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Following months of speculation and anticipation, Samsung unveiled its gorgeous Galaxy S8 flagship a few weeks back on March 29 in a special event in New York City. After three weeks of accepting pre-orders, the company is finally ready to begin shipping the S8 to global markets, starting with a limited release in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and South Korea, with many more countries to come “in the weeks ahead.” While the standard Galaxy S8 will retail at $725, the plus-sized S8+ will be available at the price of $825. Safe for the difference in screen size – 5.8 and 6.2… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung Galaxy,Samsung

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Is there a company more tone-deaf than Uber? Earlier this year in January, the hashtag #DeleteUber started trending after the company lifted surge pricing and continued to serve passengers from JFK Airport after a protest by largely-immigrant taxi drivers against Trump’s Muslim travel ban. The hashtag reappeared in February in response to reports of a toxic company culture and rampant sexism from former engineer Susan Fowler. So, yeah. You could say that #DeleteUber represents two major low-points in Uber’s corporate history. If Uber was a country, #DeleteUber would be the shameful part in its history that people just don’t talk about.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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I’m delighted to be speaking at TNW on May 19 in Amsterdam.  I wanted to talk about Digital Human, the theme of my next book, but the guys want me to talk about banking and finance and money, as that’s why they asked me. So I’m going to unveil my first meander around The Semantic Bank. I first started talking about the Semantic Web a good ten years ago, and probably misinterpreted it from the Tim Berners-Lee version. His version is that the Semantic Web would be a web of data that can be processed by machines. “I have a dream… This story continues at The Next Web

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GoPro has unveiled its new Fusion spherical camera, which is capable of capturing 360-degree images and video at 5.2K resolution at 30 fps. It works like GoPro’s range of action cameras and is compatible with mounts so you can strap it onto a vehicle or helmet for immersive adventure and sporting activity footage. But the company’s equally excited to talk about the Fusion’s OverCapture feature. This lets you record in all directions and then choose the composition and angle you want for your shot during post-production, thus granting you more creative freedom when creating fixed-perspective video and high-quality still images.… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Juicero. Not only did the company raise $120 million to sell $400 Wi-Fi enabled juicers and organic juice packs for $5-$8 a glass,but it also had the balls to attempt to refute a Bloomberg video story that showed how you don’t need the machine to make juice. The Juicero system basically requires you to place a juice pack in the juicer and let it squeeze out a drink for you. Oh, and it won’t work unless your Wi-Fi network is up and running. oh my god the juicer that doesn't work… This story continues at The Next Web

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Munich-based aeronautics firm Lilium Aviation has just achieved what has, until now, been a dream for technologists and transportation companies: it’s successfully completed a series of test flights with its all-electric vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) jet. The two-seater can travel up to 186 miles on a single charge, at a cruising speed of 186 miles an hour thanks to its 36 jet engines that use the aircraft’s wings for lift like a conventional aeroplane. With that, the fledgling firm is set to go up against major corporations in the race to be the first to deliver flying cars to the world.… This story continues at The Next Web

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An injury at the Apple campus is the best clue we have so far that Apple is working on AR glasses. After an injury late last month, an incident report mistakenly found its way into the hands of hundreds of Apple reporters. This report found its way to Gizmodo earlier today. Titled “Impact Descriptions Reported in [Santa Clara Valley] from Last Month,” the report contained new information about Apple’s rumored AR project. There’s nothing concrete, but the report confirms that Apple is testing headsets designed to overlay a 3D image into your eye. After BT4 user study, user advised study lead,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Plastc, the card we all wanted in our wallet, is going out of business. The reprogrammable card featured an e-ink display, and stored data from up to 20 other credit cards in an attempt to simplify our cluttered wallets. It was sleek, stylish, and highly-sought after, attracting more than $9 million in pre-orders since launching in 204. And now it’s gone. According to a blog post today, Plastc is closing its doors after two failed funding rounds. Early this year, Plastc sought to raise additional capital to kickstart its launch and fulfill preorders. Its first option, a $3.5 million Series A… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced his plan to unveil an electric semi truck this September. We’ve known electric semis were coming, but Musk’s announcement beat all but the most optimistic industry analysts. ‘Tesla Semi,’ as it’ll be known, could also see a shift in business models. Estimated to have a 250 to 300 mile range, Tesla could offer battery swaps at specialty stations. In Tesla cars, this takes around 90 seconds. Analysts conservatively predict around five minutes in a truck. Time is money, but five minutes is still quicker than filling up the tanks in a semi. If true,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Mastercard today announced it is testing a new kind of card which will authenticate users by their fingerprint, no signature or PIN required. With these new cards, up to two fingerprints would be stored on the card’s EMV chip. You put the card in the reader and hold your finger to a section of the card where your template is stored. The cards still work with EMV readers — the standard chip/swipe readers you can find at most stores these days. So signing up for a fingerprint card won’t put you at any disadvantage. Still, despite the obvious advantage of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Get ready to receive major Windows updates faster than ever. Just a few weeks after shipping the Creators Update, Microsoft says it now plans on releasing new versions of Windows in a “predictable twice-per-year” pattern: once in March, and once in September. The announcement came quietly packaged with a blog post on Office 365 ProPlus – basically, Windows 10 update will align with Office’s enterprise apps now. It seems the change was mainly made to appease enterprise customers who may not be so happy with Windows 10 getting a big feature update at seemingly arbitrary dates. A six month schedule at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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I’ve avoided standing desks my entire life. Sure, sitting is killing us, but after the initial hoopla wore off, researchers started poking holes in the idea that standing was any better than sitting. Since I had a nice desk already, I had little motivation to upgrade for a non-obvious benefit. And standing desks come with their own set of problems, like joint pain. Standing is better than sitting, it’s hard to argue that. But you might be surprised at how little we know about the benefits of adjusting your work style. You might have heard it burns more calories. It does,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Home can now recognize multiple users in a household. Starting today, U.S. users can train their Home hubs to recognize up to six different voices and keep profiles on each individual. According to Google’s Yury Pinsky: We’re adding the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one Google Home. So now when I ask my Google Assistant for help, it can distinguish my voice from my wife’s and I can hear my own personal playlists, my own commute time, my own schedule and more. You can use the Google Home app to train your assistant to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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If you’re an audiophile at all invested in fancy headphones, chances are you’ve come across Master & Dynamic. The relatively young company hit the scene in 2013 and made waves by creating some of the most beautiful headphones around. Thankfully, they sounded just as good as they looked (check out our reviews of the MW60 and MW50 for more). Now the company is bringing those design chops to its first wireless speaker, the MA770. The $1,800(!) speaker was designed in partnership with reknown architect Sir David Adjaye – known for his work with the Smithsonian Museum – and is literally… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fashion giant Zara is in hot water as it may have sold a denim skirt with infamous internet meme Pepe the Frog sewn to it. The New York Times reported that Zara took the skirt in question off of its website after savvy customers pointed out the similarities. It’s not hard to see why it’d want to avoid a comparison: Pepe was officially recognized as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League last year due to its frequent association with online racism and antisemitism. The New York Times gives the artist who designed the skirt, Mario de Santiago, the benefit of the doubt. They cite his Spanish nationality as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Palmer Luckey, cofounder of Oculus and inventor of the Rift, might be covering up his political donations using one of his favorite video games — making him one of the rare few to use his private hobbies to cover up his political connections, as opposed to the other way around. According to Mother Jones, Luckey donated $100,000 to Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. The donations were made through a shell company called “Wings of Time,” which is managed by “Fiendlord’s Keep.” No name is associated with the former, but Luckey is the sole officer of the latter. If those company names set off… This story continues at The Next Web

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Most of us are aware of the environmental benefits of solar energy over fossil fuels, we’ve heard it numerous time: blah blah, cleaner air, blah blah, sustainability, and so on. You know, less world-endingly in general. But adopting new energy sources won’t just mean cleaner energy, it can also lead to better utilization of the energy we’re producing. Many companies have been developing ways for solar panel owners to put their access energy out into the grid, but LO3 Energy is taking it a step further. LO3 Energy launched a peer-to-peer transaction system called Brooklyn Microgrid, which allows users to sell excess energy directly… This story continues at The Next Web

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We all know the Mac is a technological haven for creative types looking for the best arena to employ their artistic trades. Now, you can really pimp out one of the most art-friendly systems around with this Supersized Creative Mac Bundle of creativity apps. 12 programs focused on taking your photography, video, web design and other creative projects to the next level — and right now, you can grab the whole package at a rock-bottom $29 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals. In all, you’ll have 25 hours of instruction accompanying your web tools, meaning you’ll not only have… This story continues at The Next Web

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Project management in the 21st century often takes more than getting everyone in the conference room for a meeting. With remote workers, team members linked in via mobile devices and non-traditional work shifts, it can be a nightmare trying to get everyone on the same page. Which is why Task Pigeon may be just what you and your office need to tie all your work together. You can try out the organizational and workflow workhorse Task Pigeon right now at the special price of just $59 for lifetime access, thanks to TNW Deals. Once you fire up Task Pigeon, get… This story continues at The Next Web

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You might be surprised, but it turns out Skype is pretty popular among cybercriminals. In a new study, researchers from intelligence firm Flashpoint have discovered that Skype is the number one communication channel for cybercriminals worldwide, edging out competitors like WhatsApp, Telegram and ICQ. The research, which analyzes the current state of affair in online crime-related communication, relied on “mentions of social media platforms in the underground communities” to reach this conclusion. The list of communities monitored by Flashpoint includes numerous black hat messaging boards and internet forums, associated with web-based fraudulent activity. While Skype unequivocally topped the charts across the board, the authors… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Skype

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At 9AM on day one of TNW Conference 2016, thousands of smartphone cameras were hurriedly turned on in an attempt to capture the event’s opening performance. FALT, a famous Dutch electro band, was performing a newly composed piece of music that was carefully choreographed to introduce the incredible technology that served as a backdrop to the main stage: 2.7 kilometres of LED strip lighting, 100m2 of HD LED screens and movement tracking sensors, all powered by 14 computers. It was the perfect marriage between music and technology, and (according to twitter) one of the highlights of the whole event. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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As the world’s biggest consumer electronics company, Apple has an incredible environmental burden on its shoulders. Its customers have an insatiable appetite for MacBooks and iPhones. To build them, Apple has to dig up a lot of shit from the ground, often from places where environmental and labor regulations are lacking – or simply aren’t enforced. Recognizing this responsibility, Apple has announced that it’s working on a “closed-loop supply chain.” What this means in practice is that it intends to rely entirely on recycled materials, and cease mining for rare earth minerals and metals. Many of the metals and minerals… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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I love learning languages and am currently trying to learn Dutch, but somehow can’t bring myself to open the DuoLingo app or a textbook after a long day at the office. I could feel bad about it… if I didn’t speak a few other languages already. That puts me way ahead of the average American, as 75 percent of them can’t speak more than one language. SAD! Fortunately, researchers at MIT could help their fellow countrymen find the time to learn new languages. They are working on a series of apps called WaitSuite that’ll help time-strapped people learn new languages — while increasing their focus… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone has had a day where you just can’t focus. No matter how many things you need to get done that day, you find yourself on Facebook or staring out a window. These days can put a series crimp in your workload for the week – particularly if you have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in. Every professional has experienced this, no matter how much you love your job. It’s part of being human. “Even the most dedicated and efficient workers get distracted,” says George Sink Jr., Attorney and Marketing Director at… This story continues at The Next Web

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While smartwatches based on Google and Apple’s wearable platforms attempt to pack in plenty of features, the Calendar Watch from Vienna-based brand What? goes in the other direction and does just one thing: help you keep an eye on your schedule through the day. That’s a bold move for the company, and perhaps an incredibly smart one. Instead of competing with every other hardware maker on the planet, it’s carving a niche for itself by creating timepieces that are great watches first and foremost, and mix in a bit of futuristic functionality without compromising on wearability. So what’s it like… This story continues at The Next Web

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