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Martin Aircraft has announced that it will begin selling its manned jetpack in the second half of 2016 for about $150,000. Developed over the past 35 years, the jetpack is powered by a 200HP V4 petrol engine that drives two ducted fans for upto 30 minutes of flight time. It can carry a payload of up to 265 pounds, attain a top speed of 45 MPH and reach altitudes of 1,000 meters. The New Zealand-based company showed off its latest prototype at an air show in Paris, using a simulator outfitted with an Oculus Rift VR headset to let visitors… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will launch its next phone, the OnePlus 2, on July 27. The company previously shared that its upcoming device will have a USB-C port, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 chipset under the hood and it will run OnePlus’ own version of Android, OxygenOS. It also announced today that it will launch the OnePlus 2 with a VR experience that fans will be able to check out using their phones with a cardboard viewer. OnePlus says it’s developed a refined cardboard headset that’s durable and resistant to dust and oils; you can get your own by paying only for shipping… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yahoo has updated its mobile search engine to now place images, videos and reviews in the spotlight. Announced in a blog post by Andrew Poon, Yahoo’s vice president of product management, the change is designed to make Yahoo Search in the US more immediately and directly helpful in the context of your specific query. Poon said: We know when you’re on the go, you’re often searching for a specific piece of information. So rather than delivering endless links for you to sift through on a small screen, we beautifully assemble the most relevant information in a way that allows you to take action… This story continues at The Next Web

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With Pride 2015 just around the corner, Apple has set aside a featured spot in the App Store to commemorate the civil rights struggles of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. The section features an assortment of books, movies, music, TV shows, podcasts and apps that relate to different aspects of this multifaceted community. Pride Day is June 28, commemorating the day in 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village staged a protest following a police raid of the Christopher Street bar. This riot and subsequent protests formed the linchpin of the modern LGBT rights movement. Movies like ‘Milk,’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s already an abundance of photographic typography apps for all kinds of artistic work — posters, greeting cards, labels, you name it. But so what? There’s always room for more, especially if they manage to inject a bit of variety to the mix. Retype is a brand new app by Sumoing — makers of Camu and ReLook — that lets you add stylish text to your photos or create a cool message using ReType’s cache of background images and smarty pants quotes. This type tool has some face combos sporting a 3D quality complete with sophisticated colors and shadows. It is powered by a layout engine that lets you layer numerous font art… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just when you thought your old CDs had no value or purpose, someone gives you an excuse to hang on to them for a little while longer. YouTuber JZSlenker got creative and used a $15 angle grinder and a bit of craftsmanship to build this simple yet epic CD gun. Sure, he built it in 2013 – but that doesn’t mean we don’t have extra discs lying around in 2015. I’m off to build my own version and dig out a few classic discs. The only decision left is whether ‘ABBA Greatest Hits’ or ‘Spice World’ gets obliterated first. Read next: Watch an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is making it a lot easier to find and share links on your posts – if you’re an iOS user. Now when you write a post, a link icon will appear above your keyboard that will allow you to search for and share Web links right from the Facebook app. It’s a convenient change for mobile. While it’s easy to open up a new tab on the desktop when you’re already using a browser to access Facebook anyway, having to exit your Facebook App, open a browser and then copy and paste a link on your phone is just… This story continues at The Next Web

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Now that Google has begun removing links in response to Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law, the BBC is cataloging its links that have been taken down. Though the links will no longer be found via Google search, they do remain live on the BBC website archive. In an effort to remain transparent to license fee payers — and provide a central place for users to find links they may not via Google — the BBC has a dedicated portal for affected links. The BBC also feels they owe it to readers to cache the links: We are doing this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple started removing a ton of apps and games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store today. As much as the Confederate flag needs to go, censoring it everywhere is a problem. After the racially-motivated shooting on June 17, state governments and major retailers alike took action to rid themselves of the flag and make acquiring one harder. It’s tragic that it took 150+ years and nine innocent deaths for so many to take action. Today Apple made its own move, unlisting a ton of apps featuring the flag from the App Store, mostly Civil War games. It’s unnecessary, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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This year is the year of the cloud-based photo library, with Apple, Google and Facebook all now pushing to be the place you choose as home for your photos. Now that there are so many great places to keep your photos safe, it was about time to compare them and look at where the best place to put your precious shots. Google Photos Google launched its new photo service to much fanfare at its developer conference, Google I/O. Google Photos will backup an ‘unlimited’ amount of images for free, provided you don’t mind them being downsized to 16 megapixels. If you do, you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon’s Kindle app can now share previews of books and text snippets to apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or via text message. Kindle users could already share quotes, highlights and recommendations to Facebook and Twitter, but this is the first time Amazon is allowing readers to share via a messaging platform. Those who receive a recommendation from a Kindle owner can start reading a preview of the book on their mobile devices or desktop. The preview does not require the Kindle app or even an Amazon account. The change hits the Kindle Android app first, with the update coming to… This story continues at The Next Web

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HoloLens is about to go intergalactic. In a partnership with NASA, Microsoft is sending a few headsets to the International Space Station (ISS) for something called Project Sidekick, which will let astronauts go paperless by the end of the year. Currently, when an astronaut needs to complete a task, they take notes on what they’re doing and receive instruction from NASA by voice only. Project Sidekick uses the HoloLens to create an augmented reality so astronauts can receive more detailed instructions and see what needs to be done in the space (pun intended) they’re currently working in. Project Sidekick will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has released its latest study on diversity, and compared to last year — it still has plenty of work to do. Global gender lines at Facebook are still widely skewed, as Facebook reports 68 percent of the workforce is male. Last year, 69 percent of its global employees were men. The same one percent shift is found in tech, where Facebook reports 84 percent are male compared to 85 percent last year. In the US, Facebook reports 55 percent of its workforce is white; a drop from 57 percent a year ago. Asian employees rose two percent, while hispanics, blacks, those… This story continues at The Next Web

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Polarr, known for its browser-based photo editing app, today debuted an image editor for iOS that competes with some of the best image pro-level editors on the iOS platform — while maintaining its ease of use. Polarr is a no-nonsense product without gimmicks — you use it to make your pictures look stunning. So if you’re looking to draw little doodles on your photos or apply cute stickers or cool type treatments, there are plenty of fine apps that facilitate your playful side. But you won’t find it here. The app offers a large assortment of pro-level features and controls, and yet is accessible to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember the ‘Do you even lift?’ meme? Doesn’t matter. Meet Do You Even List? a new Twitter tool that scans your activity on the social network and builds an automatically updated list of the people you interact with most. Created as a side-project by Carl Hamlet, an English developer in Sweden, it scores the accounts you tweet with the most. Once a day, it refreshes a private Twitter list (slightly arrogantly) called ‘My Audience’ with your highest scoring contacts. It’s effectively the Twitter equivalent of the old MySpace ‘Top Eight’ feature. When you first connect the service to your account, you can select accounts… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple may be preparing an update to the iMac lineup. According to references discovered in the latest OS X El Capitan beta, there could be a 4K iMac in our future. The code in question was first reported by 9to5Mac, and mentions an Apple-designed display with a 4096 x 2304 resolution. While there’s no specific mention of a device, the easiest (and likely most accurate) assumption is that the 21.5-inch iMac will be upgraded to 4K soon. Late last year, Apple upgraded the 27-inch iMac to 5K. There was no display upgrade for the smaller iMac. In addition to the resolution, there’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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“I don’t know anything.” It might seem counterintuitive but I try to tell myself this every day when I wake up. It’s quickly becoming my daily mantra.  Now, this isn’t some exercise in self deprecation. I simply want to remind myself as soon as I wake up to see the world with clear eyes. These days there’s a line up around the block of ‘thought leaders’ and ‘gurus’ begging to give you advice. We praise expertise and give weight to experience. And rightfully so. Those who can, do. As author Andrew Solomon says: “It is only by living in the world… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every brand seems to be obsessed with social media ROI nowadays, but achieving fast-track growth on social networks is often a Herculean task for many business owners, marketers, and entrepreneurs. “Post good content on social media and they will come” is a myth. In reality, you need to engineer your social media success by employing smart strategies rooted in research, data, creativity and testing. Moreover, the philosophy of growth on social media involves designing a process that is scalable and repeatable so that you can be on multiple social networks at once, building and engaging disperse communities at scale and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple is getting serious about education, launching new features for iTunes U that will allow teachers and students to work together digitally. With the new-look iTunes U, students can turn in homework and other assignments right from a mobile device. Their work will carry a timestamp so teachers know exactly when it was submitted. Integrated grading software will alert teachers when a student’s work is turned in, as well as which students may need a reminder to submit papers. Teachers can also import educational apps into class material. A new chat function will take the classroom discussion digital, and give… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft launched its newest Office program, Sway, last October as a way to easily publish full webpage stories for whatever is on your mind. Up until now though, it’s only been available on the Web and iOS, so Microsoft today released an iPad version of the app and detailed an upcoming Windows 10 version. Sway for iPad is, of course, optimized for larger screen sizes. You can create, view and share Sways in landscape mode, for instance, and a Remix button allows you to quickly try out new layouts and styles. There are some new features on the iPad app… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tumblr is launching a new tool to make it easier to look through the myriad of GIFs on its platform. Called Tumblr TV, it’s a full-screen GIF catalog you can use to browse through some of the most popular images being shared, or search for new ones. You can try it out through a few different methods. The simplest way is to just visit Tumblr.com/tv – which works for users without an account as well. That’ll show you a slideshow of trending GIFs by default, but you can find more by using the search bar or by clicking on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Moleskine Timepage is a calendar app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. It supports iCloud, Gmail and Microsoft Exchange accounts. And it’s the first calendar app that’s really won me over. It’s the latest in the notebook brand’s line up of iOS apps that also includes Creative Cloud (which turns hand drawn images into digital files) and Journal (a digital version of its classic design). I’ve always had a soft spot for Moleskine. I carry one of its notebooks wherever I go and use it more than any note taking app on my phone, including the aforementioned Journal. But while my notes… This story continues at The Next Web

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And so the saga ends – Taylor Swift has decided to put her most recent album, ‘1989,’ on Apple Music. After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music…and happily so. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 25, 2015 In case you’ve missed out on the Swift vs Apple case the past week or so, Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple over the weekend where she stated she wouldn’t put 1989 on the company’s upcoming streaming service. Apple Music will offer a 3-month trial, but originally, Apple would not be paying artists, something Swift… This story continues at The Next Web

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GitHub’s homegrown text editor has hit version 1.0 today, 18 months after the company launched a preview version of the app. Atom, which has been downloaded 1.3 million times, has seen 155 releases since the editor launched and now features a Windows, Linux and Mac installer. The new version also brings significant performance and stability improvements, focusing on scrolling, typing and start times. GitHub focused efforts on stabilizing the API too, adding better support for developers to build packages that extend the editor and expanding the breadth of the customizations they can build. Atom 1.0 also drops some of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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T-Mobile’s new ‘Jump! On Demand’ program sounds too good to be true. Trade in a phone whenever you want and get a new one in return, all for no monthly fee? Impressive. Launching June 28, Jump! On Demand is a natural iteration of T-Mobile’s Jump! program, created to better serve customers who want to switch handsets more often. Unlike Jump!, Jump! On Demand has no monthly fee; that’s its most obvious benefit. It also keeps the monthly payment for handsets lower. The plan described is for those with “approved credit”. Those who don’t have great credit can still get on… This story continues at The Next Web

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