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This summer, T-Mobile began its ‘Music Freedom‘ program, which allows its subscribers to listen to an unlimited amount of music from popular streaming services without using up their plan’s data allotment. Today, T-Mobile is adding 14 new services to the fray. Most notable are Google Play Music, Xbox Music and SoundCloud, but there are several other more niche additions as well. From T-Mobile’s press release: Google Play Music− Winner of the popular vote among Un-carrier customers Xbox Music − ‘All the Music You Love’ on all your devices SoundCloud − Provides access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators RadioTunes� This story continues at The Next Web

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Great things come in tiny packages, if the TRNDlabs SKEYE Nano Drone is anything to go by! This pocket-sized flying machine is easy to fly and perform stunts with, for a barrel of fun that you can take with you wherever you go. The SKEYE Nano Drone features a 6-axis flight control system with three modes, for everyone from beginners to advanced pilots to experts, so you can execute simple maneuvers right out of the box and master complex ones like figures 8s as you go along. For airborne R/C action indoors and out, the SKEYE Nano Drone is just� This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has introduced a couple of new security-focused features for Google Apps users today that are designed to help people keep better control over the devices that can access their account. Although hardly revolutionary, Google’s new Devices and Activity dashboard allows Google Apps users to quickly identify and revoke access for any device that has been used to access an account and its data. This could be potentially useful if you ever lost your phone or laptop, for example, as well as if an attacker ever managed to add your account on their own device. The second addition is a new security wizard to guide� This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season.  Convenience might not sound like the most exciting reason to give a gift, but the gadget I’ve had the most use out of this year is undoubtedly the Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless on-ear headphones. And what could you want more than the person receiving your gift actually using it. Announced in the US around this time last year, the Tracks Air headphones then made  their way into Europe and onto my ears in around April 2014. Since then, I’ve worn them pretty much� This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve seen a number of great keyboards for iOS emerge after Apple finally added support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8. You can get everything from the ever-popular SwiftKey to GIF keyboards or even an auto correcting emoji keyboard. Crimson, however, brings a unique way of typing to the iPhone that builds on the familiar iOS keyboard and improves on it. As you type, Crimson gives suggestions on the next word it thinks you’ll pick directly above the letter. The same autocorrect style can be found on BlackBerry 10’s virtual keyboard; it’s an awesome way to present a number of options� This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. Stripping back, simplifying and cutting down on clutter has been one of my main goals over the past few years. No longer is there a need for shelves upon shelves of CDs, when Spotify can take care of all my music needs. Similarly, while I once explored the best home sound systems to listen to these aforementioned CDs on, it ultimately became too much of a hassle when moving home. Plus, the benefits of the expense would usually be confined to� This story continues at The Next Web

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A significant trend in all parts of the modern world over the past few years, ‘the sharing economy’ has become a concept that disrupted quite a few major industries, including hospitality, fashion, and transportation. As an example from the latter category, French-born city-to-city ridesharing service Blablacar has been actively expanding lately and raised a massive $100 million funding round in July. This year marked Blablacar’s entrance to the markets of Ukraine and Russia, where the company bought a local competitor Podorozhniki, as well as Turkey where it launched from scratch. As of November, Blablacar employs about 185 people and has more� This story continues at The Next Web

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Arriving in the US back in the summer of 2013, Google finally introduced Chromecast to international waters in March this year, arriving in Canada, the UK and nine other European countries. And for me, it has been something of a revelation in terms of how I watch TV. Chromecast wasn’t the first peripheral to allow you to beam content from your phone to your TV. But at $35, and with a slew of big-brand broadcasters on board across Android and iOS, Google knocked the competition out of the water with an affordable, user-friendly ‘bridge’ between your mobile device and your� This story continues at The Next Web

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As Monday morning rolls around once again, it’s easy to get a little dejected at just how quickly the weekend passed you by. Fear not though, the next one isn’t so far away, and while you were out having fun we were paying attention to the latest and greatest in tech news and features. Now all you need to do is put on a pot of coffee, mute your phone for 10 minutes and catch up on everything you missed while you were doing other things. We won’t tell anyone. Bulletins from The Next Web Yahoo Acquires Photo App Developer� This story continues at The Next Web

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BT has confirmed that its in talks to buy O2 UK, Telefonica’s UK mobile network. The deal would take the company full circle since O2 began life in 1985 as Cellnet, a joint venture between BT and Securicor. BT told The Wall Street Journal: “All discussions are at a highly preliminary stage and there can be no certainty that any transaction will occur.” BT struck a deal with EE last year to use the latter’s 4G network. ➤ BT [via The Wall Street Journal]

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The venerable web classifieds site, Craigslist, was knocked offline last night and is still not loading for some visitors. Local versions are redirecting for others. Users visiting the site yesterday evening were redirected to a site called Digital Gangster as a result of what looks like a DNS hijack. Presumably unable to cope with the huge amount of traffic Craigslist itself receives, the Digital Gangster website itself is now inaccessible. The Digital Gangster forum was the source of a well-publicised Twitter hack in 2009 and the theft of Miley Cyrus photos from her Gmail account in 2008. Craigslist’s domain record was� This story continues at The Next Web

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In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holday season. I generally avoid gifting overly ‘practical’ items for the holidays, because most folks end up buying that stuff for themselves anyway. However, The Mi Power Bank from Xiaomi is worth breaking that tradition for. Roughly the size of your palm, the Mi Power Bank packs a massive 10,400mAh battery to charge your devices while on the go, with enough juice to power up an iPhone 5s nearly five times. There are tons of power banks out there, so why am I... This story continues at The Next Web

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With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season just around the corner, Google is helping out shoppers on the move, with enhanced search results for products on smartphones and tablets. Starting this week, mobile users searching for products on Google will see detailed information, specs, store availability and customer reviews. In addition, select products on Google Shopping will also have 360-degree views for a closer look. It appears that the rollout will take place over the week and hasn’t yet hit all mobile devices, but we’ll keep an eye out for these improved search results through the week for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Computer security experts Symantec say their researchers have uncovered a sophisticated malware tool on Windows PCs across the globe, that appears to be used for spying and data collection, reports Recode. Named ‘Regin’, the tool is a Trojan that has infected several organizations’ and individuals’ computer systems between 2008 and 2011, and again since 2013. Symantec’s researchers say Regin has been developed with “considerable effort into making it highly inconspicuous,” making it hard to detect, track and understand its activities. The team also says that “Regin remain undiscovered and additional functionality and versions may exist,” and that they’ll continue to post... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is slated to launch its collaboration and social networking tool for workplaces early next year, reports WSJ. Dubbed ‘Facebook at Work’, the tool will allow employees to work together on projects and chat in real-time via an interface similar to Facebook’s existing social network, according a person briefed on the details of this new product. It may also be made available free of charge and without ads initially, with a view to grow the user base. Companies will need to sign up for the service in order to allow employees to use it. We first heard about Facebook at... This story continues at The Next Web

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To show its support for the fight against the disease on World AIDS Day, Apple is teaming up with non-profit organization (RED) to raise funds for programs in Africa, with special promotions running for the next two weeks on apps and products. From today through December 7, 25 apps and games will be featured in the Apps for (RED) section of the App Store, which will include exclusive (RED)-themed content and have all proceeds go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. iOS users can check out popular apps like Monument Valley, Paper, Rayman Fiesta Run, Threes! and GarageBand... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was originally published on my Medium blog. Once, many years ago, when you purchased your first smartphone, you joined the always-online revolution. Gone were the days of status messages like “afk” or “brb” — no, you, humble smartphone owner, are now a part of the hyper-connected world in which you’re never afk. Push notifications were the revolution of fast, always available internet that came with 3G. They made it easy to be on the pulse of the internet; instant gratification for your latest Instagram picture, who liked your Facebook status or up to the second news right on your lock... This story continues at 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 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science. What most people don’t know, however, is that Newton’s three laws of motion can be used as an interesting analogy for increasing your productivity, simplifying your work,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Humans are walking data centers and our interactions and behaviors, no matter how minuscule, are building a near infinite pool of aggregate data over the course of our lifetime. This data can be used to improve the experience of our lives through analysis of our consumption, interactions and behaviors; in business today, data has become a competitive advantage and necessary component of product development. Considered one of the sexiest fields to pursue (InformationWeek’s words, not mine), the data scientist is now assisting companies of all shapes and sizes make sense of these massive data sets to better inform business outcomes. The field has... This story continues at The Next Web

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At some point in the past couple of weeks, Twitter switched off the notifications that let me know someone retweeted or favorited a tweet that I retweeted. I’m not sure exactly when, but they’ve definitely gone. It sounds like a small thing to cut, but I really miss it. It’s not like the feature is gone for everyone; a quick search for “retweeted your retweet” shows that it’s something a lot of people talk about. All I can assume is that I’m part of some A/B test to see how removing the feature impacts user behavior. Seeing that retweeting someone else... This story continues at The Next Web

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Alexander Huls is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and other publications. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. It’s a challenge many designers with full-time careers face: how do you balance your day job with finding time to pursue personal or freelance work on the side? Nicole Martinez, known for her popular Nerdy Dirty series, is a designer who has succeeded in finding that balance. During the day, she’s an Associate Creative Director for Genuine Interactive, and in her off hours, she... This story continues at The Next Web

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Hiring great people is extremely difficult. A resumé is a good start, and an hour-long conversation can give you an impression of someone’s character, but you often don’t know if you made the right decision until a few months later. I’m always trying to improve my ‘people reading’ skills and can recommend reading a book on Body Language or just talking to other entrepreneurs about their tips and tricks. I also have my own tips and tricks and I thought I’d share one of those with you today. When I studied in art school, I helped out selecting new students every year for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Daniel Reed is the Digital Marketing Manager for Sinch. This post originally appeared on the Mention blog. It’s tough being a startup — budgets, growth, and hustling everyday to make that change that you dream about. As the Digital Marketing Manager, it’s my job to get Sinch — a cloud based communications platform for developers to add calling and messaging to their apps– found online and to get our visitors to signup for our service. It’s hard, but rewarding work that involves competitor research, thinking outside the box, and using data to validate ideas and digital marketing solutions for future plans. Needless to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Elon Musk is probably the most interesting person in private space technology right now. Today, he teased a number of new features for his SpaceX rockets and the technology that launches them. First up is the new x-wing design (no, not the ones from Star Wars) for hypersonic control, which help with re-entry to improve stability and offer greater maneuverability. For take-off, the fins are stowed and automatically deploy for re-entry. Testing operation of hypersonic grid fins (x-wing config) going on next flight pic.twitter.com/O1tMSIXxsT — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2014 Grid fins are stowed on ascent and then deploy on... This story continues at The Next Web

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Conrad Egusa is the CEO of Publicize. He is happy to connect on LinkedIn here. Tech journalists spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Which company will become the next Instagram? What’s the next product to change the face of gaming? The journalist-launched journalism startup is a relatively established concept, with Time’s Dan Fletcher and the Beacon crowdfunding platform being one recent example. But now, journalists are also pushing into other areas, a trend that will only continue as the news business continues to evolve. The Next Web’s former Latin America editor, Anna Heim, is one such story,... This story continues at The Next Web

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