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If you want to build a reliable mobile wallet service, you should probably avoid being hacked before you launch. CurrentC, a retailer-backed payment system billed as one of the chief competitors to Apple Pay, has notified customers that hackers may have acquired their email addresses, as first reported by Business Insider. Parent company MCX asserted that only emails were obtained during the breach, but it did warn customers to avoid opening any suspicious emails or attachments. Even so, the hacking does raise questions about the security of CurrentC’s system, which stores financial data in the cloud and uses QR codes and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter and IBM have announced a partnership to allow companies to use Twitter’s social data with IBM’s various enterprise software platforms. In the announcement, Twitter explains that its collection of tweets is a vast and untapped source of “ideas, opinions and debates taking place around the world on almost any topic at any moment in time.” IBM would be able to take advantage of this data though eestablished tools, such as its Watson AI, to give businesses useful information about questions like what consumers like best about certain products, or why a prodfuct may be particularly popular in a given region. Ginni Rometty,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Franklin Morris is a Senior Writer for Rackspace Digital—the digital marketing infrastructure specialists. The mom-and-pop shop on the corner probably doesn’t rely on traditional advertising (television, print, billboards, etc.) to bring in customers. Neither does your favorite local burger joint. But most iconic brands have hired an ad agency at some point on their upward journey. In 2014, businesses will spend nearly $545 billion on advertising, and that number is expected to increase by another $100 billion by 2018, according to eMarketer. But there are major brands, with huge market share, who have opted out of the traditional advertising game.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Recipe search platform Yummly has introduced interesting new personalization features to its iPhone and iPad app. Launched back in 2010, Yummly has been serving foodies with recipes based on their precise preferences for a while already. Don’t like beetroot? Yummly lets you exclude beetroot from your searches. Now, it’s tapping contextual information to serve up suggestions in your home feed. Depending on the time of day, weather, season, location and other factors, you’ll see different recommendations. For example, if you open the app at 9am on a winter Saturday, you may see recipes for a warm, hearty breakfast. It’s all... This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed details of BlackBerry’s next smartphone: the Classic. It’s a pretty appropriate name too from the looks of it; the device will feature BlackBerry’s much-loved full hardware Qwerty keyboard and is clearly being angled at the brand’s most loyal fans. “It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people,” Chen wrote. “But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix... This story continues at The Next Web

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Although Rocket Internet has (or has had) presences in lots of countries around the world, the USA has never been much of a market for the business-model-cloning incubator. It does make occasional exceptions, though, for example Glossybox and HelloFresh, and now, weeks after its IPO, another Rocket-backed startup is launching there. Physical storage startup SpaceWays first launched in London earlier this year, and it has since expanded to Paris. Today it’s making the move into the US market, initially targeting Chicago. Similar to US-based rivals MakeSpace and Boxbee, SpaceWays is aimed at people who have too much stuff for their physical space. You order storage... 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 TNW USA Conference on December 10 in New York. It is adapted from Nir’s book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Type the name of almost any successful consumer Web company into your search bar and add the word “addict” after it. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Try “Facebook addict” or “Twitter addict” or even “Pinterest addict” and you’ll soon get a slew of results from hooked users and observers deriding the narcotic-like properties of these websites. How is it that these companies, producing little more than bits of... This story continues at The Next Web

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This is the third of a series on "The Guide to Your Online Portfolio," and has been brought to you by Squarespace. Create exceptional websites, blogs, portfolios and online stores.Are you working on designing your new portfolio site or personal website? Unsure of where to start or how to make it look professional? What type of design elements should you focus on when you are working on your site? Designing your online portfolio should best highlight on your portfolio pieces so your work speak for themselves. How do you create a portfolio site in a way that the design isn’t really the first thing that is seen? Below, let’s talk about some of the major design decisions that need to be made as you work through designing your new online... This story continues at The Next Web

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HP is ditching the keyboard and mouse today with it’s quirky new computer: the HP Sprout. At its core its a touch-enabled Windows 8 all-in-one, but it’s the way you interact with it that makes it unique – the computer comes with an in-built projector, a ‘touch mat’ where said projector displays images, and a 3D scanner to place real objects onto your virtual workspace. The touch mat supports pen input, and is meant to help designers and creatives be able to naturally integrate real world objects into their virtual creations. Objects can be passed between the two displays via gestures... This story continues at The Next Web

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Translation service Unbabel has announced a new integration with MailChimp that allows customers to translate their newsletters and promotional emails into more than 20 languages. With the partnership, you’ll now be able to send MailChimp drafts out for translation. After Unbabel’s combination of machine and human translation is finished, you’ll receive a new draft for each language. From there, MailChimp allows you to make custom lists based on geotargeting and language preferences. Unbabel charges $0.03 per word for the service. Founded last August, Unbabel graduated from Y Combinator as part of the Winter 2014 batch. ➤ Unbabel + MailChimp

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Bitstrips, the personalized cartoon app that people love to hate but secretly kind of love, today launched a new app, Bitmoji, that turns your avatar into stickers and emoji. If you’re already a Bitstrips user, you can import your avatar by signing in with Facebook, while new users can create their own likeness. The iOS 8 app includes a custom keyboard so you can easily drop your stickers into messaging apps.                        Honestly, I’m kind of excited about this app. I’ll just have to remember to exercise restraint, as lots of... This story continues at The Next Web

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Designed to bring consumer-facing businesses up-to-date with today’s technology and help them stay future-proof, Poynt is a smart payment terminal that supports multiple payment methods, encrypted transactions and allows for extended functionality to be added over time. The Poynt terminal features a 7-inch merchant-facing screen, a second 4.3-inch customer-facing screen, a barcode scanner and a built-in printer in a compact device. It connects to the internet via Wi-Fi or 3G, can accept payments via cards, Apple Pay and other NFC/Bluetooth mobile apps, and can be moved around — away from the cash register to customers’ tables, to delivery destinations and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Feedly has removed its URL shortener to provide better transparency for users, alongside making a few other tweaks to better optimize its mobile apps for the new versions of iOS and Android. The company explained in a blog post that the decision to remove the shortener, first introduced in January, would give users more control and insight into exactly what they’re opening, before clicking. “It is the right thing to do for users, because people who receive those links in emails, SMSs and social media posts will be able to tell by looking at the URL where it leads and who... This story continues at The Next Web

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Reddit has today announced the launch of a crowdfunding platform called Redditmade, where Reddit’s expansive community can raise funds for products and causes they are working on, or donate to other people’s campaigns. Like other crowdfunding platforms, users can offer a range of different things – from sticker packs to $100 headphones at the moment. Unlike other platforms, however, it seems to be more of a marketing channel for people running subreddits to sell merchandise, rather than exclusively being a place for people to raise funds products still in development or other causes. It’s early days though, and the platform is still only... This story continues at The Next Web

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Code School, the popular elearning site for developers of all skill levels, now has an iOS app that lets users watch over 300 instructional videos while on-the-move. While Code School’s website features both videos and interactive coding challenges to teach students, the app only allows access to the video tutorials. Most of the courses include free foundation and beginner lessons, which should make it easier to get a taste of what each course is like. Subscriptions for individuals cost $29/month and unlock all course content. From HTML and CSS to Ruby to Git, there’s something in here for everyone who wants to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber has announced that travellers can now use KLM’s website to book a car service, thereby making it easier to book your airport or onward travel. Announced today, the Uber travel planner on KLM’s website allows you to plot a route between any two locations (provided the distance isn’t too far) to get a price and estimated length of ride shown on screen. To promote the service, travellers who book a qualifying European KLM flight get €30 (~$38) towards their Uber rides. It’s worth noting that while the service isn’t restricted to KLM’s homeland in the Netherlands (you can book a car... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re tired of only reaching voicemail when you call certain contacts, Calltag might be just the app-sized answer you’ve been looking for. Available for Android and iOS smartphones, the beta Calltag app works like a third-party dialer and prompts you to first select a contact and then choose tags to indicate why you’re calling (with preset tags like #lunch, #urgent and so on). The app will first send an iMessage/SMS with those tags and your name to the recipient, and then proceed to make the call. This purportedly increases the chances of reaching your recipient on the phone. The demo video... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google announced yesterday that users in 25 countries will now get the first minute free on any international call they make via its Hangouts app. Google’s Hangouts app for desktops and mobile has long allowed for instant messaging, video chat and calls to phone numbers (including free calls to US and Canada) using an internet connection. The free minute now lets you say a quick hello or deliver an important message at no charge. However, you’ll need to have some calling credit in your Google account (that you can add with your credit card) to get your first minute free,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you know what October 29th is? It’s National Cat Day, a US commemoration that started in 2005 to raise awareness that the feline rulers of the Internet are also in dire need of help from the humans who depend on their largesse. Adobe thinks that creating a cat video with its new Premiere Clip iOS app, which debuted early this month, is the purrfect way to honor our feline friends, and have expressed these observations in a new blog post for the occasion. Thus, on Wednesday, the Premiere Clip Community Feed (which will be renamed Purrrmiere Clip Catmunity Feed for the... This story continues at The Next Web

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The audience you can share your PlayStation 4 gaming videos with just got a whole lot larger. Starting today, PlayStation 4 owners can download the YouTube app from the PlayStation store and share videos directly to the video site with a push of the Share button on the controller. In addition to sending videos to YouTube, you can also watch 1080p videos directly from the app on the console. ➤YouTube Comes to PS4 Today [PlayStation Blog] Thumbnail image credit: Shutterstock

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On Apple’s developer support page for the app store, the company has posted that 52 percent of iPhones visiting the App Store have iOS 8 installed. The graph also shows that iOS 7 now resides on 43 percent of phones hitting the App Store as of October 27. The last five percent is everything else. At the iPad event, CEO Tim Cook told the audience that 48 percent of iOS devices had installed iOS 8. iOS 8 adoption numbers had seemed to have stalled after the initial launch. Jon Gruber and others believe that has to do with the size of the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook dropped its third quarter 2014 results today, which includes a mighty impressive monthly active user base of 1.35 billion. That’s the roughly the same population of China the country with the highest population on the planet. To put that in perspective, the combined population of the United States (316.1 million) and Europe (742.5 million), is barely over a billion. Monthly mobile users hit 1.12 billion, an increase of 29 percent over last year. The monthly active users number is an increase of  14 percent over last year. So by this time next year (or sooner), Facebook will be the largest population... This story continues at The Next Web

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Nike today updated its Nike+ Running app for iOS to flesh it out with some new features. They’re small but welcome additions for keeping better track of your runs. Chief among them is Apple Health integration, which lets you source data from wearables, such as heart rate monitor support when using certain devices like Wahoo’s Tickr. The app also now includes a quick start feature to get you tracking your runs with less downtime – just press ‘Begin Run, and you can go immediately. Also included is support for elevation tracking, which Nike says works best with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. You... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mikael Cho is the co-founder of Crew, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. The awkward handshake. It happens all the time. From Snoop Dogg and Bill Maher to Yao Ming and his whole family, it seems no one is immune. Even President Obama can’t escape it. Why does something seemingly so simple feel so complex? After all, we’ve all likely been told or heard how important it is to master a good handshake in life: You want to nail that interview? Have a good handshake. You want to show... This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier today, Verizon and Motorola introduced their newest addition to the Droid line-up: the Droid Turbo. We were able to get some time with the device to give you our first impressions. Hardware The Droid Turbo comes in three designs: a red or black ‘metalized glass fiber’, or a black ‘ballistic nylon’. They’re rather aggressive-looking, in typical Droid fashion, but looked better in person than the pre-release press shots. I was able to try out all three devices and was personally partial to the nylon back. The glass fiber options had a pleasant soft-touch feel to them – and the red... This story continues at The Next Web

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