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An onion in a bag is Twitter’s newest celebrity. In just three days, @HalfOnionInABag — an account pretending to be, well, an onion… in a bag — has amassed a staggering 168,000 followers with gems like this “who wore it better” quip: Who wore it better? pic.twitter.com/kHSarXv9YW — Half An Onion (@HalfOnionInABag) January 23, 2017 The account came out of the gates strong, receiving huge engagement numbers in its fairly short posting history. Ambition, though, is what this onion does best. The account started with a singular goal of besting President Trump and his 21.7 million Twitter followers. What if this… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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One of the most-talked about announcements at last year’s Google I/O is now available for some Android users. Android Instant Apps act as a sort of bridge between web apps and native Android applications by allowing users to run specific parts of applications without needing to install the whole thing. Ellie Powers, Google’s Group Project Manager, took to the stage last May at I/O to give us a taste of how it works. In the demo, Powers detailed a fairly typical instant message conversation in which one user shares a link with another to Buzzfeed Video’s ‘Tasty’ app. The recipient can then open the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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LG is all but certain to be confirming its next flagship device, the G6, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it seem’s we’ve now gotten our first too look at the device. The Verge has reportedly obtained the first image of the device – part of it anyway –  showing a sleek blue glass and metal design with a couple of interesting design touches. First off, LG is rumored to be focusing on design more heavily than ever this time around, with a Samsung-esque combination of reflective glass and a metal frame. We’ve yet to see the backside, however, so… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: LG

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Snapchat is today rolling a substantial UI refresh on iOS in order to make it a bit easier to navigate and discover new content, as we first reported on a few days ago. The refresh is also available on Android if you’re part of the app’s beta community. One of the key changes is that there’s now a search bar atop every screen. It’s a small but important change that helps the app feel a little more cohesive. Wherever you are in the app, you can find new content or message your friends. It also means less swiping just to start… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,iOS,Snapchat

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Each year, we spend months agonizing over any rumbling in the supply chain, scanning multiple sources for news/leaks/rumors, and tapping every possible source with even vague knowledge about the iPhone. In the end, we have an incomplete picture that takes shape once Tim Cook walks on a Bay Area stage. Based on what we’ve seen so far in the rumor mill, this concept art seems to be the best we have to go on at the moment. Designer Imran Taylor recently brought the rumors to life with the first legitimate-looking concept art based on what we know — or think we know —… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Chris Lattner isn’t a car guy. In fact, Tesla’s new VP of Autopilot software wants cars to be a little more like your refrigerator. “I want to accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people’s problems,” he told Accidental Tech Podcast, an Apple-centric tech show. Before coming to Tesla, Lattner spent 11 years heading software projects at Apple — like Swift, Apple’s built-from-the-ground-up programming language. Now, he’s tasked with improving Tesla’s self-driving technology by thinking outside the (gear) box and coming up with practical ways to solve new problems. The key, in Lattner’s mind, is to look at the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Star Wars fans are getting an unexpected treat today. While no, there isn’t a trailer for the upcoming Episode VIII yet, we at least finally have a name. Get ready for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ And that’s about all the announcement really says, other than hinting once more that it’s the “next film in the Skywalker Saga.” As we knew before, the movie is slated to be released on December 15, 2017. Of course, you can expect fans across the interwebs to analyze the title, logo, and couple of paragraphs in the news release to death. But hey, the name certainly sounds dramatic and that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung has decided to walk through the fire and continue its Note series despite the catastrophic release of the now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7. Speaking with CNET, the company’s mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the South Korean manufacturer has plans to unveil a new and improved Galaxy Note 8 later this year, promising to “bring back a better, safer and very innovative” successor to the fire-catching Note 7. Prior to reports the phone has been spontaneously combusting, the defunct handset was lauded as one of the most complete devices to hit the smartphone market last year. In fact, numerous users have opted to stick to their… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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When BiC designed a ballpoint pen ‘For Her’, the company could hardly have imagined the negative backlash from women insulted by the pink and purple pens, ‘designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand’. However good the company’s intentions, the results were embarrassing and patronizing – almost as if women had not been consulted as part of the design process. No matter who you’re designing for, there’s always a chance you can get things wrong if you don’t pay attention to your users. Simply keeping them in mind is not enough – for a product to be a real success,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In yet another episode of man versus machine, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Melon University has been absolutely dismantling a team of professional poker players, accumulating a staggering lead of almost $800,000. The showdown takes place as part of the “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition which pits a group of four poker pros against the crafty supercomputer Libratus in a heads-up game of No-Limit Texas Hold’em slated to continue for 120,000 hands. Since January 11 when the contest initially kicked off, the players have now passed the midway point of the the race, having completed almost 65,000 hands in total. What is more intriguing is that so far… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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US telco Sprint just bought one-third of Tidal – the struggling streaming service founded by rapper Jay Z. Per the announcement, Jay Z and the Tidal leadership team will remain in control of the company, but Sprint’s customers will gain access to exclusive content. So far, neither Sprint nor Tidal have been forthcoming about what this will entail. As part of the partnership, Sprint will acquire 33 percent of TIDAL. JAY Z and the artist-owners will continue to run TIDAL’s artist-centric service as it pioneers and grows the direct relationship between artists and fans. The formidable pairing of Sprint and TIDAL… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify,Sprint

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There’s a lot being said about the filter bubble – that social media (Facebook, mostly) only shows you what you want to see because you only see the stories that your friends like. Now I don’t know about you, but on Facebook, I’m just as connected to my family as I am the people I know professionally. And while you’re stuck with the family you have, you’re able to choose your friends. Most families are psychotic and everybody has that one crazy uncle, yet I’m often surprised by how many opposing opinions I encounter when I check my feed. I’d… This story continues at The Next Web

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As a consummate traveler, I know how ambitions to see the world can be hamstrung by a lack of money and time. There are so many cities I want to visit – Saint Petersburg, Johannesburg, Sarajevo – that I just haven’t been able to get around to yet. While no substitute, virtual reality allows you to get a taste of what somewhere is like. Today, Inception VR kicked off its series of interactive, virtual reality city tours with Tel Aviv – the Israeli capital, and one of the biggest party cities in the Middle East. Time Out Tel Aviv City… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yahoo may have just gotten a new name, but its past mistakes keep coming back to haunt its future. The Wall Street Journal reports the company is currently under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for delaying its massive data breach announcements for years. Following reports that a hacker was selling the private credentials of over 200 million Yahoo accounts last August, the iconic company eventually revealed in September that it had suffered a major attack in 2014, affecting over 500 million users. Later in December, the search engine giant announced yet another billion accounts had been compromised in a breach dating back to 2013. Now the SEC… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Yahoo

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At a fundamental level, Windows Mobile (or is it Windows Phone?) is a pretty great mobile operating system. While it does have its shortcomings (the app ecosystem, or lack of it, for one), it makes up for it by offering a consistent user experience across devices, Fort Knox-like security, and unparalleled productivity features. It’s for this reason why over 100 Norwegian local authorities use it. But that will soon change, as they look to move away from the platform to Android, according to digi.no. The reason for this is simple: hardly anyone is making affordable, yet high-quality, Windows Mobile devices… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems ASUS is gearing up to give Raspberry Pi a run for its money. The Taiwanese manufacturer has quietly released its own single-board computer to rival the popular British company – and it’s quite the beast. Although the  Tinker Board follows the Pi form factor rather closely, it ultimately packs a much faster processor, double the memory of the latest Raspberry Pi, and also supports 4K video as well as 24-bit audio. Here’re are some of the more impressive specs: Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution Gigabit LAN… This story continues at The Next Web

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Steve Jobs once said that “the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do”. That’s the motto an anonymous person took to heart as he shook up the financial world by creating an unregulated tech-based currency in early 2009. That very currency was developed using another revolutionary technology which is now in the news for its uses beyond trading unregulated online money, and has become a hot topic amongst financial and business executives recently. Let’s discuss what both technologies offer their users, and what the future holds for each. Bitcoin’s introduction… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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When you use public transport, it’s basic courtesy to offer your seat to someone who may need it more than you do. If you see an elderly, disabled, or pregnant person standing, you should get up and tell them to take your spot. And yet, it’s the latter category who are often left standing. According to London commuter Sally Davies: “It’s much easier to get a seat when you have a big, obvious bump, but it’s actually in the early stages of pregnancy that a seat is needed the most. It’s when you are feeling most nauseous and everything aches but… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re all suckers for a good second chance story… so let this be yours. We’re giving you another opportunity to score some of this week’s best offers from TNW Deals… and unlike last time, don’t let these hugely-discounted items slip through your fingers again. Change Management Foundation and Practitioner Exam Training  (96% off) A truly five-star manager can reshape a company, its operations, and its personnel to fit new market demands. Be that organizational superstar with this change management training on how to facilitate new assignments and processes for a full company overhaul. Plus, you’ll also get prepped to ace… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Gmail and Outlook claimed userbases of hundreds of millions of people in 2013, Lavabit had signed up less than half a million users to its email service at the time. But unlike its rivals, the company refused to share any of its customers’ data with the government, and when pressured to reveal data, went so far as to shut down its service. It was no surprise then that Lavabit was the email provider of choice for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Now, after more than three years since it was shuttered, the service is bouncing back – and founder Ladar… This story continues at The Next Web

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I love to travel, but I know how prohibitively expensive it can be. Thankfully, the internet has given us myriad ways to make it more affordable: Skyscanner, HotelTonight, Scott’s Cheap Flights… even Groupon. Now we can add BoltFare to that list. Boltfare is a pretty nifty Facebook Chatbot that can find you ultra-cheap fares without you having to do anything. Just tell it where your home airport is, and where you want to go. Within one hour of me first using it, BoltFare had found me an itinerary that cost just £309 (roughly $383), and gave me a 3 nights in… This story continues at The Next Web

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When Chinese hardware maker Xiaomi decided in 2013 that it wanted to begin expanding its smartphone business worldwide, the company made a great pick to head up the effort: Google’s Vice President of product management for Android, Hugo Barra. Over the past three and a half years, Barra has helped the brand become a formidable contender in the smartphone wars. Since he joined Xiaomi as its International Vice President, the company has launched its wide catalog of products – which goes well beyond phones to include smart home appliances and home entertainment gear, a streaming set-top box and even a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

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More than two decades since its release, we haven’t yet seen the last of Comic Sans – that awkward, clumsy and altogether unsightly typeface that makes it immediately clear that its user has no aesthetic sense. Now, a new short from CNN-backed video network Great Big Story tells the tale of how Comic Sans came to be – traveling back in time to the early 90s when designer Vincent Connare created it for Microsoft’s Bob interface and exploring his inspirations. Hit the play button above to check it out.

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This year’s Mobile World Congress expo, which usually sees major smartphone brands from around the world unveil their latest and greatest products, will miss one of the most highly anticipated launches of all time: Samsung’s Galaxy S8. The S8 is the South Korean firm’s upcoming flagship phone that will succeed the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled shortly after it went on sale last September over battery issues that caused it to catch on fire. Naturally, a lot is riding on the success S8 for Samsung. The company’s mobile chief Koh Dong-jin told Reuters that unlike the past three… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Samsung has finally revealed its findings from a probe into what caused its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to burst into flames after the phone went on sale last September, confirming reports from an insider from last week. It appears that two separate battery-related issues were to blame. The first was a design flaw in the upper right corner of the battery that caused the electrodes to bend and cause a short circuit; the second problem came about when Samsung used batteries from a different supplier, which had a welding defect that also caused them to short circuit and ignite.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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