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Rather than attempt to conquer the world $25 at a time, Mozilla may be shifting gears on Firefox OS with a new initiative called “Ignite”. An email obtained by CNET details what Mozilla CEO Chris Beard thinks Mozilla should be doing in the mobile space. Instead of trying to encourage purchases via low-cost hardware, Beard wants Firefox OS to be “compelling”. “We will build phones and connected devices that people want to buy because of the experience, not simply the price. We have not seen sufficient traction for a $25 phone, and we will not pursue all parts of the program” said Beard.… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a move that shows commercial space exploration is not just possible, but probable, the United States House of Representatives just passed the SPACE Act in order to lay down some general guidelines in case you want to, you know, start a mining operation in space. While private charters like Virgin Galactic, and colonization missions to Mars by the likes of SpaceX are all the rage these days, the bill would suggest that enough private organizations have an interest in mining valuable resources from space that the need for legislation is necessary. Bear in mind, not a single private company has even… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re managing multiple social media accounts—multiple channels for you and multiple channels for your brand perhaps—it sure helps to save time with the right tools. We’ve found time-saving tools for Twitter and Facebook and our daily social media marketing workflows. Now that we’ve turned attention toward Pinterest, we’re excited to discover the best time-saving tools for pinning, analyzing, and image building, too. Here are 21 of the ones that have caught our eye so far. We’d love to hear which ones you love! 21 Time-Saving Pinterest Tools Pinterest scheduling and dashboards One of our top Pinterest marketing tips is to Pin at… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oculus Rift is often associated with gaming, however, the virtual reality technology is now being used to train football players off the field. Quarterbacks and coaches alike spend hours a week watching footage of football games to find areas of weakness and ways to improve their game. Virtual reality is being used to help quarterbacks and other players in real-world training using Oculus Rift goggles and software created by STRIVR Labs, according to a new article out by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Football players are often observers when watching footage on tablet computers and televisions. Then they go out on the field and practice… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sometimes the only way to really dig into a topic is to really dig into it. And when you do that, it’s all too easy to end up with fascinating data points and facts that become almost impossible for anyone else to comprehend easily – and people on the Web like things to be easy. Take, for example, the question “how long would you have to work to afford the Apple Watch Edition?” The Guardian formulated this question and answered it for a few different people – world leaders, Tim Cook, an average Foxconn employee. It was a pretty interesting story,… This story continues at The Next Web

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What do you get when you combine turntables and Tesla coils? Well as you might expect, the results are pretty illuminating. At a recent Bay Area Maker Faire event San Francisco turntablist DJ Qbert experimented, combining super fast DJ’ing with high-voltage energy. With each scratch of the turntable the audience not only heard the results but were also treated to a visual show, with each scratch also becoming a spark off the nearby telsa coil. DJ Qbert’s unique fast-handed performance was made possible thanks to Intel’s tiny Edison computer. The Edison device powered the turntable set-up, which was hooked up to the tesla coil. ➤… This story continues at The Next Web

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Smartwatches seem like a natural place to use Shazam’s music recognition abilities, so today the company has added support for Android Wear. The watch app can be launched with either through Wear’s app launcher or a voice command. When a song is identified, it’ll be saved to your phone should you want to make a purchase later. And you still get lyrics right on your watch if you want to sing along. To try it, just download the most recent version of Shazam for Android from the Google Play Store on your phone – the watch app will be synced… This story continues at The Next Web

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On average, I take over 2,000 photos every month between my phone and my camera. Until recently, I was using iPhoto and iCloud to store and share my pictures, but this month, I decided to give Flickr’s revamped service a go. I was curious to see if it could hold its own against the ease and convenience of using iPhoto. First impressions  My initial reaction was that the homepage loads noticeably faster than the old version. It’s sleek and elegant in its design. And the new Content Stream bears a strong resemblance to Instagram, which is pleasing to the eye.… This story continues at The Next Web

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TNW Conference USA is coming back to New York this November! Get your FREE 2-for-1 ticket voucher. It’s been just one month since we closed the doors to TNW Conference Europe, shepherded our 60+ speakers onto a canal boat, and celebrated with champagne as we sailed our way to a restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam to refuel and reminisce.  In those initial hours after our 3,500 attendee- and 150 startup-strong event, it started to sink in that we may have pulled off something special. When Mark Randall of Adobe stood up at our speaker dinner and started his speech by… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you were itching to build an open source browser for Android, you can now do it using a practically all the code from Chrome for Android. As Venture Beat spotted, Google has uploaded the bulk of the remaining code into the open source Chromium repository. The open-source browser shares a lot of the same code as Google Chrome and often serves as the proving ground for new and experimental services. Chromium was pretty much a desktop-only deal until now, but the Chrome for Android team tipped their hand in a Reddit AMA last week, promising an open source version “soon!”… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fontstand, a new app for OS X, allows you to download and install fonts to try out entirely for free and pay for them on a monthly basis if you decide to keep them. The service allows you to browse an extensive library of fonts made available by font foundries such as Typofonderie, Type Supply and Process, then download any font for up to one hour to try it out. If you’re happy with the font, you can rent either the entire font style as a set or individual styles for a significantly lower price. After 12 months of renting a font, it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a fan of Inbox by Gmail, but frustrated by its lack of a single button to send messages to the trash and support for signatures, here’s some good news – that’s being fixed. If you want a ‘mark as unread’ option, well… Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii was kvetching on Google+ about the missing features and got a reply from the team working on the app: So there you have it, the app will get a ‘delete’ button and the ability to add your personal details to the bottom of your messages, but ‘mark unread’ just doesn’t fit with the philosophy. By the… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of our most popular deals is coming to a close, and we wanted to make sure you’re able to get it before it’s gone! Whether you want to shop, work or play on the Web, it’s important to stay safe and keep your transactions private — and NordVPN makes it easy to secure your online activity. NordVPN uses double encrypted private tunnels to channel your data, keeping you anonymous and out of reach of hackers. It also lets you access geo-restricted content from wherever you are, and doesn’t log your browsing activity. Ready for a completely private, secure and… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you were hoping to be an early adopter of the open office, you’ve missed the boat – and the second boat and the one after that. As of 2010, nearly 70 percent of American offices were employing some version of the open-office plan. Companies like Facebook and Google have been waving the no-walls banner, standing among the exposed brick and couches now littering the office landscape. Like all popular movements, the open office isn’t without its vocal detractors. Lindsey Kaufman summed up the dissenting opinion succinctly in her Washington Post piece, “Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.” Criticism… This story continues at The Next Web

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My desktop has been eternally cluttered with screenshots in the past and I discovered a tiny tweak this week that makes life so much easier for those on Macs. You can change the storage folder for screenshots by simply running the below command in your terminal application, found inside the Utilities folder: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/place/;killall SystemUIServer You’ll need to choose your own location and replace “place” in the command above. I chose Dropbox so that I could have my screenshots synchronized and stored forever. The command for that looks like this: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Dropbox/Screenshots/;killall SystemUIServer To… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s been lots of talk about who’ll buy Nokia’s Here mapping unit, including chatter around a $3 billion bid from Uber and interest from Facebook, but it seems the company is in no hurry to sell. In an interview with European Communications, an industry trade magazine, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri says that while there has been “significant interest” with quality bids, it still may not sell: Let’s give it more time… We may not end up selling it if we don’t get the right value…It has to be a good competitive deal for Nokia and our shareholders. Of course, as European Communications speculates,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft is quietly testing an app that intelligently synchronizes your clipboard across iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows PC. The app, called OneClip, is like Pushbullet in many ways, making it easy to access files across devices with little setup, and may mean Microsoft plans to compete with the company in the future. OneClip automatically detects whether the item on your clipboard is a URL, physical address, phone number, text snippet or an image and categorizes it for you. To set up OneClip, it takes a few seconds and requires a PIN code generated on one of your devices. You can connect multiple… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) has been updated with new reports to show developers how their mobile app content is performing in search results. The Search Analytics report lists top queries, top app pages and traffic by country for each indexed app. You can also use filters to drill down to specific query types or regions, or sort by clicks, impressions and click-through rate. There’s also a Crawl Errors report to help you find issues encountered by Google’s indexing engine when going through your content. This makes it easy to locate app pages that aren’t showing up in search… This story continues at The Next Web

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Who knew when Pac-Man was released on 22 May 1980, that it would end up becoming such an iconic arcade game? Celebrating thirty five years since its arrival in Japan, Bandai Namco has updated the app on iOS with some new features and a revamped interface.   The updated version introduces a multi-player option for the first time on iOS, as well as new mazes and challenges to explore. Pro-tips are now available in-game too. While the game costs $4.99 to download, there is also a free version –Pac-Man Lite – on iOS. ➤ Pac-Man [iOS]

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Emoji are incredibly popular. Our traffic stats show that unequivocally. Stories about new emoji, how we use them and just about every other aspect of the culture around them do incredibly well. Source: Google Search Trends They’re fun. It’s undeniable. Even I, with an inclination that leans more to towards the Eeyore end of the spectrum rather than the over-caffeinated Tiggerish space occupied by my colleague Owen, have to admit it. Image credit: Disney Owen loves emoji. He picks through the pronouncements of the Unicode Consortium, the arbiters of emoji accuracy, as if they are messages carried down from Mount Sinai – a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s given the Hangouts Chrome app a new lick of paint – implementing its Material Design aesthetic and bringing all your contacts together in a single window, with chats on the right. It’s a big improvement. The new simplified version will be particularly pleasing to people using Mac OS X, but as Google’s Hangouts product manager Mayur Kamat says, it’s also pretty hand for folk on Chrome OS, Linux and Windows. If you’re not on OS X though, make sure to heed Kamat’s advice to switch off ‘transparent mode’ before using the app. ➤ Google Hangouts [Chrome Store via Engadget] Read… This story continues at The Next Web

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The rules of engagement are changing. Picture this scene: The whole family is sitting on their couch and everyone is watching the same TV show. One person is controlling the remote control, so the other people cannot really choose what to watch. The world has changed a lot since then. In today’s families, everyone has their own screen and decides what content they want to consume. We’ve just added Daniel Alegre’s talk from the TNW USA Conference 2014 to our TNW Video site and you can watch it right now for free. Alegre, the president of global partnerships at Google,… This story continues at The Next Web

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When a new prospective customer calls your startup for the first time, who answers the phone? Many companies have put their process on autopilot for responding to inbound sales inquiries – they might have an administrative assistant who answers the phones, or they might have a simple e-mail capture form on a website. But when a prospective customer contacts you for the first time, that’s a powerful chance to make a good first impression. It’s your first opportunity to either start to build a long-lasting business relationship, or (if not handled properly), lose out on thousands of dollars worth of… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Intercept and CBC News report that back in 2012, the US National Security Agency (NSA) along with allies from the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ alliance (which also includes Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia) developed a plan to hijack data links in the Google Play and Samsung app stores: As part of a pilot project codenamed IRRITANT HORN, the agencies were developing a method to hack and hijack phone users’ connections to app stores so that they would be able to send malicious “implants” to targeted devices. The implants could then be used to collect data from the phones without their users… This story continues at The Next Web

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PayPal announced a bunch of new rollouts and services at an event in San Francisco today, including Easy Payments and a simpler One Touch checkout experience. The company trialed its Easy Payments monthly installment program with Apple in January and is now launching the service with more partners like Shop.com. It’s also extending its One Touch checkout service to all 90,000 merchants on Bigcommerce’s online store platform. In addition, mobile users can now pay for their purchases in a range of shopping apps with just a tap, if they’ve signed into PayPal at least once on their device. If you’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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