This free app is fighting human trafficking, 4 pictures at a time


The dark underbelly of society is not something we like to think about — much less talk about — but it’s there. An app named TraffickCam shines a light on human trafficking, and lets you intervene without getting involved. After downloading the app, all you have to do is snap four pictures of a hotel room you’re staying in (as well as note the hotel’s name and location). From there, those images are added into a national database authorities can use to cross-reference images found online. “Right now there are pictures posted every day. Hundreds of pictures, in every city…

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How Product Hunt proves that App Store search is completely broken


Searching for apps is typically pretty straightforward, so long as you know what you’re looking for. But when you don’t, both Apple and Google’s respective shops (the App Store and Google Play) do an absolutely terrible job of helping you out. GIFs I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that GIFs are basically our new way of conversing with one another. At TNW Europe, Giphy’s CEO Adam Leibsohn asserted as much in a talk about how GIFs were taking over the world and replacing speech. He asserted that with a GIF, you could replace entire lines of text when digitally communicating…

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India’s $4 smartphone will begin shipping next week


Earlier this year, a $4 smartphone meant for the rural Indian market was announced, sending waves throughout the industry. Believe it or not, it’s real — and about to start shipping. The Freedom 251 is now set to start shipping on June 30 to those who pre-ordered the device. Built by India’s Ringing Bell, the phone sports some very ho-hum specs when compared to other devices — but it’s four dollars. It has a 4-inch screen, and an 8MP camera around back (but a 3.2MP front-facing shooter for selfies!). An 1800mAh battery powers the 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. There…

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Why Apple is (probably) really killing the Thunderbolt display


Pundits believe Apple is working hard on a new ‘Thunderbolt’ monitor, and much of the focus is on the possibility there will be a GPU buried in the hardware. I think there’s a much different (and more colorful) reason Apple is refreshing its monitor. The rumor Late last week, Apple announced it was letting the current Thunderbolt display die on the vine. You can still buy one — and they’re still $1,000 — but stock won’t be replenished. As with any move Apple makes, speculation abounds! The Thunderbolt display is seriously long in the tooth, so it’s not a surprise…

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Latest iPhone 7 rumor points to new camera assembly and second speaker grill


The iPhone 7, expected to debut this Fall, is currently tumbling through the rumor mill. The latest involves what is being touted as the phone’s machined casing, which details a few previously heard rumors like the absence of an audio jack. Replacing the audio jack on the iPhone 7 will be a second speaker grill. It’s apparently that simple; ditch the headphone plug, add a speaker. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ iPhone 7: Une nouvelle photo HD révèle la présence d’un 2ème haut-parleur! https://t.co/mr9BjqXfn3 #iPhone7 pic.twitter.com/HaGEBzQ62I — Steve Hemmerstoffer (@stagueve) June 25, 2016 The other point of contention involves the camera. We’re seeing both…

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Pre-sale: Create apps for iOS 10 before it arrives


The new iOS 10 is right around the corner, with enormously anticipated advancements in everything from Messages to Maps, Photos to the ways we interact with Siri and beyond. If you’re interested in getting in on the ground level of Apple’s latest evolution, you can get a running head start down the path to a lucrative future in coding with an exciting The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course, now offered at a pre-sale discount of 98 percent off from TNW Deals. The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course will prep you for success with 80 hours of training in the basics…

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4 great deals on high-quality Bluetooth earbuds


The market is flooded with Bluetooth earbuds, but not all are created equal, and quality is hardly a guarantee. Check out four great offers on high-caliber Bluetooth audio options from TNW Deals, featuring a variety of options to suit your earbud needs. Acesori A.Buds Bluetooth Aluminum Earbuds: $29.99   Earbuds have a nasty habit of refusing to stay put. It seems no matter the brand or bud design, they’re always falling out while involved in any serious activity. But finally, someone’s figured it out: Acesori has designed a sleek pair of Bluetooth earbuds explicitly designed for exercise, with magnetic connectors…

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The Rock’s new YouTube channel wants to ‘force humanity to rethink everything’


When most of us launch a YouTube channel, it consists of dozens of really bad videos that gradually improve the longer we keep at it. When Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson starts a YouTube channel, he spares no expense and hits the platform running, complete with Hollywood trailer and promises that he’ll force ‘humanity to rethink everything.’ If that wasn’t enough, The Rocke’s first appearance on his new channel just goes to prove he’s not fucking around: “Hey Ray! Go ahead and uh, call the President of the Internet. Tell ’em Rock’s got a hell of an idea. Yeah, it’s time…

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Affinity Photo was Apple’s 2015 App of the Year — and it’s headed to Windows


Affinity Photo is easily the closest thing to Photoshop that’s not made by Adobe. Until recently, it was also only available to Apple users. But, that all changed with a short teaser and a quick press release. Serif Ltd., announced that it was bringing the much-loved photo editing application to an entirely new operating system — Windows. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to use Affinity Photo, let me sing its praises for you: it’s lightweight, feature-packed, and offers nearly everything Adobe’s Photoshop does (and a few things it doesn’t) for all of $50. It’s also the proud recipient of an Apple…

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Dear Netflix: 7 reasons offline video support make sense


Less than two years ago, Netflix told the world that offline video was “never going to happen,’’ indicating it would rather improve the infractructure to allow streaming inmore places. Recently, the company has been backtracking, and that’s a great thing for everyone. Back in April, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that the company had to “keep an open mind” about the issue. Then just yesterday, a report with quotes from several industry insiders indicated the feature might just months away. I certainly hope that’s true. Here are just a few reasons and usage scenarios offline video would make Netflix better for…

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