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Eagles are waging war for control of the sky above Western Australia’s Goldfields region. Since employing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in its St. Ives Mine, surveyor Rick Steven has lost a total of nine Trimble UX5 drones to eagles. Each drone costs the company about $10,000 for the body and another $10,000 for the mounted camera. Overall, Steven estimates the company has suffered losses in excess of $100,000 due to the territorial birds of prey he now calls “the natural enemy of the UAV.” After local eagles had started taking down his flight equipment, Steven tried to get creative. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Given Google just released the Chromecast 4K – not to mention other existing 4K streamers and smart TVs – it’s a little odd that Google doesn’t have any 4K movies in its own Play Store app. That’s starting to change today(at least in the US). Users around the Web – including yours truly – are starting to see 4K options on a small batch of movies. A few titles – including ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘Elysium’ – show a new UHD tier in both the Play Store and Play Movies and TV apps. Other movies movies like ‘Star Trek: Beyond’… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pokémon Stars, the third iteration of Sun and Moon, is reportedly coming to Nintendo’s new console, ‘Switch.’ According to Eurogamer, Stars will offer improved visual assets built from the ground up to harness the power of Nintendo’s new console. The first of these was briefly shown in the teaser for Sun and Moon back in February. If you look really closely, you’ll see a high-definition model of Pikipek and several shots of concept art to be used in Pokémon Stars. Originally planned for release in summer, 2017, the game has now been pushed back to sometime later in the year. According… This story continues at The Next Web

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Internet users leave combined data trail of over 2.5 billion gigabytes a day. That’s a staggering amount of information, and it’s information that can tell us a lot about our futures. Predictive World is a tool combining big data, demographic information and personalized data to give a creepily accurate look at your life, including what’s to be expected for your future. By logging in with Facebook, it pulls data like your age, gender and pages you’ve liked, and combines it with local demographics to create an awfully accurate profile of who you are. For example, it guessed my height at 178 cm,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Your iPhone might not be as secure as you think – even when your device is locked and protected with a passcode. Popular tech YouTuber iDeviceHelp has uncovered a new exploit that could potentially give attackers access to your iPhone, including contact information, message logs as well as photos. What’s particularly troubling is that hackers don’t even need to know your passcode to circumvent your phone’s defences. The exploit works on iPhones with Siri enabled on the lock screen and the only thing attackers need to pull off the malicious stunt is merely physical access to your device. Once in… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re the proud owner of a Nest Cam home surveillance system, you may be glad to hear that you can now view your camera feeds directly on your Android TV, with compatibility for Apple TV coming soon. The functionality is baked into a new update that started making its way to the Nest application for Android via the Play Store earlier today, and is expected to reach iOS within the next couple of months. Also bundled into the upgrade is the facility to generate “instaclips” of events that show up in your Nest Cam feed, which can then be saved… This story continues at The Next Web

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Trying to take selfies with your smartphone usually involves awkwardly leaning your phone up against something…and crossing your fingers. Thankfully, you can permanently eliminate a lot of that guesswork with the ingenious Pocket Tripod, set to be released next month. Right now, you can pre-order the Pocket Tripod for just $19.99 from TNW Deals. The Pocket Tripod almost looks like a credit card — until you pop it open and realize it’s a fully adjustable smartphone stand that can hold your Android or Apple phone in a variety of positions. Whether you’re shooting a portrait, a landscape, or even an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Even with today’s expanding hard drive sizes, it seems like no time at all before storage on your laptop, tablet or smartphone dwindles to nothing. Instead, store megabyte-chewing videos, MP3s, documents and other important media in the cloud with up to 1TB of Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage. This robust storage plan is normally worth $3,600 and already discounted to $39, but you can now pick it up for the one-day price of just $29 with TNW Deals. With Zoolz Smart Selection, you can easily zip through all the files on your device and quickly decide which should go to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you want to start 2017 with better results in search engines? Not only that but do you also want to receive better results from the traffic you get from search? If either or both answers are yes, then you will want to run through this list of quick SEO fixes every website needs to make now in order to be prepared for changes to the SEO world to come. For some of you who may not be as technically inclined, these may not seem as “quick” as you would like them. But for others, it may be a list… This story continues at The Next Web

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Virtual reality has been around for ages, but it’s only starting to make its entry into mainstream culture. Recently, Conan O’Brien took a tour inside YouTube’s VR Lab in New York City to find out more about what virtual reality has to offer – and the outcome was nothing short of hilarious. There, the popular talk show host took a moment to mull over the promises VR holds for the future of porn, detailing an elaborate sexual fantasy that involved him spending four to five years inside a porn-simulated erotic cube – you know, stuff that celebrities like. Conan also had an opportunity to test out some cutting-edge Google… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whatever you’re doing right now, your browser knows about it. Of course it can see which website you’re visiting, since it has to process that information to display the content. But there’s much more happening in the background. Clickclickclick is an amazing web experiment that exposes everything the browser is tracking at any given time. Upon entering the website, you’re greeted by a rotating cursor, waiting for input. But even when you haven’t done anything, the data is coming in. Text appears on the screen, while a disembodied voice tells you which browser you’re using, where you’re living and various other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Imagine something trapped in your stomach that can’t get out, because you put it there willfully. That’s the idea behind this new “ultra long-acting oral drug delivery” system that has been developed in collaboration between a team of MIT scientists and healthcare company Lyndra. It tries to solve a comman problem people have with taking medicinal pills — not taking them regularly. When the pill has been swallowed and it has entered the subject’s stomach, it expands to form a star-like shape that prevents it from getting out of there. It then starts slowly releasing medicine, and will continue to do so for… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Republican National Committee Chief Strategist Sean Spicer took a moment to brag ‘almost 50,000’ people have appied online to fill the four thousand presidential appointee openings in the Donald Trump administration. But I’m starting to think not all of them were real… As Gavia Baker-Whitelaw has pointed out, all it takes to express your interest in joining the Trump administration is “about 30 seconds” of your time since the application form his team set up somehow has absolutely no email or address verification system. Trump's White House job application site is easier to spam… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re concerned about keeping your online privacy and don’t want sites to follow you around the Web, you’ll want to give Mozilla’s new iOS app a go. Firefox Focus is a no-frills browser that blocks trackers to keep you from seeing unwanted ads. It also lets you erase your history, passwords and cookies easily. The company says that blocking trackers might also improve performance on certain tracker-filled sites. It’s worth noting that some sites that rely on tracking to work may not function properly, but Focus can fix that by opening them in either Firefox or Safari. Should you… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Telegraph reports that carrier Three Mobile’s systems in the UK have been breached and that its sources say roughly 6 million customers’ personal data could be at risk. The company noted that the attackers used an employee login to gain entry into its database of customers eligible for a phone upgrade. It hasn’t yet confirmed how many users’ data was stolen or informed affected customers. The data in question includes people’s names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of birth; Three says no financial information could’ve been accessed. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it had arrested three persons –… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook’s Safety Check is a powerful tool to help users find out if their loved ones are okay in case they’re in an area struck by a natural disaster or crisis. It’s great, except for the fact that people have to wait for Facebook to manually turn it on. That’s about to change: The social network will now allow its community to trigger the feature. The company explained: When a lot of people post about an incident from the affected area, they may be asked if they’re safe. Once marked safe, a person can then invite friends to do the… This story continues at The Next Web

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  White supremacists are planning to create ‘fake black people’ accounts in protest to Twitter’s perceived crackdown on the alt-right. Earlier this week, Twitter shuttered the accounts of numerous members belonging to white supremacy, neo-nazi, and alt-right members. In light of the perceived slight, Andrew Anglin of the neo-Nazi website ‘Daily Stormer’ called for a misinformation campaign, telling readers to create fake accounts on the platform. Anglin’s attempt to rally readers came in the form of a blog post. I’m not going to link it because fuck them. When you have time, create a fake black person account. Just go on black Twitter and see… This story continues at The Next Web

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For the iPhone 6 Plus owner, a flickering gray bar atop the screen could only mean one thing: the dreaded ‘Touch Disease.’ For those affected, this issue often presented itself gradually, becoming worse over time. Eventually, the screen would lose responsiveness or stop working altogether. The problem stems from a shoddy controller chip soldered to the logic board. iFixit, and dozens of others all agree it’s a design flaw, and that Apple is responsible. We reported as much back in August and even pointed readers to a class action lawsuit filed in response to the problem. Until now, Apple has been… This story continues at The Next Web

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With an uninspiring new MacBook line and declining marketshare in the tablet space, are mirrors what’s next for Apple? Created by designer Rafael Dymek, the ‘Apple Mirror’ is like an iPad on steroids. Although not made by Apple, it’s certainly Apple-inspired, down to the name — which Apple will almost certainly take issue with. Its iOS 10-inspired design features look-alike icons you might find on your iPhone, as well as the ability to text, browse the web, watch movies or even order an Uber. It’s fully touch capable and runs an operating system of unknown origin. Dymek says he ‘created… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dog Parker just made owning a dog just got a little easier. The company aims to do just what its name describes: provide a parking spot for your dogs. Dog Parker’s parking spots offer internet connectivity that — when paired with the app — allows you to check in on your dog via webcam, as well as lock or unlock the spot to ensure your pet’s safety. They’re also climate controlled and auto-sanitizing. In walk-friendly cities like New York, owning a dog can be a nightmare. Since most of its residents don’t own a car, they hoof it. If this sounds ideal… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft announced the Surface Studio and Dial last month as definitive proof that desktop computers still have ample room to innovate. From the excellent launch trailer to my hands-on demo, it was hard not be impressed. But truth is, the best thing about the Surface Studio may not be made by Microsoft at all. With the initial hype worn out, it’s easy to pick the Studio apart. It starts at $3,000. It uses last year’s CPUs and last year’s mobile GPUs. Storage is a slow hybrid SSD/HDD. There are no USB-C (let alone Thunderbolt 3) ports. The display can’t be… This story continues at The Next Web

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After endorsing Donald Trump in the 2016 election, the Ku Klux Klan’s (KKK) online popularity reached an all-time high. Former Klan leader David Duke endorsed Trump back in February. The Klan’s official newspaper, The Crusader, followed suit, officially endorsing Trump a mere six days prior to the November 8 election. For what it’s worth, Trump officially denounced support from both. That didn’t stop the group’s ascent. Google data shows that on November 9 — the day after Trump won the election — interest in the KKK skyrocketed. Google doesn’t provide actual numbers, so that leaves us to our own devices to figure… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite the proud ‘designed in California’ tag on most of Apple’s products, they are generally made in China. But if a report by the Nikkei Asian Review is true, Apple might start to shift iPhone production to the US. The report suggests Apple asked its manufacturer, Foxconn, to study the feasibility of assembling its devices in the US instead of China back in June. It is apparently an ongoing process, though Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is apparently not overly enthusiastic due to cost concerns. Building iPhones in the US would “more than double” the cost. Apple also asked another iPhone supplier, Pegatron,… This story continues at The Next Web

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After hearing me swear on the playground in fifth grade, Mrs. Pearson dropped the following gem on me: ‘people who swear are idiots that can’t find better words to use in their place.’ I’m paraphrasing, so don’t be an asshole if I got the quote wrong. Fifth grade was a long time ago. As it turns out, she wasn’t wrong. A recent study suggests what we say on Twitter profoundly impacts how others perceive us. Specifically, the use of swear words and conversational language. Researchers asked 481 participants to categorize 1,000 tweet authors by perceived education level. The participants were… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this year, Apple went toe-to-toe with the FBI over the company’s refusal to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. After refusing a court order to assist, Apple emerged as the great protector of user privacy. But was this all a farce? It seems that private information still escapes from Apple products under certain circumstances – the latest being the company’s online syncing service iCloud. According to The Intercept: Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has found that Apple’s mobile devices automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled — but the data gets uploaded in many instances… This story continues at The Next Web

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