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Snapchat has 3D in its sights. Nearly a dozen listings by parent company, Snap Inc., reveal the ephemeral social network is looking to create game-like ‘3D characters’ for the platform. What this means, we can’t know for sure, but it does leave the door open for speculation; we’re going to walk through. The job listings detail a search for those with expertise in 3D character animation and game design, including those who can “digitally sculpt 3D characters.” It goes on to say that these roles will “play an important role in shaping how Snapchat tells visual stories.” We know from… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Stand in front of an audience and focus on a group of about 50, to the audience, you’re talking directly to them. Walk up to a group of four people, shake hands and have a quick chat with one, and the whole group feels like they spoke with you. Send a personal email daily to just one of your clients, and your whole customer base will feel like you are approachable and personal. Turns out, personal attention is scalable after all. I automate the hell out of my email, giving me the opportunity to give personal attention (sometimes too much)… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is making it easier for your close friends and family to keep track of you with its new Trusted Contacts app for Android. The idea is simple: assign some of your contacts as “trusted” and they’ll be able to request your location and see your current activity status. If you don’t respond to a location request within five minutes, it will be automatically shared with these contacts. It’s basically Google’s version of the Weasley clock in Harry Potter. The general idea is to be able to make sure loved ones are safe, though it’s not hard to see it coming… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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There’s a term used to describe people who walk into a store, help themselves to a sandwich or a cupcake, and then promptly walk out: Shoplifters. But maybe not for much longer.  Amazon just lifted the lid on its new Amazon Go technology, which looks to fundamentally transform the retail world. Here’s how it works. You enter a store using Amazon’s propriety technology and flash your personal QR code to a reader. Then, you just pick up what you want and walk out. No dealing with infuriating self-checkout machines or cashiers. The money is automatically taken from a nominated credit or… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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PDFs are one of the most prevalent document types online, but creating and editing them is a big pain. Luckily, there’s PDFpenPro, which lets you handle the biggest problem most PDF users inevitably face. Right now, you can get it get it for only $62 (usually $124.95) from TNW Deals. PDFpenPro makes creating all the elements you need in a PDF incredibly simple. From basic features to more advanced ones like creating tables of content and optical character recognition (OCR) — PDFpenPro helps you build slick, functional documents from scratch or edit old PDFs with no problem. Add annotations or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever bought something online with your credit card, and thought you were safe? Think again, because it appears it’s never been easier for crooks to nip your bank credentials. According to research from the University of Newcastle, there’s a gaping hole in credit card security that makes it easy for hackers to retrieve sensitive information. The researchers discovered that if guesses for the card’s CVC number are spread out between a lot of different websites, the card’s security systems aren’t triggered and the owner isn’t notified that a fraudulent activity might be taking place. The video above shows it only takes six… This story continues at The Next Web

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Contactless payments are hugely popular in the UK. The technology allows people to quickly pay for low-value items simply by tapping an RFID-enabled debit or credit card, or a smartphone against a special reader. With almost four percent of card purchases now made using the technology, representing £2.4 billion ($3 billion) in sales during September alone, you can see why Google is eager to make inroads into this booming market. Until the end of the year, Google is offering some pretty sweet incentives to those using the technology to pay for stuff. Every time someone uses Android Pay in a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Research has shown that the vast majority of mobile users who are looking to download an app already have a good idea of what they want. We know this because according to Nielsen, Forrester and even those who run the store at Google, searches inside the App Store and Google Play make up for a “vast majority of the installs.” This means that the success of an app comes from understanding how your app stacks up in the search listings versus the actual search intent for all of those important keywords. It also means fundamentally understanding what users see when… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been reported that owners of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar are experiencing issues with their unit not delivering the all-day battery life the company promises on its website. Among other platforms, Apple’s support community and Reddit are filled with complaints from customers claiming they aren’t getting even half of the ten hours of battery that was advertised when they purchased the device. “I just received my new 15″ MacBook Pro with touch bar. The battery life is horrible!!! I have Safari open with 6 tabs and with 95% battery, I am told that I have under 3 hours of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bankruptcy auctions tend to be like hidden gold mines for rare items and electronics you might have a hard time finding otherwise – and that’s precisely how Redditor kaneda2004 got his hands on a PlayStation 4 dev kit packing a pile of data from the makers of popular game Sleeping Dogs. Over the weekend, the now-defunct United Front Games held a bankruptcy auction to get rid of a bunch of stuff after abruptly closing doors in October. Among a heap of TV sets, server gear as well as audio and video equipment, kaneda2004 stumbled upon a PlayStation 4 dev kit (the hardware actually… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in September, BlackBerry announced it’s putting an end to the internal development of its smartphones, relying on partners for future hardware, after its first Android-powered handset — the Priv — fell short of expectations. However, CEO John Chen confirmed last month that the firm is actually preparing to release one last in-house phone with a QWERTY keyboard (code-named Mercury) — and now it would appear that we’re getting our first proper look at the device. The handset, which looks very similar to the Priv, was spotted on Chinese social network Weibo on Saturday. Unfortunately, no information was provided alongside the images,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Blackberry

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Even though I spend most of my time tapping away on a keyboard, sometimes it’s just easier to talk. Like a lot of tech companies, we use Slack at TNW for practically all inter-office communication. And when the popular service added voice calling, it quickly became my favorite way to keep in touch with my coworkers working across other timezones. The creators of Beam didn’t think that was enough — as a remote team, they were struggling with slow communication and decided to create something better. Instead of having to call someone and have the other side pick up, it’s built around the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Slack

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Auto thieves ought to think twice before jacking a brand new BMW vehicle – unless they’re willing to risk getting trapped inside a stolen car. Seattle Police purportedly received assistance from car-maker BMW to apprehend a criminal by remotely tracking and locking him inside the very same vehicle he snatched, CNET reports. SPD deputy director of communications Jonah Spangenthal-Lee took it to the SPD blog to share the humorous incident. A car thief awoke from a sound slumber Sunday morning to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW. According to the report, the suspect allegedly decided to take someone else’s vehicle… This story continues at The Next Web

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Good news for folk with a Nokia S40, a Symbian S60 or a BlackBerry running the proprietary BB OS, including BB10. WhatsApp has today announced that it will be extending support for its service on the older mobile software platforms through June 30, 2017. Unfortunately for those with a smartphone running any version of Android earlier than 2.3 Gingerbread, Windows Phone 7 or iOS 6, the Facebook-owned company will be sticking to its self-imposed deadline of terminating access to its messenger by the end of 2016. So what are you supposed to do if you’d like to carry on using… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Blackberry,Nokia

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By now, you’ve probably read that Apple is working on a self-driving car. The rumors were right. In a letter to US regulators, the company said there were “significant societal benefits of automated vehicles,” and it is “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.” The five page letter to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that the company is investing heavily in the concept, and that it wants to help develop industry best practices. It also acknowledged that there are significant ethical issues relating to autonomous cars. These are as follows: At least three areas… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Most people who learn to code typically encounter the same problem during their first few months. They’ll read a book or two and learn the basics of a programming language. They’ll write a few short programs. They’ll figure out how to print “Hello World” to the screen, and then they’ll figure out how for-loops work. And then they’ll hit a brick wall, and struggle to figure out where to go from there. At this point, I typically recommend that the person reads some open-source code on GitHub, checks out Project Euler, and the Daily Programmer subreddit. But going forward, I’m going… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Internet has fundamentally democratized education. Now if you want to, say, become fluent in a new programming language or brush up on a new machine learning algorithm, you’re just as likely to head to YouTube or Coursera than step foot in a classroom. There are an insane amount of lectures and talks online ripe for the downloading, many of which are free. The problem is that they’re spread across literally hundreds of disparate platforms, like university websites, YouTube, Vimeo, Coursera, and so on. FindLectures is an effort to centralize the vast quantities of free online lectures and talks into one searchable… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no questioning the versatility of crafting a presentation with PowerPoint, but the program can be cumbersome to use and hard to learn. Instead, create top-notch presentations with a single click thanks to Slidebean. Right now, you can get lifetime access for only $19 thanks to TNW Deals. All you have to do is open up the program, add your content, and Slidebean takes it from there. Customization is intuitive, whether you’re changing color schemes and templates, or adding text, bullet points, images, or video. All this means you’ll be able to assemble stunning, impressive presentations in a matter of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sure, quadcopters are fun. But to distinguish yourself from other drone daredevils, go for the model with six propellers powering it through the air — the SKEYE Hexa Drone. You can pick up this cool little aerobatic wonder right now at the discounted price of $34.99 from TNW Deals. Take the Hexa Drone outside, flip it into the air, and the six-axis flight control system does the rest — stabilizing the craft for all the aerial maneuvers you’ll want to try. The extra propellers provide the Hexa added control and precision in the air, which is all at your command… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you had any misgivings about Donald Trump’s impact on climate change, look no further than the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Twitter feed. The committee today retweeted a story from Breitbart perpetuating a myth that climate change is a hoax. Another group ‘dealing’ w/ climate change in a non-scientific way, along w/ the other green groups who value politics & emotion over facts https://t.co/PF5lrWyXBu — Sci,Space,&Tech Cmte (@HouseScience) November 30, 2016 And it wasn’t the committee’s first. It compounds the growing problem of a stat-adverse populace ignoring near-unanimous support in the scientific community surrounding climate change. It could be… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve seen voice assistants integrated into small household speakers the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo, but what about the more common, portable Bluetooth speaker variety? That’s what the market the Alexa-powered Fabriq speaker aims to address. It’s a cute little speaker, and I’m particularly for of the red ‘Jack Plaid’ of my review unit (there’s a motley blue ‘Splat’ and a an ‘Earl Gray’ option too). The bulk of the speaker is covered by these fabrics, adding a touch of style to what could’ve been an ordinary cylindrical design. It feels well built, and it won’t shout “I’m technology!” next to your décor. That said, there is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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When an entrepreneur creates a product – any product – they’re trying to solve a problem. The creators of the ludicrously-named Legs Jacket want to solve the problem of having to remove your shoes before you take off your pants. No, I’m not making this up. The Legs Jacket (no, really, that’s what it’s called) is a pair of waterproof pants with a zipper on each leg. That’s literally all it is. See! The $129 pants ($150 when it hits retail, seriously. What the fuck are they made out of? Unicorn hair?) are currently being flogged on KickStarter where they’ve soared past… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fertility clinics probably aren’t the most comfortable places to “extract” sperm. I haven’t had the pleasure, but being handed a receptacle and led into a room with visual aids and hearing that door close behind you has to be a bit awkward. More awkward is the thought that everyone outside this room knows the dirty things I’m about to do to this cup in the name of science. A new product, ‘YO Sperm Test,’ lets you skip all that. The at-home test kit uses a mini-microscope that clips on to your smartphone and allows you to not only test your… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’d be forgiven for assuming fake Apple chargers were only lacking the (legitimate) logo. Thousands of these are sold each year, and according to a recent study: 99 percent of them failed safety tests. Commissioned by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) — the UK consumer protection body — the study tested 400 chargers purchased online, of which three passed a basic safety test. The most common problem was insufficient insulation to protect users from electric shock, a problem that could also cause fires. Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe from the Department for Business, Energy and Industry says: The Government is committed to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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There are few things we look forward to more than DJ Earworm’s annual mashup. Through carefully chosen lyrics and placement, this year’s ‘United States of Pop’ — the orgasmic recap of the year’s hits coupled with intricately-edited video — reminds all of us that 2016 was definitely one to forget. Starting with a line from The Weeknd — “the whole year put in the worst mood’ — and ending with one from The Chainsmokers — “I can’t stop” — the melodic tangling weaves its way through all of the best 2016 had to offer, 25 songs in total. Along the way we’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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