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Among all the underwhelming announcements of new features for its operating systems at the WWDC keynote, Apple did have something interesting to share with developers wondering about building apps for macOS and iOS. We previously heard rumors about the company merging its mobile and desktop platform in what was allegedly codenamed Project Marzipan; Apple’s SVP for software engineering, Craig Federighi, debunked the claim on stage, saying: John Gruber, who blogs about Apple at Daring Fireball, wrote last month that there wasn’t going to be a merge, but rather an API that would make porting apps between platforms easier. Federighi confirmed… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,Apple

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RPG fans rejoice: game developer Blizzard Entertainment’s job listings reveal that an ‘unannounced Diablo project’ is on the cards. The Irvine, California-based studio (which also made Overwatch and Hearthstone) is looking to hire a creative director, an executive producer, and various specialized artists (including a dungeon artists) for an upcoming Diablo game. That’s about all we have to go on for now, as there aren’t any further details about the title or a window for its release. PC Gamer notes that there’s a possibility of either an all-new Diablo IV, or a careful remake of Diablo II. The latter was released… This story continues at The Next Web

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After stealing several features from Snapchat for use in its own app and in Instagram, Facebook is now taking a leaf out of Musical.ly’s book to introduce a lip-syncing feature in users’ live video broadcasts. When you choose to shoot a live video on your phone in Facebook’s mobile apps, you’ll now find an option to include a popular song to lip sync with. That’s a lot like what Musical.ly offers. The app, which first launched in 2014, is all about dancing, acting, and lip syncing along to music and dialogues from popular artists, movies, and TV shows. Musical.ly was… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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It seems, these days, like we seldom go very long between quantum computing breakthroughs. Yet, somehow, skeptics remain convinced the media exaggerates the promise of quantum supremacy. We probably are, to varying degrees, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. If all of science were a neighborhood, the field of quantum computing would reside at the corner of “I Need Funding” avenue and “A Few Eurekas Away” boulevard. And that’s why some experts feel supremacy, the idea that quantum computers will eventually outperform classical ones, is a pipe dream. History says those people are wrong. But before we get into that,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Battery life has always been the great equalizer in tech. Sure, we can make incredibly powerful laptops, but that doesn’t matter much to the average person if it won’t last you through a workday in a portable form factor. Intel is working on a solution. At Computex 2018, the company teased its new Low Power Display Technology (I appreciate the straightforward naming), a combination of a special LCD display and clever power management. The 13-inch display demoed is designed by Sharp/Innolux and consumes only 1 Watt of power; half of what its predecessor managed. The technology could boost battery life by… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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One of the largest DNA testing services recently uncovered a breach that affects more than 90 million customers. A security researcher found, on a private server, the email addresses and hashed passwords of every customer that signed up for the service before October 26 of last year. MyHeritage, an Israel-based DNA testing service, reported the breach in a blog post yesterday: Today, June 4, 2018 at approximately 1pm EST, MyHeritage’s Chief Information Security Officer received a message from a security researcher that he had found a file named myheritage containing email addresses and hashed passwords, on a private server outside… This story continues at The Next Web

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A team of mad scientists from MIT’s ghoulish Media Lab have created an AI-powered version of Alfred Hitchcock’s mother-loving murderer Norman Bates. Norman is an intentionally-biased neural network designed to caption images. We’ve covered similar AI projects (this one was hilarious, and here’s one that fools humans) but MIT’s wasn’t trained like they were. It was, for lack of a better term, abused. Rather than feed it good wholesome data obtained with the purest of intent, MIT researchers “exposed it to the darkest corners of Reddit” where it developed a macabre world view: We trained Norman on image captions from an… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s something special about reliving your memories through 360-degree images or videos, but for those of us who aren’t professional photographers the necessary gear can be a bit daunting. The Wunder360 C1 from Evomotion tries to bridge the gap as an affordable gadget that’s easy to use while still providing a robust set of features. Only recently launched, the C1 is an interesting device. It’s a sort of in between offering meant to appeal to the selfie crowd as much as the action sports crowd. The camera comes with dual lenses capable of recording 360 images and videos in a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Firefox has two new experimental features for you to try out today. One lets you theme your browser with colors of your choosing, the other lets you view two websites within one tab. Both are part of Firefox’s Test Pilot program, which allows you to try new features in the form of extensions and help decide whether they’ll make their way to the public. Simply called Firefox Color, the first feature allows you to customize various visual elements of the browser, “including background texture, text, icons, the toolbar and highlights.” There are few presets, or you can make your own.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Firefox

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The Department of Justice will appeal a Federal court ruling stating president Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter. You read that right: A couple weeks back federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled in favor of seven plaintiffs seeking to have their Twitter accounts unblocked by the president. The president apparently complied with the court’s request, as several of the plaintiffs have already tweeted they’d been unblocked: We whined. We complained. We sued. We won our First Amendment lawsuit in federal court. And now @realDonaldTrump has unblocked me.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Researchers have continuously shown that even the largest cryptocurrency and blockchain platforms often suffer from severe security vulnerabilities – that is despite being worth billions of dollars. So if you’re looking to make a quick buck with your extraordinary pentesting skills, you might want to take a cue from this researcher who found a series of bugs in trending blockchain solution EOS. After a thorough analysis of the technology, Dutch ethical hacker Guido Vranken found several vulnerabilities in the EOS network which entitled him to a hefty $120,000 reward from the company’s bug bounty program. Thank you. A couple more… This story continues at The Next Web

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I know aesthetics are subjective, but I dare you to argue Silk White isn’t the best color option for the OnePlus 6. I therefore lamented the fact it wasn’t available at launch in my review, but it turns out you didn’t have to wait all that long. It’s on sale from OnePlus’ website, with orders currently expected to “ship immediately.” The Silk White colorway has a matte, pearl-like finish that both looks and feels quite unlike any other glass-backed phone I’ve held. A rose gold metal trim provides classy accents. It’s a really sleek phone that rights the sins of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two weeks ago, I gave away loads of my personal information to a stranger. Why? I attended the Black Box Bellagio, a gambling event taking place in Amsterdam, which, in their own words, is “an unusual casino that won’t take your money, but is after your freedom, integrity, and private data instead. Play with the (un)fairness of expected values and chances, predicted risks, and giving up your identity.” The event was an art project, designed and developed by the Dutch artist Roos Groothuizen and was hosted as part of Waag’s, Project Decode, a project aimed to raise awareness and inform citizens… This story continues at The Next Web

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You can learn how to wield that tool like a true master with the Microsoft Excel Master Certification bundle, available now for just $39 (an over 90 percent savings) from TNW Deals.

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Virtual reality and augmented reality are hot topics right now. As we start to see the lines blur between real and virtual worlds, the possibilities become endless. But what will we see next? How big of a role will it play in our lives in the next 50 years? At the Mixed Realities track at TNW Conference last month, we saw VR and AR experts share their visions for the future. Want a recap? We’ve got you covered. Alex Wills, Group Management Director at R/GA Alex spoke about his experiences with AR so far, and how we’re going to be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Crypto-jacking threats have largely (but not exclusively) been confined to the browser. Worryingly, new research from Israeli cybersecurity firm PureSec demonstrates how cryptocurrency mining scripts could be surreptitiously deployed within serverless applications. The research was demonstrated in the company’s new report, called “New Attack Vector: Serverless Crypto-Mining.” This type of attack has significant implications for companies who deploy serverless applications on platforms like AWS Lambda and Microsoft Azure, as it could result in an attacker establishing their own vast crypto-mining operation at their expense. Researchers from PureSec were able to force serverless functions to automatically download an off-the-shelf crypto-mining script.… This story continues at The Next Web

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At its WWDC event yesterday, Apple revealed the major new features coming to iOS 12. If the presentation got you all hot and bothered, you’ll be happy to know that you can now get your grubby paws on the beta preview. The official route requires you to be signed up for the Apple Developer Program so you can get it today; the public beta will arrive later this month. If you can’t wait, you can try Apple blogger Sam Henri’s method. Naturally, you’ll want to proceed with caution and back up your data before trying this out. It’s also worth… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,iPad,iPhone

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Tim Draper, American venture capital investor and a known name in the cryptocurrency industry, was speaking at the TNW Conference last month when he did something that confirmed his position as the biggest Bitcoin nerd of all. Justina Lee from Bloomberg was interviewing Draper, when she asked her final question: “How will blockchain change the world?”. Draper responded, “Well, okay. Here, I have got to go to my notes.” Donning his signature Bitcoin tie, Draper whipped up his phone and – to the amusement of the audience – started spitting some fire rhymes. Lee was so impressed by Draper’s performance, that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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There is an estimated $256 trillion worth of assets in existence. These include gold, oil, stocks, and real estate, among other things, which people are investing in all around the world. Notably, though, many of these assets are still illiquid, physically difficult to subdivide or transfer, and are transacted via a paper trail. Today, how people see and trade these assets is becoming outdated as a new form of managing assets takes shape. With the advent of the blockchain, asset ownership is slowly beginning to move from analog to digital. Over the last year, the launch of countless initial coin… This story continues at The Next Web

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Republic Of Gamers (ROG) – ASUS’ gaming brand – has announced its first ever phone. Can you guess what it’s called? Go on, have a go. Have any thoughts? Yep, you got it, the ROG phone. Unsurprisingly – it does come from an arm of ASUS called Republic Of Gamers after all – the main focus of the device is, uh, gaming. As you’d expect, the device is pumped with as much firepower as Chinese New Year (a 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU, a Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB RAM and an AMOLED HDR display, if you’re interested). It also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Launching a new automotive brand in India is no mean feat, and the challenge becomes even more difficult when you plan to exclusively offer electric vehicles. Bangalore-based Ather believes it’s up to the task, and it’s ready to test its faith with the launch of its first creations today. At an event in the city, the company unveiled two electric two-wheelers, the Ather 340 and Ather 450. They promise a range of 60 km and 75 km on a single charge respectively, top speeds of 80 kmph and 70 kmph, and come with a 7-inch touchscreen for navigation. Ather is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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The BlackBerry Key2’s official announcement is scheduled for the end of this week. Unlike most phone launches, TCL has done a sterling job of keeping the KEY2 under wraps, with no real leaks to speak of. Until now, that is. VentureBeat’s Evan Blass (aka “EvLeaks”) came across the following images which depict the Key2 in all of its physical keyboarded glory. BlackBerry Key2 pic.twitter.com/4YMZ2hxUYP — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 4, 2018 It actually looks really good. The Verge described the Key2 as a “refined version of the KeyOne,” and I’d have to agree with that assessment. TCL has also gone… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Blackberry

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Okay, so the Cafelot Robot doesn’t technically defecate into a mug, but check this out: You’re telling me that doesn’t look like a metal man squatting and pushing its arms down to force out a liquidy poop from its aluminium anus? Then you, my friend, are a liar. I’ve got a thing for both coffee and weird coffee gadgets, so when I stumbled across the now fully funded Cafelat Robot on Kickstarter, I was intrigued. The device is a manual espresso machine designed by Cafelet’s founder, Paul Pratt. He’s been designing barista tools for the past ten years, has one of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hiding between news of countless minor updates to iOS, you may have missed the announcement about FaceTime supporting group video chat. The party hotline, of sorts, is said to support up to 32 people, and it’ll drop with iOS 12 later this fall. If one face is good, Apple obviously believed that 32 are better. But after seeing the demo, I’m not convinced this is a feature ready for primetime. First, a group chat with 32 people will be unlike anything we saw today at WWDC, where Apple VP Craig Federighi made a fashionably late entrance to an already-running call… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tech conferences usually come with their fair share of awkward moments, and Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is no exception. It’s inevitable when you’re trying to show off hardware and/or software with semi-spontaneous ejaculations of joy or demonstrations of “everyday” utility. But something about this year’s WWDC was even more cringey than usual. Here are a few (but by new means all) of such moments in the show. HashtagMommyFortheWin: WatchOS 5, the latest for the Apple Watch, is getting a few new features — check here for the full rundown. To demonstrate them, Apple made a poor woman named Jules… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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