The Next Web Original and proudly opinionated perspectives for Generation T Tue, 09 Jul 2019 23:53:27 +0200 en-US hourly 1 Cuphead is coming to Netflix — and it’d better be dark as pitch Tue, 09 Jul 2019 23:53:24 +0000
Cuphead, cartoonish indie platformer darling, is getting its own Netflix show, according to its developers at Studio MDHR. The show, which will be made by Netflix Animation, will be called The Cuphead Show! As a fan of the game, I can only hope the trademark dark edge makes it into the show — because anyone who’s played the game will know it’s not for the most sensitive of souls. Coming to you in full color and cine-sound, it's…The Cuphead Show! Witness the wondrous Inkwell Isles as you've never seen them before in an original series inspired by classic animation styles…

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TNW’s mid-2019 guide to virtual reality hardware Tue, 09 Jul 2019 22:28:56 +0000
Virtual reality is a booming technology. Like artificial intelligence and blockchain, it’s on a meteoric rise and every big tech company on the planet wants in. But there’s more to VR than market value and technical specifications. Hardware such as the Oculus Quest and games such as Beat Saber are bringing VR into the mainstream, and that means there’s never been a better time to dive in. There are more options than ever in 2019 when it comes to VR hardware. With new headsets launching one after another it can be difficult to cut through marketing hype and figure out…

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Microsoft may still have a streaming-only console on the drawing board Tue, 09 Jul 2019 21:19:45 +0000
Microsoft’s new baby, the console codenamed Project Scarlett, is currently getting the lion’s share of attention. Despite not having a working model to show, Microsoft lavished the next-gen device with showtime during E3, including the world’s vaguest sizzle reel ever. But that might not be the only console the company’s working on — and if it isn’t, we might not know until after Google’s streaming-only Stadia “console” comes out. Thurrott‘s Brad Sams reported last week that Microsoft might still be working on an xCloud console, long-rumored to be in development. Originally, the word on the street was that Microsoft was…

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Researchers find terrifying security vulnerability in GE Healthcare anesthesia machines Tue, 09 Jul 2019 20:30:23 +0000
Security researchers from Israeli firm CyberMDX have discovered a vulnerability in a select number of GE Healthcare’s anesthesia and respiratory devices. CyberMDX, which focuses primarily on medical cybersecurity, states that if successfully exploited, the hole could allow an attacker to interfere the operation of these sophisticated medical machines, thereby posing a risk to patients. The vulnerability was discovered in GE’s Aestiva anesthesia delivery equipment, as well as in models 7100 and 7900 of the GE Aespire. CyberMDX states that if used, an attacker could use this vulnerability to silence alarms and tamper with logs. Worse, an attacker could even change…

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Wyze’s $20 security cams can now identify people Tue, 09 Jul 2019 20:09:13 +0000
I’m a huge fan of Wyze’s security cameras. I’ve used them for a few months. They’re dead simple, and delightfully cheap. And now they’re getting a little bit cleverer, thanks to a software update that lets them identify people through artificial intelligence. The feature is available to the most recent models, the Wyze Cam v2 and the Wyze Cam Pan smart home cameras, and is activated via a complementary firmware upgrade. Person detection is powered by computer vision software from Xnor – a Seattle-based vendor of AI computing services, which specializes in edge computing. Crucially, the Wyze Cam does the…

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Vaio’s SX12 proves small laptops can have all the ports Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:23:47 +0000
Buying a compact laptop in 2019, you’re lucky if you get more than a few USB ports. Even so-called “desktop replacements” with 15-inch+ screens rarely do much better. But if Vaio’s 12.5-inch SX12 is anything to go by, it doesn’t have to be this way. Get this: A laptop no larger than a MacBook has: 3x USB-A USB-C HDMI Ethernet An SD card slot VGA(!) A headphone jack Barring a requirement for Thunderbolt 3, that should handle just about anyone’s I/O requirements. The brushed aluminum chassis has got a fair bit of power under the hood as well, with i5…

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Here’s how to set up your computer to work productively from home Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:11:04 +0000
Welcome to?TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. The world of work is changing, and more and more people find themselves working remotely.? Personally, I love working from home because it means I get to avoid the London Underground during rush hour (aka hell on earth) and?it allows me to do my job at my own pace. Having said this, being a remote worker can get a little monotonous and I find myself struggling to remain focused and productive. With this in mind,…

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This ‘factory of factories’ helps hardware start-ups solve real problems in Kenya Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:27:13 +0000
[NAIROBI] Esther Mwangi, a 2014 graduate of economics from Kenyatta University in Kenya who wanted to venture into entrepreneurship but had no clear path, started off selling solar panels in coastal parts of the country as she conducted market research on other possible ventures. “I was shocked to come across statistics showing that 65 per cent of women in Kenya could not afford sanitary towels in 2016,” Mwangi told SciDev.Net. “This really touched me and moved me into thinking of how I can help provide a solution in the country.” One in every ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss school…

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Pakistani politician mistakes GTA V plane footage for real life: ‘Miraculous save by the pilot’ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:41:04 +0000
As the world gears up to deal with the?confusing future of deep fakes, Pakistani government officials are still struggling to tell apart real world footage from computer-generated imagery. A local politician was caught praising an aircraft pilot for using their “presence of mind” to narrowly avoid what could’ve been a disastrous collision with a truck. The politician even shared a video of the occurrence. But there’s a catch: the footage wasn’t real – it was an outtake from Rockstar’s iconic game Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V). “Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster,”…

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‘Bitcoin is digital gold’ meme becomes real as BTC and gold markets align Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:27:40 +0000
Bitcoin is often called “digital gold,” pitched as an alternative to the real thing. In 2019, the meme is actually true, as the two assets have performed almost identically over the past 30 days. The chart below shows the year-to-date performance of digital assets grouped by market capitalization size. Notice how large-cap cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin) have absolutely crushed smaller projects in 2019. “Bitcoin continues to separate itself from the pack given the strength and spread of its ‘digital gold‘ narrative,” reports boutique research firm Delphi Digital in commentary shared with Hard Fork. Still, the firm warned that Bitcoin is yet…

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