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Google just launched an awesome new app and website meant to help users discover art, architecture, music and culture. It’s called, fittingly enough, Google Arts & Culture. You can search through a huge database (which Google has been building for a while), searching for anything from ancient tools to contemporary abstract art. Clearly, the company has been putting that Gigapixel camera to work. The app also has some editorial content to help you discover something new every day. There’s a new YouTube channel you can follow, too. (Be sure to watch Google’s official video above, by the way – it’s pretty… This story continues at The Next Web

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BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we look at an app for fitness enthusiasts. Submit your startup to get featured too. What is Sidekick? Sidekick is a mobile app for fitness enthusiasts, matching like-minded people together based on their fitness goals and personal preferences (such as your schedule or personality type). Once the app learns about these preferences, it’s able to start matching you with compatible people both locally and virtually. I think mutual accountability, especially in relation to fitness, is such a powerful component of success. That’s the biggest goal we want to achieve with Sidekick. We want to help connect people on… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re going through a bit of déjà vu here: a Brazilian judge has ordered a nationwide block on WhatsApp after the company refused to comply with a court order to reveal user information in a crime investigation. The most recent block happened in May, causing 100 million users to have to use alternative services (Telegram being the popular choice).  A previous one happened in December 2015. Communications operators were informed at 11:30 AM local time (Río de Janeiro) and must block the service. Users are now starting to seeing the effects of the blockage trickle in: Whatsapp parou 👎🏻 —… This story continues at The Next Web

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Flash cards are the most straightforward way to learn anything, and Duolingo is using that foundation for Tinycards, which happens to be its first foray outside of languages. With Tinycards, you can pick up info on anything from languages (Duolingo wasn’t going to ignore its roots) to geography, and all manner of things in between. Aimed at a younger crowd, Duolingo also has topics on vocabulary, equations, country capitals and historical facts. As users migrate through the flash cards, a status bar tells them how much they’ve learned. If you’re interested in picking up Chinese, Tinycards has some exclusive content… This story continues at The Next Web

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IT experts are modern day superheroes in the world of business, with the skills and insight to secure and fortify the success of companies worldwide. Available for a limited time, the Professional Python & Linux Administration Bundle will teach you, over the span of four in-depth courses, the steps and methodologies to earn a lucrative career in IT System Administration. For a limited time, readers can take 95 percent off the retail price on TNW Deals. With Python’s comfortable learning curve and wide versatility – it’s found in everything from game development to software – its applications are virtually limitless.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Since the moment we set foot on the moon, Mars has become an obsession for millions of dreamers. While you might have to wait another 20 years or so to venture on a journey to the Red Planet, in the meantime there might be another alternative that will quench your interplanetary curiosity. For its Generation Beyond initiative, aerospace technology developer Lockheed Martin has created a mind-boggling virtual reality experience that takes you on a breathtaking expedition to Mars. Engineers used innovative smart window technology to convert a school bus into an improvised space shuttle that simulates the experience of taking a tour on the surface of Mars. To make the experience even… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember when Snapchat bought Bitstrips a few months ago? Well, the company is finally actually doing something with the purchase. If you’re not familiar, Bitstrips makes cartoon-style avatars that you can put in various comic strip-like situations, and now that includes Snapchat. You can now link up your Snapchat account and the Bitmoji app to send personalized emoji based on characters you’ve created in chats, or use them as stickers for your snaps. Moreover, you can also use ‘friendmoji’ if your contacts have also linked their Bitmoji accounts with Snapchat. The company made a neat little comic explaining how it all… This story continues at The Next Web

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Are you still unprotected when using the internet? From malicious hackers to government surveillance to identity thieves and beyond, there are a vast number of opportunities for your sensitive data and personal information to be stolen and used for nefarious purposes. TigerVPN provides the level of security you need in a volatile digital world with more than 60 servers worldwide an 256bit SSL encryption for your online activity. For a limited time, you can pick up a TigerVPN Full: Lifetime Subscription for a fantastic 93 percent off from TNW Deals. With TigerVPN’s Full plan, you’ll enjoy unlimited data on easy-to-use… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook might be acting a little strange recently, but this isn’t stopping the social media titan from rolling out new features. Starting today, the latest iteration of Facebook for Android lets you save videos that you can later watch offline. While the feature was slated to arrive solely in India as part of Facebook’s initiative to battle poor internet connectivity, it appears it is now available for Android users worldwide. Simply click the dropdown menu of any video and select ‘Save Video’ to use the newly added function. The footage will soon appear under ‘Videos’ in your ‘Saved’ directory. To avoid confusion, the feature does not let you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Viral photo app sensation Prisma has just unveiled its beta app for Android users. It has only been available on iOS for a little over five weeks, yet it’s already the number one app in 40+ countries, and has been downloaded over 7.5 million times, generating 1.5 million daily active users. The app’s co-founder told TNW that it has a lot of cool new features in the pipeline, including a Prisma Video feature, 360-degree Prisma images and a long list of new ‘styles’ for you to transform your favorite photos into eye-popping bits of digital art. Here are a few screenshots of the Android beta app:  … This story continues at The Next Web

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Every week we send out a weekly update with some of the best stories of the week, a few apps we like and the ‘Red faces of the week’. Sign up now to get it delivered to your inbox every week. Here’s my introduction text for last weeks issue: A few years ago a friend of mine, who also works in technology, went on a skiing trip with a group of medical professionals. He explained to me how it was difficult to have a conversation because every time he talked about a technology or startup he was excited about, they brushed it… This story continues at The Next Web

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A hot cup of tea or coffee and your favorite designer notebook at your side. Your to-do list carefully prioritized in your favorite task management app. All your favorite design apps are open and the warm glow of your computer monitor beckons your masterful, creative brilliance. It’s time to get work done. But this isn’t all about your favorite preferences and processes. This is client work. You might prefer this shade of millennial blue/green or that expensive Hoefler and Co typeface, but today, the client’s king. It’s their task app, their existing brand typeface, and their development team’s project management… This story continues at The Next Web

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While we’ve previously seen crafty inventors fly drones with the assistance of devices like the Apple Watch or the Nintendo Power Glove, researcher Panagiotis Artemiadis is working on a technology that will take drone control to a whole new level. The scientist that heads the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at Arizona State University has come up with a way to control multiple drones using simply the power of your mind. To accomplish this, Artemiadis and his team have devised a special skullcap that connects your brain to a computer through 128 electrodes. The device then records electrical brain activity and proceeds to decipher and convert your thoughts to movements that the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you tend to waste hours surfing the Web before you eventually give up and settle for a movie you’ve already seen because there’s nothing better to watch, Cinesift is about to change your life. Built by Redditor yombato, it’s a massive film database that sources information from popular websites like Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and Metacritic to help you quickly and effortlessly pick a movie to watch. Besides its neat and elegant interface, Cinesift also features a robust search engine that lets you easily cross-reference whether the movie of your choice is available on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Like other similar apps, the website allows you to save… This story continues at The Next Web

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Withings Thermo, the company’s flashy FDA-approved contactless thermometer, is now available for purchase. Thermo allows you to scan the forehead and temporal artery to get a temperature, and it doesn’t need to come into contact with the skin. Withings says Thermo can be up to half an inch away and still get an accurate reading. The device links to an app, which lets you view and manage several family members. Each reading can also be annotated with notes on how a person is feeling, a list of symptoms or which medications they may be taking. The Withings Thermo itself also keeps… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new lawsuit alleges the Federal Bureau of Investigation is willfully avoiding granting access to documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The lawsuit, filed by national security researcher and MIT Ph.D. candidate, Ryan Shapiro alleges the FBI is using an antiquated system that searches in the “universal index” of its legacy Automated Case Support system rather than two modern search applications the FBI has access to — a move he argues leads to “failure by design” and an inability to turn over requested documents due to the system’s inability to find them. “When it comes to FOIA, the FBI is simply… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier today ZTE announced its newest device, the $99 ZTE Max Pro. On paper, it’s a whole lot of phone for an off-contract device. After spending a few minutes with it, there’s a lot to like. Specs Here’s the basic rundown: 1080p 6-inch LCD Snapdragon 617 processor 2 GB RAM 32 GB storage microSD slot (up to 128GB) Android Marshmallow USB-C (2.0 speeds) with quick charging 3,400 mAh battery 13 MP, PDAF rear camera, 5MP front camera Fingerprint sensor Gorilla Glass 3 Basically, it’s very similar to the Moto G4 Plus at a cheaper price point, with caveat that you’re still… This story continues at The Next Web

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Without question, the number one complaint I hear about Snapchat from those that have written it off is that finding good content on the platform is a chore. They’re not wrong. I actually had this conversation recently with a colleague here at The Next Web who’d mentioned that he didn’t use Snapchat because the content mostly sucked and that there weren’t any good ways to find the best accounts to follow. Well, the majority of the content sucking isn’t something Snapchat can fix. But, much like Twitter it’s really all about the accounts you follow. Put simply, if you follow… This story continues at The Next Web

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Screenshots and all, it took all of 15 minutes to write this piece, edit it and schedule it to post on our our social media accounts. In that same timeframe, Pokémon Go has been downloaded a staggering 72,998 times and pocketed Nintendo and Niantic a cool $163,099 (estimated). In the same 15 minutes, I’ve written a few words, pocketed a couple dollars of my monthly salary and watched in awe as AppInstitute (a DIY app builder) charted Pokémon Go’s estimated real-time assault on the word. Released just shy of two weeks ago, Pokémon Go is closing in on double the daily time spent… This story continues at The Next Web

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ZTE just announced its newest phone at an event in New York today, the ZMAX Pro. At least on paper, it packs a whole lot of power for just $99 on a pre-paid plan. The specs we know so far: 1080p 6-inch LCD Snapdragon 617 processor 2 GB RAM 32 GB storage MicroSD slot (up to 128GB) Android Marshmallow USB-C with quick charging 3400 mAh battery 13 MP rear camera, 5MP front camera Fingerprint sensor ZTE’s clearly trying to out-do some of the competition here on the spec sheet. Quick charging, USB-C, and fingerprint sensors are virtually unheard of at this… This story continues at The Next Web

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The upcoming summer update for Xbox One is packed with features, such as Cortana support, a merging of the Xbox and Windows store and (finally) background music. The music, however, won’t be coming from Spotify — at least not now. Recently asked whether it could soon be coming to Xbox One, a Spotify representative (on Twitter) said “we’re focused on our exclusive partnership with PlayStation,” which is a non-committal way of saying “it’s not happening.” That’s not to say that Sony’s exclusivity agreement with Spotify won’t end at some point but for now it’s not happening. @PalmyGamingHD Hi! Right now we're focused… This story continues at The Next Web

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Late last week, a report indicated Google had scrapped a plan to create its own standalone VR headset. Now Engadget has thrown cold water on that, saying Google is indeed still working on its headset project. Recode claimed Google’s X Lab was working on the headset at one point, but has moved away from working on that project. That report detailed a headset with an entirely new operating system, which could have been why the project ended. With Daydream, Google has created a foundation for any OEM to get involved with VR, so a standalone OS and companion hardware —… This story continues at The Next Web

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Update: The post has been pulled. No explanation from Facebook on what may have caused it to be posted in the first place, though. Someone on Facebook’s social media team (lulz) appears to be drunk. The company posted the following status post about 50 minutes ago to its official UK Facebook Page, although it doesn’t show up here in the US: A few other possible explanations: Has Facebook been hacked? Is this a secret message? Has Facebook finally succumbed to the inanity of its user’s comments? Is the Timeline becoming self-aware? What does it mean?! As of 2 PM ET,… This story continues at The Next Web

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As it turns out, sailing the narrow sea takes longer than imagined. HBO has announced that its truncated seventh season of Game of Thrones will be delayed until the summer of 2017. Filming will begin later this Summer in Northern Ireland, with additional shooting to take place in Spain and Iceland. We’d already learned that filming would be delayed a bit by warmer than expected temperatures, but we weren’t sure if (or how long) it would delay the show itself. Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, had the following to add in a blog post announcing this news: Now that winter… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is releasing the fifth and final preview of Android 7.0 Nougat today to developers, but anyone can try it out. Unfortunately for everyday users just trying to get a taste of Google’s latest OS, there doesn’t appear to be much new to report. The changes are focused on developers, and include: System images for Nexus devices An emulator for testing apps The final Android N API’s Big fixes and optimizations If you’re already enrolled in the beta program, you should see an update to your device pop up soon. Otherwise, you can sign up to try it here. As… This story continues at The Next Web

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