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Design has evolved beyond making objects – organizations now want to learn how to think like designers, and apply design principles to the workplace itself. One company at the forefront of this methodology is Philips. Few globally reaching product companies have a 126-year history, and even fewer have their roots in design-centered thinking for as long as Philips. In fact, Design at Philips has evolved to touch almost every aspect of their business, from shaping end-to-end product development to creative decision-making, with design. TNW spoke with Philips Chief Design Officer, Sean Carney, about a few of the ways Philips approaches… This story continues at The Next Web

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As reports about the upcoming iPhone continue to heat up, the latest one backs up previous speculation that Apple could finally be moving forward with introducing iris scanning technology to its flagship handsets so you can unlock your phone with your eyes. Citing undisclosed insiders, Taiwanese news outlet DigiTimes reports that, in addition to wireless charging and an OLED screen, the revamped iPhone 8 will also pack an iris scanner. Among other things, the new feature is expected to simplify the authentication process for mobile services like Apple Pay. It’s worth noting the publication previously suggested Apple has no plans to include iris scanning… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Chromebooks are evolving. One of the few kinds of laptop to show strong growth the last couple of years, Google is now looking to move its laptops beyond their traditional role as a quasi-disposable computer. Announced at CES 2017, Samsung’s new Chrombook Plus ($449) and Pro ($549) are among the first in Google’s new wave of Chrome OS devices, which emphasize stylus usage and convertible form factors – a natural fit for the education market they’ve thrived in. And with full support for Android apps coming to every future device, Chromebooks have never looked better. I’ve spent the past two weeks using the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Chromebook,Samsung

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Apple might have another iPhone 5 paint-chipping situation on its hands as numerous iPhone 7 owners have complained their Matte Black paint has begun to shed at numerous places. A litany of frustrated users have taken it to the Apple Support forums to cry out that their new iPhones have suffered chipping at various places despite using protective cases. While it appears the issue has affected only a small number of phones, complaints about worn-out paint continue to stack up. Some concerned users claim they started noticing chipped edges after having used the Matte Black handset only for a few months, with 7… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,iPhone 7

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Apple has been long-rumored to bring wireless charging with the upcoming iPhone overhaul and it seems the electronics titan is finally pulling the trigger on the new tech. Esteemed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested we can expect all three rumored iPhone 8 models to feature inductive charging. Kuo further notes wireless charging is also likely to land on the refreshed iPhone 7 versions slated to arrive this fall. The KGI expert claims the addition of wireless charging could result in higher production costs. Since wireless charging has been known to increase the temperature of the handsets, Kuo predicts Apple’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Subscribing to a personal newsletter is a great way to read about and stay updated on topics that interest you. That’s why from this week onward, we will share our favorites here on TNW. This first edition, published the day before the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, is dedicated to all the remarkable women out there who write quality personal digests. 1. theSkimm The story of how Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin became friends is just perfect. They were two girls from New York and Chicago who met on exchange while in Rome and then later re-connected… This story continues at The Next Web

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Thanks to advances and breakthroughs in hardware, software and artificial intelligence, eye tracking technology has progressed immensely in the past year, and is now drawing the attention of tech industry’s biggest players. The acquisition of eye tracking companies EyeFluence and Eye Tribe by Google and Facebook respectively, as well as the move toward mobile eye tracking by Tobii Tech are prelude to how human-computer interaction is bound to be transformed in the near future. From monitors and laptops to smartphones and VR headsets, as eye tracking tech slowly finds its way into more and more devices, here are four key… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bringing a product to market entails getting hands-on with a bunch of logistics — everything from sourcing the raw material for manufacture, to ultimately distributing your finished items to customers. You can be one of the skilled few who truly understand that process with this intensive Supply Chain and Strategic Management Bundle. This training would usually cost about $1,500, but is on sale for just $29 from TNW Deals. With these five courses, you’ll get a thorough overview of all the pieces involved in getting a product all the way through the supply chain and — perhaps most importantly —… This story continues at The Next Web

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Valve is just full of surprises this year. The celebrated game developer behind Half-Life and Portal hasn’t released a major game since Dota 2 back in 2013, but its founder just confirmed at a press briefing that the company is working on not one, but three full-length VR games right now. The company usually doesn’t reveal information about what it’s working on; in a recent Reddit AMA, founder Gabe Newell said that was because Valve prefers to “communicate through our products.” The news of three VR titles from Valve comes on the heels of Newell’s other big reveal from last… This story continues at The Next Web

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Israel’s cyber security bonafides are well-known with the country’s cybersecurity companies raising $581 million in 2016, totaling 15 percent of the global cyber pie. In the last few years, multinationals like Cisco, Amazon, Qualcomm and Microsoft have acquired several Israeli companies and others, such as, EMC, Deutsche Telekom, PayPal, Oracle, IBM, Lockheed Martin have established their presence in Israel’s new cybersecurity center in Beersheba. While some of these global giants are in the process of mapping out or scouting the local cyber talent, Cisco and Microsoft made their bets early. Since 1998, Cisco has made 25 investments and put in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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On a trip to Oculus’ research lab in Redmond, Washington, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried out the company’s prototypes for glove-like controllers that are designed to be used in VR and AR experiences with the Rift headset, and shared a photo of them which you can see above. Zuck described the controllers’ functionality in the photo’s caption: We’re working on new ways to bring your hands in virtual and augmented reality. Wearing these gloves, you can draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider Man. That’s what I’m doing here. The picture shows Zuckerberg surrounded by… This story continues at The Next Web

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In recent times, Twitch has steadily been outgrowing its hardcore gaming avatar and expanding to accommodate streamers’ other interests on its platform. Now, it’s taking things a step further with the beta launch of Communities. Think of Communities as public listings of streams sorted by topic or by activity, such as speedrunning, painting, cosplay, retro games and cooking. There are already a large number of Communities for you to browse, and you’re free to create your own as well. For those who are familiar with Reddit, these Communities are a bit like subreddits in that the creator of a community… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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This Valentine’s Day, far too many singles are going to swipe their way into a bad date. By now we’re all well-versed in the pitfalls of swipe-by-attraction-level-type apps at finding someone genuinely worth spending time outside the bedroom with. For sapiosexuals — those that find connection in intellect — the Tinder’s of the world just aren’t going to cut it. Enter Sapio. Sapio is a new dating app that attempts to pair like-minded singles in a decidedly non-technical way: through shared interest, intelligence levels, and conversation ability. According to Kristin Tynski, Sapio’s co-founder: Sapiosexuals can’t be simply defined as people who… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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Two researchers in Munich have found evidence to suggest that, ironically, no one actually wants to look at your ironic selfie. Sarah Diefenback and Lara Christoforakos of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich published a paper in Frontiers in Psychology in January, titled “The Selfie Paradox: Nobody Seems to Like Them Yet Everyone Has Reasons to Take Them.” Of the 238 people surveyed, 77-percent said they take selfies at least once a month, and 49-percent said they receive a selfie at least once a week. 2-percent of respondents, however, said they would like to see fewer selfies on social media. Many also agreed with statements… This story continues at The Next Web

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After announcing the feature last fall, WhatsApp is ready to drop the beta tag and release two-step verification to each of its 1.2 billion users on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. If you’re one of the platform’s 1.2 billion users, you should have the feature now, although it may require you to update the app before you can access it. If you’re unfamiliar, two-step verification adds additional security to an account by requiring a secondary method of authentication to access it. Your password, for example, provides the first piece of authentication, and a code sent via text message often acts as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp

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Michelle Kennedy is an experienced entrepreneur with a long and impressive record when it comes to building successful technology companies. She was instrumental in building Bumble – the dating app with a pronounced emphasis on female empowerment. And Michelle is also a mother. This is a demographic that, while huge, is largely ignored by the consumer tech field. Largely, but not entirely, because today she launched an app called Peanut that bucks this entire trend. Peanut is an interesting concept. The app — which is available for iOS — acts a bit like a platonic dating website for mothers, using machine learning to connect like-minded mamas… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tinder

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It’s very easy to lose track of your obligations. You may promise someone in an email that you’re going to do something, but then another twenty emails land, and then you’ve totally forgotten about it. But now, it looks like Cortana is able to step in and ensure you’re on the right track. Starting from today, the popular AI assistant will offer something called a “suggested reminder” to anyone using it from Windows 10. Here’s how it works. Suppose you say in an email that you’re going to do a task – like finish a presentation, or make a phone… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Cortana

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Facebook’s made something of a tradition out of adding new temporary features on holidays. It’s February, so of course, that means Valentine’s day is up. Starting February 13, Facebook will pop up a message on your News Feed wishing you a happy Valentine’s, and prompting you to share a virtual card with your friends and loved ones. So yes, get ready for your News Feed to be bombarded by Valentine’s Day messages from every other person you know. Facebook says the cards were designed by a team or artists and Illustrators in New York and London. And though I get… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Sony Vaio laptops were once arguably the closest thing Windows had to a premium, MacBook-like experience. But after lagging sales, Sony sold its laptop division in 2014. The Vaio team has since been slowly rebuilding its reputation as a premium laptop manufacturer with a narrowed portfolio, and the Z Flip is arguably the most versatile of these. It’s a convertible laptop like so many competitors, but it uses one the most unique hinge mechanisms I’ve seen yet. It’s also a pretty darn good laptop. Specs and key details Skylake Core i5/i7 processor (28-watt) QHD 13.3″ screen (2560 x 1440) Touch and active pen… This story continues at The Next Web

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The NBA and Take-Two Interactive are pairing up to create an esports league centered around its popular NBA 2K series. The game’s problems, however, could lead to the effort fouling out. This is the first official esports outfit spearheaded by a pro sports league, and the latest in a growing trend of pro sports and esports joining forces. The league will play out like a real NBA season. Over the course of five months, players compete in head-to-head games leading up to playoffs, and finally a championship match. The NBA already has a long-standing relationship with Take-Two Games, having collaborated… This story continues at The Next Web

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Is the hashtag dying? Advertisers sure think so. After peaking in 2014 — with 57-percent of Super Bowl commercials containing one — hashtag usage dropped each year after and plummeted in 2017’s big game. This year, fewer than a third (30-percent) of all Super Bowl advertisers opted for a hashtag, instead choosing a more traditional approach of using a URL or relying solely on raising brand recognition. Tanking last year to 35-percent (down from 45-percent in 2015), the URL rebounded nicely and fell just shy of 40-percent usage in this year’s game. If trends are to be believed, it seems online traffic… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Mac malware tends to be a rather rare occurrence, Ars Technica reports security researchers have discovered two separate, new MacOS viruses that rely on old Windows tricks to get into your laptop and steal your data. One of the attacks, documented by software firm Objective-See, exploits an established Windows technique which hides and executes malicious code using Word document macros. The hack tricks unsuspecting users into opening infected Word documents which subsequently run malicious macros once the file has been loaded. The good thing is that it’s fairly easy to identify infected files prior to opening them. Anytime you open a Word… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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We’ve all done that thing where we keep a video open in a separate window while we work, but now Microsoft wants to make it easier for you to multitask with an official picture-in-picture feature. The latest Insider build of Windows 10 (15031) introduces a ‘Compact Overlay’ tool which developers can leverage, to create an always-on-top floating video windows. MacOS, iOS, and some Android phones already let you do this, so it’s about time Windows caught up. That said, don’t expect to be able to use it just yet; I’m running build 15031 on my desktop and don’t see the feature… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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Speaking to students at the University of Glasgow at Scotland, Apple commander-in-chief Tim Cook discussed how Steve Jobs and his philosophy have shaped the Big A into the company that it is today. Addressing the audience, Cook said Jobs is “by far” the individual who has influenced him the most during his lifetime, noting Apple continues to celebrate and live the Jobs philosophy. “Steve’s DNA will always be the core of Apple. Steve is deeply embedded in the company. We celebrate him and we celebrate his philosophy,” he said, before further adding Jobs’ philosophy will be present in the company even 100… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Match.com has released its annual Singles in America survey to shed some much-needed light on the latest trends in the world of dating and help you weave out the bad habits that are stopping you from leading a healthy love life. Right off the bat, the way your handle your phone during dates could be the reason why you’re not getting laid. Singles in America has found out there’s a slew of turn-offs related to your phone usage proclivities. The survey suggests answering a phone call on a first date is likely to put off three quarters of all people. Texting is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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