So long Project Tango, we barely knew ye

Google announced last week that it’s killing off Project Tango, its ambitious initiative to bring AR support to phones with the necessary hardware (read: depth- and motion-sensing cameras). It wasn’t entirely unexpected, particularly after Google launched its ARCore technology earlier this year – it allows for augmented reality experiences on phones without the need for specialized components. We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore. — Tango…

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Oxford researchers say it’s okay to grant your kids more screen time

If you’re concerned about your children spending too much time on their devices, or fretting about how you’ll keep them off their phones long enough to develop into well-adjusted adults, a new study suggest you may not have to worry too much. After speaking with parents of kids aged two to five in nearly 20,000 interviews, researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute and Cardiff University noted that limiting children’s screen time to one or two hours a day doesn’t have an effect on their psychological well-being. In studying the correlation between limited screen time and a number of factors like…

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Apparently, even Obama wanted to kill net neutrality

Last week saw one of the darkest days for the internet, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Title II regulations, which includes net neutrality guidelines that keep ISPs from blocking or throttling web traffic as they please. As part of its effort to overturn those rules, the agency had to seek comments from the public – and it received 22 million from across the country. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them that were in support of killing net neutrality were fake – and if that wasn’t enough, there’s also one with former US President Obama’s name on…

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Coding is fun: here’s how to ignite the developer spark in children

Basic coding fundamentals are no longer optional for high school graduates who want to excel in the modern workforce. Every child won’t grow up to be a developer, but the ability to understand how computers and AI work is important in almost every industry – and becoming more so every year. Luckily, there are tons of gadgets, games, and resources designed to disguise programming lessons as fun recreational activities. Finding the right way to motivate your child can make all the difference, so here’s a few options broken down by age group. Ages 5 – 8 In this age group…

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It’s the next wave in drones — a personal photographer that flies by itself and follows you

Drones aren’t just flying toys anymore. In recent months, we’ve seen handfuls of drone makers pivot toward producing specialized models catering to more specific customer needs. For the person who loves selfies and wants to document their world travels without getting bogged down in the mechanics of drone flying, the Hover Camera Passport is a forward-thinking marvel. Right now, you can save $150 on this super-cool item, marked down to just $349.99 from TNW Deals.

Why the innovation race is getting automated

Today’s business climate is fraught with a justified sense of existential dread. Its source is not new – competition and disruption have existed since the beginning of commerce. But today that anxiety is aggravated by bigger stakes, readily available funding, rapid information flow, and an unprecedented speed of technological advance. Taken together, those factors and others are depriving startup founders and Fortune 500 CEOs alike the respite of a good night’s sleep. But apart from causing anxiety, the present business climate is also forcing companies to operate differently. Large companies seeking to protect their core business are active in the…

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Apps aren’t dead, they’ve just evolved

I’m sure you haven’t been able to escape the media’s endless gloomy predictions about the fate of the app. We’ve been told that new apps are a waste of money. Growth rates are sluggish. Nobody is downloading apps anymore (beyond the few we can’t live without like WhatsApp and Facebook). But all you need to do is take a look at the statistics: the app bubble is showing no signs of bursting. On a global scale, as more people around the world own mobile devices, the app economy is not just healthy, it’s booming. A recent report from App Annie…

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