willing to boldly go lower than their firmly encamped competitors into orbits that were previously considered undesirable. There is a very special satellite orbit 36,000 km away called geostationary orbit that is geometrically ideal… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Ancient Greeks were one of the first peoples to examine the nature of reality. Parmenides, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, talks about reality as a phenomenon in which change is impossible and existence is timeless, necessary and uniform. Our conception of reality has most definitely come a long way since then. One of the big questions we find ourselves asking in the modern era is, ‘is reality a singular phenomenon or are there multiple realities?’ Moreover, ‘can we create our own?’ Virtual Reality (VR) is perhaps the closest we have come to create an artificial world that we can interact… This story continues at The Next Web

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Did you hear Alexa’s creepy, disembodied, and irrelevant laughter the other day? If not, you can count yourself lucky. As we adopt more devices for our homes and bodies, we open the door to more vulnerabilities and errors. Nobody expects new technology to work perfectly, but the recent system failures like and operating errors — like those of Alexa and Oculus Rift — offer a valuable lesson for consumer and developers about IoT. Basically, it illustrates just how far we are from a functional IoT future. Amazon Alexa’s creepy cackling In case you didn’t catch the story, Amazon Echo devices… This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube has had a bit of a rough time recently. With concerns around inappropriate content and brand safety mounting, the platform has taken a few arguably necessary and cautious steps to protect its users. The latest move is that the platform has pulled the plug on displaying ads on the videos of those with under 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time in the last year to prevent ‘bad actors’ from misleading and exploiting the system.    But whilst there is incredible pressure for YouTube to ‘clean up,’ and tighten restrictions, there is concern among creators that the new… This story continues at The Next Web

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Out of the numerous companies I’ve worked with in the past years, most use Google Docs to submit and collaborate on draft articles and documents. Google’s productivity suite has become the defacto work platform for millions of people and organizations across the world. And with good reason: It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it’s already available to every user who has a Google account (which includes more than one billion active Gmail users). However, one problem I’ve observed is how easily people ignore the privacy concerns surrounding Google Docs when sharing and collaborating on documents. Users and organizations often… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the tantalizing world of technology today, there are endless buzzwords and acronyms for emerging tech you need to know. From AI to the ‘Uber of’ dog walking and everything in-between, maybe you think you’ve heard it all. But before you hop on the hype train and leave the station, take note — an unsuspecting player is poised to leap out of the shadows: Near field communications technology. Sound familiar? Near field communications technology, known more simply as NFC, is short-range wireless connectivity technology that makes it easy to conduct transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with just… This story continues at The Next Web

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Late in 2017 at a tech fair in Austria, a sex robot was “molested” repeatedly and left in a “filthy” state. The robot, named Samantha, received a barrage of male attention, which resulted in her sustaining two broken fingers. This incident confirms worries that the possibility of fully functioning sex robots raises both tantalizing possibilities for human desire (by mirroring human/sex-worker relationships), as well as serious ethical questions. So what should be done? The campaign to “ban” sex robots, as the computer scientist Kate Devlin has argued, is only likely to lead to a lack of discussion. Instead, hypothesizes that… This story continues at The Next Web

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An Elon Musk probably isn’t going to move the needle in the same way as a Boring Co. flamethrower, or — I hate myself for this — a Model 3 that actually moves off the production line. But look, it’s Friday and in an effort to keep things light heading into the weekend I thought this might make you chuckle a bit, like it did me. Over at the aptly named ElonMask.co, you can grab one of four printable cutouts of Elon Musk’s face. The expressions range from neutral to badass, and each is free to download assuming you’re one… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier today, TechCrunch broke the news that Facebook had wiped messages Mark Zuckerberg and other executives had sent on Messenger. While Facebook said deleting messages from top management was a security issue, it felt kind of shady, especially considering the company recently admitted its automated systems could scan user messages (again, supposedly for altruistic reasons). Deleting messages is also not a privilege everyone has – but it may soon be. Facebook now says it will allow anyone to unsend messages within the next few months. In a statement to several publications, the company said: We have discussed this feature several times.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Craigslist’s shadier online cousin, Backpage.com, was seized today as part of an enforcement action by the FBI. Visitors to the website are now met with an official seal — one we’ve seen previously in other websites taken over by US authorities. The second largest online marketplace in the United States, Backpage.com has faced criticism in recent years over its “Adult” section, which is a thinly-veiled attempt at hiding seedy listings from sex workers including escorts, strippers, and phone sex operators. If it had stopped there — transactional sex between consenting adults — it’s unlikely Backpage.com would have been shut down.… This story continues at The Next Web

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A digital artist is compiling old computer ads into a compendium that singlehandedly reminds us how far technology has come in just a few short decades. The ads come from Byte Magazine, which ran from 1975 to 1998. It might be but a distant memory of a bygone age, but back in its day, Byte was a big deal — according to the New York Times, it was the top-rated computer magazine in the country, pulling in a profit of $9 million in 1983. Flipping through archived copies of the magazine, you can read fairly technical, well-written articles about tech back in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this week a Bloomberg report suggested Apple was working on – or at least considering – a curved screen iPhone. Unlike Samsung’s phones, which curve down on the sides, this theoretical iPhone would curve inwards, like a banana. This is a great idea. Apple would be far from the first to use such a curve, but since the tech has fallen out of favor in smartphones, it’s a good time to bring it back. Curved screens are more durable A curved screen is less likely to scratch and more likely to survive a bad drop than a flat screen.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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If you are starting a new brand, remember to buy all the domains associated with that name. Electrum is learning this the hard way. Electrum, a popular bitcoin wallet service, uses electrum.org as its primary web address. “An alleged scammer has since bought the similar-sounding .com domain, which they’re using to mimic Electrum’s services. It’s styled as Electrum Pro, “the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet.” Electrum took to Twitter to clarify that it does not own electrum.com and that it is likely a ‘bitcoin stealing malware’. Electrum's website is https://t.co/aHiZIZH54e. We do not own electrum dot com, and "Electrum Pro" is very likely… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every year, major tech companies publish their diversity reports, with special attention paid to their gender diversity. The lack of female employees in technical or engineering positions has become a yardstick for measuring efforts towards parity. For 10 Degrees, a company of WordPress specialists in the UK, it wasn’t enough just to wait for the gender imbalance to correct itself. The company’s employees decided to take a more proactive approach to gender diversity. For International Women’s Day, 10 Degrees’ business manager, Lynda Vaughan, posted a blog entry with the rather provocative title “Why We Don’t Employ Female Developers.” Addressing the… This story continues at The Next Web

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