My time at the White House convinced me of the urgency of reforming surveillance

Around the time Edward Snowden began working for as a computer specialist for the intelligence community in 2006, I decided to leave my job as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union to go inside America’s growing surveillance state. Congress had created a new office: an office of privacy and civil liberties to advise […]

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets and modules

 My five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch […]

GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

 Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone leave people feeling burned after claiming the process should be easy while never helping you practice […]

Antisocial media?

 As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, ‘dark ads’, issue pushing Facebook pages, and even political rallies organized using its Event tools, there’s another side to the story of how tech tools are impacting the democratic process […]

Stop what you are doing and watch Nathan for You’s brilliant Uber episode right now

 If you have not yet had the pleasure of being introduced to Nathan for You, you’re in for a treat! The man behind the show, Nathan Fielder, is so wonderfully awkward in his delivery he might just make you pee your pants from laughing so hard. Last week’s episode “Andy vs. Uber” almost made me […]

Windscribe is a VPN on steroids and it’s also an extra 15% off right now

VPNs are one of the most battle-tested means of protecting yourself from theft and other web dangers. However, Windscribe is offering VPN security that’s more than just a VPN…which is why you should seriously consider this lifetime pro subscription for just $49 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals. Source: 777

Facebook shows the future of media is all about UX, not original content

Facebook recently announced the launch of a revamped video streaming service aptly called “Watch.” Despite the hype, we should be careful jumping to the conclusion Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook behemoth have their sights set on Hollywood. The real story here is that the service promises users a more streamlined viewing experience and the ability to engage with […]

Redesigning the TechCrunch app

 Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app earlier this month and we couldn’t be more excited. It has been completely redesigned with the goal of giving you easy access to the news […]

CapHorn Invest raises $150 million fund to invest in B2B startups

 French VC firm CapHorn Invest recently closed a new $150 million fund (€130 million). Around 250 CEOs and executives of big established companies invested in the fund as limited partners. This is CapHorn Invest’s second fund. The firm plans to focus on Series A rounds, from $600,000 to $6 million (€500,000 to €5 million). What’s […]

What a world of AI robot writers will look like

Just as video killed the radio star, so too will AI demolish writers, journalists, and editors. Legions of wordsmiths — from Fiverr freelancers to The New York Times reporters — may soon find themselves out of work. However, they will be defeated not by competitors overseas, but by algorithms. To understand the future of writing and […]

Crunch Report | SoftBank Vision Fund Sequels

SoftBank is planning to create $100 billion Vision Fund sequels, Chariot is temporarily paused in San Francisco and Stitch Fix shows us what a good IPO looks like. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Source: 77

Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

 Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework that gives developers standardized, well-documented tools with which to access the user’s […]

Apple and AT&T Team Up to Improve Cellular Service in Puerto Rico With LTE Band 8 Activation

Apple and AT&T have been working together to improve cellular connectivity for iPhone users in Puerto Rico who have been largely without cellular service since Hurricane Maria hit a month ago. The two companies are enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States […]

Robert Scoble has allegedly continued to sexually harass women after going sober

 Venture capitalists Dave McClure, Jason Caldbeck and Chris Sacca, SoFi CEO Mike Cagney and a top Uber engineer have all been accused of sexual impropriety in the last six months as a growing number of women have come forward about the harassment they have endured by those in power. However, Robert Scoble, who has been accused […]

Apple and AT&T activate LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service by Loon Balloon

 Apple, AT&T, the FCC and Alphabet’s X division have all put into motion efforts to give residents of Puerto Rico more cellular connectivity. Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional […]

TouchArcade iOS Gaming Roundup: Campfire Cooking, Guns Royale, Warhammer Quest 2, and More

Like most (all?) weeks in the world of iOS gaming, there’s no shortage of things happening and games being released. I spent last weekend at the Hearthstone Summer Championship and wrote about the experience. It’s downright incredible to see how huge esports are getting, particularly when Blizzard invites you to hang out in their real-deal […]

Vungle CEO arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, lewd act with 3-year-old son

 Zain Jaffer, who has been CEO of fast-growing mobile ad startup, Vungle, is out of the company after being arrested on a slew of charges, including a lewd act upon a child and assault with a deadly weapon. The alleged victim was his three-year-old son, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Wagstaffe told […]

Eltima Software's Elmedia Player and Folx Infected With Malware

Mac owners who have recently downloaded Elmedia Player or Folx from Eltima Software may have unwittingly installed malware on their machines, reports ZDNet. Downloads of Folx and Elmedia player were infected with Proton, a Remote Access Trojan, after Eltima’s servers were hacked. The Proton backdoor lets attackers access browser information, keylogs, usernames, passwords, macOS keychain […]

Apple Allowing iPhone Upgrade Program Customers to Get a 'Head Start' on iPhone X Upgrade

Starting on Monday, October 23, iPhone Upgrade Program customers will be able to get a “head start” on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting pre-approved for an iPhone Upgrade Program loan. Apple started notifying customers about the option this morning through its website and via a notice in the Apple Store app. Customers will […]

DNA techniques could transform facial recognition technology

When police in London recently trialled a new facial recognition system, they made a worrying and embarrassing mistake. At the Notting Hill Carnival, the technology made roughly 35 false matches between known suspects and members of the crowd, with one person “erroneously” arrested. Camera-based visual surveillance systems were supposed to deliver a safer and more […]

Apple Hires Former Amazon Studios Exec to Lead International TV Development

Former Amazon Studios executive Morgan Wandell is Apple’s latest hire for its video team, reports Variety. Wandell will take on the role of head of international creative development for worldwide video at Apple, reporting directly to Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, former Sony execs who now lead Apple’s original programming efforts. Wandell will start […]

No, Apple isn’t ‘enabling’ Chinese censorship

I know it’s popular to hate on Apple these days. I’m guilty of this myself. But assertions made earlier this week by Sens. Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy that Apple was enabling Chinese censorship are a step too far. In a public letter, Cruz and Leahy fused their remaining brain cells to argue Apple ‘enabled’ […]

Heuristics and Web Skills Acquisition in Open Learning Environments

Daniel Dominguez Figaredo, Educational Technology &Society, Oct 21, 2017 I’m linking to this item to make sure it remains available to me in future discussions of critical literacies. Here’s the argument: “Many of the frameworks… do not take into consideration the social practices governing the use and writing on the web.” The frameworks are conceptually […]

Students’ Reactions to Different Levels of Game Scenarios: A Cognitive Style Approach

Zhi-Hong Chen, Sherry Y. Chen, Chih-Hao Chien, Educational Technology & Society, Oct 21, 2017 More peer-reviewed literature involving the use of learning styles to describe, explain or predict learning outcomes. This study examines how students with different cognitive styles (i.e., Holist/Serialist) react to three presentation modalities (i.e., text, text with graphic, and context) in game-based […]

4 free tools for your startup that you can start using today

As a (failed) entrepreneur I can personally tell you that one of the biggest hardships me and my team faced was financial woes for things we needed around the office and online. Everything seemed to cost money – money that we didn’t have. Sure, there were some free programs we were able to use to […]

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

Jenna Anderson, Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center, Oct 21, 2017 Pew released a big report on truth and misinformation online yesterday and I was one of those consulted to contribute to it. The overall result was that “experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives […]

Samsung’s Note 8 feels as fast as the Pixel 2, and that’s a big deal

One of the most common complaints levied at Samsung’s Note 8 is that it doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself over the Galaxy S8+. But after testing the device for about six weeks, there’s one clear advantage: the Note 8 is a lot smoother than the S8 in the long run – and it even […]

Fall into autumn with #teampixel

With autumn in full swing, we’re taking note of the warmer colors being whisked into our feeds. This week, #teampixel wonderfully captures fall’s color palette, from burnt siennas to bright oranges. So grab a cup of tea, cozy up to the fire and flip through our favorite fall finds. teampixel (1).png Left: the streets are on […]

Flexible car ownership marketplace Fair.com nabs up to $1B from BMW, Penske and Sherpa Capital

 Fair.com — an all-digital car marketplace that was co-founded by car industry vets Georg Bauer of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla; Scott Painter of TrueCar; and Fedor Artiles of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Tesla — has been largely operating under the radar since quietly launching its business earlier this year. But today, it’s coming roaring down the street,… Read […]

Transitioning to 5G in Developing Countries

Gerard Halimi, Developing Telecoms, Oct 21, 2017 Over the last decade or so ther was no end to the stories talking about how mobile phones would bring the internet to developing nations and especially to Africa. I’ve covered these over the years. But the mobile internet has remained a chimera as the rollout of more […]

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