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Earlier today, Apple unexpectedly took down its online store and replaced it with a mysterious message, promising ‘something special’ is on the way. Now we know what the surprise was: a new iPhone and an upgraded iPad. While the online stores continues to be unavailable, the company has updated its homepage with new photos, revealing a revamped (RED) edition iPhone – which as you can guess comes in red – as well as a brand new 9.7-inch iPad. The special handset is the outcome of Apple’s continued partnership with (RED) which aims to fight and raise awareness of AIDS. The device… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPad,iPhone,Apple

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German audio gear maker Bragi’s first product, The Dash, was incredibly ambitious – a pair of wireless headphones with built-in fitness tracking and onboard storage to play music without relying on a phone. The imaginatively named sequel, The Headphone, is a simpler affair with just the ability to play music and handle calls when connected over Bluetooth with your phone. – but with its clever design, intuitive controls and commendable performance, it’s no less desirable. I put them through their paces over the past few weeks to see if they lived up to the hype and the $150 asking price. Read… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a long-time reader of Basecamp‘s Signal vs Noise, chances are you have probably read one of their Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud (BPP) articles. Those articles tell the stories of startups that have made $1,000,000+ in annual recurring revenue (ARR) without taking any VC investments. Inspired by those stories, we made it one of our personal goals to be featured there some day as well. After all, who wouldn’t want to be featured on 37signals’ blog right? And if it takes $1,000,000+ in ARR to get there, then game on! This article tells the story of how we managed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung’s official launch event for the much-awaited Galaxy S8 flagship is fast approaching, but the rumor mill is still in full swing. Dedicated leak platform Slash Leaks has dug up yet another video of the upcoming premium handset and – although rather brief – it shows Samsung has finally tweaked its signature TouchWiz interface to appear slightly less obnoxious. While the company’s previous flagships received high praise for their elegant design and silky smooth performance, TouchWiz remained one aspect that repeatedly attracted the harsh heckles of tech aficionados from across the globe. A punishment suitable of the crime that is TouchWiz. https://t.co/q31l2OhxBT — koush… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung Galaxy,Samsung

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Apple has a surprise “in store” for you. But you might have to curb your enthusiasm for a few more hours until the company is ready to lift the lid on its mysterious announcement. The Cupertino behemoth has temporarily taken down its online store and replaced it with a short cryptic message, promising ‘something special’ is coming very soon – and apparently it “can’t wait for you to see it.” While the vague announcement offers little details as to what this surprise could be, the dedicated System Status page indicates the online store is currently undergoing maintenance. This means the store… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Store,iPad,Apple

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If you asked me to judge Damon Albarn’s state of mind right now, I’d guess that he’s not happy, not feeling glad, and definitely doesn’t have sunshine in a bag. That’s because four tracks from the upcoming Gorillaz album have been leaked before release, and it’s all due to an astonishing password snafu. Two days ago, the entire tracklist for Gorillaz’s new album was registered with music licensing company Phonographic Performance Limited. Eagle-eyed fans then decided to trawl the internet for traces of these songs, only to come across several password-protected Vimeo videos whose names were the same as the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Literate tech users probably know how vital Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is to getting content discovered on the web. But there’s a world of difference between understanding SEO’s importance and being able to manipulate it.  You can harness the power of SEO yourself with the Expert Lecture Series for SEO Certification, heavily discounted to only $29 at TNW Deals. Over this hyper-concentrated six hours of instruction, you’ll learn the pro tips for finding just the right keywords and site architecture to drive more of Google’s six million daily searches back to your page. Once you’ve focused your link building and… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not quite the travel ban President Trump was trying to float earlier this year, but this upcoming regulation is still sure to ruffle US-bound travelers’ feathers. A government official told CNN that the US will bar passengers from carrying electronics larger than a cellphone on board; they’ll need to be checked in instead. According to the BBC, the ruling will affect nine airlines operating nonstop flights to the US out of 10 airports in eight countries, most of which are in the Middle East and North Africa. Royal Jordanian Airlines is almost certainly on the list as it tweeted… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is reportedly gearing up to launch its streaming music service in India early next year, reports The Economic Times. That’s based on accounts from numerous production firm executives who say the company is in talks with local record labels to acquire streaming music rights in the country. There’s certainly good reason for Amazon to do so; According to a Deloitte report from 2015, India will see 273 million people subscribe to streaming music services by 2020. The market is estimated to grow to about $475 million by then. Of course, there’s stiff competition awaiting Amazon in India if it… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most celebrated minds in science who’s known for his work in unlocking the mysteries of gravity, will soon see his biggest dream become reality as he’s set to venture into outer space soon. In an interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Hawking said: My ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately. Although it’d be a monumental experience for anyone, it’ll be especially remarkable for Hawking, who suffers from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jonathan and Susana Balkin suspected their twin two-year-olds, Ryan and Andrew, weren’t sleeping through the night. Turns out, they were right. Video recorded by a Nest home monitoring system shows the twins showing off some dance moves, somersaulting across the floor, and building pillow forts into the wee hours of the morning. After the occasional break on the couch, or an interruption by dad (who put them back to bed), the two would easily climb out of the crib — or sometimes, one would climb in with the other — to keep the party going. In the morning, we see mom… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nest

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If you think you’re a die-hard Pokemon fan, you haven’t met Gabriel O’Flaherty Chan yet. O’Flaherty-Chan, a software developer, created a Game Boy Color emulator for the Apple Watch after noticing the lack of one in the iOS store. Building off the existing Gambatte emulator, he created Giovanni, which runs Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on Series 2 Apple Watches. Shown in the emulator’s screenshots is Pokémon Yellow, a game you can play in its entirety if you’re nimble enough to handle the tiny controls. The game itself was apparently a favorite of O’Flaherty-Chan’s, who’s such a big fan he… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Watch,Apple

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Researchers at Disney have developed a way for the real and virtual worlds to cross over. Two researchers attached small tracking nodes to a tennis ball and tossed it to someone wearing a VR headset — who would not have been able to see the real ball flying at them. The motion-tracking technology predicts the trajectory of the ball and a virtual ball soars towards the VR user, who catches the real ball and throws it back. VR and AR headsets have ways of tracking stationary objects, and devices such as the HoloLens and the Occipital Bridge are capable of sensing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Zapier doesn’t believe in relocation. In fact, it’s trying to incentivize current employees to de-locate by offering them $10,000 to leave. The Bay Area, that is, not the company. Zapier CEO Wade Foster says the offer is an experimental one. After moving to the Bay Area five years ago, Foster is aware of all the benefits of living there: great weather, beaches, wine country, skiing, and a location that puts you in the heart of tech-central. These perks don’t come for free. In recent years, San Francisco and the surrounding area has become one of the most expensive places in… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I was a kid, a four-door car was considered a grocery-getter. Now, they’re running 10-second quarter-miles. Tesla’s Model S P100D is a fast car. It’s fast enough, in fact, to have run a 10.726-second quarter mile, the fastest of any stock production electric car — or any four-door sedan for that matter. Well, it was the fastest. A Drag Times video shows a P100D running a 10.723 recently, and setting a new record. The video shows two P100D’s, actually: one slightly heavier than the other due to factory-installed options, like a sunroof. All told, these options made one of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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A London man died last December after trying to charge his iPhone in the bath. Police wrapped up an inquest into the death recently. Police chief Craig Pattinson told the inquest that Richard Bull, 32, ran an extension cable from the hallway into the bathroom and was a little careless with the position: The extension cable was on the floor and it appeared as though he had his phone charger on his chest and the part between the phone charger and the cable had made contact with the water. There’s no word on where his actual phone was during this, but… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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In the rush for faster delivery times in online marketplaces, eBay just stuck its hand up to remind everyone it can ship things fast, too. The company is rolling out a new feature called “Guaranteed Delivery” through which it will, as the name suggests, guarantee delivery for eligible items in three days or less. If the product isn’t delivered by the deadline, the buyer gets a refund. If it was shipped for free, a $5 coupon. Why is eBay making such an effort to point out how fast its items ship? It seems to be trying to compete with Amazon, a company known… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,eBay

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Perhaps the most genius part of Amazon is its one-click buy feature. No doubt this has earned it a fair wedge of cash, as if you see something you want, it can be yours without any real depth or soul-searching. Humans are naturally impulsive creatures, and frictionless buying takes advantage of that aspect of our psyche. And now, the feature has escaped the confines of the web, and is making its way to traditional print and television advertising. And it’s all thanks to ZapBuy. ZapBuy, from OmniWay, lets customers buy products simply by capturing a QR code. You could be watching a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Not long after introducing Stories to Instagram, the company added a live streaming feature akin to the one already available on Facebook. Problem is, once a livestream finished, it was gone forever. Now Instagram lets you streamers save their videos. Once a broadcast has ended, simply click on the Save button on the upper-right corner of the app. The video will still disappear from Instagram itself, but it will be saved onto your camera roll – though there’s nothing stopping you from posting it right back onto Instagram. The video is can only be saved by the streamer, so you don’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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You can count on Dutch police to train eagles to snipe down drones from the sky, but don’t let them buy any software for you. Following a horrific administrative fail, Dutch court has ruled that local police won’t be receiving any cash back from Microsoft after mistakingly purchasing too many licenses for its Office package. Back in 2008, a law enforcement employee accidentally ordered 13,656 licenses for a special home-working edition of MS Office. While inaccurate, the order went unnoticed by administration, which proceeded to wire a staggering €2,961,029 to Microsoft for the software, Dutch outlet NU.nl reports. Following the nightmare-inducing blunder, police filed a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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I’ve blogged about how I see leadership in the developing (developed now) economies of China and India, and the newer innovation models of emerging economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, but not quite in the way in which I see them now. The more I think about it, we have three major fintech models, each with their own unique blend of thinking. The mainstream fintech discussion here in Europe and America is how to reboot the antiquated banking system. Due to the implementation of technologies from the 1960s onwards, these economies have a heavily layered structure of year upon year of relentless… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new study confirms what you already suspect: Some people will believe anything if the right person shares it on Facebook. The Media Insight study, funded by the American Press Institute and AP-NORC, interviewed a sample of 1,489 adults on AP-NORC’s survey panel in the period between November and December last year. Media Insight created a series of fake social media posts sharing two identical articles from different sources — one article being published by the Associated Press, and the other by a fake site called DailyNewsReview. The participants were shown a mock-up social media post that showed the story being… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Maps just added a small but useful update: It can now save where you parked. As first spotted by Ars Technica, the latest Android app version (9.49) shows a new “save your parking option” when you tap on your blue location dot. Tap on this and Google will save your rough location (you can enter the exact location too), and give you the option to write notes, add photos, or even set a timer. That last option is particularly useful if you’re parked at a meter and need to make sure to leave or refill it before you get… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Maps,Google

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Absence often inspires innovation. For Serbian entrepreneur Vuk Guberinic, the lack of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft in Belgrade spurred him to launch his own taxi-hailing app, Car:Go. Car:Go had some initial success, but things have quickly unraveled, and now the business is in a desperate battle for its survival. According to Guberinic, this is due to the actions of Braintree Payments – the Paypal-owned company it uses to process credit cards. He alleges Braintree Payments transferred money to a bank account that was no longer under the control of the company, after he issued a notice to cease disbursements… This story continues at The Next Web

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At SXSW we met up with Maurice op de Beek, CTO of Kiiroo, a Dutch company that developed the Fleshlight Launch. The Launch is a robot that pairs with normal Fleshlights to relieve users of the manual work you’d normally have to put in. The device can be used independently, or paired with VR or video to mimic the motions on screen. Maurice gave us a demo and talked us through the bright future of teledildonics. We did our best to censor the more explicit parts, but some parts of this video could be considered NSFW. Get your very own… This story continues at The Next Web

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