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No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter

No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter
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. Twitter is kind of the wild west of social media. Everything’s thrown together in one big news feed, and even if you’re scrupulous with the use of lists, some things can still sneak through your filters. Twitter allows you to mute hashtags and accounts, but imagine my surprise when I discover you can do this with individual words — and without having to delve into the menu system either. I had no idea I could long press on a word in a tweet and immediately mute it

TikTok addict? Slow your scroll with time limit settings

TikTok addict? Slow your scroll with time limit settings
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. TikTok this week introduced new controls that allow parents to control their children’s time on the app. This new mode would allow a parent to monitor their teenager via their own accounts, restricting what they can see, how much time they can spend on the app, and who can send them messages. We call it disco-tech TNW2020 is our full-blown tech festival disguised as a conference

Here’s how to find The Ringer’s podcasts on Spotify

Here’s how to find The Ringer’s podcasts on Spotify
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. Spotify today revealed it’s purchasing The Ringer, the podcast dynasty created by former ESPN writer Bill Simmons. By doing so, it adds over 30 podcasts to its library of content. Spotify has been expanding its podcast lineup aggressively, and now it has the sports cred that The Ringer is known for. Birds are cool Early birds are even cooler.

Vine’s successor Byte is here to take on TikTok

Vine’s successor Byte is here to take on TikTok
Remember Vine? It’s much-awaited successor, Byte, is finally here. The app, developed by one of the Vine’s co-founders, Dom Hofmann, who has been working on the app for years, quietly announced the release on Twitter last night. In 2018, Hofmann had announced he’s going to release the app in Spring 2019. While he certainly missed that target, the app is finally here. Byte is available for both iOS and Android, but not for all countries. The app retains the idea of creating six-second looping videos. But it has a TikTok-styled vertically scrolling timeline for endless consumption.

Xbox Series X photos allegedly leak on Twitter

Xbox Series X photos allegedly leak on Twitter
Leaked photos of a console purported to be the new Xbox Series X show us what the back of the console looks like. Considering these are the first photos we have that seem even somewhat legit, seeing the rear end of this particular console is actually kind of exciting. The images first surfaced on Neogaf, and later appeared on Twitter. They show the front and back of a black rectangle that looks very much like the renders Microsoft itself showed during the reveal at the Game Awards. @IdleSloth1984@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./qmVlhTTaqi

Check out how many hours you wasted gaming with PlayStation’s 2019 Wrap-Up

Check out how many hours you wasted gaming with PlayStation’s 2019 Wrap-Up
It’s that time of year: Sony is letting you look back at your 2019, and contemplate all the time you’ve spent playing games. Yep, PlayStation Wrap-Up is out (for those unfamiliar, it’s like Spotify Wrapped, but for games). Wrap-Up tallies the total number of games you’ve played, the hours you’ve wasted, the genres you prefer, and all the trophies you’ve won. The service is available starting from today, and you’ll have until February 14 to check it out. For this edition, Sony is also giving out free PlayStation themes, along with seven avatars that supposedly reflect your gaming personality.

Your train is on time thanks to big data

Your train is on time thanks to big data
While most Dutch trains arrive on time — 92.6 percent, to be exact — some delay is inevitable. Falling leaves can make the railway slippery. Snow sometimes causes the railroad switches to freeze up. Machinal issues, on the other hand, such as broken doors or overheated brakes, can increasingly be fixed before they cause severe delays. Thanks to thousands of sensors and big data analytics, train maintenance has become much more efficient. It’s a development that took a flight since 4G became available in the Netherlands, allowing data to be processed at a much higher speed. This includes check-in data, status measurement points on tracks, and information sent by sensors in the trains.

Why Dutch Railways is following an API-first dev strategy

Why Dutch Railways is following an API-first dev strategy
The Dutch railway system is among the most efficient in the world, with only Japan and Switzerland scoring higher when it comes to punctuality. Currently, an average working day in the Netherlands sees about a million commuters traveling by train. The company Dutch Railways (also known as NS) is constantly innovating to keep its spot in the global top three. By providing digital services such as mobile check-in, seat search, and fixed reservations ‘public transport bicycles,’ the company hopes to welcome an even higher number of Dutch train travelers in the future. Mobile and API first To bring these apps and systems to life, NS follows a mobile and API first philosophy.

I pimped up my house with these cool LEDs and I’m still a loser

I pimped up my house with these cool LEDs and I’m still a loser
Something’s been missing in my life lately. Cash? No. I work in media, I’m rich. Power? Sure, I could always use more of that. But that’s not it. Beauty? Fuck no, I’m gorgeous. Yet I still feel like a loser. Because my house lacks a certain… Instagrammableness. (Disclaimer: this review is a piece of satire, but the opinions expressed about the product are still genuine.) It’s a huge problem, really — and it’s been a tremendous blow to my self-esteem. Having a trendy-looking house is an essential part of being cool these days, and I have always struggled to achieve decent Feng Shui at my place.
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