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Meet Somnox, a robot that could one day replace sleeping pills
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

As robotics students at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, Julian Jagtenberg and the co-founders of Somnox were frequently exposed to the negative consequences of sleep deprivation. But being roboticists, they started looking for a mechanical solution to their problem. So instead of going for medication that can lead to addiction, Jagtenberg and his team developed Somnox, a soft, cuddly robot built to help people fall asleep. The robot is peanut-shaped and features a secret mechanism that’s supposed to simulate the expansion and contraction of breath in the robot. According to its creators, people who hold the robot…

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Facebook is testing a feature to help you find people to play games with
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Facebook is quietly testing a new feature that lets users find other people to play videogames with. Some users have reported seeing a new icon, ‘Find Players,’ in the area used to compose statuses and posts. From what we can tell, this is relatively bare-bones. The things you’d expect from such a feature — like integration with PSN, Steam, or Xbox Live — aren’t present. Instead, you’re prompted to give your team a name, a description, a hashtag, and optionally, a photo. The biggest advantage for this is that it could allow individuals to organize team games for titles that…

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Everything from VPNs to stunt drones, here’s TNW Deals Black Friday preview sale
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Black Friday hasn't officially arrived, but it's definitely making its presence known. A ton of tech sales have already begun, which could mean quantities will be low by the time the real shopping day arrives. Get ahead of the curve and claim your discounts on some of the deals you've probably been wanting anyway. 
Bitcoin mining consumes more electricity than 20+ European countries
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

As Bitcoin continues its stride towards mainstream adoption, it turns out that its surging price rates are not the only thing experiencing a sudden increase. New research indicates that the popular cryptocurrency now consumes more electricity than more than 20 countries in Europe. Researchers from British energy price comparison platform Power Compare have discovered that the total volume of electricity required for mining Bitcoin – the computational process that keeps transactions on the blockchain moving – now amounts to more consumption than 159 individual countries. Among others, the list includes Ireland, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia and Iceland. Interestingly, only three countries out of…

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How to build a startup while having a full-time job — according to people who did it
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Starting a new startup while having other critical obligations in your life, like a full-time job or a family, is certainly challenging — but not impossible. We asked three entrepreneurs in TQ, a tech hub in the heart of Amsterdam, who have experienced this first-hand, what their advice is if you are to engage in such an adventure. Combine your personal purpose with a skill Thomas Moes, co-founder of Homerun: I started my career at a design agency teaching me the basics of being a designer and how business works. In the evening hours two friends and I started an online…

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Facebook’s testing an Instagram-style ‘Collections’ feature for saved posts
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Facebook is trialing a new feature that should make it easier to rifle through your saved posts and find the ones you actually want to revisit. It’s called Collections, and it’s similar to the Instagram feature of the same name that launched in April: in addition to saving posts from your feed to an ever-expanding list you can retrieve later, you’ll now be able to organize these into folders for easy retrieval. The update was first spotted by social media professional Mari Smith; from her screenshots, it appears to work in a similar fashion to Instagram’s Collections. When you choose…

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2 of 5 FCC commissioners favor net neutrality. You have 3 weeks to convince the rest.
November 23rd, 2017, 06:08 AM

As December 14 – the day that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on repealing net neutrality guidelines – draws ever nearer, it’s worth noting that not all of the agency’s members are in favor of eroding the principles that keep the internet open in the US. Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn, who are two of the five commissioners at the FCC and have been serving there for years now, have come out in support of preserving net neutrality. Rosenworcel published an article on Slate this week, urging citizens to contact the FCC and voice their opinion, and has been…

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Samsung will reportedly unveil its Galaxy S9 and dual-camera S9+ in January 2018
November 22nd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Following the success of its Galaxy S8 lineup this year, Samsung is now reportedly gearing up to show off the next generation of its flagship phones as soon as January 2018, reports VentureBeat. So, what can you expect from the South Korean giant next year? The upcoming devices, codenamed Star 1 and Star 2, will feature identical designs to the S8 and S8+, along with the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved Super AMOLED displays, respectively. Samsung is slated to reveal certain details about them at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. However, they’ll feature upgraded internals – perhaps…

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TripAdvisor draws FTC attention after deleting reviews alleging rape and wrongful death
November 22nd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Dozens, if not hundreds, of cautionary tales have been removed from TripAdvisor for vague reasons, and new reports reveal the company is under scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission. An investigation into the deleted reviews reveals that many of them concerned assaults, rapes, or other kinds of bad behavior on the grounds of establishments. Now, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which helped expose some of the most egregious deletions, there’s a chance the FTC will investigate. A letter sent by FTC acting chairperson Maureen Ohlhausen to Senator Tammy Baldwin reads: The Commission has a strong interest in protecting consumer confidence in…

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Elon Musk basically confirms AI is coming to eradicate the human race
November 22nd, 2017, 06:08 AM

Elon Musk likes to make predictions. You may have seen a few, like these: We’re living in a computer simulation Tesla will surpass Apple’s market cap by 2025 Humans can make Mars inhabitable by blasting it with nukes In a recent talk with Musk-led startup Neuralink, the master of predictions made another one: AI is probably going to kill us all. At a recent talk, Musk said all efforts to make AI safe have only “a five to 10 percent chance of success.” Musk’s latest proclamation is on-brand, if nothing else. Musk, in years past warned many times of the…

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