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A London hospital is using VR to make medical testing more comfortable for children. King’s College Hospital teamed with the Google Play Specialist team to create an app that — when worn before an MRI — helps kids understand the procedure through an immersive VR experience. The app provides a 360-degree view of the process while a radiographer explains how it works — including what happens during and after the scan. If you’re lucky enough to never have had one, MRIs require the patient to remain perfectly still. This can be understandably be difficult for kids. King’s representatives explain how they think the app… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook appears to be warming up a bit to other social networks. The company is testing displaying links to your other social media accounts prominently on your Facebook profile. My colleague Matt Navarra spotted the change on his account while using the iOS app. While you’ve been able to add links to your other social media accounts under the Contact Info portion of the About section for a while now, this is the first time said links have taken button form and been displayed so blatantly on your profile’s front page. Facebook on iOS is now letting you display shortcuts… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Snapchat,Twitter

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The rise and precipitous fall of biotech startup Theranos has been something to see. The company was famous for Edison – its platform which allowed physicians to run an entire battery of tests on a single sample of blood. Except it didn’t work. Not really. The fundamental failings of the Edison system were exposed in an explosive Wall Street Journal piece published in October 2015. As a result of that article, Theranos is being sued by its biggest and most high-profile customer, Wallgreens, as well as one of its principal investors, Partner Fund Management, for $240 million. Theranos, which was valued… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the string of fire-catching disasters Samsung suffered last year, the South Korean heavyweight wants to avoid another Note 7 fiasco at all costs – which is why the company is outsourcing the battery production for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship to a variety of manufacturers.   via CNETOr just read more coverage about: Samsung,Sony

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Hours after unveiling its new Switch console earlier in January, Nintendo switched on pre-orders for its portable gaming device. While game enthusiasts rushed to order the hybrid console, retailers were expected to start shipping the Switch later in March – but it seems someone messed up. Videos of the Nintendo Switch in action have spread across the internet like wildfire after an unnamed retailer accidentally broke the street date, shipping the console to some users prematurely. Some of the fortunate gamers quickly took to popular gaming forum NeoGAF to share images of the Switch and one particular user, going by the alias hiphoptherobot, even made a brief unboxing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Have you ever wondered how Facebook collects all the data it has to feed you with the content it presumes you’ll like and keep you coming back for more? Well, now there’s an app that can answer these questions. Available for free, Data Selfie is an open-source Chrome extension that helps you discover how machine learning algorithms track and process your Facebook activity, and gain insights about your personality and habits. To accomplish this, the nifty extension monitors your Facebook interactions for patterns and then crunches the collected data into insightful reports. Data Selfie essentially tracks your activity – what you look at, how long… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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YouTube has a lot of advertising formats. The most irritating of these is the unskippable 30-second advert. And in my own personal experience, these show up at the most inconvenient times, like when you’re trying to show a friend a hilarious video that you’ve totally built-up. Sure there are ways to avoid these adverts entirely (it rhymes with ‘schmadblock‘). But soon you won’t have to, as next year Google is discontinuing this much-maligned advertising format entirely. In a statement, Google said that it aims to offer a better viewing experience for its users, adding “As part of that, we’ve decided… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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In light of its gradually dwindling stock value and popularity, Twitter has increasingly devoted its time and energy into curbing harassment on its platform. Starting today, the company will no longer display notifications from conversations initiated by accounts you’ve either blocked or muted. The change will effectively filter out abusive users out of your notification feed, but it will similarly prevent positive replies to the same conversations from showing up – unless you happen to follow the responder personally. Now, you won't be notified about replies to conversations started by people you've blocked/muted, unless replies are from people you follow. — Twitter… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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User experience is often overlooked when designers focus only on dazzling visuals that don’t necessarily offer practical value. Sure, the page may feature impressive bells and whistles, but it’s essentially a dud if the average user can’t intuitively navigate it. Luckily, you can truly understand how to design with your users in mind via this complete UI and UX Design Bootcamp training. Now only $39 from TNW Deals, these six courses feature over 39 hours of instruction that will expose you to all things UI/UX: Become a Senior UX Design Strategist – $299 valueMaximize your UX design skills, learning to… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to an industry insider who spoke to Reuters, Apple is gearing up to begin manufacturing the iPhone SE in the south Indian city of Bangalore. The news follows our report from two weeks ago about Apple’s plans to start building phones in India by the end of April. Priyank Kharge, IT minister of the state of Karnataka (of which Bangalore is a part), tweeted – and then deleted – an announcement signaling that the company would kick off manufacturing operations soon. The Economic Times reported earlier today that the Cupertino-based firm is looking to build between 300,000 and 400,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Playing music is always more fun when you have someone to accompany you. Google’s latest AI experiment aims to fill that gap with a virtual piano that can jam with you, thanks to machine learning, loads of examples from classical music and some pretty decent keyboard chops. All you have to do is fire up AI Duet in your browser and start playing, using either your mouse, your desktop keyboard or a MIDI keyboard. The app will attempt to follow your melody and play along, sometimes producing pleasant results. The system, which was developed by programmer Yotam Mann and collaborators… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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I receive between 50 and 100 emails a day at my work address alone, and that makes it difficult to figure out which ones are worth my time. Thankfully, there’s a clever new Chrome extension to help with that. Amit Agarwal’s Gmail Sender Icons displays the domain name each of your incoming messages originate from, as well as the favicon for those sites. It’s just a small visual tweak, but it makes it a whole lot easier to recognize messages and identify important ones at a glance. As Agarwal points out, it’s not just useful for sifting through mail in your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nearly four years ago, Google embarked on a mission to bring internet coverage to remote areas with specially designed balloons. It’s made steady progress in Project Loon’s numerous trials, but today, it’s announced a breakthrough that will make it significantly easier to deploy the service. Until now, the balloons were set to float around the globe in rings, moving up or down in the stratosphere to ride winds moving in the direction they need to travel; when one balloon drifted away from an area that required connectivity, another would arrive to replace it. The team behind Project Loon says it’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Jae Y. Lee, vice chairman of the Samsung Group, is in police custody today following a lengthy corruption investigation. He’s currently awaiting trial at a detention center in Seoul. Prosecutors accused Lee of having monetary ties to Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea. As we reported in January, Lee is believed to have paid Choi Soon-sil, a confidant of Park’s, $36 million in exchange for government support of his succession. Prosecutors originally called for a warrant at the time, but the court rejected it based on a lack of evidence. Bloomberg reports that Samsung and Lee have denied the allegations, though Lee admitted… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Facebook’s CEO today asked the question on the tip of most of our tongues: are we building the world we all want? In just under 7,000 words, Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto addressed the company mantra — connecting the world — while taking stock of the current political climate, socio-economic impact of globalization on its users, and the need to accelerate scientific research to address issues like climate change and pandemics. It was, in a word, epic. Zuckerberg’s plan, as you would expect, started with Facebook. The message revolved around community. Zuckerberg asked, and addressed, Facebook’s role in building “supportive,” “safe,” “informed,” “civically-engaged,” and “inclusive”… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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We sure hope AT&T can get a signal from the top of that bandwagon. Starting tomorrow, AT&T is offering an unlimited data plan, following the lead of Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. According to its press release, a four-line plan costs $180 for unlimited talk, text, and data. According to a CNET comparison, AT&T’s new plan wasn’t all that appealing on a line-by-line basis. At $180 for unlimited talk, text, and data, it was on par, however, with its competitors. Like its competitors, AT&T’s ‘unlimited’ plan throttles users after they’ve used 22GBs of data on one line — meaning your connection will slow down.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sean Spicer, the new White House Press Secretary tasked with combating fake news – probably including this article, so don’t bother reading it – has mispronounced a couple of important names. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been lovingly dubbed “Joe,” and Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is now to be known as Mr. “Trumble.” If you’d like to know how Spicer might address you if you were the leader of a major country, you should check out the Sydney Morning Herald’s name generator. It’s also a useful tool to prepare for future press conferences. Be on the lookout for “Baranov Obelus” when referring to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Thinking about charging your device from a public outlet? Think again. Drew Paik, founder of security firm Authentic8, told CNN that hackers access phones from public outlets and wi-fi via a technique called “juice jacking.” It works because your USB cable is designed to transmit data, even when you might not want it to. Paik warns that your whole phone is compromised if you plug into a jacked outlet. Hackers can see your photos, texts, emails, and potentially anything else on your phone. They might even be able to access your camera and keyboard. This form of hacking is absurdly easy… This story continues at The Next Web

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Gifs communicate to the internet generation what words and static images never could. For those interested in learning sign language, they’ll now help to communicate in altogether different ways. Giphy today released an extensive library containing more than 2,000 GIFs of words and phrases in American Sign Language. Clipped from the educational video series Sign With Robert, each image contains text descriptions designed to teach hearing people how to communicate with the deaf. Conversely, it could work the other way too — teaching the deaf to communicate with each other (assuming they don’t already speak ASL). According to Hilari Carl, director and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Giphy

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Starting today, you can shop using the Google Assistant on Google Home from retailers who support Google Express, including places like Costco, Whole Foods, and Walgreens. You can say stuff like “Ok Google, how do I shop?” or “Ok Google, order toilet paper” when you’re sitting on the pooper and realize you’re about to run out. To set it up, you’ll have to go into the Google Home app’s settings and tap on “Payments” to make sure your credit card and address info are all in order. It was only a matter of time; Amazon has allowed you to do this through… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Like pretty much every technology journalist who ever lived, I’ve come to loathe my inbox. But amidst the mountains of terrible pitches and press releases, there’s the occasional gem that’s either genuinely interesting, or truly bonkers. Point in question: About an hour ago, I got an email from Floppy – a jet-black puli dog from Budapest, Hungary. Floppy wasn’t pimping a new Kickstarter, or asking if I was attending some boring fucking conference in a Florida resort town I hadn’t heard of before. She was… Well… I’ll let you watch. Yes, Floppy (who looks a bit like if Cousin Itt got… This story continues at The Next Web

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In January, the Trump Administration ordered the EPA to take down its climate change page. At the time, Reuters reported staffers were “scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website.” It’s not clear if the EPA has removed anything, but now there is a record of the original site, just in case. When a federal agency receives three or more Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, it is legally required to release the requested document. In this case, the “document” is the EPA’s website on the day before President Trump entered office. A red header at the top of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Like any good gamer, I was dutifully ectastic when Nintendo invited me to try out the Switch earlier this week. But I was also a teensy bit disappointed the session focused on the mini-game oriented 1-2 Switch, instead of a flagship title like the new Zelda. That was naive of me. My brief time with 1-2 Switch was some of the most fun I’ve had playing videogames in years. Videogames and their controllers come in many shapes and forms, but they’re almost all united by one thing: you must be looking at some kind of a display. Even games with unique… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Tinder today announced that it’s acquired L.A. startup Wheel for an undisclosed sum. The little-known Wheel was a social network for video stories – the type of which Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat all offer. According to TechCrunch, the idea behind Wheel (originally called Ferris) was to offer a way for people to create their own ‘easy, fun, and watchable’ mobile videos. The service also included a collaborative element that lets people work on videos with family and friends. When we first covered it, we were optimistic. Then-editor Martin Bryant suggested that it could “win where Facebook failed” when it comes to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tinder

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Whether you’re a tech geek who wants to pass your interests on to your offspring, or a tech-challenged individual desperate to end the technical illiteracy cycle with you, toys are a great way to trick your kids into learning. There’s a huge trend in STEM toys meant to spark children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Many toy manufacturers have picked up on the importance of introducing kids to STEM activities, such as coding, and are using it to boost their sales. These toys won’t guarantee your kids a job coding at major tech firms, but they might be just… This story continues at The Next Web

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