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It was only a matter of time: According to a report on Android Police, Google is planning on bringing the voice Assistant to iOS soon. This could happen as soon as Google’s I/O conference this week, but the exact timing isn’t clear. The report suggests the app would be a blend of the Assistant’s chat functionality – as seen in Google Allo – and the voice features in the main Google app. Of course, this being Apple and all, you won’t be able to set the Assistant as your main voice AI. Instead you’ll likely have to access it from… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,Google

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When I was six months old my parents moved to France, and we lived there for a couple of years. When we moved back to the Netherlands, we brought the old refrigerator with us and dented the door in the process. My parents were poor, so they covered the dent with a sticker. Voila! Fixed. As the years went by, we added sticker after sticker. There must have been hundreds of stickers on that stinky old fridge. Every morning during breakfast I would eat and stare at that fridge. Right in the middle was a big sticker for Carrefour. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re all under constant assault from spam email.  No matter how many times we get our names removed from various lists, our inbox still seems to overflow every day with offers and correspondence we don’t need. Throttle Pro takes a serious approach to weeding out unwanted emails. And right now, you can get a lifetime of their stringent email control service for only $99 (80 percent off) from TNW Deals. With the Throttle Pro browser extension, you can generate a single-use email address whenever you’re filling out a form or interacting with a service. From there, it’s a simple click… This story continues at The Next Web

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It must be Opposite Day 2017, because someone is making a physical remaster of a Super Nintendo/Famicom game that was originally released digitally in 1997. Usually that’s inside out. The game in question is a side-scroller beat-’em-up called Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero — a game so obscure this news is probably most attention it’s ever gotten. Zero was the last in the Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman series, released for the Super Famicom, Japan’s version of the Super Nintendo. Now, it’s coming back for that console — which Nintendo stopped making in 2003. Zero was originally released on the Super Famicom’s Satellaview, an add-on which let players access games and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Next time someone links you to whatsapp.com, make sure you take a second look. There’s some adware currently circulating around the web by tricking users to visit a ‘шһатѕарр.com’ domain instead. Yes, those are different URLs – the fake URL uses characters from the Cyrillic alphabet. As spotted by redditor u/yuexist, the site promises to let you install WhatsApp in different colors – I mean, everyone likes color options, right? If you visit the link, you’re asked to share the site with your friends for ‘verification.’ Your friends then receive a message saying “I love the new colors for whatsapp’ along… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp

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MalwareTech is a goddamn hero. Last Friday, the UK-based security researcher stopped the WannaCry ransomware in its tracks thanks to an ingenious bit of technological trickery, thus preventing more machines from getting infected. We owe him a massive debt of gratitude. At the very least, we should respect his privacy. MalwareTech doesn’t give out his name on his Twitter page or blog. There are no headshots. It’s obvious that he just wants to be left alone to get on with what he enjoys – hacking shit, and figuring out how stuff works. Enter the British tabloid press, which late last… This story continues at The Next Web

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A project by a German non-profit social enterprise, URIDU, and Tanzania’s Ministry for Health and Social Welfare, is using a solar-powered MP3 player to provide health education to women who can’t read in rural parts of the East African country. Named the MP3forLife Player, the solar-powered device developed by URIDU is said to contain more than 400 answers to questions about health, nutrition, family planning, child care, work safety and other topics. “We conceived the MP3forLife Player for small group listening – it fosters discussion, exchange and group building,” said Felicitas Heyne, psychologist and founder of URIDU. Considering the various… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last Friday, a piece of malware began doing the rounds in the UK, locking PC users out of their data unless they paid up a ransom in Bitcoin. It then spread to Spain and eventually more than 150 countries, affecting not just individuals, but also over 10,000 organizations including the UK’s National Health Service. The ransomware in question, now known as WannaCry, is believed to have used an exploit found in leaked data from the US National Security Agency (NSA) and could have affected far more systems. Thankfully, a 22-year-old security researcher put a stop to that with a $10… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably still remember downloading MP3 files to build your music collection, and burn up to 10 times as many of these onto audio discs than you could with traditional CD tracks. I didn’t just remind you of MP3s to make you feel old first thing on a Monday morning; I also wanted you to know that the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits – the German agency that invented the audio format and licenses some patents for it – has officially terminated its licensing program. This doesn’t mean that MP3s… This story continues at The Next Web

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On-demand cab service Lyft has inked a deal with Waymo, the autonomous vehicle firm spun off from Google, to jointly develop self-driving technology. Details of the partnership are scant, and we don’t yet know what the two companies intend to build together. However, as The New York Times notes, given Lyft’s collaboration with General Motors, it’s likely that Waymo will want to get in on efforts like testing driverless electric Chevy Bolts. The news comes at an interesting time in both companies’ journeys. Lyft raised $600 million last month at a valuation of $7.5 billion and recently began testing Shuttle,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on its Switch console, Nintendo is said to be working on a mobile game based on the franchise and will release it later this year, reports The Wall Street Journal. That’s big news for Zelda fans, and it marks another major step in Nintendo’s journey in the mobile gaming space. The title is being developed in partnership with mobile giant DeNA and will arrive after the launch of Animal Crossing in the second half of 2017. The Japanese game company noted in 2015 that it planned to release… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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If you’ve rooted your Android phone in order to gain access to more settings than the average user, you will no longer be able to grab Netflix’s app from Google Play, as the company is blocking downloads on such devices. In a statement to Android Police, Netflix said: With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store. While the decision… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Netflix

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When it comes to financial success in the business world, big data is everything. Broken down, big data is that fountain of raw undiluted information that comes surging out of most companies’ analytics reports. From production data to financials to customer specifics, it’s usually too much information for most to wrap their head around. Thankfully, you can unlock the mysteries found in those numbers and statistics yourself with the Essential Data Mastery bundle of courses, which is on sale right now for only $39 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals. This instruction offers you seven courses of number-crunching goodness that… This story continues at The Next Web

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People have been taking pictures for almost 200 years. But it’s tough not to recognize that the steps of image capturing are in the midst of a major revolution. Now, using Photoshop and digitally manipulating images is just as critical as initially clicking that shutter. With that in mind, learn how to take good pictures as well as what to do with them with the Ultimate Photography and Photoshop instruction bundle, which is on sale right now for just $24.99 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals. With this package, you’ll work through over 30 hours of coursework, split between the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in 2015, when the the world was just beginning to pay serious attention to virtual reality, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing HoloLens. Instead of surrounding you with virtual imagery – like Oculus and every other VR company – HoloLens brought the digital world into the real. To date, it remains one of the coolest things Microsoft has ever made. But along with HoloLens came Mixed Reality, a term that seemed to confuse pretty much everyone not working in Redmond. ‘Virtual’ and ‘augmented’ reality were the established lingo, and HoloLens seemed to be just a fancy form of the latter.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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The same FCC chairman who voted to repeal rules protecting the privacy of Americans’ information online won’t disclose his, according to a report by ZDNet. Last month, Congress and President Trump approved the FCC’s rollback of online privacy rules. With those rules gone, ISPs have carte blanche to sell your data to third parties. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — a former Verizon lawyer — was a major force in this decision, saying, “The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you’re likely to get.” ZDNet decided to make the Chairman put his money where his mouth is. They filed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today in federal court, Judge William Alsup handed Uber even more bad news. The court appearance was meant to be a plea by Uber to move its case with Waymo to private arbitration to avoid trial. It failed. After considering the evidence, Judge Alsup instead ruled that Waymo could proceed with its suit. An Uber representative told Business Insider: It is unfortunate that Waymo will be permitted to avoid abiding by the arbitration promise it requires its employees to make. We remain confident in our case and welcome the chance to talk about our independently developed technology in any forum. Further complicating… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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If you’ve ever felt the slightest inkling to own a copy of video game Alan Wake, buy it tomorrow — it’ll be your last chance. Remedy, the developer behind Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and the first two Max Payne games, announced today it can no longer sell Alan Wake. After May 15, it will no longer have licenses to the music used throughout the game. Alan Wake sale on @steam_games 90% discount starting 5/13. Game will be removed from stores after 5/15 due to expiring music licenses. pic.twitter.com/y10DPgY8Q0 — Remedy Entertainment (@remedygames) May 12, 2017 Starting tomorrow, the game is going on sale at a 90-percent discount —… This story continues at The Next Web

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For those of you who don’t know to take good photos with the iPhone’s camera — and I’m one — Apple has made some videos to help you improve. In a series of tutorials posted on its site, Apple demonstrates how to take well-composed, beautiful pictures with the iPhone 7’s camera. the company has also posted some — but not all — on it’s YouTube channel. Some of the tips are a little obvious, and good rules of thumb for any kind of photography — the video on close-ups advises you to “Get closer, up to 10cm away” — but for the most part… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Let an illustrator loose in a museum with a popular mobile app and all hell breaks loose. Olly Gibbs, a freelance illustrator from London recently visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam armed with his trusty mobile phone and FaceApp, a popular application with technology similar to what you’d find in the lenses on Facebook or Snapchat. Instead of applying dog ears and a tongue, though, (seriously, can we stop?) FaceApp uses AI to map facial features and turn that frown upside down in photos of those with a sombre look on their faces. And recently, Gibbs put the app to the test… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is taking the headache out of screening new Group members by letting admins ask them specific questions when they request entry. According to TechCrunch, Group admins can now screen prospective members by setting three questions, which can be answered in up to 250 characters. A Facebook spokesperson says: For these groups, admins typically have specific criteria they require before admitting new members. Establishing these open-ended questions enables them to more quickly review and approve member requests; in turn, people seeking communities of support or shared interest can more quickly connect with others. Reportedly, this is to help weed out… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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A California-based biotech company raised $360 million to fund a new early warning system that could detect cancer with a simple blood test. Guardant Health raised the funding for Guardant360, a blood test that measures genetic biomarkers for tumors, or a “liquid biopsy.” The blood would detect “circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA),” tiny bits of DNA a tumor releases in the blood stream at it grows. According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, ctDNA tracking is a less-invasive and safer alternative to a tumor biopsy. The ctDNA can often be used to detect cancer as it’s growing, increasing the chances it’s caught early.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Does it ever seem to you that pop song lyrics are getting more repetitive? Evidence of one researcher and an algorithm suggests it’s not your imagination — in fact, it’s measurably true. In an essay on The Pudding, Colin Morris demonstrates repetition by compressing pop songs using the Lempel-Ziv algorithm, the same algorithm that compresses gifs. The algorithm looked for repetition of lines and parts of words, then removed them, reducing the overall size of the song. The chorus of the Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” for example, was reduced by 46-percent after all repetitions were removed. In total, Morris collected data from 15,000 songs on… This story continues at The Next Web

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UK-based Improbable recently raised a 502 million dollar investment from the Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank. The company’s share in the VR startup will be non-controlling (within 50 percent), meaning that Improbable’s worth is now estimated to be over one billion dollars. According to the BBC, SoftBank’s investment in Improbable is one of the largest in an early stage technology business in Europe. The startup has grown tremendously in size and worth in the last couple of years. Only two years ago, Improbable got a 20 million dollar investment from Silicon Valley VC Andreessen Horowitz (SoftBank’s new investment is 25 times bigger).… This story continues at The Next Web

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No one wants to always be workin’ for the man, man. Start charting your own destiny once you understand how to build an online business with the help of this Start a Side Business course bundle. Right now, you can get this entire package of 21st century business training for any price you want to pay from TNW Deals. It starts by paying something — literally any price at all — and you’ll get access to two killer courses: “How to Import From China – The Beginner’s Guide,” which shows you how to develop reliable trade assets in China; and… This story continues at The Next Web

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