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Gamers and writers are alike in one important respect: they’re both extremely discerning about the keyboards they use. As someone who sits in the middle of that particular venn diagram, I was thrilled when Fnatic offered me the chance to review their miniSTREAK compact gaming keyboard. The Fnatic miniSTREAK is ideal for gamers who want an authentic mechanical keyboard experience, yet lack the desktop real-estate for something bigger, like Alienware’s chunky AW768 Pro Gaming Keyboard. It comes with a gorgeous RBG backlit system, which is customizable through an optional downloadable app. Punters also get a choice between red, blue, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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It should surprise no one that where we gets our news plays a significant part in determining what we believe to be true. But lying isn’t partisan. Democrat or Conservative, both parties lie with astonishing frequency. According to a recent Washington Post poll, a startling number of citizens still recognize facts solely along party lines, or those that advance long-held beliefs. The poll asked more than 1,000 Americans to identify true statements by picking from two options. Most of the statements were made by President Trump, although a few came from prominent Democrats, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Upon… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Monday, Huawei’s mobile sub-brand Honor announced the upcoming View20 smartphone at a packed-out event in the middle of Hong Kong. This device is exciting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it comes with a 48MP rear camera, which, according to the company, takes shots that can rival the quality you’d get from a DSLR camera. But perhaps most exciting of all, it ditches the dreaded notch entirely. Unlike the approaches found in the Vivo Nex and the Honor Magic 2, the forthcoming Honor View 20 has a small hole on the top-left of the screen which conceals the front-facing… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you want an e-reader, you should probably buy the new Kindle Paperwhite. I can pretty much end this review here. For better or worse, Amazon is the best source for ebooks, and the Kindle Paperwhite is its best ereader for most people. If you have the money, and don’t mind the larger size, splurge for the Oasis. Otherwise, this is the one to get What I like: As with the last Oasis update, there are two big changes on this year’s Paperwhite: It’s now waterproof and supports audiobooks from Audible with a pair of Bluetooth headphones. I consider the former… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Kindle

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The latest DLC addition to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, a Zombies mode called “Dead of the Night,” is a campy, extraordinary map filled with undead mayhem — notable as well for starring four very well-known actors. I got the chance to speak to one of them: Charles Dance, who our readers will probably recognize most readily as Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones. In “Dead of the Night,” Dance plays Godfrey, a butler caught in the middle of a zombie outbreak in a palatial mansion along with three other misfits — and whose name has to be a shout-out to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tumblr‘s whiplash-inducing ban on “all adult content” has been about as well-received as a tequila-fart in a car full of strangers with the windows stuck in the up position. Furthermore, it’s offensive, poorly-implemented, and serves little use besides shaming women for having nipples. The company, which is owned by Verizon Media Group, announced it would implement the ban after Apple removed the app from the App store for being an unwitting host to child sexual abuse imagery. How banning adult content addresses this issue is beyond rational thought, but whether the ban makes sense or not doesn’t really matter to those negatively… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tumblr

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Facebook apparently couldn’t get to the end of its awful 2018 without exposing even more user data —  photos, in this case. But at this point, we’re so inoculated to Facebook’s colossal leaks and data breaches that I challenge anyone to summon up a more impassioned response than a slight shrug. It’s just not special or even interesting anymore — and that’s deeply screwed up. Engineering director Tomer Bar revealed the bug in a post to Facebook’s developer site. According to him, the bug came from the permissions users grant to apps to access their Facebook photos. Ordinarily, this is just… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The Focal Elegia is not your typical high-end headphone. After the highly successful Utopia and Clear, the Elegia is Focal Audio’s first contribution into the high-end closed market. Closed-back headphones have traditionally been something of a rarity in the high-end market, simply because physics makes it harder to reduce resonances and distortion on closed headphones, and limits the sense of space compared to open-back cans. More recently, headphone companies have been trying to balance the scales, because it turns out some people would rather their headphone experience be a bit more private. We demand decent isolation from our portable cans,… This story continues at The Next Web

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For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. This story explores how projects like Callisto and LegalFling are using blockchain technology to store vital information on assaults and record consent. When many think of blockchain, they think of cryptocurrencies. But as one of the most exciting new fields of emerging technology, there is an incredibly wide array of use cases for blockchain — as well as many empty promises and scams. When it comes to combating the age old problem… This story continues at The Next Web

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Welcome to our weekly column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device. Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something in here to exercise your thumbs with. With Tumblr’s new algorithm to combat adult-content mistakenly cracking down on everything from pictures of vases to dinosaur bones and Pokemon fan-art, Tumblr is slowly turning on its own audience. And so if you’re getting tired of Tumblr too, here are a few games that are sure to keep you entertained until Tumblr get its new algorithm under control. F1… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Tumblr

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One of Alan Sugar’s earliest apprentices and author of Tokenomics: The crypto shift of blockchains, ICOs and tokens, Thomas Power took to the seats of the Hard Fork Decentralized Exchange this afternoon to discuss his vision of our blockchain future. The founder of 9 Spokes and Blockchain Industry Compliance and Regulation Association (BICRA) board member believes that the era of the unregulated initial coin offering (ICO) is over. “Unregulated ICOs are dead,” said Power. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, when one door closes, another one opens. Power believes that what we have learned from the last few years… This story continues at The Next Web

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Get the inquisitive minds on your shopping list a two-year subscription to Curiosity Stream, a vast digital library of very 2,000 documentary features and series that open up every facet of our planet, our times and our universe. Since it’s the holiday season, you can also save yourself $10 on your subscription, just $24 right now from TNW Deals with promo code: GREENMONDAY20.

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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Since there’s only two weeks until the end of year, there’s no better time to sit back, relax, and reflect on what was probably the worst year ever — filled with terrible political decisions.  To commemorate your 2018, what better way is there than looking back at your year on Instagram and seeing your top nine best performing posts? How to see your 9 most popular Instagram posts from this year Instead of manually… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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I know you’ve spent the past year counting down the days, but it’s here. The time has finally arrived. Yes, you got it right, you can now buy a Chromecast on Amazon. Again. Google’s streaming device is one of the most popular in its field, but it hasn’t been sold by Amazon in years. The reason? “Customer confusion.” The confusion in this case being that the Chromecast didn’t “interact well” with Prime Video. Boo hoo. Amazon eventually relented from this view, and you know what? It only took a year between Amazon saying it’d stock Chromecasts and it, uh, actually stocking… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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General data protection regulation (GDPR) and blockchain is one of the industry’s most contentious debates at the moment. Some believe that public permissionless blockchains cannot be GDPR compliant, and that private blockchains might be the answer to blockchain’s regulatory woes. Even so, private blockchains bring into question the very meaning of what a blockchain is. There is no simple answer. Dutch blockchain startup, LTO Network, hosted speakers from Barclay’s bank, Cambridge Computer Lab, and Queen Mary University to take on some of these challenging questions at Hard Fork Decentralized last night. The overarching sentiment from the evening? That we should… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cryptocurrency exchange and wallet provider Abra is trying to add a little holiday cheer to the current bear market bear market by giving away Bitcoin. This morning, in an email to customers, Abra announced a promotion which would see new investors of its BIT10 “exchange traded fund” (ETF) style token receive $25 of Bitcoin at no cost. But in this life nothing ever comes for free, and this is no different. Cunningly hidden away in the small print are terms and conditions, one of which which states, “any investments in BIT10 totaling less than $1,000 equivalent during the promotion period… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Microsoft has quietly released an AI-based news app called Hummingbird on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. It’s currently available only in the US, and is the company’s second news aggregation app. Hummingbird lets you pick your favorite topics and subtopics from a list, and make a curated feed of news called ‘Your Mix.’ At any point in time, you can mute a news source or dislike a story to tailor your feed to your tastes in coverage. The app is said to get better at finding sources and topics better suited for you the more you use it. This… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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This holiday period, Plugged is running a very special advent calendar. Over the next 12 days, we’ll be sharing a selection of sweet, sweet deals. You can thank us later. If you’re interested, here are the deals from days one and two. Enough about the past though, let’s get into this! On the third day of TNW’s advent, the lovely team gave to me… Massdrop x Sennheiser HD6XX headphones If you’re unfamiliar with Massdrop, it’s a site that sells gear in an interesting way. Rather than people simply buying an item and the company shipping it, people effectively pool their money… This story continues at The Next Web

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Your business’s website is one of its most important digital assets. It’s likely the first result that will appear when a potential customer searches for you and therefore will be their first impression of your brand. That’s why it’s so important to get the design and messaging right up front. For a new website or redesign to be successful, it should be carefully planned and incorporate feedback from your team, customers and other stakeholders. We asked a group of Young Entrepreneur Council members the following question: What’s your best advice for business owners looking to build their first website or do a… This story continues at The Next Web

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In revamping artist listings on Apple Music, the company is removing Connect posts from artists’ pages – effectively killing off a major part of Apple Music‘s social features. The company introduced Connect with the launch of Apple Music back in 2015, to let artists reach out to fans directly by posting updates to a feed. However, after an initial flurry of activity, posts from artists soon dried up. In 2016, Apple removed the dedicated Connect tab from the app, and moved it to the ‘For You’ section. The company sent a note to artists, informing them about this development: Today… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Music,Apple

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Google’s open-source Chromium code base is steadily gaining ground of late. After Microsoft opted to use it for Edge last week, privacy-focused browser Brave announced that it has switched to Chromium with its latest release, v.0.57. The browser is the latest to join the Chromium bandwagon, which now includes Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and most recently, Edge. While Brave used Chromium’s back-end code since its inception in 2016, it used the Muon library for its UI. The company says that the new code base translates to a 22-percent performance improvement. It added that users should notice an 8-to-10-second gain on… This story continues at The Next Web

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The weekend’s almost here, and if you don’t have plans, you might want to check out these two offers I just spotted. For the great low price of free – okay, well, you do have to sign up for new accounts and a newsletter – you can snag Lego – The Hobbit, and Full Throttle Remastered within the next 36 hours or so. And I highly recommend you do so. Lego – The Hobbit is one of the toy brick company’s family-friendly adventure titles based on JRR Tolkien’s incredible fantasy universe. You’ll be tasked with journeying across Middle-earth to recapture… This story continues at The Next Web

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After a deluge of fake news began to overwhelm Facebook, it got proactive. The social media platform tapped bi-partisan organizations, such as Snopes, to fact-check content on the platform and use their expertise to combat the spread of misinformation. Or, that’s what we were led to believe, anyway. “They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor at Snopes, a fact-checking site that partnered with Facebook for two years. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care,” she told The Guardian.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Stanford University, over the course of a year, recruited 223 participants in a fascinating study at the intersection of diet, exercise, and DNA. Researchers sought individuals willing to take DNA tests to educate them of their personalized genetic makeup, and specifically, how it applies to diet and exercise. It was all fake. What researchers Brad Turnwald and Alia Crum were actually interested in wasn’t specialized diet plans or exercise routines, but how people reacted to them. So they devised a plan to give participants fake results, random information that was in no way tied to their actual DNA profiles. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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After a turbulent few weeks, it appears Tumblr may finally be back on track. Its app has now reappeared in the iOS App Store. The company’s recent moves to purge adult content from its site have been met with stiff resistance from users, but it appears it might have worked out in the company’s favor. For almost a month, Tumblr has maintained a page on its help site about the iOS app, promising that its staff was working to restore the app and giving more background on why it was removed in the first place. Last night, that page was… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tumblr

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