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Researchers from the University of Tokyo announced last week a new advancement in wearable technology: A highly flexible electronic skin display that shows your health information, allowing you to monitor vitals at a glance. Made from nanomesh, the display is flexible, breathable, and stretchable — it can stretch up to 45 percent of its original size. It contains a display of microLEDs which read out health information such as heart rate, temperature, or blood pressure. The information updates in real time, and the skin can be worn for up to a week. Since it gives the biometric data to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft recently developed a haptic controller for VR with an unusual target audience in mind: the visually impaired. Developers from Microsoft’s research lab created the “canetroller,” a peripheral device designed to work with the HTC Vive headset and tracker. The team’s goal was to create a device that would successfully enable the visually impaired to form an accurate mental map of a virtual space. The canetroller translates the traditional experience of using a white cane, a long stick used by the visually impaired to tactilely scan their environment, into a virtual reality environment. With VR you can have an out-of-body… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Happy Monday. Per your request, we brought back the seizure-inducing GIF to our newsletter… freaks. Top trending tech news: 🏠 AirBnB is investing in new tech to crack down on sex-trafficking (Thomson Reuters Foundation)⚖️ A federal court ruled embedding a tweet can be copyright infringement (TorrentFreak)💀 88.9% of you love GIFs that make your eyes bleed Wikipedia Zero is dead (TNW) What we’re talking about: Zuck’s at it again — Facebook is planning to thwart election ad fraud with postcards. Last week, Google Images made downloading photos more annoying by removing the “View Image” button. Here’s how to get it back. Apple has a shiny new HQ, with a pretty huge design flaw — their employees… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following a deluge of complaints, Coinbase confirmed it suffered a glitch which resulted in charging numerous users multiple times for the same cryptocurrency purchase – some for up to 50 times the original sum. But while customers deal with negative balances, both companies remain reluctant to own up to this epic blunder. Despite initially admitting the erratic overcharges originated from its own payment processing network, Coinbase swiftly changed the tune, blaming the malfunction on Visa and recent changes to the MCC code implemented by a heap of leading financial institutions. “We’re currently investigating an issue where some customers were charged incorrectly… This story continues at The Next Web

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While at university, I joined Shazam as a part-time web developer. I stayed at Shazam for 5 enjoyable years. This post is about one hackday project I worked on. The project involves plotting one billion Shazam recognitions onto a blank canvas and then observing the result. This post also touches upon the process I used to create the visuals. What is a ‘Shazam recognition’? Think of a Shazam recognition like this. You open up Shazam, the mobile app, and have it ‘listen’ for a piece of music that’s playing in the background. A recognition is the successful identification of the song. Location… This story continues at The Next Web

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Never in my life did I expect to have this problem. I believe in, and practice, minimalism. Almost all of my belongings can fit into a few bags. But somewhere along the way, I’ve become a digital hoarder. It’s been easy for me to minimize tangible objects. And maybe there’s a part of me that looked down on people who hoard physical possessions. But with my digital collections, I’m forced to reckon with myself. I hoard screenshots I valued one time. I hoard shows on my DVR that I never watch. I hoard songs that haven’t topped any charts in… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a simple truth every startup has to face sooner or later: to grow your business, you need to maximize your sales. The thing is, improving your sales efforts can cost quite a bit of money — and this isn’t easy to do when you’re a young company operating on a tight budget. So what can you do to improve sales results when your own financial resources are limited? Here are some key strategies that will help you achieve your desired outcomes without breaking the bank. 1) Start blogging You don’t need to hire an ad agency to start producing… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to prevent foreign actors from surreptitiously manipulating audiences with ads concerning US elections, Facebook will send postcards in the mail to verify advertisers’ presence in the country, reports Reuters. Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global director of policy programs, said that the plan will go into effect before the Congressional midterm elections in November. The idea is that if your ad mentions a candidate in the running, you’ll receive a postcard sent to your address stateside with a code that you’ll have to authenticate with. That’s an interesting choice for a security practice to prevent election funding by foreign… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The Wikimedia Foundation has killed off Wikipedia Zero, an initiative to deliver the online encyclopedia at no charge to mobile users around with the world. The zero-rated service was launched back in 2012 and saw the nonprofit partner with mobile carriers to waive the cost for accessing Wikipedia; it was available through 97 mobile operators in 72 countries, with a cumulative 800 million subscribers. The organization said that it noticed “a significant drop off in adoption and interest in the program,” over the past two years, and cited low awareness about Wikipedia as one of the reasons why people weren’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Wikipedia

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After inking a deal with Getty Images, Google decided last week to remove the ‘View image’ button from its search results that would directly open the file in a new tab. Thankfully, there’s a way around this. Simply install this browser extension in Chrome or Opera, and you’ll see the button back where was it’s supposed to be the next time you search. Alternatively, you can use Startpage’s anonymous Google-powered search engine, and it’ll surface images along with the handy button – no extension necessary. Oh, and if you don’t mind a couple of extra mouse clicks, you can always… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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A collaboration between two professors – one of music and one of engineering – at Virginia Tech resulted in the creation of a new platform for data analysis that makes it possible to understand data better by turning it into sound. This is a pioneering approach to studying spatially distributed data which instead of placing information into a visual context to show patterns or correlations – meaning, data visualization – uses  an aural environment to leverage the natural affordances of the space and the user’s location within the sound field. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the work combines elements… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last fall, the telecommunications company Sprint created an in-house digital ad agency, signaling a major shift in the company’s advertising strategy. At the time, I thought, “there goes another one.” A major brand trying to become more nimble, gain control of the ad buying process and save money — during a time when confusion and frustration is mounting in digital advertising. I was encouraged by Sprint’s move, but not surprised. They’re not the only company taking this route. Unilever created in-house content studios last year, followed shortly by Netflix and L’Oreal. Even before that, Allstate and StubHub made the same… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cisco remains the dominant force in networking solutions worldwide, so any IT pro looking to get up to speed on complex business communications definitely needs some Cisco training in their toolbox. You can pick up that comprehensive instruction with the Complete Cisco Mastery course bundle ($45, over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals with limited time coupon code: USA40.

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Reuters is reporting that there’s a pilot of a blockchain solution that is underway to track cobalt from when it is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) all the way until it is used in the manufacturing of electronic products such as smartphones and electric vehicle rechargeable batteries. The aim apparently is to ensure that the cobalt used in various electronic products is not that which is mined by children in some of the DRC’s artisanal mines. Although the report by Reuters doesn’t disclose any details as to who is behind the initiative and specifications of the solution, they do… This story continues at The Next Web

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The past year has been great for the smart speaker industry. Smart speakers, the voice-activated, home-based devices that allow you to make searches, play music, and even purchase items, skyrocketed in popularity in 2017, with sales more than tripling. Brands like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos One have become household names, and consumers have already gotten used to having a voice-activated assistant on standby. But in the realm of technology, it’s hard to spend much time contemplating the present without looking to the future. Smart speakers have the potential to grow and develop even further in the future, especially… This story continues at The Next Web

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My first reaction after having finished watching the seventh season of Game of Thrones was probably the same as yours: We have to wait until 2019 for the final season?!  I mean, it’s six episodes, some of this should be on cruise control at this point, no? But, like a fine wine cultivated from the best grapes, GoT will not rush its final season to market until its creators are absolutely, positively convinced it’s ready. In light of the patience and painstaking detail that GoT has taken in creating its pop culture phenomenon, development organizations can learn a great deal… This story continues at The Next Web

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Robots stealing jobs —  emerging reality or unfounded fear? Before panic descends and we begin imagining scenarios where redundancies abound and pink slips are handed out en masse, let’s focus instead on the boring facts. Threats to jobs are enough to rile up anger and anxiety, there is more than enough historical precedence for this. Two hundred years ago, a group of people was so angered by the increasing use of machines in the textile industry that they smashed the machines in protest —  these were the Luddites. In response, the British government made breaking machines a capital offense. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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In light of recent events, the importance of financial privacy has become an increasingly unavoidable issue for cryptocurrency users. With the exception of anonymous cryptocurrencies, the lack of privacy measures on most leading public blockchain networks is a real cause for concern. Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin — five of the biggest cryptocurrencies in terms of market valuation and user base — all lack the privacy measures that could protect users from surveillance and targeted attacks. With the use of blockchain explorers, developers and analysts can trace the origin of a transaction of these cryptocurrencies. Lead developer at… This story continues at The Next Web

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Santiago de Chile is an understatedly cool city. Sure, it doesn’t have the classical buildings of Buenos Aires or the ageless allure of Rio, but what’s lacking in historic charm is made up for with a modernity that achieves being progressive yet unpretentious. This is especially true of its tech, an industry where Santiago’s innovations aren’t just making waves in South America, but are attracting some serious global attention. And the best thing about Santiago’s tech? Much of it is seems pretty set on making the world just that bit better to live in. Santiago on an unusually smogless morning.Creative… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a period of 5 years, China continued to spy on all electronic communications at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Chinese spy operation continued throughout this period without being detected until some network administrators at the AU’s headquarters discovered it in January 2017. This is according to an investigation conducted by Le Monde which has gone on to reveal how the Chinese, who donated and built the new AU headquarters in Adis Ababa, fitted the building with hidden microphones and transferred data every night from the AU’s data center to their servers in Shanghai. In January 2012, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the early 1980’s, a Danish drummer placed an ad in a California newspaper looking for jam buddies and face-melting thrash metal was born. Over the course of the decade, Metallica built a genre and the world’s most passionate fan base with raw, gritty rock n’ roll. But suddenly the band’s sound changed. It became harmless and radio-friendly. Metallica’s 1991 “Black Album” was certified 16x platinum, earning the band tens of millions of dollars, sold out arenas around the globe and the coveted headline slot at Dreamforce. But unsurprisingly, The Black Album has become almost synonymous with “selling out.” According… This story continues at The Next Web

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An adaptable mindset helps you expand your horizon, teaches you to see things from multiple perspectives, and can even show you a bit of the future. Creating such a mindset for yourself can make it much easier to embrace disruption and adapt to it, both in your personal and professional life. An adaptable mindset has taught me to work with multiple truths simultaneously — which can be difficult to experience — but can be mastered. It has made my mind more open and has shown me market insights way ahead of other people. Having an adaptable mindset is a key… This story continues at The Next Web

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An architectural marvel, perhaps no building sums up the company it contains better than Apple’s “spaceship” campus. The impressive structure houses some 13,000 employees, each contained within barely there walls overflowing with giant panes of glass — some standing as high as 45- feet. The inner offices are more of the same, steel and glass, an homage to the industrial design aesthetic that Apple has cultivated throughout its product line over the last decade. Though aesthetically pleasing, the glass has proven to be a hindrance to employees. According to persons familiar with the matter, Apple employees can’t seem to stop… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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