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China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and with that comes a lot of interest in how mobile users behave. As one of the primary ways through which consumers access content, apps in particular are a key area of focus. China’s app ecosystem is somewhat of a maze for people who aren’t familiar with the way it works. In terms of iOS, the presence of Apple’s App Store in the country makes it pretty straightforward to track, but for Android, it is way more complicated. In the vacuum left behind by Google Play after it exited China in 2010, hundreds of third-party... This story continues at The Next Web The post WeChat and third-party Android app stores: How China’s mobile ecosystem is different from the West appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google will soon give YouTube users the ability to import videos from their Google+ account. From the upload window, a new button will be positioned on the right-hand side above the existing ‘Create Videos’ pane. The feature was revealed in screenshots posted to Google+ by Nedas Petravicius. After hitting the ‘Import’ button, YouTube users will be able to select from three Google+ organisation filters: All Videos, Auto Backup and Albums. They’re all self-explanatory and, similar to how they’re shown on Google+, list videos with a thumbnail preview, the total duration and date they were created. Rolling the cursor over a... This story continues at The Next Web The post YouTube will soon give you the option to import your Google+ videos appeared first on The Next Web.

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Skyscanner has long since cemented its position as one of the world’s largest flight search engines, but wherever it is people are flying, they’ll more than likely require somewhere to sleep too. The company has offered hotel search for a while already through its website, but today – almost one year after Skyscanner introduced its second standalone mobile app (for car hire) – the Edinburgh, UK-headquartered firm is now rolling out a brand new native mobile app for hotels. By way of a quick recap, in September last year, Skyscanner took its hotel-search service in-house when it acquired Barcelona-based travel... This story continues at The Next Web The post Skyscanner now wants to help you find hotels from your phone with a new standalone app appeared first on The Next Web.

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HTC has sent out invites for a September 4th event at IFA — and now it seems like what we’re going to see will be the “world’s first” Android smartphone powered by an octa-core 64-bit processor, according to a teaser from the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer on its Weibo page. An octa-core 64-bit chipset should technically add a lot more speed to the phone. Previously, the company already hinted in another Weibo posting that its next smartphone is codenamed “820,” which is reportedly a successor to the Desire 816, according to Focus Taiwan. HTC is making a big play for emerging... This story continues at The Next Web The post HTC teases the unveiling of ‘world’s first’ octa-core 64-bit smartphone on September 4 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Twitter’s arsenal of advertising products, including Promoted Tweets, are now available in 12 new markets across Europe. Announced in a blog post today, Twitter Ads has made a big push in particular through Eastern and Central Europe. The countries are: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Portugal. Twitter’s long road to monetization through advertising kicked off more than four years ago with Promoted Tweets, and has since expanded to include Promoted Accounts and Promoted Trends. Earlier this month, Twitter launched Promoted Video Ads in beta too. Twitter says its advertising products... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitter takes its advertising products, including Promoted Tweets, to 12 more markets across Europe appeared first on The Next Web.

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Wearables, wearables, wearables. It seems that nearly every tech company — bar a few notable exceptions — is getting into wearables. You can add ASUS to the list… soon. The Taiwanese company has once again teased details of its first smartwatch on Twitter. The company previously detailed a first glimpse of the watch screen, but this time around we get a good look at the device’s overall form factor — albeit via a sketch. Here is a glimpse of #ASUSwearable, which will be one of the highlights at #IFA2014 in Berlin. pic.twitter.com/36LKNTxcrM — ASUS (@ASUS) August 26, 2014 TechCrunch previously reported that we... This story continues at The Next Web The post ASUS once again teases its first smartwatch, which will be unveiled next week appeared first on The Next Web.

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Music streaming service Spotify is playing catch-up with its Windows Phone app, finally making it free on the platform after unveiling a free, ad-supported and shuffle-mode which came to iOS and Android earlier this year. From today, Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users are getting an update for Spotify that lets you shuffle your own music, all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from people you follow. You can also shuffle an artist’s entire catalog – though that means you won’t be able to dig down into individual albums specifically. You can also access ‘Browse’ on Spotify for playlists that the service created... This story continues at The Next Web The post Spotify finally brings its free, shuffle mode to Windows Phone appeared first on The Next Web.

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Yahoo acquired intelligent Android launcher Aviate back in January this year, before launching the service out of beta in June. In a nutshell, Aviate automatically organizes your apps and aggregates your personal and local data. This may include weather forecasts, transit information and calendar events. It adjusts according to time of day and your other activities to bring contextually-relevant information to your homescreen. A by-product of this is that Yahoo/Aviate gathers a lot of data about key activities on Android, including what apps users interact with most, average apps installed and so on. Indeed, Yahoo Aviate and Yahoo Labs have... This story continues at The Next Web The post Android users have an average of 95 apps installed on their phones, according to Yahoo Aviate data appeared first on The Next Web.

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Wearable gadgets haven’t taken off among mainstream consumers yet. Many people simply don’t see the use in a smartwatch, one of the reasons for that may be the perception that there are too few apps, thus limiting what is possible. Samsung is out to change that opinion after revealing that its Gear family of smartwatches now has more than 1,000 apps. That landmark is interesting because it is the very same number of apps that Pebble, Samsung’s closest rival when it comes to smartwatches, claims to have in its app store. At least that was the case when the Pebble app store for... This story continues at The Next Web The post Samsung says there are now over 1,000 apps for its Gear smartwatches appeared first on The Next Web.

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LG is introducing yet another variation of its flagship G3 smartphone, one which seems likely to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note range of phablets — perhaps with a lower price tag. Announced today, the LG G3 Stylus will be unveiled at the IFA electronics event in Berlin next month. The device maintains the same 5.5-inch size as the flagship G3, though it runs on a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor — that’s a step down from the G3′s 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 chipset. The G3 Stylus includes the same 13-megapixel rear-facing camera as its bigger brother, but the front-facing camera is... This story continues at The Next Web The post LG announces the G3 Stylus, a Samsung Galaxy Note rival with a ‘fair price’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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Possibly the most tedious part of photo management is tagging images so that users can easily classify and locate them in the future. While that task is hard enough for casual users, for businesses dealing in high image volume, it can evolve into a labor intensive, time-consuming nightmare. A solution may be in sight. Imagga Technologies, a startup in Bulgaria, has developed automated image tagging technology that analyzes the pixel content of your photos and generates relevant text tags. The technology has just emerged from private beta and is now in public beta. Imagga categorizes images based on their visual topic (beach, city,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Auto imaging tech takes the pain out of keyword tagging and searching appeared first on The Next Web.

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In an effort to reduce smartphone thefts, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the “kill switch” bill which requires all smartphones sold in the state be disabled by the owners in the case of a robbery. The bill (SB-962) was introduced by Senator Mark Leno in February of this year and will go into effect on July 1, 2015. At that time, all smartphones sold in the state will require technology that effectively bricks the phone after it has been reported as stolen. Senator Leno represents San Francisco in the California state senate. According to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón,... This story continues at The Next Web The post California becomes the first state to require mandatory smartphone ‘kill switch’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s been all but announced; at least one model of the iPhone 6 will be bigger than you’re used to. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Apple is likely to announce two models this year, one at 4.7 inches and another at a whopping 5.5 inches. Android users are no stranger to larger phones; Google’s flagship Nexus 5 is 4.9 inches and Samsung’s flagship S5 comes in at 5.1 inches. In Asia, smartphones over 5 inches in size are the fastest growing category and consumers overwhelmingly prefer large phones. Somos Post PC on Medium The graph above illustrates just how quickly... This story continues at The Next Web The post A bigger iPhone will be better for you, even if you don’t realize it yet appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. A few months ago we started up a new Twitter chat series, #Bufferchat. So far, we’ve talked about everything from productivity to social media monitoring and lots of other topics in between. These days, we have up to 185 participants each week, sending out nearly 2,000 tweets. It’s a true delight! Along the way, I’ve been learning the ins and outs of operating a Twitter chat and testing new tools and ideas to optimize our chat even further. It’s amazing how much there is to know, both for the chat host and the chat participants! I’d be thrilled to share... This story continues at The Next Web The post A step-by-step guide to hosting or joining a Twitter chat appeared first on The Next Web.

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Tennis isn’t the only game Ralph Lauren’s getting its hands on these days. Just in time for the first day of the US Open 2014, the fashion house has announced the launch of its own wearable tech line, which will provide athletes real-time biometric stats via a smart shirt. The launch features the Polo Tech shirt which is currently distributed to ball boys at this year’s US Open to help monitor their respiration, heart rate and stress level. The team says they are using the event to test the product before finalizing the shirt’s design. The slick, machine-washable tee is crafted with silver conductive thread woven into... This story continues at The Next Web The post Game, set, match: Hands-on with Ralph Lauren’s Polo Tech smart shirt appeared first on The Next Web.

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Cloud storage company Dropbox has dropped (ha! pun) an iOS update with improved Word, Powerpoint and GIF features. The 3.3 update now supports search inside Microsoft Word and Power point files. That’s helpful when you’re looking something in folder filled with documents. The app update also brings support for larger GIFs and smarter caching so your stored files use up less space on your tablet or phone. ➤ Dropbox for iOS The post Dropbox updates iOS app with search inside Word and Powerpoint files appeared first on The Next Web.

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In a deal that seems a bit confusing at first look, Amazon has purchased Twitch for $970 million in cash. The Information broke the story this morning of the online retailer making a play for the video game streaming site. Google had been rumored to interested in Twitch to bolster YouTube. In fact, it looked as if Google and Twitch had finalized a deal, but Amazon swooped in and purchased the company. Twitch CEO Emmett Shear stated in a post about the acquisition: Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon buys Twitch for $970 million appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google today launched a Slides for iOS app, while updating its Docs and Sheets apps to support opening, editing and saving Microsoft Office files. These three products represent Google’s push to claw both consumer and enterprise customers away from Microsoft Office. Most of the business world still runs on Microsoft’s renowned productivity apps, so it makes sense that – at least for now – Google should support them as widely as possible. Only when users are confident that Slides, Docs and Sheets can work seamlessly alongside Microsoft Office will Google start making some serious progress in this area. Slides is Google’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google releases Slides for iOS, updates Sheets and Docs apps with Microsoft Office editing appeared first on The Next Web.

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A few weeks ago is was “confirmed” that Google was on the verge of acquiring video game live streaming service Twitch. Then nothing happened. Now it looks like Amazon is interested in the company. According to The Information, Amazon is in late-stage talks to buy the service. The Information is unaware if the deal has been finalized, but their sources believe a deal could be announced at any time. If true, this would be an odd acquisition for the online retailer. Google’s acquisition made sense considering Twitch uses the search giant’s YouTube video platform. Amazon might be looking to launch... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon now reportedly in the running to acquire Twitch appeared first on The Next Web.

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Bing Maps is less popular than Google Maps, but the Microsoft-owned navigation service is still being updated on a regular basis. Today, it received some notable enhancements regarding public transit options in Japan, making it easier for locals and travelers to get around town. For one, Bing says it’s increased the number of agencies and routes available to users. Although it didn’t detail any specifics, the team promised that “no matter where you’re heading in Japan, if there’s a transit route that can get you there, we know about it and can tell you how to use it.” Bing Maps... This story continues at The Next Web The post Bing Maps update makes it easier to travel around Japan using public transport appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook today announced further plans to clean up the News Feed by reducing stories with click-bait headlines as well as stories that have links shared in the captions of photos or within status updates. The move comes just four months after the social network reduced Like-baiting posts, repeated content, and spammy links. First up, “click-baiting” refers to posting links with a headline that piques your curiosity without actually telling you much information. In other words, you click to see more, and you aren’t told enough about what to expect. Facebook explains why it’s finally cracking down on posts like the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook cleans up News Feed by reducing click-bait headlines, links shared in captions and status updates appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you have a penchant for handing your phone to others to show them photographs you’ve snapped, you might like Bound It for Android. One of the issues of handing your device over, with your main gallery app active, is that anyone can swipe far beyond those cute photos you took of your kid, and onto those not-so-cute ones of your stag party. Bound It lets you select which specific images you wish to show by creating an impromptu slideshow consisting only of the images you wish them to see. You can also save a ‘Bound It’ list of photos... This story continues at The Next Web The post This Android app lets you control which photos your friends see when you hand your phone over appeared first on The Next Web.

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and a freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the Jumplead blog. You’ve planned out the perfect strategy to attract subscribers, leads and eventually customers for your business, but now it’s time to build trust with these individuals and establish a strong relationship from the start. According to Webbed Feet, 92 percent of consumers say they trust earned media, such as social media, word of mouth and recommendation from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising. The question then is how to emulate the trust a person feels from earned media with your... This story continues at The Next Web The post 10 tips to build trust with first-time subscribers, leads and customers appeared first on The Next Web.

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It was only a matter of time. GoPro cameras can be fitted to helmets, cars, surfboards and more, but now there’s a new way to film with these durable cameras: From the perspective of man’s best friend. GoPro today announced Fetch, a harness that lets you mount two Hero cameras to your dog. The first is attached on the back for a view just behind the head, while the second is fitted on the chest for an angle closer to ground-level. The mount is adjustable and GoPro says it should fit a range of dog breeds ranging from 15 to 120 pounds. It’s... This story continues at The Next Web The post GoPro’s Fetch harness lets you capture the world from a dog’s point of view appeared first on The Next Web.

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Spotify updated its iOS app today with a few useful tweaks regarding the way it displays albums. A new, prominent ‘Save’ button has been added in the header, just below the artwork and album name. Whereas before you needed to dive into the menu (located in the top right-hand corner) this shortcut will instantly add the album to the ‘Your Music’ section of the app. Swiping horizontally on the album header will now reveal a second section that includes some basic information: the release year and total play time. The latter is particularly handy if you want to listen to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Spotify makes it easier to save albums to ‘Your Music’ inside the iOS app appeared first on The Next Web.

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