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The worldwide smartphone market is continuing its healthy growth, but the shake-up in smartphone vendors is becoming more apparent, according to latest figures from market research firm IDC. Global smartphone shipments hit a new record of 295.3 million units in the second quarter of 2014, posting a 23.1 percent growth year over year and an increase of 2.6 percent from the previous quarter, data from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker show. The research firm notes that the growth is “fueled by ongoing demand for mobile computing and an abundance of low-cost smartphones” and it expects smartphone shipments to surpass 300 million... This story continues at The Next Web The post IDC: Global smartphone shipments hit 295.3m in Q2 2014, but Samsung and Apple lost market share appeared first on The Next Web.

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E-commerce firm Flipkart raised $1 billion yesterday in what is by far the largest funding deal for an Indian startup to date. How can you top that? How about $2 billion? That’s exactly what Amazon — one rival that has motivated Flipkart to raise more capital — is doing. The US company chose today to cheekily announce plans to invest $2 billion into its one-year old operations in India, as first spotted by Next Big What. Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos explained the “huge potential” that he sees in the country: After our first year in business, the response from customers... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon is investing $2b in its India operations, as the country’s online retail war heats up appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter is increasing its focus on images after it quietly acquired deep-learning startup Madbits. GigaOm first reported the deal, which appears to have closed on Monday according to the Madbits website — although there has been no announcement from Twitter at this point. Deep-learning has developed into quite the buzzword as startups sprout up promising to pore through the mountains of information on the internet — both public and private — to help us better understand trends, information, people and more. Madbits comes with quite a pedigree — founders Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari were students of New York University professor Yann LeCun,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter increases its focus on photos after buying deep-learning startup Madbits appeared first on The Next Web.

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Fresh from revamping its own Galaxy App Store, Samsung has upgraded its Kids Store which - as the name suggests – covers apps that cater for youngsters and is part of the ‘kids mode’ on two of its newest devices. The store is limited to the Galaxy S5 smartphone and Galaxy Tab S tablet at this point, but Samsung says that it now includes 900 apps dedicated to children, including games, educational apps and more. As well as stocking child-friendly content, kids mode gives parents greater peace of mind with a password protection feature that prevents children from getting access to unsuitable apps, or... This story continues at The Next Web The post Samsung expands its Kids Store to 900 apps as it seeks to appeal to gadget-buying parents appeared first on The Next Web.

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At the ninth edition of 500 Startups’ demo day, 30 startups took to the stage vying for investment and a mention in the tech press. Underneath the rock star claims and hyperbole about changing the world, there were some gems that hit the stage in Mountain View. Today, the companies ranged from child care to bitcoin. As Silicon Valley tries to expand beyond the build-an-app and hope Facebook/Google/Apple/etc buy’s it business plan, start ups have become more eclectic. But shiny rocks, onesies and solos don’t automatically equal solid business plans or something you might find interesting. So after sitting through... This story continues at The Next Web The post Our 9 favorite startups from the 500 Startups Demo Day appeared first on The Next Web.

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As Amazon and book publisher Hachette continue their disagreement over e-book pricing, Amazon has spoken out to defend its position. The company asserted that its ultimate goal in the negotiation is to secure lower e-book prices for its customers. Citing its own data, Amazon asserted that pricing books at $9.99 would actually bring in more revenue than $14.99, benefitting all parties, including the customer, author, publisher and, of course, Amazon. E-books should have lower prices, according to the firm, because they cost less to produce, don’t have overstock and loss, and can’t be resold. Amazon also shared a proposal that publishers share... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon explains Hachette dispute: ‘E-books can be and should be less expensive.’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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Instagram Bolt launched today with a catch; you have to be in New Zealand, South Africa or Singapore to install. An unusual rollout strategy, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been in one of the rollout countries for an app like this! Bolt’s premise is pretty similar to Snapchat: send images to your friends with very low friction. After a pretty simple signup process (that makes sure you’re in a launch country by requiring your phone number) and asking you to take a selfie for your profile photo, you’re thrown straight into the camera. From there, it’s as simple as taking... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands on with Bolt, Instagram’s Snapchat competitor appeared first on The Next Web.

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Instagram today announced the launch of its Bolt app, but only to three countries: New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The new app lets you send one-tap photo and video messages to your friends. While Instagram has marked the release, the app has yet to show up on the App Store and Android in New Zealand, at least not for TNW Weekend Editor Owen Williams. Update: The app is now live in New Zealand. An Instagram spokesperson explained the limited launch as such: We decided to start small with Bolt, in just a handful of countries, to make sure we can... This story continues at The Next Web The post Instagram prepares to launch its Bolt messaging app, but only in 3 countries appeared first on The Next Web.

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Peloton is expanding its indoor cycling regimen with the release of an iPad app that lets you stream live and on-demand classes. While Spinning remains the most well-known indoor cycling brand, Peloton entered the scene last year with a crowdfunding campaign for its bike. In April, the startup raised $10.5 million. Since Peloton’s bikes cost $2,000, the new app is an affordable alternative for folks who already have an indoor bike and have been interested in the company’s classes, which are filmed at its New York studio. You’ll get 20 credits for live classes and 4 on-demand rides to try... This story continues at The Next Web The post Peloton releases an iPad app for streaming cycling classes on your own indoor bike appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. Have you ever felt like all you do is check your e-mail? Well, you may not spend ALL your time checking your e-mail but you do spend about 28 percent of your time doing it. That translates into about 13-hours a week or 650 hours a year of e-mail checking. For those of us who work in a job where e-mail isn’t our main responsibility, checking and responding to e-mails each day can take us away from our primary work, which results in less productivity. In fact, our incessant need to respond to e-mails at work is actually... This story continues at The Next Web The post The key to better work? E-mail less, flow more appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Concept.io, the company behind the Swell talk radio app, as noted by 9to5Mac. Word of the deal leaked out earlier this week in reports from Recode and The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi tweeted out confirmation after receiving Apple’s boilerplate statement for small acquisitions.       The Swell website notes that the service is no longer available, and the app has been pulled from the App Store. Swell was a delightful app that used learning algorithms to serve up podcasts and talk radio. While it’s sad to see the app go, hopefully Apple... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple acquires and shuts down the Swell podcasting app appeared first on The Next Web.

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You know that incoherent jumble of notes you’ve been quietly working on in Evernote? Well, now it’s even easier to publish it as a book, through a new integration with self-publishing platform FastPencil. Once you’ve imported to FastPencil, you can share your work with others to get editing feedback. When you’re ready to publish, the service helps you publish on the Kindle and iBook stores or send it off to a printer for a hard copy. FastPencil claims that you can go through the whole process in “just a few clicks.” Now you have one less excuse for procrastinating on that half-written novel you’ve... This story continues at The Next Web The post Evernote integrates with FastPencil so you can publish your notes as a book appeared first on The Next Web.

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Katie Burke is the Director of Media & Analyst Relations at HubSpot. Recently, a startup called Pressfarm launched, promising to provide the names, emails, and Twitter accounts for journalists so that entrepreneurs could get outstanding coverage for their business. There’s just one major problem with this business proposition: the hardest part of getting press for your startup isn’t getting reporter’s contact information at all. In fact, many reporters in the startup world provide emails in their Twitter bios. Those who don’t can often be found with a quick Google search, or better yet via an intro through a mutual connection. Spamming... This story continues at The Next Web The post How most startups mess up their marketing appeared first on The Next Web.

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EA today announced EA Access, an upcoming subscription service for the Xbox One that will feature free games, early trials and discounts on digital purchases. The subscription will cost $4.99 a month (or $29.99 a year) and is launching in limited beta today, with a full Xbox One rollout coming “soon.” During the beta, the complete versions of FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 are available to play. EA plans to add additional titles, which will go in a section called “The Vault.” EA Access members will get a chance to try out new games, such as Madden... This story continues at The Next Web The post EA announces a $5 gaming subscription for the Xbox One appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you run a blog directly through WordPress.com, rather than a self-hosted site using the free software from WordPress.org, you’ll soon have access to an upgraded dashboard and set of editing tools. The most notable addition is a fixed toolbar for the Post Editor. Now, instead of scrolling to the top of the page to add a link, the toolbar will remain visible above your work. For bloggers that frequently write long-form essays and articles, this should streamline the formatting process on WordPress significantly. The updated WordPress.com dashboard also comes with a revamped Media Library. It features a new grid view... This story continues at The Next Web The post WordPress.com gets a fixed toolbar in the Post Editor, a revamped Media Library and better playlists appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft wants everyone to use its productivity software, regardless of the hardware or operating system they use most frequently. Today it’s catering to Apple enthusiasts with a hefty OneNote update for Mac, iPhone and iPad, introducing deeper OneDrive support, better notebook organisation and attachment options. For starters, you can now access notebooks stored in a OneDrive for Business account. Using OneNote for Mac, you can now open these pages and edit them, as well as create new documents and share them with other people. They’ll be accessible alongside your existing notes from a personal OneDrive account, resulting in a single, unified repository. Across... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft’s OneNote for Mac and iOS apps now let you insert Office docs, reorganize notes, and more appeared first on The Next Web.

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Shoppers in the US will soon see ratings in Google’s Product Listing Ads, as the search giant looks to lure more companies on board with the promise of better click-throughs. While the temptation for you and me may be to skim over anything ‘Sponsored’ in our online searches, this is an easy way for Google to further blur the lines between organic and paid search, as it gives the listings an extra air of authority. And it also makes the ads more useful for shoppers, as it pulls on real review data from across the Web. “We believe these ratings... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Shopping now features product ratings in ads, blurring the lines between organic and paid search appeared first on The Next Web.

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Paul Jarvis experiments with words and design. His latest book is called The Good Creative: 18 ways to make better art. The internet isn’t a meritocracy, where we can just do good work, put it on a website and hope others will find it and buy it. Nothing will do this for you — not social media, not Kickstarter, not Medium, not Amazon, and not your blog. Unless you hire yourself to be the publicist/head marketing person for your work, it’s going to lavish in obscurity (which is next door to the land of broken dolls in a really bad part... This story continues at The Next Web The post The value of meaningful connections appeared first on The Next Web.

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Productivity platform Asana is unveiling a brand new native iOS app today, rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up. And yes, it’s optimized for iPads too. To recap, Asana is the slick collaborative task and project management startup from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Facebooker Justin Rosenstein. While it has had a presence in the App Store for almost three years now, and has previously undergone top-to-bottom revamps, a shift away from HTML 5 into pure native marks a big advance for the company. How it looks When you first launch the app, you’ll be presented with the ‘Today’ view, outlining what... This story continues at The Next Web The post Asana’s productivity platform gets a native mobile app, redesigned and optimized for iPhone and iPad appeared first on The Next Web.

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Product Hunt, a kind of ‘Hacker News for products’, has taken the startup world by storm over the past few months. While at its heart it’s focused on a daily contest in which users vote up and discuss their favorite new products, today it’s being used in a more timely fashion to highlight the startups presenting at 500 Startups‘ demo day in Mountain View. There’s nothing special in terms of features here, just a chance for the teams to compete not just for the attention of press and investors at the demo day itself, but also for upvotes from the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Product Hunt’s first custom leaderboard lets you help rank the teams at today’s 500 Startups demo day appeared first on The Next Web.

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Earning a decent wage as a freelance photographer can be tough. To help talented camera aficionados put food on the table, Yahoo today unveiled a new ‘Marketplace‘ service that will connect Flickr users with photo editors, designers and agencies. Spotted by TechCrunch, the new Flickr Marketplace is run by a “curatorial” team that aims to connect users with global media outlets, industry press and anyone else that might want to license their work. Details are scarce at the moment, but in a blog post Yahoo said its team would be constantly scouring Flickr for suitable images and then reaching out to photographers via Flickr... This story continues at The Next Web The post Flickr’s Marketplace program helps photographers license their work and find original assignments appeared first on The Next Web.

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Medium launched its first sponsored “collection,” a term used to describe one of its curated sections or publications, with BMW on its renowned blogging platform today. Re:form, an encapsulated part of Medium for design-focused journalism, sports a bold “presented by BMW” logo on the front page. The minimalist branding is replicated in each article, just below the main featured image, as well as at the bottom above suggested links. Otherwise, no traditional advertising is visible. That could change in the future though. As AdAge reports: Medium staff also plans to work with BMW and its agencies to produce four to five... This story continues at The Next Web The post Medium finds a revenue stream with Re:form, a new collection of stories sponsored by BMW appeared first on The Next Web.

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Reddit, a site often described as “the front page of the internet,” allows anyone to share, discuss and joke about what’s new on the web. But for newcomers, it can often feel like a pretty confusing and alienating place. How do I find new Subreddits? What is ‘karma’ and how does it affect my account? What should I know about Reddiquette? To make the on-boarding process a little easier, a new “Reddit 101” guide has been published as a sticky post in subreddits and as a permanent Wiki page. It runs through most of the basics, including the sidebar, creating a customised... This story continues at The Next Web

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Guvera is a music streaming service you probably haven’t heard of, but it’s been around for some time. It was launched in Australia in 2008, and subsequently in the US and Indonesia. Now, it has expanded into Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines as it seeks to compete against services like Spotify and Deezer. It is probably a challenge of mammoth proportions for Guvera to gain a standing in the region, but a partnership inked with Lenovo in March could help it raise its profile. The deal will see Guvera pre-installed on Lenovo’s mobile devices — and the smartphone... This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s turning into quite a year for Flipkart. Today the e-commerce company from India has confirmed the much-reported rumor that it has raised $1 billion in fresh investment, as it eyes new verticals, expand its operations and stave off challenges from Amazon and eBay. The round reportedly An announcement confirms that the round includes participation from existing investors Tiger Global, Yuri Milner’s DST Global group, Accel Partners, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Sofina. Prior to today’s news, Flipkart had taken just over $700 million from investors. The company most recently raised $210 million back in May, just after it acquired fashion-focused rival Myntra for an... This story continues at The Next Web

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