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Today Lyft and Uber both announced that their car services are allowed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The two companies join Sidecar which announced last week that it would be delivering and picking up passengers from the airport. One odd bit of news is that Sidecar stated its Shared Rides feature would not operate out of the airport. Uber on the other hand stated today that Uber Pool, its shared-ride feature, would be available for airport trips. So now the Bay Area has even more options to get to the airport besides, taxis, BART, bus, hassling friends, etc. ➤ Lyft’s Second Airport Agreement Authorizes... This story continues at The Next Web

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Alongside Monday’s release of iOS 8.1, Apple activated its new Apple Pay service for in-app and retail payments. We tried it out to see if it lives up to the hype. Mobile payments haven’t quite taken off yet. I’m sure more than a few of you have taken to using Google Wallet and other similar services for NFC purchases, but these are still the exception, rather than the rule. Apple is taking its entry into payments very seriously, working with hundreds of banks and major brands for the launch. To get started, you’ll need iOS 8.1 installed on an iPhone 6 or... This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all found ourselves trapped in an awkward dinner situation where we want nothing more than to be rescued by a “important call.” A new device called Dorothy might be able to come your rescue. A different take on wearables made by iStrategyLabs, Dorothy works by attaching a ‘Ruby’ (a small Arduino-based Bluetooth device) to your shoe and tapping your heels together three times to trigger an action.   That triggered action could be a call from a fake contact, or you can configure it to send a custom message and location to your friends. The company says it’s looking in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has officially opened up the pre-order forms for the freshly-announced Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player streaming device. The Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet running the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, starts at $399 for the 16GB model and is slated to ship on November 3rd. The Nexus Player, Google’s first Android TV streaming device, goes for $99 and ships “in three to four weeks.” Its accompanying game control pad is sold separately at $39, though it is currently listed as “out of stock.” Pre-orders for the Nexus 6 will start next Wednesday October 29. ➤ Google

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Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg today sued four law firms which represented Paul Ceglia in a 2010 case where the client claimed he owned as much as 84 percent of the company. In 2013, a judge dismissed the case, stating that the contract Ceglia claimed as proof of his ownership was nothing but a “recently created fabrication.” Ceglia had allegedly forged the document based on a real contract that had been signed when Zuckerberg worked for Ceglia’s company in 2003. Ceglia was arrested for the falsifications in 2012. Now Facebook is moving to make his lawyers pay for the alleged forgery. According... This story continues at The Next Web

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At its cloud computing event today, Microsoft SEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would be offering up its Azure cloud computing service to assist in Ebola research. Essentially, the company is handing out grants to provide successful applicants with Azure’s processing power for easing access to services and data healthcare workers and researchers may need. In order to make use of the award, applicants should be associated with an academic institution and submit a proposal for how they intend to use the service. With growing concerns about the potential for the disease to spread, its a nice gesture by the company to help... This story continues at The Next Web

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At today’s Microsoft cloud event, Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie introduced two new services to Azure. The first is the new G family virtual machines offer customers up to 32 Intel CPU cores, 450 GB of RAM and 6.5TB of local SSD storage. According to Guthrie, these machines offer twice the memory of anything offered by Amazon’s AWS service. The company also introduced a new premium storage service for its customers with each virtual machine getting up to 32 TB of storage with a read latency of less than 1ms. Guthrie says that these two new features will allow... This story continues at The Next Web

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David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five. This post originally appeared on the 15Five blog. To succeed as an entrepreneur you must constantly overcome countless factors that are beyond your control; market changes, employee attrition and tech/product issues. You have to keep moving quickly towards execution or competitors will swallow you whole. But you can’t do it all by yourself. You need the support of employees who will require mentoring to reach a level of competency where they can work independently. In an outcome-focused business with scarce resources, it is tempting to give only as much direction as necessary to get... This story continues at The Next Web

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Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io. “What’s On Your Home Screen” is presented by Fueled, a New York and London-based mobile app development company that produces award-winning apps for big brands like Barneys to hot startups like QuizUp. Online dating isn’t easy. Finding a match, and getting said match to go out on a date is tough enough. Then figuring out what to do? So much pressure! HowAboutWe, a New York City online dating service, launched in 2010, to solve this very problem. Aiming to take the initial friction out of date planning, founders Aaron Schildkrout and Brian Schechter have since... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has today announced a raft of updates for its still new Office Mix presentation and teaching tools. Among the new features is an option to pause recording part way through, to ensure you pick your words correctly and say exactly what you mean, and a new ‘erase ink’ feature, if you want to carry on dictating over the same slide but add new content to it. There’s also a new search feature that makes it easier to find ‘mixes’ that interest you, which allows for breakdown by category, topic, tag or author. With the update, Microsoft is looking to refine the way... This story continues at The Next Web

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As promised, Apple has released its iOS 8.1 update, which brings back the much-missed Camera Roll, enables Apple Pay on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices and adds support for sending text messages from your Mac. With iOS 8.1, you can test the iCloud Photo Library beta. You can find the 117MB download in the Software Update settings on your iOS device. Apple first announced iOS 8.1 last week at its iPad and Retina iMac event. iOS 8.1 also includes a number of bug fixes for Messages, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, screen rotation, Safari and accessibility.

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Internet radio streaming service Pandora has announced a new Sponsored Listening offering, letting brands give listeners a full hour of ad-free beats in exchange for a little engagement. Available in the US, Australia and New Zealand, Pandora serves up music from across a multitude of genres for free, though you can cough up $4.99/month to remove the ads. With Sponsored Listening, you’ll be asked to watch a short video, visit a brand’s website or engage in another similar ‘interaction’. You’ll immediately be granted 60-minutes of uninterrupted listening, though the advertiser’s brand will still be visible on-screen throughout the session. Time... This story continues at The Next Web

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As the palette of messaging apps continues to crowd up, its important for companies to convince users to stick with their own particular service. In that line of thought, Facebook just released its first video ad for Messenger. It’s a bit saccharine and doesn’t show too much of what differentiates Messenger from other apps, but the company might just be trying to win back some fans after the backlash it received for forcing people to download a second, separate messaging app on mobile. There are a whole lot of stickers, though. In any case, it’s notable that Facebook is even releasing an ad... This story continues at The Next Web

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Holvi launched its online banking platform for small businesses in Europe back in August, and now the Finnish startup has announced it supports International Bank Account Numbers (IBANs), which sees it edge neatly into the traditional banking setup to broaden its appeal. To recap, Holvi bank accounts are free to open and have no set monthly charges, though there is a €0.90 fee for incoming/outgoing transactions and a 3 percent fee for credit card payments. However, Holvi offers a range of add-on services aimed squarely at SMEs and the self-employed. For example, you can get a real-time view of your company... This story continues at The Next Web

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OnePlus’ pre-orders for its One smartphone are due to open at 11am EST on October 27, according to an announcement from the company today – but that pre-order window will only be open for one hour. While it’s another week before you can actually lodge your request, OnePlus is allowing interested buyers to prepare a pre-order in their cart now. The move represents a slight shift away from the company’s previous invite-only system, which many will be thankful for. Still, it’s not as straightforward as you might expect. Now, instead of needing an invite, you can place a pre-order and you’ll... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by Staples – we make it easy to make more happen.We’re all looking for quick ways to intuitively boost productivity. Today, there are many apps and services to help keep you organized and stay on task. There are books, articles and entire websites that focus on helping you change how you work. But did you know that you can work on the environment around you to help boost productivity? You spend a lot of time in your office (or your employees spend a lot of time in theirs). Your office space help your productivity instead of work against it. The good news is that there are a few things you... This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype for Windows Phone (8/8.1) has a new drawing tool that allows users to send hand-drawn images and other personalized messages to recipients. Announced today in a blog post, the drawing feature can be used by tapping the + icon in chat. You can start from scratch or add messages to existing pictures, if you prefer. Skype suggests it could be handy for things like indicating the quickest route on a Bing map, as well as more ‘comedic’ uses. Other new features include HD screen support, simpler sign-in options and a faster resume time for devices running Windows Phone 8.1. What’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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Fab was spending $14 million per month before it decided to layoff the bulk of its staff and refocus around Hem, a new e-commerce site for customised, premium home furniture. In a candid interview at TechCrunch Disrupt London, Fab co-founder and CEO Jason Goldberg discussed the company’s problems and why it pivoted. A pivotal moment, he said, was when Fab raised a $150 million round. A sizeable sum, but only half of the $300 million the company was hoping for. “You have to make a choice,” he said. “What kind of business do you want to be? And how do you... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon doesn’t have to make a great ereader. It’s really the ecosystem that makes an ereader worth purchasing and the Kindle line is the virtual hardcover wrapped in the online retailer’s shiny book-jacket services. Amazon doesn’t have to make a great Kindle ereader, but it does anyway. The new Kindle Voyage replaces the Kindle Paperwhite as Amazon’s top of the line ereader. The Paperwhite is still around with a starting price of $119 (with Wi-Fi and special offers which means ads on the lock screen). For most people who want an ereader that lights up, it’s the Kindle to get.... This story continues at The Next Web

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The internet has created a new era of journalism. Readers have an ever-growing number of newspapers, magazines and blogs at their disposal, littered with in-depth features, investigative reports and breaking news. Many of the best outlets are free to access too. Keeping up with this endless stream of excellent reportage can be tough though, especially if you discover articles while at work. They’re quickly brushed aside until you’re next sitting on a plane, wishing you had something interesting to read. This is where Pocket comes in. The service lets you bookmark anything on the Web; articles are stored in your... This story continues at The Next Web

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Dropbox has today updated its iOS app to make it compatible with Apple’s new generation of iPhone devices. Alongside bringing support for the new smartphones, the app can also now make use of the Touch ID support offered in iOS 8, thereby allowing users to unlock their Dropbox without a PIN code or password. The team said it also fixed an error when previewing RTF (Rich Text Format) files on iOS 8, as well as a number of other stability and performance enhancements. ➤ Dropbox [App Store] Image credit: Alexander Supertramp / Shutterstock.com

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Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features. Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music when someone else starts listening elsewhere, so the company is encouraging families to get an account for each family member. The new pricing is slightly cheaper than buying each family member a full subscription but still offers all the features of a premium subscription, such as offline support and no ads while allowing each family member to have their own playlists and favorited tracks.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Yik Yak, an anonymous chat app that has gained popularity among the college set, lets you track, view and contribute to conversations and posts without having to divulge personal information. An update, released today, adds a new mapping feature to the app’s Peek function that makes it easier to view posts in far-flung locations. The update lets users “peek” into any local area worldwide by dropping a pin on a map and viewing that location’s current Yik Yak feed. The company considers the ability to monitor and view posts in specific locations important for tracking local breaking news or sports. The new Peek Anywhere feature, which augments Twitter feeds, news... This story continues at The Next Web

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Accept it: the weekend is over. It’s no use pining for those couple of extra hours you spent lolling (you remember the actual word lolling, don’t you?) about in bed yesterday, they’re gone too. And while it’s true that we can’t bring them back for you, we can still make your start to Monday a little easier by showing you everything you missed this weekend in one handy list. So make yourself a cup of something, mute your phone and spending the next ten minutes or so catching up on all the best tech news and features from The Next... This story continues at The Next Web

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Tying in with the new coding and computing content initiative announced by the BBC last month, the British broadcaster has announced a new Doctor Who-themed game designed to teach the basics of programming to kids. Available online in the UK from Wednesday 22 October, ‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ game is aimed at CBBC-age viewers, and is voiced by the good Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. Players guide Who on a perilous pursuit through space, as he teams up with a Dalek he rescued to save all of creation. Though the game is aimed at kids, the adventure also delves into the Sontar homeworld and the... This story continues at The Next Web

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