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Hidely, a new iOS app launched today, is designed to keep your photos free from prying eyes. Even if you’re not sharing way too much skin with 100 of your closest pals, you still probably don’t want your personal photos in line for the next data hack. Photos taken with or imported into Hidely are “zero trace,” according to the company, because they are protected with double encryption technology that secures them from unauthorized access. Zero-trace also applies to the password: If you forget it, Hidely will not help you recover it. Unlike standard cloud storage-based platforms, which have recently proven vulnerable to... This story continues at The Next Web

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After Google bought Songza back in July, it was only a matter of time until we started to see some of the service’s features start trickling into Google’s Play Music apps. In an announcement today, Google says it’s done just that. It should come as no surprise that Songza’s most popular feature, the ability to select contextual playlists tailored to specific activities, moods and times, has now been integrated into Play Music. As with Songza, the music curated by actual people rather than just an algorithm. This means that instead of just looking through your current music or through its store, typing into Play Music’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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We knew it was coming, but now Product Hunt users have a raft of new social features designed to make it easier to keep track of people and products across the platform. Announced via email to members, the site offers redesigned user profiles (which now include your own submissions, upvotes and products) and the option to follow other users in order to receive notifications when they post a new product. The changes are being made to reflect the platform’s status as a community of users, rather than simply a website, and comes off the back of a $6.1 million funding round. Its... This story continues at The Next Web

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Vine today updated its iOS app with the ability to follow topical channels, such as Animals, Art and Comedy, and iOS 8 share extension support, which lets you post a video directly from the Camera Roll or another third-party video app. When you follow a channel, Vine will add “select featured posts” from it to your feed. With the new share extension, you can post Vines from other video recording and editing apps without having to open the Vine app. Update: After testing this with Instagram’s Hyperlapse, we’re getting an “Unable to import video” error from Vine. I did, however, manage to post a... This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a gradual process since Microsoft finalized the deal to acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services division back in April, but we finally have some clarity on what will happen to the Nokia brand in the hardware realm – though it may not surprise you. As noted in this Nokia France Facebook post, followers will be notified of a name-change to the Page in the coming days, and it will now be called…[drum roll]… Microsoft Lumia. The Verge has also confirmed that this social media-rebranding will continue in other countries in the coming weeks. Microsoft has been slowly redirecting some... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today announced a new Music Deals app for Windows 8/8.1 PCs, tablets and Windows Phone 8/8.1 smartphones, offering weekly promotions on new and classic albums. Refreshed every Tuesday, Music Deals will include 101 albums for less than $2 and some debut albums at $0.99. Tapping an album will transfer you to the Xbox Music app to make the purchase. As new offers become available, you’ll receive updates to the app’s Live Tile and push notifications. ➤ Microsoft Music Deals [Windows, Windows Phone]

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Giphy is expanding its searchable library of animated GIFs with a new sticker API. The move means it can offer developers an ever-expanding library of GIFs – which all use transparent backgrounds, hence the “sticker” label – to plug into their apps and sites. Giphy is taking a two-pronged approach with the new format. It uses crawlers to find eligible stickers from across the Web, alongside an in-house team of sticker-hunting editors. Similar to how its existing database operates, Giphy then organises and indexes the stickers to ensure people can easily search for them. Finally, Giphy has its own network... This story continues at The Next Web

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Enabling 2-Step Verification is a quick and easy way to add a truly effective layer of security to your sensitive accounts. For those who need or want even tighter security, however, Google just announced it’s introducing support for physical security devices to help you out. Simply called Security Key, it works via a physical device that verifies the accounts you’re logging into are genuinely connected to Google and not a phishing effort by online crooks. Instead of typing a code, you need only insert Security Key into your USB port and tap on it when asked to in Chrome. The key uses the FIDO Universal... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has been capturing all kinds of weird and wonderful places for Street View in recent times, and today it has announced that Tanzania’s Gombe National Park is now on board too. Made famous in the 1960s by Dr. Jane Goodall’s research into chimpanzees, the Gombe National Park is among the smaller such parks in Tanzania, at only around 20 square miles. But thanks to a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute and Tanzania National Parks, Google has taken its trusty Street View Trekker along to collect thousands of 360 degree images. You can even peer inside Goodall’s home. ➤... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is part of a new series titled “Business Social,” and is brought to you by Hootsuite.It’s hard to believe that Facebook is now more than a decade old. In a few short years, the platform evolved from a small network of Ivy League students to an identity management resource for people around the world. Today, Facebook touches the lives of more than 1 billion people worldwide. Consumers rely on Facebook to discover new content, stay in touch with loved ones, express themselves, and share their major life milestones. It’s no surprise that brands have ventured into this ecosystem, jumping into conversations at key “stream of consciousness” moments. And consumers are listening to what brands are... This story continues at The Next Web

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While there is already a whole bunch of chat apps available, and a fair few different ways to listen to streaming music too, sometimes all you really want to do is share a few specific tracks with a specific person. Now, you can do exactly that using Milkshake, a service that allows you to share exactly three music tracks from YouTube or Soundcloud and chat with the recipient(s) in real-time. Freshly launched, Milkshake is the brainchild of Nathan Igdaloff, James Shakespeare and Spenser Garden. In use Using Milkshake is simple with a capital S. Just start searching for a specific track or artist and it will begin... This story continues at The Next Web

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Nokia finally launched HERE maps for Android a couple of weeks back, kicking off as a Samung exclusive for Galaxy-branded devices. Today, Nokia is making the app available to all Android users, though it’s not on Google Play for now. For its remaining beta phase, you can grab the .APK file from this link, and although Nokia says it’s trying to make the app compatible with as many devices as possible, but it will require Android 4.0 or greater. It also recommends devices with at least 1GB of RAM, and a screensize of between four and six inches. Nokia’s HERE... This story continues at The Next Web

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If  you’ve already placed an order for Amazon’s new Kindle Voyage, you’ll be happy to know the company just announced the device has started shipping out to consumers. That being said,  Voyage’s buy page is still showing late November ship dates for new orders, so its not clear when exactly everyone will have them, but it’s nice to see at least some customers should be getting theirs soon. We reviewed the $199 device yesterday and think its probably the best ereader around, if not a necessary upgrade from some older models. ➤ Kindle Voyage Starts Shipping Today [Amazon Press Room]

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A well-designed slide deck for your next presentation can go a long way in helping to get your point across better, and making a lasting impression on your audience. If you want to make an impact, our latest offer at TNW Deals is just what you need. Slidevana offers professionally designed slide templates for a wide range of presentation topics and styles, and put your content in the spotlight. Get your audience’s attention with gorgeous layouts, elegant charts and tasteful typography. We’ve got three great deals for you to choose from: The Complete Slidevana Bundle Ft. Keynote & PowerPoint, with... This story continues at The Next Web

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With the increasing prevalence of online blogging software from platforms like WordPress and Blogger, it’s hard to remember that regular folks and many small businesses still create websites — with traditional desktop software, no less. Apple’s abandonment of iWeb as part of the 2012 sunset of MobileMe and the rise of iCloud, cleared the decks for other Mac developers to pick up the slack on the consumer end. RealMac Software’s RapidWeaver was among the software packages widely touted as successors to iWeb, alongside competitors like Karelia Software’s Sandvox, Rage Software’s EverWeb and Softpress’ Freeway. Website preview It’s no coincidence that RapidWeaver 6 is being... This story continues at The Next Web

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The outgoing Director of GCHQ Sir Iain Lobban took the opportunity during his valedictory speech today to reflect on his 31 years as part of the UK’s spy agency, with a particular focus on balancing individuals’ right to privacy with the need for access to information. Lobban joined GCHQ at the end of the Cold War and now oversees a vastly different intelligence landscape than existed 30 years ago. Indeed, now GCHQ comes under far greater press and public scrutiny than it ever has before, primarily as a result of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations about mass surveillance, some of which GCHQ were included in.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Quicket sells itself as a multi-purpose mobile app that wants to be a “one-stop-app for all your travel needs,” letting you search for and book flights anywhere in the world. But with its latest update for Android and iOS, it’s introducing a Facebook seat check-in feature, letting you see who’s going to be sitting where on any given flight. This is similar to the technology SeatID has offered airlines for a while already, but Quicket is looking to take the concept direct to consumers. So the idea here is that you can see in advance who is sitting where – but... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mind Candy founder and chief executive Michael Acton-Smith has admitted that the popularity of Moshi Monsters is dwindling on the Web and that his company’s efforts on mobile couldn’t be described as commercial successes. In a interview at TechCrunch Disrupt London, the entrepreneur said engagement for Moshi Monsters online was “coming well down” and that the company’s current revenues are “not good.” When TechCrunch’s Editor-at-Large Mike Butcher asked Acton-Smith to compare the figures with the previous year, the head of Mind Candy admitted there had been “a drop.” The British developer has released a number of mobile video games that leverage... This story continues at The Next Web

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Members of Microsoft’s Xbox One preview program are getting access to a bevy of new features this week, including deeper Twitter integration and more customization options. As Microsoft notes, you will now be able to tweet your favorite game clips to your Twitter followers, using the Share button next to any clip you’ve created. Plus, new live TV and Twitter integration unlocks the ability to see what shows are trending based on Twitter chatter, and you’ll also be able to view tweets for programs in real-time within the MiniGuide. You will also be able to tailor the background for each... This story continues at The Next Web

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Singapore’s Infocomm Investments is expanding the scope of its $200 million fund to include European startups. Establishing a base in London, the firm will look to co-invest in high-growth tech companies that want to expand into the Asian market. Infocomm is hoping that its contacts in the South Asian marketplace, and key hub Singapore in particular, will be a draw for startups in the market for value-added investment. The firm’s first investment is into Startupbootcamp FinTech, and Infocomm will help prepare the London accelerator’s portfolio for business in the East.

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Back in August, we revealed that Microsoft was launching a digital TV tuner in Europe, so that Xbox One owners could use their console to access and control live TV. Well, this is now available to buy, costing £24.99 in the UK or €29.99 in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. With the USB device, you can view free-to-air HD TV directly through your Xbox One, without having to change your TV inputs. It basically serves as an alternative to accessing TV from cable or a satellite set-top box connected through HDMI. You can peruse TV listings using your Xbox One... This story continues at The Next Web

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Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel’s best superhero films to date, thanks in no small part to its 70s-themed soundtrack. Disney – Marvel’s owner – is now looking to release the throwback compilation on cassette tape later this year, Billboard reports. Will it sell in large volumes? Probably not. In an age where music streaming and digital downloads are the status quo, it’s unlikely that Marvel’s new generation of superhero fans have a Sony Walkman tucked in their drawer. Regardless, it’s a fitting release that matches both the music and the film; in Guardians of the Galaxy, the... This story continues at The Next Web

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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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