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With an ICO frenzy and Bitcoin’s plunging valuation (and Bitcoin Cash’s soaring rates), attention on blockchain technology is growing increasingly fervent. Blockchain ledgers are (seemingly) on the precipice of moving into mainstream territory and facilitating the daily distribution of every type of data file, from financial contracts to individual records. But before blockchain has the opportunity to propel us into a decentralized data revolution, it has to first prove that it is not just hype. Yes, despite blockchain technology’s superior efficiencies, there are skeptics who see all of this blockchain buzz as little more than a tech bubble. One of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Clear your schedules and count up your vacation days, everyone: A massive virtual reality theme park is opening next month in Guiyang, China. The park, called the East Valley of Science and Fantasy, was designed to be a science fiction world. The park site says it will include VR recreation halls, movie theaters, restaurants, and a children’s area. Images of the park leaked online a few weeks ago, showing a 174-foot mecha statue and several buildings that look like alien motherships. Overall, the park seems as though it’ll be pretty impressive to look at through normal eyes, let alone a… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you woke up today feeling like the world wasn’t a very scary place, and for some reason you didn’t want to continue feeling that way, we’ve got the remedy for you. “Slaughterbots” is seven minutes and forty-seven seconds of sheer horror designed to be a fictional warning against a future full of killer robots. The issue at hand is autonomous weapons with the ‘ability’ to kill people without meaningful human direction. It’s a very real concern for some of the world’s top scientific minds including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. Watch for yourself, if you dare, but be forewarned:… This story continues at The Next Web

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As a scaling startup, bringing on the right core team is core to company growth. It’s important to not only find people who are willing to work hard, but also who share your company’s mission and most importantly, its values. From the outset, we decided that finding the right people meant finding not only those with the best background, but those with the right attitude and core skills to build our company. Four years later, we’re lucky to have a team which is compiled of many millennials from all corners of the globe. Our team includes Americans, Colombians, Venezuelans, French,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In 2015, Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist and lawyer, famously filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 25,000 Facebook users. He was seeking a ‘token level’ reward of €500 per plaintiff for violations of privacy — for a total of €12.5 million. Schrems’ main concern with the lawsuit is that the data Facebook has on EU citizens is subject to the US government’s questionable mass digital surveillance. Until now, that concern has been bounced around courts across Europe, but today, the European Advocate General, Michal Bobek, came to somewhat of a conclusion (PDF). Hang on, I know it’s a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The ICO craze is peaking. As of November 8th, 2017, 203 projects raised a total of $3.25 billion through initial coin offerings. However, only 1 in 10  tokens are being used following the ICO. Although the awareness for the token market is on the rise, the slew of companies who have promoted these sales, and subsequently struggled to successfully implement their coins, is causing investors to take pause and question the long-term value of these new coin-based initiatives. It’s not just investors who are raising their eyebrows at the bevvy of new organizations pitching pre-sale ICOs and revolutionary technologies. A… This story continues at The Next Web

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The best way for third-party developers to use Twitter’s data is through the microblogging site’s APIs. Previously, they’ve had a choice between the standard free API, and the enterprise-oriented Gnip service. The two products differed significantly not just in cost, but also in the type of queries that could be performed, and there was no middle ground. Today, the company is rolling out premium APIs, which should bridge the gap. The first of these is the Search Tweets API, which offers an easy avenue to the past 30 days of Twitter data. The company eventually plans to offer a more… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, EA has somehow managed to piss off Star Wars: Battlefront 2 fans even more. A day after the iconic gaming studio penned the most downvoted comment on Reddit, miffed gamers are reporting EA has nixed the Battlefront 2 refund button from its site. Annoyed users, who ordered the game in advance, are flocking to Reddit to inform fellow Battlefront 2 enthusiasts that EA has gotten rid of the handy refund button from their customer portal. This means the only way to cancel an order is via the customer support chat feature.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pip, from Glasgow’s Curious Chip, is a novel take on teaching kids to code. For starters, much like the Nintendo Switch, it works when you’re out and about, and when you’re sat at a desk. Interestingly, it tries to hide as much of Raspberry Pi’s internals from the user as possible. The device’s UI is similar to a smartphone, and it boasts a browser-based development environment that can be accessed by any computer on the network. The advantages of this are twofold: firstly, it takes much of the complexity of learning to program away from the user. Deploying some code… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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This year, for TNW New York we’re going invite-only. We want to offer outstanding value to our 1,000 hand picked attendees by organising 185 round-table sessions with industry thought leaders in technology, media, and communication. But since we’re known for our content curation, and we try to exceed those expectations every year, we did invite keynote speakers. Nine keynote speakers, to be exact. Our keynote content will revolve around six leading technological changes that will impact our industry. For each of these, we’ve found a forward thinking researcher or expert to share their vision on how this tech will change… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla’s long-awaited Firefox Quantum browser launched today. But if you’re still sat on the fence about whether you want to upgrade, perhaps this will persuade you. TNW spoke to Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product at Firefox, about what punters can expect from Quantum, and how it actually works under the hood. Mozilla says Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as the versions of Firefox released in 2016. Moreover, it’s less taxing on your computer’s memory, and purportedly uses 30 percent less than the latest version of Google Chrome. So, how has Mozilla managed to accomplish this? “This story starts… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Firefox

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Facebook is quietly working on a mysterious new app for its Live Video platform. It’s called Fan Club App, and it appears to be specifically designed to help you and other influencers boost engagement with your audience. Unfortunately, the social media giant is yet to enable Fan Club to users – even though the company is already testing a shortcut to the app within Live Video. Here is how you can check it out, assuming you are one of the few people granted early access to Fan Club. Head to Live Video and click the ‘Go Live’ button. Select the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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HTC unveiled its Vive Focus all-in-one VR headset in China today, with a bold design, a handheld controller and the ability to allow users six degrees of freedom as they explore virtual environments. It features an AMOLED display, and is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chip, the same processor that’s in many of this year’s flagship phones. It also comes with front-mounted depth cameras to allow for what’s called world-scale inside-out tracking (so your movements in the physical world are accurately mirrored in a VR space). All that works together to let you enjoy VR experiences without having to connect… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: HTC

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After removing thousands of videos featuring slain extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (pictured above) from its platform earlier this week, YouTube is expanding its takedown policy to cover even more content that includes “people and groups that have been designated as terrorist by the U.S. or British governments,” reports Reuters. The change will affect videos that don’t feature acts of violence or hateful speech (which are already barred), and the move signals further efforts by the company to prevent the spread of extremist propaganda that could help radicalize viewers, as it comes under pressure from various governments to do so. That’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Ad Age reports that Amazon is prepping a free ad-supported version of its Prime Video streaming service, which could help it take on rivals like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. Prime Video is bundled with Amazon’s premium shipping service, which costs $99 a year or $10.99 a month in the US. It includes syndicated movies and TV shows, as well as original content produced by Amazon. The move to offer a free tier could make a lot of sense, given that Amazon has multiple competitors battling to become the replacement of choice as more households ditch traditional cable services. As of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Netflix

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Google has updated its Assistant service with the ability to broadcast voice messages from users to connected Home speakers connected to their accounts. The feature works not just when you talk to a speaker, but also when you issue a broadcast command to Assistant on your phone; you don’t even have to be on the same Wi-Fi network to beam a message, which means you can use this remotely to let your family know you’re leaving the office or returning from the grocery store shortly. From Google’s support page, it appears that you can send custom voice messages, as well… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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It’s never too early for rumors about the next iPhone. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted in a report to investors that he believes Apple is on track to produce three new models next year based on the current iPhone X design, including two larger handsets. The range will include a second-gen iPhone X that’s the same size as the original 5.8-incher, and a significantly larger 6.5-inch ‘IPhone X Plus’. Both are expected to feature OLED displays. A third 6.1-inch model designed to take on the mid-range phone market will feature a lower resolution LCD display and come with a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Facebook has integrated Messenger Day and Facebook Stories, making it easier when posting (if anyone ever does) Stories on these platforms. Now, when you post something on your Facebook Story, it will also appear on Messenger and vice versa, and the fusion is simply called “Stories.” The company has four variations of Stories on its different networks: Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger Day. The idea remains the same: users can post images or videos which disappear after 24-hours. Each app will still have its distinct effects, with Facebook’s masks and augmented reality Snapchat-style effects, while Messenger remains focused on stickers… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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There’s no doubt that the world of cryptocurrency is growing remarkably fast.  And it’s no surprise that scamsters will lock unto this endless opportunity like a heat-seeking missile. Even one of the most widely known cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, is no exception to this threat. Just recently, the social media and digital security monitoring company ZeroFOX reported about the dark side of digital currency. According to the report, a new type of financial scam involving bitcoin is rapidly spreading across social networks. However, with the cryptocurrency market growing very rapidly, have it in mind that scamsters are becoming more sophisticated than Ponzi schemes. And before… This story continues at The Next Web

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IBM researcher Edwin Pednault was doing the dishes one evening when he came to the realization that qubits are a lot like the bristles of a scrubbing brush. What he dubbed as a “seemingly inconsequential moment” became the basis of a fault-tolerance theory which makes the 50-qubit quantum computer possible. Early last month Google’s quantum computer research team announced it had made strides towards what it dubbed “quantum supremacy.” The big idea was that a 50-qubit quantum computer would surpass the computational capabilities of our most advanced supercomputers, making it superior. IBM, early this month, successfully built and measured an… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,IBM

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Amazon managed to get its hands on the fantasy holy grail today, buying the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” into a multi-season series for for Amazon’s Prime streaming service. Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth. https://t.co/QowUmf8t3S pic.twitter.com/YVciEX3u2t — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 13, 2017 Sources inside the company told Variety in September that Jeff Bezos wanted to bolster the profile of its streaming with new shows, specifically a “Game of Thrones”-esque fantasy epic. Now we know Amazon’s seized perhaps the one intellectual property that might take HBO’s fantasy crown. According to Deadline, Amazon paid about $250 million… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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UrbanEars’ Plattan 2 headphones – a popular set of cans known for their minimalist design – are getting the wireless treatment. I’ve had the chance to try out the new Plattan 2 BT for a couple of days, and for $99 there’s a lot to like. UrbanEars’ headphones make a statement through simplicity. There’s little in the way of obnoxious branding, instead relying on solid colors and clean design to be recognizable. Other than a small black tag with the company’s name on it, there’s no way to tell who even makes them, but that very same minimal design is what… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the most important promises Google makes about Pixel phones is immediate access to the latest Android software updates. Yet practical experience shows that’s not always the case – and both Google and US carriers are to blame. Take last week’s Pixel 2 patch. After users complained about dull colors caused by controversial color calibration, Google announced it was rolling out an OTA (over-the-air) update that would allow users to set their colors to a hyper-saturated mode more typical of AMOLED displays. Though the update isn’t perfect, it was an encouragingly swift response by Google. Not long after the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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