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Moving is a huge pain, and finding affordable movers that you can trust is one of the most difficult steps.Unpakt, the self-described “Kayak for home moving,” has released new Quick Quotes and Moving Cost Calculator tools that aim to make it easier to get bids on the cost of a move. Quick Quotes claims to generate quotes in 60 seconds or less, an improvement on the average 10-minute wait for Unpakt’s Guaranteed Prices search. The Moving Cost Calculator lets third-parties embed a widget on their sites so that visitors can get estimates without leaving the site. Appraisable and Aptdeco are... This story continues at The Next Web The post Moving company comparison site Unpakt launches a tool for instant quotes appeared first on The Next Web.

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Tanay Tandon is the 17-year-old founder of Athelas, a blood-testing kit for smartphones that is designed to diagnose malaria. For more than two centuries, cell morphology – or the practice of viewing/analyzing a person’s blood – has been the primary way to approach medicine. The process is generally long and expensive: go to the doctor, get a sample taken, wait for a couple of days for a trained professional to analyze the blood, and then receive your report. Athelas changes all that. In short – a malaria test that requires no expertise, takes a few seconds, and costs next to nothing. All... This story continues at The Next Web The post This teenager could revolutionize malaria testing with a cheap smartphone attachment appeared first on The Next Web.

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Cloud Imperium has soared past the $50 million crowdfunding mark for its highly ambitious space simulation video game Star Citizen. At the time of writing, the developer has raised just over $51 million from more than 525,000 fans. The latest milestone has unlocked yet another premium feature for the game; natural and realistic languages for three alien races. Such a high level of crowdfunding is almost unprecedented in the video game industry. Kickstarter has helped a number of independent developers put their passion projects into motion, but the time-restricted nature of the platform usually limits the overall level of funding... This story continues at The Next Web The post Cloud Imperium hits $50 million in crowdfunding for its space sim video game Star Citizen appeared first on The Next Web.

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Mobile browsers are solidifying their importance amidst the mobile revolution, as more and more people access the internet via their smartphones and tablets, abandoning the desktop experience in the process. Dolphin is one of the oldest and most popular third-party browsers for Android — we called it a “genuinely beautiful Android browser” in a roundup — currently claiming more than 100 million users worldwide. Dolphin Browser was started in the US back in 2010. Recently, Dolphin made a rather surprising move by announcing that it sold a 51 percent stake to Changyou, a Chinese online game developer, in return for $30 million... This story continues at The Next Web The post Dolphin wants to be more than a window to the Web – it plans to be a channel for all your content appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice has been around for a while already, and now it’s available in the UK too. To recap, Whispersync for Voice lets users switch between reading ebooks and listening to audio books without losing their place, thanks to Audible integration, the audio entertainment company acquired by Amazon back in 2008. There are around 25,000 professionally narrated audiobooks available on Audible in the UK. Until recently, US readers using the Android and iOS Kindle apps have been required to install the separate Audible app to make the switch between reading and listening. But following an update back in... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice hits the UK to help you switch between reading and listening to ebooks appeared first on The Next Web.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange dropped a bombshell today, after revealing that he plans to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London “soon.” Responding to a question at a press conference at the embassy, where he has resided for the past two years, the Australian confirmed his intention, but gave no specific time frame for his exit. Assange was equally elusive as to why he is planning to move on, though he did say that it is not motivated by health reasons, as was suggested by media. Assange held a press conference which was all streamed online Earlier comments from Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino suggested... This story continues at The Next Web The post Wikileaks founder Julian Assange plans to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London ‘soon’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sometimes it’s impossible to keep yourself as plugged in to the constant tech news cycle as you’d like. Things happen, life gets in the way and maybe your family begin to question why they haven’t seen you in the last few days – all of which means you’ve missed this weekend’s best tech news and features. It’s OK, we understand; that’s what we’re here for. So grab a coffee, mute your phone and spend 10 minutes catching up on the best tech news and features that you’ve missed from across the last two days. News from The Next Web over the weekend Google... 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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The Dolby Atmos system has been creating a 3D aural experience in theatres since June 2012. Now the company that brought us surround sound is bringing its object-based audio experience into the home and on mobile devices. The weird thing about audio is that it’s incredibly important to film, but when done well you don’t even notice. You’ve probably already heard Dolby’s Atmos technology in movies like Star Trek Into the Darkness or the best film of the Summer, Guardians of Galaxy. But when you do notice what’s going on with the audio, it’s spectacular. So Atmos is coming to your TV... This story continues at The Next Web The post 10 things you need to know about the Dolby Atmos home theatre system appeared first on The Next Web.

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Swedish Bitcoin exchange, Safello, has launched a free service that allows charities to receive Bitcoin for free. The new donation service is available in limited form and offers charities custom campaign pages that act in a similar way to Kickstarter but use Bitcoin to contribute and are completely free, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the charity. Initial uses of the service include projects to implement Bitcoin in Africa and give children in Uganda vaccinations as well as a group that is fixing bugs in Bitcoin itself. Charities can sign up to request for their own customized donation page in advance of the company opening up the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Safello helps charities accept Bitcoin for free appeared first on The Next Web.

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Red hot Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi has announced a major upgrade to its MIUI Android software. MIUI 6, which will come to the company’s devices soon, bears more than a passing resemblance to iOS. It is certainly more Apple-like than the Google Android that we know, as Liliputing notes. MIUI is four years old, and Xiaomi says that it has 70 million users worldwide. In addition to being pre-loaded on Xiaomi’s smartphones — like the recently announced Mi 4 — MIUI can be downloaded to some Android devices from other companies. Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra has spoken out to deny... This story continues at The Next Web The post The latest version of Xiaomi’s MIUI software looks a lot more like iOS 7 than Android appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft promised a series of new features would land in its next Xbox One system update, and now users can finally get their hands on a newly-revamped activity feed and mobile purchases, among others. The update is rolling out starting today and over the next few days. This means users will see the interface of their activity feed change to a single column scrolling list that is “longer and includes more content,” and they can post text to their feed and like and comment on items. Your friends list will also now show how long it’s been since a friend came... This story continues at The Next Web The post Xbox One August update starts rolling out today, bringing new activity feed and mobile purchases appeared first on The Next Web.

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Product Hunt, the increasingly popular website that helps you discover new apps and services, is about to grow its presence on the Web after it began allowing other services to plug into its treasure trove of information. Founder Ryan Hoover last month announced plans for an API, which allows other developers and software makers to build services that make use of Product Hunt’s data. Now the switch has been hit, letting the first services in. We just started giving people access to the @ProductHunt API. >100 requests/minute on avg and climbing. pic.twitter.com/G0woWAlMZw — Ryan Hoover (@rrhoover) August 17, 2014 Here are 11... This story continues at The Next Web The post Here are 11 of the first services to use Product Hunt’s API appeared first on The Next Web.

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Most great businesses need to go though a moment of snatching victory from the jaw of defeat. Apple lost the PC race, only to innovate and win with portable music players and then phones over the last decade. Intel’s main business was selling RAM chips in the 80s until they rapidly lost market-share and pivoted to focus on commercial microprocessors as the age of the PCs started booming. Aereo can turn the fame it gained from its lost Supreme Court case into a vibrant (and legal!) business by becoming a hardware company. Earlier in the summer, the Supreme Court of... This story continues at The Next Web The post What Aereo should do to stay alive and innovate the TV industry appeared first on The Next Web.

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Moovit, an app we’ve written about a few times which aims to become the ‘Waze for public transit,’ just got a major update that provides live information when you are actually using public transport. ‘Start Ride’ mode will provide your estimated time of arrival throughout, and will let you know when you approach your final destination. That’s a very useful feature if you are visiting a city, or navigating a new area for the first time. The app, which has 8 million downloads to date, also lets you share your progress with friends via Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The service now covers 400... This story continues at The Next Web The post Exploring a new place? Moovit now provides trip information as you ride public transport. appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter is back in experimental mode, but its latest test is annoying people. A sizable number of users are seeing tweets favorited by others in their timeline, just like retweets. They are also getting notifications when others follow someone new. This was first brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago, but Twitter appears to have widened the experiment to cover more users over the past few days. TNW’s own editor-in-chief Martin Bryant, Re/Code’s Peter Kafka and prominent US investor Hunter Walk are among those seeing these notifications. Twitter filling my feed with stuff I didn’t ask for – stuff other people follow and fav. pic.twitter.com/IVOViGF1QW — Peter Kafka... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter’s latest experiment turns favorites into retweets (and it’s annoying lots of people) appeared first on The Next Web.

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Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at Xprt, a new startup looking to save people the hassle and the headache of doing extensive research before buying a product. I don’t know if you ever experienced a eureka moment - a second when everything comes together and an amazing idea pops into your head. As someone who is in the business of creating new things and has seen various ideas blossom into fully functional products, I can tell you that there is nothing like that feeling. You get excited, you can’t sleep, and you start imagining how the future is going to look. It is very... This story continues at The Next Web The post Are you still just a wantrepreneur? 7 ways to validate your startup idea appeared first on The Next Web.

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Alvin Hsia is a Product Designer at Edmodo. This post originally appeared on his Medium blog. For the past year, I’ve had an incredible experience contributing to the design team at Edmodo, a K-12 education startup backed by Greylock Partners, Benchmark Capital and Union Square Ventures. While I wasn’t new to building stuff, having hacked projects together with friends in college, the last 12 months have afforded me the opportunity to ship world-class software alongside seasoned veterans. Now that I have a couple of product cycles under my belt, I’ve learned a lot about what to do (and what not to) when working... This story continues at The Next Web The post What I learned in my first year as a product designer appeared first on The Next Web.

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A new app called Normal might help you finally get to the bottom of your iPhone’s disappointing battery life. Unlike any other iPhone battery tracking app, Normal uses crowdsourced data from everyone using the app to provide personal advice on how to improve your battery. Once installed, Normal starts giving actionable suggestions like ‘kill Google to save 1 hour of battery life’ rather than just presenting you with stats. The real beauty of Normal is being able to see if your battery drain is normal compared to others using the same model of iPhone. Each app listing tells you if your apps are draining... This story continues at The Next Web The post Use crowdsourced data to find what’s draining your iPhone battery appeared first on The Next Web.

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Ryan Matzner is the Director of Strategy at Fueled, a mobile design and development shop based in NYC and London. In just over a week, I will make my first pilgrimage to Burning Man. And while I look forward to leaving the mainstream grid to frolic with fellow creative creatures, I’m not so keen on what I understand is a common struggle at Burning Man: losing track of your friends on the playa. Some people will rely on printed Facebook invites and directions from BurnerMap to find their friends, but these days, workable printers only exist in offices with PCs. And once you’ve left that... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to find your friends at this year’s Burning Man festival appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sandra Nguyen is the Vice President of People & Culture at Volusion. The dawn of a company is a truly special time for the pioneering team working to forge a path to success. During this stage, the entrepreneurial spirit is high and the group is empowered by close working relationships. This combination of excitement and cohesion, mixed with a passion for success fosters a fast-paced, agile environment where productivity is high and roadblocks are quickly removed. When rapid growth is fueled by this startup mindset, the natural need comes to hire more staff. But with additional headcount comes the need... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 strategies for keeping a startup vibe in a rapidly growing company appeared first on The Next Web.

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Max Ogles writes at MaxOgles.com about behavior change, psychology, and technology. He has a forthcoming e-book, “9 Ways to Motivate Yourself Using Psychology and Technology,” that you can receive for free here. A decent argument could be made that the sites we consider social media could easily be labeled narcissistic media. According to a Pew Research study from last year, the most popular social sites are Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram – in that order. From the photo of lunch that you shared on Instagram to the entirely uninteresting article about your employer that you published on LinkedIn, each of... This story continues at The Next Web The post How to be less selfish in the social media era appeared first on The Next Web.

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Even as Nintendo continues to withhold some of our favorite gaming experiences from smartphones and tablets, here’s one ray of hope. Polygon reports that The Pokémon Company has confirmed plans to release an iPad version of its popular online trading card game. It’s not yet clear when the app will launch, but Josh Wittenkeller has published an apparent screenshot of the app: It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon pic.twitter.com/SPlx3QZaTC — Josh Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) August 15, 2014 The iPad has proved itself to be a worthy... This story continues at The Next Web The post The Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has acquired the team behind Jetpac, an iPhone app for crowdsourcing city guides from public Instagram photos. The app will be pulled from the App Store in coming days, and support for the service will be discontinued on September 15. Jetpac’s deep learning software used a nifty trick of scanning our photos to evaluate businesses and venues around town. As MIT Technology Review notes, the app could tell whether visitors were tourists, whether a bar is dog-friendly and how fancy a place was. It even employed humans to find hipster spots by tracking the number of mustaches and plaid shirts. Interestingly,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google buys city guides app Jetpac, support to end on September 15 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Text on images — that’s the idea behind messaging, poster art, greeting cards and scenic displays. And font freaks (you know who you are) will always be on the lookout for ways to mix text into snapshots and vacation photos. Happily, dressing up your photos with text can be done right on your mobile phone with a variety of font photo apps. We chose nine apps for iOS and Android from the large number out there that can superimpose text or artistic stickers on your pictures. Some are free, some have free versions, most have additional in-app purchases, while others cost just a couple of... This story continues at The Next Web The post 9 outstanding apps for adding text to your photos appeared first on The Next Web.

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Tesla today announced that it has extended the same warranty for its Model S batteries to include the vehicle’s drivetrain units. The drive unit is covered under the same provisions as the existing battery warranty, so owners with an 85 kWh battery will benefit from eight years of coverage with no mileage restrictions, while 60 kWh owners have up to 125,000 miles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted that the new policy applies retroactively to existing Model S owners. Musk also confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming Model X and Model 3 designs will also have the same warranty. In a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tesla retroactively includes the Model S drive unit in its 8-year battery warranty appeared first on The Next Web.

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