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A new version of Opera’s browser for Mac, Windows and Linux has landed with a useful tab preview feature. This lets users see a large preview of a webpage by hovering the mouse over a tab, in the form of the most recent snapshot of the site. Opera 24 also comes with user interface improvements — Windows users with very dense displays can now get a sharper-looking UI (instead of the display being scaled), which the company says is “similar to what Opera for Mac users get on Retina screens.” In line with the release of Opera 24, the company... This story continues at The Next Web The post Opera’s desktop browser now boasts over 1,000 extensions and comes with a tab preview feature appeared first on The Next Web.

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YouTube is strongly rumored to be launching a subscription-based music service soon, but the Google-owned video site has quietly introduced a new (and far lower-key) payment service that lets viewers send donations to YouTube channel owners. First noticed by the astute folks at Android Police, the fan funding feature in initially available in four countries: the US, Australia, Japan, and Mexico. If you live in any of these places, then you may notice the below pop up appear inside Youtube.com or the service’s mobile apps if the channel owner has turned it on. A ‘tips jar’ is not going to replace revenue from advertising, but YouTubers... This story continues at The Next Web The post YouTube’s new fan funding feature lets you donate to your favorite channel owners appeared first on The Next Web.

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As Chinese internet giants are fighting to own people on mobile payment, Alibaba has announced a way to make its payments service Alipay even more secure on a smartphone — with the introduction of fingerprinting technology in a deal that it inked with smartphone manufacturer Huawei. Alipay Wallet, the e-payment app relaunched last year to handle online-to-offline payments, will be integrated into Huawei’s soon-to-be-launched smartphone, the Mate 7, which boasts biometric security technology. Other than a fingerprint reader, the technology includes encryption and authentication managed by Huawei. This means that instead of entering passwords and codes, all that users have to do now... This story continues at The Next Web The post Alibaba teams up with Huawei to let Alipay Wallet users pay with just their fingerprint appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Sarah Maloy is Shutterstock’s content marketing manager. She’s also an entertainment writer, social-media nerd, and chronic binge-watcher.  We look at so many gorgeous images every day that it takes something really unique to make us stop and say, “Whoa.” For me, that “wow” moment came while exploring images of sharks (because of Shark Week, of course), when I came across a series of larger-than-life waves by Zacarias Pereira da Mata. The Portuguese photographer is just one of many who document the beauty of the ocean, capturing terrifying-but-fascinating images of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Wild waves: 14 photos of the ocean overtaking the Earth appeared first on The Next Web.

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Plane Finder is a popular app for tracking flights around the world in real-time. Want to know where the plane that just flew over you was heading? Plane Finder has you covered. However, an interesting feature has been introduced for version 7.3.0 (iPhone/iPad) – it now lets you replay historical flights, going all the way back to April 2011. While Plane Finder is generally reserved for serious plane geekery, it could actually be interesting to look at how major events such as hurricanes or volcanic ash clouds impacted flights as the planes moved (or not) around the world. Or, you... This story continues at The Next Web The post Plane Finder for iOS now lets you replay global air traffic movements all the way back to 2011 appeared first on The Next Web.

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From time-lapse videos to 360º photo spheres, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in July. Here, we filter through the noise to present you with our selection of the best App Store newcomers from the past month. Photo Sphere Camera (Google) Google introduced a dedicated Photo Sphere Camera app to the iOS realm last month, letting users create 360º images and share them with anyone, while also letting them publish to Google Maps. Google’s existing camera app already brought photo spheres to Android users, so it’s nice to see it finally arrive for the iPhone fraternity too.... This story continues at The Next Web The post 13 of the best iOS apps from August appeared first on The Next Web.

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Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.”  I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with the video concept for my previous crowdfunding campaign, the PROTAG Duet. That video eventually went viral and received over 9,000 Facebook shares. But the greatest lesson learnt was that in order to make a video go viral, we must intentionally have the mindset to make one that sells by itself from Day One. (Duet’s campaign video has over 9,000 Facebook shares) Though it is not a requirement for crowd funding campaigns to have a video, Kickstarter statistics show that campaigns that have... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to make a crowdfunding video that sells itself appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft has started increasing OneDrive’s file size limit from 2GB to an unknown new maximum. The change was first spotted by Reddit user megaman821 and confirmed by multiple replies on the site. We got in touch with Microsoft to confirm the change. “As we mentioned on our uservoice, we have started the work to increase the file size limit for all OneDrive accounts,” a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW. “We have started the process with a small number of customers and will continue to roll it out to our full customer base. We will have more to share on this update... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft starts increasing OneDrive’s file size limit from 2GB to an unspecified maximum appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has started sending out invites for an event in India in two weeks’ time which could see the launch of the company’s first ‘Android One’ certified devices. According to NDTV, the event will take place on September 15, but little else is known – not even which city it will be taking place in, let alone details of what is being launched. More details will be provided in due course, the invite says. Image credit: NDTV Despite a lack of any real hints, the invite is expected to be the launch event for Google’s first Android One devices from manufacturers like... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google sends invites for ‘exciting new announcement’ in India on September 15 appeared first on The Next Web.

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From subscription-based book summarizing platforms, to human search engines, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in August. Here, we filter through the noise to present you with our selection of the best Google Play newcomers from the past month. WeTransfer WeTransfer, the popular online service for sending large files across the Web, launched on Android last month. In addition to basic file sending support, WeTransfer for Android lets you pause and resume uploads, as well as send files directly to anyone in your address book. You can also choose ‘groups’ of photos to send to friends... This story continues at The Next Web The post 12 of the best new Android apps from August appeared first on The Next Web.

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While Brazil’s falling into recession isn’t good news for Latin America, it remains to be seen how much this will affect the region’s tech scene, which can still count on other long-term factors to fuel its growth. As a result, August was as busy a month as ever, with a flurry of new launches and acquisitions taking place. Here’s the news you don’t want to miss: Done deals Australian telecommunications giant Telstra is set to acquire 98 percent of video streaming and distribution firm Ooyala with a $270 million investment that comes in addition to the $61 million invested in the... This story continues at The Next Web The post August in Latin America: All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month appeared first on The Next Web.

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The last month of summer has proved what we were suspecting for a while — there’s no such thing as “quiet time” in the tech business any more. Let us help you navigate the tech scene of Central and Eastern Europe with this round-up of the most significant news and deals that happened here in August. If you think that something is missing, or would like to draw our attention to an important story, feel free to ping the author in Twitter (@shlema) or by e-mail at shlema@gmail.com. Startups, funds and accelerators VKontakte co-founder Vyacheslav Mirilashvili has co-founded Yesodot Private Equity,... This story continues at The Next Web The post August in Eastern Europe: All the tech news you shouldn’t miss appeared first on The Next Web.

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August was an exciting month for a number of African companies, with a batch of funding rounds, acquisitions and new product offerings. Funding and acquisitions International voice messaging company Kirusa acquired Ghanaian instant messaging (IM) app provider Saya Mobile. Saya Mobile provides services specifically for African consumers, but Kirusa has now acquired the technology, intellectual property and workforce of the company and will put it to work on Kirusa’s mobile apps. In another high-profile acquisition, South African e-commerce platform Takealot bought online design retailer Superbalist.com. Takealot received US$100 million in funding from Tiger Global Management in May for further expansion... This story continues at The Next Web The post August in Africa: All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month appeared first on The Next Web.

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An alleged breach in Apple’s iCloud service may be to blame for countless leaks of private celebrity photos this week. On Monday, a Python script emerged on Github that appears to have allowed malicious users to ‘brute force’ a target account’s password on Apple’s iCloud, thanks to a vulnerability in the Find my iPhone service. Brute force attacks are where a malicious user uses a script to repeatedly guess passwords to attempt to discover the correct one. The vulnerability allegedly discovered in the Find my iPhone service appears to have allowed attackers to use this method to guess passwords repeatedly without any sort of... This story continues at The Next Web The post This could be the Apple iCloud flaw that led to celebrity photos being leaked appeared first on The Next Web.

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The BBC has today introduced a range of computing and coding-related shows, games and competitions for kids designed to help improve their understanding and enjoyment of the subjects. BBC Children and BBC Learning hope that the new resources will help kids to become more involved in computer science, a desire shared by the UK government, which has introduced new coding and computer elements to the UK’s education curriculum. The Beeb’s additional content coincides with the launch of this new curriculum this week, and incorporates different activities, aimed at primary and secondary school level children. For example, BBC Bitesize content includes study guides and quizzes... This story continues at The Next Web The post BBC reveals new coding and computing content to tie-in with new UK school curriculum appeared first on The Next Web.

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We first brought you news on Blinkist back in January, delving deep into the reading subscription service that helps you get to grips with books in fifteen minutes. It’s all about manual curation, as experts in their specialized fields with a passion for explaining complex matters, provide abridged, ‘condensed’ versions of non-fiction titles that can be read quickly. Back then, it was only available on the Web and on iPhone, but following its arrival for iPad back in March, it’s finally landed on Android too. How it looks Blinkist for Android pretty much follows the same layout as that of its... This story continues at The Next Web The post Blinkist for Android gives you the gist of non-fiction books in 15 minutes appeared first on The Next Web.

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The weekend is over, Monday is upon us, and it’s time to catch up on everything you missed while you were away from the screen doing other things. We understand that not everyone can keep their eyes peeled for the best in news and features all day every day, so we do it for you. All you need to do is put on a coffee, switch your phone to silent and spend 10 minutes catching up on the news and features from The Next Web and beyond over the last two days. News from The Next Web over the weekend Apple... This story continues at The Next Web The post Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here appeared first on The Next Web.

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Things aren’t looking all that good for Microsoft in China as it comes under close scrutiny by the government for antitrust issues. Authorities visited Microsoft’s offices in July and have targeted the company since last month for alleged monopolistic practices relating to compatibility issues for its Windows operating system and Office software. The latest development in the saga comes in the form of a statement issued today by a Chinese government agency, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), demanding that Microsoft explain itself within 20 days (as spotted by Reuters). The SAIC said it believes Microsoft hasn’t fully... This story continues at The Next Web The post Trouble in China: Microsoft has 20 days to explain itself in antitrust probe appeared first on The Next Web.

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There’s been a lot of hype about Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ Campus 2, a 2.8 million square-foot collection of buildings that was first proposed back in 2011. Now, a video captured by a GoPro mounted on a flying drone gives a bird’s-eye view of what’s going on at the construction area, as spotted by 9to5Mac. We got a glimpse of the massive campus via an aerial photo released last month, but the new footage shows how much progress has been made since then, with the foundations of the buildings already laid down. The city of Cupertino revealed earlier that work only started on the campus... This story continues at The Next Web The post This video shot by a flying drone shows Apple’s spaceship campus in construction appeared first on The Next Web.

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The countdown to Apple’s event on September 9, where it will almost certainly announce the next iPhones, has started — and rumors are increasingly piling up. The latest is that Apple will be announcing a partnership with payment facilitators including Visa and MasterCard, as it plans to turn the new iPhone into a mobile wallet, Bloomberg reports. Re/code separately reports that Apple has also reached an agreement with American Express. The new iPhone is said to introduce an easier mobile payment process with the inclusion of a near-field communication (NFC) chip. Along with the fingerprint reader which debuted on the iPhone 5s,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is reportedly partnering Visa, MasterCard and American Express for iPhone mobile wallet appeared first on The Next Web.

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“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.” – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca. As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s full of possibilities. One of the various futuristic innovations is the ability to genetically alter our DNA, while in utereo or even after birth. While once pure science fiction, or strictly limited to altering the DNA of plants, we’ve already seen radical procedures like genetically altered human embryos. The... This story continues at The Next Web The post Identity crisis: Will genetic alterations modify human society? appeared first on The Next Web.

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A.J. O’Connell is an author, teacher and journalist with 10 years of experience covering education and culture for local newspapers. This article is excerpted from “The Blogging Entrepreneurs Using Online Classes To Engage Audiences” on the SkilledUp blog. These days, new services make almost as easy to build your own course as Blogger and WordPress made publishing ten years ago. Corbett Barr, one of the co-founders of the online training library Fizzle, doesn’t see online courses as a far cry from online pursuits such as blogging or being on YouTube. For bloggers trying to turn their content into revenue, he says, “Teaching... This story continues at The Next Web The post Online teaching’s the new blogging: How to turn your followers into course buyers appeared first on The Next Web.

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As folks come back from their August vacations, September is poised for another rapid-fire batch of consumer electronics announcements. Samsung, Sony, Motorola and Apple all have major launches scheduled in the next couple weeks, not to mention the IFA show. New smartwatch products are expected at many of those events. Last September was supposed to kick off the smartwatch revolution. In a single day, we saw Sony launch its Smartwatch 2, Samsung release the Galaxy Gear, and Qualcomm announce the Toq. None of those have really taken off over the past year. After being disappointed by the Galaxy Gear and... This story continues at The Next Web The post It’s about time: September ticks over with another smartwatch explosion appeared first on The Next Web.

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We’ve featured some amazing offers from TNW Deals lately that we’re sure you don’t want to miss. Here’s our pick of the week: The Ultimate Design Course To Increase User Engagement: Ramp up conversions by understanding user psychology better Increasing conversion on your site can feel like a mystery sometimes — but that’s where it helps to understand how the human mind works and makes decisions. This course by behavioral psychologist Dr. Susan Weinschenk will teach you everything you need to know about user behavior and principles you can use in your design workflow to increase engagement and motivate your audience... This story continues at The Next Web The post 4 money-saving TNW Deals you shouldn’t miss appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on Geektime. Situated in Southeast Asia, a section of the continent that is rich in natural resources, Thailand attracts investors and travelers en mass every year. The cheap living costs make it the perfect place to bootstrap and the investment culture is truly blossoming. Adding to these attractive foreign entrepreneurism qualities is the fact that Thailand is also a great place to live for foreigners. It has an excellent work and life balance, along with income and price level ratio. A large part of the crowd at the co-working spaces are comprised of expats. Most are digital nomads,... This story continues at The Next Web The post What you need to know about Bangkok’s startup ecosystem appeared first on The Next Web.

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