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Don’t you just hate it when you click on a link and it contains a loud ad or video that begins playing on its own? Nobody asked for that, and Google is putting an end to this abhorrence in Chrome soon. Version 64 of the cross-platform browser, which is slated to arrive in January 2018, will only allow autoplay for videos and ads if there’s no sound, or if you indicate that you want to watch that content. This will apply to both desktop and mobile versions of Chrome. Ahead of that, you’ll also get an option in Chrome v63… This story continues at The Next Web

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A group of AI experts from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University managed to create a new method by which two-dimensional images of faces can be converted into 3D using machine learning. The researchers trained a convolutional neural-network to perform the task by feeding it tons of data on people’s faces. From there it figured out how to guess what a new face looks like from an previously unseen pic, including parts that it can’t see in the photograph. The 3D computer vision project really has to be seen to be believed, and you can try it out in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Three women who used to work for Google have filed a class action lawsuit against the company, claiming that it discriminates against women in both pay and promotion opportunities. The three plaintiffs in the case alleged that Google not only paid women less than men for work of equal merit, but also put women in jobs where they were less likely to move up the ranks. If true, this would violate the law in California, where the suit was filed. Meanwhile, Google has its hands full with an investigation from the Department of Labor (DOL) on this same issue. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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IBM yesterday announced its researchers had taken the next step toward providing a viable quantum computing solution to understanding the universe. The company’s scientists used a seven-qubit processor to conduct a successful simulation of a beryllium-hydride molecule, the largest ever performed on a quantum computer. Quantum computing, at its most basic, takes the idea of binary computing (ones and zeros) and turns it 3D then tangles it up with itself and – through magical computational anarchy – defies physics in order to provide a more accurate representation of the natural world. If that doesn’t make any sense, don’t worry, the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: IBM

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Dell’s Visor – the company’s first VR headset – is now available to pre-order. That makes it one of the first consumer headsets you can secure in time for Microsoft launching its Windows 10 Mixed Reality support on October 17. I was able to briefly check out the VR headset a while back, and I think it’s one of the classier looking models offered by Microsoft’s partners. It mounts similar to the Hololens and PlayStation VR, which is to say you don’t have to deal with a bunch of clumsy straps. There’s only one band you need to tighten, so… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Dell

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If the United States is going to stay competitive in the global economy, we need everyone who wants to work working, including working mothers. Workforce participation is at critical low levels, and unless we do everything we can to keep women in the workforce our economy won’t be able to remain competitive with other industrialized nations. Understanding the needs of and supporting working mothers and families as well as professional women who may not even be thinking about motherhood can help keep more people in the workforce who want to be there, thereby ensuring the U.S.’s continued competitiveness in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple officially unveiled its new Face ID phone security system on Tuesday, which will allow you to unlock your phone and authenticate your identity with a print of your face. Now others are concerned the technology could be used for intrusive purposes — including members of the US government. Several people on social media have expressed concern that your Face ID could be used against you by police without permission if you’re ever detained — all they’d have to do is point your phone at your face and let Apple’s sophisticated camera do the rest. So the question remains —… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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We’d need a slide-whistle to give the sound-effect to go with a graphic of Bitcoin’s value over the last 24 hours. The news from China that one of the most popular exchanges in the country will stop trading Bitcoin by October has the world’s most popular cryptocurrency losing some of its recently gained ground. The sky, however, is not falling (probably) — Bitcoin dropped from nearly $4,000 to almost $3,400 in the past, and now it’s hovering at $3,500. Yesterday TNW reported that a few hiccups, like condemnation from JP Morgan’s CEO and an outright ICO ban in China, were affecting… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Hyperloop One today announced the ten winners of its Global Challenge to determine the most viable commercial routes for its futuristic transportation tubes. The contest was a request for scientists, engineers, and innovators around the world to submit proposals for ‘loops’ – the tunnels that Hyperloop One will send levitating pods through – to the company for review by a panel of experts. Ten winners were selected, representing five countries, and those teams will now be invited to work closely with Hyperloop One on viability studies to try and bring their respective loops from proposal to reality. Hyperloop One represents… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat now lets you use its Bitmoji in augmented reality, bringing people’s cartoonish avatars into the real world. It’s basically the millennial version of movies like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” or “Space Jam.” Snapchat is arguably the most common way everyday people use augmented reality, especially since the company introduced World Lenses back in April. AR is quickly becoming more mainstream since Apple announced ARKit (and Google, ARCore), but for most people, it just means using a goofy lens on Snapchat. That’s okay, and the new 3D Bitmoji are plenty goofy. You can ‘place’ them on virtually any surface showing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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A political sea change is emerging within the Russian Federation, and it’s all thanks to a web app. MunDep (that’s short for “municipal deputy”) is the online interface that gamifies the process of turning someone from Russian citizen into Russian political candidate. The country’s notorious bureaucracy usually keeps citizens away from participating in politics meaningfully, but MunDep presents itself as a convenient central hub for meeting a prospective candidate’s every conceivable need. It guides them through the process of filling out paperwork, collecting signatures, and printing political leaflets for distribution. When candidates face trouble of any sort, they can even… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook today announced a new Crisis Response hub page to keep all its emergency features in one place. Facebook has periodically added tools to help with emergencies ever since it introduced Safety Check back in 2014, but it could be a bit of a pain to actually find them when you want to help or let others know you’re safe. Crisis Response solves that by providing a central location for these features. Those include: The aforementioned safety check, which will show up at the top of the hub if you’re in an affected area Links to helpful crisis-related articles, photos, and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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You can get that full-scope education with the comprehensive Ultimate Computer Science Career course bundle, which is now priced at only $39 from TNW Deals.

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Product Hunt has made a name for itself as one of the best places to launch and discover new products and services over the past couple of years. Now, it’s branching out with a bunch of tools to assist entrepreneurs and makers before they go live. The new Ship suite of tools is focused on helping you spread the word about your upcoming product and building a list of prospective customers’ contacts. Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover has previously written and spoken about the importance of building an audience before launching your product; that’s certainly worked for him, and Ship… This story continues at The Next Web

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Recently the Israeli drone logistics company Flytrex announced a partnership with Icelandic on-demand goods and food delivery company AHA to begin “the world’s first autonomous drone delivery system” in Reykjavík. Being from Iceland, my bullshit detector flared. Right away I could think of hundreds of reasons why drone deliveries wouldn’t work in Iceland. The regulation can be cumbersome, the weather conditions aren’t optimal and I don’t really see drones being that more efficient than delivery trucks. Also, I’m just a really cynical person in general (Winter is coming). The whole saga started when TNW received the original press release. I sagely advised… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s about time. Spotify has quietly launched an app for iMessage, allowing you to easily share tracks with friends, without having to leave the chat, or deal with copying-and-pasting links. To enable it, open iMessage, head to the app store, and then press ‘Manage.’ Finally, tap the switch next to the Spotify icon to enable it. Spotify will then show up in your installed apps. Note: if you’ve configured iMessage to automatically add apps to the drawer, you can skip this. Functionality wise, it’s pretty limited, as you’d expect from an iMessage App. It won’t share what you’re listening to,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify

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Google will at long last unveil the successor to much-acclaimed Pixel flagship at a special event on October 4. The news comes straight from the source. The search engine giant uploaded a short video on its official YouTube channel, hinting the device will arrive with impressive battery life, excellent camera, and solid build quality and performance. You can check out the clip in full here: But this isn’t all. At the very end, the video links to an updated  #MadeWithGoogle page where a cheeky animation reads, “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” The page then goes… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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We might have to put the GIF vs JIF debate aside for a second: It turns out Facebook is flush with animated images that could potentially upset a large group of users on its platform, including content showing upbeat animations of Hitler’s name and other potentially insensitive language. Curiously, while Facebook filters out some of these searches from the Messenger mobile app for iOS and Android, this isn’t the case on desktop. The images in question are auto-generated text-GIFs based on user input sent through the search feature. All of these templates were generated by third-party service Legend, which is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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It’s not long until Google unleashes a whole new barrage of Pixel phones at the world. Whilst details surrounding the HTC-made Pixel 2 have slowly dripped out, not much is known about its larger sibling, the Pixel 2 XL. But thanks to documents published by the FCC, and some stellar detective work from Droid Life’s Kellen Barranger, we now know that the Pixel 2 XL will be made by South Korean phone giant, LG. The documents didn’t reveal much about the upcoming device. They only confirmed the Pixel 2 XL will support T-Mobile’s new LTE frequency band, Band 71 which,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,LG

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SpaceX has never been a company that glosses over their failures – probably because rockets that explode are pretty visible failures. Now, Elon Musk’s company has taken this transparency to a whole new level: A blooper reel. Set to the intro tune of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, ‘How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster’ takes us through the chronological history of every failed rocket landing attempt – and the diverse reasons they failed. At an average of $61 million per launch you might think it cynical to make such a gleeful video. But there’s good reason for the upbeat… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: SpaceX

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Thanks to a series of incremental improvements to its backup and restore feature, Google has made it fairly easy to migrate from one Android device to another without the hassle of setting up your handset all anew – that is, unless you leave your phone idle for too long. A miffed user has taken to Reddit to complain the Big G automatically deleted his backup without any notification. The incident took place after he purportedly parted with his Nexus 6P handset a few months back and replaced it with an older iPhone while he was looking for a more viable… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google

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Business media outlet The Ken reported today that Google is gearing up to launch Tez, a cross-platform payments app, in India, as soon as next Monday. The app (whose name translates from Hindi to mean ‘fast’) is expected to feature a digital wallet where you can store currency, integration with India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to allow for money transfers at no cost, and a simplified checkout system. It’s also said to support credit cards and third-party wallets like Paytm and Mobikwik. That sounds a bit like an India-specific version of Android Pay – but on steroids. Tez will apparently also… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Last week, credit reporting firm Equifax admitted that 143 million US consumers’ personal records were exposed in a security breach over a couple of months earlier this year. What it didn’t reveal at the time, was just how callous it had been in protecting that private data. The company learned that its attackers took advantage of a security flaw in the Apache Struts Web Framework, that allowed them to remotely execute code on Equifax’s systems. The bug was revealed in March, along with recommended patches to fix it – but clearly, Equifax didn’t move quickly enough to prevent nearly half… This story continues at The Next Web

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JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon set off a market slide when he called Bitcoin a “fraud” that would “blow up” earlier this week at a conference. The price of Bitcoin – already slumped over 10 percent off word China may ban cryptocurrency – further dropped to $3,772, the lowest it’s been in a month, after Dimon’s remarks. If he’s to be believed, the end of Bitcoin is nigh. Then again, reports of Bitcoin’s demise may have been exaggerated. Bitcoin sits at $3,894 as of Wednesday afternoon and its all-time high is less than $5,000. For perspective, six months ago Bitcoin… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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While Apple finally added wireless charging to the iPhone X and 8, there was no mention of fast charging – arguably a more useful innovation – during the company’s keynote. Turns out Apple just decided not to tell anyone: The new iPhones do support fast charging, but you’ll need to buy a special adapter to use it. 9to5Mac spotted the feature in Apple’s official spec pages for its new iPhones. The company lists all its new phones as being able to charge to 50 percent from a drained battery in 30 minutes, which is comparable to most of Android flagships. Unfortunately,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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