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Users seeking to make their marketing posts more beautiful or prettify their own website headers could now have an easier method, after Australia-based Canva launched a plugin to let users on third-party sites create graphics without having to leave their page. Canva launched in August last year as a design platform that let users create their own graphics via a simple drag and drop process of several elements, using a database of professional stock images, fonts and design layouts. Given that Canva is a one-stop design service, it is little wonder that sites which let users upload content are seeking to integrate it... This story continues at The Next Web

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It only happens when you’re in a hurry. You launch Facebook to quickly see what your friends are up to and see something you actually have an interest in exploring. Facebook is making it easier to save those posts with a new bookmarking feature. Today, Facebook introduced Save for Web and mobile. The new feature acts as a bookmark for items you find interesting such as links, places, movies, TV shows and music. The saved items can be accessed later for viewing on the Web or on your mobile device. Plus, you can share any items you’ve Saved with your... This story continues at The Next Web

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Stripe has been testing out its service in a closed beta in Australia for nearly a year now, but today the payments provider announced it was finally shaking off that beta tag and opening the doors to any businesses in the country that wish to use the service. The move is its first official launch in the Asia-Pacific region and marks the fifth country in which Stripe now officially operates. It’s also running open and invite-only betas in 12 more countries. Stripe said today’s launch also includes support for international currencies, allowing users to charge their customers in their local currency and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Tango, the mobile messaging app firm that recently raised a $280 million funding round led by China’s Alibaba, is the latest chat app to make a big mobile gaming push after it announced a new $25 million fund dedicated to games. Money from the fund, which the company says is a first for a messaging company, will predominantly be used to pay for marketing and promotions for companies that build games for the Tango platform. Launched last year, Tango’s games service takes its cue from Asian messaging apps, leveraging user friendship graphs to allow them to share scores, run leaderboards, battle each other... This story continues at The Next Web

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Social discovery and sharing platform Shareaholic today released its quarterly report for referral traffic from the eight largest social media sites. In Q2 2014, Facebook gained share, while Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn all fell. As in the company’s previous reports, however, only the top three social networks are really worth considering. Here’s the breakdown from Shareholic, which tracks 400 million users visiting its network of 300,000 publishers: The month columns show the “share of visits,” a percentage of overall traffic (direct, social referrals, organic search, paid search, and so on) that sites received, while the last... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by Simply Measured.With the modern man attached to his smartphone at the thumb, today’s consumers often look to social media as the go-to route for customer service interactions with brands around the world. Additionally, there’s a greater incentive for brands to satisfy needs and fix problems expressed on social. An irate traveler in an airport only influences other irate travelers. An irate, inconvenienced traveler on social media influences their followers – and potentially many more. Personally, I now default to seeking support and service first on social media. Often, these interactions begin when I hear two of the most inconvenient words in any... This story continues at The Next Web

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Wine crowdfunding platform NakedWines has begun testing same-day delivery for orders in San Francisco. Customers will need to place their orders by 1pm Monday through Friday to take advantage of the expedited shipping. If you’re not familiar with NakedWines, the firm has established itself with an innovative distribution model in an industry that tends to prefer more of a vintage approach. The company collects money from customers, which it calls angels, and then uses the capital to fund quality independent winemakers and gain exclusive access to their product. In a sense, it’s a Kickstarter for good wine. Members commit to putting... This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting today, The New Yorker is making its online archive available to everyone. For weekly issues dating back to January 2007, you can now read a hand-picked selection of articles free of charge. The move is part of a major revamp to attract new readers. Henceforth, The New Yorker will publish everything – rather than just a small smattering – of its print articles on the Web. Throughout the summer, subscribers and non-subscribers alike will have access to all of these new articles and its monstrous online archive for free. If you’re interested in long-form journalism but can’t justify a subscription, the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber’s business as it stands today in Seoul, South Korea, is under threat as local authorities consider banning the service from operating in order to make way for its own services. According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) today, the government of South Korea’s capital city could be trying to ban the service in favor of developing its own alternative, which would direct passengers to licensed operators and provider additional details about the drivers. Additionally, the local authorities have stated that Uber is illegal under South Korean law on the basis that unregistered private or rented vehicles can’t be used for fee-paying taxi... This story continues at The Next Web

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The idea of a digital photo frame is hardly new, and the idea of having one connected to the internet has also been seen before. Indeed, Electric Objects launched its EO1 digital photo frame on Kickstarter already this month and now Framed wants to get in on the action by attempting to raise $75,000 with its own crowdfunding campaign. Launching today on Kickstarter, Framed’s digital displays come in either 24-inch or 40-inch models and are designed to let you easily populate your home, office or gallery/display space with digital artworks. Accompanied by a Framed iOS app which allows you to find new pictures online and send them to your... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no shortage of apps to help you discover new music. Some are slaves to algorithms, some depend on human-curation, while some combine the best of both worlds. There’s been a flurry of activity in the music-streaming space of late, with seemingly every company wanting a piece of the music-subscription pie – even Samsung has launched its own Pandora-style service. But here, we want to take a look at all the main players from the on-demand realm, companies that try to replicate your personal music-collection in the cloud, with around 20 million additional tracks thrown in for good measure. For... This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is keen on building up its payments service — not only in terms of overseas expansion but also providing its consumers with a robust front-facing mobile app. To aid this, it has just added a series of new features to Alipay Wallet, the e-payment app relaunched last year to handle online-to-offline payments. Announced on its Weibo page, Alipay has introduced a new Apple-style Passbook feature to both the iOS and Android mobile apps. Alipass lets users store and manage all their e-tickets, vouchers and coupons either through partner merchants’ websites or via mobile apps that support Alipay.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Going away on vacation can be a lot of fun, but the choresome process of packing your bags and making sure you have everything you need can sap some of the enthusiasm before you even get going. That’s where PackPoint‘s ‘intelligent’ packing list app comes in, and from today, iPhone owners can use it too. The app already launched for Android devices to some fanfare earlier in the year, but the company has wasted no time in making a version available for Apple’s mobile hardware, which makes sense given the number of people toting iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. While it will work... This story continues at The Next Web

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China has been going through an explosive internet adoption period, with mobile playing a key role in getting people online. And now, the latest report published by state-affiliated research organization China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) shows that the percentage of Chinese users accessing the Internet via mobile grew to 83.4 percent as of June 2014, for the first time surpassing the percentage of users who access the internet via PCs (80.9 percent). The figure for mobile internet access is up 2.4 percentage points in just six months from the end of 2013. On the other hand, desktop computer and laptop usage both continued their decline —... This story continues at The Next Web

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In 48 hours, there are 172,800 seconds. If we assume that the average article only take 90 seconds or so to read, that’s enough time to read 1,920 articles, providing you don’t need to eat, sleep or otherwise move. If, on the other hand, you didn’t spend this weekend keeping up with tech news, then you’re in luck; we were paying attention so you didn’t have to. Now it’s your turn though, put on the coffee, set your phone to silent and spend a few minutes catching up on all the tech news and features you missed over the weekend from The Next... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has announced that it will host its eighth iTunes festival in the UK this coming September, taking place — as usual – at Roundhouse in London. The company says that the series of events will feature over 60 music acts, including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith and Blondie. Once again, tickets will be given away by selected media partners in the UK, but you can watch the action via an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or iTunes on a desktop computer. ➤ Apple announcement Thumbnail image via Neil Bird / Flickr

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One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box, as the Google Operating System blog explains. The feature works if you prefix searches with ‘add reminder ‘ or ‘create reminder ‘ — and it also lets you set specific dates, times and more. Right now it looks like the feature is either locked regionally or being rolled out to selected users because I wasn’t able to replicate these... This story continues at The Next Web

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In April 2013, Spotify first entered Asia with its launches in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Now it’s been just slightly over a year since its move into the region, but Spotify seems to be taking it slow with its expansion plans. Currently it’s only in five Asian markets after tacking on Taiwan and Philippines. Globally, close rival Deezer is already present in 182 countries worldwide, whereas Spotify is only present in 57 countries. Sunita Kaur, director of Asia at Spotify, tells TNW that in the next 12 to 18 months, the music streaming platform has its eye set on more markets in... This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a month since Google announced Android Wear at it’s annual I/O developer conference and I’ve been wearing the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live ever since it was unveiled there. It is perhaps surprising, given to me that I haven’t ditched it – instead it has become an important part of my daily routine. I’ve worn a watch every day for as long as I can remember, so it’s not a shock to have something on my wrist unlike many young people who have never worn a watch. For years, the media has predicted the decline of the watch, but it seems... This story continues at The Next Web

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Qplay, the company that provides a media streaming TV adapter and mobile video app, is closing its service on July 25, less than six months after it launched. A note on the company blog explains that “it is not possible for us to keep developing and running the service,” but does not go into the specifics of why it is closing down. The company’s founders started TiVo, but this time around they were less successful. The $49 TV Adapter and recently launched iPad app – both of which curated users’ feeds from a limited number of free internet video sites — will no longer work after this... This story continues at The Next Web

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Callum Laing is the CEO of Entrevo Asia and the founder of Fitness-Buffet, an employee fitness business in 11 countries. Theodore Roosevelt once said ‘It’s not the critic that counts.’ It is part of a longer text which is worth a read for anyone who’s striving to do anything of merit in the world (included in full at the bottom). Some people say that Teddy wrote it as a ‘comments guideline’ for the interweb, but that could just be rumor. Whilst Roosevelt was pretty bang on the money, there is stage of creation where it’s worth actively seeking out criticism. As a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Rick Liebling is Head of Global Marketing for Unmetric, leading marketing initiatives across the brand, product and content communication strategies.  Garbage in, garbage out: a pithy phrase that captures the notion that flawed or incomplete data inputs invariably lead to flawed conclusions. In the social media world, this truth has never been more important as 1) brands look to turn ones and zeros into actionable insights; 2) ‘big data’ loses its cachet; and 3) ‘smart data’ comes to the fore. If you want to stir up a lively debate among today’s social media gurus, simply broach the topic of reach and engagement. Is Facebook... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ritika Puri is a content marketer, freelance business writer, and media entrepreneur.This post originally appeared on the Evergage blog. Marketing is hard. For every ‘hit,’ you’ll likely experience 10 misses. The process of launching the perfect campaign is absolutely grueling and if you’re not careful — a huge waste of money. It’s almost as if failure is a right of passage. It takes one ‘bad apple’ campaign to show you your business’s blind spots — the path that has led you astray. Chaos has amazing potential to illuminate a clear path forward for your business. But here’s the thing. These mistakes are expensive... This story continues at The Next Web

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Joseph Pigato is the Managing Director of Sparked. Joseph is based in San Francisco and has lived and worked in Singapore, India, England, Australia, and South Africa. Recruiting, interviewing and hiring staff overseas can be an adventure. There’s amazing talent across the globe, but finding it, discerning the best candidates and making a successful hire that works out can be a roll of the dice.  Getting burned, on the other hand, is easy. Bad hires are common, as are disaster stories. It’s a matter of inexperience hiring abroad and not understanding nuances and idiosyncrasies of the country and culture you’re navigating. Here are... This story continues at The Next Web

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Dr. Liraz Margalit is the Customer Experience Psychologist at ClickTale. Arriving home after a long day at the office spent almost entirely in front of the computer, you take off your shoes, make yourself a drink and, ironically, sit in front of your computer again. It’s incredible how many of us choose to communicate with others through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter rather than speaking directly with the people we share our homes with. In fact, when we sit with our laptops and chat with friends, we feel we are relaxing and escaping from our daily grind into... This story continues at The Next Web

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