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Vim is a brilliant text editor. When you finally wrap your head around its idiosyncrasies and general weirdness, you find yourself way more productive than you were before, and the very idea of going back seems unthinkable. But it’s different, though. Hugely different. Vim works in a way that’s unlike anything else, and it took me a few weeks of deliberate practice to get anywhere close to productive. Thankfully, I started learning it during a software development internship, where there was no expectation for me to be an A-grade player. Highlighting the difficulties that people have when it comes to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook introduced personal fundraisers in beta back in March, taking on services like GoFundMe, butwith a a particular focus on critical needs like disaster relief and education. Today personal fundraisers are expanding to everyone (over 18) in the US and getting a couple of new categories. Previous causes included education, medical, pet medical, crisis relief, personal emergencies, and funeral expenses.Now you can create fundraisers for sports, including things like equipment and fees for teams, and communities, for things like local improvements and neighborhood services. Fundraisers on Facebook Posted by Facebook on Monday, May 22, 2017 Fundraisers are approved within 24 hours, and Facebook says… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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It took 24 hours before the video of a man murdering his baby daughter was removed from Facebook. On April 24, 2017, the father from Thailand had streamed the killing of his 11-month-old baby girl using the social network’s Live video service before killing himself. The two resulting video clips were streamed hundreds of thousands of times before they were finally removed. This was the not the first time Facebook has been used to live stream violent behaviour. Earlier in April, the site was used to stream a murder in Cleveland and a suicide in Alabama in the US. As… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Unlike most platforms that hoard tonnes of seemingly useless emoji, Twitter has kept a rather frugal selection of emoticons – that is until now. The microblogging service is updating its custom icon set with full support for Emoji 5.0. This means you will now have the option to choose from 69 unique new emoticons with a total of 239 variations when expressing yourself on Twitter. 🤩🤨🤯🤪🤬🤮🤫🤭🧐🧒🧑🧓🧕🧔🤱🧙🧚🧛🧜🧝🧞🧟🧖🧗🧘🤟🤲🧠🧡🧣🧤🧥🧦🧢🦓🦒🦔🦕🦖🦗🥥🥦🥨🥩🥪🥣🥫🥟🥠🥡🥧🥤🥢🛸🛷🥌🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #emoji5 #test — Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) April 20, 2017 But there is one catch: Not all new icons will be readily viewable outside of the official Twitter website and app. For example, flag emoji will… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Comcast has purportedly tasked its legal team to shut down an online initiative dedicated to raising awareness about a deluge of seemingly fake anti-net neutrality comments, posted on the website of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the last few weeks. In a troubling announcement on their blog, digital rights group Fight for the Future says it has received a cease and desist order from the Comcast legal division. The letter asks the non-profit organization to transfer the rights to its Comcastroturf.com website over to the telecommunications giant. Fight for the Future initially set up the Comcastroturf campaign a few weeks back following reports that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Energy access remains a huge problem for most people living on the African continent. More than 600 million out of a population of about 1.3 billion people in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have reliable electricity access. Although sub-Saharan Africa has about 13% of the world’s population, about 48% are without energy access. Only seven countries in the sub-region – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal and South Africa – can boast of 50% access rates. And, with the exception of South Africa, the energy consumption rate is 150 kilowatt per capita, way below emerging market estimates. It’s been projected that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Better watch out where you download your subtitles from: It turns out attackers can infect subtitles with malicious code to exploit vulnerabilities in popular media players and take control of your device Researchers from security firm Check Point have discovered an unusual attack vector that relies on surreptitiously inserting malware in subtitle files to perform cyberattacks. The list of affected media players so far includes popular apps like VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time and Stremio. According to their findings, the security experts estimate there are approximately 200 million streamers running iterations of the vulnerable software, making this “one of the most widespread” attacks… This story continues at The Next Web

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Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a so-called ‘parasitic robot’ that lives on the back of a turtle. The robot steers the turtle by offering it little rewards when it does the robots bidding. Sound familiar? For any keyboard warrior who wants to call out the researchers for animal cruelty, please consider the fact that the researchers use the exact same mechanism that keeps us glued to our various social media channels: operant conditioning. By offering small but significant rewards – new posts, likes on our own posts, more friends, or in the turtle’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Information security company Verisign just published its Distributed Denial of Trends Report for Q1 2017. This report talks about changes in the frequency, size, and type of DDoS attack that the company has observed over the first few months of this year. The main takeaway is this: The number of DDoS attacks has plunged by 23 percent compared to the previous quarter. That’s good! However, the average peak attack size has increased by almost 26 percent, making them vastly more potent at taking down websites and critical online infrastructure. That’s bad. The report also notes that attacks are sophisticated in… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new collaboration project between Neurala and the Lindbergh Foundation’s AirShepherd program has been announced and it will see the use of AI and drones to combat the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Afrika. The project uses “intelligent” drones which are able to differentiate and identify any object of interest by using Neurala’s technology which can learn from any sensory stream in real time. “This is a terrific example of how AI technology can be a vital force for good,” said Max Versace, CEO at Neurala. The Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd aimsto combat poaching of elephants and rhinos in southern… This story continues at The Next Web

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Silicon Valley is by far the most successful tech hub on the planet. However, European and Asian cities have started gaining on the startup mecca — so much so, that you could even say Europe has become better than SV. But as we’ve pointed out, Europe isn’t one large monolithic block, each country and city has it’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to startups. If we truly want to understand European startup ecosystems better, we’ll need to take a more in-depth look at each country. That’s why TNW contacted Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, to get more… This story continues at The Next Web

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A leader’s strengths and weaknesses directly inform how they guide others to thrive at work. The good always comes with the bad, as every leader has flaws that correlate with the skills that have led them to succeed in their career. According to Lolly Daskal’s new book The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, these shortcomings are referred to as leadership gaps as they can either prevent you from reaching your full potential or be leveraged to help you rise to the occasion as a boss, supervisor, executive or any other type of leader. As the CEO… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, today returned to his old Harvard dorm room 13 years after dropping out — and he broadcast the whole tour on Facebook Live for several thousand viewers. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan toured H-33 of Kirkland House, walking viewers through his activities there, including coding what was then known as “thefacebook.com.” The two reminisce at length about his roommates, two of whom — Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes — would go on to found Facebook with Zuckerberg. Like all things Zuckerberg, it’s about 50-percent pleasant, and 50-percent awkward. Zuckerberg says things like, “In this hallway,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Uber is making reparations to drivers in New York City after an accounting error left them underpaid for years. According to Quartz, Uber was taking its commission based on the gross fare, or the total amount paid by the passenger. However, the terms of service state that Uber takes its commission based on the net fare, or what the passenger pays before fees and taxes. In total, Uber collected 2.6-percent more from its drivers than it should have. It seems like Uber can’t go a single week without getting more bad press. Most recently, it was getting into a legal tussle with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Just one month after the Samsung Galaxy S8’s release, German hackers have already figured out a way around the phone’s iris recognition software. The Chaos Computer Club, a European hacker group, published its account of hacking the S8’s biometrics via a few simple tools such as a camera and a contact lens. It also showed video footage of the successful workaround. Here are the ingredients in the Samsung Sensor Scramble, if you ever want to make it yourself: One camera (ordinary point-and-shoot will do) One laser printer, made by Samsung for the added spice of irony One contact lens One Samsung Galaxy… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Jamboard, Google’s 4K whiteboard-like touchscreen, is now available for sale — for an appropriately large sum. Jamboard, our cloud-based collaborative, digital whiteboard is now available: https://t.co/g8N9WWDxRO pic.twitter.com/U9YqB481lS — G Suite (@gsuite) May 23, 2017 As Napier noted when the Jamboard was announced, it looks like a whiteboard, acts like a tablet, and comes with a few other collaboration tools. It lets multiple people work together in G Suite with a central location, even remote employees. The big touchscreen is obviously designed with a business team in mind. It has its own movable stand (sold separately, natch), complete with single cable to control… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Snapchat’s latest feature lets users create custom Stories with their friends, making a communal Story based on a shared event or location. When you create a custom Story, you can add your friends as contributors. When they create a new Snap, they have the option to add it to your communal story. You can also “Geofence” the Story to a particular location, which I assume means you can only see it if you’re in a the right place. Snap says, “It’s perfect for a trip, a birthday party, or a new baby story just for the family.” Communal Stories disappear if… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Joining in on a popular live video on Facebook can be a fun way to feel part of a broader online community, but it can also subject you to a myriad of inane comments, which are often too crowded to make any sense of in the first place. Starting today, Facebook is giving you another option: watching Live videos privately with your friends. The creatively-named Live Chat With Friends is precisely what it sounds like. Instead of trying to sift through a bazillion comments – Facebook says people comment on Live videos ten times more than regular ones – you can simply enjoy it… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Promoted Tweets are an inevitable part of using Twitter. They’re an effective way to get people to engage with brands, either by following them, or getting them to tweet out stuff for the chance to win something. But now, Twitter is going a step further with Direct Message Cards, and wants you to slide into the DMs of your favorite corporate twitter account. It sounds awful, but it’s not. With a Direct Message Card, brands can create visually eye-popping tweets that have a direct message call-to-action feature. Click it, and you can enter a one-on-one conversation with that company. Direct… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Microsoft’s been on a high streak with its newest Surface products, but one repeated complaint has been their shunning of USB-C – also known as the best connector in the world (fight me). In an interview with The Verge, Surface head honcho Panos Panay gave us both the clearest explanation of the omission, and provided a bit of respite: USB-C is coming to the Surface soon, but you’ll need a dongle for it. According to The Verge, Microsoft plans to release a dongle that will attach to the power port on the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop, and will allow for both charging and data transfer. It… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Reddit has expanded the beta test on its Profile feature, meaning just about anyone can build their own mirror-Twitter page. When I logged into one of my accounts this morning, I noticed a button on my page which said, “Need to post something that doesn’t quite fit in a specific community? Sign up to test out our new profile experience.” I immediately hit the button and built my own profile. If mine is anything to go by, profiles function very much like subreddits. You make a post — and you’re the only one who can — with a link or… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit

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So we’re already into 2017, in case you haven’t noticed. That means you probably have already broken one of your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry, my resolution to get better sleep has already been dashed. But one of my resolutions that I will not be breaking is to become a better graphic designer in 2017. And this is great news for you, because I will help you also become a better designer in the process. If you have read any of my other articles, you’ll know that I am not a traditionally trained graphic designer. I am, instead, a writer… This story continues at The Next Web

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A skilled cyber infiltrator working for a company can be that firm’s most critical line of defense between vulnerable computer systems and salivating cyber crooks. To crack into the exploding digital security career field, you need a full understanding of what white hat hacking is all about. Learn the skills to be a company’s cyber security specialist with the White Hat Hacker 2017 course bundle – and right now from TNW Deals, you can get it at any price you want to pay. Spend any amount and you’ll automatically get two courses: Python For Android Hacking Crash Course: Trojan Perspective, using… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you don’t think self-driving cars are going to radically change the way we travel, you haven’t been paying attention. The technology behind them has matured at a ridiculous rate, and the businesses working on them are transforming into super-unicorns, worth tens of billions of dollars. Earlier today, Morgan Stanley analysts Brian Nowak and Adam Jonas said that Waymo, Google’s (or rather, Alphabet’s) self-driving car unit, could be worth $70 billion as a spin-off company. That’s roughly what Uber was valued at last December, and around 45 times the value of rival autonomous vehicle company, Zoox. Waymo’s tech is probably… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Alphabet

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If you’re a serial Instagrammer, chances are you have at least a couple of photos that you’re not too proud of, but don’t want to delete for the sake of nostalgia. Now Instagram is testing an alternate solution: archiving. As first spotted by The Verge, the feature shows up in the ‘…’ menu above your individual images, and shows up as the first option. That’s likely to emphasize it as a better alternative to permanently deleting the memory. Archived photos will then show up in their own private folder, which only you can access by tapping on the new clock-looking icon on… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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