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Brandon Watts is the Founder and Principal of Wattsware, which is a PR agency that mainly works with technology companies. A common expression says one who is slow and steady will win the race, but apparently the tech industry didn’t get that memo. For many startups, moving slowly is viewed as a bad idea and because of this, these companies will trip over themselves in order to build minimum viable products as quickly as possible. After all, the whole idea is to get a basic version of your product out there so that you can start learning from your users, right?… This story continues at The Next Web

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‘Freemium’ is a popular term, but what does it actually MEAN? The folk at Vooza have some ideas… 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. Click here to support Vooza (and receive cool rewards). Don’t miss: How to dress at a startup

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This post is brought to you by Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company.A casual search on YouTube reveals a wealth of funny—and sometimes cruel—stereotypes of tech support professionals. We recently made a promotional video that poked gentle fun at the various ages of tech support, from the 1960s until now. It also highlighted the value of what Rackspace calls Fanatical Support. Part of what we wanted to uncover was how and why did tech support become the butt of so many jokes? In building out the storyline, we interviewed veteran users and IT pros about their experiences in each decade. 1960s This was the age of IBM and mainframes, when corporate America… This story continues at The Next Web

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Callum Laing is the CEO of Entrevo Asia and the founder of Fitness-Buffet, an employee fitness business in 11 countries. Getting media coverage is great, but as they say in the UK, “Today’s press is tomorrow’s chip paper.” Okay, so maybe digital chip paper lasts longer than its tree-based competitor, but it is still worth making the most of it when you get it. I don’t claim to be an expert in this area by any stretch, but I do have a daily column that features leaders in Asia who are doing cool stuff. Some people get featured and do nothing. Others… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony’s hacking story has been a long, confusing one to follow. Leaks have seemed endless since first starting and more crazy details have emerged in the last week than we’ve ever seen from the company. We still don’t know who hacked Sony Pictures, but the FBI is working to track down the source of the leaks. Here’s a timeline of what’s happened with Sony and what we know so far. November 21: Anonymous hackers send email to Sony Pictures CEO, Michael Lynton, along with other executives warning of “great damage by Sony Pictures” and that the company will be “bombarded as a whole” if they… This story continues at The Next Web

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Conrad Egusa is the CEO of Publicize. He is happy to connect on LinkedIn here. Successful people know how to learn from their own mistakes. Really successful people know how to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are some of the most common PR blunders that you can learn to avoid in the first place. 1. Taking the press for granted PR requires a concerted effort. It does when your company is a billion-dollar corporate giant, and it especially does when your company isn’t. The most fundamental mistake you can make in PR is assuming that, by virtue of being interesting, cutting-edge,… This story continues at The Next Web

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If Facebook drops a search provider, but nobody cared, did it really happen? Reuters reported late Friday that Facebook ended a deal with Microsoft to show Bing web results in its search engine. Apparently, the deal ended “a while ago” but nobody noticed. Facebook’s search function used Bing to show results whenever it wasn’t able to provide its own results for the last few years, but as the company moves into building its own social search product, it doesn’t need such a partnership. The company said in a statement that “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the SumAll blog. In a pair of recent studies, the CDC called attention to two alarming trends. Americans are not getting nearly enough exercise and a majority fall many hours short of the recommended amount of sleep. Not only is this bad for our health, it harms our productivity as well. Americans work more hours than workers in nearly any other country but it seems as if we are doing so by sacrificing our time for exercise and sleep. Unsurprisingly, the work we do while tired and unhealthy is not… This story continues at The Next Web

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Alina Kulesh is a writer currently living in Toronto. Beautiful and provocative stories are at the core of her career. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Gender role dynamics and performances have undoubtedly shifted throughout the decades — and where there is social change, there is photography. In their recent work, the five photographers below have all explored the various ways gender and sexuality have been redefined, observing a strong focus on males while challenging traditional notions of masculinity. Meanwhile, each of these series strategically employs creative methodologies of visual communication that… This story continues at The Next Web

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Henry Kim is the president and co-founder at Symphony Commerce. Generally speaking, entrepreneurs are great at creating something from nothing. We are ideas people, and good at getting them off the ground through laser focus on product concept and development as well as early cultivation of a network of investors, customers and employees. But that’s just square one – how do entrepreneurs grow a company from there? By understanding the skills you bring to the table and hiring strategically to close any gaps will enable your company to scale. There are different stages in a startup lifecycle and to move… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you’ve got a busy day to tackle, your phone’s battery might not be able to keep up. But with the new Limefuel LP200X, you don’t have to worry about running out of charge on your device: this compact 20,000mAh battery pack has enough juice to recharge your phone and tablet simultaneously, with power to spare. The Limefuel LP200X also features a digital display to show you how much charge it has left, as well as a built-in flashlight for when you need it most. Plus, it’s small enough to slip into a purse, jacket pocket or backpack. As if… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been six years since Google introduced the Earth API for 3D mapping, but today the company is announcing its retirement. Google is letting go API because it’s built on a technology called the NPAPI plugin framework, which is being abandoned by both Chrome and Firefox for security reasons. The lack of cross-platform support on mobile devices also factored into the decision. The company says the API will shutdown a year from now on December 12, 2015. It’s not announcing a replacement at the moment, but notes it will be “sharing more exciting product news in the future.” ➤ Announcing deprecation of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype’s video messaging app Qik got an update today that should make anyone that wants to archive their best messaging videos happy. Updated today for Android and Windows Phone (an iOS update is expected in the next few days), the latest version of Qik now allows you to save your videos to your phone after sharing them with friends. To save the videos, just tap on them in the messaging timeline and choose to save it to your camera roll or you can post it to another chat. Skype also stated that there is a “holiday surprise” in the app that… This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is getting a slew of updates today for Android, iOS, and of course, BlackBerry phones themselves. The updates include what the company says are some of the most highly requested features by users. First up, BBM now lets you send stickers in groups. Stickers have become an increasingly popular staple in messaging (Hangouts just added its own set recently), so it’s only natural that these become available for group conversations. The Snapchat-like timed messages and photos are also getting a bit more flexible – you can now set the timer as high as 60 seconds. Furthermore, you… This story continues at The Next Web

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The airspace above London has been closed due to a computer failure. The situation was first announced by Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation: A computer failure is affecting London airspace with potentially severe #flightdelay http://t.co/21rtiLnmr8 — EUROCONTROL (@eurocontrol) December 12, 2014 National Air Traffic Control (NATS) then confirmed that a technical problem at its air traffic control center in Swanwick is the heart of the problem. NATS can confirm that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick ATC centre. More information at http://t.co/33JCopLGeR — NATS (@NATSPressOffice) December 12, 2014 Flights are currently experiencing delays… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re in the UK and have been itching to get your hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge with its curiously curved display, your wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is available exclusively on Vodafone until January 9 2015. You can get the device for £49 if you sign up for Vodafone’s Red XL tariff at £58.50 per month. That package will get you unlimited minutes and texts plus 10GB data and the choice of NOW TV, Sky Sports or Spotify for the length of the contract. You can also opt for a less expensive £43.50 per month plan… This story continues at The Next Web

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24me‘s smart assistant that helps users remember to pay bills, send birthday cards and make important calls may well have been available to iOS users for nearly two years, but Android owners have been left out in the cold until today’s official launch of the app for Android devices. OK, so it’s not exactly the first time we’ve seen the Android build – the company launched a ‘rough around the edges’ beta alongside an iOS update back in September – but now it’s ready for the prime-time and is freely available to download for all. The full build, like on iOS,… This story continues at The Next Web

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British intelligence agency GCHQ has today launched an app called Cryptoy that is aimed at teaching secondary school-age children (and their teachers) about cryptography. While it’s available freely for anyone with an Android tablet to download (no Android phones or iOS devices supported at the moment – but that’s scheduled for next year), Cryptoy is really aimed at Key Stage 4 students in the UK. Growing from a project designed for Cheltenham Science Festival, the app lets users learn about basic encryption techniques and their history, as well as letting you have a crack at creating your own encoded messages. Naturally, the idea is that… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re looking to add some pop to your smartphone videos, try shooting with Clip. This new app for iOS lets you add licensed audio and overlay lyrics on top of your own short videos to share with friends. To create a clip, just search for a song or select one from your iTunes library, and capture a vertically-oriented video up to 20 seconds long by pressing and holding the record button (similar to Vine and Instagram). You’ll want to also line up the audio to a point where your favorite lyrics kick in. Then, pick a font and color… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google introduced a handful of new features in Google Maps back in May, including lane guidance which makes sure you’re in the right lane for the exit you need, but sadly Europe missed out. Now, Google is bringing lane guidance to Europe, starting with users in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Ireland. You can find the feature by activating turn-by-turn navigation in either the iOS or Android app. ➤ Life in the fast lane: lane guidance for drivers in Google Maps [Google] [iOS/Android]

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Multilinguals can now learn to say hello in 90 languages using Google Translate, after the company announced it added support for 10 new languages from Asia and Africa to its translation tool, with the help of contributors from the Translate Community. Google can now translate text to and from the following languages: Chichewa (from Malawi) Malagasy (from Madagascar) Sesotho (from Lesotho) Malayalam (from India) Myanmar (from Myanmar) Sinhala (from Sri Lanka) Sundanese (from Java in Indonesia) Kazakh (from Kazakhstan) Tajik (from Tajikistan) Uzbek (from Uzbekistan) Google says that the addition of these new languages will allow 200 million more users to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Looking for a new iPhone, iPad or Mac desktop? Just in time for the holidays, Apple has introduced support for PayPal in its online store for US and UK shoppers, allowing users to pay with their available balances. Apple is also promoting PayPal’s financing scheme that allows customers to pay for their purchases (with a minimum order of $250) in 18 equal monthly instalments, interest-free. Users can also head to this support page to estimate their monthly payments. ➤Apple Store

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Prepare yourself, for the YouTube GIFs are coming! A new feature in testing on YouTube allows users to quickly create GIFs from videos on the video service. Currently only in testing on the PBS Idea Channel’s page, the new feature allows you to simply click the share button, then drag a trim selector to pick the part of the video you want to turn into a GIF. The maximum length of an auto-generated GIF is five seconds and you’re able to add your own text to the top and bottom of the GIF automatically. Hopefully this is a test YouTube… This story continues at The Next Web

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Workflow for iOS takes all those repetitive, annoying tasks you always do on your iPhone and lets you create custom icons or share actions so it’s as easy as one click. Basically, Workflow allows you to quickly wire up multiple services to work together in sequence. For example, a basic workflow might be “take a picture and share it to Twitter immediately” or “take five images, create a GIF, then share it via email.” IFTTT for iPhone lets you wire up one action to a service, but Workflow lets you wire up multiple in a flow and create custom share actions or even… This story continues at The Next Web

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Black Friday is big, but just how big? Enough to push 1.2 million of Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles through shop doors, apparently. Geekwire is reporting that Microsoft is touting the number from a report by NPD market research that looks at the holiday period. Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President for Xbox marketing, said “Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally.” The sales numbers are likely due to Microsoft’s aggressive pricing… This story continues at The Next Web

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