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Apple might be looking to introduce a new tap-to-pay feature to its upcoming line of iPhones exclusively for customers living in Japan, Bloomberg reports. Instead of using NFC – similarly to its Apple Pay service in North America, Europe and Australia – the iPhone maker will opt for a Sony-built technology called FeliCa that currently dominates the mobile tap-to-pay market in Japan. With this move, Apple is looking to offer customers in Japan a quick and easy way of using their iPhones for public transport payments. The feature will also be widely supported at various vending machines, convenient stores and retailers across the country. Ditching NFC in favor of FeliCa makes sense.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Even though voice recognition is now available on more apps and devices than ever, I rarely find myself using the feature to dictate text or issue commands. I’ve certainly noticed improvements in the past few years, but it can still be awkward and inaccurate. A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Washington and Chinese search firm Baidu suggests that I should probably try it more often. According to the paper (PDF), which was published earlier this week, speech recognition tools have been found to be three times faster than typing for English and Mandarin text… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all encountered autoplay video on the web, in one way or another. Thanks to Facebook, it’s become popular all over again with the company rolling out videos that play as you scroll past on both the core Facebook app and Instagram. Twitter also followed suit, as did many number of other apps. The thing is… nobody asked for autoplay video. It’s a dark user pattern and it’s not something people ever desired or wanted – it only exists in pursuit of one goal: advertising dollars, or even more simply: stealing your attention back. What’s interesting to me is that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Most folks who grew up in the 90s will remember – either with adoration or revulsion –Duke Nukem 3D, an absurdly fun FPS starring an uber-macho protagonist who was basically Johnny Bravo with a penchant for big guns. The 1996 release saw a reprise in 2011, in the form of Duke Nukem Forever, but the game was panned by critics and players. But now, 20 years since the original title came out, there are rumblings of an all-new Duke Nukem game, thanks to this new website. DukeNukem.com features a ‘Happy 20th Anniversary’ banner and a countdown to 8:30 pm ET… This story continues at The Next Web

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Security researchers have identified a three-headed monster that could be used to record sounds, collect passwords, read text messages, record calls and track users. All iOS versions 9.3.4 and below are vulnerable. The attack utilizes a mobile spyware product, ‘Pegasus,’ created by NSO Group — an Israeli cyber warfare company — designed to attack high-value targets. Using one of three known iOS 9.3.4 security vulnerabilities — dubbed ‘Trident’ — the exploit is capable of hijacking an iPhone or iPad with a single click. According to Mike Murray, VP of Security Research and Response at cyber security firm Lookout: The Trident vulnerability chain is the first… This story continues at The Next Web

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Joining a growing list of companies that aspire to deliver consumer products by drone, Domino’s today launched its commercial drone delivery service in New Zealand. The project is a partnership between Domino’s and Flirtey — a drone delivery startup — and it’s set to launch later this year in test markets. Not every pizza will be delivered by drone, however. Domino’s is committed to testing the service alongside traditional deliveries via car or scooter, at least for now. Not all menu items will be eligible for drone delivery and those that are will only be delivered by sky if they’ll decrease… This story continues at The Next Web

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For all our fancy slim laptops and touchscreen devices, some people still prefer the click-clack of a good-old mechical keyboard. Imgurian NuPlsStahp took the time to extensively detail why mechanical keyboards are (still) awesome. First is a primer on what differentiates mechanical keyboards from the rubber dome system you’ll likely find on your laptop. Aside from often being more durable, mechanical keyboards have different actuation and “bottoming out” points, meaning you don’t have to press the key all the way down for clicks to register. The post then goes on to describe various different types of mechanical keyboard systems, including the popular color… This story continues at The Next Web

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Touch ID from Apple is a great way to safeguard your device, and a newly filed patent suggests it will also be able to help catch thieves. The patent, named ‘biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,’ is pretty straightforward. If Touch ID detects a fingerprint that isn’t yours, it’ll store an image of the scan as a means of catching who may have stolen your phone. It may also take their picture, or a video of them trying to hack your device. Here’s the abstract description of the patent: A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response… This story continues at The Next Web

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised he’s not done leaking information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton. During an interview yesterday with Fox’s Megyn Kelly he said the documents would be “significant” in perhaps turning the tide of the 2016 election by giving voters a better understanding who they’re electing. According to Assange: We have a lot of pages of material, thousands of pages of material. I don’t want to give the game away, but it’s a variety of different types of documents from different institutions that are associated with the election campaign. There are some unexpected angles that are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Security researchers have identified a three-headed monster that could be used to record sounds, collect passwords, read text messages, record calls and track users. All iOS versions 9.3.4 and below are vulnerable. The attack utilizes a mobile spyware product, ‘Pegasus,’ created by NSO Group — an Israeli cyber warfare company — designed to attack high-value targets. Using one of three known iOS 9.3.4 security vulnerabilities — dubbed ‘Trident’ — the exploit is capable of hijacking an iPhone or iPad with a single click. According to Mike Murray, VP of Security Research and Response at cyber security firm Lookout: The Trident vulnerability chain is the first… This story continues at The Next Web

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Though Google continues to add cities to its Fiber lineup, it seems parent company Alphabet is ready to scale back. A new report from The Information notes Alphabet has asked Google to drastically cut staff (down to 500 employees) and expenses (reduce spending by 10 percent). It goes on to say the headaches associated with rolling Fiber out were more than it bargained for. We recently detailed the trouble Google was facing in Portland, a market it has since distanced Fiber from. The Information also says Google’s benchmark for success with Fiber was five million subscribers in its first few… This story continues at The Next Web

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A former pornstar, Paree La’Tiejira (aka Lady Paree) is suing Facebook after alleging founder Mark Zuckerberg and Co. conspired to ruin her porn career. In the suit, Paree claims Zuckerberg did nothing to stop the rumor that she was born a man from spreading on Facebook, thus ending her ability to find work. After receiving death threats on the platform and trying fruitlessly to stop the rumor mill, Paree is seeking $1 billion in federal court, accusing the social media site and its CEO of libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Paree has a history of this sort of behavior. In 2009… This story continues at The Next Web

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Like you and I, Spigen thinks it knows exactly what the next iPhone will look like. In a bit of a gamble, it’s released 30 (!) new iPhone 7 cases you can pre-order today. The cases are basically a re-hash of what Spigen already offers for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, so there’s not a lot to glean here. The images are also (really nice) renders of the cases. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus pictured in the cases — also fake. While we can’t say Spigen’s pre-orders solidify the rumors and dummy units floating around, the company is… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems everyone is following Snapchat these days: first Instagram, then Facebook, and now Apple. A report from Bloomberg suggests Apple is working on a video sharing app called Snapple that that allows users to record video and apply filters and drawings, designed by the teams behind Final Cut Pro and iMovie. The videos can then be shared with your contacts directly through iOS or through other social networks like Twitter (although Facebook is curiously omitted from the report). That sounds like Snapchat at first glance, but then “an app that records videos with filters” isn’t exactly very specific description. Still, it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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DJI, best known for making the best consumer drones around, also make a pretty spectacular Osmo gimbal for use with iPhone. Today, they’re updating it with digital zoom. The Osmo+ keeps everything we like about the original, but adds a 7x zoom feature (3.5x optical, 2x digital). DJI says its focal length is 22mm to 77mm, and the digital zoom is lossless when shooting in 1080p. Osmo+ also has timelapse, and lets you set a start and end point for movement over a desired period of time. DJI also improved the stabilization features on the Osmo+, which will be optimized… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has introduced Amazon Vehicles, a forum where car enthusiasts can chat about their favorite vehicles — and design their dream car. Vehicles is an extension of Automotive, Amazon’s marketplace for buying actual cars parts like tires or air filters. Similarly, Vehicles is an offshoot of Amazon Garage, which lets you store information about cars you already own. It sounds confusing because it is. Amazon has created three different auto destinations, and while all have their own purpose, it could (read: should) be one service. But Vehicles is meant for the big picture. A quick jaunt through Amazon Vehicles is… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s only 10:30 AM here on the east coast, but if you’re already bored at work, I have the solution for you. Google has just added Tic Tac Toe and Solitaire directly into search results. Goodbye office productivity. Just search for one of the two titles, and a mini game will pop up right in search. It’s supposed to work on both mobile and desktop (solitaire doesn’t seem to currently working on desktops), guaranteeing you’ll be distracted no matter where you are. Both games have various difficulty options (including an ominous “impossible” for Tic Tac Toe),  and you can play against… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp is finally starting to cozy up with parent company Facebook. The company today announced that it’s updating its privacy for the first time in four years to reflect changes to its features as well as its growing connection with Facebook. The main difference is that WhatsApp will now share your phone number with Facebook for better ad targeting (on Facebook; WhatsApp remains ad-free) and friend recommendations, as well as improved statistics and spam prevention. Your number isn’t being shared with anyone publicly, it just feeds into Facebook’s ad algorithm. And your messages remain encrypted. You can opt out from using the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bluetooth speakers are perfect for your next camping adventure or beach party, enabling you to blast your tunes on the go. And this Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker definitely packs the heat with its premium, long-lasting sound. You can now get 30 percent off the Soundjump, which is currently just $104.99 on TNW Deals. While the Soundjump may be small and portable, it isn’t lacking in the power department like other Bluetooth speakers. Thanks to some serious tech — namely its dual 45mm full range drivers — it’s guaranteed to deliver the highest highs and deepest lows with pristine clarity. But what truly… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is something we don’t have to tell our readers, but it’s recommended for everyone — especially those with a Windows PC — to have a virus scanner installed. Luckily the world isn’t devoid of heroes just yet. Every so often, security researcher Andrew Brandt gets one of his testbed computers and throws as much malware and adware on it as he can get his hands on. The tweetstorm he put on his account explains the different things the mass of horrible software on his computer is doing to it. Among other things, the software secretly installed a bitcoin miner… This story continues at The Next Web

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Customers are becoming more talkative. Since the advent of social media, people are now only one click away from getting in touch with their favorite brands and want to talk as close to face-to-face with their reps as possible. What’s more, these discussions often take place in public, comprising recorded knowledge – for example, Facebook comments on a public page can be viewed by anyone. This puts businesses in a position where they have to reply. Otherwise it may seem like they’re trying to avoid complaints and questions. Traditional social media strategies regard social media as a place where organizations… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Poshmark, we have built a massive end-to-end mobile commerce platform powered by social engagement where our average user is spending 25 minutes in the app daily, opening it seven to eight times. Our engineering and product teams are constantly pushing the envelope as to what is possible to ensure a captivating and addictive shopping experience that delights our millions of users every time they open the app. To ensure that we are in a constant state of innovation and product development, this means introducing a slew of new features across multiple platforms (iOs, Android, web), sometimes as many as five to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Aspiring web developers, here’s your chance to save serious cash while building highly marketable skills. Get started down the path to coding expertise with this Pay What You Want: Programming Into the Future Bundle. Worth $494, this nine-course collection can be yours for whatever price you choose courtesy of TNW Deals. You’ll dive into over 32 hours of training, gaining a command of powerful languages and technologies that include: Node.js: Learn to build real time web apps with this open-source runtime environment Angular 2: Easily tackle any UX/UI job with this JavaScript framework Google Go: Build a foundation for more advanced… This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting today, the easiest way to make some side cash by doing what you already do naturally — walking. Thanks to Sweatcoin, your steps are now worth something. The new app tracks your movements around the city and turns them into digital currency. For every 1,000 steps you earn 0.95 SWC or Sweatcoin, which can be traded for real-life products or services through the in-app store. Among the offerings are yoga classes, surf suits, standing desks or the option to donate your virtual money to charity. It seems like they are all somehow related to health, which nicely closes the circle — walking makes you… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not just our jobs that are at risk of being stolen by robots; in the year 2016 even our creative pursuits are being automated. If you pride yourself on creating the dankest memes around, watch out — ShitpostBot 5000 is here to show you up. The combination of a website and Facebook page is an experiment in automated meme making that’s trying to push the boundaries of internet culture creation. Here’s how it works: Users upload pictures and meme templates to the accompanying website for the posts to be created. These are then randomly matched and uploaded every 30 minutes to… This story continues at The Next Web

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