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The value of a high-level Project Manager is impossible to overstate, as they are the productivity gatekeepers in project costs, risk management and beyond. With the comprehensive foundation training provided in the Project Management PMP Prep Bundle, you can earn top-level PM certification and establish yourself as your company’s action person. At 73 percent off from TNW Deals, the sound of opportunity knocking is that much more appealing. Across five courses you’ll receive 76+ hours of elite training in turning out marketing campaigns effectively, on time and under budget. You’ll soon grasp the Project Management Institute’s publication A Guide to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Much to the sadness of people who loved to hate Clip Art, the service was killed off in 2014 because, you know, it was pretty terrible. Well it has been reinvented via a new partnership between Microsoft and Pickit, which is now integrated into Office and Windows 10 so you can use its legally-cleared, crowdsourced images to spruce up your dull work documents. The images on Pickit are uploaded by individual photographers and stock image banks, which get 60 percent of revenues made, meaning they should be sharing things that beat the old Clip Art catalog. Since Clip Art closed, Microsoft… This story continues at The Next Web

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Since its release back in 2013, Slack has grown into one of the leading team messaging services, boasting 2.7 million active daily users. Part of the app’s success has been its robust chatbot integration feature that makes it possible for developers to build custom bots, scrupulously tailored to the needs of your team. Yet, despite being one of Slack’s most instrumental facets, its bot integration functionality might also be one of the app’s least secure features. Or at least, this is what security company Detectify cautions. According to recent research from Detectify, a vulnerability in Slack bots might have exposed your team’s private messages, passwords and other database… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung today announced a new virtual reality experience aimed at kids, that allows them to explore a VR world at bedtime. Of course, what you probably want to be doing at bedtime is strapping a Gear VR headset onto your child, and thus placing a bright phone screen just inches away from their face. It’s not like the suggestion of ‘blue light’ (like that emitted from a phone screen) being bad for both health and sleep patterns hasn’t been discussed for years? Oh wait, yes it has. To be fair, it’s not like Samsung is just suggesting you slap a Gear… This story continues at The Next Web

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GPS-based apps like Google Maps are great at helping us get around, but it sometimes gets things wrong when you’re navigating through places in India: unidentified one-ways and lanes that lead to dead ends are common. That’s about to change, because India now has its own satellite-based navigation system, known as NAVIC, short for Navigation with Indian Constellation. Having a dedicated system to cover the country should help bring much more accurate and detailed information for navigation services. The Indian Space Research Organization announced yesterday that the seventh and final satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, the IRNSS… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first few years of any startup are generally characterized by long hours, cramped workspaces, shoestring budgets, and skeleton teams. In a scene closely resembling a beehive, individuals and divisions scramble around each other, totally focused on their individual goals and deadlines. In the early stages of a startup, apart from the occasional freelance developer or Dominos delivery guy, your workspace will be filled with familiar faces. And when your core team consists of seven people, human resources is probably as alien a concept as a 40 hour work week. When you get your first funding round or your product… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google may be the king of search but some of its best efforts around building communications tools have failed – remember Wave? – or faltered – remember the last time you used Google+? No, me neither. Google Chat, now integrated with Google Hangouts, was once my go-to office gossip tool. But now Slack is on the scene and I barely spend any time in my email inbox. So perhaps it’s no surprise that, according to news outlets in Russia, Google execs have been courting Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov for at least a year looking for a $1bn easy win. Telegram… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has been called “the best company to work for in America” by Business Insider thanks to its reported emphasis on employee happiness – and that message has clearly reached Capitol Hill as 197 government staff have moved there since Obama took office. That’s on top of 61 people who’ve moved from Google (and related firms, including those entirely funded by Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt) to government in that time. This “revolving door” interactive data has been compiled by the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) as part of its Google Transparency Project that aims to shine a light the company that we all use everyday, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a common misconception that personal branding is reserved for authors, speakers or those looking to become well-known personalities. In our digitally savvy world, where potential clients, investors and employers are just as apt to look you up on Facebook or Google search your name as they are to call your references, personal branding is mission critical. Your personal brand is your credibility, your reputation and your presence. Your personal brand is you and let’s face it, it’s near impossible to avoid having some kind of online presence in this era. Whether you’re actively participating in its development or not,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every startup has a story to tell. From the conception of an idea, to the first lines of code, early hires, and preliminary funding rounds – every company has a unique narrative. But there are always shared experiences. Processes, tactics and habits that shape the experience of the fledgling startup. In this series, Tales from the Trenches of Tech, we talk to founders to hear their perspectives on the key element to their successful strategies. This week, we talked with Joana Baptista of Inviita, based in Lisbon, a pocket city app that builds personalized tours depending on your mood and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The US Supreme Court has approved a change in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, so judges across the country now have the authority to issue warrants for remote electronic searches outside their district. That means that a judge can grant an FBI agent in, say, New York, permission to hack into a computer in San Francisco, or potentially any city in the world, in order to further their investigation. The court documents pertaining to the matter indicate that a warrant will be granted if a suspect uses tools to hide their identity, such as Tor. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re looking to add artificial intelligence to a hardware project for doing things like sensing objects in an enviroment or understand voice commands, Movidius’ new Fathom USB stick might be just the thing. The company is known for its Myriad 2 deep learning chip that allows DJI drones to avoid obstacles. The Fathom is essentially a portable version of the chip that can be plugged into the USB 3.0 port of Linux-based devices to run fully-trained neural networks while consuming very little power. It’s compatible with Caffe and TensorFlow frameworks and is capable of 150 gigaFLOPS (150 billion floating-operations… This story continues at The Next Web

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We reported two weeks ago that whistleblower Edward Snowden was collaborating with producer Jean-Michel Jarre on a techno track called ‘Exit’. The song now has a music video to go with it, and you can watch it here. Given Snowden’s background of exposing governmental surveillance and its penchant for secrecy, It’s pretty much what you’d expect: a montage of clips depicting snooping, security paraphernalia and hackers cracking uncrackable networks in dimly-lit rooms. The Verge noted that Snowden’s contribution to the track is essentially a short monologue about surveillance and his blessing – but it’s nice to know that even in… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new Apple patent could fix a major pain point when texting — autocorrect. While autocorrect has never been annoying enough to actually pick up the phone and call someone, it’s the sort of minor annoyance that sometimes made you reminisce about being left to your own devices for being awkward and stupid, not a device that seemed hell-bent to do it for you. Apple’s new patent aims to fix all that. The patent details a method that would highlight words within a message after the device has autocorrected them. Each corrected word would sit atop a blue line, thus allowing you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vevo just redesigned its Web presence to reflect the same smooth, slick interface you’ll find via mobile. The company says it underwent a complete UI overhaul on the desktop that aligns it more closely with the mobile and Apple TV variants. Onboarding is also similar to the mobile version, where Vevo asks you to select some favorite genres ahead of streaming videos. The app learns as you use it, too, meaning that over time its recommendations to you get smarter based on your stated likes and viewing history. For the Web, Vevo also has a larger video player, and a home page… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft is betting big on Cortana, so naturally, it isn’t very happy that some people have been using the assistant with Chome and Google, instead of Edge and Bing. Solution? Don’t let people use anything other than Edge and Bing. That’ll surely to go over well. Here’s Microsoft’s justification: Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana. The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable. The continuity of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple updated iMovie for the Mac today, making it a lot more like the iOS version. First, the ‘New Project’ button is now easier to track down in the projects browser. It’s basically the first option in the library. Apple also increased the thumbnail views for all movies, and lets you edit projects with a single click. When you click on a clip, it now selects the entire video instead of a portion. If you do want a range instead of the clip, hold down the ‘R’ key and drag the slider to grab a piece of video from your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wire, a minimalist messaging app created by old Skype team members, is rolling out encrypted file sharing to all its users. The update follows the app’s adoption of encrypted messaging; Wire was was the first major messaging platform to roll out end-to-end encryped messages for all of its users. WhatsApp followed a few weeks later. Now the company claims it’s the first to roll out encryped file-sharing for any file extension- PDFs, PowerPoints, APKs, whatever. Previously you could only share images natively. The file transfers work in groups of up 128 participants. On desktop you can share any file on your… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re one step closer to email being treated as private communication, a distinction that would require government entities acquire a search warrant to read emails — even those older than 180 days. The 180 day mark is currently the point where the federal government insists that email is “abandoned” on servers and, more or less, the digital equivalent of grabbing something out of a public garbage can. Of course, the rest of us live with the knowledge that archived email is no more abandoned than images you might store on a hard drive, or in the cloud. Gmail, in particular, takes a… This story continues at The Next Web

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From Maps to Flight Search, Google is pretty much an essential part of modern travel. Now it seems the company may be working on an app that pull its various travel tools together. Dutch publication Android World reports that users in Google’s Local Guides program are testing a new app simply called Google Trips. It’s basically an amalgam of travel guides for various locations. It can pull in trip information from your emails -presumably from things such as flight itineraries and hotel reservations – and you can download the guides onto storage should you not have data connectivity. Each guide is divided into numerous sections. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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Of all the smart home gadgets you can buy, the door lock remains the holy grail. Coming and going without ever touching keys is something we crave for some reason, and August is our best crack at it. And its new HomeKit enabled lock is supposed to bring something extra to the mix in Siri. Still, the Internet of Shit Things is a mixed bag, but August may be its rare bright spot. Hardware If you’ve seen an August lock, there’s nothing new with the HomeKit version. It still looks like the sexiest, most metal roll of duct tape you can… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jelly, a social question and answer app that allows you to ask your friends questions and (presumably) get answers to said questions, is back. If you’re not exactly jumping up and down, it’s probably because you tried the original Jelly app, which was sort of like Google, but in public. If you don’t understand why that’s a bad thing, go ahead and ask your Facebook friends whether that bump on your genitals is an ingrown hair or something… else. Get the picture? This was Jelly. While marginally useful to those with a rather large social network, it’s just an additional step before finding… This story continues at The Next Web

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Now that the word ‘hoverboard’ has been misappopriated by underwhelming pseudo-segways, perhaps its time to turn to the hoverbike instead. YouTuber and plumber Colize Furze – known for his crazy DIY science projects – built a hoverbike of sorts using two motors and propellers originally intended for powered paragliding. The surprising part? It actually works pretty well, and looks really fun to ride. Well, aside from the constant fear of chopping off a limb or two. There’s no real steering mechanism other than shifting your own body weight, but that seemed to be enough for Furze to ride the device for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is creating an internal hardware division, and is bringing back an old executive to lead the charge. Rick Osterloh, who departed Google when it sold Motorola to Lenovo, is returning to the company to lead this new hardware division. According to Re/Code (which received confirmation from Google of this news), the aim is to bring all of Google’s various, disparate hardware initiatives (Nexus, OnHub, Chromebook Pixels, etc.) under one roof. Oddly, Google’s major consumer hardware brand, Nest, is left completely out. Glass, which was under Nest chief Tony Fadell’s watch, will be included in this new division. In addition… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s cool OnHub router (no, really, it’s pretty neat for a router) now supports IFTTT, letting you automate just about anything connected in your home. IFTTT lets users create ‘recipes’ that trigger actions based on initiators. When you arrive home, your phone may connect to Wi-Fi via OnHub. From there, it can do things like turn on connect Hue lights or send a message to your roommates or significant other that you’re home. Of course, OnHub’s IFTTT recipes must be created manually, so there’s a bit of legwork involved. IFTTT was always a workaround for direct automation, but it’s even… This story continues at The Next Web

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