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Google today launched a Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, which lets you remotely control your computer using your smartphone or tablet. You can download the new app now directly from Google Play. The app’s description says you can “securely access your computers from your Android device” but doesn’t elaborate on the security features. Instructions are fairly straightforward though: On each of your Windows or Mac computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect. Chrome... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today released its stock Google Camera app (via Android Police) for Android users running Kit Kat. The app includes a new mode, Lens Blur, for that fancy bokeh effect, as well as support for Photo Spheres and Panoramas. Other changes include UI improvements and a 100% viewfinder with no dropped pixels. You’ll need Android 4.4 KitKat or later to install the app, but the good news is that you can now get camera updates directly from Google Play now instead of having to wait for your phone maker and carrier to send over an update. ➤ Google Camera for Android Image... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today announced Outlook.com users can now import email from IMAP-enabled email providers, including Yahoo Mail. The addition is part of the service’s import wizard, which lets you keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place Outlook.com. To import your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com, navigate to Options and then click “Import email accounts.” Microsoft has added a specific option for Yahoo, so select it, enter your Yahoo email address, you’re your password, and then click Import. Doing this will set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can use Outlook.com to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today launched a new personalized cards feature on Bing.com that is meant to help you “keep track of things that matter to you.” So far, the site offers cards for news, weather, flights, and stocks tailored specifically to you. Using the feature will naturally require that you sign in to your Microsoft account, and set up your interests to let Bing know what it should track. Then, when it’s appropriate (or so Microsoft says), Bing will display a relevant card, such as when your stock changes or flight is delayed. If this sounds like Google Now, that’s because it... This story continues at The Next Web

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More than eight months after it first launched on iOS, Frontback is finally bringing its photo-sharing app to Android too. The core raison d’être of Frontback is simple – it lets you snap a picture with both the front- and rear-facing cameras, and then stick them together in a single image. You can also add short messages, mention friends you’re with and include hashtags, then share across all the usual social outlets.     While the Android version is more or less the same as the iOS incarnation, there is a brand-new feature in tow here – offline mode. This means... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today expanded its test of +Post ads, a new type of monetization for its social network that lets brands turn Google+ content into display ads. At the same time, Google is piloting two new features: promoted Hangouts on Air and automatic post promotion. The new advertising format is now available to all advertisers who meet the following requirements: They have a Google+ page with at least 1,000 followers. They are using a post that contains content relevant to their audience. They have opted in to shared endorsements for Google+ pages. As for the two new features, Google says they... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re an investor and look for dealflow in Europe, I have good news for you. We’ve done all the work, you only have to cherrypick. For Boost, our new startup program in cooperation with WeTransfer, we’ve interviewed over 400 European startups in the past months, 99 of them are selected to demo their services, products and technologies at TNW Europe Conference. To make it even better for investors, we’ve gathered all pitch decks so you can browse through all the opportunities. Of course you’ll want to meet up with some of these hot startups, so we got that covered... This story continues at The Next Web

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George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.  Typically, entrepreneurs start their own business. But, from time to time, they will see a unique opportunity to join somebody else’s startup, either as investing CEO or as a new member of the executive team. Here are five things you need to assess before making the leap: 1. Your fit with the founders Your fit with the team in terms of skill set and personality is obvious enough. It is important you can get along with your new partners,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Baydin, the company behind the Boomerang for Gmail apps, has announced today that its native Android app now offers support for Microsoft Exchange accounts. Available since June last year, the Android build has always been pretty handy at helping users deal with their inbox, but the omission of Exchange support on mobile devices would have ruled it out for people that wanted to manage work and personal accounts. Now, that’s not a problem any more. The company said the app will support customizable gestures and features like snooze, send later and response tracking. Users can also search Microsoft Exchange accounts,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Real-time media sharing app DabKick has branched out beyond its one-on-one focus with the addition of public “DabKick Rooms” for consuming content with other users. The service will start off with a single curated room that will play free content around the clock. In the future, DabKick envisions adding specific rooms for celebrities and artists to interact with their fans. It also hopes to work with content distributors, such as Comcast, on rooms that would require logins to view TV content. DabKick also said it will soon introduce private rooms that users can create to watch videos and share photos.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Versus, the minimalist ‘comparison engine’ we previously covered when it launched on the Web as Versus IO back in 2012, hits Android today with an app that lets you compare any two gadgets instantly. Whether you want to see how the Samsung Galaxy S5 compares against the HTC One (M8) or just want some help deciding whether it’s better to buy a pair of earphones or a tablet computer today, Versus is a handy tool. You can actually search for cities, academic institutions and more too. If you’ve ever wanted to compare King’s College London to some Beats headphones, now’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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It is widely believed that while successful tech companies build good products, the real innovation comes from those that build new markets. A typical example of this would be Apple, which can take most of the credit for the mobile app and tablet markets as we know them today. The most exciting thing about technology is that once in a while it makes possible something that we could not even imagine a year or two before, opening endless possibilities for both consumers and businesses. Starting with the invention of the electricity, to radio, to the Internet — every breakthrough of that... This story continues at The Next Web

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Superb has successfully completed its pivot away from social dining service Grubwithus after officially launching its new iPhone app for finding new places to visit with friends. An early version of the app with basic functionality has been in the App Store for some time now, but the firm’s latest release adds the messaging and social features needed to complete the product. Conceptually, Superb functions as a “Tinder for places” by showing you cards of nearby places and then having you swipe left to dismiss or swipe right to mark as “to do.” Once you’ve expressed interest in a place,... This story continues at The Next Web

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With revelations about mass spying and a crippling widespread security flaw affecting two-thirds of the Web, it’s little surprise services and devices that put security and privacy before all else are seeing a groundswell of support. However, despite there being a number of smaller name mobile makers nibbling away at the corners of the market, many of them – even the open source efforts like Firefox OS and security-focused Blackphone – aren’t designed in a way to fix the essential problem: the user never really owns or has control of their data. Aral Balkan, founder of Indie Phone and upcoming speaker... This story continues at The Next Web

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Fleksy is making a bigger push for international markets with the latest version of its smart keyboard app for Android. With version 2.1, Fleksy now caters for additional keyboard layout options including AZERTY, QWERTZ, and QZERTY, while it’s also adding Swedish, Hungarian, Danish, Slovak, and Czech to its arsenal of supported languages. This takes its total number of tongues to fifteen. Additionally, QWERTY-alternative keyboard layouts DVORAK and Colemak are also now supported.     Fleksy says two thirds of its downloads have come from outside the US, and it has been adding support for one new language a week since launch,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Social conversation platform Livefyre released today Sidenotes, a new feature that lets publishers add in-line comment threads to their sites. Livefyre has also integrated Sidenotes into Storify, marking the first major product integration to the service, which it acquired last Fall. Sidenotes works by attaching comments to each paragraph of an article or piece of content. Users can highlight specific text to comment on or reply to other responses. The pop-up box updates in real-time and ranks comments based on the number of upvotes they have received. Annotations were one of the first products that Livefyre tested as a young... This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting from today, social reading platform Goodreads is making it easier for you to add your Amazon book purchases to your virtual bookshelves. Users in the US, Canada and Australia will be able to add both print books and Kindle books to their shelves automatically. Indeed, you’ll see an ‘Add Amazon Book Purchases’ link in the Tools list on the left of your ‘My Books’ page, and once you’ve signed in with your Amazon credentials, you’ll be able to go through all your past purchases, rating each one and select the relevant shelf for it. Amazon acquired Goodreads in March... This story continues at The Next Web

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Algorithmic social ranking service PeerIndex has been building an arsenal of tools over the past few years, designed to bring meaning to the social data malaise. Yes, PeerIndex wants to be a every digital marketer’s best friend. We’ve written about the London-based startup on a number of occasions in the past, for example when it launched PeerIndex Groups back in 2011, before integrating with SocialBro and then rolling out a new topical influence API. Broadly speaking, PeerIndex’s technology tracks activity across the social realm, evaluating users’ online ‘social capital’ based on the activity of each individual. Now, the company has... This story continues at The Next Web

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As BBC Three prepares to become an online-only destination from next year, the UK broadcaster is already making moves to position the Web-based incarnation ahead of the offline ‘linear’ broadcast channel. In a Netflix-style move, all six episodes of Chris Lilley’s Jonah From Tonga, a new series from the same writer behind the magnificent Angry Boys and Summer Heights High, will be made available on iPlayer from May 2 for a 48-hour period. It will then be broadcast through the traditional televisual conduit from May 8. The move constitutes part of an international simulcast with ABC Australia’s iPlayer-style iview service.... This story continues at The Next Web

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File and presentation-hosting platform SlideShare has finally delivered a native mobile app, kicking off today with Android. Launched initially in 2006, SlideShare lets users upload PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument files to share publicly or privately. LinkedIn acquired the company in a $119 million deal back in 2012. While SlideShare has typically always worked well on the mobile Web, a glaring omission has been its absence from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. While one of these facets has been remedied, if you’re an iOS user you’ll have to sign up as a beta tester for now. SlideShare for Android... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mobile game-maker King is eyeing China after it partnered with Internet giant Tencent to bring a localized version of Candy Crush Saga, its flagship title, to the world’s largest mobile market. There’s no definitive launch date for the Chinese version of Candy Crush — both companies only say it will arrive “soon” — but when it does land, it will be a major coup for Tencent which has secured a country exclusive. Chinese gamers on iOS or Android devices will need to visit Tencent’s Mobile QQ or its Weixin Game Center to get hold of the title. That distribution is... This story continues at The Next Web

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BSkyB (‘Sky’) is trialing a new Twitter-based tool that lets its subscribers watch and record movies and TV shows by interacting with a tweet. If you see ‘#WatchOnSky’ within a tweet from Sky, it can be expanded to reveal ‘Watch’ and ‘Record’ icons that link directly to Sky’s mobile TV service Sky Go. Indeed, this will only work via Twitter on mobile, and you will need to ensure your Sky+HD box is linked to your Sky iD. Sky and Twitter have previously partnered to broadcast Champions League clips within tweets too, but this latest move represents one of the first... This story continues at The Next Web

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Stripe now supports it, as does Square. Gaming behemoth Zynga is taking notice, while some companies have even offered to pay staff salaries with it. This thing even has its own ATM. We’re not talking cash or even gold doubloons though. We’re talking Bitcoin, baby. Cryptocurrency is based on the concept that cryptography is used to manage a currency’s creation and subsequent transactions, as opposed to the status quo which sees centralized authorities take the helm. It’s fair to say that such virtual currencies have soared in recent times, with Bitcoin very much the poster child of the fledgling peer-to-peer... This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung has lifted the lid on its plans for Tizen, after Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of the Korean firm’s product strategy team, told Reuters that it will launch smartphones running the Linux-based mobile operating system during its second quarter of business in 2014 — which runs April-July. Tizen-based devices were originally scheduled to go on sale last year, but Yoon admits that the company aborted launches in Europe and Japan “because of poor market conditions”. Learning from that experience, the Samsung executive says that Tizen devices — which he anticipates could account for as much as 15 percent of Samsung’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mt. Gox, the fallen Bitcoin exchange that was once the toast of the virtual currency world, is reportedly ditching plans to rebuild itself under bankruptcy protection, in favor of company liquidation, the Wall Street Journal reports. Interestingly, the Journal reports that a source close to Mt. Gox believes there is “still hope a buyer for the exchange could be found.” Such an eventuality would help investors, who stand to recoup less of their investments if Mt. Gox is liquidated, although the situation is far bleaker for the exchange’s customers. Notifications on Mtgox.com as of April 16 2014 The site imploded... This story continues at The Next Web

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