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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. You’re taking the dive into a new social network, or you’re itching to grow your existing profile. You’ve got a social media strategy in place and a plan in mind. You’re raring to go. What would be one of the most encouraging signs when you’re first starting off? I imagine it’d be gaining followers. So how do new social media accounts do it? How do you gain your first 1,000 followers on social media or grow an account from dozens to hundreds? Follower count is one of those metrics that has tons… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earphones and sunglasses don’t have a great deal in common, but for me they do have one shared trait: They’re both indispensible accessories that I’m generally averse to spending a lot of money on. This goes against the grain of my general philosophy of buying the best things within my budget for items that I use a lot. But some things are just more prone to getting lost, dropped, forgotten or smashed to smithereens than others. So why waste a lot of money on them, right? That said, with a good pair of earphones, you do notice a marked improvement… This story continues at The Next Web

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At The Next Web USA Conference on December 10th in New York, 16 of our 50 Boost startups will have the chance to pitch their product on stage to an expert jury, our entire audience and a whole host of investors. The decision of which companies will get to take part is yours. Public voting for our startup pitching competition co-hosted by WeTransfer, Boost Demos, IS NOW LIVE. Click the big orange button below to see the full list of startups, their twitter pitches, the current leaderboard and most importantly, to post your vote. Good luck to all the startups involved and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Black Friday isn’t only about great gadgets: we’ve got an incredible bundle of nine must-have apps for your Mac, plus a tutorial to master them all, valued at over $540 – and you get to name your price. What’s more, your order also covers a donation to any of the three participating charities. So do your Mac some good, and do some good while you’re at it with this bundle. Here’s what you can look forward to: Typinator Insert text snippets and graphics quickly into any app you’re working to save time and keystrokes. Documents, spreadsheets and forms are a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following on from the recent release of its Chrome browser in Cuba, Google is expanding its product offerings in the Communist state. The company is launching Google Play and Google Analytics in the country today. As the United States’ long-standing embargo heavily restricts exports to Cuba, Google is only offering free apps on Google Play, and only the free version of Google Analytics. Third-party developers wishing to offer their free apps in Cuba will be able to do so via the Play developer console. While we were unable to obtain any official figures for the Android user base in the country, Google Executive… This story continues at The Next Web

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I hate shopping. I especially hate shopping in an actual brick and mortar store. Because of that, I try to purchase most of my items online and most of that via the gigantic and sometimes overwhelming Amazon.com. The paralysis of of “too much stuff” is where the Canopy service and its new iOS app comes in. The team hand-curates items from the giant Amazon marketplace and presents them in an elegant, clean fashion in the new app, which resembles the site. There’s no algorithm at work here. It’s people picking items for people. To be honest I figured this would be another… This story continues at The Next Web

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Android tablet users could do it already, but now Skype has quietly introduced a new feature to its Android phone app that lets you do other things on your device while still holding a video call. The new picture-in-picture view is essentially a small, floating window that keeps the one-on-one going while you mess around playing Angry Birds. ➤ Skype [Android] [Source: Android Central, via Engadget]

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It has no doubt been a long few years for Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing service Mega who’s currently being chased by the music labels and movie studios, and battling extradition with US authorities over copyright infringement claims around his now-defunct Megaupload company. Despite some victories in the ongoing pursuit, Dotcom still finds himself at the center of a case that claims he cost the entertainment industry around $500 million. With his lawyers recently jumping ship after Dotcom ran out of money, the extradition case has been pushed back to June as he strives to build a new defence… This story continues at The Next Web

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Xiaomi’s Global VP Hugo Barra spoke to TNW yesterday in Bangalore at the launch of the Redmi Note 4G, the company’s first 4G device in India. After presenting the new device, Barra chatted about Xiaomi’s plans for developing MIUI features and themes in its new India R&D center, experimenting with sales methods online and offline, getting on board the Android One program in the future, and participating actively in the 4G-enabled smartphone revolution in the country. Given that Indians are used to shopping at brick-and-mortar stores and traditional ecommerce stores, and Xiaomi has been implementing flash sales since its entry… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two weeks after Tesco’s on-demand movie-streaming service Blinkbox finally brought offline mode into the mix for iPad, Android users can now download content directly to their devices too. Blinkbox launched its Android tablet app almost two years ago, and has since added Chromecast support across its mobile products. While both the iPad and Android versions let you watch movies and TV shows on your device, the former incarnation still doesn’t let you browse and buy content – you must first purchase a title through a browser, then visit the iPad app. Tesco has previously suggested that it may sell or… This story continues at The Next Web

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EE has confirmed that it’s in exploratory acquisition talks with BT to sell its UK mobile network. Earlier this week, we heard that BT has been in discussions with O2 about a similar deal. EE’s joint shareholders, Deutsche Telekom and Orange, issued a statement on the discussions with BT. They say: “Deutsche Telekom AG and Orange SA are having  highly preliminary exploratory discussions with British Telecom,  although it is too early to state whether any transaction may occur.  Deutsche Telekom and Orange will make further announcements if and when appropriate.” Last year, BT struck a deal with EE to use its… This story continues at The Next Web

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Seeing its grand plans to launch a mobile shopping device go up in flames, Android Police reports that Amazon has decided to sell its Fire Phone without a contract at $199 for the 32GB GSM version, down from the unlocked device’s previous price of $650. A little history: since the Fire Phone was first unveiled in June at $199 with a 2-year AT&T contract, the device failed to meet sales targets, and its price came tumbling down to 99 cents in September . In October, Amazon revealed that it was sitting on $83 million in unsold Fire phones. The move to… This story continues at The Next Web

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There seems to be a never-ending river of interesting iOS keyboards lately, and Emojimo is yet another interesting new take on typing. Emojimo is a free iOS keyboard that translates text you type in real-time to the relevant emoji. It’s like autocorrect for when you’d prefer emoji instead of words. You can either type in real-time and have emoji’s auto replaced, or use a normal keyboard and just hit emoji’s giant poop button to go back and translate what’s already been typed. Those movies and songs that were recreated meticulously in emoji previously would be so much easier with this. There’s never enough emoji in… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a new track on Soundcloud, Siri has been pitted against Young MC’s Know How for a rap battle. Would you believe she’s pretty good at it? Not only is the track far better cut together than I expected, it flows pretty nicely and even takes a little jab at Microsoft’s Cortana right at the end. This isn’t the first time someone’s used Siri to rap; back in 2011 Siri did her own rendition of Hypnotize by the Notorious B.I.G. She’s come a long way in her rapping game since then, it seems. Some people have far too much time on their hands.… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season.  Headphone upgrades are some of the most reliably appreciated gifts, but picking the right ones can be difficult, particularly if looking for something portable. After all people don’t often think of earphones – also known as in-ear-monitors or IEMs if you’re feeling fancy – when it come to premium audio gear. The $129 RHA MA750i, however, are deserving of the title, while being just as fit for workouts or long subway commutes. First off – they sound great. Portable headphones typically  compromise detailed presentation… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is now testing showing analytics directly inside your tweets, so you can find out if you’re doing any good. First spotted by The Verge, those included in the experiment see a ‘view analytics details’ button inside tweets on the mobile app. When tapped, you’re shown total impressions, engagement rate and more. The feature gets its data from Twitter’s Analytics platform, which was recently made available for anyone on the service to use. The logical evolution of this new feature would be to directly promote tweets inside the mobile app. This is one feature I hope the company graduates from experimental… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. I love reading, but never got around to the book store or library as much as I’d like, so it’s suffered over the years. I’d always thought the Kindle was a bit dumb, after all, I own an iPad and can read books there! I did occasionally read on the iPad, but always got distracted by a push notification or sucked into the Twitter void. When I got a Kindle Paperwhite, I finally rediscovered my love of books at long last. I… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a public Q&A. Attendees and those online could submit questions and the CEO would do his best to answer queries about the Messenger app, how he felt about the Social Network movie, and his favorite unreleased Facebook feature. Well the company and its leader are doing it again. On December 11 at 2pm PT, Zuckerberg will host another public question and answer session at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park. If you’re in the neighborhood, you can email Facebook to get a free ticket to the event. Obviously, there are going to be… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. I’m not a fan of giving technology as presents. At this point everyone has a smartphone, or computer, or a streaming media device that gives them access to everything from Orange is the New Black to the so creepy you can’t look away Too Many Cooks video. We already have it all and we never have to leave home! That’s the problem. I want my friends and family to get out of the house and explore. Of course most of us can’t afford… This story continues at The Next Web

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What’s an easier sell for politicians? Criticizing the security services for failing in their investigations or placing the blame for not stopping an atrocity on an internet company, a foreign internet company no less. The British parliamentary inquiry into whether the horrific murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby by a pair of Islamic extremists was preventable has shifted the focus from MI5 and MI6 and onto Facebook. The Intelligence and Security Committee report says it found “only one issue which could have been decisive” in preventing the attack – an exchange between one of the killers, Michael Adebowale, and an overseas radical known as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Justin Jackson is a Product Marketing Manager at Sprintly. This post originally appeared on the Sprintly blog. “Why didn’t we ship last week?” As managers, it’s easy for us to blame our team for missing deadlines. But are slow developers really the reason you’re not shipping on time? At Sprintly, we have a lot of data on developer cycle time. We track how long it takes them to complete different types of tasks (Stories, Tests, Bugs), as well as different sizes of tasks (S, M, L, XL). What patterns have we seen? First: developers are remarkably average. Our ticket data… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new service called eAngel brings human autocorrect to your Gmail outbox for just $5 a month. eAngel integrates by means of a Chrome extension, which adds a second ‘send with eAngel’ option to your Gmail compose window. To test the service, I somewhat cruelly wrote an email like a twelve-year old might and included an old middle-school “find the errors” paragraph. For context, here’s my error-riddled email sent to eAngel: Hye, Here’s a tset email with, some errrors, intentionally added 2 it to see how this service works. Here’s a paragraph with ten errors in it, jsut to try out eAngel for real: One of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Most designers pride themselves on their ability to choose the font combinations they use in their projects, thank you — except for when they need a little help in deciding which fonts look best together. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to get some extra visual input. Typegenius is a Website app that picks the perfect font combo for you when you enter a main font choice. Typegenius, a project from Muno Creative, draws from a curated collection of Google Fonts and Adobe Typekit selections to offer that single match. Some selections offer several variations on the theme, combining both all-text and text plus… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla recently announced that it was partnering with Yahoo to provide the default search engine in Firefox going forward. Today, the company has detailed what the future of search in Firefox looks like on its blog. Firefox’s search will feature an improved search suggestion design and buttons for alternative search engines at the bottom. The idea is that you won’t always want to use the default search engine and might want to directly search something like Wikipedia instead. Firefox allows you to toggle search engines as before, as well as adding more search providers as you please.   Mozilla didn’t say when… This story continues at The Next Web

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It took two days for the Jolla Tablet to break the $1 million mark on IndieGoGo and the campaign still has 17 days left to run. The crowd-funded tablet is the second product from Jolla, the company formed by a band of ex-Nokia employees who turned the MeeGo project into the open-source SailFish OS. Its first was the Jolla smartphone. We talked to Marc Dillon, co-founder and head of software at Jolla, to get the inside track on the Jolla Tablet and what’s coming next.  “We’ve kept a roadmap hot for a long time. The way a company like ours survives… This story continues at The Next Web

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