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Tinder today announced that it’s acquired L.A. startup Wheel for an undisclosed sum. The little-known Wheel was a social network for video stories – the type of which Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat all offer. According to TechCrunch, the idea behind Wheel (originally called Ferris) was to offer a way for people to create their own ‘easy, fun, and watchable’ mobile videos. The service also included a collaborative element that lets people work on videos with family and friends. When we first covered it, we were optimistic. Then-editor Martin Bryant suggested that it could “win where Facebook failed” when it comes to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tinder

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Whether you’re a tech geek who wants to pass your interests on to your offspring, or a tech-challenged individual desperate to end the technical illiteracy cycle with you, toys are a great way to trick your kids into learning. There’s a huge trend in STEM toys meant to spark children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Many toy manufacturers have picked up on the importance of introducing kids to STEM activities, such as coding, and are using it to boost their sales. These toys won’t guarantee your kids a job coding at major tech firms, but they might be just… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier today, Apple announced the 2017 edition of the flagship software Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place from June 5 till June 9 in San Jose, California. At the event, you can expect the Big A to unveil the future direction of iOS and macOS in a series of presentations and talks by hundreds of Apple engineers and executives. Here’s how the Cupertino behemoth summed up the upcoming conference: Technology alone is not enough. Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,Apple

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Chloe Bridgewater might only be seven years old, but she certainly has no shortage of entrepreneurial spirit. The ambitious girl recently penned a short letter to Google to express her desire to one day work there – and it made such an impression to CEO Sundar Pichai he decided to reply to her personally. Inspired by her father’s work, the eager seven-year-old wrote a touching letter to tell the “Google boss” about her ambition to work at the company. In addition to her interest in computers, the little girl also expressed a desire to work for a chocolate factory and swim at the Olympics.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Oh look! Another post-referendum price rise. This time it’s Microsoft’s turn, as it cranks up the cost of its Surface Pro and Surface Book computers by as much as £400 (roughly $500) due to the drop in the value of Sterling. If you head to the Microsoft Store, you’ll notice that the bottom-end Surface Book now starts at £1,499. That’s an increase of £150 ($190), or 11.5 percent, over the previous price. The top-line Surface Book now costs £400 more. To Microsoft’s credit, the entry-level Surface Pro 4 is staying put at £750 ($940), but higher-end models are as much… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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It seems Yahoo has landed itself in trouble again. The company has reportedly been sending out emails to warn users that state-sponsored attackers might have breached their accounts. The hackers purportedly relied on a sophisticated cookie forging exploit that could be executed without the need to acquire user passwords, ZDNet reports. The announcement follows a series of high-profile breaches Yahoo reported last year. Last September the Sunnyvale giant revealed it had suffered a massive attack affecting more than half a million users; then three months later, it came forward with another major breach putting over a billion users at risk. The magnitude of the latest… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Yahoo

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As nifty as they are, smartphones still can’t do all the hardcore computing you expect from a desktop or laptop. And even carting around a laptop can get pretty cumbersome after a while. But if you move now and get the Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 Pocket PC, you’ll have the full processing power of a desktop or laptop PC… all in a compact package the size of a portable hard drive. Right now, you can get one of the world’s most travel-friendly computers for just $189 from TNW Deals. All you need to do is connect the Sirius B… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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While most folks are ditching their landlines because they now have a phone with them wherever they go, they might make a comeback as a feature in voice assistant speakers, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ’s sources, Google and Amazon are considering adding the ability to make and receive voice calls to the companies’ Home and Echo devices respectively. They’re currently equipped to handle tasks like controlling your lights and smart appliances, streaming music and ordering groceries online. Enabling voice calls would certainly make those voice-activated speakers a lot more useful, and give you another reason to stop… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Google

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One of the biggest challenges in building autonomous vehicles is dealing with the irregularities of physical spaces outdoors: From electric poles to winding roads and bumpy terrain, there are lots of things that can trip up your creation. With that in mind, a team of researchers at Microsoft have built and open sourced a simulation tool to help people train autonomous cars, drones and robots learn how to avoid obstacles just like they would in the real world. It’s called the Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform, or AirSim for short. Available for Linux and Windows, it lets you generate a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Although Ashton Kutcher is best known for his roles in massively popular sitcoms like That 70s Show and Two and a Half Men, he’s only just begun some of the most important work of his life. In 2009, the Iowan actor founded a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. The NGO changed its name to Thorn in 2012 and focused on building mobile and Web-based tools to help further its efforts, while partnering with major tech firms and government agencies to expand the impact of its work. The non-profit clearly has its work cut out… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Facebook is beginning the roll out of a new feature that allows job seekers to link up to hiring managers without ever leaving the platform. LinkedIn executives, somewhere, are crying into a bucket of Ben & Jerry’s. The update allows business Pages to post job listings the same way they’d typically compose a status update. In addition to linking, sharing, and/or commenting, users also get the option to apply for the position using a baked-in “Apply Now” button. A quick press allows interested parties to fill out an application and submit it using Facebook messenger. An additional perk adds a Jobs tab to the Page and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,LinkedIn

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Mark your calendars Xbox fans; Microsoft has “big news” coming June 11. On Twitter today, Microsoft hinted at news that E3 would bring the long-awaited Project Scorpio reveal. The biggest clue? Microsoft used the same motherboard image featured in its Scorpio teaser trailer. Presumably this means we’ll finally get to see more of the mysterious next-generation console during Microsoft’s briefing. Brace for big news.#XboxE3 briefing will air Sunday, June 11 at 2 PM PT. pic.twitter.com/EWilMOb47s — Xbox (@Xbox) February 15, 2017 Project Scorpio was announced last year at E3. Since then, we’ve seen few actual details about the highly-anticipated console. Promotional… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Thanks to Twitch’s new donation system, streamers earned millions of dollars in additional revenue last year. According to Twitch’s Year in Review mini-game, viewers donated 590 million “Bits” to streamers last year. Bits and “Cheering” are part of Twitch’s new integrated donation apparatus, which it has called “a new way for us to celebrate and support streamers together.” 590 million Bits is equal to almost $6 million going directly to Twitch’s streaming partners. To use the system, viewers type a “cheer” command, along with the amount of bits they want to donate. A small animated icon appears in chat, with the number… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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Fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are, presumably, already aware of Mac’s video autobiography dubbed ‘Project Badass.’ Today, the biopic became a VR experience that’s every bit as hilarious as you’d imagine. Project Badass VR gives you a front-row seat to Mac’s next death-defying stunt. This time, Mac… well, it’s probably better to let him set up the stunt: Mac: We will be firing down this speedway… Dee: It’s a cardboard ramp. Mac: Through a stream of state-of-the-art pyrotechnics… Dee: Charlie with a smoke bomb. Mac: We’ll hit the launch zone, where we will careen through the air and plummet… Dee: To… This story continues at The Next Web

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Experts agree that language learning is best accomplished with full immersion. Most of us, unfortunately, can’t pack up and head to Tokyo for a year to learn Japanese. Mondly, a language-learning app on iOS and Android, thinks VR could help bridge the gap. And today it’s launching an app for Gear VR owners that, in my experience, is the closest thing you can get to actual immersion without putting pants on. First, some background. After my first year in Mexico, I was struggling to pick up the language. I used Mondly, and others, to improve my vocabulary and help me to speak… This story continues at The Next Web

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Etsy is becoming its own middleman with the launch of Etsy Studio, a craft-supply spin-off store where Etsy’s sellers can buy their raw materials. Etsy Studio is a new marketplace for craft supplies that, the company hopes, combines “inspiration and shopping in one place.” DIY-ers, including existing Etsy sellers, will now have easier access to the materials they need. Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy, says this is the next step in re-imagining commerce within the “Etsy Economy.” He says Etsy users were also lobbying for an easier way to sell and buy craft supplies via the site: Etsy Studio champions the joy of making.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Etsy

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We live in an on-demand world. From taxis to pizzas, we want it at the press of a button. So, why not veterinarians? That’s the philosophy behind the latest update to PawSquad, which we first covered two years ago, when it was a simple animal telemedicine service. Now, it’s possible to call out a qualified and approved vet to your home, just for a flat fee of £48 (roughly $60). Visits last up to 40 minutes, and can be booked through the website or app at virtually any time of day – from 7:30 AM, to 9PM at night. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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A while back we noticed Google tested providing fun facts on a few animals. Well, now the company is preparing to roll this out in a more official fashion. Starting today, searching for things like plants, fruits, veggies and the aforementioned animals will provide a bit of trivia fun. Just from Google’s press release, I’ve learned: Ancient Greeks considered Violet a symbol of love and fertility, and an essential ingredient for love potions. The black widow spider’s venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. Dogs apparently have three eyelids. Important information to keep in mind should I ever need to craft… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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With titles like Toy Story, WALL-E and Finding Nemo under its belt, Pixar has told some of the most heartfelt stories to have ever appeared on the silver screen. Now it wants to share the art of storytelling with you. The Disney-owned studio has teamed up with Khan Academy to offer its narrative expertise in an all-free online course fittingly titled ‘The Art of Storytelling.’ The course is the third instalment from the Pixar in a Box series, which has previously educated filmmaking enthusiasts on a variety of topics, including character building and the principles of animation. ‘The Art of Storytelling’ will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Peer-to-peer selling sites – like Craigslist, Trademe, Gumtree, and eBay – are hugely popular, largely thanks to the fact that you can get some serious bargains through them. But they’re not without their risks. When you buy something through these sites, there’s always a chance that you might not get what you pay for. Or worse, that you’ll sell an item, and not receive the money. To address this problem, we’ve seen a flurry of innovative startups and products emerge, like Insto, which allows people to pay for large items on Craigslist through an intermediary, and in installments. And now… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adult entertainment distributor YouPorn wants to make sure your privacy remains intact – and for this reason the Pornhub-sister is asking white-hat hacking community HackerOne for a helping hand in finding and closing backdoor exploits on its website. The Los Angeles-based porn giant has launched a new bug bounty program to “boost the safety” of its visitors by offering security professionals rewards of up to $25,000 to identify and fix weaknesses in its platform, VentureBeat reports. “We encourage researchers to reach out and let us know if they find any potential issues, and we will be happy to work to resolve the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, Niantic CEO John Hanke hinted the company is working on a massive Pokemon Go update that will make the game a lot more scenic and entertaining – and now it seems the new additions are slated to land later this week. In a blog post from earlier today, Niantic announced the smash-hit augmented reality game is getting a bunch of fresh features and Pokémon, including more than 80 new creatures from the Pokémon Gold and Silver games, as well as a slew of new items and gameplay tweaks. In addition to the new critters, Niantic is also giving you more opportunities to evolve… This story continues at The Next Web

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While a few decades back you would’ve needed an entire room to fit in a computer, technology has come such a long way you can literally pack a PC right in a tiny mint box – and this is precisely what this crafty recreational inventor has done with his Raspberry Pi. Developer Matt Wagner has managed to cram an almost entirely self-contained computer setup inside an Altoids mint box. While the resourceful inventor initially came up with the idea around 2012 when Raspberry Pi first launched, he had to wait a couple of years until the company eventually released the ultra compact Pi… This story continues at The Next Web

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It was 11:30PM, and my computer just ‘pinged’. I’d received a Facebook message from an old friend from university who wanted advice on a company he was going to launch. The product, he explained, would allow people to walk into a store, scan the items they want to buy and just walk out. It would incorporate a digital wallet for people to store their funds, and at the center of everything is a physical hardware device. Would I like to join his nascent team, and help bring this vision to life? Er, no. Fintech startups are hard If he’d said… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a lot of noise in the internet and you’re trying to get your voice heard above all the confusion. Have no fear, there are a lot of things you can do that’ll give your brand the added boost it needs to rise above the chaos. The internet is jam-packed with people, competitors, and to be honest, a lot of clutter that takes the spotlight off your brand. It’s unfortunate, yes, but as with a lot of things in life, coming up with a good plan can help immensely. This goes well beyond a simple strategy, but includes how to… This story continues at The Next Web

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