Phone makers are going all-in on foldables, but I’m skeptical


We’re less than a month away from Samsung‘s next big hardware event, where it’s expected to reveal – if not officially launch – its foldable phone. I believe it’ll steer the conversation about mobile device design away from notches and bezel-less displays in 2019, but I wonder if this is the best way forward for portable gadgets. It’s worth noting the Korean giant isn’t the first to this new form factor: China’s Royole unveiled its Flexpai at CES earlier this month (and elsewhere around the world through the end of 2018). While it packed plenty of power and came with a truly…

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Lorian Synaro of Anonymous explains the motive behind #OpSudan and #OpZimbabwe


Over the past week, Zimbabwe has experienced citizens protesting over raised fuel prices and high living costs. While in Sudan protests about the country’s economic problems and President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year term started in December 2018. In both cases, the governments resorted to shutting down the internet as a method to restrain citizens from speaking freely on social media and other online platforms. Also, in both Sudan and Zimbabwe, the authorities have unleashed security forces on citizens resulting in deaths and severe injuries of protesting citizens. Both protests and internet shutdowns caught the attention of various global media organizations, and also the attention…

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You’d be surprised by how many VPN’s are owned by the same company


The VPN industry has exploded over the past few years. Fuelled by a greater awareness of online security, a desire to watch geo-restricted content, and yes, piracy, more people are hiding their online identities than ever. But did you know that many VPN providers are owned by the same few companies? A report from The Best VPN, shared exclusively with TNW, looks at five companies in particular — Avast, AnchorFree, StackPath, Gaditek and Kape Technologies. It found that over the past few years, these companies have acquired a total of 19 smaller players in the VPN space, including HideMyAss and…

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Why the next innovative leap in shaving tech looks like a step backward


Advances in technology aren’t always what they seem. Take, for example, Gillette’s latest “breakthrough” in shaving tech — a heating mechanism that complements the razors that are already packed with blades. It’s as if Gillette, upon realizing that it would be physically impossible (or even more worthy of parody than their previous efforts) to cram more blades onto their razors, is desperate to see what other “innovations” they can add to a single cartridge. But neither the heating element nor the extra blades seem to add much to the shaving experience, as evidenced by the fact that more consumers than…

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GOP pushes porn as the answer to border wall funding


An Arizona Congresswoman introduced a bill to the House yesterday that, if passed, would fund President Trump‘s border wall — at least in Arizona. Introduced by Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, HB 2444 would levy a one-time $20 fee per-device on Arizonans wishing to access pornography online. In peddling porn, it would seem the “family values” party has one foot planted firmly in the evangelical church and another in the adult entertainment industry. If you couldn’t make it past the glossary of terms at the beginning of the bill (nobody wants to read Rep. Griffin’s description of a “turgid” penis, we…

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Review: A Fisherman’s Tale is the best way to play with yourself in VR


Vertigo Games today released its VR puzzler A Fisherman’s Tale, a game in which you play with yourself to solve a puppet’s problems. The general idea here is that you’ll be controlling a character inside of a building that’s controlling a character inside a building… that’s controlling a character inside a building… basically, it’s turtles all the way down. If that makes sense to you, you’re doing better than I did. I checked out the game over the weekend, but admittedly I wasn’t keen on the premise at first. It seemed like an interesting gimmick – you move and puppets…

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You can now share your Netflix faves to Instagram Stories — if you have an iPhone


When streaming first took off it felt like the period of shared viewership had ended. How could anyone gather around the water cooler to discuss a show or movie when you could all be watching different things at different times? But, recently, things have changed. The success of (and the raft of discussion about) Netflix titles like ‘Bird Box’ and ‘You’ illustrates the communal viewing experience is alive and well. The difference is that the forum has changed. Rather than the aforementioned water cooler, we now discuss on social media. And Netflix is paying attention. Yes, the streaming giant today…

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