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You need a handsome presentation, pronto. You can’t bear the thought of launching PowerPoint and you don’t have the bandwidth for a full-on Keynote extravaganza. A brand new app from a brand new company might come to the rescue. Deckset, a Mac app launched this week by Unsigned Integer, lets you prepare a presentation via a simple text document with Markdown syntax to quickly build an attractive slide deck. The app is compatible with most text editors. While Deckset is designed to get your message out quickly, the presentation looks simple and chic and is easy to accomplish. You can... This story continues at The Next Web

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Fedor Indutny, a core member of the node.js team, has proved that it is in fact possible for an attacker to sniff out the private SSL keys from a server left exposed by the Heartbleed bug. The proof came in response to a challenge from CloudFlare that called on the security community to grab the keys from a demo server. The public revelation of Heartbleed rocked the tech world earlier this week. The bug, an innocuous mistake in the “heartbeat” protocol of the critical SSL standard, had for years put the majority of the Web at risk of having exposed... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is gearing up to announce its own smartphone as soon as June ahead of a supposed September release, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report noted that the distinguishing feature may be a 3D display that uses retina-tracking to show a hologram-like image without requiring extra glasses. Rumors of an Amazon phone have been around for years. Last fall, a new round of reports prompted Amazon to deny that it was working on a free smartphone with no contract. Amazon’s hardware division has built up plenty of experience from its Kindle e-readers and tablets, so the addition of a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Following a public outcry in response to Dropbox’s appointment of Bush-administration veteran Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors, Dropbox has issued a statement from CEO Drew Houston affirming its continued commitment to user privacy, government transparency and surveillance reform. The firm promised that nothing about its values and principles is going to change, while also noting that it is “honored” to have Rice on board because of her experience with international markets. Here’s the full statement so you can decide for yourself whether you believe it: There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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When news first broke of the devastating Heartbleed bug in the OpenSSL encryption standard, speculation immediately arose that governments had known about the flaw and taken advantage of it for their own surveillance efforts. A new report from Bloomberg claims that the US National Security Agency has been exploiting Heartbleed for at least two years. An NSA spokesperson declined to comment to Bloomberg on the allegations. While the report lacks any hard evidence that the NSA did indeed know about the issue, OpenSSL would have been one of the agency’s primary targets because of its broad reach and the sensitive... This story continues at The Next Web

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Box today announced a new initiative to contribute some of its projects back to the open source community. CEO Aaron Levie said in a tweet: “Box couldn’t exist without open source projects. We’re announcing Box Open Source to now give back our own.” You can browse the company’s projects at opensource.box.com or on GitHub. Box has been steadily releasing the source code for projects over the past few months, so this isn’t a brand new endeavor, but the public announcement from Levie does help demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the open source software cause. ➤ Box Open Source

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Subway has this sandwich with Fritos on it. I know this because their commercials play constantly on my TV and computer such that I nearly have the ads memorized. Every time their commercial airs, Subway is flirting with the fine art of frequency. How often is too often to share with your audience? Social media marketers face the same dilemma. We want to connect with followers without driving them away. We aim for the perfect balance of sharing and listening. I end up guessing a lot, trying and testing new variations on how often I should post. If... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has introduced, or is at least trialing, a new feature that makes it easier for users to edit results in Google Translate. As the unofficial Google Operating System blog notes, there’s now an ‘Improve This Translation’ button in the results pane that lets you edit the entire outcome. When you click this, and make your edit, a message reads: “Your contribution will be used to improve translation quality and may be shown to users anonymously.” Prior to this latest editing feature, users could already highlight and click individual words and phrases from the translated text and choose from an... This story continues at The Next Web

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Yunha Kim is the founder and CEO of Locket, a San Francisco-based startup that’s changing the way we use our lock screens. This post originally appeared on Kim’s Medium blog. What is it like to be a female in tech? I think the industry is really curious about this topic — almost so much so that we appear committed to proving how different (or perhaps difficult) it is to be a female CEO. If a reporter asks me why it sucks to be a female CEO, I can come up with hundreds of reasons. On the other hand, if I am asked to argue... This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve all been there. Roaming streets and alleyways in search for that familiar ‘WE HAVE WIFI HERE’ logo. We peer inside windows and poke our noses through doors for that one empty table next to a power outlet. And once you find that seat, whatever you do, you don’t give it up without a fight. It was once the case that Internet cafes were places where you paid to use the Internet, and the ‘cafe’ element was pretty much secondary to the experience. There was no obligation to buy a coffee because, well, you were there to use the Internet.... This story continues at The Next Web

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We already knew it was on the cards, but today it’s official. China’s e-commerce behemoth Alibaba is acquiring mapping and navigation company AutoNavi in a deal valued the firm at $1.5 billion. The company had previously acknowledged Alibaba’s proposal, saying it was forming a committee of independent directors to consider the proposal. Of course, Alibaba already owned a 28% stake in AutoNavi, so the two companies were closely aligned anyway. But by bringing the company fully under its wing, it’s going all in with maps, in what is a thinly-veiled shot at fellow Chinese giant Baidu which has been bolstering... This story continues at The Next Web

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I’ve never been very good at getting to sleep early. I consider it a hangover from a period of my life that was spent playing poker for a living. Professional poker does strange things to sleep patterns if you do it for long enough. I’m also fortunate enough to work for one of the world’s best technology blogs with a geographically distributed team that works remotely. The combination of these two factors means that I don’t have to move very far each day, and I’m often awake when I really shouldn’t be. All of which makes me a pretty ideal... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook today revealed the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the second half of last year: 28,147. Those requests impacted a potential 38,256 accounts, according to the company. Since Facebook only released its first report in August 2013, we can’t compare to see how these results compare to previous years. We can, however, compare against the first half of 2013, as well as get a total for the full year. The new numbers for the second half of last year are slightly higher than those for the first half (25,607 requests... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was originally published on East-West Digital News and has been republished with permission. Three weeks after Russia asserted that Crimea and the city of Sebastopol have become part of its territory, Facebook and Russian-language social network Vkontakte still categorize the inhabitants of these regions as being located in Ukraine. Meanwhile, two other major social networks, Odnoklassniki (Classmates) and Moi Mir (My World), have already classified them as being part of the Russian Federation. Wikipedia, on its side, appears to have changed Crimea’s status several times already, reported Russia Beyond The Headlines. Sparking an editing quarrel that lasted several days, Crimea was... This story continues at The Next Web

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Morning for iOS has proven to be a popular tool for getting all the crucial need-to-knows to start your day, but thus far it has been an iPad-only affair. With the latest update, however, two-man development team Tamper has made it available for iPhone users too. In a nutshell, Morning collates all the information you may need to know each morning, including weather, tasks, traffic (commute time), news, calendar, stocks, countdown timer and, of course, time. Additionally, you can customize the look-and-feel with a range of themes.     Morning is a beautiful app for sure and, as such, it has actually been... This story continues at The Next Web

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Who would’ve thought that weather-themed audio apps would prove such a hit? Way back in July last year, we brought you news on Taptanium’s Thunderspace, a stereoscopic 3D soundscape of thundery weather for iOS, from the creators of popular weather app Haze. Similar to Raining.fm, Thunderspace serves up a blustery weather-based audio experience, designed to help you ‘relax’. But Thunderspace really went the extra mile in putting the various soundcapes together – it even introduced ‘real’ wind to the mix too. Now, the Germany-based app development studio has teamed up once more with Emmy-award winning nature sound recording artist Gordon... This story continues at The Next Web

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A month ago we teamed up with global payments technology provider Adyen to launch a new competition in search of Europe’s fastest growing tech startups: The European Tech5. After receiving a ton of submissions and screening more than a hundred companies across seven countries in Europe, the list of the fastest growing young European tech companies is ready. The Tech5 lists are based on actual revenue, traffic and employee data and shows the growth rate between 2011 and 2013. The main entry criteria for the Tech5 was that they must’ve launched in 2009 or later, have more than €500,000 in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Singapore is celebrating one of its most notable tech exits to date after Zopim, a company that provides live chat support services for websites, was sold to customer service software firm Zendesk in a deal that could be worth as much as $30 million. There have been bigger acquisitions out of Singapore — for example Rakuten’s $200 million deal for Viki last year — but Zopim is different, since it did not raise private venture funding and has been profitable for some time. Build good products Zopim bootstrapped, pivoted to a freemium model and maintained a strong focus on product.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Messaging app WeChat (known as Weixin in China) hit the monetization switch last year and is already expected to rake in $1.1 billion in revenue this year. However, that seems to be limited to China for now, where Weixin has gone beyond engaging with brands to create ‘Official Accounts’ to form an m-commerce ecosystem which includes payments. The international market, on the other hand, has not progressed in this way — there are Official Accounts but no stirrings of an m-commerce ecosystem (think flash sales and payment mechanisms) on WeChat. Poshu Yeung, vice president of the international business group at Tencent, which owns WeChat, had... This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of the discovery of the Heartbleed security issue, popular password-management software 1Password is now available for half price for Mac, Windows and iOS. 1Password 4 for Mac and 1Password for Windows can be yours for upwards of $24.99, while the iOS app is available for $8.99. Knox for Mac is down to $17.49, while a 1Password Mac + Windows Bundle is priced at $34.99. (Details of all of the deals can be found here.) Agile Bits, the company behind 1Password, is making the move to help more Internet users take better care of their online presence. As well as storing passwords,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Subreddits are a key part of Reddit, as they create tons of engagement on the site by letting registered users create custom sub-forums for anything under the sun. To find a subreddit among thousands and thousands though, can be a challenge. In comes trending subreddits, which Reddit is now listing prominently on its homepage right under the sponsored link, as TechCrunch reports. Essentially, these are subreddits which have climbed in popularity recently — and five will be displayed at one time. In its latest changelog, Reddit says that subreddits that are surfaced are based on a ‘Secret Formula’ that updates daily. Some... This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 back at Mobile World Congress in February, and today the company announced that its new flagship smartphone and its Gear wearable devices have gone on sale in 125 markets across the world. Samsung says that the products are available to consumers in the “US, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and most Asian markets,” and there’s no doubt it’s hoping to emulate the success of its predecessor — the Galaxy S4 — which racked up 10 million shipments within its first month of launch. As we said in our review of the Galaxy S5, Samsung has... This story continues at The Next Web

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You know what’s better than helping the environment? Getting paid for it. 500 Startups-backed Ohmconnect has built a Web tool that interfaces with products like the Nest, Tesla Model S and Belkin’s WeMo smart home line to earn you money by dialing back energy usage during peak hours. Not all energy is created equal. Power grids are optimized to produce just enough of the cleanest energy possible, which means they fall back on dirty power during high-demand times. Ohmconnect monitors the status of these so-called “peaker plants” and then sends you and supported devices notifications to reduce your usage.The energy you save... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Lomographic Society has announced an exciting new lens: The Russar+ wide angle lens. With its 20mm focal length and high-quality optics, this new art lens promises to produce sharp photos with warm, vibrant colors and vignettes—perfect for street photography, architectural shots, and landscapes, as well as personal portraits. Its compact design, crafted with brass and chrome-plated, promises excellent distortion control and illumination. Designed by Lomography and manufactured in Russia by Zenit, the Russar+ is an update of the famous 1958 Russar MR-2. That model was recognized as a groundbreaking super-wide-angle lens, named after Mikhail Mikhailovich Rusinov, once the chief optical... This story continues at The Next Web

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You hear a lot of buzzwords in tech. So when I met up with a spokesperson from the freshly launched Bluetooth speaker brand Spaced360 and he immediately started talking about ‘AirSound technology’, I was wary. It’s not that these terms mean nothing, it’s just that in a lot of cases, they don’t mean a lot to the layman. And in product engineering or acoustics, I’m very much a layman. And sometimes they do just mean virtually nothing. “AirSound means that wherever you are in a room, everyone experiences the same music, which is why we are calling this the third generation... This story continues at The Next Web

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