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A short time ago, in the same galaxy we’re in today, a developer called Julien Deswaef created a YouTube bot that renders one New York Times story a day about ‘war’ as a ‘Star Wars’ credit crawl. ‘World Wars – News from the Empire’ uses two Python scripts. One fetches the New York Times’ RSS feeds, filters them to feature only those using war-related keywords, then creates a crawl based on that text. The other uploads that animation to YouTube, adding a title and description. Make sure you read Deswaef’s post – linked above and below – about how he built… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all heard the phrase “you only have one chance to make a first impression”, this is even more true when it comes to mobile landing pages. At the most basic level a landing page is the first interaction a customer will have with your website. Getting that first impression right is critical. Earlier this year we published the post, responsive design is not a mobile optimization strategy focusing on the importance of creating dedicated mobile landing pages for your mobile traffic and not using responsive design to convert visitors into customers. Mobile Statistics: Smartphone mobile commerce revenues amounted to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Managing a team under pressure can be overwhelming. You can learn proven strategies and methods in the Project Management Certification Bundle, which offers eight engaging courses that work toward industry-standard certifications. The PMP and PMI qualifications are widely recognized by employers around the world, and the tuition in this bundle is geared toward the exam. You learn plenty of real-world skills along the way, starting with a Basics course that teaches you how to identify major shareholders, develop a roadmap, and draw up a schedule. This track also includes communication techniques and risk management. The Expert version of the course… This story continues at The Next Web

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Searching for tentacles on the internet is…uh…well, let’s just say it can flag up some pretty way out stuff. Good work, Japan! But this is some safe-for-work, tentacle-related entertainment. Muscular Hydrostats – which should be the name of a math rock band – is a simulation that lets you mess with a tentacled squid-like creature, sending it barrelling around your browser. Once you’ve got bored with playing with the default monster, you can open up the control panel and screw with the parameters, including head size, tentacle length and gravity. If you’re a dev, you can play even more by grabbing the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Business trips are often a last minute thing, leaving you tight for time between meetings, getting organized and your travel. Recognizing this, last minute accommodation provider HotelTonight, integrated travel and expense management app Concur and car service Lyft have teamed up to make those trips as pain free as possible. Combining the three on-demand services in the Concur app will allow business travellers to book transport and accommodation and manage flights and expenses in one place. While the Concur app is free to download, your company will need to be a Concur customer for you to avail of its service. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the launch of Apple Music, debates over music streaming services are flaring up once again. Like Spotify, Rdio, Tidal and others, Apple Music promises access to a vast music library, and aims to turn that access into something people will pay for on an ongoing basis. Astute observers have noted that Apple Music’s business model differs little from Spotify’s: both lure users with free access (for a limited time in the case of Apple, ad-supported in the case of Spotify), and expect increasingly substantial numbers to convert to paying subscribers at $9.99/month. The same concerns swirl around these music-streaming… This story continues at The Next Web

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Forget the pay wall, San Franciscans have got a lot more to worry about when it comes to technology infiltrating their daily lives. To combat public urinators, SF’s Department of Public Works has announced that it has coated nine different walls around the city with hydrophobic paint so those who pee on said wall will get a taste of their own golden shower. The Ultra-Ever Dry paint has been implemented in a few different use cases before, but not something of this prank-tastic scale. Testing out a new pee repellent that “pees back” to prevent public urination. pic.twitter.com/6eDJ4w9MWH — SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) July… This story continues at The Next Web

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It looks like Instagram version 7.3 didn’t just bring new Explore features – but an entirely new edit screen to help quicken the sharing process. Spotted by Droid Life, the latest build of Instagram for Android sports a new screen that condenses the Edit, Location Tag, User Tag and Caption tools all within one screen. There’s also a “Swipe to Filter” overlay that lets you sample different filters instead of tapping through the 20-something offerings. I think Instagram’s on to our Valencia overuse, guys. Previously, you first had to select a filter, choose from various editing tools, tap the next arrow… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re in a startup, the idea of pursuing a “side project” may seem like a bit of a joke. The standard ethos from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv is that if you’re not living, breathing and bleeding your core product, you’re doing something wrong. And besides, who has the time? But there is a difference between a “side project” as stereotyped by the unrelated passion project stowed away in the desk drawer until it magically becomes your main focus, and the new phenomenon of “side project marketing,” wherein a company’s side project can actually create real and lasting value… This story continues at The Next Web

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In typical OnePlus fashion, it took the Chinese company a while to tease all the details about its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 2. Now that the VR launch event is a little over 24 hours away, we’ve reached the final step in the announcement buildup: The invitation. OnePlus is officially accepting invitation requests via email. The company noted that current OnePlus fans will be prioritized through August, and friends of OnePlus’ early adopters can receive invites through them as well. Which means that even though you can put your name on the list, it’ll likely be quite the wait… This story continues at The Next Web

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Let’s stack up the evidence… Grumbles about site load speeds on news sites are getting louder, thanks in no small part to often bulky ad downloads. The shift to native ads is accelerating, coupled with an increased diversification in income streams among at least some publishers (click the arrow top-left on our site and see the different products we offer, for example, even if display ads are still an important part of the mix right now). Use of adblockers is on the rise and growing on mobile, with Safari on iOS 9 set to support content blocking. The logical endpoint? Someone is going to be first to… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Web is flooded with countless strategies for maximizing productivity and increasing efficiency. Tools for productivity flood our phones’ app stores. Currently, there are 1,594,374 apps available for download in the Google Play store, according to AppBrain. Of those apps, the second highest amount of apps available fall into the “lifestyle” category, meaning they help users search, shop, and socialize more efficiently. The implications are clear: We want to accomplish more with less time, resources, and money. The 80/20 Rule Derived from Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto’s “Pareto Principle,” the 80/20 rule says that 20 percent of what you do each… This story continues at The Next Web

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As you’re sitting down and reading this article, you’ll be both shocked and inspired by the roller coaster we went through to hit #646 in the Inc 5000 list. Before I get into the nitty gritty of how we went from zero to 8-figures in revenue in 18 months with our flagship product, I need to give you a bit of context of where we came from. Why? Because often when people read an article about a business success story, they get the idea that the founders immediately struck gold and had massive success right from the get go. This is RARELY… This story continues at The Next Web

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So it’s another long day and you’re stuck in the office. When you don’t have much to do, it’s a total drag to aimlessly scour the Internet while watching the minutes roll by. Why would you do that when you could be playing a game? I’m a retro/classic gamer, so you can imagine how excited I was knowing that the Internet Archive released a limited selection of DOS games available for streaming, no downloading required. While it doesn’t have absolutely every amazing DOS game out there, it does have more than a few great titles to show off. Playing games… This story continues at The Next Web

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Colors can have a tremendous impact on a consumer’s decision to purchase. With today’s three seconds to convince visitors to convert kind of world, it’s important to use colors, images and messaging the best way we can. As our brains process images 60,000 times quicker than text, color can have a huge impact on your landing page’s conversion rate. In the following article we will explore the emotional power color has on our brains and decisions, along with tips for how you can incorporate color psychology into your landing page designs. Colors are a way of communicating certain messages and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Few marketing campaigns have the power to stick with you vividly for decades. The way Sega launched Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 1992, however, really fits the bill. Even to this day I remember that ‘Sonic 2sday’ was November 24, 1992. I remember the excitement I had as a child as that day approached. This was the first simultaneous global launch of a video game and it was a big deal. I remember hopping on a bus down to the local games shop (Microbyte in Bradford, staffed by two affable young chaps called Jools and George) after school to see… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo is shutting down the TVii service on its Wii U console next month. One of the big selling points of the Wii U when it launched in late 2012, it provides access to cable and satellite TV channels, as well as video on demand services like Netflix and Hulu. The service, complete with its interactive and social features, will go offline at  3:00pm PT on August 11, 2015. The Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and Crunchyroll apps will continue to operate separately. All Nintendo has said by way of explanation is that “every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m sure we’ve all heard of the term ‘hackathon’ being bandied around, conjuring up images of developers hunched over laptops in the dead of night, pizza stains on their graphic tees, and surrounded by rolling hills of empty Red Bull cans. The idea behind hackathons are that if you fill a room with techies and ply them with enough caffeine and grease-soaked snacks, you’re bound to squeeze out a usable idea or three. But do they actually help improve productivity within a company? The short answer is: yes, they do. In fact, they can help improve productivity in a number… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you spend $400 on a motorcycle helmet, you have certain expectations about quality and safety. But what should you expect when your helmet costs $400,000? Well, if you expected it to be magically able to see through walls, you’d be right. It won’t actually give you Superman’s X-Ray vision, but it’s pretty close. This “super-helmet” is actually the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) and it was created to work in synch with one of the most complex weapons systems ever created: the F-35 Lightning II. Different versions of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter jet are designed to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jack Dorsey blows my mind. That’s not a compliment or a criticism, he just blows my mind. He’s Mr Two-hats; Mr CEO-of Square-and-interim-CEO-of-Twitter – and he had an interesting Friday. First, news broke that a Square IPO is finally in motion. You’d think that would be enough for one CEO, but Jack is a super-CEO and just a few hours later he was talking Twitter product development with Kim Kardashian… I just emailed Twitter to see if they can add an edit feature so that when u misspell something u don't have to delete & repost Let's see… — Kim… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the launch of Windows 10 just around the corner, Microsoft is now elaborating on its plans to enhance the Windows Store for both developers and customers. As the company unifies its mobile and desktop stores and rolls out universal apps, improvements to organization, search and discovery are underway to propel customers to the app marketplace. According to a blog post by Bernardo Zamora, product manager for the Windows Apps and Store team: The Store has been built from the ground up for Windows 10 providing for scalability, and the ability to support a single Store for apps, plus a wider variety of content types: apps,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has launched a slick new site with the purpose of telling us why iPhones are special. Like its video ads, the site is a rehash of why an iPhone is an iPhone, but is that enough? When the videos launched, my colleague Owen Williams posited that Apple has lost its marketing direction, and the ads weren’t “helping the company explain to the world why iPhone is so compelling.” He had a point — the ads were far too slick to be truly informative. Where the videos were a cursory glance, the website is a touch more compelling if you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Venture capital investors are looking for different things than private equity investors. Venture capital firms are typically growth-oriented, early-stage investors looking for these proof-of-concept points before cutting a check. Private equity firms are typically cash-flow oriented, later-stage investors, looking to invest in companies in excess of $10 million  in revenues and $3 million in EBITDA (A company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) in size. So, as an early-stage startup, why on earth should you consider reaching out to private equity investors, if you are not making progress with venture capital investors? Because you are going to pitch them with an entirely different growth… This story continues at The Next Web

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An algorithm change in Apple’s App Store is reportedly affecting some iPad developers. While we don’t know the particulars of why some apps are falling in the ranking, developers should take it as a lesson that you can’t always trust the App Store. TechCrunch took a look at some third-party analytics tools, which show iPad apps are being affected moreover than iPhone apps. It’s worth noting that Apple doesn’t make algorithm changes known, nor does it discuss what’s changed. Yes. Something did happen. http://t.co/9HQ6GHDoJN — Ouriel Ohayon (@OurielOhayon) July 24, 2015 Developers should be interested in what’s going on with… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially granted AT&T’s bid to purchase DirecTV. The deal comes with conditions, and positions AT&T’s customer count near the levels of what Comcast and Time Warner would have been. The deal is said to be worth $48.5 billion. Neither AT&T or DirecTV has officially commented on the news yet. In a statement, the FCC said it allowed the merger after careful consideration: The Commission’s decision is based on a careful, thorough review of the record, which includes extensive economic analysis and documentary data from the applicants, as well as comments from interested parties. Based on this review, the Commission… This story continues at The Next Web

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