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Thanks to the wonders of microcomputing and Arduino’s excellent boards, you can now build your own dancing teapot – just like the one in the children’s classic Beauty and the Beast. French computer scientist and DIY enthusiast Paul-Louis Ageneau has crafted an adorable tiny teapot that also happens to dance. Here’s a look at the robot in action: To put together the two-legged mini-robot, Ageneau used 3D-modeling software OpenSCAD to design the various parts for the robot and then 3D-printed them in polylactide. You can check out and download his sketches at this GitHub repository where he has made the corresponding SCAD and STL files… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC is gearing up to unveil its U squeezable phone, and it now has a date in mind for the big reveal: May 16. The HTC U is expected to bring a new feature called Edge Sense, which uses sensors embedded in the handset’s frame to let you control apps and phone functions by squeezing or swiping along the sides of the device. Remember the HTC Ocean? (https://t.co/q5ghm3vQ8Z) pic.twitter.com/GtpqowETjM — Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017 According to a recent report from VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, the 5.5-inch phone will also feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel snapper on… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: HTC

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Last November, we heard about Microsoft beta testing a to-do app for Windows that it had codenamed Project Cheshire. That project has now come to fruition in the form of a preview version of the imaginatively named To-Do. The new app was built by the folks behind Wunderlist, a powerful and flexible task manager from a Berlin-based startup that Microsoft acquired back in 2015. The company is killing off the older app to make way for this one, and will deprecate its service over time. Unlike its feature-packed predecessor, To-Do keeps things awfully simple. The interface is centered around a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Google is working on a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser and could release it in a few weeks, reports The Wall Street Journal. While that seems counter-intuitive for a company that makes most of its money through advertising, it’s actually not the worst idea ever. The feature will block certain types of ads that ruin users’ browsing experience, such as pop-ups, auto-playing videos with sound, sticky ads that take up a lot of screen real estate and prestitials that count down before you can get to the content you meant to see. These are defined as unacceptable by… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Each year, thousands of well-paying jobs go unfilled. According to Ashton Mozano, a cybersecurity professor at the University of San Diego, many entry level cybersecurity jobs have a starting salary of $80,000 or more annually; so why are we ignoring them? Cybersecurity isn’t a sexy career for those with computer science or engineering degrees. Many are courted while still in school, and the bulk of each graduating class has its sights set on Silicon Valley. There, they’ll write code for Google, Facebook, or Apple. Only a few will ever pace a server room deducing whether a traffic spike is legitimate… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung’s recent phones have sure been pretty, but the heavy use of glass doesn’t necessarily inspire much hope in terms of durability. But YouTuber JerryRigEverything (whose real name is Zack, by the way), recently took to the S8 to town with his usual set of durability tests, and the phone survived with solid results. For those of you not familiar, the tests typically involve a scratching, bending, and even burning with a lighter, for some reason. The S8 seemed to manage as well as the LG G6, hardly even bending under the pressure applied to it. Perhaps even better news for those concerned… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung Galaxy,Samsung

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Before you hit send on that next email, imagine a future where you don’t have to. Something as simple as physically interacting with the send button will one day be a memory, a relic of a time in which people still needed to talk to their devices, or worse still, touch them. As we advance the conversation around brain-connected devices, it’s clear we’re moved past the theoretical and into practical application. But you have to wonder whether keeping our brains secure, just as we’d lock down our laptop from hackers, is as high on the list of priorities as creating these connections. At… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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If you’ve been following the technology around augmented reality in the past couple of years, it’s pretty obvious that lightweight glasses or contact lenses with embedded displays are the ultimate goal for the technology (well, except for maybe brain implants). But what will we actually do with AR once it’s been fully realized? Though Facebook didn’t have any actual AR tech to show off on Day 2 of F8, it at least had plenty of ideas, so we figured we’d just go ahead and recap them here. Once the tech is convenient and accessible enough to be socially acceptable in public… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Last year, Facebook announced the Surround 360, an open-source VR camera that cost a massive $30,000 for what was basically a fancy 360-camera. One year later, Facebook has updated the Surround 360 with two models that offer something more powerful: the ability to move around a VR scene. Most 360 cameras essentially mount your head on a fixed point. You can look up, down, left and right, and, if you’re lucky, the image will be in 3D as well. But you can’t actually move your body within the scene, which ends up killing some of the illusion. The new cameras solve this using a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Stack Overflow is an essential component to any developer’s toolkit, acting as a repository of all programming knowledge. If you’re puzzled by Python, or confused about Clojure, it has the answers you need. This ubiquity across languages has allowed Stack Overflow’s data scientists to observe some interesting trends about its users. As it turns out, the most popular language varies depending on what time it is. During the daytime, Microsoft’s C# programming language reigns supreme. That’s hardly a surprise. It’s used everywhere, from tedious enterprise tech, to even more tedious finance applications. It’s also used in Sharepoint, which is positively… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has long been rumored to be prepping a substantial design overhaul for the next-generation iPhone that will significantly diverge from previous models – and recently leaked schematics seem to suggest this might very well be the case. Serial Apple leaker Sonny Dickson is back with yet another scoop. The notorious hardware insider took to Twitter to share an intriguing image, showing what appears to be design schematics for the upcoming iPhone. Here is the full image: iPhone 8 looks to be taking a new direction pic.twitter.com/mG19bcDYiC — Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) April 19, 2017 Right off the bat, the leaked sketch… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Over two weeks ago, Trump put his final stamp of approval on Congress’ vote to repeal Obama-era internet privacy regulations. ISPs can now legally sell your internet browsing data to the highest bidder without your knowledge. Before you brace for hyper-targeted advertisements and unsolicited buying recommendations, understand that you can easily protect yourself. If you’ve taken refuge in incognito mode the past week, you’ve sadly been hiding in the wrong places. While incognito mode will guarantee that someone with physical access to your computer, i..e. your snooping significant other, can’t view your historic browsing data, it will do little else.… This story continues at The Next Web

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It appears Apple might be experiencing some technical issues. Numerous users have rushed to Reddit and Twitter to complain their Apple Music and iCloud subscriptions have been unexpectedly discontinued. It remains unclear what is triggering the abrupt email notifications and whether the two issues are connected, but it seems the malfunction is relatively widespread. Most users experiencing troubles with their iCloud accounts claim to be subscribed to either the 50GB or the 200GB plans. Here’s some of the chatter from the Twitterverse: Hey @AppleSupport why is my Apple Music subscription going to expire today? Says discontinued? — Blake Krone (@blakekrone) April 19, 2017 Did… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Music,iCloud,Apple

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We live in a world where everything we own keeps tabs on us, and phones back to our corporate overlords with the juicy details. Children’s toys do it. Sex toys do it. And now, according to a shocking scoop from Fortune’s Jeff John Roberts, our headphones do it. Is nothing sacred? Per Roberts, Bose, a manufacturer of high-end headphones, operates a smartphone app that collects data on the listening habits of customers. This data is then sold to third-parties, all without the consent and knowledge of users. Obviously, this has gone down about as well as a Rickroll on a Spotify… This story continues at The Next Web

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With The Next Web Conference right around the corner, our speakers are prepping their presentations. However, before they arrive, we wanted to learn more about them. Linda Kozlowski is the COO of Etsy, the popular online handmade marketplace where sellers can reach a global audience and sell their handmade items. If you’ve never heard of Linda, before joining Etsy she was the COO of Evernote for three years, managing global operations. Before Evernote, she lived in Hong Kong for four years working for Alibaba.com, where she also lead global marketing and business development. Linda used to work in journalism and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Best Buy,Etsy

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While we’ve previously seen researchers train artificial intelligence algorithms to transform your crappy doodles into atrocious cat monsters, this hardly shows the true potential of the technology – though it certainly is a fun way to get people interested. But now the researchers behind the AI model powering the doodle-to-cat-monster tool are back with another impressive image manipulation implementation that lets you turn horses into zebras, apples into oranges, winters into summers and so much more. In a new paper, Jun-Yan Zhu and Taesung Park from the University of California Berkeley lay out a new model that essentially allows you to transform images in a ‘cycle… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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In the startup world, venture capitalists can find themselves treated as demigods. Feted by startup founders, by the media and by government, VC’s wield power, influence and, most importantly, money. Alternatives to VC rounds are rarely considered. It’s expected that Series B follows A, and A follows seed. For a young startup ‘VC-funded’ is seen as a badge of honour to attract new employees and investors. So, on the brink of our Series B round, you would have been forgiven for expecting us to follow convention. Being honest, we very nearly did. I’m proud to say that we’d built a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever wondered what its like to be a journalist on the frontline of a global news event? Now you can experience it first hand. With virtual reality technology (aka VR), viewers have the opportunity to be placed into some of the biggest news stories out there. Journalist and documentary film maker, Nonny de la Pena, saw synergy between VR and journalism and became the pioneer of a new kind storytelling known as Immersive Journalism. In a 2015 Ted Talk, de la Pena said that throughout her career, she wanted to tell stories “that could make a difference and maybe inspire… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a good while now, Spotify has allowed students in the US, UK, and Germany to enjoy a good 50-percent off its premium plan. Now, this generous offer is going global. Spotify is expanding it to 33 new territories in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Oceana. The full list follows: Austria Australia Belgium Brazil Canada Chile Colombia Czech Republic Denmark Ecuador Estonia Finland France Greece Hong Kong Hungary Indonesia Ireland Italy Japan Lithuania Latvia Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Philippines Portugal Singapore Spain Switzerland Turkey All in all, it’s a pretty sweet deal. I’d be curious to see how… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify

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Nintendo might not be entirely done feeding into the nostalgia of its loyal customers after all. The legendary gamemaker is purportedly planning to follow up its smash-hit mini NES console with a tiny reincarnation of the classic SNES, Eurogamer reports. Citing industry insiders, the publication suggests the re-launch is expected to take place in time for Christmas, with development already underway. The SNES resurrection could also be the reason why last week Nintendo opted to discontinue its NES miniconsole worldwide, despite its stunning popularity. The Japanese company later clarified the mini-NES was always envisioned as a Christmas novelty item for old-school gaming… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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After delivering an absolute cracker of a flagship in the form of the Mi 5 last year, Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi is back with its successor, the Mi 6. And it’s got more power than you’ll know what to do with. The 5.15-inch device features a slightly curved screen that spills over the glossy stainless steel sides of the front fascia. Both the front and back feature curved glass on a body that follows the design cues first seen on the Mi 5. The bottom bezel on the front has a under-glass fingerprint sensor, while a dual camera graces the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

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Nearly three years after the original Fire TV Stick launched, Amazon has brought its miniscule video streaming dongle to India. The Android-based device plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and packs a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, Bluetooth 4.1 for connecting to remotes and game controllers, and support for Dolby Audio 5.1 surround sound. That means that unlike Google’s Chromecast, Amazon’s dongle can run streaming apps and be controlled without a phone (though there’s an optional app for that). It can serve up 1080p video from Amazon’s own Prime Video service, which launched in India last year,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Nearly two decades since it was first released, Blizzard Entertainment’s immensely popular real-time strategy game StarCraft has gone free today, along with its Brood War expansion pack. That’s in addition to new features and improvements in patch 1.18, which has just become publicly available for PC and Mac. The latest version of the game works better with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, offers windowed modes, helps you find online games more easily with a ‘Popular Maps’ section and boasts improved responsiveness during multiplayer battles. If you’ve been meaning to get into StarCraft or the RTS genre at large, this is… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Facebook’s F8 conference, Instagram announced that it’s added offline support for its Android app, so you can browse and create posts even without a connection. Here’s how it works: any posts your phone has already downloaded while connected to Wi-Fi or your mobile data plan will be available to view, comment on, like and save. You’ll also be able to create posts and save drafts. Once you’re back online, your actions will be beamed to the app’s servers. You’ll also be able to see content you’ve loaded previously, such as as profiles they’ve visited before and posts in the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Instagram

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Microsoft’s Authenticator app is saving valuable seconds by bypassing passwords for phone-based logins. According to Microsoft, ” the process is easier than standard two-step verification and significantly more secure than only a password.” In a blog post today, the company enabled a new phone sign-in feature that allows users to skip entering a password for anything that uses a Microsoft account. The feature works a lot like Google’s sign-in prompt and uses a mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) to confirm your identity. Once you’ve set up your account within the app, just enable phone sign-in through the settings menu… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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