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Pocket Casts by Shifty Jelly is a well known and broadly loved podcast app for iOS and Android, and now it’s available to everyone via the Web too, following a closed beta period. Huzzah! With its arrival on the desktop via the Web app, we decided a closer look at the service was long overdue. It’s worth pointing out that right now, Pocket Casts on the Web is still a very new product – so you’d be right to expect new features in the future, and might still stumble across the occasional bug. Simplicity You’ll need to visit  http://play.pocketcasts.com to log in (if you’re an existing... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pocket Casts opens up its Web-based podcast player to all – here’s what you need to know appeared first on The Next Web.

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Fueled by the launch of the new Bungie game, Destiny — and the bundling of consoles and games — Microsoft and Sony’s console sales did pretty well in September. According to NDP Group, industry analysts, console sales were up 200 percent for September 2014 versus the same time last year. Overall hardware sales were up 136 percent. Of course, a lot of the year-over-year growth has to do with the fact that neither the PlayStation 4 nor Xbox One were available in September 2013. Both consoles launched in November of that year. But both devices accounted for 85 percent of hardware sales... This story continues at The Next Web The post September game console sales up 200% over 2013 with PlayStation 4 still beating the Xbox One appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter loves experimenting with its service. One of those experiments involves dropping tweets in your timeline from accounts you don’t follow. That one is actually here to stay. Today Twitter posted that in recent tests, people enjoyed seeing tweets from accounts they don’t follow in their timeline. Trevor O’Brien of the Product Team posted: For example, we recently ran experiments that showed different types of content in your timeline: recommended Tweets, accounts and topics. Testing indicated that most people enjoy seeing Tweets from accounts they may not follow, based on signals such as activity from accounts you do follow, the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tweets from accounts you don’t follow will soon appear in your timeline appeared first on The Next Web.

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With the eventual demise of Apple’s Aperture photo management software on the horizon, Adobe is wasting no time offering up Lightroom as an alternative. Although users still have plenty of time to make a decision, Adobe has released its Aperture Import Plugin for Lightroom 5, designed to make it easy for Aperture users to move their photo library into Lightroom from either Aperture or iPhoto. The plug-in requires Lightroom 5.6 or later on the Mac and can be downloaded from Adobe’s website. A couple of months ago, Adobe put out a fact sheet detailing migration techniques in advance of the new tool. The following data... This story continues at The Next Web The post Adobe releases plug-in to ease Aperture-to-Lightroom photo library transition appeared first on The Next Web.

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Now that Apple has moved to an annual OS X release, Mac users can expect regular iterative improvements to their desktop operating system instead of occasional ground-breaking shifts. OS X 10.10 – named for California landmark Yosemite National Park – includes several sorely needed advances that help your Mac play nicely with your iOS devices, but it’s still basically the same OS you already know, just with a nicer coat of paint. First revealed back in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, OS X Yosemite moves slightly toward Apple’s flat new design style, which first showed up in iOS 7. However, Yosemite doesn’t take... This story continues at The Next Web The post OS X Yosemite review: Macs finally play nice with iPhones appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google just announced it is bringing a new domain name to the Web: .SOY. Not to be confused with the popular vegetarian alternative to meat, the new domain means “I am” in Spanish, and is intended to be used for Latino “identity and expression”. The company has also set up a sort of central hub for the domain, iam.soy, where you can find out more about the new sites with the domain, check domain availability and then purchase from name registrar partners it if you want. This follows other recent news of custom top-level domains, such as the new .NYC domains. If... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google introduces .SOY Web domain for Latino audiences appeared first on The Next Web.

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Today Facebook updated its Messenger app for iOS with a feature that’s sure to bring out the artist in everyone. Now you can draw and type directly on photos from your camera roll before you whisk them off to your friends. The paint brush feature offers varying stroke sizes and colors while the text field centers whatever you write in the middle of the photo. The text can be moved up or down. The drawing controls are pretty rudimentary and have no eraser, but there is an undo button. You slide your finger up and down the screen to select a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook Messenger update for iOS lets you draw on photos before sending appeared first on The Next Web.

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Today, Twitter announced that it would be introducing a new type of card onto your timeline, the Audio Card. As could be expected from the name, the new tool lets you listen to music directly from your timeline from both Android and iOS devices. You can even dock the card to continue listening to music as you browse Twitter, similar to what SoundCloud does. In fact, SoundCloud is Twitter’s first streaming partner (and they have a blog post of their own as well). ➤ Introducing a new audio experience on Twitter The post Twitter introduces Audio Cards so you can listen to music directly from your timeline appeared first on The Next Web.

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UK startup ShareMyPlaylists, which runs Spotify playlists sharing platform Playlists.net, has been acquired by WEA, the artist and services arm of American recording giant Warner Music Group (WMG), for an undisclosed sum. Playlists.net has carved a niche for itself in the online music space, becoming known as the preeminent go-to for those wishing to share and explore Spotify playlists. The user-generated themed-playlists cover anything from year- or decade-specific compendiums, to niche genres and cover versions. Anything goes at Playlists.net, and it’s a useful tool for those seeking inspiration ahead of big events, such as weddings, Christmas parties and so on.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Warner Music acquires ShareMyPlaylists, the UK-based Spotify playlists specialist appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sandi MacPherson is the Editor-in-Chief at Quibb. This post originally appeared on the Quibb blog. When you welcome a new user to your product, don’t put a robot in control. The welcome email is your best opportunity to develop a relationship with someone who’s already interested in your product. It’s extremely valuable and you only get one shot, so it needs to be fully controlled by an actual person (preferably the founder). At the beginning, when you’re trying to learn what’s working in your product and what’s not, a founder can welcome every new user and develop that relationship. Eventually, this... This story continues at The Next Web The post Humans send the best welcome emails, not robots appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple didn’t announce this during its event today, but it has created a SIM that make switching carriers as easy as a few taps without having to visit a physical carrier store. The Apple SIM that ships in the new iPad Air 2 just made switching carriers and traveling abroad about a hundred times easier. Instead of having to replace a SIM every time you want to connect to a new carrier, the Apple SIM lets you choose carriers in both the US and UK from the Cellular Data setting in the iPad. This is what Apple says on it’s iPad... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple just introduced a SIM that you don’t have to replace when you switch carriers appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’ve sided with any music streaming service that isn’t Rdio, you might want to reconsider. The company announced today that its entire catalog has now been converted to the AAC format. In short, that means tracks should sound better across all platforms, including iOS, Android and the Web. Regular Rdio users will be able to stream between 64 kbps and 192 kbps, depending on their connection, while Rdio Unlimited subscribers can access an even higher 320 kbps bitrate. Rdio recently redesigned its already gorgeous music streaming service. This software experience, combined with today’s higher quality file format, should give... This story continues at The Next Web The post Rdio’s entire music library is now available in AAC, with 320 kbps for Unlimited subscribers appeared first on The Next Web.

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In what seems like the final blow after a roller coaster ride for its users, Twitpic has announced that it will be shutting down on October 25th. It’s with a heavy heart that we re-announce that Twitpic will be shutting down again. More details on our blog http://t.co/LCH7ZTQJHe — TwitPic (@TwitPic) October 16, 2014 The news comes after the company’s original announcement early last month that it would be shutting down, followed by hopes the service would remain active thanks to an apparent acquisition. In its blog post today, founder Noah Everett apologized for getting everyone’s hopes up. Twitpic says it was pressured to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitpic is shutting down after all, on October 25 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Didn’t catch the entire keynote Apple just gave at its October 2014 event? Not to worry: here’s a quick recap of everything you may have missed. As always, click on the article links below for full details of each news item. An update on the September 2014 keynote Tim Cook announced that the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is the company’s largest ever. He also noted that Apple Pay will launch on Monday October 20th, and the WatchKit SDK will launch in November. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple, said 48 percent of users... This story continues at The Next Web The post Everything Apple announced at its iPad and Mac event appeared first on The Next Web.

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At today’s Apple event in Cupertino, the tech giant unveiled an upgraded Mac mini. The new and improved tiny computer sports 4th-gen intel core processors and Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000 graphics for pushing all those pixels. It touts PCIe-based flash storage available in 500GB, 1TB and 1TB Fusion configurations. It also has two Thunderbolt 2 ports which features dual 20-Gbps channels data transfers and connects to your Wi-Fi via 802.11ac. The processors in the computer feature Turbo Boost 2.0 that increases the clock speed of the processor up to 2.7 GHz on the entry level 1.4 GHz model. It also has four... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple updates the Mac mini with 4th-gen Intel processors appeared first on The Next Web.

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Pixelmator, the app long touted as at least a partial replacement for Adobe Photoshop on the desktop, has now gone mobile. At Apple’s Town Hall meeting this morning, The Pixelmator team demoed its upcoming app for the iPad, which will be available in the App Store later this month. That’s great news for photo editors, and especially those who will be shooting with the new iPad Air 2’s new 8MP iSight camera, which features 1.12 micron pixels, an f/2.4 aperture and 1080p HD video capture. ➤ Pixelmator   The post Much-loved image editing app Pixelmator is coming to the iPad this month appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its October media event today, Apple announced the next generation of the iPad mini, adding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that first arrived with the iPhone 5s last year. Pre-orders for the device will begin on October 17, with shipping set to start by the end of next week. The iPad mini 3 will start at $399 for WiFi models and $529 for cellular versions. The tablet now comes in silver, space grey and gold. Details about the iPad mini 3 accidentally leaked yesterday when Apple published the iOS 8.1 user guide early. Apple also announced the iPad Air... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID fingerprint sensor appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple is giving its all-in-one iMac an upgrade in the pixel density department. The company today announced a Retina Display model, which should offer a sharper viewing experience. The 27-inch screen boasts a 5120 x 2880 resolution, totalling 14.7 million pixels. Apple says it’s the world’s highest resolution screen. The company calls it a ‘Retina 5K Display’ and if you do the math, it’s pushing 7 times more pixels than a HDTV (1080p) and 67 percent more than a 4K set. The iMac with Retina Display is 5mm thin at the edge, ensuring it can still fit snugly on smaller... This story continues at The Next Web The post Show me the pixels: Apple is launching an iMac with Retina Display, starting from $2,499 appeared first on The Next Web.

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While Apple CEO, Tim Cook didn’t share any updated sales numbers for the latest iPhone launch, he did share some iPad numbers. Over the life of the tablet, Apple has sold 225 million iPads. Cook also shared that there are over 675,000 iPad apps. Cook also stated that Apple shipped more iPads than PC units shipped by companies like Lenovo, HP and Dell in the third quarter of 2014. Keep up with the rest of Apple’s announcements from it’s iPad event here See also: Apple has sold 225 million iPads worldwide, Apple to release OS X Yosemite on the Mac App Store... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple has sold 225 million iPads worldwide appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 2, a successor to its incredibly thin 10-inch tablet from last year. The overall design is largely the same, with slim bezels on the size and slightly larger ones at the top and bottom. The original iPad Air was heralded for being as thin as a pencil; the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner, coming in at a ridiculously skinny 6.1mm. To achieve this feat, Apple swapped out the display for a laminated version, leaving no air gap. It also includes an anti-reflective coating, which Apple says has never been included in a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple unveils the iPad Air 2, an even thinner 10-inch tablet with Touch ID appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its October media event, Apple announced the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite later today. The world first got a glimpse of Yosemite at WWDC in June. The annual desktop OS update includes a more modern look, new cross-functionality with iOS devices and expanded search capabilities. Apple is also touting new iCloud Drive cloud storage features and a major update to its iWork productivity suite. Apple ran a public beta for OS X 10.10 this summer, granting more than 1 million users early access to the update. ➤ OS X Yosemite Keep up with the rest of Apple’s announcements from it’s iPad... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple to release OS X Yosemite on the Mac App Store later today appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And apparently, Apple also giveth back. At Apple’s Town Hall event today, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering said the company will restore the Camera Roll to its Photos app as part of the updates to iOS 8.1. “We are bring back the beloved camera roll,” Federighi told the audience. iOS 8.1 updates will also support Apple Pay and there is a public beta for iCloud Photo Library. But of course there’s more. Federighi also announced a public beta for iCloud Photo Library and support Apple Pay as well. Apple Pay will launch on Monday.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is bringing back the beloved Camera Roll with iOS 8.1, out next week appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple just announced that the Apple Watch SDK, WatchKit, will be available to developers starting next month. Developers will be able to create apps for the Apple Watch that will launch in early 2015. Apple introduced the Apple Watch at its September event. Today’s announcement isn’t surprising. Apple makes new OS SDKs available at its yearly WWDC event months ahead of the release of new hardware. Keep up with the rest of Apple’s announcements from it’s iPad event here. The post The Apple Watch SDK, WatchKit, will be available next month appeared first on The Next Web.

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At its iPad conference today, Apple announced that its new NFC-based mobile payment service, Apple Pay, would roll out on Monday, October 20, concurrent with the iOS 8.1 update. Apple says over 500 banks will support the service, and showed off dozens of retailers who’ve signed up as well, with more coming by the end of the year. Apple first introduced Apple Pay during its iPhone and Apple Watch event a little over a month ago. Supporting Mastercard, Visa, and American Express cards, the company hopes to make in-store cashless transactions easier and more secure. The process generates a one-time payment number,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple Pay set to launch on Monday October 20 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Mozilla has added a new feature to the most recent beta build of its Firefox browser that allows users to make video calls across the web without the need for any sort of additional software or plugin. Released today, the Hello Firefox feature has been built in partnership with operator Telefonica (a strong supporter of Firefox OS’s mobile aspirations so far) and uses the WebRTC expertise acquired with Telefonica’s purchase of TokBox in late 2012. “Firefox Hello makes it easy to communicate with friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mozilla’s Firefox Hello feature lets you make video calls from the browser without plugins appeared first on The Next Web.

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