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After winning a $500 million lawsuit against Facebook, ZeniMax is now trying to block the company from selling its Oculus VR code. Reuters reports that ZeniMax filed an injunction against Facebook in a federal court in Dallas. The same court ruled in Zenimax’s favor earlier this year, ordering Facebook and Oculus to pay a half-billion dollars to the game publisher for copyright infringement and violation of a non-disclosure agreement. In the injunction, ZeniMax demands that products using the disputed code be blocked from sale. Since the code is at the core of the Rift system, this could cost Oculus even more… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook today is having some issues, it’s not just you. So far, we know the problem generally presents itself as a forced log out from the service. After forcing users off the page, Facebook won’t allow them to log back in, giving it the appearance that their account may be in use by another person. This doesn’t seem to be the case, as dozens of users are all experiencing the same problem. Searches Twitter for "Facebook down."Okay, it's not just me then. pic.twitter.com/ckzG0djBny — Heather ♿📷📱🔭 (@MissJupiter1957) February 24, 2017 The outage follows another from earlier this week. In that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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True to its unforgiving intellectual property policy, Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against a Japanese go-kart company that lets people race each other dressed in costumes of characters from the Super Mario franchise. Eurogamer reports the Nintendo legal team is accusing the company of violating its intellectual property rights – as you can easily gather from the image above. The legendary game-maker announced the lawsuit in a press release (in Japanese) earlier on Wednesday. In the statement, the gaming studio argues MariCar has been unfairly benefiting from Nintendo’s brand. “In this lawsuit, against the defendant company which provides rental services for public road… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Question: Is Facebook a country? It sounds silly, but when you think about it, it does have many attributes in common with nation states. For starters, it’s got a population that’s bigger than that of India, and its 2016 revenue wasn’t too far from Estonia’s GDP. It also has a ‘national ethos’. If America’s philosophy is capitalism, Cuba’s is communism, and Sweden’s is social democracy, Facebook’s is ‘togetherness’, as corny as that may sound. Given all of the above, is it really any surprise that Denmark is considering appointing a ‘big tech ambassador’ whose job is to establish and manage… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier on Wednesday, numerous users reported in panic experiencing a string of issues with their Google accounts. While some complained about being unable to connect to their Google Wifi and OnHub routers, a slew of concerned users claimed Gmail has been unexpectedly signing them out of their accounts. While the issue is purportedly affecting a large chunk of users, it appears it poses no immediate threat to your online security. Google has since confirmed the problem with a statement on its dedicated Support Page, but assures the issues are not related to any hacking attempts. Here’s the entire message: We’ve… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Gmail,Google

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We’ve all dealt with PDFs before… and while it’s one of the most used file formats around, a PDF can cause some serious headaches when you’re trying to edit one. Thankfully, if you’re a Mac user, you can get around those problems with zero anxiety with a nifty PDF management program like PDFConverterORC. Right now, you can get a lifetime license to Cisdem’s PDFConverterOCR 4 for just $19.99, a 60 percent savings, from TNW Deals. PDFConverterOCR 4 will change how you use documents on the Mac, allowing for all the file changes and editing abilities that can drive you crazy… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s Oscar weekend. A time when Hollywood buzzes with talk of fashion faux pas, who will win big, and… tech? The technical aspect of the 89th annual Academy Awards has come to pass and the Academy has already recognized innovations in film with its Scientific and Technical awards. However, with the continual push for technological advancements – from large-scale animation creation to pioneering high-resolution imaging sensors to drive-train mechanisms for animatronics – it’s no surprise that the wonder and merriment science and technology provides to big summer blockbusters would rub off onto celebrities. While it may still be hip to squander cash… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yesterday, Google security researchers discovered a disturbing leak in one of the internet’s most crucial services, Cloudflare. In addition to providing DDoS protection, millions of sites use Cloudflare to provide access to assets in the most expedient fashion. And for several months, it leaked passwords, keys, IP addresses and more, like a broken faucet. Millions of sites – including some of the most popular, high-profile sites – were affected by this problem, causing various security researchers to warn everyone on the Internet to change their passwords. That’s how serious it is. But that’s not what I want to talk about.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Australia is famous for its crazy inhospitable environment, but with the introduction of new technology, Australians might actually be able to make money off the burning hot sun. According to the Guardian, Australia will be the first country in the world to implement a network of “virtual” power stations. Instead of building actual power stations, the “virtual” ones will be made by linking rooftop solar panels and batteries of households together with a smart grid, bringing new additional energy into the system. Australian homeowners who have installed solar panels and batteries, will soon be able to trade their excess electricity in a digital… This story continues at The Next Web

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Alexa can now boast over 10,000 skills, but one thing Amazon refuses to teach its home virtual assistant is snitching. The e-commerce titan is contesting a search warrant from the Arkansas State Police Department, asking the company to turn over 48 hours of recordings possibly captured by an Amazon Echo belonging to a murder victim, Forbes reports. To argue against handing over the evidence, Amazon has resorted to the First Amendment, claiming all data recorded by Alexa is protected as free speech under the US constitution bill of rights. Company lawyers have further contended more evidence is necessary to prove the recordings… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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It’s that time of year again: Barcelona, Spain will once again host the Mobile World Congress expo, along with some of the biggest phone launches of the year. Wondering what to expect? Here’s a rundown of the flagships we hope to see next week. Nokia Finnish firm HMD acquired the Nokia brand last May and promised to bring back the beloved label in 2017. It kicked things off the mid-range Nokia 6 that’s presently exclusive to China; this month, it’s slated to bring back the near-indestructible 3310 feature phone with a €59 price tag. It’s also expected to bring three… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple might be pulling a Samsung. This Wednesday, an Arizona-based teenager shared a distressing video that shows her iPhone 7 Plus excessively release fumes after spontaneously heating up to the point of melting. The footage reveals a gaping hole on the side of the handset as the screen has almost fully melted away from the aluminium frame anchoring. The post, shared on Twitter by Brianna Olivas, has since gone viral, accumulating over one million views and 24,000 retweets. Now Apple has taken notice. In a brief statement to Mashable, the Cupertino titan said the company is “in touch with the customer and looking… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,iPhone 7,Apple

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We’ve all had visions of dropping everything and just traveling the world, working odd jobs and lining up adventure after adventure as a true global citizen. That dream is closer to reality than you may think, especially with the resourceful instruction of the World Travel Hacker 2017 Bundle. You can claim this sly, insightful bundle of knowledge now for literally a fraction of its cost from TNW Deals, paying the price you want to pay. Here’s how it works: pay any price at all and you’ll automatically receive the course Spanish Tenses Simplified: Master the Main Tenses Fast!, boiling down the tricky world… This story continues at The Next Web

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Gaming giant Valve has just released Steam Audio, a free toolkit for developers to add realistic spatial effects for sounds in their games. In the company’s own words, “Steam Audio adds physics-based sound propagation on top of HRTF-based binaural audio, for increased immersion.” That means that when you’re in a game environment, you’ll hear sounds as they bounce off surfaces, travel through space, and reverberate as they would in the real world – instead of merely diminishing in volume as your character moves away from the source, or increases as you get closer. The end result: More natural-sounding audio effects… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s VP of communications products Nick Fox took to Twitter to share a screenshot of an upcoming browser-based version of the company’s AI-powered Allo messaging app, which you can see above. Fox didn’t specify a release date for the desktop version or whether Allo would continue to be tied to a single device, as is the case with WhatsApp. But I wonder if maybe this is when Google should begin thinking about streamlining its suite of communication tools. Right now, Google offers Hangouts, Voice, Allo, Duo, Phone and the freshly rebranded Android Messages. Is there really any need for two… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Messaging apps are constantly adding functionality to allow you to do more than simply chat with your contacts. But now, Google is going all-out to champion SMS as the standard of the future for mobile users. The company has imaginatively rebranded its Messenger app, which previously handled SMS messages on Android, to ‘Android Messages’. Beyond the name change, there are also a bunch of iMessage-like features that you’ll be able to experience soon. The Verge reports that Google has rolled out a new platform based on Rich Communications Services (RCS) tech to allow businesses to “brand text messages, alerts and other communications,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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As if Uber wasn’t already in enough trouble over claims of sexism within its organization from earlier this week, the company is sinking deeper in hot water as Waymo, the self-driving vehicle firm spun off from Google, is suing the company for allegedly stealing a key component of its autonomous car tech. A lawsuit filed on Thursday in a San Francisco federal court focuses on the alleged wrongdoings of former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who built Google’s very first self-driving car. He is also a co-founder of Otto, the self-driving truck firm acquired by Uber in August 2016… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Alphabet,Uber

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Over the past year or so, a Finnish factory owner has garnered more than 1.6 million YouTube subscribers by introducing them to the wonderful world of destroying things like golf balls, diamonds and even a piece of paper folded seven times (it’s damn near impossible to fold more than that, go try it) with a hydraulic press. More than 176 million views later, Lauri Vuohensilta is taking on the most outrageous challenge he’s ever encountered: Crushing Adamantium, the indestructible metal alloy fictionalized in Marvel comics and fused into the claws and skeleton of the X-Men character Wolverine. As you’ve probably worked out… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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When you make the claim your product is the most stylish in its segment, you’re setting the bar high. Luckily, for EOZ One, that segment happened to be Bluetooth headphones, where aesthetics go to die. For what it’s worth, though, the statement is on point. The EOZ One is, without a doubt, the best-looking Bluetooth headphone I’ve seen to date. But looks aren’t everything. What are they? EOZ One is a Kickstarter-backed Bluetooth headphone with a focus on design and utility. Whereas most Bluetooth headphones bear more than a passing resemblance to hearing aids, EOZ managed to deliver a great-sounding in-ear… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL launched to much acclaim in the fall. Though they weren’t that much more powerful than Android competitors, they were the first real Google phones. The promised hardware and software integration was something we hadn’t seen outside the iPhone. Since our review is coming well after the release date passed and the hype had settled, I thought the phones might prove less impressive. I was wrong. Key specs and details Snapdragon 821 4 GB RAM 32 GB storage 12.3 MP camera 5.0-inch / 5.5-inch displays ‘Quite Black,’ ‘Very Silver,’ and ‘Really Blue’ colors Google Assistant Google Daydream VR Weird,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

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Today in disappointing news from Nintendo, we learned that the Nintendo Switch is not compatible with wireless Bluetooth headsets. The French-language site Melty, who broke the news, originally reported Bluetooth headphones would work. It apparently learned this from an interview with Nintendo senior employee Yoshiaki Koizumi. Melty has since posted a correction to it original article, citing a translation error which led to the misunderstanding. It now says that it is “impossible” to use Bluetooth audio devices with the Switch. Neither the Melty article nor its Nintendo source say why Bluetooth won’t work. Melty says it will be possible to use wired audio even when the Switch is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Android users are getting a small but useful update today: Google is rolling out the ability to find your Drive files right from the Search app. Just type in what you’re looking for, scroll over to the ‘In Apps’ tab (it’s all the way on the right), and you should see your files listed. Tap on the file, and it will open up in the relevant Drive app. It would be nice if the files showed up without having to click on the In Apps tab, but it could still help you save a few seconds – especially if you’re… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google Drive,Google

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Amazon announced Alexa’s 10,00th skill, or app, today: An interactive music game called Beat the Intro. Beat the Intro began as a DVD game before becoming an app. Now you can play it with your voice alone. The game is available in two different modes: “Six-Pack,” where the player must guess six songs by brief clips, and “TriplePlay,” where the player must guess songs based on their first three lines. With 10,000 skills now, Alexa is becoming more versatile than ever. By adding games like Beat the Intro in addition to its essential functions as a digital assistant and voice-activated Amazon shortcut, it’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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You can now spruce up your profile photo with your country’s flag – no special event or cause necessary. We’ve seen Facebook use profile frames and filters for some time now, and in December it began allowing anyone to upload their own frames (as long as they fit quality standards). Today’s update adds over 200 flags to its profile frame maker. To try them out, head to facebook.com/profilepicframes on the web – or tap on your profile photo and select ‘Add frame’ on your smartphone – then search for your country. The profile flags appear line up with Mark Zuckerberg’s new manifesto to turn Facebook… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Get ready for some changes, deviants. Website builder Wix has bought online art gallery DeviantArt for $36 million. The 16-year-old art site and the freemium site builder closed the deal on February 22. Wix said in a statement that it intends to improve DeviantArt’s platform, especially the mobile app. DeviantArt’s 40 million registered users will see positive changes, assured Wix. The two sites will work together to provide the creators who call DeviantArt home a new toolbox to build their audience and reach. Bloomberg reports Wix plans to integrate the two sites to make it easier for artists to create their own… This story continues at The Next Web

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