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Twitter and politics go hand in hand, but the latest announcement by the company is still a bit of a surprise: Twitter will livestream both the Republican and Democratic national conventions as they happen over the coming weeks, through a partnership with CBS News. You’ll be able to watch the streams on both mobile devices and the Web using Twitter’s new Live platform. Recently testing the tool with the Wimbledon tournament, the set up is fairly similar manner to other livestreaming services, with a video on the left or top, and a series of adjoining tweets with a relevant hashtag. To… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pokémon Go is a smash hit all around the world, and it hasn’t even been released in most parts of it yet. Walking down the street it’s not hard to spot the other people playing — they’re probably pointing their phones at random places, trying to catch a few Wombats. It’s obvious that a ton of people are playing the game, but sadly the app is missing any form of in-app communication. There was no way to discuss game tactics, Pokéstops or taunt Gym leaders… until now. GoChat gives you two ways to get in touch with your fellow trainers: Every Pokéstop can… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an age of uniform technology, high-quality customizable tech is an act of revolution in both style and function. The BLOCKS Smartwatch has broken into an entirely new frontier of smartwatch construction, allowing you to add various features to your wristpiece for incredible functionality and individual flare. At 21% off from TNW Deals, your leap into custom-tech convenience just got a whole lot more affordable. BLOCKS is the world’s first modular smartwatch. Winning the Red Dot Award for Best Design Concept in 2015, this remarkably versatile and flat-out gorgeous smartwatch has raised over $1.6 million on Kickstarter for a very… This story continues at The Next Web

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While the advent of the personal computer has rendered the good old typewriter virtually defunct, the fascination with typewriters is still real. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to type on an actual typewriter, OverType will certainly satisfy your curiosity for the past – and probably finally kill your irrational nostalgia for this antiquated piece of tech. Built by Ben Wheeler, it’s a Web-based simulator that emulates the experience of typing on an authentic manual typewriter. Just like the real deal, the quirky app was programmed to prevent you from typing multiple characters at a time so whenever you press more than one keys, OverType will skip a letter. In addition… This story continues at The Next Web

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From hackers to advertisers, our digital privacy and security is under constant attack. Various entities are eager to get their hands on your information and exploit any and all loopholes in your device. It’s increasingly necessary to do everything possible to keep your privacy protected on the Web. But not everyone does. Sure, you can put your head in the sand and pretend it can never happen to you, or believe that if you’re not doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide? Well, your bank account number for one. There are a plethora of ways to keep prying… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every week we send out a weekly update with some of the best stories of the week, a few apps we like and the ‘Red faces of the week’. Sign up now to get it delivered to your inbox every week. Here’s my introduction text for last weeks issue: Danger! High Voltage! Once upon a time, somewhere in a small town, stood an old church surrounded by bars and clubs. Every night, after the bars had closed, people would walk up to that church and empty their bladders. It happened so often that the soil under the church was soaked with urine, and once a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slow news day at TNW? Do we seem distracted? Not replying to email fast enough?  That’s just because nobody can focus on their work today. Samuel L. Jackson is in Amsterdam filming The Hitman’s Bodyguard and he’s parked his trailer right below our office. Check it out: We’ll try to get his attention so we can invite him into our office so we can tell him how a modern phone works: Working in the canals today. Sorry, my dumb ass had the camera the wrong way, couldn't figure… https://t.co/iLS39mTJEL — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 10, 2016

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This week, the US patent office issued 6,523 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we can’t list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the five most interesting patents. Disney themes parks are about to to become more entertaining Patent number: US 9,383,730 Disney’s theme parks are awesome. Now, Disney plans to make them even more engaging for people traveling along with their family or friends. Disney plans to create zones in its theme parks. These zones will be physical areas where guests approach, participate in, and leave an interactive experience.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Francis and the Lights isn’t a name that will ring a bell for a lot of people. Not yet, at least. That’s all about to change with the release of their new song Friends. The video clip for it was released hours ago and has already taken the world by storm, gaining hundreds of thousands of views overnight. The reality is that Francis and the Lights has been at it for a few years now, producing for and touring with acts like Drake and MGMT. In the Jake Schreier-directed video clip, we see Kanye West mouthing the lyrics, Starlite walking around, dancing with Bon Iver. It’s a… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the next two years, India is slated to have the largest population of software developers in the world, at four million professionals in the industry. To that end, it’s important for companies to get in on the ground floor and capture as large a share of that focus as possible. That’s why Google has launched its Android Skilling program in the country, with a view to train two million devs in the next three years. The program includes integrating Android development into university curricula through the government’s National Skill Development Corporation of India, as well as offering an exam… This story continues at The Next Web

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Since launching last week, Pokémon Go has quickly become tech’s hot topic. In fact, Nintendo’s new AR game is so popular that people would rather catch Pokémon than go on a date – or so the numbers say. According to a recent breakdown by SimilarWeb, Pokémon Go was already installed on more US Android devices than popular dating app Tinder, just one day after its official release. That’s right: there are twice as many people looking for Pokémon as those looking for dates.   But more impressively, Pokémon Go has also been able to maintain an incredibly high level of user engagement. When it comes to daily active users, the game is engaging almost as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Right now, it kind of sucks to select emojis on Macs. The selection screen that pops up when your press CTRL + CMD + Space could learn a lot from the way Slack handles emojis. And that’s exactly why Macmoji exists. By using a few smart tricks it turns your endless search for the right emoji into a quick combination of keystrokes. Setting up Macmoji isn’t hard. Just follow the instructions on the Github page and set up the text substitutions needed for the emoji to properly work. There is one caveat, however, and that’s that it doesn’t work in… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to curb piracy of copyrighted content, entertainment giant NBC Universal has patented a way to detect files being shared by large groups of people on peer-to-peer networks in real-time. The idea is that the system, which could be deployed by an internet service provider, will be able to identify files, like a movie or music album being distributed on a network (such as a BitTorrent network) by a swarm of users. When there are several users engaged in sharing the verified file, it’ll raise an alarm so appropriate action, like alerting the ISP or filing a lawsuit,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yes, Pokémon Go is hot right now and the AR mobile game will almost certainly get you off your couch to explore your city in search of adorable toy monsters. But it could land you in trouble too. The O’Fallon, Missouri police force reported that it has located four people suspected of multiple armed robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Their modus operandi involved using Pokémon Go to lure victims to locations where they could mug them; so far, 11 teens aged between 16 -18 years have fallen prey in those two counties. According to a statement from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Want to create cutting-edge games the world is obsessed with? A clear path to success in 3D game creation is available in the Intro to Unity 3D Game Development Bundle, available to TNW readers for only $19.99 for a limited time. Unity is a robust development engine for the creation of interactive 3D content. With this exciting tutorial bundle, you’ll have lifetime access to course materials which will get you up and running as a Unity game developer, with a foundation in the basics of Unity 3D, coding, animation, level design, and more. Through seven courses packed with hands-on training,… This story continues at The Next Web

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From tech startups to personal entrepreneurial endeavors, your business plans are reliant on a strong foundation of skills necessary for any company to thrive. The four courses included in the Business Core Skills Bundle will equip you with the knowledge and foundations in financial responsibility to succeed, at an impressive 89 percent off from TNW Deals. The core skills bundle will help you establish your business knowledge with a strong bedrock of fiscal comprehension through courses in accounting and bookkeeping, financial statement analysis, the vital essentials of payroll from both a business and legal standpoint and much more. With 24/7… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’ve seen AI achieve incredible things like defeat world champions at Go, describe photos for the visually impaired and operate an elevator. But now, a startup in London has finally figured a genuinely useful application: brewing quality beers. IntelligentX offers four basic beers, including a classic British golden ale, a British bitter kissed with grapefruit, a hoppy American pale ale and a smokey marmite brew. Once you’ve tasted them, you can chat with the company’s Messenger bot to share your feedback, which its IBM Watson-based AI uses to improve on its recipes. That means that each batch of beer will… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Thursday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed new laws that will see internet and telecom service providers collect users’ private information, store it for up to three years and hand it over to the government on request. In addition, calls, texts, photos, and internet activity will have to be stored for six months; encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp will have to hand over decryption keys to government agencies or face hefty fines. With that, Russia is set to turn into a full-blown surveillance state. There’s really no sense in going forward with a plan like this: the US National Security… This story continues at The Next Web

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In March, Microsoft revealed that it was using the open-world game Minecraft to train AI agents to learn how to do things like climbing a hill. The company also promised to make it available to the public so they could work on their own artificial intelligence projects and research, and it’s finally available today. Project Malmo (formerly known as Project AIX) is a Minecraft mod that works on Windows, Mac and Linux, and supports just about any programming language you might want to use. So yes, that means you will need to know how to code – but Microsoft says… This story continues at The Next Web

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Well, there goes all the memes about Pokemon Go. Just days after its release in Australia, New Zealand, and the US, things have gotten dark with the game. While many players have been sent to random locations like local churches and police stations to find Pokemon, a Wyoming teen ended up finding a dead body floating in a river on Friday morning. “I was trying to get a Pokemon from a natural water resource,” 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins told local news. She climbed a fence towards the Big Wind River when she discovered a male body floating about three feet from the shore. Wiggins immediately… This story continues at The Next Web

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Of all the ways to apply sunscreen, ‘getting pooped on by a seagull’ does not sound like the best option. Still, that’s what Nivea is banking on with a new, rather ridiculous ad campaign. Here’s the premise: kids apparently don’t like to wear sunscreen, so Nivea partnered with an ad agency to build a seagull drone that hunts and poops out sunscreen onto the unsuspecting children. Never mind the difficulty of actually landing the protective excrement on the kids, not pooping it into their eyes, or how parents – presumably in on the joke for this campaign – would react to such… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook Messenger just made it a little bit easier to book an UberPOOL ride. It works like this: Open up a messenger conversation, click on the three-dot menu button, and select ‘Request a Ride’. You’ll then have the option to request a ride just for yourself, or for you and your friend. Request the ride, and you’re good to go. It’s not much different than simply ordering from the Uber app, but it does give you the added benefit of being able to quickly share your ride information with your friends along with location information to let them know you’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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Early into the investigations behind the shooting of Philando Castile, a black man who was killed by a Minnesota cop during a traffic stop, many speculated that the responsible policeman was Asian American. In the viral video shot by Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, she described the cop as Asian male. Minnesota Department of Public Safety later identified him as Jeronimo Yanez, though did not specify his ethnicity. Fearing the parallels to how the Chinese American community rallied behind New York cop Peter Liang who shot and killed an innocent black man last year, writer and ethnographer Christina Xu decided to crowdsource an open letter… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re interested in a future in coding, the JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle is a perfect launchpad to your expertise-driven success as a web developer. For a limited time, you can pick up this great offer for only $59 from TNW Deals. The architecture behind the internet we use every day, JavaScript serves as the engine behind all modern browsers from Chrome to Firefox, utilized in front-end development frameworks and libraries around the world. Through a dozen comprehensive tutorials, the coding bundle will develop a strong foundation of knowledge in essential front-end subjects such as Sammy.js, Agility.js, Ember.js, Node.js, jQuery, AJAX,… This story continues at The Next Web

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At the beginning of 2016, the entire team here at TNW resolved to read more this year. To help make this resolution stick, we release weekly posts featuring The Next Web’s favorite reads, in a series called ‘What TNW is reading‘. Our last post gave you a glimpse on how to prepare for the coming AI revolution. This week I’m sharing a read that changed some of my perspectives on the larger things in life – and my position as the “good daughter” in the family. Oh, by the way, let me introduce myself: I’m Eliz – TNW’s Brand Ambassador, and a loud and… This story continues at The Next Web

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