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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years of working as a journalist it’s that success can come down to the two seconds after you first meet someone. First impressions can make or break your career. I’ve had key interviews go to hell just because something didn’t feel right from the start. It’s frustrating because it’s out of your control and no matter how hard you try, once someone has passed initial judgment on you, there’s almost no way to change their mind. But it’s not just journalists that deal heavily in the trade of... This story continues at The Next Web

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Just because you CAN print photos on your shoes, doesn’t mean you should. But that hasn’t stopped Adidas from continuing on its mission to bring the mi ZX FLUX customizable sneaker to millions more people. As noted by PetaPixel, the hitherto Europe-only service was quietly rolled out to the US last week. In a nutshell, you select your shoe-size from within the app, followed by gender, size and location. Then, take a photo on the spot or pull one in from your camera roll, then scale it, preview it and order.     Though the app was already available in the... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a routine for modern holiday shopping in the US: either you line up outside stores at crazy hours for Black Friday deals, or you wait until ‘Cyber Monday’ if you don’t feel like waiting out in the cold. This year though, Amazon is shaking things up – they’re starting their holiday sales a whole week early. Beginning tomorrow, Amazon will be adding new lightning deals as frequently as every ten minutes until the end of actual Black Friday on November 29. Prime members get access to deals 30 minutes early. Still, it seems like Amazon is savings its biggest deals for last, with... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has posted three new job vacancies for its drone team today. Its seeking avionics, thermal, power systems and control engineers to work on the aircraft project. The company was already advertising for three drone-related job openings – looking for both technicians and engineers – in its London office. The UK is becoming quite a hub for tech companies pushing into unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research. Amazon began recruiting to expand its Prime Air delivery drone research team last week. Facebook’s UK-based job openings were published a few months after it acquired British drone maker Ascenta in March. It’s confirmed to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Dropbox Carousel, the photo gallery app launched for iOS and Android smartphones last spring, is now available for the iPad and the Web. A version for Android tablets will be released in two weeks, the company said. The tablet app is scaled and designed for larger mobile screens and works in much the same way as the mobile phone apps. All photos viewed in Carousel actually reside in Dropbox, but the app is designed to work quickly so that accessing and sharing photos in Carousel is indistinguishable from photos stored on your local device. iPad grid view with movable timeline that quickly moves you through thousands of... This story continues at The Next Web

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Designers will love our latest offer here at TNW Deals: we’ve got a bundle of 27 UI kits for web and mobile apps, icon sets and infographic elements for you to use in your personal and commercial projects — at a special low price. This essential package contains thousands of high quality design elements, vector graphics and icons that are perfect for web, mobile and desktop app design, as well as for presentations and print projects. In addition, new assets are added monthly to your lifetime membership, so you’ll always have access to fresh, modern graphics year after year. Plus,... This story continues at The Next Web

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From  controversial statements from executives to concerns over its users’ data privacy, it’s been a rough week for Uber. It’s now trying to do some damage control. The company announced today that it has hired a team of privacy experts, including Harriet Pearson –  previously IBM’s Chief Privacy Officer for nearly two decades- and her colleagues at the Hogan Lovells law firm. Pearson will be in charge of conducting a thorough review of Uber’s data privacy program and assessing changes the company needs to implement. Although only time will tell whether Uber can make good on its promise to keep its users’ data safe, it’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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This article 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. Have you noticed all the startups raising massive sums of money recently? Perhaps you’ve scratched your head wondering how a company like BuzzFeed, known for its website full of animated gifs, listicles and quizzes, just raised $50 million dollars, valuing the company at a reported $850 million. Snapchat, the messaging app known for helping teenagers sext one another, reportedly received a $10 billion valuation from its investors. Has the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Even graphic designers who grew up in the digital age cannot help but be enamored by the tactile power of the pen-meets-paper workflow. Moleskine gets that, and in response, has teamed up with Adobe to launch a custom Moleskine Smart Notebook, that directly connects to Adobe’s Creative Cloud service. Targeted to creative professionals in the graphic arts and designed to turn hand-drawn sketches into Photoshop or Illustrator files on Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform, the Moleskine notebook is an actual paper notebook, but with a digital twist. It doesn’t just imitate the process of sketching on paper, it is sketching on paper —... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Basis Peak doesn’t try to replicate a smartphone on your wrist. Instead, it’s meant mainly for fitness and sleep tracking. To that end, the company announced today that the health tracker will now share heart rate data with third-party fitness iOS apps like Strava, RunKeeper and Endomondo. Unlike other health trackers or smartwatches, the Peak constantly monitors your heart rate without the wearer having to enable the feature. The feature uses the Bluetooth GATT protocol to share data with the apps, and Basis has a page where it will list compatible iOS apps. As for Android apps, Basis states the following on... This story continues at The Next Web

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Cheezburger, home of the now venerable Lolcats and FAIL Blog, has updated its free iOS app to turn it into a yet another outlet of the meme machine. The app has been around since April 2013 but has now had a major overhaul to let you remix and share your own photos. The app collates content from more than 50 sites including FAIL Blog and Memebase but now includes a self-publishing tool. It lets you remix and create your own memes with gifs and static images that can be shared via social and non-social channels including Twitter and Facebook. ➤... This story continues at The Next Web

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Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, helping entrepreneurs and tech professionals (especially women) level up their careers. This post is based on the author’s new guide, How to Transform Your Ideas into Software Products. At the end of 2012, I was in a really tight spot. My startup, BizeeBee, had run out of capital – and even though we were making money, it was just not enough to cover everyone’s salaries. I had to make a tough call: shut it down, get acqui-hired or keep it running. I decided to keep it running, because I kept seeing the signs of more customers... This story continues at The Next Web

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A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a surprise partnership with Dropbox to increase Office’s cloud storage options. At the time, however, the updates only benefited iOS users. Today, Office Mobile for Android users are getting a shot at the new integration. Now when you use Office Mobile on Android, you’ll see Dropbox added as a storage location and be able to browse, edit and share your Dropbox files right within the App. Of course, the app already featured OneDrive integration, but today’s update lets you finally create shareable links for your OneDrive documents too. You can grab the update from the Google Play... This story continues at The Next Web

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Whether you’re considering your first Android device or are a hardcore Android fan, don’t miss our latest giveaway at TNW Deals. For the great low price of free, you can enter to win a brand new, top-of-the-line Google Nexus 6 smartphone or Nexus 9 tablet! Both devices sport high-end specs for maximum performance and run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. Shoot beautiful photos with the 13-megapixel camera on the Nexus 6, and watch your favorite movies and TV shows on the Nexus 9’s crystal-clear 8.9-inch screen. Ready to score your own Nexus device? Participate in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Western Union is giving customers a little added extra for the next six months, with everyone who transfers money from a store given $2 worth of Skype credit for international calls. This equates to around an hour’s worth of conversation through the omnipresent VoIP service, though will vary depending on where the call is going to. The idea behind the tie-up is pretty simple – if you’re sending money to loved ones abroad, there’s a good chance you’ll also want to chat with them over the holiday period. While you already could do so for free anyway via Skype-to-Skype or... This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the best things about cloud-based apps is their ability to enable online collaboration. Today, Microsoft is tapping into Skype to make working with others on Office Online more seamless. Now, when using Word or PowerPoint online, you can start collaborating with someone by simply clicking the ‘Chat’ button. Once you’re done working on a document, you can continue chatting through Skype on the desktop or your mobile device. This is similar to what Google offers with Hangouts while using Google Docs, so it’s nice to see Microsoft adding some competitive functionality to Office Online. ➤  Introducing Skype document chat in... This story continues at The Next Web

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HBO Go has arrived on the Xbox One in the US. The app looks pretty similar to the Xbox 360 version but it’s been polished up for the new console with larger images and the ability to keep your favourite shows on the home screen. You’ll need to be an HBO subscriber to benefit from HBO Go on your Xbox One but you don’t need to have a paid Xbox Live subscription. The app also supports Kinect voice and gesture controls. ➤ Xbox Live Apps – HBO Go    

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With the recent resurgence of hype around podcasting, you may be wondering how best to record your own. There are plenty of apps out there to handle the task, but a new one called Opinion tackles it in a fun, simple and original way. Available today for iOS, Opinion takes the unusual approach of showing the waveform of your recording vertically down the screen, as opposed the conventional horizontal view. This makes it feel a bit more ‘mobile native’ and makes it easy to assemble an entire podcast on the go, as you only need one hand to hold your device.... This story continues at The Next Web

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The idea of a random name generator for businesses or startups is hardly a new one. Quite frankly, a quick Google search reveals loads of them. However, Naminum’s is one that I actually quite like. While others tend to (for good reason) revolve around domain name searches, most of them look pretty ugly and are rather basic in the options available. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some with more advanced options, but they’re still not that usable. Naminum, however, just asks you to fill in a word or two (or leave it blank if you just want a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Eyefi has announced universal access to its Eyefi Cloud service for the first time to photographers who do not own the company’s Mobi Wi-Fi SD card. This lets anyone use their smartphone or Wi-Fi enabled camera to unify and organize their photos via Eyefi’s online library. Coupled with the free Eyefi apps for iOS and Android, the cloud service lets photographers organize, edit and share their photos as soon as they get their shot. Eyefi Cloud syncs the entire photo library to all user devices so photographers can stay up-to-date. Eyefi Cloud facilitates integration with smartphones that can access your account so that images from different cameras can flow... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Aaron Sorkin penned, Danny Boyle helmed Steve Jobs biopic is in trouble again. Just weeks after confirming then losing Christian Bale as its lead, the film has now been dropped by Sony, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The massively-hyped movie, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, is now being pitched to other studios. Universal is rumoured to be interested in picking up the project but has yet to say anything officially. One source told The Hollywood Reporter that Boyle could also be off the project if it doesn’t go into production by January. Steve Jobs certainly wouldn’t have stood... This story continues at The Next Web

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On December 2 we are hosting a special kind of event in Pinheiros, São Paulo. This will be the third event we’ve organized in Brazil and we will only welcome 399 people to attend the event this time. That’s correct; this is an invite-only, exclusive event, and it’s not easy to get in. If you want to join us please apply for a ticket and our team will look into each profile before we send a link to register a ticket. The number of requests due to word-of-mouth has already been overwhelming so it might take up to 48 hours for... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Washington Post, which was acquired by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos in August 2013, has launched a new Android tablet app and, surprise, surprise, it’s starting off as an Amazon Fire exclusive. Amazon Fire owners will get access to The Washington Post app as part of an over-the-air update. It’ll offer free, unlimited access to the paper’s customised tablet content for six months with no subscription required. Perhaps conscious of the Twitter storm over Apple forcing U2 albums on iTunes customers, Amazon is careful to note that customers who don’t want the app can just delete it. The Washington Post app... This story continues at The Next Web

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A concert video from music legend Sir Paul McCartney is the first publicly available content from cinematic virtual reality startup Jaunt. Owners of Google Cardboard and a compatible Android device can download a free app to watch McCartney perform “Live and Let Die” at Candlestick Park through an immersive 360-degree 3D video. Notably, McCartney’s performance was the final concert at Candlestick Park before the stadium was closed. Jaunt uses a custom camera rig to record spherical audio and video that can then be rendered for virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and Samsung’s upcoming Gear VR. The company... This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems like only a few weeks ago that Huawei started pushing its Honor-branded handsets in the UK, and that’s because it was. Today, the company is back with its second handset for the UK market, the Honor 3C. Although lower-speced than the Honor 6 we looked at last month, the 3C follows the same general recipe – packing decent hardware into a device with a comparatively low price point, when put alongside more well known brands. Key specs of the 3C include a 5-inch 720p display, dual-SIM slots, an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 5-megapixel front facing sensor for selfies... This story continues at The Next Web

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