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The Playstation 4, one of the best-selling consoles in history, has been bundled with Uncharted 4 – one of the biggest video game hits of 2016 – in an incredible giveaway worth $399, now available on TNW Deals. With over 40 million units sold, the PS4 is on the cutting edge of home entertainment, with unprecedented advancements in hardware and gaming tech, as well as incredible games like the ever-popular Grand Theft Auto, Star Wars Battlefront, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, to name just a few. And there’s virtually no end to the exhilarating adventure available in Uncharted 4,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Trello grew quickly. So quickly, in fact, that in 2014 it was something of a headache for us at Fog Creek. We had other existing products that people loved and made us a nice pile of cash each year. But, we risked ignoring them as Trello took up more and more time and resources. We needed to make some changes, but what exactly? What we knew was that Trello needed VC funding if it was to continue to grow as fast as it needed to. Yet, we didn’t want to give up ownership of Fog Creek. And frankly, VCs found… This story continues at The Next Web

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In light of recent tremors in Mexico, today Google announced it will be displaying real-time earthquake reports at the top of all related search results. The reports will include a short “at-a-glance summary” containing information about “the size of the quake, a map of the affected areas, and tips to safely navigate in the aftermath.” The “shakemap” – as Google calls it – will show the epicenter of the earthquake as well as the various intensities at which affected areas were shaken. This is how the summaries will look: All earthquake related search results will also include information and suggestions about other other recent earthquakes in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pokemon Go is a different kind of Pokemon experience than anything you’ve ever seen from Game Freak. The mobile gaming app uses augmented reality to put you face to face with a Pokemon, allowing you to explore your local area and find these creatures hanging around your neighborhood and, of course, catch them all. I gave Pokemon Go a beta test for the past couple of days, and while the experience is interesting, it definitely comes with a few setbacks. You start off with a character customization, during which you can set your username, outfit colors, and gender. You don’t get… This story continues at The Next Web

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Depending on where you may be looking to rent, a lot of factors can frame your decision. If public transportation is one of them, Trulia’s new tool is perfect for you. Appropriately named ‘Rent Near Transit,’ the filter lets you see only listings within a 15 minute walk from a transit stop. It also goes as far as the transit system, so the decision on how far to commute versus how much to pay in rent can be made with as much information as you need. Six cities will have Rent Near Transit at launch At launch, Rent Near Transit… This story continues at The Next Web

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Like most people, I don’t enjoy having my view of a live concert blocked by someone filming the performance on their phone, but I understand their need to try it. Heck, I’ve done it myself when I saw my favorite band 6,000 miles from home and when a couple of close friends played an intimate gig in my hometown. Apple’s latest patent might help the company put a stop to all that. The company has devised a way to prevent your phone camera from recording footage, using infrared signals. The idea is that an infrared emitter can be placed wherever… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve previously seen people cater to their pets over the Internet with the help of interactive systems for remote control like the Nest Cam and Furbo, but the project PleaseTakeCareOfMyPlant puts a whole new spin on this technology. Developed by redditor tylerjaywood, it’s interactive remote control setup designed to take care of this houseplant located at his apartment. But here’s the catch: instead of automating the system, tylerjaywood has left it up to Reddit to decide whether his plant will be watered or not. You can decide the decide the plant’s fate by heading to the subreddit dedicated to the project where they can vote whether the plant… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re in the market for impressive speakers that will wow your guests, skip the vast range of Bluetooth boxes and check out Turtle Beach’s new set, which is made of glass. You read that right: the HyperSound Glass speakers are made from thin, transparent panes of glass and are directional, which means they focus sound only where they’re aimed, similar to how a flashlight directs a beam of light. The video above should give you an idea of what that’s like. Each glass pane is layered with transparent films that allow it to generate a beam of ultrasound that is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Shortly after hackers snatched $81 million from the Bangladesh Bank in an attempted $951 million cyber heist back in February, an unnamed Ukrainian bank has now fallen victim to a similar vulnerability, the KyivPost reports. The thieves exploited a flaw in the SWIFT network responsible for overseeing transactions between financial institutions worldwide. The exact amount of money stolen hasn’t been revealed, but the sum is reportedly around the $10 million mark. However, the total damages from this vulnerability might be much more substantial as it is likely other banks in the Ukrainian financial ecosystem have been compromised too. According to ISACA, the information security company… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cupertino, California-based hard drive maker Seagate revealed in an SEC filing that it will slash 1,600 jobs by the end of Q3 2016, amounting to roughly 3 percent of its global workforce. The company noted that its plan will likely result in pre-tax charges of $62 million, which will be accounted for in its fourth-quarter results this year. It predicts that the job cuts will help it save about $100 million each year. The decision follows a sustained decline in demand for its products from PC manufacturers over the past five quarters. PC shipments worldwide went down by 8 percent from figures recorded… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is rolling out a clever new feature on its Maps app for Android, which lets you add multiple waypoints en route to your destination for easier navigation. When you fire up the app and search for a location, tapping the options button (the one with three dots in the top right corner) reveals an ‘Add stop’ function. This allows you to look up additional stops and then charts a route for you, with driving, walking or public transit directions. That’s certainly handy for when you have to be at several different places through the day – particularly if you’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you’re running a small business with data scattered across several employees’ systems or simply have a few terabytes of RAW photos lying around like I do, you probably want to back up all those files someplace safe and on the cheap. Over the past few months, Backblaze has been trialing its B2 storage service, which rivals Amazon Glacier with a simpler interface and lower price. It’s now out of beta and available to the public; plus, your first 10GB of storage is on the house and you don’t need a credit card to sign up for the free trial.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay has now successfully contested over 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York. The program attempts to glean information from a simple survey to determine whether an appeal is possible by asking questions that could lead to a dismissal in court, questions like: “were there clearly visible parking signs?” From there, the AI attempts to guide users through the appeals process while aiming for a dismissal. To date, it’s been successful in 64 percent of attempts, successfully defending 160,000 of 250,000 offenders in the 21 months it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s $300 million trans-pacific ‘FASTER’ cable is ready to use. The cable, first announced about one year ago, brings up to 60Tbps (Terabits per second) Internet speed between Japan and the US. The cable will surface in Oregon and two posts in Japan: Chiba and Mie prefectures. From those points, the cable will provide service to major cities. Stateside, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle will benefit from FASTER. “From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, ‘faster, Faster and FASTER’, and at one point it became the project name and… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re keeping up with your Game of Thrones theories, you likely know about ‘R+L = J,’ which is not a screwy math problem. At least as the TV show goes, it’s been confirmed by HBO’s ‘Making Game of Thrones’ blog. If you’re not sure what R+L = J is, it’s surprisingly simple (for Game of Thrones, at least). In a nutshell, it means that Rhaegar Targaryen (R) and Lyanna Stark (L) are Jon Snow’s real parents (J). In the show, we see that Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow’s mother, but HBO tried to obfuscate her telling Ned who the father… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s pretty clear by this point that VR will eventually play a big role in consumer life, and HTC got a head start with its Vive headset. In order to protect that future investment, HTC is turning its Vive business into a wholly-owned subsidiary. The company provided the following statement to The Verge: HTC can confirm that it has established a wholly-owned subsidiary, HTC Vive Tech Corporation, as a vehicle for developing strategic alliances to help build the global VR ecosystem. What does all that mean? For the consumer not much initally – HTC still owns everything about Vive. But by… This story continues at The Next Web

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Kickstarter has no shortage of crappy ideas but this one might really take the cake. Artist Matthew LaPenta just launched a campaign asking for $47,000 to complete poop emoji sculptures in several unique finishes, including copper, nickel, bronze and brass. These 3-inch wide by 2.8-inch tall sculptures will capture all the essence of the poop emoji for just $115 (at minimum). Or, you could just go all-in and grab a 12-inch version for a hefty $4,000 sum. There’s no denying the popularity of emoji but you have to wonder whether your $115 would be better spent elsewhere. Then again, this is just the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yelp has officially unveiled its ‘Knowledge’ platform, which is aimed at helping businesses better understand how much we love (or hate) them. In February, Yelp Knowledge was soft-launched with a single partner. At the time, Yelp agreed to license its data to Sprinklr, a marketing firm that aggregates what customers are saying about businesses online. Rather than manually scouring the Web for reviews and feedback, Yelp Knowledge makes a large dataset immediately available. To kick of Yelp Knowledge, the company is also announcing new partnerships with marketing firms like Medailla, Reputology and Revinate. Aimed at analytics and marketing firms, Yelp… This story continues at The Next Web

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I loved ‘Final Fantasy VII’ as much as the next gamer, but this FF7-themed Monopoly board game might be a bit much even for diehard fans. Scheduled to come out next April from online retailer Merchoid, there’s little else we know about the format of the board, but you can probably guess the properties that will be present. You’ll likely start out in the slums of Midgar, and travel across the mythical world to places like Rocket Town, Nibelheim, and Wutai. Maybe you’ll even buy own your Chocobo ranch and get to stab whoever plays as Aeris in the back – from a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Those worried about Apple’s rumored decision to eliminate the headphone jack on future iPhones have a silver lining to focus on.  Cirrus Logic has created a development kit for Lightning-based headphones. The Lightning port is Apple’s all-in-one inlet on iOS devices, and seems to be gaining momentum now that the headphone jack seems to be going away. It’s capable of transferring digital audio, but headphone makers have never focused on that aspect because — well, they didn’t need to. Cirrus Logic’s dev kit seems official, too. It’s available via Apple’s MFi (Made For iPhone) program, which is its official platform… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has a new deal for Android users starting July 12. If you’re willing to have your phone bootstrapped with ads, you can get deep discounts on unlocked devices — as much as 50 percent off. The deals For $49.99, you can get something called the BLU R1 HD, which is a basement-dwelling handset you’d likely see at the corner store as a burner phone. If you want something a little more familiar, Amazon is offering the Moto G for as little as $124.99, a $25 discount (for a limited time!). After the promotional period, the Moto G starts at… This story continues at The Next Web

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‘Makers,’ as they’re affectionately known, are often innocent tinkerers that like to take things apart, hack them and put them back together. Drake Anthony is certainly a maker, but his focus on lasers that could probably kill you makes you wonder if he’s more Tony Stark, or Bond super villain. Either way, his DIY laser projects are super cool. His newest one, a 200-watt laser bazooka made from old DLP projectors is fully capable of melting the metal housing on a tower PC, and just looking at it without a welders helmet could cause severe eye damage. Staring into the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re designing apps or Webpages for mobile, chances are you sketch ideas out before you commit them to Photoshop (or Sketch!). To help, there’s been an update to a piece of paper (yes, I’m serious). A dot-grid paper meant for iOS design is now ready for current hardware, and has been updated for iOS 10. All iPhone templates — the 5 (and SE), 6 and 6 Plus — reflect iOS 10 design guidelines, and have both portrait and landscape layouts. In addition to a dot grid, there are markers for half, 1/3 and 1/4 along the top of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s nothing inherently wrong with condoms, but some Swedish designers and sex toy manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to reinvent the condom by turning it into what looks like a Norman Foster creation. Called the Lelo Hex, the condom uses a honeycomb design to reinforce the strength. I got the opportunity to check out Lelo Hex at a launch party earlier this month and tried stretching and pulling the condom with all my strength, but condom managed to remain intact. Despite this design, it’s not the thinnest condom on the market. The Lelo Hex measures in at around 0.055mm thick – many… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook lives or dies by its News Feed, so getting it right is crucial to the company. As the company announces a small tweak to its algorithm – showing more content from the friends you care about, and potentially less from pages – it’s also explaining the ‘core values’ that serve as guiding principles behind every improvement to your feed. The company says this is the first time these values have been publicly explained. “Friends and family come first” First up, Facebook says it prioritizes posts from close friends and family before any other kind of posts. It tries to… This story continues at The Next Web

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