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A massive cyber attack has crippled the IT systems of several NHS hospitals across England, forcing several trusts to redirect emergency patients, and causing chaos. According to The Guardian, computers in several NHS England hospitals have been simultaneously struck, locking clinicians out until a ransom had been paid. A photo of the malware shows that the ransomware is asking for $300 to be paid in Bitcoin. #nhscyberattack pic.twitter.com/SovgQejl3X — gigi.h (@fendifille) May 12, 2017 The attack has struck hospitals and NHS trusts across the country. In addition to several local surgeries across Liverpool and Greater Manchester, the following trusts have… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not like you needed another reason to splash $300 on a Nintendo Switch, but here we are. Earlier today, Microsoft announced that Minecraft — the game it acquired after it bought Swedish developer Mojang in 2014 for $2.5 billion — is coming to Nintendo’s latest (and dare I say greatest?) console. The Switch version of Minecraft is the full game found on other console versions, and includes the multiplayer mini games, Battle and tumble. It also comes with some Switch-specific features. Eight players can create together through the game’s multiplayer mode, or locally if everyone has a Switch. Alternatively, four… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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New reports say that Spotify is choosing to forgo an initial public offering in favor of a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. According to CNBC, Spotify will register its shares on the public exchange. This move has been rumored for weeks. According to the Wall Street Journal, it could save Spotify millions in fees. Due to there being no IPO, the shares will not have a pre-determined price, though CNBC’s sources value Spotify at a cool $13 billion. As of March 2017, the service has over 50 million paid subscribers. Spotify is expected to list by the fourth quarter of this year or early… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify

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Realizing you suck at what you do…well, sucks. Or does it? It’s probably more of a blessing than you realize, especially in something as complicated and subjective as design. But before we get into that, it’s important to remember that realizing you suck at something, is completely different to beating yourself up on what you can or cannot do. Whether you’ve got 10 years or 10 months of design experience, narcism will kill your mood, happiness and your productivity. There’s a fine line between realizing there’s room for growth and self-improvement, without being totally destructive in thought. But with that… This story continues at The Next Web

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It was bound to happen eventually. As more and more Echo devices are making their way into people’s homes — including the utterly pointless Echo Show —  marketing companies are figuring out how to monetize Alexa skills with adverts. One company, VoiceLabs, has announced a platform called Sponsored Messages, which lets skill developers add 6 to 15-second long commercials at the start and end of each conversation. These commercials would come from major brands, like ESPN and Wendy’s. Speaking to CNET, VoiceLabs CEO Adam Marchick suggested that the developer of a sports podcast might team up with ESPN. So, when… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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Ukraine is currently in the spotlight in Europe, as this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Kiev. While singers prance around safely in the country’s capital, soldiers and civilians are battling pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country — as they’ve done for the last three years. There seems to be no end in sight for the conflict and there’s fighting on all fronts, especially the digital. According to the Associated Press (AP), Ukrainian soldiers are subjected to new form of information warfare where they’re periodically threatened with text messages from the separatists.   Ukrainian soldiers! They’ll find your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Quick quiz for social media marketers: Raise your hand if you’ve ever been asked, “So, you get paid to go on Facebook?” Probably quite a few of us, right? People get social media. But it seems many are still bewildered by social media marketing. So how can you explain the value of what you do, to those who matter most to you? To be sure, social media marketing is an incredibly new (and ever-changing) industry, unlike finance, engineering, sales, law, medicine, and more established fields. Plus most people use social media for fun, so social media’s place in business can seem… This story continues at The Next Web

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I hate the fact that Google’s Allo messaging service has some pretty cool features, because none of my friends are on it and so I can’t use them. Thanks to its latest update, I hate the app even more. It can now generate a sweet sticker pack based on your selfie, with a hand-illustrated look across the entire lot. You can even customize facial features to personalize the stickers, which can help you express a wide range of emotions (including the feeling of being human garbage). I’m usually not one for littering IM conversations with stickers, but if I had… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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After leaving Google in 2014, Android inventor Andy Rubin launched an incubator for hardware startups the following year. It’s already hosting numerous projects, and the first one is coming soon: the Lighthouse ‘interactive assistant’. At first glance, it looks like a security camera that can alert you about intruders in your home, but on closer inspection, you’ll find that it’s capable of a fair bit more than that. Hit play on the video below to see what I’m talking about. Using 3D sensors and machine learning, the device promises to help you keep a close eye on your family with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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While many Twitter users are furious that President Trump is allowed on the platform even though he uses it to personally attack citizens, and lash out at the press and his opponents, CEO Jack Dorsey believes it’s “important” for The Donald to keep tweeting. In an interview with TODAY’s Willie Geist that’s set to air on Sunday, Dorsey said: I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership. And I believe it’s really important to hold them accountable. And I believe it’s really important to have these conversations out in the open, rather than have them behind closed… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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CHI 2017, an annual showcase of human-computer interaction hosted by the Association of Computing Machinery, has given us some truly bizarre-looking innovations. Here are a few of my favorites — all no doubt interesting from a technical perspective but still weird to look at and watch in action. If you live in a cold area of the world, you might like BreathScreen, an ephemeral user interface created with visible breath. Speaking of tech that involves the mouth, Project Telepathy uses facial electromyography and beamforming speakers to turn words you silently mouth into sound projected directly at a single person. Great for private… This story continues at The Next Web

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A study published today suggests your Apple Watch could help detect and track serious heart conditions. According to CNET, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco worked with the app Cardiogram on the Health eHeart study, gathering cardiovascular data from 6,158 people who used Apple Watches. They tested whether the watches were able to detect the difference between normal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AF). The watches were able to detect AF with 97-percent accuracy. AF can be hard to detect, as symptoms can be as subtle as fatigue or sweating. According to the American Heart Association, 2.7 million… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Watch,Apple

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As we reported last week, the stand-off between Apple and Amazon appears to be over. Rumors suggested that, at long last, Amazon Prime Video was coming to Apple TV. According to BuzzFeed News sources, it’s a certainty, and the announcement will happen at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The heated battle between the two started with Amazon, which stopped selling Apple TV devices two years ago. It also banned Google’s streaming TV device, Chromecast. Worse, the company forbid third-party sellers from listing Apple TV and Chromecast on the site to avoid “customer confusion.” Apple retaliated by not allowing Amazon’s video offering,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon Prime,Apple TV,Amazon,Apple

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Image verification company TRUEPIC today launched its digital platform, including a mobile app and an SDK for other apps, helping businesses and date-hungry people everywhere ensure what you see is actually what you get. TRUEPIC calls itself a “digital notary for photos.” Its aim is to combat image falsification: As of March 2017, five of the top 10 free photo and video iOS apps are used for editing, modifying and/or filtering images and videos; a ratio that jumps to 9 of the top ten paid apps. As a result, online businesses – from insurance carriers, rental sites and classifieds to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Urban Armor Gear, a case manufacturer for cell phones and other mobile devices, may have let the cat out of the bag about the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro. An Apple Authorized Retailer’s stock system shared with 9to5 Mac seems to show a UAG Metropolis Folio case ‘for iPad 10.5-inch’ with availability listed for June. After Apple skipped the iPad event this spring, it seems WWDC is the logical choice for when and where we’ll hear the announcement. WWDC starts June 5, and following other Apple typical release schedule, it should be available within two weeks of the event’s conclusion. That said, this… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPad,iPad Pro

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Apple is working on a way for you to control Siri in iMessage, rather than with your voice. The company has applied for a patent that lets you use the digital assistant without having to talk to it. Here’s how Apple describes it in the patent: User input can be received and in response to receiving the user input, the user input can be displayed as a first message in the GUI. A contextual state of the electronic device corresponding to the displayed user input can be stored. The process can cause an action to be performed in accordance with a user… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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After integrating Bob Ross so thoroughly into its culture (to the point where he’s started cropping up in actual games), Twitch is bringing another beloved, soft-voiced childhood icon to its platform with a Mister Rogers marathon. Twitch will show 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a period of 18 days on a dedicated Mister Rogers channel. According to Bill Moorier, the head of Twitch’s Creative section: We were drawn to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood because Fred Rogers was a positive voice in fostering inclusivity and diversity, and, like our streamers, he talked to the viewers as if they were in the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitch

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Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, just kicked off day two. Unlike day one, today featured a lot more consumer-facing tech worthy of talking about. From Mixed Reality, to a pretty badass way to create collaborative movies, Microsoft had a lot to show us. Here’s what’s worth talking about. Fall Creators Update As we pointed out previously, Microsoft recently committed to two annual updates. The next one was announced today: the Fall Creators Update. In it, we’ll see numerous changes, most of which we’ll talk about in more detail below. Some highlights are: A new clipboard feature that allows you to copy and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Microsoft today announced at its Build conference in Seattle that it’s releasing a Windows Mixed Reality motion controller for its headsets, including HoloLens. The controllers, which look very similar to what’s available for Oculus and Vive virtual reality headets, require no external tracking in order to follow your movements. In other words, you do not need any markers or other hardware. Instead, the sensors are inside the headsets. You can use the controllers anywhere, so long as you have the headset. Acer is selling the controller bundled with a Windows Mixed Reality headset later this year for $399. Follow all our coverage of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Debugging mobile apps on desktop device is a pain, especially if you’re a new developer trying to get started. You have to install a bazillion resources just to get start, and testing an iOS app with a Windows PC is a hassle, to say the lest. Xamarin’s new Live Player wants to change all that, and make debugging an app as simple as scanning a QR Code. Normally, debugging an app means installing gigabytes of SDKs and emulators, which can take hours just to get started. Xamarin Live Player instead simply requires you to install an app onto an Android… This story continues at The Next Web

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At today’s Build event in Seattle, Microsoft announced that iTunes, formerly an Apple-only staple, is coming to the Windows store. In addition to iTunes, Windows 10 and 10S users will have Apple music and full iPhone support. This is part of a massive cross-device initiative by the company. In addition, Microsoft are making it easier for iOS developers to build apps within Windows Visual Studio, via the Xamarin Live Player. Follow all our coverage of Microsoft’s Build conference here. Developing…  Or just read more coverage about: iTunes,Windows

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At day two of its Build developer conference in Seattle today, Microsoft noted that it’s simplifying the process of installing Linux through its own Windows 10 OS, so you can run Windows and Linux apps side-by-side. Three flavors of Linux – Ubuntu, Fedora and SUSE – are coming to the Windows Store, so you can install these OSes on your device just like you would any other app. While Ubuntu is already available, Fedora and SUSE are coming soon. The news follows on Microsoft’s commitment to the open source community. The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 from last year allowed… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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This is pretty rad. Ever had something – like an address, or a phone number – on your computer, and just wished you could paste it on your phone? Now you can, thanks to Microsoft’s Cloud Clipboard. Joe Belfiore demonstrated the feature on stage at Microsoft’s Build event in Seattle. His example showed someone looking at an address within PowerPoint on a Surface Studio. That person then copied the address and was able to paste it into Google Maps on their Samsung Galaxy S8 without having to do anything else. That’s because Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard had access to the pieces of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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At today’s Build event in Seattle, Microsoft announced a new feature for cross-device work called Timeline, which will let you pick up where you left off across PCs, phones, and tablets. Windows will keep track of the user’s app history in a special section to the Task Switcher called Timeline. You can either move back in time and select an app, or search for a particular project keyword. When you select an app on the Timeline and open it, the app will open to where you left off. This doesn’t just work on Windows PCs. With Microsoft Graph, users can open… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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At day two of its Build developer conference in Seattle today, Microsoft announced that its OneDrive cloud storage service is getting a useful new feature to make your files available on your device without taking up hard disk space. Files On-Demand will let you see all your OneDrive files in Windows 10’s file explorer before you download them, so you can work as if they were already stored on your device. When you decide to open a file, it’ll download automatically and become available to use. This works not just in Explorer, but also in any app that can open… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

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