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Google drunkenly brings back the blob emoji (as a sticker pack)

The Android blob lives! Kind of. For those not in the know, Android O is replacing Google‘s classic blob emoji with more generic-looking emoji. A lot of people are not happy about that. Google is well aware, so today in honor of World Emoji Day *sighs* it‘s bringing back the blobs in a sticker pack for the seven people that still use Allo. Of course, making the choice to abandon the blob wasn‘t easy for Google either after al

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Google brings back the blob emoji (as a sticker pack)

The Android blob lives! Kind of. For those not in the know, Android O is replacing Google‘s classic blob emoji with more generic-looking emoji. A lot of people are not happy about that. Google is well aware, so today in honor of World Emoji Day *sighs* it‘s bringing back the blobs in a sticker pack for the seven people that still use Allo. Of course, making the choice to abandon the blob wasn‘t easy for Google either after al

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Apple gives sneak peek at zombies and fairies for World Emoji Day

Apple today confirmed the new emoji from the Unicode 10 update would be arriving on Apple devices later this year - and that it‘s previewing them in celebration of World Emoji Day. Happy #WorldEmojiDay! We‘ve got some new ones to show you, coming later this year! https://t.co/xBR9ZJ7l4g pic.twitter.com/fhDrr4J5KG - Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 17, 2017 In case you haven‘t seen them yet, the new emoji include zombies, fairies, a

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Atari‘s new console looks sweet, but it might break your heart

Atari built some hype last month by revealing it was releasing a new console dubbed the Ataribox. At the time, all we got was a cryptic website and teaser video. Now Atari has shared the first photos of the console in an email to fans, as well as a few more details about what‘s to come. It actually looks quite good! The wood paneling and ribbed top is immediately reminiscent of the old Atari aesthetic, but the shape and minimal branding is

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Life on the Road: The Ups & Downs of Managing Remote Teams

As the CEO of a company with teams in Medellin and New York, working remotely in cafes and hotels and juggling Skype and Gmail is an art form I‘ve have come to master over time. My partner Eddie Arrieta and I recruited a team that is multinational and as a result, travel and remote work has been imbedded into our company culture. However, as our team expands and company grows, we‘ve learned to set more realistic limits on working away

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Report: Cyber-attacks could cost us more than hurricanes

Cyber-attacks could soon be costlier than natural disasters, says Lloyd‘s of London. A new report from the specialty insurer claims economic losses related to the cyber threat in the US could be as high as 121 billion. The cyber insurance market, which Lloyd‘s estimates to be worth around 3 billion, is tapping into a rapidly increasing demand, and companies are losing more than ever before. According to Lloyd‘s and research part

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Hip and cool Europol asks fellow kids to help them catch all the baddies

In a terribly poor attempt to appeal to younger audiences, Europol thought the best way to promote active civic engagement on the internet is by using a language all the cool kids these days can speak: Emoji. To commemorate the fourth annual World Emoji Day, the European law enforcement agency took to Twitter to ask its followers for help tracking down the most wanted fugitives on the continent. But while a few simple words would have sufficed, E

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How fintech companies are trying to make cryptocurrency investments safer

Trading in cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin can be complicated and not without risk. Fintech companies are offering easier and safer methods. Remember when cryptocurrencies used to be straightforward, revolutionary and weirdly romantic-capitalist? A bunch of cypherpunks were going to topple the monetary system from a subreddit and everything would be all sunshine and rainbows? It doesn‘t seem that fun anymore. There&lsquo

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Startupbootcamp Demo Day on Transport and Energy

Around me are dozens of vintage cars in an old warehouse, tucked into a corner of Berlin‘s north west. Those into cars are in heaven, dashing around the vast building, snapping photos of shiny vehicles as old as most attendees. I on the other had head straight to the coffee and snacks. It‘s a fitting venue for Startupbootcamp‘s 3rd demo day in Berlin, this time covering smart transportation and energy. Startupbootcamp runs over

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Ashley Madison: Sorry for ruining your life, here‘s 3,500 (or 2)

In 2015, Ashley Madison was victim of a massive data breach that made public the extramarital aspirations of almost 37 million people (mostly men). While the hack had significant consequences for the company, they paled in comparison to what its members faced. Some members, who couldn‘t quite face the shame of being exposed in such a public manner, committed suicide. Others lost their jobs. Marriages broke up. There was even a spate of exto

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Practical automation guide and tools for busy bloggers

Bill Gates is famous for saying, ‘I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.‘ However shocking that sounds, putting more work and hours into something doesn‘t always yield better results. And today‘s fast-paced online world can be especially tough on businesses that don‘t manage to keep up. As a busy blogger, you‘re probably juggling a multitude of different t

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Porn sites in the UK will soon be required to prove their users are 18 and older

The UK will not trust the standard 18+ disclaimer to keep minors away from porn. The BBCreports the British government will soon require adult entertainment websites to update their pages with age-verification software that discourages underage users from consuming lewd content online. Starting from April 2018, platforms distributing sexually suggestive materials will be legally obligated toimplement stricter age-verification measures before gran

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This visualization shows Airbnb spreading like a virus in Amsterdam

Since the launch of Airbnb, the city of Amsterdam has pretty much flip-flopped on its position towards the home sharing platform and the so-called sharing economy. This shocking visualization makes it very clear why. The Silicon Valley unicorn was welcomed with open arms when it started its Dutch language site in March 2012. The municipality welcomed the platform as an exciting opportunity and initially allowed anyone to rent out their rooms and

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Learn to spot fake news with this Tinder-style browser game

When we‘re bombarded with information from every quarter as we are these days, it‘s hard to tell which stories are bogus and which ones we can trust. So how do you tell fake news from real reports? Factitious can help. It‘s a simple game from a team at American University that presents you with actual news stories, and your goal is to correctly identify whether they‘re the real deal or not, by swiping or clicking left/righ

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How to reduce the risks and complexities of cryptocurrency investment

Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are exciting but risky. These emerging projects are helping ease the way into investing into digital currencies.

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It‘s far, far too easy to break into old Myspace accounts

For people of a certain age, owning a Myspace account was an essential rite of passage. Countless teenage years were spent carefully customizing the CSS on profiles, ranking friends into top eight lists, and picking out the most perfectly angsty pop-punk track to autoplay. Ten years later, Myspace is a relic of the past. It‘s forgotten, but not quite gone, existing in a moribund state. Although nobody updates their profiles anymore, they&ls

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Microsoft‘s new app guides you through indoor spaces without GPS

GPS is great for finding your way around, except for when you‘re indoors, where walls and ceilings make it difficult for satellite signals to accurately pinpoint your location. Thankfully, Microsoft has been thinking about a better way to help you navigate large malls, hospitals, office buildings and parking lots effectively. Over the past two years, a group of specialists at Microsoft Research Asia have developed Path Guide, an indoor navi

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Dear mobile keyboard makers, this is not OK

Over the weekend, Redditors aptly raged over the introduction of ads atop the default software keyboard on the HTC 10. The annoying promo showed up on TouchPal‘s keyboard app, which comes preloaded on some HTC handsets. It was apparently an error HTC asked users to uninstall updates for the keyboard, and TouchPal is said to have apologized and explained that it mistakenly flipped a switch and enabled the ads. Error or not, this is exactly

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If it‘s real, Amazon‘s chat app could make a lot of sense

Towards the end of last week, AFTV News published a scoop about Amazon Anytime, a messaging service that the company is believed to be working on with a bucketload of features including voice and video calling, cross-platform support, encrypted chats and even shared media and games. The media outlet noted that it had received screenshots from a survey launched by Amazon to learn from customers which features are important to them. Amazon hasn&lsq

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5G needs to avoid the awkward history of 4G

Earlier this year, Verizon and Ericsson used one race, the Indianapolis 500, to try and get ahead in another one - the race to be the first to roll out 5G wireless technology to the masses. While the trial was no doubt a step in the right direction, like most 5G testing it was still done in a vacuum that lacked the pressure that comes with a real-world deployment. Getting carriers, networks and mobile devices onto 4G was tricky enough; on a massi

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Six questions startups should ask before hiring an SEO specialist

I spoke with SEMrush specialist, Anna Lebedeva, to get her advice regarding startups and SEO. In this interview, she talks about the critical questions startups need to ask to ensure they hire qualified SEO consultants. According to Clutch.co: Small businesses are investing more in SEO. 52% percent invested in SEO in 2016, a number that will grow to 74% in 2017. Small businesses are also increasing investment in pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. A

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Don‘t allow Siri to become your new BFF

Artificial Intelligence - a companion or a utility? Everyone, from tech powerhouses to startups to Hollywood, has pondered this existential question. If you take a look at AI products coming out of Silicon Valley, you‘d assume consumers don‘t just want Siri to tell them the weather, they want Siri to be their friend. Apple recently announced they‘re working on ridding Siri of her robotic voice by upgrading speech synthesis marku

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How to batch rename files in macOS (without third-party tools)

There‘s nothing like staring down the barrel of multiple files you know you‘ll have to rename. Sure, there are batch file naming utilities in the App store - and I‘ve used most of them - but until recently, I never knew the functionality I needed to rename multiple files was cooked right into macOS. And for those of you trying to jump ahead: no, I‘m not talking about Automator. What I‘m talking about is far simpler.

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The final frontiers for health and fitness? remote and virtual

The health and fitness market is now a multi-trillion-dollar industry. It‘s tremendous success comes as no surprise, either; between the popularity in fitness classes, all the athletic apparel that‘s sold, the ubiquity of tech fitness wearables, and a more wellness-minded populace in general, the sector has ballooned to a 2015 net worth of 3.7 trillion worldwide, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Because of this, it may seem

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