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Microsoft is rolling out a system update to the Xbox One starting now and extending over the next few days, which includes features such as a progress bar showing you game saves and app updates, notifications that alert you to whenever friends sign in to Xbox Live, and silent rebooting after system updates. Here’s the changelog for this system update: Game and app saves and updates: A progress bar will show you the status of your game saves, and it’s now easier to tell what games and apps are being updated. Friend improvements: You get notified when favorites and friends sign in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has announced a major update to its Glass firmware coming later this week, but the move to Kit Kat also leaves behind a key feature: video calls. The Glass team said the decision didn’t come lightly, but it decided to pull video calls because they weren’t living up to standards. Even so, the company says only 10 percent of Glass Explorers use the feature. Google didn’t provide a timeline on when it expects to re-introduce the feature, but it noted that some third-party developers should have their own streaming video solutions coming out soon. Dropping support for video calls... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sure, everyone loves sitting down to their favorite HBO drama—Oz, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Girls, True Detective, Sex and the City—on a widescreen TV. But here’s a high concept: Artist renditions of selected characters and scenes from your favorite series as larger-than-life gallery pieces. That’s the idea behind an interactive art exhibition-slash-ad campaign for yes, Israel’s satellite television operator, in conjunction with HBO, the series’ sponsor. The initiative, designed to generate publicity for yesOh, a channel that broadcasts mostly HBO series, was launched by the creative team at D/TALES, a Tel Aviv-based ad agency. “We wanted to do an artistic... This story continues at The Next Web

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TransferWise, the London-based startup that wants to make transferring money between currencies effortless and inexpensive, has finally launched a native Android app. TransferWise is a peer-to-peer service that sidesteps bank fees and lets you switch money directly to users in other countries. Though it has previously had an app available on Google Play, it was actually just a shortcut to its website and lacked any real ‘native’ functionality. Today’s news comes six months after it rolled out a version for iPhone-users. The free app is compatible with Android 2.3+, and lets you transfer money to anyone, anywhere in the world.     In... This story continues at The Next Web

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Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of Arkenea Technologies and a mobile strategy advisor. He can be contacted via Twitter @rahulvarshneya. Ever noticed that whenever Facebook implements a new design change on their website, just how many people crib and rant about the change? Most people are habituated in the way they use products and services and any change, even the slightest brings about a sudden reaction of resistance. When you introduce your new path-breaking, never been done before idea to these people, would you expect a different response? When you’re talking to people about your ideas, you’re typically looking for a positive response... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today announced major updates to the Windows Dev Center and Windows Phone Dev Center, with the former rolling out “later this week” and the latter arriving “later today.” While Microsoft says many of the enhancements address feedback from developers, the big additions are support for universal Windows apps and Windows Phone 8.1 apps. Microsoft explains developers can now link Windows Store and Windows Phone apps to create a universal Windows app to provide a “get once and download for all compatible Windows devices” customer experience, which the company hopes will increase both paid and free app downloads across device... This story continues at The Next Web

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Dominic Smith is a senior writer and content strategist for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists. In the age of experience-based marketing, some brands want us to do more than just buy their products. They want us to interact with them, to love them. Dan Wieden, legendary adman, described this desire for active participation when he said: “Brands are verbs. Nike exhorts. IBM solves. Sony dreams.” But there are few verbs more active and inspiring than “love.” In a recent survey by APCO Worldwide, analysts worked out how that love is expressed. They measured eight ways we interact with... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today announced the acquisition of Titan Aerospace, the creator of high-altitude drones that could bring Internet access to remote locations, as noted by The Wall Street Journal. The vehicles are expected to reach atmospheric heights, run on solar power, and fly continuously for years at a time. Earlier reports had suggested that Facebook was interested in buying Titan Aerospace, but it decided to pick up rival drone-maker Ascenta instead. Google told the Journal that the Titan Aerospace team will collaborate with the balloon-powered Internet access efforts from Project Loon to solve the global connectivity issue. The drones could also... This story continues at The Next Web

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The massive Heartbleed encryption security flaw that came to light last week has been used to compromise details of users stored on the systems of the Canadian Revenue Agency and the parenting website Mumsnet. Mumsnet began informing its users by email on Friday that the vulnerability had been used to access accounts, and that there was no way of telling exactly what data might have been compromised or how many members are affected, according to the BBC. It has subsequently forced its members to reset their passwords in order to carry on using the site. Mumsnet had not responded to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Pandora users, rejoice! At least, Pandora users that also own a Pebble smartwatch, rejoice! From today, it’s now possible to control playback of the Pandora app installed on your iOS device from your Pebble, the on-demand radio streaming service has announced. You’ll still obviously need to have your phone close by (and paired via Bluetooth) to make use of Pandora’s new app, but once you’re set up, users can view and change stations, give songs a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and skip, play and pause tracks. While it’s a simple enough integration, it’s the added freedom it brings users that is... This story continues at The Next Web

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miDrive, a new iOS app aimed at providing a one-stop-shop of relevant information for people that are trying to pass their driving test, launched in the UK today. While there are already innumerable iOS apps for different aspects of learning to drive, and particularly for passing the UK Driving Theory test, miDrive claims to be different in its approach. For example, there are options for finding qualified local instructors (complete with photos, prices and reviews from former students), a tracking feature that notes where you’ve been driving (and for how long) in each lesson, and easy ways to share your... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today launched a major update to Office Online, rolling out new features for each of the four applications. Among the additions is commenting for Word Online, Tell Me for Excel Online and PowerPoint Online, as well as printing for OneNote Online. Before we get into all the new features, it’s worth noting that Office Online is now available in the Chrome Web Store. As a result, you can now add Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to your Chrome App launcher for easily creating new Office documents online with a single click. First up, Word Online... This story continues at The Next Web

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David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping your team organize itself using simple #hashtags. A business whose true north is growth will know that collecting quantitative and qualitative data is critical. Organizing your company’s data and knowledge from the beginning is not optional. Without this system, you might struggle to understand why your visitors and users are doing what they do, how they value your product and how they pass on information about it to others. This means setting up your technical information (such as updates, tests, feature developments) and “business” information (such as design changes, copy... This story continues at The Next Web

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2013 was a year of changes for Twitter, and one of the key themes that surfaced was how the company would fend off the challenges brought about by the rapid growth of messaging apps. After all, given that Twitter is best known as a place for conversations to happen, making it convenient for people to carry on public chats in private is a natural progression. Shailesh Rao, Twitter’s vice president for Asia Pacific and Latin America, tells TNW in a recent interview that the main value proposition of Twitter is that it’s a “live, public and conversational platform,” but within the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Vevo and Yahoo have long been friends — the two companies have had an agreement in place since 2012 to syndicate Vevo’s programming to Yahoo Music — but the pair has announced an extended partnership that will see its video content available via Yahoo Screen from today. As a result, if you do happen to be a Yahoo Screen user living in the US or Canada, you can now access Vevo’s HD music content, live streaming events and other original content, Vevo said in a blog post today. We already knew that the integration was on the way, but it’s good to... This story continues at The Next Web

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A little more than year after the BBC first launched its dedicated mobile sports app, the broadcaster has finally introduced push notifications for your favorite football (soccer) teams. With the updated Android and iOS apps, you can now be notified when your team kicks off in a game, when a goal is scored, and the half-time/full-time results. It’s compatible with pretty much all the professional football teams in England and Scotland.     Similar functionality is already available in apps like OneFootball, but it’s great to see alerts finally arrive for BBC Sport too. There’s no reason why this functionality can’t... This story continues at The Next Web

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SHIFT, a cloud-based social media marketing service, has officially launched its new self-service tool for advertising on Twitter. The new version offers all the features of Twitter’s ads API while also adding more granular tailored audiences and an easier way for global teams to coordinate their efforts. Previously, SHIFT’s product bundled together Facebook and Twitter advertising into a single tab on its SaaS solution. However, the startup found that its clients wanted to take separate approaches to each network. While advertisers can always head directly to Twitter to set up their ads, SHIFT’s platform offers several advantages. It allows individuals from multiple... This story continues at The Next Web

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British newspaper The Guardian is set to take its automated content curation experiment started in December in the UK to the US,  as reported by digital media and advertising company DigiDay and confirmed to TNW. Rather than using human editors to select which stories make it into the paper, called #Open001, The Guardian will use its own proprietary algorithm to identify its most popular long reads based on social metrics, likes shares and tweets. The paper will start with a monthly print run of 5,000 issues, which will be distributed for free at media and ad agencies in the US. It’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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When a crowdfunding campaign not only meets its funding goal but smashes it to smithereens, you know the idea has struck a chord with consumers. With $336,018 raised of its initial $35,000 goal, it’s clear that the Thermodo has resonated with many across the Web. And one year after we first reported on the thermometer accessory for smartphones, here’s the lowdown on the nifty little contraption that’s shipping now. Thermodo: A thermometer for your smartphone The Thermodo is the handiwork of Robocat, the very same Danish software developer behind popular weather apps Thermo and Haze. So its latest move into... This story continues at The Next Web

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As laptops become increasingly powerful, more people are incorporating them into their home or office workspace. With an external monitor, anyone can create a pseudo-desktop environment and enjoy the benefits associated with a larger display. If you’ve built a setup like this before, you’ll no doubt be aware of its shortcomings. When you need to take your notebook on the road, all of its ports need to be liberated. It’s a time-consuming, clumsy process and often leads to numerous cables falling down the back of your desk. Elgato’s Thunderbolt Dock acts an intermediary for your MacBoook or Ultrabook, offering a... This story continues at The Next Web

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The European Commission (EC) has announced today that around two-thirds of the travel booking websites it checked in 2013 did not comply with European consumer law; a potentially worrying situation with consumers booking more travel online than ever before. During the year, it carried out ‘sweeps’ on 552 websites, and found that 382 of those “did not respect consumer law” based on a number of factors, such as whether information on the key characteristics of the service was easily accessible; whether the price was indicated at an early stage and inclusive of optional supplements; whether the websites provided email addresses for submitting... This story continues at The Next Web

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The ‘second screen’ social TV app market was full of promise a couple of years ago, but previously hot contenders have struggled and folded, or – as with GetGlue and i.TV, merged and relaunched. We haven’t heard much from once-hyped Zeebox of late, and it turns out that was for good reason; it’s been planning a relaunch of its own. From today, the Zeebox name is no more. Instead the startup has pivoted to become Beamly, a ‘social network for TV’ aimed at women under the age of 35. The new apps and website allow users to follow shows and stars... This story continues at The Next Web

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Visiting family? Out with friends? Looking after your sickly kids? There are lots of ways to spend a weekend, but there’s a problem there too: if you’re doing those things, you’re not keeping up on the latest and greatest in tech news. Lucky for you then, we were paying attention. So, switch your phone to silent for 10 minutes, make a coffee and start your week by catching up on everything you missed from the last two days. You’re welcome. News from over the weekend at The Next Web Amazon said to be building a glasses-free 3D smartphone for release... This story continues at The Next Web

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While we knew it was coming, it looks like Microsoft is officially unveiling the final Windows Phone 8.1 build today. Today’s date has been previously mooted, and now an excerpt of a scheduled announcement is showing up on the Windows blog, though the actual blog post itself isn’t live yet. As expected, the update will only be made available to those using the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program, and is designed to help developers get to grips with Microsoft’s updated mobile OS ahead of it being rolled out further afield. Among the new features of Windows Phone 8.1 is... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook wants to be more than a social network — it is planning to facilitate financial services in the form of electronic money and remittances, the Financial Times reports (as spotted first by Benedict Evans). The report cites sources as saying that Facebook is weeks away from getting regulatory approval in Ireland for a service that lets users store money on Facebook and use it to pay others — what’s known as “e-money”. This means that Facebook will be able to issue units of stored monetary value that represent a claim against the company, and the e-money can be used... This story continues at The Next Web

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