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With two weeks left until he turned thirty, Marc Köhlbrugge made a daunting realization — no, not that his twenties were almost over. He had failed to achieve his goal of seeing his name in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. Not content to merely try for Fortune’s consolation prize 40 under 40 awards, he instead decided to launch his own list of who’s who, called (what else?) 100 under 100. 100 under 100 is perhaps the most attainable “who’s who” list around. To get on it, you merely need to pay for your place in line. The first place on… This story continues at The Next Web

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This Thanksgiving, you’ll probably hear someone say that the chemical tryptophan that’s found in turkey makes them sleepy. Although this holiday delicacy does include an amino acid that can help you relax, it’s not the only food that contains tryptophan. Cheddar cheese has a lot more of the chemical than turkey, but you never hear your aunt saying she needs a nap after eating a grilled cheese. According to experts, turkey doesn’t make you crave a post-Thanksgiving nap. Instead, the high amount of carbs, the general size of your meal and an increase in alcohol consumption are what cause you… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been holding out to get Apple’s HomePod as a holiday present, we’ve got some bad news for you: the company has delayed the speaker until next year. The speaker was originally due in December. In a statement to CNBC, Apple said: “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.” It’s not clear what the cause for the delay is, especially since the speaker was revealed all… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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While it is fairly clear why many retail and consumer-oriented companies need to worry about utilizing social media, even atypical consumer-oriented companies, such as insurance firms, need to maintain a social media presence. Recently, a wave of “insurtech,” or insurance technology, companies have launched in order to combine automation technology with the various angles of the insurance sector. One of these firms, InsuranceSocial.Media based out of Des Moines and Anaheim, has seen insurance firms grow sales on average 12% in the first six months of implementing social media. Furthermore, the national insurance carrier saw a 400% increase in reach, via… This story continues at The Next Web

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With a subject that big, you need a vast library of resources to dive into what it all means — so right now, you can pick up that whole library in one fell swoop with a package we call The Big Data Encyclopedia Bundle. Best of all, part or all of this bundle can be yours for literally any price you want to pay.

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When someone pitched me the Fabriq Chorus last month, I couldn’t help but think it was the worst-possible time to release an Alexa-enabled smart speaker. Amazon had just released a swathe of compelling and intriguing new Echo devices, all benefiting from the name-recognition of its maker. Who would care about a brand-new device from a manufacturer few people had actually heard of? But out of interest, I accepted the offer of a review unit. I’m glad I did, as the Canvas Fabriq is an excellent and attractive Echo-alternative, which not only looks good, but also sounds good. It also boasts… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei has been busted secretly installing bloatware on users’ phones without ever notifying them or asking for their consent. A number of Huawei customers have reported their phones have suddenly been equipped with GoPro’s Quik video editing app, Dutch outlet Android Planet reports. According to miffed users, Quik showed up on their handsets out of nowhere earlier this week. A spokesperson for Huawei Netherlands has confirmed the issue to Android Planet, claiming “the installation is the result of an internal error.” The company has since apologized for the inconvenience and says its developers are looking into the matter. A solution… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei

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Right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel school. And because we’re blowing out our Holiday Doorbusters Week in grand style, we’re slashing our usual sale price from $69 all the way down to a borderline ridiculous $25.

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Following months of cagey quarrels within the Bitcoin community over a controversial software update known as Segwit2X, the scheduled update was abruptly suspended last week, after a number of leading cryptocurrency entrepreneurs decided to withdraw their support for the initiative. But despite this development, a small portion of wayward miners vowed to go ahead with the cancelled hard fork regardless – and this is finally happening today. This is also the reason why a number of cryptocurrency exchange desks, including GDAX and CoinBase, have temporarily frozen Bitcoin transactions on their platforms; at least until, the hard fork has been completed.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Our online identities are hidden behind the walled gardens of centralized services. Blockchain provides an alternative that will help us regain control and ownership of our digital lives.

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It looks like, in the last few months, Bitcoin has made friends with forking. When I wrote about Bitcoin forking the last time, I didn’t expect there would be this many so soon. But hey, here we are, trying to make sense of what the hell is happening in the crypto world. With this article, I try to put everything that has happened since Bitcoin Cash in a proper order that would become anyone’s go-to article for learning about Bitcoin forks between August 2017 and November 2017. But first, what is a fork? You can think of blockchain ledger as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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You might be more familiar with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera than UC Browser, but the Chinese Android app has clocked more than half a billion downloads on Google Play. Sadly, you might now learn the name only because it’s been removed from the Play store. When contacted about booting UCWeb’s browser, Google told the Economic Times that it removes apps that violate its policies that are designed to provide “a safe and positive experience for users.” Meanwhile, the Alibaba-owned firm said in a statement: The exact reason for UC Browser’s unavailability on Google Play is because of a certain setting… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,Google

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We all know something is awfully wrong with the new Dropbox design, a design Dropbox says it’s the biggest change to the Dropbox brand in their 10-year history (might not necessarily be the best). In this post, I attempt to simplify where Dropbox went wrong and why all the noise you’ve been hearing is something they should look into. What is design? In simple terms, design is all about reducing the friction between users and their goals. Design is not only software. There are various design systems around us. Nowadays, companies employ design to reduce the friction between users and their… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Dropbox

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Back in 1985, Back to the Future and The Goonies arrived in cinemas. This was also the year that Microsoft released the first version of Excel. However, we are now living in a mobile-first digital world, and this era of hyper-change is showing no signs of slowing down. Over thirty years later it can feel like some of those spreadsheets are still in use. Escaping the shackles of “that’s the way we’ve always done it” is preventing some of the biggest retailers from competing with tech behemoths such as Amazon. The disruptive force of Blockchain is increasingly seen as a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has rolled out Creator, a new app for video broadcasters on its platform, to enhance their content with custom graphics, and tools to interact with their audience better. The mobile app (available now for iOS, with an Android version in the works), will let you add intros and outros to your Live broadcasts, as well as graphic frames and stickers through the duration of your stream. There are also additional camera effects to play around with. A new Commnuity tab features a unified inbox so you can see all your comments from Facebook and Instagram, as well as messages… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The FTC has issued an Endorsement Guide, making sure social media influencers clearly disclose brand relationships for promotional use.

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Just when the audience at Tesla’s Semi launch though the event was over, the company rolled out quite the surprise: a sleek red Roadster. The convertible 2+2 seater manages a top speed greater than 400kmph, runs for over 1,000km on a single charge (that’s enough to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back), and manages 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds – making it the first production car to hit that rate of acceleration. It can go from 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, breaking the 9-second record of today’s production cars. That’s all… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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At an event in Los Angeles today, Tesla unveiled its new Semi electric truck, which is capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge with a loaded trailer. Powered by four independent motors, the vehicle can go from 0-60 mph in just five seconds; it’ll take 20 seconds while paired with an 80,000 pound load. The idea with the Semi is to create a shipping solution that’s not only more environmentally friendly than a diesel truck, but also more economical to own and operate. Developing…    Or just read more coverage about: Tesla

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If you’re working with dependencies on your GitHub-hosted projects, you’ll be happy to know that the repo platform will now alert you about vulnerabilities in things like React, so you’re aware of security flaws that might harm your site or app. The company says its new feature will also point you to fixes suggested by the GitHub community, so you can sort out these issues and keep your project running smoothly. It’s currently supported only in Javascript and Ruby, and GitHub promises to add Python support next year. To turn it on, you’ll need to enable your dependency graph (it’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: GitHub

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Facebook today announced in a blog post it would be phasing out third-party app invites — a feature that was often reserved for games such as Farmville or Bejeweled. Unless you’re a sucker for pain (or, mercy forbid, someone who actually uses them), you’ve probably long-since blocked out app invites from showing up in your Facebook notifications and feed. After all, who wants to get constant notifications to help out with a friend’s crops? But app invites were an essential part of early Facebook life, for many of us — mostly as a thing we had to live with. Now,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Home to nearly 2 billion gamers and a growing USD $94.4 billion in revenue from ‘direct-from-publisher’ digital goods, the gaming industry is truly booming. And it is only expected to grow, as experts project a number north of USD $128 billion in annual volume by 2020. Despite its meteoric rise in popularity, there are still many rocks waiting to be turned over in the industry. Specifically, there is a massive, untapped opportunity to improve the security and efficiency of the market for “gamer-earned” digital goods (i.e the digital goods that gamers earn  by playing the game). Currently, both casual and… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s becoming increasingly evident the Trump administration doesn’t understand technology, or perhaps fears and hates it. The seemingly imminent abrogation of net neutrality, and its quest to build AI for its “Extreme Vetting Initiative,” appear to lend credibility to any theories suggesting we’re being led by Luddites. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this June sent out a letter detailing an initiative to “obtain contractor services to establish an overarching vetting contract that automates, centralizes and streamlines the current manual vetting process while simultaneously making determinations via automation if the data retrieved is actionable.” According to the letter, the current… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook’s latest attempt at fighting fake news is through ‘Trust Indicators’ and joining a collaborative effort with the Trust Project. In a recent announcement the company introduced Trust Indicators: these appear at the top of articles published on Facebook and allow users to gather further information about the publisher, including their policies on fact-checking, ethics, and corrections. The trust indicators were developed by the Trust Project, an “international consortium of news organizations collaborating to use transparency to build a more trustworthy and trusted press,” launched today and primarily funded by Google and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. The feature is now only… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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In marketing circles it is well understood that the foreseeable future of customer engagement is content. The public is wary of advertising, particularly younger generations. In your face advertising has lost its appeal—evident in the declining effectiveness of banner ads and TV commercials. Today banner ads achieve only a .06 percent click through rate. But content is less salesy. By presenting interesting information or entertainment, a brand can put its name behind something that customers enjoy. Better still, they can put themselves right in the middle of a good story. In response to this trend among consumers, companies have doubled… This story continues at The Next Web

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When the OnePlus 5 arrived earlier this year, it was the closest the company had ever come to its original ‘flagship killer’ mantra. But for many potential buyers, there was one thing holding it back in after a year full of excellent smartphones: Bezels. Cue the OnePlus 5T. After months of rumors and speculation, the OnePlus 5T is now official, and it’s looking to close the gap with the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Google’s flagships, but at a much lower price. It’ll start at $499 when it goes on sale November 21. I’ve had the chance to play with… This story continues at The Next Web

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