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Samsung rolls out updated Smart Switch website to lure iPhone users

Samsung wants to make it even more effortless to ditch your old smartphone and switch to one of its new Galaxy handsets. To this end, the company is rolling out a redesign to its Smart Switch website. The transfer app enables users to freely move content from their old phone to any recent Galaxy device. What is particularly handy about the Smart Switch technology is that it supports transfers from any phone and operating system. Among other thin

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Sony should do more to boost cross-platform gaming

Halfway through 2017, gamers have a new console from Nintendo to enjoy, a high-end option from Microsoft to look forward to, and increasing interest in VR titles. With these advances in hardware, it seems silly that Sony is pedaling backwards with its decision to keep PS4 gamers away from enjoying cross-platform titles. Speaking to Eurogamer earlier this month, Jim Ryan, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation, explained the company&ls

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Samsung launches new phone-to-phone ‘switch‘ app to lure iPhone users

Samsung wants to make it effortless to ditch your old smartphone and switch to one of its new Galaxy handsets. To this end, the company is launching a new transfer app that enables users to freely move content from their old phone to any recent Galaxy device. What is particularly handy about the new Smart Switch technology is that it supports transfers from any phone and operating system. Among other things, the new phone-to-phone service promis

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Craziest Aircraft Design Ever

The aircraft has been designed by a German company called IAT 21 Innovative Aeronautics. The aircraft essentially consists of a fuselage, on which 4 propeller units are mounted. The aircraft can take off and land vertically. The propellers are gimbal mounted. The gimbal works just like the camera gimbals, which allow for smooth camera movements. And this is something that owls do naturally. The gimbal on the aircraft allows for smooth movements o

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Facebook has a magical Harry Potter easter egg to celebrate the book‘s 20th anniversary

The news that the Harry Potter series is twenty years old has left me saddened in the way only Dobby‘s untimely death could. Has it really been that long? Apparently so. To celebrate, Facebook has added a bit of magic to the Facebook site and mobile applications. Statuses that contain the phrase ‘Harry Potter, ‘Gryffindor,‘ ‘Ravenclaw,‘ ‘Hufflepuff,‘ or ‘Slytherin‘ will display a cool an

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How the cloud has changed education and training

Silently but steadily, cloud computing and services have revolutionized the way we manage education, training and classrooms.

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Facebook wants to be your next destination for streaming TV shows

After reluctantly admitting that it is indeed a media company last December, Facebook is starting to get into the business of producing content including original TV-quality shows and unscripted video shorts. The social network is said to be betting big on fresh shows targeted at audiences aged 17-30, with plans to allocate budgets of up to 3 million per 30-minute episode to producers in Hollywood. For reference, that‘s similar to costs for

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Open Spotify links in Google Play Music with this handy Chrome extension

As the only TNW staffer currently residing in India, I find myself excluded from the music channel on our company‘s Slack, where people share their favorite songs and new discoveries all because my colleagues in the US and Europe use Spotify and the service isn‘t available here yet (I tried a VPN, no dice). But now, thanks to a handy new Chrome extension, I can judge their poor taste in tunes and decide who to share headphones with w

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Get over 1.1 million graphics at your fingertips - for only 31

Ask any art profinding a stockpile of quality vector graphics to incorporate into your own projects is worth its weight in gold. They‘re high quality, they‘re versatile, and with their host of customization options, they‘re able to liven up virtually any graphics assignment with minimum adjustment. With a two-year subscription to VectorState (available now for only 31, 80 percent off, from TNW Deals), you‘ll likely never h

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Learn the art of manipulating data with this serious MATLAB training for only 27

When engineers and mathematicians need to get down to some hardcore computer modeling and data visualization, MATLAB is one of the prime programming languages and environments of choice. Data analysis is one of the fastest growing areas of need in many businesses and MATLAB is at the heart of that analysis. So learn MATLAB from the ground up with this complete mastery bundle of courses. Right now, you can get these five MATLAB courses for only 27

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Tone-deaf cop addresses real-life shooting while playing video games

This week, a Seattle police officer chose to talk about the death of a pregnant woman at the hands of his fellow officers while livestreaming a video game. On June 18th, officers came to Charleena Lyles‘ home to investigate a burglary she reported. Lyles, a pregnant mother of four, was then killed in a scuffle with the officers. Some of the details of the case are unclear, but it‘s known for sure three of her children were home at th

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I trained a neural network to create CIA malware codenames

The Central Intelligence Agency is America‘s best-known intelligence agency, but it‘s still shrouded in secrecy. Thanks to Wikileaks, we‘ve learned a lot about its internal workings, particularly when it comes to cyber-espionage. One thing that I‘ve come to appreciate is the humorous bent to how the CIA names its internal projects. There are some absolute howlers. My favorite is, of course, Gaping hole of DOOM. Other honor

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TRVL is the best travel platform you‘re not using (yet)

From the moment I saw it, I was instantly enamored with TRVL. The brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Jochem Wijnands, TRVL is a sort of mashup that turns each user into a travel agent with the potential to earn money for their recommendations. Think of it as TripAdvisor meets Airbnb and Skyscanner. Travelers, Wijnands says, are the best source of information for other travelers. And while the typical tourist spends hours scouring the web for inform

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Bethesda is bleeding gamers dry, and I‘ve had enough

In case you were lucky enough to miss Bethesda‘s tepid showing at E3 2017, blockbuster RPGThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is getting yet another re-release. This time, it‘s coming out, at least in part, in VR. If this were the first, or even the second time thatSkyrimhas resurfaced, I might not bat an eyelash. But since its release in 2011, it‘s been re-released three times: for current gen consoles in 2016, and VR and Nintendo Swit

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It‘s time to stop using video playback to measure battery life

When was the last time you bought a laptop that lasted as long as advertised, especially if its a PC? Probably not any time recently. Problem is, manufacturers continue to insist on using video playback to measure battery life. That is, frankly, nonsensical; video playback is literally one of the most efficient things a modern processor can do, and using it to measure battery life creates wildly unrealistic expectations for the average consumer.

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This 3D-printed map from the original Legend of Zelda was worth every penny

The Legend of Zelda was the pinnacle of 1980s console games. Its sprawling levels spanned multiple regions and included desert, wetlands, and tree-lined forests. For the time, it was a massive map and an impressive display of pushing hardware to its limits. Due to the size of the world, it often left nerdy young children, like me, to their own devices in an attempt to map out each of the game‘s rooms. Or, perhaps your parents loved you more

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Instagram is trying to get a little more personal with a favorite friends list

Instagram is rethinking the way you share on the platform. According to a report by The Verge, the company is testing a feature that allows you to share photos with just a limited group of friends and Instagram will be a lot better for it. Currently, you have little in the way of privacy controls on Instagram. You can either make your account public and share with everyone, or make it private so that all your photos are only visible by the peopl

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Avoid these mistakes when closing a big business deal

As a salesperson, you have one thing on your mind: closing as many deals as possible. Regardless of how much time you put into the sales process, it all comes down to the ‘final push.‘ This is when you negotiate, discuss the finer details, and do whatever it takes to close the deal. There is nothing more stressful than this. Have you struggled to close deals in the past? Are you wondering what you‘re doing wrong? By reviewing yo

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Build cutting-edge websites from dozens of premium WordPress themes for under 40

Putting together a website means answering a lot of questions. What type of layout should the site have? How should users navigate? What added graphics or animated elements would you like to see incorporated? For WordPress users, choosing the website theme that works best for you answers literally dozens of site creation questions with a single button push. For a decision that important, you can secure access to beautifully crafted and dazzlingly

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Google has killed off the ability to only back up Photos while charging

One of the most beloved features Google implemented in Photos was the ability to back up your image collection only while charging. But it seems Android users are in for a bitter disappointment as the company has officially ditched the functionality in the latest version of the app. A litany of irked users flocked to the official Google support forums as well as some other smartphone communities to complain about the missing feature. While some i

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Tweeten 2 updates the best Tweetdeck replacement with filters and better GIF support

I live in Twitter. It‘s where I find stories, communicate with my peers, and rant about PRs. That said, I‘m not hugely impressed with the default Twitter web interface, which separates messages and the timeline into two disparate areas. Tweetdeck doesn‘t do anything for me, either. Tweeten, however, is an intriguing little project. Launched almost eighteen months ago, this is a standalone version of Tweetdeck that comes bundled

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Facebook is testing a revamped Videos tab with suggested clips on Android

Facebook has been pushing video on its platform for quite a while now, but a revamped Videos tab in its mobile apps indicates that the company is hoping to draw even more eyeballs away from rival services like YouTube. I‘ve only just spotted a new Video tab (marked with a ‘play‘ icon in the app‘s navigation bar) in the Android app; it features an endless stream of videos from your network both from Pages you follow, as we

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Samsung‘s Bixby knows Galaxy S8 owners would rather use Google Assistant

Samsung blew the competition out of the water with its exquisitely designed Galaxy S8 flagship. But one thing consumers found rather underwhelming was the company‘s decision to include a dedicated physical button for Bixby and it seems even the virtual assistant has grown smart enough to know this. In a bizarre turn of events, Redditors were amused tospot that one of the apps Bixby recommends to Galaxy S8 users is bxActions an app specifi

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What will it take to bridge Africa‘s digital divide?

The digital divide -the gulf between those who have ready access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as computers and the internet and those who do not - does exist in Kenya and many parts of Africa. I got this key message during a media day in Kenya last week (16 June 2017) organized by Huawei Technologies, a technology solutions provider. Despite rapid growth in ICT, the digital divide is common in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some

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