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Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

Facebook has so much data on us that it’s almost equivalent to it having access to our thoughts. And if that wasn’t enough, the social-media behemoth now demands access to our Whatsapp data as well.

A recent update to Whatsapp’s privacy policy leaves its users with two choices: either share your data with Facebook or delete your account. According to an in-app notification, users of the Facebook-owned messaging service need to accept the new terms by February 8, 2021, which is when they are due to take effect, or not accept them, “if they would prefer to delete their account.”

The update comes at a time when Facebook and WhatsApp are already facing a backlash against their data collection practices. …


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Source: Pixabay

CEO, Eric Yuan, is envisioning a future where he sees vast improvements in the virtual communication business.

According to Entrepreneur magazine, “Yuan expects that AI will eventually translate voice in real-time, so people speaking different languages can have live conversations on Zoom. And Zoom could eventually generate a perfect, succinct summary of each meeting after it happens.”

"With technology, we can remove the physical barrier-but also the cultural, language, and emotional barriers as well. Two people, no matter where they live, in one click can build trust and understand each other,” he says.

In April, the daily participants to the video-conferencing service peaked at above 300 million from the pre-covid figure of just 10 million. Its stock price rose by almost 500% at one point in 2020. Yaun believes that the company can scale to any challenge the same way it got through 2020 — the year that can easily be referred to as the year of Zoom. …


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Photo by HONG FENG on Unsplash

Zhong Shanshan, who’s often described as the man who turned water into gold, was born in 1954 in China’s Hangzhou. Forced to drop out of primary school amid the cultural revolution of China, Zhong spent almost a decade doing various laboring jobs.

He later got a degree and subsequently a job in journalism. At 34, Zhong quit his job to start his own newspaper which unfortunately didn’t work out. He ended up burning all his savings on the venture.

In 1996, Zhong turned his attention to the bottled water market and has never looked back. Nongfu Spring was launched in Zhong’s hometown with the goal of selling natural mineral water bottled from local water sources. …


It’s crazy how it sounds, but it’s true

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

When eBay purchased PayPal in 2002 for $1.5 billion, Musk, who was the company’s largest shareholder with 11.7% of PayPal’s shares, made $180 million from the sale. “My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent,” says Musk.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk now has a net worth of $195 billion, or $10 billion more than Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who has held the number 1 spot for over three years. In other words, Elon Musk has overtaken Bezos to become the world’s richest person, thanks to another 4.8% …


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You might be driving an electric car made by Apple as early as 2024.

According to a recent Reuters report, Apple has now progressed enough on its initial plan to design its own electric vehicle from scratch. Apple’s Project Titan to build its own car goes back to 2014. The new car could include Apple’s own breakthrough battery technology.


Yeah, like Fleets weren’t enough

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Source: Spotify

While most of the world’s still having a hard time making sense of ‘Fleets’— Twitter’s latest adaptation of the famous Snapchat stories, Spotify has just confirmed that they are now testing their own version of stories.

From Snapchat to Instagram, to Twitter, and now Spotify? It doesn’t even make sense anymore. And I can’t help but imagine what’s next — maybe we could watch people unboxing their packages on Amazon stories. Or speaking out their resumes on Linkedin, or maybe read pick-up lines on Tinder?

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with the world?

And I don't know if it’s already true, but, in the end, I believe, most users will anyhow prefer to stick with multiple apps. Where each app is known for its one specific and most distinctive feature. …


Amazon’s Alexa-equipped smart glasses are now available for everyone to preorder

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Source: Amazon

Amazon’s Alexa-equipped Echo Frames are upgraded, and out of beta.

If you haven’t heard about these smart glasses before, I’d suggest you check out this cool last-gen review from Michael Fisher. Just in case you’re a teardown geek like me, you can also watch iFixit do that for you.

Amazon originally introduced the Echo Frames last year on an invite-only basis. And in case you were lucky to get your hands on them, you can now upgrade your pair for $70. For everyone else, the all-new Echo Frames are available for pre-order now. You can get them for $249.99 …


Welcome to the internet

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Source: Traf

Traf is a designer who has made over $100,000 in six days from selling iPhone icons. A process which, as he admits, barely took him two hours.

The right place, at the right time

On September 16th, Apple officially released iOS 14, opening an entirely new world of home screen customizations to millions of iPhone users. Just five days later, designer Traf went on Twitter to share a picture of his home screen setup, and, it instantly caught the attention of plenty of Apple fans.

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