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Microsoft told us the Xbox one S would arrive in August back when it was announced, but we didn’t think it would arrive this soon. The console is set to both reach-pre-order customers and physical stores on August 2. If you need a refresher, the console is both smaller and more powerful than the current model. Microsoft claims a 40 percent size reduction, while increased power to support 4K, video streams (but not 4k gaming) and HDR for both video and games. That being said, there are only a few titles set to launch with HDR so far, including ‘Gears of War… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the time it has taken you to read this first sentence, a shit load has happened around the world via mobile devices. Let’s take a quick look… Now, granted, this is a marketing infographic based loosely on various sources of recent stats. However… in the past 10 seconds: – 48,000 tweets have been posted – 280,000 Facebook Likes given, and – 87,000 new Snapchat pictures shared Meanwhile… WhatsApp helped people connect: Google helped the world search for a LOT of stuff: Apple (unsurprisingly) made a ton of money: …And these popular tech brands have been busy taking payments online:… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s a shocker: That fancy new DSLR camera you just bought requires more technical know-how than the Instagram and Snapchat filters you may be used to. Far from intuitive, the functionality of a professional-grade camera can be hopelessly complicated for beginners. But with the right tips, tricks and methodologies provided in the Digital SLR Photography for Dummies offer, you can begin shooting like a seasoned snapper for frame-worthy shots in no time. For a limited time, you can take 79 percent off the retail price for this great tutorial on TNW Deals. We’d all like to be better photographers, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone’s playing Pokémon GO, everywhere and all the time, and this is pissing bosses off. Even here in the Netherlands, where the game has only just been released, people have been catching ’em all for two weeks thanks to an easy workaround. Of course, being a tech-centric company with an above average nerd density, Boris the Boss — an avid monster catcher himself — noticed that lately, the TNW team have been suspiciously active: Non-smokers are joining their puffing colleagues outside, and many have to quickly “eerm… get something from the shops”. Then came the eureka moment: It’s long been established that employees return… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whole Foods has gone all in on social media. In addition to its main Twitter account (boasting 4.83 million followers), there are hundreds of smaller ones run by individual stores. Many locations also have their own Facebook pages, with follower counts any marketer would be happy with. For example, Whole Foods Austin has more than 32,000 fans. Clearly, there isn’t a single department that “owns” social media at Whole Foods. It belongs to everyone: From the CEO, who blogs about the natural food industry, to individual employees, who share product recommendations and stories about their jobs. Interested in seeing how… This story continues at The Next Web

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This week, the US patent office issued 6,528 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we can’t list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the five most interesting patents. Amazon to build ‘birdhouses’ for Drones Patent Number: US 9,387,928 With newer applications developed each day, drones are set to go a long a way and in some cases, quite literally. Drones can now travel tens of miles, for example, to delivery a package. But every long journey is not without obstacles and can be quite tiring even for drones. Akin to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Writer’s Block How much content do writers need to create in 1 month in order to survive in these American cities? Required Words Per Month by City Based on Cost of Living Select up to 10 cities to compare below. Total Required Written Words Per Month Publication Levels to Write For Select the publication level buttons below to get a more accurate breakdown of your required word count. Writing Level Distribution This pie chart will show how your time must be broken down between the different levels. Pretty much everyone in the tech industry has done this at least once… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Cherokee tribe of Native Americans had a well-known proverb stating that you “shouldn’t judge a person before you have walked a mile in their shoes”. It’s practical advice to view a situation from the perspective of another before rendering an opinion. One can see how this type of thinking can lead to greater compassion and understanding of those around us. But how can one really experience the perspective of another? It’s certainly easier said than done. Consider the case of individuals with autism. These days almost everyone has heard of autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASD), both general terms… This story continues at The Next Web

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As soon as I got the email, I knew. Call it intuition, call it years of experience —but it was bad. I could feel it. “Hey Hill,” my client wrote. “Can you talk on Tuesday?” My heart plunged to the wheels of my desk chair. This particular client wasn’t just anyone, either. They were a favorite of mine. Not only did they bring in one of my biggest paychecks, they were also an awesome team to work with. The project manager and I were buddies. We had a seamless system. Everything was going great. I thought I was golden… …… This story continues at The Next Web

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The home office is a blessing and a curse. I love working from home as much as the next person — free snacks, zero commute, awesome lunch options in the area. Sometimes I stroll through the park on the way back from lunch, just because I can. Coworking spaces and trendy startup offices offer a pleasant alternative to the traditional stuffiness of corporate offices, but home is where the heart is. Good luck staying productive at home, though. Every remote worker learns sooner or later that home office productivity is an elusive goal. When no one’s watching over you and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pokémon Go is rough on your battery. It’s constantly pulling data, using GPS, and rendering 3D graphics. The solution? Make a Pokédex battery case, of course. A user by the name of NPOOLE posted a blogpost detailing his creation on SparkFun (which sells parts for DIY electronics projects). The 3D printed case is modeled after a Kanto-era Pokédex to fit a Galaxy S4. It  features a 2,600 mAh battery, and working LED lights for some extra pizzaz. This is the part where I appeal to Nintendo: Please start building this now. The company is already on something of a roll this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mixtapes are so 1980s. To help you catch up with the 21st century during your next Netflix and chill sesh, the company today introduced a feature called “Flixtape,” which is basically a mixtape for – take a wild guess – Netflix. Meet flixtape…it's like a mixtape, but for Netflix! https://t.co/tDPX9pDr3V pic.twitter.com/XjIJQpw7ia — Netflix US (@netflix) July 15, 2016 The company says Flixtapes are meant to be built around themes, moods or a particular message. You have to main options: ‘make your own’ or view the ones ‘made for you’. If you’re feeling creative, first you give your Flixtape a representative name. Then… This story continues at The Next Web

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Now that Pokemon Go basically dictates your life, it makes sense that if you have to go outside and actually live a little, you might as well try to catch them all along the way. Yelp realizes this Venn Diagram of opportunity, and has implemented a new filter for you to search only for businesses that have nearby PokéStops. Nope, not April Fool’s. Just check out the iOS or Android Yelp app and search for a business and you’ll find a blue PokéStop tab to filter results to just businesses where you can access them in the game. If you leave a review,… This story continues at The Next Web

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“Please speak up…” “Why don’t you share your thoughts with the group?…” “Don’t isolate yourself from others…” Sound familiar? Whether you’re learning a new language, or going through training at your workplace, we’re either taught to collaborate or fail. But is this really the best way to learn? While cooperative learning serves a purpose in the learning process, studies show that its silence, not collaboration, that foster accelerated learning. In today’s article, we’ll share why silence can lead to accelerated learning and why introverts are faster learners. First, we should understand the cost of avoiding silence… The cost of distraction… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bragi Dash is the realization of a dream. It’s a completely wireless earbud system that sounds as good as it looks, and there’s good reason to think it’s the future of wearable audio technology. At Tech Open Air Berlin, we spoke with its founder, Nikolaj Hviid about what makes Dash so special — and he threw a bit of shade at Apple in the process. The Next Web: Before Bragi, everything was wired or wired Bluetooth headsets. You went a completely different direction. What inspired that? Nikolaj Hviid: I wanted to make discrete assistants to entertain, enable and protect. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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When Lenovo and Motorola announced their new modular flagship devices – the Moto Z and Moto Z Force – I was only mildy interested. That’s not because I don’t like the idea of modular phones, but I had been burned by the middling LG G5, first device to try to seriously try to make modularity a thing. As cool as it sounded on paper, the implementation was sloppy, and far from seamless. Only techies would really get something out of it, and even then changing the few modules available was an awkward process. But after being able to get some hands-on… This story continues at The Next Web

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By now you are very familiar with our series called ‘What TNW is reading‘ (I hope). We are really committed to read more and sharing what we like is a way to keep our promise on track. Last week I shared what I learned from Richard Dawkins view on god. This week we are featuring Sam Blok, Index’s amsterdamer backend developer. Sam is a curious folk that knows A LOT about history. He went to grammar school (where he studied ancient history and latin) and majored in Physical Geography, a sort of geology. His fascination and understanding of the past is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Star Wars fans, get your phones ready because you’re about to get a new background/lockscreen photo. The official poster for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ was unveiled this morning and it’s looking appropriately summery. The Death Star rises in this new poster for #RogueOne: A Star Wars Story. Just revealed at #SWCE! pic.twitter.com/aopNW6DzXq — Star Wars (@starwars) July 15, 2016 Minus, of course, all the laser action, fire in the palm trees, and the Death Star looming over the whole scenery. But hot damn, this is another fine poster from the Star Wars universe. ‘Rogue One’ is the saga’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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For grown adults, there’s no better feeling than coming across a gadget or toy that makes you feel young again – that’s what makes Anki’s newest robot, Cozmo, so charming. The robot, reminiscent of Wall-E and Eve in one body, is designed to look and feel like a Pixar character come to life. His facial animations and body movements are incredibly fun to interact with, but underneath all this cuteness are some serious robotics that Anki wants to share with developers and researchers to turn Cozmo into the ultimate learning tool. When Cozmo becomes available in October, Anki will release SDKs to let… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has a announced a new Search feature to make it easier for people in the US to register to vote and find out more about their local requirements. If you type in ‘register to vote’ the Search will provide guidelines for registering online, by mail, or in person. You can also see the requirements (such as being 18 years old and not being in jail for a felony), as well as registration deadlines depending on how you choose to register. In the same vein, Google is adding information about the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions. From here you… This story continues at The Next Web

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While you can always resort to your browser’s incognito mode to avoid leaving traces of the embarrassing pages you visit, the danger of unexpected intruders always looms. This is the problem that Mike, CEO of the Useless Duck Company, wants to solve with his brilliant invention – the Incognito Lock. Designed for loving husbands looking to surprise their wives with heartwarming gifts, the quirky mechanism will automatically lock your door anytime you open an incognito window, giving you the chance to browse for presents without having to worry about getting caught in the act of… caring. If you could imagine other uses for such an… This story continues at The Next Web

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The ability to easily access high level training in marketing and growth hacking is great, but the ability to choose your own price for such tutorial, particularly from industry-leading experts, is downright fantastic. That’s what you’ll find in the Pay What You Want: User Engagement & Marketing Bundle offer, delivering seven deep-dive courses on maximizing the massive marketing potential of the internet. Pay what you want for 24/7 lifetime access to a robust suite of courses aimed at developing your marketing and growth expertise. You’ll learn the critical skills of marketing analytics and data mining, as well as optimal retargeting… This story continues at The Next Web

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“We make the world a better place” – this is what most startups promise. They use this term, describing how they make life easier, more convenient, less stressful for all the “work-hard and play-hard” Western populations: Apps, gadgets, smart tech solutions enhance the day to day life. One could also say: The best technology available is often used for lifestyle products and services rather than life changing solutions. For some, this might be the exact right way, and there are definitely lifestyle products making day to day life easier. Let’s just say, there may be a whole lot of areas… This story continues at The Next Web

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After last week Google pissed off millions of people when its search engine claimed rather generically that there are only two genders (male and female), the tech giant is now trying to win back the hearts of the public with a new campaign. In an effort to promote gender equality, Google has been working with the Unicode Technical Committee to add emoji that “empower young girls” and more accurately reflect the “diversity of women’s careers” as well as “the pivotal roles that women play in the world.” Yesterday the Unicode Committee has approved Google’s proposal to add 11 new “professional emoji” in various skin tones for both men and women, totalling more… This story continues at The Next Web

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The porn industry has suffered a devastating loss today. Fast food franchise McDonald’s is now filtering out all pornographic content from its public Wi-Fi service in the majority of its locations in the US. That’s right: There were so many people watching porn while gorging on Big Macs that McDonald’s felt compelled to block access to all explicit content at their restaurants. The decision comes after two years of pressure from Internet safety activist group Enough is Enough that aims to provide safer public WiFi for “children and families”. With this move, McDonald’s joins other chains that have already enforced restrictions on pornographic content like Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread.… This story continues at The Next Web

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