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Remember the old IRC chatrooms that you spent hours in while you should have been doing more worthwhile things with your youth? Well, now you can relive that feeling of ‘what the hell am I doing?’ by checking out Round.io. It’s not a tricky concept to get your head around. You open the page. You type a message. It appears on the map, showing where you’re based (roughly). Sounds vaguely interesting, right? When I looked, there were only about 70-or-so people online and it was already a total mess of a conversation. It’s about what you’d expect if you put… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tinder Social is a new groups feature being tested in Australia that enables you to get together all of your friends so you can swipe through and match with other groups to plan a big night out. You can then chat with the people you’re matched with or see from the group status where they’re headed. The assumption is that you’ve got a big gang of gorgeous pals, all using Tinder, who have poor planning skills but are keen to pre-meet a few eligible strangers before heading out into town. For Tinder, it’s clearly hoping to move beyond the one-on-one hookups rep,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Volvo has announced that it’ll be putting regular folk like you and me behind the wheel of its autonomous cars when they hit London’s streets next year. The company says that it’s going all-in on autonomous cars as they “represent a leap forward in car safety” and that its ‘Drive Me London’ trial will take place on real roads, with real traffic and real, err, normal people along for the ride. Professional test drivers will, of course, be provided where required. Volvo says that the test next year will involve “a limited number” of semi-autonomous cars on the roads, with… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I was 12, I briefly acquired a girlfriend called Maria. I’m not sure how it started, but I am sure how it ended: badly. In high-school I dated Eylem, a Kurdish girl. Everything was great when we were alone, but she was distant in public. It took me many years to understand where both relationships went wrong. Now I run a company which makes tools for salespeople and I’ve noticed that dating requires many of the same skills that you need in sales or customer success. Sales and dating both involve interacting with another person with a particular goal… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve noticed a sudden, severe drop in the traffic on your site or if you’ve received the dreaded, “manual action” notice in your Google Search Console, you know what it feels like to be blacklisted. Google doesn’t hand out manual penalties without good cause – but sometimes a manual action can still come as a surprise. Even if you’ve never participated in any black hat SEO schemes, there are certain strategies that can inadvertently get you into trouble, including: Actions taken by an unethical SEO company hired to work on your behalf. Negative SEO campaigns launched against your site. Check… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you were asked to name the one industry that has been the most negatively affected by digital disruption, I bet newspapers would be high on your list. Few would argue that they have been victims of the dramatic changes in technology, society, markets, competition, ownership and economics, but they aren’t alone. Almost every business on the planet is in the same proverbial boat. What separates the winners from the losers in the race to capitalize on this phenomenon is their ability to focus on the prize (people) rather than the profits of the past. Traditional publishers continue to pray… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo’s annual financial results, published today, reveal that its next console will be released globally next March. The company has remained silent on details about its upcoming platform, codenamed NX, for some time now. All it has said is that it won’t run on Android, as some speculated. This time too, it hasn’t shared any further information about the console. Hopefully, Nintendo will be more vocal about it at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles this June. via The Verge

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Seven months since its first stable release, version 6.0 of the Node.js framework is now available. The Node.js Foundation says that the update brings a number of performance enhancements, including significantly faster module loading, better tests and documentation, as well as improved usability of its Buffer and File System APIs. This release ships with the version 5 of the V8 JavaScript engine, which allows Node.js 6 to support 93 percent of all ES6 language features. However, if you have any native addons previously installed, you’ll need to recompile them in order to avoid runtime errors when loading them. It’s worth… This story continues at The Next Web

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A seemingly legit screenshot of a Windows 10 developer build shared on Reddit shows that the platform might soon bring the ability for users to switch between desktops and mobile devices, and pick up their work right where they left off. Sounds familiar? That’s because OS X has had similar functionality for the past two years, in the form of Handoff which works with iOS devices. The screenshot details an option to ‘Let apps on your other devices launch apps and continue experiences,’ on your desktop via Bluetooth. The screenshot is believed to be from a build with a Redstone… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two weeks ago, Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck took to Medium to share how his company analyzed foot traffic patterns at more than 1,900 Chipotle locations across the US locations in February, using data collected by its app that lets people check-in to places they’ve been. It then compared them to the previous year. The idea behind the study was to predict if Chipotle’s sales would take a nosedive after reports of E.Coli outbreaks associated with the chain first surfaced in October 2015. Foursquare began looking at data in February, when Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave it a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nearly three years after initial rumors that Dyson was foraying into the beauty industry, we finally have our answer: the company today introduces its first hair dryer, the Dyson SuperSonic. The hair dryer uses Dyson’s digital motor V9 to create a lightweight appliance that aims to blow air efficiently and evenly, letting you style your hair without excessive heat. It’s the same “air multiplier” technology Dyson uses in its fans and heaters, which means SuperSonic can pull in 13 liters of air per second and spin out 40 liters of air per second. Unlike traditional hair dryers with a long, hammer-like shape,… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t plan to reveal its method for unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal. After a congressional hearing, and an 11th hour cancellation from the FBI after finding a third party to unlock it, the world waited in anticipation for the FBI to divulge the method used for gaining access to the iPhone. According to the Vulnerable Equities Process (VEP), the FBI would be required to report the vulnerability used to access Syed Farook’s iPhone. From there, a White House panel would decide whether the information should be released to Apple. Instead, according… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, Snapchat filed paperwork as part of a legal case to defend your rights to take, and share, ‘ballot selfies’ at the polls. The filing is the latest development in an 18 month battle between the ACLU and New Hampshire over a 2014 law that takes away our god-given right to take a selfie in the voting booth, you know, principles America was founded on. Offenders who violated the law were subject to fines up to $1,000. The ACLU challenged the law saying that it violated American’s rights to free speech and, in August of 2015, a federal court agreed. Since… This story continues at The Next Web

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Developers who want to know how to take advantage of Twitter’s tools and knowledge can do just that now that it has released its Mobile App Playbook. The ‘book’ is really a series of of blog posts Twitter has been releasing over time on best practices for building apps, which obviously lean on Fabric’s toolkit for reference. Though it’s naturally biased towards Fabric, Twitter’s own developer suite of tools for analytics and app insights, the Mobile App Playbook still offers up a ton of good advice for developers, especially if you’re finding things about your workflow you don’t like. Twitter cites… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier in April, IKEA released a VR experience on Steam, because its marketing department was bored, or something like that. Don’t get me wrong, I love IKEA, and it would be pretty cool if you could browse through selections of its catalog or decorate your own virtual home. I even would’ve been cool with this impossible furniture-building simulator. Instead IKEA built a ‘virtual kitchen experience’ ‘that missed the best part of being a fancy Swedish kitchen: meatballs. That grievous mistake has now been fixed, so you can go ahead and cook meatballs to your hearts content. And if you’re one of them vegetarian… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple just reported its earnings for Q2 2016, and everything from revenue to device sales is trending down right now. This comes after an incredible run that saw the company produce the best fiscal quarter of any company, ever. The company sold fewer iPhones, iPads and Macs versus both last quarter and the same quarter last year. Revenue is also down; Apple reports $50.6 billion this quarter, which is about $7.5 billion less than this time a year ago, and about $25 billion off from last quarter. Here are the sales figures: And here’s another figure you might be interested… This story continues at The Next Web

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The victim of a car accident is suing Snapchat after his Mitsubishi was rear-ended by a Mercedes traveling in excess of 100 mph. The plaintiff, Wentworth Maynard, was struck “so violently [the car] shot across the left lane and into the left embankment,” according to his lawyers. The driver of the speeding Mercedes, Christal McGee, told police that she “wanted to post an image of herself going fast” and that she was “just trying to get the car to 100 miles per hour to post it on Snapchat.” Snapchat has a number of filters that allow users to add effects… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter’s earnings are out, and it’s the same story as always: decent revenue (that missed projections) and steady user growth. Average monthly active users grew five million versus last quarter to 310 million total, and total revenue was $595 million — estimates were $608 million this quarter. Revenue is up versus this time last year, but down compared to last quarter. Twitter says revenue was at the lower end of their guidance range. Still, the company says its positive about the future after laying out its new strategy, especially with products like Periscope making an impact. Here’s how Twitter phrased it in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you have one or not, Apple Watch is a hot topic of late. As we look back on a full year with Apple’s first smart wearable, we’re left with as many questions as answers. But the real one, at least to me, is whether or not we expected too much of Apple Watch. What Apple Watch is Apple Watch was long in the tooth via rumors when Tim Cook excitedly introduced it on-stage. By then, we knew just about everything the hardware would offer, so there were few surprises. As we started getting our hands on them, what Apple… This story continues at The Next Web

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Selfie sticks are arguably dumb, but selfie sticks on wings? The guys at Zero Zero Robotics might be onto something. The Beijing-based company today unveiled the Hover Camera drone, a foldable device that can track your face and follow you around to snap videos and photos wherever you go. We saw a demo of it last week, and upon launch the app it was able to quickly scan its periphery for faces and locks on to whomever you assign. Then, walk around and it’ll keep close – without actually running into you. Word of warning, the thing is extremely loud.… This story continues at The Next Web

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InVision, the company behind some of the best design tools and Sketch plugins around, have acquired Web animation tool Easee and hired its creator, Steven Fabre. It’s a good old-fashioned acquihire; Fabre will join the InVision team, but will be working on “other projects.” Easee will also remain available for everyone to use, says InVision’s founder Clark Valberg: Easee will remain open and available for registrations. All existing accounts have been upgraded to the unlimited plan as well. Going forward, Steven will lend his talents to several exciting projects already underway. According to Fabre, Easee may not be updated as a standalone… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC’s been busy with launch of the HTC 10 and Vive, but now it’s got a new project on deck: an accelerator program for virtual reality startups. Simply named ‘Vive X,’ the accelerator is investing $100m to cultivate its set of startups. The program will pilot in Beijing in May, after which it will arrive in Taiwan and San Francisco. Notice the emphasis on Asia; Oculus and other VR companies haven’t made a huge dent in that market yet, so HTC – which is based in Taiwan – is trying to seize the opportunity. Vive X will begin by handpicking a small… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon, Alibaba, Walmart and others are all experimenting with novel ideas to make drone delivery a reality. One of the major concerns — that’s yet to really be addressed — is how to make this safe both for humans and other aircraft. Thousands of delivery drones, after all, would lead to some crowded airspace and we’re always just one catastrophic event from panic that could kill this sort of idea before it really takes off. Google thinks it has the answer — at least as it relates to drone-to-human collisions — in a new patent. The patent details an autonomous delivery… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe XD has been updated, and gives designers and developers a host of new tools, all of which have been sourced from community feedback. First, you can now set a custom grid for any artboard. It was one of those ‘duh’ additions, and Adobe notes it was among the most requested features in its UserVoice feedback forum. Text can also be easily enhanced with XD, with Adobe giving you the ability to resize and adjust line spacing for text boxes in the inspector. When toying with shapes, Adobe XD now allows you to change the corners of a box or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone who’s anyone in tech – from Jess Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg – has signed an open letter to Congress urging them to put $250m of federal funds towards providing every student in every school with the opportunity to learn computer science. Some $48 million has been raised privately, including $23 million from the likes of Microsoft and Google towards Code.org, plus additional funds from both of these companies and others specifically geared towards schools. The letter has been organized by the Computer Science Education Coalition in partnership with Code.org and cites statistics that indicate “11 percent of all job openings and 16 percent… This story continues at The Next Web

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