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We’re always hearing how tech distracts us from being in the moment, whether we’re at work or hanging out with friends. But we can also harness the power of technology to help make us more productive and able to keep up with our never-ending to-do lists. We asked five people in TQ, a tech hub in the heart of Amsterdam, to share their top productivity hacks with us, and here’s what they said.    Apple Notes “Notes from Apple, keeps me on track about almost everything I need to get done, for personal and professional tasks, and also up to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has just announced its plans to appeal the €2.4 billion fine it received from the EU, according to Reuters. The European Commission, EU’s executive arm, fined Google on June 27 for breaching EU antitrust rules. The Commission found Google guilty of favoring its shopping service in internet searches and thereby abusing its market dominance in Europe. #Google brings appeal against @EC 27th June decision before #GC (T-612/17) — EU Court of Justice (@EUCourtPress) September 11, 2017 However, the appeal shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as it never seemed likely that Google would give up without a fight.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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“And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.” – Hans Gruber, Die Hard. Ten years ago, Steve Jobs strutted onto a stage in California to deliver a keynote address. By the time he finished talking, he’d changed the world forever. No matter where you sit on the iPhone/Android partisan divide, you have to accept that the iPhone was a genre-defining device. Almost instantly, it became the standard for how we stay connected away from the desk, casting other form factors into the dustbin of irrelevance. Bye-bye, BlackBerry. So long,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Spain’s data protection watchdog has fined Facebook €1.2 million euros (roughly $1.44 million), after it found three instances when it collected personal data on its Spanish users without informing them of how it was to be used. The judgement is the latest in a series of legal issues that have befallen the social media giant. According to Mark Scott, Politico’s Chief Politics correspondent, the French, German, and Dutch governments are also looking into how Facebook holds and uses data pertaining to their citizens. The Spanish data protection authority said that Facebook’s privacy policy contains “generic and unclear terms,” and doesn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The State of California has long been a pioneer when it comes to an individual’s right to blaze trees. It introduced medical marijuana in 1996, and last year, voters passed a referendum legalizing recreational use. But as spotted by Ars Technica, California is a little more stringent with how it’s delivered, with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (that’s a thing) explicitly forbidding dispensaries from using drones to reach customers. Here’s the exact wording from the bureau’s licensing regulations. Cannabis goods will be required to be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers. Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple is gearing up to launch the next iPhone and celebrate the iconic device’s 10th anniversary at its upcoming event tomorrow. We’re expecting to see a whole new bezel-less design, a face recognition system for unlocking the phone, augmented reality capabilities, and many improvements to iOS with version 11. The unveiling will take place on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park premises, which is the company’s brand new campus in Cupertino. The best place to follow along is right here on TNW, as we’ll cover the announcements as they happen. If you want to tune… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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I know the next iPhone is coming tomorrow, but I think it’s worth a minute of your time to stop and feast your eyes on the incredible looking Mi Mix 2 from Chinese gadget giant Xiaomi. Designed by Philippe Starck, the successor to last year’s bezel-less wunderphone once again features a gorgeous front fascia that’s practically all display – a 17:9 5.99-inch display, to be precise. It has rounded corners on all sides and is encased in an aluminum alloy frame.   The slim panel at the bottom is 12 percent slimmer than the one on the Mi Mix and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

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Xiaomi, a company best known for its pocket-friendly powerhouse phones, has dipped its feet into the laptop game again, having followed up last year’s Mi Notebook Air with the Mi Notebook Pro. The Mi Notebook Pro has pretty solid specs. It packs a 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels (and thankfully the webcam is tucked away on top, rather than in some bottom corner). Under the hood, you’ll find a current-gen quad-core i7, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and Nvidia’s new Geforce MX 150 chip. The Geforce MX 150 is essentially a more powerful alternative… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: MacBook,MacBook Pro,Xiaomi

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With the aggregate cryptocurrency market cap soaring above $150 billion, an above-800% increase in the first eight months of this year, parties that previously dismissed digital currencies as a niche market are starting to make their mark. Governments and financial institutions, which were previously observers, are now taking a more active role in the development of token sales and the trading of digital currencies. Some analysts and speculators are interpreting these developments as the glimmers of the cryptocurrency bubble preparing to burst. However, some interesting developments are indicative that the landscape might in fact be evolving into a more stabilized… This story continues at The Next Web

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What do you do when 140 characters just aren’t enough to express your ideas on Twitter? Launch into a full-on tweetstorm, of course. While it’s fairly easy to do already, the company is looking to make it even easier with a new feature it’s testing in its Android app. For those out of the loop, a tweetstorm is simply a thread of tweets that follow the same topic or conversation. You can whip up your own simply by tweeting and then replying to that tweet to get started; then, you’ll need to reply to each tweet in succession to keep… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Twitter

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If you use Spotify to stream music on your Mac, you’ll no longer be able to access the service through Safari, as the company doesn’t support Apple’s browser any more. It isn’t yet clear exactly what’s caused the issue, but Spotify now suggests switching browsers or using its desktop app to get your fix. On macOS, your options include the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome and Opera. Some folks are pointing to the Widevine DRM plugin that Spotify uses to protect its tracks from being pirated, and its compatibility issues with Safari. We’ve contacted Spotify to learn more. For now,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify

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In the world of global business, it’s likely you’re going to have to learn how to master the art of digital leadership at some point — whether that’s to manage an entire team of displaced freelancers, to communicate with other offices, or to outsource specific roles. The word virtual sounds pretty scary. Speaking to a friend of mine, he said the idea of a virtual workforce made him feel panicked about “a lack of control”, in other words, he envisioned an army of computers taking over every aspect of his life. So let’s just make something clear here, the virtual… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s next iPhone event doesn’t start until Tuesday, but the internet has been set ablaze with new rumblings after a newly leaked final build of iOS 11 hit the web this weekend. The leak confirmed a lot of what we already knew, but there are a couple of new revelations worth talking about. Face ID Apple’s firmware leak references Face ID, which appears to be the official name for the advanced facial detection feature we talked about here. The leaked setup animation walks users through the process of setting their phone up to use the feature. Much like Apple’s existing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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It’s all fun and games on Facebook until you accidentally post something meant for “Friends only” to your public profile. How can you prevent something like that from happening? Facebook offers some pretty in-depth privacy options, if you take advantage of them. In case you’ve never really looked at your privacy settings or what they mean, here’s a quick primer. Who can see your stuff? This option allows you to preemptively control the privacy of your posts. You can choose “Friends,” “Public” and “Friends Except…” which lets you block certain Friends from seeing your post. Whichever option you have selected… This story continues at The Next Web

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The ever-expanding field of Artificial Intelligence stands upon the precipice of a mainstream breakthrough. Whether AI-enhanced smartphones whip up the public frenzy or driverless cars get there first, it’s clear that we’re officially in the AI era. Naysayers will point out AI isn’t new; researchers were diving into the idea of autonomous computing back in the 1950s. Today’s developers aren’t so different either, as what they’re doing is essentially what experts in the field have been working on for decades. What’s changed is the raw computing power we have available now. Fifty years ago, scientists would have needed computers the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The publishing business has been in a tailspin for years as scores of print publications have shriveled and folded. Numerous publications have sought to survive by going digital, but this strategy has not panned out for many media companies because their primary source of revenues, digital advertising, has been siphoned off by Google and Facebook. There’s no doubt that publishers and media companies need to take drastic measures as Facebook and Google continue to dominate the digital ad industry. Based on data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Google’s and Facebook’s publicly reported numbers, Google and Facebook accounted for all… This story continues at The Next Web

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In my 25 years in creative industries, the way we have worked has never felt right. Like some kind of industrial revolution hangover — a time when work was boring, uncomfortable and dangerous — it appears people still need to be coerced with carrots and sticks into being productive. Even in 2017 the starting point for employers still sounds most often like: “you don’t enjoy working, so I’m going to make you. And to make sure I can make you, I’m going to make you come to this same place at this same time every day”. But having an aversion… This story continues at The Next Web

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At the onset of any revolutionary new platform such as Virtual Reality (VR), there is usually an ethical dilemma that presents itself, either in terms of the paradigm shift the technology itself creates (i.e. the Internet vs. IP rights-holders) or, in the case of VR content, the immersive and visceral nature of the content we are able to create with this amazing new platform. How real is too real? Will we, the pioneering VR content creators, create content that’s potentially psychologically or even physically harmful? Will unscrupulous content creators exploit the new medium the way they have with internet content?… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in marketing miracles either. Some people say you can’t predict success and that viral campaigns are just a matter of luck. That’s simply not true. Success and virality are quantifiable. You put a piece of content in front of an initial audience of a reasonable size, trigger a cocktail of emotional responses that create an urge to share and voilà! How come big brands like Old Spice or Dove pull off great video campaigns every single time they launch one? One viral video after another. If it was sheer luck, it would be against… This story continues at The Next Web

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When the UK government triggered Article 50 on March 29 this year, 52 percent of Brexit voters got what they asked for: Britain began the formal process of leaving the European Union. But fake news and post-truths have plagued this debate since it began — Vote Leave chief Dominic Cummings himself admitted they couldn’t have won it without the now-widely debunked claim of £350 million a week for the NHS they plastered on the side of a bus. Now, however, the facts are finally beginning to see the light of day. While it’s a fact that private equity investment in London’s tech… This story continues at The Next Web

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No one is immune from hackers. Not you, even though you don’t have millions in the bank. Not you, even though you don’t own a company where you think espionage would be a problem. Not you, even though you think you are as boring and uninteresting as they come. Everyone is a hacker’s target, as if the news of the Equifax breach that affected 143 million people in America wasn’t wakeup call enough. Whether you operate a business or you are an individual, you are a hacker’s target and you need to protect yourself. According to Equifax: “The information accessed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Three Cornell researchers built a language model algorithm to study gender bias in sports journalism, and it’s apparently capable of distinguishing inappropriate questions where humans fail. Their research paper was originally published last year and discussed by the New York Times this week. The algorithm was built specifically to ferret out questions that weren’t related to the topic of tennis. By comparing in-game commentary to post-game questions and noting the differences, the researchers were able to train it to recognize when questions were more on topic than others. They discovered that women were more likely than men to receive these atypical questions. Several… This story continues at The Next Web

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