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Two academics have been given permission to publish their security research which reveals vulnerabilities in a wireless car locking system. It comes two years after Volkswagen, one of the manufacturers using it, won a court injunction banning publication. Despite a court order in its favour, Volkswagen has now allowed the report to be republished with only minor redactions. However the case reveals the tension between security researchers and software firms, or in this case the software used by car manufacturers. While some firms such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft offer financial rewards for those finding bugs, others such as Fiat… This story continues at The Next Web

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Assets and apps are the tools of the trade when it comes to interface design. The UI to UX Designer Toolbox from TNW Deals brings together icons, templates, and a photo editing app to improve your workflow – and now, you can pay whatever you want for the deal! This bundle comes in four parts. The largest contribution comes from GraphicSoulz, with over 200 design resources. These include customizable logos, ready-made UI kits, mockups, layouts, textures, and plenty more besides. For speedier web design, there are eight stylish website templates from Bek Temirbay, all with their original PSD files, and eight… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s an alternative version of the Queens of the Stone Age song 3’s and 7’s that has a great line about lying – “The truth has always had three sides – mine, yours and how it went.” The first line of the song is “lie, lie to my face.” The definition of a lie is ‘an intentionally false statement.’ Lawyers, public officials, advertisers, marketers and of course public relations people desperately don’t want to be caught ‘in a lie,’ but the truth is that your lies are not black and white, true and false, right and wrong. PRWeek, the blog created for, paid… This story continues at The Next Web

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August was a busy month for new and updated iPhone and iPad apps – from fashion, to social apps, to the re-emergence of mayorships on Foursquare’s Swarm. We’ve pulled together the best apps from the last month into one handy list. All you need to do is read through and choose your own favorites. And then go and download them. Founderfox If you’re tired of every pitch you see being professionally-produced and well-honed, then Founderfox isn’t going to cause you those sort of problems. In a nutshell, it’s an app that lets you record a one-minute pitch for media or potential… This story continues at The Next Web

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Another month is almost gone, and it’s time to take look at what’s happened on the Eastern European tech scene in recent weeks. We’ve compiled the most important headlines from this part of the world into a handy round-up to make sure you’re up to speed with the recent developments. If you think something is missing, or would like to draw our attention to an important story, feel free to ping the author on Twitter (@shlema) or by e-mail at [email protected] Startups, VCs, accelerators Lithuania has celebrated International Startup Day Russian news aggregator Anews has launched its app in Brazil Ukrainian… This story continues at The Next Web

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You can’t avoid GIFs, emoji and stickers anymore. They are rapidly creeping into every part of our online lives. And now, Giffiti for iOS will let you add GIFs to your photos as well 🎉. 💡 pic.twitter.com/B6h7ceerJl — Amanda Connolly (@tweets_amanda) August 31, 2015 All you need to do is select a photo from your camera roll and add one of the app’s pre-made GIFs and cutouts on top. It lets you resize and adjust the overlay as you like and you can save it as a still photo or GIF and share on social media or via message and email. From… This story continues at The Next Web

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We don’t need to debate about whether podcasts are a ‘thing’ any more. The medium has come a long way since British journalist Ben Hammersley put a name on it, in the rush to define a new phenomenon in time for his deadline. The President of the United States does podcasts – he rocked up to Marc Maron’s garage for the ‘WTF’ podcast recently, going through the same interview process as any other guest on the interview show. Podcast pioneers might not always get the props they deserve. ‘Keith And The Girl’, one of my favorite shows – I was… This story continues at The Next Web

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Atari, once the prosperous creator of popular arcade machines has mostly faded into irrelevance these days. This beautiful, 186-page manual, for servicing your arcade machines is a peek into a different time, when Atari was at the top of its game. Simply called “The Book” it’s an exhaustive, seven chapter manual, targeted at technicians for Atari’s coin-operated video and pinball machines. According to the foreword in The Book, it’s not intended to make you a technician or turn you into an engineer, but it’s impressively detailed. The manual features everything from how to use an Ohmmeter and soldering iron, to detailed exploding diagrams of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Monday is upon us like an unwelcome hangover, but rather than pull the covers over your head and pretend it’s not happening, why not embrace it and start the day with a large breakfast-sized serving of tech news and features. If you were offline having fun with friends and family (or just taking care of chores) over the last two days, then you’ve missed a whole bunch of stuff. Luckily for you, we’ve put it all together in one handy list. We know, we’re too kind. All you need to do is make yourself a coffee and put your phone on silent… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is being investigated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) after the agency received complaints that the search giant abused its dominant market position and rigged search results, reports The Economic Times. If found guilty, Google could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its income; the company posted a net income of more than $14 billion in 2014. The CCI director general filed a report last week based on concerns raised by Bharat Matrimony, a service that facilitates arranged marriages, and Consumer Unity and Trust Society, a local nonprofit organization. The complaints were corroborated by 30 internet… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony’s latest project on First Flight — the company’s own crowdfunding platform for customers in Japan — is a smartwatch that’s much more like a traditional chronograph than anything else on the market. It doesn’t even have a digital display. The Wena Wrist (which stands for ‘Wear Electronics Naturally) features a band that houses components to allow for NFC wallet payments using the Japanese FeliCa standard, notifications from your phone through vibrations and an LED alert light, as well as activity tracking. The Wena Wrist allows NFC payments The Verge notes that the Wena only works with iOS devices. Sony… This story continues at The Next Web

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LG has announced the SmartThinQ Sensor, a device that can monitor your home appliances and allow you to control them from anywhere with an app. The company says its latest offering can sense vibration and temperature when attached to appliances and beam those readings back to your phone. LG’s SmartThinQ Sensor For example, when attached to a washing machine, the device can let you know when a laundry cycle is complete. Stick it on your fridge and it’ll alert you when a particular food item is about to expire. LG says you can also connect the Sensor to other appliances… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the old sayings that motivate me is “practice makes perfect”. Proverbs can be a bit of a cliché, but in some cases they can be true. I am a workaholic by nature, which obviously has its good and bad sides. One of the good sides is that I can’t stand still, and just do nothing all day long. On the other side, working without rest and a clear goal can often be demotivating, not to mention exhausting. That’s why I decided to trust the good old saying and try to improve myself. Being a great designer is a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every morning, after I’ve secured the intravenous drip from the coffee pot into my arm, I knock out a couple of hours of fiction writing. That’s not exactly surprising as I’m a science-fiction author so it would be surprising if I didn’t spend at least some of my time writing. For a while, I get to live in a world without ISIS and Justin Bieber and selfie-sticks, where the only rules are the ones I set. It’s what happens afterwards that’s interesting: If the writing goes well, and I hit my self-imposed word target, then I’m almost guaranteed to have… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook unveiled ‘M’ its virtual assistant that lives in Messenger this week, which is a conversational assistant that can do anything from tell you jokes to ordering concert tickets. M is still in beta and is not available for everyone yet but Jackson Fall, head of product at Wealthcoin, already has access so helped us take it for an early spin. Taking it for a whirl First, we tried the stupid stuff. Can it tell jokes? Yes it can. Ha, not bad What about doing something like sending a motivational message every morning? Also yes. Motivate Me, M Sure enough, next morning at 9 AM… This story continues at The Next Web

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In 2014, I became a full time remote worker. This year, I’ve been lucky to work and travel in Paris, Malaga, Copenhagen, Casablanca, London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Barcelona… There’s one question that’s always in the back on my mind: How can I be as productive as possible remotely? I’ve tried many different experiments to do more in less time this year, and I thought I would share five tricks (and their accompanying tools) that have become part of my routine. 5 Methods for More Productive Remote Work 1. Reduce the noise with AdBlock Cognitive overload is an issue in our information-dense… This story continues at The Next Web

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Picking font pairings can prove to be incredibly difficult, particularly if you’re not a top-notch designer. Even now, many of us developer types just pick some fonts and jam them together. There are a few different sites and blogs around for finding acceptable fonts to slap next to each other, but there’s got to be a better way. Font Flame might just be that alternative, with a Tinder-like interface for picking your next font duo. It sources the typographic suggestions from Google Fonts’ free library and shows them with a simple ‘hate’ or ‘love’ for quick-fire judging based on looks. Each ‘love’… This story continues at The Next Web

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An expert digital marketeer can generate huge growth. To help you learn these skills, TNW Deals has two bundles of video courses which offer step-by-step tuition on getting noticed online. For a comprehensive education, the Internet Marketing Mastery Bundle is a good place to start. It has twelve courses in total, which are split into three sections. In the first four courses, you learn how to utilize Facebook for targeting potential customers, and how to generate sales from Pinterest and Craigslist. You can then move on to optimizing your sites and videos for search, before getting to grips with composing… This story continues at The Next Web

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I went mad in public yesterday – not for the first time – and declared my resignation from tech journalism, effective immediately. Consider this my resignation from tech journalism. Effective immediately. — Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) August 29, 2015 A lot of people – both colleagues I respect and jabber-jawed idiots that I don’t – thought I was being knee jerk about one thing – a Macalope article throwing lazy punches at my piece on Apple coverage from earlier this week. But that’s not it. I didn’t explode because of that single piece. It’s just the latest fart in a cloud… This story continues at The Next Web

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113 million hardcore fans worldwide 147 million occasional viewers US$252 million in global revenues a predicted total prize pool of $71 million for all tournaments and competitions. No, these numbers don’t refer to a traditional mainstream sport like football or basketball. Rather, they come from a sport that saw its major surge begin a mere 10 years ago, a sport whose global revenue has already surpassed the revenue of the entire music industry by $20 million in 2014, a sport that giant brands like Coca-Cola, Red Bull, American Express, Intel and Samsung are vying to sponsor. I’m talking about eSports… This story continues at The Next Web

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With all the Facebooking, Tumblring and tweeting, it’s a wonder personal Websites still get built at all. For most people, short bursts of communication with friends and family seem to be enough to satisfy most common messaging impulses. Nonetheless, business and personal Websites are still going strong, fueled by the desire to tell a story, sell a product or publicize an event. Whereas large enterprises will always allocate big bucks for engineering and design talent, smaller businesses and individuals — especially those without advanced coding skills — increasingly rely on easy, reasonably priced online services that provide attractive, template-driven options. The nine… This story continues at The Next Web

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Practically everything has changed in media. Here are some ways to build an audience, make yourself more effective, and find your path to success in modern journalism. (note: this post doesn’t pretend to tell you how to do good journalism. That part should be learned the ways it’s always been learned — mostly on the job. This post is intended to offer some ways for a journalist to navigate the new landscape of news) 1. Be prolific Maintain a high standard for your work, but publish early and often. And understand that different content makes sense in different places. If you’re an… This story continues at The Next Web

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You may not realize it, but styleguides are an important part of journalism. They help all writers for a publication use the same grammar rules and technical terms, to keep things nice and tidy. We have one at The Next Web and now we’re sharing it with you. @TNWstyle is a new Twitter account in the mold of similar efforts from the Associated Press and the Guardian. We’ll share regular tips about how we guide our writers; the terms, grammar and spellings we use for technical terms and divisive issues… The internet should be capped down as it is now like gas or… This story continues at The Next Web

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On a busy day I’ll receive more than a hundred newsletters. On a slow day that number is around 30. I know this because a few weeks ago I set up a filter in Gmail to file all emails containing the word ‘Unsubscribe’ into one sub-folder. Once a day I browse through it and fish out the false positives. I’m left with an archive of newsletters, which makes it painfully clear that this is becoming a problem. Newsletters are hot right now and can be very useful. We send out a fair bunch of them ourselves. When managed well, a… This story continues at The Next Web

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You build a company into a massive success, you sell it for $2.5 billion, you have all the money you could hope for and a lot of time on your hands… and then what? Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, founder of Minecraft creator Mojang, has shared some stark thoughts on life after a big exit that may make you think twice about your dreams of fame and fortune. The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance. — Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015 Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch… This story continues at The Next Web

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