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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How to connect your PS4 & Xbox One controllers to your iPhone or iPad

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. iOS 13 is finally here, and with it comes Apple’s increased focus on gaming. We now have Apple Arcade, a mobile gaming subscription service that comes with dozens of excellent new games. One of the side benefits of this is that you can now use popular wireless game controllers with your iPhone and iPad. Before now, iOS didn’t support Bluetooth game controllers generally. Instead, it supported the MFi (Made For iPhone) SDK, for whom only a…
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Google thinks it wasn’t sexist to give its voice assistant a female voice

Last year, a study by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) argued that voice assistants like Google’s perpetuate “harmful gender bias” and suggests women should be there to assist rather than be assisted. But it turns out Google always wanted to use a male voice, but they didn’t because female voices are apparently easier to work with. Talking to Business Insider, Google’s product manager, Brant Ward, said: “At the time, the guidance was the technology performed better for a female voice. The TTS [text-to-speech] systems in the early days kind of echoed [early systems] and just became…
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Russian Facebook hit with fake Telegram token ads using Pavel Durov’s face

When new crypto or digital currency projects are announced it doesn’t take long for scams to follow. It appears that Telegram’s supposedly incoming TON token is the latest to be exploited by opportunistic scammers. According to Russian news outlet Kommersant, fraudsters are using the face of Telegram founder Pavel Durov to push fake TON investment opportunities. The advert appears to be a sponsored post made under a page called “Successful Investor.” On clicking the post, users are redirected to a website that imitates the appearance of Russian news site, RBC. Kommersant says the imitation website displays what looks to be…
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Ripple Labs wants the US to forget it’s being sued for selling Ripple (XRP) illegally

Ripple Labs, the company behind the Ripple (XRP) cryptocurrency, has formally requested a US federal court dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges it illegally sold unregistered securities, Fortune reports. A number of investors are claiming to have lost money after Ripple Labs convinced them to buy its Ripple (XRP) cryptocurrency. The group has demanded that Ripple Labs pay damages and declare that Ripple (XRP) is security. In response, Ripple Labs says that federal regulators have already concluded that Ripple (XRP) is a currency and a commodity, not a security — an assumption based on interpretation of previous regulator statements and not official rulings…
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This digital marketing masterclass is a must for every new entrepreneur

Even if you’ve never tackled the treacherous depths of digital advertising before, the direction from a course like the Digital Marketing Masterclass: Get Your First 1,000 Customers can help make that daunting task a lot more manageable. Right now, you can get that training at literally hundreds off its regular price, just $15 from TNW Deals.

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VPN apps with 500M+ installs caught serving disruptive ads to Android users

Google Play Store has a malware problem. And it doesn’t seem to go away despite the company’s best efforts to rein in sketchy apps. In a yet another instance of Android adware, New Zealand-based independent security researcher Andy Michael found four Android VPN apps with cumulative downloads of over 500 million that not only serve ads while running the background, but are also placed outside the apps, including the home screen. The apps in question are Hotspot VPN, Free VPN Master, Secure VPN, and Security Master by Cheetah Mobile. It’s notable that all these apps originate from Hong Kong and China,…
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How to use iOS 13’s dark mode like a boss

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. Apple just released iOS 13 for iPhones (till iPhone 6) and iPods (till 7th gen). One of the most talked-about features is, naturally, the dark mode. In this post, we’ll help you figure out how to make the most of the feature. Enable dark mode through the control center Open the control center on your phone. Long press on the brightness indicator. Select the dark mode option from the toggle buttons below to enable it. You…
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How product managers can bring human insights to agile development

Today’s product manager is “the mini-CEO of the product,” a McKinsey report says. It’s a huge job, occupying the intersection between customers, business issues, and products. Product managers must understand customer needs, prioritize features, and work with the engineering team to build them. They are ultimately responsible for a product’s success or failure. The job was already a hot seat, and agile methods — now the go-to development paradigm at most organizations — have turned up the temperature. Because of the relentless pace of accelerated software delivery, product managers often have as little as a day to make key decisions…
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin network shifted the equivalent of 412 tons of gold in one day’

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: I got the horses in the back. Bitcoin Price We closed the day, September 19 2019, at a price of $10,266. That’s a minor 0.64 percent increase in 24 hours, or $65. It was the highest closing price in two days. We’re still 48 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap…
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