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  • Ancestry creates you a custom Spotify playlist for $99 and some spit

    The world’s most popular genealogy company, last week, teamed with Spotify in hopes of answering a simple, albeit loaded question: “What is the sound of you?” A partnership between Ancestry.com and Spotify still seems unlikely, but the gist of the value proposition is this: Plunk down $99 for the ancestryDNA program, mail in some of your saliva, and Ancestry not only paints a picture (figuratively speaking) of your heritage, but provides a soundtrack to accompany it thanks to Spotify. What is...


  • This iOS 12 Shortcut automatically activates your iPhone camera during a police stop

    Mobile phones are the great equalizer. Residing in each of our pocket’s is a device that shifts the balance of power, if slightly, from those who have it, to those who ensure they don’t abuse it. Whether used as a deterrent or to document horrific overreach, the mobile phone has become an important part of life in 2018, and for reasons few could have predicted when they launched. A new Siri shortcut adds another tool to the arsenal of those who document these encounters with police. With the...


  • Here's our best look at at Huawei's Mate 20 Pro yet

    Huawei has made no secret that it’s newest flagship, the Mate 20 is on the way, but a new leak courtesy of WinFuture has given us our first glimpse of what the device might actually look like – including a unique triple camera setup. Like the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro is expected to come with three cameras, and I kind of dig the square arrangement here with the flash. The overall design direction looks quite different than the P20, with softer sides, a smaller chin, and a wider, more iPhone-esque...


  • These people will go to the edge of the Earth to prove it's flat

    At least one supposed member of a group calling itself “Project Edge” claims they will be undertaking a mission to travel to the edge of the Earth later this week. Here’s hoping they can finally figure out if our planet resides on a series of turtles’ backs, or the shoulders of Atlas. In the following video, uploaded to Facebook last month, Desmond Walsh – some guy who thinks the Earth is flat – sends out a call for volunteers. There’s a better-than-naught chance this is a strange attempt at...


  • Slack just bought (and killed) a beloved email app

    Slack, the workplace communications platform used by over eight million people, today announced it had acquired Astro — a beloved email client that uses AI to help users manage their overflowing inboxes. Big news — Astro is joining @SlackHQ! Slack is the fastest-growing business application in history, and we'll join Slack's mission to make work simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. In prep, we’ll shut down our Astro apps on Oct 10. Learn more at https://t.co/itOD5Z5zl5🚀 — Astro (acquired...


  • YouTube won't delete the channel of an accused child molester

    The man behind a large “kid-friendly” YouTube channel was recently arrested for attempted molestation of a minor — and you can still view his entire library of videos on the site. Buzzfeed News today broke the story of what happened to the popular channel SevenAwesomeKids and its network of offshoots: The creator, Ian Rylett, was arrested last month on the aforementioned charge — specifically, he’s accused of attempting lascivious acts with a girl who was to appear in one of his channels’...


  • 'Minimal Turing Test' asks you to prove you're a human with a single word

    A pair of scientists recently came up with a new take on the Turing Test. It goes like this: “Imagine you and a smart robot are both before a judge who cannot see you. The judge will guess which of you is the human. Whoever the judge thinks is the human will live, and the robot will die. Both you and the robot want to live.” It isn’t every day you come across a white paper that reads like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. But hats off to University of Pennsylvania’s John McCoy and MIT’s Tomer...


  • Peter Theil’s attacks on higher education are boring

    A whole lot of hubbub has been generated by infamous billionaire Peter Theil and his repeated, dull attacks on higher education across the United States. Despite the fact that I keep seeing more and more about Theil in the media, usually when it comes to his ceaseless critiques of American universities, I think too few people are acknowledging one simple fact – Peter Theil and his long-disproven assault on higher ed isn’t just hopelessly wrong, it’s also incredibly boring. Here’s why I think...


  • Apple acquires Shazam and announces it'll now be ad-free

    Apple has just confirmed its acquisition of the music identification app, Shazam. On top of this, the company has announced that the app will become ad-free for all users, even for those on Android. This purchase has been on the cards for some time. In fact, we reported on it in December of last year, but it’s now completely official. Shazam was one of the early apps to gain success on the app store and has now been downloaded over a billion times. The app ‘listens’ to songs when users open it,...


  • Ex-Google CEO: Competition between US and China will split the internet

    Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes that in next 10-15 years, the internet will split into two with one part will be led by China and other by the US. Schmidt said in reply to economist Terry Cowen’s question on the possibility of having three to four separate internets a decade from now: I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America. He was attending a private event  held by VC firm...


  • Make data driven decisions by mastering Tableau with this $19 course bundle

    Tableau’s emphasis on graphic interface and data visualization have catapulted the app to the number-crunching pinnacle — and now you can learn to wield that power with the Complete Tableau 10 Data Science bundle ($19, an over 90 percent savings from TNW Deals).


  • Celebrated studio Telltale Games shuts down in the messiest way possible

    Over the past 14 years, California-based game development studio Telltale Incorporated made a name for itself with its range of well crafted adventure- and story-driven titles. That includes hits like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and adaptations of popular franchises including Batman, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, and Game of Thrones. Sadly, Telltale’s journey came to an end last week, when it abruptly pulled the plug on the majority of its operations and left between 225 and...