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While tech reviewers would often take apart their iPhones to investigate the innards of the device, you rarely see people individually collect the handset’s numerous components to build their own iPhone – part by part. But this is precisely what this curious tech lover has done. Going all the way to the China, Scotty Allen traveled through the city of Shenzhen for months with one single quest in mind – to collect all the parts he needs to assemble his own iPhone. Armed with a camera in hand, the DIY enthusiast recorded his adventure in a 24-minute vlogumentary, detailing all the obstacles he went… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Hero Metric is a new four-question format we’re doing about startups finding and influencing a defining metric that helped to really grow their company. We met with Fabian Siegel, co-founder and CEO of Marley Spoon, to find out how using slow growth tactics – the turtle approach – can actually help you get ahead of the competition. In a saturated market, Siegel dares to be different and it’s paying off. This is his story, use it to your advantage. The company Marley Spoon brings delightful, market fresh and easy cooking back to the people – creating a simple weeknight cooking… This story continues at The Next Web

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Things are looking up for BlackBerry at the moment. The resurgent Canadian software company (and erstwhile phone manufacturer) just prised away an impressive $815 in damages from chipmaker Qualcomm over a royalty dispute. The press release from BlackBerry doesn’t explain the background behind the dispute, other than to say that it was over royalty payments made from BlackBerry to Qualcomm Incorperated. The essence of the dispute is that Qualcomm agreed to place an upper-limit on certain royalty payments, and it was unclear if this applied to some large payments made by BlackBerry, which is a long-time Qualcomm customer. MarketWatch has… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Blackberry

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The third season of Adult Swim’s smash-hit animation Rick and Morty might still be months away, but the series is about to get a gaming spin-off in virtual reality – and it’s coming very soon. Wubalubadubdub! Coming to Steam and the Oculus Store, Virtual Rick-ality teleports Rick and Morty straight to your living room for a cutting-edge adventure in VR. It was developed by Owlchemy Labs in collaboration with Adult Swim and series co-creator Justin Roiland. The game will let you experience the world of Rick and Morty as a clone of Morty himself – and that apparently includes all the existential trauma that a… This story continues at The Next Web

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A growing number of Apple users are reportedly hearing an unusual popping sound coming from their MacBook Pro laptops – and nobody seems to know why. Numerous annoyed customers took to the Apple support discussion board, as well as other forums, to complain about the popping noise, as spotted by 9to5Mac. According to complaints, the issue mostly pertains to the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro model. The mysterious sound has been compared to the “clicking” or “creaking” noise you hear when “slowly squeez[ing] a plastic bottle” but it remains unclear what is causing the issue. One thing the complaints share is that the sound tends… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook,MacBook Pro

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Apple has already demonstrated its dedication to health tech with the release of its CareKit medical app, but now the company may be quietly working on a ‘breakthrough’ Apple Watch solution for those suffering from diabetes. The Cupertino titan has purportedly assembled a small – but highly qualified – team of biomedical engineers to develop sensors that can non-invasively monitor blood sugar levels to more efficiently treat diabetes, CNBC reports. The technology was initially conceived by the now-deceased Steve Jobs as part of a “super secretive initiative” aimed at designing a “breaktrhough” technology to accurately measure glucose levels without piercing the skin. Citing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Watch,Apple

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There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population. Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is historically an arduous process that requires years of education and experience. Fortunately, artificial intelligence can help the healthcare sector to overcome present and future challenges. Here’s how AI algorithms and software are improving the quality and availability of healthcare services. AI health assistants One of the most basic yet efficient use cases of artificial intelligence… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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In an effort to crush its competition, Uber built an app called Hell to track Lyft drivers’ locations and even find out which of them also drove for both platforms across the US, reports The Information. According to a source who wished to remain anonymous, the app was used between 2014 and 2016 to help Uber lure drivers away from Lyft. The existence of Hell was kept secret, save for a few top executives at Uber and a small number of people working on the program. It’s crafty as hell: Uber first created a bunch of fake Lyft rider accounts… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Google has quietly launched Areo, an Android app to let you order food, as well as hyperlocal home improvement and personal services from local providers in India. Currently available in the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai, it aggregates food delivery, beauty, home maintenance, household repairs, fitness training and physiotherapy, and other services. You can schedule visits from professionals and pay for purchases through the app. It’s signed up local partners UrbanClap for home services, and Freshmenu, Box8 and Faasos for food delivery. Each of these businesses have their own mobile apps and are the food services are available through other… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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The Man Came Around is a survival RPG about trying to escape a fascist dictatorship within a powerful nation. It’s full of trauma, stealth, moral choices, and death — so, you know, fun. The game, made by Belgian studio Pipette Inc, went live on Kickstarter yesterday. This game is bleak. Think Oregon Trail if it were written by Leo Tolstoy. You could also easily draw comparisons with Papers, Please or This War of Mine. You control five distinct characters fleeing their totalitarian home country by way of a fence in the mountains. You have to manage their scarce resources, keep their trauma to a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Street Fighter, as fighting games go, is in a league of its own. After first releasing the title in 1987, Capcom has peppered us with a steady stream of iterative updates and new characters every few years to follow. A handful of characters have been punching and kicking each other in the face for over 30 years now. From humble beginnings on coin-operated arcade machines to the polished mastery of Street Fighter V on PS4 and PC — it’s been a helluva run. And for most characters, the years have been kind to them — as MuchGames showed us below (even though… This story continues at The Next Web

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Millenials, be careful what you snap, because Snapchat is about to offer advertisers more information on your whereabouts. Snap Inc is set to roll out a new tool for advertisers called “Snap to Store.” This tool collects info and provides data to show advertisers which campaigns were successful. The metric used to measure this will be how many more people snap from those locations after an ad is used on Snap. For example, say you go into a store like The Gap, and use a Gap-sponsored geofilter over your snap. Snap’s advertisers would be able to track who saw your Gap snap, and how… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember Google Earth? Once the coolest and most convenient way to explore the planet on a computer, the app has been largely cannibalized as Maps became ever more powerful. But Google hasn’t forgotten about it, and just sent out invites to the press for an event where it will unveil “the new Google Earth”. It will be held on April 18, just four days before Earth Day on the 22nd As for what this new experience will look like, Google isn’t providing any hints. Still, I’m guessing it will be a major redesign of the software given Google is devoting… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Google announced today that open virtual reality gallery WebVR would be available to Cardboard users. Now all you need is an Android phone and a Cardboard headset to use WebVR games. WebVR is a VR standard that works within browsers. According to the site, “The goal is to make it easier for everyone to get into VR experiences, no matter what device you have.” Not only can you experience VR more easily, you can develop VR software as you would a browser game. Google is also opening a dedicated gallery of WebVR Experiments where users can find new things to play.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Last week, Apple admitted a mistake. Hold the applause. After gathering a handful of journalists to what I can only imagine is the company’s secret volcano lair, Apple copped to screwing up the trashcan-shaped Mac Pro, and vowed to do better. But what might a newer, more modular Mac Pro look like? Designers at CURVED/labs took a stab at it. The conceptual design looks a lot like the Mac Mini, but in the best way possible. It features two slots for full-sized graphic cards — hello GTX 1080 — and an easily accessible area housing the processor, RAM, and storage.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Brace yourselves, everyone. Advertisers figured out how to manipulate your voice-activated assistants. Burger King just showed us in 15 seconds how voice-activated speakers can be used for ill. In a new ad, an actor dressed like a Burger King employee holds up a Whopper and explains that he can’t sum up the sandwich in such a short amount of time. The actor beckons the camera closer and says, “Okay Google, what is the Whopper burger?” If you have a Google Home or Android device anywhere near a TV or computer while that ad is playing aloud, it will start reading the Wikipedia… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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In true journalist fashion, I’m going to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong. TNW has, over the past few days, played host to a boxing match of sorts. In it, PRs used our contributor platform to tell you that PR sucked, or didn’t suck. It started with a jab. Ed Zitron, of EZPR says: But this industry sucks. We are bad. I hope you read this and get angry, or read this and realize you’re part of a horrific trend of failure, a bulwark of bullshit against good taste and good business. — PR is the fucking worst, according… This story continues at The Next Web

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Planning your next vacation just got a lot easier if you own a Google Home device. Starting today, you can ask home to find and track flight prices, hands-free. If you say “OK Google, how much are flights to Miami” Google will give you a quote for two weeks from now, and then ask you if you have specific dates in mind. After that Google will ask if you want to track price changes for those flights. No, the assistant won’t blurt out a price every time it drops. Basically all that does is sign you up for the price tracking… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Rumor had it last week that the Federal Communications Commission was planning to roll back rules protecting net neutrality. Now several major companies who make up the backbone of the internet are fighting the change. The Internet Association, a lobby repping Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Netflix and others, met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai earlier this week and filed a summary of the meeting. It sounds like they’re content with net neutrality rules as they are: The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition, and innovation online. In other words, existing net neutrality… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Facebook,Google

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Microsoft is holding a major event on May 2, but we have almost no idea what’s coming. The company today sent out invites to the press in the usual cryptic fashion preceding a major hardware announcement, but the invite suggests there will be an education focus what with the ‘Learn what’s next’ caption and ‘#MicrosoftEDU’ subtitle. We’ve known for a while that Microsoft would be holding a major event before its Build conference (also in May), but the rumors so far have been unclear as to what’s coming. All signs suggest there will be some kind of hardware at the event, but it’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Amazon is adding a special dashboard for parents of tech-savvy kids to help them track their kids’ activity on Amazon devices. The dashboard and other features are an update to Amazon FreeTime, a parental control feature Amazon has had for years. With this, parents will get daily reports about their kids web activity. Parents, you’d be able to see what your kid plays, reads, and looks at in little percentage wheels. Amazon is also giving parents Discussion Cards, a teaching tool which will teach parents what their kids are looking at. The Cards also help the parents to engage with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Apple is currently beta testing the next reiteration of iOS, but it seems the upcoming version 10.3.2 will never make it some older iPhone models. While the Cupertino behemoth was already expected to drop support for 32-bit apps with the upcoming release of iOS 11, it seems the company might begin to phase out several 32-bit iPhone models mid-cycle starting with version 10.3.2, Forbes reports. While Apple has previously rolled out support for 32-bit phones with delays, the publication states iOS 10.3.2 won’t follow the path of limited releases – like version 10.0.3 which initially landed exclusively on iPhone 7 and 7… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,iPhone,Apple

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The following is a reply to the recently published piece: PR is the fucking worst, according to an actual PR person. If you’d like to fully savor this delicious beef, please be sure to read that first.  A few days ago, you – the man responsible for the so called “best PR Twitter” – graced us all with a taste of profound and glorious wisdom right here on The Next Web. What was your latest miraculous decree, oh sage oracle of PR wisdom? Apparently that PR, and by that logic, PR people of course, are the worst. I was rather surprised to… This story continues at The Next Web

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The future of consumer toilet accessories has never looked brighter. YouTuber Sollae Insider has built a high-tech toilet paper solution that will essentially remind you anytime you need a new roll. Developed to help office caretakers easily keep track of bathrooms in need of a fresh roll, the quirky device monitors in real-time how much paper you got left in the holder. Take a peek at the smart paper monitor in action in the video below: To build the gadget, the resourceful inventor used a PHPoC Blue programmable IoT board as well as an HC-SR04 ultrasonic sensor, which he attached to the toilet paper… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bad news for customers of Virgin Media, after a technical SNAFU saw the UK’s third biggest ISP block Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. According to tech blog The Inquirer, this outage was due to an issue with Virgin Media’s DNS system, although it didn’t go into specifics. DNS is the system that translates IP addresses into human-readable domain names. Naturally, people are upset. Many have taken to Twitter (which isn’t blocked) to vent their outrage. @virginmedia what's going on my wi fi is working fine but can't get on Facebook have you blocked it — sam brown (@samybroon) April 12, 2017… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Instagram

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