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After binge watching ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 on Netflix, I found myself focusing less on the political intrigue of Frank Underwood’s perilous presidency and more on the tech in the characters’ hands and offices. Why does everyone in this universe seem to love Nokia’s Windows Phone devices? How can it be that only one politician is still packing a BlackBerry? And what did Samsung do to ensure people only buy their TVs? So, without further ado, here’s the complete rundown of every piece of tech that shows up this season. Light spoiler warning if you’re the sort of person who can deduce a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vodafone customers will be getting some free cloud storage staring next month. The carrier and Dropbox announced today that customers will receive 25GB of free storage on the cloud-storage service for one year. The storage will be used by Vodafone’s Backup+ mobile feature. The offer will be available to Android and iPhone customers starting next month. Vodafone will also start pre-loading Dropbox on its Android phones while new iPhone customers will be pitched the deal and told how to download the app. ➤ Dropbox + Vodafone: Helping you do more on mobile

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If you’re a developer using Google’s Cloud Platform, the company is introducing a new tool you’ll likely find handy. You can now view a Web dashboard to check status updated on Cloud Platform services. Current service status is shown with a column of green indicators on the right side of the dashboard’s graph.  Whenever a service disruption occurs, a red bar appears and persists until the issue is fixed. The dashboard shows service status over the last seven days by default, but you can see more information on the last 90 days by clicking on “View Summary and History.” If you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year Uber suffered a security breach. Now it’s saying that the name and driver’s license number of up to 50,000 drivers could be in the hands of a third party. The Los Angeles Times reports that the company’s databases had been accessed by an unknown third party twice in 2014. In one instance, the database contained the information of Uber drivers. Uber has reached out California’s attorney general about the breach and to current and former drivers about the breach. In the wake of today’s admission, the company is offering all affected drivers one year free membership to an identity… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has its spaceship, so it’s only fitting that Google has its own updated office space proposal. But instead of a building that looks like it could launch at any moment, Google is proposing movable structures. Google submitted plans to redevelop four sites to the Mountain View city council. The proposal includes a plan to increase its office space square footage with sites that are covered in large translucent canopies. The actual “buildings” will be lightweight structures that can be moved as needs arise. The canopies would allow air and light in, but would be climate controlled. Google is hoping… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the final details about pricing and launch dates expected at Apple’s March 9 event, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared another feature being built into the watch; it could potentially replace your car keys. Cook told The Telegraph that the watch was designed to replace your car keys and the key fobs used by car security systems. So not only does Apple want you to leave your phone in your pocket, but also your keys. We’re going to need bigger pockets. Of course, no one at Apple can even mention cars without speculation that the company is building its own vehicle.… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new app called oneminute has as a unique spin on sharing images and experiences with the world. Every day oneminute gives you a single opportunity via push notification to take a photo, but you’ve got to take the shot within sixty seconds of being prompted. You won’t know when that minute is coming, and if you miss it, you won’t get another chance until tomorrow. After the minute has passed, the photos taken during that time are combined into a glimpse of what that day looked like in that moment. There’s something amazing about seeing a single sixty seconds boiled down to a bunch of… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re serious about learning to design for web and mobile platforms, there’s never been a better time to get started: pay what you want for eight great courses to learn responsive web design, grasp the fundamentals of user experience design, and master the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, with over 80 hours of video tutorials from professional instructors. But get it now, because this unbelievable offer ends on Saturday! This bundle includes lifetime access to all 8 courses, with over 800 lectures that you can watch and learn at your own pace online at Udemy.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bloatware is the bane of PC buyers everywhere, but the super-fishy software Lenovo shipped on laptops recently was a particularly egregious inclusion. In the wake of a terrible PR week and much criticism, Lenovo has now promised to significantly reduce preloaded software on its future computers. In a statement, the company said: We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security… This story continues at The Next Web

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After a rather slow January, technology companies, funds and startups from Eastern Europe are gaining full speed and seemingly trying to overwhelm journalists and reader with the news stories, funding announcements and campaigns. As usual, we’ve gathered everything significant in a handy roundup. Check the headlines — from the standoff between Yandex and Google and to crowdfunding news from all over CEE — to make sure you’re not missing out. If you think that something is missing, or would like to draw our attention to an important story, feel free to ping the author on Twitter (@shlema) or by e-mail at shlema@gmail.com. Startups,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uploading videos through the YouTube app on Android is about to become a lot more useful: you can finally trim videos. Whereas before you’d have to upload a video in its entirety, the Android app now allows you to trim off parts of the video you don’t need or want. When you start uploading, you’ll see a timeline with two control points that lets you to set the beginning and end points of the video. It gets pretty precise too; you can practically trim content at exact frames. Once you’re done selecting your beginning and end points, you can preview your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Chromecast is useful, but only insofar as applications actually support it. Today Vimeo is finally adding itself to the Chromecast party, but its currently an iOS-only affair. In order to start streaming, just open a video in fullscreen mode and tap on the Chromecast icon. Once you begin,, you can browse other content on the app while the video plays, should you want to add more content to your queue. No word on Android support yet, but Vimeo says it’s working on bringing Chromecast streaming to additional devices in the future. You can download the update from the iOS… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, Google’s Larry Page urged startups to consider if their businesses pass the “Toothbrush Test.” What does it mean, exactly? Well, let’s just say it requires understanding the art of the metaphor… Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one. Click here to support Vooza (and receive cool rewards).

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Some of China’s most popular social media sites deleted more than 60,000 accounts in the last 24 hours because they did not conform to the strict new regulations due to be put in place on Sunday. Reuters reported that the country’s top social networks – QQ, Tencent’s WeChat and Sina Weibo - carried out the cleanup after China’s State Internet Information Office (SIIO) announced that new regulations will come into effect. The new rules ban the use of certain nicknames online, including parody accounts or accounts that are impersonating public figures or any username that appears to be fraudulent, violent… This story continues at The Next Web

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Power up your browser for increased productivity and easier surfing with these useful extensions we’ve rounded up just for you. ZenMate I’m neither an expert nor a fan of using proxy servers to access geo-restricted content like Hulu and Pandora, because I’ve found them to be unstable and hard to set up in the past. This nifty extension sits in your toolbar and quietly reroutes your traffic, with no configuration required. If you’re worried about keeping your browsing absolutely private, ZenMate’s great for that too. It encrypts your browser traffic and obscures your IP address so your online activity is harder to trace… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ericsson is filing seven lawsuits in a Texas court against Apple for infringing 41 patents. The wireless networking company also wants the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to block sales of Apple products in the country. While some of the patents in question relate to 2G, 3G and 4G LTE standards, others are essential for features specific to iOS and Apple devices. In addition to the lawsuits, it filed two complaints with the ITC seeking an exclusion against Apple’s products for infringing patents. A battle has been raging between the two companies this year. Apple had been paying royalties to Ericsson… This story continues at The Next Web

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No, this is not an app livestreaming meerkats going about their day. It could be though. Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video on Twitter in one click. Once you’ve downloaded the app and found your good side, all you have to do is hit ‘stream’ and your video goes live instantly, showing up on your followers’ Twitter feeds. If any of your friends have Meerkat, they’ll get a notification alerting them to your live stream and they can comment and interact with you using the app. We trialled the app and found the stream to be pretty clear and steady.… This story continues at The Next Web

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After announcing that it would begin blocking sexually explicit content on its blogging platform from March 23, Google has decided to drop its plans to do so. The company said that it had received plenty of feedback against its move to block adult images and video on Blogger. Users said that such censorship would negatively impact those who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. As such, Google will not block adult content, but rather enforce its existing policy against posting commercial pornography more strongly. ➤ An update on Blogger porn content policy [Google Product Forums via Engadget] Image credit: Shutterstock

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Google Maps has today started rolling out an update to the app on iOS that bumps it to version 4.3.0. Most notably, it allows you to add public transport directions to your calendar. Alongside general bug fixes, the improvements include being able to see businesses nearby if you are searching for an address and getting quick facts on popular points of interest. The app also surfaces information on upcoming events and performances from certain venues. This update comes not long after Google Maps released the Local Guides feature and the new version will allow you to earn your Local Guides badge by sharing reviews.… This story continues at The Next Web

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UK-based phone, TV and broadband service provider TalkTalk confirmed today that its networks were breached last December. The company said that users’ personal data — including names, addresses, phone numbers and TalkTalk account numbers — was stolen. A TalkTalk spokesperson said: “At the end of last year, we saw an increase in malicious scammers preying on our customers. In a small number of cases, customers told us that the criminals were quoting their TalkTalk account number as well as their phone number. As part of our ongoing approach to security we continually test our systems and processes and following further… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple is being sued for the second time by Texas-based patent holder Smartflash LLC for infringing the same patents brought up in the last case. The difference this time around is that it involves the use of Smartflash’s technology in newer devices launched after the original case went to trial, reports Reuters. The new complaint was filed on Wednesday in the same court in the city of Tyler, where Apple was ordered to pay nearly $533 million for infringing Smartflash’s patents. The company claims that the previous case did not cover Apple’s use of its technology in recent devices like… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft Garage, the company’s project to surface tech experiments by its employees, has unveiled yet another Android app. This time around, it’s a keyboard optimized for use with Microsoft Excel on tablets. The layout in Keyboard for Excel includes the 10-key numpad that is common on full-size keyboards and is essential for entering numerical data quickly. It also features a Tab button for navigating across columns, as well as prominent buttons with frequently used Excel operators. The keyboard lacks a few features we now take for granted, such as auto-correction and gesture-based typing. Plus, it only works on tablets —… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook now allows its users to enter any term they want to describe their gender, and also indicate how they’d like to be addressed. The social network previously offered a list of gender identities to choose from, but now allows users to add their own preferred terms. A statement from Facebook Diversity explains, “We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.” The new option is available to everyone who uses Facebook in US English. To change it, visit your own… This story continues at The Next Web

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Corel today updated two versions of its Windows consumer video editing package: VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8. VideoStudio X8 provides new tools, additional intelligent features and enhanced performance. Updates include freeze frame and video masking, audio ducking and 4K hardware acceleration that the company says is more than four times faster when used with fifth-generation Intel Core processors. Specifically, new features include more creative looks, the ability to convert titles to alpha channel files, motion tracking and screen capture for both system audio and microphone sound. Creative add-ons include NewBlue Video Essentials II with 10 new plugins to create vignettes and enhance color;… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you’re sitting on a giant pile of ad dollars you can pretty much buy whatever you want. Today Google is buying the .app top domain. Business Insider reports that the search giant won an ICANN (the organization that controls internet domains) auction for the top level domain. Google currently owns .soy, .minna, .foo and .how. The company has no immediate plans for the .app domain, but it’s pretty easy to figure where it fits into their business. ➤ Google just paid $25 million to buy the entire ‘.app’ web domain [Business Insider]

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