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Norwegian (well, technically Chinese) browser maker Opera has introduced cryptojacking protections to its family of mobile browsers — Opera for Android and Opera Mini. Cryptojacking is where websites (quite often centered around porn and file sharing) embed cryptocurrency mining scripts in their code. While the user remains on the page, these covertly generate digital coins, like Monero. Generating these coins is extremely resource intensive, however. There are several major user-experience downsides. Those with a cryptojacking website open inevitably find their systems rendered excruciatingly sluggish, and tasks taking longer to complete. On phones, the issues are compounded. Users can expect measurably… This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de Montreal have a tool you can try out for yourself. It’s called Lyrebird, and the public beta requires just a minute’s worth of audio to generate a digital voice that sounds a lot like yours. The company say its tech can come in handy when you want to create a personalized… This story continues at The Next Web

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HQ Trivia, the wildly popular smartphone quiz show game, is officially launching in the UK. A Blighty-specific version of the game quietly launched a couple of weeks ago, but it was unclear whether this was merely an experiment with providing region-specific content, or the company had plans to make a longer-term commitment. Now, we know it’s the latter. The main host of the UK version is Sharon Carpenter, who regularly appears on the main game as a replacement for Scott “Quiz Daddy” Rogowsky. Carpenter is a veteran broadcast journalist, having worked with the likes of BBC World News America and… This story continues at The Next Web

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What do you hope is the future of healthcare? What was it like working with Steve Jobs? How did you create the marketing plan for the original Mac? Did Jeff Daniels portray you accurately in Steve Jobs? You can ask all this and more to John Sculley, CMO of RxAdvance and former CEO of Apple, for his rescheduled TNW Answers session. Sculley started his career at Pepsi-Cola, where he worked his way up from a traineeship at a bottling plant to become the company’s youngest marketing VP at the age of 30. In 1977 he became Pepsi’s youngest-ever CEO and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Disruption is a word that nowadays almost carries little meaning. Disruptive technologies and innovations seem to happen every other day, provided that one is willing to believe what many in the tech industry are trying to promote. In some instances, however, disruption is the only way to describe a revolution that essentially forces an entire industry to halt and turn to a completely different direction, born anew or withered in the process. Powerful innovations can completely change the face of future media Emerging technologies are still in very experimental phases which are nevertheless yielding some incredibly interesting results. See, for… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m all about beautifying the interface on my Android phone, and so I’m happy to report that I’ve just come across one of the best tools for livening up your wallpaper. All you need to do is move around! Skyline, a fairly new live wallpaper app, grabs 3D terrain data from Mapbox for your exact location, so you can see what it looks like from high above wherever you are in the world. Here’s my home screen setup, with Skyline set to Yosemite national park: It also includes parallax effects so you can see more of the area when you… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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Marketing in the twenty-first century is almost entirely about being aware of discussions about and tangential to your brand, responding to and being a part of that conversation, and leveraging those discussions to connect people who have a problem with the solution to that problem. Online influencers are fundamental to the way those conversations play out and are central to any strategy that relies on capturing attention. So, how do we connect with those influencers in a way that is mutually beneficial? 1. Remember it is still a numbers game As much as everything that follows will stress upon how… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you love rhythm games that test your coordination and want to try them in VR, there are already quite a few options available for PC gamers. But I’m most intrigued by Czech indie studio Hyperbolic Magnetism’s take on the genre, which blends simplified gameplay with a not-so-subtle nod to Star Wars. In Beat Saber, you’ll find yourself facing a barrage of red and blue cubes that come flying at you; your only defense is to slash them with lightsabers in corresponding colors – one in each hand. It sounds simple enough for anyone to get into, but if the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is throwing open the doors to its first cashier-less grocery store, dubbed Amazon Go, in Seattle on Monday, January 22. The company first revealed its plans for its futuristic retail experience back in December 2016, describing how you could simply waltz into a shop with your phone that has the company’s app installed, pick items off the shelves, and walk out without bothering to check them out; you’d simply be billed automatically via your Amazon account. Since then, it’s been trialing the store and its advanced computer vision tech (cameras installed along store shelves track the items you pick… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Let’s imagine Bitcoin has accomplished the unthinkable — it’s become the one true currency used for peer-to-peer payments around the world. In this Bitcoin Valhalla, let’s imagine that all non-cash payments are conducted with Bitcoin. Instead of credit cards, people whip out theifavoritete Bitcoin hardware or mobile wallets in coffee shops and hair salons across the world. Just how many of these non-cash payments would there be in this perfect world? Today, non-cash payments account for approximately 522 billion transactions per year worldwide, and that number seems to be increasing in quadratic fashion, meaning it’ll be a lot bigger by the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you ever wondered what products or apps you’re missing out on? It’s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category—but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt’s community members David Spinks has the same question. So, he asked other users: What’s one app you use a lot that most people don’t know about? The community responded with over 220 product recommendations. Here are 27 of our favorites—from a plug-in that helps you write better, to a Mac volume booster, to an automated website that tracks just about everything in your life. Read on for more…but be ready to… This story continues at The Next Web

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You can become the Swiss Army knife of the web development set with the training from this Full Stack Web Development Bundle, a package available from TNW Deals right now at basically any price you want to pay.

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When business professionals do well at their jobs, they get to negotiate for a higher salary at their next review.  When we freelancers do well at our jobs, we usually don’t get that kind of adjustment option. Worse yet, many freelancers get sucked into working for free. Recent research from Approve.io found that 70 percent of freelancers were propositioned to work for free in 2016. And, out of all the creative freelancers studied in this research, photographers and graphic designers were the most likely to be asked to do free work. In the past, other surveys have found that the amount… This story continues at The Next Web

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Four years ago, on Christmas Eve in my small hometown of Yakutsk, the temperature fell down to freezing -45°C and all the local taxi services simultaneously doubled their prices — leaving loads of people stranded in the Siberian winter. Angry and frustrated, a bunch of students formed a public group on VK.com, a popular Russian social network, where anyone could submit a request for a ride, and those who owned cars could accept their calls for help. A year later the group had 50,000 subscribers. A little later on, I gathered a lean team and transformed the group into a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Less than a decade ago, branding style guides used to be a huge PDF covering multiple visual aspects of a brand, such as typography, colors, and photography. When digital came about, style guides started to account for pixel-based touchpoints between brand and consumer, including things like header styles, grid systems, and more detailed interaction design patterns. Over the years, they have continuously evolved. Static PDFs were not appropriate for representing hover states, animations, drags and drops, and other user interactions anymore. In the past couple years, we started creating living design systems, covering interface behaviors that can only be represented in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Electric cars were supposed to be the future – or at least look like it. So now they’re here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film? Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that electric cars would resemble the Light Runner from Tron: Legacy. After all, without the need for an internal combustion engine, an exhaust system, and a fuel tank, electric car designers should have the creative freedom to rip up the rulebook and create some truly eye-catching… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the age of hacking and cyberthieves, a virtual private network (VPN) offers some of the most comprehensive peace of mind possible...so secure yourself and your family with TigerVPN coverage for a lifetime. In addition to its sale price, we’re even knocking another $15 off the price, down to just $34.99 from TNW Deals.

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2017 was an exciting year for driverless cars: from Waymo testing driverless cars on city streets for the first time, to the UK Government’s plans to launch driverless cars onto the roads in 2021, in the past twelve months we’ve seen faster development of driverless car technology than ever before. This year could be even more exciting. However, in order to maintain momentum, we need to tackle one issue head on: training technical talent. Limitless potential, limited talent pool Self-driving cars have the potential to change the world in ways we haven’t yet fully realized. This untapped potential is what… This story continues at The Next Web

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I spend a lot of my time talking to executives from some of the most iconic companies in the world. They know artificial intelligence (AI) is critical to accelerating business growth, but I’ve been struck by how every one of them is now grappling with how to implement it in their business processes. AI isn’t well suited to perform all tasks, so the challenge is to find ways to optimize the interface between humans and machines. Integrating AI is more than just automating business processes — it’s about assisting employees and empowering them to work smarter and be more productive.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is the latest in a series of tech entrepreneurs and c-level executives to warn of the potential risks of social media. Speaking in the UK on Friday, Cook said: I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network. He didn’t stop at social media. Cook also said he didn’t believe in the idea that the best technologies are those we become obsessed with. “I don’t believe in overuse [of technology]. I’m not a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Here come the Bitcoin bros, partying hard and snarfing some marijuana cigarettes, or whatever 20-year-old millionaires do. Except, this isn’t the 80s and we can’t prove there’s any cocaine. A recent yacht party saw 600 enthusiasts travel to exotic Thailand in a swank affair complete with cryptocurrency-themed music and plenty of booze. While the party-goers’ vessel steamed across the ocean, Bitcoin was making waves of its own. The popular cryptocurrency’s value plummeted thousands of dollars in mere hours, which certainly shifted many of the passengers’ fortunes by millions. But the party never stops when, if you’re optimistic, you know that’s just… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Twitter today released more details of its internal investigation into Russian election interference, which confirmed that hundreds of thousands of users followed or interacted with accounts that tweeted propaganda. The report was an update on Twitter’s initial findings, presented to Congress as part of an ongoing retroactive investigation into potential election meddling on social media. The investigated accounts were linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA). In total, it found 677,775 American users interacted in some way with one of the accounts. In total, Twitter said it’d identified 3,814 IRA-linked accounts, which “posted 175,993 Tweets, approximately 8.4 percent of which were… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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I can’t stress how much I despise these browser pop-ups. I see them all the time, and put simply, they’re ruining the Internet. Every site that uses them fundamentally undermines their readability, and makes me never want to go back. News sites don’t need to know my location. And nobody wants random, shrill notifications in their browser. Twitter and RSS are things, y’know? And they’re everywhere. Everywhere. No. Wrong. Stop. Why? Ew. Gross. This sucks. You’ve probably figured out that I feel really strongly about these browser notifications. By and large, they ruin the user experience. The sooner they cease… This story continues at The Next Web

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An Irish hotel has banned bloggers and other influencers after a 22-year-old YouTuber broke down in tears when she was refused free accomodation. Elle Darby, a UK-based social media influencer first emailed Charleville Lodge in Dublin to seek a tit for tat arrangement seeking a free five night accommodation in exchange for bringing attention to the boutique hotel. She touted her 87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers before continuing: My partner and I are planning to come to Dublin for an early Valentine’s Day weekend from Feb 8th to 12th to explore the area. As I was searching for… This story continues at The Next Web

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For all the buzzwords surrounding television, I’ve feel like TVs have been kind of boring for a while. I’ve attended CES four years in a row, and it seemed each event basically refreshed the same basic units with only mildly tangible improvements. Sure, I’d ogle at the bombastic displays setups and panels I could never afford, but most improvements of the past years seemed more iterative than groundbreaking – or even just interesting. And then CES 2018 came along. This time around, the race wasn’t just on to see who could push more pixels, colors or nits – differences most… This story continues at The Next Web

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