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You’ve probably noticed over the last few months that those mysterious text-based reaction emoji (like¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ) have become extremely popular on places like Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. These new reaction faces are a type of text called ‘kaomoji’ which were originally only popular used by Japanese emoji creators to make faces out of the characters they had available to them. There are thousands of kaomoji out there and many are hugely complex (and sometimes hard to understand). Kaomoji has now gained massive popularity basically everywhere, so we’ve gathered up the best ways to quickly use them for the perfect reaction online. Getting… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is great for talking to old friends and being embarrassed by your family. But with all the bloat and growing friends list, it’s time to start pruning your feed. There was a time, oh so long ago, when Facebook was awesome. You had less than a hundred friends, it wasn’t filled with sponsored posts, and no one ever asked you to play a game with them 27 times in a row. The good news is, you can return to those salad days of social networking. All it takes is a little work, dedication, and realizing that some of your friends and family… This story continues at The Next Web

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As Apple moves its new Photos app replacement for iPhoto and Aperture squarely into the spotlight, it is now informing its customers that the sunset is quickly approaching for Aperture, its pro-level photo management package. Apple Insider reports that Aperture users were notified today that the software would soon be removed from the Mac App Store. Apple instead invited everyone to check out Photos, available now as part of Apple’s OS X 10.10.3 open beta. Evidently, only customers who initially purchased Aperture from the Store actually received Apple’s note entitled, Aperture News.  Hello, Photos Photos was introduced in June as an overall replacement for both… This story continues at The Next Web

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Xero, the young accounting company that recently took $111 million in investment to take on Intuit in the US, has today announced its first iPad app. The new app allows you to get your accounting done from your tablet; you can reconcile your accounts, view invoices, upload files or create expense claims right from the app. Xero said that even before it released these iPad specific views, 29 percent of iOS users were using the app on an iPad, so it decided to build an app that better serves them. ➤ Xero for iPad [Xero Blog] Full disclosure: I previously… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony announced the Xperia M4 Aqua at Mobile World Congress this week alongside the new Z4 tablet. It isn’t quite the flagship that seemed due, but it is certainly at the higher end of the mid-range scale. I got to spend some time trying it out to see how it performed. Looking at the M4 Aqua first, you could easily mistake it for the more high-end Xperia Z3. It is only when you hold the phone and get a closer look that you start to notice the differences. Instead of Sony’s trademark industrial style and metal frame, the M4 has… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you had told me Microsoft and Google would collaborate on a major JavaScript framework a year ago, I wouldn’t have believed you, but today the company announced the unlikely pairing. At ng-conf in Salt Lake City, the Angular team announced that it’s been working closely with Microsoft’s TypeScript team to build Angular 2 and converge the TypeScript and AtScript languages. TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that offers additional features but compiles back into plain JavaScript. Angular is one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks, but version two has been met with disappointment from developers since it offers no migration… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Drive is getting several useful new features on Android. Most usefully, you can now rearrange files by dragging and dropping. Just long press on a file to select it (you can select multiple files too), and then just drag it to where you want it to be. You can also now star or pin a group of files when multiple ones are selected. Searching for files is a bit more powerful too; you can now jump to a file’s location from the details pane. This could help you access related documents if you’re looking for a full set from a… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a Google tool for just about everything you can think of, so why not car insurance? Google Compare for car insurance currently lets you view listings from 14 sponsored insurers with rate information. Once users see a rate they like, they can sign up for a policy online or call an agent with the provided number. If you choose to call, your phone number is masked with Google Voice to keep your privacy. It’s currently only active in California, but will roll out to more states soon. Google will also be adding more features over time, like reviews and ratings. Google… This story continues at The Next Web

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Annoyed by those promoted tweets on your Twitter feed? Hopefully, Twitter will make these ads more relevant to you in the near future. Today, the company released Partner Audience, a new ad-targeting feature to let publishers select intended demographics such as “cereal buyers” and “pet care buyers.” The name “Partner Audience” comes from Twitter’s collaboration with analytics companies Axciom and Datalogix. The two businesses will provide Twitter with more than 1,000 partner audiences brands can choose to target, along with the number of users under such categories. How these analytics company know your personal shopping habits is another story, but for now,… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you manage a Facebook Page, don’t be surprised if you see a small dip in your number of “likes” in the coming weeks. According to a blog post, the company is now purging likes from closed accounts, including memorialized and deactivated ones. The company notes the changes should help businesses glean more accurate insights from their audience data, as well as  make it easier to find similar audiences to their followers using lookalike tools. It also notes that comments and and post likes from deactivated accounts are already weeded out. On the other hand, if a deactivated account that previously… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Gmail app got a whole lot friendlier with iOS 8 today. The updated app now supports notification replies and archiving of messages from the lock screen, has an Open In extension and a new attachment viewer. The Open In extension lets users send media from any other app via Gmail. Got a cool photo in Camera+? Open the share sheet and select Gmail to compose an email with that image attached. The app also has an updated attachment viewer so you can open received files in any other app. ➤ Gmail [iOS]

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Jolla’s first smartphone was a runaway success for the Finnish company founded by ex-Nokia employees in 2011, so at the end of last year, it decided to capitalize on that momentum and announced its first tablet. The Jolla Tablet, which runs the same custom SailfishOS as the smartphone, hasn’t gone on sale yet, but it will next month in a number of markets. I spent a little time taking a poke around the device at MWC 2015 this week to see what it had to offer. Design and hardware The Jolla Tablet might only cost $249, but it’s not skimping too much on… This story continues at The Next Web

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MakerBot announced today its new initiative called Starter Lab. The aim of the project is to make 3D printing more accessible to schools and organizations. The lab kit consists of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printers, a Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner, MakerCare protection plans for the hardware, parts and materials and a customized, on-site training workshop. The package doesn’t include MakerBot’s composite material to print pseudo-wood, bronze, iron and limestone though. Two schools in the US have already received the Starter Lab – the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill and Union College in Schenectady, New York.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer at Liberio. This article first appeared on Heyimcat.com I knew there was an increasing problem with the culture in the design/startup community when individuals started introducing their products by talking about how quickly they’ve built them, rather than how efficiently and the quality of it after doing so. Don’t mistake speed for precocity: the world doesn’t need wrong answers in record time. –Cennydd Bowles In this industry, we’re continually surrounded by the words: Shipping and MVP (Minimum Viable Product). But thing is, the coined terms have been tainted. I remember when the MVP acronym really… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s Office team has been on a roll. In the few past months, it’s been busy creating the upcoming Office 2016 for Windows, as well as new universal apps for Windows 10 that work on mobile devices just as well as the desktop. It turns out Mac users, however, will be the first to see what the team has up its sleeve this year. Microsoft has just released a preview of Office 2016 for Mac, which includes updated versions of Word, Excel PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. All of these are now optimized for retina displays, support full-screen views and have… This story continues at The Next Web

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Web presentation tool Haiku Deck has unveiled its secret master plan. The company, which also has iPhone and iPad apps, has built up a library of over three million slide decks since it launched three years ago. And it had a plan for them the whole time. The company is now using all that data it’s collected to power the artificial intelligence and machine learning behind its new tool – Haiku Deck Zuru – which can automatically generate new presentations. Haiku Deck CEO and co-founder Adam Tratt told TNW that the company has been planning the new tool since the very beginning:… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitbit today confirmed its rumored acquisition of FitStar’s fitness training and yoga platform for an undisclosed sum. The company said in a blog post that the purchase will allow FitStar members to gain deeper insight into their overall health by incorporating their personal workouts or yoga practice. Users will also soon be able to log into FitStar accounts with their existing Fitbit login. The move is a logical extension for Fitbit – with such a crowded fitness platform market, it makes sense that it would want to extend its software ambitions. And for consumers, a more complete picture of overall health… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dropbox is adding two new team management features to Dropbox for Business – Groups and a Groups API. The update means that teams can create and manage member lists within Dropbox to share folders and documents. Admins can now choose to sync their business account through Dropbox itself or using the new Groups API, which allows them to integrate Dropbox for Business into their existing IT systems. The company released the beta version of Groups in November and over 12,000 companies applied for early access. Dropbox for Business will also be adding turnkey active directory sync, based on the Groups API, later this… This story continues at The Next Web

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A great website is the cornerstone of your business. If users can’t easily navigate it or see where you add value, you’re already losing money. But when it comes to updating your site, there are a lot of hidden pitfalls to be wary of. Curious how those who have “been there, done that” and emerged with beautiful websites fared, I asked 11 successful entrepreneurs from YEC the following questions: What is one overlooked problem I should anticipate when getting my entire business website redesigned? Their best answers are below: 1. Content A new website design is a fresh slate and often that means evaluating the… This story continues at The Next Web

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E-books across Europe aren’t about to get any cheaper. The European Commission has ruled that they can’t be classified as goods and qualify for the lower sales tax levied on paper books. The decision is a result of legal action taken by the Commission against France and Luxembourg after it emerged that they had been offering discounted tax rates on e-books since 2012. [new par] The court ruled that e-books count as a service rather than goods, because you require a device to read them. This means that the tax rates will go up to 20 percent in France and 17… This story continues at The Next Web

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This deal has been so popular, it was supposed to end last night but has now been extended an extra week! Take this chance to get over 90 percent off eight apps in one of the best bundles ever. The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle contains eight must-have apps, including the much-loved ScreenFlow and the latest sensation in Sci-Fi strategy games, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth — all at an incredible price. In fact, six of the eight apps normally cost more than this entire bundle! Priced at just $44.99, you can save even more and get all these apps for just… This story continues at The Next Web

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You see them more and more on Twitter and Facebook. Images with text over them meant to boost engagement. The reality is that they do make a post more enticing to your followers or friends. Now, social-media tool Buffer is pushing its online tool, Pablo, which creates these images, out of beta. Pablo is easy to use and more importantly free. In fact, you don’t even need a Buffer account to start creating images with text. But if you want one you can use your Facebook or Twitter account. The images can be downloaded or sent to Facebook, Twitter or to… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m not a fitness buff by any stretch of the imagination. I loathe gyms, avoid diets like the plague and have no interest in sports. In a way, that makes me a solid candidate to review an activity tracker. So, over the past few weeks, I’ve been walking and jogging to see how well the Movo Wave tracker works. The company says it’s one of the most affordable trackers available in the US. It’s right about that: at just $30, the Wave is way cheaper than popular entry-level options like the Misfit Flash ($50), Jawbone Up24 ($130) and the Fitbit Charge ($130).… This story continues at The Next Web

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Making a handset bereft of conflict minerals is an incredibly tricky business, in fact, it’s so difficult that Fairphone, a Dutch company that wants to make a 100 percent ethical device, still can’t get all that close to its goal. The company began as an awareness campaign about conflict materials, but later grew into a business. It launched a crowdfunding campaign to see if the idea of creating a conflict-free handset would fly. Fairphone’s spokesperson explained more: We said that if 5,000 people in one month pre-order the phone – put down €325 for a phone that doesn’t exist yet… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8.1 update will give you the option to pin individual settings to the Start screen, according to Windows Central. The update has also organized the settings into one page and sorted them by categories with a search function built in. Other improvements include the ability to tailor privacy settings by disabling camera access to specific apps and a new quick text function. Quick text is a set of pre-defined messages that you can paste within your phone’s keyboard. Microsoft has introduced Bluetooth keyboard support for Windows Phones as well. This comes shortly after the release of it’s foldable… This story continues at The Next Web

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