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Microsoft has released the first trailer for its upcoming Halo: Nightfall live-action digital series, which Ridley Scott is working on as an executive producer. Not to be confused with the show Steven Spielberg is working on – that’s a separate digital feature – Halo: Nightfall will come bundled with the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection video game for Xbox One later this year. The trailer reveals a new element that can selectively wipe out humans, which protagonist Jameson Locke, a an agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and his squad must seek out and destroy. It’s typical... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you regularly access Gmail from your iPhone or iPad, Google just made it a whole lot easier to save and retrieve files from Google Drive. Inside an email, you can now tap the paper clip icon to attach a new file and select ‘Insert from Drive.’ The corresponding app will launch and you can browse your files at leisure. Once you’ve found the document you need, press the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner to quickly attach it. “The apps will even tell you if your file isn’t shared with the person you’re sending it to so you... This story continues at The Next Web

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During Facebook’s Q2 earning’s call, CEO, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the messaging space and how it relates to Messenger. According to Recode, he’s doing more than just talking. Recode reports that Zuckerberg has chatted with Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick about adding the service to Facebook Messenger. According to sources, the service would be embedded in Messenger. How that would work exactly isn’t known. But, if the deal does come together, it would give Messenger a feature none of the other messaging apps currently possess and give Uber access to potentially 200 million customers that use Facebook’s mobile messaging app a month. ➤ Facebook and Uber... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google updated its Chrome Beta for Android app today with Material Design elements and “simplified sign-in,” which gives users the ability to have their log-in credentials submitted for Gmail, Maps, Search and other Google websites automatically. With the latest version installed, you can dive into the Menu – located in the top right hand corner, with three dots stacked vertically – followed by Settings and the option ‘Sign in to Chrome.’ Google will also remember your password for multiple accounts if more than one is stored on your device. “In addition to having your accounts a click away, your bookmarks,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Go ahead and add nature effects to your photos — Mother Nature won’t mind. AKVIS, the folks behind the new Pastel app, has updated its NatureArt package with a host of new features and fixes. The app simulates natural phenomena in your digital photos, letting you do everything from changing seasons to brightening a dark landscape, or adding special effects like rain, fog, ice, fire, frost, lightning, rainbow and more to create a surreal scene. Each effect has presets for quick results. Version 6 includes new presets for the Sun and Frost effects. In addition to previously available in-app publishing services like Facebook, Twitter and others, Dropbox... This story continues at The Next Web

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Foursquare’s decision to launch a new check-in app called Swarm has caused quite a stir. If you’re a Windows Phone owner though, you’ve probably been wondering when the controversial app would arrive on Microsoft’s mobile OS. Well, worry no more. Today, Foursquare said its Swarm for Windows Phone app would be ready “in the next few weeks.” It showed a few tantalizing screenshots in a blog post, revealing a mostly similar design to its iOS and Android counterparts. Only yesterday, the company teased its upcoming Foursquare redesign and a new logo, which swaps the check-in iconography for a pink, capital... This story continues at The Next Web

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, a professional speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the iAcquire blog. One of the best ways to engage your audience on Google+ is by making use of its specific feature sets that make it a unique community. Google+ Hangouts are widely known as one of the most successful features of the social network because they enable individuals and businesses to connect with one another in real-time conversations. Video discussion tools like Skype, ooVoo or one of the many popular webinar platforms have been on the market for awhile now, but none of these tools have the... This story continues at The Next Web

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As promised, Apple has launched the public beta program for OS X Yosemite, the next version of its desktop OS. Apple’s only accepting 1 million people into the program, so you’ll need to snag a spot if you haven’t signed up already. Once you have your code, redeem it on Mac App Store to download the beta. Apple recommends that you back up your hard drive, since this is pre-release software. You’ll also need OS X Mavericks 10.9, 2GB of memory and 8GB of free disk space. The beta site is experiencing some issues at the moment, so give it a... This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems to be the week for updates from companies we first heard from at last year’s TNW Europe Conference. Following on from the launch of Tyba, food tracking and advice app, Nutrino for iPhone, has today hit version 2.0. New in this version is the ability to set health goals (like losing weight or gaining muscle mass) and have the app tailor its recommendations to help you achieve those goals. You can also log exercise, get food recommendations based on activities detected by on-device sensors and take tests to get a feel for your ‘heart age’ and risk of getting... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has today announced that paying users of its Maps Engine Pro custom mapping service can now access its Google Maps Coordinate workforce management and productivity tools at no additional cost. The Coordinate mobile and Web app is designed to allow teams to easily share locations and assign jobs in real-time by using data visualizations on maps. As well as including Maps Coordinate with Engine Pro subscriptions, priced at $5 per user per month, Google has opened up the Coordinate app to anyone with a Google account, meaning it’s no longer only available to Google Apps customers, thereby massively expanding its potential user base.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Yelp has launched a new ‘Trends’ tool which allows users to enter search terms to compare 10 years of historical review data from around the world. Given the rich mass of information that Yelp holds in its millions of reviews, it makes sense that it’s putting it to some use, although this is just intended as a bit of fun designed to end arguments and help you search out interesting data points. “Are Londoners loving bob hairstyles or feeling more fringe (that’s bangs, for you Americans) these days? And every city has its favorite food trucks now, but where did this meals-on-wheels... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today unveiled Showcase, a new Hangouts on Air app that allows broadcasters and brands to easily promote merchandise and related content. In particular, Google’s live streaming tool has become a popular way for the movie industry to host Q&A sessions with a group of actors and actresses. In this scenario, the tool could be used to promote theater tickets on Fandango, the latest trailer on YouTube or the film’s official website. Furthermore, music artists could use it to share their Google+ page or new records in the Google Play store. It follows the company’s experiments with “shoppable” Hangouts on... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re the type of person who saves memes and reaction GIFs to your iPhone camera roll, the new Imoji app for iPhone is for you. The app lets you crop photos and turn them into stickers to send your friends over iMessage. Imoji has a simple design to it, but it’s confusing at first. To get that floating head feel on your stickers, you’ll need to drag your finger in an outline around the object you want to isolate. A zoom mode offsets the eraser so your fingers don’t cover up what you’re trying to do. When you’re finished, you place... This story continues at The Next Web

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Exactly 12 months ago, Google unveiled its Chromecast streaming dongle for the first time. To celebrate its first anniversary, Google is offering all Chromecast owners a 90-day free trial for Google Play Music All Access, its premium music streaming service. The offer is available now in the US and can be redeemed up until September 30, 2014. To grab the free subscription, you’ll need to head here; it’s unclear whether this offer stretches to other territories, however. To put the icing on the cake, Google today revealed that Chromecast users have hit the ‘Cast’ button 400 million times in total.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ken Norton is a product partner at Google Ventures where he advises startups on product management and also helps organize workshops. Congratulations, a product has found its product manager. Perhaps you’re joining a small startup, or maybe you have a new project in a big company. How you approach your first 30 days will make a tremendous difference, setting you up for success or struggle. Here are some tips for how to approach that first month. Emphasize these three areas: People, Product, and Personal: People 1. Set clear expectations with the CEO or your manager You’ve been hired to fill... This story continues at The Next Web

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While Google Glass is only available to purchase in the US and the UK, video eyewear specialist Vuzix is hoping to gain a foothold in China with a similar head-mounted wearable. The company is partnering with Lenovo to launch its M100 smart glasses in the region. They’ll be marketed exclusively by the giant laptop and smartphone maker under its ‘New Business Development’ brand, suggesting the futuristic hardware will be aimed squarely at enterprise customers. First spotted by Engadget at CES 2013, the M100 bares more than a passing resemblance to Glass. Whereas before it looked like an uninspired PC headset, with a... This story continues at The Next Web

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That supposed Henry Ford quote about “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” leads the Vooza team into an amazing new field of innovation. Bear witness to this entrepreneurial brilliance… Every week, Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world – shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one.

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Payments processor Square has announced that it now supports IFTTT integrations, allowing sellers to set-up triggers that can help to streamline their business operations when taking or sending payments. For example, sellers can create IFTTT ‘recipes’ for things like automatically sending a congratulatory email to employees, logging all transactions to a spreadsheet or receiving a weekly digest of the week’s refunds. If you don’t fancy creating your own recipe, Square’s IFTTT channel has more than 70 to get you started. With small business owners often carrying out many of the daily duties of running a business themselves, anything that can... This story continues at The Next Web

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If there was any lingering questions around whether there is a market for monthly ebook subcriptions, Amazon surely went some way towards answering them when it introduced its $9.99 ‘all-you-can-read’ Kindle Unlimited plan last week. While this raised many concerns around the implications for authors’ monetization, it will also have piqued the interest of existing players in the field – one of which is Oyster, the oft-called Netflix for ebooks. While Amazon’s monthly subscription serves up 600,000 ebooks for $9.99, Oyster delivers 500,000 books for $9.95 a month. However, it’s reported that the vast majority of the titles available on... This story continues at The Next Web

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Lingua.ly‘s language learning mobile app is now available to download for the iPhone, following its release on Android back in April this year and its launch on the Web just a few weeks back. The company said that in the month following its Android launch, the app attracted more than 100,000 downloads and that it expects at least this amount (or more)of new downloads now that it is available for iOS devices. It added that it plans to introduce support for more languages this fall, but didn’t specify exactly which. Like on the other platforms, the iOS app provides users with a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Social internet radio platform Soundtracker has added new features which promise to make it far easier to discover new music and personalize the service to your own musical taste. Available now, the updated iOS and Android apps allow greater customization of each station- such as allowing for specific artists, tracks or albums to be added or removed – and also promises “auto-discovery” of new music as users “move around through the day”. The newly discovered tracks can then be used as a jump-off point to find out more information about the artist or song, find YouTube videos, start a new Soundtracker... This story continues at The Next Web

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Kakao Talk, the mobile messaging company that’s undergoing a $3 billion merger in its native Korea, is taking a leaf out of the Skype playbook after it introduced free voice calls to its Windows app. The company added calls to its mobile apps back in 2012. Voice calls are supported in one-on-one conversations, and also in groups with up to five participants. In addition to free calling, Kakao Talk has also rolled out a design with new fonts, which lets users customize their chatrooms with themes, as they can on the mobile apps. The company’s Windows app launched in June 2013, with... This story continues at The Next Web

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Way back in March last year, we brought you news on Facetune, calling it an intuitive, easy way to touch up portrait photos. The previously $1.99 app (now $2.99) from Israel-based developer Lightricks proved to be something of a hit among the iOS fraternity, quickly rising up the charts to become one of the top paid tools in the App Store. And today, due to popular demand, it’s available on Android too. Given the rise of the selfie in recent times, and with front-facing cameras improving all the time, Facetune will work just as well for those looking to enhance... This story continues at The Next Web

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BSkyB has announced that its NOW TV streaming service which allows subscribers to access movies, entertainment and sports content on-demand is now available via the PlayStation 4. From today, users in the UK will be able to access the service directly from the console, providing they have an active rolling monthly subscription to at least one of the packages. A Movies pass costs £8.99 per month (following a free 30 day trial), an Entertainment pass costs £4.99 per month and a Sports pass costs £9.99 for 24 hours. The launch on PS4 follows the introduction of NOW TV for the PlayStation... This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in April, we brought you news on Gig Sq., a neat new iPhone app that helps Londoners find the best live music in their locale. Today, Gig Sq. is ramping things up a notch with mobile ticketing, as it looks to “change the way Londoners discover and buy tickets to events.” For the rollout, Gig Sq. is tapping Stripe’s mobile payment platform, and gig-goers can purchase tickets with just two taps.     To recap, Gig Sq. lets you search for gigs nearby using an interactive map, or peruse a curated list of gigs – each day the team at... This story continues at The Next Web

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