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Sprint on Tuesday announced its latest smartphone, the nearly bezel-free Sharp Aquos Crystal. The Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage packed in a 10mm-thick body. The model will run on Android KitKat 4.4.2, and is equipped with Harman Kardon speakers, an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP selfie cam. The Aquos Crystal comes in black or white, and will be available via Sprint’s Easy Pay program for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $10. Virgin Mobile customers can also get their hands on a white version of the Crystal for $150, while the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sprint announces the nearly bezel-free 5-inch Aquos Crystal appeared first on The Next Web.

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Designer and Web developer Amine Zafri has created an absolutely beautiful Facebook concept inspired by Google Now. In short, he has taken the cards that power Google’s intelligent personal assistant and applied them to the Facebook Timeline. “I love how Google Now uses all the data Google has about a user, to generate useful and rich information they might need,” Zafri explains. “And this is what I tried to bring to Facebook with this concept, creating a more interactive experience based on users likes and data.” The result is called Facebook Cards: The best part is that Zafri has created... This story continues at The Next Web The post This beautiful Facebook Cards concept is inspired by Google Now appeared first on The Next Web.

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We see a ton of ugly, unreadable press releases come through our inboxes at The Next Web, so the new Tiny Pitch PR service from Pitch Engine has potential. To get started, Tiny Pitch has you send your headline, text and images over email. It then generates a custom page that you can share on social media, link to or embed. There’s no need to create a profile since it’s all tied to your email address. Viewers of your press release can contact you through a message button at the bottom of your release. Tiny Pitch envisions journalists using the service... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tiny Pitch: An easy way to send simple, good-looking press releases to journalists appeared first on The Next Web.

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James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog. In 2010, Dave Brailsford faced a tough job. No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, but as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s professional cycling team), Brailsford was asked to change that. His approach was simple. Brailsford believed in a concept that he referred to as the “aggregation of marginal gains.” He explained it as “the 1 percent margin for... This story continues at The Next Web The post Marginal gains: How making 1 percent improvements on tiny things adds up appeared first on The Next Web.

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Dropbox today announced an update to Dropbox for Business that brings three new features into the fold: view-only permissions for shared folders, passwords for shared links and expirations for shared links. The company says all three are “highly requested features” and are available to all Business users today. View-only permissions for shared folders let team members choose who can view or edit files within a shared folder they’ve created. Passwords and expirations for shared links create boundaries around who can access content through shared links and for how long. The trio of features was first made available in July 2014... This story continues at The Next Web The post Dropbox for Business gets view-only permissions for shared folders, passwords and expirations for shared links appeared first on The Next Web.

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from the company’s board of directors in order to focus on his new role as owner of the LA Clippers basketball team. Ballmer made the announcement in a public letter to new CEO Satya Nadella. While he plans to remain Microsoft’s biggest individual shareholder, he has decided it’s “impractical” to remain on the board given how busy he has become. Ballmer is splitting his time between the Clippers, “civic contribution,” teaching and study. Nadella responded with a note of gratitude for Ballmer’s time with Microsoft: “While your insights and leadership will be greatly... This story continues at The Next Web The post Clippers owner Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board appeared first on The Next Web.

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Overmacs, makers of the PhotoSweeper photo duplicate eradicator, has launched another extremely useful utility aimed at photographers. Reformator gathers convenient tools that most photo editors wind up needing and using together — browsing, file converting, renaming, resizing, watermarking, color adjustment and metadata tweaking into a single easy-to-use interface. With Reformator, the key word is “batch” because any operation you can perform on a single image, you can just as easily do on multiple images: indeed, batch processing is Reformator’s raison d’être. Sure, if you have the Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography bundle, or you own the standalone Lightroom, iPhoto or Aperture, you can do many of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Batch process common photo tasks with Reformator for Mac appeared first on The Next Web.

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Every time a tech company launches a controversial new app redesign, you KNOW what’s happening behind the scenes… 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. The post Yeah, that controversial app redesign is going REALLY smoothly… appeared first on The Next Web.

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When Imoji launched its iPhone app for turning selfies into stickers last month, one of the biggest complaints was that it only let you share to iMessage. A new update has addressed the issue, adding support for sharing your stickers to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram and Kakao. Imoji lets you crop out the background of a photo to give it that sticker look that’s all the rage on messaging apps these days. You can also search for stickers that other users have made public on the service. When you’re ready to share, just drag the sticker into the center of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Imoji now lets you share custom stickers to Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram appeared first on The Next Web.

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Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex. Is your app good enough to go viral? This was the question haunting founder Aaron Patzer when he was launching the Mint.com app. He and his team hit the train station, asking unsuspecting commuters whether they would be interested in using their app. Patzer gauged not only the answers “yes” and “no,” but also the enthusiasm with which people answered in the affirmative.  Serial entrepreneur and veteran app maker Shane Walker tweaked the Mint.com... This story continues at The Next Web The post ‘Will it go viral?’: The one user test mobile app developers should run appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google’s existing camera app already brought photo spheres to Android users, and now the internet giant has introduced a dedicated Photo Sphere Camera app to the iOS realm too. With the app, users can create 360º images and share them with anyone, while also letting them publish to Google Maps. Though you can ony create sphere on the iPhone 4S and above. Google has been on something of an iPhone app launch spree of late, introducing a new standalone YouTube Creator app, its Ingress augmented reality game, a version of AdWords Express for small businesses, as well as Google Analytics.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google launches a Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhone to help you create 360º images appeared first on The Next Web.

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Evernote has updated its Windows Phone app today to include support for a range of new features including the ability to easily switch between personal and work accounts at the press of a button. As well as making it easier to find documents and notes between your different accounts, the update means that the owner of each notebook is shown beneath the name, which can help if you have a lot of shared notebooks with similar titles. Other tweaks include now showing the most recently accessed notebooks at the top of your notebook list and the option to sort notebooks... This story continues at The Next Web The post Evernote for Windows Phone now lets you switch between accounts, show owner of each notebook and more appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today updated the Google Search for Android app with a new travel feature: “Find alternate flights.” If your flight is delayed or canceled, you can now tap that link to see what your options are. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. As you can see above, the new feature will show you a list of available flights, as well as give you the necessary information to get your flight rebooked. This only adds to the growing list of Google Now features for travelers, including showing you the weather at your destination before you leave,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Now for Android updated to help you book alternate flights when yours is delayed or canceled appeared first on The Next Web.

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Mobile payment platform Braintree has launched One Touch PayPal, a new feature in its v.zero SDK that evolved from its Venmo Touch service. One Touch will allow users to authorize payments in third-party apps after authenticating via the PayPal or Venmo apps. Previously, Braintree’s PayPal support required you to enter your user ID and password once per app, but now it will support once per device. As for security, Braintree will monitor for unusual transactions and interject an extra authentication step, such as your personal verification questions. The service is currently in limited beta in the US and will roll... This story continues at The Next Web The post Braintree launches a PayPal version of its convenient Venmo Touch feature appeared first on The Next Web.

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In the 1990s email was a quaint way of chatting with few friends. It was great. Then technology, as it always does, marched forward and more and more contacts, people, and businesses started emailing you, then SPAM appeared and suddenly that completely manageable inbox resembled a rats nest of offers, newsletters and maybe even a correspondence with a friend. While there are plenty of companies working to make email more manageable today, email-management system Mailbox just took a huge step towards solving most of your email problems by announcing an open beta on OS X. In addition to allowing anyone to signup for... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mailbox for OS X enters public beta with new features, including snooze to device and Auto Swipe appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sean Mitchell is an interactive designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the editor of TypeRelease. Here are 25 of our favorite typefaces released last month. Do you agree with our picks? Cultivated Mind: True North True North is a vintage inspired typeface with 16 styles and a monoline script. Zeune Ink: Wallington Wallington is a decorative serif embodying vintage & elegant curves with functional structure. Process Type Foundry: Pique Pique is a fast moving brush script. Webalys: Minicons Minicons contains 1500 minimal vector icons. Dada Studio: Servus Slab Servus Slab consists of nine weights with matching italics. Soneri Type: Ample Soft Ample Soft is monolinear... This story continues at The Next Web The post 25 of the best typefaces from July 2014 appeared first on The Next Web.

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HTC has confirmed what we’ve all known for a little while now: it is launching a Windows Phone 8-based version of its flagship Android handset on the Verizon network in the US. Announced today in a blog post, the phone will offer a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch full HD display, 32GB of onboard storage (plus support for microSD cards up to 128GB), HTC’s ‘Ultrapixel’ camera and the Windows Phone 8.1.1 operating system with Cortana.   Despite having a new OS under-the-bonnet, HTC has also ported across its custom UI tweaks like BlinkFeed and features like Video Highlights. Seemingly geared only... This story continues at The Next Web The post HTC One (M8) for Windows officially launched as a Verizon exclusive, available today for $99 up-front appeared first on The Next Web.

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In addition to the Android tablet release, Microsoft today updated its modern Windows app (read: Metro version) with support for printing, file insertion, and highlighting. You can download the new version now directly from the Windows Store. First and foremost, the app now lets you print your notes, something Microsoft says students in particular have been requesting. The company said “printing is the single biggest feature request.” OneNote now supports everything you might need: full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and so on. To print your notes, just swipe from the right to display... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft updates OneNote for modern Windows with printing support, file insertion, and ink highlighting appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today updated its OneNote app for Android with optimizations specifically for tablets. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. While OneNote has technically worked on Android tablets before, the devices merely had access to a blown-up smartphone interface. Now the app has been optimized for tablets, with a completely redesigned UI that lets you quickly move between your notebooks and sections on larger touchscreens. Next up, handwriting support, which Microsoft says “has been the biggest feature request,” is now a go. Today’s update lets you take handwritten notes (which will naturally sync across all your... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft updates OneNote for Android with support for tablets, handwriting, and new formatting options appeared first on The Next Web.

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When it’s raining outside or you’re tired after a long day at work, summoning the motivation to go running can be difficult. Today, RunKeeper is providing an extra incentive through a new rewards program courtesy of Kiip, which offers discounts, freebies and other optional prizes as you hit new milestones and improve your fitness levels. The exact criteria for unlocking these rewards is unclear at the moment, although RunKeeper has hinted that they’ll pop up “from time to time” after you’ve “accomplished something awesome.” Perhaps that ambiguity is for the best; if you knew exactly which milestones would unlock goodies,... This story continues at The Next Web The post RunKeeper and Kiip team up to offer you discounts and freebies just for working out appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter can be the source of breaking news, interesting articles or things that make you laugh until your sides hurt. It can also be the source of some pretty mundane daily banter. However, if you’ve ever wondered what notable or famous individuals talk about on the platform, there’s now an easy way to find out thanks to a new Twitter account called Pop Owl, which exists solely to highlight conversations between two or more verified accounts. Wil Wheaton, Chris Kluwe and John Scalzi started talking. Here’s what happened next. https://t.co/iBASWSxx0G — Pop Owl (@popowl) August 19, 2014 From the look of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter account @PopOwl shows that most celebrity conversations are as boring as your own appeared first on The Next Web.

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Uber has branched out from providing on-demand rides for passengers to offer on-demand product deliveries for people living in Washington DC as part of an experimental service. Starting today, Uber users can request items like “allergy medicine, diapers, toothpaste and over 100 other items” through the Uber app. All you need to do is toggle to the ‘Corner Store’ option and select a delivery location within the operational area, then, if a driver is available, Uber will send you a message with a link to items available for purchase. As with other Uber payments, no cash is required and users are charged directly... This story continues at The Next Web The post Uber launches ‘Corner Store’ delivery service in Washington DC appeared first on The Next Web.

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Since its launch in 2006, Blurb, the independent publishing pioneer of print-on-demand artistic tabletop tomes and illustrated magazines, has been popular with the creative community. Blurb’s platform, which hooks into apps like Adobe InDesign and Lightroom, lets artists and photographers plus a wide variety of others, create a printed showcase for their visual works. Today, Blurb has launched an initiative aimed at bringing even more diverse publications into the marketplace for mass distribution. First, Blurb is inaugurating three new trade book sizes – 5×8, 6×9 and 8×10 – complete with lower-cost, text-weight, uncoated paper. Second, it has announced a global retail distribution collaboration with Ingram Content... This story continues at The Next Web The post Blurb branches out to low-cost trade books, e-books and mass distribution via Ingram appeared first on The Next Web.

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Thalmic Labs has added support for smartglasses to its Myo gesture control armband. Supported headsets include Google Glass, Recon Jet and Epson Moverio. While wearing a heads-up display and an armband might seem inconvenient, the integration is intended for workplace environments like construction, healthcare, bike messengers and field service. The idea is that Myo can help in situations where you wouldn’t want a device in your hands. Initial partnerships include: Augmedix, a Google Glass app for physicians; APX Labs, an app for field workers at sites like wind mills and oil refineries; and Closeout by Bridgit, software for managing construction progress. The... This story continues at The Next Web The post Myo integrates its gesture-tracking armband with Google Glass and other smartglasses appeared first on The Next Web.

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