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HTC has announced a partnership with Valve to explore the world of virtual reality for gaming with a new VR headset called the Vive. Over 70 sensors will provide 360 degree room tracking which means when you move around, you won’t feel sick. It offers a 90Hz refresh rate and high quality audio. HTC also touts the Vive as lightweight, and will come with two controllers to let you move around and interact fully with your VR surroundings. The developer edition will be rolling out this Spring and HTC has said it will deliver a consumer product before the end of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. There’s a letter from an 1815 issue of General Music Journal where Mozart describes his creative process as instantaneous: no struggle or writer’s block. The muse simply showed up and he was ready. The problem? The letter is a fraud. Much like many other myths about creativity, the mystical method described in the letter only serves to accentuate what we already mistakenly feel about creativity: that it is some sort of magical ability that certain people have and others don’t. Today, with creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it’s more… This story continues at The Next Web

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ZTE has today lifted the lid on its latest flagship handset to hit the market, and this time around it comes with an upgraded screen and better camera capabilities. Key specs of the device include a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch full HD display, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front facing snapper for selfies and video calling. There’s also 3GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, plus support for microSD cards up to 64GB. At 9.8mm thick, it’s not the slimmest device on the market but then not many other devices offer Eyeprint ID, allowing you to unlock your phone… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei has announced its first Android Wear smartwatch at Mobile World Congress. The watch features a 42mm round face with a 286 ppi 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen, and will be sold in gold, silver and black with various designs for both men and women. It’ll also offer more than 40 customizable watch faces. Tech features include a heart rate monitor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a 6-axis motion sensor and a a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor. It will pair to any Android phone using Bluetooth L and will be available in over 20 countries across the globe. As part of a whole line of wearables… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of mobile app growth marketing agency Apprise, focusing on building distribution for startups and enterprises. Subscribe to his free email series on mobile app growth hacking. Less than 1 percent of consumer mobile apps are financially successful, according to a report by Gartner. Do you see this as disheartening news or as an opportunity? If I were you, I’d surely see this as an opportunity. The reason being, I know that very thing which makes that 1 percent financially successful. In my four years of experience building over 100 apps, of which many failed and a few… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei has today announced two new wearable devices, the B2 and N1, just ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The B2 is the successor to last year’s B1 activity tracker, and comes with upgraded functionality and 6-axis tracking. Where the original only let you track calories and steps, the B2 will recognize the type of activity (walking, running etc.) and will now track sleep. It can also pair with more than one device at a time, and is water and dust-resistant, depending on which model you choose – the plastic strap version is IP57 rated, whereas… This story continues at The Next Web

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February has been a busy month for launching and updating apps for the Android platform. The following list shows a huge variety of genres from location based maps to productivity, imaging and even an app that cares about your psychological well-being. Citymaps Citymaps, the social mapping platform, has launched on Android, joining the free app on iOS. With Citymaps, you can create lists of your favorite places and build personal maps from them. You can create a city walk with friends, for example, pinpointing your favorite historical spots on a map. The app also can uncover new locations you might like based on past interests, community data and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite that February is a short month, there’s been a veritable explosion of new iPhone and iPad apps. In fact, iOS users have been kept super busy trying out everything from social networking and games to some awesome photography and artistic debuts. Here’s 10 of our favorites. Vurb Vurb is a handy search tool that aims to consolidate, simplify and make a multitude of disparate results easy to summarize in an easy-to-view card interface. Easily shared cards not only remove lists of links, but prevent you from having to switch between apps for bits of information. Each of Vurb’s summarized cards contain an overview of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Janet Choi is the Marketing Manager at Customer.io. This post originally appeared on the Customer.io blog. Adam Grant, a professor at Wharton and author of the bestseller Give and Take, is a busy guy. Yet he’s incredibly responsive to email. In fact, he’s famous for his inbox superpowers, described in a New York Times profile as someone who doesn’t say no in the face of hundreds of emails a day and is “more reliable than Google and almost as fast.” After the article came out, Grant received a flood of emails from thousands of strangers. When he realized that he… This story continues at The Next Web

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Technology has become an essential department for any business. And as the rise of technology continues to evolve, the competition for businesses to secure strong talent will become even more cutthroat than it already is. So, how does your business stand out from the crowd? I asked 11 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) community the following: Competition for tech talent remains fierce. What is the most effective strategy you’ve used for publicizing your open tech position? Their best answers are below: 1. Offer Face Time With Your Current Tech Team We frequently send our current team to networking… This story continues at The Next Web

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Another hot week with great deals! Check out the most popular deals from this week below! Code Black Drone w/ HD Camera Thursday was the last day to “Pre-Order” the Limited Edition Code Black Drone, but the good news is it’s now shipping in 1-2 weeks for US customers and just 2-3 weeks internationally. Better yet, it’s also now available with a Crash Pack including extra motors, blades, and more for rookie pilots. The drone is a BLAST to fly, and the on-bard HD camera lets you take sweet footage from amazing vantage points. The Crash Pack will keep you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Max Ogles is the author of Boost: Create Good Habits Using Psychology and Technology and he writes at MaxOgles.com about behavior change, psychology, and technology. Sign up to receive his free app guide, ‘117 Apps to Help You Create Good Habits,’ or receive free updates about his latest essays. On December 16, 2013, a Taiwanese tourist was walking along St. Kilda pier in Melbourne, Australia. The pier offers a beautiful scenic view of the ocean, inviting tourists to snap photos to share with friends. As expected, this female tourist had her phone out too, except she wasn’t saving precious memories… This story continues at The Next Web

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After binge watching ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 on Netflix, I found myself focusing less on the political intrigue of Frank Underwood’s perilous presidency and more on the tech in the characters’ hands and offices. Why does everyone in this universe seem to love Nokia’s Windows Phone devices? How can it be that only one politician is still packing a BlackBerry? And what did Samsung do to ensure people only buy their TVs? So, without further ado, here’s the complete rundown of every piece of tech that shows up this season. Light spoiler warning if you’re the sort of person who can deduce a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vodafone customers will be getting some free cloud storage staring next month. The carrier and Dropbox announced today that customers will receive 25GB of free storage on the cloud-storage service for one year. The storage will be used by Vodafone’s Backup+ mobile feature. The offer will be available to Android and iPhone customers starting next month. Vodafone will also start pre-loading Dropbox on its Android phones while new iPhone customers will be pitched the deal and told how to download the app. ➤ Dropbox + Vodafone: Helping you do more on mobile

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If you’re a developer using Google’s Cloud Platform, the company is introducing a new tool you’ll likely find handy. You can now view a Web dashboard to check status updated on Cloud Platform services. Current service status is shown with a column of green indicators on the right side of the dashboard’s graph.  Whenever a service disruption occurs, a red bar appears and persists until the issue is fixed. The dashboard shows service status over the last seven days by default, but you can see more information on the last 90 days by clicking on “View Summary and History.” If you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year Uber suffered a security breach. Now it’s saying that the name and driver’s license number of up to 50,000 drivers could be in the hands of a third party. The Los Angeles Times reports that the company’s databases had been accessed by an unknown third party twice in 2014. In one instance, the database contained the information of Uber drivers. Uber has reached out California’s attorney general about the breach and to current and former drivers about the breach. In the wake of today’s admission, the company is offering all affected drivers one year free membership to an identity… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has its spaceship, so it’s only fitting that Google has its own updated office space proposal. But instead of a building that looks like it could launch at any moment, Google is proposing movable structures. Google submitted plans to redevelop four sites to the Mountain View city council. The proposal includes a plan to increase its office space square footage with sites that are covered in large translucent canopies. The actual “buildings” will be lightweight structures that can be moved as needs arise. The canopies would allow air and light in, but would be climate controlled. Google is hoping… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the final details about pricing and launch dates expected at Apple’s March 9 event, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared another feature being built into the watch; it could potentially replace your car keys. Cook told The Telegraph that the watch was designed to replace your car keys and the key fobs used by car security systems. So not only does Apple want you to leave your phone in your pocket, but also your keys. We’re going to need bigger pockets. Of course, no one at Apple can even mention cars without speculation that the company is building its own vehicle.… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new app called oneminute has as a unique spin on sharing images and experiences with the world. Every day oneminute gives you a single opportunity via push notification to take a photo, but you’ve got to take the shot within sixty seconds of being prompted. You won’t know when that minute is coming, and if you miss it, you won’t get another chance until tomorrow. After the minute has passed, the photos taken during that time are combined into a glimpse of what that day looked like in that moment. There’s something amazing about seeing a single sixty seconds boiled down to a bunch of… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re serious about learning to design for web and mobile platforms, there’s never been a better time to get started: pay what you want for eight great courses to learn responsive web design, grasp the fundamentals of user experience design, and master the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, with over 80 hours of video tutorials from professional instructors. But get it now, because this unbelievable offer ends on Saturday! This bundle includes lifetime access to all 8 courses, with over 800 lectures that you can watch and learn at your own pace online at Udemy.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bloatware is the bane of PC buyers everywhere, but the super-fishy software Lenovo shipped on laptops recently was a particularly egregious inclusion. In the wake of a terrible PR week and much criticism, Lenovo has now promised to significantly reduce preloaded software on its future computers. In a statement, the company said: We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security… This story continues at The Next Web

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After a rather slow January, technology companies, funds and startups from Eastern Europe are gaining full speed and seemingly trying to overwhelm journalists and reader with the news stories, funding announcements and campaigns. As usual, we’ve gathered everything significant in a handy roundup. Check the headlines — from the standoff between Yandex and Google and to crowdfunding news from all over CEE — to make sure you’re not missing out. If you think that something is missing, or would like to draw our attention to an important story, feel free to ping the author on Twitter (@shlema) or by e-mail at shlema@gmail.com. Startups,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uploading videos through the YouTube app on Android is about to become a lot more useful: you can finally trim videos. Whereas before you’d have to upload a video in its entirety, the Android app now allows you to trim off parts of the video you don’t need or want. When you start uploading, you’ll see a timeline with two control points that lets you to set the beginning and end points of the video. It gets pretty precise too; you can practically trim content at exact frames. Once you’re done selecting your beginning and end points, you can preview your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Chromecast is useful, but only insofar as applications actually support it. Today Vimeo is finally adding itself to the Chromecast party, but its currently an iOS-only affair. In order to start streaming, just open a video in fullscreen mode and tap on the Chromecast icon. Once you begin,, you can browse other content on the app while the video plays, should you want to add more content to your queue. No word on Android support yet, but Vimeo says it’s working on bringing Chromecast streaming to additional devices in the future. You can download the update from the iOS… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, Google’s Larry Page urged startups to consider if their businesses pass the “Toothbrush Test.” What does it mean, exactly? Well, let’s just say it requires understanding the art of the metaphor… Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one. Click here to support Vooza (and receive cool rewards).

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