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“Music on Messenger is going to be a good thing this year,” said Facebook’s David Marcus today at the company’s F8 conference. To that effect, Facebook is going to bake in Spotify – and Apple Music “very soon” – directly into Messenger. The feature uses a new Messenger Platform tool called Chat Extensions, which essentially allow you to perform actions within Messenger you’d normally have to switch apps to try. You pick Spotify from Messenger’s app list, search for an artist or song, and then just share it right in Messenger. At no point do you need to exit your… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Music,Apple,Facebook,Spotify

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Facebook is finally announcing a real VR social app, and it’s called Facebook Spaces. The app allows you to create an avatar and browse through your Facebook feed. Moreover, you can use it as a virtual hangout of sorts. Facebook showed off creating artwork, playing games, listening to music and watching videos in VR. Posted by Facebook Tips on Monday, April 17, 2017 Since not everyone has a VR headset just yet, you can also interact with people using video calling on Messenger – they simply appear as a 2D video within the virtual space. On their end, you appear… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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It’s a become something of a broken record, but Facebook has been on a Snapchat copying rampage, adding a variety of camera effects with similar augmented reality filters. But at its F8 conference today, Facebook revealed a larger plan for these cameras: creating an open augmented reality platform. Mark Zuckerberg implied it should be our biggest takeaway from the event; Facebook sees these cameras as not just fun filters, but as a future platform for communication. Zuckerberg demonstrated using filters that not only apply effects to your face, but also interact with your environment using 3D mapping and object recognition.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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There’s a quiet, yet fundamental dignity in being able to do things for yourself. It’s something you don’t really notice until it’s gone. Take something as simple as using a smartphone. These aren’t just communications devices – they’re a true Pandora’s Box of secrets. We use them to traverse our interpersonal relationships. They’re where we work. Where we date. You get the idea. Imagine if you suffered a significant accident that cost you the use of your arms. A car accident, perhaps. Consider what life would be like if you couldn’t write a tweet, or swipe right on Tinder without… This story continues at The Next Web

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A huge debate started after Trump’s decision to allow internet services providers (ISPs) to sell their customers’ browsing data. We’ve yet to see how this exactly plays out, but one thing is certain, data is becoming more and more valuable. We spoke to John Marshall, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Lippincott and a Professor of Marketing at Dartmouth College, about the future of the data we inadvertently produce. Marshall worked on Lippincott’s Customer of the Future series on what will happen to personal data in the next five to 15 years. The series is built on extensive research and tries to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung might have another smartphone fiasco on its hands as a growing number of customers are complaining their brand new Galaxy S8 appears to have an unusual red tint on the screen. While the flagship is yet to launch worldwide this Friday, the company has begun shipping devices to South Korean customers who pre-ordered the device, but it seems Samsung is off to a rocky start. Numerous owners took to social media to complain about a mysterious red hue on their displays, CNET reports. A spokesperson for the tech titan has since confirmed the issue, claiming the pinkish tint has nothing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung Galaxy,Samsung

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The future is long. Fields of learning you don’t even consider now could become a cornerstone of your professional life next year, or next month… or even sooner. You can be ready for whatever that long future holds with a lifetime subscription to the premium tech training and resources of SitePoint. Right now, you can get lifelong access to everything in SitePoint’s vast array of web code and programming learning content for just $49.99, almost 90 percent off its regular price from TNW Deals. Your premium SitePoint membership basically puts a tech school’s resource library at your disposal, 24/7, 365… This story continues at The Next Web

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In its persistent quest to make the world a more distracting place, technology has blessed us with a perfect way to waste time: Cabana, Tumblr’s first standalone app. Tumblr was written down last year as a stunning $482 million loss by parent company Yahoo, a mere three years after acquiring it. But now they’re back with something new. Cabana is essentially an app that allows you to watch YouTube videos with up to six friends simultaneously. Or how Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt put it, “Very similar to Houseparty but focused on watching (cat) videos together,” which sounds pretty much as how… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tumblr

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Snapchat has always been a platform that embraced the selfie in all its glory, and as such, the vast majority of its augmented reality effects – called Lenses – have been been focused on bedazzling the front facing camera. That’s now changed: Snapchat today announced World Lenses, which add some pizzazz to everything around you – not just your face. It’s pretty neat stuff. While we’ve seen Snapchat use video tracking in very simple form with stickers that follow around specific objects in a video, the virtual objects introduced by World Lenses actually follow around the 3D environment they’re placed in,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Pornhub wants to help you step your sexting game up and turn your dirty NSFW selfies into totally SFW nude pics – which is why the adult entertainment giant is launching its very own ‘Snapchat for nudes.’ Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, Trickpics is a simple image manipulation tool that lets you cover up your genitalia with various Snapchat-esque stickers and graphic animations. The app currently offers over 15 filters to choose from, but Pornhub promises more are coming very soon. Here are a couple of examples in case your imagination fails you: While Trickpics works merely for image manipulation… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Apple might be months away from unveiling its next-generation iPhone but the rumor mill is already in full swing. The company is gearing up to introduce its refreshed line of iPhones, including an all-new premium handset with a curved glass body and almost bezel-less screen, Bloomberg reports. Besides the revamped display, the new models are expected to come with boosted cameras as well as an all-glass design with a steel frame. While the report barely offers any new insight as to what we could expect from the upcoming iPhone, it does add further credibility to a heap of previous rumors. Building on earlier speculation,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Open-plan offices are uniquely bad. The reason they persist is for one reason, and one reason alone: they’re cheap. They’re cheap to build. Since most office spaces are in an open configuration, they’re cheap to rent, too. But this is a false economy. No matter how much money you save, it will always be eclipsed by the staggering cost of lost productivity. According to a University of Exeter study, open plan offices result in a 32 percent drop in “workers’ well-being” and 15 percent reduction in productivity. There have been several attempts to make open-plan offices less awful, but these are… This story continues at The Next Web

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In its first major update in two years, Google Earth has added a bunch of new features that should make the virtual globe app a lot more fun to play with. Up first is browser support: you no longer need a dedicated desktop or mobile app to view Google Earth as it now loads in Chrome with all its bells and whistles. Next, the update introduces 3D maps for select locations so you can whizz through them and enjoy oodles more detail than with traditional satellite imagery. Start with the majestic Grand Canyon, and the beautiful Château de Chambord manor… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Audio Shop is a bit like the Instagram of your nightmares. The tiny command-line app lets you manipulate images using Sox — a common audio processing tool — for a horrific effect. Give it an input image and some parameters (you can tweak pitch, loudness, bass, etc) and you’ll see the type of shit you’d only see after a bad trip. Take this photo of Steve Ballmer, who is arguably the loudest person in tech. It felt only appropriate that I’d crank the “Monkey Man” up to 11. Then there’s this Burger King worker, from the controversial Google Home advert.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook continues to storm the numbers as the company has claimed four out of the five spots for the most downloaded apps across the globe during the last quarter. Interestingly, Netflix still lords over everyone as far as revenue goes. New research by app analytics firm Sensor Tower reveals that WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Snapchat were the most downloaded apps for the first three months of this year. While the numbers differed across the App Store and Google Play, one thing both platforms shared is that Facebook owned four out of the top five spots for the most downloaded apps worldwide. While… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Few skill sets will take an aspiring coder further these days than being an expert in app development, particularly in the Android environment. Android powers about 80 percent of the world’s smartphones, so learn to build where the people are with the Ultimate Android Development bundle from TNW Deals — and you can get it by paying any price you want to pay. Literally any price you want to pay will automatically get you the Android Mobile Apps: Beginner to Published on Google Play course. This instruction will not only run you through the basics of building a great app… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is gearing up to host its F8 annual developer conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose on April 18 and 19. The company is expected to show off new products, experiments and developments in camera and VR tech, its Messenger platform, open source tools, resources for publishers and more. If you’re not attending in person, here’s how you can tune into the the livestream: The broadcast kicks off at 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT / 7PM CEST / 10:30PM IST. Point your browser to fbf8.com/watch Sign up with your Facebook account or email address to get access… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been quietly working on a project to make unbiased data about US government spending available to the public, and it’s set to launch today. USAFacts.org will help people understand how the country spends its budget of roughly $5.4 trillion across federal, state and local agencies, using data only from government sources. Ballmer worked with economists, university professors and other professionals to cull data and build the database. It’s cost him more than $10 million in direct funding and grants to bodies like the University of Pennsylvania so far. So what can you expect to… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the key differences between Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and its previous flagships is the inclusion of a hardware button on the side to invoke Bixby, the company’s new virtual assistant software. Given that Bixby’s voice features won’t even work when the device launches, you’d be right to want to remap that button to launch other apps, like Google Assistant. That was possible for a bit, but it looks like Samsung is now locking down the button so you can’t reconfigure it. That’s according to flar2, the developer behind Button Mapper, an app that lets you remap your phone’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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A new ad-blocking technology could mean trouble for online publishers. Developed by researchers at Stanford and Princeton, this ‘undefeatable’ ad blocker breaks from the norm and detects ads much like humans do: by looking at it. Typical ad-blockers scan a page’s source code looking for signs of ads. It’s effective in most instances, but the technology isn’t perfect and can be circumvented to show ads — or “please consider whitelisting this site” pop-ups. The new tool, Perceptual Ad Blocker, finds ads the way humans do: by looking. Instead of reading HTML markup or tags, the system looks instead at the content contained… This story continues at The Next Web

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Netflix can’t get enough Adam Sandler. After signing an exclusive deal with Netflix in 2014 to produce four films, Sandler started off with a bang. The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and the newly-released Sandy Wexler all met with near-universal hatred from critics. Netflix users, though, couldn’t get enough. The Ridiculous 6, a western comedy complete with racist backlash, drew the venom of audiences everywhere, yet blew all of our minds when Netflix announced the film was its most-watched ever in its initial 30 days. Ever. Let that sink in for a minute. A movie with a zero-percent score on Rotten Tomatoes was more popular than… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Netflix

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While Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk throw money at the heavens, Stockton Rush has a more terrestrial goal in mind. Rush, the co-founder and chief executive of OceanGate — a company taking underwater tourists, or “mission specialists” on tours of sunken ships and underwater sights — reminds us that there’s a an alternative to space exploration that’s much closer to home. Humans have only explored around five percent of the world’s oceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s probably not changing any time soon. The US currently spends about $32 million a year on ocean exploration — as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber doesn’t allow tips in its app. Although the company is vaguely okay with cash tipping – how would it even find out? – the app itself has no mechanism for tipping. But if New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has its way, Uber may be forced to change that. The TLC announced today it was supporting a petition by the Independent Drivers Guild (which amassed more than 11,000 signatures) which suggested drivers were missing out on thousands of dollars of income because of the lack of a tipping option, or up to 300 million cumulatively. The cheap side… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Once overlooked, hotel executives are now taking notice of Airbnb. The short-term rental company was dismissed by one Marriott executive as recently as December, saying the company was “not really making headway in the corporate environment, which is really our bread-and-butter business.” Things have changed. According to documents obtained by The New York Times, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) — a group representing the $1.1 trillion hotel industry — has a multi-faceted plan to take down what it has since come to recognize as its biggest threat. It started with two seemingly-unrelated actions. The short-term rental company drew the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Airbnb

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Are you an Apple fan, and you’re feeling a bit nostalgic? Then you might want to check out the Internet Archive’s old-school Mac OS emulators. As spotted by Neowin, the archive now hosts Mac OS System 6 and System 7, as well as a variety of games and apps including Frogger, Space Invaders, MacPaint, and much more. Granted, you could already do all of this using an emulator on your computer, but being able to accessa retro OS from your browser is way more convenient, not to mention more accessible for less computer saavy folks. Still, you have the option… This story continues at The Next Web

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