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That LTE Apple Watch you’ve been wishing for is probably not coming any time soon — but the new version will have GPS tracking as previously rumored, so at least there’s that. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple ran into trouble with battery life for a version of the incoming Apple Watch 2 with cellular connectivity. All that data transferring decimated the wearable’s small battery. From Bloomberg: The source of the delay is that current cellular chips consume too much battery life, reducing the product’s effectiveness and limiting user appeal, according to three of the people. Apple has begun… This story continues at The Next Web

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T-Mobile is changing how we think about carriers, there’s no doubt about that. But Uncarrier 12 — which brought us unlimited data — is like most of the company’s other moves: it’s smoke and mirrors. The highlights of the latest move by T-Mobile are unlimited LTE data, talk and text as well as free roaming in Mexico and Canada. Individuals pay $70 per month, and those on a family plan pay $40 per line. My problem with Uncarrier 12 is that these aren’t optional plans. Moving forward, all new and ‘upgrading’ customers will be pushed onto these plans. The plan also… This story continues at The Next Web

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If Nick Gregorio had directed the original Super Mario Bros movie, it may have actually been watchable. Instead, we ended up with a dumpster fire on the big screen that featured the likes of Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo — both of which would have made stellar mobsters if they’d gone the Goodfellas angle of Gregorio’s short. It’s too late for the original, but Gregorio’s Scorsese-inspired vision of the classic Nintendo franchise is nothing short of incredible. Plumbers can only climb so high in Brooklyn. Mario and Luigi are looking to fly. So starts the violent and drug-fueled seven minute trailer of… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the best phone I’ve ever reviewed. Unfortunately, there is one problem with I didn’t notice until recently: It scratches really easily. YouTuber JerryRigEverything puts phones through brutal durability tests, including scratches, bending, and… fire. Though it survived on the whole, the Gorilla Glass 5 panel did not cope very well with the first test. Pretty much all other flagships on the market – including the S7 pair – use Gorilla Glass 4. They don’t scratch until around a 6 on the Mohs hardness scale – enough to survive having keys in your pocket and most metals.  Here’s a stress test on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Gawker.com is shutting down for good. In a post on its website, the publication had the following to say: After nearly fourteen years of operation, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week. The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, and four months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company. Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site’s fate on Thursday afternoon, just hours before a bankruptcy court in Manhattan will decide whether to approve Univision’s bid… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook wants to show you how the sausage is made. Facebook is open-sourcing its AI bot-building research. Part of its Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab’s mission, the plan is to provide better access to researchers and engineers to they, in turn, can build better bots. The code library, called ‘fastText’ is now available on Github and according to Facebook, only requires a compiler with “good C++11 support.” The appeal of fastText is in the speed  and efficiency at which you can train your bot. FAIR claims you can train models “on more than 1 billion words in less than 10 minutes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Android should-have-been-Nutella will almost definitely arrive on Augsut 22. We already knew it would arrive in August, and there are two big clues pointing to that specific release date. Android Central points to Canadian operator flat-out listing an ‘Android N Update’ for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on that date. Furthermore, LG – which is launching the first new phone to run Nougat on September 6 – is also letting Korean testers take the OS for a run on the G5 starting August 22. Given LG wouldn’t be releasing this before Google’s own builds, all signs point to a launch next week.… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’re saying it wrong. MacRumors noticed Apple is no longer calling its retail locations ‘Apple Store.’ They are now simply known as – wait for it – ‘Apple.’ So instead of ‘Apple Store, Soho,’ the location is now just listed as ‘Apple Soho.’ ‘Apple Store, Ridge Hill,’ is now just ‘Apple Ridge Hill’ and so on. A letter was sent out to employees to prepare them for the branding change and presumably avoid the wrath of Steve Jobs’s ghost for holding it wrong improper Apple grammar. And while the document indicated it would be a gradual change, a quick look through Apple’s list of locations… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the advantages to owning the larger ‘Plus’ series iPhone is optical image stabilization (OIS) for the camera. A new leak suggests that feature will be made available on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Via nowherelese.fr, an alleged camera module for the iPhone 7 shows off four areas around the lens itself where OIS may be found. Those cutouts house the hardware (like springs) that let the actual camera module travel, providing stabilization. This makes a good bit of sense, too. It’s widely believed Apple will have a dual-camera arrangement in the iPhone 7 Plus, so upgrading the camera on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is preparing to take on Steam for casual gaming. The company today announced the Facebook PC Gaming Platform, a downloadable desktop hub for games made in partnership with Unity. The platform is actually an update to the Facebook Games Arcade beta from earlier in May. And while the company is remaining fairly tight-lipped, TechCrunch provides some details on what to expect. The platform is meant to provide a focused place for browsing your games, without being distracted by the News Feed and custom notifications. And while the first batch of games will likely be of the casual variety as developers move… This story continues at The Next Web

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In June, Mozilla announced that it would be redesigning its logo with the help of the internet’s collaboration. Along the way, it asked its community members to provide feedback on every step, shaping the logo into what the Web believes is a strong rebrand. Today, the company unveiled the seven finalists up for selection. “Each of the seven concepts we’re sharing today leads with and emphasizes a particular facet of the Mozilla story,” Mozilla’s Creative lead wrote in a blog post. “From paying homage to our paleotechnic origins to rendering us as part of an ever-expanding digital ecosystem, from highlighting our… This story continues at The Next Web

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While most celebrities have moved on to social channels like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and sometimes Facebook Live or Periscope to share their thoughts and feelings, America’s favorite naked bongo-playing actor Matthew McConaughey is still sticking it out with YouTube. Unfortunately for him, however, literally no one cared. A 4Chan/Redditor recently surfaced McConaughey’s YouTube page, which has personal videos from the star encouraging fans to make charitable donations to help homeless children. Some videos have around 5,000 views (probably from the 4Chan and Reddit spike,) but one posted eight months ago boasts an abysmal 532 views despite the channel being verified. The video… This story continues at The Next Web

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Running out of hard drive space? It’s something we’ll all face eventually, and not everyone is a fan of external drives as a solution. A better alternative has arrived with Nifty MiniDrive for Macbooks, which allows you to add up to 200GB to your Macbook without a bulky attachment. For a limited time, the MiniDrive can be yours for just $33.99 on TNW Deals. Simply slot an SD card into the MiniDrive, then slip the MiniDrive into the side of your Macbook Pro or Air. It’ll offer a powerful backup solution in the form of extra storage space and automated… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slack competitor Hipchat is adding native video conferencing. Unlike Slack, Hipchat’s video conferencing tool doesn’t lean on Skype or any other third-party workarounds. It also doesn’t require specific hardware, additional apps, browser plugins or that users log-in to the chat. Visually, it’s a bit like Google Hangouts. Meeting participants can share screens and files, too. It’s based on the JitSi open source platform, and updates to Hipchat’s video conferencing tool will be shared with the open source community. Ahead of video chat, Hipchat added the ability to use other apps via its Connect API. It also rolled Cloudo into its… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s happened to us all. Your iPhone or iPad delivers the “low battery” warning while you’re out, but the one charging cable you own is at home. You can’t always predict when you’ll need to juice up, which is why this Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cables deal such a great offer. This premium three-pack will allow you to remotely charging your devices anywhere–at home, the office, or on the go. And it’s now available for 61% off on TNW Deals. The best part of this deal? These cables are MFi-certified, meaning they have Apple’s official seal of approval. They’re guaranteed to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Public relations pitches are a popular subject for journalists in the industry, often because of how poorly they can turn out. The internet is rife with examples of good pitches and horrible ones, and the difference between the two can be difficult to define. We often hear about the importance of writing an eloquent and thoughtful pitch when working in PR, but what are the key elements that go into making your outreach effective? To find out, we surveyed a number of agencies from O’Dwyer’s annual rankings of top PR firms, asking key personnel to briefly answer the question: What… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is probably my favorite social network, and has been for sometime. I love the ability to search for and find fascinating people across the globe who I may not otherwise have access to. I can instantly send a message (tweet) to high profile business execs, politicians, celebrities, brands, campaigners and of course, friends. The speed at which it brings breaking news from around the world is incredible. Twitter’s simplicity and core features are both its key to success, as well as its achilles heel. Twitter parasites As much as I love Twitter, there is one thing I really can’t stand on the platform,… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve seen numerous car manufacturers and tech companies make noise about their plans to launch autonomous vehicles in the near future, including Tesla, Google, Ford and BMW. But it looks like Uber will beat them to the punch in bringing self-driving technology to consumers. Bloomberg reports that Uber will roll out a small number of modified self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs from its 100-vehicle fleet in downtown Pittsburgh later this month. But you’ll still be in the back seat, as each car will have a human supervisor behind the wheel. Passengers in Pittsburgh will be assigned these vehicles at random, and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The new information technologies have been penetrating more and more parts of people’s lives over the past decade, and their sexuality is by no means an exception. What started with porn and hook-up websites of all kinds has since branched off into a number of different paths, of which explicit video is actually the most mundane. “Technology has played a key role in people’s rising interest in their sexuality,” said Andriy Yaroshenko, sextech entrepreneur, the self-proclaimed sex evangelist and founder of the Newpl app based in Ukraine. “Historically, it was only the social elite that could freely follow its sexual preferences.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ahead of the release of the sci-fi RPG game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided later this month, publisher Square Enix has launched a mobile puzzle title that ties into the PC/console release, and it’s well worth your time and money. You don’t have to be familiar with the Deus Ex universe to play Deus Ex GO, but you do need to have your wits about you to solve its increasingly complex puzzles. The game is similar to Square Enix’s previous mobile chartbusters, Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO. It features turn-based gameplay that sees you navigate your way through rooms filled… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s almost that time of year: Apple event season. Rumors are swirling about the next iPhone event, which is likely to be held on September 7, and it’s reportedly going to see the introduction of the Apple Watch 2. I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch for over a year now, and it’s one of few devices I make sure to never leave the house without. It’s changed my life in meaningful ways, including losing a lot of weight, encouraging an active lifestyle and just making me more aware of myself. I considered moving away from the iPhone in the last year, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Networking hardware giant Cisco Systems announced that it’s laying off 5,500 employees in the first quarter of 2017. The move will see the company lose about 7 percent of its global workforce. Cisco isn’t in financial trouble: Its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 earnings report showed that it increased revenues by 2 percent year-on-year to $12.6 billion. However, it’s keen to prioritize its efforts in domains like security, IoT, collaboration, data centers and cloud services. Reuters noted that CEO Chuck Robbins, who completed a year at the company just last month, has been focusing Cisco’s energy towards more software… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s common knowledge that people don’t visit McDonald’s for healthy eats, but the global restaurant chain often tries its best to promote smarter choices by doing things like including fresh fruit in its Happy Meals. Its latest initiative didn’t go over so well. The company’s restaurants in the US and Canada began handing out free fitness trackers designed for kids with its Happy Meals earlier this week. Following reports that they cause skin irritation, McDonald’s has shut down the promotion just a day after it started. The company told the Associated Press that it would offer an alternative toy to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Kobo has unveiled its latest e-reader, the Aura One, that’s set to take the fight to Amazon’s Kindle Oasis. The device features a large 7.8-inch 300 ppi e-ink display that’s bigger than most other e-readers and is designed to reduce exposure to blue light, so it’s easier for users to fall asleep after reading for a while at night. It’s housed in a waterproof case, which means it’s safe to use by the pool or in the bathtub. The Aura One can store up to 6,000 books in its 8GB onboard memory and last for a month on a single… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the release of Google Duo for cross-platform video calls on mobile earlier this week, it’s now come to light that the app will soon be updated to support audio calls. Google’s product lead for communication, Amit Fulay, mentioned the upcoming feature in a response to a query on his Google+ profile. It’d certainly make the single-function app more useful, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it gain some traction once audio calls are supported and if Google decides to bundle Duo onto Android phones by default. The company noted that it would soon begin retooling Hangouts to better… This story continues at The Next Web

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