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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S did extremely well because of its low price point and powerful specs. Clearly, the company knows how to make a good, cheap phone. It’s looking to replicate its success with the revamped Redmi 2, announced in January. I put the Rs. 7,000 ($112) device through its paces to see if Xiaomi can walk the walk in 2015, and here’s what I found. Design and hardware Even though my daily driver is a 5.5-inch OnePlus One, I’ve always been partial to smaller devices like the iPhone 5s. The Redmi 2 is a bit larger than the iPhone 5s but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Periscope, the new video streaming app owned by Twitter, launched today. In that time, we’ve seen users stream everything from their walk to work to an explosion in NYC. Jessica Verrilli, Director of corporate development and strategy at Twitter joined Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder of Periscope, and Aaron Wasserman the first engineer at Periscope to talk with Product Hunt Live to discuss where the app came from and more. When did you start working on the app? The team built the first version of Periscope in its current form around May 2014. Before then, it was working together on an app called ‘Bounty’ that allowed you to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, I saw the future and it is Periscope. The app, which only launched earlier today, had its first moment in the spotlight as an explosion rocked New York City. Within seconds, feeds started popping up on Periscope with first-person views of the scene. I watched it unfold from afar. Then I jumped into another stream, which was a block away. Then, another stream from right in front of the explosion. It’s unprecedented to get this kind of footage seconds after an event occurs, even before first responders arrived. As I watched the drama unfold in New York, streamers were… This story continues at The Next Web

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With automated systems, self-driving cars, and robot helpers on the horizon, the way in which we interact with technology is going to undergo another massive shift. We might not have everyday access to these technologies now, but we will soon. But for that to happen and for these technologies to succeed, people have to want to use them. We’d have to fully accept them. To that end, advertising agency Dentsu, teamed up with the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage, Toyota, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) to study ways of improving human-robot interaction. Their collaboration produced a talking companion to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Cloud service just got a little easier to use. Today, it announced Google Cloud Launcher which makes it easy to deploy applications like WordPress or entire stacks like LAMP in a single click. The new launcher features more than 120 open source applications that are either configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy. You simply need to select a piece of software, choose a few options and it’s up and running. It also includes a number of developer tools and setups like Gitlab, Jenkins, Node.js and Ruby on Rails, along with databases like MongoDB, MySQL and more. Cloud… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook announced today that its React Native library is now available on Github. The library allows you to build native iOS and Android applications with JavaScript and Facebook’s React library. React Native compiles apps written in Javascript into native views, providing the platform-specific look and feel on iOS and Android devices that users are accustomed to. This isn’t a web wrapper like you might be accustomed to; it’s real, native code that’s as performant as a fully native app. Facebook already uses React Native to build some of its main apps: Facebook Groups, for example, uses React Native to render… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook works with Internet.org to bring internet access to remote places and today announced that it’s building drones, satellites and lasers in Facebook’s Connectivity Lab to achieve that goal. Mark Zuckerberg announced its Aquila drones on Facebook today, saying that the team is made up of leading experts in aerospace and communications technology from notable places like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research center. There aren’t a huge amount of details available yet, but it hovers at around 60,000 feet delivering internet for up to “months” at a time. The drones have a wingspan that’s equivalent to that of a 737.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Manfred (@ManfredBo) is API Market Development Director at 3scale – delivering API Management solutions (@3scale on Twitter). Vanessa (@deepbane) is a Product Manager at APItools by 3scale – a tool for developers to easily integrate with internal and external API services (@apitools on Twitter). An API (application programming interface) is a specification that defines how to interact with software components. APIs which allow access to remote assets via a communication network are referred to as Web APIs. The benefits for developers in adopting Web APIs are an easy way to enrich functionality, simple and quick to integration, and leveraging brand strength of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mobile job discovery service Jobr has updated its iPhone app with a redesigned interface and new features. It’s also launching on Android today. In addition to a new look, the updated iPhone app now adds the ability to sign up via Facebook, import your resume and customize every aspect of it to present your profile as you like. The all-new Android app features a Material Design interface to fit in with Android Lollipop. Jobr has also made it easier to refer jobs through its apps — you can now point friends to a role using Facebook, and receive $1,000 if they’re hired through… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re live from Fort Mason in San Francisco for Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The two-day event has already told us a lot about Facebook’s priorities for the rest of 2015. What will today bring? Let’s find out. Sit back and join us for our liveblog. Live Blog Facebook f8 2015 – Day two  

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Nuzzel, the time saving news app that shows you what your friends are talking about, has today arrived on Android for the first time. If you’re not familiar with Nuzzel, it taps into your Twitter and Facebooks friends to show you the most-shared news from your friends. It’s still my absolute favorite way to keep up with the news, because it lets Twitter do the curation for me. The app is now available for Android users and features all the great functionality found in the iOS counterpart. You can get the top news based on what your friends are sharing, view… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s been a lot of ‘Tinder for X’ companies over the past few years – I wrote about another one yesterday – and Caliber started out like that last year. It applied the swipe left/swipe right model to making business connections but it’s now shed that idea to become a really handy professional messaging app. Andres Blank, Caliber’s CEO and co-founder, explains the change to TNW: “When we first released a version of Caliber, nine months ago, it was ‘Tinder for professional networking’. We had a group of people that were very engaged and a group of people that weren’t. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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The team at Vooza take a look at some of the tech world’s biggest fails over the past 12 months. Rest in peace. Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one. Click here to support Vooza (and receive cool rewards).

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One way imaging apps differentiate themselves is how they segment and target their audience. Steller, which is releasing a major update to its iOS app today, views its users as mobile storytellers specializing in short, multi-page artistic tales that make primary use of images, video and text. With Steller, the emphasis is on elegant design but with an ease of use derived from new tools and enhanced browsing. It looks significantly different than the app that debuted last year — lighter and friendlier. It’s an easy app without being too simple — you can figure it out with a few… This story continues at The Next Web

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It turns out that about 50 percent of what we do day-in, day-out is done with little or no conscious thought. Some companies have succeeded in turning this behavior into habit. Every time we are unsure about something, we Google it. When we feel sad, we check our Facebook account. When we want to capture a moment in time, we use Instagram. What do all those companies that succeeded to create a habit out of using their products have in common? We’ve just added Nir Eyal’s talk at last year’s TNW Europe Conference to our TNW Video site and you… This story continues at The Next Web

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This article is brought to you by Fly Labs: Get creative with video.If the popularity of Vine and Instagram Video taught us anything, it’s that no one wants to watch the full 15-minute version of your latest vacation, concert or brunch meetups. To help simplify the video editing process, TNW USA Boost startup winner Fly Labs has released Clips, an elegantly-designed app that allows you to easily make professional-quality videos using quick drag and drop gestures. Unlike the aforementioned social apps that require you to start and stop recordings in a single session, in Clips you can import up to 100 clips from your Camera Roll to combine into one video. To… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is today adding a couple of new storage tiers for its Cloud Drive customers with a heck of a lot of files and photos. The Unlimited Photos Plan is… what it sounds like. Prime members and Fire device owners already have unlimited photo storage included with their accounts, but everyone else can now upload an ‘infinite’ amount of photos for $11.99 per year. For files, you get 5 GB, which means this plan is only really useful if you primarily use the cloud to save your old pictures. Still, it could be nifty for serious photographers, as Prime Photos… This story continues at The Next Web

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Creating Internet of Things (IoT) devices with cellular connectivity built-in is still tricky. We saw one solution – the Spark Electron – last month. Now Chicago-based Konekt, another maker of IoT toolkits has revealed its own take – the Konekt Dash. As has become par for the course in the hardware space, the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to promote and fund the device. It’s set a very manageable target of $10,000 to produce the consumer Konekt Dash and more secure enterprise-level Konekt Dash Pro models. The campaign ends in 36 days. Konekt’s original toolkit includes a SIM card and the services… This story continues at The Next Web

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Brendan Lyall is the CEO of Grow Mobile The news that Nintendo and DeNA have partnered to produce mobile games together has led to a glut of articles, think pieces and speculative lists about what the future holds. The thought of Mario Kart on an iPad has been enough to lead to a worldwide rush of excitement, evidenced in the corporate landscape by the 27 percent jump in Nintendo’s share price following the news. While the news has been presented as a total volte face from Nintendo, the truth is a little different. The inherent caution the company has towards… This story continues at The Next Web

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EyeEm, the photo-sharing app that has built a creative user community and featureset that sets it apart from the ‘Instagram clone’ crowd, has today launched an easy way for its users to sell their images to individuals and businesses. EyeEm Market is launching with over 50 million images, and photographers can add their images on an individual basis by opting them in. Revenues from each sale are split 50/50 between EyeEm and the photographer. Images will cost $20 for a standard license (unlimited impressions for editorial and commercial use on a website, social network or online ad, plus print at… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC has confirmed that US customers wanting to get in on the new HTC One M9 action will be able to pre-order the device directly for $649 from midnight (ET) tonight. According to Engadget, people who pre-order early will get the devices before the general release date on April 10. Of course, if the thought of shelling out $649 for a SIM-free handset doesn’t really seem viable, then you can always wait to see what sort of subsidies operators are offering on their own price plans. Whichever route buyers take to end up at the HTC One M9, it will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google added product ratings to search ads in the US last summer. Now it’s bringing them to Europe, starting with the UK, France and Germany. The ratings show up as stars and review counts on Product Listing Ads. The five-star rating system is based on aggregated review data compiled from multiple sources including merchants’ sites, third-party aggregators, editorial sites and users. Google says it believes the product ratings “help consumers make better purchase decisions before they click” and “[drive] more qualified traffic to participating merchants.” Critics will point to the further blurring of lines between organic search results and paid… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Monday next week Channel 4 will be putting its new on-demand streaming platform All 4 live for users in the UK. With new branding, a fully revamped platform and a view that linear live television viewing is here to stay, we took a first look around the new platform to see what it had to offer. While All 4 is launching next week for iOS and desktop viewers, the fully updated Android app with a new design and features will roll out later in the year. It will, however, get the new All 4 branding from next week. A three-pronged… This story continues at The Next Web

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This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at our upcoming 10th anniversary TNW Conference Europe. Brian is both CEO and Co-Founder of  mobile advertising network Kiip. Staying relevant in a constantly changing arena. This is the number one concern I hear from brands. As the CEO of mobile rewards startup Kiip, I’ve spoken with hundreds of brands. To them, staying relevant means reaching the smartphone generation, launching effective digital campaigns and ensuring their security for the future. Today, remaining relevant means engaging consumers on mobile. Tomorrow, this could be expanding onto a different platform, like Apple… This story continues at The Next Web

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Setting a valuation for an early-stage startup looking to raise money is tough. There’s no one right answer or formula to rely on, yet plenty of advice — some of which can lead you in the wrong direction. For starters, do you know where you stand in relation to other companies? In regards to your market? Should you rethink your magic number if you still have no revenue? You need to consider all these questions and more. To help, I asked eight founders from YEC the following: What is one thing I should be thinking about as I come up with a valuation… This story continues at The Next Web

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