‘Consent condom’ requires four hands to open package

94 percent of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. One in three will contemplate suicide. And while a condom isn’t going to stop rape, it’s a damn good place to start. Tulipán, an Argentine sex toy retailer, has created the world’s first “consent condom,” a condom encased in packaging requiring four hands to open. The unique design requires two parties to simultaneously press special points on the side of the packet to access its contents. “Tulipán has always spoken of safe pleasure but for this campaign we understood that we had to talk about the most…
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Salty Fallout 76 player sends sassiest message ever to Bethesda

If you’ve ever wished to communicate with a game developer, either to praise them or to complain about something, but chickened out because you assumed they’d never bother to read your message — you just have to get creative about it, apparently. One particular item sent to Fallout developer Bethesda got a particular point across in a way no Reddit thread or tweet ever could. At a recent Bethesda Game Days panel, executive director (and my eternal nemesis) Todd Howard was asked about fan mail. According to Howard, he recently received a package full of bobby pins, along with a note that…
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Facebook data leak (yeah, another one) allegedly exposes passwords, likes, etc

Flip that board that says “It’s been _ days since we found a massive pile of unsecured Facebook data” right back to zero, and get ready to reset your passwords again just to be safe. Security researchers discovered hundreds of millions of records on publicly-accessible Amazon cloud servers — including names, passwords, comments, likes, and all the other stuff we should all just assume has already leaked at some point. Cybersecurity firm Upguard released its findings earlier today. There are two data sets, originating from different sources, both stored in Amazon S3 buckets — no password protection on either one,…
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Stepping into the immersive classroom

In a beautifully kitted out room in central Paris, Colin Fillaudeau is teaching a group of youngsters how to build in Mixed Reality. Even though my French is far from perfect and I’m unfamiliar with the program he’s using, I’m able to follow along quite well, and the same is certainly true for the 14 year olds in the room, who have come here for the day from a deprived area on the outskirts of Paris. This room – which resembles an open-plan tech start-up office with its multiple screens, robots, VR headsets and Minecraft plush toys and LEGO –…
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Sneaky movie site streams audio-only films for at-work binge sessions

To all the desk jockeys of the world, I direct your attention to Listen to a Movie, a site which allows you to (as the name suggests) listen to the audio of thousands of movies, shows, and comedy specials, no video required. Listen to a Movie claims to have been created “for the enslaved cubicle workers of the world who enjoy LISTENING to movies while the work.” It’s been around for a long time now — a LifeHacker article from 2007 called it, “Unbelievably cool and seemingly unlikely-to-last.” The site allows you stream film audio through your browser, no video…
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Android Q Beta 2 is now available, including new ‘bubbles’ for multi-tasking

Well, that was fast. Less than a month after it released the first beta of Android Q, Google has now released Beta 2. While it’s mostly aimed at adding API’s and features for developers, there is one major development for the rest of us: bubbles are now official. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Android Q Beta 1 had a hidden feature that placed notifications in floating ‘bubbles’ akin to Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads. These would let you read notifications without pulling down the notification shade, and made it a bit easier multi-task when using your phone with…
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JavaScript Web Workers: A Beginner’s Guide

In 2019, the web ecosystem has evolved to the point where the browser is an execution environment for applications built on JavaScript. This is reflected in the speed with which the industry comes up with new frameworks, paradigms, module loaders and bundlers, dependency managers, build tools, and package managers year after year.

When JavaScript was conceived in the early days of the internet, the direction of web development was not clear. Due to the constant, rapid change in the industry and ecosystem, the need for backward-compatibility with browsers and web standards, the evolution of JavaScript became a constant stream of patches, hacks and afterthoughts.

Today's mobile devices normally come with 8+ CPU cores, or 12+ GPU cores. Desktop and server CPUs have up to 16 cores, 32 threads, or more.

In this environment, having a dominant programming or scripting environment that is single-threaded is a bottleneck.

JavaScript Is Single-threaded
This means that by design, JavaScr..

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Cross Browser Testing Checklist Before Going Live

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When you develop a website, going live is like a dream come true. But then you notice things going wrong after launch and it quickly becomes a nightmare. A friend of mine was so excited as he was about to launch his new website. But when he finally hit the shiny launch button, some unusual and concerning trends started to popup. After delving into the details in Google Analytics, he found out that the website had a very high bounce rate on Mobile devices.

The website was a mess on mobile devices, all the elements had left their places and the logo was not even fit to screen. That day taught him a valuable lesson, which he passed on to me, ‘Go through a checklist for cross browser testing before going live’.

Cross browser testing is very necessary in this digital world where everyone is browsing the web on a different platform, OS, browser, and you can’t even think..

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TNW2019 Daily: On the right track

We have only 36 days left until TNW2019, our tech conference in Amsterdam! Here are some fun facts about the number 36: It appears in the title of Wu-Tang Clan’s album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) +36 is the area code of Hungary It’s the number of gallons in a beer barrel There will be lots of beer at TNW Conference on May 9 and 10 – and no one will go Hungary, thanks to our many food trucks. We’ll also definitely play some Wu-Tang at our afterparty. So, with only 36 days to go, you should most certainly buy…
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Studying social animals will unlock the potential of swarm robotics

From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds, many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperative behavior can be used by engineers as “bio-inspiration” to solve practical human problems, and by computer scientists studying swarm intelligence. “Swarm robotics” took off in the early 2000s, an early example being the “s-bot” (short for swarm-bot). This is a fully autonomous robot that can perform basic tasks including navigation and the grasping of objects, and which can self-assemble into chains to cross gaps or pull heavy loads. More recently, “TERMES” robots have…
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