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Solar energy is the hottest thing in eco-living, and everybody wants in on it. People are installing solar panels in their homes, governments are creating smart grids and companies like Google want to run completely on renewable energy and help people do the same. However, the more we start to depend on solar energy, the better solar panels have to become. That’s where the Osaka-based Kaneka Corporation steps in. It recently presented a new silicon-based solar cell that has record high efficiency. According to Arstechnica UK, the new silicon-based solar cell is able to achieve stunning 26.3 percent efficiency. The old record… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is making group conversations in Messenger a lot more like… well, Facebook. You can now use reactions during group conversations, as well as tag specific people using the [email protected] symbol. The reactions are useful for the same reason they are on Facebook proper – they give you more ways to acknowledge you’ve read a post and express your feelings towards it instead of a generic Like. In fact, Messenger also offers a thumbs down reaction, something you can’t use on Facebook. Here it’s probably meant to serve more as a ‘no’ than a ‘dislike’ button, which will come in handy… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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How much is your data worth to Apple? That’s the question hacking collective Turkish Crime Family seems to be asking by blackmailing Apple to pay thousands of dollars or have millions of iCloud accounts wiped remotely. The story started a few days ago, when Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox wrote about the hackers, who claim to have access to over 600 million compromised Apple accounts. The group is currently demanding a large ransom from Apple to prevent them wiping millions of iPhones clean on April 7. Accounts differ greatly on how many compromised accounts the hackers have access to, ranging from… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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A patent created by Apple, and unearthed by Apple Insider, shows that the Cupertino giant is playing around with the idea of creating laptop-style docking stations, that can hold an iPhone or iPad. The first shows an iPhone that docks into a laptop, taking the place of a trackpad. In this example, the laptop acts as a dumb terminal, with all the computational leg-work taking place in the iPhone. The other is less outlandish, and shows an iPad acting as the screen on a MacBook. Given that there are already keyboard cases for the iPad that closely adhere to the laptop… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,MacBook,Apple

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The iCloud saga continues as Apple has denied breach allegations made earlier this week by a hacking collective better known as Turkish Crime Family. The company further downplayed any threats that hundreds of millions iPhone devices could be at risk of being remotely wiped clean. But information obtained by The Next Web suggests this might not be entirely true. Following an earlier report from Motherboard, we reached out to Turkish Crime Family, asking for further proof of the legitimacy of the hacking. The group has since provided TNW with a small sample of the data set in question, which we have been able to confirm is at least partially… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iCloud,Apple

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If there’s someone I definitely wouldn’t want to be right now, it’s the social media manager for ABC News. That’s because in the early hours of this morning, its Twitter account was hacked, with several colorful tweets posted. Several of the tweets linked to an account, @the6clerk, which has since been suspended by Twitter. Others expressed a pro-Donald Trump sentiment, which I’m almost certain was tongue-in-cheek.   It’s not immediately obvious how the attackers managed to penetrate ABC News’ Twitter account. Even if the iconic broadcaster followed basic security procedures – using both a secure password and two-factor authentication –… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Last year, former US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would prevent internet providers from selling customers’ private data to third parties without their consent; the rule passed in October 2016 with clear guidelines for how ISPs must secure permission before sharing information like browsing history and location data with advertisers. Now, that ruling is under threat, as the Senate is set to vote on Thursday on whether to roll it back and once again allow ISPs like Comcast and AT&T to once again have their way with your data. There’s no benefit for consumers… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are lots of times when people around us can see what’s on our phone screens, and that can make it tricky to read confidential texts or emails. Thankfully, BlackBerry has a smart solution to that problem for Android users. Its new Privacy Shade app lets you black out your screen, save for a rectangular or circular area that you can resize and move around. While it’s activated, you can use your phone as normal to navigate to apps and individual messages. You can turn it on or off from a persistent notification or by tapping a dedicated Quick Settings… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Blackberry

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Seven months since its launch, Google’s Duo video calling app is finally adding support for voice-only calls. The feature is rolling out first in Brazil, where Google announced the update at a São Paulo event; it’ll become available elsewhere in the world in the coming days. Unfortunately, I can’t say I’m excited about it at this point. I already use WhatsApp for most of my essential messaging and calls these days, and I don’t see the need to invite my contacts to try another app. Of course, I’m biased because I started on WhatsApp a long time ago, and that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation app for iOS that lets you connect apps and create quick shortcuts to actions like texting a contact to let them know you’ll be late for your appointment, find a convenience store near you, make PDFs from Web pages and record an audio note to yourself that’s accessible in the Reminders app. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Interestingly, Apple isn’t killing off the product; in addition to adding the Workflow team of three into its fold, it’s also making the tool available for free. Confirming the deal, Apple lauded Workflow’s capabilities… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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For the unfortunate Android fans that had to wait their turn to play Mario on a smartphone — especially those that didn’t realize you could just grab an emulator and play all the old Mario games — today is your day. Nintendo officially announced last Friday the game would drop on March 23rd (tomorrow), but apparently decided to kick things off a day early. Super Mario Run is available now in the Google Play Store, free*. In case you’re wondering, those that switch between Android and iOS still have to buy the game on Android, even if you’ve previously linked your Nintendo… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Nintendo

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Ev Williams is a brilliant man. His vision for online publishing offers up a near-utopian vision of what a democratized internet looks like in Medium. He also once ran a couple of other businesses you may have heard of: Twitter, which he co-founded, and Odeo, a popular podcast app that may have actually launched before the public was ready for it, and years prior to the new podcast boom. And then he lost his goddamn mind. Earlier this year, Williams laid off 50 staff members. He also announced Medium would be removing ads from the site until the company found a better way… This story continues at The Next Web

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One teenager in San Francisco got a letter from the President … and probably not the kind that looks good framed on a wall. Lucy is an aspiring web developer who wanted to make a cute, simple website to show off on her resume. She made a little site where kitten paws slap the face of Donald Trump. It was called TrumpScratch.com — apparently one of the few “Trump” domain names he forgot to buy. Sounds harmless right? Apparently not everyone thought so. Three weeks after it went live, Lucy allegedly got a Cease & Desist from the President’s lawyers. Lucy told the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo, officially, doesn’t have a problem with Switch Joy-Cons. It does, however, have a fix for the problem it, uh, doesn’t have? By and large, the Switch is a big hit — Nintendo is even doubling production to get more consoles on the shelves. But it has had its problems, including the widespread issue with the left Joy-Con, which de-syncs from the console randomly. Of course, Nintendo isn’t calling it a “problem” or any other word which might have a negative connotation. In a statement to Kotaku, it said the following: There is no design issue with the Joy-Con controllers, and no widespread proactive repair or… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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After reaching an all-time high earlier this month, Bitcoin prices are coming back to earth. The current price (as of this writing) of $998 a coin is down more than 20-percent from its previous high, and down 10-percent today alone. As with all Bitcoin peaks, the fall is typically just as dramatic as the rise, and often just as quick. Bitcoin is a volatile currency, so ebbs and flows — and often dramatic ones — are par the course. This fall, however, may have been due, at least in part, to a few news stories over the past couple weeks. As optimistic as some… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Google is going to allow sports teams and celebs to “Post” status updates directly into search results. The company today announced it’s opening Posts up to organizations. Specifically, it’s including “museums, sports teams, sports leagues, movies” and in Brazil: musicians. Posts are an experiment to allow participants to post updates directly in Google’s search results. If you think you’re about to see Google turn into a social site, you’ll be disappointed. Posts seem to have been designed for public figures to communicate directly with people who are searching their names: So if you’re searching for the Henry Ford Museum in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Instagram is going to become something of a Yelp competitor soon. In an announcement saying it had reached 1 million advertisers, the company also briefly shared plans to bring a booking feature to the app. Say you want to get a haircut. A new “Book” option on your salon or barbershop’s business profile would let you choose the style of haircut and set a time and date for your visit. You can see a video of the tool in action on Instagram’s blog post. The video also shows a “pricing and payment” section. In the example shown it tells you to pay at the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find. A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the following: Here, you’ll find hairstyles, generally done in a professional setting by stylists. It’s the nature of Google. It returns what it thinks you’re looking for based on contextual clues, citations and link data. In general, and without further context, you could probably pat Google on the back and say ‘job well done.’… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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You might not realize it, but the iMessage App Store is pretty awful. When announced, it was one of my favorite new features, and personally I still love it. Crazy sticker packs and lightweight apps aren’t life-changing, but when used in the right situation they breathe life into text message conversations. Unfortunately, this breath probably isn’t enough to resuscitate the iMessage App Store itself. Design The problems are numerous, but we can start with design. As a design-first company, Apple truly dropped the ball here. Using a bad example, but a good rule: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer once said no app should… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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After bringing live streaming to mobile and quickly dominating the space, Facebook is now doing the same for desktops and laptops. Starting today, anyone can stream through Facebook’s web interface. The feature has actually been available on Pages for some time, but I’m sure plenty of everyday users want to stream whatever mundane thing they’re doing at their desks as well. In all seriousness, desktop support opens up Facebook to whole new kinda of livestreaming. Currently, user broadcasts tend to be boring shakycam messes, because there’s only so much you can do from a smartphone. With support for standard streaming software, Facebook can now do more… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Though I thought the gunmetal OnePlus 3T was quite the looker in my review, some people just need their phones to be pitch black for maximum stealth cred. Fret no more, goths, as OnePlus has introduced a limited edition Midnight Black model. Truth be told, OnePlus already announced a black model last week through a partnership with French retailer Colette, which was selling it in a single retail location in Paris, adorned with its own logo. Given most of the world doesn’t live in France, that wasn’t very helpful other than being something to lust over. It seems the company was just biding its… This story continues at The Next Web

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An ugly case of harassment had an unexpected silver lining this week, when it started a donation train to fund a camp for future female game designers. Girls Make Games is a series of camps and workshops aimed at teaching young women the basics of game design, including coding, modeling, and artwork. The camps are sponsored by LearnDesign, a company in California, and a portion of donations received go towards financial aid for potential students. Apparently the catalyst for the giving spree was the harassment of Allie Rose-Marie Leost, an Electronic Arts employee who may or may not have been involved in Mass… This story continues at The Next Web

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New research indicates that last year Apple left the entire smartphone industry in the dust with its iPhone, shipping more units than any other manufacturer – including Samsung. The iPhone 6S topped the charts with a total of around 60 million units shipped, followed by the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and the 6S Plus, according to a recent report from intelligence firm IHS Markit. For more context, the research takes into account quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models. In fact, Apple had such a massive lead over fellow competitors that the first non-iPhone entry in the report – Samsung’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Samsung

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The Google Maps team is on a bit of a roll. Fresh after adding shareable bucket lists and parking reminders, Maps can now share your location in real time as well. It’s a pretty nifty implementation. Open the side menu or tap on the blue dot indicating where you are, and you’ll see a new “Share location” option. Pick a few people to share with, and they’ll be able to see where you are in real time right on their own Maps app. You can set your location to be shared permanently with certain people, or set a time limit. You can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Maps,Google

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Is AR going to make our life better or turn it into a nightmare reality overlaid with incessant ads? At SXSW we watched the short film HYPER-REALITY by Keiichi Matsuda with Galit Ariel, who’s publishing a book on our AR future: Augmenting Alice. Matsuda’s film shows a possible dystopian future of AR and we wanted to know if Ariel thought it might be coming true. Spoiler: it already is. Many thanks to Keiichi Matusda, who kindly allowed us use his film, and to New Dutch Wave and Corrino for support. Watch HYPER-REALITY in its entirety here.

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