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Tomorrow, those enrolled in PS4’s beta program will get the first seed of its new 4.0 operating system update. Inside, you’ll find a handful of improvements that might not seem like much, but offer a lot of bang for your buck for the time-starved gamer. The most notable updates are to the Quick Menu and Share features. Now, instead of having to return to the home screen to check on friends, share a screen grab or (fingers crossed) change a track on Spotify, you’ll simply hit the PS button on the DualShock controller to bring up a new menu. Better still, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The ‘Equation Group,’ a hacker collective believed to be working on behalf of the NSA, has reportedly been hacked. A group calling itself ‘The Shadow Brokers’ claims to have digitally infiltrated Equation Group, and are starting to dump its data online. So far, it seems like a bunch of code, but if Equation Group was working for the NSA — look out. If you’re looking for the data, GitHub has already disabled the Equation Group’s repo, which Gizmodo points out was actually more of a Bitcoin auction for whatever data it grabbed. It was the only repo listed under the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Now that I have my hands on an iPhone 7 dummy unit, the Lightning-only connectivity is staring me right in the face, mocking me to upgrade my current wired earbuds for something… else. But will it be worth it? Lightning sounds expensive (literally) My colleague Napier Lopez recently reviewed some Lightning on-ear headphones, and reports the sound was better than he anticipated. “Music does sound better through the Lightning connector” were his exact words. But those headphones had a Lightning cable with a dedicated amplifier, processor and converter. That’s loftier than what you and I can expect for $50. And to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft wants to make sure you play Minecraft on pretty much every single platform, and now it’s bringing its $2.5 billion purchase to the Oculus Rift. The company first announced it would be building a Rift version last fall, and it arrived on the Oculus-powered Gear VR in April. In fact, Microsoft says some of the new features in this Rift version are pulled from the Gear VR’s. Some of the new options include MSAA for proper anti-aliasing support in, and new render distance settings to take advantage of the powerful graphics card you’re using for VR gaming. There are also some… This story continues at The Next Web

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Reddit says it’s not giving up the IP address of a user who leaked a Twenty One Pilots song a week before its planned release. A track from the Suicide Squad soundtrack, ‘Heathens,’ made its way to file-sharing site Dropfile on June 15 and was uploaded to the Twenty One Pilots subreddit minutes later. The leak then forced Atlantic Records and its subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen to release the track on June 16, a week before scheduled rollouts with Spotify, iTunes and other platforms. According to a lawsuit filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Atlantic Records and Fueled… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter may be coming to Apple TV soon, but only to stream NFL games. According to a new report from The New York Times, it’s is planning to launch an Apple TV app with a focus on streaming sports: Twitter is in talks with Apple to bring the Twitter app to Apple TV, which would potentially let millions of Apple TV users watch the streaming NFL games, according to the two people briefed on the discussions. The report strongly suggests the app will have a streaming sports focus, but doesn’t specifically limit its scope to live events. It would be nice… This story continues at The Next Web

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Spotify today introduces a new Kids category that aims to help parents and their children bond over music, and encourage kids to develop their language skills with in-app prompts. The Kids & Family category now offers a variety of playlists for everyday activities, such as bathtime, bedtime, playtime, going for a car ride, and more. Each playlist has an age recommendation for parents to see determine which is most suitable for their child. The Playtime playlist, for example, features dance-y songs like “Everything is Awesome” by Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, and “Kung Fu Fighting” by Ceelo Green and Jack… This story continues at The Next Web

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If there’s one thing that makes Pokémon Go particularly annoying, it’s gotta be the despondent feeling of anger that a missed Pokéball throw instills – and avid trainers oughta know this best. Fortunately, a Redditor by the name of homu has developed a new throwing technique that will not only increase your Pokéball accuracy significantly, but also virtually take the hassle out of catching ’em all. The “L Throw” – as homu calls it – is a neat little trick that makes catching Pokémon a lot easier – and it’s not cheating either! To perform the crafty throw, simply drag the Pokéball to the left side of the screen of your smartphone and release it once… This story continues at The Next Web

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Project collaboration just got a serious upgrade. Set your team up with Droplr Pro, a convenient file-sharing service that uploads any files to a remote server, for access by anyone you designate. For a limited time, a lifetime license to Droplr Pro is only $21.99 on TNW Deals. Droplr will streamline your team’s workflow, giving your inbox a break and allowing real-time collaborative updates. It allows you to do away with bulky email attachments or unreliable file transfer services. Using Droplr is simple. Drag and drop your file to the desktop icon, and you’re given a short link to share… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems everyone’s taking some “inspiration” from Snapchat nowadays – with the recent launch of Twitter’s Stickers, it comes as no surprise that the service will now work with brands to offer promoted stickers as a “visual hashtag.” The promoted stickers will work just like regular ones – when you post a photo to Twitter, you’ll have to option of browsing through the current gallery to find stickers that, once posted, are clickable to see other images posted with the same sticker. Twitter’s promoted stickers launch via a Pepsi partnership, with nearly 50 stickers across 10 markets on offer. Introducing Promoted #Stickers A fun way… This story continues at The Next Web

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Assassin’s Creed quickly made a name in the video game industry with its spectacular stunts and scenic action dynamics, but we’re yet to see how this aspect of the franchise will translate in its adaptation for screen. While the movie will certainly make heavy use of CGI to re-create some of the breathtaking acrobatics you could observe in the game, director Justin Kurzel has decided that computer gimmicks simply won’t cut it when it comes to the notorious ‘Leap of Faith’. Assasin’s Creed’s signature ‘Leap of Faith’ is a dangerous acrobatic stunt that involves jumping off incredible heights while still landing completely unharmed. In a… This story continues at The Next Web

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I believe you can learn something from everyone — as long as you’re listening. We’re always building on the legacy and lessons of those who have come before us. For marketers, this is quite a legacy indeed. Although the discipline of marketing only emerged in the 1900s, it builds on a foundation of sales, advertising, copywriting and relationship-building that is much older. Some of its wisest teachings are hundreds of years old. Some of its big lessons happened only months ago. And for every brilliant marketer and thinker mentioned here, there are likely 10 more I haven’t thought of. (Would love to hear… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new report by esteemed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple has plans to release three different iPad models for its 2017 lineup, including a new 10.5-inch size iPad Pro and a “low-cost” 9.7-inch tablet. Oh, and you can expect new display technology for the iPad later in 2018. According to Kuo, the newly added 10.5-inch model will accompany the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and its more affordable 9.7-inch alternative: We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments… This story continues at The Next Web

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With high-profile data breaches all over the news, cybersecurity is on everyone’s mind. But beyond educating staff and users alike on best practices, what can Internet of Things companies do to improve their data security practices as they rush to ship products out the door? To find out, I asked 10 entrepreneurs from YEC the following: What’s one way an IoT company can ensure data security with their newest product? Assign clear roles and responsibilities  Make sure that your employees who are entrusted with the security of your product understand their job roles and responsibilities. When employees don’t have clear direction or… This story continues at The Next Web

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This week, the US patent office issued 6,798 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. Boeing’s radically new technique to takeoff and land commercial aircrafts Patent number: US 20160229558 Engines on commercial passenger jets are sized for take-off conditions. This design condition leads to engine sizes that are larger than necessary for every other phase of the aircraft flight. The larger sized engine for take-off conditions results in higher purchase costs, higher cost of operation, creating additional drag to… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a cold summer for the torrent community. Last month pirates’ favorite tracker KickassTorrents shut down following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin and last week the internet’s largest meta-search engine, Torrentz.eu, mysteriously closed its doors. With two of its major players out of the picture, the torrent community had a massive gap to fill up and it didn’t take long before a bunch of clones spurred. Now it turns out not all of these mirrors are genuine. Popular KickassTorrents clone KAT.am – recently taken down following a run-in with Hollywood – has now resurfaced on the Web; but this time as a scam aimed at stealing your bank account details.… This story continues at The Next Web

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BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we look at Maven which lets you earn money through personal recommendations. Submit your startup to get featured too. What does your product do? Maven lets people earn money by recommending products and services to other people. People who love to shop, can now monetize their skill in an easy, natural way. We believe that everyone is an expert at something. The experienced mother of four who recommends to her friend, and soon to be first-time mother, safe baby products to buy. The college student who is commonly hit up for fashion advice because of her stylish yet thrifty… This story continues at The Next Web

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The iPhone 7 is coming, that much we know. While spy shots are always fun, we sourced our own dummy unit to take photos for you, our dear readers. Below you’ll see an iPhone 7 dummy unit next to the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and iPhone SE. We didn’t bother with the iPhone 6 as it’s essentially the same dimensions as the 6S. The 6S Plus is just a size upgrade, but we took images anyway. We’ll remind you this is a dummy unit, and isn’t operational. It’s meant for third-party manufacturers to use as a model for creating cases… This story continues at The Next Web

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SSD is the future, but it’s an expensive purchase to make it today’s world. But prices are dropping, and external drives with deep storage are fast becoming something we all want on our desktops or in a travel bag. Samsung’s T3 SSD lineup is perhaps the best known of the bunch. We put the 2TB USB-C offering through its paces, comparing it to cloud storage as well as spinning drives. It’s small The first thing that jumps out is how tight the package on this 2TB model is. Compared to the Porsche Design drive I recently tested, it’s downright dwarfish.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rumors of a new MacBook Pro are starting to make the rounds, and it seems there will be an OLED bar where the function keys are now. We’re also getting more info on how it will work. Rather than the ‘customizable’ bar we’d previously heard would be included, it seems the OLED panel will customize itself. From Bloomberg: The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row. Instead of physical keys, a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re like me, finding the perfect backpack is an ongoing, evolving process. The new Slim Pack might actually be the one we’ve been looking for, though. Currently being funded on Kickstarter, Slim Pack has reached its goal five times over. Creator Dave Zuverink plans to start shipping the bag in December. Aimed at the mobile workforce, Slim Pack is a bit unlike anything you’ve seen before. It folds out like an accordion for easy access, but zips up tight to remain as low-profile as possible. SlimFold Slim Pack Kickstarter Preview from SlimFold on Vimeo. The outer shell is only… This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you want to be permanently banned from Pokemon Go? It’s easy: just cheat. In an update to its terms of service page regarding appealing a ban, Pokemon Go creator Niantic Labs says those who use bots or cheater apps to play the game may have no recourse: [Reasons for a ban] includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software. Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone.… This story continues at The Next Web

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T-Mobile has dropped the HTC 10 from its lineup. While stock may be available in stores, it’s no longer listed on the T-Mobile website. First discovered by a Redditor, it seems T-Mobile actually began distancing itself from the HTC 10 on July 21. Other Redditors claiming to be T-Mobile employees note that HTC 10 accessories have been returned to the distribution center, too. As Android Police notes, the phone was only available from T-Mobile for two months, roughly half the time little magenta kept the BlackBerry Priv around. Even sadder? Nobody noticed the phone was no longer available from a major… This story continues at The Next Web

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For a few months every year, I end up living out of a bag at a hotel as often as I’m home. Staying productive and traveling light often seems like the unattainable goal of minimalism, but I’ve cracked the code (at least for me). Here’s a quick rundown of what I use when the creature comforts of home are out of reach. Bag Depending on where I am headed, I use two different bags: an Everki Traveler or a Moshi Venturo. The Everki bag is great for air travel as its zip-down computer compartment is TSA friendly; I just butterfly it… This story continues at The Next Web

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The 2016 Nexus may have just surfaced in a spy shot — and it’s terribly ugly. A Twitter account belonging to someone with the username ‘Nexus’ has two tweets, both relating to the new devices. The 2016 HTC Nexus looks like a cross between the Nexus 4 & iPhone with glass and fingerprint scanner on the back. pic.twitter.com/7pm9fhszki — nexus (@usbfl) August 14, 2016 The device is described as a cross between the iPhone (we assume SE or previous 4-inch varieties) and Nexus 4, which lines up nicely with previous Nexus rumors. And it’s ugly. The edge of the device… This story continues at The Next Web

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