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Online scam artists are getting smarter by the day. One cunning Lithuanian phisher has reportedly managed to rip off two American tech firms for a staggering $100 million in total, according to a recent indictment by the US Department of Justice. The scammer purportedly orchestrated an intricate phishing scheme, which involved masquerading as an Asian computer hardware manufacturer, to trick the two unnamed companies into wiring him the hefty sum. The attacker has since been identified as 48-year-old Evaldas Rimasauskas and placed under arrest. “From half a world away, Evaldas Rimasauskas allegedly targeted multinational internet companies and tricked their agents and… This story continues at The Next Web

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As potent and popular as Android phones may be, Android tablets have never quite captured the simplicity, power, and design chops of the iPad. That’s not for lack of trying. Google’s Pixel C arguably came closest, but was hampered by an OS poorly optimized for a larger screen (Nougat helped, though it was too late by then ). But no one has tried harder than Samsung has with its Galaxy Tab Series. This time around the company is approaching its tablet line a little bit differently, aiming for a more premium design and productivity instead of just being a giant,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Samsung

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Samsung will reveal its much-anticipated Galaxy S8 handset next week, but the rumors simply won’t stop stacking up – and the latest one gives us our first glimpse at one of the most intriguing features expected to arrive with the new flagship. While previous S8 leaks gave us a pretty good idea what we can expect from its gorgeous design, its compact size and revamped interface, one feature that we’re yet to explore more is the long-rumored desktop station that allows customers to use their phone as an improvised PC. But much like other S8 feats and specs, the desktop dock has… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Apple might have only dropped its special (RED) edition of the iPhone 7 less than 24 hours ago, but one resourceful designer has already imagined a whole new appearance for the handset – and it looks absolutely stunning. Render artist Benjamin Geskin took to Twitter to share an intriguing concept design that reimagines the (RED) iPhone with a black front. While the overall changes essentially boil down to replacing the white front with a black one, the outcome is quite appealing – especially to connoisseurs of black and red. You can catch a peek at Geskin’s design here: iPhone 7 (RED) with black front.#iPhoneRED #iPhone7RED… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Despite Facebook’s dominance of the social media landscape over the past decade, the platform is still growing steadily, and it still manages to tell a compelling story ever quarter. However, there’s often more to these numbers than meets the eye; for example, there are more 18 year old men using Facebook today than there are 18 year old men living on Earth. Let’s look at how that’s even possible. When we look at Facebook’s high-level numbers, there are already plenty of juicy stats; two-thirds of its total global audience uses the platform every day, and 94% of active users access… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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If you know a kid in your life (or that kid is you) whose fascination with computers and technology extends beyond simple web surfing and game playing, get ‘em the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi micro computer. Once you do, you can learn how to take full advantage of the Raspberry Pi’s remarkable computing power with the Complete Raspberry Pi 3 Training Bundle, now on sale for just $19 from TNW Deals. Ingenious programmers are using the Pi as the virtual brain to run all kinds of ridiculously cool tech projects, including everything from home automation and WiFi extenders to honest-to-God… This story continues at The Next Web

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Judge Neil Gorsuch is currently in the process of being confirmed for a spot on the United States Supreme Court. If he eventually makes it there, he will be one of the most powerful men in the country, and will continue to shape American society long after Donald J Trump, the man who nominated him, is no longer president. In short, this is serious business. So, obviously during his confirmation hearing, he was asked if he would rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or one horse-sized duck. .@Reddit makes it to a #SCOTUS hrng: Gorsuch asked if he'd rather fight 100… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit

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Nearly two years since its debut, Samsung has officially launched its secure mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, in India today. It’ll let you use your linked credit and debit cards with select Samsung Galaxy phones to pay for purchases wherever cards are accepted. You can also pair your PayTM account with it to make payments by scanning QR codes. At launch, the program will support cards from Axis Bank, HDFC, ICICI, SBI and Standard Chartered; American Express and Citibank will be on board too. You’ll need a Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S6 edge+, Note5, A7 (2016), or A5 (2016) to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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In a horrific incident that unfolded in Chicago over the past couple of days, a 15-year-old girl who had been missing since Sunday was sexually assaulted by several young men, and the attack was broadcasted on Facebook Live. While the clip has since been taken down by Facebook after being ordered to do so by Chicago police, it was being watched simultaneously by roughly 40 people – none of whom phoned authorities to report it. Thankfully, the girl was found on Tuesday and reunited with her mother. However, the perpetrators are still at large, and that raises a number of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Airbnb is rebranding its homesharing service in China as it gears up to conquer the travel market there. From now on, it’ll be called “Aibiying” (爱彼迎), which translates to “welcome each other with love”. The new name is supposedly easier for Chinese travelers to pronounce than the English version. The company is also doubling down in the country to capture as much of the world’s biggest tourism market: It’s extending its Trips program – which offers city tours and exclusive experiences recommended by locals, to Shanghai – and is set to triple its workforce in China. But it’ll have to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Airbnb

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It looks like even domestic surveillance isn’t exempt from globalization and outsourcing. Britain’s police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is investigating claims that Scotland Yard spied on hundreds of activists and journalists’ private emails for years – with the help of Indian police forces and hackers. The agency was pressed into action by Green party peer Jenny Jones, who received a letter from an anonymous individual who made the allegations about a secretive unit within Scotland Yard. The list of targets includes four Greenpeace environmental campaigners and two journalists from The Guardian. The letter included the names of 10… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tech pays, it seems. Forbes updated list of the richest people on the planet, and multiple tech company founders and executives were scattered throughout the list. Bill Gates ($86 B) topped the list yet again — no surprise there. Also in the Top 10 are Amazon’s Jeff Bezos ($72 B), Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ($56 B), and Oracle’s Larry Ellison ($52.2 B). Other members in the top 100 include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google; former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer; and Laurene Powell Jobs, chairman of the Emerson Collective and widow of Apple’s Steve Jobs. According to the BBC, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s been having a bad day, and gamers are not happy about it. Xbox Live is down for the bazillionth time, and Microsoft still hasn’t fixed anything after hours of reports. Xbox Live is down in general and can't sign in, so no games, no netflix, no twitch, no youtube. Cool. $60 a year with no reimbursements. — Daniel (@AsFixZeeUh) March 21, 2017 A look at the Xbox Live status page shows both of the services as “limited” (no kidding, Microsoft). Effected platforms include everything Xbox-related, and users can’t sign in, search, or buy anything. Mass effect comes out and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox

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You’re about to see a whole new caliber of live video on Twitter, as Twitter’s new API frees producers from having to broadcast via Periscope. Usually, if broadcasters want to stream live video to Twitter, they have to go through the Periscope app. Now, provided they have the Producer API, they can stream directly from an external device, from a video camera to a VR headset. In its announcement post, Twitter says this came from the multitude of high-quality video broadcasts from the users of Periscope Producer. Periscope Producer, introduced last fall, allowed video creators to use external hardware, such as cameras and microphones, in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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It seems like just yesterday we were trying to pick a name for Android Nougat (remember when we all hoped it would be Nutella?), but Google has already moved on to its next dessert: Android O is now available for developers. There isn’t too much to report about the build at the moment, as it mainly seems to include background changes for developers. Still, there are a few updates worth noting: The most interesting of these is probably the picture-in-picture in mode, which lets you watch videos while using other apps. There’s now a wide color gamut option for developers… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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Today, prosumer audio gear manufacturer Plantronics announced the BackBeat 500 Series, which is the Californian firm’s latest stab at the middle-range of the headphones market. The wireless headphones offer a lightweight design and a battery that promises to endure, with up to 18 hours of listening and talk time on a single charge. It also includes a hibernation mode that’ll extend the battery life of the headphones to six months when the headphones are out of range of your device, or simply left on. To me, that’s hugely helpful. There has been plenty of times when I’ve boarded a long flight, only to be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Reddit, long centered around communities, is finally giving face time to the individual users. Reuters reports that Reddit is joining the ranks of the “big” social media sites like Twitter and Facebook with the addition of user profiles. Redditors will be able to start threads directly on their profile, which they will moderate themselves. Other users can follow the profiles as they would a subreddit. The first profiles are currently available to three people, one of them being founder Alexis Ohanian. Gizmodo showed off a pic of Ohanian’s profile, which you can see above. It looks very similar to what you’d find on other… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit

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Google is probably the first place you go to when you want information, be it the weather, a translation, or some current event you heads about. But think of those precious few seconds you spend actually typing what you want to learn – such a waste. Now Google is making your life even easier by rejigging it’s mobile app and website to work with tappable shortcuts, complementing the search box and automated information cards. That essentially turns the Google app into an launcher of sorts, wherein all of Google’s web tools – from suggesting restaurants to flipping a coin – are… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Sky News is reporting that the UK intends to follow the United States in instituting a ban on passengers flying from certain Middle Eastern nations from carrying any electronic devices larger than a cellphone into the cabin of the plane. That includes laptops, tablets, portable DVD players, games consoles and e-readers. If a passenger wishes to take any of those devices with them, they must check it into the hold. The UK ban affects all direct flights from the following countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. Unlike the US ban which targeted specific airlines, the UK… This story continues at The Next Web

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Governments are having a hard time keeping up with the world of technology, and the EU is no different. By its very nature, governing bodies are slow to change, while the tech industry’s speed is astounding — it’s basically like a hippo chasing a cheetah. Currently the EU is working on reforming its legislation on copyright, trying to adapt it to a new digital landscape. Tech.eu reported on the unintended side-effects of the new reforms. According to the tech site, there’s a general consensus about the reforms’ big-picture but the nitty-gritty is hotly debated, especially how it will affect startups. Turns out,… This story continues at The Next Web

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It might not be as useful as the popular Merriam-Webster or your favorite slang companion Urban Dictionary, but but this new dictionary is by far the most entertaining technology lexicon I have come across so far. As it says on its website, Sideways Dictionary is “like a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions” – which is actually a lot more amusing (and much less useless) than it sounds. The project focuses exclusively on providing explanations and analogies for often misunderstood or little known technology terms, like ‘access control list,’ ‘botnet’ and ‘backdoor.’ Here’s how the tool sums up the meaning of ‘botnet’… This story continues at The Next Web

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The latest in Twitter’s transparency briefs shows how much terrorism effects the flow of social media and what the company has been doing to help combat the threat on its popular platform. Twitter released it’s tenth transparency report today, which covers the back half of 2016. The report includes information on legal requests the company has received, including content removal, copyright violations, and account information requests. The company also discloses what percentage of requests it’s complied with. The countries which issued the most legal content removal requests — that’s requests issued by governments, organizations, and lawyers representing individuals for removal of content… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Worldwide, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of charitable organizations. That’s great of course, but the amount of phil-entropy doesn’t make choosing what charity to support any easier. We’d like to help. Every week, we’ll pick a charity doing something worthwhile using tech, and break down what they do, why that matters, and most importantly, how to help in a tangible way. To kick this off, we’re starting out with the Tanzania Development Trust, a charity registered in the UK that has funded development projects within Tanzania since 1975. Their ask is simple: 20 used smartphones. What are they doing? The Tanzania Development… This story continues at The Next Web

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A mischievous band of hackers is reportedly trying to shake down Apple over a large trove of stolen iPhone credentials, including iCloud and other Apple email accounts. The attackers – who identified themselves as ‘Turkish Crime Family’ – are seeking to receive $75,000 in the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin or the less known alternative, Ethereum. They will, however, also settle for $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards, Motherboard reports. “I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing,” a member of Turkish Crime Family told the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Today is a huge day for Apple, having launched a range of new iPads, and two special edition iPhones. One piece of news that will inevitably be overshadowed as a result is that the company has announcedits first ever video sharing app, called Clips. Clips, which was first announced last summer, is almost like the unholy lovechild of Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Prisma, and iMovie. It exists entirely separate from the current Apple Camera application, available for the iPhone and iPad. The app lets you bedazzle your photos and videos with a staggering array of transforms, overlays, and filters. It also… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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