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Bitcasa is a cloud storage startup that promised to bring infinite storage to your desktop, finally arriving out of beta in February last year. Now, however, Bitcasa has announced that it will no longer be offering infinite storage. The reason? Lack of demand, it seems. The company blog posts says: “While our Infinite offering was one of our early value propositions, we have since found that only a small percentage of people use it (only 0.5 percent of our accounts require more than 1TB, and less than 0.1 percent require more than 10TB).” So low demand and a “growing number... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you arrived at Amazon today and noticed things look a little different, well, you’re not the only one. It seems the internet giant is now rolling out its design refresh to many more e-shoppers after a testing phase that kicked off last month, though it looks like it’s still only available on its .com domain for now. The most immediate and obvious change is the large carousel gallery that takes up the full-width of the screen, and the dark grey backdrop across the top. Click on the second image in the gallery below to see the ‘before’ design. Looking... This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this week, we got confirmation of what everyone was assuming anyway – that Microsoft will use the ‘Microsoft Lumia’ brand for its range of smartphones but we were left with questions over what the actual devices would be branded with. Now, we have our answer: just ‘Microsoft’. Cunning, isn’t it? Of course, we still haven’t seen any phones released with the branding as yet, but the company said “we are looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon”, so it shouldn’t be too long to wait. While it obviously makes a bunch of sense given Microsoft now owns Nokia’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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Pixelmator has long been a favorite among artists and photographers seeking an alternative to the subscription-based Adobe Photoshop. Its appearance onstage at Apple’s most recent event to introduce its eagerly awaited iPad app has certainly given Pixelmator’s profile a boost. Now that it’s here — just in time for iOS 8 — we took Pixelmator for iPad for a spin and found it a solid contribution to the slate of image editors out there for the iPad, and especially useful for those already using Pixelmator. With the mobile Pixelmator, available for iOS only, you can create drawings and paintings from scratch or pull photos in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Forms is one of of the most popular ways for people to create invite lists and surveys for free, but so far its toolset has been limited to a pretty basic set of features. To fix this, Google is today introducing add-ons, extensions made by developer partners which increase the functionality of your forms. You can check out the new features by selecting a newly incorporated “Add-ons” menu in Forms, or get some extra ones through the add-on store. Some of the add-ons being introduced let you set an automatic end date or maximum response number for your forms, for example, or store... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mikael Cho is the co-founder of Crew, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. We had no money. We changed our business model and had three months worth of cash left to turn things around. If we didn’t we were toast. Done. We needed to find customers. But no one knew who we were. A marketing budget? Please. We were just trying to keep the lights on. This was our situation a year and half ago at Crew. We knew we had to grow but we didn’t know how we... This story continues at The Next Web

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The beta testing app TestFlight has been helping developers quickly and easily add new testers to an app. The service is so useful that Apple purchased its creator Burstly and built its own native version of the app for iOS developers. Today Apple announced that TestFlight is available for all iOS developers to download and use to roll out app testing to external parties. Developers can now add up to 1,000 users to a TestFlight beta app. Previously, the app only allowed in-house testers and topped off at 25 users. The app is now tightly integrated with iTunes Connect with developers... This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember when Yahoo released all those in-active email address? Yeah, that was kind of a mess because any accounts tied to those email addresses were now in the hands of the new owners. Well Facebook was watching and teamed up with Yahoo to make sure your old Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL account doesn’t offer a convenient way for your accounts to get hijacked. Today Facebook announced a new email standard called RRVS (Require-Recipient-Valid-Since). It inserts timestamps into emails to help determine if the account has changed hands since the last time the receiver got an email from said account. The RRVS standard will... This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed close to a hundred startups. And the next few weeks will see us interview almost a hundred more. With a maximum of 50 spots available for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program, co-hosted by WeTransfer – we can proudly say that the startups that will make the cut are bound to be brilliant. All successful companies will be exhibiting at this year’s The Next Web USA on December 10 in New York, and 15 of them will have the chance to pitch to our entire American audience on-stage. But Boost is more than... This story continues at The Next Web

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In the 1990s and early 2000s I was the member of a couple car forums. First Honda forums and then a Subaru forum. I used these forums mostly for technical information. Where to buy used engines and transmission, the best gas for turbo-charged vehicles, how to remove the airbag on a Del Sol without it exploding in my face. Then Facebook appeared and I stopped visiting forums unless I absolutely needed to get some very specific information about a fuse or cable. Now Facebook, more specifically Josh Miller, the co-founder of Branch which was acquired by Facebook in January 2014, is launching Rooms,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Memeoirs, the company that lets you make physical books out of your email, Facebook, and WhatsApp conversations, has today announced that it is adding picture support for WhatsApp books. The process remains pretty simple – you just need to open WhatsApp, save your conversation history with a contact, and then email that exchange to Memeoirs. All the formatting and layout work is done automatically through Memeoir’s back-end, so you’re pretty much ready to go as soon as you’re done sending and making any customizations. The release comes with an updated UI, and the company says it’s planning on adding image support for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Yoav Hornung is an award-winning young filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Veed.me, a video production marketplace. We all know that there’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting. Actually, at Veed.me, when we say “face-to-face,” we actually refer to meeting in person while in reality, we find ourselves holding more and more video calls. From what I’ve researched, I found out that most people don’t really think about the video part of their call. And that’s a shame. Remember this rule of thumb: when you have a webcam meeting — you’re shooting a video. So set it up like one. Here are a few... This story continues at The Next Web

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LG has announced that its new circular G Watch R announced in August will go on sale in France, Italy, Spain and the UK “in the beginning of November”. The 1.3-inch device will then go on sale in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) “soon after”, LG said. Key specs of the device include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB of on board storage and is water and dust resistant. Handily, it can also be used with any standard 22mm wide watch strap. Under its diminuitive bonnet, it will run the most recent version of Android Wear and... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re OK with the idea of letting yet another service access your Google Calendar information and are frequently finding yourself walking into meetings with new people without knowing what they actually do, then Charlie might be worth checking out. Chicago-based Charlie’s task is simple: to give you a single page of information about anyone you’re meeting an hour ahead of your scheduled rendez-vous. It achieves this by sifting through social data from places like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google News and more (“100,000’s of sources”) to identify topics of conversation, and to work out what that person really cares about most. All of this... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no shortage of apps to help you read on the move, and we’ve seen a real rise in recent times of subscription e-book services, with Amazon launching its Unlimited monthly offering, adding to existing platforms such as Scribd and Oyster. Then there’s the likes of Total Boox, which adopts a pay-per-page ethos. Ultimately, such services are striving to remove the friction from reading, delivering e-books on tap similar to what Netflix does with TV shows and movies. Now, a German startup is introducing its own take on this burgeoning subscription trend with the launch of Blloon, kicking off in... This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the issues with wearables is that many of them need to stay connected to a smartwatch at all times. Android Wear has been no different. But an update for Android Wear just made smartwatches a little more independent. Android Wear now supports GPS sensors and syncing music to watches that support Bluetooth headsets for untethered listening. If you work out, this means you can track your run while listening to music without having to drag your smartphone with you while you exercise. One watch that will benefit from today’s update is the Sony SmartWatch 3 that ships with GPS sensors. Now those sensors... This story continues at The Next Web

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Social scheduling tool Buffer has today updated its iOS app with new tools to make sharing easier across social networks, as well as an optimized version for iPads. The company said that among the headline new features is the ability to manage your entire Buffer dashboard while on-the-go and new sharing features baked into the app, thanks to new functionality added by iOS 8. For example, you can now share to your Buffer queue directly from Safari, Chrome or any other app that supports native iOS sharing.   Also new is the ability to native retweet via Buffer, through other apps. “Let’s say you’re... This story continues at The Next Web

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Kuty Shalev is the Founder of eight hours to develop, and when it first launched, it had one singular function: to send “Yo” to the user’s friends. The app survey of more than 7,000 consumers, what makes consumers “sticky” is simplicity. If you’ve got a great idea for a product, you should set your sights on creating a prototype in 90 days to test your idea, gather feedback and get to market quickly. 90 days forces you to focus One advantage to building a prototype in 90 days is that it forces you to narrow your focus. “Simple designs are easier to understand, cheaper to... This story continues at The Next Web

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If someone asked you whether the world needs another question-and-answer app or not, you would likely respond in the negative. But that doesn’t stop startups from trying to bring something new to the Q&A table. With that in mind, Pyne lets users ask and answer basic yes/no or multiple-choice questions from across the community. “Answering questions like ‘Do you like Japanese pop music?’ combines the instant gratification of a Buzzfeed quiz with the flip-happy speed of a dating app like Tinder,” wrote The New York Times when it launched for iPhone back in June. And it’s difficult to argue with... This story continues at The Next Web

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Hailo has today announced new features for its cab-hailing service and announced an expansion into new markets in the UK, as well as its first venture into Asia. Among the new product features is an option called Pay with Hailo that was first introduced earlier this month for Boston and Ireland. Now, it’s available in London too and allows passengers to pay for a non-Hailo hailed cab via the app at a cost of 50 pence extra. Another interesting addition to the service today is a Web-based tool called Hailo Hub, which allows users to book Hailo cabs on behalf of other people. “With Hailo Hub,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony has been steadily building up a deep gaming ecosystem across multiple devices, including its PlayStation 4 console, PlayStation Vita handheld, Xperia smartphones and now the $99 PlayStation TV set-top box. Unfortunately, the PlayStation TV (PS TV) doesn’t live up to its potential just yet. Originally called the PlayStation Vita TV in Japan, the PS TV launched in the US earlier this month and arrives in Europe in November. In addition to the $99 standalone system, Sony is also selling a $139 Lego bundle that includes a DualShock 3 controller, The Lego Movie Videogame and an 8GB memory card. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ello, the social network that has recently gained traction as an ad-free and more private alternative to Facebook, has raised $5.5 million in venture funding, according to Recode. The new resources will be used primarily to build the infrastructure needed to run the social network – something particularly important given the speed with which it’s grown as of late, despite being invite-only. The service currently has over 1 million users, but CEO Paul Budnitz told Recode over 3 million people are on the waiting list. The number of users was growing so fast that the company had to freeze signups... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is expanding its AWS service to its 11th region with today’s news that its Frankfurt data center was now available. The AWS EU (Frankfurt) joins the Ireland AWS data center currently running in Europe. As demand for the AWS cloud computing service grows in Europe, Amazon will need to launch more of these centers to reduce the latency experienced by users when a data center is physically far away from a company. Plus, having two zones in Europe gives customers the option of having redundancy within the same region in case something goes wrong at one of the data... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla is working on an app for Android, iOS and Firefox OS that gives smartphone users the ability to easily create and share Web apps. It’s called Webmaker, after the initiative that Mozilla created to promote Web literacy. The app is still in development and won’t be released until early 2015, but Mozilla’s Andrew Sliwinski gave me a short demo of the current build. The home feed offers a series of template options aimed at “personas” or particular professions, such as teachers, medics, journalists and small business owners. Users can customise any of them with Webmaker “blocks” which include text,... This story continues at The Next Web

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