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Facebook shared its earnings today and revealed some interesting statistics about how its users access the social network. This quarter, half a billion users out of a total 1.39 billion accessed the social network using only a mobile device, making an increase of 26 percent year-over-year. That’s 37.8% of Facebook users that never log in to the desktop site. The number includes those visiting via the apps or mobile website, but excludes Instagram and WhatsApp. In total, Facebook saw 1.19 billion monthly active mobile users, an increase of 13 percent year-on-year. Featured Image: JaysonPhotography / Shutterstock.com

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GoPro’s Hero4 camera is getting a new firmware update that will bring 240fps slow-motion video in high definition soon, but Gizmodo’s already got footage that shows off how good snowboarding looks in slow-mo. The firmware update brings not only slow-motion in HD, but also an upgraded time lapse feature that can record at a whopping 4K resolution. A bunch of other features, like auto-rotate for videos is inbound too. It’s not clear when the update is coming out, but owners of the GoPro Hero4 are going to love this. Expect a bunch of people doing random things in slow-mo on YouTube very soon. ➤… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitshot, a website that automatically extracts images from pasted links and attaches them to tweets, today launched an iOS app that makes it an invaluable tool for anyone that uses Twitter. A Twitter study in 2014 showed that simply attaching an image to your tweet results in a 35 percent increase in retweets on average, so attaching images whenever you can is a good way to get attention. Twitshot makes this a no-brainer; its Chrome extension adds a button to your browser for instantly sharing a tweet with the link to the page you’re on now, as well as a photo… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tumblr today released an update for iOS that brings a number of new features to the app. Users can now receive interactive notifications on their lock screen for quick post liking or following. They’ll also receive alerts about fan mail, asks and answers. There’s also better 1Password integration, a bunch of design tweaks and the ability to clear your cache to save space on your device. ➤ Tumblr [iOS]

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E-commerce service Gumroad today announces the Gumroad Library for Android app, the counterpart to its iOS app launched last September. “As we see more and more creators focusing on content best consumed by mobile devices (in addition to music, books, and films, we’re seeing tons of Gumroad creators selling instructional video content like yoga classes and cooking lessons that truly require the portability of a mobile device),” the company said. The Gumroad Library app allows users to access mobile-friendly content from their desktop library on the go. Content will also auto-update between all platforms, ensuring the latest versions of purchased items are available… This story continues at The Next Web

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Smack in the middle of the holiday season, Adobe announced its intention to acquire stock content marketplace Fotolia, which specializes in royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for $800 million in cash. Today, that buyout is complete and Fotolia’s asset collection will now be integrated into Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service, letting its 3.4 million members access and purchase Fotolia’s stash of more than 35 million images and videos for their designs. Adobe says it will also continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to all, with or without a Creative Cloud membership. Fotolia operates in 23 countries… This story continues at The Next Web

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As if Amazon doesn’t do everything already, The Wall Street Journal reports today that it’s also getting into providing corporate email service. The new service, named WorkMail, offers email and calendar hosting services aimed to take on Microsoft and Google for a slice of the work email market. WorkMail is targeted to simply replace the backend of email services while still allowing employees to keep using the tools they’re used to like Outlook. The service starts at $4 per email inbox on WorkMail for 50GB of storage, or $6 if bundled with Amazon’s document management service Zocalo. Featured image: Ken Wolter /… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has announced a raft of photo-focused features for OneDrive, which will include an intriguing new search feature. Due to roll out “over the next couple of weeks, ” the update brings the ability for users to more easily view and manage photos on a mobile device or on the desktop, and a new Album view displays larger, edge-to-edge images in a collage. It’ll also make importing images directly to OneDrive a whole lot easier from Windows 7 and 8 computers; images will be saved automatically in new ‘Screenshots’ and ‘Camera imports’ folders. Screenshots will still be saved to your… This story continues at The Next Web

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With increasing concerns about government access to user data, tech companies try to appease us with reports on how frequently they’re asked to turn over information on users. Dropbox today released its own semiannual transparency report. In the time period from July 1 through December 31 of 2014, the company notes 275 requests for user information (slightly up from 268 last semester). The reports now include requests from outside of the US – 20 of those came from other countries. Those requests covered 1,018 accounts (a warrant can include more than one account). Dropbox responded with information on 789 of these, although in most of these… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slack, the increasing popular communication platform, has made its second acquisition, snapping up collaborative screen sharing service Screenhero for an undisclosed amount in a cash and stock deal. Screenhero’s entire six-person team is joining Slack, which will integrate its features including screen sharing and voice. The collaboration will also see Slack rolling out new video communication features. Screenhero is a graduate of Y Combinator. It launched in 2013 and raised a $2.6 million seed round last year from True Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Elad Gil, among others. The screen sharing service will be phased out as a standalone product but current users will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jawbone, the company behind the UP24, UpMove and UP3 fitness trackers, has launched a partner marketplace in the US aimed at drawing together the best apps, devices and other integrations available across the Jawbone ecosystem.. Rather than list all the possible available integrations, the Jawbone Marketplace only has best-in-class offerings that work neatly with its own products. As a result, there’s only around 10 right now. Currently, things like Fitbug’s Kiqplan training service, Sleepio and a SmartThings Kit for Jawbone are available. While that isn’t many, the portal is broken up into categories like sleep, food, lifestyle and smart home (among others), so presumably more will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you’re into (American) Football or not, you’re sure to hear a lot of people talking about this Sunday’s Super Bowl on Facebook. If you want to stay up to date with the latest news on the game, Facebook has a new page for you.The company is introducing a dedicated hub for Super Bowl XLIX – it’s basically a slightly amped-up “Trending” page, showing the latest comments on the game from both your friends and all around Facebook, in addition to related articles and photos from new outlets and people at the event. There are a couple of neat touches too though. You’ll… This story continues at The Next Web

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For an app that started off as doing no more than sending temporary picture messages, Snapchat sure is getting a lot of new features these days. The newest addition to Snapchat’s repertoire is original scripted programming, according to Bloomberg. The first commissioned show, dubbed “SnapperHero,” is produced by a collaboration between AT&T and studios Astronauts Wanted and Fullscreen Inc. The general plot involves YouTube and Vine celebrities playing superheroes in short clips. Some of the personalities involved include Freddie Wong and Anna Akana, both with millions of subscribers on YouTube, who are set to begin promoting the series today. The series will contain 12 episodes… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to help people spend less time reading and writing email, a new iPhone app called TL;DR that launched today urges users to keep things short and sweet. Short for ‘too long; didn’t read’, TL;DR is another take on mobile email that encourages brevity. When you’re composing a new email, the app encourages you to limit your message to just 30 words and displays it to your recipient in big, bold letters. Composing and replying to emails If you must write a longer email, the rest of your email copy will be displayed below your initial message as standard text.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony and Spotify have today announced a new joint partnership that will see the two companies launch a joint music streaming service called Playstation Music. Launching in “Spring 2015,” the PlayStation Music service will roll out in 41 markets initially and will be available to users of PlayStation consoles and Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets. PlayStation users will get a “deeply integrated” service, according to Spotify, and will be able to link PSN and Spotify accounts for direct billing through PlayStation Wallet. The integration will also enable things like background streaming from Spotify while playing games. As a result of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new Slack integration from Logentries announced today means that even devops teams can drop email alerts in favor of chat notifications from Slack. Logentries is a tool that businesses can use to retain logs in a single location and helps make it easier to analyze and search them for infrastructure and devops teams to diagnose problems. The Logentries integration is a custom webhook that offers real-time alerts and log events from Logentries directly inside Slack channels. Alerts can be sent to individual Slack channels to update teams when important events happen in their server infrastructure. The new Logentries’ integration joins… This story continues at The Next Web

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DJI, the company behind the insanely popular DJI Phantom drone series, has announced today that it will be rolling out new firmware that will limit flight in specific areas, in accordance with Federal Aviation Authority guidelines. Due to arrive “in the coming days,” the new firmware will nix any drug-runners hoping to use drones to move narcotics across national borders, as well as prevent a reoccurence of the crash-landed White House drone this week by stopping the devices from operating within its designated No Fly Zones. This new zone centers on downtown Washington, DC and extends for 25 kilometers in… This story continues at The Next Web

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This leading cloud backup service syncs your files in real time, and encrypts all your data before storing it securely in the cloud so you always retrieve your files, wherever you are. And with our exclusive deal, today you can get the best of both worlds: 1 TB of local storage and backup plus 10TB of cloud backup for just $97 – that’s 79 percent off. iDrive offers several useful features that make it a great choice for backing up and syncing your precious data. Its intelligent real-time backup recognizes the modified parts of files and uploads only the changes,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oyster, the ebook subscription service, today announced that it has partnered with Pottermore to offer the complete ‘Harry Potter’ series for fans and new readers alike. In addition to all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books, users will also have to option to replace their Oyster’s Reader Themes by tapping the Sorting Hat to be “placed” into one of the four Hogwarts Houses. Unlike the actual Hogwarts, however, you can switch Houses if you hate where you end up. ‘Harry Potter’ is one of those series that will stay warm within our generation’s hearts, especially for those who grew up with the characters as… This story continues at The Next Web

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WeChat has finally launched a version of its desktop client for Windows PC users, nearly a year after the introduction of its client for Macs. Just like the WhatsApp Web client launched last week, in order to get up and running with WeChat for PC, you’ll need to scan a QR code from within the mobile app. Once your phone is linked to your computer, messages will be mirrored across both devices, but alerts will only show on your computer. For now, it’s only available in Chinese. If downloading another program to your computer just feels like too much effort, you can, of course,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony’s new portable audio player for high-definition lossless formats, the NW-ZX2 Walkman, will be available for pre-order for around $1,280 from January 29 at all Sony Stores and Sony Centers. The 128GB device will go on sale at Sony’s own outlets and authorised retailers from February 13. Customers can also club their Walkman pre-order with other Sony gear like headphones, headphone amplifiers and speakers for discounts on those items. Click for larger image In addition, pre-order customers will get to download 20 songs in high-definition audio quality for free. Even if you can afford it, $1,280 for a portable music player… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Guardian has today announced the official relaunch of its website, which has been rebuilt from the ground up to make it easier to navigate and identify different types of content. The launch follows the introduction of its global .com site in the US and Australia and the revamping of its mobile apps in May last year. Today, however, marks global availability of its redesigned site. As any regular reader of the site will notice, the changes are pretty comprehensive. There’s now a whole new layout, elements of the homepage are personalizable, there are new color schemes and new font sizing. It’s been… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seemed like too complex a project to simply produce and set aside — even though it was finished, and had succeeded in generating plenty of buzz. Last spring, UK artist Benjamin Redford undertook to create a crowdsourced Web drawing by asking Kickstarter participants to reserve small cubes of space on the canvas for $1 each. Participants could ask the artist to draw whatever they wanted and could reserve any number of cubes. Internetopia was the final result, based on requests from all over the world over a 35-day period. Hundreds of people suggested subjects for Redford to draw, and a dramatic hand-crafted rendition of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Half a year after its launch in China, smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is bringing the Mi 4 to India. The device will go on sale in February through online retailer Flipkart at $325 (Rs. 20,000). The Mi 4 has a powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5 GHz processor with 3GB RAM and is paired with an Adreno 330 GPU, making for snappy performance to rival the OnePlus One and Samsung Galaxy S5. This phone was Xiaomi’s flagship for 2014, and now features the latest version of Xiaomi’s fork of Android, MIUI 6. The Mi 4 also has a 13-megapixel rear camera for real-time… This story continues at The Next Web

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Basis has updated its Peak fitness tracker’s firmware for the first time this year to enable the wearable to display notifications from your iOS or Android smartphone. Firmware version 1.8.15 brings text, call and other smartphone notifications to the Peak, which vibrates when it receives new alerts. Notifications are visible for five minutes before they disappear. Users can also quiet the Peak by switching to Do Not Disturb mode on the device. Notifications are turned off by default and have to be activated before you can see them. In addition, the updated firmware allows users to export their activity and fitness… This story continues at The Next Web

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