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Facebook Messenger now lets you prove you’re “OMW!” in real-time


Just a few days after Google added live location sharing to Maps, now Facebook is doing something similar on Messenger. You could already share your location on the app, but it was basically just a quick snapshot of your location on a map. Now you can see where your friends are in real time as they move around a city, which will come in handy for all those times your friends are “on their way” but haven’t even finished taking a shower (or make it harder for you to lie about where you are).   To try it out, simply tap…

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Help us help: 20 used smartphones to fight Female Genital Mutilation


Worldwide, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of charitable organizations. That’s great of course, but the amount of phil-entropy doesn’t make choosing what charity to support any easier. We’d like to help. Every week, we’ll pick a charity doing something worthwhile using tech, and break down what they do, why that matters, and most importantly, how to help in a tangible way. To kick this off, we’re starting out with the Tanzania Development Trust, a charity registered in the UK that has funded development projects within Tanzania since 1975. Their ask is simple: 20 used smartphones. What are they doing? The Tanzania Development…

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Trump staff will ‘not repeat’ wiretapping claims as UK’s GCHQ denies fault


The White House has issued a formal apology to Britain after accusing its intelligence agency, GCHQ, of assisting former president Barack Obama in wiretapping Trump Tower in the weeks after the US election. The US has agreed not to repeat any such claims after GCHQ denied the allegations, BBC reports. A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May further said it has been made clear to the White House the claims were “ridiculous and should have been ignored.” An investigation conducted by a Senate committee earlier this week also concluded there were absolutely “no indications” to suggest the government surveilled Trump Tower before…

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Apple might put an end to almost 200,000 oldschool apps with iOS 11


Thousands of mobile developers might be in for a nasty surprise as Apple could be planning to obliterate a massive chunk of apps with the launch of its new and improved iOS 11, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. While the Big A has long been nudging developers to update older apps to be compatible with the new 64-bit processors that kicked off with the iPhone 5S, it seems the electronics giant is finally taking firmer steps to make this happen. Sensor Tower claims the move towards ending support for 32-bit software would render about 187,000 apps useless overnight. While…

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A smart object to help you through grief might be less dumb than it sounds


The exhibition floor at SXSW offers a mixed bag of experiences, from smart motorcycle helmets to devices that induce stuttering (true story, I tried it, it didn’t work). But one of the more intriguing products was to be found at Canada’s stand: Fragment, a smart commemorative object that helps grieving relatives get through their pain. At first glance, the object caught my attention because it looked like something straight off the internet of shit twitter. A smart urn, really? But after talking to founder David Beaulieu, it actually started making sense. The Quebecois entrepreneur told me he had been in…

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Think you know Microsoft Office? Learn the Office only the pros know — for just $29 (85% off)


For every trick or little-known tip you’ve picked up while using Microsoft Word or Excel or PowerPoint over the years, you know there are at least a dozen more gems of execution and efficiency hidden away in there that you’ve never uncovered. And those are just the most popular Microsoft Office programs! Now, you can take the full tutorial on all the crown jewels of the Microsoft Office productivity suite with access to the eLearnOffice Microsoft Office School. Right now, lifetime access is only $ 29, 85 percent off, from TNW Deals. With this package, you’ll work through 42 modules, built from 600…

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Become an educated, certified currency trader for just $25


For most of us, the world of high finance and international markets is both hugely mystifying, yet seductively alluring. Whether you’re looking to break in as an investment manager or just get a firmer grip on your own financial options, the New York Forex Institute Training and Certification Course (on sale now for $ 25 from TNW Deals) will give you the background you need to decode all those Wall Street figures. Over 12 lessons featuring 36 hours of content, you’ll learn the ropes of the foreign exchange (Forex) market, where currencies change hands 24 hours a day around the globe.…

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Bizarre video of Alexa (not) talking about the CIA sparks conspiracy theories


In light of Wikileaks’ shocking revelations of the CIA’s huge arsenal of tools for remote hacking, discussions of online privacy are bound to proliferate across the web in the coming days – and one bizarre video of Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant Alexa is already sparking all sorts of wild conspiracy theories. Redditors are freaking out over a clip that shows Alexa deliver answers to a rigorous line of questioning with regards to its “connection” to the CIA. As seen in the video, an anonymous woman asks Amazon’s virtual assistant a series of questions, starting with a simple inquiry into the authenticity of Alexa’s answers.…

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Tech in Africa: Uber expands mapping project, Google launches a startup bootcamp, and more


Kenyan mobile money service M-Pesa has long been held up as a prime example of African innovation, and has made its owner Safaricom a leader in the Kenyan telecoms space. However, it now has serious competition. The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), the umbrella body of the banking industry, last month unveiled PesaLink, a digital payments platform it says will cut the cost of transactions and transform the way consumers interact with banks. PesaLink enables customers to make payments between banks in real-time, without having to go through intermediaries like M-Pesa. Mobile money has a challenger. Tech is being used in…

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iPhone 8 might pack ‘revolutionary’ front camera that snaps 3D selfies


As the iPhone 8 rumor mill continues to swing in full speed, the latest report suggests Apple might be gearing up to introduce a ‘revolutionary’ front camera that has the capacity to register 3D space and enable facial recognition. The new components will allow combining depth information with 2D images from the front camera for applications such as face and iris recognition as well as 3D selfies, according to a note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5Mac. Kuo speculates the bleeding-edge camera tech will be especially useful for rendering a user’s face inside innovative games and apps. The…

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