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Microsoft has just knocked £30 off the cost of its Xbox One gaming console in the UK, bringing the price down to £300. At that price, you’ll get the bare-bones package that only includes the console and a single controller. If you want the Kinect motion sensing add-on, you’ll need to shell out an additional £100. The best games. The best exclusives. The best time to buy an Xbox One. Now starting at £299.99 http://t.co/Tbep7mapLC pic.twitter.com/uezLFTujkw — Xbox UK (@xboxuk) April 13, 2015 The price reduction comes ahead of major-label AAA releases for the console, like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Not that you would, of course, but if you’ve ever been tempted to post pictures of your ex online, or indeed just flash them around to friends, you can now wind up with a prison sentence in the UK. Under new regulations that came into force today, the ‘revenge porn’ rules now mean that distributing images of an ex (or anyone, without their permission) via social channels, email, SMS, posting them to a website, or in any other form – including showing them to friends – can land you in the clink. The new offence criminalizes “the disclosure of photographs or… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you’re a massive international news organization, revamping your flagship platform is only part of the story. Adapting and consolidating operations to stay relevant in an ever-changing media landscape is the order of the day. A key part to that story is obviously understanding what it is your readers like, what they actually read and what they really should know about. The Guardian, to help it achieve those goals, has built its own in-house analytics engine called Ophan. It’s a bit like Chartbeat or Parsely, or many other analytics platforms at its core. Behind the scenes, it publishes about a quarter… This story continues at The Next Web

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Monday morning is with us once again, but rather than letting it make you want to crawl back into bed and hide under the covers, it’s time to face it head on and start your week by catching up on everything you missed from the world of tech over the weekend. All you need to do is make yourself a coffee, carve 10 minutes out of your busy schedule and read the best news and features from the last two days. No need to thank us. You’re welcome. News from The Next Web Sketchat for iPhone Lets You Draw Quick Pencil… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. For practical advice on design collaboration in large companies, download the free e-book Design Collaboration in the Enterprise: Building the Foundation of Brilliance. Collaboration is about enhancing each other’s work and creating a harmony. It’s following a smart plan to avoid confusion and waste. Collaboration is creating something greater as a group than would be possible for an individual. Design collaboration in large companies can be difficult because you might try to force rigid protocols into the creative design process (which is naturally free-flowing). After… This story continues at The Next Web

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LinkedIn has been betting big on content over the past year, and its latest product underlines the professional social network’s direction. Elevate is a new tool for companies to curate content and push it to their employees to share on LinkedIn and Twitter. Available for desktop, iOS and Android, the app lets businesses beam relevant content employees to share with their networks to help increase engagement and connections for their companies. The idea is that content shared by employees feels more authentic than when it comes from companies. Elevate combines algorithmic content recommendations from the company’s Pulse news app and Newsle,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting today in Kansas City, Sprint is launching a new program to have service reps hand-deliver your phone upgrade to you at your home, and also help you migrate your data and set up your new device. Sprint’s Direct 2 You service is initially open to existing customers who are eligible for an upgrade, and is free and optional. The company says it will meet customers at any location they specify, whether it’s their office, the gym or a coffee shop — and arrive exactly on time. The service will be handled by support executives from a third-party partner, who… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nick Francis is a co-founder at Help Scout. This post first appeared on Help Scout.  One of the best decisions we’ve made at Help Scout is to build a remote culture. The twenty people on our team hail from eleven states and four countries (including the US). While the benefits of a remote culture are tremendous, being successful requires radical commitment from leadership on your team. As a founder or manager, this isn’t a decision to take lightly, because it will undoubtedly make your job harder. Remote teams require more organization, better communication, and a high level of proactive transparency… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ben Slater is Sales & Marketing Director at Seed, a platform that applies marketing automation and data science to hiring. Follow @BenJHSlater. This post first appeared on the Seed Jobs blog.  How many browser tabs do you have open right now? I’m guessing it’s over 10, maybe 20. Some may be for research, some to help us stay in touch with clients and colleagues , maybe some are little guilty pleasures – whatever they are, they’re not helping. It’s almost impossible for us to sit down and work on a single task – I’ll admit that there’s little chance of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sean Kim is the creator of The Growth List, helping you create a business around your lifestyle. This post originally appeared on his blog. Traditional surveys have been the go-to source for gathering feedback from your users. While it works for the sender, no one on the receiving end enjoys answering surveys. I want to share something today that will not only give you direct, continuous positive feedback from your users, but will also delight them. To top it off, it’s incredibly simple. The email autoresponder Yep. This is what it comes down to — an email autoresponder. Most of you are probably… This story continues at The Next Web

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Patrick Bateman is a New York-based hedge fund manager. I’m trying to enjoy my new Apple Watch Edition but Evelyn, my so-called fiancée, keeps buzzing me with Facebook messages. Something about Terry Richardson. I focus on the black leather, the 18-carat yellow gold, the way it looks on my tanned wrist. I appreciate that it is wipe clean. I ask Siri to dictate a message: Paul Allen is out of town for a few days. Siri, I say, play Sussudio. I live in New York by Gehry on 8 Spruce Street on the 35th floor. My name is Patrick Bateman.… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post first appeared on Medium. Before we get started, I’ll let you in on a secret. This guest post ends on a triumphant note, so don’t let the sobering beginnings get you down. I’m going to tell you a story, built on facts, scaffolded by speculation, and heavily painted with a rare color rarely seen on the Internet called logic. Social media is broken for most of us. The myth of it being a democratic or meritocratic system isn’t holding up to scrutiny. We’re learning that it’s not the place to start thoughtful discussions, vet new ideas, or find… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter is taking back full control over who has access to its ‘firehose’ of real-time tweet data. Twitter has previously made its firehose data available to third-party apps via three authorized resellers – Gnip (which it acquired a year ago), Datasift and NTT Data. In a post on the Gnip blog yesterday, Twitter announced that it would be transitioning all data customers to a direct relationship with the company from August this year. Twitter says companies that buy firehose access will see no difference in service, except for the fact they’ll be paying Twitter directly. However, that’s not strictly true,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Robert J. Szczerba is the CEO of X Tech Ventures, an innovative company focused on solving some of today’s most challenging problems through the integration of technologies from multiple, diverse domains. This post originally appeared on Forbes.  Transformative technology marks the progress of humanity. It also inevitably raises questions.  Just think of all the issues the spread of the Internet has raised, from net neutrality to anonymous harassment to search privacy. Not all of the issues are negative, of course, as exemplified by the question all non-profits are now asking themselves: how can we replicate the fundraising success of the ALS… This story continues at The Next Web

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Check out the top deals from TNW Deals this week… A crazy VPN Lifetime deal (just $40 for life), the highest capacity portable battery we’ve ever sold (also just $40), a new comprehensive Learn to Code Bundle, and our favorite drone is back! VPN Unlimited lifetime account for $40 With VPN Unlimited, your traffic is completely safe from prying eyes. Plus, you don’t have to worry about compromising on bandwidth or speed; the service gives you easy access to its high-speed servers around the globe, from your mobile devices or desktops. Order a lifetime subscription for use on up to… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. If only [blank], I would be truly happy. We’ve all uttered that phrase at one point during our lives, right? Whether we were kids hoping for that one Christmas present we really wanted or adults in search of that next promotion, we’re constantly in pursuit of that one thing that will make us happy. When we finally get what we’ve spent so much time and effort searching for, we’re finally happy… at first. But you know what happens next. Inevitably, a week or two down the road we’re right back where we started… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s the end of an era. Apple has removed both iPhoto and Aperture from the Mac App Store. With the release of OS X 10.10.3, Apple’s new Photos app — designed to replace both iPhoto and Aperture for managing photos and videos on the Mac — became available to all Yosemite users. We all knew the time would come, and Apple already gave Aperture users fair warning. As first spied by Apple Insider, both apps, though they remain functional as installed, will no longer be available for any Mac that does not already have them. Moreover, it is unclear whether further maintenance updates will… This story continues at The Next Web

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The much-reviled “podcasting patent” — initiated by a company called Personal Audio, LLC to demand licensing fees from podcasters — is now defunct, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has reported. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today invalided key claims of that patent in response to a petition for review from the EFF. Today’s order by the USPTO rejects the claim by Personal Audio and its founder, Jim Logan, that they are owed money by podcasters because of a US Patent 8,112,504 with a priority date of 1996, which refers to a “system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence.” This decision breaks a major grip of patent… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in December, we reported on the alpha for BitTorrent’s Maelstrom, a browser that uses  BitTorrent’s P2P technology in order to place some control of the Web back in users’ hands by eliminating the need for centralized servers. Maelstrom is now in beta, bring it one step closer to official release. BitTorrent says more than 10,000 developers and 3,500 publishers signed up for the alpha, and it’s using their insights to launch a more stable public beta. Along with the beta comes the first set of developer tools for the browser, helping publishers and programmers to build their websites around Maelstrom’s P2P technology. And… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sometimes all you want to do is send a quick note — preferably hand-drawn, in pencil — to a friend or loved one. Sure, there are plenty of messaging apps like SnapChat that let you send disappearing messages, or Moju, which added chat and clever face recognition to its photo animations, and even comics, but the actual pencil-to-paper sketch paradigm is a specific niche that Psykosoft CEO Mathieu Gosselin was unable to find when he wanted it. And so, the developer of Psykopaint decided to create it himself. Sketches, doodles, call it what you want. What you create with the new Sketchat should not take more… This story continues at The Next Web

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James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog. Dana Vollmer did not have an easy road to the Olympics. Vollmer is an olympic swimmer, but it wasn’t just the grueling practice schedule that made her journey to the top difficult. At the age of 15, Vollmer discovered that she had a heart disorder known as long QT syndrome. She had heart surgery later that year, but the operation didn’t eliminate the risk of heart failure. (Even today,… This story continues at The Next Web

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On April Fools’ Day this year, many tech companies came out with their own pranks and easter eggs, from Google Pac-Maps to Imgur’s GIF collaboration experiment. Reddit didn’t show off anything extravagant: Just a locked blue button with a 60-second timer next to it. r/thebutton has since been driving Redditors nuts. You’re only allowed to push the button once, but there’s no telling what happens after you push it. As it turns out, nothing happens exactly. The Button is simply a social experiment on human curiosity and patience. The 60-second countdown clock measures how long an entire community of Redditors are able to wait until… This story continues at The Next Web

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Like most normal human beings in the world, I hate lines. I hate waking up too early to wait in one, standing around not knowing when the queue will budge, or that if I leave, it will suddenly move forward. So when Apple launched its Apple Watch in-store demo stations this morning, the idea of trekking to the Apple Store made me roll my eyes so far back, I saw last night’s hopes and dreams. Instead, I tagged team with a random guy off the internet who was willing to enter into the tech abyss to send me photos of Apple’s shiny new gadget. For… This story continues at The Next Web

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John Rampton is the founder of Palo Alto, California-based Host, a hosting company specializing in helping businesses with hosting their website for free, for life. Connect with him @johnrampton. Your SEO and content marketing strategies have the potential to work beautifully together. In fact, I’d argue you can no longer successfully pull one off without the other. But a problem arises when your SEO strategies actually start hurting your content marketing efforts. It’s not just about using outdated or ineffective SEO strategies either, although this is certainly one of the major culprits. It’s also about not allowing one strategy to work with and inform the other. Fortunately,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember those crazy delivery drones Amazon was touting? Well, the company hasn’t given up on them. Tthe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday gave Amazon the green light to test its drones.  According to the approval document, Amazon has to keep the drones at 400 feet or lower, and they can travel at no faster than 100 miles per hour. The FAA had originally granted Amazon permission for an earlier drone prototype, but it took the FAA so long to approve it that Amazon decided to retire the model for being obsolete. This time around the FAA approved the new model… This story continues at The Next Web

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