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Another week, another collection of fantastic, money-saving offers from TNW Deals. This time around, we’ve locked down four deals on a travel-friendly power strip, presentation software that beats Powerpoint, a lifetime cloud storage solution, and the world’s smallest camera drone. Check them out …

Microsoft PowerPoint

Facebook adds HD video uploads and tests floating windows on Android

Facebook users on Android can finally upload videos in HD resolutions, nearly two years after their iOS counterparts.<p>Android Police spotted the change, which is available in the app’s settings menu, next to the option to upload photos in HD as well. The change seems to have rolled out over the past …

Facebook

'Genderless Nipples' wants to challenge censorship on Instagram

I learned two things by scoping out Instagram account ‘Genderless Nipples:’<p>Nipples look really strange without the context of the surrounding area.<br>• No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t discern the difference between male and female nipples.<p>And I just learned a third thing: I’ve now used “nipple” …

Instagram

NASA's newly-launched Giphy and Pinterest pages are out of this world

When Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon in 1969, I doubt he gave much thought to the dank memes that would one day come of it. I also doubt he knew what ‘dank’ or ‘meme’ meant, but it really doesn’t matter; I’m painting a picture here.<p>NASA already taps over a dozen social …

Space

Android Nougat is rolling out surprisingly quickly, for a change

With Google’s entering the smartphone game for real with its Pixel phones, it seems Android manufacturers have been scrambling to get software updates to their devices more quickly than ever.<p>ZTE is the latest, with a beta update to Nougat available for those who sign up via its community forums. …

Android News

3 reasons 2017 is the year to develop a company chatbot

During Microsoft’s Build Conference earlier this year, CEO Satya Nadella delivered the three-hour keynote address, in which he highlighted his belief that the future of technology lies in human language. In this new wave of technology, conversation is the new interface, and “bots are the new …

Chatbots

Forget about playing Super Mario Run without internet

<i>Super Mario Run</i> is slated to arrive on December 15, but it appears there will be one weird requirement to play the game – an active internet connection.<p>In a recent interview with Mashable, Nintendo icon Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that users won’t be able to play the game unless connected to the …

Gaming

Apple has a serious security issue as another one of its stores gets robbed

Apple might want to reconsider its security practices as iPhone thieves seem to be getting bolder by the day.<p>San Francisco Police Department has released footage of two recent Apple store robberies in the Bay Area, which took place on November 25 and November 29 (respectively) in the vicinity of …

Apple News

What Pokemon Taught Me About the Cloud

In its year-end list of top apps, games, and other entertainment sold on its App Store, Apple named Pokémon Go the breakout hit of the year. During its rapid rise (and fall), the game has been called many things, from social phenomena to nuisance. We can definitely call Pokémon Go a record breaking …

Cloud Computing

Samsung may distribute an update to brick the Note 7 next week [Update: Confirmed]

It looks like it may finally be the end of the road for the Galaxy Note 7. If an image obtained by <i>The Verge</i> is anything to go by, Samsung’s preparing to distribute a firmware update for the US Cellular-branded model of the handset to prevent it from charging; rendering it useless once the battery …

Samsung

Offers

All stories in Offers<p>Securely and easily manage all your logins for life with Sticky Password Premium, now under $30<p>How does managing all your different logins with one single password sound? Sticky Password Premium makes it possible, and will prove indispensable to you. You can get a lifetime …

Gear & Gadgets

6 discrete ways to (legally) spy on your competitors

Trying to better understand your competitors has always had a negative stigma. “Isn’t spying on them considered corporate espionage?” someone recently asked me. But in today’s online and interconnected world, there are plenty of tools that allow you to legally gain important insights on industry …

Marketing

Sony's aiming to be the first third-party manufacturer to roll out Android 7.1.1

Sony’s ambitiously aiming to be the first third-party manufacturer to distribute the recently-announced Android 7.1.1 update, reveals <i>Xperia Blog</i>.<p>In a statement made to the online publication, Sony’s Xperia development team allegedly revealed that adapting the firmware is its “number one …

Android News

Likely pick for FCC chair says net neutrality's 'days are numbered'

In February, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify the internet as a Title II communications service. The Open Internet Rule, which we all started to refer to as net neutrality, gave the commission authority to impose rules designed to keep the internet a free and open entity …

Net Neutrality

Spotify kills SoundCloud acquisition talks

The thought of a Spotify and SoundCloud marriage filled us with butterflies when we first reported it back in September. The two were said to be in “advanced talks” over an acquisition. Since then, we’ve met with radio silence.<p>According to a TechCrunch source, it seems the relationship has soured …

SoundCloud

Facebook may turn comment threads into Messenger-like group chats

Sometimes Facebook comment threads can grow to be so long, they’re basically their own chat rooms. It turns out Facebook is testing a change to basically turn them into exactly that.<p>Back in November, our Content Direct, Matt Navarra, noticed an odd change. Facebook had begun to notify him of …

Facebook

Facebook tests letting anyone upload Snapchat-like photo frames

Facebook is taking another page out of Snapchat’s book. As noted by TechCrunch, the company has started testing a feature that would let anyone make photo frames for profile pictures, although the test is currently limited to a few countries.<p>Basically, you head on over to the new Camera Effects …

Facebook

Facebook released its annual year in review videos and they're driving people crazy

Another year, another lame review video.<p>I’ll admit it, I check my Facebook first thing in the morning. It usually leads to quite a few interesting tidbits I’ve missed while sleeping. Today however, I was greeted with a very sad year in review video.<p>At first, I thought I was being too harsh – …

Facebook

Porn site xHamster is very worried about the Investigatory Powers bill

The recently-passed Investigatory Powers Bill will become law in the UK in early 2017, and it’s got xHamster moaning, groaning, and sweating profusely in anger. At least, I think it’s anger.<p>The bill (also known as the IP Bill, or the more apt Snooper’s Charter) is a particularly dangerous piece of …

United Kingdom

Figma introduces Components to make editing multiple design elements incredibly easy

Figma, the powerful design app with real-time collaboration prowess, is adding a new tool to its arsenal today. It’s called Components, and the idea is to make it much easier to replicate and modify design elements.<p>Creating a Component is just like any other object, but when you duplicate it is …

Design

Daydreaming about Google’s Virtual Reality World

Earlier this year I was treated to my best-ever VR experience when I visited the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford. I put on a HTC Vive, and by moving my arms in certain ways I got to free-fly around a computer-generated city, just like Superman (or woman).<p>Although it was just a demo and …

Virtual Reality

Watching all Casey Neistat vlogs is the best way to spend your time today

Remember Casey Neistat? YouTube’s favorite vlogger gave up on his craft on November 16, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop watching him.<p>His daily vlog experiment started over a year ago, and since then he has produced a ridiculous amount of footage. Two days, eleven hours and 56 minutes spread …

You Tube

Is artificial intelligence the future of customer service?

Dealing with customer service sucks – it is the bane of our existence as consumers.<p>Once you’ve searched the site to find the right number – which feels purposefully hidden to discourage you from calling – you then talk to a robot that completely fails to understand what you’re saying (<i>I said</i> …

Customer Service

Samsung might brush up Galaxy S8 with 'all-screen' bezel-less display

Rumors about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone have been piling up over the last few weeks, and the latest one suggests the device might pack an innovative ‘all-screen’ bezel-less display.<p>The report comes from Bloomberg, which in line with previous speculation, further notes the Galaxy S8 …

Samsung

Bluetooth 5 launches and it’s a lot more powerful

Following its announcement back in June, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) has today revealed that the specification of the much-improved Bluetooth 5 technology has been finalized and is now ready for adoption by manufacturers all over the world.<p>Bluetooth 5 offers double the …

Bluetooth

Become an online marketing expert with the Full-Stack Marketer training bundle

Anybody can sell stuff on the web… that’s not hard. But doing online marketing well? That’s a different story. Go deep inside how to strategically market your products on the web with the intensive training of this Full-Stack Marketer course bundle. Right now, this 12-course package of selling …

Marketing

Jimmy Fallon got to play the Nintendo Switch and we’re jealous AF

Yesterday evening, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé dropped by the <i>The Tonight Show</i> to show off the company’s new Nintendo Switch console and give Jimmy Fallon a preview of upcoming mobile release <i>Super Mario Run.</i><p>Fallon also got an opportunity to play a bit of <i>Super Mario Run</i> in front of …

Gaming

What social media marketing can and can’t do for you

Social media has become one of the most powerful marketing tools for businesses. However, you need to know what you can and can’t accomplish via this platform.<p>What social media can do for you<p>1. Increase the awareness of your business<p>You can reach out to potential consumers through your social media …

Marketing

Microsoft is officially bringing real desktop apps to ARM smartphones

From the outset, Windows 10 has promised to be the OS for all devices, but using it on a phone or small tablet meant you couldn’t run traditional desktop apps. That’s now changing.<p>At its WinHEC event today in Shenzen, Microsoft announced that desktop apps are coming to ARM processors – the kind in …

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft unveils surprisingly low spec requirements for its VR Window Holographic

Not to be outdone by all the other companies announcing VR news today, Microsoft has finally revealed the minimum specs for its own virtual reality platform (or mixed reality, as Microsoft likes to call it), Windows Holographic.<p>True to its promise back during its October event (and recent leaks), …

Microsoft Windows