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Skilled photographers do more than take good pictures. They know how to seek out the right conditions for the perfect shot – as well as the tricks and techniques of editing to bring out their full visual potential. With the nine-course collection offered in the Pay what you want: Complete photography bundle, you can learn how to take frame-worthy photos every time, and conquer the editing methods of the pros. And the best part? You get to pick the price. There’s much more to photography than Instagram and Snapchat filters! Learn the ropes through a series of professional-grade photography tutorials, offering… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bots are all the rage, you don’t need us to tell you twice, so today Product Hunt is getting into the automation game with its first bot for Slack. Called Kittybot, the tool helps Slack teams keep up with news and trends in their industry. For example, you can subscribe to categories like Smart Home or Developer Tools and Kittybot will bring up new Product Hunt posts that may interest you. To add the bot, just go to the landing page, click Add to Slack, and choose the categories you want to keep up with. If Kittybot isn’t show you enough things or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Variety is a great asset for the Android platform, but it’s also a curse that creates fragmentation. Now it seems Google is preparing to take measures to end the confusing and conflated environment by shaming Android manufacturers. Bloomberg reports that Google is eyeing a ranking system that may signal the bad actors, and will apply to both carriers and manufacturers. Interestingly, the scoring system won’t reflect individual handsets. By ranking manufacturers, Google could create an environment wherein the Samsungs of the world have to support all the devices they make with the latest version of the OS. The wrinkle in… This story continues at The Next Web

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If Apple’s latest patent is anything to go by, it appears that the company wants to create a new type of headphone designed for  communication with people in the same area, using ad-hoc wireless networks. The patent describes headphones with Lightning connectors to plug into your mobile device and allow you to talk to people equipped with similar gear in close proximity over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections, walkie-talkie style. That means you won’t have to call them to start talking, or even rely on a cellular connection. Some versions of the proposed device design detail an interface for your phone… This story continues at The Next Web

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Only VPN users know the peace of mind that comes with establishing an encrypted, secure internet connection, immune to hackers, prying eyes, and data caps. In today’s hacker-heavy world, an unsecured Wi-Fi connection is essentially an open invitation for malicious meddlers to steal your sensitive information, resulting in potential identity theft, a labyrinth of financial difficulties or worse. Thankfully, CyberGhost VPN does all that and more – and a three-year Premium Plan subscription is now a full 80 percent off from TNW Deals. GhostVPN boasts over 7.5 million users, with over 10,000 five-star reviews on the Google Play store. Eliminate concerns over… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has been telling us that tablets are the future of personal computing since the original Surface and Windows 8, yet after all these years, very few Windows tablets have been able to hit the size, weight and battery life we’ve come to expect from Android and iOS tablets. Samsung tried to change that with the TabPro S. We liked it a lot when we first tried it out, but naturally needed more time to assess the finer details of performance and battery life. Thankfully, it’s held up just fine, especially at its $899 price. Design and Hardware Our thoughts on… This story continues at The Next Web

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No matter how many times we tell you to change your passwords and make it anything but your birthday, “123456,” or “password,” many still aren’t taking the efforts to make their accounts more secure. So Microsoft is actively doing something about it by banning weak passwords entirely. The team calls it “dynamically banned,” which means that if your account uses a password that appears in the most-used/stolen password list, Microsoft will force you to create a more complex one instead. This will apply to Microsoft Account and Azure AD services. Here’s the screen to look out for, if your password is too dumb… This story continues at The Next Web

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For years, Imgur has been the go-to service Redditors use to upload images when opening threads on the website, but this might be about to change soon. Starting today, Reddit is launching its own in-house image uploading tool on the Web that will let users quickly and easily post pics when sharing links. The feature allows Redditors to upload images and GIFs – up to 20MB and 100MB respectively – directly to the website when posting a new thread. In contrast to pics uploaded to Imgur, when opening Reddit-hosted images from any listing – like a front page, a user page or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember Twitter’s ‘Buy’ buttons? Turns out, they may be just a memory, according to a new report from BuzzFeed. Twitter is said to have moved most of the staff working on Buy to either its customer service or dynamic ads teams. Many others have left the company. A source on Twitter’s commerce team told BuzzFeed that our resistance to make purchases in apps is to blame: People are not buying on social media right now. They are still buying, for the most part, on mobile web. There’s still an active ‘Buy Now’ card at Twitter, but no one’s putting any… This story continues at The Next Web

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AT&T is again changing its phone financing options, simplifying it from three plans to two. The bad news is you’ll no longer be able to actually own a phone. The annual upgrade plan, dubbed AT&T Next Every Year, lets you trade-in your existing device so long as you’ve paid 50 percent of its retail value. A 30-month financing plan, AT&T Next, lets you trade-in a device after 24 months so long as you’ve paid 80 percent of its value. In its small print, AT&T notes both plans require the “trade-in of financed device,” suggesting there’s no option to simply pay… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Nexus brand of products are usually your best bet for getting a taste of a pure Android experience the way intends. But if you’ve been holding off on getting the Nexus 9 tablet, you’ll have to hurry: hardware maker HTC has confirmed to CNET that it’s stopped making the device. The tablet launched in October 2014 with a $399 price tag for the 16GB model. That’s a lot higher than the $199 first-gen Nexus 7 that launched in 2013 – but HTC said that it’s completed its manufacturing run and its decision to do so wasn’t driven by a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is about to be much faster at finding your drop-off or pick-up location. In a “global, multi-year agreement,” the ride-sharing app will access Foursquare Places data. In accessing Foursquare data, Uber riders can (hopefully) stop typing in addresses when a location isn’t known. Currently, Uber is great at finding larger venues like stadiums or airports, but pretty bad at discovering that niche restaurant your best friend told you about last week. “Foursquare will enable Uber to customize, improve and increase the breadth of our non-personal POI location data to enhance Uber’s rider and driver experience,” says Foursquare. “Also, these… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new report has revealed that large swathes of America’s nuclear arsenal are still managed and controlled using a 1970s computer system that uses eight-inch floppy disks. According to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of Defense (DOD), “coordinates the operational functions of the United States’ nuclear forces, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers, and tanker support aircrafts” using the pre-historic computer systems they were first built on. That same report went on to explain that US taxpayers spend $61 billion a year on maintaining ageing technologies, some three times more than the government spends… This story continues at The Next Web

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Xiaomi’s first drone is official, and you can probably guess what its name is. The Mi Drone features a 104-degree wide angle lens camera capable of taking 1080p or 4K image-stablized video, and can stream 720p live video. Specifically, the camera use  a Sony 12.4 megapixel sensor, which captures video at 3,840 x 2,160 and 30 fps. The battery life is estimated to last up to 27 minutes of continuous flying, and has automatic lift-off and landing modes. Other autopilot functions include flight path planning, circling around an object on a map, and targeting a place on a map to fly. Of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Notifications suck — for users and developers. Twilio thinks it can help change all of that with its new Notify API, which manages SMS, push and platform notifications. Three main components make up the Notify API: orchestration, messaging and segmentation. Orchestration helps developers assign users to group profiles for bulk messaging, and allows those users to decide when and where they may want to see messages. It also accounts for user activity, and where (and when) a device was used last. In that instance, a user who reliably uses their phone — but not a developer’s app — may receive… This story continues at The Next Web

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The rumored PS4.5 PS4k Playstation ‘NEO’ is going to be a 4k gaming beast, but Microsoft is reportedly planning a couple big moves of its own. One will just be a smaller and cheaper version of the Xbox One, but another — codenamed ‘Scorpio’ — is set to have a more powerful GPU reportedly capable of handing an Oculus Rift. The report — by Kotaku — also suggests Microsoft is exploring a deal with Oculus that could make this a reality. Microsoft is holding its cards close, but it’s believed that the new version — expected to release in 2017 — should have… This story continues at The Next Web

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Businesses that don’t want to run their point-of-sale system through an iPad no longer have to: Square is making its Register API available for Android. With Register, Square customers can create custom point-of-sale applications that utilize card swipes, NFC payments like Apple Pay or Android Pay as well as cards with electronic chips. Implementing the API only takes three lines of code, and Square notes the device you host Register on doesn’t even need to handle payment information. While Square Register is available globally, Register for Android is rolling out to the US and Canada first.

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Stunt flying excitement awaits! We’re excited to introduce you to the SKEYE Nano Drone: Limited Edition – a sleek, black reskin on the world’s smallest quadcopter the SKEYE Nano. Priced at just $39.99 on TNW Deals (with free worldwide shipping!), this half-ounce drone is ready to fly straight out of the box, with a six-axis flight control system enabling banked turns, flips and figure eights – quick adaptations even for rookie pilots. If you’ve never flown a drone before, don’t fret. The limited-edition Matte-Black Nano drone offers beginner, intermediate and advanced flight modes, assuring a confident flying experience no matter how inexperienced… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to the South China Morning Post, Foxconn, manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone among other electronic equipment, has replaced nearly 60,000 of its factory workers with robots in a bid to cut costs. The report suggests that those 60,000 jobs have been lost from one factory alone, from a workforce that had previously been 110,000-strong. The move to an artificially intelligent workforce would reduce labor costs in the long-term, and therefore help stave off the effects of slowing economic conditions in China. It also means that other factors, like the slowing of Apple’s iPhone sales, have less of an effect on its… This story continues at The Next Web

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As fast-moving startups continue to disrupt incumbent companies, more traditional organizations must figure out how to stay relevant in a world that’s now more customer experience-focused than ever. Often, that takes the form of a design-driven business model. Examining today’s disruptive companies, a clear theme emerges: A near-myopic focus on creating delightful, intuitive experiences for end users and customers. This focus yields massive growth, user loyalty, and soaring revenue — often at the expense of an incumbent counterpart. Consider Airbnb versus Hilton, Dollar Shave Club versus Gillette, Netflix versus Blockbuster, or Uber versus Yellow Cab. By prioritizing design as a foundational value, these companies,… This story continues at The Next Web

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As mobile databases go, Realm was already a fan favorite. Now we get an idea of just how popular it really is, as the company notes it now reaches one billion iOS and Android users via 100,000 active developers. It outpaces Parse (RIP), Firebase, Azure and Amazon’s Cognito for mobile database usage, and the company says it’s the fastest growing mobile platform for developers, outpacing attention-grabbers like Xamarin and Unity. High-profile Realm users include Nike, Starbucks, Vine, NFL, Cisco and The US Department of Homeland Security. These figures celebrate Realm’s 1.0 release for iOS and Android, a key status symbol… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every year, The Next Web holds hundreds of interviews with young startups in order to shortlist the cream of the crop and invite them to Boost and Bootstrap, our early-stage growth programs at TNW Conference. The applications for our growth programs are now closed, and we’re proud to have 200 of the world’s hottest startups ready to show 9,400 tech influencers, investors and journalists the next game-changers. Missed your chance to apply? Startups can still attend TNW Conference by buying tickets here. Check out a selection of startups we’ve invited to participate below, and be sure to catch them, along… This story continues at The Next Web

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Seems like everyone (except Microsoft, but more on that in a minute) has a connected home hub you can talk to. If a new report from The Information is correct, you can count Apple in. Joining Google Home and Amazon’s Echo may be a Siri-powered hub, according to the report. It’ll have a speaker and mic, obviously, and will launch alongside a new Siri API and SDK for developers to tap into, perhaps as early as this June at WWDC. Rather than rely on Yelp reviews as Apple Maps does, you could potentially ask what folks on you favorite app think of… This story continues at The Next Web

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For months, Gawker Media owner Nick Denton had suspected PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel was out to get him. Turns out, he was right. Thiel — the uber-rich Silicon Valley investor — had been financially backing Hulk Hogan in his fight against Denton and Gawker. Legal bills are pretty expensive, after all. Hogan won his case against Gawker in March for $115 million and then a separate judgement a week later for an additional $25 million in punitive damages. Citing “people familiar with the situation who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity,” Forbes claimed Thiel “played a lead role”… This story continues at The Next Web

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Summer’s around the corner, and TripAdvisor wants to help you plan your vacation with a side of music to get you hyped. Today, the company announced a partnership with Google Play Music to offer playlists for popular travel destinations, such as London, New York, Cancun, Montreal, Paris, and more. The playlists are supposed to emulate the vibe at these destinations, Latin-inspired dance tunes for Miami and Bay Area rap for San Francisco, to name a few. Not sure when I last heard Elvis Costello in a downtown New York City dive bar though. You’ll be able to access these playlists through TripAdvisor’s Android… This story continues at The Next Web

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