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In a small change which could improve the peace of mind of its passengers, Uber will now obscure the exact pick-up and drop-off locations in its drivers’ records. What it is: After this feature goes live, drivers will no longer have a record of precisely where they picked you up and dropped you off. Instead the app will show them the general vicinity of each location. According to Gizmodo, this feature will roll out around the same time as Uber’s new driver app is out for everyone, which should be within the next few weeks. The details: Uber’s making the change in order… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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In a landmark study, a University of Kansas professor now believes he knows why making friends as an adult is just so difficult. Short answer? Time. The study: Published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, Jeffrey Hall, found that it takes about 50 hours to cement a friendship between two adults. That is to say, going from mere acquaintance — that person you find yourself waxing poetic about the utility of avocados in the super market every week with — to a casual friend. If you’re ready to kick it up a notch,… This story continues at The Next Web

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What is it: A recent poll by SurveyMonkey and Recode indicated that 20 percent of Americans believe Amazon has the most positive impact on society among major tech companies. That was the highest of all companies listed, and was followed by Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, and others. 20 percent also selected ‘none of the above.’ Why it matters: Amazon consistently ranks among the most the most loved tech companies in surveys; it achieved a similar result in a poll held by The Verge last year. By contrast, the company has frequently come under fire for the way it treats some… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Apple,Google

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Have you ever been so focused on a task that it seemed like everything in the background became nonexistent and the only thing you were thinking about was the responsibility at hand? If so, you’ve experienced flow, likely without even realizing it. Flow is a state of being that involves working at your full potential, where you feel and perform at your best. Some people describe it as being “in the zone.” The foundations of flow The person primarily associated with the concept of flow is a psychologist named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Before getting into the psychology field, his experiences as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microtransactions, paid DLC, free-to-play-but-pay-to-win: all thorny topics for gamers as they involve having to fork over hard-earned money for dubious gains. Now there’s a community-built site where you can check your games ahead of time to see if they have microtransactions, and if so, how they work. The site, Microtransaction.zone, launched a few days ago. It has a relatively diverse, if limited library of games at the moment — site creator “igrat” said on Reddit all content would be manually verified. Each game entry on Microtransaction Zone comes with a series of icons, which are tagged if a game possesses… This story continues at The Next Web

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Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a device that allows a person to maintain a semi-conscious state between wakefulness and sleeping. Why it matters: There’s now a working “sleep interface,” in the form of a device that allows humans to have a small amount of control over their own consciousness. The state between awake and asleep is called hypnophagia, and some experts believe that by controlling the amount of time we spend in it, then interrupting the mind before it can completely fall asleep, we may be able to take advantage of certain cognitive associations we’ve never been… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is reportedly developing a domestic robot. We’re still pretty far away from the robot butler era, but this indicates the possible arrival of the “Alexa, get me a beer” stage, and we can’t wait. Sources familiar with the project told Bloomberg the company plans to develop a domestic robot: Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division based in Sunnyvale, California. There isn’t any official information to go on yet. Amazon responded to requests for comment by saying it doesn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Lightning Network — touted as the solution to Bitcoin’s scalability problem — seems to be growing leaps and bound in spite of still being in a nascent stage. Statistics show that the total number of active nodes on Lightning Network have crossed 2,000, with 5,801 open channels on the main network, while its total network capacity has ballooned past $150,000. We just passed 2,000 nodes with over 5,650 open channels on mainnet. The total network capacity is now $150,000 USD. The universe keeps expanding at an accelerated rate. Send $BTC instantly for 1 sat / tx or less… yes… less.… This story continues at The Next Web

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The very first leaked image of the OnePlus 6 showed off the phone with what appeared to be a glass back, something we hadn’t seen since the the OnePlus X of old. But given it was so early in the game, we couldn’t be sure that wasn’t just a prototype variation. There’s no longer any doubt: OnePlus CEO Pete Lau today confirmed the next phone will come with a glass back. The CEO explained the change in a long philosophical post on the company’s forum – it basically amounts to “it looks pretty.” Here’s the relevant excerpt: …we’ve also tried… This story continues at The Next Web

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A lot has been happening over the past few weeks: Mark Zuckerberg appeared before congress to testify about Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook was found to quietly move about 1.5 billion users out of the reach of the new GDPR law, and Alibaba was recently reported to have overtaken Amazon as the world’s number one e-commerce site. However, a very important piece of news hasn’t gotten much coverage from the media: today, April 23, net neutrality dies. The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality will start to go into effect today. In case you aren’t very familiar with… This story continues at The Next Web

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You would be forgiven for letting the Marshall Islands slip your mind. The tiny nation of around 53,000 people sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, cast away from Silicon Valley or Switzerland’s Zug Valley, but it’s quietly plotting a project that could have a major impact on how cryptocurrency is viewed and regulated. The island is launching its own national cryptocurrency token dubbed the Sovereign, or SOV, which will be legal tender for citizens and businesses on the island. The bold plan is being spearheaded by Israeli fintech company Neema. It is the brainchild of CEO Barak Ben-Ezer… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re currently experiencing a stress epidemic. Everywhere you turn you read a new article or hear about a new study that, once again, establishes what we all already know: people are stressed AF. It’s bewildering and disheartening. We know how stressed we are, but still, we can’t find the best way to properly cure it. In the meantime thousands of articles try to tell us what cures stress best, listing everything from wooden eggs to cuddle robots, anger-hotlines, puppies, and laughter yoga as potential cures. Yes, the internet is a vast ocean of self-help posts on how to cure your… This story continues at The Next Web

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What made you become a crypto enthusiast? How can we make Bitcoin mining more eco-friendly? What advice do you have for cryptocurrency newbies? Ask all this and more to OG Bitcoin developer, Jameson Lopp. Jameson Lopp has worked as an engineer for crypto asset wallets since 2015. He is the creator of Statoshi, a fork of Bitcoin Core that analyzes statistics of Bitcoin nodes, founder of Mensa’s Bitcoin Special Interest Group, and founder of the Triangle Bitcoin & Business meetup. In his spare time, he waxes philosophical upon the nature of Bitcoin. Need inspiration? Check out his articles, his past interviews, and Statoshi’s website.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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A couple of years ago I attended a conference in New York organized around Twitter. There were popular Twitter users and app developers and around 300 attendees. I wasn’t a speaker at the event, but I knew the organization and Chris Sacca, an early Twitter investor who had spoken at one of our earlier conferences in Amsterdam. I was about to walk into the men’s room when two guys ran out saying something like “I can’t believe that just happened!” I curiously walked in but there was nothing going on, except a guy going about his business in a stall. I… This story continues at The Next Web

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Forgive me if this article makes you feel old, but I feel it’s my journalistic responsibility to inform you that this video of Windows 98 shitting the bed in a most public fashion turned 20 years old this weekend. Let’s revisit it: Let me set the scene. Twenty years ago, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and assistant Chris Capossela (who is now Chief Marketing Officer at Redmond) were demonstrating Windows 98 before a live audience at the COMDEX conference. One of the big features was plug-and-play. You’d plug in a peripheral — like a printer, joystick, or whatever — and it’d… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Design thinking has been around for many years, but it seems to me that it’s been poorly misused. Usually employed as a quick PR stunt, companies fail to understand how it can genuinely help create something powerful. In all fairness, that’s easier said than done. Why, you may ask? Because design thinking sucks. Before you sharpen the pitchforks, hear me out. Design thinking only sucks because no one has any idea how to use it right. Design thinking sucks as it currently stands. When you take away the PR bullshit, it still has a place in the office. At TNW… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon’s Alexa has rolled out a new UK feature: announcements. Innovatively titled Alexa Announcements, it allows users to broadcast their voice to other Echo units in the house. This is different to the intercom feature, as rather than a one-on-one conversation, it’s transmitted to every device. And, well, to my eyes, it’s a feature ripe to be taken advantage of. Amazon chose to illustrate Alexa Announcements with the example of, presumably, a parent saying to the device “Alexa, announce that dinner is ready.” This would then cause all other Echo units on the network to play “dinner is ready” in… This story continues at The Next Web

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World’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is planning to use its influence in the blockchain sector to help Uganda in economic development. It hopes to create new employment opportunities for the Ugandan youth and drive investments from the blockchain sector in the East African country. Changpeng Zhao, the founder and CEO of Binance announced the plan on Twitter: @binance will partner with @cryptosavannah @AggieKonde @HelenHaiyu to support Uganda's economic transformation and youth employment through blockchain, embracing the 4th industrial revolution. We will do this by creating thousands of jobs and bringing investments to Uganda. — CZ (@cz_binance) April 22, 2018 Binance… This story continues at The Next Web

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The tech world can sometimes feel like Logan’s Run. If you haven’t made your start by the end of your twenties, you’re officially past it. Daniel Ek founded Spotify when he was 23. Steve Jobs launched Apple when he was 21. And Mark Zuckerberg found the time to launch Facebook amidst a busy schedule of breast feeds and playdates. Where are all the old people? Y’know, the people with spouses and kids and gray hair and bad backs? The ones with cassette collections and landlines, and whatever other ageist stereotypes you can think of. According to a working paper from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Celebrating its 15th anniversary in business, Chinese hardware brand Meizu has launched its 15 series of Android phones. The series doesn’t go the way of numerous other recent devices which offer tall screens and notches cutting into their displays; instead, they feature more traditional front fascias with bezels and a front-facing home button. The company is talking up its 5.95-inch 1440p 15 Plus, and the 5.46-inch 1080p 15 with Super AMOLED displays made by Samsung; there’s also a third cheaper model, the 5.46-inch 1080p 15 Lite. The 15 Plus and 15 both come with a 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual camera system on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the weekend, photo hosting platform SmugMug acquired Flickr from Yahoo – sorry, Verizon; merging two companies that have offered similar services for nearly 15 years. So what’s changing, and in which cloud should you stash your photographs? SmugMug said that it couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring two photography communities together, and that it doesn’t yet have any plans to unify the two. As such, they’ll continue to operate independently with their own distinct offerings; the only change that’s coming is that Flickr users will soon have to review and agree to SmugMug’s terms and conditions in order… This story continues at The Next Web

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Throughout my nearly three-decade career in the venture capital industry, I’ve had the privilege of meeting innovative teams and looking at next-generation products on a daily basis — especially in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, and virtual reality. Today’s tech startup landscape is vibrant and exciting, but it’s also important to underscore that it’s a crowded landscape with many contenders vying for VC attention and funding. There are some basic components any VC will look for before investing, including the founding team, the market opportunity, and the technology involved. In addition, a strong business model, a track… This story continues at The Next Web

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With a collection of courses like the Ultimate Startup Launch Lifetime Bundle, you can get a handle on what you don’t know (and even the things you didn’t know you didn’t know) to make a startup a success. It’s available right now at over 90 percent its retail price, just $29.99 from TNW Deals.

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There’s a myriad of online marketing strategists writing tons of tips on their blogs to help entrepreneurs get a bang for their bucks from digital media — while simultaneously using those strategies to get their message to you. So, what strategy do these mentors themselves follow to reach their prospects and promote their services? Well, they just do what they suggest their followers to do. Throughout the year 2017, they all chanted one mantra: Video content for success. It’s 2018 now and it’s video again! For instance Neil Patel, the New York Times bestselling author, recently posted an article on… This story continues at The Next Web

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