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Earlier today I got an email from a PR representative for the Copenhagen-based studio Hugo Games. He emailed to let me know Hugo Games had teamed up with Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for their next smartphone game, due to come out in 2017. Unusually for a PR email, it was pretty short on details. The PR representative wouldn’t disclose anything about the nature of the game, or share any visuals; he didn’t even tell me what the game would be called! Although he did carelessly let slip that the game will involve soccer in some capacity. This drought of information lead me to speculate… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you use a mouse with your computer, you probably use a scroll wheel. Except, you’re probably using it wrong. At least, that’s what possible scroll wheel ‘inventor’ and Oculus Co-Founder Jack McCauley says in an interview with IGN: It’s not used in the way that I intended it to be used…. I intended it to move forward into an application. So you can go X and Y with a cursor, but I wanted to go into it. I say “possible” creator because though McCauley says he came up with it, and has numerous hardware credits to his name, a quick glance… This story continues at The Next Web

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TNW NYC was a blast (see the photos here, and watch the videos here). Not only did 12 world-class speakers share their personal make or break moments, but it was also the opportunity for 60 of the world’s hottest startups to show thousands of tech influencers the next game-changers. Out of these startups, 30 startups pitched to an audience of journalists and investors during TNW NYC, after which three were selected to go through to a final pitching round on the main stage. Ultimately,  one startup managed to convince the jury and take home the grand prize: Clean Capital. And… This story continues at The Next Web

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After the LG G5‘s lackluster reception and Google scrapping Project Ara, Motorola’s Moto Z line seems to be the last hope for modular phones. Of course, that won’t work if you don’t have any mods to use, but Motorola says it’s hoping to deliver a relative onslaught of them next year. According to Phandroid, the company plans on releasing Mods more quickly than it did in 2016, aiming for four new ones per quarter. Sixteen Mods is a pretty hefty number, but we’ve already seen multiple concepts from Motorola, such as a secondary display or more powerful cameras. One of the Mods… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Motorola

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For everyone who’s already sick of the average propeller-topped drone, we dare you to say the Bionic Bird is like any other you’ve ever seen. You can now get one of the most unique (and fun to fly) drones on the market right now at a generous markdown: We’re dropping the price from $149.95 to just $99.95 via TNW Deals. With its flapping wings and natural movements, the Bionic Bird easily passes for the real thing when it’s in action. Expertly engineered, you can sync up the bird to your iOS or Android smartphone and start zipping its foam body… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s hardly the heist of the century, but you’ve got to (perhaps grudgingly) admire the sheer tenacity of this one Taiwanese Foxconn manager who managed to steal 5,700 iPhones from his employer, and went on to sell them for a cool $1.56 million profit. Foxconn is a tech manufacturing giant. It makes a lot of things, including laptops for HP, phones for Apple, games consoles for Sony, and its workers so depressed it has to install suicide nets. The Taiwanese manager at the center of this crime – known only by his family name, Tsai – worked in the testing… This story continues at The Next Web

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After testing the Bose QC35 for my review five months ago, I was completely sold on them. They’re comfortable, look great and are the best at blocking out sound. Bose might not be an audiophiles’ choice, but the noise cancellation technology it uses for its QuietComfort series of products has never been beaten — until now. A challenger appears Sony’s MDR-1000X headphones were announced at this year’s IFA with much ado. The company talked at length about its new SENSE engine, calling it a new industry-leading standard for noise cancellation and audio enhancement. Bose owners, including me, were instantly sceptical. A new entrant to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Sony

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It has been a little over three weeks since Donald Trump edged out Hillary Clinton to become the new President-elect of the US, but millions of people still refuse to accept the outcome of the election. A petition urging electors of the Electoral College to cast their ballots for Clinton instead of President-elect Trump has amassed over 4.6 million signatures on Change.org, becoming the most signed campaign in the history of the platform. Titled ‘Make Hillary Clinton President,’ the petition argues that, as the winner of the popular vote, the Democrat should be the next President of the US. It goes on to label Trump… This story continues at The Next Web

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WordPress powers over a quarter of the world’s websites, making it the uncontested title holder for world’s most widely used content management system. Make sure you’re maximizing your WordPress time with this comprehensive WordPress Mega Bundle. Right now, you can pick up these vital WP learning tools for 94 percent off from TNW Deals.   This package begins with full access to Zellus Academy’s expansive library of WordPress courses, which cover everything from program basics to WordPress’s most advanced options. You’ll learn how to go from building merely functional pages to constructing interactive sites that demand user attention. Once you’ve… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WordPress

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For a blog post to be truly effective, it must be persuasive. This is especially true when you’re marketing a product, brand, or business online. You must persuade the reader that your idea, opinion, or business offering is superior to that of your competitors. Once you have learned how to write persuasive content, you’ll be surprised by the success that follows. Your brand awareness will increase, your content will be considered more authoritative, and your sales will skyrocket. To help you get started, here are five essential tips for creating persuasive blog posts. 1. Make your content credible For a… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have a ‘four eyes is better than two’ approach to, you know, seeing; the Christmas season jut got a lot less blurry. Thanks to Rochester Optical, a lens manufacturer in Rochester, New York, you can now cop prescription lenses for your brand new Spectacles — if you can find them. Rochester Optical seems a trustworthy source for this type of customization. The company once made waves for being the first to sell prescription lenses for Snap Inc.’s equally ugly — but undoubtedly cool — predecessor: Google Glass. If you have a pair, Rochester Optical is still offering the custom lenses for Glass,… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re like me, you take any opportunity to spruce up your phone’s UI a bit, including keyboard themes. Now SwiftKey, one of the best keyboards on both iOS and Android, is making all of its themes free. I mean, it wasn’t exactly much to pay a dollar for the old themes, but the update makes it easy to try out multiple designs without the cash adding up quickly. On Android, trying out the themes means clicking on the ‘hamburger’ button on the top left of the keyboard, tapping ‘Themes,’ and then entering the SwiftKey Store. On iOS, just open… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s humanoid robot, Atlas, finds new ways to amaze us with each update. In its latest lesson, Atlas learned how to walk over uneven terrain. Over a series of trial-and-error sessions, engineers managed to teach Atlas a skill that few robots, and even fewer humans, have mastered: walking over obstacles without falling on your face. To accomplish this using human-like feet, the team trained Atlas to ‘feel’ for a point on an uneven surface and to begin shifting its weight accordingly to avoid toppling over once committing to a foothold. It’s essentially the same way humans do it, although some… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Suqarespace is giving businesses a new way to accept payments today: PayPal. It’s a small but welcome update for small businesses on the platform. PayPal is often preferred by international users because it removes some of the verification hassles with standard payments methods, plus it’s just easier to use an email and password than taking out your credit card. It also adds a bit of flexibility with PayPal Credit for installment payments and PayPal One Touch for quick, password-less transactions. PayPal support is launching today (as a beta) for online stores on any of Squarespace’s plans. Simply go to your settings, and click ‘Connect… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: PayPal

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In this blog series, we shed some light on our marketing approach at The Next Web through Web analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), social media, and more. During MeasureCamp London a few months ago I shared parts of our set up and promised to blog more about the custom data that we save. In a previous blog post I talked more about the 24 calculated metrics that we’re using. But it’s about time I do that as well for the 59+ custom dimensions what we have. So in this blog post I’ll try to share the pros and cons… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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It’s been over two months since Apple released its new flagship phone. That’s two months iPhone owners — for the first time in almost a decade — had to make a tough choice: buy third party headphones, or suck it up and live with another adapter. I’m always on the side of third-party headphones. Apple’s EarPods were functional, but most of the utility came in the intuitive control system. The EarPods themselves were a good freebie, but iPhone owners could do much better for just a little bit of cash. When AirPods were announced back in September, I was anxious to give the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Product Hunt, the popular web resource for finding new apps and products, has been acquired by startup platform Angel List.Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover described the merger as “peanut butter and jelly” in a blog post. While AngelList focuses on fundraising and recruiting, Product Hunt helps get the word out to the world; it seems like a logical tier to add. It’s a company that’s helped launched tools and apps from individual developers to the likes of Google and Instagram. The purchase came in at around $20 million, according to Recode. AngelList is quick to clarify that Product Hunt will remain… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Product Hunt

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Purchasing a piece of history sure doesn’t come cheap. The oldest surviving Nikon camera has sold for a staggering $406,000 at an auction in Austria to become the most expensive piece of photography ever manufactured by the iconic brand. The device, which is said to be the third ever camera Nikon put together, was first built back in April 1948, but still dons the original F2 Nikkor H lens it shipped with; it also comes with its original and extremely rare double strap case. As inscribed on its body, the antique was “made in occupied Japan.” The camera was initially introduced simply as the Nikon, but it later took… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitbit is close to completing an acquisition of smartwatch brand Pebble, according to sources for both The Information and The Verge. If the reports are true, Fitbit would acquire Pebble’s assets, such as its operating system, but see the Pebble brand phased out. It would be the end of an era. Pebble was the first modern smartwatch brand, and one of the most notable Kickstarter launchess, raising 10.3 million for its original smartwatch in 2012, and another $20.3 million for the Pebble Time two years later. For all the fancy power of Android Wear and WatchOS, there are still plenty… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon Prime Video differs from some of its competitors by offering separate add-on channels in addition to what’s included with your Prime membership. Now it’s adding two more: HBO and Cinemax. Cinemax costs an extra $9.99 a month, while HBO is $14.99 a month, so you’re not actually saving any cashover just signing up for HBO Now. Still, there are at least a couple of benefits; you can download Amazon Prime videos for offline viewing(Update: it turns out you can’t for any Amazon Channels) and you can keep more of your videos in a single app. You can sign up for a 30-day trial… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Think of all the precious documents, photos, and other vital files you keep on your computer. Now think about how easy it is for your computer’s hard drive to suddenly fold up, potentially erasing all that data forever. Make sure that nightmare scenario never plays out by saving all your info in the secure hands of pCloud Premium Cloud Storage. Right now, you can get a lifetime of pCloud’s fully-encrypted online storage protection for 87 percent off its regular price from TNW Deals. With your pCloud subscription, you can save up to 500GB worth of files to cloud storage, with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Trying to plug a bunch of chargers into a single wall outlet always turns into an unsightly mess of cords and awkwardly positioned devices. You can clean up your charging life with the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip, and now’s a great time to snag one. Pick up your own for just $24.99 from TNW Deals, marked down from the usual $35. This simple power strip can sit discreetly on a desk or nightstand while offering a host of charging possibilities for all your power-hungry devices. It sports three high-powered outlets, three regular USB ports, and an extra… This story continues at The Next Web

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A team is a living breathing being that is greater than the sum of its parts. Made up of hand selected individuals, chosen for the contribution they make, each team is different and no single individual can or should determine the overall personality. Sometimes this is achieved through serendipity, where a team is built based on who is available at the time. Other times, a manager has the chance to build it from scratch. Regardless of your situation, it helps to understand the personality types involved: The Teachers These are individuals who excel in growing the skillset of others and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nokia is fixing to reclaim the glory from its golden days. Back in May, the legendary phone-maker stated its plans to launch a new line of Android smartphones and today HMD Global has announced it has successfully secured exclusive licensing rights to the Nokia brand for the next 10 years. The partnership will see HMD manufacture the first batch of Android-powered Nokia smartphones in early 2017 with plans to expand its efforts to also include the production of affordable feature phones. Here’s HMD’s statement: Finnish company HMD will bring a new generation of mobile phones to consumers, with the first smartphone products set to be… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nokia

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Martin Shkreli swiftly earned transcontinental enmity when back in 2015 the ‘pharma bro’ jacked up the prices of life-saving HIV medication Daraprim from a modest $13.50 to an astronomical $750 overnight. But now it seems an ambitious group of Australian high school students from Sydney has found a much cheaper way to make the drug. The resourceful high-schoolers successfully recreated Daraprim’s key ingredient in their school lab. What’s particularly impressive is that the teenage collective managed to produce 3.7 grams of the compound Pyrimethamine for about $15 (or AU$20). The Sydney Grammar School pupils told ABC Australia they wanted to draw attention to the awfully inflated… This story continues at The Next Web

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