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Periscope is introducing a new way to consume video. With “Couchmode”, you can quickly flip through videos on Periscope just like you would while sitting on your couch when watching TV. Get it? It’s punny. Good job, Periscope. If you want to give it a go, head over to periscope.tv/couchmode. Currently available for the desktop, Couchmode still displays videos in portrait mode, but adds a small arrow in the top right to forward you along to a new video. It’s all very random, too; you don’t get to choose where your next video comes from. LIVE on #Periscope: From @periscopeco… This story continues at The Next Web

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Someone should check on the welfare of the designers at Swiss luxury watchmaker Nico Gerard, because there seems to be some kind of serious huffing incidents over there. Or crack cocaine. Otherwise, I can’t imagine why a sober adult person would create a watch with an Apple Watch attached to it. Yet, you can soon own the Pinnacle brand of watches, in three colors, starting at $9,300 (excluding tax). Take a look at the video below: ….Why? I’m so confused as to who Nico Gerard is marketing to. What kind of person wants to pay to have two watches spliced… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s super easy to shoot photos from your smartphone, but printing them poses a dilemma. Some people possess actual fancy photo printers where they can immediately choose which photos they want to print — provided they have a fully stocked ink and paper supply. Or they can print photos the old-fashioned way — at one of those one-hour places or the drugstore. A new update to the Kodak Moments app removes a small but nagging obstacle from the process by allowing you to immediately send your print order via Wi-Fi to the Kodak Printer Kiosk directly from the app in… This story continues at The Next Web

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The FDA has just approved the world’s first 3D-printed medication, SPRITAM. The seizure drug is meant to be customized for high dosage treatments, and was developed with Aprecia’s ZipDose technology. SPRITAM’s 3D-printed designed makes it water soluble with a minimal amount of liquid, which absorbs into the blood stream in less than 10 seconds.“By combining 3DP technology with a highly-prescribed epilepsy treatment, SPRITAM is designed to fill a need for patients who struggle with their current medication experience,” Don Wetherhold, Aprecia’s Chief Executive Officer of Aprecia, said in a press release The use of 3D-printing for medical purposes is not new,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Matchstick has announced via Kickstarter update that it has cancelled the $25 Firefox OS-based HDMI dongle, designed to compete with the likes of the Google Chromecast. Backers of the project will receive a full refund. Initially designed to be fully open source, the Matchstick was fully certified by Mozilla — which also spent plenty of time drumming up hype. Both companies were devoted to luring developers onto the platform, and a workshop for the device was hosted in November. However, open sourcing apparently came at a price, as the Matchstick team said that it found difficulty in solidifying DRM development: After struggling with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Visual Supply Company, the company behind the fan-favorite photo editing app VSCO Cam, has acquired a startup named Moving Sciences LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it seems VSCO wants to bring machine learning and automation to photo curation. If you’ve never heard of Moving Sciences, there’s likely a good reason; it’s a company of one. According to The Wall Street Journal, VSCO will utilize Moving Science’s technology to bolster its Collections feature. Just last week, VSCO updated its mobile apps with its new Collections feature, which currently requires manual curation. VSCO didn’t provide a timeline for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is always experimenting with new features, A/B testing across the world to figure out the next experience on the platform. It seems that one of those experiments is a special News Tab, according to a report by BuzzFeed. The tab, which sits on the navigation bar of the Twitter app, has already rolled out to users in Japan. It provides a list of headlines from Twitter-approved publishers, designed to help people get the news of the day quickly and easily. The tab appears to be a more content-driven version of the app’s old “Discover” tab, which was discontinued on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Posting GIFs to a chat or social media is pretty standard fare, and the only thing worse than not being able to find the one you want is sharing a link instead. To make sharing easier, a new app for iOS named GIF Wallet will save all your moving pictures in one place. The app itself is dead simple; all it really does is save your images in one place. You can add whatever you like, GIF or not. GIF Wallet uses Apple’s share sheet to make posting GIFs to other apps easy. You could always keep your GIFs in… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been watching cat videos on YouTube today, you may have noticed things are looking a bit different. Google appears to be rolling out a transparent video player on its Web interface today. The new video player is a lot sleeker, featuring controls floating on the video itself instead of planted underneath. Besides just looking nicer, the redesign also saves a few vertical pixels of screen real estate. I like these new controls, a lot. pic.twitter.com/u2FCqrcorH — Joe Caiati (@JoeCaiati) August 3, 2015 The controls disappear after a second or two of inactivity, and reappear once you point your… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re wireframing iOS apps, Sketch 3 is a great option. When you need to turn those mockups into hands-on views for a website or press release, a new plug-in named Magic Mirror can morph your design into any angle or shape you like. Magic Mirror claims its plugin is “a simple version of Photoshop’s Embeded Smart Objects for Sketch,” effectively erasing the often long Photoshop learning curve. Further discussing its simplicity, Magic Mirror is pretty open about how it works: In short, Magic Mirror iterates through all the “Shape” layers (MSShapeGroup) in the current page, and finds all the… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to continually erase past blemishes, GoDaddy and its CEO Blake Irving are working hard to associate the brand with feminism. Most recently, this meant funding, producing and screening a documentary on the gender diversity issue in technology. The movie, called ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,’ explores issues of brogrammer culture and includes an interview with Pinterest engineer and vocal Silicon Valley diversity critic Tracey Chou. The 80-minute film was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival. Check out the trailer below: GoDaddy has struggled to rebrand its image in the past few years, particularly due to its degrading and crude… This story continues at The Next Web

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$1,000 every month. Often more. That’s how much extra income regular people are making every month by teaching their own online course as a side business. As it turns out, everyone has knowledge, skills or expertise in something. And thousands of people everyday are taking that knowledge, turning it into an online course and selling it to earn extra income. There’s even free step-by-step training showing people how to do it. And you don’t have to be a so-called “expert.” The topics range far and wide. Angela Fehr generated over $8,000 a month teaching watercolor painting. Asad Chaudhry has a course teaching… This story continues at The Next Web

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Travel app yapQ has launched a Chrome plugin for Airbnb that lets you see a list of noteworthy places near the accommodation you’re checking out as you search. The plugin wasn’t exactly a planned feature; the yapQ team came up with the idea last week at an in-house hackathon and three days later it was submitted and approved by Google. It appears on the right-hand column of the Airbnb accommodation pages, showing up to 20 nearby spots of interest per listing, along with the walking distance and a short description. With a clean, non-intrusive design, the plugin simply enhances search… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, we asked our readers if they believed their handwritings have got worse since computers took over our lives. Not surprisingly, many of you agreed: Not only has our penmanship degraded, so has our spelling (cue “Damn you, Autocorrect!”) Here are some of our favorite #TNWwrites submissions – brownie points to those who nodded to our elaborate Rick Roll. What do you think about my writing? #TNWwrites pic.twitter.com/AhTqbzJbcb — caio resende (@caio_o) July 31, 2015 Wooo #TNWwrites pic.twitter.com/797RQItpsk — Chris Barry (@ChrisW_B) July 31, 2015 Handwriting challenge brings shame to my high school note-taking #TNWwrites pic.twitter.com/nnvCmXvIVX — a sleepy egg… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week the Internet Systems Consortium released a patch for a serious vulnerability in BIND, one of the most popular Domain Name Servers that’s bundled with Linux. The incident number CVE-2015-5477 details an exploit that allows a remote, unauthenticated attacker to crash DNS servers using BIND by sending a specially crafted command. There’s no specific way to protect against the attack, other than installing the patch immediately. The attack is reportedly so trivial that a single hacker could take down large chunks of the internet in a single move. All they would need to do is simultaneously crash enough DNS servers to cause a noticeable outage… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter should be a Google company… I am far from the first person to propose this. I don’t even like saying it, but the future of my favorite social network – who knew that was a thing you could have? – does not look good if it continues in its current rut. @brokenbottleboy is *so* unoriginal User growth is sluggish, its executive team is unstable and the idea that iCEO Jack Dorsey can drag it onto the sun-dappled uplands of success is more than likely wishful thinking. Dorsey ran Twitter before, he’s the co-founder whose initial idea is still the kernel… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’ve probably heard all about the Internet of Things and how it’s going to change your life, but many people haven’t experienced any smart devices for their home yet. CubeSensors is an interesting way to get your toes wet with the Internet of Things. The company offers tiny standalone sensors that you can distribute throughout your home to get insight into the health of various metrics like the air quality and light levels. The sensors are small rechargeable cubes — unsurprisingly — that you distribute in each room of your house. The starter pack comes with two sensors, but you… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a familiar tale; you join a company that proudly trumpets how much it values its people, only to later discover it’s not really listening to them at all. Regular surveys can help bosses know what their employees think about their working environment, but a new startup called Peakon wants to go further and give firms real, actionable insights that they can use to improve company culture and staff retention. The Copenhagen-based firm has just raised $1 million from a group of investors including Tommy Ahlers (Podio, Zyb); Zendesk co-founders Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour; Doug Monro (Gumtree, Zoopla, Adzuna), and Sunstone Capital.… This story continues at The Next Web

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With Monday now in full swing and that weekend of distraction away from your desk now a fading memory, it’s easy to sit and wallow about how quickly it passed you by. Instead of doing that though, why not catch up on everything you missed out on in tech land while you were out doing other things. All you need to do is make yourself a coffee, clear 15 minutes in your schedule and peruse the items below at your leisure. News from The Next Web over the weekend Amazon opens up Alexa voice technology: Army of third-party devices incoming… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon wants to eke out a bit more money from Amazon Prime: new subscribers can only share their membership with one other person now. Previously, you could share your subscription with up to three others, but a rule change quietly went into effect on July 31st, stating this limit had been decreased to one other household member. Moreover, this person now needs to use the original Prime owner’s credit card to gain access to the benefits. The change appears to apply to new people using the feature; if you’ve been sharing your benefits for a while, you should be unaffected.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Native Instruments announced earlier this year that it was working on a new open music format designed for creative mixing and DJing called Stems. The new format lets you split the tracks into four elements – usually bass, vocals, drums and synths – so you can control each one independently. This means you can add effects to individual elements, mix specific parts of different tracks together and get instant access to acapella or instrumental versions of tracks. The stem file format isn’t new for anyone who’ve used Ableton Live, but now it’s a way for DJs and producers of all levels… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today purchased FantasySalesTeam, a platform that helps boost the engagement and productivity of sales teams by making team goals and incentives more like fantasy sports. Microsoft says FST has been highly effective at “increasing team collaboration, productivity and consequently driving greater results and business growth.” It tries to deal with an age-old sales problem: most companies suffer from the same sales leaders dominating traditional incentives systems, causing other team members to lose interest quickly as they think they’ll never be able to catch up. FantasySalesTeam should change that: Employees are able to ‘draft’ teams, assuring they become in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Schools around the world have adopted the Raspberry Pi as a tremendously effective platform for learning to code. For the grownups, the Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle will prepare you to start programming and building projects with the world’s favorite microcomputer. In the Introduction to Raspberry Pi course, you learn how to set up your Pi, before picking up simple programming commands in Python. These skills are reinforced with Pi-powered projects, such as a Christmas light display and a number-guessing game. Once you feel confident, you can move on to the four other courses in this bundle. You can improve your… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Indian government has done something stupid – it has banned more than 857 porn, dating and other ‘adult’ websites from being accessed within the country. According to The Independent, the order came through late on Friday from India’s Department of Telecommunications and was due to be put in place by today. Apparently, trying to access a site like Adult Friend Finder now results in either a message saying it has been blocked, or it simply doesn’t load at all. Of course, the block is a misguided idea and people will inevitably find a way around it, as is the case with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, I wrote about Work From Home: Ninja (WFH: Ninja), a side-project by Christina Ng, that crowd sources ‘working from home’ excuses to tell your boss when you really can’t face the office. The experiment ended up being pretty popular, hitting the top of Hacker News, Product Hunt and /r/InternetIsBeautiful as well as earning pieces on Business Insider and Fortune after we featured it here. All that lovely traffic meant that Ng could make a lot of interesting observations about making a fun Web thing that goes viral, which you can read about in this Medium post, and built a run… This story continues at The Next Web

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