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Android users may want to reconsider their lock screen patterns. A new study shows that most of us are using very similar patterns to unlock our handsets. Norwegian University of Science and Technology graduate Marte Løge says that 77 percent of participants in her study started their lock-screen patterns from a corner, while 44 percent started from the top left. Her findings were presented at PasswordCon (yup, that’s a thing) in Las Vegas, which sampled over 4,000 user-generated patterns. Løge suggests using crossovers — and not starting from a corner — to get the most secure results. Additionally, she says using… This story continues at The Next Web

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When I was growing up, my mom would put me in a variety of classes: ballet, piano, swimming. After a semester of each course, I would get bored and move on to something new. The varied curiosity was fun at the time, but eventually it led to my lack of skills in any one outlet. I didn’t realize how learning could be fun until after I left college, mostly because I felt I was finally able to choose the things I wanted to learn, not what’s required in a curriculum. And as of 2015, it’s been all about music. Enter the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mark Zuckerberg’s 14th pick for his Year of Books is Vaclav Smil’s Energy—a beginner’s guide to what fuels us. This is everything you need to know about energy as a concept, where it comes from, what it does, and how we’ll need to change the way we use it to safeguard our planet’s future. We complain we’re low on it. We sip bubblegum-flavored drinks meant to confer it. We try to get more of it from sleeping, from running, from island getaways and endless espressos. Plants get it from the sun and two-year-olds get their abundance of it from god… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have to work with numbers, you need to know Excel. The Microsoft Excel Immersion: from Novice to Ninja bundle over at TNW Deals teaches you how to master spreadsheets, and is now just $29. The three video courses in the bundle form a linear syllabus, starting with the Excel Basics course aimed at complete beginners. The tutorials show you how to sort and filter data, create basic functions, and design charts. The Excel Advanced course follows on, with tuition on gathering data with VLOOKUP, recording basic macros, and creating pivot tables. You can then extend your knowledge of… This story continues at The Next Web

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GIFs, emoji, stickers… they’re taking over the internet. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that it’s okay if we use fewer words, but now I’m a flag-flying enthusiast. When they first started to become a mainstream part of internet communication, I really didn’t like GIFs, emoji and stickers. They felt cheesy, they were childish memes and unnecessary images being inserted into news to ‘appeal to millennials,’ as if millennials can’t read words. People sent me animated stickers in IM conversations and I cringed – ‘just send me words, we’re not babies,’ I thought. And… This story continues at The Next Web

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I became a freelancer by accident. I quit my job at an agency, and was looking to find another agency job. My plan the day after I quit was to go to the library (don’t laugh, this was the 90’s) to learn how to write a resume. I was hired straight out of school, so I hadn’t written one before. A funny thing happened before I could get to the library though—I started to get phone calls from clients of that agency, wanting to know where I was going to work next. I had basically handled everything for the clients… This story continues at The Next Web

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Imagine falling asleep and being able to pick up writing tips from Hemingway, hit tennis balls with Serena Williams, or pitch your startup to Peter Thiel knowing you can carry these very skills and experiences into waking life. Imagine being able to fly, relax on a beach, or even calm your anxiety and fight off nightmares. For centuries, human beings have been looking to the dream state as a pathway to higher knowledge, creativity, and self awareness. Dreams have been studied and practiced by everyone from the ancient Hindus and Greek philosophers to pioneers such as Nikola Tesla and Salvador Dali, filmmakers… This story continues at The Next Web

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‘Cord cutting’ is a phrase tossed around pretty loosely. Over time, it’s come to represent a lot of things, but being practical — it may just be a good bit of nonsense. The overarching goal of cord cutting is to relieve yourself of a contract with your cable company. The basic concept is to get TV without going through popular avenues; consuming traditional media in an unconventional way. That’s easy enough to do, but doesn’t always make sense for the end user. The initial concern with cord cutting is bandwidth. To stream media, you need a strong internet connection. According… This story continues at The Next Web

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Don’t Miss out on these Deals! Amazon Web Services Engineer Bootcamp Bundle for just $29 If you need to deploy any kind of application, especially one that needs room to grow, Amazon is a great place to host it. These four courses show you how to configure the perfect AWS setup. The tuition starts from scratch, looking at the various services Amazon provides, such as EC2, S3, and the Route53 Domain Name System. In each case, you learn how to work with the infrastructure. That includes developing SQL-free databases, setting up load balancers, scaling with EC2, and using S3 for… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re selling your time as a freelancer, or selling your own products, you’ve probably already realized you need to put nearly as much effort into marketing as you do into your work. Getting people to know who you are and what you do is part of the process if you want to make your living independently, and to do this well, you need to be loud. Why self marketing is important People won’t find your work because it’s good. There’s too much noise online for the signal to get through just because it’s good. You need to be both… This story continues at The Next Web

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“EXCITING STARTUP CORP has raised $50 million from RAPACIOUS VC BASTARDS. Do you want to interview the CEO to find out how excited he is to be able to dive into a vault of money, Scrooge McDuck-style?” A16z just invested in his payments app for ducks No. No, I don’t. One of my favorite policies at The Next Web is that we don’t write about funding news. The figures support that decision. Most readers care as little as I do about the movements of money bags. Of course, it’s important to understand how VC and Angel investments effect the tech… This story continues at The Next Web

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QuizUp is expanding beyond its realm of competitive trivia gaming with a new program aimed at helping companies revamp corporate learning, reports TechCrunch. QuizUp at Work lets employees face off against each other in fast-paced challenges based on their companies’ corporate programs, products and policies. CEO Thor Fridriksson said, “Traditionally when enterprises are handing employees the manual of how to do things, it’s not exactly the most fun thing ever, it’s more of a chore. I feel like this is kind of the Holy Grail of corporate learning, you know, to make it fun.” He believes that QuizUp at Work… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bandai Namco’s beloved Pac-Man arcade game turned 35 earlier this year, and the company celebrated the occasion with a revamp of the original title on iOS — but it’s only with the recent release of Pac-Man 256 that the title has truly come of age. Available on Android and iOS, Pac-Man 256 features an endless map that you can play in landscape or portrait mode. As with the original, you still have to chomp away at all the Pac-Dots you can reach while avoiding ghosts — but you also have to escape the dreaded glitch. Pac-Man 256 looks great and lets… This story continues at The Next Web

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Polyglots of the world rejoice: Google developer François Beaufort has revealed that the company has added support for simultaneous multilingual spellcheck in its latest experimental Chrome Canary build. So, next time you’re sending a message, email or blog post out into cyberspace in more than one language, the browser’s built-in spellcheck will flag mistakes across everything you’ve typed. Simultaneous multilingual spellcheck in action on Chrome Canary To turn it on, launch Chrome Canary, point it to chrome://flags/#enable-multilingual-spellchecker and enable the option there. Next, visit chrome://settings/languages and check ‘Use this language for spell checking’ for every language you want to use… This story continues at The Next Web

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You know those gorgeous pictures you shot while on vacation — the ones with the beautiful scenery and family portraits where you wish the sky was not white? The big brains at MIT’s Media Lab are working on it. Photographers today sometimes try to compensate for overexposed blown-out skies — and other instances of overexposure — with HDR technology, something already built into iPhones, or with post production photo software. HDR uses multiple shots with different exposures to achieve a wider dynamic range. But MIT seeks better results from a single photograph. A paper presented to the International Conference on Computational Photography outlines a way to get the… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s hard to ignore the serious fallout from the data dump of affair site Ashley Madison: from lascivious stories of Josh Duggar’s membership to the site, to credit cards leaked that are still in active use, to a self-proclaimed cynically handy search tool to see if a man you know has or had a membership, a group of hackers called Impact Team have done what is likely irreparable damage to the site. And if their email interview with Motherboard is any indication, they don’t feel too guilty about it. They make $100,000,000 in fraud a year. Not very surprised they didn’t shut… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the face of myriad studies, statistics, fundings, and exits among Israeli startups and venture capitalists in the past couple of years, we have decided to undertake an in-depth analysis. Here, we will examine the data in a more comprehensive way to understand the trends and where the industry is headed in the coming years. In the current report, we chose to review the hi-tech sectors (technology, internet, mobile, software, and hardware) only, and not include life sciences. Also, we did include an analysis of companies with Israeli connections operating overseas, such as companies that were founded in Israel and then… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Lytro is an incredible leap in photography innovation. By capturing the direction of light, it allows the photographer to focus an image on a variety of focal points after the shot is taken, allowing the viewer explore the scene in 3D. When you shoot with any regular camera or phone, a blurry photo is generally incurable, as the 2D sensor simply records the image coming through the lens. In contrast, the Lytro records both the intensity and angle from which the light arrives, meaning the camera can reconstruct various portions of the photo in sharp focus. For creative photographers,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here at TNW, we’re right in the thick of the summer doldrums — the slow time in the summer that reminds us that startups are run by humans that take vacations sometimes. So in the downtime, I decided to do a little homework surrounding the go-to GIFs populating the newsroom Slack Channel. So I give you GIFstory: a weekly feature where we find the story behind your favorite GIFs! Here are the stories behind four of the Internet’s GIFs. That’s Racist Kid Yes, this kid is actually saying, “That’s Racist!” It’s an interstitial from ‘Wonder Showzen,’ a sketch comedy program… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google and Twitter are getting a little friendlier; you can now view tweet feeds from various accounts and hashtags right from Google.com on the desktop. You can search something like “The Next Web Twitter” and Google will pull up a feed of our latest tweets. Alternatively, type in a hashtag and you’ll access a list of trending tweets. The new Twitter cards aren’t terribly prominent against the rest of search results, not does it do more than provide a chronological list of posts, but we imagine it will come in handy when you simply want to look for a recent… This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you ever thought to yourself ‘all these iOS app icons look the same’? If so, you’re actually onto something. A new study by Appbot reveals that all icons lean toward the same colorways. Blue and red seem to dominate the icon landscape, with green making a healthy showing. As you can see from the diagrams below, there’s some brave apps that venture into different color schemes, but not much. Apps are often comprised of multiple colors, so how can we say they’re blue or red? Appbot took each color of an app, and plotted it on the color wheel… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hey, internet: is coffee too wet for your mouth? Hahaha, silly humans. The geniuses at Nootrobox don’t want you to sip your cup of joe, if wants you to chew it. A new Indiegogo project called Go Cubes wants to disrupt the caffeine scene by introducing a chewable alternative. “GO CUBES are crafted for performance,” the page writes. My take? This thing makes soylent look like a dream. Each Go Cube amounts to about half a cup of coffee, which means gummy lovers (like yours truly) will need to go easy on the caffeine dosage. The vegan-friendly cubes come in three different flavors: mocha, latte… This story continues at The Next Web

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The twinkly notes of 8-bit music, also known as ‘chiptune,’ are a definite nostalgia-stirrer. Whether you remember the cheery tunes of the first ‘Super Mario Bros.’ or the looping melody of the Namco arcade classic “Rally-X,” chiptune brings all of the feelings of old-school gaming in a way other electronic music can’t match. Now, you can make your own chiptune beat simply and easily with PulseBoy, a Web-based application (also available for PC download) under the Creative Commons License that is geared towards 8-bit music newbies. Developed by musician and developer Roger Hicks, PulseBoy’s simple interface will help lessen the learning… This story continues at The Next Web

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Swiss watchmaker Swatch is poking some fun at Apple. The company has acquired a European trademark for “One more thing,” the phrase made famous by Steve Jobs. It has also filed for a trademark for ‘Tick different,’ a pun on Apple’s iconic ‘Think Different‘ campaign used from 1997 to 2002. Steve Jobs would often appear to be ending a press conference before uttering “there’s just one more thing” and unveiling a major new product to the masses. Of course, Jobs didn’t invent the expression, but it’s most heavily associated with him Since his passing in 2011, Apple has avoided using the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has quietly rebranded the companion app to its Echo voice-controlled speaker this week, changing its name from “Amazon Echo” to “Amazon Alexa.” The update comes alongside some extra VoiceOver support and additional sources for the device’s Flash Briefing feature, so the Echo can tell you more about the day’s news headlines. Why Amazon decided to rebrand the Echo app as Alexa remains a mystery, given that it already has an analytics tool named Alexa. The Alexa Web services API and Alexa Skills Kit are also two totally different items (though we’ve seen some pretty cool stuff built from the Skills Kit.) Are additional tools… This story continues at The Next Web

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