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Changing your passwords regularly may well be good practice, but in the real world, few people bother. In fact, in the real world people still use passwords like 1,2,3,4,5,6. Dashlane users, however, have had access to a nifty one-touch password changer feature that automatically alters passwords across a range of sites. And now that works on iPhone and Apple Watch too. That means that if you get an alert that a specific site has been hacked while you’re out and about (and therefore your password may have been compromised), you can simply swap it out for a new one in a few… This story continues at The Next Web

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Emoji: It’s the new magic word that seems to inspire universal appeal. So what better time to release more emoji into the world? YourMoji, a new keyboard app for iOS, lets you create and share custom emojis derived from photos of yourself, your friends, celebrities and other YourMoji users. These can be shared on iMessage, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms. Sure, there’s plenty of ready-made emojis out there to choose from — and the Memoji Keyboard even lets you create emojis from your own photo. But YourMoji offers way more creative options, even though it behaves like any other keyboard app… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wouldn’t it be nice to send a text and have things just magically happen for you? GoButler thinks so, and is launching an SMS-based concierge service to help you get through your day, and can help you with just about anything. While the service may be most critical in those “uh oh” moments when you realize you’ve forgotten to do something like book a hotel room, GoButler is available any time. You can even use it to schedule things in advance, find out when a business closes or make a restaurant reservation. Once a text request is sent, GoButler’s puts… This story continues at The Next Web

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I hate the future. Windows 10, which was released yesterday, includes an update to a number of Microsoft’s card games previously included for free in Windows. The new versions of Freecell and Solitaire are bundled in an app called “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and seem free at first, but actually ask you to pay a monthly fee to get all the features after your first game. That’s right, you’ll need to pony up $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year to remove the advertisements, get more coins in game and a special “boost” to make it easier. In-app purchases are common in mobile… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is one of my songs of the summer – Krept & Konan’s ‘Freak of the Week (feat. Jeremih)': The line “You last ten seconds, man, you’re a Snapchat…” got me thinking about the best tech references in hip hop. It’s not a new topic by any means but rap music keeps moving forward and we’ve jumped from Biggie bigging up pagers and shouting out Sega to Skepta dropping bars about mobile OS multi-tasking (seriously). With that in mind, I asked my colleagues and The Next Web’s Twitter followers for their favorite examples of tech name checks. Here they are with credit to… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the recent years and in the light of the drawn out Lance Armstrong doping scandal, the Tour de France has been under pressure to crack down on doping tendencies within the race. Lance Armstrong himself argues that everyone within the cycling culture is using body-enhancement drugs, and that in order to remain competitive in that sport, there’s no option other than to participate in doping. This year’s winner of the yellow jersey, Chris Froome, has also come under scrutiny amid allegations of doping. How prevalent are performance enhancing drugs in the Tour de France? As is our custom here… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has signed a contract with Top Gear’s presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to create a new car show exclusively for its streaming service. The new show will launch in 2016 as first reported by the London Evening Standard and will be exclusively available online via Amazon’s Prime Video service. It’ll be produced by ex-Top Gear executive Andy Wilman. The deal commits Clarkson, Hammond and May to three seasons of the show and work will begin this Fall. The trio separated from the BBC after Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer during filming of Top Gear and his contract was subsequently not… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever since AP and Movietone dropped a 500,000+ historical videos on YouTube, I’ve been trawling through finding interesting things to share. My finds have included one of the world’s first synthesizers, how Britain responded to ‘Star Wars’ and a really curious dog training machine. Now, here is the real treasure trove I’ve uncovered in my exploration of the archive: The best of the old school cat videos that are hidden inside it. 1. Kittens and puppies, pals together Cat plus puppy equals adorable fighting “In America, a cat is very patient with a group of puppies…” See the video at the… This story continues at The Next Web

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LINE quietly got a Chrome extension for its messenger today so you can send replies to friends from the comfort of your browser. Its messaging service is wildly popular in Japan, but before today hasn’t had an official way for users to access it on their computers. The extension finally brings full messaging support to Chrome and synchronizes contacts and messages you send on the service between your phone and computer. It’s got full sticker support, along with attachments so you can fire off screenshots to friends. The extension appears as a floating Chrome window and doesn’t require the main… This story continues at The Next Web

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You’ve been hanging out for the latest Angry Birds, right? Well, you can get it right now on the iOS and Android stores. Angry Birds 2 is a sequel to the first Angry Birds — even though it’s technically 16 versions later. It features upgraded graphics, multi-stage levels and boss rounds, along with in-app purchases for various upgrades. There’s a whole ton of new birds and you can choose which one you want to use to best defeat the level. It’s a fun improvement over the original game. It reminded me of how I felt the first time I played… This story continues at The Next Web

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Users of Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 — the last version sold before the company switched to Creative Cloud subscriptions — knew it was coming sometime, but did not know when. Now they know. An Adobe blog post announced that Camera Raw 9.1.1, which was released today, will be the last one available for the perpetual license creative software. It’s available through the update mechanisms in Photoshop and also through the Creative Cloud desktop application. The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in is updated periodically to supplement the list of cameras and lenses directly supported in the software. That means if you own a CS6 license,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Crowdfunding campaigns have become the go-to funding strategy for new startups and entrepreneurs. Everyone is turning to crowdfunding to get their businesses off the ground. It is oversaturated with ideas and not a given that any particular campaign will succeed. In the past, getting funding for your idea took a lot of leg work and networking. In today’s world, the ease with which we connect with one another gives startups an opening to share their ideas and get investors with digital videos and social media focused marketing. During Mass Fidelity’s successful Indiegogo campaign, the combination of traditional and modern strategies… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tesla wants existing Model S owners to refer friends. To help get people talking Tesla up, the company is giving away a Model X SUV to a select few who refer 10 friends. Short of that, new and existing owners will still get a $1,000 rebate towards a new car, and the chance to buy the Model X at a discount. To get the free SUV, you’ll have to be one of the first to refer 10 new owners. Tesla says the first person in North America, Europe and Asia to do so gets the Model X. An email being sent to Tesla S owners… This story continues at The Next Web

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Buying tickets to events online is the first step to a fun night out. Transportation is also crucial, and possibly the more frustrating aspect. Now, StubHub and Uber will let you schedule a reminder to request a pick-up once you purchase tickets on your smartphone. If you purchase tickets well in advance, StubHub will offer to remind you when the event draws near that you should schedule an Uber ride. When you buy tickets at the last minute (less than two hours before the event starts), you’ll be able to order a ride directly from the order page. The feature… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are plenty of really good tools for managing a website, but when you toss in social presence on top of it all, life for a small business owner can get tough. Tagplay is hoping to streamline website and social updates into one convenient service. Tagplay’s aim is simple; update your social accounts (like Facebook), and your website updates automatically. So long as you use the correct hashtags in your social posts, your website knows to update as well. Sections of your site are assigned tags, so a sub-header that may be your thought of the day would be #randomthoughts,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yahoo just took the lid off its new audioless livestreaming app, Livetext. The idea is similar to what Skype would be if your Skype was muted and you can see chat texts overlaid atop the video stream. During Yahoo’s announcement, many of us in the TNW virtual newsroom were skeptical. With Periscope, Meerkat, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Vine and Skype already crowding the market, it seemed odd that Yahoo decided to create an app for the internet generation who are used to the noiseless world of GIFs. Really, go ask the next teen you find and see if they know what Yahoo is.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon Dash buttons — the branded little doodads that automatically order and ship specific items directly to your house with virtually no effort on your part — are finally available to Amazon Prime members today for just $4.99. Purchase one of 18 Dash buttons and never run out of the stuff you always seem to run out of. That’s really where Dash buttons do their handiwork: my house, for example, can never seem to keep stock of paper towels or toilet paper. Amazon offers branded products — currently Bounty for your hands and Cottonelle for your bum — that can be assigned to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oculus is making a play for your emotions. Henry the Hedgehog is the star of Oculus’ second short film, which draws you straight into his endearing little world — a place you may not want to leave. Rather than just be entertained, Oculus also wants you to care about Henry. The sweet little hedgehog really wants to hug people, but his spikes keep him from really connecting with them physically. How can you not love that, right? It’s all very familiar; Disney and Pixar brought empathy to slick computer animation with films like Toy Story. Oculus is taking it a… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re not even done with launch day, and it already looks like Windows 10 is getting the ball rolling with third-party software: Twitter just launched a native app for the operating system. Without requiring you to log in, the app showcases top trending tweets, photos and videos. It’ll also feed you tweets in Live Tiles right from the Start Menu. The logged-out functionality is a nod to recent changes Twitter has been making to lure in new users. Recently the company implemented similar features for its hub on the Web, and Twitter hopes the upcoming Project Lightning will turn the… This story continues at The Next Web

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As the dust settles at Reddit, CEO Steve Huffman has updated the community on what the company has planned. While most of his post is as you may expect it to be (community quarantines, bug fixes), Huffman did note there would soon be more tools to prevent harassment — all the way down to private messages. In the “next up” section of the update, three forthcoming features are noted: Anti-abuse and harassment (e.g. preventing PM harassment) Anti-brigading Modmail improvements A commenter suggested PM harassment be handled by asking site administrators to look at unwelcome messages. Huffman acknowledged that’s exactly what Reddit was working… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just because Nokia stopped making phones, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been busy. First apps and tablets, and now it’s getting into the VR game with a new 360-degree camera called Ozo. The device mixes footage and audio from eight image sensors and an equal amount of microphones. As the camera uses a global shutter for each sensor, the distortion seen during quick motion in many modern cameras (which use rolling shutters) should be nonexistent. The camera’s software allows you to preview 3D footage in real-time, a big step forward compared to the time consuming stitching process normally needed for this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this month, Yahoo quietly launched its video messaging app Livetext in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In a press event today, the company unveiled the app for download in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. Livetext is Yahoo’s attempt at reviving its Messenger app, this time with a focus around livestream video – so much so that not even sound is included in the clips. It’s Yahoo’s play on audioless GIFs that are often used to react to things on the Web. Yahoo even did a market research with teens to ask them for an experience they’re missing from other messaging… This story continues at The Next Web

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As founders, we are conceptualizers, thinkers, leaders, developers and most of all, we are change agents. We obviously oversee the most serious issues in business; do we really have to get worked up with all those SEO tips and tweaks we hear all the time? Definitely not. Our SEO guy should take care of those. But if anything, startup founders need to pay attention to one piece of jargon in SEO: inbound links. “…if you do enough excellent, interesting, useful, funny, compelling stuff, usually your reputation, or your links, however you want to think of it, takes care of itself.”… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today in scary exploits: TrackingPoint sniper rifles – which run Linux and Android and have WiFi connections – can be remotely hacked. Who could have predicted that?* Hackers can then either disable the rifle or choose a new target. The only response to that news is:  o_0 Yep! Someone made a rifle that can be remotely hacked. At the forthcoming Black Hat hacking conference, Runa Sandvik and her husband Michael Auger plan to present the results of a year’s work on exploiting two of the $13,000 self-aiming rifles. The pair have discovered how to brick the rifle, making its computer-targeting unusable, as well as getting root… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s new browser that comes with Windows 10 is great on the surface. It’s fast, stable and has a slick new look. Web developers, however, don’t care about that. They care if Microsoft’s new browser will break their websites or not with its new rendering engine. Over the last ten years the Web has been utterly transformed. Internet Explorer, once dominant, has been decimated by Google’s faster and more reliable Chrome browser. Graph via Gravoc With Edge, Microsoft wants to win developers back and has pulled out the stops to do it. To start from a fresh slate, Microsoft created a fork of… This story continues at The Next Web

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