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If you’re like the rest of America, chances are you sneak in the occasional Netflix binge. What if I told you that you could catch everything you’d normally take an hour to watch in a mere 54 minutes; impossible, right? Actually, you could go even faster if you’re able to keep up. Efficiency is Everything concocted a rather simple hack using Chrome and Netflix to speed up playback. Doing so allows you to watch all your favorite shows, but in record time. The key is to set the playback speed at around 1.1 or 1.2x, which is not really enough to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung has just pushed a relatively large update to its mobile payment platform, Samsung Pay. The upgrade brings a handful of much-requested new features to the application, including the facility to pay for goods using your retina on the Galaxy Note 7. Version 2.3 also transports support for cloud syncing in Samsung Pay. Although, it’s currently restricted to just gift and membership cards as payment details are far too sensitive to be backed up and synced. There are also a couple of new server-side features listed in the changelog, including the option to purchase gift cards from now-supported retailers and store membership cards from additional… This story continues at The Next Web

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North Korea is the most repressive, secretive state in the world. There’s no free press, no independent media, and scarce few people have access to the Internet. It’s about as close as you can get to George Orwell’s Airstrip One. One brilliant illustration of this is found in North Korea’s DNS records. A configuration error allowed researchers to map the entire North Korean externally-facing Internet (North Korea has a separate version of the Internet that can only be accessed within the country). It turns out that there are just twenty eight domain names using the .KP top level domain (TLD). Twenty. Eight.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Apple released the newest version of OS X macOS, dubbed ‘Sierra.’ Inside, you’ll find smaller updates to some of your favorite applications and as well as several long-anticipated features. Like most iterative releases, macOS Sierra is available for free on the Mac App Store to anyone currently running El Capitan (or earlier) version of OS X. In addition to Siri, there are a number of new additions that should be on your radar. Here are some of our favorites. Siri   Siri is undoubtedly the feature act of macOS Sierra. We’ve seen the voice assistant in iOS since 2011, but Sierra marks her debut… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is giving Drive a neat update by actually putting its search chops to work. First off, Drive now supports natural language processing, which is a fancy way of saying you can search the way you talk. You can type in something like “find my presentations from last month” or “show me spreadsheets by Boris,” and Drive will help you find the requested files. That said, it doesn’t seem Google will just automatically provide you the results; instead it just rephrases your query into a more specific one that will find the items you’re looking for. Along with this is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has acknowledged and promised to provide a software fix for an extremely frustrating issue that’s affecting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners using Lightning EarPods. The glitch renders the EarPods’ integrated remote useless, meaning that you can’t adjust volume, pause playback or answer an incoming call without pulling out your iPhone. The problem can usually be rectified by unplugging the EarPods and plugging them back in again. However, in some circumstances, the bug has been known to occur again shortly after. I’m sure that you’d agree that this isn’t a major issue worthy of a recall. It is a… This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to dating, looks and personality are both really important, but so too is music taste. Imagine going on a date with your dream guy or girl, only to find out afterwards that their jam is Randy Houser or Darius Rucker. Yeeesh. Mercifully, Tinder now connects with Spotify, letting you see what your potential matches jam to. This makes it easy to avoid proud fans of country music, Nickelback, and any other musical howlers. It also lets you identify the potential matches with whom you’ve got favorite artists in common. And don’t worry. If you have a guilty-pleasure, you’ll be… This story continues at The Next Web

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SanDisk today announced the world’s biggest SD card, which they claim is the first to pack 1 terabyte of storage. If you work with 4K or even higher quality video, you’ll be happy to hear there’s now an even better option than the company’s current best offering — their already enormous 512 GB SD card. The proudct currently still only exists as a prototype, but will probably be released soon. There’s no pricing information available yet, but if the $345 cost of the 512 GB card is taken into account, it won’t exactly come cheap. This is roughly what you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Too many passwords? Welcome to the club. Take the headache out of your daily logins with Passwork, the top-rated password manager known as the “Dropbox of passwords”. You can pick up a one-year subscription to Passwork for 50 percent off from TNW Deals. Easy to use and customizable, Passwork safely stores your passwords via a single intuitive interface, allowing you to manage them with ease. It’s adaptable to both personal or corporate use — and either way, you can rest assured knowing your private data is safe thanks to top-notch encryption. With Passwork, you can also access a variety of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Data professionals are in big demand by companies seeking to make sense of all their spreadsheets. Here’s a fast track towards a data career: The Database Administration Super Bundle. Pick up this great course collection for over 90 percent off from TNW Deals. Throughout nine courses, you’ll explore the various aspects of building databases and analyzing data in a professional scope. Dive into NoSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Minitab, and other data aggregation and management tools. Here are the courses listed in your bundle: NoSQL – MongoDB Developer Introduction to MySQL MongoDB – The NoSQL Database for Cloud and Desktop Computing Informatica:… This story continues at The Next Web

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You might’ve given up on Nokia a long time ago, but it seems Microsoft still hasn’t. In an unexpected announcement this morning, the industry legend unveiled its new Nokia 216 feature phone. Set to launch next month in India, the phone will run Series 30 OS and will pack a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 0.3-megapixel front and rear cameras and a removable 1020mAh battery. There’ll also be a dual-sim version of the device. Here’s the full list of specs and features: 118 x 50 x 13.5 mm 82.6 g 2.4 inch, 240 x 320 resolution, LCD display Front Camera with flash Rear camera, CMOS sensor, LED Flash 1020mAh… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following its teaser from earlier this month, HTC has revealed two new Desire 10 smartphones that promise to turn heads with their elegant design details. The 5.5-inch, Android 6.0-based dual-SIM Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle look the same on the outside, sporting a body modeled after the HTC 10, but with a matte finish embellished with metallic gold trim around the edges. The Pro features a Full HD display and is powered by a Helio P10 octa-core processor that’s paired with your choice of 4GB RAM/64GB storage or 3GB RAM/32GB storage. There’s a microSD card for up to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following a five-month testing program, Opera has today released the final version of its VPN-powered desktop browser, Opera 40. Aside from the inclusion of a virtual private network, the client also bundles Chromecast support, an automatic battery saving feature for unplugged laptops and an integrated RSS reader. I’ve been a fan of Opera ever since I stumbled upon the Opera Mini application when I had my iPhone 3G back in 2008. Since then, I’ve always tried my hardest to keep up to date with the company’s latest projects in spite of Chrome being more popular, so when I heard this… This story continues at The Next Web

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It sounds simple, but it takes time and dedication to build a company culture that incorporates user feedback across the entire company. Sometimes, companies hire a dedicated “community-focused” employee and leave the community engagement up to them. In reality, every employee should be focused on your users, whether they’re a product manager, a designer, or an engineer. At Polyvore, community is at the heart of everything we do, and is so integrated that it’s become part of our brand DNA. The benefits are tenfold — we’ve built an incredibly loyal and passionate user base, and in turn, a more successful… This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry’s rebirth has been something to behold. The Canadian icon has gone from being trapped in a terminal death-spiral, to now having a thriving software business and a range of enticing new Android-powered smartphones. The latest is the DTEK60, formerly known as Argon. It’s likely that BlackBerry didn’t want us to find out about this. Although the details were published on the official BlackBerry website, they were in a file called specifications-a-donotpublish.html. The page contained no details on pricing details or availability. The DTEK60 is more than just a simple upgrade of its affordable predecessor – the DTEK50. It’s a fundamentally reimagined… This story continues at The Next Web

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Exactly six years ago, we did an internal survey in our company with the goal of finding out the preferred place to work for each individual when it came to doing an important job efficiently. The results were surprising and definitive: None of the 34 members of our team chose the office. That is, when a job that calls for maximum concentration and creativity – whether it be designing a web page, programming a new functionality for your software, developing a financial report, or even writing a sales proposal – the places which were chosen the most and continue to… This story continues at The Next Web

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An army of vigilante Reddit investigators has come across a curious piece of information suggesting Hillary Clinton’s former private computer specialist Paul Combetta might have consulted Reddit for advice prior to the email controversy that ensued back in 2015. On July 14, 2014, a Redditor by the name of stonetear started a thread seeking opinion on how to purge a series of archived email messages for an undisclosed, but purportedly “VERY VIP” customer. Here’s what the original thread said: I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email… This story continues at The Next Web

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Even though its userbase has been steadily declining and I had my own reasons to delete the app, there are still a lot of people playing Pokémon Go. When player Rickeybot was livestreaming himself playing the game while walking around New York’s Central Park at 12:13 AM on Monday morning, his camera captured footage of someone assaulting and robbing him. The culprit is seen approaching him from behind and striking a blow to his neck, making Rickeybot fall to the ground with his livestreaming camera pointing up. Because of this, the robber’s face was caught on camera and he can be seen running… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Web’s getting more and more visual. Emoticons have already replaced Internet slang. Local search results that include images attract 60 percent more clicks. And for 67 percent of consumers, images carry more weight than product information. We can decipher the meaning of an image in a snap, but it would take us lines and lines of text to describe it with words – not to mention the fact that words often describe an image rather insufficiently. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that 40 percent of people respond to visual information better than text. And you can see the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is updating its Photos service with a nifty new feature to collate your memories into movies. It already did so with your recent pictures, but it’s now taking that a step further with movies based on creative concepts. Instead of looking at pictures from last weekend’s outing or yesterday’s office picnic, it’ll now sift through all your pictures, starting from the very first one you uploaded to the service, and automatically create movies that run from 20 seconds to 2 minutes in length. The first concept movie is called ‘They Grow Up So Fast’; it’ll bring together all the… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp has quietly added the ability for users in group chats to tag other participants, so they receive a notification even if they’ve muted the conversation. The feature works on Android and iOS, but not on the desktop app. You’re probably not going to like this if, like me, you’re in a number of groups that you didn’t ask to be invited to. But if you’re lucky enough to be a part of productive and positive group chats, this will certainly come in handy to keep conversations on track. To tag someone, simply enter the [email protected] symbol, followed by their… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve been hearing rumors about an upcoming Google event for some time now, and the company has finally confirmed that it’s hosting one on October 4 in San Francisco. The company sent out invites to the event and also tweeted from its @googlenexus account about it, embedding a teaser clip from YouTube; there’s also a new Google page with the aforementioned date (adjusted for your time zone) and what looks like an outline of a smartphone. All signs point to new hardware, but the company isn’t explicitly saying so just yet. October is coming. #madebygoogle https://t.co/UNMr2cJXhk pic.twitter.com/LzyswaEBjh — Google (@google)… This story continues at The Next Web

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After analyzing over 18 million reviews, independent analysis confirmed that Amazon ratings are heavily influenced by incentivized reviews. Incentivized reviews, in this case, means a discounted (or free) product received in exchange for an Amazon review. Sellers incentives for reviews aren’t necessarily asking for positive reviews, but in general, they aren’t handing out products that they suspect you’ll hate. By law, these incentivized reviews must also be disclosed to the public in an effort to avoid dishonest sales practices. Review Meta offers a free online tool that gives a detailed report of any product on Amazon and offers an honest review after stripping… This story continues at The Next Web

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After finding out details on pricing and spotting the phone in a Nest ad, Android Police completed the trifecta today by snagging some actual photos of the devices themselves. The images show the phones in an aluminum finish with the fingerprint sensor in the top right of the rear panel. The front features a 5.5-inch screen (for the Pixel XL) and a 5-inch screen for the smaller Pixel. There’s not a whole lot we can gather from the images themselves, but the launcher on the right could offer clues into Google’s rumored plan to drop the ‘Nexus’ moniker on its flagship… This story continues at The Next Web

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Olympus’ flagship E-M1 series is getting a refresh with the new Mark II model. While Olympus has made strides towards proving mirrorless cameras as professional tools, they still generally lagged behind DSLR’s in overall capture rates and assertive focus. So speed is the name of the game here; Olympus is touting the E-M1 MK II as one of the fastest cameras for sports and professional photography. The camera can shoot stills at a whopping 60 frames per second at full resolution with the electronic shutter and autofocus and exposure locked, or 18 fps with continuous autofocus and exposure. If you want… This story continues at The Next Web

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