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Social scheduling tool Buffer has today updated its iOS app with new tools to make sharing easier across social networks, as well as an optimized version for iPads. The company said that among the headline new features is the ability to manage your entire Buffer dashboard while on-the-go and new sharing features baked into the app, thanks to new functionality added by iOS 8. For example, you can now share to your Buffer queue directly from Safari, Chrome or any other app that supports native iOS sharing.   Also new is the ability to native retweet via Buffer, through other apps. “Let’s say you’re... This story continues at The Next Web

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Kuty Shalev is the Founder of eight hours to develop, and when it first launched, it had one singular function: to send “Yo” to the user’s friends. The app survey of more than 7,000 consumers, what makes consumers “sticky” is simplicity. If you’ve got a great idea for a product, you should set your sights on creating a prototype in 90 days to test your idea, gather feedback and get to market quickly. 90 days forces you to focus One advantage to building a prototype in 90 days is that it forces you to narrow your focus. “Simple designs are easier to understand, cheaper to... This story continues at The Next Web

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If someone asked you whether the world needs another question-and-answer app or not, you would likely respond in the negative. But that doesn’t stop startups from trying to bring something new to the Q&A table. With that in mind, Pyne lets users ask and answer basic yes/no or multiple-choice questions from across the community. “Answering questions like ‘Do you like Japanese pop music?’ combines the instant gratification of a Buzzfeed quiz with the flip-happy speed of a dating app like Tinder,” wrote The New York Times when it launched for iPhone back in June. And it’s difficult to argue with... This story continues at The Next Web

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Hailo has today announced new features for its cab-hailing service and announced an expansion into new markets in the UK, as well as its first venture into Asia. Among the new product features is an option called Pay with Hailo that was first introduced earlier this month for Boston and Ireland. Now, it’s available in London too and allows passengers to pay for a non-Hailo hailed cab via the app at a cost of 50 pence extra. Another interesting addition to the service today is a Web-based tool called Hailo Hub, which allows users to book Hailo cabs on behalf of other people. “With Hailo Hub,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony has been steadily building up a deep gaming ecosystem across multiple devices, including its PlayStation 4 console, PlayStation Vita handheld, Xperia smartphones and now the $99 PlayStation TV set-top box. Unfortunately, the PlayStation TV (PS TV) doesn’t live up to its potential just yet. Originally called the PlayStation Vita TV in Japan, the PS TV launched in the US earlier this month and arrives in Europe in November. In addition to the $99 standalone system, Sony is also selling a $139 Lego bundle that includes a DualShock 3 controller, The Lego Movie Videogame and an 8GB memory card. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ello, the social network that has recently gained traction as an ad-free and more private alternative to Facebook, has raised $5.5 million in venture funding, according to Recode. The new resources will be used primarily to build the infrastructure needed to run the social network – something particularly important given the speed with which it’s grown as of late, despite being invite-only. The service currently has over 1 million users, but CEO Paul Budnitz told Recode over 3 million people are on the waiting list. The number of users was growing so fast that the company had to freeze signups... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ready to begin designing your own games? Get started with our essential bundle of training courses that will equip you with the skills you need to create games, develop 2D and 3D assets and textures, work with 3ds Max and Unity 3D and apply gamification to keep players coming back for more. Pay what you want for these amazing learning resources from Udemy, and support a charity while you’re at it. The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle includes the following courses: Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School Engage... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is expanding its AWS service to its 11th region with today’s news that its Frankfurt data center was now available. The AWS EU (Frankfurt) joins the Ireland AWS data center currently running in Europe. As demand for the AWS cloud computing service grows in Europe, Amazon will need to launch more of these centers to reduce the latency experienced by users when a data center is physically far away from a company. Plus, having two zones in Europe gives customers the option of having redundancy within the same region in case something goes wrong at one of the data... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla is working on an app for Android, iOS and Firefox OS that gives smartphone users the ability to easily create and share Web apps. It’s called Webmaker, after the initiative that Mozilla created to promote Web literacy. The app is still in development and won’t be released until early 2015, but Mozilla’s Andrew Sliwinski gave me a short demo of the current build. The home feed offers a series of template options aimed at “personas” or particular professions, such as teachers, medics, journalists and small business owners. Users can customise any of them with Webmaker “blocks” which include text,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Payment processor Square has launched the Square App Marketplace today in a bid to make it easier for sellers to find business apps that help them keep operations ticking over smoothly. Since first launching its software platform, Square has integrated apps like IFTTT, TaxJar, SumAll and a whole load more, now, they’re just a whole lot more convenient to find and use. Third-party developers are also free to create their own tools for managing certain aspects of a business. While it might seem a bit tangential for what started life as a simple payment processor, Square offers an all-encompassing Register service... This story continues at The Next Web

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Tumblr is rolling out a new video player experience for its site and mobile apps. Similar to Facebook, clips that appear in the iOS and Android apps will now play automatically – but only when the user is connected over Wi-Fi. Tumblr will mute all videos by default, although a quick tap on the speaker button will toggle the audio. Notably, the development team has also taken a page from Vine’s playbook, looping videos indefinitely – this could be in reaction to the content users post, or a way to raise play counts for advertisers. On the Web, Tumblr has added... This story continues at The Next Web

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The UK government is backing a new agency to promote technology companies in a cluster of cities across the North of England. It’s news that will no doubt be met with the same derision and apathy as any other attempt for politicians to get involved in the ‘trendy’ tech sector. However, the truth is that – if done well – it could be highly beneficial to the real gems of technology firms based across the North. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says that the TechNorth agency is “tasked with promoting a world-class tech cluster spanning five cities in the North,” and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Christian Bale/Steve Jobs fans around the world can now rejoice as the Hollywood A-lister has been confirmed to be taking on the role of the iconic leader in a forthcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s biography. The casting decision was confirmed in a Bloomberg interview today with director Aaron Sorkin, who revealed that Bale didn’t even need to audition for the role. “We needed was the best actor on the board in a certain age range… He really is a phenomenal actor…He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role – he has... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple is preparing to open 25 new retail stores within mainland China in a bid to gain a stronger foothold in the potentially lucrative and incredibly large consumer electronics market. Revealed in an interview with Sina and reported by Reuters, Tim Cook said that 25 new stores would be up and running in China in the next two years – more than doubling its footprint from the 15 it currently holds. Cook is in China discussing a range of topics, touring the Foxconn manufacturing facility and will also be meeting with Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma on Monday next week. ➤ Apple... This story continues at The Next Web

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Numerous image editors offer a vast range of photographic corrections and enhancements. But when Hipstamatic emerges with a brand new entry, mobile shooters tend to sit up and take notice. Sometimes the simplest apps are the most visually powerful, and that’s the case with TinType, an iPhone app that you imparts a luminous, hand-tinted vintage look to your images. TinType takes about five minutes to learn — if you haven’t had your coffee yet. Launch the app and there’s a large orange shutter button and an option to switch to the front-facing camera. The non-destructive editor also lets you dig into your camera roll for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has today released its Fire TV streaming device in the UK, following a period of pre-orders. The multi-faceted Web giant revealed it would be bringing the Fire TV – which allows users to stream TV and film content, as well as play games via a special Amazon Fire Game Controller – to its first markets outside the US in early September. And now it has. From October 25, it will also be available in Germany. Alongside Fire TV, the Game Controller is also available from today in the UK, priced at £34.99. As well as being available from its own site,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has joined forces with the University of Oxford in the UK in order to better study the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in the areas of image recognition and natural language processing. The hope is that by joining forces with an esteemed academic institution, the research will progress more rapidly than going it alone for its DeepMind project. In total, Google has hired seven individuals (who also happen to be world experts in deep learning for natural language understanding), three of which will remain as professors holding joint appointments at Oxford University. As part of the agreement, Google will also... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re looking for a super simple way of receiving Android notifications on your desktop, you may wish to check out a new app called PPLNotify. How it works When you first launch the app, you’ll be asked to enter your email address and then hit ‘Create Account’. I’m not entirely clear why an email address is required here, as you can basically enter any random word@domain.com email (even one that doesn’t exist), with no requirement to validate it. Once you’ve given notification access to PPLNotify within settings (this screen will pop up automatically asking you to tick a box),... This story continues at The Next Web

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During the Twitter Flight event, the social network teamed up with Jawbone to introduce the Drop app in a big way. Attendees could control the playlist while they waited for the keynote to start. Events have that kind of stuff all the time. Tweet with this hashtag and your tweet will end up on the big board. “OMG, I’m on the big board.” Everyone likes to be on the big board. I tried to get on the big board but A) I did it wrong and B) Twitter and Jawbone probably didn’t want to scare attendees with DC Hardcore at 10 am. Drop is... This story continues at The Next Web

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In the never-ending quest to take control of email, many have tried — but few have succeeded — in automatically separating out the critical from the negligible. Part of the problem is that we ourselves can’t sort out our priorities consistently, no less rely on algorithms to do so. Google has judged itself up to this task, however and this morning it released Inbox — an app currently available by special invite only — to take on the email organizing challenge. Because Inbox is built by the Gmail team, all messages remain in your regular Gmail mailbox as well, except that in... This story continues at The Next Web

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The streaming music game is tough. So tough that Microsoft is retiring the free (ad supported) version of its Xbox Music streaming service. The feature will stop streaming ad-supported music on December 1, 2014 for Windows 8.0 and 8.1 devices. Microsoft explains why it’s pulling the plug on the service in a FAQ: We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers. With Xbox Music Pass, you have access to millions of songs on your PC, tablet, Xbox, phone, and the web. Download music for offline listening and create playlists that... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mark Zuckerberg used to be extremely awkward during presentations. He’s still no Steve Jobs, but he’s gotten way better. In fact, he’s gotten so good, that he’s conducting interviews in Chinese. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO surprised the audience at Tsinghua University in Beijing when he answered questions in Mandarin. Clearly if you want to connect on a global stage, you need to know more than just a few pleasantries.

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Jerry Cao is a content strategist at UXPin, where he develops in-app and online content for the wireframing and prototyping platform. He recently co-authored The Guide to Minimum Viable Products. “Minimum” is a strong word… and not one usually associated with a good product. Yet lately, the term “Minimum Viable Product” is thrown around as widely accepted advice for startups. Is there truth to this, or is it just another fly-by-night trend? That all depends on who you ask. The idea is this: a company without the resources to fully realize their vision should release their product prematurely with only... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today released an update to its Google Earth Android app that brings the service’s first major improvement to its 3D rendering technology since launch. Built from scratch, the renderer offers “faster, smoother and crisper transitions.” Google also plans to use it as a foundation for updates to 3D technology in other products. Here’s what the renderer looked like before: And this is the new look: Other additions to Google Earth for Android include faster basemap updates so that the app will get new data at the same time as Google Maps. You can also use Google Drive to open... This story continues at The Next Web

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The new year came early to 1776 last night. The D.C. incubator – which launched in February 2013 – hosted the first regional pitch of its 2015 Challenge Cup. Founders from four categories – health, education, energy, and cities – competed to represent D.C. at the Challenge Festival in May 2015. After a series of 60-second pitches, judges invited two finalists per category to pitch for five minutes before taking audience questions. In the end, four startups – one per category – will represent the District at the Festival: Edbacker, a crowdfunder for educators; BaseTrace, which provides DNA-based tracers that... This story continues at The Next Web

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