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While Apple is unlikely to release its upcoming iPhone 8 until September, rumors about its upcoming flagship handset continue to stack up – and the latest one hints we might be in for a whole new look. Citing undisclosed sources, Taiwanese media DigiTimes reports the Cupertino behemoth has abandoned its go-to supplier Foxconn and placed orders for forged stainless steel phone frames with manufacturing partner Jabil. Last time Apple opted for stainless steel on its phones was the iPhone 4s, but the company has since shifted towards its favored aluminium as the preferred metal of choice for its flagship smartphone. While the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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The US military has an extensive history of experimenting with cutting-edge technology long before it eventually makes its way to the masses – and it seems its latest test involves a massive swarm of autonomous miniature drones. The BBC reports the Pentagon ran trials with a new air defense system that involves deploying a litany of swarming mini-drones from fighter jets. The experiment was conducted in California and took place last year in October. According to a military analyst, the Perdix drones, that operate autonomously and share a distributed brain, are capable of evading air detection systems and will likely be employed for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every morning, without fail, the first website I visit is Facebook. I instinctively gravitate to the News Feed. I want to see what my friends around the world are up to. I need to see every photo. Every update. This is just what it’s like to use the Internet in 2017. But admittedly, this isn’t the most productive use of one’s time. It’s easy to fall into a black hole, where you’re just scrolling and clicking, liking and arguing. Which is why Todobook is so cool. Before you see your friends’ posts, you’ll instead see your to-do list, thereby focusing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Apple has submitted a notice to the US Foreign Trade Zones Board, signaling its intent to vastly expand manufacturing capabilities at its Mesa, Arizona facility, where it already produces components for its computer systems. Apple’s notice was submitted on December 27, and published on the Federal Register yesterday. If everything happens to plan, it’ll see Apple produce finished products within the United States, rather than just individual components. Apple will also be able to take advantage of rules allowing it to import components from overseas – like batteries, printed circuit boards, and so on – without paying any taxes or… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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While until now Samsung had religiously refused to comment on rumors surrounding the release of its upcoming Galaxy S8 handset, the company accidentally confirmed one of its most anticipated features ahead of launch. The manufacturer rolled out a new Samsung Pay Beta update that strongly hints the company is expecting to launch its own lightweight, standalone payment platform – dubbed Pay Mini – as well as its much-awaited digital assistant Bixby. Selecting the menu bar in the updated Pay Beta build showed two new options available on the platform: Mini and Bixby. While Samsung has since removed the options, SamMobile managed to grab a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Project management is universal. Any industry will include projects that need to get done — and folks tasked with making that happen. In fact, one of the most renowned project management methods is Lean Six Sigma… and right now, you can get complete training in this optimization technique and the certification to prove it. The full package of instruction is available now for over 90 percent off — just $79 from TNW Deals. Over 37 hours of learning, you’ll learn the basics of the Lean Six Sigma philosophy, which focuses extensively on eliminating project waste to produce better overall results.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Although I’ve previously heard that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk enjoys watching HBO’s Silicon Valley and likes to bake cookies on weekends, I didn’t know he was into gaming too. In this short clip of an interview between him and Y Combinator president Sam Altman about games, Musk recommends Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch and Hearthstone, and waxes eloquent about the original Deus Ex title, which was released in 2000 on PC and PS2. As it turns out, he’s been a fan of Overwatch at least since last June. I haven’t gotten into it yet as I’ve been way too busy… This story continues at The Next Web

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We heard last year that Apple was exploring the possibility of developing augmented reality hardware, and it seems like the company might be edging closer to that goal in the months since that initial report. In November 2016, Bloomberg’s sources told the publication that Apple had ordered small quantities of near-eye displays to test augmented reality and mixed reality concepts. Now, technologist Robert Scoble noted that he heard from an unnamed Carl Zeiss employee at CES that the optics firm was working with Apple on “a light pair” of AR/MR glasses that may be announced “this year.” Scoble pointed out that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Project management app Trello has been acquired by Atlassian – the makers of the JIRA suite of services for software development teams – for $425 million.   The purchase will help Atlassian round out its portfolio of offerings that has predominantly been geared towards IT industry clients; Trello, with its Kanban-style boards and a flexible card-based interface can be used for managing all sorts of projects and teams – whether that’s gearing up to launch a new restaurant or planning a weekend potluck.   Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and CEO of Atlassian, noted that the two companies’ target is to reach… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s the end of an era: Yahoo as we know it is no more. While we already knew most of the venerable company was being sold to Verizon – a $4.8 billion purchase – the remainder of company today announced that it’s renaming itself to ‘Altaba,’ according to TechCrunch. Altaba. Seriously. It’s sounds a bit like a portmanteau of defunct 1990’s search engine Altavista and Alibaba, both of which are either partially or wholly owned by the company. This is the portion of the company that maintains a 15 percent ownership of Alibaba and 35.5 percent stake in Yahoo Japan.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Yahoo

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Razer’s Project Valerie – a ludicrous triple-screen laptop with insane specs – was quite possibly the best thing at CES 2017. Then two of Razer’s prototypes were stolen. Now the company is offering a hefty reward for anyone with original information about the theft. According to a statement provided to Polygon: This note is to confirm that two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to… This story continues at The Next Web

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The newest Windows 10 Insider Build (15002) is one of the biggest updates I’ve seen leading up to the Creators Update launching publicly in the coming months. One of the new features in tow is a blue light filter. If you’re not familiar, pretty much every new smartphone now includes some kind of blue light filter, the sleep-aiding technique pioneered by f.lux. Research shows that blue wavelengths of light keep you awake; compare the coolness of a noon day sun with the warm color of a sunset. You have the option of either letting Windows handle how to adjust your… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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A VR headset that can be worn like a pair of regular glasses is pretty much the holy grail of the technology (until we get VR contact lenses, anyway). But while I expected decent VR glasses to be at least a couple of years away, I was surprised to find a pair in a small booth at this year’s CES. What is it? It’s a VR headset that looks and, most importantly, feels like wearing a regular pair of glasses. Dlodlo’s V1 has actually been making the rounds since the summer of 2016, but most of the impressions I’ve read… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Oculus Rift

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Apple has Siri, Google has Now (as well as Assistant), Samsung recently acquired Viv, and now it appears Nokia has set sights on building its own artificial intelligence assistant and it seems its name will be Viki. GSMInfo has obtained a document that indicates Nokia (the actual company, not the brand recently acquired by HMD Global) has filed a trademark request with the European Union for what might be an upcoming virtual assistant. Here’s what the filing reads: Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and web digital asssistants working with knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice based… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nokia

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Super Mario Bros is enjoying a bit of a revival at the moment, thanks to the runaway success of Super Mario Run and the nostalgia-tastic NES Classic Mini. Case in point: Mario, Luigi and friends are coming to a McDonald’s Happy Meal near you (provided you live in the UK, that is). Leaked promotional material sourced from Nintendo Life shows the iconic boxes will go on sale from Wednesday, January 11. Already, some people are reporting getting their hands on one a bit early. @nintendolife picked up an early Mario Happy Meal toy today, here's what else to look out… This story continues at The Next Web

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It appears the much-awaited Galaxy S8 might hit the shelves earlier than expected. A new report suggest Samsung is considering releasing a limited batch of its upcoming flagship handset ahead of its official launch. Citing undisclosed “industry” sources, South Korean news outlet The Investor speculates the smartphone could start shipping as early as February or March. “There is a possibility of the S8 phones being showcased a month or two ahead of the actual release date,” an anonymous insider told the publication. The report runs counter to previous rumors suggesting the S8 could make its debut at Mobile World Congress in February as well as more recent gossip… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Japan sure knows how to put new technology to good use. Local pornographic producer with the wildly misleading name Soft on Demand has opened a new location in Tokyo where visitors can rent a private room to surf the internet, read manga… and watch porn in virtual reality. Situated in the district of Akihabara famous for its strong cultural affinity with video games and anime, the dedicated porn chambers will provide customers with adult content in various forms as well as with a PC setup that supports watching porn in VR. According to Akiba PC Hotline, Soft on Demand is currently running its grand opening… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ah the ‘good old days’ – when life was simple. You did the same job your dad did, and which his dad did before him. Perhaps you had kids, and stayed home to raise them. Maybe you owned a few books. Maybe you went into town once a month. You ate what you grew and what you could find at the local market. You didn’t travel too far on holiday, you didn’t choose which channel to watch on television, or what smartphone to buy. You didn’t even get to pick your own clothing – you wore hand-me-downs from your older… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s the ultimate five-finger discount. As CES 2017 was coming to a close, someone helped themselves to two of Razer’s tantalizing new prototype devices. “I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today,” said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan on his Facebook page. “We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.” It’s not known which prototypes were stolen, but given that the jewels of Razer’s CES crown this year were the gorgeous Chroma projector, known as Project Ariana, and the (frankly-ludicrous)… This story continues at The Next Web

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The ‘pharma bro’ is out. Twitter confirmed it has temporarily suspended Martin Shkreli after the former hedge fund manager targeted Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca in a rash of tasteless and abusive posts. The vilified pharmaceutical executive – who came to notoriety after making life-saving HIV drug Daraprim virtually unaffordable – purportedly began his abusive streak last Thursday when he sent Duca a direct message, asking her to accompany him as his “+1” to the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump. I would rather eat my own organs pic.twitter.com/IgeCRZqk8w — Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 5, 2017 Despite having his advances publicly turned down,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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A new report published last week by the UK Children’s Commissioner, titled ‘Growing Up Digital’ (PDF), noted that while more than half of all children in the country aged 12-15 had an Instagram account, none of them interviewed by the Commissioner could understand the service’s terms and conditions document. That’s unsurprising, since it spans 5,000 words in language that requires a postgraduate degree to fully comprehend. The results are worrying for so many reasons, especially when you think about how the next generation will grow up surrounded by all kinds of online communities, apps and services that require them to share… This story continues at The Next Web

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How does a search engine know which pages have the data you’re looking for? How does a self-driving car not drive itself right into the ocean? Because it’s driven by machine learning technology — cutting edge tech you’ll understand with the Machine Learning and AI for Business Bundle. Now over 90 percent off from TNW Deals, these four courses will give you a complete overview of this fascinating, exploding segment of tech — and teach you how to join the vanguard of geniuses bringing these innovations to life. In Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Training and Introduction to Machine Learning,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Holding out to buy a new tablet? Maybe wait until next quarter, when Apple is expected to launch three new iPad models. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest report, obtained by 9to5Mac, the company is working on 12.9-inch, 10-10.5-inch and 9.7-inch versions of its tablet. The first two will be powered by a new A10X chip, while the 9.7-inch device will pack a Samsung-made A9 processor. This echoes Kuo’s previous similarly worded report from last August. That seems to indicate the arrival of the second-gen iPad Pro, as well as a high-end version of the iPad Air 3 (KGI… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPad,Apple

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At long last, Nokia is answering its longtime fans’ prayers with the launch of its first Android smartphone. The legendary brand’s new Finnish owner HMD Global, has announced the Android 7.0 Nougat-based Nokia 6, which features a 5.5-inch aluminium unibody with a “2.5D” contoured glass front. Under the hood, it’s packing a 1080p display, a mid-tier Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB RAM and 64 of onboard storage, as well as dual amplifiers and Dolby Atmos for louder output than standard amps. The handset also comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel snapper in the front. That isn’t exactly… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Nokia

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Over the course of a turbulent week, several hackers were able to break into over 10,500 systems running the MongoDB database software. Once inside, the attackers would wipe the database and leave a ransom note, essentially demanding payment to restore it to its previous state. This is typically between $150 and $500, and paid in Bitcoin. Figures from security researchers Niall Merrigan and Victor Gerves suggest that around 25 percent of all internet-connected MongoDB databases have been hit so far. According to Merrigan and Gervers, some of the hacking groups targeting MongoDB (it’s believed that there are now eight) don’t even… This story continues at The Next Web

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