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Tonight’s presidential debate is the first featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both will be dodging issues and trading barbs while putting on a real master class in how to shift the narrative to, well, whatever the hell they want. I’m not sure who will win, but you can be damn sure the loser is going to be all of us. But, I can’t lie, that’s not going to stop me from watching. So, I’m going to tune in at 9PM ET/6PM PT and watch Lester Holt, of NBC Nightly News, try to put out this inextinguishable dumpster fire. Here’s how you can do the… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s 2016, so social media is of course an essential part to this year’s bitter presidential campaign. Now Trump is turning to Snapchat with the largest use of the platform for the election we’ve seen so far The Trump campaign today issued the first national filter of the 2016 election. As the Verge points out, various candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, had previously used geofilters for local campaign events, this is the first time a filter is available at the national level. All things told, it’s relatively tame for the Trump team. It features the standard “Make America great… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier today we ran a piece by the infamous — and admittedly much cooler than me — Juan Buis titled: ‘Think Snapchat’s Spectacles are weird? I’m sorry, but you’re old.’ As an old guy myself (34) I felt it was my duty to weigh in… after I get these fucking kids off my lawn. Snapchat’s ‘Spectacles‘ aren’t cool. I mean, unless you think Google Glass was cool, then you should definitely grab a wearable that’s 10 percent the price and feature set.  Speaking of Glass, the failed hardware project by Google was touted as ugly, but it doesn’t hold a candle to… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s no secret that Donald Trump draws huge crowds. Within these crowds are doctors, lawyers, fry cooks at your local Wendy’s and, of course, the group Hillary Clinton recently called ‘a basket of deplorables.’ For what it’s worth, Clinton later backtracked and apologized for the statement. I won’t though; she’s right. A man that breeds fear and paranoia isn’t fit to lead. The crowds that follow this man are… well, let’s just say we’ve seen this before. Twitter bot Every Trump-ette agrees, and artificial intelligence or not, it’s nice to be agreed with on occasion — a rarity when you write on the internet.… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you think of the on-demand economy, I bet you imagine services like Amazon Prime, Uber and Postmates. The London Sperm Bank Donors think of sperm. A new service, dubbed ‘Order a Daddy,’ lets users narrow down results from a sperm donor registry to find their ideal match. Browsing potential fathers is as easy as selecting a few desired characteristics and allowing the search function to do its work. Once finished, it’ll return names — such as ‘Donor 1000’ and ‘Donor 1004’ — with results detailing their physical characteristics. If it seems a good fit, a click of the ‘found out more’ link… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is reportedly announcing a whole boat load of things at its upcoming October 4 event. While the new Pixel phones have gotten the attention, there’s also a 4K Chromecast on the way – and now it’s leaked. Evan Blass from VentureBeat corroborates an earlier report from Android Police that the device – known as the Chromecast Ultra – will cost $69 and be sold along the existing Chromecast, which costs $35. I can’t help but feel that’s not a great deal unless Google is packing a ton of new features other than a bumped up resolution. Roku’s new streamers just… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pen Pineapple Apple Pen. PPAP. Call it what you want, but it’s close to taking over the world. If you take a few seconds and look at the video above you’ll understand what I mean. It’s like the most addictive drug you could ever find, but worse. In the video you see Japanese artist Piko-Taro using its magical powers to combine a pen, a pineapple, and apple and another pen to form a pen-pineapple-apple-pen. It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t have to, because the melody is so ridiculously catchy that it’ll be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Or… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve been talking about if and when Google will combine Android and Chrome OS for ages now, but it seems our wishes may finally come true at the company’s upcoming October 4 hardware event. According to Android Police, Google will be unveiling a new operating system, currently nicknamed ‘Andromeda,’ which combines its two major software platforms. That’s in addition to previously rumored announcements of two Pixel phones, a new Chromecast, a new Wi-Fi router, and a release date for Google Home (an Amazon Echo competitor). Mind you, Andromeda is separate from the company’s ongoing project to bring Android apps into… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the future, speaking may be all that’s required to diagnose health issues. Beyond Verbal, an Israeli company specializing in analyzing emotion from vocal intonation, is set to launch a platform today that could be the first step in doing just that. The Beyond mHealth Research Platform could usher in a brave new world of healthcare research by correlating distinct vocal features that are mostly imperceptible to humans. In doing so, these vocal ‘biomarkers’ could alert your physician to the presence of anything from depression and stress to heart disease. This sort of early detection could prove to be the difference… This story continues at The Next Web

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Believe it or not, there’s now an awesome webcam app that makes even Snapchat filters look lame. Built by developer-turned-designer Josh Beckwith, Temporalis is an interactive webcam filter that turns real life into the Matrix — and it’s so much fun. All you have to do is pose in front of your camera and start moving; Temporalis will then proceed to slice up your movements and generate cool GIFs like this one: To record yourself, tap the ‘Record GIF’ button in the top right corner. Once you click the button a second time, Temporalis will automatically save and download the GIF it… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, streaming giant Plex announced that it has teamed up with Amazon to launch a new product that’ll make its Media Server software easier to use than ever before — Plex Cloud. As you’ve probably already guessed, Plex Cloud is almost identical to the company’s desktop-based Media Server with the main difference being that it operates in the cloud instead of on a computer or NAS. What’s particularly neat about Plex Cloud is that it’s configured with a single click, so you no longer have to manually select libraries on your hard drive. Instead, all media files that can be accessed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Want to create seamless, beautiful interfaces that attract users to your apps and websites? The UI and UX Design Bootcamp will get you there, instructing upon the fundamentals of UI/UX with six premium courses. For a limited time, this course collection is now just $39 via TNW Deals. You’ll get instruction on how to create gorgeous digital products that don’t compromise on either form or function. Intrigued? Here’s a sampler of the courses you’ll get with your training: The Become a Senior UX Design Strategist tutorial will help you dive into how to craft and implement a UX strategy. You’ll… This story continues at The Next Web

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What do you think about Snap’s first hardware product — their newly announced Spectacles? Maybe you’re thinking about Google Glass, the spectacularly failed hardware project that took the world by storm for not much more than a minute? Or maybe you’re scared for a dystopian future like this episode of Channel 4’s Black Mirror, where special lenses record the entire life of its protagonist. Truth is, it doesn’t really matter what you’re thinking. Stages we go through for all Snapchat launches: Step 1: WTF is this?Step 2: No really, what is this?Step 3: 100M people use it daily. — Aaron Levie… This story continues at The Next Web

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Humans. Besides our opposable thumbs, we have something else in common… our obsession with technology. Generally speaking, we are without a doubt 100 percent consumed by the technology around us. All day. Every day. But what we do with that technically is completely different from that of our neighbor. From “The Great Firewall” of China to Blackberry’s BBM still reigning supreme (no, really), life online is varied and vastly cultural. World wide what? Oh internet. With about 40 percent of the world’s population using the internet, this wonderful cat-filled Web helps make our world that much smaller. As the region… This story continues at The Next Web

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My inbox is empty. My calendar is organized. My todo list is up to date. I’m also always on time for meetings…. Mostly. My business partner has 17,378 unread emails in his inbox. As well as 78 unanswered meeting invites in his calendar. I’m not even sure he has a todo list and he’s often late to meetings or forgets them entirely. While none of that seems very efficient to me, he still gets shit done. And that makes me jealous. I’m jealous of how he seems to easily manage everything without wasting time on boring details. Spending any amount… This story continues at The Next Web

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Japan yet again lives up to its reputation as a technology innovator as local digital currency firm Coincheck has announced a new service that will allow users to pay their utility bills in Bitcoin. The new payment option is the first of its kind in Japan and will be available from November onwards. As part of the deal, Coincheck customers will get a chance to save money for going digital – up to six percent for “heavy users”. Saved funds will be automatically paid out and stored in the user’s personal Coincheck wallet. To get the project off the ground, the company has partnered up with Marubeni Power… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has confirmed that one of its self-driving vehicles sustained significant damage in a traffic accident involving a commercial van on Friday, September 23. The collision took place at the corner of W El Camino Real and Calderon Ave in Mountain View, California, when the driver of the van ran a red light and struck the passenger side of Google’s Lexus RX 450 SUV. The car was operating in its autonomous mode at the time of the crash, but that didn’t stop the human driver from slamming on the breaks when he spotted the oncoming van. Unfortunately, his reaction was a little too slow. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’re casually swiping away on Tinder, and then it happens — you spot a Facebook friend. For some people, that’s a reason to panic. But what if you could sneakily spy on your friends’ Tinder profiles, without them having to know? Enter FriendSwipe, an app that scans your Facebook account for connections with Tinder accounts. It’s very easy to use: You log in with your account, and it presents a list of your friends that use the popular dating app. When you tap a name, it brings you to their full profile and gives you the option to swipe left or right.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the years, Adobe’s excellent software has firmly established the company as one of the most influential sources of innovation in image manipulation and it seems the Photoshop-maker intends to keep things this way. The company has partnered up with researchers from the University of Berkeley to develop a kickass new editing tool that uses deep learning to help you realistically manipulate images in real-time – and the results are going to absolutely blow your mind.   In a paper titled Generative Visual Manipulation on the Natural Image Manifold, the researchers detail an interesting new method that generates “photo-realistic samples” based solely on a few brush strokes from… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you love dubstep, EDM and other music featuring synthesizers and computer-generated audio, you have computing pioneer Alan Turing to thank. Turing is believed to be behind the world’s first recording of computer-generated music. The BBC had obtained a recording from Turing’s lab in Manchester in northern England some 65 years ago, but the audio, preserved on a single 12-inch acetate disc, was found to be distorted. Professor Jack Copeland of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and composer Jason Long (who happens to a UC alumnus) teamed up to figure out a way to clean up the sound and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year when Johan and I founded The Things Network, Johan was in Barcelona at Hacker Paradise and I was in Amsterdam during the most crucial time of it’s existence. Hacker Paradise is a community that moves around the world and offers a good opportunity for a workcation.  You join a group of like minded developers, designers and entrepreneurs and have a good time while you do your freelance gigs or do your normal job remotely in a place where you otherwise would go on holiday. All the logistics are taking care of for you –housing, community and a workplace.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber surprised the world last month when it announced its plans to begin testing self-driving cabs within a matter of days. The company clearly has its sights set on the future of mobility, as Jeff Holden’s latest comments prove. Uber’s head of products spoke with Recode over the weekend at The Nantucket Project conference, noting that the company is researching small planes that can vertically take off and land (VTOL), so they can be used for short-haul flights in cities. Holden said that the idea behind this program is to enable Uber to offer customers “as many options as possible… This story continues at The Next Web

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At its I/O conference in May, Google showed off Home, its answer to Amazon’s Echo. The voice-activated device is designed to work with Google Assistant and answer your questions, control music playback through its built-in speaker and control your home’s IoT gadgets. Android Police reports that its sources have confirmed that Google will formally announce Home at its October 4 event, where the company is expected to unveil a ton of new hardware. The Home will reportedly be priced at $129 and will be available with personalized base covers. It’ll likely work like a voice-based version of Assistant, which is… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of the massive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone debacle which saw Samsung recall some 2.5 million of its flagship handsets, Samsung’s woes continue in its home country. The Wall Street Journal reports that some customers who have received replacement devices over the past week are complaining that the phones overheat and quickly lose battery power – even while being charged. Samsung didn’t confirm how many cases have been reported to the company, or if it’s received complaints from users in other countries. It told WSJ on Friday that the issue is “completely unrelated to batteries,” and said that… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you start to code, you’ll quite quickly discover that much of the free material on YouTube is rather dry. There are some exceptions, of course. Perhaps one of the best examples of these is Coding Rainbow, by NYU lecturer Daniel Shiffman. Coding rainbow is a series of YouTube videos that aims to teach “creative coding”. New episodes are posted near-daily, and they cover everything from the finer details of JavaScript, to how to apply the knowledge you’ve gained with practical projects. As the name suggests, it’s more than a little bit inspired by LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow, which ran from 1983 to 2006, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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