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A little while ago, I sat down with Julie Mossler from Waze for a chat about the mapping and turn-by-turn directions service. What quickly became clear is that the biggest thing the company has going for it is the impressive community contributions that keep the service up to date. However, ‘built by you‘ might turn out to be incorrect if the filing from rival navigation company PhantomAlert is upheld in court. In a nutshell, it alleges that after nearly coming to a deal to share database information between the two companies (the database exchange deal fell apart because Waze didn’t have enough… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the world of the upcoming Star Wars movie, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ there is perhaps nothing I am more excited about than BB-8. When the little orange droid wheeled itself onstage during the Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, you could feel the palpable excitement emanating from the crowd. He was cute, he was expressive and he was shaped in a little whimsical figure-eight. “Would you like to hold BB-8?” The question seemed odd. I’d spent the last 10 minutes staring at the officially licensed BB-8 droid developed by robotics company Sphero. The droid, without any specific input to… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re feeling a bit bored today, type the phrase “fun facts” into the Google search box… Have you done it? The search engine is serving users up random q & a style facts that are sure to keep your procrastination going for a while longer. As well as giving you the bite-sized knowledge, it also gives you a link to the source so you can broaden your knowledge even more if you’re feeling curious. It appears to be a neat update on Google’s ‘I’m feeling lucky’ feature and although the facts I was shown appear pretty random right now,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wingify, the Indian software company behind the popular A/B testing tool Visual Website Optimizer, has launched NotCRUD, a community for developers in the country to discuss products and tech that they’re working on. It’s largely inspired by the Y Combinator-backed Hacker News, and has a space for members to show off completed projects. NotCRUD is a community for Indian developers to discuss hardware and software projects they’re working on We chatted with Paras Chopra, CEO at Wingify, and Rudraksh MK, who’s heading up NotCRUD, to learn more about how they plan to get Indian developers talking on the new platform.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram kicked off the trend for vintage-style mobile photography back in 2010 and since then photo filter apps have been a pretty big business. While filtered photos seemed to solely belong on Instagram for a time, now there are plenty of people who want to enjoy the retro-style photography without the social media aspect. Base – Film Stock Camera (aka Base) for iOS is one of the most recent examples of how that can be done. It’s a simple alternative for your phone’s native camera that specializes in retro imagery. At $0.99, it’s one of the few paid editing apps I have downloaded, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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It was a relatively quiet month on the tech news front in Africa, yet August still saw some notable rollouts and another bumper package of funding rounds for the continent’s startups. A month of big launches Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the revelation that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi will be arriving in Africa in September after appointing a distributor. Another major player making strides in Africa is Google, which not only launched its Transit service in Kenya during August but also expanded its Android One programme to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco with the… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s becoming more important every day for your designs to connect more with users and include a “human element.” Website and user experience design needs to feel real, from aesthetics to interactions to motion (perceived and real) to emotional connection. The problem designers most often encounter when thinking about users is not thinking about them as actual people. It sounds a little crazy, right? But we are not talking about designing robots here. As described in Interaction Design Best Practices, humanistic design creates an engaging experience that users can connect with physically and emotionally. Here are a few ways to… This story continues at The Next Web

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You cannot look away. Your Facebook feed, Twitter, the front pages of the dead tree press all show the same thing – the body of a young boy on a beach. We have all failed him in one way or another. His name was Alyan Kurdi. This is our front page this morning. If that image shocks you, here's how you can help http://t.co/yqr99iPQXP pic.twitter.com/DQBRYaO3yD — The Independent (@Independent) September 3, 2015 The politicians who are happy to dehumanise the ‘migrants’ until public opinion turns against them. The people who swallow the rhetoric of an ‘immigrant swarm.’ And, in a sense,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Switzerland is no stranger to innovation. Einstein published some of his most influential and revolutionary works at the University of Zurich; the country is home to the Large Hadron Collider, located in Geneva, and the world’s first webserver was Tim Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer at CERN, on which he also wrote the first Web browser. When it comes to startups, everything is in place to create home-runs; mind-blowing technology, leading research facilities and a track record of some of the sharpest minds in the world. Geneva and Zurich are among the world’s foremost financial centers, providing Mature markets exist in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tado’s smart thermostat, from a European company that competes with Nest, is today getting new hardware that brings multi-room support to the thermostat and allows it to control individual radiators. First, the system now supports an additional smart thermostat so individual floors or rooms can be controlled independently. It’s much the same as the original thermostat, but provides another spot for controlling it in your home. Additional thermostats will cost £179 (€199) outright or can be rented for £6.99 (€7.99) per month. Tado’s smart devices The more interesting part is a new smart radiator valve, which directly replaces the old valves… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has updated its Kindle ebook readers and Fire tablets with Goodreads integration in the UK and Ireland, bringing book recommendations and shared notes from the 40 million-strong readers’ community. The e-commerce giant acquired Goodreads back in March 2013, and began adding features to its Kindle software for users in the US, Canada and Australia later that year. Kindle and Fire tablet users can now share what they’re reading and see titles their friends are into With the latest update, Kindle users in the UK can see which titles their friends are enjoying, follow their reviews. You can also share which… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chip maker Qualcomm has announced that its upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor for phones and tablets will allow for twice the performance and battery life of the Snapdragon 810, thanks to a custom built CPU core. For reference, the current Snapdragon 810 is what’s powering devices like the OnePlus 2, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, and the LG G Flex 2. The new Qualcomm Kryo is a 64-bit quad-core CPU that’s being manufactured on the latest 14nm FinFET technology and is capable of reaching speeds up to 2.2 GHz. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 offers significantly improved performance over its predecessors The company… This story continues at The Next Web

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I checked my spam folder the other day. It was pretty amusing. I got one email that said, “Get 100k website visitors with the click of a buton.” Button was missing a ‘T’. I didn’t click it. I just laughed. These days, the internet has opened up to anybody with a keyboard and a wifi connection. By the way, I found a typo recently in a newsletter I wrote. I was embarrassed. I wonder how many of my subscribers put me in a spam folder. With a skyrocketing buzz around ‘growth hacker’ on the Web, comes a pile of myths,… This story continues at The Next Web

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It appears that Facebook — that bastion of experimentation — is trying out a new way of displaying online video. Some users recently spotted what has been dubbed “carousel” style viewing in Facebook’s iOS app. There also appears to be a pop-out, picture-in-picture style function at play as well. The video pulls out of position, allowing the user to scroll up or down while watching. True multitasking there. Facebook is testing a pop-out video viewer which you can move anywhere on screen to watch whilst scrolling newsfeed pic.twitter.com/WpcCCq4mID — Matt (@MattNavarra) September 2, 2015 Anyone else got this new Facebook picture-in-picture video player… This story continues at The Next Web

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Camera phones are smart devices that happen to have cameras. But don’t bother letting obsessive iPhone and Android photographers in on that. For many, their mobile phone is the camera they have in their pocket at all times — that just incidentally lets them make calls, check email and cruise the Web — well, almost. For those who consider their iPhone, HTC One or Samsung Galaxy a camera first, companies like Lensbaby offer a number of accessories — such as the new Creative Mobile Kit — that give the cameras’ lenses a whole different perspective. I checked out the brand new LM-20… This story continues at The Next Web

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To celebrate its new logo, Verizon made a video to better explain what was going on. If you though it was just a branding effort, you’re probably right — but Verizon wants us all to think there’s more to it. The video in question — which you can see below — has team TNW scratching our heads. Is it a straight-up Apple parody video, or is Verizon taking itself too seriously? Seriously, do we need a video for a domestic carrier rebranding itself? That’s a very real question I’m asking. I’m sure a lot of effort went into the design of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Interested in a Tesla Model 3? You’ll have to wait. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed via Twitter there was going to be a two-year wait for the $35,000 sedan, but pre-orders begin when it’s finally unveiled in March. To be accurate, Musk says production on the Model 3 will take place in “about” two years. The sticking point seems to be Tesla’s Gigafactories, which need to be fully operational before Model 3s can start rolling off the production line. Model 3, our smaller and lower cost sedan will start production in about 2 years. Fully operational Gigafactory needed.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Building a successful blog is hard. There’s a lot more to it than simply creating a blog and writing your first post. For starters, readers won’t show up just because you’re writing. You have to tell people about your work if you want them to care. But a lot of what it takes to build a successful blog is just being good at showing up. Over and over. For a long, long time. When asked how he built such a robust online community with his blog, Jon Acuff’s answer was simple: “The same way you build an offline one. Slowly… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Maps is improving its ‘Explore’ feature on Android. Starting today, it’ll be easier to discover some of the best restaurants in your area through the app. If you head on over to the Explore section of the Maps app, you’ll be able to pick from a variety of categories that fit your needs and occasions. For instance, the app will be able to shoot out suggestions for ‘lunch nearby’ or ‘mission-style Mexican food.’ Once you choose a category, Maps will delve deeper into the specifics for each location, including photos, ratings and reviews. Explore will also tell you if a restaurant… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is making your transition from native apps to the mobile Web a bit faster. Chrome Custom Tabs allow apps to pre-load, cutting the time it takes to load a webpage in half. Custom Tabs will start working “in the coming weeks” from partners like Feedly, Medium and Tumblr. Google also writes “since custom tabs is a feature of Chrome, it’s available on any version of Android where recent versions of Chrome are available.” This was already possible via WebView, Android’s legacy in-app Web viewer. Developers could build custom experiences on top of the in-app browser standard, but it was… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Hero4 Session might be tiny, but it takes stunning HD footage from within its waterproof housing. If that sounds like your ideal camera, then you need to enter our giveaway. One lucky winner will very soon be recording their adventures in style. The Hero4 Session is GoPro’s smallest, lightest camera ever, at just 2.7 ounces. It has a maximum resolution of 1440p, and it can take full HD footage at 60 frames per second. You can also take 8 megapixel stills, with the option of timelapse mode, and the camera is housed in a durable case. For your chance… This story continues at The Next Web

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As promised, Motorola has made its latest flagship phone, the Moto X Pure Edition, available for pre-order today. The $399 Moto X Pure Edition (also known as Style) features a 5.7-inch screen with an improved camera at 21MP in the back and 5MP in the front with flash. Like all other Motorola products, you can customize your own device with hundreds of bezel, back and trim combinations on Moto Maker. Wood, leather, plastic: Name it, Moto’s probably got it. The Moto X Pure Edition has a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM (up from 2GB in last year’s Moto X) and starts… This story continues at The Next Web

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Motorola today unveiled the next-gen Moto 360, featuring two sizes for men alongside separate collections for women and sports. The refreshed version of the smartwatch features a thinner body and more than 300 customizable options on Moto Maker, allowing you to pick anything from bezel colors and materials to leather or metal bands. The classic Moto 360 comes in two sizes: 42 and 46mm. Left: 46mm | Right: 42mm The Moto 360 features a ‘quick release’ band attachment mechanism so you can use your own straps if you don’t fancy any of the options on Moto Maker. It also runs on Wi-Fi in case… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fresh off Google’s logo unveil yesterday, Verizon is now reportedly set to show off its new look this week. Behold… … hmm, did you say something? Sorry, the new look bored us so hard, we fell asleep at the keyboard. We wanted to believe it was fake, but it appears several Twitter users spotted the new logo out and about. New Verizon Logo? pic.twitter.com/Od4dda1awG — Robert Ivan (@metaprinter) September 2, 2015 Not that anyone cares lol pic.twitter.com/99fxcX8Y3v — sixela. (@simonexo_) September 2, 2015 The new look showcases an upright Helvetica type with a thin checkmark at the end. Gone is the signature red Z with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Are you a foodie? Do you have more photos of food than your family and friends on Instagram? And go to the farmers market every weekend? I get you. While I love cookbooks and notebooks filled with recipes recorded in nice penmanship, I have become increasingly reliant on my phone or tablet in the kitchen. So, whether you’re a Michelin star chef or a home baker, these essential apps are sure to please: Epicurious If you normally Google recipes, odds are you’ve already ended up on the Epicurious website. The work of Condé Nast Digital, it has more than 30,000 recipes collected from… This story continues at The Next Web

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