The TicHome Mini smart speaker is a Google Assistant you can shower with


The TicHome Mini is a welcome newcomer in the world of smart speakers. It brings some excellent features that currently aren’t available on other Google Home devices, such as IPX6 splash-resistance and a built-in battery. Pound-for-pound it’s the most feature-packed smart speaker I’ve tested. At first glance Mobvoi’s TicHome Mini looks like a baby Roomba, or slightly less like a hockey puck than an Echo Dot. It’s also slightly larger than the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini, at over 4 inches in diameter. And it comes with an attached strap, giving it a leg up in convenience — you…

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Twitter games are the best use of the new 280 character limit


Some genius Twitter users are already using the expanded 280 character limit on Twitter in the best way: by playing games using emoji. Bryan Menegus of Gizmodo and Jack Crosbie played what might be one of the first full games of chess entirely on Twitter (Menegus won with a checkmate). The grid and pieces were represented by Unicode characters roughly analogous to a grid board. check and mate. (also is the first full game of chess played entirely on twitter?)♝♞♞♟♟♝–☖☖☖☖☖♖♔☖♙☖☖♜☖☖☖♛☖☖☖☖☖☖♙☖☖☖☖☖☖☖☖☖☖♟☖☖♙☖☖☖☖☖☖☖♟☖♟☖♟☖☖♟☖☖☖♟☖☖☖☖♚☖☖♜–♗♘♖♗♙♙♙♕♙♙ — Bryan Menegus (@BryanDisagrees) November 10, 2017 Other people are playing Connect Four: People are literally playing Connect Four on my timeline…

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The Growth40 is a list of New York’s biggest growth drivers in digital under 40


A wise man (Naval Ravikant) once said: “It’s never been easier to start a company. It’s never been harder to build one.” While all you need is a computer, an internet connection and some server access to start a project, things get complicated when it comes to building something that can stand the test of time by growing and pleasing customers so much that they’re willing to pay. To make a great product into a successful one, your company needs superior marketing, sales, design, and internal processes, as well as a water-tight business model. In other words, it takes a…

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Check out the headphones that look and sound like nothing else — at 30 percent off


The Audeze iSine10 headphones are most definitely not the standard issue headphones…and you can find out why right now at a big 30 percent off its regular price — only $ 272 right now from TNW Deals.
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5 ways technology is changing consumer behaviors


The emergence of the personal computer and cell phone in the 1990s and the smartphone in the 2000s are some of the drastic changes the business world has seen in recent decades. Technology has caused businesses to be run differently, established new prerequisites for success, and influenced the way consumers act. However, while it’s easy to sing the praises of technology, it is important to understand what innovation is significant and what will largely be uninfluential. Forecasting future technological standards and their effect on consumers is difficult, but typically can be done with a degree of accuracy. This process starts…

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iPhone X doesn’t like the cold but Apple’s working on it


Those who were lucky enough to get there hands on the new iPhone X might be a tad disappointed to find out their screens might not work properly in cold temperatures. Luckily, this ‘bug’ only appears in a handful of devices, and Apple assures us the problem will be fixed in an upcoming update.  The problem was raised this week as users turned to reddit and MacRumor’s forums to voice their concerns about this newfound issue: iPhone X screen not responsive in the cold from iphone Comment from discussion iPhone X screen not responsive in the cold. The general temperature…

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South Park’s new mobile game pits cowboys against Native Americans in a battle of cards


Can’t get enough of South Park on TV? The show now has a brand new mobile game to kill several hours – and poor little Kenny too. Available for free on Android and iOS, South Park: Phone Destroyer sees you take on the role of the new kid in town, in a game of cowboys against Native Americans. You play the cowboys, obviously. Gameplay consists of dealing cards featuring characters from the game, each with different classes and abilities that help them dish out punishment to the opposing side. The game doesn’t bother to reinvent the wheel when it comes…

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AOL is killing off its Alto email app


AOL informed users of its Alto email service that it’s shuttering the app on December 10. Alto made its debut back in October 2012, when AOL previewed it to users as a smarter inbox for a range of email services, with an interface designed to help you manage your messages better. In 2015, it evolved into a modern mobile app that mimicked Google’s Inbox in some ways. I quite liked Alto when I tested it two years ago – the UI was fresh and intuitive, and included a neat Stacks feature to help you group and triage similar messages at…

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Instagram tests letting you follow hashtags instead of people


Can’t get enough #content on Instagram? Is following individual people just not enough to fill the social media void in your heart? Fret no more, for Instagram appears to be testing the ability to allow you to follow hashtags instead of humans, as spotted by @Social_pip. In all seriousness, it could be a handy feature. Say you want a regular influx of cute cat photos, but can’t be bothered to search for them or follow their owners. Maybe you want your daily dose of #fitspo to come from new sources. Or perhaps you just want to follow a niche topic,…

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Twitter now lets your display name be longer too – up to 50 characters


Twitter has been a bit preoccupied with length lately. After permanently increasing the maximum character length for tweets to 280, it’s now allowing your display name to be longer too. You were previously limited to 20 characters, but now you have 50 to work with. That’ll give you enough room to saturate your name with emoji, or just let you set your display name to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – an opportunity I quickly took advantage of. I’m sure it’s also welcome for people who have actually have really long names. In some languages and cultures, names often go past 20 characters. To…

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