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Fitbit is close to completing an acquisition of smartwatch brand Pebble, according to sources for both The Information and The Verge. If the reports are true, Fitbit would acquire Pebble’s assets, such as its operating system, but see the Pebble brand phased out. It would be the end of an era. Pebble was the first modern smartwatch brand, and one of the most notable Kickstarter launchess, raising 10.3 million for its original smartwatch in 2012, and another $20.3 million for the Pebble Time two years later. For all the fancy power of Android Wear and WatchOS, there are still plenty… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon Prime Video differs from some of its competitors by offering separate add-on channels in addition to what’s included with your Prime membership. Now it’s adding two more: HBO and Cinemax. Cinemax costs an extra $9.99 a month, while HBO is $14.99 a month, so you’re not actually saving any cashover just signing up for HBO Now. Still, there are at least a couple of benefits; you can download Amazon Prime videos for offline viewing(Update: it turns out you can’t for any Amazon Channels) and you can keep more of your videos in a single app. You can sign up for a 30-day trial… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Think of all the precious documents, photos, and other vital files you keep on your computer. Now think about how easy it is for your computer’s hard drive to suddenly fold up, potentially erasing all that data forever. Make sure that nightmare scenario never plays out by saving all your info in the secure hands of pCloud Premium Cloud Storage. Right now, you can get a lifetime of pCloud’s fully-encrypted online storage protection for 87 percent off its regular price from TNW Deals. With your pCloud subscription, you can save up to 500GB worth of files to cloud storage, with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Trying to plug a bunch of chargers into a single wall outlet always turns into an unsightly mess of cords and awkwardly positioned devices. You can clean up your charging life with the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip, and now’s a great time to snag one. Pick up your own for just $24.99 from TNW Deals, marked down from the usual $35. This simple power strip can sit discreetly on a desk or nightstand while offering a host of charging possibilities for all your power-hungry devices. It sports three high-powered outlets, three regular USB ports, and an extra… This story continues at The Next Web

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A team is a living breathing being that is greater than the sum of its parts. Made up of hand selected individuals, chosen for the contribution they make, each team is different and no single individual can or should determine the overall personality. Sometimes this is achieved through serendipity, where a team is built based on who is available at the time. Other times, a manager has the chance to build it from scratch. Regardless of your situation, it helps to understand the personality types involved: The Teachers These are individuals who excel in growing the skillset of others and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nokia is fixing to reclaim the glory from its golden days. Back in May, the legendary phone-maker stated its plans to launch a new line of Android smartphones and today HMD Global has announced it has successfully secured exclusive licensing rights to the Nokia brand for the next 10 years. The partnership will see HMD manufacture the first batch of Android-powered Nokia smartphones in early 2017 with plans to expand its efforts to also include the production of affordable feature phones. Here’s HMD’s statement: Finnish company HMD will bring a new generation of mobile phones to consumers, with the first smartphone products set to be… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nokia

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Martin Shkreli swiftly earned transcontinental enmity when back in 2015 the ‘pharma bro’ jacked up the prices of life-saving HIV medication Daraprim from a modest $13.50 to an astronomical $750 overnight. But now it seems an ambitious group of Australian high school students from Sydney has found a much cheaper way to make the drug. The resourceful high-schoolers successfully recreated Daraprim’s key ingredient in their school lab. What’s particularly impressive is that the teenage collective managed to produce 3.7 grams of the compound Pyrimethamine for about $15 (or AU$20). The Sydney Grammar School pupils told ABC Australia they wanted to draw attention to the awfully inflated… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has suffered a massive malware infection affecting over one million Android users across the globe. Security firm Check Point Technologies revealed in a blog post that the attack, dubbed Gooligan, steals authentication tokens to breach data from Google Play, Photos, Drive, Docs, G Suite, Gmail and more. The infection continues to spread, infecting over 13,000 additional devices daily. Instead of snatching personal information, attackers opt to install malicious apps from Google Play to generate profits from ad revenue as part of a fraud scheme that purportedly stacks up to $320,000 monthly. “We are seeing a shift in the strategy of hackers, who… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is a gift from the gaming gods, but it’s marred by one explicable flaw: the controller cable is too short, forcing you to sit extremely close to your TV. The solution was to get an aftermarket extension cable or alternate controller, but why not just get rid of the cable completely? That’s what 8Bitdo’s Retro Reciever does, operating via Bluetooth with an included remote that adds an extra two face and shoulder buttons, (should you want to use the controller for other, more button-y systems). Moreover, you can connect just about any Bluetooth controller to the Retro Receiver too.… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been 75 days since Apple first announced the iPhone 7. That’s 75 days where customers were promised the solution to all of our headphone jack-less iPhone’s would soon come to an end. 75 days where iPhone owners were required to either purchase a third-party solution or use an adapter to connect Apple’s own headphones to its flagship mobile device. It’s also nearly 11 weeks, one missed deadline, and a rumor that we wouldn’t see the maligned earbuds until 2017. Today, though… today could be the day we’ve been waiting for. According to Mac Rumors, an email from Apple CEO… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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If you’ve got a keen eye, you’ve probably spotted the head-scratching moment in Nelly’s 2002 single ‘Dilemma.’ The video, a duet between Dirty Mo himself and Kelly Rowland — the not-Beyonce one from Destiny’s Child — saw Nelly’s ‘boo’ pull out a Nokia mobile device to check an incoming text. This text though, was some real next-level stuff; it was on an Excel Spreadsheet. Until now we’ve been mostly puzzled by the top secret texting tools used by the rappers of yesteryear. This weekend though, Nelly offered up some commentary on the infamous text-by-spreadsheet approach in an appearance on Australian… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter opened up its Moments feature to everyone just this fall, but it only worked on the Web. Given Twitter has been a mobile-first platform since the very beginning, leaving mobile devices out of the equation seemed like an odd decision, but that’s now been rectified. Twitter is opening up Moments creation to Android and iOS today, bringing the tool to a much wider swath of users. To create one, simply find a tweet you’d like to include, tap on the downward facing arrow on the upper right corner, and select “Add to Moment.” Rinse and repeat. Discover how you can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Spark, which I humbly believe to be the best email client on iOS, is now available for your Mac. The free app supports most email services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, and Exchange (among others) and brings some of your favorite features form other email apps into one really attractive package. Spark’s Mac app brings all of the features you’re used to — swipe, third-party integrations with Box, Dropbox, iCloud (and others), smart sorting, etc. — and wraps it in one of the nicest-looking packages you’ll ever find. It’s not just pretty though, it’s truly as flawless an email experience as you’ll find… This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube is increasingly regarded as a streaming platform in its own right. It’s swiftly catching up with more established players (cough Twitch cough), and is adding new features at a break-neck pace. Now, it’s brought 4K streaming to the platform. Starting from December 1, it’ll be possible for streamers and content creators to broadcast themselves in a resolution four times as detailed as standard 1080p. YouTube is launching the feature with a bang, and plans to stream tomorrow’s Game Awards in full 4K goodness, starting at 3PM PST (6PM EST). YouTube is increasingly positioning itself as an all-purpose video site, and the company was quick… This story continues at The Next Web

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The world’s biggest condom brand seems to be obsessed with emoji. Durex is on a very serious mission to get a condom emoji on your phone, as only three months ago it promoted a fictional eggplant flavor to bring attention to its cause. Unfortunately, the Unicode consortium has denied its request — but that isn’t stopping the company from trying. To mark World AIDS Day on December 1, the condom giant is launching its own, unofficial take on the safe sex emoji called “Umbrella with Raindrops”. The choice won the popular vote in a poll asking the brand’s fans to come up with… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is a question we ask ourselves. Every year we search for the answer and for 2016, we’re proud to announce it to you. Congrats to Lesara for claiming the number one spot! Download the full list of the 30 fastest growing companies But that’s not all. For the fourth year in a row, TNW and Adyen joined forces to organize the Tech5 competition in which we scour The Netherlands, the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden for the fastest revenue-growing companies. We organize nominee dinners to announce the individual country winners. In May, all winners will be invited to TNW Conference 2017 for the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following eight months of construction, India has finished building its new solar power farm in Kamuthi which will replace California’s Topaz Farm as the world’s biggest solar plant. The massive facility packs 648 megawatts, which should suffice to power over 150,000 homes, and consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers as well as 6,000 kilometers of cables. The solar plant spreads over 2,500 acres (or 10 square kilometers) of land and costed a total of $679 million to build. By comparison, Topaz Farm, which can generate up to 550 megawatts of power, took almost two years and over 2.5 billion… This story continues at The Next Web

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Creating machines to think for themselves may feel like the plot of a hardcore sci-fi novel. But in reality, it’s what engineers and software developers are doing today to push the boundaries of technology. Master a new frontier in science — while adding an intriguing new line to your resume — with this Advanced Guide to Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence course package. This limited-time offer bundles up high-level instruction on how to actual construct self-learning machines for 91 percent off from TNW Deals. In over 14 hours of instruction, these four courses take you deep inside the artificial intelligence… This story continues at The Next Web

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Between smartphones, laptops, tablets, and more, the days of one desktop computer handling an entire household’s online needs are long gone. VPN protection for up to five devices is pretty standard, but that doesn’t cut it anymore: Step up your coverage to up to 10 devices with the new and improved Hotspot Shield Elite Plus VPN plan. Right now, you can land a lifetime of premium Hotspot Shield Elite online coverage for the low, one-time price of just $69.99 from TNW Deals. With Hotspot Shield, you’ll get top-notch security coverage on up to 10 devices with speedy unlimited bandwidth thanks… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today is a glorious day — after months of rumors, Netflix has finally added offline viewing to its service. The company today announced that it’s adding offline support for its iOS and Android apps for all of its members around the world. According to Netflix, “many favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way”. Some of the content that can be downloaded include Orange Is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown. Downloadable content can easily be found in the app by tapping the Downloadable content can be easily found via the new “Available for Download”… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Netflix

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In 2011 internet access was declared a human right by the United Nations. The report said that disconnecting people from their internet access was a human rights violation and against international law. Internet access is a human right. Right beside the “right to life, liberty, and security of person,” the right to “recognition everywhere as a person before the law,” “the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty,” and “the right to freedom of movement” is the right to access the internet. I will no longer sit quietly while New York City coffee shops deny me my God-given right… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no disputing how awesome Scotland is. As pointed out by James McAvoy in Filth, it’s a nation of overachievers that has given us penicillin, the telephone, Chvrches, and the deep-fried Mars Bar. But its main export is insults. Weapons-grade insults. Scottish insults are the best. They’re like the gold standard. I mean, have you ever called someone a “weasel-headed fucknugget” or an “absolute fucking doughnut”? Just the way it rolls of the tongue is exquisite. In time for the national day of Scotland, St Andrew’s Day, someone has created a Scottish Insult Generator. Amusingly, all of these insults are ones that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, it’s been possible to develop and sell apps for iOS devices, and it was one of the defining moments for the iPhone. Within a few years, it created a vibrant ecosystem with millions of great apps and some healthy competition to Apple’s stock apps. That’s why I don’t mind using a Google app for my email, a Facebook app for my messages and Spotify for listening to music, they keep each other on their toes. But lately there has been an interesting change in the way I use apps, or rather, how apps… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Donald Trump left a lot of people and businesses concerned about their future in the US when he came out the election triumphantly and it seems some are finally starting to act on these doubts. The Internet Archive, which preserves digital records of billions of Web pages, has announced it intends to move its backup data to Canada, fearing potential changes in legislation from the Trump administration could put its archives at risk. Founder Brewster Kahle explained the decision in more detail in a blog post, where he asked sympathetic users to donate funds to sponsor the data transfer which will likely “cost [the website] millions” to complete.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Making your bed is one of the easier chores there is. You just grab your duvet, lay it flat, and then fold it across the middle. It takes about thirty seconds. And of course someone’s trying to automate it with a nifty smartphone-enabled gadget called SMARTDUVET. I… I just can’t. According to the KickStarter page, SMARTDUVET consists of two separate parts. The first is an inflatable sheet that sits snugly between your bedsheets and your duvet. This is connected to a smartphone-controlled air pump. If you want to make your bed, you only have to open the SMARTDUVET app and tap a button. You… This story continues at The Next Web

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