Why apps should enhance real-world experiences, not replace them

Most mobile apps seek to be the center of attention. They are created by owners and product managers who obsess over extending as many user sessions as possible. Unfortunately, they don’t place a high consideration on the impacts of their customers’ well-being. Meanwhile, many users are increasingly aware of how much time they are spending staring and tapping at their favorite apps. Apple has even made users more aware of just how much time they are spending on their phones with their iOS 12 update. In the face of these emerging trends, it seems like the perfect time to ask…
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CHEAP: $150 off Beats Solo3 headphones is making the hair I’ve lost tingle

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Confession time: I’ve always yearned to be the headphones-in-public-wearing type, but due to my follicly-challenged condition — I haven’t been able to. In my dreams, I often cycle to work, donning Apple’s Beats atop my luscious, long hair. Then I wake up, full of joy, only to stare in the mirror and see the reflection of my shining bald head. Aw, how terrible I feel. But you know what, you shouldn’t let my misery stop you from living life to the fullest, goddamn it.…
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Choose your own price on this giant Arduino eBook training library

There are literally hundreds of super-cool Arduino projects that even a newbie can complete with a tiny bit of training. You can get that training plus the step-by-step help to build loads of neat stuff with this Arduino Hacker eBook Bundle. On top of all that, you can pick up this entire monster-sized collection at exactly the price you want to pay.

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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Largest derivatives exchange to launch Bitcoin options in Q1 2020’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Nightingale used to say: Time is money! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, September 20 2019, at a price of $10,181. That’s a minor 0.82 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$84.68. It was the lowest closing price in eight days. We’re still 49 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at…
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How machine learning in policing could fuel racial discrimination

The debate over the police using machine learning is intensifying – it is considered in some quarters as controversial as stop and search. Stop and search is one of the most contentious areas of how the police interact with the public. It has been heavily criticized for being discriminatory towards black and minority ethnic groups, and for having marginal effects on reducing crime. In the same way, the police use of machine learning algorithms has been condemned by human rights groups who claim such programs encourage racial profiling and discrimination along with threatening privacy and freedom of expression. Broadly speaking,…
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Businesses can now schedule Instagram posts and IGTV videos with Facebook — here’s how

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. Earlier this week, Facebook released a new update for its Creator Studio, allowing businesses on the platform to schedule Instagram posts and IGTV videos up to at least six months in advance. This update isn’t completely new as companies have been able to schedule posts through third-party services for a while. But the problem with using third-party tools, including HootSuit and Sprout Social, is the annoying limitations like being unable to add multiple images…
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Apple Arcade is everything I wanted for mobile gaming

Apple Arcade launched yesterday, alongside iOS 13, and while I’ve only used it for a short while, I think I can say this is the kind of mobile gaming I want, now and forever. For starters, this is a price I can actually stomach. I’m not a fan of subscription gaming, per se. But with a price as reasonable as Arcade’s ($4.99/month), and as many games as there are (i.e. more than I’ll be able to play in several months, if not a year), I don’t feel the pecuniary sting quite so keenly. Maybe it’s a byproduct of being an…
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CHEAP: Get 30% off this souped-up Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

Google’s Chromebook laptops are no longer “cheap and cheerful” toys only good for light browsing. They can actually do serious stuff, like run Android applications, as well as run fully-fledged Linux distributions. But to make the most of that, you need a reasonably powerful machine, like this Samsung Chromebook Plus V2. This meaty device packs a 12.2-inch touchscreen, 64GB of storage, 4GB RAM, and an Intel Core m3 processor. It’s also a 2-in-1 machine, allowing you to use it in both laptop and tablet mode. And its 13MP webcam will make you look crystal clear when you’re in an important…
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Tech CEO tells employees he’s obligated to accept any government contract regardless of morality

“I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with the purpose of selecting which U.S. agencies we should or should not do business.” Barry Crist, CEO of Chef, in an email to employees. “And to be clear: I also find policies such as separating families and detaining children wrong and contrary to the best interests of our country.” Also Barry Crist, in the same email. It isn’t everyday you’ll find an executive businessperson in a leadership position willing to admit to the general public that they believe it’s inappropriate to…
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JerryRigEverything’s Galaxy Fold torture test shows the phone still isn’t very durable

It’s worth commending Samsung for taking the time out to fix the problems with the original Galaxy Fold. Granted, maybe some of these problems shouldn’t have been there in the first place – such as an easy-to-remove but essential plastic film – but it’s encouraging that Samsung delayed its most-hyped launch of the year to make a better phone. But don’t get me wrong: the Galaxy Fold is still no durability king, as JerryRigEverything’s (real name Zack Nelson) ritual torture tests show. You can watch it here: Nelson acquired a Korean retail version of the phone and put it through…
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