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WeChat, the free messaging and calling app from Tencent, includes all kinds of animated, flashy, multimedia thingies to accompany your basic message. Today, the company delivered its version 6 upgrade for iOS, introducing a new video component called Sight to the service. Sight lets you record six-second looping videos for sharing in personal chat or via Moments, which can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. Just slide down the chat screen to reveal the recording interface, press the button, and go. The tiny video recording is reminiscent of a Vine or perhaps an animated GIF, and will autoplay if sent as a message. It’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post WeChat adds looping Vine-style video to iOS upgrade appeared first on The Next Web.

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Come and get it! Lenka, the new black & white camera app for iOS — regularly available for $2.99 on the App Store — is free for the next week to celebrate 100,000 downloads. Free access begins now and ends on October 7. Lenka is the brainchild of visual artist and photographer Kevin Abosch, and it attracted much attention upon its release several months ago. While Lenka is easy to use, its overall effect is intense. The app features a eye-catching black and yellow interface with normal- and high-contrast shooting modes, which you can access with the toggle button located to the right of the shutter. What you... This story continues at The Next Web The post Lenka black & white camera app is free for one week — starting now appeared first on The Next Web.

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At the beginning of today’s Microsoft event Joe Belfiore, Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft made certain the audience understood that we were seeing an early build of its next operating system. Early build or not, for power users that demand multi-tasking, the oddly named Windows 10 looks ready to help you get everything done. Nearly everyone was happy about the return of the Start Menu to Windows 8.1 and it’s still there in Windows 10 with Live Tiles integration brought over from Windows Phone. Even though the additional items on your Start Menu contextual menu could eventually take over your... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands on with the Windows 10 preview build appeared first on The Next Web.

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Elli Bishop is the community manager for BusinessBee, a place for business owners and executives to discover and compare various business service providers. This article originally appeared on the 15Five blog. Do you remember when you were first hired as a manager or were promoted from within? Perhaps you founded your first company and had to lead and support a staff for the first time. Just thinking back to those days might make some queasy. Transitioning to a management role can be a bumpy ride, and many new managers struggle with the same issues — miscommunication, delegating vs doing, and reporting up... This story continues at The Next Web The post Top 9 struggles new managers face (but you don’t have to) appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today announced it is expanding its bug bounty program for Google Chrome. In short, the company will pay more and offer more recognition to the security community. The reward pricing range has been increased from $500-$5,000 to $500-$15,000 per bug. Google is even going to back-pay valid submissions from July 1, 2014 at the increased reward levels. Here is a clear breakdown of likely reward amounts by bug type: There are naturally exceptions. Google has been known to reward above these levels for particularly great reports. Last month, the company awarded $30,000 for a Chrome OS report spanning bugs... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google increases maximum Chrome bug bounty from $5,000 to $15,000 to reward researchers for exploit code appeared first on The Next Web.

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This article originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog. Ten years ago, Jon Bell, now a designer at Twitter, told his wife that he’d be happy with how much he was making for the rest of his life. I didn’t make much at the time. But that marked the day I began trying to fight back the impulse for “more” and instead try to discover how “enough” feels. The conventional wisdom is that to be successful, you have to be really hungry for it, never content with mere sufficiency and outdoing everyone else. Surprisingly, Jon’s philosophy of aiming for enough is... This story continues at The Next Web The post How being satisfied with ‘good enough’ is actually optimal appeared first on The Next Web.

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Tele-medicine startup PocketDerm has branched out beyond acne treatment to begin selling custom prescriptions for anti-aging medication. PocketDerm’s new anti-aging option uses the same tretinoin (Retin-A) ingredient found in its acne service, as well as Niacinamide and Vitamin C. For $49.95, the company offers consultations, free shipping and a 90-day supply of medication. You’ll be signed up for a new consultation and batch of medicine every three months, but you can move the date around or cancel as needed. After launching this spring, PocketDerm gained popularity with the help word of mouth on the Skincare Addiction subreddit. Once you sign up for PocketDerm’s acne treatment,... This story continues at The Next Web The post PocketDerm expands its online dermatology service to include anti-aging appeared first on The Next Web.

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Move over wearables, Darma wants “sittables” to be the new trend as it prepares to launch its smart cushion for your office chair. The device monitors your sitting position, heartbeat, respiration and stress level. Darma, a graduate of the Haxlr8r hardware accelerator, is raising money on Kickstarter with plans to begin shipping the device by June 2015. Backers can get a cushion for as low as $99, down from the expected retail price of $199. CEO Junhao Hu’s goal is to go beyond mere data and provide users with guidance on how to improve their sitting. By taking the non-wearable... This story continues at The Next Web The post Darma is a smart cushion for making your smart ass smarter appeared first on The Next Web.

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London is well known for being a global center of business and finance, so it makes some sense that it’s also now home to a flourishing FinTech scene – with the likes of Level 39‘s dedicated FinTech accelerator space, and now, Techstars’ first graduating cohort from its Barclays Accelerator demo day in London. As with all the best-known programs nowadays, applications to join far outnumbered the spots available. More than 350 applicants from nearly 50 countries were eventually whittled down to 11 businesses, some of which didn’t exist more than three months ago and some of which have been in preparatory stages for... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 fintech startups to watch from Techstars’ Barclays Accelerator appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its Windows event in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the next release of Windows. Known until now as codename Threshold, the successor to Windows 8 will officially be known as Windows 10. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating System, unveiled the name, after saying Windows is used by about 1.5 billion people. “Windows is at a Threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows,” Myerson said at the event. “It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.” Before giving the new name, Myerson trolled everyone by saying it would be called Windows One. Since Windows... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft announces Windows 10, promises mid-2015 release and Windows Insider Program tomorrow appeared first on The Next Web.

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Pebble is dropping the price of its e-paper display smartwatches and rolling out an update that improves their health and fitness tracking capabilities. The original Pebble, including the three neon color variants announced in August, are now available for $99/€129/£99. That’s a $50 reduction and positions the smartwatch as a cheaper alternative to Android Wear. The premium Pebble Steel, meanwhile, is receiving a similar $50 price cut. You’ll now be able to pick one up for $199/€229/£179, which is less than Motorola’s Moto 360 ($249), only a fraction higher than the LG G Watch ($179) and on par with the Samsung... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pebble drops the price of its smartwatches by $50, adds background fitness and sleep tracking appeared first on The Next Web.

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Bellabeat first rose to prominence via its participation in Y-Combinator earlier this year. Its core raison d’être? To become the “Fitbit for pregnancy.” In short, Bellabeat is developing smartphone-connected devices that monitor your baby’s heartbeat throughout pregnancy, with functionality also extending into post-birth. The initial device that went to market is no more though, and Bellabeat is today announcing a new trio of tracking devices for expectant mothers. All the devices are made from wood, as Bellabeat strives to “bridge the gap between sterile medical devices and the natural journey of pregnancy and motherhood.” Pre-orders kick-off today, with shipping expected... This story continues at The Next Web The post Y-Combinator’s Bellabeat brings the quantified self to mums-to-be with 3 new devices appeared first on The Next Web.

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New York’s Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator held its seventh demo day today. Here are five of our favorites from the Summer 2014 batch: Poacht Most of us are interested in hearing about new job opportunities even if we aren’t actively looking. Poacht lets you discreetly put yourself out there without having to worry about your employer finding out. Job seekers input into the app the conditions – better salary, less travel, equity, etc. – they need to consider leaving their current position. Employers don’t have access to your name and will have to send an interview request to connect with you.... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 of our favorite startups from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator demo day appeared first on The Next Web.

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Speculation has been rife as to what the next version of Windows will offer, and finally we’re about to find out. What is the operating system we’ve been calling ‘Threshold‘ really called, what is it like and when can we get our hands on it? Join us as we liveblog from Microsoft’s special event. Updates will follow below from 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm BST, 7pm CEST  9:48 AM:  There’s a group of demo machines near the stage. I hope we get to play Halo. I mean demo the newest version of Windows. 9:45 AM:  They’re playing what I suspect is bossa... This story continues at The Next Web The post Live from Microsoft’s Windows event appeared first on The Next Web.

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Realm has released the Android version of its mobile database solution for developers, which soft-launched on iOS over the summer. The open-source library bucks the trend of cloud-based databases by storing information on your device. Since launching on iOS, Realm has attracted 20,000 developers to its product in just a short few weeks. Apps like Cloth and Breeze have already shipped with Realm inside. The team began development in 2011 and graduated from the Summer ’11 Y Combinator class. Realm claims that its solution reduces the development time of an app by as much as half. Once deployed, the code... This story continues at The Next Web The post YC-backed Realm releases its developer-friendly mobile database on Android appeared first on The Next Web.

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Andrej Kiska is an associate at Credo Ventures. Dealing almost exclusively with first time startup founders, we tackle the following question with nearly all of our CEOs: How much equity should they give to the employees? During the first conversation with a given founder about employee equity, it is not uncommon for the CEO to fire back with the following question: Why would I give any equity to my employees? In one instance, I told a CEO that we typically recommend a 15 percent stock options pool at seed/Series A stage. She rolled her eyes in disbelief. When I try to illustrate that this... This story continues at The Next Web The post Why offering employee equity is crucial for your startup appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google Apps for Education just got a little bit sweeter: In the coming weeks, new and existing customers will have access to Drive for Education, an academic version of its online storage solution. Drive for Education follows Drive for Work and boasts unlimited storage, support for individual files up to 5TB in size and automatic encryption. “Every file uploaded to Google Drive is encrypted, not only from your device to Google and in transit between Google data centers, but also at rest on Google servers,” Ben Schrom, PM Google Apps for Education said. The service will be bolstered with Google Apps Vault, a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google unveils Drive for Education with free, unlimited storage and ‘Classroom’ integration appeared first on The Next Web.

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LinkedIn has been evolving as a publishing platform in recent years, so when it weighed in with an offer to acquire Pulse last year, this merely served to confirm its intentions to move far beyond that of being a simple social network for business. Pulse was always a fantastic news aggregation service, taking your favorite news feeds and websites and transforming them into an interactive mosaic. A little like Flipboard. Today, ‘LinkedIn Pulse’ represents a major part of LinkedIn’s distribution mechanism, looking at what’s being written by people and then sorting them into channels for easy reading. Now, LinkedIn is... This story continues at The Next Web The post LinkedIn checks its Pulse with refreshed reading experience on desktop and mobile appeared first on The Next Web.

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The team behind Ghost, a non-profit and open source blogging platform, is introducing new plans and pricing for its Ghost(Pro) hosting service. The bad news is that the company’s plans are more expensive than before. In the past, a “Mini” plan was available for $5 per month and offered one blog, with unlimited storage and up to 10,000 views. The “Small” plan pitched five blogs with 50,000 views for $14 per month, while the top-end “Medium” plan rewarded you with 15 blogs and 150,000 views for $36 per month. The new pricing plans are as follows: Personal: $10 per month, one... This story continues at The Next Web The post Ghost introduces new plans and pricing for its Ghost(Pro) fully-hosted blogging service appeared first on The Next Web.

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Matchstick today announced its open-source take on the Chromecast: a $25 Firefox OS-powered HDMI dongle. The streaming Internet and media stick will be available first through Kickstarter, in the hopes to drive down the price tag. Jack Chang, Matchstick General Manager in the US, described the device to me as “essentially an open Chromecast.” He explained that while the MSRP is $25 (Google’s Chromecast retails for $35), the Kickstarter campaign is offering a regular price of $18, and an early bird price of $12. The startup has set a goal of raising $100,000. The full breakdown is as follows (free... This story continues at The Next Web The post Matchstick and Mozilla take on Chromecast with Firefox OS dongle, launch Kickstarter to drive down $25 price appeared first on The Next Web.

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A professional résumé is key to getting your profile noticed by employers and hiring managers. If you’ve found it hard to land a job interview in the past, it’s time to make a change, Resumonk. This simple résumé creation tool helps you showcase your skills, organize your information and present it beautifully — and all you need is a browser and a few minutes to spare. Resumonk lets you share your skills and experience online easily with a custom URL, and saves time by importing your information from LinkedIn. Plus, you’ll get access to analytics to see who has checked out... This story continues at The Next Web The post Get noticed by employers with 98% off a Resumonk lifetime plan appeared first on The Next Web.

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September in Africa was all about startups, with a host of top events and the launch of new accelerators as well as the usual funding rounds, acquisitions and new product offerings. Startup central Startup pitching event DEMO Africa took place outside of Kenya for the first time, with 40 startups pitching to entrepreneurs, investors and international media in Lagos, Nigeria. Speakers at the event included communication technology minister Omobola Johnson, Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, and Jason Njoku, founder of iROKO. French operator Orange launched its startup accelerator – Orange Fab – in the Ivory Coast, which the company... This story continues at The Next Web The post September in Africa – All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month appeared first on The Next Web.

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Late in August, Samsung unveiled its new Gear S smartwatch, a Tizen-powered timepiece capable of making calls and going online without a smartphone. Other features, as noted at the time, included turn-by-turn navigation provided by the Nokia-owned HERE mapping platform, which brings genuine usefulness to the wrist-worn contraption. Since then, Nokia has been continuing to flex its mapping muscles following its new-found freedom from the smartphone bustle, teasing a refresh of the Web-based version of HERE, while also revealing it will be used on Tizen smartphones and wearables. But perhaps most crucially out of all this, was the news that... This story continues at The Next Web The post Nokia’s offline maps for Android: We go hands-on appeared first on The Next Web.

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Basis, a wearable company acquired by Intel earlier this year, has announced a new fitness and sleep tracker called the Basis Peak. The key selling point for ‘geeks in sneaks’ is its ability to measure heart rate without any external hardware, such as a chest strap or smartphone. A plethora of sensors means it can track your body movement – including walking, running and biking – perspiration and skin temperature, all while sporting a sleek design that doesn’t look ridiculous on your wrist. It’ll be available for $199.99 next month in two designs. The first is a matte black watchface... This story continues at The Next Web The post Basis unveils the Peak, a sleek $200 fitness and sleep tracker that can measure your heart rate appeared first on The Next Web.

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EBay has announced that it’s to spin out PayPal as a separate publicly traded company in 2015. The e-commerce giant acquired online payment provider PayPal for $1.5 billion back in 2002, but many have argued that PayPal is too big and significant an entity in its own right to be ‘owned’ outright by eBay. Indeed, today’s move has been mooted for a while already, with notable voices in support of the split including investor Carl Icahn. This marks a significant shift in the online payments space, and basically frees PayPal from its master’s shackles to capitalize on its own popularity... This story continues at The Next Web The post eBay and Paypal will split into separate publicly traded companies in 2015 appeared first on The Next Web.

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