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When it’s raining outside or you’re tired after a long day at work, summoning the motivation to go running can be difficult. Today, RunKeeper is providing an extra incentive through a new rewards program courtesy of Kiip, which offers discounts, freebies and other optional prizes as you hit new milestones and improve your fitness levels. The exact criteria for unlocking these rewards is unclear at the moment, although RunKeeper has hinted that they’ll pop up “from time to time” after you’ve “accomplished something awesome.” Perhaps that ambiguity is for the best; if you knew exactly which milestones would unlock goodies,... This story continues at The Next Web The post RunKeeper and Kiip team up to offer you discounts and freebies just for working out appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter can be the source of breaking news, interesting articles or things that make you laugh until your sides hurt. It can also be the source of some pretty mundane daily banter. However, if you’ve ever wondered what notable or famous individuals talk about on the platform, there’s now an easy way to find out thanks to a new Twitter account called Pop Owl, which exists solely to highlight conversations between two or more verified accounts. Wil Wheaton, Chris Kluwe and John Scalzi started talking. Here’s what happened next. https://t.co/iBASWSxx0G — Pop Owl (@popowl) August 19, 2014 From the look of... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter account @PopOwl shows that most celebrity conversations are as boring as your own appeared first on The Next Web.

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Uber has branched out from providing on-demand rides for passengers to offer on-demand product deliveries for people living in Washington DC as part of an experimental service. Starting today, Uber users can request items like “allergy medicine, diapers, toothpaste and over 100 other items” through the Uber app. All you need to do is toggle to the ‘Corner Store’ option and select a delivery location within the operational area, then, if a driver is available, Uber will send you a message with a link to items available for purchase. As with other Uber payments, no cash is required and users are charged directly... This story continues at The Next Web The post Uber launches ‘Corner Store’ delivery service in Washington DC appeared first on The Next Web.

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There’s never been a better opportunity to teach yourself Web development — whether you want to get up to speed with HTML, CSS and PHP, learn to work with and build projects on WordPress, Drupal and Joomla CMSes or improve search rankings with SEO. For a limited time, TNW Deals has an incredible offer on lifetime membership and access to over 1,800 in-depth web development course videos & monthly 400 page web design ebooks (each worth $40), and a new class releasing each week from the experts at OSTraining. With tutorials for beginners, experienced coders and everyone in between, OSTraining’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post Last chance: Get lifetime access to OSTraining’s Web development video tutorials appeared first on The Next Web.

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Since its launch in 2006, Blurb, the independent publishing pioneer of print-on-demand artistic tabletop tomes and illustrated magazines, has been popular with the creative community. Blurb’s platform, which hooks into apps like Adobe InDesign and Lightroom, lets artists and photographers plus a wide variety of others, create a printed showcase for their visual works. Today, Blurb has launched an initiative aimed at bringing even more diverse publications into the marketplace for mass distribution. First, Blurb is inaugurating three new trade book sizes – 5×8, 6×9 and 8×10 – complete with lower-cost, text-weight, uncoated paper. Second, it has announced a global retail distribution collaboration with Ingram Content... This story continues at The Next Web The post Blurb branches out to low-cost trade books, e-books and mass distribution via Ingram appeared first on The Next Web.

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Thalmic Labs has added support for smartglasses to its Myo gesture control armband. Supported headsets include Google Glass, Recon Jet and Epson Moverio. While wearing a heads-up display and an armband might seem inconvenient, the integration is intended for workplace environments like construction, healthcare, bike messengers and field service. The idea is that Myo can help in situations where you wouldn’t want a device in your hands. Initial partnerships include: Augmedix, a Google Glass app for physicians; APX Labs, an app for field workers at sites like wind mills and oil refineries; and Closeout by Bridgit, software for managing construction progress. The... This story continues at The Next Web The post Myo integrates its gesture-tracking armband with Google Glass and other smartglasses appeared first on The Next Web.

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Here’s a neat little online resource for you, courtesy of Chicago-based GroupOn developer Trek Glowacki. Beautiful Open is a compendium of beautifully-designed open source projects, showcasing everything from content management systems (CMS) to Javascript SVG libraries. The resource is growing all the time, and it accepts submissions from the community too, though naturally not all will make it through. ➤ Beautiful Open The post Beautiful Open: A compendium of beautiful open source projects appeared first on The Next Web.

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Smartphones continue to grow at a fast pace in India. That’s according to the latest report from IDC, which says shipments in Q2 2014 grew 84 percent year-on-year and an impressive 11 percent quarter-on-quarter. Yet, despite those figures, there is plenty of scope for further development. IDC says feature phones accounted for a dominant 71 percent of all shipments in the last quarter, which echoes recent findings from Counterpoint Research. Like Counterpoint, IDC found that local player Micromax topped the list for smartphones and feature phones combined, but Samsung lead on smartphones. Going forward, IDC says the sub-$200 segment will be increasingly important as... This story continues at The Next Web The post Report: India’s smartphone shipments jumped 84% in a year, still lots of room for growth appeared first on The Next Web.

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Wikipedia is one of the Web’s most visited properties. From quantum mechanics to Laurel and Hardy, the online encyclopedia delivers good primers on just about any topic you can think of. But doesn’t the interface sometimes feel as though it belongs to a previous era? The Wikipedia of August 2004 reveals not a lot has changed, aesthetically at least. This is where WikiWand wants to help. WikiWand is the handiwork of Lior Grossman, who co-founded the startup back in 2013 before recently tying up $600,000 in funding to build the Wikipedia of the Future. Available as an extension for Chrome,... This story continues at The Next Web The post WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s well known that mobile phones are increasingly the primary device for accessing the internet across the world. Here’s a great way to illustrate that using Google’s Public Data service. Plotting smartphone usage against PC usage produces this fascinating chart which literally shows the rise of smartphone usage over the past three years. Click Play to see the data change over time It’s worth bearing in mind that this data comes from TNS Germany which, though a reputable source of information, means there may be anomalies. Nonetheless, it demonstrates one of the most important technological trends of the decade. ➤ Via Robin Moroney [Google+] Don’t miss: In China, more... This story continues at The Next Web The post This chart shows the world’s internet usage shifting to smartphones appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft has announced that its Nokia Lumia 530 smartphone will be on sale in the UK from September 4 from a range of retailers and operators. Announced last month, the device has a 4-inch FWVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of storage (with microSD card support up to 128GB) and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear. It’s also one of the first of Microsoft’s devices to arrive running the updated Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, which means it has the new features like the Action Center and support for a more customizable home screen and wallpapers. While each operator and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Nokia Lumia 530 arriving in the UK on September 4 priced from £60 appeared first on The Next Web.

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More than a year after it launched for iOS, the annoying but purpose-serving alarm clock app SpinMe is now available for Android users too. With SpinMe, the only easy way of switching off your alarm is by physically getting out of bed and spinning yourself around (with the phone in your hand, obviously). It works thanks to the motion-sensing gyroscope now available on many smartphones. Based on our brief tinkerings, SpinMe for Android works exactly like its iPhone counterpart. When you’re rudely awoken from the land of nod, you will be instructed to stand up, hold your device flat and... This story continues at The Next Web The post SpinMe for Android is an alarm clock that only deactivates when you spin around appeared first on The Next Web.

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HTC has announced the Butterfly 2, a new 5-inch smartphone in its Butterfly range that will go on sale across Asia from next month. Powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the device sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. There’s also a five-megapixel front-facing camera which HTC says will let users take “beautiful selfies with ease.” There’s plenty of focus on audio, as we’ve come to expect from HTC. The Butterfly 2 comes with the company’s BoomSound technology — in fact, HTC says the phone’s sound system is 25 percent louder than the HTC One thanks to a revamped speaker layout.... This story continues at The Next Web The post The HTC Butterfly 2 is a 5-inch, mid-range phone that goes on sale in Asia next month appeared first on The Next Web.

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We’ve written before how Mixcloud has been setting out to shape the future of radio with a streaming platform for DJs, podcasters and other long-form audio creators. Launched in 2009, the London-based company has built up a good following over the past six or so years, now counting around 10 million monthly users, whie it recently opened its first office in the US. Now, Mixcloud is rollng out a major upgrade to its streaming service with one eye firmly on monetization. Show me the money From today, the company is introducing subscription plans, both for listeners AND those who upload audio,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mixcloud enters the subscription fray with Premium and Pro services starting at $6.99/month appeared first on The Next Web.

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Xbox One users who are also fans of Reddit will be happy to know that Microsoft is launching a dedicated Reddit app for the game console, which will be available on August 19 in the US and Canada. Microsoft says that the ReddX app lets redditors interact in a similar way to the experience on the Reddit.com site. The app can be snapped to the side of your TV, letting you keep up to date with content on the site even while you’re gaming. It also gives Xbox Live members the ability to browse through subreddits, in addition to a customized main... This story continues at The Next Web The post Reddit is coming to the Xbox One with an official app appeared first on The Next Web.

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Uber is going all out to conquer India, after launching its service simultaneously in four additional cities today — Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Kolkata. This takes Uber India’s presence into 10 cities, becoming the company’s largest market outside the US in terms of the number of operational cities. Uber first landed in India in August last year, starting with Bangalore. The country looks to be a key market for Uber, simply because of its huge population of more than 1.2 billion people who could be potential customers. With the aggressive launch of four new cities all at once, Uber is... This story continues at The Next Web The post India becomes Uber’s largest market outside US with launch of its service in four additional cities appeared first on The Next Web.

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Smart TVs are anything but smart. The UI is usually incredibly cumbersome, riddled with confusing elements and generally makes you want to pry the Smart TV button off of your remote. But the new Roku TV is different because it started as a streaming box people actually like. Beginning today you can pre-order a Roku TV from TCL while Hisense has announced that its Roku TVs will be available in late September. Both manufacturers have the Roku OS for TV on their televisions. The TV-centric version of Roku OS is nearly identical to the set-top box OS. The key differences are that the channels found... This story continues at The Next Web The post The Roku TV is now available for pre-order appeared first on The Next Web.

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Messaging app Line has introduced new security measures that notify users when their account is accessed via its desktop app and Web-based store. The move appears to be a response to pressure in its native Japan, where police have fielded complaints from users whose accounts have been accessed by third parties. The company denied that its database was hacked, and instead asked users to create more sophisticated passwords and keep their user ID private. The new feature sends a chat ping when users log in to the Mac or Windows app, or the Web store. It also sends a notification in the event of any unsuccessful... This story continues at The Next Web The post Chat app Line adds security measures for desktop and web logins amid hacking concerns appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google confirmed plans for a YouTube subscription music service earlier this year. Now, Android Police has a pretty solid lead on it with alleged leaked screenshots of the service, which is currently named YouTube Music Key. While details could change as Google puts the final touches on the new product, YouTube Music Key is expected to include Google Play Music All Access, which will be rebranded as Google Play Music Key. Based on the leak, the new YouTube service will offer ad-free music, audio-only mode, offline playback, background listening and more. Users will pay $9.99 for access to a catalog... This story continues at The Next Web The post Alleged leak of YouTube music service shows offline, audio-only and background modes appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today launched a new plugin for Visual Studio called Bing Developer Assistant. The tool, which is available for both Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013, helps developers find code snippets and samples directly from within the IDE. In fact, Bing Developer Assistant is actually a combination of two other Visual Studio extensions: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. Developers told Microsoft that they wanted a more efficient in-product search experience that would allow them not only to find sample code quickly while in Visual Studio, but would also let them pull relevant snippets into their projects. Eager to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft’s Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio helps developers quickly find code snippets and samples appeared first on The Next Web.

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Flappy Bird was an incredibly frustrating game that you couldn’t stop playing. After pulling Flappy Bird in February, developer Dong Nguyen is back with Swing Copters, and it is poised to destroy your sanity. Touch Arcade was able to get its hands on Swing Copters and from the looks of its gameplay video, it’s tougher than Flappy Bird. The new game’s protagonist is a guy with a helicopter helmet. You navigate our hero by tapping on the screen. With each tap he moves left or right but is always moving up through increasingly difficult-to-maneuver ledges with hammers swinging back and forth. So it’s vertical... This story continues at The Next Web The post The creator of Flappy Bird has new game coming this week and it’ll drive you bonkers appeared first on The Next Web.

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A month ago Evernote updated its Web Clipper for Chrome and today Safari gets the same treatment. The updated Web Clipper for Safari has a new compact layout that resides in the top right hand corner of your browser window with all the tools you expect from Evernote including everyone’s favorite pink arrow tool. In addition to all the annotation tools, after an item is clipped, a reminder can be assigned to it and you can highlight text in text clippings. You can also share the clipping via social networks and email. Evernote says that the Web Clipper can be adjusted... This story continues at The Next Web The post Evernote updates Web Clipper for Safari with a more efficient experience appeared first on The Next Web.

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Shannon Byrne is the Content & PR Manager at Mention, where she crafts words, creates strategies, and recruits loyal advocates. This post originally appeared on the Geckoboard blog. Whether your startup is a SaaS company, a product, or a more traditional service, you’ve likely been collecting a multitude of data on your clients and how they use your offering from day one. Of course you can use this information to create buyer personas, segment communications, and get to know the needs of your customers better, and hopefully you do. But it doesn’t have to stop there. In a world of big... This story continues at The Next Web The post Data marketing 101: How startups can put their data to work appeared first on The Next Web.

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Some Facebook users are now able to add stickers when posting comments on the social network. We contacted Facebook to learn more, and the company confirmed it is currently testing the new feature. “We are running a test which allows you to add a sticker to a comment on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told TNW. “Simply tap the sticker to add it to the comment, in the same way you would in Messenger.” For the rest of Facebook users, stickers are only available on Facebook Messenger on mobile or Facebook Chat on the website. If the company sees metrics it... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook confirms it is testing stickers in comments appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today launched a new AdWords tool called Website Call Conversions, which lets advertisers identify and measure calls from their website that occur after an ad click. The company explains that many customers only call a given business after clicking through an ad and learning more about the provided products and services. Google says 70 percent of mobile searchers have called a business directly from search ads, and the company already lets advertisers track this with AdWords click-to-call ads, call metrics, and calls as conversions. Today’s release is specifically for those calls that occur after already navigating to the company’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google launches Website Call Conversions to let advertisers track calls from websites following ad clicks appeared first on The Next Web.

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