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Buying tickets to events online is the first step to a fun night out. Transportation is also crucial, and possibly the more frustrating aspect. Now, StubHub and Uber will let you schedule a reminder to request a pick-up once you purchase tickets on your smartphone. If you purchase tickets well in advance, StubHub will offer to remind you when the event draws near that you should schedule an Uber ride. When you buy tickets at the last minute (less than two hours before the event starts), you’ll be able to order a ride directly from the order page. The feature… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are plenty of really good tools for managing a website, but when you toss in social presence on top of it all, life for a small business owner can get tough. Tagplay is hoping to streamline website and social updates into one convenient service. Tagplay’s aim is simple; update your social accounts (like Facebook), and your website updates automatically. So long as you use the correct hashtags in your social posts, your website knows to update as well. Sections of your site are assigned tags, so a sub-header that may be your thought of the day would be #randomthoughts,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yahoo just took the lid off its new audioless livestreaming app, Livetext. The idea is similar to what Skype would be if your Skype was muted and you can see chat texts overlaid atop the video stream. During Yahoo’s announcement, many of us in the TNW virtual newsroom were skeptical. With Periscope, Meerkat, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Vine and Skype already crowding the market, it seemed odd that Yahoo decided to create an app for the internet generation who are used to the noiseless world of GIFs. Really, go ask the next teen you find and see if they know what Yahoo is.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon Dash buttons — the branded little doodads that automatically order and ship specific items directly to your house with virtually no effort on your part — are finally available to Amazon Prime members today for just $4.99. Purchase one of 18 Dash buttons and never run out of the stuff you always seem to run out of. That’s really where Dash buttons do their handiwork: my house, for example, can never seem to keep stock of paper towels or toilet paper. Amazon offers branded products — currently Bounty for your hands and Cottonelle for your bum — that can be assigned to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Oculus is making a play for your emotions. Henry the Hedgehog is the star of Oculus’ second short film, which draws you straight into his endearing little world — a place you may not want to leave. Rather than just be entertained, Oculus also wants you to care about Henry. The sweet little hedgehog really wants to hug people, but his spikes keep him from really connecting with them physically. How can you not love that, right? It’s all very familiar; Disney and Pixar brought empathy to slick computer animation with films like Toy Story. Oculus is taking it a… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re not even done with launch day, and it already looks like Windows 10 is getting the ball rolling with third-party software: Twitter just launched a native app for the operating system. Without requiring you to log in, the app showcases top trending tweets, photos and videos. It’ll also feed you tweets in Live Tiles right from the Start Menu. The logged-out functionality is a nod to recent changes Twitter has been making to lure in new users. Recently the company implemented similar features for its hub on the Web, and Twitter hopes the upcoming Project Lightning will turn the… This story continues at The Next Web

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As the dust settles at Reddit, CEO Steve Huffman has updated the community on what the company has planned. While most of his post is as you may expect it to be (community quarantines, bug fixes), Huffman did note there would soon be more tools to prevent harassment — all the way down to private messages. In the “next up” section of the update, three forthcoming features are noted: Anti-abuse and harassment (e.g. preventing PM harassment) Anti-brigading Modmail improvements A commenter suggested PM harassment be handled by asking site administrators to look at unwelcome messages. Huffman acknowledged that’s exactly what Reddit was working… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just because Nokia stopped making phones, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been busy. First apps and tablets, and now it’s getting into the VR game with a new 360-degree camera called Ozo. The device mixes footage and audio from eight image sensors and an equal amount of microphones. As the camera uses a global shutter for each sensor, the distortion seen during quick motion in many modern cameras (which use rolling shutters) should be nonexistent. The camera’s software allows you to preview 3D footage in real-time, a big step forward compared to the time consuming stitching process normally needed for this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this month, Yahoo quietly launched its video messaging app Livetext in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In a press event today, the company unveiled the app for download in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. Livetext is Yahoo’s attempt at reviving its Messenger app, this time with a focus around livestream video – so much so that not even sound is included in the clips. It’s Yahoo’s play on audioless GIFs that are often used to react to things on the Web. Yahoo even did a market research with teens to ask them for an experience they’re missing from other messaging… This story continues at The Next Web

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As founders, we are conceptualizers, thinkers, leaders, developers and most of all, we are change agents. We obviously oversee the most serious issues in business; do we really have to get worked up with all those SEO tips and tweaks we hear all the time? Definitely not. Our SEO guy should take care of those. But if anything, startup founders need to pay attention to one piece of jargon in SEO: inbound links. “…if you do enough excellent, interesting, useful, funny, compelling stuff, usually your reputation, or your links, however you want to think of it, takes care of itself.”… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today in scary exploits: TrackingPoint sniper rifles – which run Linux and Android and have WiFi connections – can be remotely hacked. Who could have predicted that?* Hackers can then either disable the rifle or choose a new target. The only response to that news is:  o_0 Yep! Someone made a rifle that can be remotely hacked. At the forthcoming Black Hat hacking conference, Runa Sandvik and her husband Michael Auger plan to present the results of a year’s work on exploiting two of the $13,000 self-aiming rifles. The pair have discovered how to brick the rifle, making its computer-targeting unusable, as well as getting root… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s new browser that comes with Windows 10 is great on the surface. It’s fast, stable and has a slick new look. Web developers, however, don’t care about that. They care if Microsoft’s new browser will break their websites or not with its new rendering engine. Over the last ten years the Web has been utterly transformed. Internet Explorer, once dominant, has been decimated by Google’s faster and more reliable Chrome browser. Graph via Gravoc With Edge, Microsoft wants to win developers back and has pulled out the stops to do it. To start from a fresh slate, Microsoft created a fork of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Windows 10 is out and Microsoft is promoting it in Russia with this rather strange cartoon ad. In it, Windows 10 is personified by a paparazzi-plagued starlet and the new Web browser Edge is her muscular boyfriend. Meanwhile the music sounds like Fallout Boy have been moonlighting as jingle composers. Windows 10 – so hot right now… I wish ads in the UK and US were as fun as this and not just unrealistic clips of perky families being irrationally enthusiastic about an operating system. ➤ Microsoft Russia [via The Verge] Read next: Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two years on, Google’s Project Loon is getting its first big client: the entire country of Sri Lanka. Google and the government of Sri Lanka have signed an agreement that will see the internet balloons providing connectivity across the entire country. Sri Lanka’s IT Minister, Mangala Samaraweera told Lanka Business Online that “As a result of this agreement, the entire Sri Lankan island – every village from Dondra to Point Pedro – will be covered with affordable high speed internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology.” The agreement marks the first time Project Loon will be widely adopted, outside of small tests providing connectivity… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was sponsored by Speak With A Geek (SWAG), the leading provider of tech help to businesses.As the owner of a medium-sized retail medical company, I’ve watched over the years as technical experts raise awareness of website security and the protection of data. My customers demand privacy! A breach of our ecommerce site was a huge concern – one we could no longer ignore this past year. I knew I needed to find a tech to help plug any holes that might exist in our system. Yet, I had no idea how to vet someone to ensure they had the required expertise to identify the vulnerabilities and select proven methods to make sure the holes remained… This story continues at The Next Web

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Big trouble in app town today as iTunes Connect is down. That means developers wanting to push updates or verify apps are out of luck. Well iTunes Connect has been down since this morning, effectively stopping me from progressing on my current work — Johnny Blanchard (@JonnBlanchard) July 29, 2015 Wanted to verify CarpetKitty on #itunesconnect but apparently the site is down #sadmeow #indiedev — Carpet Kitty Game (@CarpetKittyGame) July 29, 2015 We’ve pinged Apple to find out what’s happening and will update this post as when we hear back/service is restored. As is typical, Apple’s own status page is not… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have shelved business ideas due to a lack of technical knowledge, it’s time to dust them off. The Coding for Entrepreneurs Bundle will teach you – in the space of a few hours – how to build marketable products from scratch. The bundle includes seven video courses, the first of which concentrates on iOS app development. In just thirty days, you can learn how to build basic apps with no prior experience. For a broader coding education, there are four courses on the fundamentals of design and development. The most comprehensive of these is the Coding for Entrepreneurs… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite was synonymous with the era of iPad magazine apps. In the past five years, it was responsible for 6,700 mobile apps that have been downloaded a total of 315 million times. Now that Apple’s Newsstand is going the way of the digital dodo, and consumer interest in digital periodicals has waned, the software is getting an overhaul to bring it in line with modern demands. And it’s not just about magazines; content marketing budgets are on the rise, leading to an increase in demand for content-focused apps among brands. Now called Digital Publishing Solution, Adobe’s revamped offering is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in January, Google changed its Translate app in significant and powerful ways, offering written translations across 90 languages, as well as active conversation interpreting for 32 languages and an AR sign-reading translation tool for 7 common languages. Now, the company announced via blog post today that it has expanded Google Translate in both content and performance. When reading signs or other written documents, users can now instantly translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. The app can also provide one-way translations… This story continues at The Next Web

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Each week we’re profiling one company that has been selected for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person at The Next Web Conference in New York on November 18.   With no shortage of on-demand services now available to people around the world, the ‘Uber for x’ approach to home services is certainly a well worn path. So why care about another new entrant in the market that’s taking the marketplace approach for service providers and customers? Because it’s not just aimed at your home – FixApp wants to be your marketplace for… This story continues at The Next Web

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The biggest challenge in learning to code is actually getting started. To incentivize you, TNW Deals is currently giving away the five-hour Mammoth Interactive Developer Bundle absolutely free. The languages taught in these five courses are fundamentals of the web, so understanding how to use them is nothing short of a life skill. Each track is an hour long, and is delivered through straightforward video tutorials. After learning to construct websites and prototypes from scratch with HTML, you are shown how to add some style with CSS. The Javascript course teaches basic programming, while another course looks at how the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber’s battles with regulation and disregard for local laws governing the running of its service are not new. Whether that’s casually disregarding the threat of fines (or worse) in France or working closely with authorities in places like India to get the service back up and running following the safety concerns of passengers. However, there’s a storm brewing that could potentially threaten the company’s whole business model – and it’s not just a problem for Uber. Until now, it has managed to expand rapidly and scale its service into new markets relatively cheaply, flooding the streets with its drivers. In the… This story continues at The Next Web

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It happens to everyone from time to time. A creative block. An empty mind. Staring at a blank screen and wondering, “well, what do I do now?” Photo credit: “Waitin.” Khalid Albaih. Creative Commons. Some people prefer to just wait it out, but that’s not always an option with deadlines, anxious clients, or your own natural impatience. So we’re sharing seven proactive methods to conquer your designer’s block. These are the strategies that worked for us, and we think they can work for you, too. Design Badly on Purpose There’s a big difference between having no good ideas, and no ideas… This story continues at The Next Web

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The internet is littered with stories of people who created fake personas on social networks, either to fuel their egos or to fill their bank accounts through scams. The ‘catfish’ is a such a powerful trope that it has its own MTV series, a horrible aspect of online existence that stretches back to almost-legendary examples like LonelyGirl15 (which was a fictional show initially sold as fact). It’s a tricky problem to solve, but I think I may have been shown a compelling answer. I Am Real is an Israeli company that has been working on online identify verification since 2013. It’s now getting… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new preliminary proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium suggests that specific emoji for food allergies should be added to the standard. The proposal, submitted by a Google engineer, is under discussion and may not be added to the standard at all but offers a peek into some useful new emoji. It suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten to help those with allergies express them in shorthand. A chart in the proposal shows current coverage of emoji for food allergens with “weak alternatives” for many,… This story continues at The Next Web

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