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The internet discovered today that Microsoft Paint might be removed in an upcoming Windows Update, and newshounds everywhere rushed to open their copies of the program to create ironic images. I’ll never pass up a chance to let my inner art snob out to play, so here’s a quick review of my favorite Paint Memorials the internet news have to offer. The Fader RIP MS Paint. RIP our childhoods pic.twitter.com/UpNYEDe4cA — Ramsha (@Economistaken) July 24, 2017 The Fader used an image from Twitter user Ramsha in its article. This is one of the most elaborate memorials, with a hint of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Anyone still wondering what the hype around augmented reality (AR) is all about need look no further than Hado Kart. This Mario Kart for AR is available at a Japanese arcade called 3rd Planet, a VR-focused playground. We’ve seen AR based on Super Mario Bros. before, and it was awesome. This time we get a glimpse into multiplayer AR gaming, and there’s a lot to get revved-up over: Players drive real go-karts around a track while trying to grab virtual coins. An AR headset allows the players to see the video-game aspects of the experience in a realistic over-lay, while… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung has another high-end device on the way this year, and it’s not the Note 8. A reddit user has leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, which continues Samsung’s tradition of building more durable offshoots of it mainstream phone series. If you’re not familiar, the Active series has been around since the S4, providing a more rugged alternative to the usual Samsung fare, and more recently, a larger battery. They’re also generally very ugly. This year’s model appears to be less offensive – it basically looks like an S8 with a flat screen and a black case. If… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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It’s been described as “the biggest leak in Swedish history”, and it’s easy to see why. Looking to cut costs, in 2015, the Swedish Transport Agency (STA) outsourced the management of its database and IT infrastructure to two companies — IBM in the Czech Republic, and NCR in Serbia. Given the sensitivity of the data, it should have only really been accessed by authorized personnel. But the STA was eager to deploy the system, ostensibly to save money on labor costs, and it bypassed vital security checks that would have otherwise prevented Czech and Serbian techies from working on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is no longer making it easy for pirates to quickly find decent torrent sites. Following numerous reports that the company had begun displaying suggestions for popular torrent platforms straight at the top of Search, the internet giant has now amended its mistake and removed the results carousel in question. Previously, users searching for the keyphrase ‘torrent sites’ or ‘best torrent sites’ were presented with a curated carousel, linking to notorious torrent websites like The Pirate Bay, RARBG and IsoHunt. The carousel also seemed to wrongly recommend legitimate streaming services like Hulu and Crackle alongside a series of illegal alternatives like… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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It’s a bit of a holy grail for the eyewear industry: Being able to sell glasses that never pinch, slide off, or seem off-center. But every face is different, noses come in various sizes, and ears aren’t always in the exact same position. So when it comes to spectacles, there’s no such thing as ‘one size fits all.’ The only solution is producing custom made frames. And according to Dutch tech website Bright, that’s exactly what startup Roger Bacon does. By making 3D scans of their customers’ faces, the eyewear company is able to make spectacles that fit just right.… This story continues at The Next Web

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China’s ridiculous censorship laws are now chipping away at scientists’ ability to rely on outside sources in their academic pursuits. Commonly referred to as the Great Firewall, China has become notorious for its nationwide internet censorship which renders popular global platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google absolutely inaccessible to local netizens. But while individuals whose work depends on the aforementioned services have been able to resort to various VPN offerings to circumvent draconian regulations, the government has gradually been pushing to shut down such solutions – and this practice is now threatening universities’ ability to do proper research. The South… This story continues at The Next Web

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Words like worm, trojan horse and zombie may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they’re part of the reality of life online. Now that we communicate, work and entertain ourselves on the internet, these familiar terms start to take on new meaning. They’re just a few of the cybersecurity threats we face. While most of us would rather leave the problem to the IT department, it’s essential we all have an understanding of cybersecurity so we can protect ourselves, and that means understanding some key terms. This glossary, which is by no means exhaustive, is a first step.… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a lot of fuss in the bitcoin community about what will happen on August 1. Will the cryptocurrency split into two new ones? Will it not? What is BIP 91? What is BIP 148? What is SegWit? The incredibly significant date is just around the corner but there are still so many unanswered questions! I have put together this guide to walk you through the whole situation to keep you informed about the developments. As of this writing, it seems like, bitcoin will avoid the chain split — for now. However, even though it seems like the opposing parties… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Most companies define the steps in sales funnel a little differently, but the core concept is fairly universal. The sales funnel breaks down the natural steps in the process of a purchase, of which customers go from being unaware of a product to a paying customer. It helps companies organize their sales progression into actionable steps that simplify the conversion process. More than half of customers are lost when they transition to the next step in the funnel, this is often due to the fact that sales representatives fail to follow up in time. Many companies make the mistake of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Would you rather unlock your smartphone with a plain four-digit PIN or with a smiley-face emoji? Would it be easier and more pleasant to remember “🐱💦🎆🎌,” for example, or “2476”? Smartphone users commonly use emoji to express moods, emotions and nuances in emails and text messages – and even communicate entire messages only with emoji. In 2015, a British company tried using emoji passcodes in place of PINs at bank ATMs. But there had been no formal study of how easy they were to use, or how secure they were in comparison to other methods, like PINs. To learn more,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s London-based AI outfit DeepMind has created two different types of AI that can use their ‘imagination’ to plan ahead and perform tasks with a higher success rate than AIs without imagination. Sorry if I made you click because you wanted AIs predicted flying cars. I promise this is cool too. In a post on their site, DeepMind researchers give a short review of “a new family of approaches for imagination-based planning.” The so-called Imagination-Augmented Agents, or I2As, use an internal ‘imagination encoder’ that helps the AI decide what are and what aren’t useful predictions about its environment. The researchers… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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When it isn’t out to slay net neutrality or throttle internet speeds for Netflix and YouTube, it appears that Verizon wants to educate people about the internet. The telecommunications conglomerate has quietly rolled out a pleasantly-designed interactive website that aims to explain how Wi-Fi works to anybody lacking the knowledge or the the technical background to research it on their own. Equipped with a series of animated visualizations, the page contains information about the basic principles of how wireless routers are built and how the science behind them works. It also features segments that break down dense concepts like frequency… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Netflix,Verizon

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Later this year, Microsoft will release the long-awaited Fall Creators Edition of Windows 10. It’s a pretty significant update, not least because of what’s being added, but also because of what Redmond is taking away. Get ready to say goodbye to Paint. In a page hidden in the nether-regions of its website, Microsoft lists it as deprecated, as of the release of the Fall Creators Edition. Deprecation means that Microsoft does not intend to throw any more resources at developing or maintaining the program, essentially putting it on death row. Paint is as old as Windows, coming out with Windows… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Plenty of guidelines govern tipping etiquette for the usual suspects: waiters, hotel housekeeping, taxis, etc. (The simplest and most exhaustive among recent lists would be this one at Uncommon Courtesy.) But what about for the dude who’s delivering your laundry as a contractor with a third-party app? Or the “driver partner” who’s paid through an app that explicitly prevents you from tipping him (e.g., anyone working for Uber)? The “on-demand economy” of Instacart and TaskRabbit doesn’t just blur the lines between employee and contractor; it confuses the functionality of tipping for consumers. Some apps let you tip; others don’t. Some apps… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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There’s a high chance that if you have attended an event in a city in recent years, it was arranged through meetup.com. The site now has over 32 million members, over a quarter of a million groups and over half a million meetups happening in 182 countries every month. Aside from being a keen and regular user, meetup has always fascinated me, as it’s a tech company with a core mission that is about getting people away from their technology and to in-person meetings with like-minded people. It’s a service that creates so many positive outcomes, yet so many users… This story continues at The Next Web

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It can be easy to put your work as the most important component of your life and forego all other responsibilities. Entrepreneurs are notorious for caring about nothing besides their ventures, but this level of dedication is not the best route to achieve success. Not only is it important to balance work with other hobbies and activities, but also health and wellness is crucial for long-term success. After all entrepreneurship and business as a whole is more of a marathon than a sprint. Talking to anyone with a strong work-life balance will reveal productivity is one of the most crucial… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case you manage to drag yourself out of the ongoing Game of Thrones craze today, you might be in for a treat: superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson just tweeted that he’s joined forces with Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, for his next film, which airs on the company’s YouTube channel July 24 (that’s today!). It’s not the first time Apple’s flirted with celebrity partnerships: last year, it teamed up with Taylor Swift to create 60-second commercials that aired on Twitter and Instagram, and promoted the Apple Music streaming service. Teamed w/ @Apple to make the biggest, coolest, sexiest, funnest (is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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In the past, people didn’t give much thought to the startup climate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). But after Careem’s massive funding and Amazon’s acquisition of Souq, people are finally realizing the potential of the region. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with entrepreneurs and help startups all over the region through my work for the US-based Hidden Founders. The local founders I’ve met in the region are tremendously ambitious about making MENA the next big nest for startups. However, while I’m tremendously positive about MENA’s tech scene, there are still few challenges that lie ahead — which… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve worked in the design industry for any length of time you’ve probably seen styles come and go. Maybe you’re using some styles that are so popular they’ve reached their saturation point. Or maybe you haven’t even realized the possibilities that come with the constant influx of new technology. Whether or not you’ve already noticed the changing times, here are seven signs your design is stuck in the past.   You think serifs are a thing of the past You’ve seen brands, such as Google and the L.A. Clippers, recently opt for a sans serif logo. Do you know… This story continues at The Next Web

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Easter eggs in video games are everywhere, but most don’t take nearly three decades to figure out. ‘Punch-Out’ — aka ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out’ — is the obvious exception to this rule. Reddit user Midwesternhousewives used his weekend to discover an Easter egg in Punch-Out that tells you when to deliver a knockout blow to two separate fighters. If you look closely at the left third of the screen you’ll see a bearded man that from here on out we’ll refer to as 8-bit Jesus. In your second fight with Piston Honda or Bald Bull, 8-bit Jesus will duck at exactly the moment… This story continues at The Next Web

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Recently we published a piece helping new livestreamers get started. Basic stuff, right? Now we think you’re ready for a more advanced lesson: How to make money doing livestreams. This is not casual stuff we’re talking about — you’ll need a lot of time, dedication, and probably no small amount of luck to get to the point where you can make decent money while livestreaming. But we all have to start somewhere, and if you’re serious about what you’re doing, here are some of the tools you can use to make money while you’re streaming. Advertising Advertising might seem like… This story continues at The Next Web

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Any prospective programmer looking to break into the business needs a few foundational tools in his or her bag of tricks. And without a doubt, Javascript needs to be one of those tools. It’s one of the most formative languages of the web, so get comfortable with the backbone of web development with this Complete JavaScript Coding Bundle of instruction, now just $59 (an over 90 percent discount) from TNW Deals. These eight courses will get you conversant in all the JavaScript basics, allowing you to build, take apart and reassemble the engine that drives virtually every page, web browser and app framework under… This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the past twenty years the number of entertainment channels available to the public has increased dramatically from simple television and radio, to streaming on-demand, mobile apps, TV catch up, and many more. Business models vary, but many remain heavily reliant on advertising and in a world where consumers increasingly tune out and block ads, getting it wrong can kill your business.   Television and apps The number of television channels available to people in the US has increased by 76 over the last eight years. However, people are only viewing an extra one or two. In the same period,… This story continues at The Next Web

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