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A newly published study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests spending time on screens is unlikely to be directly harmful to young children. The US study attracted global attention, as screen time has been commonly blamed for disrupting the healthy habits of our youth. Headlines announced “Screens are not as dangerous as you think”, “Screens don’t really hurt kids”, “Kids are not harmed by long screen times”, “Potential benefits of digital screen time” and “Kids being glued to screens doesn’t cause anxiety”. However, we still need to be wary of health consequences, despite the absence of strong links between screen…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The VitalSleep Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece lets sleep literally adjust their jaw safely at night to combat the insidious effects of snoring. You may not have heard about a small, but not insignificant change that recently rolled out on wrist-worn Fitbits all around the globe. Certain Fitbit models could now monitor for sound at night, scanning to detect any sign of snoring. That’s just the latest indication of something doctors have known for years: snoring is no joke. In addition to the psychological effects of disrupted sleep for sufferers and their partners, snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The Rytr AI Writing Tool can knock out sterling written copy in virtually any style and format for use in almost any type of writing project imaginable. If a writer knows their stuff, there’s plenty of opportunity to turn that gift for words into a productive career as a freelance writer. And according to a freelance database, there are some decent paychecks attached to that pursuit as well. Ad copywriters can charge around $92 an hour, while general speechwriters bill about $81.  Whitepaper writers charge an average of $107 per hour, as magazine ghostwriters could make about $100 per…This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, nearly 200 million people visited the website of Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that many people turn to for very private matters like sex education, access to contraceptives, and access to abortions. What those visitors may not have known is that as soon as they opened plannedparenthood.org, some two dozen ad trackers embedded in the site alerted a slew of companies whose business is not reproductive freedom but gathering, selling, and using browsing data. The Markup ran Planned Parenthood’s website through our Blacklight tool and found 28 ad trackers and 40 third-party cookies tracking visitors, in addition to so-called…This story continues at The Next Web

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How do you write great code? By being efficient. If you want to create something awesome, you’ll have to eliminate the time dumps that slow you down. With just a few tricks, you can speed up your work and focus on what matters. 1. Create aliases Every shell comes with a file called ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile. Which one you’ll use depends on your system. This post explains it in detail. Now think about commands that you use a lot. Typing them each time is arduous, and you can mess things up if you’re prone to making typos. That is what…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: With a Rotate DIY Watchmaking Kit, tinkerers can put their skills to the ultimate test, assembling their own dynamic mechanically-driven watch. Maybe jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku aren’t quite doing it for you anymore. Tests of mental acuity are always a fun pastime for smart people, but sometimes, even games and puzzles can get a bit stale. In that case, you could attack a challenge that’s not only a serious brain-tester, but also incredibly practical. Rather than assembling a puzzle, how about breaking out a set of finely-honed tools and assembling the pieces to forge a working, mechanically-driven, stylish watch?…This story continues at The Next Web

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The iPod turns 20 this year. That device changed tech as we know it, starting Apple‘s resurgence and eventual dominance of the tech industry. But while everyone reminisces about grinding their thumb joints to a powder swirling around the click wheel, I’m looking back fondly at Microsoft’s superior competitor. I am, of course, talking about the Zune. Okay, I might not be able to objectively argue that the Zune was better than the iPod, but I do think it holds up better in 2021. I may be in the minority here, but from where I’m standing, the Zune was just…This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of the tragic death of the member of parliament for Southend West, David Amess, fellow MPs have been talking about how to best protect both politicians and the public from abuse and harm. This has included a strong focus on enacting laws designed to halt online abuse, even though police have not linked Amess’s killing to this issue directly. There have been suggestions that such abuse can be attributed, at least in part, to online anonymity – that is, the fact many social media users set up their accounts using aliases, and without images that reveal who…This story continues at The Next Web

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I carried a Sig Sauer on my hip and an iPod in my pocket, but I was only authorized to use the pistol while on watch. It was March 2003. The second gen iPod had already launched, but most of us were still rocking the first gens because that’s what they sold at the Navy Exchange back home and on the ship. My position, that night, was as a gate guard. The squadron I worked in was stationed aboard the USS Nimitz and we were enjoying our last night in Pearl Harbor before we left for the Persian Gulf. My…This story continues at The Next Web

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As a tech journo, I love it when people share their experiences of tech with me. It’s so much more interesting than a review someone is being paid to write or a marketing blurb. So in celebration of the iPod ‘s 20th birthday, I reached out to a bunch of folks I know to hear their stories. Just friends, some journos, and a former PR for Apple… A catalyst for new music I remember loading my trusty old iPod up with all my favorite music before traveling around Europe back in 2008 (i was 22). About a month into a…This story continues at The Next Web

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Age is a blessing — but it’s also fucking terrifying. Especially when I realized it had been 20 years since the iPod was released. Once I stopped hyperventilating, I understood this was okay. Why? Because the iPod changed my life. And, to this very day, I believe it’s the greatest gadget ever created. It didn’t begin that way though. Before I got my hands on an iPod, I thought MP3 players were stupid. The year is 2005. I’m about 16 and I’ve been building a CD collection for several years (one I actually still have, shout out the Marantz CD6007).…This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of the firing of Timnit Gebru and other notable AI researchers at Google, Alphabet’s circled the wagons and lawyered up. Reports flow out of Mountain View depicting teams of lawyers censoring scientific research and acting as unnamed collaborators and peer-reviewers. Most recently, Business Insider managed to interview several researchers who painted a startling and bleak picture of what it’s like to try and conduct research under such an anti-scientific regime. Per the article, one researcher said: You’ve got dozens of lawyers — no doubt, highly trained lawyers — who nonetheless actually know very little about this technology…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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It’s tough being a conservative on Twitter. Everywhere you look, those damn liberals are censoring right-wingers for dropping truth bombs based on facts, not feelings. At least, that’s what I’ve heard from conservative pundits and politicians.  The reality, however, appears to be rather different. A new study by Twitter found that the platform’s algorithms actually amplify right-wing voices. The research revealed that tweets from right-wing politicians and news outlets are both amplified on Twitter’s algorithmically ranked Home timeline. However, the social network isn’t sure why. Rumman Chowdhury, the head of Twitter’s machine learning, ethics, transparency and accountability team, tweeted that…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Today, I came across a cool foldable motorbike that looks like a desk, can fit under a desk, but has one big problem: it can’t turn into a desk. Yes, this thing that looks like a PC tower is actually a motorbike. Credit: Icoma Okay, let’s talk about the bike itself first before I name my reasons why I’d want it to be a desk too. Built by Japanese startup Icoma, the so-called Tatamel motorbike is made to embody the “free parking wherever you like” concept, according to the company’s CEO. Yeah, now it’s easier to understand the conversion. Credit:…This story continues at The Next Web

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People care about climate change and animal welfare — so it’s no wonder the demand for plant-based products has exploded in the last couple of years. The alternative dairy market is expected to triple over the next decade, reaching a whopping $32 billion USD by 2031. But what exactly is it that will determine success within this fast-growing industry? And what do startups need to know in order to attain partnerships with the corporates that can get their products on the map? Well, in my experience, it all boils down to four key lessons — but let’s begin with outlining…This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the most beautiful things about Mac OS is that you don’t really need to do much for it to be truly functional—it already is. But if you want to do some customization, there’s very little you can do since the platform is designed to be minimalist. The good news is there are loopholes, and you can unlock features you didn’t know your Mac has if you knew how to uncover them. Rated 4 out of 5 stars on MacUpdate, MacPilot is a tool that can help you unleash Mac’s untapped power. It allows you to unlock over 1,200…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: With The Ultimate Windows 11 Training Video Course, new users get a complete crash course in everything that’s the same and different in Microsoft’s first OS update in six years. You may not have realized it, but the landscape for your Windows PC shifted seismically earlier this month. For the first time in six years, Windows unleashed an update to its venerable operating system as Windows 11 rolled out across the web. While many older PCs aren’t supported by the requirements of the brightest, shiniest new Windows OS, many other newer devices have already made the switch. That’s allowing…This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this month, Mailchimp released Content Optimizer, a new product that uses artificial intelligence to help improve the performance of email marketing campaigns. Thanks to its vast trove of data, Mailchimp is in a unique position to discover common patterns of successful marketing campaigns. Content Optimizer taps into that data and uses machine learning models and business rules to predict the quality of email campaigns and provide suggestions on how to improve content, layout, and imagery. This is not Mailchimp’s first foray into using AI for content marketing, but it might be its most impactful effort in the field. Leading…This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook’s smart glasses ambitions are in the news again. The company has launched a worldwide project dubbed Ego4D to research new uses for smart glasses. In September, Facebook unveiled its Ray-Ban Stories glasses, which have two cameras and three microphones built-in. The glasses capture audio and video so wearers can record their experiences and interactions. The research project aims to add augmented reality features to smart glasses using artificial intelligence technologies that could provide wearers with a wealth of information, including the ability to get answers to questions like “Where did I leave my keys?” Facebook’s vision also includes a…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Google made a significant announcement for developers last night by reducing fees for recurring subscriptions to 15% or less for all apps. There are still tons of caveats and conditions to be eligible for that, so let’s dive right into it: If your app offers subscriptions (like Bumble or Spotify) through the Play Store payment system, you’ll have to pay 15% fees to Google. In March, the company had reduced the fees from 30% to 15% on the first million dollars earned for any developer. If your app offers media distribution such as video, audio, or books, the subscription fees…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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According to the UN, we now have five times the number of recorded weather disasters than we had in 1970, from wildfires across Greece and Turkey to flash flooding in Indonesia, Germany, and Belgium. As Secretary General António Guterres said earlier this year, “we have reached a tipping point on the need for climate action.”  The EU has set ambitious targets with its new Green Deal, namely the goal to cut emissions by 55% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030. But the solution is much more complex than simply setting targets. SMEs in particular are finding it hard to keep…This story continues at The Next Web

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PC’s may outnumber Macs in the real world, but as a tech journalist, I sometimes feel like the odd man out. I’m used to seeing a sea of MacBooks at big tech events — back when that sort of thing happened — with just a sprinkle of Windows laptops here and there. Yet even after Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pros, which seem to outclass their closest Windows competitors in nearly every performance metric, I don’t have the slightest interest in switching. Not because I’m intractably loyal to Windows, but because compared to the variety of form factors available for…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook

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NASA executives and experts struck an urgent tone with Congress earlier this week over discussions pertaining to the space agency’s nuclear budget. Oh, I’m sorry. Did I say NASA‘s nuclear budget? Surely not. Right? Here’s a meaningful quote via Paul Brinkman writing for UPI: ‘Strategic competitors including China are aggressively investing in a wide range of space technologies, including nuclear power and propulsion,’ Bhavya Lal, NASA‘s senior advisor for budget and finance, said during a congressional committee hearing Wednesday morning. ‘The United States needs to move at a fast pace to stay competitive and to remain a leader in the…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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If you’re waiting with bated breath to ride a hyperloop, prepare to turn blue. I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. But you might just be able to get a very poor second, a car ride in a tunnel. It’s courtesy of Elon Musk’s Boring Company, and if you are feeling underwhelmed, you’re not alone. Tunnels under the city of Las Vegas  Vegas Loop is expanding – 29 miles and 51 stations! Thanks to the Clark County team for the great partnership and to the Commissioners for unanimous approval. https://t.co/KrfF5SUsxq — The Boring Company (@boringcompany) October 20, 2021…This story continues at The Next Web

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Boris is the wise ol’ founder of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! The amount of time and effort I spend on being efficient is… highly inefficient. I’ll spend more time thinking about how to efficiently plan meetings than the time I’m actually in them. I know it isn’t very pleasant for me and those around me — but the perfectionist in me won’t let go. I really need to…This story continues at The Next Web

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