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Whether you’re into (American) Football or not, you’re sure to hear a lot of people talking about this Sunday’s Super Bowl on Facebook. If you want to stay up to date with the latest news on the game, Facebook has a new page for you.The company is introducing a dedicated hub for Super Bowl XLIX – it’s basically a slightly amped-up “Trending” page, showing the latest comments on the game from both your friends and all around Facebook, in addition to related articles and photos from new outlets and people at the event. There are a couple of neat touches too though. You’ll… This story continues at The Next Web

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For an app that started off as doing no more than sending temporary picture messages, Snapchat sure is getting a lot of new features these days. The newest addition to Snapchat’s repertoire is original scripted programming, according to Bloomberg. The first commissioned show, dubbed “SnapperHero,” is produced by a collaboration between AT&T and studios Astronauts Wanted and Fullscreen Inc. The general plot involves YouTube and Vine celebrities playing superheroes in short clips. Some of the personalities involved include Freddie Wong and Anna Akana, both with millions of subscribers on YouTube, who are set to begin promoting the series today. The series will contain 12 episodes… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an effort to help people spend less time reading and writing email, a new iPhone app called TL;DR that launched today urges users to keep things short and sweet. Short for ‘too long; didn’t read’, TL;DR is another take on mobile email that encourages brevity. When you’re composing a new email, the app encourages you to limit your message to just 30 words and displays it to your recipient in big, bold letters. Composing and replying to emails If you must write a longer email, the rest of your email copy will be displayed below your initial message as standard text.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony and Spotify have today announced a new joint partnership that will see the two companies launch a joint music streaming service called Playstation Music. Launching in “Spring 2015,” the PlayStation Music service will roll out in 41 markets initially and will be available to users of PlayStation consoles and Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets. PlayStation users will get a “deeply integrated” service, according to Spotify, and will be able to link PSN and Spotify accounts for direct billing through PlayStation Wallet. The integration will also enable things like background streaming from Spotify while playing games. As a result of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new Slack integration from Logentries announced today means that even devops teams can drop email alerts in favor of chat notifications from Slack. Logentries is a tool that businesses can use to retain logs in a single location and helps make it easier to analyze and search them for infrastructure and devops teams to diagnose problems. The Logentries integration is a custom webhook that offers real-time alerts and log events from Logentries directly inside Slack channels. Alerts can be sent to individual Slack channels to update teams when important events happen in their server infrastructure. The new Logentries’ integration joins… This story continues at The Next Web

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DJI, the company behind the insanely popular DJI Phantom drone series, has announced today that it will be rolling out new firmware that will limit flight in specific areas, in accordance with Federal Aviation Authority guidelines. Due to arrive “in the coming days,” the new firmware will nix any drug-runners hoping to use drones to move narcotics across national borders, as well as prevent a reoccurence of the crash-landed White House drone this week by stopping the devices from operating within its designated No Fly Zones. This new zone centers on downtown Washington, DC and extends for 25 kilometers in… This story continues at The Next Web

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This leading cloud backup service syncs your files in real time, and encrypts all your data before storing it securely in the cloud so you always retrieve your files, wherever you are. And with our exclusive deal, today you can get the best of both worlds: 1 TB of local storage and backup plus 10TB of cloud backup for just $97 – that’s 79 percent off. iDrive offers several useful features that make it a great choice for backing up and syncing your precious data. Its intelligent real-time backup recognizes the modified parts of files and uploads only the changes,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oyster, the ebook subscription service, today announced that it has partnered with Pottermore to offer the complete ‘Harry Potter’ series for fans and new readers alike. In addition to all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books, users will also have to option to replace their Oyster’s Reader Themes by tapping the Sorting Hat to be “placed” into one of the four Hogwarts Houses. Unlike the actual Hogwarts, however, you can switch Houses if you hate where you end up. ‘Harry Potter’ is one of those series that will stay warm within our generation’s hearts, especially for those who grew up with the characters as… This story continues at The Next Web

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WeChat has finally launched a version of its desktop client for Windows PC users, nearly a year after the introduction of its client for Macs. Just like the WhatsApp Web client launched last week, in order to get up and running with WeChat for PC, you’ll need to scan a QR code from within the mobile app. Once your phone is linked to your computer, messages will be mirrored across both devices, but alerts will only show on your computer. For now, it’s only available in Chinese. If downloading another program to your computer just feels like too much effort, you can, of course,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony’s new portable audio player for high-definition lossless formats, the NW-ZX2 Walkman, will be available for pre-order for around $1,280 from January 29 at all Sony Stores and Sony Centers. The 128GB device will go on sale at Sony’s own outlets and authorised retailers from February 13. Customers can also club their Walkman pre-order with other Sony gear like headphones, headphone amplifiers and speakers for discounts on those items. Click for larger image In addition, pre-order customers will get to download 20 songs in high-definition audio quality for free. Even if you can afford it, $1,280 for a portable music player… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Guardian has today announced the official relaunch of its website, which has been rebuilt from the ground up to make it easier to navigate and identify different types of content. The launch follows the introduction of its global .com site in the US and Australia and the revamping of its mobile apps in May last year. Today, however, marks global availability of its redesigned site. As any regular reader of the site will notice, the changes are pretty comprehensive. There’s now a whole new layout, elements of the homepage are personalizable, there are new color schemes and new font sizing. It’s been… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seemed like too complex a project to simply produce and set aside — even though it was finished, and had succeeded in generating plenty of buzz. Last spring, UK artist Benjamin Redford undertook to create a crowdsourced Web drawing by asking Kickstarter participants to reserve small cubes of space on the canvas for $1 each. Participants could ask the artist to draw whatever they wanted and could reserve any number of cubes. Internetopia was the final result, based on requests from all over the world over a 35-day period. Hundreds of people suggested subjects for Redford to draw, and a dramatic hand-crafted rendition of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Half a year after its launch in China, smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is bringing the Mi 4 to India. The device will go on sale in February through online retailer Flipkart at $325 (Rs. 20,000). The Mi 4 has a powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5 GHz processor with 3GB RAM and is paired with an Adreno 330 GPU, making for snappy performance to rival the OnePlus One and Samsung Galaxy S5. This phone was Xiaomi’s flagship for 2014, and now features the latest version of Xiaomi’s fork of Android, MIUI 6. The Mi 4 also has a 13-megapixel rear camera for real-time… This story continues at The Next Web

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Basis has updated its Peak fitness tracker’s firmware for the first time this year to enable the wearable to display notifications from your iOS or Android smartphone. Firmware version 1.8.15 brings text, call and other smartphone notifications to the Peak, which vibrates when it receives new alerts. Notifications are visible for five minutes before they disappear. Users can also quiet the Peak by switching to Do Not Disturb mode on the device. Notifications are turned off by default and have to be activated before you can see them. In addition, the updated firmware allows users to export their activity and fitness… This story continues at The Next Web

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Let’s say you’re not an extreme sports nut, but you envision a wider potential for using the handy GoPro sports action videocam than recording yourself skydiving or skiing down a treacherous slope. A new product in the making called CAMpanion, which launched today on Kickstarter for a 60-day campaign to raise $28,000, is a smartphone hardware add-on that lets you use your GoPro for an array of commonplace activities and everyday shooting situations — just like you’d use a point and shoot camera or your smartphone. CAMpanion, which is designed to work with GoPro 3, 3+ and 4, attaches to your smartphone or tablet. From there you… This story continues at The Next Web

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During today’s 2015 first quarter call, Tim Cook announced that the Apple Watch will ship In April. He said that development of the watch was on schedule. This comes on the heels of today’s news that Apple had a record-breaking quarter with over 74 million iPhones sold during the holiday season. Earlier rumors speculated that the Apple Watch would ship in March. When asked about his expectations on the Apple Watch, Cook responded, “My expectations are very high on it. I use it every day. I love it and can’t live without it. ” The Apple Watch is Apple’s entry into… This story continues at The Next Web

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Surprise! Apple sold a whole bunch of iPhones. Today it announced during its 2015 first quarter report that it sold 74.4 million (74,468,000 to be exact) iPhones during the last quarter. An increase of 46 percent over sales last year. The first quarter results also revealed that Apple sold 5.5 million Macs (an increase of 14 percent over last year) and 21.4 million iPads (a decrease of 18 percent compared to last year). Overall the company made$74.6 billion with a net profit of $18 billion. Clearly the company is doomed. ➤ Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results [Apple]

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Snapchat launched a big update today that added a new feature called “Discover” that shows you the latest news, but what it didn’t talk about is the cool new way to add friends. The new feature (which doesn’t seem to have an official name yet, so I’m going to call it a “Ghostcode” for now) shows you a Snapchat logo with random holes in it. It looks innocent enough, but it’s actually a secret QR code for you to share with people outside Snapchat so they can add easily add you. You can access your Ghostcode from the Snapchat camera, then by tapping… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, YouTube announced that its Web video player will now default to HTML5 over Adobe Flash to add more flexibility for developers, bloggers and consumers. The team wrote that it waited on switching to HTML5 players due to numerous technical issues. For example, HTML5 previously lacked support for Adaptive Bitrate (ABR), which helps reduce buffering. With ABR support, YouTube says it is able to use MediaSource Extensions to run smooth live streams on a variety of devices, including the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Chromecast and most popular Web browsers such as Chrome, Safari 8 and IE 11. YouTube also says that since HTML5 supports VP9 codec, it can… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just a few days ago we reported on rumors that Google Fiber would be coming to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham this year. Turns out the rumors were right, but those aren’t the only cities involved. The gigabit internet service is now coming to Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN in addition to the aforementioned North Carolina cities, making this the largest Fiber rollout so far. Google says it’s been working with city leaders over the past year in a joint planning process to build and upgrade the infrastructure necessary for the high speed connections. Google expects to wrap up the structural work in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has today released updates for both iOS and OS X which are both significant bug fixing releases. The company has finally picked up that some of the slow adoption of iOS 8 can be attributed to the sheer size of the update, so Apple notes that this release reduces the size of the upgrade so more users can install it without needing to free up as much space on their phones. iOS 8.1.3 also fixes a number of bugs in iOS 8, but Apple doesn’t specify exactly what’s fixed. Yosemite’s 10.10.2 update is recommended for all users as it improves the stability and security of Macs. Other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Recording phone calls is something that’s incredibly handy if you’re a journalist, have a bad memory or simply want to be able to prove a conversation took place, but it’s pretty hard even with smartphones. Bluewire, a new Bluetooth device, promises to make recording every phone call a whole lot easier. The device can function as a standalone headset or as an add on to the one you’ve already got. This is awesome, because it means it’ll work with car handsfree systems, along with your computer as well. When using with an existing headset, the device sits between your phone and existing bluetooth… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook today started selling tickets for its F8 conference taking place on March 25 and 26 in San Francisco. One of the major selling points for the conference this year is the inclusion of all of Facebook’s major properties, including Oculus, Messenger, Parse, Instagram, WhatsApp and, of course, Facebook itself. You can see the full schedule of events here. Tickets for the two-day event cost $495. They tickets tend to sell out quickly, so make sure to buy yours as soon as you can if you’re interested in attending. If you’d rather enjoy from the comfort of your home, you can sign up for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Accommodation-booking platform HotelTonight has today added two new features designed to help fill empty rooms at hotels, while delivering additional discounts to customers. The new Rate Drop feature offers special same-day rates that appear for nearby hotels after 3pm, while the Bonus Rate option can be used up to seven days in advance of your booking. Bonus Rate is available now in “select cities,” the company said, while Rate Drop is available globally from today. HotelTonight said the new features will result in prices up to 40 percent lower than the regular cost. Offering discounts to lure in new customers is a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yeti, a mobile app that’s like Tinder for finding cool places near you, has received a big update today to help users connect with places around them easier than ever. The new update, labeled Yeti 2.0, lets you search by filter with a single tap inside Yeti. It now has a number of preconfigured categories you can choose to show nearby cafes or shops. The team also has made check-ins much easier for users. When you open Yeti at a new location, it shows you places relevant to you and learns from your check-in activity over time to show you the most relevant places automatically.… This story continues at The Next Web

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