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The ‘Selfie Stick Unreal‘ has joined the MacBook selfie stick in the category of ‘products that make you die a little on the inside.’ Just watch: LED array beauty lighting? A little excessive, but it can be useful in the dark. An automated extender? I mean, if you’re feeling that lazy… But two fans for a windswept look? That’s where I draw the line. To be fair, the Unreal Selfie Stick is not actually being sold to the public; it was built as promotion for Lifetime’s TV series UnREAL. That’s little consolation though; now that it’s been thought up, someone is going to build one… This story continues at The Next Web

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I like Windows 10. Not everyone feels the same way though, so Microsoft is making it easy for anyone to complain – or you know, provide constructive criticism. Windows 10 users can now download the Feedback Hub app from the Microsoft Store on both the desktop and phone version of Windows 10. The app was previously available to Windows Insiders – feedback is the whole point of beta testing – but making it available to its entire swath of users is a notable step forward. The Feedback hub lets you report a problem or make a suggestion,. You can also categorize what… This story continues at The Next Web

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Your entrepreneurial drive and commitment will take you to great heights, with the right training on high-level tactics and methods to ensure that you avoid the pitfalls of the unprepared. The road to success is littered with the failures of those who relied solely on intuition and “going with your gut” on important business frameworks such as marketing and project management. But with The Entrepreneurs’ Marketing Tool Bundle, you can set yourself up for success with lifetime access to a well-rounded set of courses on SEO, efficient marketing, project management and support, putting you in command of these industry essentials… This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the past few years, social media marketing has shifted a great deal, and we’ve almost reached a point where what works to drive engagement and clicks on a social network one day, may not the next. This fast paced movement and rapid change isn’t an accident. It’s an essential part of any social network’s progression. If you look closely at the evolution of the biggest social networks out there, a trend emerges and two clear periods of opportunity stand out for marketers. We call it the law of the double-peak, and it’s a transition every social network goes through: The two… This story continues at The Next Web

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From FitBits to Apple Watches, wearable tech is becoming part of our daily lives. But now that we can track our steps and how well we’re sleeping, what’s next? To find out, I asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: With fitness monitors and sleep trackers taking off, what do you think will be the next big piece of wearable tech, and why will it do well in the market? 1. Happiness and emotional monitors As our brain’s patterns and chemical fluctuations become more understood, we’ll soon be able to easily deter shifts in emotions and moods that… This story continues at The Next Web

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At long last, Project Ara is becoming a tangible product people can actually use. Google will be shipping out developer units this fall, and a consumer version will launch in 2017. That said, the company had to make some tough choices to get Ara where it is now. If you’re not familiar, Project Ara was the first phone concept to really get people excited about modular devices. Arguably the most ambitious phone since the original iPhone –  perhaps ever – it was worrisome when the team behind it went virtually silent after a rousing presentation at last year’s I/O. Now Google has explained that… This story continues at The Next Web

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At last year’s Google I/O, Google and Levi’s announced Project Jacquard, a collaboration to create a ‘smart fabric’ that can turn any article of clothing internet-connected. This year, the two have announced that the Jacquard jacket will soon be available for sale. The Jacquard smart jacket looks like your average denim jacket, but will allow wearers to answer phones, access navigation, control music, and more. The conductive fabric is sewn into the arm, and turns the cuff into a swipeable surface you can use to control apps from your jacket. For example, you can swipe to switch between songs or tap… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google believes there’s a scientist in all of us, so it’s launching a new app that turns your phone into a powerful little research lab. Called Science Journal, the app uses the sensors in your phone to measure and record data in real time, including movement, light and sound: See something you want to measure? How much light is in my room compared to outside? How loud is the dog’s bark compared to my cough? Record your observations in real-time at the press of a button. Explore your environment or measure things you’ve built yourself. It can even connect with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yes, there are hacks, ransomware and data leaks in the headlines virtually every day, but it’s not usually a case of reporting that the creators of the malicious software are trying to right their wrongs (sort of). The creators of malware known as TeslaCrypt unexpectedly handed over the master key so anyone with locked down files can regain access. The malware largely targeted gamers, and relevant files required for popular games. In some cases, it requested up to $1,000 to restore access to the files, according to the BBC. Researchers from security firm ESET, having retrieved the master code along with a single line… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google I/O 2016 winds down today, and it’s been a packed three days of announcements, demos, and teasers. One thing we know for sure is that nothing announced this week will be readily available soon, which is a bummer – but here’s a look at what we can expect from Google for the rest of the year. Google Assistant Siri, you’ve got competition. Google this week announced its Assistant AI, which works a bit like a chatbot. You can ask Google Assistant questions or make requests and it will use context to generate results. For example, requesting movie suggestions may lead… This story continues at The Next Web

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Drinking tea is an essential part of many cultures, and Chime founder Gaurav Chawla knows this well. Growing up in an Indian family, chai is what you offer when guests come over or wind down with after work – but even the most proficient chai makers can forget the boiling milk on the stove if they’re not watching carefully. Hence, Chime was born. It’s basically a Keurig for chai, which has a tea making component up top and a conductive heat plate below to boil milk. You pop a tea pod into the chamber above to brew the tea, and once it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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In recent years, tech has infiltrated just about every sector of our lives (actually though) and art is no exception. Tech is influencing artist creation and the way we consume artwork. This hasn’t always been the case. Even if you’re a (very) novice art connoisseur like myself, you know that tech and pure, traditional, art haven’t always collaborated. Originally, they are two very distinct categories with computer scientists focused on the practical and artists more concerned with symbolism.   Turns out it’s time to let go of these stereotypes: the art startup market is alive and well. A handful of apps and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into the drone business (who isn’t?) – and a new teaser in its own forums indicate we’ll hear more details on May 25. The posters are in Chinese, but this much we can make out: there’s going to be an announcement at 7 PM local time on May 25 about a quadcopter. There’s also an additional flyer (pun totally intended) showcasing a toy propeller. “The surprise doesn’t just end here. Something wonderful and cool is flying to us very soon,” the moderator who posted the teasers wrote on the Xiaomi forum.  Previous leaks suggest… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have a winning idea for a side business, the time to act has arrived. The Pay What You Want: ‘Start a Side Business’ Bundle, offers 10 courses to position you for success in becoming your own boss, as you establish a base of valuable skills applicable to any business endeavor. With the Pay What You Want: ‘Start a Side Business’ bundle, you can choose your own price for top-quality tutorials on the necessary steps toward getting your own company up and running. You’ll receive over $1,800 worth of field-tested business expertise, learning how to craft a brand name that… This story continues at The Next Web

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We all give apps quite a bit of information about ourselves and our phones when we download them. One of the things you may not realize is that Uber can tell when your phone battery is about to die. In an episode of NPR’s The Hidden Brain, Uber’s head of economic research Keith Chen says when you hit accept to download, you give Uber the permission to know this in order to tell when to switch to low-power mode. While that’s interesting, what’s even more revealing is how much people are willing to pay surge pricing depending on their phone’s battery level. Chen says… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has released a preview of the latest version of its Android Studio development environment, with a raft of new features that the company demonstrated at its I/O 2016 event. Most notable among them are the new layout editor, which makes it easy to bring your app design to life, Firebase integration so you can access services like analytics, authentication, notifications and AdMob right within the IDE, and the ability to record Espresso UI tests and generate test code just by using your app. You’ll also find a new Code Sample Browser, which lets you look up snippets of code… This story continues at The Next Web

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Virtual reality is not like anything that’s come before it. This is something that you need to remember. As the moving parts of the virtual reality hype machine have come together into a churning monster, comparisons have been made to failed technology trends of the past: It’s going to be like 3D TV. It’s too expensive. It’s not good enough. We’re not ready for it. While almost all of these criticisms have some tangential reality, it’s becoming harder and harder to make any comparisons between virtual reality and “what came before.” Up until a few months ago, it was a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Although it’s close to being sold for a pittance, Yahoo isn’t dead yet. The company has been busying itself building shiny new apps, including a revamped Mail client for Android and a new esports news reader. Available for iOS from today, Yahoo Esports delivers live tournament broadcast coverage, news, highlights, and league scores for major competitive games from various genres: ‘League of Legends’, ‘Dota 2’, ‘Counter-Strike: GO’, ‘Heroes of the Storm’ and ‘Street Fighter V’. The app features a card-based interface that’s easy to browse, and lets you leave comments on news stories. If you like, you can turn on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Conversational bots, which can understand complex voice commands and complete tasks for you, are quickly becoming the rage. Earlier this month, the inventors of Siri showed off their creation Viv, which ordered flowers and booked a hotel in under a minute. Google Assistant, revealed this week, promises similar capabilities. Microsoft has now let slip that it’s also working on a bot to help get things done, reports ZDNet off of a job posting from the company that’s now been removed. The Bing Concierge Bot will be able to respond to users over platforms like Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp and Telegram.… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first quarter of 2016 saw Google’s Chromebook outsell Macs for the first time. The data, shared by International Data Corporation (IDC)  in a Chromebook session today at I/O, estimated 1.76 million Macs sold in Q1 2016, while Chromebook makers Dell, Lenovo and HP sold nearly 2 million units. In a world with dwindling PC interest, Chromebook’s success comes largely from the K-12 community. With multiple models priced under $400, it’s an attractive solution to the ever-changing education landscape and the machines are far from their stripped-down predecessors that were mainly glorified netbooks. Today’s Chromebook’s are capable machines that make a great alternative… This story continues at The Next Web

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Siri on the desktop is something we’ve long expected was in the works, but there’s new evidence Apple will soon make it a reality — except they don’t seem to know where Siri should live. Screenshots obtained by MacRumors allegedly show a Siri icon for the menu bar as well as a dock icon. Clicking on either would presumably launch Siri as we’ve come to know her on an iPhone or iPad (or Apple Watch!), with a colorful line flexing as we speak to her. There are a couple of issues, here. First, Siri doesn’t even have an app for… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the frustrations we have as tech bloggers is Reddit; not because it’s weird or sometimes shitty to people, but because embedding a post in an article is difficult. Reddit just solved that for us, though. Welcome to 2014. Writers like me can now embed Reddit posts in articles, just as we can with tweets and (usually) Facebook posts. Google Plus is still a bit finicky, but who cares. Those embedded Reddit posts also have links, which helps readers respond to those posts if they like. All type of post — text, video, pictures and GIFs — are eligible… This story continues at The Next Web

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How often do servers really fail? If Backblaze’s 61,523 operational hard drives are any indication, not often. On average, Backblaze reports its drives have a fail rate of 1.84 percent in Q1 2016. That’s 266 failures with over 5 million days in operation. Cumulatively, Backblaze drives have over one billion hours of operation to date. Its most used drive was a 4TB Seagate, while the 2 and 3TB HGST have a slightly better lifespan. Western Digital drives failed the most, while Seagate and Toshiba have roughly the same drop-dead ratio. HGST was far and away the best drive on Backblaze’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today at Google I/O, a new Web Payments API was discussed at length which will help AndroidPay find its way to the mobile Web. The API stores payment information you commonly use, and can identify new payment info as you enter it on Websites. It works independently of Android Pay, too. In practice, it performs a lot like Android Pay for native applications. After the API learns your payment information, it offers it up as a default the next time you visit a Website. You can even check out with one touch if you’ve got a modern Android phone with… This story continues at The Next Web

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If your Facebook news feed is feeling a bit cluttered these days, you wouldn’t be the first to think so. In fact, it seems Facebook might make it possible for you to separate your feed out by categories. In a test, some Facebook mobile app users are seeing their news feed separated by categories, such as travel, music, TV and movies, food, and science. You can also customize the specific news you want to see under those categories, such as animated films or reality TV under the entertainment category. So Facebook feeds are coming! pic.twitter.com/MS7PIUJdys — GJ Kooijman (@gjkooijman) May… This story continues at The Next Web

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