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The next time you’re throwing a last-minute frat party, now you can count on Amazon to bring the equipments in two hours or less. The company’s Prime Now program today expanded to Seattle, and will offer deliveries of beer, wine and liquor alongside “tens of thousands” of other products available through the service. This is the first time the company has included booze in its lineup, competing with the likes of niche apps like Minibar and Drizly. Minibar, which now competes with Amazon for delivering alcohol ASAP, also offers bottle openers, Solo cups, bags of ice, eggs and even playing cards in… This story continues at The Next Web

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TuneIn is going freemium. The Web radio service today announced a paid subscription that offers some notable benefits over the standard free tier. First up, you’ll gain access to 600 commercial-free music stations. Thats a small portion of TuneIn’s over 100,000 total stations, but should still be an ample selection for you to choose from. Because these are existing live stations, TuneIn had to find a way to provide a commercial free experience. What it did was something clever: TuneIn simply replaces the commercials with more music. Sports fans will be happy too: TuneIn is announcing support for Major League Baseball… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has indexed billions of web pages. In fact, according to Statistic Brain – Google had 67,000,000,000 (67 Billion) pages indexed in 2014. But while that’s an impressive number – it still means that Google has yet to live up to it’s name. Google originally got it’s name from the math word, googol, which is a number. A really big number. A googol is a 1 with 100 zeros after it. It looks like this: 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 But usually we just write it the way Google does in its calculator: So – how long will it take for Google to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Making a splash in a well-established, some may say entrenched, mobile market isn’t an easy proposition. At the top end of the scale you have companies like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola and other household brands to contend with, while at the ‘value’ end of the scale you get challenger brands like OnePlus, Oppo and Huawei. To make its first two devices — the Wileyfox Swift and Storm — stand out from the rest of the crowd, both use the Android 5.1-based Cyanogen OS 12.1 platform, which is a smart move when you’re competing against a sea of mid-range Android handsets. Cyanowhat?… This story continues at The Next Web

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Des is the Co-founder of Intercom, the customer communication platform. He’ll be speaking at TNW Conference USA this November in New York.   The problems people encounter in their lives rarely change from generation to generation. The products they hire to solve these problems change all the time. If you’re building a new product, it’s because you believe you can create a better solution that people will want to use because it delivers a better outcome. A strong understanding of the outcome customers want, and how they currently get it, is essential for you to succeed in product development. Maybe… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bill Gates promised the world in 2004 that within two years there would be no more spam. This hasn’t been one of his more successful prediction, sadly. Fast forward 11 years and a Las Vegas man has just pleaded guilty to sending over 27 million spam messages on Facebook’s own servers in 2008 and 2009, after he illegally accessed half a million accounts on the social network. Dubbed the ‘Spam King’, Sandford Wallace was already ordered by the United States District Court Northern District of California in San Jose not to access Facebook’s network when he committed the crime. He also pleaded guilty… This story continues at The Next Web

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The use of big data is spreading rapidly, from farmers optimizing the use of their land, to journalists sourcing enlightening statistics. To help you get ahead in your sector, this Data Analytics Mastery bundle offers three courses on manipulating data. The first concentrates on Pandas, a framework for the programming language, Python. You learn how to use code to manipulate data structures, and produce readable results in the form of Excel spreadsheets and 2D graphs. There is also instruction on using linear algebra, integrating C or C++, and producing N-dimensional arrays. The second course focuses on Hadoop, a Java framework.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Entertainment journalists don’t ask Tom Cruise about Scientology. They know the situation. If they want access to the star on his ‘Mission Impossible’ press tour, they keep their lips buttoned about the controversial ‘religion’. Ahahahahahaha I’m Tom Cruise ahahahahahaha It’s easy for writers who cover technology to roll their eyes at the idea of being kowtowed by the demands of a pampered Hollywood star, particularly one who is connected to such a divisive group. But our glass house is as fragile as an iPhone screen. The ‘stars’ of the tech world are not individuals, though there are obviously still executives… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Internet of Things — or the Internet of Shit, depending on how you view it — was supposed to bring us smarter devices to improve life, but as it turns out they may be the reason you wind up getting hacked. At the annual DEFCON black hat event in Las Vegas, researchers at Pen Test Partners worked to attack a Samsung smart refrigerator and find vulnerabilities. The fridge in question was a 2015 Samsung RF28HMELBSR smart fridge, which features a display on the door for showing calendar appointments and leaving notes among other “useful” features. The security flaw the firm… This story continues at The Next Web

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Russian internet giant Yandex has revamped its mobile analytics platform with a new name, as well as ad and traffic tracking capabilities. First launched in 2013 as Yandex.Metrica, the rebranded AppMetrica also offers user interaction and crash analytics for Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps in real-time. AppMetrica can track users’ gender and age, with the help of Yandex’s proprietary social-demographic platform Crypta With the new version, Yandex aims to offer product analysts a single tool that brings together precise traffic source segmentation and app analytics in a single suite. The service is used to process nearly a billion in-app events each day.… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp has updated its messaging app on Android with a bunch of useful new features today, giving users better control over notifications from individual contacts. The ability to toggle the read status of chats showed up in an earlier build last month, but it’s here for all users now. Long-press on a conversation in the Chats list to mark it as read or unread. Of course, this feature won’t affect the read status on messages within your conversation — it’s only there to make it easier to spot or ignore them. Open up a conversation and tap View Contact, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook’s design has been widely discussed among designers and users, and I’ve seen plenty of criticism: “Why is the design of Facebook’s desktop site so bad?” “Facebook has a deeper problem than just Vine/Twitter” “Do anyone else find Facebook to have an ugly design?” Having reviewed some of the critiques, I decided to try giving it a facelift. What started as a fun side project eventually lead to the Facebook Flat Chrome extension. In this piece, I’ll explain the merits of flat design, then dive into some issues with Facebook’s current interface and how I hoped to resolve them. Why… This story continues at The Next Web

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Authorities in Norway have told users of the popular pirate streaming service Popcorn Time to expect “a surprise in the mail,” after the Rights Alliance claims it has has gathered data on 51,000-75,000 users of the site. The question is, what will the organization decide to do with this information? The Rights Alliance is legally allowed to monitor people it suspects to be pirating. However, monitoring IP addresses is one thing, it would need to go through the courts to be allowed collaborate with ISPs to obtain the names and addresses behind them. It seems counterproductive to grant organizations like the Rights Alliance permission to… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new Surface Pro might be on the horizon, but Microsoft is busy experimenting with new ideas for unique keyboard attachments. One such concept out of the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group today shows a cover that integrates a touch-sensitive e-ink display built into the keyboard area. Called the ‘DisplayCover.’ it sports a physical keyboard and a ultra-thin e-ink display with 1280 x 305 pixels used to display live tiles below the screen without draining battery life. The idea is that it could help extend available screen space on smaller devices — perhaps like the smaller Surface 3 — and add… This story continues at The Next Web

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Blah blah don’t be evil blah blah blah. At some point, Google’s unofficial motto became like the message printed inside a stick of British seaside rock (see here for details, international readers). It’s a glib thing and chewing down on it too hard is apt to rot your teeth or perhaps your brain. Google isn’t evil, anymore than any other corporation is evil. Watch the documentary, ‘The Corporation’ and you’ll hear a compelling argument that companies behave in a manner that is similar to sociopaths, but the individuals within Google/Alphabet genuinely do believe they are engaged in important, world-changing work – even the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wileyfox, a new UK-based smartphone brand, has launched its first two devices today. Both will arrive in the “coming weeks” across Europe and the UK, the company says. The first device has a 5-inch handset with an HD display and Qualcomm Quad-core 410 chipset. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The second device, called Storm, offers a slightly larger 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Octa-core 615 chipset and 20-megapixel rear-facing camera. It also has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Both handsets will arrive running the Cyanogen OS 12.1 as standard. The company is entering into a hotly… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this year, London-based academic Benjamin Blundell and his partner took a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It’s an over 10,000 kilometre trip and he captured practically the whole thing with a digital camera and a sticky camera mount. As you might expect, it generated a lot of footage – 200GB+ – and, using a technique known as slit-scan, he’s turned it into a single image. He explains: Every frame, I take the middle column of pixels and concatenate it to the image. Each vertical column of pixels represents 1/30th of a second. This adds up into a huge strip, which is then cut… This story continues at The Next Web

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No surprises here: Ashley Madison, a site that facilitates infidelities, is being sued in a federal court in Los Angeles over its failure to adequately protect its clients’ personal data, reports Reuters. The lawsuit, filed by a man identifying himself as John Doe, is seeking class-action status and accuses Ashley Madison and its Toronto-based parent company Avid Life Media Inc., of negligence, invasion of privacy and causing emotional distress. Hackers stole personal and financial details of over 37 million users last month, and have since released over 18GB of data to the public. The breach is believed to be the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Update: The Financial Times reports that Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor has lifted the ban in less than a day, as it found the article on Charas had been sufficiently edited on Russian Wikipedia to put the online encyclopedia in compliance with a court ruling from June. Russia is set to ban Wikipedia for users across the country because most of its internet service providers (ISPs) don’t have the expensive equipment necessary for blocking specific HTTPS pages, reports The Washington Post. The decision came about after a prosecutor in the southern village of Chyorny Yar raised concerns about an article describing a form of… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to create an efficient stream of passengers for its fleet of drivers, Uber is testing a “Smart Routes” program along large thoroughfares in San Francisco to encourage potential riders in the area to gravitate towards high-traffic pick-up spots. The feature, which was first reported by TechCrunch, works much in the way that Lyft’s HotSpots do: Users drop a pin to the Smart Route and meet the driver on that street. In exchange, Uber will provide a $1 discount to the passenger’s fare. Uber confirmed the Smart Routes program in a statement: We have begun testing a new feature to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Unicorns this. Unicorns that. It seems like a new tech start-up is reaching that mythical $1 billion valuation every day, so if you’re tired of hearing about those dang unicorns, then here’s a Chrome plug-in for you. Simply called the Unicorn Replacer, it calls out these companies for exactly what they are: pre-IPO startups worth $1 billion or more. It’s direct and honest, and sure makes for a headline-killer. Here are a couple headlines and clips from around the web — including a few TNW articles. Yeah, we know we’re guilty too. So download this plug-in and reserve unicorns for your Lisa Frank… This story continues at The Next Web

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Humans like to fancy themselves logical beings, but anybody with some sense will tell you that most people are ruled by their emotions. Emotion drives sales, engenders trust, establishes arguments, makes points, captures attention and builds the bridge between disparate factions with vastly different goals. In essence, any objective you’d like to reach through design will require an emotional investment on the part of the user. Interactions happen consciously and subconsciously. As soon as someone sees your site, an emotional reaction occurs subconsciously – that in itself is an interaction. Likewise, users also need to consciously decide how and where… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Facebook for Business announced in a post that it has added “Donate Now” as a call-to-action button available for Brand Pages. These buttons can now appear right on a Facebook Brand Page, or directly within an ad on the site. “Now, it’s easier than ever for nonprofits to connect with people who care about their causes and encourage them to contribute through the website of their choice.” Facebook introduced the call-to-action button for Brand Pages in December of last year, which are designed to drive a company’s many fans to take further action beyond Liking a page. These buttons… This story continues at The Next Web

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You can be smack in the middle of the most beautiful place on earth, but if the light sucks, your images will disappoint you. It’s long been acknowledged that the best time to shoot outdoors is the ‘Golden Hour‘ —  the time frame shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which the light is softer and more mellow compared to when the sun is high in the sky. Not surprisingly, there’s now an app for that. Rizon, a new release, actually does those calculations for you. That’s convenient not only for hiking-boots-on-the-ground shots but planning ahead to shoot with the best… This story continues at The Next Web

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Modernizing your elders can be a difficult process, especially when you’re tasked with teaching grandma how to operate the new Mac computer your parents got her to stay in touch. That’s always been the beauty of Mac’s ‘One to One’ program: for $99, Apple Stores offered a full year of instruction on the Mac, iPhone or iPad in both solo and group sessions. But according to MacRumors, that program is coming to a close to free up opportunities for Apple Store employees to conduct more free workshops at stores. Apple already offers some free workshops in retail locations — basic tutorials on getting… This story continues at The Next Web

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