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The victim of a car accident is suing Snapchat after his Mitsubishi was rear-ended by a Mercedes traveling in excess of 100 mph. The plaintiff, Wentworth Maynard, was struck “so violently [the car] shot across the left lane and into the left embankment,” according to his lawyers. The driver of the speeding Mercedes, Christal McGee, told police that she “wanted to post an image of herself going fast” and that she was “just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat.” Snapchat has a number of filters that allow users to add effects… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter’s earnings are out, and it’s the same story as always: decent revenue (that missed projections) and steady user growth. Average monthly active users grew five million versus last quarter to 310 million total, and total revenue was $595 million — estimates were $608 million this quarter. Revenue is up versus this time last year, but down compared to last quarter. Twitter says revenue was at the lower end of their guidance range. Still, the company says its positive about the future after laying out its new strategy, especially with products like Periscope making an impact. Here’s how Twitter phrased it in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you have one or not, Apple Watch is a hot topic of late. As we look back on a full year with Apple’s first smart wearable, we’re left with as many questions as answers. But the real one, at least to me, is whether or not we expected too much of Apple Watch. What Apple Watch is Apple Watch was long in the tooth via rumors when Tim Cook excitedly introduced it on-stage. By then, we knew just about everything the hardware would offer, so there were few surprises. As we started getting our hands on them, what Apple… This story continues at The Next Web

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Selfie sticks are arguably dumb, but selfie sticks on wings? The guys at Zero Zero Robotics might be onto something. The Beijing-based company today unveiled the Hover Camera drone, a foldable device that can track your face and follow you around to snap videos and photos wherever you go. We saw a demo of it last week, and upon launch the app it was able to quickly scan its periphery for faces and locks on to whomever you assign. Then, walk around and it’ll keep close – without actually running into you. Word of warning, the thing is extremely loud.… This story continues at The Next Web

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InVision, the company behind some of the best design tools and Sketch plugins around, have acquired Web animation tool Easee and hired its creator, Steven Fabre. It’s a good old-fashioned acquihire; Fabre will join the InVision team, but will be working on “other projects.” Easee will also remain available for everyone to use, says InVision’s founder Clark Valberg: Easee will remain open and available for registrations. All existing accounts have been upgraded to the unlimited plan as well. Going forward, Steven will lend his talents to several exciting projects already underway. According to Fabre, Easee may not be updated as a standalone… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC’s been busy with launch of the HTC 10 and Vive, but now it’s got a new project on deck: an accelerator program for virtual reality startups. Simply named ‘Vive X,’ the accelerator is investing $100m to cultivate its set of startups. The program will pilot in Beijing in May, after which it will arrive in Taiwan and San Francisco. Notice the emphasis on Asia; Oculus and other VR companies haven’t made a huge dent in that market yet, so HTC – which is based in Taiwan – is trying to seize the opportunity. Vive X will begin by handpicking a small… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon, Alibaba, Walmart and others are all experimenting with novel ideas to make drone delivery a reality. One of the major concerns — that’s yet to really be addressed — is how to make this safe both for humans and other aircraft. Thousands of delivery drones, after all, would lead to some crowded airspace and we’re always just one catastrophic event from panic that could kill this sort of idea before it really takes off. Google thinks it has the answer — at least as it relates to drone-to-human collisions — in a new patent. The patent details an autonomous delivery… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe XD has been updated, and gives designers and developers a host of new tools, all of which have been sourced from community feedback. First, you can now set a custom grid for any artboard. It was one of those ‘duh’ additions, and Adobe notes it was among the most requested features in its UserVoice feedback forum. Text can also be easily enhanced with XD, with Adobe giving you the ability to resize and adjust line spacing for text boxes in the inspector. When toying with shapes, Adobe XD now allows you to change the corners of a box or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone who’s anyone in tech – from Jess Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg – has signed an open letter to Congress urging them to put $250m of federal funds towards providing every student in every school with the opportunity to learn computer science. Some $48 million has been raised privately, including $23 million from the likes of Microsoft and Google towards Code.org, plus additional funds from both of these companies and others specifically geared towards schools. The letter has been organized by the Computer Science Education Coalition in partnership with Code.org and cites statistics that indicate “11 percent of all job openings and 16 percent… This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to choosing where you’ll stay on Airbnb, a number of factors are probably influencing your decision, including the price, location and overall appearance of the accommodation. However, how often do you let the look of your host help you decide? Well, according to a recent study, it probably happens more often than you realize. A team of researchers from the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have investigated the effect of personal photos being used by Airbnb hosts on potential customers. To do this the team collected data from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bored with your wearable? Google wants to spice it up with a collection of new, easy to change ‘Mode’ watch bands. The straps feature a simple slide toggle to attach and detach your band in a single click. They were designed in partnership with b&nd by Hadley Roma, a company that specializes in making watch straps. The bands come in 16mm, 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm mm sizes. That should fit most Android Wear watches – and most mechanical watches too. Watches are as much fashion accessory as they are tools; that’s why Apple designed an extensive set of watch bands to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, YouTube is updating its mobile app to provide a better ‘Home’ experience. You’ll now see larger thumbnails for recommended videos, which YouTube says is curated based on a deep neural network technology that looks at your search and watch patterns. YouTube says the update will display fewer recommendations, but show ones that should be more interesting to you based on your viewing history. The deep neural network is designed to detect patterns automatically, so it should keep up with your interests should they change week over week. At this time, YouTube is able to recommend videos in more than 76 languages. The update rolls out… This story continues at The Next Web

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While I doubt ‘Extreme Makeover: Apple Edition’ is on the horizon, you can get your restorative fix by watching YouTuber ‘The 8-Bit Guy’ restore an Apple IIc that certainly looks like it has some stories to tell. This Apple IIc, from 1984, had a whopping 128K of RAM, and featured a platter hard drive that was belt-driven. Surprisingly, it still worked flawlessly aside from a wonky video output. After a quick teardown, a bath in hydrogen peroxide, some soldering and putting it all back together, this early Apple PC looks like a million bucks.

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If you didn’t get into WWDC, don’t worry — Siri has alternatives already laid out for you. A few developers are noting that when they let Siri know they didn’t get into WWDC via Apple’s lottery system, she gives them a few alternatives. Thx Siri 😁 #tryswiftnyc #iosdev pic.twitter.com/uon4xJ607H — NatashaTheRobot (@NatashaTheRobot) April 26, 2016 I tried recreating it, but didn’t get the same response. Still, many are reporting it’s a thing, so it could be one of those fussy Siri responses that just don’t appear for everyone. And if you are going to be in San Francisco for WWDC, there are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype for Business is finally coming to the Mac. Microsoft today announced that IT administrators can request an invite to preview the service before a wider release in the future. The tool is fairly limited in its initial preview; you an only view and join meetings as shown on your Outlook Calendar. Once you join a meeting, you can do some basic chatting and invite others to the meeting. Microsoft says that more features will arrive in phases. A first wave during the early summer will add instant messaging and contacts, while the third phase will add “telephony and related… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re all increasingly warned about the digital footprint we’re leaving for hackers, potential employers, perhaps even potential partners. Don’t say anything online that you don’t want committed to the world, forever, is a reasonable rule of thumb when it comes to social media. But if a project from the New York-based creative agency Degree180 gets its way, soon your friends could be enlisted into submitting the things that you say on the Web into a searchable archive, a Social Autopsy into its “morgue.” Social Autopsy is set to launch as soon as it has 100,000 individual profiles made up of submitted screenshots “for people who lob… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hangouts for iOS just got a bit better, especially during those times you’re not using it. A new share extension allows you to directly share photos or links to friends via Hangout without ever having to open the app. The Hangouts share extension can be activated from within the share menu under ‘More.’ There’s also a low-power mode for Hangouts, which automatically  shuts off video streams when your iPhone battery capacity dips below 20 percent. The update is available now.

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Before I became Marketing Director at TNW, I used to be an SEO specialist. I really like the subject and since it is still part of my job I always try to keep my knowledge up-to-date and every once in awhile I like to attend events about the topic. Last week I attended Brighton SEO, a free conference that takes place in the UK every six months. It’s great to meet a lot of industry peers there and hear new things – some you agree with, and some you probably don’t. At the event, one message I couldn’t get on board with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone gets a little curious about what their pets are up to when they’re not around. While the concept of pet cams aren’t exactly new, Furbo wants to help you catapult treats to your pet so you can interact when you’re away. Furbo works like most portable surveillance cameras: it’s got a 120-degree angle lens that you can zoom in and out of, night vision, a microphone that both listens and allows you to speak to the pet, a camera to record HD videos or snap photos, and a sensor that can send alerts should your dog start barking repeatedly. If you… This story continues at The Next Web

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You likely need two hands to count the number of friends with “genius” app ideas they plan to retire on, but most get-rich-quick ideas fizzle out early from a lack of preparation. If you’re serious about your big app or mobile game ideas and ambitions, you can get on track to app-designer success with the Complete Mobile App Developer Bundle, now 96 percent off from TNW Deals. Across 10 courses you’ll establish a core understanding of app development for both iOS and Android, from the fundamentals of programming and UI design, to hands-on tutorials with Swift 2 and SpriteKit game… This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry has started rolling out an update for its Priv handsets that brings Android Marshmallow to the devices for the first time. While Android N is already in developer preview – meaning a release isn’t all that far away – BlackBerry is delivering its Marshmallow upgrade for Android ahead of a few rival devices. Among the changes are a new ways to keep tabs on your privacy settings and what your apps are up to, as well as tweaks to the BlackBerry Keyboard (200 new and updated emoji!) and Hub (Slack, Instagram and Pinterest updates are now supported). Given that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Check out three great new offers on Bobine charging docks, to give your Apple Watch or iPhone the stylish presentation it was meant for. With at least 25 percent off each offer, there’s never been a better time to upgrade the power sources for your favorite devices, with unlimited presentation possibilities. Bobine Blackout Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $29.99 Flex, stretch and maneuver your iPhone however you want with the Bobine Blackout Flexible iPhone Charging Dock, a mount-anywhere cable to give you full range of hands-free motion at home, in the car or beyond. The Bobine Blackout fits with any USB… This story continues at The Next Web

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The digital skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses and societies worldwide. For Europe, the extent of this gap is worrying: The EC has predicted a shortage of up to 825,000 information and communication technology professionals by the end of the decade. In our increasingly digital world, the implications of this shortfall are profound. Businesses are increasingly relying on ICT equipment and a workforce of skilled technicians to remain productive and competitive. These technicians are also critical in ensuring that businesses can continue to deliver the transformative, digital services that consumers demand. If we are to successfully… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is now offering people in San Francisco free (for a limited time), one-hour food delivery via its Prime Now app. The service has gone live with 117 local restaurants for delivery in 33 zip codes, with a new ‘Restaurants’ tab situated on the app’s homepage if it’s available in your area. It’s not like the city is lacking in options for food delivery. Just last month UberEats joined the likes of Square’s Caviar, Postmates, GrubHub and Eat24 in the race from restaurant to door. The draw of this might be that you can manage food orders within your existing app and there are no… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re all used to that five-second countdown before the skip button shows up on a YouTube pre-roll ad. Soon, you’ll have to wait just one second more and watch a full, “snack-sized’ video with the company’s new ad format. Called Bumper Ads, the short videos last just six seconds each – unlike most YouTube ads today that typically range between 15 seconds to a minute. According to Google and YouTube, Bumper Ads work best on mobile as viewers are often watching on the go, or have even shorter attention spans for what they’re trying to watch. “In early tests, Bumpers drove strong lift… This story continues at The Next Web

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