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The internet has created a new era of journalism. Readers have an ever-growing number of newspapers, magazines and blogs at their disposal, littered with in-depth features, investigative reports and breaking news. Many of the best outlets are free to access too. Keeping up with this endless stream of excellent reportage can be tough though, especially if you discover articles while at work. They’re quickly brushed aside until you’re next sitting on a plane, wishing you had something interesting to read. This is where Pocket comes in. The service lets you bookmark anything on the Web; articles are stored in your... This story continues at The Next Web

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Dropbox has today updated its iOS app to make it compatible with Apple’s new generation of iPhone devices. Alongside bringing support for the new smartphones, the app can also now make use of the Touch ID support offered in iOS 8, thereby allowing users to unlock their Dropbox without a PIN code or password. The team said it also fixed an error when previewing RTF (Rich Text Format) files on iOS 8, as well as a number of other stability and performance enhancements. ➤ Dropbox [App Store] Image credit: Alexander Supertramp / Shutterstock.com

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Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features. Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music when someone else starts listening elsewhere, so the company is encouraging families to get an account for each family member. The new pricing is slightly cheaper than buying each family member a full subscription but still offers all the features of a premium subscription, such as offline support and no ads while allowing each family member to have their own playlists and favorited tracks.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Yik Yak, an anonymous chat app that has gained popularity among the college set, lets you track, view and contribute to conversations and posts without having to divulge personal information. An update, released today, adds a new mapping feature to the app’s Peek function that makes it easier to view posts in far-flung locations. The update lets users “peek” into any local area worldwide by dropping a pin on a map and viewing that location’s current Yik Yak feed. The company considers the ability to monitor and view posts in specific locations important for tracking local breaking news or sports. The new Peek Anywhere feature, which augments Twitter feeds, news... This story continues at The Next Web

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Accept it: the weekend is over. It’s no use pining for those couple of extra hours you spent lolling (you remember the actual word lolling, don’t you?) about in bed yesterday, they’re gone too. And while it’s true that we can’t bring them back for you, we can still make your start to Monday a little easier by showing you everything you missed this weekend in one handy list. So make yourself a cup of something, mute your phone and spending the next ten minutes or so catching up on all the best tech news and features from The Next... This story continues at The Next Web

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Tying in with the new coding and computing content initiative announced by the BBC last month, the British broadcaster has announced a new Doctor Who-themed game designed to teach the basics of programming to kids. Available online in the UK from Wednesday 22 October, ‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ game is aimed at CBBC-age viewers, and is voiced by the good Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. Players guide Who on a perilous pursuit through space, as he teams up with a Dalek he rescued to save all of creation. Though the game is aimed at kids, the adventure also delves into the Sontar homeworld and the... This story continues at The Next Web

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‘Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world‘ isn’t the simplest job title you’ll ever see, but that’s exactly what Obi Felten at Google[X] gets to call herself. In more comprehensible terms, Felten is a director of product management for early stage Google projects, working alongside engineers, scientists and everyone else to help turn “science fiction-like technology into real world products and businesses.” Such projects include smart contact lens, airborne delivery systems and the much talked-about driverless car, in case you were wondering. Felten was at Wired’s annual conference in London last week, where she was on-stage... This story continues at The Next Web

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As child refugees from Lebanon, Donna and Rosy Khalife knew how to get creative. Growing up in Canada, then Massachusetts, their dad taught the sisters how to engrave plastic, recycle metal and create art using global stamps and coins. That sense of inspiration through organic play became the value proposition for Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription service which offers thematic play for kids ages 6 to 11. Thanks to an appearance on Shark Tank last year, the Washington, D.C.-based startup has smashed yearly targets and will launch an e-commerce site next month. In less than two years, Surprise Ride has grown from... This story continues at The Next Web

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Big screens are finally in fashion — well, for Apple at least — after what seems like eons of rumors, leaks and predictions from the media of Apple’s shift into larger phones. As we waved goodbye to the comfortable, smaller form factor of the iPhone 5 that we’ve become accustomed to, Apple is switching gears to selling ‘bigger is better.’ This year’s iPhone, like those before it, comes with a number of improvements that add up to making it the most compelling device on the market, however this year you have the choice of screen size added to the mix. Luckily,... This story continues at The Next Web

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The issue of online trolling is never too far away from public debate, but the UK government is gearing up to tackle the problem head-on by quadrupling the maximum sentence for those convicted of online abuse. The news comes hot on the heels of the well-publicized threats aimed at Judy Finnegan and her daughter on Twitter, after the TV presenter voiced a degree of support for a footballer who was set to be released from prison after serving two years for rape. Now, as the Mail on Sunday reports, internet trolls who partake in vile abuse could receive anything up... This story continues at The Next Web

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JT Ripton is a business consultant and freelance writer. Through proper content marketing, businesses can build their brand, raise awareness, and engender trust. This type of marketing positions businesses as credible and reliable information sources. Sharing and promoting content related to your particular industry attracts people to your social media and digital platforms as well as your product lines. With so many potential benefits from content marketing, here’s a look at the trends that your business should consider implementing: “Director of Content” is the new highly recruited marketing title The person in this critical role helps coordinate sales and marketing activities... This story continues at The Next Web

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Paul Jarvis experiments with words and design. His latest book is called The Good Creative: 18 ways to make better art.  What’s a landing page? It’s a page on your website that funnels a visitor to take one, specific action. Typically, landing pages drive mailing list signups with specific incentives (like free bonuses). Landing pages work through elimination. They take out everything that’s not required (like navigation links, sidebars, footers, etc.) and put the focus completely on the intended action. I use landing pages for books I write, my newsletter sign-up, for my consulting, and any new product/service I release. Steps... This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you know how to use the Flickr app for iPhone? If the answer is yes, then you already know how to use the brand new Flickr for iPad, which hit the app store today. The new app, for iOS 8 on both the iPhone and the iPad, allows the app to feature the new operating system’s sharing extension as well as streamlined search functionality. Flickr for iPad has been a long time coming, but now that it’s here, there are few surprises. It’s everything the iPhone app is, only writ large and vastly easier to see and operate. Apply filters as you... This story continues at The Next Web

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and a freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the Skyword blog. There’s undoubtedly widespread interest in native advertising among publishers and brands as a new way of reaching audiences with engaging content that brings more value to a reader than traditional ads. According to Shareaholic, 70 percent of people want to learn about products through content rather than through traditional advertising—a statistic that further stresses the importance of quality content to building trust with and educating your audience about your offerings. As native ads become a more valuable way to reach your customer... This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry has announced a new update is a-comin’ to BBM, with a couple of privacy- and control-focused features in tow. The Canadian company is following in the footsteps of numerous messaging apps with an ephemeral ‘timer’ feature, a trend that was popularized in recent years by Snapchat. With the timer, you will be able to control how long your messages and pictures can be viewed within BBM. Before you send some text or a photo, all you need to do is hit the little timer icon and select how long you wish it to be visible for. The recipient won’t be able to see... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Whether they’re flexing their creative muscles to experiment with different approaches or simply snagging a paycheck between features, many A-list directors have taken on-the-side gigs directing commercials for popular products and brands. Here are six top examples of advertisements from our favorite auteurs, ranging from a 1984 Ridley Scott Apple spot to David Fincher’s new campaign for Gap. Ridley Scott – Apple For the arrival of the Macintosh personal computer in 1984, Apple hired Alien’s Ridley Scott to helm the commercial that announced its intention... This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to technology, whether it be consumer tech or the overall concepts of technological advancement, most people in our modern society would say you should adapt or die. While that might not be a problem for millennials or my fellow generation X’ers, the “greatest generation” has had a mixed experience when it comes to adapting to new technology, or even keeping up with the almost obsolete. With baby boomers, they either are or aren’t adaptable – and most of that has to do with how much patience we, their affable and technology-savvy children, choose to exhibit. Perhaps that is an... This story continues at The Next Web

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Wojtek Borowicz, community evangelist at Estimote, freelance writer and a strong believer in the Internet of Things. We’ve already entered the Internet of Things: a world where everything is connected, with billions of devices storing and exchanging data about each other and about their users – i.e. us. As it matures, it’s going to be hugely convenient, not only to the average Joe, whose smart home will always remember to lock the door and switch the lights off, but also to huge organizations. However, one of the main concerns associated with it is the security of IoT platforms and devices.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Good news for Flickr users today – the Yahoo-owned photo-storage and sharing app has finally been optimized for iPad, though it will only work for those running iOS 8. While Flickr already worked on iPad, it was essentially a blown-up version of the iPhone incarnation. But now you can access all your photos, organize them and view them in their full resolution quality on Apple’s tablet too. The latest iOS update also sees support for the iOS 8 Share Extension, meaning it’s easier to share snaps between other third-party services that choose to integrate it. Yahoo snapped up Flickr way back in 2005, and has... This story continues at The Next Web

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It has 14.7 million pixels, but none of those tiny dots of color could stop the folks over at iFixit from ripping apart the 27-inch beast. What the team found was that the new iMac is five on its repairability scale of 1 to 10. That seems about right as an all-in-one machine. Still, it’s nice to see that the hard drive and CPU are still replaceable if you have the know how and patience. Check out the full teardown on iFixit. ➤ iMac Intel 27″ Retina 5K Display Teardown [iFixit] Thumbnail image credit: iFixit

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Doug Levy is a staff copywriter and editor for the Shutterstock blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Last week, mainstream America — and David Letterman — was introduced to one of Japan’s most intriguing phenomenons, the virtual star known as Hatsune Miku. Making a holographic appearance as the musical guest on the Late Night host’s show, Miku was joined by a live band to perform a song chosen specifically for special live performances in the US this month. If it all left Dave (and others) a bit confused, it’s not without... This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat has announced that it will show its first advertisements in its disappearing message app starting this weekend. The company pledged to not place ads next to personal communications, instead reserving promotional content for its “Recent Updates” section. The ad will disappear after viewing or 24 hours. Snapchat has also eschewed “creepy” targeting, an industry trend that leverages user data to make ads more relevant. After explaining that it’s selling ads because it needs to make money, Snapchat promised to use the revenue to “continue to surprise the Snapchat community with more terrific products.” ➤ Advertising on Snapchat [Snapchat blog]

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When faced with a new technology need, should you build your own software – or stitch together solutions already available on the market? It’s easier (and cheaper) than ever to do the latter. But before calling up your CTO or signing up for the SaaS product you read about this morning, figure out which is really the better option for your business. I asked 7 entrepreneurs from YEC what they thought were the most important factors to consider when making this choice. When considering building new technology to serve his or her business vs. using an existing SaaS product, what is the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Looking for font/color theme ideas? Palettab, a Chrome browser extension whose mission in life is to generate ideas for your creative projects, is conveniently located in the next tab. Run by COLOURlovers, an international online community of over 4 million, each palette of five colors has its own identity, as members continually add and experiment with new color combinations. Once you install the extension, just click on a new tab in the Chrome browser and a five-part color combo — each with a unique name and author — appears. Nested inside of each color swatch is a different font sample. To select the color... This story continues at The Next Web

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A couple of months ago, Google released the Android L Developer Preview to give devs a first look at what was coming in the next version of its operating system. As of today, the full release of the Android 5.0 SDK has now gone live. In the blog post, the company also mentioned that the newest version of Android would be available to the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 and 2013) and 10 in early November – around the release for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. As Google notes, if you’re a dev, this gives you just two weeks to... This story continues at The Next Web

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