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If you’ve ever wished there was a $600 air purifier/heater you could buy, Dyson has you covered. The new Pure Hot+Cool Link (quite a name) combines everything we like about the Pure Cool Link air purifier, but adds a heating and cooling element to help you control the temperature in a room. Dyson’s new purifier uses the same 360-degree glass HEPA filter as the original, which it says can capture about 99.7 percent of all the scary things you don’t want to know are in the air. The heating and cooling comes via two jets that are “accelerated over an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Buying an electric toothbrush was one of my best decisions of 2016. After two decades of brushing manually, it’s a definite upgrade both in terms of efficiency and comfort. However, buying into mainstream products means entering into an ecosystem of proprietary and expensive brushes that you need to swap every few months. Also, Oral B base units can run as high as $179 — not exactly a low cost of entry. NYC-based Quip is trying to do things differently. By focusing on only the things that matter in a toothbrush, they’re trying to both deliver a better product and keep the cost… This story continues at The Next Web

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Browser developer Opera has launched a free VPN app for Android, allowing you to run apps and visit sites anonymously on your mobile device with ease. As with its iOS counterpart that was released earlier this year, Opera VPN doesn’t require you to create an account and doesn’t set limits on how much data you consume through the service. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Once you connect to the service through the app, you can browse anonymously without giving away your real IP address and access region-locked content by spoofing your location. Ther’s also a Wi-Fi… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I first started out in marketing, I didn’t quite predict that I’d be a part-time designer, too. Now, in 2016, visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content and it’s become obvious and even necessary for all of us marketers to have at least some basic knowledge of key design terms. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful world where anyone can make the jump from novice to intermediate and create well-designed images for social media. There are tools like Pablo andCanva that make this design work achievable (and beautiful). However,… This story continues at The Next Web

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As our world gets more and more connected, consumers and businesses alike must think fast about how they protect important information. In particular, there’s a burden on businesses that work in and around the Internet of Things (IoT) to ensure that they’re serving their customers’ best interests by taking every measure to protect sensitive information. To learn more about how to adapt security measures considering the complexity of today’s technologies, I asked a group of entrepreneurs from YEC the following question: How should companies ramp up their data security as the Internet of Things grows? Have backups in place  As security hazards… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is at once the best and worst idea I’ve heard all day. Gamers like to spend several hours on the couch, so why not sell them clothing that’s designed specifically for their favorite activity? The Xbox Onesie isn’t just your ordinary set of pyjamas. It’s got serious gamer cred, thanks to unique features like roomy pockets large enough to hold your Xbox controller and Media Remote, an arm pouch for your phone, as well as rollable legs and arms so you can stay comfy in any climate. There are also forearm grips to prevent you from slipping off the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Global transparency organization Wikileaks says that its primary objective is to publish incriminating documents that expose crimes like corruption and the invasion of people’s privacy. Unfortunately, the group’s callousness in its attempts to achieve its goals may be putting the lives of innocent people at risk. The Associated Press reports that Wikileaks has published numerous documents containing sensitive data, including medical, financial and identity records belonging to ordinary citizens. It also named teenage survivors of sexual abuse, patients suffering from mental illnesses and also a Saudi citizen who was arrested for being gay – which is worrying, given that homosexuality… This story continues at The Next Web

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Delphi and Mobileye, two heavy hitters in the world of autonomous vehicle technology, have announced that they are partnering to jointly develop a self-driving system that automakers will be able to integrate into their cars starting 2019. For those who came in late: Delphi is one of the auto industry’s biggest parts suppliers. In 2014, it showed off an Audi SQ5 fitted with a self-driving system developed in-house, that allowed the vehicle to successfully navigate through 3,000 miles on its own. It also began testing a self-driving cab service in Singapore this month. Mobileye, which specializes in computer vision, mapping… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following reports of what looks like the PS4 Slim console with images of a sleeker PlayStation that did the rounds yesterday, tech blogger ZRZ has revealed footage of what he claims is a new controller for the updated gaming system. As you can see, it looks identical to the current controller; the only difference is that this one has a light bar on the touchpad in the front fascia of the device (the DualShock 4 has one at the top, facing the screen in front of the player). It’s possible that this will be used to deliver feedback from games… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has announced that it’s acquired Genee, a productivity app that launched in beta last year and focused on automating the task of scheduling meetings. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Genee allowed users to set up meetings without having to consult a calendar. Once Genee was CCed on an email asking a contact for a meeting, the app would email them with options based on your availability and preferences and add the appointment to your schedule. It’s certainly not the only such service to do this; others like x.ai and Clara offer similar capabilities. Microsoft noted that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Contrary to many of its users, I wasn’t immediately turned off by Instagram stealing a feature from Snapchat. The execution was better, the admission that it borrowed heavily from Snapchat was refreshing and the timing couldn’t have been better (right before the Olympics). I’m actually disappointed it didn’t happen months earlier. While Snapchat continues to innovate, we must remember that this is technology and new features aren’t new for long. Stories, released way back in 2013 was no longer new. Largely untouched by Snapchat, it was a feature that was too good to let sit idle for that long. It needed exactly what… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has built itself up as Netflix and Hulu’s biggest competitor in online video subscriptions, but now it’s looking to bring the fight to Spotify, Google, and Apple for music. Those companies all offer $10-a-month subscriptions. Recode reports that, unsurprisingly, Amazon is planning on introducing its own plan with similar pricing as soon as September. More interesting, however, is rumored a second $4 or $5 plan. It will offer unlimited music too. The catch is you can only play it on Amazon Echo hardware – no PCs, no tablets, no smartphones. If true, it’s ridiculous – not only does pretty much everyone listen to… This story continues at The Next Web

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In December last year, Facebook CEO and new father Mark Zuckerberg penned a heartfelt letter to his newborn baby girl, Max. As part of an on-going initiative with his wife, Priscilla Chan, the two pledged to donate 99 percent of their current Facebook shares — around $45 billion in total — to charity. We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we… This story continues at The Next Web

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Japan could be using the 2020 Olympics to make a statement about sustainability. According to a report from Asian publication, Nikkei, Olympic organizers are considering using recycled electronics to forge the iconic bronze, silver and rose gold medals for the 2020 games. While hypothetically feasible to craft the medals from old smartphones, Japan is already recycling most of this material — to create more electronics. It could still happen though. The Olympic planning committee is asking companies to put their collective heads together and come up with an idea or two about how to collect electronic waste. The hope is that each citizen gets to… This story continues at The Next Web

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The folks over at PhoneBuff published a speed comparison between the iPhone 6S and Samsung Note 7. Spoiler: the iPhone wins, by a lot. In all, it took the Galaxy Note 7 two minutes and four seconds to launch 14 apps and render a video; it took the iPhone one minute and 21 seconds to do the same. The iPhone 6S is running on a year old processor and just 2 GB of RAM, while the Note 7, which was just released this week – is using a 6 month old chip with 4 gigs of RAM a ton of Samsung… This story continues at The Next Web

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You know what’s cooler than a million dollars? Getting Gandalf to officiate your wedding. That’s just what ex-Facebook employee and Napster creator Sean Parker tried to do. According to Ian McKellen, Parker once offered him $1.5 million to officiate his wedding. The catch? He had to be dressed as the character McKellan played in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy — Gandalf. The request, made by a mutual friend of McKellen and Parker’s, met with deaf ears. “I don’t go dressing up – except in plays and things at places like this,” said McKellen. The wedding went off without a… This story continues at The Next Web

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We now know how Kobe Bryant will spend retirement: he’s opened his own venture capital firm. Bryant has partnered with entrepreneur Jeff Stibel to launch Bryant-Stibel. Let’s hope their choice in which businesses to fund is better than their creative naming scheme. Stibel will do the heavy lifting, providing guidance on building companies (like a proper VC) while Bryant will make his mark with “marketing and storytelling” (like a guy with a lot of cash and no idea what to do with it). The duo have already invested in 15 companies, and are contributing $100 million of their own money… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have even a passing interest in NASA, you should know about two upcoming events set to air in the coming days. First, NASA will cover the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on August 26. The Dragon spacecraft arrived at the station on July 20 to deliver 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment. Part of the payload were the parts necessary to create an additional docking port for future missions. On July 20, you can watch NASA TV’s coverage of the dragon departure beginning at 5:45 am EDT. The craft will detach from… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s time to dig out the Game Boy classic. Dust it off, pop in some fresh batteries and use it the way the 1989 handheld was supposed to be used — to pilot a drone. With a few simple modifications, Gautier Hattenberger of the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC), managed to breathe new life into his classic handheld by using it to pilot an ARDrone2 from Parrot. After finding an old Game Boy at his parents’ house, Hattenberger immediately thought: “can I fly a drone with this?” Turns out, he could. Using a GameLink — an accessory originally created to facilitate… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you live in a non-Google Fiber market, you’re paying too much for Comcast’s ‘Gigabit’ internet. Google Fiber is already in select locations in Atlanta. It’s coming soon to Nashville. In both of these markets, Comcast’s competing service, Gigabit, is priced at $70 a month with a three-year contract or $140 if you elect not to sign on the dotted line. For $70 (or $140), the company offers 1 Gbps download and 35 Mbps upload without usage caps — eerily similar to Google’s packaged offering. If you don’t live in a Google Fiber market, the $70 package doesn’t even exist.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rdio, the now-dead music streaming service, lives on via a Spotify theme for the desktop. While it’s not a recreation of Rdio, Spotio at least makes your Spotify experience feel a lot more like Rdio. To get it, you’ll have to ump through a few hoops, but design-concious listeners may just want to do that. As Engadget points out, you’ll have to close the official Spotify app on your Mac, and make sure your settings allow downloads from all developers (as Spotio isn’t released via the Mac App Store). Then you have to delete Spotify from your Mac. Spotio may… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter’s dark mode has finally made its way from Android to iOS. If you’re not clear on what a ‘dark mode’ does, it’s simple: it changes your background color to a darker grey, and tweet text to white. Check it out: Rolling out today – we’re bringing night mode to iOS! 🌙 https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9 pic.twitter.com/WLwKi4H0Oe — Twitter (@twitter) August 22, 2016 To activate it, Twitter says you just need to tap the Me icon at the bottom of your screen, then the gear icon towards the top. Select ‘turn on dark mode,’ and away you go. If you ever want to… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve already heard plenty of rumors that Apple is introducing a curved display for the 2017 iPhone, but new reports are suggesting that this will be a third tier in the company’s product line. A report from Nikkei indicates the flagship 2017 iPhone won’t have a completely wraparound display, as previously rumored, but instead will be a 5.5-inch (or larger) model with an OLED display that curved at the sides much like the S7 Edge or Note 7 (LCD can’t typically curve, so it has to be OLED). Samsung is alleged to be the primary provider for these panels, but there’s concern over… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s finally here: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to everyone via an over-the-air update. Here’s are the devices that can expect the update first: Nexus 6 Nexus 5X Nexus 6P Nexus 9 Nexus Player Pixel C General Mobile 4G (Android One) Also notable is the LG V20, which Google says will be the first device to launch with Nougat. We expected as much, but it’s interesting Google wouldn’t make the incoming Nexus devices the first to carry Nougat out of the box. The update is the exact same as the last developer preview, replete with 72 new emoji and… This story continues at The Next Web

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A recent study shows that Apple and Samsung are the only company making any money from smartphone sales. Cannaccord Genuity recently compiled operating margins for all major smartphone OEMs, and compared them to the company’s mobile device margins. What is discovered is that Apple is the most profitable with a 38 percent margin for smartphones. Samsung is also highly profitable with a 17 percent mobile device operating margin. Other notables — not so much. Both HTC and Microsoft run at a 22 percent loss in their mobile divisions. Even LG, which has some of the best Android handsets around, has… This story continues at The Next Web

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