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This post is brought to you by Comcast Business. Follow us @comcastbusiness. I might be risking any credibility I have created in the technical community by saying this, but: Cloud computing might not be for you. Now, before you gnash your teeth and tear your hair out, bear with me. Cloud computing / The Cloud / Cloud has been oft-touted as a massive advance both technologically and as a solution for those without access to serious hardware grunt. The concept of cloud computing or at least the commoditization of run time has been discussed in the real world since the middle of the last century, and in science fiction for even longer... This story continues at The Next Web The post The sky is falling: Is cloud computing right for your business? appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google’s Android operating system has been an enormous success in terms of user adoption, but the company’s own financial gains from the product haven’t always kept pace. A new report from The Information details the growing number of requirements that Google has added to its contracts with Android handset manufacturers in order to generate more revenue. For instance, one contract has increased the number of required pre-installed Google apps from nine to 20. Google has also dictated the placement and ordering of its apps and search bar on the homescreen and in a special Google folder. While some manufacturers choose to build Android... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google reportedly tightening Android manufacturer contracts to require up to 20 pre-installed apps appeared first on The Next Web.

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Millions of people were able to get their hands on one of the new iPhones last week, and the gradual global rollout continued today with 20 more countries – one of which was the Netherlands. A crew from local TV network SBS6 was filming the launch outside the Amsterdam Apple Store, when a chap on a scooter zooms past and grabs an ‘iPhone’ from a guy’s hand during his interview. The man being interviewed was from the website iPhone6.nl, the same team that glued a fake iPhone 5 to an Amsterdam sidewalk back in 2012 and filmed the resulting shenanigans... This story continues at The Next Web The post Guy on a scooter steals an ′iPhone 6′ during TV interview outside an Amsterdam Apple Store appeared first on The Next Web.

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Earlier this month, Sony unveiled two new flagship Android smartphones – the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. These are now available SIM-free through Sony’s own site for £549 (full version), with the Compact incarnation shipping for £429. However, the same phones are available on pre-order from Amazon too, with a shipping date of September 29 given. Interestingly, the Xperia Z3 comes in at £529 on Amazon, a whole £20 cheaper than Sony itself. On contract, Vodafone is also now offering both handsets, starting from £30.50/month and £38.50/month for the Z3 Compact and Z3 respectively. And if you can’t wait... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are now available in the UK SIM-free and on contract appeared first on The Next Web.

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Back in February, we wrote about a fledgling startup called Typeform, which is setting out its stall to help you create beautiful, cross-platform surveys called ‘Typeforms’. You can create forms with short text, long text, dropdown menus, multiple choice, ratings, yes/no, and more. The question types offer fairly granular details, letting you format the question and include a more detailed description, or insert images/videos. You simply drag your preference over and into the main canvas area. Check out the official demo video for yourself here.   The Barcelona-based company claims some big-name users too, including Uber, Facebook, Adobe, Airbnb, BBC,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Typeform now lets you create slick online surveys with e-commerce functionality built right in appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon’s Fire Phone may well already have been on sale in the US since July, but on Tuesday, it’s going on sale in the UK too, so here’s everything you need to know about what has changed since our original review went up. First things first, if you want the Amazon Fire Phone in the UK, you’ll need to be OK with the thought of being an O2 customer, as the network has an exclusive deal to distribute the device – much like AT&T in the US. To my mind, this is completely the wrong strategy – it’s a phone geared... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon’s Fire Phone lands in the UK next week, here’s what you should know appeared first on The Next Web.

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Fresh from a record 10 million iPhone sales over launch weekend, Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are going on sale in 20 more countries today. The list of countries that will begin selling the new iPhones from Friday include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates The devices initially debuted in eight markets, but Apple plans to expand sales to 115 counties before the end of the year. China remains an absentee at this point, which has led to a surge in... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple begins selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in more than 20 new countries appeared first on The Next Web.

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The mobile revolution in Myanmar, a country that was once one of the most reclusive in the world, is kicking up a gear after Telenor confirmed it will launch its much-anticipated mobile service in the country this weekend. The Norway-headquartered company is the highest profile operator to enter Myanmar (also known as Burma) since the country ended decades of military rule in 2012. Telenor’s entry represents another important step towards democratizing mobile phones in Myanmar. SIM cards once cost $200 (or upwards of $1,500 during military rule) making them too expensive for most of the population. Qatari firm Ooredoo introduced $1.50-priced SIMs in August, prompting... This story continues at The Next Web The post Owning a mobile phone in once-reclusive Myanmar is about to get a lot easier and cheaper appeared first on The Next Web.

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I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for technology that helps make the world a smaller place. So the prospect of testing out Wayfare, a sort of Tinder for penpals 2.0, was something that was always going to catch my attention. The Tinder reference helps make sense of the app on a basic level, but it is misleading. That’s because it conjures up ideas that the app is some kind of global dating experience. It isn’t. Instead, Wayfare aims to broaden your horizons with a peak into another person’s life in a different part of the world. In fact, Jiho Kang,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Wayfare brings penpals into the age of mobile and social media appeared first on The Next Web.

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Maybe we won’t be as quick to update this time. Apple is rolling out iOS 8.0.2 to iOS device. You can update now or wait. After yesterday, it might be better to wait. Just in case. Apple says the update will fix the issue brought on by the iOS 8.0.1 update yesterday that killed cell service and TouchID. To update your device head to Settings>General>Software Update. Besides fixing yesterday’s update, here is what Apple says iOS 8.0.2 will do: Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Fixes... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple unleashes iOS 8.0.2 to fix yesterday’s iOS 8.0.1 fiasco appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple just opened the door ever so slightly into its world of design and testing hoping to squelch bendgate. The same thing happened with Antennagate. After talking with the media about the iPhone 4’s antenna flaw, the company took select media on the tour of a testing facility. Today, it invited media inside its device testing facility. The Verge reports that Apple tested about 15,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones to find ways to break them before customers do. This includes a “sit test” which simulates what happens when someone sits down with an iPhone in their pocket. Apple... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple invites media inside its top-secret device testing lab appeared first on The Next Web.

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Social networking photo apps typically bring together people who know each other to view, comment on, and like each other’s creations, but some variations on the theme emphasize artistic collaboration among strangers. Looksee, from Quebec Drive, takes an altogether different and hybrid approach. The idea behind this app, which has been completely overhauled and upgraded for iOS 8, is that your vision — not your words or face or job or education — speaks for you, and facilitates communication on a totally anonymous visual plane. You’re not “friends” or “followers” in the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram sense, nor are you collaborators in... This story continues at The Next Web The post Looksee’s quasi-anonymous social photo experience is quite satisfying appeared first on The Next Web.

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You’ve probably seen it pop up in your Facebook feed. Or maybe someone on Twitter linked to their account. The entire is internet alive with talk of Ello, the anti-Facebook social network. An anti-Facebook sounds pretty cool right? But what exactly does that mean? And is it worth your time and effort to start using yet another social network. Remember when we all thought Path was going to be the next big thing? Let me break it down for you. No Ads and No Data Mining “Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Everything you need to know about Ello, the latest trendy social network appeared first on The Next Web.

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Following on from my first impressions of the iPhone 6 Plus on launch day, here are some thoughts based on using Apple’s mega-phone during a four-day trip away from home this week. With its big screen and purportedly great battery life, is this the device for people who want to use an iPhone as part of a rigorous travel schedule? My journey took me from Manchester in the UK to The Next Web HQ in the Netherlands by air, then on to Brussels in Belgium by rail and finally back to Manchester on another flight. I used the iPhone 6 Plus as... This story continues at The Next Web The post A roadtrip with the iPhone 6 Plus: Is this the ideal phone for traveling? appeared first on The Next Web.

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At the start of the year, CB Insights gathered a collection of over 100 “startup failure post-mortems” which explained why the companies didn’t succeed. Written predominantly by startup founders, they offered a glimpse of the harsh realities of startup life, as well as a few lessons for entrepreneurs to learn from. CB Insights has now delved through each entry to identify prevalent problems and recurring themes. The result is an interesting “top 20″ list of the most common reasons why technology startups fail. (Many startups offered multiple reasons for their failure, hence why the percentages for each reason total more... This story continues at The Next Web The post Top 20 reasons why startups fail: Report appeared first on The Next Web.

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After a flurry of reports of new aluminum iPhones 6 Plus getting bent while in pockets, Apple tells CNBC Tech that only nine customers have actually complained about the issue and that bending isn’t normal under everyday use. Apple also told CNBC that, “new iPhones feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry.” An Apple Spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal, “with normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare.” Yesterday TNW called Apple support to determine if having a bent phone was normal and to see if customers could get a refund. The... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple says only 9 customers have complained about bent iPhones appeared first on The Next Web.

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Dick Costolo has been Twitter’s chief executive since October 2010, but until now his account on the behemoth social network wasn’t Verified. Well, today that’s finally changed. If you head over to his profile page, you’ll now see the iconic blue badge and white tick underneath his picture. It’s been a long time coming, but Costolo has finally joined the Verified club. So why hasn’t Costolo been Verified before now? Well, he did give this answer back in 2012: “To everybody repeatedly asking why I’m not verified if I’m the CEO: I am verified in my own mind, and Mom said that’s all... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter CEO Dick Costolo finally has a Verified account appeared first on The Next Web.

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Instagram has released an update to its Hyperlapse app for iOS that will let you create timelapse videos using your front-facing camera. We’re not seeing the change log on the App Store just yet, but the update has shown up on our phones. The feature works as expected, adding a small icon next to the record button. You won’t be able to switch cameras in the middle of recording, so you’ll have to decide beforehand whether you want to use “selfielapse” mode. Instagram released Hyperlapse last month, offering an easy way to create moving timelapses. The software takes advantage of the main Instagram app’s Cinema image stabilization... This story continues at The Next Web The post Instagram adds front camera support to its Hyperlapse app appeared first on The Next Web.

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Yahoo published its third global transparency report today, shedding light on the number of government requests it received for users’ data in the first half of 2014. The total number of requests dropped to 18,594, down from 21,425 in the previous six-month period and 29,470 for the same half last year. Of these, 4,727 were either rejected or later withdrawn by the government in question. In 1,853 cases, Yahoo didn’t hand anything over because the specified account didn’t exist or there was no data for the requested timeframe. The number of user accounts affected by these requests declined to 30,551, a small decrease... This story continues at The Next Web The post Yahoo had 18,594 government requests for data affecting 30,551 accounts in the first half of 2014 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today announced it is rolling out the first phase of Groups for Office 365, a new collaboration feature, starting with the Outlook Web App email and calendar sites as well as OneDrive for Business. Next up, the company says it will add Yammer and Lync to the “Groups experience” though it didn’t specify when. As you can see in the video below, Microsoft is trying to solve the problem of how best to share information while working across multiple ad hoc groups and project teams. The idea behind Groups is to make Office 365 the hub for connecting with... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft starts rolling out Groups collaboration feature to Office 365, coming to Yammer and Lync next appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google is introducing a “missions” mode for Ingress, a massively multiplayer video game that requires players to visit real world locations. The new quests are similar to scavenger hunts, with a series of waypoints stringed together like walking tours. Some locations require that players use the Android or iOS app to complete a task, such as hacking or capturing portals, while others will offer puzzles for figuring out the next place on the route. To cater to the demand of its seven million strong community, developer Niantic Labs (owned by Google) is also giving players the tools to create their... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google’s Niantic Labs introduces ‘missions’ to its location-based Ingress smartphone game appeared first on The Next Web.

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Jordan Roland is a staff designer and illustrator for the Shutterstock blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. There are a few types of projects that most, if not all, designers will jump at the chance to work on. At the top of that list is album art (which, even in physical form, is still a thing). When done well, an album cover allows you to take one form of art (music), and reinterpret it as another form (visual). For this tutorial, I’ll provide a few of the techniques used to create... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to design an album cover in Photoshop CC appeared first on 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. 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. You can name your price to get Learning Creative Web Design... This story continues at The Next Web The post Learn to design for Web and mobile… and name your own price! appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s safe to assume that most people have yet to devote a single thought to thermal imaging — and there’s a good reason for that. Up until now, that rarified technology has been the exclusive (and expensive) province of law enforcement, firefighters, contractors, boating pros and the military. But that is starting to change. Earlier this year a product called Flir, which brought artistic-looking thermal imaging to the iPhone, was demoed at Macworld Expo. Today, Seek Thermal enters the consumer market with a thermal camera and companion app for both iOS and Android. The Seek thermal camera, which weighs less than half a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Seek Thermal’s new smartphone camera-app combo lets you ‘see’ the heat appeared first on The Next Web.

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Nokia may have been gradually building out its mapping empire for more than 10 years, but it’s only now preparing to really ramp up its presence in the mobile navigation realm as it prepares to launch for Android and iOS this year, only months after selling its Devices and Services division to Microsoft. But how did it all begin? Here’s a quick summary of how Nokia’s efforts have come to fruition. A potted history of Nokia’s maps The Finnish tech titan’s mapping efforts started to take shape in 2001 with its involvement in TellMaris, a consortium that pushed the Smart2Go... This story continues at The Next Web The post HERE and now: Nokia’s curbing Windows Phone development in a bid for mapping supremacy appeared first on The Next Web.

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