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Researchers at Staffordshire University in the UK are working on a way for jurors to get a whole lot more insight into the alleged crimes that they are asked to rule on, according to a report from the BBC. In essence, the project combines increasingly ubiquitous virtual reality (VR) headsets with green screen technology to “transport” people to a crime scene. Of course, to achieve this requires a change in the way data and other information is collected at a crime scene; it’s not as simple as just slapping on a VR headset. To achieve its needs, the project –… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an interview with retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about the future of the world’s most valuable company at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today. Addressing a question about the possibility of the iPhone maker cutting out mobile carriers and launching its own telecom service, Cook responded: Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network. We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally. We… This story continues at The Next Web

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Recently, global transportation giant Uber made headlines for drastically changing the look and feel of the entire brand. One of the main topics of debate was the complete redesign of the familiar logo. While some fans expressed their love for the new colorful look, most of the internet responded with a raised eyebrow. Even Uber drivers seemed disappointed. But people will adjust, and a change in logo is not what makes them stop using the service. Reading this you’re probably asking yourself why developers even do this at all. Why change your app, knowing brand recognition is important? In some… This story continues at The Next Web

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Desktop email clients are great for when you need to manage multiple accounts from various providers. If that sounds like you and you’re running OS X, you’ll want to give Airmail a try. The app has been updated with a boatload of handy new features. You’ll now find that it offers smart folders, as well as the ability to allow notifications only from select contacts that you add to a list. In addition, you can schedule emails to be sent at a later time, and customize gestures as well as keyboard shortcuts and menus for greater control over the app.… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you and/or your kids are all about animated movies, you’ll want to keep your devices locked to Netflix. The company has announced that it will be the exclusive streaming service for Disney and Pixar movies, as well as Marvel and LucasFilm properties, starting this September. The news comes more than three years after Netflix inked a deal with Disney in December 2012 for the rights to deliver the media giant’s content on its streaming platform. Disney titles will become available on Netflix during the same release window in which they’d come to pay-TV channels, meaning they’ll arrive after they’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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April fools day may have come and gone, but that isn’t stopping companies from making ridiculous products for some viral fame. Enter the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cruiser – part ‘hoverboard,’ part cereal bowl: Yes, you read that right. It’s basically a purple Segway with a cereal bowl between the handle bars, so you can eat while you ride. It even comes with a spoon holster, so you be ready to down some cereal at any time. Too bad you can’t actually purchase one. Time to add it to my products-I-wish-I-could-buy list, along with the ‘wind-effect’ selfie stick. We’ll see if we… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case you were living off the interwebs this weekend, a woman named Candace Payne rocketed to viral fame after buying herself a Chewbacca mask and livestreaming the hysterical joy of trying her purchase – sound effects and all – for the first time. Now, as is tradition with all the best viral videos, Payne’s euphoric episode has been autotuned by the geniuses of Schmoyoho, also known as The Gregory Brothers. That is to say, the same minds behind the infamous Double Rainbow and Bed Intruder (“hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife!”) songs. It’s another instant classic: Sure to join other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Most people shop on Amazon because of its large catalog and competitive pricing – prices so good that sometimes, they drop even lower just days after you’ve made a purchase. When this happens, Amazon customers are generally able to request a price adjustment and be refunded the difference within seven days of purchase. According to a customer thread on Reddit, however, this is no longer an option. In a statement to Recode, Amazon says the price adjustment policy only applied to televisions – refunds for all other categories of purchases fulfilled by Amazon were considered “exceptions.” Some consider the move to be a direct response… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is adding the ability for Live broadcasts to be indefinite, but won’t let you save or share those streams. A new Continuous Video API will make all of this possible, according to TechCrunch. It aims to host live feeds of nature, huge events and or just keeping an eye on your dog while you’re away at work. Ahead of this API, Live streams were capped at 90 minutes (though I can’t imagine wanting to watch a 90-minute feed of anything). Longer form videos can be set to end at a given timeframe, though. You could stream a family gathering… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook Live video is quickly becoming more popular, but sifting through video to find the interesting bits can be a pain. According to TechCrunch, a new ‘engagement graph’ feature could soon make that way easier. It’s a simple concept. Facebook records when an ongoing stream is being most commented on or reacted to, and then visualizes that data on the video’s seek bar. The more interesting bits will form peaks, the duller sections troughs. It’s fairly reminiscent to SoundCloud’s waveforms, which visualize the music’s volume along with a stream of comments corresponding to your current progress. That’s a feature I… This story continues at The Next Web

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It was only a matter of time: Snapchat now lets you attach stickers to your photos and videos. Or what we normally consider ‘stickers’ anyway. Previously, Snapchat stickers only included a standard set of Unicode emoji. While more illustrated stickers appeared in conversations a couple of months ago, this is the first time you’ve been able to attach them to your ephemeral snaps. As with emoji, you add the stickers by click on the Post-It-looking button on the top right. The new stickers now occupy the first page, but emoji are still available by swiping to the sides. The collection includes the entire… This story continues at The Next Web

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Another week, another threat to your personal data. Reportedly, someone has 117 LinkedIn logins up for sale on the dark web. This breach doesn’t have the blackmail potential of, say, the Ashley Madison affair, but this is  nevertheless a great time to give all those logins in your password manager a refresh. If you’re especially security-minded, there’s no time like the present to check out who’s got your back in the cyber security space! Privacy concerns aside, last week’s news was largely dominated by Google’s I/O conference. The company is looking to take on Siri and Amazon’s Echo, among other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ridesharing apps have generally made hailing a cab much more convenient, but sometimes you just need to arrange for a cab in advance. A report by the Financial Times indicates Lyft is beating Uber to the punch with the ability to schedule rides up to 24 hour in advance. Both Lyft and Uber had previously shut down the idea of scheduled rides, claiming they were inefficient. They could take potential drivers off the roads waiting for scheduled customers, and people are prone to changing their minds. It seems Lyft was the one to change its mind though; it will begin testing the feature… This story continues at The Next Web

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E3 is the world’s biggest gaming event, but it’s lost some of its luster to other conferences like PAX over the past few years. Now it wants to fight back by opening it’s doors to everyday gamers. The Entertainment Software Association – which manages E3 – today announced E3 Live, a public conference that will live alongside the main E3 event. Though it’s free, there will be limited ticket availability. To be clear, E3 proper is still open to trade professionals only, and will be where most of the big announcements happen. E3 Live, instead, will appear to have more a… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of Google I/O and Daydream, Facebook has purchased spatial audio company Two Big Ears for an undisclosed sum. It’s ‘Spatial Workstation’ will now be known as ‘Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation,’ and many of its tools will be free: Starting today, our pipeline for cinematic VR and 360 video, including the authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine are available for free via download below. We’re excited to be able to continue developing great tools for a larger number of people across the world. 3Dception for Games will no longer be a separate product but we will be working… This story continues at The Next Web

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No matter how good the camera on your phone is, it can only help you capture video from a single perspective at a time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could shoot from multiple angles and stitch it all together? That’s exactly what GroupClip is about. This free iOS app turns you and your bunch of mates into a collaborative film crew by letting you shoot video and bringing all those clips together into a single easy-to-use editing interface on your phone. Say you’re at a skate park and want to capture a sick trick. All you need to do… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all been there – stuck in an online or in-person meeting that was scheduled to last 30 minutes, but it drags on for nearly two hours and feels like nothing was accomplished. Meetings (at least good ones) are meant to align organizations, plan strategy, and move business forward.  Leading research shows that unnecessary meetings cost US businesses up to $37 billion annually. Employees report they spend over 30 hours per month in unproductive meetings, with many of those hours on web conferences and conference calls. Additionally, 45 percent feel overwhelmed by the number of meetings they attend, 91 percent… This story continues at The Next Web

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Spotify is bringing down the price of its family subscription by a big margin. It now costs $15 for a family of six to stream music. The feature was previously limited to a group of five people, for which it would cost $30. The original family plan, introduced in 2014, offered a 50 percent price reduction over the $10 single user price for each additional family member, up to five people. A family of two cost $15, three cost $20, and so on. So today’s change doesnt affect couples, but is a significant price reduction for everyone else. The reason?… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new study claims your Fitbit device might not be as accurate as you’d think – and this might be posing a hazard to your health. The research – commissioned by law firm Lieff Cabrasser – estimates that Fitbit trackers are getting your heart rate wrong by as much as 25 beats per minute. To reach this conclusion, authors Edward Jo and Brett Dolezal used an electrocardiograph – known for its precision – to record the heart rate of test subjects and then compare these numbers to results recorded with two different Fitbit devices – the Fitbit Charge HR and the Fitbit Surge. The authors then conducted… This story continues at The Next Web

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3nder is having a weird day. After being around for more than two years on iOS to help facilitate threesomes for more than a million users, the app is gearing up to launch on Android this month. But at the same time, it’s being targeted by Tinder over the similarity between the two services’ names. The only thing surprising about that is the fact that it took Tinder two years to come after 3nder. Of course, 3nder isn’t going down without a fight. It’s launched a site called Tinder Wants to Kill 3nder, explaining how its eight-member team is embroiled in a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Want to take DSLR quality photos without having to lug around a bulky camera? Acesori’s 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit lets you take stunning photos right on your smartphone. Connecting to the magnetic ring around your smartphone’s camera, these lenses are quick to pop on and give your phone the functionality of a DSLR without the extra bulk. For a limited time, you can pick up your own lens kit at TNW deals for only $9.99. Pop on Acesori’s fisheye lens to take wild 180 degree photos like this one: Or use the macro lens to capture some really… This story continues at The Next Web

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Website loading speed is a priority for the overall user experience, and it’s also one of the hundreds of SEO ranking factors. Truth is, nowadays people don’t have the patience to wait more than five seconds for a page to load. If your website isn’t loading fast enough, you’ll lose potential customers. With more than 50 percent of online traffic coming from mobile devices, everyone expects a site to load almost instantaneously. With that in mind, I’ll show you how we managed to score 100 out of 100 with Google PageSpeed Insights Tool for Monitor Backlinks for both desktop and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ahead of the launch of the OnePlus 3, the Chinese smartphone maker has announced that it’s giving away 30,000 VR headsets for free. All you have to do is claim your device and pay for shipping. Co-founder Carl Pei said that the Loop VR headset should make for “a more robust, immersive and comfortable experience.” You can get yours by ordering it from this page on OnePlus’ site. If you’re in India, you can register for the Rs. 1 sale of the headset, which will take place on June 3 and June 7 at noon through Amazon India’s mobile app.… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a part in every tech journalist that instinctively rejects the idea of writing about a billboard. Ads are rubbish, and a billboard is just a really big ad. Samsung, however, has taken the dull-ass billboard concept and built a huge 80-meter high and 40-meter wide ‘replica’ of a Galaxy S7 Edge across the entire side of a building in Sokol, Moscow, including giving the effect of having the same curved edges. And while these marketing exercises often end up looking pretty crappy, the drone footage above shows that this one is an exception. Yes, it’s still just a huge ad, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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The writing’s been on the wall for a long time now, but Gartner’s latest report has confirmed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, as well as BlackBerry OS, have worn out their welcome. While global smartphone sales grew by nearly 4 percent in the first quarter of this year, Windows Phone’s market share dipped from 2.5 percent in Q1 2015 to 0.7 percent in Q1 2016. BlackBerry’s share shrunk by half to 0.2 percent in the same time frame. It’s hardly surprising, especially in BlackBerry’s case. The company said last October that it had no plans to schedule releases of new… This story continues at The Next Web

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