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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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When it comes to hiding porn, the computer has revolutionized the game. Gone are the days of stashing magazines and VHS tapes under a mattress, or in that box in the closet. Now, we can easily encrypt entire drives, folders or files containing all our ‘for your eyes only’ material. But there are still a great deal of people that don’t really ‘get’ computers and probably a few more that still aren’t buying into the hype surrounding them. For those types, there’s apparently a thing that exists, at least according to this faceless guy demonstrating it on Imgur. The box itself… This story continues at The Next Web

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By 2018, more than half of all STEM jobs are projected to involve computer science skills. Currently, only one in four schools offers accredited programming classes to fill the ever-increasing demand. When the program is offered, it’s typically treated as an after school activity or club, 22 states don’t allow the course to count toward high school graduation. The growing need led the Obama administration to create Computer Science for All, a bold new initiative meant to empower K-12 students with the skills they need to be successful in tomorrow’s economy. The initiative calls for $4 billion in funding for states… This story continues at The Next Web

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Smartphones have a way of dominating our lives. With the average American spending 4.7 hours a day on a smartphone, or nearly half of us claiming we ‘couldn’t live without‘ our devices, the writing is on the wall: we need a time out. DistractaGone, from Smart Box, claims to be the solution. The real solution is probably self control and quelling FOMO (fear of missing out), but since we lack the former and the latter keeps us up at night, this box might be our best bet. To use it, just open the lid and place up to four smartphones inside. Close… This story continues at The Next Web

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Coding is the new English. At least, that’s what websites like Codecademy want you to think. But maybe you’ve held off on trying to improve your coding skills, because you still thought it wasn’t fun enough. Turns out there’s no excuse for you anymore. With Codingame, you practice your coding skills by playing an in-browser shooter game. The challenge is to defeat the enemies coming at your ship by putting in the right commands in the console to the right. There are multiple code languages to choose from like C++, Javascript, PHP and Swift. Depending on what you pick, the game changes… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a company that’s stock has been slapped around over the past several quarters, the need for additional SKUs was evident. Today’s unveiling of a foldable quadcopter called Karma, however, may be too little, too late. The drone, a quadcopter with interchangeable rotors that fits neatly into a backpack, is GoPro’s plea to investors that it isn’t a one-trick pony. It makes sense to cut out the middleman. Most consumer drones offer their own action sports camera or at least a housing for a GoPro-like option. It’s not, however, new or noteworthy. GoPro CEO Nick Woodman introduced the Karma drone… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple is reportedly investigating a bug on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus which results in devices losing cellular service once Airplane Mode is disabled. The exact cause of the issue remains unknown, but internal documents obtained by MacRumors suggest that the company is currently working on a patch for the problem. While it develops a permanent fix, Apple is informing authorized service providers to instruct customers to reboot their iPhone if they can’t connect to a network. If the glitch continues once they’ve restarted their handset, they should turn it off, re-insert their SIM card, then switch it back on. In… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is finally, at long last, relaxing its 140 character limit with a move it should have made years ago. The company today announced that most things that aren’t plain old text or emojis will no longer count toward your character limit. Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC — Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016 You still only get 140 characters towards your messages, but adding quotes, polls, videos, or images will no longer reduce precious characters. On the other hand, if you only ever… This story continues at The Next Web

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Olympus is going all out with its announcements at Photokina, including a suite of new pro lenses. Kicking things off is the 25mm F1.2, which finally gives Micro Four Thirds cameras a super-bright normal lens. Like a few of Olympus’ other lenses, the 25mm features a manual focus clutch; pull back on the ring and you’ll see distance markers for setting your focus right. The optics are some of the most advanced Olympus has ever made, with 19 elements to prevent all sorts of aberrations with minimal digital correction. It’s is about equal to a 50mm F2.4 full-frame lens in terms of perspective… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vacations are great. Planning them? Not so much. Google wants to make your life easy though with its new Trips app. It’s basically a giant travel guide and itinerary maker for trips to various locations around the world. Tell the app where you want to go, download the guide for offline use, and start planning. The app features various sample itineraries for the ‘top 200’ cities in the world, including popular sights and attractions deemed interesting by other travelers. Of course, you can make custom itineraries too; tap the ‘+’ button on the ‘day plan’ tile to select attractions from… This story continues at The Next Web

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We already know the iPhone 7 can take some scratches and a little bending, but can it survive a drop in deep water? In its latest video, YouTube channel EverythingApplePro squares off the new iPhone 7 against Samsung’s Galaxy S7 in an extreme deep water test – and the results are not quite what you’d expect. Apple announced the iPhone 7 will be equipped with IP67 waterproofing, which means the device could survive up to one meter (a little over three feet) under water for a duration of up to half an hour. Samsung’s S7, on the other hand, comes with the higher IP68 certification, suggesting… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hasselblad is continuing its 75th anniversary celebration by teasing high end photographers with the V1D, a concept camera inspired by the classic V series. It sounds like a dream. First off, the camera would use a medium format, 75 MP sensor, but the bigger detail is the square aspect ratio. Square images may be mostly associated with Instagram nowadays, but there was a time when they were commonplace for film. Among the benefits are using the greatest area of a lens’ image circle and the ability to shoot vertically or horizontally without a difference. But the V1D’s most unique feature would… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last Sunday, Apple premiered a new commercial for its music streaming platform, Apple Music — and it kind of sucks. The ad follows The Late Late Show host James Corden as he pitches a handful of terrible ideas on how to promote the service to Apple executives Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue and Bozoma Saint John. Corden’s sketch — seen above — includes dressing up as various music icons, trying to give an iPhone 7 to a dehydrated child and diving into the ocean surrounded by 40 million apples. Personally, I think the advert lacks humor and is pretty shitty. Given Apple’s presumably… This story continues at The Next Web

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Often when something goes wrong people say “I knew it! I had a bad feeling and I should’ve listened to my gut.” We say this when we hire an employee and it doesn’t work out (I had doubts from the beginning) or when we take on a project and it fails (I was never comfortable with the idea). You’ll receive advice from investors and other entrepreneurs to always follow your instinct/heart/gut/[insert any other body part]. While I don’t necessarily think these saying are wrong, I do think it’s pretty useless advice. As confident as you are, there are always insecurities.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember the classic NES / SNES controllers from back in the day? It’s back in the form of the SNES Bluetooth Controller and Retro Receiver Set, but with a modern twist: It’s wireless–perfect for your Android and iPhone. Pick up this upgraded version of everyone’s favorite controller for just $49.99 from TNW Deals. Every single detail about this device, from the build itself to its color scheme, resembles the classic SNES version. The dimensions are identical to the millimeter, and the D-pad and buttons are fantastically responsive. But while this controller may look like the classic device you know and love,… This story continues at The Next Web

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This morning around 8:00 AM EST most smartphone owners in the New York area were surprised to receive an emergency alert on their device. Because of the loud sound it makes even when the phone is muted, it shook a lot of people during their morning commute. On the subway, everyone's phones went off simultaneously w/emergency alert about Ahmad Khan Rahami. Like something out of a dystopian movie — Pamela Engel (@PamEngel12) September 19, 2016 It’s the first time this kind an emergency alert has been sent to aid the search for a wanted suspect — normally the system is used only in… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been dying to swap your face out for emoji but Snapchat isn’t your thing, there’s now a Twitter bot that will do it for you – and it’s sort of fun. All you have to do is send an image of your face to Tweet Me 4 Moji and the bot will take care of the rest. Once you’ve send a picture, the quirky invention will cover your face with a corresponding emoji and tweet you back with the new image. @MattNavarra Here's your 'moji, Matt Navarra ⭐️🇬🇧 @TweetMe4Moji pic.twitter.com/kvKRuf2YaY — TWEET ME 4 MOJI (@TweetMe4Moji) September 19, 2016 What makes Tweet Me… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung has just announced that its Galaxy Note 7 exchange program is now live in the UK. Customers are instructed to power down their device and return it to its original place of purchase at their earliest convenience. Fortunately, there aren’t too many Galaxy Note 7’s in the hands of consumers in the UK as Samsung halted sales of the handset immediately after reports started to emerge regarding devices catching fire while on charge. The only people believed to be in possession of the phone are those who pre-ordered and took advantage of the firm’s offer to get their mitts on it three… This story continues at The Next Web

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This week, the US patent office issued 6,785 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the five most interesting patents. Apple stores are going green Patent Number – US 20160264304 Apple stores shifted to using paper shopping bags earlier this year. Apple places huge focus on designing its products and accessories. The shopping bags are a part of the full Apple experience. No wonder Apple innovated while designing their shopping bags as well. A patent published this week discloses details of these… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 10 and opened iMessage, you’ve probably already seen them; stickers. Apple is the latest company to step into the sticker game with their messaging platform. And there’s a lot of money to be made. LINE, Japan’s messaging app of choice, was one of the first to give its users the chance to buy and sell stickers on its platform. Last year, they made $268 million. If Apple plays its cards right, they’re looking at a big, new revenue channel. That’s why I dove into the iMessage store and took a look at the current… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are already a few ways to get in some exercise while playing video games – think Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Tennis, and Pokémon Go. But if you’re looking for a real workout for your whole body, you’ll want to check out Augmented Climbing Wall‘s clever setup. The unimaginatively named company from Finland offers a projector paired with a computer that’s loaded with custom games intended for play on a climbing wall – making you an in-game object or character. In the video above, you can see players acting as virtual Ping Pong paddles in a game of Climball. You can… This story continues at The Next Web

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