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At the Googleplex in Mountain View sits a team within the Search Features department that creates all the Google Doodles for the whole world. Ever since co-founder Sergey Brin sketched out a simple Burning Man-themed reworking of the company’s logo in 1998, Doodles have become talking points for the millions of people who see the Google homepage each day. Despite consisting of just ten illustrators, four full-time developers and two project managers, the team managed to create around 350 Doodles last year. “The Doodle team is small but our resources are mighty,” says team leader Ryan Germick (pictured top in 2011) who... This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of the Heartbleed bug, many technology companies have been advising users to change their passwords. Managing them all can be an arduous task, so today AgileBits has released new versions of its 1Password apps for Mac and iOS. Mac: Version 4.3 On the Mac side, it’s now possible to edit items and generated passwords from inside ’1Password Mini’, a lightweight client that can be activated from the Menu Bar. Searching with the tool will now bring up “everything” tied to the user’s account, including usernames and notes, and for the first time it’s possible to control the client with... This story continues at The Next Web

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What do you do when you’ve garnered 6.5 million Twitter followers through dispensing nothing but fascinating factoids? Launch an iPhone app, of course. UberFacts has built a gargantuan following by delivering nuggets such as the most effective way of getting rid of itches, and the meaning of the word Pistanthrophobia. And now you can immerse yourself in these glorious trivia tidbits with a native mobile app, which will work in tandem with its existing Web-based portal. You swipe to view facts that are divided into ten categories (e.g. Wildlife, The Internet, Life & Death), while you can also network with... This story continues at The Next Web

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Lytro is back with a new light-field camera, called the Illum, aimed at hobbyist and professional photographers alike. Unlike its predecessor, the device looks like a full-frame digital SLR with a wide, protruding lens and chunky body. It boasts a custom 40-megaray light-field sensor, with an 8x optical zoom lens that can shoot at up 1/4000 of a second and an f/2.0 aperture. The unique sensor captures numerous characteristics of light rays, including their color, intensity and direction. The result is an image that feels 3D – viewers can subtly shift their perspective and also manually set the focal point... This story continues at The Next Web

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After launching a website and video detailing its environmental efforts, Apple has today followed up with a related newspaper advert that indirectly mocks its rival Samsung. At the top of the page, the company has placed a huge headline that reads: “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” While many firms are considered guilty of copying Apple’s software and hardware innovations, the timing of the advert clearly points to its ongoing patent trial with Samsung. Apple ad on back cover of this morning’s Metro: ‘There are some ideas we want every company to copy’. pic.twitter.com/RNbgBNtjHZ — David McClelland... This story continues at The Next Web

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Lindsay Comstock is a New York-based writer, photographer, and editor. Her work has appeared in American Photo, PDN, Rangefinder, and in her own image-based projects. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission. Artists are often envisioning the future within their work—and architectural visionaries are often designing dwellings, offices, and other structures made from improbable points of perspective. The five artists below use photography and illustration to play with architectural spaces and lines—both real and imagined—and create inspiring images about structure. Scroll down to see outstanding work from these artists, from abstracted geodesic domes to minimalist... This story continues at The Next Web

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Plenty of startups are interested in tracking your sleep, but Casper is working from the bottom up with the launch of a re-engineered mattress and an innovative distribution model for it. Mattress buying is one of the few consumer experiences that remains extremely unpleasant. There are too many choices, pricing is frustrating and getting a mattress back to your home is a feat. The Casper team has rethought the whole process. Designers with experience at Sealy, IDEO and Muji created the mattress using a combination of memory foam and latex foam. To cut down on customer confusion, the company only... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mailbird, the desktop email client designed for Windows 8, Windows 7 and XP machines, has gained a new feature today designed to speed up the daily trawl through your inbox. With apps like Spritz hitting the headlines, helped along by coming pre-loaded on Samsung’s range-topping Galaxy S5 smartphone, it was inevitable that a desktop client would also try and deliver a similar experience, which is exactly what Mailbird’s new speed reading option does. To enable it, you’ll need to download the new version of the client, and then when looking at an individual email click the little glasses icon. From... This story continues at The Next Web

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A few weeks after its initial reveal, LG has launched an official site for the upcoming G Watch, its first smartwatch powered by Google’s new Android Wear platform. It contains a smattering of new details about the wrist-worn device. For one, it’ll be available in two color variants called ‘Champagne Gold’ and ‘Stealth Black’. While the latter uses only a single color, the former swaps in a white wristband and a subtle gold trim around the edge of its rectangular display. Secondly, the G Watch will be water and dust resistant. LG says you’ll be able to wear it for... This story continues at The Next Web

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It may be getting harder for Facebook to stand out among other social sites for ad revenue, given the increasingly crowded space, but Adobe’s latest social media intelligence report for the first quarter of 2014 found that revenue referred from most social channels to retail sites dropped quarter-over-quarter, except for Facebook. Facebook’s referred revenue per visit rose 2 percent quarter-over-quarter, while Twitter and Tumblr’s figure declined by 23 percent and 36 percent respectively. Year-over-year though, Tumblr’s referred revenue per visit was up 55 percent, followed by Facebook at 11 percent and Twitter at 5 percent. Adobe noted in its report: “While Pinterest... This story continues at The Next Web

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Popular email client Mailbox introduced an “auto-swipe” feature with its arrival on Android two weeks ago, and now it has brought this function to its iOS app, which is touted to recognize your archiving and snoozing patterns over time so it learns how to process future email. Version 2.0 of Mailbox’s iOS app also introduces syncing with Dropbox, which means it can now store and align your email preferences across multiple devices. This comes after Dropbox stepped in to acquire the startup more than a year ago, seeking to help it scale. Other than the iOS and Android versions, Mailbox also recently showed off a beta... This story continues at The Next Web

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In line with Earth Day and as part of its latest environmental push, Apple has announced that it will take back any Apple product for free recycling. Apple has already been giving gift cards in exchange for used iPhones, iPads and Macs that are in good enough condition to be resold, while those deemed to have no monetary value will be recycled for free. Now this reuse and recycling program has been extended to all Apple products. As part of Tuesday’s Earth Day celebrations, Apple has greened some of the leaves of the logos at its retail stores and will have its... This story continues at The Next Web

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Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has ambitious plans to expand beyond Asia, and as part of its efforts to do so, it has simplified its website domain to Mi.com. “The new domain is simpler and more accessible to an international audience,” the company said. It added that the newly launched domain also gives a more succinct meaning to the “Mi” brand, which stands for Mobile Internet. It makes sense for Xiaomi to make such a move, since its name isn’t particularly easy to pronounce for those who don’t speak Chinese. So far, Xiaomi has only taken a first step beyond Greater China... This story continues at The Next Web

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It may be low-tech, but it sure is cool. Photographers seeking the visual opulence of large format images, can now look forward to the Travelwide 4×5 Camera, a point and shoot-style film camera that promises pinpoint detail and huge tonal range. It will be available this summer. This lightweight, portable camera body, the product of a Kickstarter campaign by Wanderlust Cameras, has a high-impact unibody construction, but weighs in at a mere 9.7 ounces (275 grams). It’s small, though not super-compact, at 6.3×3.9×5 inches. It ships with a pinwide pinhole, focusing screen, metal sport viewfinder, and lens attachment tool. It also features a... This story continues at The Next Web

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GitHub announced today the resignation of President, co-founder, and former CEO  Tom Preston-Werner following an investigation related to accusations of gender-based and sexual harassment from a former engineer. The firm noted that it found no evidence of “sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment,” but it did find “evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment.” Preston-Werner has resigned in light of those errors. Preston-Werner published a blog post today explaining his departure and his plans to move into the field of immersive computing/virtual reality. In keeping with the GitHub statement, he did admit... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Twitter is currently rolling out a profile redesign to all users, a redesign that puts an even greater emphasis on the great Twitter content that you share and one that provides some bonus opportunities to make a branding splash. Visual content will get a big boost. Top tweets will get a bump. And we’ll all be scrambling to find out what works best on this extreme makeover of our Twitter homes. While you wait your turn to find your way around your new profile, you might be interested to plan ahead. We collected some Twitter tips from past stories, some... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today updated its Hangouts for Android app with a trio of new features. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. If you’re not seeing the update yet, that’s likely because it’s a gradual rollout. Google engineer Mike Dodd says the new version will be available “this week” and the Android account on Google+ says “over the next few days” so you should get it soon enough. While the changelog for version 2.1 isn’t on the Play store just yet, Dodd has shared it on Google+: Merged conversations: SMS and Hangout conversations with the same recipient... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple today released a video highlighting the importance it places on environmental responsibility to go along with a new website detailing the Earth-friendly steps it has taken in its own business. The video, titled “Better,” describes Apple’s efforts to “leave the world better than we found it” through both its products and the impact it has on the environment. Apple CEO Tim Cook narrated in the video: Better can’t be better if it doesn’t consider everything: our products, our values and an even stronger commitment to the environment for the future, to use greener materials, less packaging, to do everything we... This story continues at The Next Web

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While online video rentals have reduced the hassle of watching your favorite movies to a few clicks and swipes, keeping track of the availability and price of those movies is still a huge pain. Fortunately, KinoHunt for iOS does all the hard work for you. In addition to presenting users with a list of films that are new and on sale on iTunes and Amazon, the app lets you track the rental and purchase price of movies. Search for a movie to see its current rental and purchase price. If it’s too much or not available yet, tap ‘Hunt It!’ and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today announced the latest update to its Glass project, adding two new features for those who have shelled out $1,500 for the wearable device. The new additions include SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware. The former means iOS users can now finally receive texts from their friends on Glass, just like their Android counterparts have been able to for months. To take advantage, head to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turn on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. When you receive a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass. Unfortunately, Google says you won’t be... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ryan Hoover is the co-creator of Product Hunt and EIR at Tradecraft. Visit his blog to read more about startups and product design. Last week I created mockups of an improved comment system for Product Hunt. The design certainly wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t even complete. But I shared them anyway and am glad I did. Within 24 hours I received over 50 annotated pieces of feedback from the community. I quickly discovered what they liked: Found unclear: Concerning: Broken: And best of all, new ideas to make Product Hunt even better: I began to wonder why more startups aren’t doing this. The benefits of building in public... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft and Motorola Solutions today announced a patent licensing agreement that will allow the companies to share technology. While the duo didn’t reveal too many details, the deal does provide worldwide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions’ devices running Android and Chrome OS. It’s worth emphasizing that Motorola Solutions is a separate company from that of Motorola Mobility, a mobile company Google recently acquired and is now selling to Lenovo. Motorola Solutions provides communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. “Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and... This story continues at The Next Web

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While I was studying photography in college, Flickr was the best place to store, organize and share photos. Almost everyone with a DSLR used it, poring over photosets and meticulously crafted albums. As smartphones grew in popularity, casual and professional photographers alike adopted mobile-centric apps such as Instagram. Flickr was slow to recognize this trend, however, and its relevancy slowly faded as the volume of photos captured, edited and shared from mobile devices grew. I’ve always wanted a superlative service that offers the best of both. A place where I can store and share all of my favorite photos, regardless of... This story continues at The Next Web

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Franklin Morris is a senior writer for Rackspace. Those of you hoping to catch the recent premiere of “Game of Thrones” on HBO Go, you were likely met instead with the “spinning wheel of non-loading hopelessness and despair”—a name some customers have bestowed upon HBO’s error message. It was a case of history repeating itself. Just a few weeks earlier, “True Detective” took down the network’s streaming service for the entire evening of its highly anticipated finale. In each case fans of these shows took to the Twittersphere to voice their dissatisfaction. HBO and its parent company Time Warner issued apologies.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Social discovery and sharing platform Shareaholic today released a report covering referral traffic data from the eight largest social media sites in Q1 2014. In short, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Google+ all gained, while YouTube and LinkedIn lost. As with previous reports, however, if we take a closer look at the data, it becomes clear that only the top three are really worth considering. Here’s the breakdown from Shareholic, which tracks 400 million users visiting its network of 300,000 publishers: The month columns show the “share of visits,” a percentage of overall traffic (direct, social referrals, organic search,... This story continues at The Next Web

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