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Android creator Andy Rubin: Essential Phone is now available to order

Following months of anticipation and some broken promises, Android creator Andy Rubin has made it official: The Essential Phone has finally launched and is now available to order. The brand new handset is currently listed for pre-orders on Essential’s own website as well as on Sprint and Best Buy – though it seems each vendor will have a different offer for the phone (more details on that will follow later, but Sprint is reported to offer a $260 discount at retail). The Essential Phone will be available unlocked from its own web store at the price of $699. Those interested…This story continues at The Next Web
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Skype’s controversial redesign is coming to desktops – here’s how to try it

It was only a matter of time. After Skype brought its sleek-but-much-maligned new design to Android and iOS, it’s now doing the same for desktop. The company is today opening up a Preview for the new look and features, so it won’t replace the standard Skype – for now. For those who haven’t been keeping up, the new design is a lot whiter, featuring colorful highlights and gradients, as well as a recurring wave motif. Feature-wise, it ape’s Snapchat’s Stories and includes some video calling features like reactions and image sharing. You can read more about the changes in our…This story continues at The Next Web
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Build and control your own robots, home automation and more with this Raspberry Pi training

So what can these crazy tiny, super cheap, but sneaky and powerful mini-computers do? You can start unlocking some of their potential with this Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle, on sale right now for only $34 from TNW Deals.

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Want to get people talking about your disgusting food? Fake an iPhone 8 picture

McDonald’s Australia (or ‘Maccas,’ as it’s known down under) has made waves in the tech world, after the fast food giant used images of the iPhone 8 in an advert for its MyMacca’s ordering app. Half Life 3 iPhone 8 confirmed, right? Ehrm, not really. While the advert, which was emailed to customers on Thursday, matches what we “know” about the device so far (particularly with respect to the form of the nearly-bezelless display), it wasn’t based on inside information, but rather a render from Benjamin Geskin. #iPhone8 In McDonald’s email (They took my render) pic.twitter.com/5gPJccVh1C — Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1)…This story continues at The Next Web
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EU-funded online privacy tool will protect your data – and help you sell it

It’s hard protecting your privacy online, especially when throwing it away has been made so easy. Most online services allow logging in with our existing social media accounts — which saves us time and effort — but not without costing us our privacy. A new open-source service created by the OPERANDO project will attempt remedy this by increasing the power users have over the data they transfer to online service providers. The service is called PlusPrivacy and offers a unified social networks privacy dashboard where you can manage your privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others — all in one…This story continues at The Next Web

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Lofree’s $70 Poison Bluetooth speaker is the ultimate conversation starter

Although it’s not a household name yet, Lofree is intent on making its mark in the tech accessories space with its beautiful, memorably designed hardware. You might remember the brand from our previous review of its gorgeous wireless mechanical keyboard, which I liked a lot. Its new product, the Poison Bluetooth speaker, is no exception. It’s all about that retro vibe, but also happens to sound pretty good for a device of this size and at this price. Here’s what you get for your money. Design The oddly named Poison is, hands-down, one of the best looking Bluetooth speakers I’ve…This story continues at The Next Web

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Omnidirectional elevators are going to transform our cities

In the 160 or so years since the first skyscrapers were built, technological innovations of many kinds have allowed us to build them to reach astonishing heights. Today there is a 1,000-meter (167-story) building under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Even taller buildings are possible with today’s structural technology. But people still don’t really live in skyscrapers the way futurists had envisioned, for one reason: Elevators go only up and down. In the “Harry Potter” movies, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and others, we see cableless boxes that can travel not just vertically but horizontally and even diagonally. Today, that…This story continues at The Next Web

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How the plus sign can save your Gmail inbox from becoming a pit of doom

Everyone — with the exception of old people still clinging to their AOL addresses decades after their 500 free hours have expired — uses Gmail. At this point, it’s almost a byword for email, with individuals and workplaces embracing it enthusiastically. That’s because it’s really good, and offers a bunch of welcome features that allow you to bring sense to your inbox. Here’s a great example. Did you know that Gmail ignores pretty much everything in the address after a plus sign (excluding the @gmail.com bit, obviously)? So, let’s imagine your email is totallyfakeemail@gmail.com. Emails sent to totallyfakeemail+social@gmail.com and totallyfakeemail+shopping@gmail.com…This story continues at The Next Web
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