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There was a time when the startup world looked as easy as throwing a baseball into a swimming pool. Early startups like Facebook and PayPal addressed the simplest of needs to communicate and transact. But now entrepreneurs bullish on the space are challenged in much more specific ways. Gone are the days of tech startups trying to address the most basic human needs. Instead, they’ve focused on hyper specificity. There are apps for dry cleaning, health food delivery, dating and cryptocurrency; just to name a few among the thousands of pain points entrepreneurs are trying to address. Technology is now… This story continues at The Next Web

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Some genius Twitter users are already using the expanded 280 character limit on Twitter in the best way: by playing games using emoji. Bryan Menegus of Gizmodo and Jack Crosbie played what might be one of the first full games of chess entirely on Twitter (Menegus won with a checkmate). The grid and pieces were represented by Unicode characters roughly analogous to a grid board. check and mate. (also is the first full game of chess played entirely on twitter?)♝♞♞♟♟♝–☖☖☖☖☖♖♔☖♙☖☖♜☖☖☖♛☖☖☖☖☖☖♙☖☖☖☖☖☖☖☖☖☖♟☖☖♙☖☖☖☖☖☖☖♟☖♟☖♟☖☖♟☖☖☖♟☖☖☖☖♚☖☖♜–♗♘♖♗♙♙♙♕♙♙ — Bryan Menegus (@BryanDisagrees) November 10, 2017 Other people are playing Connect Four: People are literally playing Connect Four on my timeline… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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The TicHome Mini is a welcome newcomer in the world of smart speakers. It brings some excellent features that currently aren’t available on other Google Home devices, such as IPX6 splash-resistance and a built-in battery. Pound-for-pound it’s the most feature-packed smart speaker I’ve tested. At first glance Mobvoi’s TicHome Mini looks like a baby Roomba, or slightly less like a hockey puck than an Echo Dot. It’s also slightly larger than the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini, at over 4 inches in diameter. And it comes with an attached strap, giving it a leg up in convenience — you… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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A wise man (Naval Ravikant) once said: “It’s never been easier to start a company. It’s never been harder to build one.” While all you need is a computer, an internet connection and some server access to start a project, things get complicated when it comes to building something that can stand the test of time by growing and pleasing customers so much that they’re willing to pay. To make a great product into a successful one, your company needs superior marketing, sales, design, and internal processes, as well as a water-tight business model. In other words, it takes a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Looks like the Google Pixel and LG V30 aren’t the only flagships in town having display issues. Multiple iPhone X owners have complained about a random green line appearing on their displays, as first reported by MacRumors. The defect has already started to take on the endearing ‘Green Line of Death’ moniker. Several users across Apple forums and social media have reported the error – I’ve counted over a dozen accounts, and MacRumors mentions it’s read ‘at least 25’ such reports. Oddly, the issue doesn’t appear to affect users immediately, only showing up after some time with regular usage. In… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Public perception of artificial intelligence technology, in 2017, seems to lie somewhere at the intersection of existential fear and cautious optimism. Yet there’s a growing movement of people who believe AI is crucial to the evolution of our species. These people aren’t outsiders or outliers — they’re actually directing research on the cutting edge at companies like Google. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s guru of AI and futurism, spoke last week at the Council for Foreign Relations, in an intimate Q&A session. His views on the future of humanity might seem radical to a public that’s been cutting its teeth on doomsayer… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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The Audeze iSine10 headphones are most definitely not the standard issue headphones...and you can find out why right now at a big 30 percent off its regular price — only $272 right now from TNW Deals.

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Black Friday is a ridiculous celebration of consumerism, but it can’t hold a candle to China’s Singles’ Day. Ostensibly, it’s a celebration of all things singledom, but somehow, it’s evolved to become the world’s biggest shopping event, with over $20 billion (or $24 billion, depending on who you speak to) expected to be spent by Chinese punters over the course of November 11. It’s hard to overstate how big Singles’ Day is. According to Alibaba, which is China’s version of Amazon, 140,000 brands will flog over 15 million discounted products this year, making it a great time to grab a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Alibaba is cleaning house during China’s Singles Day festival, the biggest day in online shopping all year. #Double11: Total GMV has hit US $1 billion in 2:01 minutes. pic.twitter.com/u4krOnJnfQ — Alibaba Group (@AlibabaGroup) November 10, 2017 In two minutes of sales time, Alibaba’s gross merchandise volume totaled $1 billion. By the forty-minute mark, the site’s sales had surpassed $7.5 billion. The first delivery was made 12 minutes after midnight. Other sources confirm that 97 percent of sales made on the site in the first 30 seconds were from mobile devices. Less than 15 minutes into Alibaba's Singles day GMV has… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Alibaba

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Right now, we simply don’t live in a true democracy. We elect representatives to vote on our behalf, and we show our displeasure with the status quo after one or two terms with a radical switch to the opposition that sets about dismantling their work. But is there a better way? Could the people vote on every major decision? Could we have a say on everything? Yes, we can. The disruptive answer is right there in front of our face. The answer is blockchain voting. We literally could have our say on every major government policy. Almost everything could go… This story continues at The Next Web

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The emergence of the personal computer and cell phone in the 1990s and the smartphone in the 2000s are some of the drastic changes the business world has seen in recent decades. Technology has caused businesses to be run differently, established new prerequisites for success, and influenced the way consumers act. However, while it’s easy to sing the praises of technology, it is important to understand what innovation is significant and what will largely be uninfluential. Forecasting future technological standards and their effect on consumers is difficult, but typically can be done with a degree of accuracy. This process starts… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is giving users a new way to help after a major disaster: an actual donate button. The company introduced the Crisis Response Center a couple of months ago to provide useful information for victims – as well as help their friends and family check in on them. The donate button is the latest step towards providing relief for victims. The social media company will partner the nonprofit organization GlobalGiving, which works with partner organizations to find the best ways to distribute funds. This way, concerned Facebook users can throw money at a crisis page without having to choose a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The Royal Society today released a damning report highlighting the woeful state of computer science education in England. There’s bad news all around, but here are the headline figures: 54 percent of English schools don’t offer Computer Science GCSEs; only 1 in 5 Computer Science GCSE students are girls; and England is failing to recruit enough specialist teachers, only hitting 68 percent of its target. Worse, educators aren’t exactly confident in what they’re teaching, with the report saying “Teachers are most confident with elements of the curriculum inherited from previous ICT courses, and 44% feel more confident in delivering the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Those who were lucky enough to get there hands on the new iPhone X might be a tad disappointed to find out their screens might not work properly in cold temperatures. Luckily, this ‘bug’ only appears in a handful of devices, and Apple assures us the problem will be fixed in an upcoming update.  The problem was raised this week as users turned to reddit and MacRumor’s forums to voice their concerns about this newfound issue: iPhone X screen not responsive in the cold from iphone Comment from discussion iPhone X screen not responsive in the cold. The general temperature… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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The one thing that cancels out the joys of watching stuff with a projector has always been the setup: The beamer needs to be far enough away from the wall, connected to a laptop, which in turn has to connect to speakers that are also close to the wall. It sucks – and yeah, I’m sure there’s some wireless lifehack you can apply that solves all these woes, but I’m not patient enough for that. So spare me. My attitude changed when we got sent over the XGIMI CC Aurora. I’d never heard of the brand before, even though its… This story continues at The Next Web

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Move over Amazon Echo; Google Home is here, and is rapidly gaining momentum after Google unveiled new models of the voice-controlled speaker system, and expanded its reach into Canada, Japan, and parts of Europe. One easy way to build apps (or, in Google’s parlance, ‘actions’) for the Google Home is with Albert, from NoHold, which lets you transform a Word document into a fully-functional chatbot with just a matter of clicks. (As a side note, how is there not an established term for ‘voice controlled app?’ Amazon calls them ‘skills,’ while Google’s running with ‘actions.’ Just settle on something, dammit.)… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Major on-demand players like Airbnb and Uber are making major plays for customers in Africa, but are facing different levels of competition on the continent. Airbnb continues to grow. October saw the company announce it will invest US$1 million in Africa through to 2020 as it bids to promote and support community-led tourism projects. The company said the commitment was part of its vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities. Uber has a battle on its hands Uber, meanwhile, is facing increasing competition. Estonian company Taxify is expanding… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Airbnb

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Can’t get enough of South Park on TV? The show now has a brand new mobile game to kill several hours – and poor little Kenny too. Available for free on Android and iOS, South Park: Phone Destroyer sees you take on the role of the new kid in town, in a game of cowboys against Native Americans. You play the cowboys, obviously. Gameplay consists of dealing cards featuring characters from the game, each with different classes and abilities that help them dish out punishment to the opposing side. The game doesn’t bother to reinvent the wheel when it comes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has quietly acquired Invisage Technologies, a firm that works on enhancing imaging in less-than-optimal lighting conditions, reports TechCrunch. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company explains on its website that its QuantumFilm material, which it’s developed in-house, can be used in miniature camera modules to allow them to capture more light than before, while also reducing the overall size of these imaging components: Traditional image sensors—particularly those used in today’s smartphones—struggle to produce good images in low light and are sensitive to a relatively limited range of wavelengths. InVisage’s QuantumFilm captures experiences with unprecedented accuracy, and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Stop promising things you can't deliver.

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AOL informed users of its Alto email service that it’s shuttering the app on December 10. Alto made its debut back in October 2012, when AOL previewed it to users as a smarter inbox for a range of email services, with an interface designed to help you manage your messages better. In 2015, it evolved into a modern mobile app that mimicked Google’s Inbox in some ways. I quite liked Alto when I tested it two years ago – the UI was fresh and intuitive, and included a neat Stacks feature to help you group and triage similar messages at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: AOL

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Twitter has been a bit preoccupied with length lately. After permanently increasing the maximum character length for tweets to 280, it’s now allowing your display name to be longer too. You were previously limited to 20 characters, but now you have 50 to work with. That’ll give you enough room to saturate your name with emoji, or just let you set your display name to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – an opportunity I quickly took advantage of. I’m sure it’s also welcome for people who have actually have really long names. In some languages and cultures, names often go past 20 characters. To… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Can’t get enough #content on Instagram? Is following individual people just not enough to fill the social media void in your heart? Fret no more, for Instagram appears to be testing the ability to allow you to follow hashtags instead of humans, as spotted by @Social_pip. In all seriousness, it could be a handy feature. Say you want a regular influx of cute cat photos, but can’t be bothered to search for them or follow their owners. Maybe you want your daily dose of #fitspo to come from new sources. Or perhaps you just want to follow a niche topic,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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Today, Twitter’s support account said that the company won’t hand out new verifications to users. The whole process is on hold until the company figures out exactly what its own blue check mark is all about. Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017 The blue badge might not have been conceived as anything… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Lucasfilm today announced a fourth Star Wars Trilogy with Rian Johnson, the writer/director of The Last Jedi, set to helm. The Force is strong with this one! Alongside longtime collaborator Ram Bergman, who’ll produce, Johnson is set to write and direct the first of the three brand-new films. While details remain scarce, StarWars.com reports the new trilogy will be separate from the Skywalker saga. It also goes on to state “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, will release this December 15th, with… This story continues at The Next Web

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