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Robert J. Szczerba is the CEO of X Tech Ventures, an innovative company focused on solving some of today’s most challenging problems through the integration of technologies from multiple, diverse domains. This post originally appeared on Forbes. More than 20 percent of Americans regularly consume prescribed drugs related to mental health issues, earning contemporary America the nickname, “the Prozac Generation.”  However, developing safe, targeted, and effective drugs for mental illnesses has increasingly become a struggle for the pharmaceutical industry. As a result, there’s been a gradual withdrawal of research dollars from this area, despite the fact that globally, the mental health… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony has today announced that its deeply unfashionable SmartEyeglass Developer Edition specs are available to buy in 10 countries, including the US and UK. Priced at €840 (£620), they’re probably not the sort of impulse purchase consumers will be making just yet. However, as Google’s Glass experiment showed, once the core technology is in place, the look of the glasses can change – and it’ll need to for these to be widely adopted. If you’re not put off by the looks, consumers in the US, UK, Japan and Germany can order a pair now, but sales are only open to business… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vine today released an update to support higher quality videos. Previously, Vine videos published at 420p – with the new update, users can now upload at 720p. Vine provided an example photo below, though it’s a bit tough to see marginal differences. This update is more apparent in video, however. Left: 420p Right: 720p Both Android and iOS users can view HD Vines with today’s update. The ability to upload in 720p will roll out “in the coming days” to iOS users, with Android support coming soon. ➤  Bigger and better Vines 

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Johnson & Johnson, one of America’s largest beauty and pharmaceutical manufacturers, today announced that it is partnering with Google to develop medical robots that can assist surgeons in the operating room. By looking to robots, both companies hope that the technology can help give medical professionals greater control and precision to make surgery as minimally invasive as possible to expedite the healing process. According to J&J, the robots can provide detailed imaging and data analytics during procedures. “This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care,” Gary Pruden, worldwide chairman of J&J’s global surgery group said in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Increasing conversion on your site can feel like a mystery sometimes — but that’s where it helps to understand how the human mind works and makes decisions. This course by behavioral psychologist Dr. Susan Weinschenk will teach you everything you need to know about user behavior and principles you can use in your design workflow to increase engagement and motivate your audience to take action. Through the course, featuring over 80 lectures spanning five hours of content, you’ll learn the psychology behind user behavior for websites, apps and tech products. By understanding motivations that trigger these behavior patterns, you’ll be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Micron and Intel, and separately Toshiba, have revealed that solid state drives (SSDs) as large as 10 terrabytes will be available to manufacturing partners as early as next year. Ultimately, it’s still pretty early days for the multi-layer chip technologies that make such capacities possible, but devices containing 10TB of SSD storage are at least now on the distant horizon. Micron and Intel say that by using 3D NAND technology, they can fit more than 3.5TBs of storage on a “gum-sized” SSD, and more than 10TB on a standard 2.5-inch drive. While SSDs with this capacity still look a while… This story continues at The Next Web

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Handset maker OnePlus has announced that its upcoming OxygenOS rollout has been delayed. Due to arrive before the end of March, the update to OxygenOS has been set back due to “extra quality control.” An official release date wasn’t given, but the post says that “we will release as soon as we feel that it’s good enough for you and it will be very soon.” The company added that the CyanogenMod upgrade that was also due to be rolling out before the end of the month would be delivered “as soon as possible,” but that OnePlus has little control over… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember Plague, the social sharing app with the slightly off-putting name that picked up some steam at the end of last year? We called it ‘Tinder for information” at the time and marvelled at its rapidly growing user base. Now it’s had a confusing name change, rebranding as Plag**, and added a nifty new feature – a map that shows how the content you share is spreading across the world. You can see how it works in the video below, which is accompanied by some appropriately apocalyptic music: The aim of Plag** remains the same as it was when it originally… This story continues at The Next Web

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Matthew Capala is an Internet entrepreneur, SEO strategist, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Alphametic, an organic growth accelerator, and SearchDecoder. Mathew is an Adj. Professor at NYU, and is the author of Amazon-bestselling book, “SEO Like I’m 5.” You might think that getting global traffic or building a global audience requires big marketing budgets for translations, localizations, ccTLDs, ads, and other multiple items that involve a middle man (who will want to charge you fees). You can do better than that. The Web is a global sales platform, and the products and services that you are selling have the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Copenhagen-based startup DealCircle makes online collaboration tools to help startups pull together contracts and other deals more quickly. It’s now bringing its service to the US through a partnership with Rocket Lawyer. Founded in 2013, the Danish company’s goal is to get angel investors and startups to handle investments entirely through its platform – creating, sharing, signing and managing deals in one place. Google Ventures-backed Rocket Lawyer is a cloud-based platform that connects users with legal help, as well as document templates required for common situations. The collaboration between the two companies brings Rocket Lawyer’s simple legal documents to the DealCircle platform. The aim… This story continues at The Next Web

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UK consumers will continue to have the right to potentially bring legal action against Google for an alleged misuse of privacy settings by the search giant, according to the BBC. The judgement was sent down the Court of Appeal today and leaves the company open to potential litigation in the future. It was brought in reference to the filing of a suit last year that alleges clandestine monitoring of Safari users within the UK. The case alleges that Google placed tracking cookies on computers to gather information without first getting consent or informing the users. It attempted to block the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yoav Vilner is CEO at Ranky, the startup-marketing team. He’s helping startups grow and then shares his insights regularly at Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, TheNextWeb, ReadWrite and VentureBeat. Your marketing department wears many hats. Among them there’s the PPC hat, there’s the content hat (which is fit for a king), and there’s the demand generation hat – just to name a few. The demand generation hat is worn by anyone who is creating any sort of demand for your product or service. So what exactly are these guys with the demand gen hats doing to increase demand for their products? Under… This story continues at The Next Web

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After YouTube announced its support for smooth 60 frames per second (fps) video playback last October, TechCrunch reports that the streaming platform is now experimenting with high framerate video at 4K resolution. The effect is nothing short of stunning. In addition to sharper video, movement appears far smoother than at more common framerates of 24fps and 30fps. Play either video below, click the gear icon and choose the high-resolution, high framerate stream option. Of course, you’ll need a powerful PC running a display at 3840×2160 (4K) resolution to check out the example videos YouTube is testing in all their glory.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Xbox One users will soon be able to send voice messages to each other. The new feature will arrive with an update for the console coming in April. In addition to sending private voice messages, gamers will also be able to chat in groups — thanks to dedicated servers meant to handle the extra data load. Voice messaging has been available on the Xbox 360 since it launched in 2006, but the feature hadn’t carried over to the Xbox One when it launched in 2013. With the update, users of both consoles will be able to record and send messages… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not easy being good at tweeting. You’ve got to understand your audience, curate interesting content and ideas to share, and be consistent with your posts. If you’re like me and have trouble engaging your followers, Juice for iOS is here to help. Currently in beta, the free app from Twitter curation service Paper.li analyzes your followers’ interests and serves up a bunch of articles that they might enjoy, every day. You can check them out yourself and then share them with just a couple of taps. The majority of my followers are tech enthusiasts and people in the industry,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S did extremely well because of its low price point and powerful specs. Clearly, the company knows how to make a good, cheap phone. It’s looking to replicate its success with the revamped Redmi 2, announced in January. I put the Rs. 7,000 ($112) device through its paces to see if Xiaomi can walk the walk in 2015, and here’s what I found. Design and hardware Even though my daily driver is a 5.5-inch OnePlus One, I’ve always been partial to smaller devices like the iPhone 5s. The Redmi 2 is a bit larger than the iPhone 5s but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Periscope, the new video streaming app owned by Twitter, launched today. In that time, we’ve seen users stream everything from their walk to work to an explosion in NYC. Jessica Verrilli, Director of corporate development and strategy at Twitter joined Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder of Periscope, and Aaron Wasserman the first engineer at Periscope to talk with Product Hunt Live to discuss where the app came from and more. When did you start working on the app? The team built the first version of Periscope in its current form around May 2014. Before then, it was working together on an app called ‘Bounty’ that allowed you to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, I saw the future and it is Periscope. The app, which only launched earlier today, had its first moment in the spotlight as an explosion rocked New York City. Within seconds, feeds started popping up on Periscope with first-person views of the scene. I watched it unfold from afar. Then I jumped into another stream, which was a block away. Then, another stream from right in front of the explosion. It’s unprecedented to get this kind of footage seconds after an event occurs, even before first responders arrived. As I watched the drama unfold in New York, streamers were… This story continues at The Next Web

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With automated systems, self-driving cars, and robot helpers on the horizon, the way in which we interact with technology is going to undergo another massive shift. We might not have everyday access to these technologies now, but we will soon. But for that to happen and for these technologies to succeed, people have to want to use them. We’d have to fully accept them. To that end, advertising agency Dentsu, teamed up with the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage, Toyota, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) to study ways of improving human-robot interaction. Their collaboration produced a talking companion to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Cloud service just got a little easier to use. Today, it announced Google Cloud Launcher which makes it easy to deploy applications like WordPress or entire stacks like LAMP in a single click. The new launcher features more than 120 open source applications that are either configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy. You simply need to select a piece of software, choose a few options and it’s up and running. It also includes a number of developer tools and setups like Gitlab, Jenkins, Node.js and Ruby on Rails, along with databases like MongoDB, MySQL and more. Cloud… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook announced today that its React Native library is now available on Github. The library allows you to build native iOS and Android applications with JavaScript and Facebook’s React library. React Native compiles apps written in Javascript into native views, providing the platform-specific look and feel on iOS and Android devices that users are accustomed to. This isn’t a web wrapper like you might be accustomed to; it’s real, native code that’s as performant as a fully native app. Facebook already uses React Native to build some of its main apps: Facebook Groups, for example, uses React Native to render… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook works with Internet.org to bring internet access to remote places and today announced that it’s building drones, satellites and lasers in Facebook’s Connectivity Lab to achieve that goal. Mark Zuckerberg announced its Aquila drones on Facebook today, saying that the team is made up of leading experts in aerospace and communications technology from notable places like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research center. There aren’t a huge amount of details available yet, but it hovers at around 60,000 feet delivering internet for up to “months” at a time. The drones have a wingspan that’s equivalent to that of a 737.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Manfred (@ManfredBo) is API Market Development Director at 3scale – delivering API Management solutions (@3scale on Twitter). Vanessa (@deepbane) is a Product Manager at APItools by 3scale – a tool for developers to easily integrate with internal and external API services (@apitools on Twitter). An API (application programming interface) is a specification that defines how to interact with software components. APIs which allow access to remote assets via a communication network are referred to as Web APIs. The benefits for developers in adopting Web APIs are an easy way to enrich functionality, simple and quick to integration, and leveraging brand strength of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mobile job discovery service Jobr has updated its iPhone app with a redesigned interface and new features. It’s also launching on Android today. In addition to a new look, the updated iPhone app now adds the ability to sign up via Facebook, import your resume and customize every aspect of it to present your profile as you like. The all-new Android app features a Material Design interface to fit in with Android Lollipop. Jobr has also made it easier to refer jobs through its apps — you can now point friends to a role using Facebook, and receive $1,000 if they’re hired through… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re live from Fort Mason in San Francisco for Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The two-day event has already told us a lot about Facebook’s priorities for the rest of 2015. What will today bring? Let’s find out. Sit back and join us for our liveblog. Live Blog Facebook f8 2015 – Day two  

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