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Cloud-based accounting software service FreshBooks, recently announced that the company had raised $43 million USD in Series B funding led by existing investor Georgian Partners. The announcement predictably attracted widespread attention in the media. The platform also previously raised $30M USD in institutional funding back in July 2014. The success of the service is highlighted by its 10 million users across 160 countries. But, there is much more to this story once you scratch beneath the surface. Freshbooks was released back in 2003. Although it might be difficult to comprehend in this digital age, SaaS didn’t even exist as a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wireframing is an integral part of the design process in building web and mobile apps, and speed is key to getting your ideas on to the drawing board. That’s why it makes sense to ditch all the standard ‘lorem ipsum’ dummy text and go with Flow. This free typeface, created by Shopify designer Dan Ross, skips letters and instead features abstract representations of text for sentences and paragraphs in three different weights. It’s perfect for when you don’t want to bother with exactly what your text will look like, and just focus on its placement and basic alignment. Flow works… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Friday, November 11, scores of Facebook users logged into their accounts to find that they were dead. With the simple addition of the word “Remembering,” placed in front of a name along the top of the that user’s profile page, their accounts became memorials, with banners along the top urging users who were friends with the deceased to use the page as a space to “remember and celebrate [their] life.” But, of course, these people weren’t dead — just the victims of a bug that Facebook quickly fixed. Meanwhile, it gave many access to a feature they otherwise, ideally, hadn’t had… This story continues at The Next Web

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The tech industry is convinced that voice-based interaction will be a big part of our future, and we’ve seen proof of that in AI-powered assistants on our phones and smart speakers. But it’s not easy or cheap to build your own voice recognition system for an app or gadget because that requires plenty of data to learn from. The folks at Mozilla, who are behind the popular Firefox browser, want to take the stress out of that part of the equation with Common Voice, a project to crowdsource voice samples and validate them. It’ll then make the database freely available… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Mozilla

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Good news for folks who find Google’s mobile news cards useful in its search app and launcher: the service will now not only bring you stories related to things you’ve searched for, but also trending topics and happenings in your area and around the globe. Google says it’s smartened up its feed with more powerful machine learning algorithms that are now better at figuring out what you might be interested in: For example, if you’re a photography enthusiast but just casually interested in fitness, your feed will show that. You’ll also be able to fine-tune your feed by tapping a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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After months of delays, Samsung has finally launched its Bixby AI-powered voice assistant in the US for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users. That took way too long. The company first proudly showed off Bixby in March, and then released it only in its home market of South Korea in May – over a month after it launched the flagship phone meant to showcase the service. It’s taken nearly three months to bring it stateside, and it isn’t clear how long it’ll take for Bixby to arrive in other countries or support other languages and Samsung handsets. It isn’t just the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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If you’re sick of reading hateful comments and distressing news headlines, Soothe is here to help. Soothe is a Chrome extension that blurs out content that is considered homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, violent, and sexually violent by the user. Just choose the general categories you want to censor, and the extension will analyze the site’s content to blur out any triggering language. The founders, Nikola Draca and Angus McLean, developed Soothe to combat anxiety and mental illness ー both of which are pressing concerns in today’s society. Here’s a comparison of the same tweet before and after Soothe: Soothe uses a sentiment… This story continues at The Next Web

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A security robot in Washington DC took an unplanned dip in a mall fountain this week — and its creators are choosing to see the humor in the situation. Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn — Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017 The robot — a Knightscope K5 security bot with advanced sensors, 360-degree video streaming, and forensic capabilities — wound up in the fountain of the Washington Harbor, a waterfront office and retail building. It was assisted by compassionate humans. On the surface,… This story continues at The Next Web

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A disability rights group in New York City has filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, alleging the company doesn’t do enough to provide for riders who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The suit, filed today, says that the few wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) available in New York aren’t enough to accommodate the large disabled population — there are less than 100 to serve all five boroughs. It was brought by Disability Rights Advocates on behalf of a number of local advocacy groups. While there is a version of Uber created specifically to help those who need wheelchair access — called UberWAV — the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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Astute observers on Twitter noticed a Microsoft tweet shows a device that doesn’t look like anything currently on the market. The tweet, which advertises a free Node.js class, shows a person holding what appears to be a large phone with a bezel-free screen that might be folded behind the device. Hey #Devs! Learn how to develop & deploy Node.js web #apps in #Azure with this live virtual class: https://t.co/12TnoS1dgA pic.twitter.com/H1hIMlNWrM — Microsoft Azure (@Azure) July 18, 2017 There’s no reason to believe that this is the Surface Phone, relax. It seems like a strange marketing move to make an innovative… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Particle, a popular Chrome extension which allowed users to customize their YouTube UI, became adware practically overnight — and its creator is cautioning users. The creator sold the extension at some point before July 11, and informed users they’d no longer be able to make changes to it. But the new owners did make a few changes. Users reported the Particle extension was asking for permission to read data from all websites visited, and to manage extensions and themes. In case that doesn’t raise the mother of all red flags, here’s what it means: the extension has become adware. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement (PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys. The document warns that connected toys with microphones, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, and/or bluetooth connectivity could be giving criminals access to private information about children and their families. This could lead to identity theft or worse: The exposure of such information could create opportunities for child identity fraud. Additionally, the potential misuse of sensitive data such as GPS location information, visual identifiers from pictures or videos, and known interests to garner trust from a child could present exploitation risks. There are valid concerns… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve wanted to buy Snap’s Spectacles but can’t bear the thought of waiting more than two days for shipping, now’s your chance. The Snapchat-video-recording glasses have recently shown up on Amazon, available in a multitude of colors for $130. Spetacles were originally only available at special yellow kiosks, but they’ve since been sold on Snap’s website. Yet even after all these months, Snapchat gives an estimated delivery date of 5-10 days, so Amazon is probably your best bet if you want the glasses in just a day or two. That’ll let Spectacles reach a much wider audience, which will help… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Snapchat

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This is a new series in which I take tech news and extrapolate it into a horrid future nightmare (that just might come true). It might be because I’m a paranoid pessimist, but I have a hard time seeing the positives in many of the world’s technological advancements. Somehow, I’m always drawn to the most terrible, jarring result of whatever wonderful new gadget hits the market. Now, to get rid of this angst and not have to bother my colleagues with grim visions of the future, I’ll be channeling it straight to you, our readers, like a sad spirit barfing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Snapchat has been on a bit of a roll adding new features recently with no sign of stopping soon. The company is today launching two new features: Multi-Snap and Tint Brush. Mutli-Snap lets you record multiple video snaps in seamless succession. All you have to do is hold the record button beyond usual ten-second limit and Snapchat will automatically begin filming the next clip. You can have up to six clips in a row, and the videos play without a gap in between them. As usual, you can apply a variety of effects to your recording, and they’ll carry though… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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As the weather is a crucial factor for pilots, it should be of little surprise to learn that weather apps are greeted with an element of enthusiasm from those working in the aviation industry. A crowded marketplace has ensured that there are numerous weather apps available now making it hard for anything new to break through the white noise. However, MyRadar has somehow become very popular within a relatively short time with over 26 million downloads. ACME AtronOmatic, the software application development company behind the app found a route to success by actively engaging with those in the aviation industry… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the last couple of years, entrepreneurs across the Middle East have launched new products, businesses, and shown the possibility of creating a vibrant startup scene similar to Europe and the United States. Startups from the region have shown great promise with big exists. One such example is the recent acquisition of Souq, an ecommerce player that got acquired by Amazon for close to $800 million. Another notable exit from this region is Talabat which was acquired by Delivery Hero based out of Germany. According to a report published by a research agency, MAGNiTT, more than $870 million was invested… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Say what you will, but developers certainly have a penchant for shitposting once boredom starts crawling under their skin – and OkCupid programmers seem to have mastered the art of trolling to perfection. While the What’s New section on the App Store and Google Play is usually reserved for documenting any changes and fixes introduced to the latest reiteration of an app, the popular dating platform has opted for an alternative approach. Instead of hitting you straight with the raw technical details, OkCupid devs have been using the release notes to, quite literally, crack jokes. But it appears not everyone… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of Google’s wackiest experiments was Glass, an augmented-reality headset that brought contextual information right in front of your eyes. The idea was a bit ahead of its time and its utility was poorly demonstrated to consumers. As such, it didn’t take off. In 2015, the program was spun off into its own entity within Alphabet so the product could be developed further for enterprise customers. Now, after extensive testing, it’s ready for your company to buy too. Two years in the (re)making, Glass Enterprise Edition is available through partner firms who will customize software based on your team’s needs.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Large shipping vessels and aircraft are often equipped with VSAT systems, allowing crewmembers to send and receive messages and access the Internet during voyages. Turns out, some of these VSAT systems are profoundly insecure, and could allow an attacker to gain access, and disrupt communications. Security researcher x0rz discovered that many VSAT systems can be reached from the public Internet. Not only does this mean they can be tracked through services like Shodan, but some are configured in a way that could see a remote attacker gain access using default credentials. Duuuuuude, default creds everywhere. I'm connected to a motherfucking… This story continues at The Next Web

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Transformation Mask is an experiential sculpture piece that brings art and technology together as it morphs from bird mask to human-merged-with-machine. It’s the result of a collaboration between Canadian artist Shawn Hunt and Microsoft Vancouver’s in-house maker space, The Garage, and leverages electronics and mechanical engineering in a physical transformation, before beginning an immersive holographic experience with the HoloLens. But while the project is certainly interesting enough from a technical perspective – the way it blends 3D-printed and robotics elements with HoloLens mixed reality holograms via Bluetooth is sure to get anybody with a penchant for geeky tinkering very excited… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Hololens

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You might have difficulties getting through to the 911 emergency hotline if you happen to use the all-new OnePlus 5 as your daily drive. Concerned OnePlus 5 owners are flocking to Reddit to report a troubling glitch that is causing their devices to abruptly reboot anytime they call 911. So in case you happen to own the new handset: Now is the time to test call your local (non-emergency) police station before a real threat arises. So far at least three users have claimed being able to reproduce the malfunction. In fact, Redditor Nick Morrelli has since took to Facebook to… This story continues at The Next Web

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I simply don’t get Xiaomi’s sales pitch for its Mi Max 2 – a 6.44-inch successor to its well-received ‘phablet’ from last year – in which it’s billed as a handset for just about anyone who wants great battery life. That last bit might be true, but why you’d want to use a larger-than-usual phone as your daily driver is beyond me. It doesn’t fit easily in your pocket, typing can prove challenging, and frankly, it makes you look ridiculous when you use it answer calls – like, Ajit Pai-with-his-giant-coffee-mug ridiculous. Instead, it seems like it could be put to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

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As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It’s perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, “Matrix”-like, as some sort of human battery. And yet it is hard for me to look up from the evolutionary computer models I use to develop AI, to think about how the innocent virtual creatures on my screen might become the monsters of the future. Might I become “the destroyer of worlds,” as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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Weeks after discovering a malicious agent programmed to snatch patient data from Israeli hospitals, Dutch cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has come across another nasty attack vector: An Android vulnerability that allows ill-intended individuals to surreptitiously take over control of your device. Dubbed GhostCtrl, Trend Micro researchers claim they have been able to detect at least three distinctive variations of the malware. While the first two were designed to scrape data and remotely control various phone features, the third iteration combines the best of the previous two – and then adds more. The worst part is that the cybersecurity pundit predicts the vulnerability… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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