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As we steam toward a future with self-driving cars, electric vehicles charging stations as common as gas stations, buses that straddle cars and complete robot autonomy, it seems pertinent to start reimagining some of our road signs. To have some fun, Car Keys — an online car dealership of sorts — sat down to imagine what these future road signs might look like. What it came up with is a fascinating glimpse into a future that might be closer than most of us imagine. Autonomous car lanes As we transition toward fully autonomous vehicles, we’re going to to undergo a period of change that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, multiple outlets reported the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) is set to get its own home-spun version of Netflix. Today, we know the name. Are you ready for it? Manbang. The name of North Korea’s version of Netflix is Manbang, which means “everything” in Korean — and something else entirely in English-speaking countries. The service is, however, a major development for the notoriously closed society. Manbang will reportedly use a Roku-like box to access state-controlled intranet through IPTV protocol. Programming options are obviously limited and each device will only be allowed to access five television channels. The channels are mostly documentaries… This story continues at The Next Web

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The new Tesla Model S P100D is the quickest car in the world with an acceleration of 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. As the name suggests, the 100 kWh battery is the largest in any Model S, and has a range of 315 miles. Tesla says it’s “the longest range production electric vehicle by far.” If you’re into SUVs, the new, larger battery is also making its way to the Model X. Because of the heft on an X, you’ll only get 289 miles per charge. Of course, none of this comes cheap. Tesla’s Model S P100D starts at $134,500, and the Model… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is testing a new feature for its popular ‘Messenger’ platform. The feature, confirmed by BuzzFeed News today, allows you to connect with others from within the app without actually adding them to your friend list on Facebook itself. In essence, the feature allows Messenger users to connect with each other on the app, as if they were already friends, but without actually adding them as friends on Facebook proper. Facebook already allows this, although in a modified format. When non-friends message, you’re met with a message request that allows you to read and accept or ignore any future correspondence. If… This story continues at The Next Web

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It looks like Samsung will soon have its own home device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google’s incoming Home. Called a Scoop, the hardware is very reminiscent of an Amazon Echo Dot; it’s short, but packs all the same punch you’d expect from a smart home device. There’s a speaker and volume buttons up top, a microphone around front and ports (likely for power and perhaps hard-wiring to devices so you can play music) around back. The oddest part of this one is the leather strap. It seems Samsung thinks you’ll want to carry the Scoop around with you,… This story continues at The Next Web

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are suffering from a manufacturing issue that presents itself as a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and an unresponsive — or less responsive — touchscreen. Affectionately known as ‘touch disease,’ it’s a persistent problem that Apple seems fully aware of, but not all that willing to do anything about.Although detailed by a handful of third-party repair specialists — like iFixit — and dozens (if not hundreds) of complaints on its own support forum the problem persists. The problem seems to stem from the flawed controller chip soldered to the logic board… This story continues at The Next Web

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Prisma quickly rose to prominence with its neural-network-powered art filters for your photos, but the caveat was always that it was a bit slow to process, and only worked if you had a solid internet connection. That’s now changing; Prisma just added offline capabilities to its iOS app, and Android will follow “very soon.” This is important for a few reasons. Perhaps most obviously, photos will process more quickly, as they don’t have to be uploaded to and downloaded from the cloud, and you won’t have to worry about server outages. Overall, photos should be 2-3 seconds faster to process… This story continues at The Next Web

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That rumor Lyft was trying to sell itself to the highest bidder? All nonsense perpetrated by Uber, says Lyft. Speaking to Business Insider, Lyft president John Zimmer said “Lyft is not seeking a buyer,” and that it was approached — not the other way around: Getting approached and then having it characterized as us wanting to sell the business and failing to do so is a large mischaracterization. If the company is approached, it doesn’t mean the company is looking. That’s happened multiple times throughout our business. It’s actually more of a normal course of business than has been portrayed,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is scary-good at targeting ads. To provide this level of targeting to advertisers, Facebook has to pull from a staggering amount of data that each of us post to the social network without really thinking much about. Our political leanings, the technology we use and even our location (and whether we live near family) are all fair game for creating these dossiers on each and every Facebook user. In essence, Facebook is trying to shove each of us into a number of boxes that accurately portray who we are, and what we might be interested in. This is what those… This story continues at The Next Web

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We may not have to wait long for Google’s Daydream VR platform. According to a report by Bloomberg, Daydream is set to launch in “the coming weeks,” and Google has been preparing by setting up deals with various companies to share and produce immersive content. That means dozens of apps will available at launch, including YouTube, Hulu, HBO, NBA and MLB. While there’s no word of exclusive projects, Hulu is said to be timing the release of new videos with the launch on Google Daydream. There’s also a focus on apps – most VR has so far just revolved around games… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google will soon rank sites with clumsy interstitials ads lower than those which are more responsible, the company announced today. The change will affect mobile sites, and only those which have ads that take up an entire screen or otherwise block content wholly. Ads that try to trick you into thinking it’s part of the content (like leaving the article header in place with ads below it) are also being pinged. Some full-screen interstitials won’t be affected. Easily dismissed banners, age verification and login boxes are okay by Google’s standards. Google is also dropping the ‘mobile-friendly’ label from search results.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pinterest today announced that it has acquired Instapaper for an undisclosed amount. It’s something of a natural move; Pinterest is already typically used for saving interesting images and other visual content, and Instapaper does the same with a focus on written text. Pinterest has been trying to focus on more editorial content for a while now, having introduced article pins back in 2013. The Instapaper acquisition helps build Pinterest as a service where you can save editorial content now to read it later, something particularly important as social media like Facebook and Twitter continue to grow as the main way people read… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s hard to see an immediate connection between Tron and duct tape, but there is now. All thanks to Brands™! Duct tape brand Duck Tape — yeah, they’re cashing in on a typo — finally made Duct tape Tron a thing. It might not be more than a 36-second ad, but it’s one that was waiting to happen for a long time. If you know about Tron, you probably also know about the guy making a special appearance in the last seconds of the video. Finally one of the internet’s old-school legends can say he got a nice paycheck… because of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pokemon go, the mobile app that distracted us for much of the Summer, is in decline. According to new numbers from Axiom Capital Management (provided to Bloomberg), Pokemon Go engagement is in steady decline. After peaking around the middle of July, it has since been trending downward. Axiom used data from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey and Apptopia to show that both daily active users and engagement is dropping. Similarly, general interest in augmented reality has come back down to earth. The scope of this study was to gauge how Pokemon Go may affect other apps and services over time. While it… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are few things more annoying on the Web than having audio blare out when you’re not expecting it. But that’s precisely what Facebook is going for in its latest test, where it starts autoplaying video clips on your feed with sound. To be fair, it’s a very small test. The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Even though drones are becoming illegal in more and more places, there’s already an amazing amount of great footage shot from the air, like this video shot in Utrecht, the Netherlands about two years ago. It’s especially impressive to see when the combination of stabilized video and great flying skills make it look like real life is a video game. In the above video by Robert McIntosh a drone flies through (almost) two buses perfectly, before hitting an obstacle and falling down. The fly-through is most reminiscent of sweeping shots from feature films or the hovering of a camera in a digital… This story continues at The Next Web

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Considering how often we’re on Snapchat and Instagram, social media has become high priority for many companies. It’s the battleground on which brands vie for consumers’ attention, and you can get a piece of the action with the Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Course & Certification. This premium package is now just $29 on TNW Deals. This 12-course collection will ensure you master the tools and techniques underlying social media marketing. You’ll gain the knowhow to help any company increase its social reach, engage new and existing customers, and ultimately increase its revenue. Dive into the nuances of crafting effective… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are two truths that apply to all Pokémon Go players. One, you’re certain to wander into traffic chasing all those Pokémon. And two, your iPhone battery will get K.O.’d faster than a Charmander battling a Blastoise. Give your Pokémon Go-playing device a boost with the LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery. This portable battery is now 50 percent off on TNW Deals, with free shipping to the continental US. included. It’s simple enough: The PokeCharger powers your iPhone at double the speed of ordinary chargers, and features a tri-color LED battery gauge that indicates your phone’s charging progress. It also rocks… This story continues at The Next Web

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Web-based design tool Figma is announcing an integration with Framer that will help design professionals import existing designs right into a prototyping environment. Rather than import layers, Figma’s integration with Framer lets you upload entire asset catalogs. It’s also a fast way to go from design to code, and saves quite a bit of time. Figma says it added Framer based on feedback from its users. While great for collaborative design, Figma users wanted a prototyping tool that helped them visualize, test and refine experiences across platform in real-time. Rather than create it themselves — an arduous process — Figma… This story continues at The Next Web

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Getting the best deal is no longer a mystery. A new Chrome extension from Slice tells you if that thing you’re about to buy is really worth it. Called Slice Watch, the extension lets you tag an item to your shopping list. From there, Slice monitors various websites for the best price, and emails you when it’s on sale (or just cheaper). If you’re on a site that Slice supports, the extension will be teal. Otherwside, it’s grey. The extension works with major retailers like Walmart, REI, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Nordstrom. Slice Watch is great for those ‘I… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve ever wished there was a $600 air purifier/heater you could buy, Dyson has you covered. The new Pure Hot+Cool Link (quite a name) combines everything we like about the Pure Cool Link air purifier, but adds a heating and cooling element to help you control the temperature in a room. Dyson’s new purifier uses the same 360-degree glass HEPA filter as the original, which it says can capture about 99.7 percent of all the scary things you don’t want to know are in the air. The heating and cooling comes via two jets that are “accelerated over an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Buying an electric toothbrush was one of my best decisions of 2016. After two decades of brushing manually, it’s a definite upgrade both in terms of efficiency and comfort. However, buying into mainstream products means entering into an ecosystem of proprietary and expensive brushes that you need to swap every few months. Also, Oral B base units can run as high as $179 — not exactly a low cost of entry. NYC-based Quip is trying to do things differently. By focusing on only the things that matter in a toothbrush, they’re trying to both deliver a better product and keep the cost… This story continues at The Next Web

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Browser developer Opera has launched a free VPN app for Android, allowing you to run apps and visit sites anonymously on your mobile device with ease. As with its iOS counterpart that was released earlier this year, Opera VPN doesn’t require you to create an account and doesn’t set limits on how much data you consume through the service. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Once you connect to the service through the app, you can browse anonymously without giving away your real IP address and access region-locked content by spoofing your location. Ther’s also a Wi-Fi… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I first started out in marketing, I didn’t quite predict that I’d be a part-time designer, too. Now, in 2016, visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content and it’s become obvious and even necessary for all of us marketers to have at least some basic knowledge of key design terms. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful world where anyone can make the jump from novice to intermediate and create well-designed images for social media. There are tools like Pablo andCanva that make this design work achievable (and beautiful). However,… This story continues at The Next Web

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As our world gets more and more connected, consumers and businesses alike must think fast about how they protect important information. In particular, there’s a burden on businesses that work in and around the Internet of Things (IoT) to ensure that they’re serving their customers’ best interests by taking every measure to protect sensitive information. To learn more about how to adapt security measures considering the complexity of today’s technologies, I asked a group of entrepreneurs from YEC the following question: How should companies ramp up their data security as the Internet of Things grows? Have backups in place  As security hazards… This story continues at The Next Web

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