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Swipe-heavy hook-up app Tinder is rolling out a new update that integrates Instagram, so you can be judgemental with more than a few Facebook pictures and likes to go on. Hooking Tinder up with Instagram will display your most recent 34 pictures. Viewers can click through and see your whole profile. If that’s private, the app gives you the option to grant access to Tinder alone, though that slightly defeats the point of having a locked account in the first place. There is also a new ‘common connections’ feature which shows how connected you are on Facebook – whether you share a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Taking on-demand services and laziness to a whole new level, a London based robotics company has created a robot for your kitchen that will cook you dinner from scratch. The robotic chef is the brainchild of Moley Robotics and will be ready for market in 2017 after it finishes training under MasterChef champion Tim Anderson. The robotic sous-chef will have 2,000 recipes programmed by then and you will be able to select what you’d like through an accompanying app. You can select and tailor your recipes to suit your needs by adjusting the time you have, listing your allergens, how many calories… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Apple Watch is almost here! Beautifully designed, perfectly crafted out of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. and armed with a gorgeous interface that’s powerful yet easy to use, this is the smartwatch other wearables will emulate. Track your workouts, monitor your heart rate, check the weather, navigate your way to your next destination, read your email, make calls, send texts, share scribbles, and stay up-to-date with all your phone’s notifications — all on a sleek timepiece that enhances your style every second of the day. Here at TNW Deals, we’re not just giving one away for free – if you win… This story continues at The Next Web

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Your choice of places to download movies in the UK and Ireland isn’t exactly limited. There’s loads including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon to name three. That’s why Sky’s offering has an extra weapon – it’ll send you a DVD too. Buy & Keep has been around since March 2014, but it was previously limited to Sky subscribers. Now anyone can use it through Sky Store (which opened up to non-Sky subscribers back in 2013) or the company’s apps. Movies are viewable on mobile devices, Roku, YouView, NowTV or a Sky+ HD box, and you can register up to four devices to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Romy Misra is currently the Sr. Director of Product at Visually. In the past she was responsible for building and scaling the operations and analytics teams. There are a lot of non-traditional structures coming up in management in Silicon Valley as well as an entire notion of removing bosses. Management makes a lot of people cringe. It is associated with bureaucracy, people watching and inefficiency, and more and more companies are trying to find newer ways to work with people better. Medium has adopted the principle of ‘Holocracy‘ successfully with its 90 employees. Holocracy is a self organizing form of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s wearable Band device that plugs into the Microsoft Health service to allow users to keep track of things like activity, heart rate, sun exposure, stress levels, calories burned and quality of sleep is now available to buy in the UK for the first time. In addition to the activity tracking side of things, the device – via its companion apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices – offers tailored workouts depending on your own specific goals and will do things like map your training routes via GPS, or allow you to set commands using Cortana. The band is available to buy for around… This story continues at The Next Web

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That’s right, Tumblr’s latest iOS update is here bringing even more blogging goodness to your iPhone or iPad. Tumblr 4.0 brings a shiny new app icon, along with a widget for quick access to what’s trending on Tumblr. Once you’ve added the widget to your notification center (requires iOS 8), you can swipe down from anywhere to see what’s new. The update also brings a bunch of other interesting new features: you can submit to submission-only blogs on the go, create secondary blogs, filter searches by post type and also create a video post from a URL. The company says there are a… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’d heard it was coming and now it’s official – the European Commission (EC) has officially accused Google of abusing its dominant position for search services in Europe, by favouring its own comparison shopping product on search pages. The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining its view that the company’s conduct has infringed EU antitrust laws by stifling competition and harming consumers. Sending the statement does not mean the outcome of the investigation has been determined. The body has also opened a separate antitrust investigation into Google’s Android OS. That will focus on whether the company has… This story continues at The Next Web

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The BlackBerry Leap, the company’s latest 4G LTE touchscreen device, was announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Now, it’s beginning to hit the stores. From today, BlackBerry fans in the UK can buy the Leap online from ShopBlackBerry and from carriers. The phone will start to become available in countries including Germany, France, the US, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India over the next few weeks. BlackBerry is pitching the Leap, with its 720p screen, a 1.5Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, at “young power professionals.” I’m not entirely sure there’s anyone outside of the 1980s… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re like me and have way too many pictures and screenshots saved on your Android device, you’ll want to check out this free app that makes it a snap to clean out your gallery. If you’ve ever used Tinder to find a date, the interface should seem familiar. SlidePick lets you pick a folder or a bunch of them, and simply swipe left on image previews to delete ones you don’t want or right to retain them. I prefer this method over apps that automatically clean out images. You can’t be sure what they’ll delete until you review their selections.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Congratulations to Freespee – which turns consumer voice interactions into data – on being named Sweden’s fastest-growing startup. Speaking about the company’s win, Freespee’s founder and CEO Carl Holmquist said: It’s a real honour to share the stage with TNW at the conference later this month. To win Sweden Tech 5 is a great energy boost. It takes guts to think differently. Our customers, who demonstrated the courage to think differently, means everything to us. We intend to do much more in the future to ensure that they have nothing but the best from Freespee! Adyen and TNW hosted the Swedish awards event last week at the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, available in the US since the end of last year, is now available to buy in the UK and Germany for the first time. It went up for pre-order last month priced at £35, or £19 if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, although that deal has now ended. People who pre-ordered should get their devices today. As well as allowing you to watch Amazon Prime content included with your subscription, or buy titles to keep, there’s also provision for playing back your own content stored on other devices, either by using Amazon’s cloud locker storage services, or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. To learn more about content-first design, download the free e-book Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Content Patterns & Typography. When users encounter text-heavy pages, their eyes can follow the F-Pattern, a subject we covered in-depth last week. But what about pages that are more visual? This week, in the second part of our design series on creating websites that mimic how our eyes work, we focus on the Z-Pattern. Source: Trend Web Solutions Think of the Z-pattern as the sister to the F-pattern. Both are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nokia has confirmed it will buy French rival network hardware and software maker Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion in stock. The terms of the deal have been approved by both companies’ boards, but is yet to be cleared by regulatory bodies. Nokia expects to close the deal in the first half of 2016. For every Alcatel-Lucent share they own, shareholders will get 0.55 Nokia shares. Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will own 33.5 percent of Nokia, while Nokia shareholders would own 66.5 percent of the former. With their powers combined, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will be able to further their research and development into 5G technologies… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dell has been running its Dell Center for Entrepreneurs since 2011 with success stories in the US (e.g. Dropbox). Dell for Entrepreneurs has expanded into the UK, Canada, France and Israel and kicks off its Dutch presence today. Dell for Entrepreneurs is searching for two hot Dutch startups to help them grow over the course of a year. The startups get access to Dell’s sales and marketing channels (50,000 clients in almost all sectors out there) and a bunch of other perks. Watch out, our very own Patrick de Laive is part of the jury. Our own TNW Index (still in… This story continues at The Next Web

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RoundMe, the iOS app for sharing 360-degree panoramic photos, has got an interesting update. The latest version lets you view spaces in virtual reality mode for a more immersive experience, using just your iPhone and Google Cardboard. To use it, just open up any space on the free app — choosing from locations shot by professional and amateur enthusiasts around the world — tap the VR button, place your iPhone in a Google Cardboard headset and BAM! Instant Oculus Rift-like virtual reality experience. Unlike traditional panoramas that have you panning through images with your fingers to get a better look, RoundMe… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is giving people the chance to take a virtual tour of the Abbey Road music studios in London, where artists such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jay Z and a number of others have recorded hit tracks and albums, but then you knew that already. Indeed, Abbey Road Studios has to be one of the most famous recording studios in the world, helped no doubt by The Beatles’ album of the same name. Not too many people can actually boast a guided tour of the building though, but now you can. Via the site, you can explore the whole of… This story continues at The Next Web

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This morning’s SpaceX Dragon mission to ISS was a resounding success, delivering an espresso machine to the International Space Station for the first time. The first stage landing of its recoverable rocket on the company’s autonomous barge was so close to being a success too, if it hadn’t toppled just over after landing. A Vine released by the company shows just how close it came to successfully pulling it off this time around. It lands almost perfectly, then tips right toward the end of the video. That’s a notable improvement over last time, when the rocket came down sideways and exploded on impact. One more attempt… This story continues at The Next Web

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OnOne, makers of advanced photo editing software and plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, has released an upgrade to its seven-app Perfect Photo Suite with a focus on turbocharging performance and usability. The app features improvements in browsing photos, portrait retouching, processing speed and more. The new version lets photographers use Perfect Browse as a front end to their Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop photo libraries to boost the speed of their workflow. Version 9.5 promises a 50 percent improvement in the speed of viewing large Raw files in detail for quicker sorting, rating and disposing of images. When you’re done, you can… This story continues at The Next Web

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London has a pretty crowded taxi-booking space, so with each new entrant comes a slightly different twist on how it promises to get you from A to B. Maaxi is the latest to launch (following a trial period at the end of 2014) and pledges to be the only one to allow you to book individual seats in one of London’s black cabs, and thereby cut down on your costs. Think of it more like reserving a seat on a train or plane than hailing a car. The company says it aims to bring the cost of door-to-door transportation within the realms of… This story continues at The Next Web

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BlaBlaCar has acquired German startup Carpooling.com and Hungary-based Autohop for an undisclosed sum. The move creates one of Europe’s largest car sharing networks. The company says it will “integrate the businesses into its existing service to create a unified ridesharing experience…from Amsterdam to Zagreb. It will now have more than 20 million members in 18 markets, of which, four – Hungrary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia – are new to it. “In the short term, Carpooling will continue to operate under its current brand, but the longer term vision is to bring the company’s offerings together under the BlaBlaCar brand. A spokesperson told TNW:… This story continues at The Next Web

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Crystal, a new app that analyzes public data to tell you exactly how to communicate with people, has had us all at TNW looking up our friends and family today (as well as ourselves, of course) to find out what it knows about us. What’s surprising is that it’s often eerily accurate. The app touts itself as the “best improvement to email since spellcheck” and it might not be entirely wrong. Crystal scrapes publicly available information about you and others to create a profile on how to best communicate with you, complete with details about whether or not you like emoji or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has reportedly plunked down a cool $20 million for LinX Imaging, an Israeli company that specializes in developing tiny tablet and smartphone cameras, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. It’s no secret that Apple has focused heavily on the iPhone camera, encouraging customers to use it to become better photographers and showcasing such work in retail Apple Stores. This acquisition signals even more improvements on the horizon. “LinX cameras are significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets,” said a statement on the LinX Website. According to LynX, it’s multi-lens technology offers… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to the Wall Street Journal today, Europe’s antitrust regulator is planning to file formal charges against Google for breaking antitrust laws. The charges are expected to be announced tomorrow and would be the first significant charges since Microsoft was fined by the group over a decade ago. Recode also reports today that Margrethe Vestager, who took over as EU competition commissioner in November, is flying into the United States on Wednesday and may make a statement after a meeting of the European Union commissioners. The case against Microsoft took over sixteen years from initial complaint in 1993 to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chrome 42 has now arrived on the scene. The trans-platform update applies to Mac, Windows and Linux browsers and can be accessed via Chrome’s download page. The Chrome Blog announcing the update cites major improvements for the new version including new apps, extension, and Web Platform APIs, including the Push API. As reported by VentureBeat, these let sites push notifications to users even after they close the page — but only with specific permission. With such permission, developers can use Google Cloud Messaging to contact a service worker (a script run by the browser in the background, separate from a Web page) to implement the notifications. In this release, notifications must be visible… This story continues at The Next Web

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