This site lets you turn your photos into

This site lets you turn your photos into quirky and unique gifts – I’m crap at Christmas. My Achilles heel is finding gifts for people. Some people are good at it. I am not. Typically, one week before Christmas, I’ll go on Amazon and buy a few bottles of bourbon and gin (whatever is cheap in a lightening deal), and dole them out like a booze-soaked Santa Claus. Thankfully, sites like MiPic exist to give people like me a helping hand. In short, MiPic lets you use pho… http://ow.ly/Q4go50fJDUT

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This cryptocurrency visualization shows

This cryptocurrency visualization shows the $6.4 billion poured into ICOs since 2014 – Token sales and initial coin offerings (ICO) were certainly the hottest buzzwords of the year for thousands of recreational cryptocurrency enthusiasts and seasoned investors alike. But have you ever wondered precisely how much money was poured into this trend this year? There’s a visualization that can give you an idea. Cryptocurrency startup Elementus has compiled a nifty animate… http://ow.ly/jIlu50fJwrx

What happens when you put a hackathon on

What happens when you put a hackathon on a bus? An awesome podcast – It’s a bit of an unusual one. In all my time at TNW, I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog about a podcast I’ve been listening to, but hear me out. I’m a big fan of Gimlet Media’s StartUp podcast. This week, it’s been following StartupBus: a five-day hackathon on wheels, where coders build new companies while making their way from New York City to New Orleans. And yes, it’s my current podcast obse… http://ow.ly/XcZg50fJpIk

2018 to see the rise of ICO 2.0 – The in

2018 to see the rise of ICO 2.0 – The investment world was blown away last summer when Initial Coin Offerings raised more funds YTD than venture capitalists. Companies like Paragon, Tezos and Gimli raised scads of money without selling a single share, leading any entrepreneurs with ideas in their heads to step up to the plate. More than 200 startups raised more than $3.2 billion worldwide through ICOs in 2017. No longer is Wall Street the place to go when looking to… http://ow.ly/1eEH50fJiFe

Vivo will bake fingerprint sensors right

Vivo will bake fingerprint sensors right into its phone displays – Chinese smartphone maker Vivo – which ranked fifth among the world’s biggest handset brands in Q1 2017 – is set to begin including displays that come with an integrated fingerprint sensor, so there’s no need for a separate one beneath the screen or on the back, reports Forbes. That’s thanks to Synaptics, which makes input interface components including laptop touchpads. The company announced earlier … http://ow.ly/9QHR50fJdVT

Alphabet’s X division is setting up cabl

Alphabet’s X division is setting up cable-less internet in rural India – X, the research division of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced today that it’s teaming up with a telecom company in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to create a high-speed internet network for homes in rural areas – without cables. To achieve this, the team from X is using what it calls Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC), a technology that was borne out of Project Loon –… http://ow.ly/jJWU50fJ9Zs

How to sample Pandora’s Premium service

How to sample Pandora’s Premium service for free in the US – If you still haven’t settled on a streaming music service, Pandora has something to show you: it’s now letting people in the US try its Premium service – which usually costs $9.99 a month – at no charge… well, almost. To use it, just fire up the app and login with your free account, and then search for any song, artist or album. You’ll see an option to hear the track on-demand after watching a 15-second vi… http://ow.ly/HDmr50fJ5z5