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If reports from earlier this month and new developments today are anything to go by, Google is almost certainly going to acquire Taiwanese phone maker HTC this week. That’s good news for HTC, and good news for Pixel fans too. This company knows how to make good hardware, and has had some clever ideas in the past, like the squeezable U11 and the Vive VR headset. It’s believed to be manufacturing the search giant’s next Pixel 2 flagship handset. It also previously partnered with Google to make the Nexus 9 tablet in 2014. Fun fact: HTC also made one of my… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,HTC

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If there is a single innovation worth saving from the wreck of modern history, it is the humble potato chip. This salty, savory delicacy, first popularized during the Industrial Revolution, is now a staple of the national diet: Americans individually eat an average of 4 pounds of chips per year, for an annual nationwide total of 1.5 billion pounds. To be honest, these figures sound a bit low to me. By a conservative estimate, I’d guess I’m eating at least 4 pounds of chips weekly. That’s not great news for my blood pressure — even if chips are the “healthiest unhealthy snack” —… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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It’s troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam. Any one of the endless stream of innocent-looking emails you receive throughout the day could be trying to con you into handing over your login credentials and give criminals control of your confidential data or your identity. Most people tend to think that it’s users’ fault when they fall for phishing scams: Someone just clicked on the wrong thing. To fix it, then, users should just stop… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember YotaPhone, the brand that attempted to solve smartphone battery woes by adding a second e-ink screen on its phones’ rear panel? It’s back again with its third handset, which brings refreshed hardware and a new design, hoping third time’s the charm. The all-aluminum Yota3 packs a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display on the front, and a 5.2-inch 720p e-ink display on the back. It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM, and comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera, as well as a 3,300mAh battery that quick charges via a USB-C port. There’s also a dual SIM… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Financial Times reports that Amazon is embarking on a difficult journey: it’s developing smart glasses that tether to your phone and allow you to invoke and interact with the company’s Alexa voice assistant. It isn’t clear exactly why they have to be glasses, since Alexa primarily listens for voice commands and responds vocally as well. The glasses are said to have a bone-conduction audio system built-in, so you don’t have to wear earphones to hear Alexa – but what’s the eyewear for? It’s possible that the spectacles will function like Google Glass, displaying information related to your queries in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header in the Explore tab on Twitter’s mobile app today. In addition to articles that your network is engaging with, you’ll also see stories that are gaining steam among users in your area. Twitter has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to Android and iOS, but it might… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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The tech world loves finding ‘the next big thing.’ It’s just the nature of the business. With all of the excitement surrounding innovative solutions and emerging platforms and hardware, tech developers and consumers, alike, are constantly looking ahead. However, constantly living in the future tense somewhat blinds us to the growth that occurs in certain avenues like ecommerce. According to a study by the International Trade Administration, ecommerce is expected to grow by 30.7 percent in 2017, which is an incredible figure when you think about the scope of the industry. Forget about our love for AI, machine learning or,… This story continues at The Next Web

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After iOS 11 dropped today, the internet went to work dissecting its best features. And if we’re being honest, there’s a lot to like. But one of my favorite things about iOS 11 didn’t come from Apple; it’s an awesome new ruler built on its augmented reality framework: ARKit. At its surface, a ruler doesn’t seem all that sexy. MeasureKit, however, is so much more than just a ruler. Using Apple’s AR framework and the camera sensor in your iPhone or iPad, MeasureKit can measure just about anything without hunting down a ruler or tape measure — like you could… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS

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Items on Amazon’s “Frequently Bought Together” recommendation could be used to create homemade explosives if actually bought together. Investigators at UK news organization Channel 4 recently uncovered the potentially worrying trend. Among other things, the investigators discovered that searching for one ingredient (harmless on its own), or adding it to your cart, would lead Amazon to show you that other customers bought the other incendiary components. For the sake of good taste, I won’t list the ingredients here, but the examples they gave were the ingredients for thermite and black powder. Other “ingredients” are less chemical and more practical, such as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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The Blockchain technology has been the talk of the town as both Bitcoin and Ethereum have risen in their value per token in the past few months.   While others are busy earning digital money, investors are becoming interested as to how this technology can add value to their business. Even formidable tech writers from reputable news organizations are seeing how this trend in financial technology can also benefit different industries in the future.   As the world sees it Anyone investing in cryptocurrencies, whether it’s Ethereum or Bitcoin, have an idea of what Blockchain is. From afar, the digital… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the biggest players in the chat bot space, Next IT, is now opening its libraries up commercially so businesses can create their own chat bots. According to the company this represents the largest repository of AI skills available for chat bots. The move also signifies the demand for conversation-savvy AI is growing. Next IT president Tracy Malingo told TNW: We’ve been around a long time, we’ve been developing these AI libraries, and offering this full stack solution, which is great – we will continue to provide the services we do now. But, we’re very excited to be able… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is again under fire. This time, it’s a sexist ad campaign for uberEATS in India promoting “Wife Appreciation Day.” The ad reads:   The gaffe is just the latest in a series of sexism-related mishaps for the ride-sharing company. After former Uber engineer Susan Fowler lit the fire earlier this year with a blog post about rampant sexism and harassment she faced while at the company, Uber has since started an investigation that led to the firing of 20 employees. And from this, it’s clear Uber hasn’t learned from its past sins.Or just read more coverage about: Uber

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When it comes to building a personal brand, the golden rule is to be authentic to who you truly are. Most people get caught up in trying to paint a picture of who they wish they were, instead of expressing what it is they know best. Aspiring influencers, especially, forget that what makes a personal brand, personal, is having audience members be able to relate to you, your experiences, and what it is you stand for. Nowadays, most entrepreneurs see the value in taking the time to build their own personal brand. They know that by having an audience, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Brace yourself, team Android: A ton of new images and prices of Google’s upcoming hardware just leaked, courtesy of Droid Life. First up, there’s the smaller Pixel 2, which showed up in ‘Clearly White,’ ‘Just Black,’ and ‘Kinda Blue’ colors. The smaller pixel will be made by HTC and comes in 64 and 128 GB configurations, priced at $649 and $749, respectively. You’ll be able to finance it starting at $27.04 over 24 months. From previous leaks, we know it will feature a 5-inch screen and stereo speakers too. Then there’s the Pixel 2, which looks like the more interesting… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Twitter today released its biannual transparency report, one section of which detailed requests it receives from government officials around the world to remove content that violates the site’s Terms of Service. Of particular note in the report is that, according to Twitter, it now receives 80 percent fewer TOS requests relating to the promotion of terrorism, apparently thanks to more rigorous internal checks. The report covers the period from January 1, 2017 through June 30. In that time, Twitter received 338 reports on 1,200 accounts. That’s down from the 716 reports they received on the previous report. That’s a major… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Xbox 360 controllers are being called back to active duty. The US Navy will be replacing $38,000 periscope sticks with $30 gamepads aboard its top-of-the line Virginia class submarines. The military has been using video game controllers for decades now. I was lucky enough to watch a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles in Kuwait, back in 2005, where soldiers were using game-pads to manually control the drones. They’ve seen even more military use since then. After Navy experts spent over two years testing the xbox 360 controller, it is expected to go into use aboard Virginia class submarine USS Colorado… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox

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I’ve been wearing Fitbit’s new smartwatch, the Ionic, non-stop for about four days now. While I haven’t spent quite enough time for a full, comprehensive review of all its features and performance, one thing is already clear: The Ionic is Fitbit’s best tracker ever, but it’s also just barely a smartwatch – at least for now. Some good news first: The Ionic looks much better in person than it does in renders. The matte metal finish and textured silicone strap make for an elegant contrast, and while the boxy shape isn’t to everyone’s tastes, the Apple Watch has done much… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple today released the newest version of its mobile operating system, iOS. All things considered, iOS 11 was a massive update with a handful of features you’re sure to love. Others, while not as exciting, will provide the groundwork for awesome things to come. Here’s what we love. Screenshots and screen capture video Screenshots saw quite an overhaul in iOS 11. First, each screenshot appears as a small picture-in-picture window at the bottom left of your screen. Do nothing, and it eventually disappears, tucked away in Photos, as you’d expect. But if you click the photo, you can instantly delete… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case you haven’t been keeping an eye on the news, Venezuela is in a rather bad way. Some people from the country are turning to unconventional money-making methods to get by in an extremely unstable economy. One of those methods is gold farming in games like Runescape. Unfortunately, some in the Runescape community haven’t responded in a way that could be deemed sensitive. This started last month when Version Final, a newspaper based in Maracaibo, wrote an article about a player who fed his child by supplementing his full-time job with Runescape. He’d farm for in-game gold, then sell it to other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ok, it’s no surprise that technology is literally changing everything around us, but one industry that hasn’t had as much advancement over the years comes in the form of interior design. It’s traditionally costly, timely, and requires a designer to come out and basically take care of everything unless you’re one of those handy types. While that may always be a popular method, regardless of the tech being introduced,  it doesn’t mean that there aren’t movers and shakers that are disrupting our typical outlook of the field to make it quicker and easier, while still keeping most of the power… This story continues at The Next Web

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I spent a decade in the armed forces and five years providing tech support as a customer service agent for a company that I won’t name in this article, then I decided it was time for a change. This is the story of how I became a 39-year-old intern for one of the largest technology websites in the world. In fact, you might know me already, if this is familiar: “Hi! Thanks for calling (company name), my name is Tristan and I’m located in Illinois. How may I help you today?” I used to answer about 50 tech support calls… This story continues at The Next Web

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When was the last time you did inventory? No, not on whatever product you might be selling. Inventory of your emotional intelligence. People with high levels of emotional intelligence do better in life and in business, and since it’s something you can train for and improve on, you’ll want to give yourself a little EQ checkup every now and then so you know which areas you can stand to improve. Why should you care about your EQ? People with a higher EQ, or emotional quotient, make an average of $29,000 more per year than people with a low EQ. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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Companies today must become active within their own communities to thrive as 81% of millennials expect organizations to make public declarations of their corporate citizenship. Beyond generating profit and employing people, businesses have the ability to be the leading drivers of change by starting a strategic corporate social responsibility program, according to Scott Tattar, an instructor at Drexel University and owner of Tattar Strategic Communications, a PR consultancy in Philadelphia. A corporate social responsibility program is a marketing driven initiative that impacts the communities a company is active in with the goal of building brand loyalty and making a difference.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Without much fanfare, the European Commission has published a new cybersecurity strategy. Although Commission President Juncker briefly touched on the issue in his State of the Union Speech, the document was published in the EU’s document database without a news release or press conference. It’s unclear at this point whether the document was published prematurely and an announcement is still to follow, or whether the Commission is intentionally keeping the strategy out of the spotlight. Among some common-sense measures to increase cross-border collaboration and beef up the role of the EU’s IT security agency ENISA, the strategy contains a few curiosities. As one cybersecurity measure, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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