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There was more than a new MacBook and smartwatch at Apple’s Spring Forward event last month. The company’s open-source ResearchKit software – a set of developer tools to allow medical researchers to turn Apple devices into research and diagnostics tools – was one of the most interesting announcements to come out of the conference. Today it’s become available to medical professionals and developers everywhere. Apple had previously trialed the software with select partners, but this is the first time any developer can take advantage of the technology. Some of the initial modules available include elements for participant consent, surveys and ‘Active Tasks’… This story continues at The Next Web

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There was a time when parents would be wary of letting their kids use electronics, but today pre-loading your tablet or phone with some games and apps and handing it to your kid your seems like a general way to keep them distracted. Of course, not all the apps available on App Stores are exactly family-friendly, so Google is today announcing a new Designed for Families program to let developers label their app as appropriate for all ages. The program is opt-in, so not every app-maker has to go through the additional review, but the “family-friendly” designations will eventually make their… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dainius Runkevičius is Marketer at TrackDuck, a visual feedback tool for developers and designers that simplifies remote collaboration on web projects. People who doubted that remote, geographically dispersed teams would ever substitute co-located ones, can finally be proven wrong. With a rapidly increasing number of tech companies employing remote employees from around the world (as you’ll see below), this shift in work practices could change how companies function in the 21st century. Many of us, including myself, have been quite sceptic about remote teams for a long time. We have never thought that online communication can ever replace the traditional… This story continues at The Next Web

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Room-booking platform HotelTonight has today announced it has added rate tracking and tabs to its iOS app. Rate tracking means that you can track the changing prices of hotels in cities that you’re interested in by tapping the new ‘Track It’ button to receive daily notifications. When you choose this option, you will also get notified about other hotels in your chosen city that have added rooms. According to HotelTonight, the rates often go down as the check-in day gets closer, but there’s always a risk that if you don’t take the deal when you see it, someone else might… This story continues at The Next Web

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Love them or hate them, selfies are embedded into our camera-loving culture. Now social network Path is releasing an app called Kong to help you make and share looping selfie GIFs. When you first log in to the app, you’ll be presented with a grid of selfies shared by the people you follow and a shutter button at the bottom of the screen that allows you to create your own. Kong also adapts some Snapchat-like functionality: once recorded, you can add text, emojis and filters to your images. You can then share the images with other members on Kong, but you can also save the moment… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, we invited the public to submit their votes for their favorite startups taking part in our Boost program, powered by Braintree. You had the power to put 50 of the most promising early-stage companies on stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam on April 23 & 24 – and after 35,000 votes, the results are in. You can find the full list of 75 startups that will be pitching on stage below; 50 of which were selected by public vote and 25 by our independent investor jury. Check them out or take what could be your final chance to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft released a technical preview of Skype for Business – a replacement for its old business-centric video chat app – nearly a month ago. Now, Skype for business is ready for a full roll-out. If you need a refresher, Skype for Business carries Skype’s recognizable design, but integrates numerous Lync features, like online meetings, enhanced security, and control tools for IT departments. It also adds communication with any Skype user, which should make it easier to contact users outside of an individual organization. Users currently using Lync Online in Office 365 will be updated to the new Skype for Business UI in… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no shortage of online takes on the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter – including on JK Rowling’s own expansion site Pottermore – but there’s something particularly appealing about one of the latest to emerge. @Sydneylesh The bravery of an ocelot, the stinging of a mink Today you join with Slytherin for you are rather pink — The Sorting Hat Bot (@SortingBot) April 14, 2015 @Sortingbot is a Twitter account that adds you to a queue when you follow it and eventually generates a custom rhyme assigning you to one of Hogwarts houses. While it’s able to create serviceable rhymes, the bot’s inability… This story continues at The Next Web

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AOL has unveiled ONE – a system that aims to make the process of advertising more transparent for marketers and ensure brands are getting the most bang for their buck. The technology shows you where an ad is performing best and driving the most sales, so if all of your customers are buying through mobile for example, it would show you this and then presumably you would focus more on mobile ads. Facebook and Google both offer tools to do this already, so it will be interesting to see if ONE becomes a real contender in the marketing world. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ah, the creative. Once upon a time he or she toiled over a canvas alone in cold studios on the outskirts of town. Today, he or she can be sat just about anywhere and create their masterpiece and share it with the world. Thanks to technology. To celebrate this shift, we teamed up with Webydo, a code-free professional web design platform, to give away two brand new iPads along with three Pencils from FiftyThree. But before you cry, “I can’t use a pencil on an iPad!” these pencils are a wee bit different. Much like Webydo’s code-free web design platform,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has today announced that WWDC, its World Wide Developer Conference, will take begin on June 8 this year. The show will be its 26th developer-focused even and will run for four days, June 8 through June 12 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets are available via Apple’s WWDC website from now until Friday April 17. Apple said they would be issued “through a random selection process,” and that lucky (and unlucky) applicants will know the status of their tickets by April 20.   Of course, if you’re not successful in getting a ticket – demand is always insanely high – then… This story continues at The Next Web

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Indian restaurant listings and reviews platform Zomato has acquired data firm MaplePOS today for an undisclosed sum, reports Reuters. The company will spin off its new buy into a customer information database, and expand its own services to offer online table reservations and mobile bill payment. MaplePOS, which is now called Zomato Base, will also enable the parent company to offer restaurants a range of services including cloud-based menu, inventory and recipe management, CRM, analytics, electronic receipts any payment gateway integration. Zomato, which launched in India in 2008, is now present in 20 countries including the US, UK, Canada, Ireland… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rotem Landa is Head of Finance at Yotpo. Prior to that, he worked at PriceWaterhouse Coopers for seven years as a Senior Manager in the High-Tech group of PwC Israel, dealing primarily with startups and VCs. How can a startup use data to create a formula when they’re in a highly unpredictable stage of growth? Expenses are inextricably tied to revenue stream, but for a startup, predicting expenses is like trying to stare into a magic ball for answers. In such an unstable environment, the planned budget can implode for countless reasons: unattained goals, unpredictable successes, or shifting focuses. Yet… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pocket has today launched a new website that works across desktop and mobile, and features a cleaner design that makes it easier to access frequently used options. Pocket’s service allows you to quickly save an article for later by clicking a button in your browser or on your phone which plops it into its app for reading later. The company’s new Web experience offers a cleaner reading experience, featuring a progress bar and title at the top of the screen for context along with a new dark mode option. The updated service is a notable improvement over the previous one, particularly with the addition of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twilio, the company that made it easy to make phone calls and SMS’ via an API call, has today announced its first big expansion beyond that: live video calling. The company’s new offering, Twilio Video, is launching into private beta today and hopes to make it easy to embed real-time video experiences into mobile apps, websites and more using WebRTC. Developers previously needed to build their own infrastructure for placing WebRTC calls, but Twilio’s new API means they don’t need to handle that, instead using their client-side libraries for offering live video via its existing 28 data centers around the world.… This story continues at The Next Web

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UK train operator Virgin Trains is currently trialling HomingPIN – a new system that aims to help you track down your lost luggage. 1,000 customers are testing it out at the moment. The service works by giving each person a unique PIN code to register on the HomingPIN website. You also have to register your email address and phone number. The company says it will never share this information with anyone else. You will then receive a luggage tag, key ring and some labels branded with your unique PIN to attach to the belongings you want to track. It is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Our latest round-up of courses will empower you with a range of skills to protect your systems and Web projects like a pro. Start with your own Wi-Fi network, then move on to basic techniques for hacking and securing larger clusters, delve into security measures for OS X, and prepare for important certification exams with these easy-to-follow courses that you can watch online and learn from at your own pace. Watch and learn at your own pace. White Hat Security Hacker Bundle Round out your security training with these six key courses available at an incredible price. Begin with basic… This story continues at The Next Web

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At long last, WhatsApp has received a Material Design overhaul on Android, and it now looks a whole lot better than the last version. The update isn’t yet available on Google Play, so you’ll need to install the latest version off WhatsApp’s site to see the changes. WhatsApp version 2.12.38 now features a deep green title bar that blends into the three tabs for calls, chats and contacts. You’ll notice new buttons in the chat window to record voice messages, as well as in the attachment option pop-up. Group chat info and profiles now look a lot nicer, with a clean layout… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an unlikely turn of events, Google Maps is showing Edward Snowden as residing in the White House, within “Edwards Snow Den.” No, this isn’t a sign that the whistleblower and US administration are in cahoots – it’s the result of someone cleverly changing the location of a business listing after it had gone live on Google Maps. As well as providing laughs, the prank actually exposes a flaw in Google Maps’ managing of local listings. The location, which is seemingly verified by Google and classified as a snowboard shop (open 5am – 11pm daily), has five reviews that declare it as… This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube has made 15 additional languages available for browsing the video-sharing site, bringing the total to 76. The new languages on offer are: Albanian, Azerbaijani, Armenian, Georgian, Kazak, Khmer, Kirghiz, Lao, Macedonian, Mongolian, Myanmar, Nepali, Punjabi, Sinhala and Uzbek. While videos are still only available in the languages they are recorded in, the new browsing languages will make videos more accessible around the globe by translating links, buttons, and text. All of YouTube’s videos also have caption support, which can be used in over 165 languages. ➤ Navigate YouTube in 15 more languages [Engadget]

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Some users who tried to access Google’s Malaysian site over the past few hours were redirected to a page saying, “Google Malaysia Hacked,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Google Malaysia acknowledged that its service was disrupted owing to DNS redirection in a tweet, and encouraged users to visit its country-neutral page until it resolved the issue. Blink and you'll miss it- @GoogleMsia was reportedly hacked a few minutes ago, but its back to normal now! pic.twitter.com/MLLoi59EOA — Malay Mail Online (@themmailonline) April 14, 2015 A spokeperson told WSJ: “We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, helping entrepreneurs and tech professionals (especially women) level up their careers. As technologists, we want to build software that is friendly, fast, beautiful, responsive, reliable, secure, and scalable. And we expect ourselves to deliver it on time and under budget, because our ultimate goal is to have lots of happy customers who can do what they want. But time and energy are finite, and we simply cannot deliver it all at once. We need to choose our priorities, and this choice is one we should make consciously. Evaluating our software development priorities while dealing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Opera Mini, the data-saving mobile browser, has got a nice little update on Android that rounds out its feature set and refreshes its look. The free app now has a scalable interface that works with high-resolution phones and tablets, and includes options to customize the browser layout so its functions are more easily accessible on larger devices. There’s also a new private browsing mode that doesn’t track your history or save cookies. In addition, the Discover newsfeed has been updated to bring users more fresh content from around the Web. The main menu has also been simplified and the Speed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Security software company Kaspersky has collaborated with the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch police to offer users a free tool that decrypts files locked by ransomware. The NHTCU recently came upon a CoinVault server and discovered a database of decryption keys. The agency shared these keys with Kaspersky to create a tool that helps unlock users’ encrypted files and restore them to their systems. CoinVault, which infects Windows systems and encrypts files so its original owners can’t access them, has been used by hackers since last November to lock users out of their data and hold… This story continues at The Next Web

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That’s right, the Lollipop release of Cyanogen is here and it’s coming to the OnePlus One before anyone else. The update — Cyanogen 12 — begins rolling out for “all” OnePlus One users beginning today, with other devices to follow in the future. Cyanogen 12 brings Android 5.0 to the devices along with the full Material Design language across the tweaked OS. It also brings a new App Themer feature that allows you to change the style system-wide, including in third-party apps. This new build of Cyanogen also includes the company’s new email service provided as part of a partnership with Boxer. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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