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In an effort to keep Android users safe from malware on their phones, Google is rolling out its Play Protect security features to all devices running Google Mobile Services 11 and up. Google says it’ll automatically scan apps from the Play store that are installed on your phone to ensure there’s no funny business; apps that don’t play nice will be blocked or removed from your device. The service was first announced in May, but it’s now becoming more widely available. It’s good to have it around because, thanks to machine learning, it can spot new attacks that have only… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

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Microsoft has teamed up with Johnson Controls to develop GLAS, a new thermostat with a sleek a translucent touchscreen that lets you adjust the temperature in your room, and monitor air quality and energy usage by tapping the display or issuing voice commands to its built-in Cortana assistant. With the inclusion of voice controls, GLAS is more like the Alexa-equipped Ecobee4 than a touch-only Nest. Microsoft hasn’t shared much more info than what you can see in the clip above, but it’s a clear sign that the company is intent on baking Cortana into more hardware products in the future… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Cortana,Microsoft

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Earlier this month, we heard about Samsung’s plans to create a smart speaker that would feature its Bixby voice assistant and take on Amazon Echo, Google Home et al. Now, The Korea Herald reports from the company’s home country that the project is being shelved because Samsung doesn’t believe there’s enough money in it. An anonymous source told KH: Samsung currently does not view Al speakers as marketable, as the global market is already dominated by unbeatable Amazon and the Korean market is too small to make profits. That’s a puzzling development, because Samsung has rolled out Bixby on its… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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A hacker managed to use a smart fish tank to gain access to a casino, according to a report from a security firm. According to CNN, the fish tank was used as a point of entry, allowing the intruders to move laterally through the network. They managed to use the tank to send data to Finland before security firm Darktrace shut them down. The casino with the fish tank goes unnamed, though it might have been alluded to in an interview Darktrace’s co-founder Dave Palmer gave earlier this year: We’ve seen insiders sneak data out of heavily-protected organizations by attacking… This story continues at The Next Web

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VR ad experiments are taking place at Google’s Area 120 workshop because developers are itching to monetize their apps according to a recent blog post. But unfortunately, the ads aren’t as cool as you think. Because virtual reality is such a personal experience, developers are leaning away from intrusive ad experiences. No pop-ups sound like a breath of fresh air until you see the actual prototype ー a floating, branded box. The reasoning behind the levitating box is that users will be compelled to engage with it and will be intrigued enough to watch a video ad. All the user needs… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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What are you hoping to get out of your career? A hefty 401k? A six figure salary? Nice Christmas bonuses? If you’re like most Millennials, you likely just want to be satisfied with the work you do and the company you do it for. Job satisfaction is a result of a variety of aspects coming into play. Primarily, job satisfaction comes when employees feel that they are in a trusting and respectful environment. Job satisfaction also goes hand in hand with job security, as well as the potential for career growth. Finding a satisfying, secure job is naturally the goal… This story continues at The Next Web

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RadioShack, the 96-year-old electronics store that’s gone bankrupt twice in the last decade, is still here — and a new business just ensured it’ll still be here a little while longer. Talk about a blast from the past. According to Reuters, Kensington Capital Holdings, a single family office from Boston, assumed ownership of the chain with a $15 million bid. According to Reuters‘ sources, the new owners will license the brand back to the company that currently operates it. RadioShack currently operates less than 100 brick-and-mortar stores, though it still does business online. I’m happy enough with the news — I… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS

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Moonhunters was released on Xbox One today, becoming the first “co-op personality test” on the console. It’s actually a video-game, not a test, and it doesn’t seem to tell you anything about your own personality. In spite of itself though, Moonhunters is a beautiful game that weaves a compelling story. The game is a short adventure that has players hack and slash through a tale broken into five parts. Each ‘telling’ of the story, or play-through, adds to the game lore. Players work together to flesh out the mystery behind an ancient occult struggle featuring the Moon Goddess and the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox,Xbox One

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The original Google Pixel had somewhat divisive looks, but if recent leaks are anything to go by, the second version will appeal much more to the masses. Now a render based on those leaks gives us a good idea of just how sleek it might be. YouTube Channel Concept Creator took a stab at creating 3D models of the device, including some possible shades and two-tone color configurations. While there’s nothing to suggest Google will use these specific colorings, chances are there will at least be one or two vibrant options. The iPhone 8 may end up having the smallest… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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I am a leaf on the wind, a zen master, and a techno-guru who inspires calm and balance in all those who gaze upon me. Okay, I’m actually a slow-motion train wreck. But I spent 30 days with the Headspace app, meditating my ass off, in order to fix that. That’s another lie. The truth is, I set out to meditate for 30 days straight and failed miserably. In one month I managed to complete a 10-minute meditation session 11 times, including one stretch that lasted for five days straight. Carving time out of my day is difficult, breaking decades-old… This story continues at The Next Web

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A woman recently attempted to smuggle over 100 iPhones into China to make a profit. The woman was taking what appears to be a common smuggling route — bringing iPhones from Hong Kong (where they’re cheaper) to mainland China by way of Shenzhen. Officials at Shenzhen spotted bulges on the woman’s body underneath the heavy clothes she was wearing in the middle of the summer heat, and detained her. When they examined her, they found four layers of Apple devices, wrapped around her midsection like the bandages of a futuristic mummy. The officials who detained her counted 102 iPhones and 15… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Apple is investing in machine learning, and it wants you to know. The company just launched a blog dubbed the Apple Machine Learning Journal, with the intent to show off its research into the technology. The company sums it up in its introductory post: Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal. Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world. If you’re a machine learning researcher or student, an engineer or developer, we’d love to hear your questions and feedback. Basically,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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With platforms and programming languages galore at your disposal, you’ve got several different avenues out there to build your amazing video game idea. But you need skills to craft your dream worlds on these dream worlds – that’s where 2017 Zero to Hero Game Development bundle of courses… comes in handy Right now, you can pick up this nine-course education on video game development at a giant discount — just $49, an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals. With this instruction, you’ll have the introductions and training necessary to get comfortable with several different game-creation environments, affording you the versatility… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following months of anticipation, Nintendo has finally unveiled its all-new Switch Online mobile app for iOS and Android. Designed to make the overall Switch gameplay experience more seamless, the app was built with the intention to connect gamers across the globe. But there is one massive hiccup with this approach: Gamers are absolutely fucking hating it. For those unfamiliar, Switch Online essentially promises to bring players together by giving them a platform where they can freely interact with each other (Switch is the only console that doesn’t ship with its own built-in chat feature). Among other things, the app can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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We’re pleased to share an exclusive pre-publication of Augmenting Alice, a book about AR that has one very special feature: AR. Kind of like a pop-up book, but for 2017. The book was written by Galit Ariel, a multidisciplinary creative who’s bio states she’ll “bitch-slap people still using the term ‘disruptive innovation’.”  Earlier this year, Ariel graced TNW Conference with a talk about how “Augmented Reality has the potential to usher in a new era, where our relationships with brands, content and technology will redefine our reality as well as society as we know it.” She also joined us briefly… This story continues at The Next Web

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The standard rules of common sense no longer apply once you enter the infinitely absurd domain of stock photography – especially when your distributor of choice is Shutterstock. As spotted by one snoopy Twitter user, the popular stock content provider now has a large collection of videos depicting a cryptocurrency trader impatiently monitoring a currency exchange chart in real-time… on his couch… in his underwear. Shutterstock has a whole series of videos depicting a cryptocurrency trader watching and reacting the market in his boxers pic.twitter.com/HxlO1TxnXs — Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) July 18, 2017 The non-sensical clips were all uploaded by… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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SoundCloud is on life support, and it might not have long left. The Swedish-born and Berlin-based music sharing company just shed a huge swathe of its workforce, closing offices in San Francisco and London. These layoffs were especially tumultuous, as they involved new hires, some who had been with the company for just a week. According to TechCrunch, the company only has enough money to keep it afloat until Q4. What happens after then is anyone’s guess. I don’t know, but I genuinely hope it survives, because SoundCloud embodies the promise of the Internet, and has offered a platform for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: SoundCloud

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Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm. It was a standard industrial robot arm, but it was not going to be used for standard purposes. The robot’s job would be to carve moulds for the casting of large-scale, metal sculptures. It is being installed by Urban Art Projects, a company that specialises in the manufacture of sculpture and custom architectural facades. Sculpture might not be the first thing that springs to mind if someone mentions robotics. We hear again and again that robots are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook might be struggling to get you and your friends to use its recently introduced Stories feature, but it appears the company is already gearing up to expand the functionality to brands and pages. The popular social media platform now has a dedicated Stories field in the Branded Content section under the Page Insights settings panel. Details are still unclear, but we anticipate the feature will be an extension of Stories specifically designed for brands and pages. We’re not entirely sure when Facebook first began rolling out branded Stories, but chances are not all users will be able to access… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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From AI-driven personalized learning to virtual reality, online courses will need to innovate to address their credibility issues and fulfill their enormous promise There’s little doubt that online courses are proving popular with students all over the world. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers such as EdX and Futurelearn have been lauded with democratizing higher education and making knowledge more accessible. Coursera – which to date attracted over $210 million investment – has over 20 million registered learners who access courses from over 140 institutions worldwide, and most major universities – From Harvard to Imperial and Princeton – have jumped… This story continues at The Next Web

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On this day, one year ago, Twitter rolled out what thousands of users were hoping for: an opportunity to be verified. Now, anyone can apply to be verified! Great, right? Not so fast, as a great many of us found out when we received denial emails within days of applying. It seemed that although there were reports that anyone can get verified, they were misleading, as the language on the company’s support page states that they still favor users of public interest in the areas of entertainment, sports, journalism, politics, and of course, celebrities. The statement released the day the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Cloud-based accounting software service FreshBooks, recently announced that the company had raised $43 million USD in Series B funding led by existing investor Georgian Partners. The announcement predictably attracted widespread attention in the media. The platform also previously raised $30M USD in institutional funding back in July 2014. The success of the service is highlighted by its 10 million users across 160 countries. But, there is much more to this story once you scratch beneath the surface. Freshbooks was released back in 2003. Although it might be difficult to comprehend in this digital age, SaaS didn’t even exist as a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wireframing is an integral part of the design process in building web and mobile apps, and speed is key to getting your ideas on to the drawing board. That’s why it makes sense to ditch all the standard ‘lorem ipsum’ dummy text and go with Flow. This free typeface, created by Shopify designer Dan Ross, skips letters and instead features abstract representations of text for sentences and paragraphs in three different weights. It’s perfect for when you don’t want to bother with exactly what your text will look like, and just focus on its placement and basic alignment. Flow works… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Friday, November 11, scores of Facebook users logged into their accounts to find that they were dead. With the simple addition of the word “Remembering,” placed in front of a name along the top of the that user’s profile page, their accounts became memorials, with banners along the top urging users who were friends with the deceased to use the page as a space to “remember and celebrate [their] life.” But, of course, these people weren’t dead — just the victims of a bug that Facebook quickly fixed. Meanwhile, it gave many access to a feature they otherwise, ideally, hadn’t had… This story continues at The Next Web

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The tech industry is convinced that voice-based interaction will be a big part of our future, and we’ve seen proof of that in AI-powered assistants on our phones and smart speakers. But it’s not easy or cheap to build your own voice recognition system for an app or gadget because that requires plenty of data to learn from. The folks at Mozilla, who are behind the popular Firefox browser, want to take the stress out of that part of the equation with Common Voice, a project to crowdsource voice samples and validate them. It’ll then make the database freely available… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Mozilla

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