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Android Wear’s biggest advantage over the Apple Watch is arguably its sheer variety, which has allowed an increasing number of fashion brands to release their own timepieces. One of the latest such smartwatches is the Access line by Michael Kors. It’s not for everyone, but it gets the job done. The Access comes in men’s and women’s designs (‘Dylan’ and ‘Bradshaw,’ respectively). I tried the former, although they’re both the same size. That’s a large size, mind you. The Kors makes no attempt to being a slim watch, and is among the bulkiest smartwatches I’ve tried. That doesn’t bother me as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitch, the popular livestreaming site, announced it had a change of heart regarding video uploads. For years, the Amazon-owned streaming site only offered broadcasters the option to stream video live. Today, it’s opening the doors to those that prefer a more edited approach to video sharing. The big reveal happened today at a fan event, TwitchCon, and it enables anyone with a Twitch account to upload videos from their existing video-manager dashboard. While livestreams were captured and archived on the platform (if the feature is enabled by the broadcaster), they expire after a set period. For partners and turbo subscribers, this… This story continues at The Next Web

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While you check your email daily waiting on an update that says you’re new iPhone 7 is on its way, these jackasses are tossing them off buildings. TechRax, a vlogger known for doing crazy things puts the iPhone 7 Plus to the the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Standing a towering 2,717 feet above the ground, the vlogger tosses the phone while attempting to capture its descent on a GoPro. Ignoring the fact that this would almost certainly kill below with a direct hit, the drop (over half a mile) should lead to some impressive footage of the damage once it… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find. A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the following: Here, you’ll find hairstyles, generally done in a professional setting by stylists. It’s the nature of Google. It returns what it thinks you’re looking for based on contextual clues, citations and link data. In general, and without further context, you could probably pat Google on the back and say ‘job well done.’… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Maps is getting tighter integration with your Android calendar. The company today announced that your events will now start showing up in Maps. Simply open up the side/hamburger menu, tap on ‘Your Places’ and head to the ‘upcoming’ tab to see directions for places you might have to travel to soon. …And that’s about it. It’s small, and a little buried; it would be neat if Maps automatically suggested locations based on upcoming events (say, if you have a meeting in half an hour), and as it stands it will likely go undiscovered by many users. Still, if you… This story continues at The Next Web

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After seeing Instagram launch ‘Stories’ in August, it seems Facebook wanted in on the fun. The blatant rip of one of Snapchat’s key features is making its way to a second Facebook-owned platform, Messenger, at least for testing. ‘Messenger Day,’ lets users post photos and videos, with filters, that self-destruct after 24 hours. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s been a Snapchat feature for years, and just recently came to Instagram. Currently, the app isn’t available on Facebook proper — or in the US — as the company chose to test it in Poland first. If Poland seems an odd… This story continues at The Next Web

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In two separate polls, numerous iPhone owners are reporting some seriously annoying issues with Bluetooth connectivity. The problem, it seems, isn’t limited to the iPhone 7. Readers in one poll, from 9to5 Mac, report it’s affecting other phones (6, 6s, etc.) running iOS 10. The second poll seems to confirm the problems of the first, albeit on a smaller scale. Gizmodo polled its readers asking what problems they’re having with the iPhone 7 so far, and Bluetooth connectivity seems to be the most widespread issue. Most of the problems seem to stem around the phone’s inability to connect to in-car entertainment… This story continues at The Next Web

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A couple of weeks ago, Audeze surprised audiophiles and stuck huge planar magnetic drivers into its new alien-looking iSine series. I was able to try out the ‘entry-level’ model, the $400 iSine 10, for about 30 minutes. In short: they sound like no IEMs (in-ear monitors) I’ve heard before. That’s probably because they’re designed like no IEM before; the earphones are basically just funnels to direct sound from the nearly-full-size 20mm drivers directly into your ears. For reference, IEMs normally use drivers 10mm or smaller, and while bigger isn’t always better, it works in Audeze’s favor here. Moreover, they’re planar… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft wants more and more people to use its app store. But that’s not going to happen while it remains a relative Wild West. As a result, Redmond is working hard to add some much-needed checks and balances to its platform. One of these is age ratings. Developers have up to today to rate their games using the International Age Rating Coalition’s (IARC) system. There are also ratings available for specific markets, like North America, Europe, Germany, Australia and Brazil. If they fail to do so, Microsoft is at rights to remove the application. In an email to developers, the company said: “As… This story continues at The Next Web

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Technology companies are known for their unusual office furniture. Probably the best example is Google, whose workplaces are adorned with sleeping pods, bean bags, and slides. Mind Candy’s gorgeous London HQ looks like a fairytale forest, and AutoTrader has transformed a Volkswagen camper van into a meeting space. New England data science consultancy Arkatechture has its own quirky office installment, called the Arkalight. This is a traffic light controlled by a Raspberry Pi, and hooked up to a publicly accessible website. Anyone can visit this and get it to flash. Just press ‘r’ for red, ‘y’ for yellow, and ‘g’ for green. You… This story continues at The Next Web

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Python is the simple but powerful general purpose programming language utilized by many top tech companies for developing world-class applications, Google and YouTube included. The Python Power Coder BONUS Bundle will set you towards success as a capable (and highly employable) programmer. For a limited time, you can get this eight-course training for over 90 percent from TNW Deals. Here’s a sampler of what your 70 hours of instruction covers: The Developer’s Guide to Python 3 Programming offers a comprehensive first look (or refresher) of this versatile language. Master Python’s syntax — including classes, exceptions, and more — and code… This story continues at The Next Web

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Having a strong online presence is a crucial component of your marketing strategy, no matter what size your business is or what industry it belongs to. And while building your online presence can be time consuming and frustrating, it’s not something to be taken lightly. With 64 percent of all in-store sales influenced by the internet, if the majority of your potential customers are online, you should be, too. Not sure where to start? You’re not alone. Here are seven tips to help your online marketing efforts go forth and prosper. Wow them with your website Your website is the core… This story continues at The Next Web

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Regardless of what you think of Donald Trump, we can all agree that he likes to eat disgusting food. Thanks to Send Dicks To Donald, it’s never been easier to help him do just that. For $9.99 including free shipping a dick lollipop is sent to his Trump Tower office in NYC immediately. Within a few days an innocuous package will arrive from an anyonymous sender, containing a three-inch version of this: What do we get from this? To quote the website’s creator, Chris Gee: He’s probably the world’s biggest dick so sending him dicks seemed fitting. It’s kind of my way… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC’s Vive is one of the most compelling virtual reality headsets on the market. Previously if you wanted to grab some content for it, your first port of call would be the Steam store. This was thanks to HTC’s partnership with Valve. But now there’s another place where you can get your fill of cool VR games. HTC has quietly been working on its own content marketplace, called Viveport. It’s been available in China since April, but now it’s making its way to the rest of the world, starting with 30 new countries. HTC is marking the launch with a massive… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s technology could be a tough nut to crack, which is why security firm Zerodium is offering a staggering $1.5 million bounty to anyone who can provide a working zero-day hack for iOS 10. Announcement – Our permanent bounty for iOS #0days increased to $1,500,000. New prices for Android, Chrome, Flash… https://t.co/fwqoXlbS0j — Zerodium (@Zerodium) September 29, 2016 All you have to do to claim the hefty award is submit a previously undocumented security flaw that enables remote jailbreaking of Apple’s mobile platform. You don’t even have to worry about being the first to submit your entry: According to Zerodium founder Chaouki… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone gets annoyed at customer support, but this guy is taking it a bit too far. This morning, a disgruntled customer walked into the Apple Store in Dijon, France and started destroying various products with a steel ball of the kind that’s used in the classic French game Pétanque. If you’ve ever played the game, you know they’re very heavy. In the video above, you can see him calmly undocking iPhones, iPod Touches and a MacBook Air, laying them flat on the table and crushing the screens with a barrage of firm smashes. He is heard talking about ‘his consumer’s right’ and citing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bangalore, India-based hardware firm Witworks is getting into the wearables business with its all-new Blink smartwatch. The unisex timepiece is beautifully designed, with an elegant 43mm 316L stainless steel case that surrounds a 1.39-inch 400×400 pixel AMOLED display. The touchscreen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and is paired with a built-in speaker for interacting with the watch. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and a 300mAh battery that should allow for up to two days of use on a single charge. The Blink is powered by Witworks’ Android-based Marvin OS, which the company says… This story continues at The Next Web

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Can’t get enough Game of Thrones? While you wait for the next book and TV season, Apple has a little treat to fill that gap. It’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first title in the series with interactive enhanced editions of George R. R. Martin’s books. The first book, A Song of Ice and Fire, is already available with interactive character maps, annotations, and a growing glossary that will expand along with the series. There’s even an appendix that covers all 92 house sigils, along with information about the symbolism, regions and allegiances associated with each of them. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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After announcing the NES Mini for the western market in July, Nintendo is now set to delight fans of its 80s game consoles in Japan with the palm-sized Famicom Mini. The reimagined game system is based on the console that Nintendo released in its home country in 1983. It comes with two hardwired controllers, HDMI output and 30 built-in games from that era. If you’re interested in getting your hands on one, bear in mind that the games are all in Japanese and you’ll need to purchase a separate AC adaptor for the console. The Famicom Mini will go on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in May, Google announced that it working on version 2.0 of its Android Wear smartwatch OS, with a bunch of new features like handwriting support and a full QWERTY keyboard, the ability for watchfaces to display info from other apps and one-touch smart replies based on the context of your incoming messages. The company said in a blog post that it’s also going to bring a Play Store exclusively for Android Wear apps to your watch. That means you’ll be able to browse and install apps right on your wearable, without having to fiddle with your phone. I know… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony’s highly-anticipated headset has arrived at TNW. A full two-and-a-half years after it made its trade show debut, you the headset is currently hearing, and fully functional. We’ve got a full review coming soon, but for now, let’s just marvel in how sleek this thing is. For its part, Sony truly delivered a work of art. The headset is beautiful to look at. The front features a sleek design with a single button under the lenses. The button, as well as an additional one on the rear, allow the user to fine-tune the fit so that the band and the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Finding contractors (or businesses) to come to your home and do a job, so that you can then pay them money for said work, is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Today, for example, we got our carpets cleaned. The process involved calling a list of places found on Google, comparing price quotes and trying to make sense of it all before choosing the right team for the job. Look, I didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose me. ServiceWhale has a better solution. Instead of tracking down contractors, getting bids, and having to speak on the phone… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a tech reporter, the idea of inbox zero is a unicorn, a hoax, a cruel joke perpetrated by type-A personalities and productivity gurus. It simply doesn’t exist. The second I get my inbox clear, I’m met with a flood of new email and a lack of desire to actually clear it. Now, repeat this exercise for hundreds of messages a day. Realizing my pain, and that of others who understand inbox zero is really just a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to make US-manufacturing non-competitive, AOL came up with Alto. If you’re looking for innovation, you should probably check with Google Inbox. Much… This story continues at The Next Web

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We tech writers spend most of our time ranting about something or the other, so let me acknowledge something positive instead: 2016 has been by far the best year for Android phones. I don’t just say that as the usual yearly platitude, the way one might say ‘the iPhone 7 is the best iPhone ever” (2016 tech is better than 2015 tech, duh). I mean that after trying out nearly every flagship available in the US this year, it feels like 2016 is the year Android manufacturers actually listened. Take Samsung; after users complained about the S6’s lackluster battery life,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is giving its Apps for Work a refresh today, adding new features and renaming the entire collection into the simpler and decidedly more gangsta ‘G Suite.’ Google says the new name better reflects its mission to “help people everywhere work and innovate together, so businesses can move faster and go bigger.” Personally, I think ‘Google Apps for Work’ was just too confusing, since the term was often abbreviated to the vague ‘Google Apps.’ To be clear, G Suite is Google’s paid collection of apps, meant for business use and educational use, including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts and more.… This story continues at The Next Web

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