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The latest version of Facebook’s Android app has a treat for users who converse in Hindi – an all-new transliteration feature. The app now lets you type Hindi posts and comments using an English keyboard, negating the need to download separate language packs or switch between them. The latest version adds a button below the text field when you’re typing a post. Tap it to launch the Hindi editor and type your message using the English keyboard, and Facebook will automatically transliterate the Roman characters to Hindi script. The company says it built the feature in response to feedback from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Large swathes of Silicon Valley – which include the headquarters of tech companies such as Google and Facebook – will disappear as a result of rising sea levels. According to a group of scientists collectively known as Our Coast, Our Future, they have mapped what a rise in sea levels would do to the Bay area and it appears the locations of several of the world’s biggest tech companies are in the firing line. Most at risk appears to be Facebook and it’s new 430,000-square-foot complex located slab on the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Designed by Frank Gehry, the offices are… This story continues at The Next Web

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With another weekend over, it’s easy to leap feet-first into the week ahead, but before you do that, there’s just enough time to catch up on everything you missed over the weekend while you were offline doing other things. All you need to do is make yourself a coffee, clear your schedule for 15 minutes and catch up on all the tech news, features, reviews and more from the last two days. News from TNW Here’s how you can watch tonight’s Game of Thrones season 6 debut Report: Google developing ‘Area 120,’ an in-house startup incubator to keep talent from… 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 what the key element was to their successful strategies. This week, we talked with Koen of Polarsteps, based in Amsterdam, a personal travel log in your pocket. It helps you track and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The hackers involved in last month’s cyber heist of Bangladesh Bank, in which they managed to steal only $81 million of a planned $951 million haul because of a spelling error, might actually be smarter than they were initially made out to be. Reuters reports that investigators looking into the case previously said that the criminals had merely hacked into Bangladesh Bank’s poorly protected network and grabbed passwords to log into the SWIFT system that allowed them to make transactions. But according to research conducted by British defense contractor BAE Systems, it looks like the hackers compromised the software so… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you think your network of Windows computers is safe from malware because you’ve set up Applocker to whitelist only trusted apps, we have some bad news. A newly discovered security flaw allows users to get around this on business editions of Windows (Windows 7 and up) by using Regsvr32. You can point it to a remotely hosted file or script to run any app you want on your system. That exposes PCs to the danger of running malicious software even if AppLocker is installed. And as it doesn’t require administrator access or alter the system registry, it’s hard to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Chrome OS might soon get a serious shot in the arm that will make it a lot more enticing. Users on Reddit recently noticed that the developer version of the platform recently revealed an option to run Android apps on it. Redditor ‘TheWiseYoda’ found that that when the settings loaded on their Chromebook, an option to “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook” popped up for an instant and then disappeared – it’s practically impossible to click on it. Poking around the source code revealed a message indicating that “over a million apps and games on Google Play”… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a few hours, the season premiere of Game of Thrones will be upon us. This season should be as bloody as ever, and we don’t want you to miss a thing. Here’s how you can watch. HBO (duh) Hey, did you know HBO is on a free preview weekend?! It is, so if you’ve got cable, you can check out the season premier of GoT for free. Lucky you! Sling TV Sling TV is probably the best alternative to traditional cable, and has HBO. Also on a free preview weekend, HBO via Sling is normally an additional $15 to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is preparing its own in-house startup incubator, according to a new report from The Information. According to sources, Google will soon launch “Area 120,” which will be helmed by Google executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz. Teams within Google must pitch ideas for inclusion in Area 120, just as they would any other incubator. If accepted, those teams would then begin work full-time on their pitches. They can also present pitches for more funding, or create a new company for Google to invest in. As you may have guessed, the ‘120’ in Area 120 is a homage to Google’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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This week, the US patent office issued 6,774 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the six most interesting patents. 1. Disney makes 3D printing instantaneous Patent number: US 20160107380 Presently, 3D printing is extremely slow and time consuming. For example, it may take several hours to print a single 3D object even if the 3D object is relatively small. Disney’s technology circumvents the layer-by-layer approach of conventional 3D printers that has significantly limited achievable printing speeds. The 3D printer is configured with the assumption that a… This story continues at The Next Web

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A clever hacker has installed a Linux-based system on their Tesla, and is using the center display as a media center. Going only by ‘Hemera,’ the hacker has detailed just how they sidestepped the stock Tesla OS. Using Gentoo, Hemera made the modifications after gaining root access to the car: Some details, this is running a Gentoo arm system, cross-compiled using a qemu-user chroot environment. Yes, that’s right, Gentoo, running on a Tesla. All those USE flags, CFLAGS, and optimizations are going to add speed to my car. My 5 second 0-60 will be faster than your 5 second 0-60!… This story continues at The Next Web

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I hate to say it, but I have to: Apple updated the wrong MacBook. While I love the 12-inch MacBook — and enjoy the recently updated specs — it’s not what we needed. We need a new MacBook Pro. In fact, we’ve been in need of a new Pro for some time. The last time Apple made meaningful updates to the Pro was 2013, when it released Retina for the 13-inch version and a spec overhaul. Sadly, I know that off-hand because it was the last time I was excited for the Pro (not counting for recent rumors, which get… This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting June 1, all new Apple Watch apps submitted to the App Store must have the ability to operate independently of an iPhone. Apple laid this mandate down in a blog post to developers, which it released to the developer’s website. It’s interesting timing, too; June 1 is just under two weeks ahead of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer’s conference which begins June 13. The ‘native’ apps will have to be built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later, which takes advantage of things like WatchConnect for using an Apple Watch via known Wi-Fi signals without the need for an iPhone.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Take your online marketing skills to new heights with these four offers from TNW Deals, designed to boost your comprehension of data-driven marketing, SEO, blogging and more. Blogging & Content Marketing Live Course + Diploma: $14.99 Blogging has come a long way from the personal digital-diaries of old. They’ve become an essential tool for brand development and content marketing, establishing authority and voice in a particular field. With the Blogging & Content Marketing Live Course + Diploma, you’ll learn the ropes of building and marketing your own blog through 10 live, interactive lessons which will walk you through the major… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I first noticed that Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg are almost always seen in the same clothes, I wondered why these powerful and wealthy people (globally influential to the nth degree) didn’t seem to buy new clothes. Clearly, it wasn’t about affordability. There simply had to be some logical explanation. In my quest for the truth, I read Willpower: Why Self-Control is The Secret to Success and discovered the concept of precommitment. The puzzle was solved! It is a simple concept designed to eliminate decision-making when your energy is depleted. It’s an efficient way to preserve energy and prevent… This story continues at The Next Web

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When my wife and I moved to New York City in 2001, recently graduated from college and newly wed, we were eager to find friends. We knew nearly no one but were sure we’d soon find a fun-loving group like the 20- and 30-something New Yorkers who spontaneously dropped in on one another on TV shows like Seinfeld and Friends. We hatched a plan. After moving into our Midtown Manhattan apartment, we invited all the neighbors over for drinks by placing Kinko’s-printed quarter-sheets into everyone’s mailboxes. Then, we waited for our versions of Chandler, Kramer, and Elaine to show up. But… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, Stack Overflow, a question and answer site for programmers, asked its user if they had a degree in Computer Science (CS). The results of the 2015 Developer Survey were startling. Nearly half of the 26,086 developers who responded didn’t have a computer science degree. Does this mean you can be a programmer without a college degree? Simply put, yes. But the non-traditional road towards the world of programming is obviously a tougher one than if you had a CS degree. John Reed, the executive senior director of staffing agency Robert Half Technology, said that many well-established tech companies… This story continues at The Next Web

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The best apps have a key ‘wow moment’ – whether it’s when Uber transforms the way you think about travel forever, when Amazon Prime Now gets that item you need to your door within an hour, or simply the moment you get addicted to your new favorite game. I just had a ‘wow moment’ with an app that I wanted to share with you. Dice.fm is a London-based startup that has been gradually expanding its live music ticket-buying service around the UK. You’ll understand why it just gave me a ‘wow moment’ with a bit of context…. I’d grown numb to a pain… This story continues at The Next Web

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From students to business professionals, file-sharing is an essential – and perfectly legal – productivity tool for team projects, research, assignments and beyond. To instantly share documents, files, bookmarks and more in a beautifully simple interface, pick up a lifetime subscription to CloudApp Pro Lite File-Sharing, available for $24.99 for a limited time on TNW Deals. CloudApp Pro Lite enables hassle-free file-sharing. Simply install the app on your Windows, Mac and iOS device, and share via drag-and-drop method, with available links to send to any of your associates or friends & family. Record your screen activity and share via animated… This story continues at The Next Web

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All of us procrastinate in one way or another. I’m sure we can all remember putting off studying for that dreadful exam or thesis paper in college. But you’re not alone. Over 25 percent of Americans think of themselves as chronic procrastinators, which is up from only five percent in 1978. Before we dig deeper on how to avoid procrastination, we have to first define: what is procrastination? Defining procrastination According to a research published in European Psychologist: Procrastination is the voluntary delay of an intended and necessary and/or [personally] important activity, despite expecting potential negative consequences that outweigh the… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time. It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s first commercialized first 3D TV system in 2010 to our present day fascination with VR/AR, it has become more and more of a focus for both our imaginations and reality. The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain ourselves to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950’s.a. In many… This story continues at The Next Web

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From Lost in Space to Star Trek to Star Wars, the entertainment industry has tantalized us with the concept of interplanetary travel. The best part is that the technology to make the journey is no longer light-years away. Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and Citizens in Space are just some of the organizations dedicated to making your dream vacation to the Red Planet a reality. However, that requires a lot more planning than simply throwing some SPF 10,000 in your carry on. Spending time in space, let alone surviving it, presents its own unique set of health challenges. Cosmic radiation, infection,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slack is great for communicating with your entire team no regardless of whether you’re in the same room together or working remotely. But if you use a common chat channel to ping your group, there’s a chance that your message will get buried amongst all the others and go unread. Schedul aims to fix that with its handy app. Connect it to your team’s Slack and you can manually schedule a message to be published in any channel at a specific time. The app can also determine the best time to post your message and schedule it automatically; it does so… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fingerprint readers and iris scanners are great for authenticating people in buildings and on mobile devices. The next big thing in biometrics might lie under our skin. Researchers at the University of Stuttgart, the University of Saarland and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany are working on SkullConduct (PDF), an authentication system that uses a bone conduction speaker and mic on your head to identify you. Hooked up to a modified Google Glass, it works by playing a one-secong-long audio clip through its speaker and then captures the sound after it’s traveled through the user’s skull. It analyzes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon’s game video streaming service, Twitch, is going to feel a whole lot more like a social network in the coming months. It’s launching a beta of a new Friends list feature that lets you add up to 500 contacts from the network and send them private messages, a.k.a. Whispers, at any time. The new feature builds on Twitch’s effort to help users connect with each other. It recently added a Channel Feed and Party Chat to its service, in addition to the Whispers system that launched last December. Select community members will get access to the beta today. You… This story continues at The Next Web

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