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It’s always tempting when you meet up with company execs to ceaselessly bug them for information about the newest, biggest, fastest whatever on the horizon. It’s a pretty big part of being a journalist, after all. Sometimes though, it’s more interesting to hear which features are most often requested, but will probably never happen. In Dropbox’s case, this seems to be the ability to keep folders in sync outside of Dropbox’s default desktop folder, but Illya Fushman, head of Dropbox’s business and mobile products, tells TNW that’ll probably won’t be happening any time soon, if ever. “We have an opinion… This story continues at The Next Web

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After its long Wednesday event, many felt Microsoft finally delivered the Windows we’ve been waiting for… except you couldn’t download it yet. Well you can relax: the newest Windows 10 preview is now available for download. This build of Windows 10 includes some of the new features Microsoft unveiled on Wednesday, including the Cortana virtual assistant, an improved Start Menu, new Settings, Photos, Maps and Windows Store apps, as well as the new Xbox app. That said, you can’t stream games from your console yet. Those already on a previous build of the operating system only need run an update, but if you’re new to the Windows… This story continues at The Next Web

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The streaming music world is crazy complicated. Yes, artists get paid, but it’s not as much if they sold you an album. That’s why Taylor Swift has gone rogue and pulled her tracks from Spotify. And, it’s about to get even more complicated thanks to a new lawsuit. As reported by Gigaom, a lawsuit filed Zenbu Magazines LLC could potentially end with a lot of pre-1972 songs disappearing from your favorite streaming music service. The lawsuit contends that performers on songs should be paid royalties. Traditionally, only song writers received royalties from songs. Performers are generally paid upfront for their contribution… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cameras like GoPro have changed the way we watch sports videos, offering a first person perspective or other interesting angles. These devices have mainly been associated with action sports like skateboarding and mountain biking, however; we’ve rarely seen them in major sports leagues. That’ll change this year, as GoPro has partnered with the NHL to provide HD ‘helmet-cam’ content during live games, giving fans more intimate views of players’ movements than previously possible.  The devices will make use of the company’s recently-introduced Professional Broadcast Solution to be integrated with the rest of the on-site cameras. Of course, hockey is a prime sport for GoPro to dabble… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hailo has added a new feature for its users in London that provides an alternate backup car in case you find your chosen mode of transportation unavailable. For example, if you’re looking to hop into one of the capital’s iconic black cabs but Hailo doesn’t have any available, the Backup feature means that a HailoExec car will be booked at no additional cost. Exec-level vehicles, as the name implies, are generally high-end saloon cars – only Mercedes E-class, BMW 5-7 series, Jaguars and Audi A series are allowed. It works the other way around too, if you book a HailoExec and none are available, then… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today marks Box’s first appearance on Wall Street as a public company. So far, the IPO is going well for the cloud storage company. Box set the initial price for its 12.5 million shares at $14 each last night. Today stocks opened at $20.20, a 44 percent increase. Shares are currently trading at nearly $24 at the time of writing. Box first filed for a $250 million IPO last March, but was delayed by relatively weak public interest; the company has been raising funds ever since to get the ball rolling.  

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The right treatment can turn a good photo into a great one. And it doesn’t have to be hard to add beautiful effects to your photos. Presetual has an ever-growing library of Lightroom presets for every mood and subject, which you can download and apply to your pictures in seconds. Through our exclusive deal, today you can snag lifetime access at an insane price at TNW Deals! Presetual’s Pandora’s Box Pro Membership includes everything you need to efficiently enhance all of your photos: Choose from a huge collection of professional-grade Lightroom presets Download without limits: use as many presets as… This story continues at The Next Web

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When we last heard from productivity app maker Any.do, it had just launched freemium features for its Android, iOS, Web and Chrome apps. Today it’s announced Any.do for Mac. The latest version of the to-do list app syncs your tasks from the other platforms and brings them to a native desktop client. Reminders for upcoming tasks, new updates from team members and recurring alerts appear in Notification Center. Any.do for Mac also takes up residence in your Menu Bar for quick access with an app badge keeping track of how many tasks you’ve still got to complete that day. The app organises tasks in a simple… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Next Web Conference is turning 10 years old in April of this year, and for the majority of its lifetime the event has been an active provider of startup rallies and competitions – with companies including Waze, Rapportive and Shutl having all benefited from taking part over the years. However last year, we consolidated everything we’d learned into the single format of Boost – our now well-known early-stage startup growth program and competition. Boost has been nothing if not successful, but now the program is receiving a significant overhaul as the conference crew aim to further enhance the exposure and general… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mobile app and website analytics platform SimilarWeb has just launched App Engagement Insights to give developers a better look at app usage and how they stack up against their competition, beginning with Android apps in the US and UK. Developers can use the new features to find out how many users have a particular app installed, and how many use it daily. The service sheds light on user interest, by identifying which apps are installed and used on the same device. It also shows how long an app is used per session on average, and features tools to benchmark apps… This story continues at The Next Web

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Lowdown has just updated its iPhone app that informs users about the location and the attendees at their next meeting. Version 2 waives the $7.50 (£5) monthly fee and features a simplified user experience. In addition, Lowdown also incorporates the functionality of its HERE companion app, which lets people you’re meeting up with know when you’ve arrived at the venue. The app launched last March in the UK and has since opened up to over 20 markets across Europe, North America and Australia. The latest version has been out for the past two weeks, but Lowdown chose to hold off on making an announcement until… This story continues at The Next Web

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After dabbling in various Bitcoin-related ventures that have gone south in the past couple of years, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are betting on themselves by heading up the first regulated Bitcoin exchange for customers in the US. Set to launch in the coming months, Gemini will allow users to buy and sell Bitcoins for American dollars. The New York City-based company is staffed by just over a dozen employees, including engineers from reputed hedge funds. In addition to providing a secure exchange for individuals and businesses to trade in Bitcoin, Gemini says it is working with federal and state governments to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber has announced that it is resuming its cab service in the Indian capital of New Delhi, where it was banned last month when an Uber driver allegedly raped a passenger. The company said in a blog post that it has applied for a license under the Radio Taxi Scheme in India so as to comply with local authorities’ regulations for such services. In addition, Uber says it is continuing its work with government transport agencies to introduce new rules for on-demand transporation technology aggregators like itself. As it resumes operation in New Delhi, Uber says that it is only… This story continues at The Next Web

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Shortly after launching its Internet.org Android app in Colombia this month, Facebook is now bringing the app to mobile users in Ghana. Airtel customers in the country will be able to use Internet.org to access a set of websites and online services covering education, news, maternal health, sports and local information. Among the included services are AccuWeather, BBC News, Jobberman, News24, SuperSport, Wattpad, Wikipedia, and of course, Facebook. ➤ Internet.org App Available in Ghana [Facebook Newsroom]

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The popular debate that made skeuomorphism a household word among a certain class of people started around the release of iOS 7, when the iPhone interface switched from a rich, metaphorical design with iconic references to analog objects to a flat design aesthetic. The civilian dinner table conversation (as opposed to the desktop, video chat and office discourse — which, no doubt, raged for far longer and in more technical depth) centered around the difference between what was commonly viewed as Steve Jobs’ vision — user interfaces referencing familiar objects that people understand and that are drawn in a detailed, often realistic way, and the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Richard Scarry is a beloved author of children’s books. I had roughly, all of his books as a kid. His most famous series of books involved Busytown, a town populated with animal citizens. It was quaint and beautiful. Silicon Valley and the egos that permeate it are neither of those things. Artist Tony Ruth decided to illustrate the patent trolls, digital prophets and cryptocurrency experts in the land of zeros, ones and over-inflated egos in the style of Scarry’s Busytown. The result is hilarious and slightly depressing. Check out the rest of Ruth’s Business Town. It’s “what value-creating winners do all day.” ➤ Business Town

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Screenshots, a new app from Landscape Mobile, uses smart technology to help you organize and share a particular kind of image — screenshots — on your iPhone. Screen captures are often meant as documentation, to save, store or extract information for personal use and sharing. The idea behind the app is to view screens as images containing rich data, so the app employs automatic recognition, categorization and noise reduction to aid in discovering and preserving information within the image. As mobile devices move toward ubiquity, users are increasingly relying on screenshots to record information and communicate across apps, but screenshots are easily disorganized and… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to a Financial Times report today, Hutchison Whampoa is set to purchase UK mobile carrier O2 as part of a £10 billion cash deal. Hutchison Whampoa owns the UK’s Three mobile network. We reported late last year that BT was in talks with O2 to purchase the company, but those talks ended in December according to the report. The Financial Times article says that O2 is expected to announce the news this Friday. ➤ Telefónica set to agree to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa for £10bn [FT]

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You’ve always wished your tweets were a little more poetic, right? Well, now there’s the perfect app for you: Poetweet. This simple website, which doesn’t even require sign in, will turn your tweets from banalities into sweet poetry. The below poem is what Poetweet came up with for our main account.   Poetweet mashes up your account’s recent tweets, letting you choose from sonnet, rondel or indriso forms. Since it doesn’t require you to sign in, you can try it out with other people’s accounts too. For example, here’s a poem about Taco Bell. Poetweet takes a little while to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe has announced that the upcoming Lightroom 6, its Creative Cloud photo manager, will support only 64-bit operating systems. The new version of the software, which last saw a major upgrade in April of 2013, will no longer support 32-bit operating systems. Lightroom 6 will thus require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. “Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance,” Sharad Mangalick, Adobe’s photo product manager, stated on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re going to go through the trouble of stealing an iPad, you should at least wipe the device before taking a selfie. Texas Police today arrested the two miscreants, Dorian Walker-Gaines and Dillian Thompson, after their celebratory selfie was automatically uploaded to the victim’s iCloud account. Walker-Gaines also confessed to stealing $5,000, a laptop and other items from the victim’s unlocked vehicle. Once the photos started circulating online, a Reddit user was able to contact one of Schaefer’s friends and provide the thieves’ names and birth dates. They didn’t leave it at a selfie though; the vertical video may be… This story continues at The Next Web

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While the pleas to free Barrett Brown filled Twitter and other social media over the past two years, the courts had other ideas. Today Brown was sentenced to five years, three months in prison for obstruction of justice, aiding-and-abetting and threats made against an FBI agent. The charges stem from the 2011 Stratfor hack. Brown did not partake in the hack, instead he copy and pasted a link to the pilfered data from one chatroom to another. The data included email addresses and credit card numbers. ➤ Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Connection to Stratfor Hack [Wired] Image credit: Shutterstock… This story continues at The Next Web

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“There are no recording devices allowed during the demo.” While Microsoft was happy to show off what the finished HoloLens would look like during its Windows 10 event keynote, it was less inclined to let journalists take photos, shoot video or even record audio of the demos it was doling out in its headquarters. But, if you wanted to see Microsoft’s take on the potential future of computing, and didn’t mind cramming all your gear into a gym locker, you complied. You could take notes on paper, but all your electronics had to be left behind. To be completely honest, I’m happy I… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter today announced that it’s resuming its team-up with Bing to let you read tweets in multiple languages. Translation functionality has waned on and off on Twitter, most recently re-appearing in Tweetdeck a couple of weeks ago. To activate the functionality, simply go to your account settings and select ‘Show Tweet translations.’ When looking at a tweet in a language you don’t understand, look for the globe icon located in the tweet. Simply click on the globe to expand the tweet, and a translation will appear below the original text. Alternatively, point your mouse to the “click to translate” prompt below an expanded tweet. Twitter says… This story continues at The Next Web

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After rolling out across Australia and a few Asian countries, Opera Max is now available in more nations across the Middle East and Asia. The Android app allows users to save on data when browsing the Web by compressing pages and video before they are transmitted to mobile devices. Opera Max launched last February in the US, and has just become available in these countries: Algeria Bahrain Egypt Fiji Iran Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Morocco Nepal Oman Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Sri Lanka Thailand Tunisia United Arab Emirates Vietnam Yemen The app is available for free from Google Play now. ➤ Opera… This story continues at The Next Web

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