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This post is brought to you by SimilarWeb: get insights for any website or app.Who were the biggest winners and losers on the Web in the USA during 2014? At SimilarWeb, we looked closely at the data we collect about Web traffic to find out. We compared the ranks of 100 popular websites in the USA during October 2013 and October 2014. Here’s what we found… Here’s the full list of winners and losers: The losers: Japanese electronics manufacturers are having a hard time when it comes to sales at the moment. That’s reflected in their Web traffic, too, with Toshiba and Sony coming high in the Losers list. Other electronics manufacturers, like Cisco and… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you find the Amazon homepage just too busy, here’s a handy solution. Clearcut, a new Chrome extension, strips the page back to just the search box and the top right hand menu with access to your account details, Amazon Prime, the shopping cart and your Wish List. The one downside is that Clearcut only works for Amazon.com right now, not international versions of the site. ➤ Clearcut Read more: Amazon to Push into Movie Theaters with 12 Original Titles per Year

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Canonical is today bringing Snappy Ubuntu Core out of the cloud and into physical devices with the reveal of Snappy Core for smart devices. First announced in December 2014, Snappy Core is a new lightweight Ubuntu distribution designed for the cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) specifically. Before today, only the cloud image had been revealed, but now the company is showing off its work on real connected devices. Among the first wave to use Snappy Ubuntu Core on devices will be “pioneers in robotics, drones and open hubs for connected things,”the company said. With this launch, Ubuntu is looking… This story continues at The Next Web

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Finding royalty-free video, photos and sound clips may be getting a little easier following the news that Pond5 is releasing a huge number of items into the public domain. Announced today, the Pond5 Public Domain Project has been conceived with content “specifically for media makers,” Pond5 said. Included in this first batch of content are 10,000 video clips, 65,000 photos, “thousands” of sound recordings and “hundreds” of 3D models. In the collection you’ll find things like George Meliés’ 1902 movie A Trip to the Moon, footage from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games, NASA rocket launches and 5,000 previously unseen video clips. Pond5 said there are also notable speeches from historical… This story continues at The Next Web

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Airtame‘s HDMI streaming dongle, similar to Google’s Chromecast, is due to start shipping to early backers of its Indiegogo campaign from last year to begin beta testing. The project raised an impressive $1.3 million on Indiegogo after setting out with an initial goal of $160,000, clearly proving demand for its business-focused, platform agnostic answer to wireless HDMI streaming. Billed as the enterprises’s answer to the Chromecast, its strength lies in its claimed multi-platform credentials – Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone are all supported, allowing you to easily send your screen to any HDMI-equipped display. As it’s primarily aimed at businesses, there’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Add some flair to your next site or app design with high quality graphic assets from Pixelkit. Get your hands on beautiful buttons, screen layouts, icons and infographic elements and more, with lifetime access for just $39 through our exclusive deal. Whether you’re working on WordPress, web design, or mobile design, this collection has plenty to satisfy you: PixelKit includes 27 comprehensive design kits, including 15 UI kits with more than 1,500 elements, seven icon sets with over 3,000 icons, a comprehensive infographic kit and more. In addition to this extensive collection already available, when you sign up you’ll also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Indian bank ICICI has announced that its customers based in India can now send money to other people via Twitter. The move makes it the first bank in the country to allow transfers via Twitter, and alongside sending money, also lets customers to check their account balance or view the last three transactions on their account. It also allows users to replenish credit on a pre-pay mobile account. Any ICICI Bank customer (with a Twitter account and registered mobile number) can use the service and the recipient doesn’t need to be an ICICI customer, the company said. While it’s the first bank… This story continues at The Next Web

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Satellite technology company Inmarsat is looking to fundamentally change the way in which it ushers in new technological developments by opening up its platform to developers and startups. The new strategy is being announced at the company’s first developer conference, which is taking place in London this week. Over the course of the three days, software and hardware developers will get an oversight of Inmarsat’s work in the maritime, enterprise, aviation and government sectors, as well as learning more about becoming a registered developer. More importantly, the shift will allow for a greater diversity of devices and services for the industries by… This story continues at The Next Web

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When BlaBlaCar announced last week that it was launching its ridesharing platform in India, commentators immediately leapt on the question of safety. Would the latest company trying to disrupt transportation on the continent find itself dealing with the same horrific issues as Uber? Naturally, that was the first question I put to BlaBlaCar’s COO and co-founder Nicolas Brusson when I sat down with him at the DLD Conference in Munich. He says the big difference between Uber and BlaBlaCar is choice and community: “There are two issues: culture – will people use it – and safety. On the safety issue,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo has today announced that it will be discontinuing its Club Nintendo loyalty program beginning April 1 and will complete the process at the end of September 2015. By April 20, users will be unable to register digital products downloaded from Nintendo’s eShop. If you do decide to go ahead and purchase anyway, they’ll no longer appear in ‘My Registered Games & Systems’. By the end point in September, all the features of the platform and Stars will be removed, and users will be unable to access accounts or redeem Stars against items in the catalog. Nintendo has, however, promised… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter announced today that it has agreed to acquire Bangalore, India-based mobile business and brand platform developer ZipDial for an undisclosed sum. The company said it hopes to make Twitter available to more people across the world with its latest acquisition of ZipDial, which has built a mobile platform to allow people to engage with content easily across interfaces. In a blog post, Twitter shared an example of how it might grow with ZipDial in India. “Today, people across India use ZipDial’s platform to access great content, including cricket scores, audio programming, Tweets from their favorite Bollywood stars – and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Smartphone app development has become so prolific that, to the average user, it almost looks easy. But it’s not, and that’s why many apps are developed and released on different platforms at different times. Photography apps often get released on iOS first before migrating to Android and other platforms. Camu, a popular iOS app from Sumoing that targets users interested in photographic social sharing, was released for the iPhone, but has now landed on Android. It offers the same suite of editing tools and live filters for photos and videos as the latest Camu 2.0 iPhone app. It also features a Tinderesque keep/delete feature for images shared with… This story continues at The Next Web

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One after the other, after the other, it will make you dizzy, thrusting you into some insane, location-based alternate reality. That would be the moving, wiggling 3D map GIFs from the Tumblr, That Map Looks Right — although if you live in earthquake country, as I do, the whole thing makes a certain kind of sorry sense. While it was Apple Maps’ flyover 3D satellite views, which debuted to scorn and derision in iOS 6 that kickstarted the whole 3D map disaster discussion, it certainly didn’t end there as Google Maps, a year later, got into the 3D act on the desktop. That Map Looks Right elevates… This story continues at The Next Web

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Videos of people paragliding are pretty incredible to watch on their own, but this group of adrenaline seekers took it to the next level. By mashing their flight video up with GPS data, this site lets you track the flight in real time all the way to the bottom on a Google Map next to the video. You’ve got to watch it over on Track Sphere to get the most out of the experience. The GPS data makes it even more gut wrenching to watch as the person descends, since you’re able to see the big turns and dips before they happen on… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first question I asked Slack’s CEO and co-founder Stewart Butterfield was a selfish one: when will the app get threaded comments, so TNW’s editorial team can use it full time. Sadly, he could only confirm that they’re “coming soon,” one of a bunch of new features that the app, which hit a $1 billion dollar valuation late last year, has in the pipeline. Onstage at the DLD Conference in Munich, Butterfield confessed that he doesn’t exactly know why Slack has succeeded: “I get in trouble with my PR team for saying this. But I have no fucking idea.” I suggest… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s hard to imagine that any existing work by Gordon Parks, famed photographer, writer, musician and movie director, had not yet seen the light of day. But that was the case with his recently released trove of black and white photos depicting life for African-Americans in the 1950s pre-civil rights era. These recently discovered images are now gathered into a new exhibition, Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott, that runs until September 13, 2015 at Museum of Fine Arts Boston. These photos originated from an assignment to document the effects of school segregation, given to Parks as Life Magazine’s first full-time black photographer.… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a bid to capture and provide a more accurate overview of TV viewing figures, comScore will this week begin tracking viewing habits across multiple platforms, including mobile and tablets. According to The New York Times today, the change will also tally viewing through “other streaming devices” and computers – it previously only tracked laptops and desktops – with mobile making up an increasing percentage of digital viewing figures, it was a notable omission for anyone wanting to measure true reach. The move is a bid to broaden its offering and ultimately take on Nielsen’s TV rating system. Like comScore, Nielsen also failed to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is testing a new feature as part of its Messenger app that allows you to automatically convert voice messages into text. David Marcus, vice president of Messaging at Facebook, announced the tests in a post on the social network. “We already offer a feature that enables people to send voice clips to their friends without having to type out the text. Today we are starting to roll out a small test that helps people read the voice clips they receive instead of having to play them out loud,” Marcus wrote. He added that the test is only running at… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in November last year, Google ushered in a fully revamped calendar app for Android devices with a promise of one day bringing the changes across to the iOS version too. Now, it appears that new version is nearly ready for the prime time, as one tipster has leaked us screenshots of how the new app currently looks. Just like the Android version, the iOS update seems like it’ll be adding photos and map info straight to your calendar, and the whole thing has been overhauled in the visual department. We’ll have to wait for a full release to find… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has today announced that it will start work on making one dozen original movies for cinemas and Prime Instant Video subscribers each year. The resulting movies will still be shown first in cinemas, but will be available via its streaming service around 30 to 60 days after the theatrical premiere. The dozen movies per year goal is an ambitious one and work will start on the first of these later in 2015. The creative development process will be led by Ted Hope, Amazon said. The announcement follows news from last week that Amazon has signed Woody Allen to write… This story continues at The Next Web

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Magzter, the digital magazine store with apps for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 and web reading, has announced a new subscription model that gives unlimited access to a library of 2,000 titles. Publishers represented on the service include Hearst, Conde Nast, Newsweek and Maxim Inc in the US and Dennis Publishing and Haymarket in the UK. In all, Magzter features titles from more than 40 countries. The new subscription package, Magzter Gold, gives users unlimited access to a library of 2,000 titles across mobile, tablet and the web for $9.99 per month. The Magzter app offers recommendations based on your… This story continues at The Next Web

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  50 Super Bird tickets for TNW Conference Amsterdam are now available until Friday 23 January. Purchase yours here to save €505. Exactly 10 years ago three entrepreneurs (Patrick, Boris and Arjen) founded The Next Web, but what is now one of the world’s largest online publications came from humble beginnings – starting life as a small 200-person conference in the heart of Amsterdam. After nine successful editions The Next Web Conference has grown into a 2-day takeover of the city with 3,500 attendees, and a guestbook that includes the founders and CEOs of YouTube, Pinterest, Airbnb, Evernote, Shutterstock, WordPress,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Wondering which programming language to learn in 2015? Whether you want to build apps for the Web, desktop, Android devices or for Internet of Things-enabled gadgets, Java is a great choice. It’s a powerful object-oriented language that’s easy to learn, write, debug and use. If you’re ready to take the plunge, start with this course bundle that covers everything you need to master Java. The six included courses pack over 71 hours of tutorials to take you through the basics of Java programming, as well as the Java Swing user interface toolkit, Android app development, website building and a lot… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s Outlook email service was down in China for a day over the weekend owing to a man-in-the-middle attack, reports Chinese Web monitoring site GreatFire. Users in China noticed an outage when they attempted to access Outlook email using IMAP and SMTP protocols on desktop and mobile email clients on Jan 17. However, Outlook’s web interface was not affected. GreatFire reports that the man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack was likely used as it only presents a minor error in email clients and is not as obvious as other takedown tactics. This could easily be mistaken for a network issue and users would be none the… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is presented in partnership with Booking Now, a new way to book from Booking.com.In today’s connected world, taking your business international is more commonplace than ever. Still, that doesn’t make long flights any more convenient. Here are some tips to make your long-haul travels easier and prevent or reduce jet lag. Before traveling Add the time of your destination to your phone When traveling for work, it can be easy to neglect smaller admin-related tasks like food, transportation and configuring the time. If you add the time of your home country and your destination beforehand, it will help you figure out when you’re likely to be sleepy or hungry. iOS devices have a… This story continues at The Next Web

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