Instagram deletes the IGTV button no one was using

Instagram has removed that IGTV button that’s been sitting in the upper corner of the app, thankfully putting it out of its misery before it atrophies from disuse. IGTV is Instagram‘s answer to YouTube, a separate-but-not-really app for longer-form videos than the base app allowed for. It launched in June 2018 to great fanfare, but not much has happened with it since then. You can watch IGTV videos without the app, but the button was intended to offer users a shortcut to browse IGTV content. Anyone who’s used that button in the last year, tweet me an emoji of a… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Joe Biden derides game dev ‘creeps’ who ‘teach you how to kill’

Former US Vice President and current Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, became the latest politician to make his disdain for video games plain — not unusual by itself, but in the middle of a campaign is probably the wrong time to do it. It doesn’t help that his words strike a particularly dismissive and nasty note that seems designed to alienate anyone with even the remotest sympathy for the gaming industry. Over the weekend, the New York Times published Biden’s interview with its editorial board, in which he covered everything from his age to his opinion of Mark Zuckerberg to his… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Review: Devialet’s Phantom Reactor is the David to your subwoofer’s Goliath

I first listened to the minuscule Devialet Phantom Reactors in the company’s New York showroom in late 2018. Back then, I wrote that they were one of the few speakers that have made me think ‘wow’ in a long time. After all, review enough speakers costing thousands of dollars, and you become at least a little jaded about what sounds good and what surprises you. After spending a few months with the Reactor – starting at $2,180 a pair for 600W, or $2,700 for the 900W model I tested – my enthusiasm only increased. These are speakers meant to wow you, to make… This story continues at The Next Web… Read More

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Scientists invent robot that climbs surfaces like Spider-Man

A pair of researchers from Zhejiang University in China have developed a device that allows humans or robots to scale walls like the Amazing Spider-Man. Researchers Xin Li and Kaige Shi developed a novel vaccuum suction unit capable of gripping rough, uneven surfaces. Until recently, if you wanted to suction-cup your way up a wall it’d have to be made of glass, slick marble, or some other unbroken surface. Standard vaccuum devices rely on an unbroken seal between the atmosphere and the gadget‘s inner-vaccuum in order to maintain suction. Per the duo’s research paper: Their most difficult problem is vacuum… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Snap founder says TikTok could dethrone Instagram

Evan Spiegel knows a thing or two about the social space. For eight years, his startup, Snapchat, has been chasing giants in this space. And now he thinks a new competitor, TikTok, the short-form video app, has the potential to dethrone Instagram as the world’s third-largest social application — if you aren’t including chat platforms like Messenger, WhatsApp, or WeChat. During a fireside chat yesterday, at Digital Life Design (DLD), Spiegel responded to an audience member question about his opinion on TikTok. “I love TikTok; I’m a big fan,” Spiegel said. He then elaborated: “Social media in its original construct… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Sundar Pichai offers a cryptic warning against over-regulating AI

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, wants the world’s governments to regulate artificial intelligence. In an opinion piece published in the Financial Times over the weekend, the big tech boss says: Now there is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It is too important not to. Pichai‘s op-ed reads like a preemptive strike. It begins with an appeal to his status as an everyday person. He discusses his love for technology dating back to his childhood before immediately moving on to all the good that Google‘s doing: Just this… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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