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Today, Microsoft officially discontinues support for Windows Vista, putting to bed the company’s most maligned operating system since… what? Since Windows ME (which, I’ve been reliably informed, doesn’t stand for ‘Mistake Edition’)? Ever? From this point onwards, those still using Vista are on their own. Microsoft will no longer issue bug fixes and security updates. Those who continue to use Vista essentially put themselves at risk. For most people, this isn’t an issue. Scarce few people still use it. According to NetMarketShare, its user-base totaled 0.72 percent of operating systems in March. It’s interesting to note that the response to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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Windows 10 is getting a ton of new features thanks to the Creator’s update. Today it finally begins to roll out to the general populace. The Creators Update brings numerous useful features to the OS, including a 3D version of Paint (how far we’ve come), surround sound and Dolby Atmos virtualization through headphones, and much improved tab management in Edge. You can read about these and more in our roundup here. Unfortunately, it might take you practically forever to get it: While the rollout begins today for “newer computers,” Microsoft says it might be “several months” until the release hits every… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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Microsoft is finally getting rid of Windows Vista – 10 years after it initially made its debut to the masses. In a new post on its support forum, the company announced that starting April 11 the outdated operating system will no longer receive upcoming security updates and non-security hotfixes, as well as any free or paid assisted support options. “Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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Things change fast in the world of digital, and it’s already been three months since the Digital in 2017 series of reports published – in partnership with We Are Social and Hootsuite – so it’s high time for another global ‘Statshot’ updates. As the SlideShare below shows, the digital landscape has already changed considerably in the past 90 days, with mobile social in particular posting some stunning growth numbers: Digital data: The headlines Just before we get stuck into this quarter’s key stories, here are this headline user numbers and growth stats: Global internet users: more than 3.8 billion people around the world use the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Street art is the worst. Don’t argue with me. I thought the days of painting cheesy anti-establishment statements or tired pseudonyms were long gone. But apparently it has found a new home: Instagram. At the recent British Sociological Association conference, Nicola Harding of Manchester Metropolitan University spoke about her research on how social media apps like Instagram are killing the traditional graffiti writer, and giving birth to a new one. Graffiti has always been about more than the ‘art’, it’s about creating an image and reaching sub-culture fame. That’s why graffiti writers have in the past taken it to the streets, tagging… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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In what could only be described as a vile violation of human dignity, United Airlines employees forcibly dragged a passenger off a flight headed from Chicago to Louisville. The incident quickly went viral, causing a storm of anger on Twitter. But it turns out some of the negative tweets are now mysteriously disappearing. Numerous users are reporting their negative tweets criticizing United Airlines’ abusive behavior have been vanishing into of thin air – and nobody seems to know why. Here’s some of the chatter from the Twitterverse: .@united Here it is, anyway. Harmless, yet clearly @united are desperate for Twitter to help… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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After making a name for himself on YouTube, Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie is now headed to rival platform Twitch with a new brand and a new show. Under the banner Netglow, PewDiePie will star in a talk show of sorts called ‘Best Club‘ along with fellow streamer Bradwoto. It’ll be broadcasted live on Sundays at 11AM ET and it looks like a lot of randomness, including Bradwoto wearing a dress and flying a broken drone and PewDiePie spinning a wheel to figure out what the duo will stage an impromptu debate about (I’m not the show’s target audience). Kjellberg insisted… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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When trained with enough raw data, neural networks can ‘learn’ the subject matter they’re fed and come up with unique material of their own, whether that means creating original art, writing novels or accompanying you on the piano. Now, researcher Janelle C Shane is putting her neural network framework to work on a project we can all benefit from: generating pickup lines. After going through the painful process of collecting a dataset of lines from around the web, she fed them to her network. Eventually, it understood what the building blocks of a pickup line were like, and thankfully, as… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been 26 years since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first enacted a ban on phone calls aboard aeroplanes, over concerns of cellphone signals interfering with aircraft communications systems. That’s no longer a concern as many planes now have their own cellphone towers on board for delivering in-flight entertainment content. But the ban will remain in place because some passengers are opposed to being trapped in a metal tube with several people on the phone – and that includes FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Pai has proposed an order to keep the ban on voice calls over cellular services. USA Today… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is a cautionary tale, and one that could have been much worse. I, you see, am an avid reader. You can often catch me — Kindle in hand — admiring prose from authors like Truman Capote, or Googling how much LSD it takes to actually kill a man after reading Hunter S. Thompson. On any given weekend, I might be in the mood to read poetry by Maya Angelou or perhaps dream of throwing away all my worldly possessions and moving to a cabin in the woods a la Henry David Thoreau. These were masters of their craft, and I enjoy being… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case you missed it, one newscaster in Australia became a meme in record time when she was caught daydreaming on-air. Now she’s been demoted for her reverie, and the internet is not happy. Natasha Exelby, a freelance reporter for ABC News 24 in Australia, was covering late-night news over the weekend when caught in a moment of contemplation. She reacted exactly as anyone would when she realized the cameras were on, and quickly got back to business. That feeling when you're caught daydreaming at work :) (via @UmmRKSZ ) #mediawatch pic.twitter.com/lRkTbpygfo — Media Watch (@ABCmediawatch) April 9, 2017 Apparently this slip-up, though… This story continues at The Next Web

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Scientists in Singapore have mastered time and space — or at least the art of sending signals over a Bluetooth connection — in order to “teleport” lemonade. Researchers at the CUTE Center lab, which is operated jointly by the University of Singapore and Keio University of Japan, have created a set of devices, which include a Bluetooth-enabled tumbler, to transport the taste of specific lemonade over the phone. In order to send the recipient the lemonade, you stick a sensor into a glass of the stuff. The sensor captures the color and pH value of the drink, and when you… This story continues at The Next Web

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I was disappointed with LG’s first TV ad for the G6, as it did a poor job of showing of some its best features – the durable build in particular. Thankfully, the newest ad for phone is both informative and clever. Basically, LG built a giant, elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that ticks off the G6’s features one by one, from the water-proofing, to military standard drop resistance to the great HDR display. It’s worth noting the drop resistance won’t be totally helpful if the phone lands flat on its screen though – the Moto Z Force is still the only… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: LG

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By at least one metric, Tesla is now more valuable than GM. In market capitalization — the value of a company’s shares on the open market — Tesla has just overtaken the industry stalwart even after factoring its diminutive sales volume and massive losses (when compared to GM). GM, for example, sold about 10 million cars in 2016 and earned a profit of more than $9 billion last year. In new-world math that touts Uber — a company that loses nearly a billion dollars a quarter and has yet to earn a profit — as a $70-billion company, Tesla and its 76,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Twitter today announced it would begin offering brands customized hearts for use in Periscope. Now, whenever someone wants to spam a reaction while watching a broadcast, they can choose something whimsically appropriate for the occasion. A custom heart popped up in the live broadcast of the Fate of the Furious premiere, where a small “F8” symbol popped up on the side of the broadcast. .@ScottEastwood is taking over at the #F8Premiere https://t.co/3lG693uL2N — Fast & Furious (@FastFurious) April 8, 2017 If this trend holds steady, we could see a heart that looks like Star-Lord’s mask when that movie comes out next… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Periscope,Twitter

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Years of hard work come down to minutes of execution. For the winner, the spoils of victory — fame, glory, and an overwhelming sense of purpose that comes from being the best in the world at something. For everyone else, a dream unfulfilled. For a month at the end of 2016, competitors from around the world put their skills to the test. Competition was fierce, and few advanced. 14, to be exact. These 14, the very best in the world at their craft, met in Seattle last week to answer one question: Do I have what it takes to be the best? For most, the answer… This story continues at The Next Web

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McDonalds (also known as that place that you eat when you’re totally shitfaced and nowhere else is open) wants you to think that it’s relevant. To that aim, its Australian subsidiary has launched Snapchat job applications, because that’s what the kids are into today, right? The world’s second-worst fast food chain — Burger King takes first place, obviously — wants potential candidates to send the company a 10-second video using a filter that shows them wearing a McDonald’s uniform. The irony isn’t lost on me. The ephemeral quality of a Snapchat video is the perfect metaphor for the here-today-gone-tomorrow fast food… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Facebook wants to teach journalists how to use Facebook. The social network is launching a free, three-course curriculum – created in partnership with the Poynter Institute – to show journalists how to best use Facebook and Instagram to both share news and gather it. Here’s what Facebook has to say about the course, officially dubbed the Facebook for Journalists Certificate: In our News on Facebook events and in visits to local newsrooms, we heard from journalists that having access to more Facebook product tips and tools would be helpful for their day-to-day job responsibilities. And we know that Facebook has… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Investigative reporters with Al Jazeera went undercover to buy spyware from three different companies on behalf of the governments of Iran and South Sudan — and it was way easier than it should have been. In case you didn’t know — I sure didn’t — it’s against global sanctions to sell surveillance tools to countries with a history of human rights violations. After all, you’d basically be handing them a weapon to use against their citizens. But, just by asking the right questions, Al Jazeera‘s people were able to buy millions of dollars worth of spyware from three companies — two… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’d think a computer programming language created in 1959 would be outdated — but you’d be incredibly wrong. Most people know Java and C++, but good ol’ COBOL is still alive and kicking. In the US, around 80 percent of in-person transactions and 95 percent of ATM swipes are based on programs written in COBOL. The problem is there’s not enough people to maintain the current COBOL-based systems. According to Reuters, around three trillion dollars in daily commerce flow through COBOL systems. Many major financial corporations and some parts of the federal government have built their entire infrastructure on COBOL bases from the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve read any of my previous emails, you know I like to integrate my family life into my professional life as much as possible. My two daughters have keys to our office and often do homework there. I’ll host dinners at my house with partners and speakers, and my kids will be right there at the table. Or I bring them along on business trips, which have been some of the best trips in my life. And during our conference, I make sure they have some sort of job to do so they acquire a bit of work experience.… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you got bored with Minecraft sometime in the last six years, Microsoft is letting developers sell fresh content on the game’s store. The store, opening in spring, will let companies sell in-game texture packs, landscapes, and story contente. All transactions will be in a new currency called Minecraft Coins, which you purchase with real money. Executive producer John Thornton told Bloomberg: For the first time we are going to enable creators to come in and put content into our store alongside the same content that Minecraft makes. The real impetus is to let creators connect to players and help them make a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every company is looking for that numbers wizard who can decipher those mountains of report data. You can start filling that invaluable role in your business with the Ultimate Data and Analytics Bundle, which you can pick up right now for only $39 from TNW Deals. Some bundles only offer a few courses, maybe up to 10 or 12, but here, you get access to over 130 courses, all geared towards helping you mine data for useful information. You’ll not only put your company in a position for greater success, you’ll give your own career a sizable boost as well.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Much like it did with Translate, Google has been gradually incorporating its various services straight into search results for easy access – and the latest one to make the cut is its dedicated URL submission feature. As spotted by Search Engine Land, the tech giant has updated Search to include an easy-to-access URL submission form at the top anytime you search for ‘Submit URL to Google.’ We’re not sure when the company added the feature, but the new addition essentially works exactly like the regular submission form – with the exception that it shows directly in search results now. All you have to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Watch out, Nintendo: Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are building their own gaming consoles and this latest one is actually pretty awesome. Using a Raspberry Pi computer and an Altoids mint box, recreational inventor and YouTuber Sudomod has designed a fully-functioning gaming device that actually fits in your pocket. As the creator explains in a new blog post, the DIY handheld console builds on his earlier mintyPi project that aimed to cram a gaming console into a tiny tin box. Unlike the first version, however, the new device uses 3D-printed parts to improve the overall design. You can watch the quirky gadget in action in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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