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If you look at a website and your first thoughts are of its layout and typography, you may have the makings of a front-end developer. These design-minded pros focus on how a user interacts with a given site — and you can learn what goes into that with the Ultimate Front End Development Bundle. Just grab this essential training package for only $39 from TNW Deals: It’s composed of eight courses and 48 hours of instruction on everything that makes a website pop. You’ll dive into how to create the basic structure of sites and apps using HTML5 and CSS3,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has launched Anime Strike, a new branded channel that will let you stream anime shows and movies on-demand for $5 a month. It’s only available to Prime subscribers in the US for now. Anime Strike joins the company’s lineup of add-on Channels that you can subscribe to for a monthly fee and stream through Amazon Video. It’s the first of Amazon’s own channels; the others on the platform include Showtime, Starz, Tribeca Shortlist, Seeso and HBO. The new channel offers a range of content with more than 1,000 series spanning classics like Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers and Magical Girl Lyrical… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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At last, Nintendo has revealed its highly anticipated new game console, the Switch. The company detailed the new hardware at a presentation today in Tokyo. Priced at $299.99 and slated to hit store shelves this March, the cartridge-based successor to the Wii U lets you play on your TV or pick it up and take it with you for on-the-go gaming, thanks to its built-in screen and detachable dual controllers called Joy-Cons. It also lets you bring in a second player in co-op mode just by handing them a controller; you can also pair multiple Switches to team up with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Snapchat just addressed one of its most pressing problems: gaining a following. Launching today for some Android users and for iOS (and the rest of the Android crowd) shortly after, Snapchat’s universal search finally gives you a way to find new followers — or help them find you. While undoubtedly fun, the service continually met with criticism over the difficulty of gaining new followers. Snapchat users basically had to gain followers by sharing their username (or Snapcode) outside the service, hoping for influencer mentions, or adding everyone under the sun and hoping they reciprocated. None of these created a clear path for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Christmas is over, but a $15 silicone smartwatch stand could still stuff your stockings if you’re one of millions of lazy people who have yet to take them down. The Elago W3 stand looks like a miniature Macintosh and works with Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches (both 38mm and 42mm versions). The simple device was designed to support Apple’s nightstand mode, allowing you to use it as an alarm clock on your bedside table by just slipping the watch bands into the dedicated slot. It looks like a legitimate (albeit tiny) Macintosh, and even comes equipped with the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Watch,Apple

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Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro was the first of its kind not to receive the coveted ‘buy’ recommendation from Consumer Reports. The recommendation to pass on Apple’s newest laptop offering stemmed from inconsistencies that saw users report anywhere from 3.75 to 19.5 hours of battery life. After a software fix, and a re-test over the holidays, Consumer Reports altered its rating to ‘buy.’ To resolve the issue Apple issued a software fix to take care of an “obscure and intermittent bug” caused by turning off browser caching during the testing. The move is one Consumer Reports implements on all laptop tests and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook

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For around 10 minutes today, Russian propaganda network RT cut into C-SPAN1 during live coverage of the Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation. First noticed by Deadspin editor Tim Burke, the unscheduled programming change saw C-SPAN’s regularly scheduled programming freeze before RT’s ‘World’s Apart’ cut in. Burke published the ripped video to his personal Twitter account. Here's the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back. pic.twitter.com/mhWVgCoFxF — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017 In a statement to Gizmodo, C-SPAN cleared up the programming error: This afternoon the online feed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hooli Google just released  an image compression technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution) designed to save your precious data without sacrificing photo quality. Claiming to use up to 75 percent less bandwidth, RAISR analyzes both low and high-quality versions of the same image. Once analyzed, it learns what makes the larger version superior and simulates the differences on the smaller version. In essence, it’s using machine learning to create an Instagram-like filter to trick your eye into believing the lower-quality image is on par with its full-sized variant. Unfortunately for the majority of smartphone users, the tech only works on… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Posting comments onto a popular live stream can be a fruitless activity, with conversations moving so fast no one has time to see your message. Good news for those of you who want the attention: you can now pay to highlight comments and pin them to the top of live YouTube videos. Press the new dollar bill button next to the text box and you’ll be able to move a slider that determines the length your comment will be pinned, as well as the price you pay. Super Chats are highlighted in bright colors and big text, and can be pinned for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Google made everyone’s lives a bit easier when it added a taxi tab to maps for services like Uber and Lyft – though all it really did was provide a price estimate and link you to the respective app. Now Maps is getting a much more useful integration with ride services. Mainly, it will now show an actual map with local drivers in your area moving around in real-time. That should make it a bit easier to decide whether taking a cab is the best option for getting where you need. Here’s a comparison of the old and new designs: As shown in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Maps,Google,Uber

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A few months ago, we reported on the collapse of Karhoo – a fledgling ride sharing startup that served the New York and London area. The company failed after it ran out of cash. By some estimates, it burned through an impressive $250 million funding round (although some sources say the real figure was lower) in 18 months, leaving in its wake a mountain of unpaid salaries and bills. In the startup world, it’s rare that you get a second chance. But here we are with French car manufacturer Renault buying Karhoo for a minuscule $1 million. The details of this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Paul Srivorakul is a Thai-American serial entrepreneur. Paul graduated from UC Berkeley and started his career working in sales for Ask Jeeves Inc. Since then he’s successfully started and exited three startup companies. Today he’s wearing shorts and a blue short-sleeve t-shirt with “Acommerce” across the front. Paul’s sitting in an open office filled with young people and with wild animated characters covering the walls. He’s wildly gesticulating with his hands, sitting down, standing up, drawing on the whiteboard while talking fast in perfect English, explaining his startup’s plan for world domination – more or less. He would be right… This story continues at The Next Web

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A couple of years ago, Google acquired Launch Toys, the company behind Toontastic, an app that allowed kids to easily create storytelling cartoons. That app has now gotten a big update with a 3D version. Toontastic 3D tries make it easy for kids to present their ideas without needing to work their way around complicated video software or be bored by PowerPoint. It’s a fairly simple process: You decide how many ‘arcs’ you want your story to have (with presets including short story, classic story, and science report), select a background, and then pick the characters who will star in your presentation. You… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Word on the street is Apple wants to bring you the next Stranger Things or Westworld. The company is reportedly gearing up to boost its original programming efforts with plans to release a series of scripted television shows and (perhaps even) movies later this year. The Wall Street Journal reports the Cupertino behemoth has set sights on enriching its Apple Music offerings with new original content, slated to arrive by the end of 2017. Apple executives have purportedly told Hollywood its foray into video streaming will be focused on high-quality series. Rumors suggesting the tech titan might be going Hollywood first started appearing back in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Coming up with the perfect design is easier said than done — especially when you’re trying to create a truly gorgeous, eye-popping website or flyer. One way to cut down on all those hours of creation? Our handy 2017 Creative Design Bundle. This web creator’s dream package is on sale now for over 90 percent off from TNW Deals. If you’re creating a website, you’ll have complete templates and wireframes for building menus, pages, button, and all the rest. You’ll even get graphic elements for assembling mobile apps. If you’re using Photoshop to create brochures, business cards, or other handouts,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a less-than-expected turn of events, HTC has decided to unveil its new series of phones unusually early, starting with two new devices: The flagship U Ultra and the more affordable U Play. Moving away from its signature aluminium unibody design, both handsets sport a glossy, all-glass body which HTC built using an innovative approach it calls Liquid Surface construction, designed to give the phones a fabulous reflective look. Besides its revamped appearance, perhaps the most striking detail about the new U Ultra is the addition of a miniature secondary display on the front. The Dual Display technology essentially gives… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: HTC

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For years now, Opera has very quietly kicked ass in the browser world. Its current offering packs features not seen in other browsers, and boasts an integrated ad-blocker, and a truly-free VPN. And now, it’s about to shake things up again, with Opera Neon. Let’s be clear. Opera Neon isn’t an update of the mainline Opera browser. It’s a radical re-imagining of what a browser can be. It takes the established conventions and throws them in the trash. What they’ve been replaced with is both courageous and impressive. There’s a massive emphasis on making the entire browsing experience as seamless as… This story continues at The Next Web

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If 2016 showed anything, it’s that almost everyone is vulnerable to hacking. The past year saw a couple of the largest database leaks in history, leaks that spilled out sensitive info from hundreds of millions of accounts – and since most internet users use  one password for multiple accounts, this obviously leads to trouble. Especially when the victims are politicians. Take Mark Zuckerberg, whose Twitter and Pinterest accounts were taken over past June by hacking group OurMine, probably because his password was among the 160 million leaked LinkedIn accounts. Or Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who had his Twitter account taken over… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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According to a letter sent to developers and published by Android Police, Google is set to release version 2.0 of its Android Wear OS for smartwatches in early February. The biggest draw in the update is the on-watch Google Play store that will allow you to search and install apps right on your wrist. However, developers will need to ensure their apps are optimized for the latest version of the platform in order for them to show up in listings and search results. In addition, Android Wear 2.0 will also bundle several new features like Android Pay, handwriting support, a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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While reports about the upcoming Galaxy S8 have been relentlessly rolling in the past few weeks, the latest Samsung-related rumor suggests the company may be finally readying its long-speculated futuristic bendable handset for release. Citing undisclosed sources, The Korea Herald reports the mobile heavyweight could soon launch a smartphone with an outward-facing panel that folds out into a 7-inch tablet in the second half of this year. The anonymous insiders told the South Korean publication Samsung is expected to ship over 100,000 units of the fold-out device in the third quarter of 2016. If the alleged number is anything to go by, it seems… This story continues at The Next Web

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In what sounds like the plot for an episode of the forward-looking dystopian show Black Mirror, Microsoft is being sued by two of its Online Safety Team employees over claims that they developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their roles at the company. In the lawsuit filed at the end of last year (PDF), Henry Soto and Greg Blauert, who worked at Microsoft’s facility in King County, Washington, claimed that they were tasked with reviewing toxic content – including images and videos of child sexual abuse, people dying, and murder – for years, so they could take it down, and flag… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bing,Microsoft

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Adobe just released a concept video depicting an iPad user making simple edits to his photos by issuing voice commands. Hit the play button above to check it out. The tech shown in the clip isn’t particularly exciting, as it seems like you could probably achieve the same result much faster using the touchscreen. Plus, the voice-based system would either have to be sophisticated enough to understand a wide range of commands and synonymous ones, or you’d have to learn the exact terms to use for each function. It’s simpler to just pick tools and settings by looking at buttons… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Adobe

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Amazon ran into a bit of a snafu on Wednesday, when the company’s Canadian storefront was found selling doormats with the Indian national flag on it. Twitter user Atul Bhobe pointed this out to India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, who demanded that Amazon – which ranks among the largest ecommerce retailers in the country – apologize immediately and remove the offensive product from its store, or potentially risk its foreign employees in India losing their visas. Indian High Commission in Canada : This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level. https://t.co/L4yI3gLk3h — Sushma… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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During a Q&A session, Mark Zuckerberg once said: One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like. Spotted by Business Insider, several recent job postings originating from Facebook’s uber-secretive ‘Building 8’ group describe a project involving “neuroimaging” and “electrophysiological data” to create a “communications platform of the future. Another seeks a Ph.D. in neuroscience to help with “inception to product” over a two-year timeframe. A third calls for an engineer who… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Until recently, if you wanted to learn to develop complex artificial intelligence for a self-driving car, you had to work for a company like Google or Tesla, or skate by on theoretical knowledge from courses and textbooks. OpenAI filled some of the void last year. Launching with over 1,000 flash games, Atari 2600 games, and 80 browser environments, the company sought to narrow the gap between theoretical and practical through use of simplistic simulation. Unfortunately, old school racing sims and Atari games could only take you so far. Today, though, the DeepDrive project made it possible to begin using GTA V… This story continues at The Next Web

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