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Apple’s push into original content continues. As it’s casting a show about real-life developers, Apple has also purchased the rights to produce a show based on the ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment from The Late Late Show With James Corden. The new show will air exclusively on Apple Music: Based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, the CARPOOL KARAOKE series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host (to be announced) as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the post-9/11 world, the Bush administration once created a color-coded guide used for fear-mongering detailing the current threat level from bad actors worldwide.   This tool — which came to be known as the Homeland Security Advisory System — ranged from green (good) to red (start watching ‘Doomsday Preppers‘ and get in your survival bunker), depending on the risk of terrorist attack. We’ll just overlook the fact that my local news uses the same system to let me know if I’ll be sniffling and rubbing my eyes all day based on pollen counts. Today, the Obama administration released an accompanying schema to detail… This story continues at The Next Web

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A PSA for everyone not on Windows 10 yet: You have until July 29 to upgrade – and you really should. Windows 10 has been available just under a year now, meaning its initial free upgrade promotion is running out.  After 5:59 AM ET on July 30, you’ll have to pay a heft $120 if you want to upgrade. It’s unlikely Microsoft will offer another free promotion anytime soon, if ever. Sure, the OS has its problems, but it’s by and large superior to Windows 7 and and 8 (lol). Of course, if you’ve had some fundamental reservation about it… This story continues at The Next Web

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After seeing a “leaked” version of the Nintendo NX controller — which looks an awful lot like a recent patent (below) — we already had inklings that the upcoming console could be a handheld. A report by Eurogamer — from “a number of sources” — seems to confirm that. According to these sources, the NX will function as a high-powered handheld with detachable controllers and its own display. The controllers, in this case, would reside at the left and right of the screen and could be removed — although the “why” here proves elusive, but I’d imagine it’s for watching videos or… This story continues at The Next Web

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This Fall, iOS users (and likely some Android converts) will have a decision to make: iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? If the phone’s design is of any concern to you, you’ll want to check these pictures out. What we’re seeing are images (via Techtastic) and videos (still not in Space Black!) alleged to be dummy iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units. If they’re legit, there are some striking design elements distinguishing the two. Most striking is the camera. It’s long been rumored that the larger iPhone would have a dual camera setup, while the smaller unit kept its single-sensor hardware.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember Facebook’s Surround 360, the company’s open-source, $30,000 360-degree camera? The company has just released the parts list and assembly manual – which just so happens to look suspiciously like an IKEA one. Lets take a look at some of the materials you you need. Seventeen cameras? Well, it does cost $30K… This part looks totally easy. Ahh screw it, that’s way too many screws. Maybe next year. The instructions are for the generic assembly of the camera, but Facebook says it hopes people will modify it to their liking, as its the “first camera to be fully open sourced end-to-end.” If you… This story continues at The Next Web

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After acquiring Yahoo for nearly five billion dollars, Verizon’s plan is slowly coming into focus. During an earnings call today, the telecom giant — that just got giant-er — wants to create a juggernaut that can directly compete with the likes of Google and Facebook in the mobile video space. “Content creators and advertisers are hungry for more alternatives,” Verizon’s chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said. “Verizon intends to be a significant player in this space.” It’s easy to write off Verizon’s plan. It did, after all, just acquire another company that was once at the forefront of our collective… This story continues at The Next Web

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The guy leading the charge at Cyanogen, which once proclaimed it was going to “put a bullet through the head” of Google and Android with its own open-source operating system, uses an iPhone. While tweeting that Cyanogen was not pivoting to apps, some noticed Kirt McMaster was using Twitter for iPhone. Cyanogen NOT pivoting to apps. We are an OS company and our mission of creating an OPEN ANDROID stands. FALSE reporting was outstanding. — Kirt McMaster (@cyanogenone) July 25, 2016 Even better: a quick jaunt through his Twitter timeline shows he typically tweets from the Twitter Web client or an… This story continues at The Next Web

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We all feel a little bit down sometimes. Maybe it’s because you forgot to buy groceries, or because you pissed off the entire internet. In any case, it’s always nice when someone reaches out to you. Thanks to Kruzo, that someone can now be a cute cat on your phone. Simply send a message and wait until the recipient replies. The messages I received were generally very friendly and kind, showing that it’s not impossible to create an anonymous community without trolls trying to insult anybody they can get their hands on. After receiving the message, you get the option to like it,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe Lightroom has arrived for the Apple TV — well, at least some of it is. Rather than open up a full editing suite (which would be a terrible idea), Lightroom on Apple TV is just a slideshow viewer of your latest images, which sync with Creative Cloud to show your latest edits. This is a winner for those with big, pixel-dense TVs that have massive images. If you’ve ever wanted to see an image in full detail on a huge screen, you can with Lightroom. But it also smacks of a ‘why not’ attitude from Adobe. I can’t see many… This story continues at The Next Web

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A quick PSA to ninjas, goths, and other lovers of black: Twitter now has a night mode on Android. Just swipe from the left to bring out the navigation menu, and click on the Night Mode switch. Your AMOLED screen will thank you. No word on  iOS for now, but we imagine it’s a matter of time. In recent months we’ve seen Android Nougat, and Windows 10 add dark modes – and OS X/Mac OS added one in 2014. Black is back.

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At the worst possible time — during a heatwave — Nest thermostats around the US have gone offline. A quick poke through Twitter shows that the outage is pretty significant, and widespread. @nest how long do you expect this nest thermostat offline issue to occur? #NestOffline #nest #heatwave — Kevin Bailey (@misterimport) July 26, 2016 @nestsupport @nest @urdizz My nest send things to nest server, but app and web show “Offline”. pic.twitter.com/wCDYuwz8D1 — chaeplin (@chaeplin) July 26, 2016 Nest hasn’t publicly stated what’s going on, either. It’s likely a server issue, which is understandable — but Nest won’t say what’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry has just revealed its first smartphone following the Priv, the awfully named DTEK50. In something of a surprise move (the phone has been leaked for a while now), the device appears to be built by Alcatel, given it’ s virtually identical to that company’s Idol 4S. The specs certainly are identical: Snapdragon 617 3GB RAM 16 GB Storage 5.2-inch QHD display Micro-USB MicroSD expansion 13MP Rear Camera with phase detection I happen to be reviewing that exact phone at the moment, and it’s a solid device, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed BlackBerry didn’t choose to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google bought Zagat 5 years ago in a bid to take on Yelp, but so far the latter remains more popular. But now Google iss relaunching a core aspect of the food guide in order to better fit modern standards of restaurant reviews. Basically Zagat’s iconic 30-point scoring system is dead. The reason, as you can expect, is that it was apparently too complicated, especially when nearly every other service uses a five-point system. Some people will definitely find the change vexing, as the beauty of Zagat’s system is that you can easily differentiate between various factors depending on how much each… This story continues at The Next Web

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When the police, fire brigade or ambulances need to respond quickly to an emergency call, accurate information about the caller’s location is crucial to helping them arrive in time to be of assistance. With that in mind, Google has introduced a feature in Android that beams your location to emergency services automatically when you call them. It uses your Wi-Fi, GPS and cell tower information to pinpoint exactly where you are and sends across the data without allowing it to be accessed by anyone else. It’s now active in the UK and Estonia and Google hopes to enable it across… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you know him as the founder and CEO of Amazon or the man who offered to send Donald Trump on a vacation to space, Jeff Bezos has been a household name on the tech scene since the very beginning of the Web. While these days you can mostly catch Bezos talk about the future of Alexa and space travel tourism, there were times when Amazon was only selling books and Bezos still had hair. In this interview taped in June 1997, you can watch a young Bezos open up about his decision to launch Amazon and discuss 90’s digital marketing strategies. The video also touches upon the future of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a flood of Bluetooth headphones on the market, but you likely haven’t seen anything like this. Using bone conduction technology to deliver astoundingly clear sound directly to your inner ears, the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset is pulled right out of science fiction. For a limited time, you can pick up this innovative, top-quality headset for $76.99 from TNW Deals. If it’s good enough for Beethoven, it’s good enough for your workout! The legendary composer was notoriously hearing impaired, and used bone conduction by biting down on his composer’s wand, which was touching the piano. With the KOAR Bone… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Olympics are about to begin. How does one celebrate the compendium of the greatest feats of human athleticism? With emoji, of course. WhatsApp has been quietly updated with an Olympics emoji; the emoji is now available in the Web app, as well as the latest versions of WhatsApp on both Android and iOS. However, it’s a lot trickier to access on the latter. On Android and the Web, you’ll find the emoji under the soccer ball submenu of you emoji list. Keep in mind you need to use WhatsApp’s emoji list, so make sure you click on the emoji icon in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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I love it when video games fuck up. A lot of people spent a lot of time and effort trying to create a convincing virtual world, but you have the power to mess it up entirely. When this guy was playing Heavy Rain he came across a chase scene that’s one of the the worst I’ve ever seen. The protagonist trips over literally everything. Chickens, an icy floor, cars, nothing is safe for our hilariously imbalanced hero. However, this video is not about the chase. It’s about the reaction, which is even funnier — just watch.

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Want to conquer the one skill that intimidates nearly everyone in the office? Once you tackle the courses provided in the Master Microsoft Excel 2016 Bundle, you’ll have established a comprehensive fluency in the essentials of Excel to take your career – and newfound confidence – to promising new heights. At 95 percent off from TNW Deals, a professional upgrade couldn’t be easier on the wallet. Most professionals have a loose understanding of the foundations of Excel, but many are hopelessly lost beyond basic commands and formulas. With a little bit of dedication it’s possible to build a high-level fluency… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft is announcing a whole slew of updates throughout Office, using the cloud and artificial intelligence to help you work more efficiently across Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Word Word is getting two big updates. The first makes both researching and citing sources a lot easier from within word. Open the ‘References’ tab, tap on ‘Researcher.’ From the sidebar, you can type in a topic, and Word will use Bing’s Knowledge Graph to find reliable information you can cite. From there, you can simply tap on different subtopics to add sections to your your document. You can also pull in specific… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first few days were so exciting. As one of the first people in the Netherlands to download Pokémon Go, everyone around me filled with excitement when the game finally arrived here. At last, I wasn’t the only one jumping out of my seat to run downstairs every few minutes — that Charizard isn’t going to catch itself. Why it’s on your phone It’s a combination of nostalgia for one of the world’s favorite IPs and the new technology used in the game. Pretty much everyone that grew up in the 90’s or 00’s knows Pokémon. Not everyone likes video games. But look at… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twilio is making it easier for developer to make cross-platform apps that display information in real-time, no matter where users go. A new API called Sync provides state synchronization regardless of platform, and aims to offload much of the issues that dog an app’s development process. It can be used as a standalone offering, or with Twilio’s Programmable Voice, Video, IP Messaging and other APIs. “All modern applications are real-time applications,” said Patrick Malatack, Vice President of Product at Twilio. “With Twilio Sync, Twilio takes care of the real-time infrastructure so that developers can build the apps their customers want with less effort and… This story continues at The Next Web

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When co-founder of Thinknum Justin Zhen decided to blog about his observations on the dwindling number of WeWork tenants, he didn’t expect that his post would soon get him and his company thrown out of their office in midtown Manhattan. Titled “Deep Dive into WeWork’s User Base as Hundreds of Members Cancel,” the post claimed that, as of recently, customers of the popular shared workspace have been increasingly cancelling their memberships. Evidently upset by his blog entry, WeWork slapped Zhen with a cease-and-desist letter demanding the removal of the post from Medium. The company also requested that all WeWork-related data displayed in the post be deleted, citing a violation… This story continues at The Next Web

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The use of ransomware has been on the rise in recent times. Earlier this year, a hospital in Hollywood paid $17,000 in Bitcoin to hackers who’d encrypted its files so they’d unlock them; a Canadian university paid $20,000 to attackers for the same reason just last month. And no, individuals aren’t safe from such attacks. In March, a new piece of ransomware began doing the rounds with the ability to encrypt your entire hard drive. Ransomware was also found bundled into a popular Mac app called Transmission around the same time. Whether you’re keen to ward off such an attack… This story continues at The Next Web

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