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Workplace collaboration tool Convo is today rolling out a much-requested feature – cross-platform chat. We rely on Convo within the TNW editorial team and as an editor, being unable to chat to team members privately on the go within the same app that we discuss the stories that we cover has been a real pain. Apparently, we weren’t alone; Convo CEO Faizan Buzdar tells use that it was the most-requested feature from his customer base. The new chat function works as you’d expect – you can select someone to talk to from a ‘Teammates’ tab and then talk to them in... This story continues at The Next Web The post Convo adds cross-platform chat to its team collaboration apps appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s all very well tracking your sleep patterns with a device like the Jawbone Up, but if you’re struggling to get a good night’s rest, how do you actually improve the situation? UK startup Big Health has today brought its Sleepio sleep therapy service to iOS. Previously available only on the Web, Sleepio is based on cognitive behavioral therapy and supported by peer-reviewed research. The app was originally supposed to support Apple’s new HealthKit SDK, allowing it to pull data from compatable sleep tracking devices. However, the last-minute postponement of HealthKit compatability in iOS 8 yesterday forced Big Health to rush out a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sleepio for iOS uses science and a cartoon ‘Prof’ to help you get a good night’s rest appeared first on The Next Web.

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Dropbox, Google, and the Open Technology Fund today announced a new organization focused on making open source security tools easier to use. Called Simply Secure, the initiative brings together security researchers with experts in user interaction and design to boost adoption rates for consumer-facing security solutions. The companies point out that various security options already do exist, and are technically effective. Features like two-factor authentication remain useless, however, because users don’t adopt them due to inconvenience or technical difficulty. As a result, the trio argues that security needs to be simplified: The need to overcome this challenge is particularly clear... This story continues at The Next Web The post Dropbox and Google create Simply Secure, an organization trying to make open source security tools easy to use appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post is brought to you by 99designs. Get a design you'll love — guaranteed.Though the most important part of rebranding is the thinking that goes behind the creation of your new positioning and messaging, the logo that comes out of that process is one of the most cherished assets your company is going to own. Creating and picking a logo is a difficult process, and it’s tempting to push the decision on someone else or seek advice from everyone you think might have an opinion. Ultimately, it’s important to choose a visual that authentically represents you and your company. Below are some things to keep in mind as you’re going through the creation... This story continues at The Next Web The post When to trust your instincts: Choosing the logo you love vs. the logo you’re suggested appeared first on The Next Web.

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Outfitting a connected home is a lot less thrilling when you’re renting, but your next place might come with hardware already installed. Remotely works directly with property managers to have smart home setups installed in bulk and then managed in a single app. The service, which officially launches today, aims to provide benefits to both owners and renters. For instance, property managers could use the Remotely app to unlock the door for maintenance workers or to safeguard units against frozen pipes during the winter. Renters get the convenience, utility, and energy savings of a connected home without having to pay for the hardware. Owners... This story continues at The Next Web The post Remotely launches its home automation service for property managers appeared first on The Next Web.

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Boost your productivity and get things done quickly with these can’t-miss offers on speech recognition software from Dragon, available for PC and Mac, at TNW Deals. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home: Control your PC and dictate text with just your voice Make light work of your typing tasks with Dragon 13 Home. Easy to set up and compatible with just about any app, the world’s number one speech recognition software lets you launch apps, search the Web, chat, post to social networks and dictate documents quickly and accurately. Go hands-free for only $79.99. ➤ For more details on this offer, visit... This story continues at The Next Web The post Great deals on Dragon speech recognition software for PC and Mac appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple is working with U2 to develop a new music format that is designed to tackle piracy by making digital downloads of albums and songs a more attractive proposition, according to TIME magazine. U2 frontman Bono told TIME that he was optimistic the new digital music format will prove so ‘irresistibly exciting’ that it will lure them away from the all-too-easy illegal downloading that the music industry often bemoans. According to the report, the move is a bid to help musicians who don’t tour to make money out of the industry by helping them to better monetize their recorded music. Naturally,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is working on a new digital music format, U2’s Bono says appeared first on The Next Web.

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Knowing full well that the world would wake up today keen to know exactly where their pre-ordered iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices are at this exact moment, FlightAware has launched a tool that will tell you – provided your device is still in the air. Due for general release tomorrow, nervous buyers wanting to make sure their device is en-route to their hands simply need to tap in the UPS tracking number to figure out which plane is carrying their device as the ‘departure scan’ figure in the UPS tracking number should match the departure time for a flight listed on the... This story continues at The Next Web The post FlightAware now lets you track exactly where your Apple iPhone 6 pre-order is appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post is brought to you by Comcast Business. Follow us @comcastbusiness. Marc Andreesen famously said in 2011 that “software is eating the world”. I believe that’s only the case because of underlying changes to the hardware that’s facilitated it. The creation of that world-eating software, the coding jobs that it creates and the wealth it generates would all be imaginary if the means to execute the software didn’t exist. Recently I’ve spent some time looking at the trends in technology and computing and what they might mean to a business. I’ve observed that one thread has become apparent across a number of applications and services. That thread seems constant, frequent and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Virtually everything: How the physical world is being consumed by software services appeared first on The Next Web.

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Formisimo, the startup focused on telling you how effective the forms on your website are, has rolled out a new real-time feature in beta. The real-time data on offer tells you the number of users currently using your checkout or form, the number of recent checkout drop-outs, conversions in the last five minutes and which fields are currently seeing activity. It’s easy to imagine the feature being popular with e-commerce sites and marketers who want to see how immediately effective a new mailshot is. As with Formisimo’s standard data, the idea is to help you understand where users are having problems... This story continues at The Next Web The post Formisimo, the ‘Google Analytics for Web forms’, goes real-time appeared first on The Next Web.

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Samsung has confirmed that the latest in its line up of phablet devices – the Galaxy Note 4 – will be available to pre-order for customers in the UK from tomorrow, and will be on retailer’s shelves near the beginning of October. Samsung Experience Stores across the UK will be allowing pre-order signups, but if you wanted to reserve one via a regular online or high-street retailer, you’ll have to wait until September 26 to get your orders in. Regardless of where you order, it’s due to go on sale nationwide from October 10. Samsung didn’t say exactly how much it would cost,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Samsung Galaxy Note 4 available to pre-order in UK from tomorrow, arriving in-store October 10 appeared first on The Next Web.

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With the news earlier this month that TwitPic will be closing down its social network-tied image hosting service on September 25, many users are wondering how to keep hold of the masses of images they’ve uploaded over the years. While Twitpic has indeed provided a simple export option for users directly from the platform, it only provides a ZIP file of images and a text file with the image names and descriptions. Now, however, there’s a simple tool from Mobypicture that lets you download all your images and videos in a way that keeps them usable and searchable. To carry out the process, simply... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitpic user wanting to rescue your images before it closes? Mobypicture has a tool for you appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has updated its Google Glass companion app for iOS devices, MyGlass, with the ability to quickly access photos shot with the wearable. So once you’ve accrued a collection of images by uttering “Okay Glass, take a picture,” they’ll appear on your iPhone for easy editing and sharing. All of the images should be accessible both in the MyGlass app and as a separate MyGlass album in the iOS Photos app. Updating the iOS app should trigger a message on your device about Photo Sync; hitting Turn On and Okay will ensure everything is set up properly. Alternatively, you can go... This story continues at The Next Web The post Photos shot with Google Glass will now sync with your iPhone immediately appeared first on The Next Web.

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US online retail giant Amazon is embracing the era of new internet domain names after it forked out nearly $4.6 million to gain exclusive access to .Buy websites. Domainnamewire.com — a blog that keeps an eye on all things domain name-related — reports that Amazon beat out Google and two other companies to win the auction. Google was also unsuccessful in its efforts to buy .VIP, while .Tech sold for $6,760,000 — a figure that Domainnamewire.com says may be a record deal for a top level domain. ICANN, the organization that governs top level domains, is expected to hit the switch on... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon just forked out $4.6 million to own the .Buy domain appeared first on The Next Web.

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There’s bad news for Twitter users who appreciated Twitter.com showing embedded tweets, as the feature now appears to have been removed. Back in July, we spotted that embeds were appearing on the desktop version of Twitter — having first been introduced via Twitter’s mobile apps. But now the neat summary box has disappeared, though it remains visible in the official Twitter apps for Android and iOS. Here’s how it was before on Twitter.com: But now this is all you get: So while you can still tweet links to tweets, they won’t be previewed on Twitter.com — which means they are... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter no longer shows embedded tweets on its web service appeared first on The Next Web.

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Japanese messaging company Line is continuing to focus on multimedia apps after it made SnapMovie, a Vine-like feature that is part of its chat app, into a standalone download. The app is initially available for Android devices only. The SnapMovie feature was added to Line’s messaging app — which has nearly 500 million registered users worldwide — last year, and its standalone release comes just a month after Line launched an iOS app for selfies. Originally SnapMovie recorded videos of up to 10 seconds, but Line has now extended that to 30 seconds. That aside, the features are essentially the same: you tap the screen to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Line spins its Vine-like SnapMovie feature out into a standalone 30-second video app appeared first on The Next Web.

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In the wake of security issues following the iCloud celebrity ‘hacking’ scandal, Apple is placing greater emphasis on user security after releasing an open letter from CEO Tim Cook and a new set of webpages that are devoted to explaining its privacy policy. Visible from Apple.com, the new privacy policy page is customized to five different regions and designed to help Apple customers understand how the company uses the data that it collects from them. There’s also a separate disclosure for children. The new pages, which are available in a multitude of languages based on location, are designed to improve... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple CEO Tim Cook pens a letter to customers to reassure them that their data is safe appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon today announced two models for its Fire tablet line that take affordability to a whole new level. The Fire HD 6 costs $99, while a 7-inch model starts at $139. To put that into perspective, Amazon’s entry-level color tablets now cost roughly as much as the Paperwhite e-reader. Pre-orders for the new devices begin tonight ahead of an October ship date. Both tablets will run Fire OS 4 Sangria. New software features include Profiles for switching between family members and ASAP for casting video to the Fire TV set-top box. The Fire HD 6 sports a screen density of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon announces new 6″ and 7″ Fire HD budget tablets, starting at $99 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon today announced the all-new Fire HDX 8.9, an upgrade to its current HDX tablet, adding a 2.5 GHz processor while sporting a lighter body and 802.11ac support for faster Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Amazon Fire HDX is now equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and enhanced display that offers 339 pixels per inch in sRGB color. It is also Amazon’s first tablet with Dolby Atmos for better sound quality, and an 8 MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p HD videos. Left: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, Right: Apple iPad New to the Fire HDX is a “Dynamic Light Control” chip... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon introduces the next-gen Fire HDX 8.9 tablet with the latest Fire OS 4 Sangria appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon today announced its latest high-end e-reader, the Kindle Voyage, which features a 7.6mm thin magnesium body, 39 percent brighter screen and new control panels at the bezel with haptic feedback. The Kindle Voyage sports a new design that has the same, matte look with the addition of a glossy bar across the top of the back. The Voyage weighs in at just 6.4 ounces, and delivers 300 pixels per inch with Amazon’s Paperwhite display. New to the Voyage’s design are “PagePress” sensors located at both sides of the screen. This is smartly placed at the bezel where most users rest their thumbs while... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon unveils the $199 Kindle Voyage, a premium e-reader with haptic page-turning appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin may be in charge of the company’s X moonshot researchdivision, but that hasn’t stopped CEO Larry Page from also pursuing some high-flying ideas of his own. According to a report from The Information, Page has expressed interest in building a more efficient airport and a model city. Writer Amir Efrati noted that Page pulled together his top lieutenants last year to envision what “Google 2.0” would look like and set new goals for the firm. The initiative, which involved group workshops, floated ideas around subscription products, child-friendly services, and indoor positioning. Page has also reportedly considered a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google CEO Larry Page reportedly interested in building a better airport and a model city appeared first on The Next Web.

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Well, iOS 8 is here and, assuming you can get through to the servers and free up enough space on your device, you’ll have a shiny, new operating system to play with. But, a last-minute hiccup has prompted Apple to remove third-party apps from its App Store that had enabled day-one HealthKit support. MyFitnessPal, which just announced miCoach support, has removed its latest update from the store and is working with Apple to resubmit a new version without HealthKit functionality. CARROT Fit’s HealthKit update has also been pulled from the App Store. MacRumors reports that developer Brian Mueller posted on Twitter... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple pulled iOS 8 HealthKit apps from the App Store at the last minute appeared first on The Next Web.

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In a short blog post, Easel has announced it is shutting down. New signups have been halted, and the service will no longer be available on October 31, 2014. GitHub bought Easel in January 2014, its second acquisition after Ordered List back in 2011. The Y Combinator graduate offered a browser-based visual tool for designing and prototyping. At the time, Easel was expected to continue working, though there were no details regarding potential integration with GitHub. The company explained that paying customers would be able to keep using the service, while also enjoying customer and service support. Now, Easel says... This story continues at The Next Web The post GitHub shuts down browser-based visual design tool Easel eight months after acquiring it, promises refunds appeared first on The Next Web.

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Coursera today announced it is officially launching in Brazil. The company is teaming up with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), its first university partners in Latin America. That’s not the only first. Coursera is the first open online education provider to partner with Brazil’s top universities. Furthermore, the move today also means it is offering its first native Portuguese courses for learners not just in Brazil, but across the globe. The two universities will develop courses targeted at Brazilian learners in high-demand topics from entrepreneurship to finance, slated for early next year. Coursera... This story continues at The Next Web The post Coursera launches in Brazil, becomes first online education provider to partner with its public universities appeared first on The Next Web.

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Storehouse has shrunk down its iPad app for creating beautiful photo and video stories with the release of an iPhone app. Storehouse launched at the start of this year to high praise for its design. Given that Storehouse co-founder Mark Kawano served as a UI designer for a number of Apple’s photo-centric apps, the level of polish was to be expected. We’ve been testing the beta version of Storehouse for iPhone, and it lives up to the same standards. With the smaller real estate, the new app works best for short, simple posts. It’s not really designed for creating the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Storehouse brings its design-savvy visual storytelling app to the iPhone appeared first on The Next Web.

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