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Google has finally revealed more specific details of its new Android One program, an initiative announced earlier this year that aims to bring standardization and a better user experience to affordable Android smartphones. Economic Times reports that Android One has launched with three local handset-makers as its initial partners: Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobile. The US company held an event in Mumbai today at which it revealed that the first devices will be priced upwards of 6,399 INR, that’s approximately $105. While affordable, that price does make them more expensive than a range of truly budget Android phones, but it seems... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google announces its first ‘affordable’ Android One smartphones in India, priced from $105 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Asia is so often the vanguard of new tech trends: how about dedicating walking lanes for people using mobile phones? That’s what is happening in Chongqing City, where the country’s first “exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users” has been introduced, according to the People’s Daily newspaper. Chongqing City has set up China’s 1st “exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users ” to avoid possible crashes on Fri pic.twitter.com/jFiCbbE1yk — People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) September 13, 2014 As someone who often suffers the pain of walking behind pedestrians who are glued to their smartphone, this mad-cap idea might actually be useful. But we can’t... This story continues at The Next Web The post This Chinese city has special walking lanes for pedestrians who can’t put their phones down appeared first on The Next Web.

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Netflix has finally said ‘bonjour’ to France after the video-on-demand site marked its long-awaited arrival in the country, another part of its ambitious European expansion program. Announced via a tweet, Netflix’s imminent arrival has had French broadcasters scrambling for a response. Top broadcaster Canal Play has been investing in online services, while others are offering stacks of free content online to combat the new arrival. Things may not be plain sailing however. Set-top boxes are hugely popular media channels in France, where they are offered as part of internet-TV-phone deals, and, for now, Netflix is not offered by the all-powerful set-top box... This story continues at The Next Web The post Netflix makes its much-anticipated debut in France appeared first on The Next Web.

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More shots have been fired. Fresh from going after Apple with new videos that attack the products it launched last week — and even the bumpy coverage of its livestream broadcast — Samsung is now focusing on the fact that it launched a bigger smartphone first. In the video below, the Korean company digs into media reports which ridiculed the Note for being too big, and highlights those who suggest that Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus “imitates” the Note. We doubt Apple will return fire directly. Apple CEO Tim Cook already threw some shade when he told PBS that Google is the company’s chief... This story continues at The Next Web The post New Samsung ad claims Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus ‘imitates’ the Galaxy Note appeared first on The Next Web.

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Earlier this month, Motorola officially announced the new Moto X, its latest flagship smartphone, offering enhanced specs and a slew of customizable options. But when is it actually availble for sale? Motorola has just shed some light on this question. From Tuesday September 16, pre-orders will open in the US for the Moto X (AT&T and Pure Edition), as well as the Moto Hint and turbo charger accessories. In related news, the Moto 360 smartwatch will be back in stock the same day in the US too. The Moto X on AT&T will set you back $99 on a two-year... This story continues at The Next Web The post Motorola’s latest flagship, the Moto X, will be available for pre-order in the US on Sept. 16 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. We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan milestones for our progress. Basically, we try to predict the future to some degree. We do this in business, in health, and in life at large. Can we increase our quarterly earnings by 20 percent? Can I lose 20 pounds in the next 3 months? Will I be married by 30? These are all measurements... This story continues at The Next Web The post Why you should measure backward, not forward appeared first on The Next Web.

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Popular to-do list app Any.DO has given its Android app the usual bug-fixes and tweaks that come with app updates, but it has also gained an interesting new feature in the form of file attachments. While other to-do services such as Wunderlist have let you attach files to individual items for a while, Any.DO for Android is following suit. As you can see in the screenshots below, you’ll now see a little paperclip option when you click one of the items, and the little number that accompanies it rises to reflect the number of files attached.     Any.DO version 2.87... This story continues at The Next Web The post Any.do for Android now lets you attach files to your to-do list items appeared first on The Next Web.

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Scrolling through the usual list of on-demand video-streaming services on my PS3 last year, I couldn’t quite decide whether to fire up iPlayer to watch some documentaries, see what movies were going down on Blinkbox, or watch some random verbal enlightenment through TED’s YouTube channel. For reasons I can’t quite explain, my eyes were eventually drawn to one of the handful of ‘other’ services I’d habitually ignored in the TV/Video Services section, which include Animax and VidZone. “What the hell is MUBI?,” I wondered. It transpired that Mubi was a “…curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning... This story continues at The Next Web The post Meet MUBI, the ‘Netflix for cult, classic and indie movies’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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David Akka is the Managing Director of Magic Software Enterprises (UK). Application integration solutions have become key enablers for business success by allowing enterprises to increase competitiveness through streamlining business processes, increasing operational efficiencies and creating new innovative services. However, changing business environments and technologies, including the surging popularity of cloud-based applications, the shift to enterprise mobility and the need for real-time information mean that IT managers need to demand more from their application integration solution. Before investing in an integration solution, organizations should make sure that it will support both current and future requirements while still being be cost-effective to... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 must-have attributes for future-proof application integration appeared first on The Next Web.

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Carrie Melissa Jones is the editorial director of CMX Media. This post originally appeared on the CMX Hub. When you’re building a community from scratch, it may seem like you have far more questions than you do answers. Where do you begin? Who do you connect with first? How come this is taking so long? For Sandi MacPherson, founder of Quibb, these questions were really the tip of the iceberg. When she first started the site, a professional network based on sharing industry news, she described herself as a “tech newb,” looking for ways to help colleagues and professional peers... This story continues at The Next Web The post 10 unscalable tactics Quibb used to build a community of influential professionals appeared first on The Next Web.

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Windows Phone has come a long way from its beginnings in 2010. I was one of the very first adopters of the Windows Phone 7 platform, but eventually left after two years of disappointments for brighter shores. I was recently given the opportunity to try Microsoft’s latest flagship, the Lumia 930, to see just how far Windows Phone has come from those early days and I’ve been impressed by just how well Microsoft has featured matched other platforms. Windows Phone 8.1 is incredibly beautiful; perhaps the most attractive part of the phone which certainly sets itself apart from Android and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Windows Phone is great, but requires you go all-in on Microsoft appeared first on The Next Web.

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Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Technology moves fast, and with it, the increasingly relevant question: Can my smartphone replace my camera? The answer may lie in the megapixels. When I consider that my current iPhone has far more megapixels than my first DSLR did, it’s an easy illustration of the shifting parameters. But... This story continues at The Next Web The post How many megapixels does your camera really need? appeared first on The Next Web.

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Traveling broadens the mind, opens up new avenues, teaches you new things and, ultimately, is good for the soul. But where you go is often partly dictated by friends, spouses, partners, and anyone else you’re like to go away with. While many do, of course, travel solo, meeting people isn’t always easy, and if you’re only going to be somewhere for a night or two, learning the local lingo for ‘table for 1′ might be a good idea. Tripr, however, is looking to solve this problem, as it’s setting out to “radically change the nature of youth travel,” the startup... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tripr for iPhone connects travelers who will be in the same place at the same time appeared first on The Next Web.

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Earlier this week, news emerged that up to 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum, though Google said that it didn’t believe any of it was the result of a security breach at its end. Now, Automattic, which operates hosted blogging service WordPress.com, has revealed it has taken pre-emptive measures to secure thousands of its own accounts. While the company’s quick to point out that the Gmail security breach is in no way connected to WordPress itself, given that a slew of emails on the list matched email addresses used by WordPress.com bloggers, it... This story continues at The Next Web The post WordPress preemptively resets 100,000 accounts as a precaution over recent Gmail password leaks appeared first on The Next Web.

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Leah Pope is the VP of Global Marketing of Synthesio. I don’t have a PhD, I don’t work in a lab and I don’t work with chemicals. I work in social media, and to succeed in this market you must think like a scientist. Social media helps companies monitor and analyze what is being said about them to make decisions about customer service, marketing and business strategy. In today’s market, social media is no longer simply about Facebook ‘Likes’ and tweets; rather it is a key tool for a business, and has become a science for many brands to study and... This story continues at The Next Web The post What it’s really like to work in social media appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’re a young startup with a gleam in your eye, a working prototype in your back pocket and very little else, then making the right first step will be crucial for success. For founders with little-to-no previous startup experience,joining an accelerator makes a lot of sense. Even if you’re a seasoned pro with an exit or two under your belt,  a helping hand might still be useful. Traditionally, accelerators provide a combination of things; primarily a small amount of funding, a space to work and access to mentors, industry bodies and individuals they would otherwise struggle to gain the attention... This story continues at The Next Web The post Brand value: How brand-focused accelerators help startups reach customers appeared first on The Next Web.

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Matt Straz is the founder & CEO of Namely, the HR and payroll platform for the world’s most exciting companies. Productivity: it’s not just a buzzword, it also has a huge impact on your company’s bottom line. Yet, the more dissatisfied and disengaged your workforce is, the less productive time they’re putting into tasks. When Gallup discovered 70 percent of the American workforce was disengaged on the job, leading to an estimated loss of $550 billion from the economy, this should have been a wake-up call for employers. Still, many are trudging along, business as usual, while their best people... This story continues at The Next Web The post Work hard, work happy: The secrets to more productive employees appeared first on The Next Web.

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Back in early August, TNW’s Community Director Matt Navarra was invited to a gathering of friends in London for a boat trip along the Thames. Later that evening, Matt discovered his iPhone was missing. Apple’s Find My iPhone service reported the phone alive and well, and located in the exact spot the boat had dropped him off. The next day, Matt went back to the boat and the owners helped him search for the missing iPhone. Even though ‘Find My iPhone’ was saying it was on the boat, it was nowhere to be found. With nothing else to be done, Matt... This story continues at The Next Web The post #iPhoneRescue: The gripping social media saga of a missing smartphone appeared first on The Next Web.

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Rounding out his media tour for this week’s Apple event, CEO Tim Cook has recorded a multi-part interview for the Charlie Rose Show. The first segment of the interview will air tonight, September 12, on PBS. Excerpts of the interview posted to YouTube show Cook talking about the television industry, Steve Jobs, and the $3 billion Beats acquisition. “TV is one of those things that if we’re really honest it’s stuck back in the 70s,” Cook said, while noting that Apple continues to have “great interest” in the space. Cook also revealed that Apple has preserved Jobs’ office exactly as... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss TV, Steve Jobs and Beats in Charlie Rose interview appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’re still using Google+ and you have a Chromecast, there’s an update to the Android app that you’ll want to snap up. Now you can cast a slideshow of videos, photos and links shared to your stream. So far the update only seems to be for the Android version of Google+. To cast a slideshow, you should see the cast icon in the top right hand of your stream. Just tap that, choose your Chromecast and your feed will appear on a connected TV. You can also choose photos and albums and tap the same icon to see those on... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google+ for Android updated with ability to cast photos, videos and links appeared first on The Next Web.

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After teasing the app earlier this week, Digg co-founder Kevin Rose has released Tiiny, the first app from North Technologies, his new mobile startup. Tiiny shows you a grid of 212×212-pixel photos and looping videos from people you follow. There’s no way to enlarge the images, and they are automatically deleted after 24 hours. The concept of the app is based on the Explore/Hashtag views on Instagram, with the assumption that the smaller size will lead to less pressure when sharing.                          The app uses your Twitter login to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Kevin Rose launches Tiiny, a fun iPhone app for sharing temporary photos and videos appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Mention blog. A few months ago, I held a Yabbly AMA about how and why we use webinars at Mention. For the uninitiated, webinars are online seminars or master classes designed to educate around a clear and concise topic. Generally around 30-40 minutes, these live events are a fantastic way to demo a product, show off a new feature, offer tips, hacks, or best practices, and perhaps most powerfully: to introduce yourself — your actual self — to customers. I have to say, I was surprised by all the interest on Yabbly. The AMA... This story continues at The Next Web The post Everything you need to know about running a successful webinar appeared first on The Next Web.

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The best part about the Moto 360’s design is that you don’t always notice just how thick it is. At certain angles, the flat black version (it’s also available in stainless steel) of the watch looks like a traditional round-faced watch. Then you tilt your arm or it gets caught on a cuff and you’re reminded that a tiny, yet too big, computer resides on your watch and you have to decide if you’re proud or embarrassed. The Moto 360 with its Horween leather strap and Gorilla Glass face is a beautiful device. Motorola has been designing great looking devices for... This story continues at The Next Web The post Moto 360 smartwatch review: A beautifully flawed watch appeared first on The Next Web.

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and a freelance writer. TThis post originally appeared on the SumAll blog. Content is the fuel of all marketing initiatives today, but without having a story to tell there’s no content for your business to create and distribute. Storytelling is a powerful way to get the message across about what your company does and on a deeper level, what it stands for. The story your company is telling by educating and entertaining its audience will be the focus of your content, which can help increase the visibility of your business, generate trust, drive traffic... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to craft a compelling storyline for your company appeared first on The Next Web.

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Anton Gladkoborodov is the founder and CEO of Coub, an HD video sharing website and app. With the internet facilitating global connectivity, it’s becoming easier for large companies to spread around the world, oftentimes with each branch focusing on a particular function and acting more or less independently. A small startup with teams in multiple cities and at least an eight hour time difference will frequently face different obstacles. We’ve compiled a list of things we’ve learned as a result of running Coub, a 30-person startup with teams divided by the Atlantic Ocean (or the Pacific, depending from which side you look at it.) While... This story continues at The Next Web The post Effective communication tips for operating a business across time zones appeared first on The Next Web.

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