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You knew this was going to happen sooner or later: A server on President Trump’s campaign site, donaldjtrump.com was hacked on Sunday and defaced with an image and message from an attacker claiming to hail from Iraq. Ars Technica noted that secure2.donaldjtrump.com bore an image of a man in a fedora with the following message: Hacked By Pro_Mast3r ~ Attacker Gov Nothing Is Impossible Peace From Iraq The page’s source code included a link to a JavaScript file on a defunct Google Code account that was found to be associated with the hacking of at least three other sites – but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Blessings to All-Mother, I’m riding a fucking robot. Horse-like and nimble, our Strider is a capable means of transportation. Once a foe, our protagonist, Aloy, has since “corrupted” the beast to serve as her trusty steed. With a tug on the reins, the machine dutifully trudges forward toward the city of Mother’s Heart. Clad only in animal skin and carrying a bow, Aloy approaches the city. Protected by a log fence, inside is an entire village of thatch-roofed structures housing members of the Nora tribe. They look a lot like our main character — save the red hair and “focus”… This story continues at The Next Web

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A New Zealand High Court has ruled that Kim Dotcom, the founder of file sharing site Megaupload, cannot be extradited to the US on the grounds of alleged copyright infringement as he was originally charged. However, he might still face an American court on other charges. The case surrounds Dotcom’s file hosting service, which was frequently used by its community to freely share movies, music and other copyrighted content. Today’s ruling saw an appellate court uphold a lower court’s decision from 2015 to extradite Dotcom and his co-defendants – only, instead of copyright infringement, he might have to answer to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Although the consumer-ready version of Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset is a while away, the company has made steady progress since it announced the project. Now, it looks like it might skip iterating its hardware and go straight to version three in 2019. That’s according to sources who spoke to Thurrott’s Brad Sams. Sidestepping version 2.0 will allow the company to work on improving the headset’s capabilities by a huge margin, rather than simply incrementally improving on the original and attempting to offer slightly better hardware or pricing. Sams speculates that this decision might be driven by the fact that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Hololens,Microsoft

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Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler has landed the company in hot water after she published a scatching blog post alleging numerous displays of blatant sexism within the organization. Fowler, who joined the ridesharing firm in November 2015 as a site reliability engineer (SRE), said that she encountered sexist behavior from day one: On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string of messages over company chat. He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn’t. He was trying to stay… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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The summer of 2016 was the summer of Pokémon Go. Everywhere you went, you could see people playing the popular augmented-reality mobile game. But our love affair with it was short-lived. By the time Winter came along, millions of players had deleted the app from their phones. It isn’t hard to see why. Any game that demands you leave the comfort of your home will struggle in cold and wet weather. There was also the problem that Pokémon Go’s gameplay had become repetitive. It’s hard to work up the enthusiasm to go out in the rain if all you’d catch… This story continues at The Next Web

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For many people in the 21st century, the 9-to-5 grind just doesn’t quite cut it anymore. More and more, fully-employed people are picking up side jobs or freelancing to make ends meet. Whether you just want to make paying the bills a little easier every month or you’re devoted to one day becoming your own boss full-time, this Start a Side Business course bundle from TNW Deals is the step-by-step guide to start building a tenable future for yourself. Just pay more than the average price paid by other buyers and you’ll get access to 10 courses geared toward getting your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hearing that Getflix is great probably won’t come as a big surprise to longtime readers — we’ve been touting this service’s avalanche of benefits for months. But if you’re not down with Getflix yet, consider this one more earnest suggestion to get with the program and start watching TV the way it should be watched — unblocked at top streaming speeds — at TNW Deals’ super-low lifetime subscription price of only $39, a 95 percent savings. With Getflix, you’ll have complete access to more than 50 Smart DNS servers all over the globe, allowing you full, unfettered viewing of over 100… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the more expensive aspects of running a business revolves around handling money. Yes, a budget is important. But, even more important, is how much it costs for an enterprise to move their money around. After all, just because you know how to generate revenue, doesn’t mean you know how to generate a profit. Expenses add up and can easily get out of control. John Rampton, the Founder of Due, is on a mission to reduce or eliminate the costs associated with payments for hard working entrepreneurs. I had the opportunity to listen to him speak at a conference, and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Slack

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A power company in China found a novel way to eliminate trash on power lines — set it on fire. A video posted to Chinese social media site QQ shows what appears to be a test of the process in Xiangyang, Hubei Province. In the video, the eight-bladed drone flies to the line and releases a huge plume of fire at the trash. After the burned trash falls off the line, the drone descends to a man in uniform holding its controller. While this could damage the very power lines it’s trying to preserve, it also minimizes the risk of human… This story continues at The Next Web

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ZTE did something pretty cool last year when it asked users to submit ideas for a crowdsourced phone – dubbed Project CSX – eventually settling on an eye-tracking device tentatively called the Hawkeye. But after all that hullabaloo, ZTE has decided to kill it’s Kickstarter campaign and go back to drawing board. The winning CSX concept garnered popular support for both its wacky ideas – the phone was supposed to be able to magically stick to surfaces and track your vision for things like scrolling around webpages. ZTE said wanted to build a phone no one had seen before. But the original… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Kickstarter

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Ever wanted to enter your favorite music videos? Thanks to Blin.gy, you can. Blin.gy maps the user’s face or body, then puts a live video behind them, meaning you can dance or lip sync in front of all your favorite singers/rappers/memetic clips. If you’ve ever used Musical.ly, then you’ll be familiar with how this app works. You film yourself and the app does the rest of the work. Your clip is then saved and sent out for everyone to see. All clips are 15 seconds long. Blin.gy uses chroma keying, the same green-screen technique used in Hollywood to put actors… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chances are you’ve never folded an origami swan with thoughts that it could save your life. Engineers at Brigham Young University did — well, kind of. It’s not a swan, but the inspiration is hard to miss. BYU’s origami shield tips the scales at only 55 pounds. Ultra portable, the suitcase-sized device expands with a unique folding mechanism. It’s not nothing, but engineers say common ballistic barriers weigh in at up to 100 pounds. Reinforcing the barrier’s 12 layers of Kevlar with an aluminum frame rather than steel significantly lightened the load. Once deployed, it’s capable of shielding two to… This story continues at The Next Web

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A London hospital is using VR to make medical testing more comfortable for children. King’s College Hospital teamed with the Google Play Specialist team to create an app that — when worn before an MRI — helps kids understand the procedure through an immersive VR experience. The app provides a 360-degree view of the process while a radiographer explains how it works — including what happens during and after the scan. If you’re lucky enough to never have had one, MRIs require the patient to remain perfectly still. This can be understandably be difficult for kids. King’s representatives explain how they think the app… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook appears to be warming up a bit to other social networks. The company is testing displaying links to your other social media accounts prominently on your Facebook profile. My colleague Matt Navarra spotted the change on his account while using the iOS app. While you’ve been able to add links to your other social media accounts under the Contact Info portion of the About section for a while now, this is the first time said links have taken button form and been displayed so blatantly on your profile’s front page. Facebook on iOS is now letting you display shortcuts… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Snapchat,Twitter

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The rise and precipitous fall of biotech startup Theranos has been something to see. The company was famous for Edison – its platform which allowed physicians to run an entire battery of tests on a single sample of blood. Except it didn’t work. Not really. The fundamental failings of the Edison system were exposed in an explosive Wall Street Journal piece published in October 2015. As a result of that article, Theranos is being sued by its biggest and most high-profile customer, Wallgreens, as well as one of its principal investors, Partner Fund Management, for $240 million. Theranos, which was valued… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the string of fire-catching disasters Samsung suffered last year, the South Korean heavyweight wants to avoid another Note 7 fiasco at all costs – which is why the company is outsourcing the battery production for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship to a variety of manufacturers.   via CNETOr just read more coverage about: Samsung,Sony

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Hours after unveiling its new Switch console earlier in January, Nintendo switched on pre-orders for its portable gaming device. While game enthusiasts rushed to order the hybrid console, retailers were expected to start shipping the Switch later in March – but it seems someone messed up. Videos of the Nintendo Switch in action have spread across the internet like wildfire after an unnamed retailer accidentally broke the street date, shipping the console to some users prematurely. Some of the fortunate gamers quickly took to popular gaming forum NeoGAF to share images of the Switch and one particular user, going by the alias hiphoptherobot, even made a brief unboxing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Have you ever wondered how Facebook collects all the data it has to feed you with the content it presumes you’ll like and keep you coming back for more? Well, now there’s an app that can answer these questions. Available for free, Data Selfie is an open-source Chrome extension that helps you discover how machine learning algorithms track and process your Facebook activity, and gain insights about your personality and habits. To accomplish this, the nifty extension monitors your Facebook interactions for patterns and then crunches the collected data into insightful reports. Data Selfie essentially tracks your activity – what you look at, how long… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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YouTube has a lot of advertising formats. The most irritating of these is the unskippable 30-second advert. And in my own personal experience, these show up at the most inconvenient times, like when you’re trying to show a friend a hilarious video that you’ve totally built-up. Sure there are ways to avoid these adverts entirely (it rhymes with ‘schmadblock‘). But soon you won’t have to, as next year Google is discontinuing this much-maligned advertising format entirely. In a statement, Google said that it aims to offer a better viewing experience for its users, adding “As part of that, we’ve decided… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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In light of its gradually dwindling stock value and popularity, Twitter has increasingly devoted its time and energy into curbing harassment on its platform. Starting today, the company will no longer display notifications from conversations initiated by accounts you’ve either blocked or muted. The change will effectively filter out abusive users out of your notification feed, but it will similarly prevent positive replies to the same conversations from showing up – unless you happen to follow the responder personally. Now, you won't be notified about replies to conversations started by people you've blocked/muted, unless replies are from people you follow. — Twitter… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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User experience is often overlooked when designers focus only on dazzling visuals that don’t necessarily offer practical value. Sure, the page may feature impressive bells and whistles, but it’s essentially a dud if the average user can’t intuitively navigate it. Luckily, you can truly understand how to design with your users in mind via this complete UI and UX Design Bootcamp training. Now only $39 from TNW Deals, these six courses feature over 39 hours of instruction that will expose you to all things UI/UX: Become a Senior UX Design Strategist – $299 valueMaximize your UX design skills, learning to… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to an industry insider who spoke to Reuters, Apple is gearing up to begin manufacturing the iPhone SE in the south Indian city of Bangalore. The news follows our report from two weeks ago about Apple’s plans to start building phones in India by the end of April. Priyank Kharge, IT minister of the state of Karnataka (of which Bangalore is a part), tweeted – and then deleted – an announcement signaling that the company would kick off manufacturing operations soon. The Economic Times reported earlier today that the Cupertino-based firm is looking to build between 300,000 and 400,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Playing music is always more fun when you have someone to accompany you. Google’s latest AI experiment aims to fill that gap with a virtual piano that can jam with you, thanks to machine learning, loads of examples from classical music and some pretty decent keyboard chops. All you have to do is fire up AI Duet in your browser and start playing, using either your mouse, your desktop keyboard or a MIDI keyboard. The app will attempt to follow your melody and play along, sometimes producing pleasant results. The system, which was developed by programmer Yotam Mann and collaborators… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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I receive between 50 and 100 emails a day at my work address alone, and that makes it difficult to figure out which ones are worth my time. Thankfully, there’s a clever new Chrome extension to help with that. Amit Agarwal’s Gmail Sender Icons displays the domain name each of your incoming messages originate from, as well as the favicon for those sites. It’s just a small visual tweak, but it makes it a whole lot easier to recognize messages and identify important ones at a glance. As Agarwal points out, it’s not just useful for sifting through mail in your… This story continues at The Next Web

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