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It’s never nice to be without the Internet. When I take a flight and there’s no Wi-Fi, I might grumble. The same is also true when my ISP shits the bed, and I’ve got to wait a few hours for them to send a technician out. Which is why I’ve got a grudging appreciation for the inmate of Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio who built two clandestine computers, hid them in the ceiling, and connected them to the Internet via the prison’s network. The prison authorities first realized that something might be amiss when informed by the institution’s computer support… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung might be quietly prepping to follow up its excellent Galaxy S8 flagship with an even more impressive handset – and it could come with a futuristic dual-display design. The company is reportedly developing a prototype for a smartphone with two displays connected to each other with a hinge in the middle. The dual-screen setup will basically allow the device to fold up to 180 degrees, South Korean outlet The Investor reports. According to the publication, the Big S has already placed orders for components and plans to produce between 2,000 and 3,000 prototypes in the first half of the year. An… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Modern art is weird, and it’ll only get weirder as artists continue to integrate new media into their art. Just the other day I visited a respected museum and sat through a video installation that was a bunch of random Youtube clips from the early 2000s. You know, ‘art’. However, Finns have found an impressive way to integrate GIFs into art — by making them long as hell. Last month the Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland, Kiasma, began displaying an ambitious 1,000 year long GIF by Finnish artist Juha van Ingen. Van Ingen’s installation is called AS Long As Possible (ASLAP) and is symbolically… This story continues at The Next Web

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With its new Skybuds Bluetooth earphones, the folks at Alpha Audiotronics aim to offer a complete package for wireless warriors. The $200 set includes headphones and a sleek carrying case that not only holds and charges the buds when plugged into a socket, but also juices them up on the go. But is that enough to warrant a higher price point than most true wireless buds on the market, including those from Apple, Samsung, Sol Republic and Bragi? I put these babies to the test over the past few weeks to find out. Design and hardware The Skybuds come in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Progressive leading is a good idea – in theory. It basically means that rather than having to wait for an entire web page to load, you can view and interact with the fragments that your computer has already downloaded. The downside is that this can lead to a weird jumping experience. You might be reading a passage of text, only for your browser to render some images. The end result is that you lose your place, and have to find it again. Google thinks it’s cracked this problem with something called Scroll Anchoring, which is found in the newest version… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Chrome,Google

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OnePlus is taking an interesting approach with its next-generation smartphone. The Chinese manufacturer is reportedly gearing up to start production for its 2017 flagship handset and it seems the company might skip the ‘four’ and follow up the 3T straight with the OnePlus 5. The unusual decision purportedly has to do with an old Chinese superstition – more commonly known as tetraphobia – which associates the number ‘four’ with bad luck. The phonemaker isn’t counting solely on good luck though. Among other things, the OnePlus 5 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch 2K resolution display, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835, 3,000mAh battery as… This story continues at The Next Web

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World-domination was the Wi-Fi password of choice for a very long time at TNW.  It just goes to prove it’s not uncommon for tech companies to dream big when first starting out. As you’re chasing the domination dream, expanding to foreign markets becomes a priority. One continent on your market-maybe list should be Asia. There’s no denying the market is booming, but winning in Asia isn’t easy and success is far from guaranteed. Don’t despair! We found a solution to expand or start your business in Asian and it’s a particularly good opportunity as well. How it works: Now through… This story continues at The Next Web

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For his latest stunt, sometime-actor and oftentimes performance artist Shia LaBeouf is isolating himself from society for an entire month in chilly Lapland, with no means of communication except for a video chat feed from an art museum in Finland. It’s part of the #ALONETOGETHER project, which will see him, along with fellow artists Nastja Rönkkö from Finland and Luke Turner of the UK, hide away separately in remotely located cabins and communicate with visitors of the prestigious Kiasma museum in Helsinki via text. People can enter a cabin in the art gallery and video chat with the trio, while they… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the launch of its Alta HR fitness tracker last month, Fitbit was slated to launch its first proper smartwatch in the spring. But Yahoo Finance notes that we may not see a full-featured wearable from the hardware maker until this fall, owing to production issues. Problems with the watch’s GPS components and waterproofing have forced the company to delay its launch. According to Yahoo’s sources, the timepiece is said to resemble last year’s fitness-oriented wearable, the Blaze; given its polarizing design, I’m not sure that’s the best way to go if Fitbit wants to appeal to a wide range… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Facebook has been building out Messenger to handle a wide variety of functions, many of them involving monetary transactions, it’s going to focus on advertising to bring in revenue through the messaging service. So yes, that almost certainly means more ads in your chats. David Marcus, who heads up messaging products at Facebook, told Recode in an interview yesterday: We’re not going to take cuts of payments. The one thing we traditionally do, and is a decent business for us, is advertising. So we’ll continue focusing on that. That’s important because Messenger has supported peer-to-peer payments in the US since… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’ve got some bad news for all you Samsung Galaxy S8 buyers: you’re going to have to wait a while before you can interact with one of its biggest features, the Bixby voice assistant. In a statement to Axios, Samsung explained that voice features will be available at a later date: Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring. That’s a bummer for folks who are eagerly awaiting a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Toiling 12 hours a day on an Apple assembly line is a terrible way to spend a summer break. That didn’t deter Dejian Zeng. Zeng, an NYU grad student, spent six weeks last year detailing the life of a Chinese worker at an iPhone factory, Pegatron, near Shanghai. It’s not all bad — Chinese factories are working hard to keep out underage workers, for example. Apple also visits the factory regularly, especially during trial productions. Apple told Business Insider Pegatron has a “99 percent compliance with workers working under a 60-hour work week, and Pegatron workers who make Apple products… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Most of us aren’t talented artists, so if I ever need a graphic for some project I’ll usually resort to finding clipart on the web. But that might be a problem of the past thanks to Google’s new AutoDraw tool, which turns your ugly doodles into clean graphics.     It’s incredibly simple to use, and a whole lot of fun. Start drawing, and Google starts guessing what you’re trying to draw with a banner running atop the page. Basically, imagine a robot trying to play pictionary. Click on one of the suggestions, and the app will replace your sketch… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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By all accounts, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a fine piece of hardware. Napier was impressed when he got his hands on it last month. But if you need proof of its power and versatility, take a look at its smooth emulation of 16-year-old games. An enterprising YouTuber installed several GameCube games directly onto the Galaxy S8. There’s a complete set of on-screen touch controls, meaning the games are fully playable if you have nimble fingers. The YouTuber, GuruAidTechSupport, showed off three games: Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. In another video, he plays Mario Kart Double Dash. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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A group of Chinese activists today alleged Yahoo failed to properly oversee a $17 million fund created a decade earlier to aid Chinese dissidents, according to court documents. In 2007, Yahoo admitted to providing Chinese authorities with the identities of several of its users. This disclosure led to the jailing of two activists, both for writing emails that drew the ire of government officials. The activists each received a 10-year sentence. Yahoo, for its part — or at the urging of its PR department — sought to settle litigation against the company by providing the families of each jailed Yahoo user with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Yahoo

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A studio in Cornwall has come up with a way for you to play with your real kitty while you’re wearing a VR headset. How has no one thought to do this before? The tracker jacket is the brainchild of Triangular Pixels, an indie VR game studio, and can be used for either cats or dogs (or small children, as a parenthetical note suggests). It comes equipped with a Vive Tracker, the device which turns pretty much any object into a VR controller (but which is by-and-large used on guns). The tech has two aims, according to the studio: The aim is… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case the 90s children out there were feeling neglected, the original Tamagotchi is coming back. Now a whole new generation of kids can have the fun experience of forgetting about their digital pets entirely only to guiltily check and find them dead months later. The Tamagotchi, a pet inside a tiny egg computer on a keychain, was originally released worldwide in 1997. Since then, there have been several different Tamagotchi lines, each more intricate then the last. This rereleased original Tamagotchi is taking things back to the basics for the 20th anniversary, though it will be slightly smaller than the… This story continues at The Next Web

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After growing over 75-percent the past two years, space is becoming a premium at Tesla. Not space as in Space-X, but something much more terrestrial — parking. Parking at Tesla HQ is mostly covered. Uniformed personnel direct traffic, park cars, and mostly ensure calm prevails rather than allowing the parking situation to devolve into a Silicon Valley Mad Max sequel. Just 30 miles away, at Tesla’s Freemont factory, employees are experiencing something else entirely. There, 6,000 employees compete for 4,500 parking spots. It’s a problem, and one forces clever workarounds. Some employees work out barter deals with employees on opposite shifts. Others arrive… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Digit, the popular AI-powered savings app, is no longer a free service. According to an email that went out to users today, Digit will start-charging $2.99 a month for its services following a 100-day grace period. If you’re not familiar, Digit differs from most saving services by using AI to determine when it should save you money, and how much. In other words, rather than a fixed amount taken from your account at regular intervals, Digit siphons different amounts that vary along with your income and expenditures. I’ve been using the service for over a year now, and it has helped me save a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Engineering company AeroMobil plans to unveil a flying car later this year. According to Mashable, AeroMobil will debut its mysterious new prototype soon, and offer pre-orders later in the year. It will function like a car and could run on regular unleaded gasoline. The machine’s flight capabilities are powered by “hybrid propulsion,” a combination of electric and internal combustion engines designed to keep fuel consumption down. This isn’t the first flying car prototype Aeromobil has made, but it’s the first to be made available to the public. The prototype is set to debut on April 20 at Top Marques Monaco, an exclusive… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mark your calendars: NASA is finally showing off the glory of the celestial void in its first 4K livestream later this month. Not that anyone needs a reason to broadcast — or watch — a livestream of space in glorious high resolution but there is a reason for this. The livestream is part of a larger event, namely the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2017 Show. The event has a series of “Super Sessions,” this livestream being part of one of them. The session is titled “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” and will feature:… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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We’ve all been there before: you go out to eat with a group of people and pay the bill, only to have someone ‘forget’ to pay you back. Facebook Messenger’s new group payment feature could go a long way to solve that. Previously, you could only pay or request money from one person at a time on Messenger. Starting today, multiple people can transfer money within a new or existing group conversation. You can input either the amount you want to request per person, or a total sum to be divided evenly. Better yet, the group conversations show who has paid so far. Given… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Slack already works well with third-party apps to let you do things like approve an expense report or mark a Pagerduty issue as resolved right with the press of a button right within your current channel. Its latest update introduces message menus to allow for more nuanced actions. For example. SurveyMonkey’s integration will now let you pull up a survey from the ones you’ve created, and choose to either invite someone to collaborate on building it with you, set up notifications, begin collecting feedback, or share the results with the rest of your team. The new menus build on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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How many work projects have you been involved in that start with loads of wasted time before things get on track? We’ve all been there, which is why the Lean Six Sigma project management philosophy has become so popular — and why a chance to get a full Lean Six Sigma Project Manager course package including certifications ($79, 96 percent off) from TNW Deals is such a smart call. In Lean Six Sigma, project heads focus on eliminating waste — cutting down on unnecessary time and resource expenditures to streamline efficiency and produce better project results. In over 37 hours… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram just combined its Snap-like temporary messages with permanent DMs in its Direct inbox. The Facebook-owned company announced an update to its Direct messages feature, combining the two features. When you send someone a temporary image now, it’ll be highlighted in blue, as opposed to the plain white of ordinary messages. DMs just got a lot more fun! Send disappearing photos & videos along with texts & reshares — all in one place. https://t.co/UFH44LQsyj pic.twitter.com/pWSZGZXxlA — Instagram (@instagram) April 11, 2017 To use disappearing messages, you click the blue camera icon in any given message thread, or swipe left from… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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