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Dmitry Davydov is a Chief Marketing Officer for Bitrix24, worlds fastest growing free CRM, project management, private social network and online collaboration platform created specifically for small businesses. PR is hard. And expensive. Most of the time, you get nothing out of it. And when your company finally is mentioned in an article, even in a big publication, the results can be disappointing. One time, we got a whooping 169 visitors after being covered by ZDNet. Over the past two years, I’ve made a lot of PR mistakes. I’ve also got Bitrix24 into Forbes, VentureBeat, ReadWrite, PCWorld, PCMag, TechRepublic, CIO, ITWorld and 200+... This story continues at The Next Web The post 10 cash-strapped PR strategies you can adopt to improve ROI by tenfold appeared first on The Next Web.

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Foursquare has outed a new expertise feature in the soon-to-launch revamped version of its location app. Almost like playing a really mundane RPG, users will gain expertise on Foursquare by adding tips to venues. When others like and save your tips, you’ll gain extra points. Once you’ve leveled up, your tips will include a note that they come from an expert. Expertise can be earned for types of places, neighborhoods and cities.       Foursquare says expertise has been one of the most popular features during testing of the new version. While it does seem like an interesting alternative to points... This story continues at The Next Web The post Foursquare’s upcoming reboot will let you become an expert in categories and neighborhoods appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook has released the first big update to its Slingshot photo messaging app, which launched last month. Now, you’ll be able to reply to friends’ reactions to your photos and videos with a reaction of your own. Similar to Snapchat, Slingshot allows you to draw on photos and add text. The app differs, however, by requiring friends to send a photo back to see your own content and by letting friends send quick reactions to your photo. Now that you can react to reactions, you can start an infinite selfie loop with your friends. Facebook has also added a My People... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook’s Slingshot app now lets you react to reactions appeared first on The Next Web.

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Startups can end up with awkward names. Crowdfunding site Crowdtilt was no different. But today the company changed its name to the easier to remember Tilt and it’s celebrating with cheap clothing. The newly renamed service is commemorating its name change by offering a t-shirt with its name and logo for $1 (limit two shirts per person). As you would expect, the company is using its own crowd-funding service to distribute the marketing device disguised as a deal. The Tilt service lets anyone create a campaign to pool funds from friends for virtually anything. Post a short description and minimum dollar amount needed... This story continues at The Next Web The post Crowdfunding site Crowdtilt has changed its name to Tilt appeared first on The Next Web.

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After taking more than a few years to get Office on the iPad, Microsoft is wasting no time updating the productivity suite. That’s good news for anyone about to give a PowerPoint presentation. The iPad version of Office now supports exporting files to PDF from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This can be done even without an Office 365 subscription. For PowerPoint users, today’s update is extra helpful with Presenter View available on the iPad when the presentation is being shown on another display like a projector. Plus, you can now embed photos and videos into your presentations directly on the iPad... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft Office for iPad updated with export to PDF and Presenter View appeared first on The Next Web.

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Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout. This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog. One of the more iconic phrases in customer service is “give ‘em the pickle,” drawn from a story by Bob Farrell regarding an unhappy customer who couldn’t get extra pickles for his hamburger. The customer actually wrote a letter detailing the frustration he felt in his inability to get said pickles. The phrase stuck thanks to the important lesson Bob learned that day — a little extra effort in service is often all it takes to make for a great experience. The benefits... This story continues at The Next Web The post The customer is mostly wrong: How to use “No” to keep your competitive edge appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter has acquired Mitro, the maker of a password manager. As part of the announcement, Mitro’s product has been open-sourced with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The goal is to switch the Mitro service to a community-led project in hopes of allowing it to operate for the “foreseeable future.” The Mitro team will work on “geo-related projects” for Twitter’s location division in New York. ➤ Mitro is joining Twitter and is now open source The post Twitter acquires the team behind password manager Mitro as the project goes open source appeared first on The Next Web.

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French telecommunications company Iliad has confirmed (PDF) submission of a buyout offer to T-Mobile USA. The proposal includes $15 billion in cash ($33 per share) for a 56.6 percent stake in the company, and then $40.5 per share for the remaining 43.4 percent, based on $10 billion in potential cost savings. Iliad’s offer values T-Mobile shares at $36.20 on average. The company would use a mix of debt and equity to finance the deal. T-Mobile’s board of directors now has an opportunity to respond. Meanwhile, Sprint and its parent company SoftBank have reportedly been preparing their own $32 billion bid for T-Mobile. Iliad... This story continues at The Next Web The post French telecom Iliad makes an offer for T-Mobile USA appeared first on The Next Web.

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As one of the biggest brands on the Web, Wikipedia needs little introduction. The world’s biggest online encyclopedia is available across a multitude of platforms, including desktop and mobile. However, on mobile, it has hitherto largely relied on HTML5 wrappers on iOS and Android – in other words, not exactly coded ‘natively’ for each platform. Things are changing though. Hot on the heels of the overhauled Android incarnation that arrived on Google Play a little more than a month ago, which brought native coding and in-app editing, Wikipedia for iOS has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. And ‘native’... This story continues at The Next Web The post Wikipedia goes fully native on iOS and now lets you edit articles too appeared first on The Next Web.

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The company behind the Typo keyboard case, which added a BlackBerry-style keyboard to your iPhone 5 or 5s, has announced the second version of the case, and this time it’s a tiny bit less like a BlackBerry. While the original could perhaps make you a more productive note-taker or quicker at responding to messages, provided you didn’t mind what it did to the look of your carefully designed iPhone 5s, the company was taken to court for infringing on BlackBerry’s keyboard design. The result, as it stood in March this year, was a preliminary injunction putting a stop to sales. With... This story continues at The Next Web The post Typo 2 iPhone 5s keyboard case up for pre-order at $99, now a little less like a BlackBerry appeared first on The Next Web.

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We wrote about Chaatz earlier this year when it launched as a messaging app targeted at emerging markets, but now it seems to be going in a slightly different direction with a new feature that taps on its unique offering of a ‘Chaatz number.’ The ‘Chaatz number’ feature was a central part of the app’s original offering. It is a number that the chat app assigns to you so you can keep your real phone number entirely secret, which means that you don’t have to reveal your real number to people including marketing and sales personnel, work acquaintances or those whom you... This story continues at The Next Web The post Whatsapp rival Chaatz now lets you talk to strangers without having to give your real phone number appeared first on The Next Web.

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On the surface, today’s update to popular to-do list app Wunderlist is pretty straightforward, but it’s what the update points towards for developer 6Wunderkinder that’s most interesting here. Wunderlist 3.0 boasts a nice new look, improved speed and a headline new feature: public lists. Any list you’ve created can be shared with the world by clicking a ‘Publish’ button. You may wonder why you’d want to share your to-do lists with strangers, but 6Wunderkinder has bigger plans for what Wunderlist can be, and this is only the beginning. The idea, says 6Wunderkinder’s Chief Design Officer Benedikt Lehnert, is for Wunderlist to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Wunderlist is completely rebuilt in a bid to become ‘the home of the world’s lists’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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The new NFL season is edging closer and if you’re itching for a quick football fix, the updated NFL Mobile for iOS app is worth checking out. The design has been given a much-needed overhaul, in particular regarding the home screen and slide-out navigation menu. Everything looks a little cleaner and lighter than before, and the app’s creators have done a better job of utilising available screen space. The home section, for instance, is no longer restricted to news stories; here you can review scores and upcoming fixtures, jump to live videos and read the latest news pieces or analysis. In... This story continues at The Next Web The post NFL Mobile for iOS gets a much-needed redesign ahead of the new football season appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter has published its fifth transparency report, revealing that the number of requests it receives from different countries around the world is continuing to climb, up 46 percent since its last report in February. In total, it said 2,058 requests for account information had been received from 54 different countries between January and June this year, which includes 8 countries that had never previously lodged requests. Additionally, it received 432 requests to remove content (from 31 countries, including 3 new ones) and 9,199 copyright takedown requests for Twitter and Vine posts. While these numbers might seem relatively small compared to the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter transparency report: Account info requests up 46%, still no national security breakdown appeared first on The Next Web.

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Roger Huang is an entrepreneur who is working on his next venture, and advising several others on growth. This post originally appeared on Code(Love). A few people have asked me what would be the most useful or best coding language to learn. Skipping aside HTML/CSS—I think the answer rests on what you want to do with code. A quick rundown Javascript and its frameworks are really useful for building something with just one language. Angular.js can control the front side of the website that displays to your users. Node.js will act as a Web server that can host all of your content. Express.js... This story continues at The Next Web The post The best programming language for you to learn appeared first on The Next Web.

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Following a brief stint in private beta, BlackBerry has today announced that its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app is now available for all Windows Phone 8 users. The company said it has tried to pick up on Windows Phone’s own specific UI design, so the app looks a little different compared to its incarnation on other platforms, although it does obviously provide many of the same core features found on the iOS and Android apps. You can check out a full walkthrough of the Windows Phone 8 beta build for more details on the differences. ➤ BBM on the Windows Phone Store | Via Inside BlackBerry... This story continues at The Next Web The post BBM for Windows Phone 8 beta is now available for anyone to download appeared first on The Next Web.

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Timeful has launched as an iOS app that draws on academic research from Stanford and Duke to add artificial intelligence to your mobile calendar. The startup is the creation of Stanford Computer Science professor Yoav Shoham, Duke Psychology and Behavioral Economics professor Dan Ariely, and Stanford PhD candidate Jacob Bank. After collaborating on a research project, the three decided to use their findings to build a product. The app combines a to-do list with your calendar. As it learns your schedule, it can automatically prioritize and allocate tasks in your free time. Timeful has created an “Intention Genome” that classifies the types of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Timeful for iPhone uses behavioral science to make your calendar and to-do list smart appeared first on The Next Web.

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Back in February, we brought you news on Distiller, an iPhone app that’s striving to be the ultimate whisky-drinker’s companion. Distiller analyzes tens-of-thousands of data points across flavors, price, reputation and more, then delivers personalized whisky recommendations from around the world. It later arrived for Android too. Today, Distiller is expanding beyond a simple recommendation engine into a fully fledged social network for whisky drinkers, where fans of a dram can hang out, swap notes, share favorites and learn about a multitude of different malts. How it looks You’ll now see your own dedicated activity feed alongside a whisky notes... This story continues at The Next Web The post Distiller is now a social network for whisky lovers appeared first on The Next Web.

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Driverless cars may be six months or so from being trialled on the UK’s streets but the European Union has today outlined plans for self-parking and retrieving cars, designed to save you time at the lot. The V-Charge system is receiving €5.6m (around $7.5m) in funding and has already been developed by researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK and Switzerland and early tests took part at Stuttgart airport earlier this year. “There are only a few minutes before your flight check-in closes, or before your train departs, but you now have to spend precious time hunting for a free space at... This story continues at The Next Web The post Europe wants your car to park and retrieve itself at the lot appeared first on The Next Web.

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Indiegogo has announced that the iOS app it released at the beginning of July for users in Canada is now available globally. As a brief recap, the app allows users to browse through campaigns based on categories or recommendations, claim perks and share the ones they find most interesting with friends.On the campaigner’s side of things, there are features for keeping atop of campaign management, like notifications for each time a contribution is made and the ability to monitor comments and post updates or pictures, for example. There are no other changes (other than availability) but Indiegogo taking its first native mobile... This story continues at The Next Web The post Indiegogo’s first native iPhone app is now available worldwide following a brief Canada-only stint appeared first on The Next Web.

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With every man and their dog seemingly launching a wrist-worn activity tracker, it’s difficult to muster much in the way of enthusiasm for new entrants to the space. Just last week, Chinese smartphone juggernaut Xiaomi entered the fray with a more-than-affordable $13 effort, while Nokia spin-off PulseOn is courting the increasingly saturated market by focusing on your heart-rate. And this really is just the tip of the iceberg. Now, Runtastic is throwing its hat into the activity-tracking wearable ring. The Austria-based company may be better known for its arsenal of cross-platform fitness-tracking apps, which include its flagship GPS app for... This story continues at The Next Web The post Runtastic enters Orbit with a waterproof wristband that tracks activity, sleep and ambient light appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has announced that you can now explore detailed Street View imagery of 76 different historic sites in India directly from Google Maps or via the Google Cultural Institute portal. So, if you’ve ever wanted to check out 360-degree imagery of the Ellora Caves or any of the country’s other iconic sites, you can now do so from the comfort of your armchair. The new locations were added with the help of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and takes the number within India to more than 100 if you include the previously launched locations, like the Taj Mahal. As well as adding... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Street View now lets you explore even more historical sites in India appeared first on The Next Web.

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App-ranking and market intelligence firm App Annie has released its first-ever apps index for China, albeit only for iOS right now. A ranking for Android apps will likely take more time to cobble together, as Google Play doesn’t have a presence in China and App Annie would have to tie up with third-party Android app stores instead. The index found that surprisingly, an avator-creator called ‘MYOTee’ took the top spot by downloads among all iOS apps in China — and even worldwide — in June, although it was “well outside the top 100″ in May. App Annie noted that it saw a whopping... This story continues at The Next Web The post An avatar-maker and Tencent games come out top in App Annie’s first China iOS apps index appeared first on The Next Web.

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Samsung has confirmed that the slightly smaller version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 mini, will go on sale in the UK from August 7. The device may be called ‘mini’ but it still offers a solid mid-range spec list, which includes a  4.5-inch 720p HD display, 1.4Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear. For comparison, the bigger brother S5 model comes with a 16-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM and a 2.5Ghz quad-core processor. The S5 mini does also offer the same fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, though. The company said the S5 mini... This story continues at The Next Web The post Samsung Galaxy S5 mini and Young 2 headed to the UK from August 7 appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s been at least a dozen years since digital photography has become ubiquitous, and a curious phenomenon has emerged. People are returning to the craft’s monochromatic roots. In the face of all the great native color digital cameras on the market, a significant number of photo enthusiasts have discovered a secret: They want to be Ansel Adams when they grow up. Macphun, which makes Mac standalone photo editing software and plug-ins for Adobe and Apple pro editing packages like Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, has launched a new black and white conversion app called Tonality for transforming full-color landscapes, portraits and other images into photorealistic monochrome or duotone... This story continues at The Next Web The post Review: Macphun’s Tonality brings out your inner Ansel Adams appeared first on The Next Web.

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