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The second annual Twitter Flight conference will take place on October 21, 2015, at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Center. This year, Twitter promises more technical sessions and additional face time with the engineering team from Twitter. At the event, Twitter says developers will be the first to know about some of its core platforms like Fabric, Gnip and the Twitter API. There will also be a series of technical sessions: Deep-dive sessions on Fabric and Gnip: Developers will get a deeper technical understanding of the Twitter platform, and learn how to best utilize all the services Twitter has on offer. High-level sessions for… This story continues at The Next Web

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A year after it introduced Answers — a utility that analyzes mobile app performance –Twitter is improving it for mobile developers. Now, Answer users can create custom events to get the precise information they need. The Events feature allows developers to track exactly how users navigate an app using a set of APIs. With custom events, developers can specify granular actions they want to monitor. In a gaming app, for instance, a developer may want to track how many purchased a “full” version of the game (that removes ads or unlocks goodies). With custom events, a developer could also know… This story continues at The Next Web

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1. Timing Publish on a Saturday morning to increase your chances of standing out. You will quickly notice you will even be able to make it to the Medium Top 20 during some weekends with just a few recommendations. 2. Push Bring your first audience from outside. It is way easier for your story to get noticed on Medium after some initial exposure. Email your close friends and also share your article on your social media accounts. 3. Backlink Place links back to your website (or CTAs) at the end, or integrate them smoothly into your story. Use Google’s free UTM tool to track… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by Somewhere, the visual platform for sharing what you do and seeing how the world works.Software exists to make our lives easier—that is, until it doesn’t. The tech sector is currently seeing a boom in which new, cloud-based products are springing up every day. Just take a look at sites like Product Hunt, and you’ll see that there is an app to simplify every pain point your life: all the way down to finding a ‘spur of the moment’ dog walker. With so many available options, it can be challenging to pinpoint the tools that are actually awesome. Choose wrong, and you’ll end up with tools that create more work—you’ll be buried under set-up, maintenance,… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, or indeed pitch events in general, you’ll already be familiar with the format. Fledgling companies or entrepreneurs take to a stage to explain their ideas to potential investors in a bid to try and score some cash. It’s an approach that seems to be popular with both investors and startups – investors gain the chance of ‘getting in on the ground floor’ and entrepreneurs have the possibility of securing that important early investment and potentially even a mentor. While it’s common on TV and at startup events, there hasn’t been a podcast that delivers for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is making your ads a bit more interactive – YouTube now supports 360-degree video advertisements on Chrome, Android and iOS. Beer brand Bud Light is the first advertiser to take advantage of the new feature, which runs on Google’s TrueView ad platform. You can use your mouse to pan around the field of view if you’re on a PC, or you can simply tilt your phone around if you’re on a mobile device. The feature isn’t surprising; Google unveiled 360 video support in March, so it was only a matter of time before we started to see it in… This story continues at The Next Web

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We still don’t really know how much of a hit the Apple Watch was, but Strategy Analytics says it’s dominating the market at over 75 percent of all smartwatches shipped. According to its latest research, global smartwatch shipments grew 457 percent annually to 5 million, from just 1 million units last year. That’s a lot of smartwatches, considering it was still a nascent category just last year. The report says that the Apple Watch saw 4 million units shipped last quarter, compared with 0.4 million by Samsung. “Other” smartwatches made up just 0.9 million devices. Notably, Kickstarter darling Pebble is missing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Forever 21 is a clothing brand that young people wear and which confuses me.* Still, its latest marketing stunt is one I can get behind. Yeah, okay, sometimes brands sucker me in too. Tag your Instagram photos with #F21ThreadScreen and they’ll be displayed on a huge screen in New York city. And it’s not an ordinary screen by any means. The device built by the fashion retailer is a 2,000 pound machine with 6,400 mechanical spools of colored thread being turned to reproduce the Instagram images sent to it. Forever 21’s thread screen is very spool…get it? Spool? Oh forget it.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft wants to streamline email. Today’s it’s launching a new app called Send – iOS only for now – that makes email more like SMS by removing the subject line and taking you directly to your contacts list. Microsoft thinks email can be a bit too cumbersome by modern communication standards; you have to open the app, open a compose window, type your contact into the recipient field, and then write a subject line before you even really get to your message. On the other hand, you probably have many email contacts without a phone number logged in your address… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have been thinking about becoming an app developer, now is a great time to take the plunge. The iOS 9 Swift Coding Course is designed to get you up to speed in time for the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The course is exclusive to TNW Deals, and it is taught by Stephen DeStefano, a developer with several featured App Store products under his belt. The tuition jumps straight into Swift, the programming language of iOS, but it is approachable for beginners. You learn by building 10 project apps, with step-by-step instruction to guide your work.… This story continues at The Next Web

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A busy dad tries to get his son dressed for school. Little Johnny is refusing to eat breakfast, and eventually pushes his bowl off the side of the table. Cereal flies everywhere. Dad isn’t happy and orders Johnny upstairs to get ready. He goes, reluctantly. The camera cuts back to dad muttering, looking stressed and cleaning up the mess on the kitchen floor. Ten minutes later a driverless car pulls up to take Johnny to school and dad to work. The boy runs out the house, dad follows out of the door, and jumps in. The car’s robotic voice assistant greets them. The date shows March 3, 2018. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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By now you’ve probably heard of TNW Academy, an online institute aimed at helping you improve your personal and professional life. Although only in its fifth month, TNW Academy has already helped more than 1000 students worldwide. To mark the milestone, we’re hosting a giveaway with a prize of 1-year unlimited access to TNW Academy. But it ends at midnight EDT tonight!  With one year of classes, you’ll get the opportunity to work closely with our expert instructors to learn everything you need to know about building your own website, growth hacking, the ins and outs of content marketing and so much more. What are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Plenty of online tutorials will teach you how to piece together the nuts and bolts of a webpage, but there’s another aspect that’s typically glossed over: design. If you want to ramp your design game up a bit, Readymag now has free-to-use online design school. Readymag is a service that allows you to build your own website, and — like many others of its ilk — lets you to bypass the process of coding. In addition to websites, Readymag lets you create flashy online magazines, newsletters and portfolios, all with emphasis on design. The Design School is there for those who… This story continues at The Next Web

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More people are attending college than ever. According to the Institute of Education Statistics, an estimated 18 million people were expected to enroll in U.S. undergraduate programs in 2014. It’s also more expensive than ever: data from The College Board shows that the average cost of a year of college education totaled to $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Multiply by four, and it results in a lot of debt. According to the US News & World Report, roughly 70 percent of college students who graduated in 2013 did so… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hundreds of hours of historic video clips are hitting YouTube thanks to the Associated Press (AP). The news agency is uploading more than 550,000 video clips to the service, covering events dating back to 1895. Read to the end for dogs on treadmills!  The organization, along with newsreel archive provider British Movietone, aims to provide a high-profile, searchable archive for documentary makers and historians. But ultimately, it’s a treasure trove for us all. AP wants to make money both from licensing and running ads on the huge cache of material. It will get a lot of views with clips including exclusive footage… This story continues at The Next Web

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While many trends and techniques in web design come and go, one that remains constant is color. It is one of the basic principles of all design theory and a tool that contributes to an overall aesthetic and provides user interaction cues. Photo credits: Rdio Color trends change, but vibrant color choices are a design element that stand the test of time. Bright color choices contribute to and work with the design itself to help provide valuable user experiences. In this article, we’ll dive into some of the most timeless design techniques described in the free e-book Flat Design &… This story continues at The Next Web

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With 4K hardware now widely available, and streaming services providing ultra-HD content, the ultimate movie setup is within reach. To bring it closer still, we are giving you the chance to win a Samsung 50-inch TV and one of three streaming devices. This massive display has won favor with reviewers, and it offers an incredible resolution of 3840×2160. It integrates LED lighting and PurColor technology for a vibrant picture, and a motion rate of 120 means smooth action. The set offers Smart TV functionality, but to make sure you are never without great content to watch, the prize also includes… This story continues at The Next Web

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I know, I know, your cat is the smartest, most wonderful, cute little sociopathic killer in the whole damn world but…cats are not smart when it comes to drinking water. Cats often suffer from urinary tract infections and other issues because they fail to consume enough water. That and other issues can be painful and, occasionally, fatal. So the arrival of a smart water fountain could be very good news. The makers of Pura – an Indiegogo project but one that’s looks on course to hit its target – claim it will keep track of your cat’s water-drinking habits. Cleverly, it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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The OnePlus 2 phone is set to launch in less than a week, but you can get a good look at the device right now, courtesy of Chinese wireless regulator Tenaa. You’ll notice a fingerprint reader below the screen on the front. Engadget noted that the back has a camera with a similar configuration to that on the LG G4, and could feature laser focusing. We already know that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor along with 4GB of RAM. It will also be one of the world’s first phones to feature a USB-C port.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is very keen to be a serious alternative to YouTube. Over the last year it’s grown views to over 4 billion per day, launched a revenue sharing scheme for creators and started autoplaying videos in your Newsfeed. A few tweaks we’ve noticed quietly being tested show just how eager Facebook is to stop you going to YouTube for video. When you try to paste a YouTube link onto a page, you’ll see a tiny warning below the share box encouraging you to upload to Facebook instead. It teases higher impressions and the ability to track videos as a reason to do so. Facebook wants your YouTube videos… This story continues at The Next Web

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The latest version of YouTube for Android displays portrait mode videos in all their full-screen glory, making it easier and a lot less annoying to watch videos shot vertically. Prior to this update, YouTube would display vertical videos in full-screen landscape mode, which kept the actual viewing area nearly as small as the preview screen. The new feature comes in handy when you’re watching Vine roundups or clips sent by your non-techie relatives. Full-screen mode for portrait videos on YouTube looks great Want to see how it works for yourself? Try this clip on your Android device. Sadly, the new feature… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last time we caught up with music discovery app Pause, it had just arrived on Android following its iOS launch. It was evolving into a music magazine, with the promise of platform supporting a range of publishers. Now that platform has arrived. In practice, that means there’s now more content on offer. The Pause team has worked with publications including Drowned in Sound, FACT and Dummy, allowing them to create ‘magazines’ containing written articles with musical accompaniment. So, while reading Joanna Gruesome‘s views about mysogyny in music you can listen to her songs, too. Pause has also created genre guides, so you can listen… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apparently, 50 percent of British people don’t know how to budget when they travel abroad. But, consider this, the survey was conducted by Travelex, the foreign exchange company, which coincidentally has an app to hawk. The company only surveyed 2,000 travellers to come up with its figures but, despite the relatively small sample, the app that has sprung from the thinking is a pretty good idea. The company claims the Travelex Money App (free on Android and iOS)  – nice, simple name there – will “ease the stress” of deciding how much money to spend abroad. The trick is that it shows you how much… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp has been updated on Android with a few useful new features, including an option to mark conversations as unread, as spotted by Android Police. Tap and hold on any conversation pane and you’ll spot the new feature at the bottom of the menu. It adds a green circle to your selected chat so it’s easier to spot — but it won’t affect the read status on messages within each conversation. The new version also lets you set custom notifications for contacts and groups. Open any contact’s details and you’ll be able to configure specific tones for calls and messages,… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a real battle among music streaming services to stand out in the post-Apple Music, still-laughing-at-Tidal world. Spotify’s latest move is bringing a weekly personalized playlist into the mix. Now Deezer’s doing it with If This Then That (IFTTT) integration. The music subscription service will now allow users to hook up their accounts to IFTTT’s automation service and build recipes that trigger actions based on their listening habits. Examples include: automatically sharing a track via Facebook or Twitter when you favorite it in the Deezer app, changing your device’s wallpaper to match your current most listened album’s artwork, and adding artists… This story continues at The Next Web

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