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  • DOOM in ASCII mode is equal parts fun and frustrating

    You don’t really need an excuse to revisit id Software’s genre-defining FPS game, DOOM – but indie developer Dario Zubovoic’s take on the classic is good enough reason to jump back into the gory shooter for a few rounds. The twist is that Zubovic’s 1337doom is rendered in ASCII code, meaning that the graphics are all just colored letters, numbers, and symbols, kinda like those cascades of green text in The Matrix – and yes, there’s a monochrome mode too. via Gfycat Adjusting the difficulty...


  • Apple's HomePod will reportedly be able to make calls soon

    Apple is believed to be adding some notable features to its Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker, including the ability to make and receive phone calls. That’s from French site iGeneration, which noted that it’s had a look at the iOS 12-based software for the device, and has spotted a bunch of new functions that’ll be enabled on it via a software update. If its report is accurate, you’ll soon be able to initiate and receive phone calls on your speaker (as long as it’s paired with your phone),...


  • My team used to suck at meetings, but now people are begging us to share our secret sauce

    Think you hate meetings? My colleagues and I were so sick of them that we teamed up with Chelsea Handler to build an excuse generator. Can you guess what one of the main use cases was? Getting out of meetings. For years, our team’s meetings didn’t move us forward; they were “party meetings” that threw wrenches into projects. At best, we’d brainstorm, socialize, and draft a few action items. Agendas were absent, and more people than necessary were present. Deadline discussions often devolved into...


  • From PMP to Agile and JIRA, this is your complete guide to running projects the right way

    No matter your industry, it’s probably not going to hurt to know the project management process before that pivotal day comes when you need it. You can get educated now with the Complete Project Management course mega-bundle, selling now for just $29 from TNW Deals.


  • Paying for a service doesn’t guarantee it won’t sell your data

    In the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and congressional hearings, there’s a palpable sense that the pressure slowly building around online data security is about to finally catapult us into uncharted territory. The issues aren’t new — Facebook has been a trailblazer in social media tech, but lack of transparency and misuse of user data have ruffled feathers over the years. A timeline of Facebook’s apologies published by The Washington Post lists 14 years worth of...


  • You can’t achieve long term profits without knowing how your employees feel

    Does your company get a good return on all the time and money it invests in leadership development? Despite the millions spent on developing leaders, many employees — perhaps even most — are disengaged from their work and not giving it their best shot. That’s often the result of poor leadership. I see a big problem in the corporate mindset that is fixated on short-term profits. This can lead to managers not using the leadership skills and strategies they have learned on development programs....


  • How cryptography enables online shopping, cloud tech, and the blockchain

    What do the Gallic Wars and online shopping have in common? The answer, believe it or not, is cryptography. Cryptography is the cement of the digital world, but it also has a long history that predates the digital era. Most people do not realize that cryptography is a foundational element to our modern society. At it’s heart cryptography is about access to data, and controlling who can see and use it. It is not only a vital part of everyday technology such as smartphones, but it is also enabling...


  • Here’s how to pass 12 CompTIA certification exams — for less than $3 each

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  • One year after massive takedowns, dark web marketplaces are thriving

    The past year has been one of the most tumultuous for the dark web, as massive law enforcement efforts have untangled and disbanded several large criminal operations — but did these operations actually make a difference? What happened? On July 4, 2017, the Amazon of the dark web went dark. Alphabay, the largest underground market ever seen, and a popular shop for drugs, stolen credit cards, counterfeit documents, and cyber-crime kits, was largely considered the bellwether market for the...


  • Designers shouldn't be afraid of using computational design

    In 1961, Alan Perlis, an early pioneer in computer science, advocated that computer programming should be a requirement of a liberal arts education. He believed students of creative disciplines should learn programming, not so they could become programmers, but so they could learn more about how to construct and analyze processes — whether building an imaginary world for a video game, designing a brand logo, or telling a compelling story. Fast forward to the present, where computation and...


  • A Japanese startup has ambitious plans for on-demand meteor showers

    A Tokyo-based startup is hard at work developing a system that would deliver “shooting stars on demand.” According to a report by Japan Times, the world’s first artificial meteor shower could take place over Hiroshima as early as 2020. ALE Co., is reportedly in the final stages of developing two satellites. The first is set to be launched into space in March of next year, while the second would follow sometime mid-year. Each would have a payload of roughly 400 tiny balls whose tightly-guarded...


  • Here's why you shouldn't give your Fortnite password to strangers

    A teenager in Ohio fell victim to the oldest scam on record while playing Fortnite. Hopefully his loss will stand as a good lesson for the legions of other neophytes cutting their teeth on the popular battle royale game. What happened: The 13-year-old, named Jake, was playing a match when a stranger made him a tempting offer. He could have free skins for his character — a character that, according to Jake’s mom Amy, he’d already invested a significant amount of money in. All Jake had to do was...