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Selling in the 21st century isn’t how your granddad used to do it. Heck, it isn’t even how your dad or older brother used to do it. Sales today require an intimate knowledge of reaching customers where they live — online — and you’ll get no better tutorial on the subject than this complete Fundamentals of Digital Marketing package. Right now, this jam-packed bundle of consumer goodness is available at the limited time price of only $19 from TNW Deals. This selection of 12 lectures, featuring five hours of content, walks you through all the basic pieces of selling online.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Working on their incarceration simulator Prison Architect, co-creators Mark Morris and Chris Delay ran into an unexpected legal trouble when the British Red Cross organisation emailed them with the perplexing notice that their game had breached the laws of the Geneva Conventions Act from 1957. As bizarre as it might sound, the two developers had apparently used an internationally protected sign without realizing it’s not free to use. The symbol in question? A five-pixel wide red cross displayed on ambulances inside the game. While this might seem like a silly violation, PC Gamer explains the iconic symbol doesn’t belong to the public… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, Microsoft announced that it would update the Xbox One with a snazzy new look, and an overarching emphasis on getting everyday tasks done as quickly as possible. Now, thanks to Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering for Xbox, we’ve got an idea of what that might look like. The biggest (and, let’s face it, most welcome) change is the new guide, which lets you seamlessly switch between apps and games without having to gracelessly schlep back to the dashboard. You can check it out in this demo video captured by Windows Central. As someone with several different games on… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox

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Hiring a developer to build your website is always a bit of a minefield. There’s just so much that can go wrong, especially if you pick a developer that isn’t qualified or competent. Or just plain untrustworthy. One example of this comes from the Netherlands, where law enforcement are warning 20,000 people that their email accounts may have been hacked after an unnamed web developer left backdoors in the sites he built. According to The Register, a 35-year-old from Leeuwarden used the personal information he stole from his customers to open gambling accounts, as well as convince friends and relatives… This story continues at The Next Web

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Windows 7 is barely ten years old, and already it’s rapidly approaching the end of its supported life. Now, perhaps with the aim of preventing it from endlessly limping on as Windows XP did, Microsoft Germany is encouraging business users to make the switch to a newer version of the operating system, claiming Windows 7 is no longer “fit” to be used in businesses. Markus Nitschke, head of Windows at Microsoft Deutschland, pulled no punches when he stated that Windows 7 “can no longer keep up with the increased security requirements” of the mid-2010’s. “Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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The UK may come to regret Brexit deeply – and it seems Apple enthusiasts might be among the first ones to suffer the consequences. The Cupertino heavyweight has announced upcoming changes to its App Store rates that will see the prices of apps and in-app purchases in the UK rise by a staggering 25 percent in light of the pound’s recent drop. This means apps priced at $0.99 will now cost an identical £0.99 as opposed to £0.79, with similar equivalent hikes expected to follow for more expensive software. The land of tea and bad decisions won’t be the only country affected by Apple’s new… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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While machine learning itself is nothing new, the speed at which data can now be processed, analyzed and actioned has completely changed the machine-learning game. Readily affordable computing power, the quantity of data available, and algorithms we never thought we could use are now possible. Though the fundamental concept remains the same, machine-learning is now far more sophisticated, efficient and easily deployable – and the potential it offers to revolutionize customer experience is truly exciting. Harnessing machine learning allows businesses to revolutionize the way we all engage with their store or use their service. Forget product recommendations as we know them… This story continues at The Next Web

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With its hold over territories in Syria and the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul slipping steadily, terrorist group ISIS is finding itself forced to improvise in its battle against Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Its latest weapon: Bombers fashioned out of commercially available drones. The radical outfit has been fitting drones with grenade-sized explosives that it can drop remotely or detonate on suicide missions. While they’ve mostly been targeted at the ISF’s front-line troops (mostly because the battery-operated drones have a short range), Kurdish publication Rudaw noted that they’ve also killed civilians and damaged equipment. #ISIS drone modified to drop small… This story continues at The Next Web

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A teardown of a new beta version of the official Google App for Android – which includes the company’s Assistant service – by the folks at XDA Developers reveals that you might soon be able to make payments using the AI-powered bot across supported devices. It isn’t clear exactly how that will work, as the feature hasn’t yet been implemented. But strings found in the app’s code indicate that you’ll likely be able to pay for purchases through your Google Pixel phone, and also control which other devices can authorize payments, like the Google Home voice-activated speaker. The closest comparison… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Bragi, the German wireless audio gear company that first made a splash on Kickstarter, is finally ready to begin shipping its new cable-free earbuds, dubbed Headphone. The $149 set is a simpler version of the firm’s previous Dash headphones, which included fitness tracking capabilities and onboard storage to play music without pairing with a phone. The Headphone connects to any device via Bluetooth and delivers up to six hours of listening time. It includes a mic to let you take phone calls, and also has an audio transparency feature that lets you hear more sound from your surroundings without having… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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The late Steve Jobs once said: Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And this brings us to a problem if you use Evernote. Due to the design of Notebooks, even the best hierarchal structures or tagging conventions separate these ideas into their own bucket, of sorts, waiting for the all-powerful search bar to find them at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Evernote

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I’m sure there were a handful of people that Apple’s newest laptops didn’t piss off after last year’s long-awaited unveiling. I wasn’t one of them. For a device that calls itself ‘Pro,’ the decision to strip away ports, use sixth — not seventh — generation Intel chips, and limit RAM to 16 gigabytes certainly weren’t doing any favors to the creative types the company once appealed to. Apple, as Apple does, defended each decision proving unequivocally that it knows best. Battery life was the priority, and a one-size-fits-all approach was, and still might be, the path forward. Offering options for different use… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook

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It’s pretty obvious that a brighter screen leads to reduced battery life, but sometimes we forget to change that setting in the middle of a busy workday, nor do we know exactly how low we should set it. Apple’s latest macOS beta wants to lend a helping hand. As spotted by MacRumors, a new ‘Display Brightness’ warning shows up under the ‘using significant energy’ drop-down from the battery icon in the menu bar. While this previously showed you which apps were potential culprits, it will now also list your display brightness if set above 75 percent. Tapping on the warning… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook

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Nvidia just announced a new Shield TV streaming box during CES, but it turns out most of its updates were cosmetic and software changes – the internals are pretty much identical. So in a welcome software update rolling out today over the air, Nvidia is bringing most of the new Shield’s features to the 2015 model. Aside from the update from Marshmallow to Nougat, the most notable feature may be Amazon Video support. Amazon is stingy about which Android TV devices get to play it’s video content, and now the Shield is one of the few of them that can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Amazon

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If there’s an unavoidable accident in a self-driving car, who dies? This is the question researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want you to answer in ‘Moral Machine.’ The simplistic website is sort of like the famed ‘Trolley Problem’ on steroids. If you’re unfamiliar, according to Wikipedia, the Trolley Problem is as follows: There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you… This story continues at The Next Web

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If Jesse Karmazin is right, injecting you with the blood of the young is the key to slowing aging. If he’s wrong, you’ll still be old, but $8,000 poorer. And either way the story goes, you’ll technically be a vampire — so, there’s that. The startup, Ambrosia, is currently looking for 600 people to undergo a clinical trial in which volunteers agree to fork over thousands of dollars to receive 1.5 liters of plasma from a donor, age 16 to 25, over the course of two days. Karmazin, who has a medical degree but isn’t licensed to practice medicine, studied the effects of transfusions after… This story continues at The Next Web

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Many websites and mobile applications – hell, any tech product for that matter – are built by one-man bands. Just solitary entrepreneurs cracking away in their home offices, co-working spaces, or bedrooms. That’s cool, but it’s a bit limiting, isn’t it? When you’ve only got one perspective on your product, you have no idea how it’ll be received by users of a different ability, perspective, or worldview. Enter Perspective Cards. These are profoundly simple, but simply profound. In short, they are algorithmically generated questions that ask you the questions you might have forgotten to ask yourself while conceiving your idea.… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden– we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth. We asked these companies to tell us the data backed story on how key decisions were made, which growth hacks led to the much loved hockey stick curve, and how this impacted their company. Today, Blacklane Co-Founder and CEO Jens Wohltorf shares the story of how the Blacklane went from one city to over 250 round the world.… This story continues at The Next Web

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You can trust McDonald’s to serve you its less than nourishing Big Macs, but you certainly shouldn’t trust its website with your password. Dutch independent software engineer Tijme Gommers has uncovered a still-active vulnerability in the main website of the iconic fast food franchise McDonalds.com that essentially makes it possible for attackers to retrieve sensitive user information. As Gommers explains on his blog, the flaw lies in sloppy input sanitation (a standard protective measure) present in the website, which could in turn be leveraged to snatch login credentials as well as other sensitive information. Here’s how the Dutch software engineer summed it up: By… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has made it pretty clear that its upcoming Surface Phone will not be a traditional mobile experience, but it’s yet to provide any defining features. A new patent filed by the company could provide the answer: a foldable device that turns into a tablet. A patent discovered by MSPoweruser shows Microsoft considering a device that when folded over acts as a phone, but can be unfolded and us the extra real estate to behave more like a tablet. There appear to be ‘tent’ and ‘laptop’ modes as well. The patent makes it clear the flexible device is meant to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Considering the ever-growing mountain of minable data these days, it’s no wonder that the importance of understanding SQL continues to build. The demand for SQL-conversant professionals who can manage databases keeps escalating as well — so now would be a great time to jump on board with this Ultimate SQL Bootcamp training. This collection of nine courses covering every aspect of database management is available now for just $49 from TNW Deals. With this comprehensive training, you understand how to put a database together, how to write quick SQL code, and what it takes to make sure your database is… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a horribly tragic story, a little over two weeks ago 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis broadcast her death on social media, using popular streaming service Live.Me. Though disturbing, police apparently had no authority to take down the the footage and the livestream quickly spread around the internet after people kept sharing the heartbreaking video on Facebook, as well as other websites like YouTube. While YouTube promptly removed the unnerving clip and its different versions off its platform citing a violation against its “policy on violent or graphic content,” The Washington Post reports the footage continued to show up on various Facebook pages for nearly two weeks before… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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As if Samsung already didn’t have enough to worry about following its Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the company’s future is now threatened by a probe into its leader’s alleged illegal dealings with the South Korean government. Bloomberg reports that Samsung Group’s de facto head, Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay Y Lee) is being accused by a team of prosecutors in South Korea of paying Choi Soon-sil, a close confidant of the country’s President Park Geun-hye in exchange for the government’s support in his succession in the company, and they’re now seeking his arrest. Lee has been under the scanner since last… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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It’s never been easier to start an online business. But even if you have a great idea and a fabulous product, success is far from guaranteed. There’s no shortage of challenges to overcome and operational tasks to accomplish on the path to growing your business. Everything from optimizing search results and improving security to devising fresh marketing campaigns to attract new customers and boosting the loyalty of existing ones. Yet in the quest to make money, online businesses often overlook the process of actually accepting money. It turns out the mechanics really matter. We’ve learned from many companies how even… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s no secret that YouTube has a whole sea of videos hidden underneath the surface, but it appears pirates are getting smarter by the day as heaps of vigilante porn uploaders have been exploiting a loophole that allows them to host raunchy content on the popular platform TorrentFreak reports that a number of adult streaming websites have began using a known backdoor that ultimately makes it possible to store infringing material on Google’s servers – entirely free of charge. To pull this off, the pirates essentially take advantage of YouTube’s option to upload content without sharing it publicly, which effectively allows them… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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