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There’s an amazing new Chrome extension that filters out online mentions of the 2016 US elections. The aptly-named “I haven’t got time for the ‘Paign'” is basic, but effective: it automatically scrubs popular news sites like the New York Times, Slate and The Atlantic of campaign news and tells you how many articles were hidden. You can ‘snooze’ it by clicking the extension icon to see the news that was filtered. The tool also keeps track of how many times it’s hidden words. My favorite feature is the ability to have it automatically start showing news again at a pre-set date leading… This story continues at The Next Web

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GoPro has launched a new version of its Hero4 camera that is smaller and lighter than other models in the company’s Hero4 range. While smaller, the new Hero4 Session will still play nicely with existing GoPro mounts when it goes on sale at the end of this week for around $399. The camera is capable of capturing 1080p at 6ofps, 720p at 100fps and 1440p at 30 fps. Naturally, carrying the GoPro brand conveys a certain sense of ‘ruggedness’, so it’s useful that the Session is waterproof up to 33 meters. The company says that as you don’t need a separate… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re familiar with Discovery’s Shark Week – now in its 28th year – you’ll know that the channel often uses it as an opportunity to test out new digital ideas, as well as an excuse to show wall-to-wall programming about sharks. This year, it has joined up with Meerkat to offer embedded live streams for viewers via the Discovery site. Meerkat only rolled out embeddable streams for users towards the end of last month. Of course, you can also access the same content via the Meerkat app by following @SharkWeek. While the embedding feature isn’t totally new, it’s interesting to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Online backup is the safest solution for storing precious photos, videos and documents. To ensure nothing gets left out, Pogoplug offers unlimited storage across multiple platforms. The service covers as many phones, tablets and computers as you own, with apps available for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. The software requires little by way of setup, and once installed, it automatically backs up all the content on each device. Everything you upload is protected by military grade 256-bit SSL encryption. The apps allow you to access your uploaded files wherever you have an internet connection, and you can stream media… This story continues at The Next Web

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My mind boggles daily, such is the intoxicating nature of the internet, but if you want to put your brain to something other than browsing or actually doing work, here’s another distraction: A Boggle-playing Twitter bot. Warning! Just 3 minutes left  W  H  N  O   I  T  P  O   L  C  Y  T   A  E  I  N  🌈 — BoggleBot (@Botgle) July 6, 2015 Botgle was built by Colin Mitchell and does just what you’d expect. Every few hours, it generates a new grid of letters, mimicking the classic game. @BooDooPerson plays WHILE NOT WHIT HIT TILE WIT HILT TIN NICE TOP POT TOY CLIT ALE ICE PHIL TYPO POON YON ALIT LIT… This story continues at The Next Web

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Lloyds Bank in the UK is running a small trial to see if it can speed up the regristration process for mobile banking through use of ‘tap to transfer’ near field communications technology. Instead of receiving a phone call when setting up the mobile banking app, people in the trial can authenticate their info by tapping their debit card against their contactless-enabled phone. So far, only 125 people are registered in the trial. While it’s only now being used for verifying identity during set-up, it’s easy to see it being expanded to authorizing other changes, payments and account activity. Recently, Lloyds changed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Data science is one of the biggest trends in business. For many teams, however, the concept remains a black box. Positioned at the intersection of engineering and statistics, we often think of data science as closely tied to IT, marketing, analytics, and product. We imagine complex algorithms, messy datasets, and endless lines of statistical code. What we often overlook is the direct link between data science and sales. At the end of the day, predictive models, datasets, and trend forecasts are about people and processes—not numbers. Data science programs can help sales leaders run their operations more efficiently, focus efforts… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram has begun storing images at 1080×1080 pixels, up from the low standard of 640×640 pixels that it started out with, reports The Verge. The app still displays images at the lower resolution on its Web and mobile apps, but you can find larger versions of recently uploaded photos by digging around the source code. #klone killing it live in #hasselt #belgium #latergram A photo posted by Abhimanyu Ghoshal (@abhimanyughoshal) on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:57am PDT Here’s the image from the post above; click for 1080×1080 pixels version It’s likely that the change will lead to an improved viewing experience in a… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you spent the weekend lounging around in the sun, abseiling, kayaking, rock climbing and generally living your life like it’s some sort of advert, then there’s a good chance that you missed all the most excting tech news and features over the weekend. You might also have missed them all if you spent the last two days in a semi-conscious state stuck in front of the TV, though you have less of an excuse. Whatever the reason, we’ve put together everything you missed over the weekend in one handy list. All you need to do is make yourself a… This story continues at The Next Web

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How many photos of you are on your phone right now? These days, humans take almost a trillion photos a year. (To put that into context, that’s more photos every few minutes than in the entire 19th century.) And lots of these photos are selfies—self-portraits, usually taken with a smartphone. As of this writing, nearly 300 million Instagram photos had been tagged with the selfie label. We love getting into the “whys” of social media psychology, so in this post I set out to discover why we love taking photos of ourselves—and why we love viewing selfies. What does “selfie culture” say about… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google-owned mapping service Waze has started a carpooling trial in Tel Aviv, Israel, according to Reuters. The service, called RideWith, will charge a small fee for passengers to pay fellow drivers for a lift to or from work. Unsurprisingly, it’ll use Waze’s mapping app for navigation. In theory, it should learn which routes people most frequently take to get to or from work and pair them up with other users who tend to favor the same routes. It’s just a trial for now, with no suggestion of imminent launches in other countries, and drivers are blocked from offering more than… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year Reddit announced that it was building its own cryptocurrency and hired Bitcoin engineer Ryan X. Charles to build it. The plans were later scuttled, when the company restructured and Charles was let go. In a post to his personal Medium blog today, Charles revealed that during his time at Reddit he not only worked on cryptocurrency but was hatching a plan to decentralize Reddit entirely. News of the project comes as Reddit is grappling with censorship and subreddits continue to go offline. He says that he approached then-CEO Yishan Wong in the summer of 2014 with the idea, who was excited… This story continues at The Next Web

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The (ironically-named) Hacked Team is an Italian security firm with a history of supplying surveillance technology to governments around the world, including some unpleasant regimes. It’s now been hacked itself. As CSO Online reports, the source of the hack isn’t clear yet, but a torrent file with 400GB of internal documents, product source code and email archives is now public. Hacking team torrent contains proof in invoices and orders of surveillance software sales to oppressive regimes. — John Adams (@netik) July 6, 2015 There’s no shortage of glee online about the development, particularly from privacy activists. Campaign group Reporters Without… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon might well already have a wealth of services to tempt customers into paying for its annual Prime subscription service, but it’s just introduced another offering designed to tempt bargain hunters. Called ‘Prime Day’, Amazon will be offering subscribers in the US, UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria “more deals than Black Friday” on July 15, it says. The promotions kick off from midnight and additional deals will pop-up as frequently as every 10 minutes. While Amazon didn’t say specifically which deals will be on offer, items from categories like electronics, toys, movies, clothing, outdoor items and more… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you’re tired of hearing newfangled phrases in discussions about tech or are still recovering from Post Silicon Valley Move Stress Disorder , there’s now a ready reckoner to sort you out. Silicon Valley Dictionary serves up nearly 200 (and counting) terms commonly used in the tech world, along with a smattering of them from ‘Silicon Valley’, an HBO comedy that presents a wry take on startups. Some of my favorites are: Gluttonygramming: Programming and working at a slower pace to purposely get more food out of the company. Early Employee: A founder who will take 1% of the company instead of 25%. This… This story continues at The Next Web

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Asteroids is a stone cold arcade classic: It was just you, your triangular spaceship and endless hordes of 8-bit enemies. Now there’s a new version to play, inspired by the original but angled at typography nerds. Built by Polish design studio Hippotam, Typoroids replaces the aliens with giant floating letters. As you blast them, they become smaller, more difficult to deal with characters. Besides the new foes, the game is exactly how you remember Asteroids and if you rack up a good score, there’s a leader board to show your achievement/utter lack of real productivity. ➤ Typoroids [Hippotam via FastCo Design]… This story continues at The Next Web

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I have no problem getting on a diet, jotting down my thoughts in a journal and generally picking up any healthy new habits — sticking with them, however, proves to be a major challenge. That’s where Streaks comes in. This habit tracker for Android is ased on comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘don’t break the chain’ productivity method. The idea is to mark every day that successfully complete a task and try to keep the ‘chain’ going for as long as possible. The app lets you add tasks that you intend to complete daily and asks you if you’ve tackled it at… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s the latest title to make my list of games I’m terrible at but love playing. Cardboard Flappy for Android is a 3D version of the challenging mobile game Flappy Bird in which you attempt to navigate past endless obstacles — only this you literally get a bird’s eye view of your flight. The original 2D version had you tapping the screen to guide a bird through gaps in vertical pipes as it continuously flew to the right. This time, you see what the bird sees: pipes, pipes and more pipes with gaps at varying heights for you to slip… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the past 12 months, I’ve traveled to over 20+ countries in Europe, Asia, North, Central, and South America, and I did it while running a business online. There seems to be a trend of online entrepreneurs who are advocating this travelpreneur movement of being able to run your business online, while you travel. I’ll be honest, it’s not as easy as it looks. In many cases, it can be a hassle having to deal with time zone differences, jet lag, and even loneliness. But if experiencing freedom, diverse cultures, and learning new languages is on top of your priorities,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an excellent piece today, Popjustice’s Peter Robinson describes how Apple Music has already changed his buying behavior. With Apple pushing its streaming service on everyone who opens the Music app in iOS 8.4, anyone used to buying music via the iTunes Store (yes, people still do that – they keep much of the recorded music industry employed) will soon see how easy it is to just add a new release to their collection rather than pay for it – and they can do it straight from their music player rather than having to go to the Store’s own app. The world’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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In recent years, the Indian startup ecosystem has really taken off and come into its own—driven by factors such as massive funding, consolidation activities, evolving technology and an burgeoning domestic market. The numbers are telling—from 3,100 startups in 2014 to a projection of more than 11,500 by 20201, this is certainly not a passing trend. It’s a revolution. And it’s going to change the way the markets are working today in India. In this story, I’m going to highlight some key aspects of the Indian startup ecosystem and underline the steps needed to make the environment more conducive for it.… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re missing Game of Thrones since its fifth season finale, new app – Game of Quotes – might help fill the void. The  keyboard app for iOS comes preloaded with hundreds of quotes from the good folk of Westeros right back as far as the first episode. Once activated, you can send the quotes direct from within your messages to your friends. It includes some gems from Tyrion like: And some life lessons courtesy of Baelish: While season six seems like it’s an eternity away, Game of Quotes will certainly help ease the wait. ➤ Game of Quotes Read next: Here’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Who Deleted Me on Facebook is an iOS app that lets you keep track of your friends list. Similar to Who Unfollowed Me for Twitter, it tells you when friends have disappeared from your list and whether they’ve deactivated their accounts or actually deleted you. When you download the app, it won’t show you friends who have deleted you in the past, it only starts tracking from the time you activate it. As well as keeping track of the frenemies who might have deleted you, it also shows your newest friends, people you have chosen to block and a ‘last… This story continues at The Next Web

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New Zealand’s government has passed the Harmful Digital Communications Bill, which declares that cyberbullying is a criminal offence. Anyone using digital communications like Facebook, Twitter or even WhatsApp in a way that causes “serious emotional distress” is considered to be breaking the law and could face a number of punishments. Posts that are deemed to be racist, sexist, speaking badly of someone’s sexual orientation or a disability, or showing religious intolerance are all covered by the bill. Ramifications of committing the newly-declared crimes include mediation, fines of up to $33,900 or even a jail sentence. It has also been made… This story continues at The Next Web

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For the uninitiated, the Lean Startup methodology is a practice for developing products and businesses based on ‘validated learning’, getting customer feedback quickly and often. The process was proposed by Eric Ries in 2011. The objective is to eliminate uncertainty in the product development process. This practice has transformed the way companies are developed. Instead of building in isolation from users, startups regularly expose the product to customers throughout the development cycle. In doing so, teams are able to make more informed decisions about what to build, from core product functions to what colour a button should be. This sounds… This story continues at The Next Web

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