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TuneMoji plugs musical GIFs into Twitch livestreams

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TuneMoji, the maker of the MusicGIF platform, announced today a new collaboration with livestreaming video platform Twitch. The platform’s streamers and viewers can now incorporate musical GIFs into live broadcasts. The TuneMoji extension offers a new way for online creators (in this case, Twitch streamers) to express themselves on the platform, as creators can now configure a set of TuneMojis to be made directly available to their Twitch viewers. Creators can specify whether TuneMojis can be played by any follower or by paid subscribers. Additionally, creators can set a number of Bits, a virtual good you can buy and use to cheer. “TuneMoji’s integration in Twitch gives this creative community another tool to produce more engaging channels, grow their fan-base and make money — pillars that are all very important…
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China has blocked all language versions of Wikipedia

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The great firewall of China has gotten taller once again.Image: Wikimedia foundation By Stan Schroeder2019-05-16 10:31:51 UTC Wikipedia is now completely inaccessible in China.  The Chinese version of the online encyclopedia has been blocked in the country since 2015, but the BBC reported (and the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed) that all language versions of Wikipedia are now blocked in mainland China.  "In late April, the Wikimedia Foundation determined that Wikipedia was no longer accessible in China. After closely analysing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm that Wikipedia is currently blocked across all language versions," Wikimedia said in a statement.  The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) has gathered data on China's Wikipedia block, concluding that "multiple language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in China as of April 2019." China…
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The Essential Computer parts and their Functions

The Essential Computer parts and their Functions

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What make a computer a computer? Yes, computers are complicated, but it can really help to know a bit about the internal components of your computer. Real computers contain a variety of components and subsystems, which includes Power supplies Motherboard Storage devices Display devices Ports and cables Cooling systems Processors/ CPU's Memory Inputs, multimedia and bio-metric devices Adapter cards Below is a basic overview of the essential hardware components of a modern computer that almost everyone rely on. These components are found in nearly every computer, weather desktop or laptop and now many tablets and smartphones too. For the sake of clarity, we would first focus on the essential parts of a desktop computer and then jump into that of a laptop. Front and Rear view of a desktop Computer…
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Storr lets you open an online retail store without any of the effort or overhead

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Budding retail entrepreneurs aren’t short of options when it comes to selling stuff online, whether through an eBay store, Amazon Marketplace, or something hosted on Shopify or Squarespace. While these various retail conduits make it easier for someone without technical prowess to launch their own ecommerce site, sellers still need to exercise ample business smarts, such as sourcing stock at the right price, managing inventory, figuring out profit margins, optimizing shipping schedules and costs, and more. In other words, there are still enough barriers to deter many people from launching their own retail store. That’s why Storr is aiming to carve out a niche in the $500 billion U.S. ecommerce industry with a peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace that lets anyone launch their own virtual store — with goods from established brands…
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Name your own price for this massive online coding class with 120 hours of content

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Itching for a career change? While you may have thought you missed the train on coding jobs, that's not the case. Developers are as in demand as ever before, doing everything from building back-end databases from scratch to touching up interactive graphics on websites and apps for virtually any business that's serious about competing in today's tech-driven economy. One great place to start: the Legendary Learn to Code Bundle, a massive online learning collection that features more than 120 hours of online training dedicated to coding. It's normally worth $2346.99 altogether, but for a limited time, you can pay whatever price you want for the content. Regardless of what price you pay, you’ll unlock the course HTML5 Game Development for Beginners with Phaser. Beat the average price paid, and you’ll…
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Spotify-owned Soundtrap launches cloud-based podcast creation and recording tool

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It’s been a little over a year since Spotify snatched up Stockholm-based Soundtrap, a relatively small company of around 35 employees creating a suite of music and podcast recording tools. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed at the time, save that the entire team would join Spotify, including founders Björn Melinder, Fredrik Posse, Gabriel Sjöberg, and Per Emanuelsson. And although they remain as much a mystery now as then, the Soundtrap team today revealed what it’s been developing post-acquisition. Soundtrap’s newest creation is Soundtrap for Storytellers, a cloud-based app for podcast production that’s available this week starting at $14.99 per month or $143.88 per year ($11.99 per month billed annually). According to Charlie Hellman, head of Spotify’s creator marketplace, it’s designed to streamline the publishing process with a user-friendly,…
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Bitcoin surges past $8,000. Is this 2017 all over again?

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In the spring of 2017, after several months of sideways trading, the price of Bitcoin started rising — from about $1,000 in early April to $2,500 in mid-May. By August it was at $4,000. The trading was choppy and declines were sudden and severe, but the price always recovered, reaching new highs in a matter of weeks. In November alone, the price started at roughly $6,500 and ended at over $10,000 (all data courtesy of CoinMarketCap).  Two years later (with a pretty terrible 2018 in between, price-wise), the price of Bitcoin is on a similar trajectory. Last week, it crossed the $6,000 mark for the first time this year. Just five days later, Bitcoin easily surged past $8,000, and it's currently trading at $8,240 at Coinbase. The prices of other…
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50% of businesses fail in their first 5 years. What’s the secret for those that survive?

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Presented by Dell In his dorm room at the University of Texas, Dell Founder and CEO Michael Dell launched PCs Limited with just a thousand bucks. Soon the company became known as Dell Computer Corporation, and thirty years later it has become a behemoth, with more than 100,000 employees around the world. But to this day, Michael Dell still considers himself an entrepreneur, at the head of the biggest startup in the world, and a venture capitalist with a mission: to give entrepreneurs access to the capital, worldwide markets, talent, and technology that underlies all successful businesses. The clarion call for small businesses It’s a mission with a serious global impact. The worldwide workforce is booming, which means by 2030, the world will need 600 million new jobs. Small and struggling…
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Crypto exchange Binance says deposits and withdrawals will resume tomorrow

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Binance has strengthened its security following a recent hack.Image: SOPA Images / Getty Images By Stan Schroeder2019-05-13 08:16:33 UTC Cryptocurrency exchange Binance, which is recovering from last week's security incident which allowed hackers to steal 7,000 bitcoins (roughly $40 million), said on Monday it has strengthened its security and promised it will allow deposits and withdrawals on Tuesday, May 14.  Following the hack, Binance halted all deposits and withdrawals to its platform until it could fully investigate what had caused the security breach. Trading on Binance was allowed to continue.  "In the past few days, we have made some significant overhauls to our system, with a large number of advanced security features added and/or completely re-architected. We will share details on some of the changes later," Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ"…
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Slightly Heroes: Why formers Angry Birds and Battlefield devs are betting on VR

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With such a dedicated, enthusiastic audience, VR doesn’t get many unexpected surprises. Our most anticipated games enjoy regular spotlights at the top of various subreddits and on our front page. With an industry this small, it’s hard for content to fall through the cracks in the run-up to launch. But Slightly Heroes did just that. It appeared as if from thin air on a broad range of headsets in late 2018 and gradually started raising eyebrows. Not just because it’s pretty good, but because it’s pretty good practically everywhere you can play it. It’s a fine multiplayer shooter on Rift and Vive, for example, but it really holds its ground on Go and Daydream, too. One question, then: where did it come from? You might not be surprised to know…
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