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Google’s version of Android offers a great mobile operating system experience, and the Nexus series of phones matches it with great hardware. In particular, the Nexus 5 offers high-end looks and specifications at an affordable price. It runs on a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, powering a pixel-packed 1080 × 1920 display. It also sports an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, and a battery which can last for thirteen hours of talk time. Over at TNW Deals, it is currently being bundled with FreedomPop, a wireless service with generous allowances. It offers unlimited texts and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every year at The Next Web conference there’s an epic hack battle held over the space of 36 hours during the event. It’s two days of coding, learning and meeting people. This year we had six API partners for the hack battle participants to leverage, including Zeef, Nexmo, Verisign, Braintree, Dropbox and Deezer. Here are the best hacks from the hack battle presentations this year. 1) Dropshop This year’s winner of the TNW hack battle, Dropshop was my favorite hack. It’s a little app that lets you choose a file from your Dropbox folder and stick a price on it. You’ll… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Marin School in San Rafael, California is having an auction to raise funds and there’s one lot that will appeal to tech historians and Apple fans alike – three of Steve Jobs’ business cards. The artefacts date from 1984 to 1990 – the period when Jobs went from Chairman of Apple to CEO of NEXT and Chairman of Pixar. According to Business Insider, the cards found their way into the school’s possession via a family who did catering for Jobs and kept hold of his contact info for safe keeping. The auction runs until May 7 and, at the time… This story continues at The Next Web

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Gilad Bechar is the Founder & CEO of Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business. Gilad serves as a mentor to rising startups at Microsoft Accelerator, The Technion, Tel-Aviv University, Unit 8200 and for strategic Moburst clients, and is the Academic Director of the Mobile Marketing and New-Media course at Tel-Aviv University. Geeks are a difficult crowd to please. They know their stuff and when they don’t – they have the brains, experience and passion to investigate. When they love something they do it wholeheartedly, but when they don’t – watch… This story continues at The Next Web

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The live streaming wars are well underway and Meerkat has today claimed a victory over Twitter’s Periscope app; it’s the first to be available on Android. Meerkat was previously available for Android devices but only via a private beta program. Today’s release means the app is available for all to try out, though it still carries the beta tag. With the Android app you’re able to stream video to your friends on Twitter, watch other users’ streams and chat with the broadcaster. Unlike Periscope, Meerkat has no ability to save a livestream (but there are third-party apps that can help… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat is fast becoming the place entertainment executives turn to when they want a novel way of pushing new product. Remember Madonna premiering her video on the service? Now, the trailer for Robin Williams’ final movie, ‘Absolutely Anything‘, is getting its first airing via the app. It’ll debut on the Snapchat Discover UK account on May 2, for one day only. The film was directed by Terry Gillingham and stars Simon Pegg as a school teacher who discovers he has magical powers. In the process, he gives his dog Dennis (voiced by Williams), the power of speech and rational thought. While it’s definitely… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever wanted to add bold text to your tweets or really underline a point? Now you can. Bedazzle is a Chrome extension that adds the rich text editing features that Twitter currently lacks. Well, sort of… Sometimes you need to be 𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐝 in your tweets and really u͟͟͟n͟͟͟d͟͟͟e͟͟͟r͟͟͟l͟͟͟i͟͟͟n͟͟͟e͟͟͟ your ⓟⓞⓘⓝⓣⓢ. — Mic Wright. (@brokenbottleboy) May 1, 2015 What the add-on actually does is add a new box to the compose window on Twitter.com. When you select a word and choose a formatting option, it replaces the characters with their unicode equivalents. It’s a little janky but fun nonetheless, and from my testing, your fancy tweets… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post first appeared on Buffer. If you feel challenged by Facebook marketing these days, you should know you’re not alone. In an increasingly crowded news feed, Facebook’s algorithm updates can make it tough for brands to get much notice. In fact, brands are now responding to plunging organic reach on Facebook by posting more content to Instagram than they are to Facebook, according to a report by research firm L2. But don’t despair; there’s plenty of life left in Facebook yet. We’ve been scouring the web to find out what’s working on Facebook right now—all the tactics, new additions and post types you need… This story continues at The Next Web

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When he wasn’t writing songs, it seems Kurt Cobain was buying gadgets. Here he is, in an interview from 1993 pulled from the Hollywood Rock Brazil archives by MTV News, enthusing about his newly-purchased dream machine. Imagine what he’d have made of Oculus Rift… Oh, by the way, that electric shock device he’s got isn’t a Taser and the company is very keen to make sure you realize that: ➤ Kurt Cobain Plays With A Taser & A Dream Machine Device [MTV News] Read next: The Curious Online Afterlife of a 20th Century Cult  

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We knew it was coming. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk teased their arrival in a tweet earlier this week… For the future to be good, we need electric transport, solar power and (of course) … pic.twitter.com/8mwVWukQDL — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2015 …and now they’re here – Tesla Energy home and business batteries. The home model is called the Tesla Powerwall. It’s a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to increase capacity for homes with solar panels, store energy and act as backup power. It can be mounted in your garage or to an outside wall and hooks into the local grid. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Before Spotify, there was Grooveshark – and today, the latter is no more after the company posted a notice and apology letter on its homepage. “We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service,” the company wrote. “That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.” Grooveshark had been battling a six-year settlement with major record companies including Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Music… This story continues at The Next Web

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Not content with your shiny new Apple Watch? The Apple Store app for iOS has been updated with Watch support so you can find the nearest place to buy yet more gear from the Cupertino giant. In addition to helping you locate your nearest store, the Watch app lets you browse nearby in-store courses (my local store has a thrilling-sounding primer on Numbers spreadsheets in a few hours from now) and get updates on any recent orders you’ve made from the online store. You’ll need to Handoff to your iPhone to book courses or do anything else, but serious Apple-heads… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference may be all about code, but that doesn’t preclude significant deals as well. Autodesk, a power player in the graphic art and design sector, has teamed up with Microsoft to embed its Spark 3D platform into Windows 10. The graphics company also says its 3D models will be compatible with Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality device, now under development. The announcements are separate but related. The Spark initiative gives Windows users access to reliable, optimized and streamlined 3D printing processes designed to augment additive manufacturing process related to software, material and printers. Spark APIs will be available for free to Microsoft developers. In… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever wanted giant mountains on the internet to yell out your tweet? Today’s your lucky day! This Chrome Experiment is two giant mountains, the “Mountains of Mouthness“, that will do exactly that in a deep, booming voice for all the internet to see. I just spent the last hour laughing at these mountains reading the most ridiculous things. All you have to do to get the Mountains of Mouthness to read your message is either send a tweet on the #mouthness hashtag or to @momouthness. If you use your phone to visit the site, you’ll see it from a different interactive… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple today began inviting developers to a preview of a new App Analytics tool that was promised way back at WWDC last year.   A number of developers tweeted emails informing them of the launch of a beta program for app analytics which promises to show how many customers an app’s page, how often users open the app, how well it sells and more. Third party tools already exist that offer similar functionality, but much of the data is guesswork and this marks the first time Apple has made available an offering that promises to give insights into how apps and… This story continues at The Next Web

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It might seem that Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference was all code and no play — though to developers they may both be the same thing — but as TNW stalked the show floor, we found plenty of team work and camaraderie from the booths and kiosks to the various hands-on workshops. Read next: Everything Microsoft announced at Build Developer Conference 2015: Day 2

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In the three-hour keynote of Microsoft’s second day of the Build Developer Conference, one of the more amusing highlights was How-Old.net, an age-guessing algorithm that does what it advertises using face-recognition technology. Although the website warned that the demo does not promise complete accuracy, most have been able to get fairly reasonable results. (I turn 26 later this year, this photo was taken a month before my 25th birthday). Others? Not so much. Nailed it. http://t.co/Mf6PCn5iAW @rwaggoner pic.twitter.com/Fqbb1jYZ54 — Lauren Cunningham (@LaurenSlypig) April 30, 2015 As with most computer algorithms, you can totally game the whole system if you wanted… This story continues at The Next Web

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EXT: New York City, the early hours of Wednesday morning. A hacked DJI Phantom drone in possession of a can of spray paint tags a Calvin Klein billboard graced by the over exposed visage of Kendall Jenner. New York graffiti artist KATSU 1, Kardashians 0 Wired has the full story on what KATSU is up to. This is only v1.0 of his graffiti drone so authorities needn’t get too worried…yet. Rest assured though, airborne tagging is going to get a lot more common. ➤ KATSU Drone Drawing 2015 on Kendall Jenner [YouTube via Wired]  Read next: Watch This Millennium Falcon Drone Then Build… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has officially wrapped up its second keynote for this year’s Build Developer Conference. Today’s keynote wasn’t as announcement-heavy as the first, but here are the highlights. Windows 10 gets demoed on Arduino and Raspberry Pi This was hinted yesterday during the demo of HoloLens on a Raspberry Pi robot, but today Microsoft went a little further in its demo that ran its Windows 10 OS on both Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The demo focused on using the boards as a way to create “Internet of Things” functionality, such as enabling remote control on an Arduino device or building a camera using the boards to act as a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft announced a new partnership to bring GitHub’s Enterprise tools to Azure during its Build developer conference today. Although GitHub is popular hub for programmers to access open-source code, larger companies have taken to using the platform’s enterprise features for managing their own code. GitHub recently began supporting Amazon Web Services in an update November of last year, so a move to support Azure as well isn’t a huge surprise. Additionally, developers will now be able to open GitHub repositories right from Visual Studio or easily load the code into Visual Studio right from a button right on GitHub’s website.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today at Microsoft BUILD the company showed off a tiny tool that guesses your age based on a photo, built to demo the capabilities of Azure. All you need to do is upload a photo and the tool will analyze your face to guess your age. On the first attempt for me, how-old.net overshot by far too much (I’m 24). The second time, it guessed 32. Not entirely accurate for me, but for others on Twitter they’re finding it to be bang on. I’ll go and buy some anti-wrinkle cream now, I guess. You can read a detailed post on how… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv where he does content strategy, writes about start-ups, technology trends and politics. You can find him on Twitter. The Israeli start-up scene is saturated with newcomers fighting for a spot in the limelight. The following 10 companies have passed some key hurdles and challenges that make them an interesting watch for investors and consumers around the world. The list comprises an eclectic list of start-ups that are either breaking into the mainstream in their respective industries, or are still at early stages, but look to make significant inroads in the next few months. Safer… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Microsoft BUILD today, the company announced a new framework, Vorlon, that helps developers debug remote devices running Javascript. Vorlon is a Node.js application you run on your computer and uses a single line of code to connect to remote devices, like an iPhone or Android device, and show errors from the running application on your computer. The idea is that you can quickly test and diagnose problems on multiple devices at the same time, from a single dashboard. The project is entirely open source and developers can start using it today. ➤ VorlonJS

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Every two years, the amount of information in the world doubles. Kenneth Cukier, The Economist’s Data Editor, thinks that with data quantity also comes an increase in data quality. With more data, we are able to extract more information from it. Big data enables us to learn and to process information faster. In 2003, with the computer capabilities at that time, it would take about 10 years to sequence the human genome. In 2013, it took about 2-3 days. Other activities like speech recognition, text translation, and self-driving cars are getting more precise the more data we have. Now, we… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft is aiming at making Windows 10 the OS for all connected devices, and now it’s aiming at the Internet of Things by releasing a build for Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The developer preview for Windows 10 IoT Core insider will work with the Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard Max and Intel Galileo0 Otherwise, you can connect with other Arduino devices through Windows Remote and Windows Virtual Shields. You can download Windows 10 IoT Core here. And though Windows for the Internet of Things is just getting started, Microsoft’s has already prepared some projects you can work on. Developing… ➤ Windows… This story continues at The Next Web

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