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The future of design is uncertain, with technology gradually blurring the lines of ownership and creativity. So how do we look ahead? At the Design Thinkers track at TNW Conference, designers from all fields shared their experiences and visions for the future. We’ve highlighted the key takeaways: Chris Slowe, Co-founder and CTO of Reddit Chris had large ambitions for his talk, which he shared with the crowd: “Thanks for coming out so early in the morning on day two of the conference. Hopefully I can bring some delight to your hangovers.” While a tall order, his talk certainly did delight.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit

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For the past two decades, Salesforce has carved out a position as the leader in cloud-based technology helping businesses and their employees handle customers. Now, you can get trained in using the Salesforce tools and earn certification in those skills with the three courses in the Essential Salesforce Certification Training bundle. It’s only $39, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals.

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At an event in Beijing, Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo today announced the launch of its latest flagship device — called simply the Vivo NEX. The NEX takes the current convention for bezel-less displays, and pushes it a notch further (pun absolutely intended). The phone boasts a (frankly bonkers) 91.24 percent screen-to-body ratio, which is about as high as you’ll get on any phone. It’s accomplished this by ditching the dreaded notch entirely. That’s right — there’s no notch at all blemishing the phone’s 8.59-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. The 8-megapixel front-facing camera is actually hidden within the body of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Some big news here: ASUS – the Taiwanese tech company – has announced a new laptop. “Oh,” I hear you say, “I appreciate the update, but, Callum, why should I care about that?” Good point, buddy. There’s something about the tech industry’s constant updates that feels like the equivalent of someone following you down the street, and yelling acronyms and numbers at you. Yes, it might be an interesting for a little bit, but soon you’ll be just wishing it would stop, asking god why you’ve been cursed in this way. But, and this is why you should be interested, with the new… This story continues at The Next Web

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It appears that Apple has learnt its lesson when it comes to tackling cryptocurrency scams. The company has amended its app store review guidelines to extend its section on cryptocurrencies. On the face of it, the  new guidelines may seem somewhat restrictive for cryptocurrency businesses, and users are already complaining on social media. But, the additional vetting may, in fact, help fight one of the biggest menace in the industry — phishing attacks and malware. The new guidelines lay out the dos and don’ts for iOS developers building cryptocurrency and blockchain apps. Among other things, the document includes instructions on mining, wallet and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple,Google

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Eagle-eyed Redditor, DevCakes, has spotted that BestBuy listed Netflix and YouTube (alongside the already released Hulu) as available on the Nintendo Switch. It has since been removed, but you can check out the original screenshot here: Hulu has been available on the Switch since November 2017, but unless you live in the US or Japan, you can’t use it. Even if you live in the one of those markets, Netflix and YouTube are far more popular platforms. This news – which we dearly hope is true – really should’ve happened some time ago. With many people using their games consoles as entertainment devices,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube,Netflix,Nintendo

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Bitcoin has been around since 2009, and since then an influx of altcoins have entered the market to much acclaim. Yet, despite questions being raised as to whether bitcoin is going to change the world and how it will become the world’s single currency in 10 years, its acceptance among merchants is still low. A number of factors are involved which may be hindering its surge into the mainstream. These include slow transaction speeds and a lack of regulation. With discussions ongoing relating to regulatory issues and work continuing with the Bitcoin Lightning Network — designed to solve bitcoin’s scalability… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is working on a plan to use AI and VR to spot those attempting to cross the border between the United States and Mexico. Mexico isn’t going to pay for it. Luckey’s company, Andruil Industries — which refers to the magical sword used by Aragorn in Lord of the Rings — has reportedly set up three tech-filled towers on a Texas ranch near our southern border. The goal is to identify moving objects — both people and animals — from up to two miles away. Once detected, the system would then relay information to a VR… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is working on technology that could determine just how drunk passengers are when ordering a ride. According to CNN, Uber Technology Inc. filed a patent for a machine learning application that could accurately predict a user’s state of sobriety and alert the driver with this information. The patent application describes artificial intelligence that learns how you typically use the Uber app, so it can better spot unusual behavior. Its algorithms weigh a number of factors, including typos, walking speed, how precisely you press in-app buttons, and the amount of time it takes, standing on the curb, to order a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Valve today announced it was collaborating with Chinese game company Perfect World to develop a version of its popular platform Steam specifically for Chinese gamers. According to a Valve spokesperson, the new service, called Steam China, would give gamers and developers in the country “with a new way to access Steam’s expansive selection of games and entertainment.” Perfect World, a game developer specializing in MMOs, such as Neverwinter and Swordsman Online, has been in partnership with Steam since 2012. It currently holds exclusive rights to distribute two of Steam’s biggest games — Counter Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2 — to the Chinese market. While the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is making a new page called Memories, an expansion of On This Day, a pointless feature in which Facebook spits out your own most popular posts and calls it nostalgia. Now it proposes to throw even more of your own memories to you. The new Memories page, announced by Facebook today, takes the usual On This Day stuff and expands it to include Friends Made On This Day, weekly and monthly recaps, and memories you may have missed by not logging into Facebook on a particular day. It’s the same sort of thing you already see littering your News… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Two titans of gaming, EA and Microsoft, revealed updates to their respective subscription services that should appeal to hardcore gamers. Both companies committed to releasing their major first-party titles – the big games like Halo and Madden – on their subscription services at the same time as the worldwide launch. Microsoft yesterday announced that every first-party Xbox One game its publishing arm puts out will launch on its Xbox Game Pass service. It also announced the acquisition of five new studios, an upcoming cloud streaming service, and a machine learning update that allows games to download twice as fast from… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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A month after its original announcement, Microsoft’s awesome Adaptive Controller for the Xbox One is up for pre-order. The controller, designed specifically for gamers with limited mobility, costs $99 and will be available in September. What is it? It’s the first first-party controller designed for gamers with limited mobility. Although it only features two buttons by default (that’s what those big black circles are), it comes with nineteen 3.5mm ports and two USB ports for connecting assistive devices for all sorts of gamers. Instead of an analog stick, some gamers could find it easier to use a joystick. Instead of a button,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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If you think blockchain technology is boring, this Twitter user is out there to prove you wrong. Lightning K0ala has created an online graffiti board, called satoshis.place, to show the power of Lightning Network (LN) in processing micro-transactions. For those who do not know, Lightning Network is a layer that sits on top of Bitcoin’s blockchain to make the transactions cheaper and faster. While the technology is still in its nascent stage, it is often touted as a solution to Bitcoin’s scalability problems. Its total network capacity crossed $150,000 in April. In fact, at one point in March, it had more… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Fitbit’s Versa was the star of the show at its reveal event in March, but the company also announced another tracker. The Fitbit Ace is  aimed specifically at kids eight years and older – and the parents who want to track their activity. It’s finally available today for $100. As a recap, it’s basically a revamped Fitbit Alta tweaked towards the different health needs of kids. That means fitness goals are tuned to suggest 60 minutes of exercise per day (instead of 30), or 9-12 hours of sleep (instead of 7 or so). It’s also waterproof, can last up to 5 days,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Todd Howard made a joke at this year’s E3 about releasing Skyrim on Alexa and then Bethesda actually made it real — and I, the Skyrim curmudgeon, completely give up. In between Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios exec, dating himself and mispronouncing “nuclear” on stage at the company’s E3 show, he also took the time to make fun of himself for his own near-constant announcements of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. No kidding, he actually said, “We know most of you came here for one thing… I think it’s to see where we’re putting Skyrim next.” At that point, the show stopped cold… This story continues at The Next Web

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As the debate on cryptocurrency regulation continues to heat up, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has decided to host a special ‘Ask me Anything’ (AMA) session to answer your questions about the future of the industry. In an announcement on its website, the Blockchain Observatory said it will devote 90 minutes to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the cryptocurrency space on June 18 at 6PM (CEST). Among other things, the announcement says the session will focus on the fundamentals of blockchain technology, its use cases, and what to expect in the years ahead. Discover the agenda… This story continues at The Next Web

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Former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai today stands victorious. His tireless efforts to deny the will of an overwhelming majority of American citizens have come to fruition: net neutrality protections are today officially eliminated. Our democracy was born from the forges of war and watered with the blood of patriots. For more than 200 years our politicians have stood as the vanguard and creators of the policies that govern our freedom, while brave men and women have taken up arms in defense of our nation. But today, our democratic principles were packaged and delivered, in a gilded basket, to greedy corporations… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ethereum has hit a new milestone as earlier today the cryptocurrency’s total supply crossed the 100 million mark: this means there is more than 100 million Ether in circulation. Unlike Bitcoin which has its supply capped at 21 million, Ethereum has opted not to set an upper limit on its total coin supply. This has raised concerns about inflation in the Ethereum community for years on end. Back in 2016, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin projected the supply won’t cross 100 million in the foreseable future – not until the next century at least. Clearly, something with his calculations went amiss.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever said something really horrible in an online chat? Like, I’m talking a statement so lip curlingly uncomfortable that, as soon as you pressed ‘send,’ you felt shame dribble down your neck like a raw egg made of pure parental disappointment? Luckily for some of us, Snapchat now lets you delete messages you’ve sent directly to friends or in a group chat. It’s a pretty intuitive system. You press and hold on the message, at which point an option menu comes up and you can select ‘delete.’ See it in action here:   This new feature – which is rolling… This story continues at The Next Web

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A poignant documentary delves into how embodying digital characters in virtual worlds like Second Life empowers people to become their true selves. In Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is me! filmmaker Bernhard Drax travels from Los Angeles to rural South England to tell the stories of 13 ability-diverse people ranging from 24 to 92 years of age who find solace and inspiration in the user-created Metaverse that exists in their computers. Drax sends his documentarian avatar Draxtor Despres into the virtual universe of Second Life (SL) as well as next generation VR platforms like High Fidelity and Sansar to find… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Internet Business Advertising reported that U.S. advertisers spent a total of $88 billion on digital ads in 2017. To put that into perspective, advertisers spent an average of $270 trying to market to each person in the U.S last year. With advertisers flocking to search and social media platforms, the bottom line is that businesses are looking for ways to see higher returns on their ad dollars. Luckily, there are ways to help anyone grow their businesses in the digital space with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, now for just under $20 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Top CEOs from top companies came to TNW Conference last month, to share their secrets to success. From the Chinese market to design thinking, we’ve highlighted the biggest takeaways from The Boardroom track. Let’s dive right in with a summary: Ray Chan, CEO of 9GAG “The Chinese market is like teenage sex,” Ray began boldly. “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they’re doing it.” That’s why Ray felt it was time to set the record straight. If you’re a company looking to get into… This story continues at The Next Web

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A cryptocurrency is a form of digital currency that uses cryptography for the purpose of security. The currency has rapidly gained popularity in the public eye. There are many types of cryptocurrencies that include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin cash, Litecoin, Cardano, and Stellar Lumens among others. While bankers have been against cryptocurrencies, they have incredible benefits over regular currencies. The banks are often citing the extreme volatility of this currency and their potential to be used for money laundering. The rate at which cryptocurrencies are growing over the last few months has filled bankers with abhorrence. Here are the main reasons why bankers… This story continues at The Next Web

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Another day, another cryptocurrency heist. The latest to fall victim is the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange, Coinrail. The company suffered a breach on Sunday, losing 30 percent of its cryptocurrency reserves. The exchange has not yet given an estimate of the loss, but local news outlet Yonhap News reports stolen funds amount to approximately $37.2 million. 해킹공격시도로 인한 시스템 점검중입니다. 일부코인(펀디엑스,NPXS)이 확인되었으며 추가적인 코인피해가 있는지 여부를 확인중입니다. 추후 자세한 사항은 재공지하겠습니다 / There has been an cyber intrusion in our system. We're confirming it and some coins(Pundi X, NPXS) are confirmed. — coinrail (@Coinrail_Korea) June 10, 2018 Coinrail last traded… This story continues at The Next Web

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