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I love to travel. But I’m not keen on how hard it can be to stay connected while abroad. Roaming is still excruciatingly expensive. Even if your provider offers free roaming, it’s usually capped to near-2G speeds. And while hunting down free Wi-Fi hotspots is pretty tiresome, it doesn’t come close to how irritating it is to stand in line for a local SIM card. But in 2014, I got a new toy that made all these problems history for me. The device is called Skyroam, and acts as a mobile hotspot that allows you to connect five devices to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Did you know that anytime you react to a post, Facebook is storing this data to create a comprehensive profile of your preferences and online tendencies? While this might be scary, there’s an app that will help you randomize your reactions to the point where Facebook simply can no longer make any sense of them. Available for free, Go Rando is a nifty browser extension that automatically balances all of your reactions in order to hide your true emotions from Facebook’s ever-improving artificial intelligence. Anytime you react to a post, the app randomly selects one of the six available reactions for you. To… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Typing could be quite the ordeal when both of your hands are full – and this is particularly true for virtual reality, where you constantly have to keep a tight grip of your joysticks to maintain control over the experience. But one resourceful designer has found a handy way around this inconvenience. Independent VR developer Jonathan Ravasz has built a nifty keyboard functionality for virtual reality experiences that lets you type without having to let go of the controllers. The PunchKeyboard is fundamentally a visual input interface that lets you use the joysticks to type in VR. While visually it resembles a typewriter, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has made some impressive leaps forward in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), but this might be its biggest yet. Microsoft Research, in conjunction with Cambridge University, has developed an AI that’s able to solve programming problems by reusing lines of code cribbed from other programs. The dream of one day creating an artificial intelligence with the ability to write computer programs has long been a goal of computer scientists. And now, we’re one step closer to its actualization. The AI – which is called DeepCoder – takes an input and an expected output and then fills in the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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In what could have been a softcore episode of the CSI franchise, a marathon runner was caught in an epically failed attempt to cover up her wrongdoings after cheating in a race last weekend. Her mistake? Wearing a fitness tracker. Following her runner-up finish in the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon, New York food critic Jane Seo was busted for cutting corners during the race and then shamelessly doctoring tracking data to back up her phony finish time. The cheater has since admitted the violation in a now-deleted Instagram post. The malpractice was brought to light by independent marathon investigator Derek Murphy, who exposed her… This story continues at The Next Web

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Many of us dream of exploring space and the wonders hidden in the vastness of our galaxy. Entertainment based on space-travel can perhaps give us a glimpse of the experiences future generations might encounter when testing the limits of human discovery. But sadly this feeling will always remain artificial for current inhabitants of Earth… or will it? The same day NASA announced the discovery of new exoplanets that could support life, the Icelandic indie game developer CCP announced that players of EVE Online will join the search for new exoplanets. In collaboration with University of Reykjavík, University of Geneva and… This story continues at The Next Web

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British people have a somewhat hysterical reaction to inclement weather. For example, right now the West of the country is currently being thrashed by Storm Doris. No, really, that’s what it’s called.  Doris isn’t particularly fierce. It’s just a bit of wind. But that hasn’t stopped it from being ridiculously over-hyped by the media, with tabloid The Mirror describing it as a ‘weather bomb‘.  That said, I’m still not stepping outside. It’s not The Day After Tomorrow, but no way do I want to head out into the cold and lashing rain. But if there’s an upside to Storm Doris, it’s that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber – which is the public relations equivalent of the Hindenburg – is currently experiencing an exodus of users following the disclosure of accusations of rampant sexism in its technology team by former staffer Susan Fowler. Now, the once-confident ridesharing service is in damage control mode, and is attempting to stem the flow of users deleting the app by reassuring them that they are acknowledging these problems. Per Mashable, a number of users in the process of closing their accounts have been shown a statement from the company saying that they’re conducting an independent investigation, and that the company is “deeply… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Samsung might be more than a month away from unveiling its much-awaited Galaxy S8 flagship, but the leakfest around the launch is about to reach its climax – and the latest leaked report gives us a peek at the spec sheet for the bigger-sized S8+ model. The ever-reliable Evan Blass from VentureBeat has tweeted a rather comprehensive list of specs for the upcoming plus-sized Galaxy S8. While the leak barely adds anything new to the file of previously-speculated features, it certainly gives more credence to earlier rumors. In line with reports dating back to November, Blass suggests the S8+ will land with a monstrous 6.2-inch… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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If you’ve never heard of Salesforce, you may want to look into it — because Salesforce is quickly becoming one of the most respected customer relationship management (CRM) tools around. As everyone from small businesses to rapidly expanding newcomers like Hulu, Fitbit and Snapchat adopt the ways of Salesforce, learning this powerful utility can help you land a high-paying job. The best place to start is with this complete Salesforce Administrator and App Builder Certification training, now just $79 from TNW Deals. Salesforce is focused on simplifying the way business gets done, including opportunity management, generating leads, forecasting sales, automating workflow and… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I was getting started as a professional photographer some years ago, I decided to work at a studio as a manager to understand the business side of things. I learned a lot in the year I spent there, but I had to quit when my boss decided to take on a massive contract to shoot clothes by the truckload for an online store. You see, shooting large collections of garments – we’re talking about hundreds and thousands of pieces, including numerous colorways for each – is soul-sucking, tedious work, and is nothing like the glamorous on-location projects you see… This story continues at The Next Web

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After roughly three years of construction, Apple is set to open the doors to its massive new campus in Cupertino, California, in just over a month. Apple Park will seat more than 12,000 employees across a number of connected buildings, including the spaceship-like main building that spans a massive 2.8 million square-feet. But its most thoughtful feature is a lot smaller. You’ll need to climb a hill within the campus to find yourself at the Steve Jobs Theater (pictured at top), an 1,000-seat auditorium that will open later this year and is dedicated to the memory of the company’s late… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Furthering its mission to battle vehicular traffic, Google-owned navigation firm Waze is gearing up to expand its Carpool service to more cities across the US and Latin America, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company first began testing its public ridesharing app in Tel Aviv, Israel in July 2015; 10 months later, it launched trials in San Francisco. Waze hasn’t specified which cities it will be available in, but the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paolo might be first on the list, as CEO Noam Bardin said he had a meeting with its mayor recently. The expansion will take place over… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Once price to rule them all. Or, um, something like that. Tesla today detailed a desire to make a car’s purchase price all-inclusive. For buyers, this means bundled insurance and maintenance as long as you own the car. It’s an outside-the-box plan, but one Tesla is already working on with its Asian customers. Customers in Asia are now offered a pricing package that covers common expenses of car ownership. And the plan is to start offering the same package across all markets in the future. Tesla VP of Global Investor Relations Jeff Evanson explains: We’ve been doing it quietly, but… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Combining Girl Scout cookies and video games is always a win. Now you can do it while helping the Scouts learn about coding. The Girl Scouts of San Diego have a Kickstarter for a game the Scouts will be making, Marshmallow Run. They’re hoping to raise $25,000 to fund the game’s design, which will be done entirely by Scouts as they learn about programming, game design, and project management. Marshmallow Run promises to be platformer game in which players guide cookies and marshmallows through Scout activities, like camping. It looks exactly as adorable as it sounds. Marshmallow Run is part of a special badge program offered… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple isn’t big on options. Its $159 headphone, the AirPod, is a prime example. It only comes in two colors: white, and the color white used to be after you’ve used it six months. Ahem, moving on. Colorware, the company behind the retro-themed iPhone and MacBook, is back at it. For the ridiculously ridiculous price of $289, you can gloss over the standard white, and customize your AirPods using one of 58 colors. Or, drop an additional $30 for a matching case. At the low cost of just $319 — double the price of existing AirPods — these attractive earbuds (and new matching case)… This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you want the good news, or the bad news? Tesla’s day really depends on how you frame it. After a less-than-stellar Q4 saw Tesla miss earnings by a wide margin, we still have reason for optimism. The disappointing earnings report took a turn for the better when Tesla representatives announced they were looking to build as many as five Gigafactories over the next few years. The first, Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada, is set to hit full capacity at some point next year. Once at full capacity, Musk’s 13 million square foot facility, would split production between Tesla Energy storage products,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Pack your bags, everyone! NASA announced today its discovered seven new Earth-sized planets, at least three of which could potentially support life. And, they are relatively close by. All of the planets orbit TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star roughly the size of Jupiter. The system is close to Earth, relatively speaking – TRAPPIST is located in the Aquarius constellation, less than 40 light years from us. The TRAPPIST-1 star & 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting it, are relatively close to us; located ~40 light-years away: https://t.co/QS80AnZ2Jg pic.twitter.com/GiKAFXyNvo — NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2017 What makes these exoplanets special is they are temperate – meaning… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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AMD’s Ryzen desktop processors are finally here, and they’re poised to go directly into battle with Intel. Today, AMD unveiled their new powerhouse chip at a special event in San Francisco. These specific variants on the Ryzen 7 were front and center: The 1800X, the 1700x, and the 1700. The Ryzen 7 has eight cores, 16 threads, and is based on the Zen architecture, which uses a 14nm manufacturing process. According to AMD CEO Lisa Su, Zen shows a 52-percent improvement in instructions per cycle over the previous generation and is designed to consume less energy. Su also promised huge… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve got a problem that can only be resolved by speaking to a human being, you need Twitter. From airlines to supermarkets, companies have whole-heartedly embraced the platform as a way to acknowledge and resolve the issues of their customers. But there’s a problem. It’s a bit weird – inhuman, even – to hold a conversation with Tesco or United Airlines. They’re not people. They’re companies. Recognizing this is a bit off, Twitter has introduced custom profiles for Twitter, which it is currently trialling with US mobile carrier T-Mobile. Now, when you slide into T-Mobile’s DMs, you’ll see the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Following up on its test a couple of weeks ago, Instagram is making a major change to its platform: you can now share multiple images in a single post. The feature has long been available to advertisers, but this is the first time it’s becoming generally available to the public. To access the feature, simply press the new icon on the bottom right of your images you can select up to 10 of them. You can also tap and hold on images to change the order in which they appear. Your friends will then be able to swipe through the carousels… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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France has a nasty surprise in store for ill-intended drone pilots. Local military forces are training eagles to hunt down enemy drones in cases of incoming aerial attacks, The Washington Post reports. The four eagles – named d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, like the characters from the literary classic The Three Musketeers – hatched last year, but have only recently mastered to perfection the art of snatching tiny aircrafts from the sky. Now they’re about to spread their wings out into the wild. Earlier this month, d’Artagnan leapt off a military control tower and across a large field to cover 200 meters in 20… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not selfish to go into business with expansion in mind. But expanding too quickly can cause serious growing pains. As tempting as it may seem, the real signs that your business is ready for the next level includes more than just cash flow and distribution demands. So how do you know you’re really ready? There are four major areas you need to get right – strategy, people, execution, and ambition. Here are some helpful tips to see if you’re growing on a whim or if your startup is, in fact, ready to scale. Have a strategy for growth As the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Machine learning has provided humanity with a powerful tool for creating horrid images of doom. Not only in the figurative ‘AI will kill us all’ sense, but also in the literal ‘OMG LOOK AT THIS ‘ sense. Remember Google’s DeepDream? Now you do. No image, however innocent or cute, is safe from being transformed into a nightmare that can only be dreamt up by a depraved inhuman mind, whose sole purpose is to take all that is beautiful and turn it into something rotten. Take this splendid picture I drew of a cool cat giving the hang-loose sign, as cool cats… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever since its widespread release last August, developers everywhere have been digging into all the new features of the Android 7 operating system known as Nougat. You can now learn the best tricks those trailblazers found in one place with this comprehensive Ultimate Android N Development Bundle. The collected ins and outs of Android’s most powerful OS yet are available to you right now for only $39 (a 90 percent saving) from TNW Deals. Whether you’re a complete novice or a reasonably skilled vet, this five-course bundle featuring 45 hours of Android immersion will walk you through the whole process of creating… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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