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The WristBoom is a $49 Bluetooth speaker you strap on like a watch. That’s the basic pitch Bigr is selling on the Indiegogo campaign they launched yesterday, albeit with a promotional price of $20 to start. At first glance, it looks like just another vain attempt to jump on the wearables bandwagon, but trying one out myself, it’s actually quite good. The speaker is housed in a nondescript plastic shell, and comes in black, blue, grey, green and red. My grey model came with a matching latex strap which felt soft and comfortable on my wrist. It’s pretty large –… This story continues at The Next Web

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We can sometimes wrongly convince ourselves that user can easily navigate through our website. Or even worse, we stay on the Web so much that we know exactly how things work all the time, but those who barely go online may not be so accustomed. Most Web designers and developers do user testing on their sites and applications to make sure the majority of users can use them without issue, as it’s important to make sure your website works and makes sense to all types of users who visit your site. How many Web devs actually test websites with their mom? If you don’t have your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cycling enthusiasts may not baulk at the thought of spending several thousand dollars on a decent bicycle, but even they might find Audi’s latest two-wheeler priced a little steep. So, just how much does this new ultra-light road bike cost? $5,000? $10,000? Maybe even $15,000? Guess again — the Audi Sport Racing Bike costs as much as some low-cost cars, with a price tag coming in at over $19,000 (2,370,000 JPY). If you’re wondering what a $19,000 bicycle gets you, then it isn’t much — but that’s kind of the point. The Audi Sport Racing Bike makes its airy attributes something of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Think of this as a public service announcement. According to the official website of The White House, all tweets sent to (or from) an official government account are archived. As in, forever. While I’m not saying that there will be ramifications to asking the President of The United States if he wants to “smoke a blunt and listen to Kanye,” I’m not saying there won’t be, either. Remember, the internet is an über-efficient archival tool and while you thank it’s hilarious to throw around racial slurs (omitted from this post – but the sheer number of these is overwhelming), joke about murder, or… This story continues at The Next Web

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The next time you search via Google on your smartphone or tablet, you may see Twitter content as well as traditional search results. Starting today, Google will be working tweets into search, but only for mobile. Google search results will show real-time results from Twitter, which will be separated from news content using Google’s familiar card-based format. Twitter results will initially be launched in English for the iOS and Android Google app, with support for mobile browsers rolling out gradually. Google promises better language support and a desktop version in the future. ➤ Tweets take flight in the Google app… This story continues at The Next Web

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Automatic has updated its in-dash Bluetooth dongle and introduced a new app gallery. For the uninitiated, Automatic is a small plug-in device that communicates with your vehicle’s on-board system, then relates its findings to your smartphone via an accompanying app. The new hardware still plugs right into the OBD port in your car, but now offers bank-level 128-bit AES encryption for all Bluetooth transmissions to your smartphone. Each adapter also has a unique digital key to prevent unauthorized access. Automatic also has a crash detection system, making use of an accelerometer in the dongle to scan 360-degrees 100 times per second. It… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram’s Layout app, which landed on iOS in March, is coming to Android today. Layout allows users to take multiple images and patch them together to make a collage. Photos can also be edited in-app and duplicated if needed. In addition to Layout for Android, Instagram is announcing Structure, which they describe as a “creative tool on Instagram that brings out details and textures.” Structure will be available today on Android with an update to the main Instagram app on Android, and is ‘coming soon’ to iOS. We’ll update with a link to Layout on Android as soon as it’s available.

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Tools are kind of like recipes — they provide you with what you need to get the job done. And like a good recipe, they need to be shared! There’s value in transparency We believe that if every startup shared which tools they used, it would broaden everyone’s knowledge, and result in all of us working more effectively, together. Some have gone so far to share their marketing stack in a very detailed way. With a post such as CB Insight’s, comes knowledge exchange and an opportunity to build new relationships, and maybe even partnerships among the tools listed. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple today put out the first update for the Apple Watch: Watch OS version 1.01.  It’s a small update, but there are some notable features. First off, 9to5 Mac notes that there’s support for new Emoji characters. The Apple notes unspecific improvements in Siri, measuring your standing activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing, as well as your distance and pace during outdoor walk. It also vaguely claims improvements to “Accessibility” and “Third party apps”. There’s also new language support, including Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish. ➤ Apple releases first Watch OS 1.0.1 update for… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a couple of months since BitTorrent released version 2.0 of its Sync storage app to the public, and today it’s introducing a few new features for the app that should help make it a bit more useful. First up, you can now search for folders, users and devices in your folder and peer lists. You can also now add an ‘owner’ column to see who controls which folders, while a “last transferred” column shows you any recent activity in a folder. If you are no longer connected to a specific computer, you can hide it from your device… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bop.fm’s service that makes music available regardless of the country you’re in has a new, customizable player that you can embed anywhere. The new player comes in two sizes, can be color customized and automatically finds additional sources for songs across music services including Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Beats and YouTube. Welcome to bop.fm! | Listen for free at bop.fm If a song isn’t available on one of those services, Bop automatically falls back to another one that is available without any hassle for the visitor. Sharing music on a blog or website has traditionally been difficult, with visitors in many regions unable… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever wanted to have a temporary number or email address for when you are dating, selling something online, or for any other purpose? Something that would allow you to keep your personal number or email private? With our lives increasingly entrenched in the Web, and a lot of business being conducted solely on the Web, we tend to want to keep our personal information more private, but doing that when everything requires a phone number or email address is difficult. Shuffle aims to protect your sensitive phone number and email address(es) by giving you disposable numbers and emails you can use any… This story continues at The Next Web

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In November, Microsoft released mobile versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint office apps on Android, but they were only compatible with tablets to start. Today, they’ve added phone support for beta testers – those who’ve joined the Microsoft Office Preview community on Google+ and sign up for the apps you want to try. You’ll then be able to find them on the Google Play Store, where the apps have dropped “for tablet” from their name. Phone support had to come sooner or later, and it will finally bring Android to parity with iOS and Windows Phone (or Windows 10… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two households, both alike in dignity/In fair Verona, where we lay our scene/From ancient grudge break to new mutiny… The creators of Verona, an app that purports to bring Israelis and Palestinians together through the now well-established method of Tinder-style swiping, certainly got one thing right when they picked the name. No place on Earth is more riven with ancient grudges than the Middle East. But borrowing from the Prologue to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet breaks down when you recall that while Verona was the setting for the great love affair – spoiler – the couple die in the end. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is not for attribution but the habit among tech companies of refusing to publicly comment on anything from big issues to minor feature updates is out of hand. As a reader, you’re not explicitly clued into when it happens, but you can probably detect it. When a publication tells you it “understands” something is going to happen/not happen, that almost always means a PR person has told them that, on the understanding that it will be “not for attribution.” There are ghosts in the machine and they work for PR agencies. Here’s a made-up example of what one of those… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Twilio’s SIGNAL conference, which kicks off today, the company will be announcing a number of new features for its communications platform. A new API, IP Messaging, allows developers to build in-app chat services across Web and mobile. The IP Messaging API includes a typing indicator, message read status, mobile push notifications and chat history. With IP messaging, any mobile app or website can integrate a messaging platform without needing to build out the infrastructure required to do it at scale. In theory, you could build an entire messaging app like WhatsApp out on top of Twilio’s new API. The company also announced Messaging Copilot which adds… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite advances in visual technology that let machines emulate a vast degree of human brain function, one thing that mechanical instruments have yet to master is depth perception. Even with advanced technology, computers cannot emulate the calculations of the human visual cortex. San Francisco-based Stereolabs aims to rectify that with the new ZED Stereo Camera and software kit, giving drones, robots and other machines skills like indoor/outdoor collision avoidance, autonomous navigation and 3D mapping capabilities. This advanced stereoscopic vision equipment is now available to the mass market. The ZED camera is based on CUDA, a programming model from top-tier Nvidia graphics cards. They allow… This story continues at The Next Web

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I first started working in the startup scene as an intern at a company that sold designer tech accessories. In my mind I hit the big time. A few months in I start noticing signs that things might not be as peachy as they appear, but rising sales and optimistic bosses kept doubts from developing into alarm. I decided against joining them and in hindsight I’m glad I didn’t – sales dropped and staff got laid off. Here are a series of considerations that would have made my decision a lot easier. How much will I get paid and how will I earn… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitness trackers can provide a lot of useful health metrics to help you stay in shape and look good, but lets face it: most of them are designed to look more utilitarian than stylish. Basis is looking to change that with a new $299 Titanium Edition of its Peak fitness tracker, a limited-time model available from today. It’s not just a fancy name, the tracker’s shell is actually made out of titanium, and it comes with a cognac (caramel brown) leather strap made by Horween. That’s the same tannery that creates the Moto 360‘s great bands. Though the internals on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple updated the 15-inch Retina MacBook today, but it also quietly added something new: an iPhone dock featuring a lightning connector. There hasn’t been an official Apple dock since the old 30-pin connector was replaced. The new dock works with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the 5 and 5s. The dock will set you back $39 and doesn’t include an extra lightning cable, but you can play your music while docked thanks to the 3.5mm jack onboard. ➤ Lightning dock [Apple]

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If you want to make a career out of thwarting cyber-criminals, or just want to secure your own projects, these courses over at TNW Deals should have you covered. Here’s a closer look… 94% off the iCollege Ultimate IT and Security bundle First up, a bundle for the committed security recruit. These four courses work toward industry-standard certification, giving you the credibility required to progress in the world of professional IT. The curriculum fully prepares you for taking the exams for Security Plus Certification, ITIL, CISA Certification and CISSP Certification. By taking the courses, you will also learn plenty about… This story continues at The Next Web

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The New York Stock Exchange has announced that it plans to make available a Bitcoin index on the NYSE, giving further legitimacy to the crypto-currency. From today the NYSE will feature the Bitcoin index in the NYSE Global Index. It will also be temporarily available publicly on the NYSE’s website. The index is calculated once a day, to four decimals and will be published within 2 hours of 4PM U.K. time (11am Eastern). NYSE Group President Thomas Farley said that “Bitcoin values are quickly becoming a data point that our customers want to follow as they consider transacting, trading or investing with… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m always on the lookout for simple apps that do one thing well, and was pleasantly surprised when I came across Slimvoice, a new free invoicing tool. I always procrastinate when it comes to billing clients because it usually takes longer than I’d like. Slimvoice does away with unnecessary extras and offers a quick, painless way to create and send PDF invoices, and accept payments too. Once you sign up, you can add clients in the recipients section, with physical and email addresses. To create an invoice, simply add details like a description, billable items and costs and you’re done.… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you thought Oculus’s VR headsets, HTC’s Vive and Samsung’s VR headset would provide enough enough virtual reality excitement in 2015, then Fove’s ambition to add eye-tracking control into the mix could push you over the edge. I actually like the idea, and had a very short play around with a prototype unit, but remain slightly unconvinced of the long-term viability. In a nutshell, Fove is a VR headset much like others you’re familiar with – except that it has eye-tracking, whereas no others currently do. The company says that this additional control adds to the overall immersion of the experience and is looking… This story continues at The Next Web

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Is this you? Too many photos and videos — not enough time to organize and share them. If so, RealTimes, a new app and service from RealNetworks, may be something to check out. RealTimes automatically picks the best moments from your camera roll to create a RealTimes Story — a video montage from your smartphone photo and video collection. You can customize RealTimes Stories by rearranging clips and photos, changing duration and adding filters and soundtracks. RealTimes Stories can be seamlessly shared, as recipients don’t need the app to view the stories. RealTimes is derived from an older app called RealPlayer Cloud, which RealNetworks… This story continues at The Next Web

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