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Google’s colorful new logo has the technology blogs abuzz, but there’s a lot more to it than a slick redesign. It’s a branding effort, with Google actually creating a new typeface to accommodate the company’s new direction. It looks a little like Android’s Roboto font, but Google’s new type is called Product Sans. I know, it’s not a sexy name, but the font is. Here’s what Google’s design team has to say about the new typeface: In tandem with developing the logotype, we created a custom, geometric sans-serif typeface to complement the logo in product lockups and supporting identity materials. We… This story continues at The Next Web

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The third edition of TNW Conference USA will gather 1500 of the biggest tech-lovers from Australia to Canada under one roof. They’ll be enjoying thought-provoking keynote speakers, workshops, and more than 120 hand-picked startups. Out of more than 300 Boost applications, we’ve just accepted our 90th early-stage company to show you what they’ve got at this year’s event. On that note, let’s have a look at these five Boost participants from the Golden State, California:   ➤ Check out who else you could meet at TNW Conference USA 2015, this November.   NAI Solutions (Los Angeles)  Naipack from NA Solutions is… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by Prezi, the presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your ideas to life and make you a great presenter.If you’re an entrepreneur, you need to be comfortable talking about yourself and your product, in almost any setting. Whether you’re talking with customers, partners, prospects, or investors, you need a laser-focused pitch. In 20 seconds or less, you need to capture your audience’s attention, win their trust, and convince them to do business with you. These are three very challenging chords to strike and ones that you need to hit ‘in the moment’ with very limited time to prep beforehand. The following ‘communication optimizations’ can help: 1 – Learn as much as you can about your audience As obvious as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has updated its logo in the wake of the move that created Alphabet as a parent company for it and some of the projects and sister enterprises that it spawned. The new Google logo in motion. Here’s how the company explains it: Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Translation of written text is one of the few areas where computers still have a lot of space for improvement compared to humans. Although Google Translate and similar tools are widely used for making sense of stuff you don’t understand, machine translation is not quite ready to replace people when it comes to creation of clean, comprehensive texts. Machines, however, can significantly improve the productivity of human translators with a number of tools that fall under the Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) category. A newcomer to this industry, SmartCAT, has included the most useful tools and combined them with a marketplace for… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have been remotely listening to the Web design conversation in the past five years, one phrase keeps coming up – responsive Web design. By now, you are probably designing every one of your site outlines with a responsive framework. But some of the talk is shifting to adaptive Web design. The conversation has been out there for a little while, but Google and Apple have really helped bring it back to the forefront. Is adaptive a concept we really need to think about when designing for the modern user?   What is Adaptive UI? The discussion starts with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone’s had their phone run out of storage before and it’s frustrating as hell trying to figure out what to delete. Nextbit thinks it’s solved that problem with its ‘cloud-first’ smartphone that makes sure you never run out of space. The Robin, its first smartphone, is launching on Kickstarter today for the discounted price of $349. The phone is unique because it automatically adapts to how you use the phone, removing apps and infrequently accessed data to the cloud so it doesn’t take up local space. If you tap on the app that’s been removed, it’ll be installed fully again on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nest has updated its thermostat with a small, but welcome change: the screen is much larger and the overall device has shrunken. The thermostat’s screen is now 40 percent larger and higher resolution at 229 PPI. Overall, the device has a slightly thinner profile so it doesn’t stick out from the wall. That’s along with an updated interface to make it easier to read the temperature. It also comes with a new feature called Farsight, which shows either the time or the temperature it’s trying to heat to on the screen as you walk into the room, from much farther away… This story continues at The Next Web

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Stylus freaks get ready. Adonit has just launched the Jot Dash, a general, all-purpose digital pen designed to work with just about any mobile device. If you’re someone who grabs your iPad or Android tablet first and a paper notebook second — if at all — the Jot Dash is made to be your new ballpoint pen. Designed for all kinds of business and professional users, Jot Dash has a balanced anondized aluminum body measuring 8.5mm in diameter and 5.5 inches long. It works on any capacitive touchscreen. The pen-like clip lets you easily fit it into any pocket, case or bag.  You… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel featured a sketch that mocked YouTube Gaming as well as people who watch game streams. The segment garnered nearly 55,000 downvotes on Kimmel’s YouTube channel. The latest clip from the show, uploaded today, features Kimmel reading out angry comments left on the previous video and essentially poking fun at game streaming fans with the same jabs as last time. Kimmel has every right to make jokes about what the kids are getting up to these days, and honestly, gamers (and YouTube viewers at large) should be able to take this in their stride.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe Flash, the world’s most hated software, is finally dying. Technically, it’s been on its way out for years, but today it received one of its final blows which will go down in history. Google officially killed Flash advertising in its browser. As of September 1, any advertising that uses the technology requires the user to click it to play — it’ll otherwise remain frozen. A new setting, enabled by default in Chrome automatically optimizes plugins to save battery power and CPU cycles and specifically targeting autoplaying advertising. The change comes as Google AdWords now makes it possible to automatically convert advertisements created… This story continues at The Next Web

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Entrepreneurs are not always aware of the various financing structures that may be available to them when raising new capital to finance their growth. Even if they are, they are not always sure what fair terms look like when receiving term sheets from investors.   This article explores the plusses and minuses of equity vs. convertible debt vs. venture debt. Please note that there are many subtleties to each of the securities discussed below and this does not address all of them, but is meant to give a very broad overview.   Equity Issuing stock in your company is the route most entrepreneurs… This story continues at The Next Web

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The story of how I came to be friends with Andy Falkous is mundane. He asked on Twitter for recommendations for headphones he should buy and I chimed in. Boring, right? Only, the odd thing is that Falkous is one of my favorite songwriters, the scabrous brain behind both Mclusky and the even finer Future of the Left. In the world before Twitter, ending up exchanging correspondence with someone whose art you admire involved letters, fanzines and crossed fingers. Social media is the great leveller. It puts us in the same arena as both people we admire and hordes of… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all been in the situation where someone owes us a few dollars and chasing them down is just hassle and awkward. To solve that, PayPal has revealed its new PayPal.Me service today as a way for people to request money from anyone across the globe. PayPal.Me allows you to ‘name your money’ with a personal link allowing people to pay you back easily. https://www.paypalobjects.com/webstatic/en_GB/mktg/wright/paypal-me/ppme_introduction_720_en.mp4 You just need to share your PayPal.Me link, which can be done through text, email, on your blog or social media profile, and anyone wishing to pay you can click on the link, enter the amount,… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you are a frequent visitor of our website you’ve probably noticed our Canvas Ads by now. It’s a new ad format we recently introduced on The Next Web. Behind this article you can see an image, and when you click it, this post partially slides out of view so you can see the full canvas. Besides the normal ads we show there – like commercial and some promotion for our own events and services – we also select a few promising artists every few weeks. Each artist gets to showcase their work and if you like them, you can check out more via a link… This story continues at The Next Web

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The news that Tesco will be the first UK supermarket chain to stock vinyl records is both surprising and worrying in equal measure. On the one hand, as someone who spent a massive amount of timing learning to mix and scratch throughout my university days, I thoroughly approve of the move – vinyl isn’t a redundant format simply as a result of more convenient ones existing. However, it worries me a bit too – it’s a revival that I don’t see lasting very long. My concern is that the few remaining independent record shops will be hurt by the encroachment. Supermarkets have… This story continues at The Next Web

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After weeks of investigation, volunteer editors who work on the English edition of Wikipedia blocked 381 user accounts for creating promotional posts, making changes to others and promising to ‘protect’ those articles in exchange for a fee. 210 additional articles related to businesses, notable people and artists were also removed. The articles were deleted on the basis that they “were generally promotional in nature, and often included biased or skewed information, unattributed material, and potential copyright violations.” What’s interesting is that the edits made by these ‘sockpuppet’ accounts were similar to each other. This led the editors’ community to believe that… This story continues at The Next Web

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LinkedIn has been the butt of many a design joke in recent years, and it’s caught a lot of flak for its clunky one-to-one messaging interface. You couldn’t read entire threads at once in your inbox and until recently, it was hard to tell if you had actually responded to messages. The business social network says it’s fixing all that today, as it rolls out a new messaging experience on Web and mobile. The new LinkedIn messaging service includes many modern features The company says its new communication tool looks more like a mobile messaging app — like Facebook’s Messenger, if you will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Messaging service Line has released an Android launcher that takes over your home screen with custom themes, icons, wallpaper and widgets. The free Line Launcher includes a range of content based on the messaging app’s popular characters — Brown, Cony and Sally — to switch up your interface. Line Launcher includes wallpapers, icons and a few functional widgets too It builds on Line Deco, a collection of wallpapers, icons and themes to dress up your device that launched last year. The company says there are over 3,000 free options to choose from, and you can mix and match wallpapers, icon packs and… This story continues at The Next Web

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This one doesn’t require too much explanation: Jim Mortleman made a video that combines Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ with images of Facebook profiles where the username is a pun that matches the lyrics. Thanks to youtubedoubler, we can finally show you our Bob Dylan "Subterranean Facebook Blues" pun video on YouTube: http://t.co/nzfCPSc9Q3 — Jim Mortleman (@Jimjar) August 31, 2015 It’s a work of genius and the version with audio has been ban-hammered on both YouTube and Vimeo. But luckily, there’s a workaround. Dig it! ➤ Puntastic [by Jim Mortleman h/t Waxy.org]

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Google+ has got an update on iOS that brings its Collections feature to the app, allowing users to curate their posts into interest- or topic-based feeds for others to follow. The company first introduced Collections in May, and offered options to share them publicly or keep them private. Recent updates have added the ability to tag Collections and search for them across the social network as well. If you haven’t tried the feature yet, you can start by checking out a bunch of featured Collections here. ➤ Google+ [iOS | Android via 9to5Google]

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The rumor mill is in high gear this evening over a report in Variety that says Apple is exploring the creation of its own original programming to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Unnamed sources told the Hollywood trade publication that Apple recently held preliminary talks with high-level executives to explore the possibility of producing such entertainment content. Variety says the person at the center of these negotiations appears to be Eddy Cue, who is in charge of Apple’s content and negotiations for Apple TV. Sources offered mixed interpretations of the alleged conversations. For example, one executive speaking off the record, said Apple could be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Life Sciences, the new Google Alphabet standalone division established several weeks ago, today entered into a partnership with Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical firm to expand its research into treatments for diabetes. Sanofi and Google will pool their expertise in science and tech to work on more integrated ways to collect, analyze and understand information, and in doing so, hopefully make it easier for patients to better manage and lower the cost of the chronic disease. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot produce, or the body cannot adequately use, insulin. A hormone made by the pancreas, insulin lets glucose from food pass from the blood stream… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo of America covertly dropped a bomb from its treehouse in Seattle today, mentioning that it is bringing a limited-edition ‘Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer’ New 3DS — complete with theme-specific interchangeable faceplates. It seems like a small thing, but it’s huge for Nintendo fans. For once, Nintendo is treating the American audience like Japan/Pacific and Europe. You see, Nintendo released the New 3DS and New 3DS XL to Japan, Australia and Europe back in October — but only the larger 3DS XL to North America. In Nintendo’s world, we are mostly the have-nots. Limiting variety and colors for the American audience isn’t… This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you ever had a question, but didn’t know where to turn? Social media or sites like Quora are great, but may not offer insight from qualified people. Wiselike hopes to change that, offering a way for the inquisitive to connect with the authoritative. Here’s how it works: An ‘expert’ creates a Wiselike profile, and users can ask them questions. Profiles can be created by anyone, whether you’re a tenured professor or someone who survived a month in a jungle with no food or resources. The service is a bit like an ongoing Reddit AMA, but only questions that are answered will show… This story continues at The Next Web

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