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If you’re over 20 and are having trouble getting through the week (y’know, because Trump, Flynn, air pollution and the like), remember that you can always have a go with The Magic iPod to bring back the good ol’ days. This clever site from way back in 2007 lets you mash up some of the biggest hip-hop, pop and rock songs from the early 2000s to create a masterpiece that you’ll want to blast from the rooftops all day long. It’s dead simple too: Just grab a hip-hop track from the bunch on the left and drop it on a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Soon it may not be necessary to have a bank account to make payments with PayPal. PayPal and TIO Networks announced today that PayPal would be acquiring TIO for $233 million. With this acquisition, PayPal accesses TIO’s 14 million customer accounts, and a network of agents, including Global Express, ACE Cash Express, and Moneygram. TIO is a bill-payment processing service for those who don’t necessarily use bank accounts for their financial transactions. With its API, you can pay your utility and telecom bills from your phone, computer, or a self-service kiosk without having to go through a bank. Dan Schulman, CEO of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: PayPal

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If we knew how much data we willingly handed out each day, would it matter? If ignorance truly is bliss, as they say, we’re a society of happy internet users that are blissed out of our goddamn minds. A new tool called Stalkscan gives users a peek at just how sweet ignorance can be. Created by self-proclaimed ethical hacker, Inti De Ceukelaire, Stalkscan taps the power of a mostly-forgotten Facebook feature to offer up shocking insight into anyone that hasn’t completely locked down their Facebook profile (or Page). In 2013 Facebook launched a powerful new feature called Graph Search. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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2016 was as good a year as any to start plotting VRs trajectory. Headset launches by Facebook-owned Oculus, HTC, and Sony etched 2016 in the history books as the year major players brought virtual reality to the masses. Consumers, for their part, offered limited resistance. With little in the way of social proof, giddy gamers rushed to drop cash on pre-orders. Then, they happily spent more money to upgrade their gaming rigs to specs more capable of running the resource-intensive contraptions. Unfortunately for high-end headset manufacturers, not everyone’s as willing to part with their cash as hardcore gamers. Barrier to… This story continues at The Next Web

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A Microsoft executive is calling for rules to police cyberattacks carried out by governments. On the Microsoft blog, company president Brad Smith outlines a potential treaty of rules against cyber threats. He believes a treaty and a neutral officiating body would hold governments of the world responsible when cyberattacks are committed: We need a Digital Geneva Convention that will commit governments to implement the norms needed to protect civilians on the internet in times of peace. The Geneva Conventions are treaties created after World War II to establish rules barring extremes of armed conflict. Violating the treaties is classified as a war crime.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Facebook is announcing out a series of major updates to video on the social network today. Some of them welcome, others not so much. First the bad: Facebook will now begin to autoplay sound on videos, so prepare for a cacophony of noises as you simply try to catch up with your friends’ lives. In Facebook’s defense, it says it’s heard positive feedback from after testing it out for a while (since August, at least), and it will be rolled out “slowly.” Audio will fade in and out as you scroll past the videos on your feed, so at least you shouldn’t be… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Thanks to the work of an intrepid group of marine researchers, tracking sharks is as easy as following someone on Twitter. OCEARCH is dedicated to the study of great whites and tiger sharks, tracking them to compile data on their behavior. Each shark’s location is updated when their dorsal fins breach the surface. Their tracker sends a signal to a satellite, or a “ping” as the researchers call it. OCEARCH researchers briefly capture each shark, holding them on a lift for 15 minutes while researchers tag them and conduct other studies. They then release the shark. 12ft 454lbs blue shark… This story continues at The Next Web

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High-quality products and invaluable services equate to nothing if they’re not promoted properly. For marketers of new companies, hitting the ground running when it comes to promoting a brand is vital. Those that lag behind will be left in the dust and forced to watch the many other companies that have similar concepts cross the great finish line of success. After all, remember, these days everyone has an idea providing a solution to the same problem that you are. A sound marketing strategy will be key to getting any business and its efforts off of the ground. To help new… This story continues at The Next Web

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For over five years, the @JulianAssange handle on Twitter has laid dormant. But that just changed, as the controversial Wikileaks editor and founder has activated it. Here’s his first tweet. Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated (in a curious plot) https://t.co/S7Nd9SIXIw pic.twitter.com/KpDzLbokxH — Julian Assange (@julianassange) February 14, 2017 The tweet makes a light-hearted reference to a conspiracy theory which states that Assange died during his period of asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in London. This is something which both Assange and Wikileaks have had to emphatically deny in recent months, most recently in a Reddit AMA. Assange joins… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Nintendo just announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the flagship title for the imminent Nintendo Switch, is getting a $20 Expansion Pass that includes a series of three content packs that will launch in March, summer 2017, and the holiday period. The first part of the pass includes three new treasure chests in the game’s Great Plateau area with some items and in-game clothing. The second includes a new challenge and a ‘hard’ mode, while the last expands the game with a “new original story,” a new dungeon, and some other challenges. At first, I didn’t know how… This story continues at The Next Web

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While few would disagree that throughout the years the Apple Store has gradually cemented its presence as an integral part of the overall ‘Apple experience,’ it turns out the Cupertino behemoth didn’t always envision its retail spaces as we know them nowadays. In an curious interview with Fastco Design, Landmark Entertainment Group founder Tony Christopher revealed Apple briefly considered going against traditional retail models with a series of futuristic cybercafe locations, infusing the common retail experience with the coziness of a boutique coffee shop. Developed in collaboration with Mega Bytes, the Apple Cafe was imagined as an innovative internet cafe with a “high… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Store,Apple

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If you’re not a.) American, and b.) a consummate viewer of Dateline NBC, you might not know who Keith Morrison is. But odds are good you’ve heard his voice before. Here’s what he sounds like: Silky-smooth, right? But you don’t have to tune in to Dateline NBC to hear those pipes. Now, Keith Morrison can guide you home, thanks to navigation app Waze. Morrison’s appearance is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic news magazine program. You can activate it today. Just open the Waze app, then tap “Settings“, “Voice directions“, and then when you see “Keith Morrison – Dateline NBC,”… This story continues at The Next Web

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Single and ready to mingle? Perhaps you’re looking for a revenge hookup? Maybe your overbearing mother demands you finally find a nice person to bring home for the holidays. Whatever your reasoning, Valentine’s Day seems to be the best time to try dating apps. After all, dating has gone fully digital. And any stigma that may have surrounded finding love online has vanished.  Online dating services help you narrow down your choices to a small pond of fish that interest you. If you’re looking for something a bit different, look no further.  Find your own April Ludgate While the old… This story continues at The Next Web

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The professional landscape is constantly evolving, and you never know when a new technology or discipline will suddenly be a critical tool to have in your arsenal. So wouldn’t it be great to be able to train in almost any field you need — whenever you need it? That’s the beauty of the Virtual Training Company’s expansive course library. Right now, you can have a lifetime pass to receive any of the in-depth training it offers for only $89 (a regular $2,500 value) from TNW Deals. With the Training Company’s roster of ace instructors and industry experts, you’ll be able… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems Niantic has finally decided give loyal fans what they’ve been asking for as Pokemon Go is slated to get monster trading and real-time player battles very “soon.” In an interview with Waypoint, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed the two features are already in the pipeline but will likely land gradually in a series of updates, in what he described as “an abbreviated form.” The new additions will not only make Pokémon battles much more scenic, but also allow players to collaborate by exchanging critters they’ve already hunted down. Hanke further said Niantic had intentions to roll out monster… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is tremendously dedicated to improving its Chrome browser, but it appears the search engine giant might’ve gotten a little carried away in the process – and now it has to pay the piper. A District Court in Texas has ordered the electronics titan to spew out $20 million in damages for infringing four anti-malware patents in Chrome. The verdict was delivered on Friday following a jury trial in the city of Marshall. The decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Alfonso Cioffi and the now-diseased Lucent engineer Allen Rozman dating back to 2013. Back in 2014, a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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The four freedoms of the European Union have been hotly debated recently and have often been the focus points of European exit campaigns. However, some people feel that the freedoms should be updated for the 21st century. Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, stated in a letter to the President of the European Commission, President of the European Council and the Prime Ministers of Italy and Malta that the EU should strive “toward a seamless physical and digital connectivity is in the interest of the whole EU as economic success cannot be separated from the free movement of goods, services,… This story continues at The Next Web

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While CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly shared his enthusiasm for augmented reality in past interviews, Apple is yet to go down that path – but it appears the electronics giant could finally integrate the technology in a big way with the forthcoming release of the iPhone 8. In a note obtained by Benzinga, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski speculates the next-generation iPhone will likely push the Big A deeper into the augmented reality market. “The inclusion of 3D sensing functionality is increasingly likely, which could enable a robust augmented reality feature set that we believe will be a key differentiator for the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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The Nokia 3310 had a reputation for hardiness. You could throw it down a flight of stairs, spill a pint over it, or drop it into a pool of mud, and it would emerge unscathed. It was like the Wolverine of phones, and for that reason, it remains a firm fan favorite. And now it’s coming back, almost 17 years after it first launched in 2000. Nokia plans to re-launch the device at the upcoming MWC conference in Barcelona, according to data obtained by the reliable Evan ‘EvLeaks’ Blass of VentureBeat. The handset will reportedly cost €59, and will be marketed… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nokia

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System crashes and data loss are an ever-present fear for anyone who keeps vast amounts of information on their phone or computer… so basically, all of us. Escape the fear of losing all your precious files (and clear out your device’s overtaxed storage) with IDrive Unlimited’s mobile backup services. The best part? You can now save all your mobile information for life with a one-time $19.99 purchase (a regular $49.99 value) from TNW Deals. Once you’ve synced up your account, IDrive is ready to digitally catalog and save all of your important emails and texts, contacts, photos and videos… even… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you haven’t yet been to Dubai, this summer might be a good time to visit. Starting this July, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates will see people traveling across its skies in single-passenger drones. That’s according to Mattar al-Tayer, the chairman and executive director of Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), who announced the plan at the ongoing World Government Summit. He didn’t reveal further details like whether the drones will be up for sale or if a fleet will be available to hire. What we do know is that they are part of Dubai’s strategy to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has launched Chime, a video conferencing and chat service that promises less shitty remote meetings and group calls. Aimed at business users and available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, Chime lets you hold video chats with up to 16 people on your desktop or 8 people on mobile devices; participants can also share their screens and files, record meetings (voice video and shared files are included) and even dial in to a meeting with a standard phone line. The company says that its new app is totally secure, thanks to 256-bit encryption that’s used across Amazon Web Services… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon,Skype

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Blogging for your business is no easy task, but we’ve all written before, so there’s some sense of familiarity with the craft. Vlogging on the other hand, is a much more challenging investment for an organization to undertake. A strange-sounding term, vlogging describes sharing video on a consistent basis to educate, inform, build trust with and drive action from your customer base. Having just read Vlog Like A Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging by YouTuber and video marketing consultant Amy Schmittauer, I’ve learned there’s a highly actionable framework any corporate or personal brand can apply to regularly create videos… This story continues at The Next Web

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Speaking at the Code Media conference in California today, Apple’s head of content Eddy Cue announced that the company’s upcoming TV show, Planet of the Apps, will arrive exclusively on Apple Music this spring. We first heard about the show last July, when the company was casting it. Planet of the Apps will feature entrepreneurs Jessica Alba, Gary Vaynerchuk, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will.i.am as advisors who will vet developers’ ideas for the next big app. You can watch the preview below: In case you don’t care for video, here’s how the show works: Developers have 60 seconds to deliver an… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Disney has severed ties with PewDiePie after the YouTube sensation posted numerous videos that contained anti-Semitic jokes in recent months, reports The Wall Street Journal. The publication noted that PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg, had nine videos dating back to August 2016 containing such content on his channel. He’s garnered a following of more than 53 million subscribers over the span of his career. The most recent one, from last month, showed two shirtless men laughing as they held up a banner that read, “Death to All Jews.” PewDie has since removed the clip, but you can see an excerpt from… This story continues at The Next Web

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