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The maker trend meets the toy box with another way to combine creative play and product customization. Autodesk, the graphic art and design software company, today announced that it has entered into a pact with toymaker Mattel to augment its toy line with 3D design and printing tech. The initiative seeks to offer immersive play “experiences” by mixing real-life toys with digital creation tools. A series of apps is now in the works that will let users create, design and customize their toys, and then use 3D printing technology to make them real. Autodesk’s 3D design and 3D printing apps will work with Spark, the company’s open 3D printing platform, to help boost creative play experiences for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hipstamatic — the photo app maker that fired the first shot of the lo-fi instant camera phone revolution, only to have its territory ransacked by Instagram —  is dipping its lens into the social photo realm with DSPO [pronounced Dis-po], a brand new collaborative photo app, launching today. DSPO is a descendent of the long-gone Hipstamatic D Series, which launched to great fanfare in 2011 only to crash and burn seven months later under the weight of a bad business plan. At least that’s the way Hipstamatic founder and CEO, Lucas Allen Buick tells it in a blog post introducing the new app.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has today announced the Azure Service Fabric, a new tool in its cloud platform product to help developers scale their cloud services with ample customization controls. Microsoft say it’s been working on the product for more than five years, and has actually already used it internally to power services like the new Skype for Business and Cortana. In fact, Microsoft says this isn’t just a variant of what they use – it’s the exact same thing. Some of the features in Fabric include: Support for stateless and stateful microservices Automation of microservices with detailed insights Lifecycle management tools so… This story continues at The Next Web

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Time to pull out the sad emoji. YouTube today announced a change in its data API that will make its app unavailable for older devices such as the second generation Apple TV, and a range of other smart TVs and gaming consoles. A report by MacRumors points to a new Google help post announcing the move, citing that the following devices will be affected starting today: As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Max Bennet is VP of Business Strategy for Bluecore. Many early stage tech companies talk about “getting sh*t done” as a foundational component of a successful culture. There are many permutations of this idea in the tech zeitgeist: “a bias for action” (Amazon), “move fast and break things” (old Facebook principle), “Always be shipping”, et cetera. While these are nice quotations to plaster on a wall, they are largely unhelpful because they fail to describe an underlying mechanism that can be enforced, fostered, and protected. After taking part in establishing a culture worthy of all of these quotations at Bluecore, it… This story continues at The Next Web

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Direct Messages on Twitter are about to become a lot more useful… or annoying. Previously, you could only receive direct messages from users who follow you, but Twitter has now implemented an optional feature that opens your account to messages from anyone. The new setting is turned off by default – likely to prevent harassment – but you can switch things up in your settings menu. How to accept Twitter DM's from anyone (via http://t.co/RpAeqErFOf) Twitter > Settings > Security & Privacy pic.twitter.com/IcqYsWvwX6 — That Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) April 20, 2015 It also works in reverse – you can now… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve just added Ryan Holiday’s talk from TNW Europe Conference 2013 to our TNW Video site and you can watch it right now for free. There is something broken about today’s media business. In his talk, Holiday, former head of marketing at American Apparel, digs into the economics of the Web. The business model of many media outlets is now based on producing as many blog posts as conceivably possible in order to generate page views. This shift from quality to quantity has more profound impact on our everyday lives than we think. In order to attract eyeballs, sensational headlines… This story continues at The Next Web

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American toy manufacturer Mattel has announced that it will be bringing the retro Magic 8 Ball toy to our phones and wrists later this month with its new app for iOS devices and the Apple Watch. The Magic 8 Ball’s fortune-telling powers have been optimized so you can ask your phone (or watch) for answers to your pressing questions using voice commands. And if you are feeling a bit nostalgic, the new app lets you shake your phone the same way you would shake the Magic 8 Ball toy to reveal your answers. On the Apple Watch, you’ll have to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Android Wear is about to get a slew of new features. Google today announced an update that should make Android watches a lot easier to use. While most Wear devices keep watchfaces on at all times with a power-saving Ambient Mode, sometimes the time isn’t the information you need from your smartwatch. Android Wear will now allow apps to create always-on modes to provide useful information – think locations on a map or a grocery list – without having to turn on the screen. Google is also enabling Wi-Fi on its Wear watches, allowing you to use them independently as… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is part of a series titled, 'Future of Communications,' and is brought to you by Nexmo.Interactive voice response (IVR) is a technology that allows a computer to interact with a human through the use of voice and input via keyboard. Although mobile marketing is gaining traction with the use of apps, SMS and emails, the use of voice as a channel is often not considered a staple in the mix. However, there are two main advantages to using IVR to better engage with your customers.  Firstly, it can surpass country restrictions placed on SMS. These may include the typical 160 character limit per message and country restrictions, such as the inability to deliver promotional messages… This story continues at The Next Web

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Elbows in the ribs, jostling crowds, too few handsets. My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress weren’t great. And even without the seething throng of the launch event, I’ve never really been bowled over by Samsung’s flagship smartphones. On the day, we weren’t really allowed to hold the devices for more than a few minutes, at best. Instead, attendees were relegated to being guided around a demo of the devices and asking a few questions of the hired help, none of whom seemed particularly well-informed. It’s a slightly bizarre way to introduce new devices to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. For practical advice on design collaboration in large companies, download the free e-book Design Collaboration in the Enterprise: Building the Foundation of Brilliance. It doesn’t feel good to hear the things that are wrong with something you created with heart and soul. And when you’re stuck sitting down and listening to everything listed out by different people for 20+ minutes, it’s even more painful. Source: SharpSuits So what’s a sensible designer to do? Stiff upper lip? Grin and bear it? These wouldn’t hurt, but these… This story continues at The Next Web

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Looking for the next tech toy to add to your collection? The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 is ready for take-off. This compact quadrocopter is perfect for indoor and outdoor flights and complex aerial maneuvers, and can capture it all with its on-board camera! Our deal ends tonight at 11:59pm PT! Simply charge up the drone via USB, pick up the remote control, and pilot the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 as far as 400 feet away and perform 360-degree flips with ease. Order now from TNW Deals for just $74.99, including free international shipping! Just make sure you get it before… This story continues at The Next Web

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Moovit has updated its public transit routing app on Android with a raft of new features aimed at making it easier to find the best transport options to reach your next destination. The free app now features a simplified design, along with a new search function that surfaces the best ways to get to any local address or point of interest. You can also search for any bus or train line in a city to see where it can take you. Moovit 4 has a new En Route feature that notifies you of your ETA in real-time, so you know… This story continues at The Next Web

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Good news if you’ve been itching to get your hands on a OnePlus One – you can now buy it without an invite. This Thursday (April 23) marks the one year anniversary of the device and the invite system is done with…for now. The OnePlus One’s successor, the obviously-named OnePlus Two, is arriving later this year and you’ll need an invite to get your mitts on that. The company’s also offering a discount deal to celebrate the OnePlus One’s anniversary. It let its startup pet Shiba Inu Una pick which one to offer: ➤ Open Sales for the OnePlus One, Forever [OnePlus Blog] Read more: OnePlus… This story continues at The Next Web

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You can now download your Google search history. Spotted by the unofficial Google Operating System blog and noted by Venture Beat, it’s as simple as heading to your Account History, clicking on the cog in the top-right and choosing ‘Download’. Google’s made it possible to view your search history for some time, but now you can grab it to keep as an archive of JSON files, organised by quarter. Once you’ve requested to download it, you’ll be notified almost immediately via Gmail with a link to the archive on Google Drive and the option to download it to your hard drive as a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just when you thought the world had enough video sharing apps, a new one launches with yet another spin on the medium. I’m usually a grump when it comes to apps that essentially do what others can, but I have to admit that I found Hykoo to be pretty fun to play with. Shoot three short clips totaling 12 seconds, overlay some text and your Hykoo is ready to share. It sounds simple, but it feels like a natural and logical evolution from popular apps like Vine. The three-clip format helps create a narrative of sorts — just like a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Weekends, as we all know, are meant for relaxing, for spending time with friends and family, for playing sports, for cleaning your car. Weekends are made so you can take it easy and let the world pass you by. If that is how you spent this weekend though, you probably missed all the latest and greatest happenings in tech land. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. All you need to do is clear your busy schedule for a few minutes, make yourself a drink and catch up on everything you missed in this one handy list. You’re welcome. News from The… This story continues at The Next Web

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John Oliver’s got a knack for making complex issues understandable. Last time we checked in with him, he was quizzing Edward Snowden on which NSA programs can legally look at his dick pics. This time, he’s on the case of patent trolls, with the help of a delicious ‘America’s Top Model’ analogy: Here’s a key quote to illustrate why that clip’s worth 11 minutes of your time: Most of these companies don’t produce anything, they just shake down anyone who does, so calling them trolls is misleading. At least trolls actually do something – they control bridge access for goats and… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post comes from Conrad Wadowski, Co-Founder at Fedora and TNW Academy Instructor who teaches Profitable Course Idea (free for now). In 2014, John Azzi and Eliot Arntz started a side business that grew from a part-time operation to $2 million in sales. When they started a little over a year ago, neither had any idea they’d be teaching full time. After all, they didn’t have any formal training in their subject, or expertise in teaching or online marketing. They also didn’t have any special insight to work from – or know others who’ve learned how to create a teaching side… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony quietly launched its flagship Xperia Z4 Android phone in Japan today, with a very similar design to its predecessor and marginally better specs. The Z4 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display, with a new 25mm wide-angle 5.1-megapixel front camera for bigger, better selfies. Under the hood, you’ll find a Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, along with a microSD slot for up to 128GB more space. The Z4 comes with the same 20.7-megapixel 4K video-capable rear camera that was on the Z3. The body is fairly… This story continues at The Next Web

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“Pursue something because it fascinates you, because the pursuit itself engages and compels you.” That’s Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk’s ex-wife Justine Musk, sharing advice on how to achieve extreme success. Over the nine-and-something years she was married to Musk, Justine had a ringside view of how one of the most innovative entrepreneurs of our time rose to fame and fortune on his own terms. In an answer to the question, ‘How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?’, Justine points out that it takes a certain kind of ‘extreme personality’… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has quietly announced it’s retiring it’s old embeddable Like Box on June 23. The Like Box is variant of the embeddable Like Button that allows you to Like a page from other sites. The embed would also show off some of the other people who liked a given Page. The company recommends you instead use the newer Page Plugin, which functions similarly, but looks a little cleaner and is able to pull in content feeds from your Facebook Page if you want. Keep in mind that you’ll have to add in the newest Graph API and remove the old… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post first appeared on Buffer. In a forest, there is absolutely no waste. Every single element is reused in a continuous cycle. A tree produces leaves. The leaves fall to the ground and become compost. And the forest uses every last ounce of the compost and puts it back into its ecosystem. We have the exact same idea for Buffer’s organizational design as we move towards a self-managing company. Without any processes, save four essential ones, there is little to no occurrence of waste. As an example, we recently completed our fifth Buffer retreat in Sydney, Australia, and we changed the… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. Despite spending the last half decade writing for a living, I still have a serious issue with getting down to the ugly, dirty business of putting words on paper. I sit and stare at the blank page while every blink of the cursor reminds me that time is definitely not on my side and that I need to just get to it. Despite all of the lessons you can read online about how to best put together a blog post or any other piece of writing, the core issue remains: how do you just get to… This story continues at The Next Web

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