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Mark Cuban-backed Unikrn to launch cryptocurrency for esports betting

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Ethereum-based initial coin offerings (ICOs) are popping up every day, but everyone is still waiting for that killer service that really proves to the world that blockchain-based businesses are the future. 

An upcoming token by esports betting platform Unikrn may not be the ultimate answer to that question, but it is one of the most natural uses of the blockchain architecture I’ve seen so far.

Unikrn’s UnikoinGold token will be, simply put, a currency for betting on esports events. The company already launched a virtual coin called Unikoin in 2015, but it was essentially a virtual currency which could not be bought or traded — you could only get it directly from Unikrn.  Read more…

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Leaked images might show the iPhone 8’s wireless charging setup

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This year’s upcoming iPhone 8 product line is widely expected to be Apple’s first generation of smartphones to feature wireless charging capabilities, finally freeing up iOS users from their Lightning cords — and we might just have gotten a good look at what the accessories that will provide that power might look like.    

New images that allegedly show off some of Apple’s charging pad’s internal components popped up online, giving us a peek what could possibly be coming later this year when the company is expected to unveil three new glass-backed phones — the premium iPhone 8, the iPhone 7S, and 7S Plus — that offer inductive charging using the Qi standard. That means that the phones will only charge when they’re actually touching the surface of a specialized charging pad.  Read more…

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Why Apple’s not going to sell an OLED TV

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It’s no secret Apple really, really wants to reinvent the TV. On his deathbed, Steve Jobs expressed great interest in fixing the crummy TV watching experience, telling his biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked it.”

Jobs said he wanted to create an “integrated television set that is completely easy to use” and “would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.”

In 2014, leakers and analysts repeatedly said Apple would release its own TV set, which many speculated could have been powered by Siri. No such Apple-branded TV was ever released and many believe Apple shelved it. Read more…

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18-year-old asks man for advice on her startup, he texts back sleazy messages

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It’s a sad state of affairs when a woman reaches out for career advice from an industry influencer, and instead finds herself on the receiving end of inappropriate messages. 

When 18-year-old Lydia Jones contacted a male entrepreneur for career advice, the conversation quickly took a handbrake turn into creepy territory. 

Jones’ says she wanted a steer on entering the tech scene in London as her start-up Trooops is based in the north of England and she’s found it “very hard” to find people “willing to help” with growth and funding in that area. Jones told Mashable she reached out to the man after seeing him post “numerous times” in the London Startup and Entrepreneurs Facebook group.  Read more…

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It really looks like we could get cell-connected Apple Watches later this year

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The rumor that the next Apple Watch will finally include cellular connectivity is gaining momentum, making it seem more likely that the company will introduce its first standalone wearable later this year.

The inclusion of an LTE chip was first suggested by noted insider Mark Gurman, and now, two more typically reliable sources have corroborated his original report with even more detail. 

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is one of the most respected Apple insiders in the industry, and CNBC both released predictions of their own. The reports both claim that Apple will bring a Watch to the market with LTE chips included, enabling users to get online without a connection to an iPhone to do things like download apps, stream music, and potentially even make calls. Read more…

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Silk Picks to Get You Snoozing Like a Queen

I’m kind of jealous of Zendaya in the “Versace on the Floor” video. Not because she’s paired with Bruno Mars, but the fact that there’s a huge silk bed in her room. She’s practically living like royalty in those sheets. Comfortable sleep is always top priority, especially when you’re out all day. We don’t all […]

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Tiny ‘gym in a box’ wants you to get fit during your lunch break

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If you’ve been tempted to go for a short run during your lunch break, this new idea from Beijing might appeal to you.

24-hour “gyms in a box” have started popping up in China’s capital.

Most of the early versions appear to be air-conditioned, with a treadmill in its small 4 sqm (43 sqft) space, and a TV screen.

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To use it, you can find one on its app, then unlock the door with a QR code.

It requires users put down a 99 yuan ($15) deposit, and the meter starts ticking at just 0.2 yuan ($0.03) per minute once you set foot inside, until you leave and lock the door behind you. Read more…

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Lion immediately regrets messing with this hippo

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What looked like an easy meal turned into a headache for one lion. 

A female lion attempted to hunt a hippo basking in the sun at Maasai Mara in Kenya recently. Perhaps the lion thought the hippo was injured or sleeping. It was most certainly not.

After noticing the lion, the hippo immediately gets up. The lion trots off like it’s no big deal, but the hippo shows that it’s not to be messed with. 

Thankfully for the lion, she got off with just a warning this time.

WATCH: Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about ‘Masters of the Universe’

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The iPhone 8’s most important feature might have just been discovered

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Somewhere deep in Apple’s new spaceship campus, CEO Tim Cook and chief design officer Jony Ive are cursing out the world as fanatic developers continue unearthing clues about the unreleased iPhone 8 from a recent software leak.

The latest discovery: The iPhone 8 might have a resizable virtual home button that would replace the iPhone’s physical home button. At this rate, will there even be anything left for Apple to announce next month?

Once again, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has come up big by scouring through the Apple HomePod firmware that leaked earlier this month. Read more…

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New high-res video shows ‘copper gold’ iPhone 8 from all angles

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The iPhone 8 can’t be contained anymore.

Earlier this week, images of a new “copper gold” (or bronze) iPhone 8 dummy model surfaced, and now YouTuber Danny Winget has created a thorough hands-on video showing off the unit.

Winget acquired three high-quality dummy units of what is believed to be the iPhone 8. Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone in three colors (silver, black, and copper gold) according to KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo and Winget’s mockups back the claim up.

While the all-black unit and silver/white models look slick, Winget didn’t didn’t have words for the new copper iPhone. With white bezels, he says it’s his least favorite version out of the three iPhone 8 mockups, going as far to call it “hideous on this color.” Read more…

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