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You can go back to recklessly screenshotting your friends’ embarrassing Stories. Several months after Instagram introduced a feature to notify users anytime someone has screengrabbed their Story, the Facebook subsidiary has revealed the functionality is no longer in effect. Instagram has stopped sending screenshot notifications to Story posters, the company told BuzzFeed News yesterday. TNW has since confirmed the change is already in place. While taking a screenshot would previously result in showing a star-shaped icon next to the handle of the person who did the screengrabbing, the field now remains entirely empty. Check out the difference below: It is worth pointing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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What inspired you to start The Ocean Cleanup? Besides for The Ocean Cleanup, what other projects in the field are you excited about? What can we do in our everyday to help the planet? Ask all this and more to Ocean Cleanup Project’s Boyan Slat. Boyan Slat is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, a foundation that develops advanced systems to rid oceans of plastic around the world. He studied Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft before dropping out in 2013. Boyan then developed a system that harnesses the ocean currents to concentrate plastics, reducing the time it would… This story continues at The Next Web

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Learning to play the piano is hard. I know; I’ve been trying for almost a year, and wrote an article on my process and struggles a few months ago. Not surprisingly, there are to a myriad of apps, websites, and other tools pop up over the years in order to make playing the piano easier. In many cases, these tools try to simplify the process by introducing a visual element to help you map and time notes without needing to know sheet music. The $769 One Smart Keyboard Pro is such a product, but it’s better than most in that it… This story continues at The Next Web

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Comcast is reversing course on a throttling system first deployed in 2008 as a means to deter heavy internet users from exceeding their monthly data allotment. As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our Xfinity Internet Broadband Disclosures, the congestion management system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated. As our network technologies and usage of the network continue to evolve, we reserve the right to implement a new congestion-management system if necessary in the performance of reasonable network management and in order to maintain a good broadband Internet access service experience for our customers and will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Snapchat announced Snap Kit, a suite of tools which allow developers to integrate their apps into Snapchat and vice versa. Among a few other boons to Snap’s fickle user base, this brings in a whole new facet to Snapchat: shopping. Rumors about Snap Kit have been swirling for a few weeks, as something which would allow app developers to add Snapchat as a login option. Now it’s out, and the integrations are a little more in-depth than that. The Kits — Story, Login, Creative, and Bitmoji — allow users to integrate multiple features from Snapchat, including its camera and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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A couple of Stanford students fed a computer over 400,000 memes in an effort to teach it how to generate its own. When they were finished, and the machine was trained, they looked upon their creation and decided it was dank. Dank Learning is a method for generating memes using deep learning. Just like any other neural network, it bounces an idea around between different learning layers until it comes up with something similar to what it’s been trained on. People learn the same way. One does not simply slap together some words and pictures and call it a meme.… This story continues at The Next Web

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TNW yesterday reported iOS is getting a security update to block hardware that can unlock an iPhone without owner consent. Today, Grayshift, the company behind said hardware, claimed it could already defeat the features in the planned release. Law enforcement agencies and Apple don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to personal privacy. The FBI would much prefer it if the company would simply give them a master code to unlock any iPhone, and Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks people have a right to privacy. This see-saw battle has gone on for years, but may be reaching a fever pitch as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Think you can solve a mystery that’s been baffling researchers and treasure hunters for over two hundred years? If you do — and assuming it’s not all one big 19th century prank — you might be able to claim a treasure worth millions. The treasure is that of Thomas Beale, supposedly buried in Bedford County, Virginia sometime in the 1820s. If you believe the lore, Beale found a treasure of gold, silver, and jewels out West, hauled it home to Virginia, and buried it. He then left three ciphers behind, supposedly with their precise location. Here are the two unsolved… This story continues at The Next Web

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A few months ago, we reported that Google might be working on a way to dual boot operating systems on its Pixelbook, thanks to mysterious references to ‘Alt OS’ in a firmware development branch. Now there’s even more evidence pointing towards the ability to run Windows somewhere down the line. What’s new? As pointed noted by XDA, new mentions of WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit) certainly make it look like Google is looking to pass Microsoft’s official certifications. These standards basically ensure that devices will be able to run windows without serious hickups and spotty… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Google

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Things have not been going Stephen Bannon’s way lately. He got ousted from the Trump administration in August last year and from far-right publication Breitbart News in January this year. But it appears he has a new masterplan to make a grand comeback. A report from the New York Times (NYT) indicates that the former President Trump’s Chief Strategist is now betting on cryptocurrencies. He already has a ‘good stake’ in Bitcoin and plans to help companies — even, countries —  create new virtual currencies of their own. Bannon didn’t reveal his exact plans with cryptocurrencies to NYT — fearing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft appears to be working on tech to build cashier-less stores, to which end it’s reportedly spoken with everyone’s favorite big box store, Walmart. The details: A report from Reuters says the tech company is working on a system which will track what a customer in a given brick-and-mortar store puts in their cart. It’s supposedly flashed samples of this tech and has even discussed potential collaboration with Walmart. As yet, we have no idea how far along Microsoft are in their idea — it might not be ready for prime time for a while. Why it matters: This is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Microsoft

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Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the city would accept a proposal from Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build a high-speed underground public transportation system. The deal: Chicago’s elevated train system, “the L” to locals, has operated for more than 125 years, but traffic in the windy city is anything but breezy. Last year, mayor Emanuel begged innovators and technologists to submit proposals to help update the city’s public transportation system. Elon to the rescue: The city’s deputy mayor, Bob Rivkin, actually name-checked Musk last year when the city issued the request, saying “The RFQ is agnostic about whether this… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you are a cryptocurrency trader whose eyes are fixed all day long at CoinMarketCap, you might find the platform’s new updates as exciting as I do. The leading cryptocurrency tracking website announced the updates to its platform on Wednesday. There’s a new night mode switch on the platform and the search function on the mobile app has been updated. Users can now also add up to 250 cryptocurrencies on their CoinMarketCap watchlist. Today we have released style changes across the site. Additionally, there is a Night Mode switch in the top header, the Watchlist limit has been increased to… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve ever done any photo editing, you’re likely familiar with Adobe Photoshop. Beyond that, you may have had some exposure to a few of the other popular Adobe apps like Illustrator or InDesign. But it’s likely that beyond the big guns, Adobe’s Creative Cloud hosts a ton of powerful apps you’ve never once experienced. You can get a handle on the full Adobe digital media package with the Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle, which is currently over 90 percent off, just $29 from TNW Deals.

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With only a few days to go until the crucial vote in the European Parliament, more and more people are becoming aware of the looming plans for “censorship machines” and a “link tax” in the EU. (Catch up on these plans here.) People are realizing: Our freedom to upload media and share links, and thus to express ourselves online, is under threat. Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images – and thus block most memes, which… This story continues at The Next Web

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After multiple delays and controversies, EOS blockchain finally launched on June 10. But, it appears, the blockchain is still dealing with vulnerabilities. Guido Vranken, the security researcher who won $120,000 in EOS bug bounty program earlier, has discovered another vulnerability in EOS. But more worryingly, it appears he is not the only one to have found new kinks in the network. This is one EOS bug I found. Unbounded recursion in Binaryen WASM parsing https://t.co/JSnzEyP5VU (GDB backtrace: https://t.co/riW9Gg0JnB ) — Guido Vranken (@GuidoVranken) June 13, 2018 Vranken says the new flaw he discovered has to do with “unbounded recursion in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Employees at Apple’s new doughnut-shaped headquarters are being issued with standing desks. This is the latest perk for staffers at Apple’s $5 billion office, which includes private in-house healthcare. Apple’s deliberately opaque about the day-to-day goings on in its headquarters, but Tim Cook revealed this tidbit of information in a Bloomberg interview with the Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein published on Wednesday. “We have given all of our employees, 100%, standing desks. If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much better for your lifestyle,” Cook said. Cook himself seems cognizent of the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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In 2010, an octopus named Paul picked the winning team in 12 out of 14 matches World Cup matches, including the final. But it’s not 2010 anymore; we no longer need an octopus, regardless of how good he is at his job. Even octopi aren’t immune from automation. In 2018, a group of researchers from Germany and Belgium felt it best to let computers do the heavy lifting. The group built a model using a number of factors, such as FIFA rankings, population, gross domestic product (GDP), the number of players who play together on a single club, average age… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to a new paper by University of Texas finance professor John Griffin, and graduate student Amin Shams, Bitcoin’s price may have been artificially inflated in its run-up last December to nearly $20,000 per coin. It was just seven months ago that some of the internet’s most insufferable assholes told anyone that would listen about the newest force in the global currency market. It was a coin, made of digital 1’s and 0’s, that would disrupt the very idea of currency, a project so revolutionary that we’d all be rich, if only we had the resolve to “HODL.” And some… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Apple says it’ll update the default settings for iPhone devices, in an upcoming iOS release, to prevent an exploit that allows hackers or law enforcment to access your device via USB without your consent. The changes comes at a time when law enforcement agencies around the world are fighting with Apple over access to iPhones. While legal battles in some countries continue, many agencies have resorted to the use of specialized hardware designed to crack the device’s security. We’ve been warned of the potential for officers exploit FaceID to bypass suspect’s privacy, and we know law enforcement can force people to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Typewriters are pretty much dead, except to two categories of people: Russian spies, who want to ensure that their kompromat reports don’t fall into the wrong hands, and hipsters, who I think we can all agree, are morally equivalent. Pandering to the latter audience is the KnewKey Rymek. This mechanical keyboard looks just like a typewriter of yesteryear, but can connect to your laptop via USB, or to your phone over its built-in Bluetooth radio. KnowKey sent TNW a review unit last week, and we’ve thoroughly put it through its paces. What we’ve found is a compelling mechanical keyboard that… This story continues at The Next Web

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An Australian man is allowed to sue Google for the role he says it played in defaming him, at least according to a ruling from Australia’s High Court. Milorad “Michael” Trkulja says a photograph of him appears when one searches for “Melbourne criminal underworld.” Trkulja, who was shot in the back in 2004, claims that photos of him circulated at the time are the ones apparently linking him to the search. Searches for “Melbourne criminal underworld” certainly turn up his picture now, given it’s attached to news stories about the topic. According to an ABC report, Trkulja previously sued Google successfully… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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AI experts are worried the field is on the brink of a scenario similar to the dotcom bubble bursting. It’s called an AI winter. And, if it happens, it could leave a lot of researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs out in the cold. Such a scenario could happen for a number reasons, and its effects could vary wildly depending on how poorly the investments in the space end up performing. But before we dive into all of that, it’s important to understand that there’s no official Bubble Czar out there determining when it’s time to head for the lifeboats. The problem… This story continues at The Next Web

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The cryptocurrency market is hitting the skids. Bitcoin has hit its lowest since February and Litecoin has crossed below $100 for the first time this year. Cryptocurrency analysts have unanimously suggested that the price drop has something to do with the Coinrail hacking. But, the hacking didn’t have anything to do with Bitcoin, Litecoin, or most of the other 1600 odd cryptocurrencies listed on CoinMarketCap. So, why is the entire market down? The recent movements are again highlighting the phenomena of cross-coin price correlation. Look at the price movement of the top 11 cryptocurrencies over the last week, for example.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nvidia or AMD. For as long as I can remember, those have been the only two choices a gamer could count on. Yes, I know AMD bought ATI a while back, but it’s always been Green vs Red. Then Intel’s Blue announced it was joining the fray late last year, finally enabling RGB gaming on a corporate level. At the time, it wasn’t clear when that would happen, but Intel now says we could see a discrete GPU in blue as soon as 2020. According to a MarketWatch report, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Disclosed the timeline during an analyst event last week; Intel then… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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