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Among all the new games revealed at the E3 show this year, one of the titles I’m most excited about is over 15 years old. Sony has secured a remastered version of Grim Fandango, a wacky adventure game from LucasArts and Tim Schafer, for the PS4 and PS Vita. We got an early look at a small part of the game at a Sony preview event this week. The remastering process is still ongoing, so the graphics I saw are far from final, but they do give a sense of what Double Fine has planned for the game. The original artwork for Grim Fandango was... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands-on with classic 90s game Grim Fandango, remastered for the PS4 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Every smartphone on the planet has a camera, sometimes more than one. And for every smartphone camera, there are – it would seem – a bazillion apps you can use to shoot, edit, store and share photos as well as fashion them into albums, books, postcards, cookies, you name it. The folks that actually make these apps are converging in San Francisco next week for the second annual Mobile Photo Connect conference. This gathering of executives and entrepreneurs will take place on Wednesday, October 15 at the Fort Mason Conference Center, featuring show and tell presentations. More than 130 photo app... This story continues at The Next Web The post Mobile photography experts will gather next week for San Francisco meetup appeared first on The Next Web.

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Instagram stopped working this afternoon. We first noticed the outage at 4:50 PM ET with staff in North America confirming the issue. We’ve reached out to the company for more information and will update if we hear back. The post Instagram is down appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. There are a few actions I perform over and over again as I work through my social media marketing plan. Do you know the feeling? You click on the same few buttons or type in the same URL. And then, one day, someone shows you a browser extension that completely rocks your world for the better. I’d love to share some of those world-rocking browser extensions with you today. There are several great options out there to supercharge your browser and streamline the tasks you keep coming back to. 1. Buffer – Quick and... This story continues at The Next Web The post 15 of the best browser extensions to improve your social media marketing appeared first on The Next Web.

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Few franchises have a fandom as ardent as Star Wars does. Today’s release of The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a fan-made remake of arguably the best film in the series, just further proves that. Like its predecessor for A New Hope – as well as projects for other franchises like Robocop – it’s a mashup of hundreds of fan-made clips replicating the original shot-for-shot, and it looks absolutely ridiculous. You can watch the entire two-hour production here: ➤ The Empire Strikes Back Uncut The post Check out this fan-made remake of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. I’m a marketing consultant. Clients come to me and say, “I need more traffic to my site, can I pay you to do that?” To which I often have to reply, “No.” “What?” Why would I say no? Why would I push someone away who is trying to give me money? Why would I refuse a new client? “Your design is not conversion-focused, traffic wouldn’t help you. I can help guide you to a better conversion-focused design though – then I can help build your traffic.” You see, marketing is a good... This story continues at The Next Web The post 3 reasons your marketing needs a better design focus appeared first on The Next Web.

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Ran Rachlin is the co-founder and CEO of Ubertesters, a global provider of a comprehensive, cloud-based, process management tool for mobile applications beta testing. App developers definitely learned something important from Apple’s latest product release: even the titans of the industry deal with programming bugs and release disasters. Well, we all knew that. What’s surprising is the depth of the problem; one so severe that Apple was forced to pull its iOS 8.0.1 update just days after it was released. All businesses, not just developers, can learn a few other useful things from Apple’s mistakes. Don’t let your past mistakes haunt you... This story continues at The Next Web The post What every business can learn from Apple’s mistakes appeared first on The Next Web.

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Alexander Huls is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and other publications. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. Hundreds of movies play every year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and many of them are not only great films, but particularly inspiring for the art and design community. Of course, with such an overwhelming list, it can be hard for non-attendees to determine which ones to look for at their local cinema in the coming months. That’s why we’ve done a little... This story continues at The Next Web The post 10 visually inspiring films from the 2014 Toronto International Film Fest appeared first on The Next Web.

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There’s been some furor today over the release of what appears to be tens of thousands of nude photos from Snapchat users on 4chan. The leaks seem to have started last night in an event that’s been called “The Snappening,” in reference to the major leak of celebrity nudes earlier this year. Snapchat, however is firm on its stance that it had nothing to do with the leak. We received this statement from the company earlier: We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps... This story continues at The Next Web The post Snapchat blames third-party clients for devastating photo leak appeared first on The Next Web.

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They have one of the sexiest job titles of the decade, but are data scientists really all that? Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one. (And for the record, not many men read The Economist, either). Don’t miss: Don’t tell designers how to do their own job… The post Data scientists: Sexy or insufferable? appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s time for another roundup of can’t-miss offers from TNW Deals! We’ve got some fantastic gear to help you enjoy your favorite media at home and on the move — and a video drone too! Here’s what you can get your hands on right now: AIAIAI TMA-1 Headphones: DJ-quality sound for the globetrotting audiophile Style meets substance in AIAIAI’s Danish-designed TMA-1 headphones. Powered by dynamic 40mm closed titanium drivers for accurate, clear sound across frequencies, the TMA-1 is great for DJing, commuting or relaxing at home with your music library. They’re also packed with great features like a lightweight and... This story continues at The Next Web The post 4 top TNW Deals: From headphones to drones appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy way of creating party playlist with visuals, then See Hear Party has you covered. The Chrome-only app taps Giphy for GIFs and SoundCloud for music to deliver funky party playlists. All you need to do is plug-in keywords of things that you like (e.g. ‘monkeys’ or ‘breakdancing’), then you’ll be asked to input an artist or sound (e.g. ‘Stone Roses’ or ‘saxophone’). The app then pulls together a little GIF-centric video montage set against your favorite tunes. It really is that simple. You can then copy/paste the link and share it with... This story continues at The Next Web The post This is probably the easiest way to create funky GIF videos for your party playlists appeared first on The Next Web.

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Citymapper, the popular transport app covering London, Paris, Berlin, New York, San Francisco and a handful of other cities, has introduced an interesting new feature to the latest builds of its Android and iOS apps. In addition to a number of design tweaks, Citymapper now lets you click through on the departure board to see all the stops on your bus or train journey, with your current location on it.     This will prove particularly useful for routes you’re perhaps less familiar with, as you can see at a glance how many more stops you have to go. ➤ Citymapper... This story continues at The Next Web The post Citymapper now lets you see where you are in relation to upcoming train or bus stops appeared first on The Next Web.

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Back in September, Netflix revealed via the Ubuntu Developers Forum that the video-on-demand service would finally be available on Linux, via the latest stable Chrome build. Canonical has revealed that Ubuntu fully supports Netflix via the official Chrome 37 release, with no hacks, twiddles or workarounds required. ➤ Watch Netflix in Ubuntu today [Ubuntu] Thumbnail image credit – Ryan Anson/AFP/Getty Images The post Netflix officially comes to Ubuntu via Chrome, Linux fans rejoice! appeared first on The Next Web.

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First Uber was effectively banned in Germany, then sign-ups surged in the wake of this news, then the ban was suspended in Berlin. Now, Uber is cutting prices in the German capital to comply with local laws to side-step the ban, as the Wall Street Journal reports. Rather than charging the equivalent of $2 per kilometer, the company is now charging $0.44 – basically the cost of running the car on its lower-cost UberPop service. This is because German legislation allows fares of this level as they equate to ‘ride-sharing’, as there’s no profit generated from the transaction. This is... This story continues at The Next Web The post Uber slashes prices in Berlin to comply with regulations appeared first on The Next Web.

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Just a day after Tesco opened sales for its new super-duper budget tablet, the Hudl2, the British supermarket giant has dropped the price on its Hudl predecessor to a very appealing £79. Though this equates to a £40 drop on the original price, Tesco had actually already lowered it to £99 a couple of months back. Still a tablet of the Hudl’s quality for £79 is a great deal, and it’s a whole £50 less than the Hudl2. ➤ Hudl | Tesco [via Pocket Lint] The post Tesco drops the price of its original Hudl tablet to £79 appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s not news that the UK has been looking at the ways in which ‘white space’ technology – gaps in spectrum between existing radio bands – can be used to ease the strain on mobile and M2M (machine-to-machine) data overheads, but Ofcom has today revealed that the UK could be the first country in Europe to roll out the technology more widely, starting next year. Trials to test the suitability of white space for certain uses have been under way for some time already but the most recent has seen Ofcom team up with ZSL London Zoo to live stream... This story continues at The Next Web The post The UK is using white space spectrum to livestream meerkats, as it prepares for wider use in 2015 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facial recognition technology can be used for many ends, including tagging people in photos and ID-ing criminals. But what about detecting how funny you find a joke? Designed to combat dwindling ticket sales, a Barcelona comedy club is trialling a new pay-per-laugh scheme that tracks your facial expressions to establish how hilarious you find the on-stage shenanigans. Each seat has a tablet attached to the back of it, which analyses your eyes and mouth for the merest suggestion of mirth. As the BBC reports, for every laugh induced, you’ll pay €0.30 (about $0.40), though you’ll never pay more than €24... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pay-per-laugh? This comedy club tracks your facial expressions to decide how much you pay appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple unveiled its new watch a month ago, and even though it’s not available to buy for another six months at least, it’s already making waves. Just as Apple helped make smartphones and tablets as much a fashion accessory as anything else, its watch is set to follow suit too. As Business of Fashion reports, the Apple Watch is hitting the cover of Vogue China’s November issue, which comes out on Monday. It features Chinese fashion model Liu Wen sporting the technological timepiece. Vogue China’s Front Cover in China | Source: Vogue China ➤ BoF Exclusive | Apple Watch To... This story continues at The Next Web The post The Apple Watch is headed to the front cover of Vogue in China appeared first on The Next Web.

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Last week, Elon Musk promised to ‘unveil the D’ on October 9, whatever that meant. And on October 9, he delivered on that promise. At the Los Angeles unveiling, Tesla Motors’ CEO pulled the curtain back on a new dual-motor, ‘all-wheel-drive’ version of its existing Model S sedan. Basically, you get a motor in the front and back of the car, with three different versions hitting the market: the 60D, 85D and P85D. That’s not all though. Tesla is fitting a radar too that can infiltrate fog and snow, as well as a camera with image-recognition abilities and a 360-degree... This story continues at The Next Web The post Tesla unveils the ‘D’, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive super car with auto-pilot appeared first on The Next Web.

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Uber is adding bike racks to the back of its cars in Seattle beginning tomorrow. Now when you get tired or it starts raining while you’re riding your bike, Uber will give you and your bike a ride home. For a price. The Uber app in Seattle will now include a Pedal button along the with the Uber, UberX, and UberXL options. Tap the button and an UberX with a bike rack will pick you up. Unfortunately, shoving your bike on the rack will cost you an extra $5 in addition to your regular fare. But, the cars are equipped... This story continues at The Next Web The post Uber announces UberPedal in Seattle with $5 surcharge to drag your bike around town appeared first on The Next Web.

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Chinese electronics giant Lenovo unveiled a trio of new devices today, one of which was particularly interesting. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a 13-inch, Android-powered tablet…with a built-in projector that lets you beam 16:9 high resolution images and movies directly to a wall or screen. Coupled with its 8-watt sound system and subwoofer, and a QHD 2560 x 1440-pixel screen, it’s hardly surprising it’s being pitched as the ultimate entertainment device. Curious to see how well the projector performs, we gave it a bit of a spin earlier this afternoon, and captured this little video of the $499 device... This story continues at The Next Web The post Lenovo’s new 13-inch tablet has a built-in projector — watch it in action here appeared first on The Next Web.

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Lucky Clan, the outfit behind the ArtStudio drawing and painting program and the Top Camera shooting app, has released a brand new photo app that channels light field photography — sort of. MultiCam for iPhone lets you shoot first and set your focus and exposure later with the help of the manual focus and exposure capabilities of iOS 8. Almost every feature of the app revolves around capturing and saving multiple exposures in a library on the phone and finally choosing the right one to save. A slider interface within the image lets you visually make adjustments. The app has some unintended... This story continues at The Next Web The post Hands on: MultiCam photo app targets the shoot-now-tweak-later crowd appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook has started rolling out an update to the layout of its iOS and Android apps to display your most popular photos more prominently. Now when looking through photos of someone, their most-liked photos will show up larger than the rest. You’ll also be seeing a new Uploads tab that sorts all of your uploaded photos chronologically instead of forcing you to scavenge among albums for that one special photo – something you’ll appreciate if you’ve tended to organize your albums by type as well as date. Album thumbnails are now larger as well. The change calls back to when Facebook used to... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook updates mobile layout to automatically highlight most-liked photos appeared first on The Next Web.

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If having to switch to the separate Swarm app has got you down on Foursquare, a new iOS feature might convince you to come back. An update to the app has added support for an iOS 8 widget that lets you check-in from the Today section of the Notification Screen and see a handful of nearby friends. To activate the widget, you’ll need to download the update and then hit the “Edit” button at the bottom of the Today screen. From there, you can add Swarm to your list of approved widgets. For my part, I don’t see the Swarm... This story continues at The Next Web The post Foursquare releases an iOS 8 widget for Swarm for one-tap check-ins appeared first on The Next Web.

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