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The expression ‘what’s in a name’ – or the slightly more poetic ‘a rose by any other name’ – means, essentially, that a name doesn’t matter. It suggests that it’s the attributes of a person or object that will dictate what it truly is and how it is seen by the world. However, in the world of brands and big business, this isn’t necessarily the case. Company names need to encapsulate something personal but trustworthy. Or have to, at least, offer some relative merit over other options. Why is Nike (originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports) called Nike? Because it’s named after... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and the associated Beats Music subscription service may have raised eyebrows in some quarters, but the move makes all the more sense when you consider this report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the WSJ reports that digital music sales on iTunes have fallen from between 13 percent and 14 percent globally since the start of the year. This is in contrast to the 2.1 percent dip it reportedly experienced in 2013. The growth and sheer number of of on-demand music-streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Deezer is evidence... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon’s Appstore doesn’t have nearly the same popularity on Android as Google’s own offering does. Besides the fact that many of the apps are redundant with access to Google Play, it’s inconvenient to need to download a secondary marketplace. But you can now access Amazon’s app catalog without needing the Amazon Appstore. As TechCrunch spotted, it turns out the retail giant quietly integrated a full-fledged app store into its regular shopping app for Android over a month ago. Basically, when you open the normal Amazon app, you’ll see a category called “Apps & Games” in the menu, where you can view Amazon’s full selection of... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by 99designs. Get a design you'll love — guaranteed.Over the past decade, brand communication shifted to digital spaces in much larger shares, with many companies existing exclusively online. This has pushed design trends towards a simpler, more organized form of design – flat design – that is easily implemented via code, suited for every screen type and size and altogether less overwhelming. As the pendulum shifts and digital trends start reverting to influence the “analogue” world, design and branding are the first identity pieces to adopt a flat style. One notable difference is education. Education is, at its core, the communication of knowledge. As such, any design trend that emphasizes simplicity in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mention of the cloud – check! Mention of big data – yep. Someone wearing Google Glass – of course… Tech conferences are so predictable… Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one. Don’t miss: Data scientists: Sexy or insufferable?

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Alexander Huls is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and other publications. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. If you’re even remotely into video games, you’ve heard of Destiny. It’s the mega-blockbuster game of the season that’s become a multi-record breaker since its release in September. And now it holds the distinction of being the best-selling new franchise of all time. Developed by Bungie — the people behind the Halo series — Destiny is a half-shooter, half Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game... This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve got a bunch of amazing offers for designers and developers, to ease your workflow, help you engage your customers and also learn to build apps for iOS 8 with Swift. Here’s what’s in store at TNW Deals: UltraEdit Flexible and powerful enough to handle software projects of just about any size, UltraEdit is the most popular text editor for coders across the planet. With plenty of time-saving features, top-end performance and customization options, UltraEdit fits perfectly into your development workflow and lets you build without boundaries. Get UltraEdit for Mac or Windows, and code the way the world does,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Olga Steidl is the Growth manager at Linko. Earlier this year, we faced a surprise hurdle. Due to a conflicting trademark in the US and a subsequent cease and desist letter, we were forced to change our brand name just before the public launch of our product. Saying goodbye and starting anew To say that we loved our name, “Linko,” doesn’t even begin to describe the situation. Linko is a five letter word that means “sling” in Finnish and offered us many benefits. It captured our intent of linking people and data, it was easy to remember and also was... This story continues at The Next Web

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Launching in early 2013, we called Poutch a Quora for polls, as not only did it let you ask the community a question with multiple choice answers, but it also let you search the site for questions asked in the past. Since then, Poutsch has arrived for iPhone and eventually rebranded as Voice (easier to pronounce). Today, the company has announced a brand new polling tool specifically for publishers. With Voice for Publishers, anyone who runs or operates a website can garner opinions with quick and easy embeddable polls. The embed styles can be customized to suit a site’s look-and-feel... This story continues at The Next Web

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Streaming music service Deezer has acquired Stitcher, an app for listening to talk radio and podcasts. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the company plans to continue to support Stitcher’s apps. Sometimes referred to as “Pandora for podcasts,” Stitcher combines programs together to make custom stations. Deezer will lean on Stitcher, an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto partner, to enter the in-vehicle space. Deezer boasts 16 million active users and 5 million paid subscribers around the world. The company has largely focused on markets outside the US, but it recently arrived Stateside through partnerships with Sonos and Bose. ➤ Stitcher [iOS,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Bitcasa is a cloud storage startup that promised to bring infinite storage to your desktop, finally arriving out of beta in February last year. Now, however, Bitcasa has announced that it will no longer be offering infinite storage. The reason? Lack of demand, it seems. The company blog posts says: “While our Infinite offering was one of our early value propositions, we have since found that only a small percentage of people use it (only 0.5 percent of our accounts require more than 1TB, and less than 0.1 percent require more than 10TB).” So low demand and a “growing number... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you arrived at Amazon today and noticed things look a little different, well, you’re not the only one. It seems the internet giant is now rolling out its design refresh to many more e-shoppers after a testing phase that kicked off last month, though it looks like it’s still only available on its .com domain for now. The most immediate and obvious change is the large carousel gallery that takes up the full-width of the screen, and the dark grey backdrop across the top. Click on the second image in the gallery below to see the ‘before’ design. Looking... This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this week, we got confirmation of what everyone was assuming anyway – that Microsoft will use the ‘Microsoft Lumia’ brand for its range of smartphones but we were left with questions over what the actual devices would be branded with. Now, we have our answer: just ‘Microsoft’. Cunning, isn’t it? Of course, we still haven’t seen any phones released with the branding as yet, but the company said “we are looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon”, so it shouldn’t be too long to wait. While it obviously makes a bunch of sense given Microsoft now owns Nokia’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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Pixelmator has long been a favorite among artists and photographers seeking an alternative to the subscription-based Adobe Photoshop. Its appearance onstage at Apple’s most recent event to introduce its eagerly awaited iPad app has certainly given Pixelmator’s profile a boost. Now that it’s here — just in time for iOS 8 — we took Pixelmator for iPad for a spin and found it a solid contribution to the slate of image editors out there for the iPad, and especially useful for those already using Pixelmator. With the mobile Pixelmator, available for iOS only, you can create drawings and paintings from scratch or pull photos in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Forms is one of of the most popular ways for people to create invite lists and surveys for free, but so far its toolset has been limited to a pretty basic set of features. To fix this, Google is today introducing add-ons, extensions made by developer partners which increase the functionality of your forms. You can check out the new features by selecting a newly incorporated “Add-ons” menu in Forms, or get some extra ones through the add-on store. Some of the add-ons being introduced let you set an automatic end date or maximum response number for your forms, for example, or store... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mikael Cho is the co-founder of Crew, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. We had no money. We changed our business model and had three months worth of cash left to turn things around. If we didn’t we were toast. Done. We needed to find customers. But no one knew who we were. A marketing budget? Please. We were just trying to keep the lights on. This was our situation a year and half ago at Crew. We knew we had to grow but we didn’t know how we... This story continues at The Next Web

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The beta testing app TestFlight has been helping developers quickly and easily add new testers to an app. The service is so useful that Apple purchased its creator Burstly and built its own native version of the app for iOS developers. Today Apple announced that TestFlight is available for all iOS developers to download and use to roll out app testing to external parties. Developers can now add up to 1,000 users to a TestFlight beta app. Previously, the app only allowed in-house testers and topped off at 25 users. The app is now tightly integrated with iTunes Connect with developers... This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember when Yahoo released all those in-active email address? Yeah, that was kind of a mess because any accounts tied to those email addresses were now in the hands of the new owners. Well Facebook was watching and teamed up with Yahoo to make sure your old Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL account doesn’t offer a convenient way for your accounts to get hijacked. Today Facebook announced a new email standard called RRVS (Require-Recipient-Valid-Since). It inserts timestamps into emails to help determine if the account has changed hands since the last time the receiver got an email from said account. The RRVS standard will... This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed close to a hundred startups. And the next few weeks will see us interview almost a hundred more. With a maximum of 50 spots available for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program, co-hosted by WeTransfer – we can proudly say that the startups that will make the cut are bound to be brilliant. All successful companies will be exhibiting at this year’s The Next Web USA on December 10 in New York, and 15 of them will have the chance to pitch to our entire American audience on-stage. But Boost is more than... This story continues at The Next Web

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In the 1990s and early 2000s I was the member of a couple car forums. First Honda forums and then a Subaru forum. I used these forums mostly for technical information. Where to buy used engines and transmission, the best gas for turbo-charged vehicles, how to remove the airbag on a Del Sol without it exploding in my face. Then Facebook appeared and I stopped visiting forums unless I absolutely needed to get some very specific information about a fuse or cable. Now Facebook, more specifically Josh Miller, the co-founder of Branch which was acquired by Facebook in January 2014, is launching Rooms,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Memeoirs, the company that lets you make physical books out of your email, Facebook, and WhatsApp conversations, has today announced that it is adding picture support for WhatsApp books. The process remains pretty simple – you just need to open WhatsApp, save your conversation history with a contact, and then email that exchange to Memeoirs. All the formatting and layout work is done automatically through Memeoir’s back-end, so you’re pretty much ready to go as soon as you’re done sending and making any customizations. The release comes with an updated UI, and the company says it’s planning on adding image support for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Yoav Hornung is an award-winning young filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Veed.me, a video production marketplace. We all know that there’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting. Actually, at Veed.me, when we say “face-to-face,” we actually refer to meeting in person while in reality, we find ourselves holding more and more video calls. From what I’ve researched, I found out that most people don’t really think about the video part of their call. And that’s a shame. Remember this rule of thumb: when you have a webcam meeting — you’re shooting a video. So set it up like one. Here are a few... This story continues at The Next Web

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LG has announced that its new circular G Watch R announced in August will go on sale in France, Italy, Spain and the UK “in the beginning of November”. The 1.3-inch device will then go on sale in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) “soon after”, LG said. Key specs of the device include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB of on board storage and is water and dust resistant. Handily, it can also be used with any standard 22mm wide watch strap. Under its diminuitive bonnet, it will run the most recent version of Android Wear and... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re OK with the idea of letting yet another service access your Google Calendar information and are frequently finding yourself walking into meetings with new people without knowing what they actually do, then Charlie might be worth checking out. Chicago-based Charlie’s task is simple: to give you a single page of information about anyone you’re meeting an hour ahead of your scheduled rendez-vous. It achieves this by sifting through social data from places like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google News and more (“100,000’s of sources”) to identify topics of conversation, and to work out what that person really cares about most. All of this... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no shortage of apps to help you read on the move, and we’ve seen a real rise in recent times of subscription e-book services, with Amazon launching its Unlimited monthly offering, adding to existing platforms such as Scribd and Oyster. Then there’s the likes of Total Boox, which adopts a pay-per-page ethos. Ultimately, such services are striving to remove the friction from reading, delivering e-books on tap similar to what Netflix does with TV shows and movies. Now, a German startup is introducing its own take on this burgeoning subscription trend with the launch of Blloon, kicking off in... This story continues at The Next Web

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