Memoirs, thrillers and more page turners: Amazon editors select the 20 best books of the year so far

(Amazon Images) Halfway through 2018, there are plenty of great books which already deserve a spot in your beach bag. Editors with Amazon Books have helped narrow the list with their selection of the top 20 books of the year so far. Released between January and June, the books range from memoirs to thrillers, and the list is topped by “Educated: A Memoir,” by Tara Westover. “Whether you enjoy reading in print or Kindle, or listening on Audible, the past six months have delivered some unforgettable books across a range of genres, from Kristin Hannah’s Alaska-based family drama, ‘The Great Alone,’ to ‘The Feather Thief,’ Kirk Wallace Johnson’s account of… Read More

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IBM is offering a free blockchain course for students in India

IBM is offering a free certificate course on blockchain technology for students in India. The technology giant has partnered with Indian elearning platform National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) to offer a 12-week online course titled “Blockchain Architecture Design and Use Cases.” The enrolment for the course is currently open, but the coursework will not be available until July 30. Students will be required to submit weekly assignments and pass a final exam at the end of the course to successfully receive their certificate which will be co-signed by IBM. While anyone across the world can signup for the course and… This story continues at The Next Web Or… Read More

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Preview: Dungeon Brewmaster is a disgustingly good VR game

Dungeon Brewmaster is an early access virtual reality game available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It’s a clever riff on the job simulator genre that tasks players with concocting potions and poisons to satisfy the clientele of a working dungeon. The big idea: Players slip on their virtual reality headsets and step into the shoes of a magical bartender surrounded by tables and shelves featuring exotic ingredients. Through the course of the game’s story mode, customers will queue up to order unusual concoctions which the player must then create. Gameplay unfolds through the use of gestures and movement. Players… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Google’s new Podcasts app for Android will sync with Home speakers via Assistant, one-upping Amazon Alexa

Details of Google Podcasts, the search giant’s new Android app for listening to audio shows, leaked out overnight in advance of its official release, and one of the features is especially noteworthy for anyone who has ever tried to continue listening to a podcast on a smart speaker after starting a show on a smartphone or another device, or vice versa. Here is the GeekWire Podcast in Google Podcasts, accessed via the Google search app on Android. (Courtesy Frank Catalano.) The new app will use the Google Assistant to let listeners pick up where they left off on Google Home speakers or other devices connected to their Google accounts, according… Read More

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Organize your Instagram scheduling with Planagram — and save over 90%

Despite more than 800 million active monthly users, it hasn’t always been easy for Instagram fans to use their accounts like they wanted. That includes scheduling posts. Now, you can enlist a true aide in all your Instagram endeavors with a lifetime subscription to a Planagram Agency Plan. Right now, it’s only $49. …read more Source:: The Next Web – Technology       

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EOS freezes 7 accounts in violation of its own ‘constitution’

EOS is struck with another controversy just days after the launch of its blockchain. The 21 block producers (BPs) of the cryptocurrency have unanimously decided to freeze seven EOS accounts that were suspected to be carrying stolen funds. The action was taken as part of the EOS911 initiative — a safety protocol put forth by block producer EOS42, which makes it possible to recover funds in cases of emergencies like thefts. What is particularly contentious about this move is that the decision was knowingly taken in violation of the rules laid out in the EOS constitution. The EOS constitution requires such… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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