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Apple has commenced production of a new generation of iPhones featuring Force Touch, Bloomberg is reporting. While it is rumored that the next iPhone version will be similar to the iPhone 6 models, a major update would be the incorporation of a Force Touch feature. Currently integrated into the Apple Watch and the new 12-inch MacBook, Force Touch lets users apply different levels of pressure when pressing on a screen or trackpad to surface additional functions. Sources told the news agency that manufacturing volume is scheduled to accelerate next month. While final assembly is generally expected to be smooth because of the similarity of the new… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you were one of the people to sign up early for Google’s upcoming cellular service – Project Fi – you can now keep track of your invite’s status more easily. Google rolled out an online tool to its Project Fi sign-up page showing people when they should expect to hear back about access to the service. According to TechCrunch, several users are seeing 3-4 or 4-8 week time frames, but others only see a message indicating Google is still determining their status, with no precise time frame to be found. TechCrunch also notes the invites don’t seem to be… This story continues at The Next Web

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LGBT Pride Month may be about to end, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for Google to add some new Easter eggs to Hangouts – especially given today’s momentous Supreme Court Ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the US. Typing “happy pride” into Hangouts will show a randomly selected animation. There appear to be three animations: a parade of emoji waving a Pride flag, an animated rainbow, and one of two emoji kissing. A week ago, Google introduced a set of Pride-themed Androidify characters, which you could dress up to participate in a virtual Pride parade this weekend. ➤ Google… This story continues at The Next Web

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For Photoshop users with Save for Web muscle memory, a recent update to Photoshop CC will be jarring. So if you just got around to updating your apps, you won’t find the command at the File menu any longer. That’s because Adobe has relocated the Save for Web command under the Export menu. No big whoop, right? Wrong. Now, it’s not like Adobe removed Save for Web command altogether, but the team sure made it less convenient and more time-consuming to use. The Export menu is located under the File menu, and now Save for Web is a sub-command which requires some sleight of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has made a slight change to its AppleCare+ insurance plan that may have a big impact. Now, any mobile device with a battery at less than 80 percent capacity is eligible for service. The change affects all iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple Watch devices with an AppleCare+ plan. Previous language of the agreement stated that only devices with batteries below 50 percent capacity could receive a repair or replacement. If during the Plan Term, you submit a valid claim by notifying Apple that (i) a defect in materials and workmanship has arisen in the Covered Equipment, or (ii) the… This story continues at The Next Web

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WantList is a new fashion discovery app on iOS from London-based shopping site Styloko. The app provides a Tinder-like approach to shopping. You swipe right if you like what you see, and left if you don’t. You add things that you like to your WantList and sort into Collections. Then, you can price compare different versions of the same product, which WantList calls “Luxe” and “Less.” I’m not a fan of Tinder, so my swiping experience is limited, but the gesture certainly lends itself well to the shopping experience. First impressions The sign-up process is straightforward. You only need to give… This story continues at The Next Web

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To streamline Android development efforts, Google will focus on building tools for Android Studio. The company will also stop supporting other Integrated Development Environments (IDE) at the end of this year, like Eclipse. Noting that Google would like to focus exclusively on Android Studio moving forward, Android Product Manager Jamal Eason writes, “to focus all of our efforts on making Android Studio better and faster, we are ending development and official support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse at the end of the year. This specifically includes the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system.” Android Studio is… This story continues at The Next Web

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On one hand, “growth hacking” is quite an overused buzz word which personally makes me cringe, on the other one it well communicates the essence of experimental online marketing techniques adopted by startups and small businesses so as to extend their user base fast and cheap. Big enterprises with copious budgets can usually afford to pour tens of thousands of dollars into traditional (e.g. print, TV, radio) and digital (e.g. search engine advertising, web banners, mobile advertising) marketing channels. Starting entrepreneurs, by contrast, truly need to think out of the box in order to assert their position on the market — by… This story continues at The Next Web

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Being redirected to an advertiser’s page when you didn’t mean to click a banner ad is frustrating. Today, Google has announced changes that will help eliminate those mis-clicks and feverish taps on the back button. Clicks that happen too close to an image’s sides will now be blocked from redirecting you to a new page. Google says its studies show the edge of images are prone to accidental clicks, so it’s taking the border out of the click-through equation. App icons can no longer be used for installs when a call-to-action button exists. According to Google, “on in-app interstitial ads, users… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case you haven’t heard, today is a great day for love in the US. Same-sex marriage was just legalized across the entire country in a historic Supreme Court ruling, and the internet is basically a big pride party right now. Here are some of the big names in tech are joining in on the celebration – this post will be constantly updated with more voices sure to pop up throughout the day: Apple Tim Cook took to Twitter to voice his support for the ruling. Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love. — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June… This story continues at The Next Web

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Not to be outdone by Periscope’s Web replay integration this week, Meerkat is now allowing users to embed its videos on any website. Previously, to watch Meerkat videos, you had to click through from the direct link or watch via the Meerkat app. Now, users have the option to embed a video from any Meerkat account in portrait, square, or big square formats. They can also opt to autoplay the video in mute, upload a custom cover image and choose to display viewer interactions. The hope, of course, is to still be able to steer users away from Periscope by making its content more… This story continues at The Next Web

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We know Google is big on AI research – it acquired Deepmind last year, has partnered with Oxford University and is packing intelligence into everything from self-driving cars to Google Now. But sometimes that can be a little creepy. A research paper published this week, blandly titled ‘A Neural Conversational Model,’ and authored by Oriol Vinyals of the Google Brain team and Quoc V. Le, a Google researcher at Stanford, includes some unsettling human/computer interactions. The project looked at conversational modeling (predicting what will come next in a dialogue), which is key to natural language understanding and machine intelligence. It involved testing… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by GetApp, your number one cloud business apps marketplaceFor a rare breed of person, accounting is a business process that represents a joyful challenge. For the rest of us, just the thought of managing accounts leaves us reaching for an aspirin. But does accounting have to be that troubling? Actually, it doesn’t. If you’re willing to ditch your spreadsheet app in favor of a purpose-built cloud accounting app, you’ll find your head will stop throbbing without the need for medical intervention. What’s more, you could be saving yourself a considerable amount of time each week. The biggest headache you’ll have is the initial step of choosing a small… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sprout Social has revealed today it has integrated Instagram to its social media managing platform. This means users can keep on top of their social efforts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and now Instagram in one place. To get started, users just need to connect their Instagram account or multiple accounts and grant permissions to the team or people who will manage it. It’s not possible to publish images and videos through Sprout Social because Instagram doesn’t allow third party publishing, but you can respond to comments, send and receive messages and keep track of hashtags through Sprout’s Smart Inbox.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bold move Steam, bold move. ➤ Steam [via Ultimate General: Gettysburg] Confused? Read this: Apple removing the Confederate flag from iOS games won’t help fight racism

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Another triumph for sanity! Disney is banning selfie sticks at its theme parks. It’s citing safety concerns, but frankly any reason is good enough in my book. From June 30, the poles used for snapping superior self-portraits won’t make it past the bag check at Disney World and Disneyland. The ban will roll out to the company’s parks in Paris and Hong Kong on July 1. Disney World spokesperson Kim Prunty told the Orlando Sentinel: “We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast.”… This story continues at The Next Web

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With so much data online, security expertise is in demand. This bundle of iCollege courses teaches these skills, and fully prepares you to take four industry-recognized exams. The instruction is based around professional qualifications, so it is not only about the basic principles of security, but also how to put them into practice in the real world. This includes content on managing secure databases and infrastructure, along with cryptography, and systems to help with avoiding human error. The courses work towards ITIL, CISA, CompTIA and CISSP certification — all of which should catch the eye of potential employers — with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Reddit has found itself blocked by China’s Great Firewall, joining Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in being blocked inside the country. Testing the URL using to Blocked In China shows that the site is unavailable within the country’s provinces and Chinese Firewall Test reports that DNS hasn’t been poisoned, but the URL cannot be loaded. The block was first spotted by The Independent, however it’s unclear exactly why the site would be blocked. It may be part of the “Golden Shield Project” which is expanding in scope and blocking an increasing amount of sites. Chinese internet users are accustomed to sites being blocked by the Great… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re far, far away from the fields of Worthy Farm, but still want to get a look at the huge tent city that springs up for the Glastonbury Festival, which kicks off properly today, here’s the answer: The BBC’s Glastonbury Webcam. Using a camera perched high on one of the farm’s barns, it captures a panoramic view of the whole site, which you can explore with or without map pins showing the most important features. There’s also the option to travel in time and see snapshots taken across the day, so you can look at in the peaceful hours around sunrise… This story continues at The Next Web

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If there’s ever been a truly iconic laptop in the Windows world, it’s the ThinkPad. Designed by Richard Sapper for IBM back in 1992, the ThinkPad’s clean lines and no-nonsense look made it a favorite among business users. Twenty three years since the original was launched, Lenovo wants to bring back the classic ThinkPad with all-new internals and a few tweaks to honor its heritage. In a blog post, Lenovo’s vice president of corporate identity and design David Hill shared renders of a special ThinkPad model with a seven-row keyboard, a blue Enter key, a 16:10 aspect ratio screen, dedicated volume… This story continues at The Next Web

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Beyonce, with hubby Jay-Z, recently announced their star studded entry into the streaming market with the acquisition of Tidal, a counterweight to the incumbents such as Spotify. At last count by the International Federation of the Phonographic industry, some 41 million people around the world had become streaming music subscribers. Recently Spotify announced it had attracted 15 million subscribers of its own. But Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, who has been in a battle with Apple over music streaming aren’t the only women not enamoured with the incumbent streaming services, who are supposedly saviours for an industry recovering from piracy and the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber’s first blog posts, from when the company was still called UberCab, provide amazing insight into a more innocent time for the company as it enters day two of protests in France. The Tumblr account, first uncovered by a blog called Uber Expansion, document UberCab submitting its first apps to the App Store, its initial Web-only service and more. It’s penned by Uber’s early co-founders and employees. A entry from 2010 shows a single car on the streets of San Francisco, overlaid on a desktop map with the caption “we’re in business.” Another post from Ryan Graves, now Uber’s head of… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a rare breed of person, accounting is a business process that represents a joyful challenge. For the rest of us, just the thought of managing accounts leaves us reaching for an aspirin. But does accounting have to be that troubling? Actually, it doesn’t. If you’re willing to ditch your spreadsheet app in favor of a purpose-built cloud accounting app, you’ll find your head will stop throbbing without the need for medical intervention. What’s more, you could be saving yourself a considerable amount of time each week. The biggest headache you’ll have is the initial step of choosing a small business accounting… This story continues at The Next Web

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As Apple releases the Apple Watch in a number of new countries today, it’s also quietly added dates for a number of other countries. The Apple Watch will be available for purchase in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17, as spotted by 9to5Mac. The July release date was quietly added to local Apple stores as the Apple Watch goes on sale in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan from today.

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