Ikea won’t sell customers this rug until they take a heart and brainwave scan

For the last five years, Ikea has teamed with notable designers and artists to create high-dollar goods. Its “Art Collection” offered customers the opportunity to buy limited edition furnishings and art at prices customers could stomach. Ikea’s 2019 Art Collection was to feature rugs, eight of them from notables in the industry, including Virgil Abhoh, the art director for Louis Vuitton’s men’s line. For anyone willing to plop down $500, they could own the artistic works of one of the world’s foremost designers. Or, that’s what they thought anyway. Unfortunately, these limited edition pieces were just as likely to end…
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Rotten Tomatoes’ new Audience Score makes you prove you’ve seen the movie

Few places summon the trolls like movie reviews. After suffering through multiple cases of review-bombing – when trolls flood in with disproportionate negative reviews – Rotten Tomatoes wants to weed out the people who haven’t actually, you know seen the movie. Specifically, users will now be required to verify their ticket purchase for their votes to be counted in the new Audience Score: “Rotten Tomatoes now features an Audience Score made up of ratings from users we’ve confirmed bought tickets to the movie – we’re calling them “Verified Ratings.” We’re also tagging written reviews from users we can confirm purchased tickets…
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Review: The Vuze XR handheld camera makes it dead simple to create VR videos

HumanEyes‘ Vuze XR is a rare breed of camera. It’s pocket-sized, shoots in VR, 360, and 5K formats, and it costs around the same as an entry-level DSLR. What really sets it apart, however, is how easy it is to use. I love VR. And the thought of making my own glorious, fully immersive, 180-degree family vacation videos that we can watch on our headsets – like the VR videos on YouTube – fills me with joy. But I’m neither a filmmaker nor a professional photographer. There’s only a handful of consumer-geared VR cameras out there (that don’t cost thousands) and…
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How to access Android’s hidden developer options

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. One of the advantages Android has over iOS is the control Google gives you over its operating system. Case in point is Android’s ‘developer options,’ a secret menu that provides all sorts of useful controls, including the ability to change animation speeds, choose a Bluetooth codec, or limit the number of apps that can run in the background – among many other things The only problem is the menu is hidden by default. Whether this…
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SitePoint Premium New Releases: Webpack, TensorFlow, Swift & Parcel

We’re working hard to keep you on the cutting edge of your field with SitePoint Premium. We’ve got plenty of new books to check out in the library — let us introduce you to them. A Beginner’s Guide to Webpack When using JavaScript module bundler webpack for the first time, it can be difficult to […]

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This tiny flashing kit can break your bad online security habits

The number of cyber attacks is estimated to have risen by 67% over the last five years, with the majority of these data breaches being traced back to human error. The potential risks of such attacks are vast and can have a serious impact on both organizations and individuals. But protecting ourselves against cyber security threats can be extremely complicated. Not only is the technology we use on a daily basis getting more complex, but attackers are constantly finding new ways to bypass security measures. Yet staying up to date with safety measures and new devices is not always practical.…
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Hands on: The touchscreen NAD M10 is the shape of amps to come

Unless you’re obsessed, keeping up to date with audiophile hi-fi equipment is tough. There’s a never ending supply of generically-named companies combining some random letters and numbers, slapping them on a black cuboid, and then selling it for thousands of dollars. It’s rare I see something I think will make an impact outside of the audiophile space, but the NAD M10 integrated amplifier has a chance to break the mould. First off, yes, it’s a generically named company releasing a product whose name is a mix of a random letters and numbers. But the NAD M10 (lol) is different. It wants…
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5 bite-size Bitcoin factoids to beef up your cryptocurrency knowledge

Bitcoin celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this year. The cryptocurrency is technological feat and while its inner workings are often difficult to understand, or explain, there are a few interesting facts every enthusiast should know. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting facts about Bitcoin. 1. Satoshi Nakamoto is very rich The identity of Bitcoin‘s inventor, or inventors, remains a mystery but we do know they are very rich. It’s estimated that Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used by Bitcoin‘s creator, has mined and owns around 980,000 BTC, which is equivalent to approximately $6.9 billion at the time of writing. 2.…
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These are the top 10 programming languages in blockchain

Okay, okay: we all know that blockchain and cryptocurrency developers are in demand these days, but what are the most popular programming languages in blockchain development? It turns out that Ethereum‘s Solidity takes the top spot, followed by JavaScript and Java in second and third spot respectively, according to the most common blockchain-related questions on StackOverflow. To reach this conclusion, Hard Fork searched StackOverflow for entries tagged with the term “blockchain.” In 2,724 questions referencing “blockchain,” Solidity appeared a total of 259 times. JavaScript was mentioned in 130 questions, followed by Java with 71 mentions. Python and Google‘s Go complete…
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And the winner of the Chivas Venture Global Final is…

Last week, the Chivas Venture Global Final took place at our very own TNW Conference. $1 million of no-strings funding was awarded to the top global startups blending profit with purpose to have a positive impact on the world. From 20 global finalists, Mexico’s Xilinat walked away with the largest amount of funding, receiving a total of $310,000. Looking to transform the global sugar industry, Xilinat converts agricultural waste into a natural sugar substitute that looks and tastes like normal sugar, yet is low in calories; helping tackle obesity while providing a sustainable alternative for diabetics and the health-conscious. In…
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