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The city of Moscow is contemplating ditching Microsoft’s technology as president Vladimir Putin urges state officials and local businesses to scale down their reliance on foreign software providers. In turn, the city is replacing Microsoft’s products with solutions from local competitors. Moscow plans to open the replacement cycle by swapping Exchange and Outlook for email systems developed by state-run carrier Rostelecom PJSC, Bloomberg reports. The software will be eventually deployed to as many as 600,000 computers. The city is also considering dropping Windows and Office, but state officials are still looking into alternatives, says Moscow’s head of information technology Artem Yermolaev. Putin has been pushing for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following Angelina Jolie’s filing for divorce, an article falsified to look like it was published by Fox News has started making the rounds on Facebook with the extremely clickable headline “R.I.P Brad Pitt.” Fortunately, Pitt is not dead. The post is merely a hoax that has been created by a savvy hacker to trick vulnerable users into handing over their email address, password and other personal details. Clicking the headline redirects users to an application riddled with malware. They are requested to fill in their Facebook credentials to read the story. However, instead of signing them in, the app grants itself access to their… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a single 20-something and looking for love, swiping your life away on Tinder can be a huge time sink. When you live in a busy area, the deck of profile cards can easily get so big, there’s no chance to swipe everyone in there. Because of that, your profile might not be seen by many of people. That’s why the company is announcing Boost — a new feature that lets you pay to skip to the front of the line. For 30 minutes, you’re put on top of the deck. After the short boost, you get to see how many more people you’ve reached,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Drone maker DJI’s latest offering is more than just a cool-looking toy. The all-new Mavic Pro includes a stabilized 4K camera and a visual navigation system to track objects on video and avoid obstacles, all in a foldable design that’s small enough to fit in your palm. The Mavic Pro has a range of 4.3 miles and can stay airborne for up to 27 minutes on a single charge. It features a new FlightAutonomy system that combines five cameras, GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation, and two ultrasonic range finders to safely navigate routes in the sky at speeds of up to… This story continues at The Next Web

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In May, Otto, a new venture co-founded by former Google Maps product lead Lior Ron, announced that it was developing an aftermarket self-driving kit for freight trucks that could potentially double their utilization and increase safety. The company was acquired by Uber in August for $680 million, and the cab service company is now gearing up to offer trucking services to logistics companies. In an interview with Reuters, Ron said that Otto will expand its fleet of trucks from six to 15 and begin hauling cargo to warehouses and stores as early as next year. To be clear, that doesn’t… This story continues at The Next Web

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At long last, Google Play has opened its Music store for users in India. It’s been a long time coming: most other countries have had access to Google Play Music since 2011, along with newer features like a podcast directory. The company didn’t make an official announcement about the launch of the store and we’ve only noticed it today. It was rumored to be on its way back in July. Play Music for India is little more than a cross-platform store at this point: There are charts listing the top songs and albums, as well as one for new releases.… This story continues at The Next Web

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After two children died of a rare disease and a total of four miscarriages, a woman gave birth to a baby boy in what experts are calling a ‘revolutionary’ medical event. The boy, now six-months-old, was conceived using a controversial fertility treatment meant to help people conceive who carry genes for rare diseases. The disease, in this case, is Leigh syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that’s generally fatal. The mother is a carrier for the rare disease, and although she’s healthy, her DNA holds a gene that is later passed on to her children. Leigh syndrome typically progresses quickly and leads… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s October 4event is shaping up to be a veritable marathon of announcements: Two new Pixel phones, a new laptop and OS, new Chromecasts, Google Home, a new router and maybe a new tablet too. But there’s at least one bit of news that might be coming before that date: an update to Google Cardboard. The company today tweeted this out from its UK account: 29.09.16 – 01.10.16 #GoogleCardboard pic.twitter.com/HPE3BlcjNV — Google UK (@GoogleUK) September 27, 2016 It’s extremely cryptic, so who knows what’s coming – especially so soon before the company’s big event. That said, it’s somewhat odd that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nissan’s ProPILOT technology could one day power a fleet of self-driving cars. Today, it’s powering a chair. The self-propelling chair detects surrounding chairs and moves patrons through lines in a predefined path. It’s probably not the most exciting use of autonomous technology — unless you just can’t stand waiting in line — but it’s certainly got utility. Unfortunately for us in the US, the chair is only going to see the light of day in Japan, at least for now. Between now and December 27, the automaker is seeking applications for restaurants interested in providing these for customers waiting in line. Those… This story continues at The Next Web

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is scheduled to detail the company’s long-awaited ‘Interplanetary Transport system’ today at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. Minutes before the CEO was set to take the stage, a video emerged that teases the new rocket designed to take people to Mars for initial colonization missions. The video appears to show SpaceX’s new rocket — the BFR, or ‘Big Falcon Rocket’ (dubbed ‘Big Fucking Rocket’ internally) — as well as the company’s interplanetary spaceship design, BFS — or ‘Big Falcon Spaceship’ which carries the same ‘Big Fucking’ moniker internally. Details are still slim, but we’ll update as they… This story continues at The Next Web

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Much like one of our favorite applications, Prisma, ColorWorks is meant to create unique masterpieces out of your digital work. While Prisma takes a digital approach through use of really amazing artificial intelligence and filters, ColorWorks’ approach is decidedly more analog — but we love it just the same. Rather than just printing your images and framing your new work of art, ColorWorks uses hundreds — or even thousands — of crayons to create something entirely unique. Just snap a photo on your smartphone and a team of artists will painstakingly create it using the tip of a crayon to represent… This story continues at The Next Web

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To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Twitter has announced a new feature that makes it it easier than ever for US residents to register to vote in the presidential election. Starting today, when a Twitter user sends a Direct Message to the official @Gov account with their five-digit zip code, they’ll receive an automated response with their state’s voter registration deadline and a personalized link to register. Through a Direct Message with @Gov, Twitter can help you find your state's voter registration deadline and register to vote. pic.twitter.com/ySh2elJgY6 — Twitter Government (@gov) September 27, 2016 As we get closer to Election… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is a future we can all believe in — friendly robots coming to your hotel room to deliver food. However, the robot has been around in prototype form for a while — since 2014, to be precise. The friendly moving bucket is the Google Ventures-backed Savioke Relay, a helper robot specifically designed for use in hotels or other parts of the service industry. After a few test trials, it has recently started popping up in U.S. hotels. It’s a pretty simple robot that really only does one thing — delivering food and drinks to hotel guests. It picks up the delivery… This story continues at The Next Web

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As a tech journalist, I’m lucky enough to review a lot of expensive headphones, and try out even more. I like most of what I test – it’s really hard to find bad headphones nowadays – but it’s rare that I’m truly impressed. Enter Status Audio, a small Brooklyn-based company that’s been gaining some momentum for its wallet-friendly headphones with legit audio chops. The company only sells directly to the consumer, which helps trim overhead costs from distributing and marketing its products and apply it to R&D instead. CEO James Bertuzzi emailed me and casually offered two models up for review, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Super Mario fans can be quite hardcore, but few are as devoted to Nintendo’s classic game as YouTuber Pannenkoek2012. In a fascinating new video, the Super Mario geek has analyzed the eye-blinking patterns of almost all characters that appear in the game. To get the project off the ground, the YouTuber divides all characters in two groups – blinking and non-blinking. Pannenkoek2012 then proceeds to inspect the eye mechanics of all blinking characters, distinguishing between five various patterns that different characters exhibit throughout the game. One of the YouTuber’s most captivating discoveries is perhaps how Mario and Princess Peach seem to blink… This story continues at The Next Web

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Getting airport Wi-Fi can be quite tricky. It might be paid, hidden behind a password or hard to find. Thanks to travel blog FoxNomad, we have a couple of great resources to make sure you can always get on the internet no matter what. I’m going to run you through them. Check Foursquare tips You should have already downloaded Foursquare when you’re traveling, and it specifically serves a great purpose at airports. If you take a look at the tips for the airport you’re currently at, it should be easy to find people sharing passwords — otherwise, press the ‘Wi-Fi’ filter to only… This story continues at The Next Web

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In this blog series, we shed some light on our marketing approach at The Next Web through Web analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), social media, and more. A couple of weeks ago I was at MeasureCamp London and shared how we’re dealing with custom data The Next Web’s Google Analytics setup. As I couldn’t share the whole presentation I’ve decided to write more in depth about it. This particular piece focuses on the calculated metrics feature in Google Analytics (360), which we use to create metrics that don’t exist by default in GA. We’ll be sharing 24 recipes and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mac owners, here’s an effective way to give your computer an upgrade. Grab the Award-Winning Mac Bundle, which features 13 highly-rated apps designed for Mac. For a limited time, you can pay what you want, courtesy of TNW Deals. You’ll get access to a collection of powerful apps to help you stay organized, streamline your projects, repair your system, safeguard your online activity, and much more. Here’s a highlight of some of the apps in this game-changing bundle: Drive Genius 4 helps you improve the health of your system and repair your system, while guarding against data loss and space-hogging… This story continues at The Next Web

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Say goodbye to the annoyance of searching for outlets to charge your devices. The Avantree PowerHouse 4-Port Fast USB Charging Station lets you power up to four devices at once in record time — and without taking up much space. For a limited time, you can pick up this handy device for just $35.99 from TNW Deals. This premium desktop USB charging station is designed to charge multiple devices at home or in the office. It sports a 4.5A/22.5W output with charging sockets, plus a built-in smart port that will automatically identify the necessary amps to charge each device. All… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has officially joined the 18+ club as today the tech giant is celebrating 18 years since Larry Page and Sergey Brin initially founded the company back on September 27, 1998. Still, it seems the internet titan isn’t entirely sure about the exact date it was formed. That’s right. While since 2006 Google has consistently celebrated its birthday on September 27, the year before that it had it on September 26. Strangely, the tech giant announced its birthday on September 7 in 2004 and September 8 the year before that. Things get even messier when we take a look at Google’s official company history, which lists its corporate… This story continues at The Next Web

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Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists were well received, but it kind of sucks when you exhaust the two hours of music it nets you. Now the company is giving you another option if you want new music right now. Your new ‘Daily Mix’ consists of a series of playlists that combines your favorite tunes with some new songs peppered in. Spotify describes the collection of as ‘near-endless,’ so you’ll have plenty to tune into. As usual with these algorithm-based playlists, Spotify says you Daily Mixes will become better as you listen to more music, fine tuning the system around your preferences. You… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp has just started rolling out an update for its beta application for Android. The upgrade — Version 2.16.281 — transports compatibility for public groups, in addition to a plethora of bug fixes. Once they’ve installed the update, administrators will have the facility to add users to their WhatsApp group by taking advantage of the new ‘Invite to group via link’ button that resides at the top of their contacts list. Tapping the button generates a unique URL that can be shared with friends, family and the public in three ways — sent as a message via a third-party application, encoded… This story continues at The Next Web

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The European Commission’s recently proposed digital copyright reforms [PDF] have not been well received on the tech scene, and the latest company to protest the EU’s nonsensical decision-making is Mozilla. Deeming the proposed laws “outdated” and potentially harmful to people and businesses, The Firefox-maker has launched a new campaign to battle the suggested reforms – and it’s taking an interesting approach. According to Mozilla, if accepted, the current proposal could in certain situations outlaw the taking and sharing of selfies in front of European landmarks. The reforms could also prohibit the use of memes and GIFs as the suggested changes do not “include needed exceptions for panorama, parody,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Xiaomi set the bar high for itself in February, when it launched its excellent Mi 5 smartphone. Between its premium build, memorable design, commendable performance and sensible pricing, the handset quickly won me over. The Chinese gadget maker is looking to top that with its latest offerings, the Mi 5s and 5s Plus. Both phones promise better cameras than their predecessor, along with elegant new designs and powerful new hardware under the hood. The all-metal 5.15-inch Mi 5s features a Full HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz processor, paired with your choice of 3GB RAM with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei makes some great high and mid-end handsets. The Chinese giant recently unveiled its enticing Nova and Nova Plus line just a few weeks ago, and I desperately want one. But what it also does well is create solid budget-oriented handsets that combine premium features with an affordable price tag. The next low-end handset from Huawei will be the Huawei Honor 6X, which follows up last year’s Honor 5X. A few weeks ago, it was certified by China’s TENAA agency. This opens a window as to what it’ll look like, but not its specifications. From what you can see, it comes with a… This story continues at The Next Web

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