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Bring your surroundings to life with Touch Board DIY Starter Kit

We knew the future would be cool, but few could have predicted it would be this <i>fun</i>.<p>The Touch Board DIY Starter Kit is an incredible leap of real-life tech immersion, which doesn’t require previous tech experience.<p>With this mad scientist starter kit, you can now create an interactive environment …

Lifestyle

Calm down: Google's use of Material Design on iOS is fine

A recent bit of commentary from Macworld posits that Google’s use of Material Design on iOS is a mistake. Another site piled on, going so far as to call it “dumb” and “rude.”<p>The main takeaway is that design can be divisive, and is always subjective. Material Design is no different, but there needs …

Material Design

Delta's 'Innovation Lines' could change travel forever

If you travel a lot, you likely know how shitty TSA checkpoints are. Getting through an airport safety check can be a nightmare, but Delta may have just solved it with something called “Innovation Lanes.”<p>Here’s how it works: rather than a single-file line, travelers can queue up and file into …

North America Travel

Jawbone may be getting out of the wearables business

Jawbone may finally be doing the smart thing and getting rid of its hardware business. According to a report from Tech Insider, the company has sold off all of its wearable inventory.<p>It’s not been confirmed (and we’ve reached out to Jawbone for comment), but Jawbone has apparently sold off all of …

Apple News

Dear GitHub: Thanks for getting rid of streaks

Github Streaks are dead and gone. About ten days ago, GitHub announced it was changing contribution graphs to reflect private as well as public commits, and ditching the metric that tracked how long you’d been active altogether.<p>Here’s how GitHub framed it:<p>As part of this update, code streaks are no …

GitHub

Microsoft Office Certification bundle is now 99% off

We’d all like to consider ourselves proficient in Microsoft Office, but let’s be honest – the majority of office professionals could stand to polish up on Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.<p>Take your skill-set from basic functionality and educated guessing to in-depth fluency with the Complete …

Microsoft Office

10 brilliant IoT hacks from TNW Europe 2016 Hack Battle

This post is brought to you by ToonAPI<p>Each year, The Next Web plays host to an epic hack battle. In a mere 36 hours, 140 code lovers, designers, and digital creatives dissected, connected, and created their wildest dreams.<p>As Michel Muurmans, Manager Toon API said:<p>The Next Web Hack Battle presents …

Uber

Lookmark fixes the biggest problem with iTunes on the desktop

If you’re looking for music, movies and apps to load up on your iOS device on the Web, it’s a pain to purchase them without switching between your browser and iTunes’ crappy desktop app.<p>That’s where Lookmark comes in. The first version of the browser extension, launched last October, allowed you to …

Software

Google brings Accelerated Mobile Pages to its iOS app

The Google app is about to get much faster on iPhone.<p>Google is introducing its Accelerated Mobile Pages platform to iOS, which works similarly to Facebook’s Instant Articles to reduced page sizes so they load instantly off of Search. This applies mainly to news publishers, and AMP’d pages will be …

Mobile

Photoshop will finally fill in the empty gaps when you straighten an image

If you’ve ever tried to straighten an image in Photoshop, you’ve probably come across this problem – you start rotating the image, and then are left with unsightly white gaps at the corners. According to Adobe, that will soon no longer be an issue.<p>Previously, you could either crop the image to cut …

Photoshop

Google VR boss: 'Hold off for a few months' if you want a Daydream phone

Excited about VR for Android? We are too, but we’ve also got some bad news: your current phone probably won’t support it.<p>Speaking to Road to VR, Google’s VR boss Clay Bayvor says we’ll all need an upgrade:<p>I can tell you that there will most likely not be any ‘retroactively’ Daydream-ready phones. …

Google

Samsung created a Batman-inspired S7 Edge to prove die-hards will buy anything

If you’re a fan of the caped crusader, or just generally have an affinity for cool logos on expensive flagship phones, Samsung is about to make you really happy.<p>“We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and offer a special edition of Galaxy S7 Edge for fans of <i>Injustice:</i> …

Warner Bros

Microsoft and Facebook want to speed up the Web with a 160 Tbps transatlantic cable

For all our reliance on cellular networks and Wi-Fi, the bulk of the internet is still built on good-old physical cables. As in, giant fiber optic cables that run under the entire Atlantic ocean. Now Microsoft and Facebook have teamed up to build the most powerful transatlantic cable yet.<p>Called …

Facebook

LinkedIn's chat stickers and GIFs are still (unsurprisingly) absolutely terrible

When you think social — and stickers — I bet LinkedIn is the last place you consider. There’s a good reason for that, too — they’re terrible.<p>As a professional network, LinkedIn is either a handy tool or a necessary evil depending on your perception. Last Fall, LinkedIn tried hard to refresh its …

LinkedIn

8 popular sites blocked by ISPs in UK as MPAA continues with its whack-a-pirate game

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has succeeded in having yet more websites added to the list of copyright-infringing sites that anyone in the UK is blocked from accessing via any of the country’s major ISPs.<p>The eight new additions are: Couchtuner, MerDB, Putlocker, Putlocker Plus, …

PRSS launched at TNW USA 2013, now its founder wants to help you get acquired by Apple

Sitting down over rijsttafel — an Indonesian rice dish (the word literally translates to “rice table”) — in Amsterdam, Jochem Wijnands begins to explain diversity in the Netherlands and how this small Dutch country now has some of the best Indonesian food in the world.<p>Our waiter refills my drink, I …

Amsterdam

Facebook shut down in Vietnam during Obama's recent visit

During President Obama’s recent visit to Vietnam, Facebook went down — and it wasn’t an accident.<p>Data compiled by Access Now — which has the tagline “fighting internet shutdowns around the world” — suggests Vietnam cut access to Facebook off while Obama visited due to its own upcoming …

Facebook

Jolla's new €169 Sailfish OS phone is already sold out

Finnish mobile firm Jolla has been working to bring its community-powered Sailfish OS to the masses since 2013. It’s now launched its second smartphone in an effort to keep interest in its platform alive, but the new device has sold out in one day.<p>That’s partly because Jolla only manufactured 1,000 …

Phones

You can now play Spotify tracks right from your Twitter timeline

Twitter will now let you listen to Spotify music clips right from your timeline.<p>The new audio cards let users listen to 30 second previews of song tracks in their feeds without having to open Spotify itself. Click or tap on the song to start playing the music, or click on the little Spotify icon to …

Spotify

How startups can cater to today’s ‘Google It’ culture

Innovation is the key word of today’s startup culture. New businesses pop up every day, each providing solutions to make life easier for customers.<p>Even existing corporations are seeing the value in these startups and partnering with them to address specific issues.<p>The help desk is changing just as …

Startups

UMich's new tech adds Force Touch to any phone

One of the novel features of the latest Apple flagship, the iPhone 6s, is 3D Touch. It brings up contextual options when you press down rather than tap on an icon or in an app interface. It’s an elegant way to let you access additional functionality without cluttering up the UI.<p>Sadly, it’s only …

Phones

HP has a backpack for VR coming, and it's equal parts cool and stupid

Do you really want to strap a computer to your back while using VR? My answer is ‘lol no,’ but HP thinks many of you will disagree.<p>The unnamed project from HP packs an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB memory and a GPU into a 10 pound case that you’re supposed to strap on your back while …

Virtual Reality

Google beats Oracle in court over Android's Java use, but appeals are coming

Google is not infringing Oracle’s Java APIs with its Android operating system, a court has ruled.<p>A jury found Android to be accessing Java APIs under a ‘fair use’ provision in copyright law. Via email to Ars Technica, a Google lawyer had the following post-trial take:<p>Today’s verdict that Android …

Google

It's illegal to wakeboard Amsterdam's canals – unless you're Casey Neistat

Amsterdam is known for being particularly strict when it comes to how people use its waterways. It’s understandable – they’re more than 300 years old. So what does it take to get them to relax their rules to allow a jet ski and a wakeboard to cruise them for an entire morning?<p>The potential for the …

Netherlands

Apple reportedly considered buying-out Time Warner

Following the trails of Amazon and Netflix, Apple too might be looking to step up its production of original video content.<p>According to a report from the Financial Times, last year a top Apple executive broached the prospect of a potential Time Warner buyout at a commercial meeting between the two …

Time Warner

We proudly announce the European Tech30 2016: A list of the fastest growing companies in revenue

The Tech5 competition 2016 has come to an end. Together with Adyen, we searched six countries to find each one’s fastest growing companies in revenue, hosting a dinner in each country to announce its winner.<p>During TNW Europe –on the main stage at 5:10PM – we’ve just announced the overall European …

Europe

'Player Two' is an animated short that shows what it's like to be a younger sibling

‘Player Two’ is a four-minute short film that looks like a fun animated adventure featuring an older and younger brother exploring life through video games, both physically and metaphorically. As the film delves on, you begin to see a bigger theme emerge — the second player is essentially being led …

Animated Movies

Minecraft's mini-games are finally coming to consoles next month

If you’re a PC gamer, you can pretty much stop reading now. For everyone else, specifically console-toting Minecraft fans, you’re finally going to be able to get in on the franchise’s mini-game action from June.<p>Announced in a blog post, the Mojang team (now owned by Microsoft) will first roll out a …

Minecraft

This is what the OnePlus 3 looks like

OnePlus has already begun teasing the launch of its upcoming smartphone, with a giveaway of VR headsets and the promise of a virtual reality shopping experience.<p>The company hasn’t announced a launch date, but you can now get a closer look at what the OnePlus 3 will look like, thanks to Chinese …

Virtual Reality

Nick Denton may sell his stake in Gawker to Univision

Nick Denton is looking to sell his stake in Gawker, and may already have a buyer willing to spend between $50 and $70 million.<p>The New York Post reports that Denton could sell his stake in Gawker media to Univision, which had expressed interest well before a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $140 …

Nick Denton