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The New Inquiry, a non-profit, recently unveiled its blockchain mining system designed to give freedom to people awaiting trial who can’t afford to post bail. Slacktivists unite: anyone can donate their unused processing power to the cause. Bail Bloc is software that lets you utilize unused processing power to mine for cryptocurrency, specifically Monero, which is then donated to the Bronx Freedom Fund. That donation is used to post bail for individuals who are incapable of coming up with the money to post their own bond, according to a white paper outlining how The New Inquiry intends to use the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Less than two weeks after Bitcoin broke the $7,500 barrier to hit an all-time high of $7,700, the popular cryptocurrency has yet again surged past the $7,000 mark. Despite a bumpy week which saw Bitcoin price drop to below $6,000 at one point, the cryptocurrency fluctuated around the $6,500 mark, until earlier today it passed the $7,000 threshold for the second time ever. Here are a couple of screenshots from Coin Market Cap that will give you a better idea how Bitcoin has fluctuated over the past seven days: In case you were wondering, the sudden jump in value amounts… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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ICOs, or initial coin offerings, are becoming increasingly popular, creating a multi-billion-dollar market. There is no sign of this industry slowing down any time soon, as ICOs are giving startups in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space access to limitless crowdfunded capital. With the competition extremely stiff, it makes the marketing strategy a crucial component of the success (or failure) of the ICO. Attracting token investors and enthusiasts requires a well-thought-out marketing strategy, consisting of the five tips outlined below. 1. Have an interesting story to share Several tokens have successful ICOs simply because their audience loves their mission and what… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no better way to rejoice at the majority of Australians voting ‘YES’ to same-sex marriage than a celebratory augmented reality over a mural of former Prime Minister, Tony Abbot. While Abbot wasn’t shy leading the ‘NO’ campaign, it’s safe to say the AR only adds to his potential embarrassment about the satirical mural of himself, marrying himself. Painted by Scott Marsh in September, the ingenious mural now comes to life by downloading the app, EyeJack, with the AR designed by arrbeesound. It’s quickly caught the attention of many, with a video of the experience already at 23,000 views and counting. Keep… This story continues at The Next Web

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Colorise Bot is a Twitter bot which, if you tweet it a photograph of a black-and-white photograph, will transform it into a picture of technicolor genius. The best part? It’s super fast, with some images colorized in a matter of seconds. I colourised your image in 5.4 seconds. Find out how: https://t.co/Pz5ZKkzRGh pic.twitter.com/FNWlzDpbJI — Colorise Bot (@colorisebot) November 15, 2017 This quirky tool is the product of two (British, obviously — “colorise”) teenagers, Oli Callaghan and Finnian Anderson. Oli is 18, while Finnian is just 17. According to a blog post published by Anderson, Colorise Bot uses a pre-made neural… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Spotify is one of the most used music streaming apps in the world — as of June this year it had 140 million active users. But for an app so widely used, a lot of its better features are hidden. This is an issue that Spotify has been tackling for a while, and although its taken steps to and continues to improve its UX, it’s still lacking that flow. Some of these features have to do with user interaction, while others with the music itself. I’ve listed some of my favorites to share: 1. Improve sound quality Spotify lets you… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a limited time, you can pick up 2TB of Zoolz Cloud Storage space for life for an additional $10 off its already heavily discounted rate. Right now, it’s only $39, an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals.

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Google wants to make it easier to find your ideal job. The internet giant is introducing a line of improvements to its Google for Jobs platform. Among other things, the new features will offer users more detailed career postings, including salary comparison stats, improved location settings, application categories – and a couple of weeks from now, the ability to save individual listings. To provide accurate stats, the Big G will source data from popular careers platforms like Glassdoor, PayScale and LinkedIn. Job listings that already include a salary indication will show a comparison to the estimated remuneration range for the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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To get your attention with this Black Friday bundle of Mac apps, we pulled together eight of the most popular, most requested programs available — and slashed their prices to ribbons. You can get all eight power utilities right now for just $39, an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals.

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On December 12 we’re hosting our annual TNW event in New York. One of our speakers is Madison Maxey, founder and technical lead at LOOMIA, which infuses technology into everyday objects, including jackets. She’s doing an Answers session today, where you can ask her anything. Her attendance strangely reminded me of an old story about jackets… A friend of mine was born and raised in Curacao. When he was 19 his parents moved him to Amsterdam. At first, he hated it, and not just because of the weather. It was mostly because he had to learn and adjust to a completely new… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mattel today released Star Wars Bloxels, a set of building blocks used in conjunction with an app to create your own video games. While technically a toy for ages eight and up, Bloxels are a blast to play with, and they really shine as a teaching tool for aspiring young programmers. With Star Wars Bloxels you get a plastic board and 320 colored plastic cubes. Players or their parents download an app on an Android, iOS, or Amazon device and capture the game board using their camera. Each colored block corresponds to a specific game world feature, for example white… This story continues at The Next Web

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Faced with the potential of a Brexit-induced brain drain, Britain is to double the number of skilled technology visas it offers to 2,000. These visas will be available to “exceptional” workers in areas like digital technology and science. The move comes at a time when Britain’s startups are deeply concerned about potential hurdles in hiring international talent after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, when it will end the practice of free movement of labor. This means UK companies will no longer be able to recruit from the European Union without first acquiring a visa or work permit… This story continues at The Next Web

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The delivery service community in the Netherlands is not happy with Deliveroo right now. Following a shift in the company’s business model, all couriers in the country will now be required to register as self-employed in order to continue working for the popular food service, local outlet AT5 reports. The controversial announcement has sent miffed couriers protesting the decision onto the streets of Amsterdam. Dressed in their turquoise uniforms, a large group of Deliveroo riders stormed the city center to voice their dissatisfaction with the new rules. The changes are expected to come into force starting from February 1 next… This story continues at The Next Web

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Having used Chrome for ages, I’ve gotten used to the browser’s sluggish performance and gluttony for system memory, and I’ve a feeling I’m not alone. With the launch of Firefox Quantum, we can finally break free from those shackles: the latest version of Mozilla’s browser uses an all-new CSS engine and memory management techniques to load pages faster and handle piles of tabs better than Google’s offering. I’m making the switch today, and you can join me by following these simple steps to transition painlessly from Chrome to Firefox Quantum in under two minutes. 1) Install Firefox Quantum Head to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Firefox

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Remember the saying, “there’s an app for that”? It may be the case that there are too many apps for “that” these days. The number of available apps in the Google Play Store was placed at 3.3 million apps in September 2017. Apple’s App Store is the second-largest app store with 2.2 million available apps. In such a cluttered space, even the best apps struggle to find an audience. And more so, understanding how and what users value in the best apps is also becoming increasingly difficult. The good news is, there’s an app, well platform, for that too. With… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a bid to shake things up in the streaming music world, Deezer has launched a new desktop app for Mac and Windows that lets users on its Premium+ plan play lossless versions of their favorite tracks – a feature presently offered only by rival service Tidal. The company says it’ll stream 16-bit FLAC versions to your desktop in the new app, instead of traditional 320kbps MP3s; it won’t cost you extra until the end of this year, but you’ll then need to pony up for Deezer HiFi to continue streaming lossless content at $19.99 a month. That’s the same… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft is prepping to preview Skype Professional Account, which will make it easier for people who provide training, tutoring, consulting and counseling sessions via video chat to run their services – for free. The new version will include tools to schedule sessions, add notes for individual clients, and receive payments through the app. Microsoft also notes that it’ll help customers discover your brand, but hasn’t yet elaborated on how that might work. That’s handy, because most people who offer training or consult via video now have to use a bunch of unconnected apps to manage their businesses. If Microsoft plays… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft,Skype

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Apple says that there’s only the slimmest of chances that someone other than you can spoof your iPhone X using Face ID, thanks to its cutting-edge camera and image recognition system. But it was no match for fifth-grader Ammar Malik, who’s been able to unlock his mother’s new iPhone repeatedly – even after she re-registered her face. Malik demonstrates the unlocking in a clip above with his mother, Sana Sherwani – complete with a dab at the end. The family told Wired that Malik also managed to unlock his father’s iPhone X a couple of times. While this doesn’t imply… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Ever since the iPhone X was unveiled, Apple’s Animoji have been lauded as the greatest innovation to grace smartphones since multi-touch. So advanced, in fact, that Apple had to create a fancy new sensor just to map your mug to a poop emoji. Sarcasm aside, it turns out animoji apparently don’t need Face ID to work at all. Marques Brownlee, tech YouTuber extraordinaire, made the point in his iPhone X review. Animoji work fine even if you cover up all of Face ID’s TrueDepth sensors, and only stop working if you cover the regular RGB camera. See for yourself (start around… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Twitch today rolled out its Achievements feature to everyone. Now every Twitch streamer has a clear idea of what to do to start making money from their stream. Twitch’s prestige classes — Affiliate and Partner — have always been shrouded in mystery. For all Twitch’s attempts to turn more of its users into moneymakers, it’s always seemed like a bit of coin toss who got into those ranks. And many streamers desire to make Partner or Affiliate, since that’s when they’re able to earn subscription money. Now Twitch is making its requirements for status clear with “Achievements,” which streamers can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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What will the future of marketing hold? Will it be entirely automated by smart AIs that fully understand human nuance? Probably not. Will it be entirely manual and managed only by individual people without the aid of technology? Definitely not. As we’ll discuss shortly, the top influencers in marketing put their heads together on this very topic, and the results may surprise you. In any case, it’s safe to say that marketing probably isn’t going back to the old days of billboards, newspapers, and radio spots. The numbers don’t lie: the future of marketing is definitely digital. The digital marketing… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you got a job 50 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to stay with that company for your entire career, gradually moving up the corporate ladder. But these days, people change jobs every two years; even in some of today’s most successful companies. I’ve talked with hundreds of talented job applicants over the past five years as my company grows and I’m always surprised by how many people are searching for more creativity in their careers. No matter how many perks and benefits a company piles on, something’s still missing. Employees want something more. People are craving autonomy, creativity, and a… This story continues at The Next Web

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The SmartOmi Q5 truly wireless headphones are priced on the low end, but they pack some pretty decent high notes. They could use a little more “oomph” (read: bass), but otherwise there’s a lot to like. These earbuds, while small, are not innocuous. They look like James Bond’s cuff-links, which I hold as a point in the Q5’s favor. After a decade of seeing people with giant Bluetooth dongles hanging from their heads it’s easy to forgive the boxy design. The fact they come in both black and white is a good thing, though it would be nice to see… This story continues at The Next Web

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Are you interested in taking full advantage of all the technologies that are available to your business? Are you hoping to make some changes for the better in 2018? Are you wondering which technologies deserve most of your time and money? Since no two businesses are the same, the approach you take may not be the same as the next company. Even so, there are some technologies that continue to grow by leaps and bounds with each passing day. While there is no way of knowing for sure if a particular type of technology will benefit your company, here are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo is reportedly in talks with Universal Studios to create an animated film starring everyone’s favorite Italian plumber, Mario. The company will be working with Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-affiliated studio behind the “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films. According to the report by the Wall Street Journal, the studio has been in discussions with the studio for a year, and the movie is in the early stages of production. This is likely an extension of Nintendo’s existing collaboration with Universal Studios, which will eventually result in Mario appearing in a Japanese theme park by 2020. It wouldn’t surprise me if the film… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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