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It seems like Tesla is about to branch out from just electric cars. Major new Tesla product line — not a car — will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2015 According to a tweet by CEO and Founder Elon Musk, the new line will be unveiled on April 30th at 8PM, from Tesla’s Hawthorn Design Studio. Rumors have flown around that Tesla is planning to use its battery technology to help power homes. We’ll be sure to find out more next month. ➤@elonmusk

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If you’re a designer, and have the motive or opportunity to create a usable comp from start to finish on-the-go, you are in luck. Adobe has launched Comp CC, a new iPad app that lets designers work with their Creative Cloud account to quickly fashion a usable comp — complete with the same assets you would use in the final version. Comp CC seeks to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop for creating layouts for all kinds of projects. With Comp CC, you could begin your mobile, web or print layout on the subway, stop off at the coffee shop and tweak… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s getting a bit friendlier about trading in your device through its Reuse and Recycling program. The company now lets you bring in non-Apple smartphones – including Android Windows, and BlackBerry devices – to one of its stores for credits towards a new purchase of an iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Likewise, you can now trade-in a PC computer in exchange for a discount on a new Mac. The new trade-in offer shows up on individual store pages, so it’s currently only available at physical retail locations; the online Reuse and Recycling page doesn’t allow non-Apple devices… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chuk Ikéh is Head of Content at Tyba, our partner for TNW Jobs. Job satisfaction is key to deriving gratification from your work. When Tyba and TNW Jobs commissioned a survey to explore differences in job satisfaction between people working in startups and those working at traditional corporate companies, we ended up with shocking results. Twice as many people working in corporations (versus startups) are dissatisfied and want to leave. The numbers revealed by the survey are quite staggering and represent a significant shift in the way people think and feel about the value of their job or career. They… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nearly two weeks ago, we reported on Flipboard enabling Magazines for private groups on Android with the most recent version of its app. These private magazines could come in handy for folks who want to share content and ideas with only a select group of people. Now the company has officially announced the feature and rolled it out to everyone using iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Flipboard.com. In order to crate a private magazine, simply click on the plus button at the bottom-right of a story. You’ll now see an option to set the magazine to “Private” so that only… This story continues at The Next Web

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Done is better than perfect. The biggest mistake startup founders make is trying to polish their product until it’s perfect before releasing it to the market. Ultimately, getting the product in front of users and getting the feedback is essential for startups, and feedback is much harder to take when the founder thinks the product is already perfect. Kathryn Minshew, the co-founder of The Muse, thinks that it is really difficult for people who are still in the trenches of building a company to be really honest with themselves. That’s because the truth is that all companies start by sucking. If… This story continues at The Next Web

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TNW can exclusively reveal that as of tomorrow, you will be able to have food, drinks and merchandise delivered to your seat in the Amsterdam Arena thanks to SeatServe. SeatServe is a New York-based startup that was nothing more than an idea seven months ago. The service was quickly soft-launched to provide users in the Amsterdam Arena with the option of a pick-up lane or grocery list feature two months ago and tomorrow it will be launching fully. SeatServe will be incorporated into the ArenA Catering App that already exists in the Amsterdam Arena. And with a partnership and endorsement from… 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.In the social media era it’s extremely easy to assume a false identity by signing up for a service, making up a name and uploading a photo of random person off the Web. Phone number verification is a measure that can be applied to any service or application to achieve an extra layer of security. It works by sending a one-time password (OTP) over a separate communication channel (SMS or voice), versus the IP channel (Internet) used by the application. The user then has to input the temporary password into the application to verify their identity. Using this channel provides… This story continues at The Next Web

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Some people in the UK woke up a little colder over the weekend as the Nest Learning Thermostats encountered a glitch while updating to British Summer Time. Users reported on the company’s help forum that their thermostats appear to have updated the time correctly but have failed to change to their schedules. While the company has yet to release a statement about a permanent fix for the problem, one smart Nest user suggested switching your device location to Belgium so everything will be in sync. We’ve contacted Nest for comment and will update this story accordingly. ➤ Nest

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If you’re building a new WordPress site, it’s important to customize it with your brand’s own style and flair so it stands out and offers your audience an authentic experience. Theme.Works, a new theme engine from the design experts at Graph Paper Press, helps you do just that, with ease. Create a one-of-a-kind, fully functional WordPress theme that’s ready to go — all without touching a single line of code. Mix and match layouts to create custom page designs, choose from scores of headers, slideshows, portfolios, blogs, forms,and more, and even add beautiful background video with the easy-to-use interface. Whether… This story continues at The Next Web

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Language learning app Lingua.ly has introduced a suite of new features for its iOS app, including the incorporation of open-source phrase translation platform Tatoeba and the ability to adjust difficulty settings to suit your skills. The updated app now lets you select a feed to suit your learning ability and the Tatoeba feature surfaces more local, colloquial phrases for your chosen language and area as well. Lingua.ly helps users learn languages by reading articles based on their interests, presented in a news feed to make the process seem more natural. The algorithm behind Lingua.ly works by indexing numerous foreign newspapers and blogs… This story continues at The Next Web

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The more people start to get excited about an app, the more the instinct to push back starts kicking around in my guts. Last week, the arrival of Periscope kicked off a rash of ‘hot takes‘ on how live streaming is about to change news, change our lives, hell, change the whole goddamn world. But it’s not going to. Certainly not in the hyperbole-drenched way “this will change everything!” people think. It will change the way a small subset of people do their jobs and put even more sources in front of the eyeballs of the world’s newsgatherers but it won’t… This story continues at The Next Web

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Monday morning is not your friend. It doesn’t want to help ease you into the week, it wants you to hit the ground running and keep going until you drop at the end of Friday. However, we’ve got other ideas. We want you to start your week with a coffee and a catch-up. So here’s all the best tech news and features you ‘ve missed over the last two days. You’re welcome. News from The Next Web over the weekend  You Can Now Play a Super Mario 64 Remake in Your Browser Uploader Lets You Send Photos to Instagram From your Mac Ellen Pao Loses Sexual Discrimination… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon may be the go-to place to shop online for physical goods, but it’s not of much use when your sink is clogged and you need a plumber, or want to have your broken iPhone screen fixed. Fret no more, as the company now lets you order a professional to your home with the aptly named ‘Amazon Home Services’, accessible at Amazon.com/services. After entering your zip code, the page lists a variety of services you can book in your area such as repairs, installations and lessons. Amazon lists prices upfront, and businesses are required to offer the same prices online as they… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Indian government announced a policy yesterday that makes it mandatory to use open-source software in building apps and services, in an effort to “ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs.” The new policy [PDF] states that all government organizations must include a requirement for their software suppliers to consider open-source options when implementing e-governance applications and systems. The move will bring the Indian government in line with other countries including the US, UK and Germany that opt for open-source software over proprietary tools. ➤ Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India [Department Of… This story continues at The Next Web

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After its initial announcement back in January, Sony is right on target with its intended “spring 2015″ launch of PlayStation Music – its Spotify integration with PS3 and PS4 consoles. The update is now live for users across 41 major markets. With PlayStation Music, you can stream music from Spotify and leave it playing in the background in the middle in of a game, creating a personal soundtrack of sorts. You can opt to play music from your Spotify account’s playlists, search for your favorite artists and albums, or browse through curated playlists from the Spotify team. In our quick demo at the Spotify office in… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s hardly surprising that Kanye West – known for jumping onstage at awards shows to big up Jay Z’s wife Beyoncé – was among the first to promote the hashtag campaign trailing Jigga’s plans for his newly-acquired streaming site Tidal. Together, we can turn the tide and make music history. Start by turning your profile picture blue. #TIDALforALL — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 30, 2015 He’s due to announce his plans for the streaming service later today. In anticipation, artists including West, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Daft Punk and Madonna have been turning their Twitter profile pictures and header images blue (though really it’s more of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Many people use their laptop lids as canvasses to express themselves with stickers and decorative skins. The Brik case for MacBooks takes things a step further and lets you customize it however you like with plastic LEGO-style bricks. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the case comes with a bag of 100 1×1 bricks for $30 and ships internationally. It fits MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2012 or later, and is compatible with LEGO, Mega Bloks, PixelBlocks, KRE-O, and K’NEX bricks. The team behind the Brik Case says that it’s easy to clip the brick plate on easily,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Code management platform GitHub has been fending off a days-long distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack since last Thursday. Security experts say the attack may have originated in China, reports The Wall Street Journal. Over the past few days, San Francisco-based GitHub has been hit with huge amounts of traffic from overseas users of Baidu, a Chinese search engine. The attack caused the service to appear unavailable to many users since March 26. GitHub, which hosts developers’ coding projects online, found an onslaught of traffic directed at two specific pages on its platform that linked to copies of two sites… This story continues at The Next Web

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Livestreaming app Meerkat has just added a helpful tool to generate a ‘Follow me on Meerkat’ button that you can easily add to your site or blog. Just visit this page, enter your username, choose a button style and copy the code snippet from there. You can then paste it into your site’s CSS template or add it to the footer of your blog, and voilà! Here’s what it looks like on my personal site: Your fans can now follow your livestreams on Meerkat just by clicking the button, provided they’re logged into Twitter on their browser. ➤ Follow button… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sara Vera is a data scientist at Insightly, a CRM and project management tool. In marketing, data is power. Surveys of marketers across industries suggest that brands of all shapes and sizes have hopped on the big data bandwagon. The Direct Marketing Association found that 84 percent of respondents plan to increase spending in data-driven marketing for 2015. Just the same, an InfoGroup survey found that brands rely on a number of different sources to collect and analyze this data. All of these activities are done in the name of improving customer experience with the type of marketing content and information… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ash Read is the founder of Nudge, a Twitter community management and customer service tool. This article first appeared on Medium. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” “Anything you to do to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone will ultimately enable you to take larger risks and grow.” I’m sure we’ve all read plenty of quotes and articles about the importance of escaping your comfort zone. I know I have. But for years, I’d always taken this type of advice with a pinch of salt. That was until I started my own business. Now, doing something new,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nathan Jessop is an analyst at Elliptic, a full-service Bitcoin custodian for investment funds and trading houses. Since 2008, bitcoin adoption has been influenced by a diverse range of factors that have made it one of the most volatile currencies in the world. Yet, despite such volatility, more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions are taking place per day and the volume continues to grow due to the ‘permissionless innovation’ provided by bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain. As the blockchain matures, bitcoin will increasingly resemble traditional financial services, with functions such as retail banking (Circle), exchanges (Coinbase) and payment processors (bitnet) being created.… This story continues at The Next Web

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German startup builder Rocket Internet is unveiling Vaniday, a beauty and wellness services marketplace. It is launching in Brazil today, with plans for fast international expansion. Vaniday will showcase personal services providers such as hairdressers, makeup and nail artists, beauticians, tattoo artists and massage therapists. The marketplace will first be available as a website, with iOS and Android apps announced as “coming soon.” Its search engine lets clients filter professionals by service, price, location, or ratings, while service providers can manage their own listing. Yet, Vaniday isn’t just a directory of providers; it also lets users book services right from its platform. In… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pebble’s all new watch, the Pebble Time, launched on Kickstarter to much fanfare last month and has closed today with more than $20.3 million in funding. Pebble Time features a color e-ink display, seven day battery life, a 20 percent thinner body and waterproof capabilities. The watch was available during the Kickstarter campaign for $179 instead of the retail price when it fully launches at $199. The company raised $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers over the space of a month. Pebble Time’s campaign broke two Kickstarter records; the first on the launch day for becoming the fastest project to raise $1 million (it… This story continues at The Next Web

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