posted 4 days ago on the next web
When the news broke last night that Jony Ive had been promoted to a new role as Apple’s Chief Design Officer – effectively slaking off his day-to-day management responsibilities to focus solely on the company’s aesthetic future – two names were thrust into the spotlight – Alan Dye and Richard Howarth. They’re the guys charged with splitting Ive’s previous role: Dye is now head of User Interface, while Howarth has taken charge of Industrial Design. While both men are long-time lieutenants in Apple’s design shop, their stories aren’t nearly as well known as that of their knighted boss, Sir Jonathan Ive. Here’s what you… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on the next web
Sony has introduced the Xperia Z3+, an ‘premium’ version of its existing Xperia X3 handset. Like its predecessor, the Z3+ is waterproof and dust-resistant (IP 65/68) but features a few small hardware tweaks. For example, both front and rear-facing cameras now use Sony’s Exmor sensor and the selfie camera has been upgraded from 2-megapixels to 5-megapixels.  The rear-facing camera is still 20.7-megapixels. It keeps the same 5.2-inch 1080p display as the Z3, which puts it a little way behind Samsung (S6 and Edge) and LG (G3 and G4) in the resolution stakes, but it does now have an octa-core Snapdragon 810… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have confirmed that they will be merging in a deal that values TWC at around $78.7 billion. In addition to the merger, the two companies today announced the acquisition of Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. This was an amendment of an earlier deal signed in March. Clearly, TWC is hoping that by shopping itself to a smaller outfit, there should be less regulatory scrutiny of the sort that killed its potential deal with Comcast last month. The resulting combined company of Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House will provide services for just under… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
6Tribes is a new social networking app for iOS launching in the UK today. It’s made up of  ‘tribes’ based on interests and lifestyles that you can join accordingly. Anthony Rose, CEO of 6Tribes told TNW: We created 6Tribes to connect people with groups of like-minded folk, or tribes, which reflect their life choices… 6Tribes helps you find your tribe. When you sign up for 6Tribes, it analyzes what you’ve liked on Facebook, the music on your phone and places you’ve traveled in order to suggest tribes that might be of interest to you. Rather than having one large community,  there… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
SoundCloud‘s founder Alex Ljung was one of the most anticipated speakers at International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza, the three-day conference that gathered professionals from the electronic music industry. In a keynote interview, he got grilled by UK-based journalist Craig McLean on a series of relevant issues, from revenue sharing to rights issues. While Ljung somewhat dodged difficult questions and declined to disclose new numbers, he still made interesting comments on SoundCloud’s past, present and future. It was also quite revealing to see some negative comments being posted on Twitter during his talk, highlighting the end of the startup’s honeymoon period with the electronic… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Since Xiaomi started selling its devices and accessories in India last year, it’s launched some pretty impressive gear at attractive price points. It’s challenged flagship Android devices from Samsung and HTC. The Chinese manufacturer recently launched its mid-range Mi 4i phone. For about $205, you get a handsome plastic unibody 5-inch Android 5.0 device with decent specs — but how does it all come together? I put the phone through its paces over the past week, to see if the Mi 4i lived up to the hype. SPOILER: it’s pretty damn good. Design and hardware This is how a budget… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Want a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that looks a little out of the ordinary? The company has teamed up with Marvel to launch an Iron Man Limited Edition of its recently launched smartphone, with a distinctive red-and-gold finish. Announced in celebration of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron blockbuster, the device features an Iron Man-themed interface, complete with custom fonts, icons and dialer. Unlike Tony Stark’s armor, the device isn’t made of a gold titanium alloy — so Samsung has included a clear cover to protect the phone from dings and scratches. There’s also a matching wireless charger that looks like… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
With Google’s annual conference right around the corner, we’re left anticipating what news is on the horizon. Though Google I/O is meant for developers, consumers can look to it for concepts they likely will see on their devices in a few months time. So what are we going to get at I/O this year? Probably nothing groundbreaking, but we’ll still have a lot to talk about. Android M Google’s Senior Vice President of Products (read: guy responsible for everything you use) Sundar Pichai will likely drop Android M on us, but not in a big way. We won’t get the official… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Roku’s UI revamp and new discovery features are rolling out to Roku devices in the UK from today. Announced in a blog post, the company says its new Roku 2 device also hits retailers’ shelves today (a US variant was already available) priced at £69.99. It offers (essentially) the same hardware as the Roku 3, but without the motion sensing remote and headphone socket. For existing Roku owners there’s an over-the-air update rolling out from today too, which will bring its new Roku Search and Roku Feed features to the UK for the first time. For now, only Netflix, Snagfilms and Popcornflix… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Twitter is reportedly in discussions to purchase Flipboard. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Re/Code is reporting Twitter wants to purchase Flipboard in an all-stock deal that would value Flipboard north of $1 billion. The ongoing talks have been occuring since the beginning of the year, and spearheaded by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto. Why Twitter might be interested in Flipboard is not known, but curation may be Twitter’s aim. Flipboard recently purchased Zite, a competing site with personalized curation tools. Flipboard’s advertising muscle is also something Twitter may be interested in. We’ve reached out to both Twitter and Flipbaord about the acquisition talks,… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Sir Jony Ive is Apple’s most well known executive not called Tim Cook (and that’s arguable), and he just got a promotion. According to the Telegraph, Ive is now leading the newly minted Chief Design Officer position. Meanwhile, two close leutenants, Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, are taking over Ive’s previous roles on User Interface and Industrial Design, respectively. Developing…

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Extinction sucks and no one wants that to happen to the panda. Rare members of the bear family, the Giant Panda resides in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China. They are highly prized throughout the world for their beauty and their peaceful natures. Despite lacking natural predators in the wild, they are endangered because their habitat is being systematically destroyed. Pandas require a diet almost totally consisting of bamboo and must eat between 26 and 84 pounds of the stuff every day, while at the same time their forest habitat is decimated by roads and railroads to support the Chinese economy.… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Robots are remarkably efficient at handling pre-programmed tasks ranging from remarkably simple to incredibly complex. Tasks such as vacuuming a floor, flying an airplane, or near-complete assembly of modern automobiles are all currently within the realm of robot capabilities. The one inefficiency in modern robots is the reliance on humans to provide them with the correct sequence of 1’s and 0’s needed to carry out a task. This could soon change. Meet BRETT. BRETT – or Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks – is a creation of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab that uses deep learning techniques in order to… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Telegram with Aniways is a new messaging app for Android and iOS that’s based on the official Telegram service. I use iMessage for almost all of my messaging and if someone’s not on iOS, I generally use Messenger or WhatsApp. I decided to give Telegram with Aniways a go to see if it would be the platform to replace the rest. If you don’t already use Telegram, you’ll need to give your phone number to set it up and then you can create a profile and choose a username so people can find you even if they don’t have your… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
There’s megapixels and then there’s gigapixels. Yes, the latter is actually a thing and it’s the hallmark of what’s being called “the world’s largest photo” at precisely 353 gigapixels. How does a photo get that huge? It takes a lot of photos. Photographer Filippo Blengini alongside a five-person international shooting team, has published a panorama of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe. While the mountain itself rises to 4,810 meters (15,780 feet), the team shot the pano at 3500 meters (11.5 feet). Using a Canon 70D, a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS, and a Canon Extender 2X III on a special… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Remember that Time Warner/Comcast merger basically everyone was hoping wouldn’t happenuntil it was canceled a month ago? Well, it looks like Time Warner Cable is taking its assets to a smaller provider instead. The Wall Street Journal reports that Charter Communications is very near announcing a deal to purchase Time Warner – despite the former being the smaller company. The announcement could happen as soon as Tuesday. Charter would also incorporate smaller provider Bright House Networks. Combined, Charter would then have 23 million customers, leaving it behind only Comcast, which remains the largest provider with 27 million customers. The original… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
The promises of a particular 80s movie may not be a reality just yet — and time is running out, but the day when we can use a hoverboard as a viable mode of transportation, just like Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, is slowly edging closer to reality. That reality was inched forward thanks to the efforts of Canadian software engineer Catalin Alexandry Duru. Duru broke the Guinness World Record for farthest flight by hoverboard, setting the new distance at 275 meters — some five times greater than the previous record. Filmed at Lake Ouareau, Quebec in… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Though nowhere near official, it seems Google may actually be splitting its impressive Photos service from their sputtering social arm. Android Police recently got some hands-on time with Google’s new “Photos” app. The report doesn’t divulge all the details we’ve been hearing about — like sharing directly to Facebook or Twitter from within the app — but does offer a look at the app as we might experience it. The app, like its current iteration, will let users search for specific people, animals, or objects, back up photos automatically, and take care of general photo management. Beyond that, the app gets a… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
There are many, many services out there for sending messages, and there are also a whole bunch that will bring you a seemingly endless supply of memes at the press of a (virtual) button. And now there’s Pext, which combines the two for iOS and Android users. Launched in beta last week, the idea behind Pext is pretty simple: send a message of a custom image overlaid with your text. Easy, automated meme creation. Once you’ve entered your phone number and verified your account, you just need to start typing and Pext will automatically add an image for you. If you don’t like it, you… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
Someone writing a letter to their therapist in the Freud’s handwriting: That was the image that inspired German typographic artist Harald Geisler to develop a typeface based on the famous psychoanalyst’s script. His vision became a reality following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013. He says: It motivates me, because the process is very long, to have that image in mind. With Freud, it was that funny idea that someone could write a letter to their shrink in Freud’s handwriting, to reverse the authority. Now a lot of psychoanalysts I know use the font. One psychology student in Australia even… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
You know how massive corporations often find clever and completely legal ways of paying less tax than they really should despite it being a reprehensible and predatory way to do business with an entire nation? Well, Amazon has caved into pressure from Europe and will soon start paying tax on items it sells in the UK and some other European countries, according to reports over the weekend. It previously routed those transactions through Luxembourg, known as a favourable location for tax purposes, in order to pay a lower amount overall. However, as a result of changing its reporting procedures, it could… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
This post was brought to you by GetApp, your number one cloud business apps marketplace.From cars to air conditioning, fridges to fitness bands, there are few ‘things’ that the Internet of Things has yet to start infiltrating. They’ve even started entering business, where the potential for automation and connectedness sees your customer service reps being replaced by an email from your washing machine telling you to change your drain hose. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but there’s no better example of the potential for IoT in business than when it comes to customer relationship management (CRM). The Internet of Things, or simply IoT, refers to the ability of any object or device… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 5 days ago on the next web
According to this recent United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filing, Google could be mulling a move into ‘smart’ toys for kids. Spotted by HotHardware and Engadget, the patent looks to make “an anthropormorphic device” (in this instance, a teddy) able to control other devices and respond to verbal cues from children or adults. So far, so only partly creepy. Where it starts to get a bit weird is the filing describing how the teddy moves its head to look at the source of the commands. It would have cameras in it too. Cameras and mics are not traditionally things found in toys aimed… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the next web
When you search on Google for the term “hand” or “leg,” the results you get back rarely feature a person of color. It was this particular search result that led Swedish design student Johanna Burai to launch the World White Web campaign. I was looking for an image of a black hand, and I expected to find one simply by searching for ‘hand’. A Google image search for the term “hand” gives you about 800 hits, but they are all white. You need to perform a more detailed search if you want to find non-white hands. The World White Web project… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the next web
If you’re not living in one of the countries where today is a public holiday – that’ll be the UK, the Netherlands and the US – then today is just like any old Monday, that is, the worst first day of the working week. To get you up to speed, we’ve put together a list of everything that happened in tech land this weekend while you were doing other things. All you need to do is make yourself a drink, clear ten minutes in your schedule and check out the links below. News Xbox Live is down right now Instagram’s cool… This story continues at The Next Web

Read More...