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The idea of opening an app to get in touch with a contact is kind of unintuitive to me — I first think of who I want to connect with before figuring out which tool is best for the job. Drupe for Android simplifies the process with a simple always-on launcher for your contacts. Drupe shows up as a column on dots on the side of your screen — all you have to do is swipe right to reveal a menu of contacts along with a bunch of communication options like phone, SMS, email, Google Hangouts, Skype and more. Just… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yelp has added a raft of new business categories to its booking and ordering services in the US. The platform now lets you reserve your place at a VIP table at a nightclub, set up a round of golf at your favorite course, try a new outdoor activity like skydiving, send flowers and even make an appointment with a legal consultant. The company has teamed up with Vimbly, GolfNow, BloomNation, Vagaro, TableList and LegalZoom to expand its offering. Yelp says its customers have already made about 1.5 million bookings since its platform launched. It’s a big move for Yelp, which… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei has been playing its cards right with its Honor brand of smartphones, releasing well-built devices at sensible prices across China, India and Western Europe. The Holly made for a great entry-level device to rival Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S and the Moto E, while the Honor 6 offered serious competition to the OnePlus One and the Mi 3. With the new 4X, Honor is taking on the mid-range segment with a well-specced phablet that could get a lot of people to try a larger handset. Design and hardware The 4X tries hard to earn its keep while focusing on what’s important.… This story continues at The Next Web

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What if you want to share an experience — random moments of your day, perhaps — and the usual still image, collage or video isn’t meeting up with your mood? Consider GoPix, a quick, easy, free slideshow creator that lets you mix up to nine still photos into a compact 15-second image sequence set to music. As a montage editing tool, GoPix lets you enhance and quickly share a small selection of favorite images. You choose from a set of free filters, effects and themes and default music and with these visual elements, you can build a small creative work and share it quickly over social… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyday for iPhone is a simple app: it reminds you to take a selfie every day at the same time, then can merge each picture into a video so you’re able to see how you change over time. All you need to do is take your first selfie. You’ll be asked to pose with a few guides superimposed your eyes, nose and mouth for consistency, then a reminder will be set for the time of day to take your next selfie. Alerts don’t have to be at the same time, however. If you want to mix it up a little, they can be sent… This story continues at The Next Web

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The mouse is your physical link to the digital world. Yes the keyboard is there too. But more than any other device, the mouse is how your interact in a world of zeros and ones. But that world is getting more and more complex and the regular ol’ two button mouse with a track wheel can’t hold a candle to the new fancy track pads. That’s where the new Logitech MX Master wireless mouse comes in. It supports a lot of those track pad features and it has buttons. So many buttons. But the most important button is on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slack, the messaging tool for business that’s changing the way people talk at work, is gaining traction in areas that even the company itself didn’t anticipate: it’s quietly killing Internet Relay Chat (IRC). For many years, IRC was the chat solution of choice for communities looking to collaborate on open source projects or discuss a topic of common interest. Slack is slowly replacing IRC in many places, even though it’s not exactly set up to work for giant public rooms. The internet has started adopting it as the new standard, whether Slack likes it or not. I’ve noticed this trend over recent months in… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pretty much everyone gets their bills by email nowadays, but what if you could pay right from your inbox too? Google is apparently working on that, according to a report by Recode. The tool is currently dubbed Pony Express. It’s likely that won’t end up being the final name, but we can hope. The documents Recode viewed showed a setup asking the user for personal information – including name, address and Social Security – to provide to a third party which would verify his or her identity. Depending on the bill, the user may have to provide a credit card… This story continues at The Next Web

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White Label is a music discovery app that charts the most popular hip-hop being listened to and discussed online daily. The app works by monitoring engagement between Twitter and SoundCloud hourly, allowing you to scroll down from a song you are playing to see ongoing discussions via Twitter. You can also join the conversation directly via White Label. All of the music being streamed is in full-version direct from SoundCloud as well. While there is an abundance of music streaming apps out there like Spotify and Deezer, this one is certainly more niche in its approach, the scope of the music it… This story continues at The Next Web

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You know those times you look through old Facebook photos and start to feel nostalgic? Or perhaps you used to be exceedingly nerdy and want to look back at how far you’ve come. Well, Facebook now wants to make sure you’re constantly reminded of the days of yore. The company is today introducing a new feature called “On This Day,” which pulls up old photos, posts and statuses from the same calendar date in years past, looking back at one, two or more years ago. We expect February 29ths to be relatively uneventful. The feature isn’t actually completely new though… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hutchison Whampoa, the parent company of UK mobile operator Three, has today confirmed that its purchase of rival UK network O2 will proceed, subject to final approvals. In January, the operator confirmed that it had been in talks to take over the O2 brand in the UK in a deal valued at £10.5 billion ($15.7 billion). According to the Wall Street Journal today, the value of the sale is actually £9.25 billion (around $13.8 billion). Hutchison could also have to pay up to one billion pounds more if O2 meets its targets. Exactly what impact this will have on customers of either… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google continues to expand its super-fast internet coverage: Fiber is now available in Salt Lake City. Fiber was previously available in neighboring Provo, the third Fiber city, but Salt Lake City covers a larger population. Google had been eying the city since early 2014. Google says it will work with the local authorities over the coming months to lay out the necessary infrastructure around the city. There’s no exact time frame for the roll out yet, but folks in the area can check out Google’s progress so far at a dedicated Fiber site for the city Back in January, Fiber… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on Buffer’s blog. You’ve got all the great tools to create engaging images for social media. You know what the brain loves about visuals and how to build something beautiful to drive engagement. You’re all set to make something great! One last thing: How exactly should your image look so it fits in the News Feed, timeline, or stream? There’s so much to consider in creating great images for social media—for me, the size and shape tend to get locked in before I even realize what’s happened. Yet the size and shape—the height, width, and orientation—are the elements that most influence… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hug, an app for iPhone that wants to replace emojis with physical feedback, is the product of ex-Googlers Petter and Kaspar Prinz, who also happen to be brothers. In short, looking to capitalize on the explosion of non-verbal communication via smartphones – most notably the use of emojis instead of words – the brothers sought a way to reintroduce physical feedback and contact into the equation. “Today friends, couples and families are living on different schedules and different parts of the world. The most written word in 2014 wasn’t ‘Hi’ or ‘Hello’, it was the heart ♥ emoji. With Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp… This story continues at The Next Web

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‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ is one of those books that people will have opinions about before they even read it. In the run up to publication, both tacit and explicit support from Apple has raised it to the status of the book you need to read about the man and cast Walter Isaacson’s official biography as a poorly-rendered, partial portrait. If you’ve read Isaacson’s book or the many others that came before and after it, you’ll be familiar with the Jobs origin story: his early years, the beginning of Apple, the development of original the Macintosh and his eventual ousting from… This story continues at The Next Web

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Users of Apple TV devices in the US have access to three new channels from today, including content from the well-known and wide-ranging series TED Talks. Alonside TED, the other two new channels are Tastemade, which is dedicated to food and travel, and Young Hollywood, which offers up celebrity news and interviews. The new channels won’t be enough to push an undecided buyer into purchasing the device, but an ever-expanding offering probably wouldn’t hurt the sales of a the rumored second generation Apple TV, which is said to be expected to be revealed in June replete with Siri integration. The additions follow news earlier… This story continues at The Next Web

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Massive congratulations to chauffeur service portal Blacklane on being named the fastest growing startup in Germany. Speaking about the company’s win, its co-founder and CEO Jens Wohltorf said: Blacklane’s success is based on amazingly talented people combined with a great network of drivers around the world. I’m grateful to be surrounded by such an enthusiastic and dedicated team that has built and globally scaled our digital and physical product in less than three years. The professionalism of our driver partners is also essential; they do a great job to consistently overachieve the high-quality expectations of our valued customers. TNW and Adyen hosted the German awards… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook does well when its advertisers do well, so it is today launching new free educational resources for marketers on its platform, both big and small. First up, ‘Blueprint‘ is a new program for training brands on the best practices for advertising and marketing campaigns. It’s not just an information hub on the Web either; it combines online courses with in-person training and provides certifications for brands that “master” Facebook marketing. The courses are organized by category or otherwise cater to specific roles. You can also choose from full-on “tracks” you’d like to follow if you’re looking to learn a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has today announced a raft of new features, which include expandable storage, that are headed to its Fire TV box and streaming sticks. When the over-the-air update rolls out, these devices will also gain support for wireless Bluetooth headphones and a new more secure PIN entry screen to keep them secure – and to ensure that your kids can’t see the PIN as you type it in. There will also be a few new shortcuts to make operation a little easier, like pressing and holding the Home button to enable display mirroring. Amazon said it has also put together “hundreds of expertly… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is part of the 'Market Intelligence' series, brought to you by SimilarWeb: get insights for any website or app.Adult Entertainment is one of the leading industries driving website traffic online. But just how much of this traffic is coming from adult websites, and where is it coming from? We teamed up with SimilarWeb to explore the murky world of online porn consumption. The results may surprise you – and also provide fresh perspective  on how online marketers working in this category maximize their returns. Adult websites are responsible for 4.41 percent of all desktop visits in the Internet worldwide (in Feb 2015). To put that in perspective, ExtremeTech surveyed usage data pulled from Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner, and discovered… This story continues at The Next Web

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David Bozin is the VP of Business Development at Bindo, a New York based unique retail technology company with an innovative iPad POS system and soon-to-be launched online Marketplace. With Apple Pay coming out, it seems as if there is a whole new technology that has just been released. In reality, NFC payments have been around for a while, but Apple is the platform that has enough user adoption that will actually result in mass adoption. Thus far, we have seen just the start, with further tech such as the Apple Watch supplementing further growth. With mass adoption of a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft wants to be the provider of your app’s next backend with its new Azure service being announced today. Azure App Service is a new option for developers who want to build a backend in a single runtime without the need for additional environments. It offers the ability to build truly cross-platform apps in a single place. “Businesses are constantly looking for better ways to engage with their customers and they are using apps to engage both customers and employees in a better way,” Omar Khan, partner director of program management at Microsoft told TNW. While Microsoft thinks the cloud plays… This story continues at The Next Web

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India’s Supreme Court has overturned a law that has led to the arrest of several people for comments they left on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. It seems that many of the arrests to date related to posts or emails that were critical of the Indian government, and had, in some cases, resulted in people who simply ‘Liked’ a comment being arrested too. According to the BBC, the court ruled today that the law was “unconstitutional” as it violated people’s right to freedom of expression. The specific part of the law pertaining to social posting was Section 66A, which allowed… This story continues at The Next Web

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If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our latest bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app. Pay what you want for four top-notch courses to learn to design apps from start to finish, as well as three packs of high-quality assets ranging from wireframes to icons to UI kits to device mockups. With this bundle, you can build a solid foundation of design knowledge with courses that you can watch and learn… This story continues at The Next Web

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RunKeeper’s training app for Android devices has been updated to bring a new look and feel to the app. Available to download now, one of the key differences is the activity list, which now sports a flatter look and will keep all your relevant running info at your fingertips. As well as polishing the transitions and other effects, the company has also tweaked the look of the Start, Me and Friends tabs as well to make it all look a bit cleaner. It’s probably not be the feature overhaul that RunKeeper’s most ardent fans might want, but putting the info you… This story continues at The Next Web

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