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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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Curated last-minute hotel booking service HotelTonight is introducing a major expansion across Europe today, adding 80 new destinations across the continent. With these new additions, HotelTonight is now live in 450 cities in the Americas and Europe, with 130 of these outside the US. HotelTonight lets you reserve same-day hotel rooms from 9am on the day for up to 70 percent below the standard price. We first covered the startup way back in early 2011, when it launched initially for iPhones, and a lot has happened since then. Following its arrival on Android and iPads, the San Francisco-based company took its... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re not satisfied with photographing the world as it is, Pixite’s new Matter app for iPhone and iPad has devised a way to let you insert all kinds of inanimate objects into your shot. These aren’t just any objects, but beautifully rendered, highly customizable 3D effects, complete with their own shadows and reflections and ready for export as either photos or video loops. You can aim to be photorealistic, fantastical or somewhere in between with endless ways to integrate these structures into your picture. Matter — brought to you by the makers of Union — ships with four packs of models,... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s good news and bad news in China today for Qualcomm, the US giant that creates chipsets for smartphones, tablets, PCs and other gadgets. First off, the good: Qualcomm has announced a new $150 million fund dedicated to startups in China. The company’s Chinese portfolio includes Xiaomi, which just unveiled its new Mi 4 smartphone this week, and Dolphin Browser, which just sold a majority 51 percent share to a Chinese games company. Qualcomm started investing in 2000, though its VC arm didn’t enter China until 10 years ago. With its newest fund, it is looking specifically for mobile-focused startups involved with the internet, e-commerce,... This story continues at The Next Web

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LG is bucking the trend of struggling Android smartphone companies like Samsung and HTC, after revealing that is shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2014. That’s a 20 percent increase on one year previous. The company isn’t just shipping more phones, it says that mobile sales for the period were its highest since 2010, coming in at $3.51 billion. The company finished the quarter with $83.4 million in profit, ending three straight-quarters of losses. LG says “much of the success” was down to its flagship G3‘s popularity in Korea, and global sales of its mid-range L... This story continues at The Next Web

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This week is turning into a notable one for wearable devices thanks to a couple of announcements out of Asia. First, Xiaomi announced plans for a device that will retail for just $13, a truly new low pricepoint for the genre, and now Razer is revealing that its upcoming new product will integrate messaging app WeChat. The Nabu smartband borrows some functionality from a smartwatch, alongside the standard fitness and health tracking capabilities that we expect. But integrating WeChat is a very interesting move, particularly in China where the service is ubiquitously used and is even becoming a platform for developers who seek to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Xiaomi’s office is still humming way past 7pm on the day after their major product launch event. Employees typically end their days at 9.30pm after working 12-hour-long days here, and this commitment doesn’t end post-event. For all the work that has gone into developing its products — the company says the recently-launched Mi 4 took 18 months of research and development, for example —  it is little wonder that recent claims circulating in the press about the company blatantly ripping off Apple’s products have hit its executives hard. High-profile former Google VP Hugo Barra, now VP for Xiaomi Global, said in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has expanded its Street View imagery initiative in Asia after its distinctive camera-clad cars hit the roads of Laos, starting in capital city Vientiane. As is so often the case with Google Maps and Street View projects in Asia, the internet giant has teamed up with the local government and tourism organization for what it hopes will “create new ways for people around the world to experience Laos, and by doing so, help create better awareness of this country and attract more tourism.” Google says it will begin with Vientiane but hopes to cover the rest of Laos “over the next few... This story continues at The Next Web

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Has sending a text message ever come back to bite you? If so, Mark Cuban’s new startup Cyber Dust wants to save you the trouble. The ephemeral messaging app launched today on Android alongside its existing iPhone counterpart. Cyber Dust functions similar to Snapchat, but with a focus primarily on texting. Messages are erased after 30 seconds. The app sends “fully encrypted messages” and never saves the data to your device’s hard drive or a server. The Android app also disables screenshots to make it more difficult for recipients to capture evidence.       Cuban told Fox Business he came... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google announced today the upcoming addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android. The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions. Nearby will adjust its results based on context, such as the weather and the time of day. Google recommends that you have location reporting and history turned on for the best results.       Android users will be able to pull up venue information at their destination. As Google Maps learns more about the places you go to, it’ll get more accurate. This sounds a lot... This story continues at The Next Web

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