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With the increasing prevalence of online blogging software from platforms like WordPress and Blogger, it’s hard to remember that regular folks and many small businesses still create websites — with traditional desktop software, no less. Apple’s abandonment of iWeb as part of the 2012 sunset of MobileMe and the rise of iCloud, cleared the decks for other Mac developers to pick up the slack on the consumer end. RealMac Software’s RapidWeaver was among the software packages widely touted as successors to iWeb, alongside competitors like Karelia Software’s Sandvox, Rage Software’s EverWeb and Softpress’ Freeway. Website preview It’s no coincidence that RapidWeaver 6 is being... This story continues at The Next Web

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The outgoing Director of GCHQ Sir Iain Lobban took the opportunity during his valedictory speech today to reflect on his 31 years as part of the UK’s spy agency, with a particular focus on balancing individuals’ right to privacy with the need for access to information. Lobban joined GCHQ at the end of the Cold War and now oversees a vastly different intelligence landscape than existed 30 years ago. Indeed, now GCHQ comes under far greater press and public scrutiny than it ever has before, primarily as a result of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations about mass surveillance, some of which GCHQ were included in.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Quicket sells itself as a multi-purpose mobile app that wants to be a “one-stop-app for all your travel needs,” letting you search for and book flights anywhere in the world. But with its latest update for Android and iOS, it’s introducing a Facebook seat check-in feature, letting you see who’s going to be sitting where on any given flight. This is similar to the technology SeatID has offered airlines for a while already, but Quicket is looking to take the concept direct to consumers. So the idea here is that you can see in advance who is sitting where – but... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mind Candy founder and chief executive Michael Acton-Smith has admitted that the popularity of Moshi Monsters is dwindling on the Web and that his company’s efforts on mobile couldn’t be described as commercial successes. In a interview at TechCrunch Disrupt London, the entrepreneur said engagement for Moshi Monsters online was “coming well down” and that the company’s current revenues are “not good.” When TechCrunch’s Editor-at-Large Mike Butcher asked Acton-Smith to compare the figures with the previous year, the head of Mind Candy admitted there had been “a drop.” The British developer has released a number of mobile video games that leverage... This story continues at The Next Web

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Members of Microsoft’s Xbox One preview program are getting access to a bevy of new features this week, including deeper Twitter integration and more customization options. As Microsoft notes, you will now be able to tweet your favorite game clips to your Twitter followers, using the Share button next to any clip you’ve created. Plus, new live TV and Twitter integration unlocks the ability to see what shows are trending based on Twitter chatter, and you’ll also be able to view tweets for programs in real-time within the MiniGuide. You will also be able to tailor the background for each... This story continues at The Next Web

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Singapore’s Infocomm Investments is expanding the scope of its $200 million fund to include European startups. Establishing a base in London, the firm will look to co-invest in high-growth tech companies that want to expand into the Asian market. Infocomm is hoping that its contacts in the South Asian marketplace, and key hub Singapore in particular, will be a draw for startups in the market for value-added investment. The firm’s first investment is into Startupbootcamp FinTech, and Infocomm will help prepare the London accelerator’s portfolio for business in the East.

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Back in August, we revealed that Microsoft was launching a digital TV tuner in Europe, so that Xbox One owners could use their console to access and control live TV. Well, this is now available to buy, costing £24.99 in the UK or €29.99 in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. With the USB device, you can view free-to-air HD TV directly through your Xbox One, without having to change your TV inputs. It basically serves as an alternative to accessing TV from cable or a satellite set-top box connected through HDMI. You can peruse TV listings using your Xbox One... This story continues at The Next Web

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Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel’s best superhero films to date, thanks in no small part to its 70s-themed soundtrack. Disney – Marvel’s owner – is now looking to release the throwback compilation on cassette tape later this year, Billboard reports. Will it sell in large volumes? Probably not. In an age where music streaming and digital downloads are the status quo, it’s unlikely that Marvel’s new generation of superhero fans have a Sony Walkman tucked in their drawer. Regardless, it’s a fitting release that matches both the music and the film; in Guardians of the Galaxy, the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today Lyft and Uber both announced that their car services are allowed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The two companies join Sidecar which announced last week that it would be delivering and picking up passengers from the airport. One odd bit of news is that Sidecar stated its Shared Rides feature would not operate out of the airport. Uber on the other hand stated today that Uber Pool, its shared-ride feature, would be available for airport trips. So now the Bay Area has even more options to get to the airport besides, taxis, BART, bus, hassling friends, etc. ➤ Lyft’s Second Airport Agreement Authorizes... This story continues at The Next Web

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Alongside Monday’s release of iOS 8.1, Apple activated its new Apple Pay service for in-app and retail payments. We tried it out to see if it lives up to the hype. Mobile payments haven’t quite taken off yet. I’m sure more than a few of you have taken to using Google Wallet and other similar services for NFC purchases, but these are still the exception, rather than the rule. Apple is taking its entry into payments very seriously, working with hundreds of banks and major brands for the launch. To get started, you’ll need iOS 8.1 installed on an iPhone 6 or... This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all found ourselves trapped in an awkward dinner situation where we want nothing more than to be rescued by a “important call.” A new device called Dorothy might be able to come your rescue. A different take on wearables made by iStrategyLabs, Dorothy works by attaching a ‘Ruby’ (a small Arduino-based Bluetooth device) to your shoe and tapping your heels together three times to trigger an action.   That triggered action could be a call from a fake contact, or you can configure it to send a custom message and location to your friends. The company says it’s looking in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has officially opened up the pre-order forms for the freshly-announced Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player streaming device. The Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet running the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, starts at $399 for the 16GB model and is slated to ship on November 3rd. The Nexus Player, Google’s first Android TV streaming device, goes for $99 and ships “in three to four weeks.” Its accompanying game control pad is sold separately at $39, though it is currently listed as “out of stock.” Pre-orders for the Nexus 6 will start next Wednesday October 29. ➤ Google

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Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg today sued four law firms which represented Paul Ceglia in a 2010 case where the client claimed he owned as much as 84 percent of the company. In 2013, a judge dismissed the case, stating that the contract Ceglia claimed as proof of his ownership was nothing but a “recently created fabrication.” Ceglia had allegedly forged the document based on a real contract that had been signed when Zuckerberg worked for Ceglia’s company in 2003. Ceglia was arrested for the falsifications in 2012. Now Facebook is moving to make his lawyers pay for the alleged forgery. According... This story continues at The Next Web

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At its cloud computing event today, Microsoft SEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would be offering up its Azure cloud computing service to assist in Ebola research. Essentially, the company is handing out grants to provide successful applicants with Azure’s processing power for easing access to services and data healthcare workers and researchers may need. In order to make use of the award, applicants should be associated with an academic institution and submit a proposal for how they intend to use the service. With growing concerns about the potential for the disease to spread, its a nice gesture by the company to help... This story continues at The Next Web

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At today’s Microsoft cloud event, Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie introduced two new services to Azure. The first is the new G family virtual machines offer customers up to 32 Intel CPU cores, 450 GB of RAM and 6.5TB of local SSD storage. According to Guthrie, these machines offer twice the memory of anything offered by Amazon’s AWS service. The company also introduced a new premium storage service for its customers with each virtual machine getting up to 32 TB of storage with a read latency of less than 1ms. Guthrie says that these two new features will allow... This story continues at The Next Web

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David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five. This post originally appeared on the 15Five blog. To succeed as an entrepreneur you must constantly overcome countless factors that are beyond your control; market changes, employee attrition and tech/product issues. You have to keep moving quickly towards execution or competitors will swallow you whole. But you can’t do it all by yourself. You need the support of employees who will require mentoring to reach a level of competency where they can work independently. In an outcome-focused business with scarce resources, it is tempting to give only as much direction as necessary to get... This story continues at The Next Web

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Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io. “What’s On Your Home Screen” is presented by Fueled, a New York and London-based mobile app development company that produces award-winning apps for big brands like Barneys to hot startups like QuizUp. Online dating isn’t easy. Finding a match, and getting said match to go out on a date is tough enough. Then figuring out what to do? So much pressure! HowAboutWe, a New York City online dating service, launched in 2010, to solve this very problem. Aiming to take the initial friction out of date planning, founders Aaron Schildkrout and Brian Schechter have since... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has today announced a raft of updates for its still new Office Mix presentation and teaching tools. Among the new features is an option to pause recording part way through, to ensure you pick your words correctly and say exactly what you mean, and a new ‘erase ink’ feature, if you want to carry on dictating over the same slide but add new content to it. There’s also a new search feature that makes it easier to find ‘mixes’ that interest you, which allows for breakdown by category, topic, tag or author. With the update, Microsoft is looking to refine the way... This story continues at The Next Web

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As promised, Apple has released its iOS 8.1 update, which brings back the much-missed Camera Roll, enables Apple Pay on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices and adds support for sending text messages from your Mac. With iOS 8.1, you can test the iCloud Photo Library beta. You can find the 117MB download in the Software Update settings on your iOS device. Apple first announced iOS 8.1 last week at its iPad and Retina iMac event. iOS 8.1 also includes a number of bug fixes for Messages, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, screen rotation, Safari and accessibility.

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Internet radio streaming service Pandora has announced a new Sponsored Listening offering, letting brands give listeners a full hour of ad-free beats in exchange for a little engagement. Available in the US, Australia and New Zealand, Pandora serves up music from across a multitude of genres for free, though you can cough up $4.99/month to remove the ads. With Sponsored Listening, you’ll be asked to watch a short video, visit a brand’s website or engage in another similar ‘interaction’. You’ll immediately be granted 60-minutes of uninterrupted listening, though the advertiser’s brand will still be visible on-screen throughout the session. Time... This story continues at The Next Web

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As the palette of messaging apps continues to crowd up, its important for companies to convince users to stick with their own particular service. In that line of thought, Facebook just released its first video ad for Messenger. It’s a bit saccharine and doesn’t show too much of what differentiates Messenger from other apps, but the company might just be trying to win back some fans after the backlash it received for forcing people to download a second, separate messaging app on mobile. There are a whole lot of stickers, though. In any case, it’s notable that Facebook is even releasing an ad... This story continues at The Next Web

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Holvi launched its online banking platform for small businesses in Europe back in August, and now the Finnish startup has announced it supports International Bank Account Numbers (IBANs), which sees it edge neatly into the traditional banking setup to broaden its appeal. To recap, Holvi bank accounts are free to open and have no set monthly charges, though there is a €0.90 fee for incoming/outgoing transactions and a 3 percent fee for credit card payments. However, Holvi offers a range of add-on services aimed squarely at SMEs and the self-employed. For example, you can get a real-time view of your company... This story continues at The Next Web

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OnePlus’ pre-orders for its One smartphone are due to open at 11am EST on October 27, according to an announcement from the company today – but that pre-order window will only be open for one hour. While it’s another week before you can actually lodge your request, OnePlus is allowing interested buyers to prepare a pre-order in their cart now. The move represents a slight shift away from the company’s previous invite-only system, which many will be thankful for. Still, it’s not as straightforward as you might expect. Now, instead of needing an invite, you can place a pre-order and you’ll... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by Staples – we make it easy to make more happen.We’re all looking for quick ways to intuitively boost productivity. Today, there are many apps and services to help keep you organized and stay on task. There are books, articles and entire websites that focus on helping you change how you work. But did you know that you can work on the environment around you to help boost productivity? You spend a lot of time in your office (or your employees spend a lot of time in theirs). Your office space help your productivity instead of work against it. The good news is that there are a few things you... This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype for Windows Phone (8/8.1) has a new drawing tool that allows users to send hand-drawn images and other personalized messages to recipients. Announced today in a blog post, the drawing feature can be used by tapping the + icon in chat. You can start from scratch or add messages to existing pictures, if you prefer. Skype suggests it could be handy for things like indicating the quickest route on a Bing map, as well as more ‘comedic’ uses. Other new features include HD screen support, simpler sign-in options and a faster resume time for devices running Windows Phone 8.1. What’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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