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More than a game, Fortnite is emerging as the best new social network

March 17th, 2019 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

The wild popularity of the shooter game is a reminder that socializing is way more fun when you’re actually doing something with your friends. It has more than 200 million users, up to 8 million of whom are online at any one time. Most spend six to 10 hours a week on the platform. And […]



5G is coming fast and it’s a game-changer

March 15th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

The blistering speed and versatility of the coming 5G network herald a quantum leap for mobile technology – here are the fast facts. What is 5G? 5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, following on from 2G, 3G and 4G. But while the move from 3G to 4G was all about speeds, 5G is […]



What the hell is a blockchain phone—and do I need one?

March 12th, 2019 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

The first wave of crypto-focused smartphones from big players like Samsung is a small step toward a decentralized web. The crypto world is full of buzzwords, but if you can peel away the marketing fluff, you sometimes find innovation beneath the surface. You are often also reminded just how early it is in the history […]



Ex-con app developers are disrupting price-gouging prison phones

February 18th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

 Bloomberg reports that inmate messaging apps like Pigeonly, InmateAid, and Flikshop now have millions of users — and are poised to disrupt prison phone companies’ decades-old monopoly. All started by ex-inmates, these apps aim to give inmates and their families a more affordable way to stay in contact –and bring prisons out of the digital […]



The big deal about an AI model that can talk like you

February 6th, 2019 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  Meryl Streep is pitch perfect as the narrator of the Norah Ephron novel Heartburn. In the audiobook version, Streep’s classic delivery brings alive the emotional turmoil as well as the self-deprecating wit of Rachel Samstat, who has just found out about her husband’s affair. In the Harry Potter audiobooks, it’s singer-actor Jim Dale who […]



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