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Got a computer that’s operating at a crawl? Here’s an open secret: Simply clearing its startup and registry clutter could likely return it to peak performance. Rather than buying a new computer, invest in some digital maintainance with CleanMyPC. Right now, you can get your PC running like new again — and you can do it at the discounted rate of just $27.99 from TNW Deals. With your single license purchase, CleanMyPC will dig into your PC’s hard drive and give it the digital cleaning that virtually every system eventually needs. It sweeps out all the unnecessary cache, log files, Windows… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following recent cyber attacks targeting ATMs in Taiwan and Thailand, the FBI has warned American banks that similar attacks might soon start taking place on US soil. Gone are the days when cyber criminals were thieving from unsuspecting citizens’ credit cards. Instead, hackers are now snatching cash straight from the source, as reports suggest tech-savvy thieves have found ways to trigger multiple ATMs to spit out cash as gang members stand by in anticipation to collect the bills. Earlier this month the FBI said in a bulletin that it’s been “monitoring emerging reports indicating that well-resourced and organized malicious cyber actors have intentions to target… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter isn’t always a great place to be. If you’ve ever thought what your tweets would look like when mixed with any other Twitter users, this is your chance. Analytics expert Jonathan Adler created Tweet Mashup, which lets you put in two account handles to blend together a perfectly mashed-up tweet. I started off by mixing my Twitter account with that of my boss. As you can see above, it came up with the wild idea of handling email like butter — something I don’t recommend. One of the popular options on the website is mixing Paris Hilton with President Obama, so I decided to go with it. Adding… This story continues at The Next Web

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My inbox is a strange and magical place. Earlier today, somebody wrote to let me know that a Togolese prince wants to give me a cool $10 million. I could definitely use the money. Shortly after I got an email that told me my bank account has been locked until I verify my username and password. I didn’t realize I had an account with Citibank, but there you go. Obviously, these are spam emails. It’s hard to imagine who could possibly fall for them, but a lot of people do. Spam is a highly profitable industry, and despite our best efforts,… This story continues at The Next Web

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While a lot of really enticing tech gear gets launched in China, not all of it makes its way to the west. I thought the Huami Amazfit PACE would be the same. This gorgeous wearable launched a few months ago, and it ticked all the boxes you’d need from a smartwatch, and at a price you really couldn’t argue with. But unfortunately, the device was a China-exclusive. Now, it’s making its way to the United States. To recap, the Amazfit PACE is a fitness oriented smartwatch. Like any smartwatch worth its salt, it lets you check your notifications and the like from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yesterday, Microsoft had a minor mishap when it inadvertently sent out an Xbox promotional email headed with the racially dubious subject line “NNNNGGGHHHAAAA.” While the email, advertising the upcoming fourth instalment of open-world zombie apocalypse game Dead Rising, was obviously intended to be read and pronounced as a stereotypical zombie growl, it looks dangerously close to the ‘N-word.’ This has prompted  Microsoft to issue an apology before the message has insulted someone. In the contrite, the Windows-maker clarified the email wasn’t intended to be offensive, but also took a chance to acknowledge it could’ve phrased the subject line differently to avoid the issue altogether. Here’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung might surprise customers with an all-new glossy black color option for its Galaxy S7 line of smartphones, the Korean Herald reports. According to industry sources, the newly added hue will resemble the ‘Jet Black‘ cover that Apple offers as an option for its flagship iPhone 7. The report comes following the disastrous launch of Samsung’s now discontinued Galaxy Note 7 device and is likely a move aimed at filling up sales losses incurred as a result of its Note 7 misadventure. The South Korean manufacturer has stacked up a fairly decent sales record on home turf with the recent color option refreshments… This story continues at The Next Web

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Better watch out what videos you play on your flashy new iOS device over the next few days – there’s a malicious video circulating the Web and all it takes to glitch out your iPhone or iPad is three seconds. EverythingApplePro has documented the buggy three-second clip in more detail in his latest video. As the tech YouTuber explains, playing the glitchy .mp4 video in Safari on any iOS device will cause the system to significantly slow down and eventually freeze altogether. What’s particularly interesting is that the footage doesn’t immediately bug out your iPhone. Instead, it takes between 15 and 30 seconds to… This story continues at The Next Web

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While I can do without ever seeing Drake’s cringeworthy dance moves in the Apple Music ad that began doing the rounds this week, I’ll probably rewatch the company’s new holiday-themed commercial a few more times before Christmas. Titled ‘Frankie’s Holiday’, the ad sees Frankenstein, who lives up in the hills in a lone cabin, record a tune from a music box onto his iPhone. Remembering his beloved partner, he hobbles to the Christmas tree at the town square and opens a package containing red and green lights that he can wear, as he leads the townspeople in a touching rendition… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber is updating its cab service app with a feature to let riders thank their drivers – with stickers. The new Compliments feature allows passengers to send stickers to their drivers after a ride, to thank them for excellent service, a clean cabin, ‘awesome music’ and for being entertaining, among other things. Drivers can find these stickers in a new section in their apps’ home screens. That’s nice enough, and it certainly adds a dash of color to the existing feedback system for passengers, but it seems like Uber could do more to help people show gratitude for a pleasant ride.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, stationery retail giant Office Depot was discovered recommending unnecessary PC repairs to customers, citing ‘symptoms of malware’ even on brand-new computers purchased at its own stores. Seattle-based KIRO TV News, which first reported the story, noted that those repairs could cost as much as $180 and the diagnosis had no basis in reality. What’s worse is that Office Depot claimed to conduct roughly 6,000 PC health checks a week. Thankfully, that seems to be coming to an end. Ars Technica reports that Office Depot and its sister chain OfficeMax will no longer use the dubious malware scanning software.… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a bid to transform itself from a business software vendor to a cloud computing solutions company, Oracle has acquired Dyn, a global DNS provider. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because you heard it last month, when a major DDoS attack took down Dyn’s servers and rendered several major sites, including GitHub, Twitter, Reddit and Airbnb, inaccessible. How did that happen? Let’s first look at what Dyn does: It provides services relating to Domain Name System (DNS), which is used to resolve human-readable web addresses, like “thenextweb.com”, against IP addresses. In other words, it’s what your browser… This story continues at The Next Web

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At an event to announce its feature-packed Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft revealed that it’s working with hardware makers to release PC-tethered VR headsets that’ll start at $299 – a lot cheaper than existing options like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The trouble with the current generation of headsets is that they not only cost a lot on their own, but also require high-end PCs to VR experiences on them – raising the price of admission to at least $1,500. The Verge reports that Microsoft’s cheaper offerings won’t be all that demanding. It noted that a “Windows Holographic… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook appears to be testing a new feature that lets you find nearby wireless hotspots. Not long ago, Facebook started asking Pages to list Wi-Fi locations at their physical addresses. It seems this is the backbone that the information is built on, but it might also lend itself to some inaccurate results. The inclusion seems an obvious fit for a network that’s pushing Facebook live harder than ever. Without a strong internet connection, people have pretty shoddy results when trying to film live video. The more nearby locations Facebook can point you to, the better the quality of real-time information sharing,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Drones are great for a lot of things, but cooking certainly isn’t one of them. Autel Robotics knows as much, but that didn’t stop the company from compiling some great tips for how to use its X-Star Premium quadcopter to prepare your Thanksgiving feast. The quadcopter handled the entire meal: mashed potatoes, carrots with parsley, pumpkin pie, and of course, turkey. While it made perfectly adequate, but decidedly messy, work of the meal, it wasn’t what you’d call practical — with one exception: the drone-delivered turkey. Dropping a turkey into a deep fryer is dangerous work, and leads to millions… This story continues at The Next Web

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Months later, when net neutrality comes and end, today is the day we’ll look back at as the one that started it all. If appointing a climate change contrarian to the EPA didn’t get your blood boiling, maybe President-elect Trump messing with where you get your porn will. Hell hath no fury like the people of the internet when you mess with their porn. It’s no secret Trump isn’t a fan of net neutrality. Today, he shattered any notions of fandom by appointing two long-time adversaries of the FCC to his transitional team — Jeffrey Eisenbach and Mark Jamison. Eisenbach… This story continues at The Next Web

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Netflix is one of the biggest providers of 4K content, but you generally can’t actually watch anything 4K on anything but Smart TVs or 4K streaming devices, even if you pay for a full 4K subscription. If you’re watching on your computer or phone, you’ll be stuck on 1080p at the most. Now the company is finally opening up 4K streaming to PCs… but only under very specific conditions. One, it has to be on Microsoft Edge’s browser, so you’ll need to be running Windows 10. This is despite the fact that Netflix has its own native Windows 10 app.… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a PC gamer, chances are the average laptop screen or monitor doesn’t cut it. For shooter, strategy and fighting games in particular, the average screen is often simply too slow. On the other hand, that speed often comes at the expense of image quality. Samsung announced its CFG70 monitors in August, and I’ve had the chance to use the monitor at home for a few weeks. The monitor achieves the difficult feat of mostly fitting my needs both as a gamer and a photographer. Key Specs and details 24″ and 27″ sizes (I tested the smaller) 1920 x 1080 resolution 1 ms response… This story continues at The Next Web

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I contend that Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is a gimmicky feature. I’m also a little giddy about the prospect of playing Doom on it. Come at me. In the hacking community, the de facto initiation centers around the ability to run software on hardware it isn’t intended to run on. Doom on Apple’s Touch Bar certainly fits the standard, although playing the classic PC shooter with 2170 x 60 resolution isn’t exactly ideal. No matter, iOS developer Adam Bell did it anyway. As you can see from the video, it’s a bit short on screen real estate. Still,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In 2015, more than 10-thousand people died in drunk driving crashes — one every 51 minutes. Another 290,000 were injured. A four-minute video aims to show drivers just what that looks like first-hand. Created by Diageo, the maker of popular alcohol brands like Smirnoff and Guinness, released the 360-degree video on Facebook 360, YouTube 360, and an app integration with The New York Times. It’s also compatible with standalone or Cardboard-like viewers, such as the Oculus Rift, Gear VR, HTC Vive, and Google Cardboard. The video follows three cars: a career woman, a pair of new parents, and three friends… This story continues at The Next Web

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The OnePlus 3T is an odd smartphone. Not for any particular quirks, but because it’s an unusual – and frankly, unnecessary – update to its six month old predecessor. But that doesn’t mean I’m not happy it exists. Specs Let’s get this out the way: if you have a OnePlus 3, there’s almost no reason to upgrade to a 3T. It makes few changes, noticeable to only the most power-heavy users. Snapdragon 821 (from an 820) 16MP front-facing camera (from 8MP) 3,400 mAh battery (from 3,000 mAh) 128 GB storage option Sapphire lens rear camera cover Gunmetal color (a darker silver) The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Motorola announced it will finally start rolling out the much-anticipated Android 7.0 Nougat update globally for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force starting this week. Something it previously failed to mention, however, is that the handsets are actually the first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognized by Google as Daydream-ready. So what does this mean for you? Well, after you’ve updated your Moto Z or Moto Z Force to the latest flavor of Android, you’ll be able to strap it to Google’s Daydream View headset and start exploring all that mobile virtual reality has to offer. It’s worth… This story continues at The Next Web

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Few chimpanzees can brag about having tried out virtual reality, but Sugriva isn’t your ordinary chimp – and he certainly knows how to rock a VR headset. Last week, a series of videos featuring the frisky chimp showed up on the internet. The amusing footage captures Sugriva as he puts on an HTC Vive headset and proceeds to dabble in the wonders of virtual reality. Here’s the full video: The first clip of Sugriva was initially uploaded to Facebook on Thursday, but has since attracted the attention of Reddit and some mainstream media outlets. The playful chimp is currently residing in… This story continues at The Next Web

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After Instagram copied Snapchat and then differentiated itself by adding Boomerangs, mentions, and URLs, now the company is at it again. Starting today, the company is rolling out ephemeral Live video and messages. The first is arguably the most interesting addition, and brings one of Facebook’s big features to the photo sharing app. When you’re creating a story, you’ll soon be able to swipe over to a new ‘Live’ button, offering a way for users to hop into a livestream. When someone starts streaming, the app sends a notification to the user’s followers, who can then watch and leave comments. One… This story continues at The Next Web

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What a week it’s been! On Wednesday, we hosted the TNW NYC conference here in Brooklyn. Dennis Crowley (of Foursquare fame), Cal Henderson (co-founder of Slack), Robin Chase (founder of Zipcar), Reddit co-founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, and many more joined forces to present topics based on this year’s theme: Momentum. From revenue to usage to traffic, each presenter touched on certain aspect of company growth. The talks were amazing. Besides the main theme, another topic seemed to emerge – that behind every company, we all experience the exact same issues. You might see someone else doing great, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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