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If every action gets an equal — though perhaps not precisely an opposite reaction, at least via social video — then at least some part of that equation will be settled with the release of Samba for Android. Samba today announced it will release an Android version of its free video messaging app on the US Google Play Store on Oct. 16, some eight months after the app’s debut on iOS. Samba, if you recall, was first launched on iOS as an app similar to Snapchat, but one whose output would actually stick around (intentionally, that is). With Samba, you get a video from... This story continues at The Next Web The post Watch out! Samba, the reaction video app, will launch on Android this week appeared first on The Next Web.

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The US is nearing its November 4th general election date, and keeping track of all the candidates and statistics on them can be a tiresome task. Microsoft wants to make your voting Tuesday a little easier this year with Bing Elections. Basically, when you go to bing.com/election, you’ll see a hub taking advantage of the search engine’s data to give you news, predictions, poll locations and other relevant information on candidates and the voting process. One of the cooler features is an interactive map that lets you see projections for congressional and gubernatorial elections. If you zoom into the map, you can check out... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft wants to keep you up to date this voting season with Bing Elections appeared first on The Next Web.

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Given the staunchly divided opinions Windows 8 elicited among its users, it should come as no surprise that the first look at the next iteration of the operating system has proven quite popular. According to a blog post today by Windows guy Joe Belfiore, the Windows Insider Program hit 1 million registrants over the weekend. Though the post doesn’t specify how many people are actually using the operating system versus those who only registered to download, it does say the company has received over 200,000 pieces of feedback since the program started. According to Microsoft, 64 percent of these users are... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft’s Windows 10 preview program already has 1 million users appeared first on The Next Web.

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All the stickers you’ve been using via Facebook Messenger will soon be available for all post comments. Beginning today, Facebook will be rolling out global sticker support for comments on people’s Timelines, Group posts and Event Posts. The stickers will be available from both mobile and desktop versions of the social network and the iOS and Android apps. As messaging apps have risen in popularity, so has the use of stickers by those apps. Facebook already has stickers in its Messenger mobile apps and browser. Stickers in comments joins images and other embeddable content available for post replies. Unfortunately, still... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook stickers are coming to Timeline, Group and Event comments appeared first on The Next Web.

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Do you know what’s boring? When you open a new tab in Google Chrome. Unless you have an extension installed, it’s a white canvas with the Google search bar and a selection of website shortcuts. Yawn. To spruce things up a bit, Google has launched an Earth View extension which displays a different, beautiful satellite image every time you open a new tab. Better yet, you can click the globe icon in the corner to see the current photo inside Google Maps. It’s a simple tool for whisking your imagination away to somewhere new and combating those glum autumnal months.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google’s Earth View extension for Chrome spruces up your boring old ‘new tab’ page appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has developed a Smart Autofill Add-on for Google Sheets which improves the spreadsheet tool’s ability to predict values in empty fields. The baseline version of Google Sheets already has an autofill feature that can add words, numbers, or a mixture of the two based on widely available information, such as calendar dates, days of the week and ordered numbers. While useful, it’s not so helpful if you’re working with intricate datasets or reports. The new Smart Autofill Add-on uses Prediction API, a cloud-based machine learning service developed by Google, to identify and analyse the data you’ve already submitted. It will use... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google’s Smart Autofill Add-on for Sheets will try to predict missing values with machine learning appeared first on The Next Web.

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There are many landmark moments and key figures who have contributed to the evolution of the internet we see today. Way back in the late 1960s, Vint Cerf was involved in a project that saw the first ever message sent from one computer to another on the ARPANET, a predecessor to the internet. And Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who created the World Wide Web in the early 90s as a way of accessing information on the Internet, is another such luminary. Today represents another key milestone in the recent history of this thing we call the Web. On... This story continues at The Next Web The post 20 years ago today, the commercial Web browser was born with Netscape Navigator appeared first on The Next Web.

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After thousands of Snapchat photos were leaked last Friday, with much confusion as to the origin of the hacks, some clarity has emerged as to what actually happened. As we noted in our original post, Snapchat ‘s servers themselves were not hacked. Instead, the company was quick to point out users were affected choosing to use third-party apps use for saving Snapchat photos. There was then confusion about which service was actually the source of the leaked photos,, with reports pointing to both an app called Snapsave, and the website ‘snapsaved.com’ (which now only shows a blank page). Later that day, however, Snapsave... This story continues at The Next Web The post Leaked Snapchat images: Snapsaved.com now claims it was hacked appeared first on The Next Web.

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Duolingo announced today that its Language Incubator platform, where anyone can contribute to new language lessons, has resulted in 40 additional courses taken by over 11 million people. The initiative was launched in October last year to help Duolingo provide new materials for its growing community of language learners. Anyone can apply to be a course contributor; on the site you can see which modules are in development, which are in beta and their estimated completion date. Duolingo also uses algorithms to ensure contributions are of a high quality. More than 200 volunteers have worked on the new courses so... This story continues at The Next Web The post Duolingo’s crowdsourced language learning platform has made 40 courses for 11 million people appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sharon Greenberg is the CEO if CryptoNext plc. The hi-tech world is all about innovation, but selling a spanking new product or service can be a daunting prospect when your target audience has little or no understanding of what it is you do. If you don’t know where to start with marketing your business, here’s my guide to selling a product no one understands. Educate your audience The first thing you need to do is educate your audience. Establish your target market, then provide informative materials using engaging media such as infographics, videos and simplified guides to effectively communicate the problem... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to market a product no one understands appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you frequently fly across Europe with EasyJet, good news: the popular airline has added passport scanning to its iOS and Android apps. So when you finish a booking and want to check-in online (saving some considerable hassle at the airport) you don’t have to mess around typing in your long-winded passport number. Just grab your copy of the precious travel document, take a picture and the EasyJet app should do the rest. The airline says it worked with Jumio on the new feature to ensure all customer passports could be recorded “easily, safely and securely.” In conjunction with EasyJet’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post EasyJet’s apps can now scan your passport for faster online check-in appeared first on The Next Web.

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Python is known and respected by programmers and software companies for its capabilities and flexibility — but it’s also easy to learn, and fun too. Whether you want to get started with coding, or need to learn a versatile language for your next web or software project, we’ve got just the thing to help you get off the ground: the Pure Python Hacker Bundle from Udemy. Packed with seven courses and over 52 hours of Python tutorials, this bundle will help you grasp the fundamentals of programming with Python, hone your skills developing projects, and learn techniques from experts to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Learn to code in Python with 91% off the Pure Python Hacker Bundle appeared first on The Next Web.

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YouTube is opening another of its studio “Spaces” in New York to help its community of video makers learn, collaborate and create new content. The facility follows similar setups in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo, which give aspiring filmers and internet personalities, which are attributable to much of YouTube’s success, access to equipment and industry experts. The treasure trove of video-making kit will include cameras, lights and boom microphones – some of which will be available to loan – as well as permanent and rotating sets, sound stages and post-production facilities. The fourth YouTube Space will open next month at... This story continues at The Next Web The post YouTube is opening a production ‘Space’ for video creators in New York next month appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple announced today that its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices would go on sale in a further 36 countries before the end of October, including India and China. The announcement makes a total of 69 countries in which the devices will be on sale – keeping the company well on track to reach its target of 115 territories before the end of the year. The full breakdown of the rollout can be found below: Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco Thursday, October 23: Israel Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple’s iPhone 6 to go on sale in 36 more countries this month, including India and China appeared first on The Next Web.

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Oppo has released a teaser image of its upcoming N3 smartphone, which features a swivelling camera for taking both front and rear-facing shots. The handset will be formally unveiled later this month, although the anticipation has been quelled recently by a slew of leaks. The official image published today by Oppo, which shows the camera and the back of the handset, mostly aligns with those leaks; the dual-flash setup is identical, although the raised plastic mount looks a little different. Oppo has confirmed the device will be available in two different materials though – stainless steel and an aluminium-lithium alloy – so... This story continues at The Next Web The post Oppo teases its upcoming N3 smartphone, which comes with another rotating camera appeared first on The Next Web.

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With a decades-long history of being one of the countries where online music has been mostly pirated, Russia is now seeing the emergence of music services that offer users a legal way to stream tracks. Spotify is on its way to the country, and local services are gearing up towards acquiring a bigger audience with new features and tailor-made offers for all types of users, from casual listeners to hardcore audiophiles. Meanwhile, the three major labels — Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music — have recently sued the country’s biggest social network VK.com, a.k.a. VKontakte, for numerous copyright violations. The main issue here is... This story continues at The Next Web The post Can Spotify and new local services drive Russian music fans to the right side of the law? appeared first on The Next Web.

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A French bank is gearing up to launch an online payment service for Twitter users. Unveiled last month by S-Money – a subsidiary of the banking group BPCE – it’ll give users the ability to “simply Tweet money to one another.” Details are otherwise scarce, but Reuters reports that a press conference will be held tomorrow, and the service will be available this week. Users can register their interest in the service here. Twitter recently introduced a buy button for a small group of brands, nonprofits and music artists. While the feature is targeted at attracting businesses to the platform, this new service from... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter users in France will soon be able to Tweet money to each other appeared first on The Next Web.

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With October now in full swing, Halloween fast approaching, and Christmas just a few steps behind, it’s getting towards the time of year when weekends seem to just disappear before you even know they’ve started. If that sounds familiar, there’s a good chance you missed the latest and greatest happenings from the world of tech while you were offline doing other things. Never fear though, we were paying attention so you didn’t have to. All you need to do is make yourself a coffee, silence your phone and ignore your mass of emails for 10 minutes longer while you catch... This story continues at The Next Web The post Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here appeared first on The Next Web.

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Internet.org, the initiative spearheaded by Facebook to improve internet access around the world, is working directly with networks to improve app performance with minimal investment or adjustments. Earlier this year Facebook linked up with Ericsson, another Internet.org partner, to simulate and analyze the user experience of Facebook’s mobile apps for a broad range of customers on XL Axiata, a network in Indonesia. Erricson developed the methodology and Facebook offered the “test agent,” which was then performed against a series of devices in urban, suburban and rural areas. By adjusting and optimizing the network, the Internet.org tag-team was able to improve the coverage... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook’s Internet.org develops a way to help mobile networks improve app performance appeared first on The Next Web.

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The first new startup launch for incubator/clone factory Rocket Internet following its recent mega-IPO is a step into a model that has already proved popular in parts of the USA – fast delivery of grocery orders. Launching first in Munich, Germany, ShopWings will use a network of ‘personal shoppers’ to deliver from local stores within two hours of an order being placed. Customers will pay the retail price of the items plus a €4.90 ($6.21) delivery charge. In the USA, companies like Postmates and Instacart have proved popular with time-starved professionals looking to get hold of food and other goods on... This story continues at The Next Web The post Rocket Internet gets into the speedy grocery deliveries game with ShopWings appeared first on The Next Web.

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Demian Farnworth is the Chief Copywriter for Copyblogger Media. This article originally appeared on the Mention blog. We all have our pet formulas. The go-to sources we love for great headline ideas. For some it’s a swipe file full of head-turning advertising headlines. For others it’s scanning the headlines of their favorite magazines. Still others work their way through a set of templates like Jon Morrow’s Headline Hacks or Copyblogger’s Magnetic Headlines. My old-standbys are the fifth chapter in a rugged copy of Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples and the four U’s (unique, ultra-specific, useful, and urgent). But write long... This story continues at The Next Web The post 6 ways an empathy map can help you craft winning headlines appeared first on The Next Web.

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James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog. In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen-year-old boy dropped out of school. With the help of a friend, he started a magazine for students and made money by selling advertisements to local businesses. With only a little bit of money to get started, he ran the operation out of the crypt inside a local church. Four years later, he was looking for ways to grow his small magazine and started... This story continues at The Next Web The post Successful people start before they feel ready appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. The built-in tools that Facebook offers to business pages and advertisers are robust and detailed. Hence, you’re likely to uncover a smaller stash of third-party tools than you might for a network like Twitter. Still, there are some fabulous Facebook tools out there, and they can help push your Facebook marketing campaign forward with contests, insights, advertising, and more. Here is a selection of our top picks for Facebook marketing tools. 1. Agora Pulse (link) This Facebook (and Twitter) dashboard shows you an overview of all activity on your page and lets you schedule... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to run a Facebook contest, analyze your page and more: 11 Ideal Facebook tools for marketers appeared first on The Next Web.

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Remember the days when you would head out to the store to pick up the latest version of Windows, on DVD, for something like $130? Or if you were unlucky enough to not qualify for upgrade pricing, maybe even $239? Those days might seem in the distant past, but in reality Microsoft is still charging for upgrades between major versions even as of Windows 8.1. But this isn’t going to be the future of Microsoft; the days of charging for upgrades are over and the company is being slowly backed into a corner by the trend of free upgrades on mobile and Apple... This story continues at The Next Web The post The future of Microsoft depends on Windows being free appeared first on The Next Web.

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Alec Lynch is the founder and CEO of global crowdsourcing startup DesignCrowd. If you run a startup or online business (or have an idea for one), there’s a good chance the opportunity for your venture is a global one. However, conventional startup wisdom seems to be: start local, then go global. Focus on one market – probably your domestic market – first, get traction and think global later. I disagree with this as a hard and fast rule. For some this is definitely the best path but for many online businesses there will be a strong case (and sometimes a necessity) to... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to take your startup global on a shoestring budget appeared first on The Next Web.

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