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Spotify just updated its Android app’s Spotify Connect feature to let the app act as a remote to control other devices playing Spotify tunes. Now you can hook up your tablet to your home speakers and control the jams with your smartphone. The Spotify change log in Google Play states the following: Want to use Spotify Connect on any speakers? Plug a phone or tablet into both a charger and your speakers. Log in to the same Spotify account on another device, and use it as a remote. So if you want better quality audio than what’s available from Bluetooth speakers and you... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft Word is still the world’s go-to application for writing reports, essays and other documents, but Google is trying to make it easier to switch to Drive and Docs. Announced at Google I/O and introduced at the end of June, ‘Suggested Edits’ allows contributors to recommend changes in the sidebar. The author can then reply, dismiss or confirm the changes as they continue editing. Starting today, tracked changes from .docx files will be imported as Suggested Edits; likewise, Suggested Edits will be exported as tracked changes in Microsoft Word. It’s a small tweak, but one that makes Google Docs more... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google took the wraps off its self-driving cars in May, and now Baidu — commonly known as China’s Google — has also revealed that it is working on a similar project. Kai Yu, Baidu’s deputy director of its Institute of Deep Learning, told TNW in an interview that the company doesn’t view it as a driverless car, as he still envisions a driver being in control. “This is actually an intelligent assistant collecting data from road situations and then operating locally… We don’t call this a driverless car. I think a car should be helping people, not replacing people, so... This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this month, Lyft announced it was launching its regular-folks-as-taxi-drivers service in New York City (NYC). But regulators put the brakes on the launch and Lyft stated that is was going to work on getting approval from the the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. Those negotiations appear to have been fruitful with Lyft announcing that it would be launching its ride sharing service in NYC starting this evening at 7pm ET. In a blog post it stated: Tonight, after making positive progress with local and state leaders, Lyft will launch in all five boroughs of New York City. We’ve finalized an agreement to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is developing a new feature for Voice Search that will allow you to ask a question in one of multiple languages – without manually reconfiguring your ‘mother tongue’ each time. At the moment, the company translates Voice Search queries based on the default language you have set for other Google services. To change this on the desktop version, you have to press the Settings icon, followed by the Languages option in the search results page, before making a new selection. It works, but it’s not exactly quick or intuitive. Jon Wiley, Principal Designer for Google Search, said in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me... This story continues at The Next Web

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A small piece of history is being made today in the UK, as satellite broadcaster BSkyB (‘Sky’) airs a movie on the same day as it hits cinemas. While Sky has previously offered movies for rental via its Sky Store service on the same day as they hit cinemas, this is the first time it has linear broadcast to Sky Movies subscribers at the same time as it arrives in movie theaters. Believe is a story about a young football (soccer) player who gets into trouble, who is then brought to the attention of former Manchester United manager Matt Busby.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ah, Berlin. The city that wears its history on its sleeve, yet allows ample space for new culture to thrive. Its creative scenes, tech companies and weekend-long dance parties have made headlines in recent articles in Vice, Fast Company and The New Yorker. All eyes seem to be on Berlin. But don’t let its Brooklyn vibe or the Freikörperkultur (FKK) get you too relaxed. This is a city where few survive without a few bottles a day of the highly caffeinated tea drink, Club Mate. We arrived just in time to spend a Sunday at the elusive club Berghain, before pouring out into... This story continues at The Next Web

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As promised, the Amazon Fire Phone is now available in the US. The new, premium handset is available exclusively on AT&T for either $649 (32GB) or $749 (64GB) without a service plan. Cheaper handset prices are on offer, provided you take out an applicable AT&T contract. The smartphone could be a breakthrough moment for Amazon. While it’s experimented with e-readers and tablets in the past, this is its first attempt at cracking the lucrative smartphone market. How it performs in the US could dictate when and how Amazon releases it elsewhere. The device comes with a few unique features; four... This story continues at The Next Web

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Alexander Huls is a freelance writer who has been writing about pop culture for over five years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, National Post, Film School Rejects and more. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. With hundreds of thousands of books published (and self-published) every year, it can be difficult to get noticed; a great cover can often mean the difference between a sale and a trip to the bargain bin. Book-cover designers have to choose from a wide range of techniques — illustration, collage,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Bollywood-focused movie streaming service Spuul is removing some of the barriers around content on its Android app. An update now enables users to stream free movies (or ‘cast’ them via Google Chromecast) without having to even register an account. Spuul introduced offline syncing in Android last year. Initially that was for paying members only, but now all users can store any of Spuul’s free content offline — though this feature is ad-supported. Offline sync in the iOS version and for any paid-for content on either platform remains for premium ($4.99 per month) members only. Finally, Spuul has begun allowing publishers to embed its content... This story continues at The Next Web

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Paying for a ticket on the London Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is about to get much simpler. From September 16, all of these transport options will support contactless payments, allowing commuters to ‘tap-in’ with any supported credit, debit or pre-paid cards, as well as relevant smartphone apps and wearables. The launch will, in essence, give you the ability to leave your Oyster card at home; while this alone is pretty convenient, it also means you won’t have to keep topping up. Contactless payment methods are tied to your bank account, so you can keep swiping and not have... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla has released an updated version of its Firefox for Android Beta app, which it promises will make the browser more easily customizable for end-users and more powerful for third-party developers. Announced today in a blog post, the updated app now allows you to customize the home screen with downloadable panel add-ons, so that the content you want to see is right there when you open up the browser, whether that’s a website, feed or some other service. Mozilla said the add-ons currently available for Instagram, Pocket, Vimeo and Wikipedia, among others. Mozilla said the Firefox for Android Beta also now allows users to switch between... This story continues at The Next Web

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Two years after Timista launched for the Web, the intelligent ‘things to do in London’ service now has a dedicated iPhone app too. As with the original site, which responds to a user’s ‘wish list’ by helping them decide what to do based on three key metrics – location, time and availability – the iOS incarnation serves as your own digital concierge, morphing activities, bespoke plans and availability to tell you exactly what you should be doing, and when, in the UK capital. The good news is that Timista works straight out of the box. No signing up, no accounts,... This story continues at The Next Web

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There are few things more frustrating than booking what you think is a great hotel, and then learning about the woeful WiFi service you are subject to when you arrive… having almost certainly already paid for your stay. There may be a remedy for that, or at least a way to wise up on crappy hotel internet. Hotelwifitest.com is a website that does exactly as its name suggests, serving you search results for hotels which are ranked on the quality of their internet service. Quality of internet ratings exist in some hotel guides, but Hotel WiFi Test aims to go beyond merely crowdsourcing information thanks... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a new project brewing at Google X — the company’s research arm — and it has to do with how a healthy human being should look like. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by Google in a press release sent to TNW, ‘Baseline Study’ will put together anonymous genetic and molecular information from an initial 175 people, with thousands more to come, to create a full picture of a healthy human being. The 175 healthy people will go through an exam that includes the collection of body fluids like blood and saliva, after which Google... This story continues at The Next Web

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One of China’s three largest telecommunications firm, China Telecom, revealed at a press conference yesterday that it will be the exclusive carrier partner of Microsoft’s Xbox One and will start selling it in September (as first reported by Reuters). The press event was for the unveiling China Telecom’s internet of things effort in the form of a smart home series called “Yue Me,” featuring several products including a set-top box and a smart TV. The Xbox One looks set to fit right within China Telecom’s move to conquer the living rooms of the Chinese. Microsoft confirmed in April this year... This story continues at The Next Web

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Clipped, an app that automatically generates summaries of news articles using natural language processing (NLP), has released a major update on iOS that creates custom infographics and offers improved accuracy. The startup is also taking sign-ups for an API that will open up its NLP engine to other developers. With the move, Clipped has dropped official support for Android, but founder Tanay Tandon said he is working with a group of developers to create an open source version for Android. Similar to the Summly app acquired by Yahoo last year, Clipped uses machine learning to scan an article and then... This story continues at The Next Web

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Madefire’s Motion Books, the digital comics publishing platform that combines images, sound and interactivity, has launched on Android and is now available on the Google Play Store. Titles are available via in-app purchase. In addition, Madefire has announced a new Print Books category designed to offer an authentic comics reading experience, featuring simple page view, pinch and zoom navigation for a large catalog of comics and graphic novels. A new interface for all storefronts promises to make it easier to navigate and discover books. Publishers such as IDW, Valiant, Oni Press, Top Cow, Liquid Comics, and others have signed on to the new Print Books category... This story continues at The Next Web

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Pinterest today released a diversity report for its organization, revealing that it’s composed of 40 percent female employees and 50 percent Caucasian. The figures were shared by Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou, who called for greater transparency last year about the proportion of women tech employees in the industry. Since then, a number of major companies have piled on to share their diversity figures, including Google, Facebook and Twitter. In terms of gender ratios, Pinterest fared noticeably better than other tech companies. While just 21 percent of its tech segment is female, that’s better than Twitter’s 10 percent and Facebook’s 15... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. I’ve never been good at dealing with stress. In high school, I used to pluck out my own eyelashes. That’s how bad I was at dealing with stress. People would be like, “Oh Andrea why don’t you have eyelashes?” And I would be like, “BECAUSE THEY GIVE ME ALLERGIES!” I took my social studies final with a wet paper towel over my eye because I was convinced it would block out any allergens. That’s where I was in my life at that time. I had no idea how to cope with stress,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has released the first trailer for its upcoming Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series, which Ridley Scott is working on as an executive producer. Not to be confused with the show Steven Spielberg is working on – that’s a separate digital feature – Halo: Nightfall will come bundled with the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection video game for Xbox One later this year. The trailer reveals a new element that can selectively wipe out humans, which protagonist Jameson Locke, a an agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and his squad must seek out and destroy. It’s typical... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you regularly access Gmail from your iPhone or iPad, Google just made it a whole lot easier to save and retrieve files from Google Drive. Inside an email, you can now tap the paper clip icon to attach a new file and select ‘Insert from Drive.’ The corresponding app will launch and you can browse your files at leisure. Once you’ve found the document you need, press the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner to quickly attach it. “The apps will even tell you if your file isn’t shared with the person you’re sending it to so you... This story continues at The Next Web

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During Facebook’s Q2 earning’s call, CEO, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the messaging space and how it relates to Messenger. According to Recode, he’s doing more than just talking. Recode reports that Zuckerberg has chatted with Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick about adding the service to Facebook Messenger. According to sources, the service would be embedded in Messenger. How that would work exactly isn’t known. But, if the deal does come together, it would give Messenger a feature none of the other messaging apps currently possess and give Uber access to potentially 200 million customers that use Facebook’s mobile messaging app a month. ➤ Facebook and Uber... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google updated its Chrome Beta for Android app today with Material Design elements and “simplified sign-in,” which gives users the ability to have their log-in credentials submitted for Gmail, Maps, Search and other Google websites automatically. With the latest version installed, you can dive into the Menu – located in the top right hand corner, with three dots stacked vertically – followed by Settings and the option ‘Sign in to Chrome.’ Google will also remember your password for multiple accounts if more than one is stored on your device. “In addition to having your accounts a click away, your bookmarks,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Go ahead and add nature effects to your photos — Mother Nature won’t mind. AKVIS, the folks behind the new Pastel app, has updated its NatureArt package with a host of new features and fixes. The app simulates natural phenomena in your digital photos, letting you do everything from changing seasons to brightening a dark landscape, or adding special effects like rain, fog, ice, fire, frost, lightning, rainbow and more to create a surreal scene. Each effect has presets for quick results. Version 6 includes new presets for the Sun and Frost effects. In addition to previously available in-app publishing services like Facebook, Twitter and others, Dropbox... This story continues at The Next Web

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