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There are plenty of social networking platforms out there, but few are targeted directly to the worldwide crew of marketing professionals. That’s about to change with today’s launch of Shocase. Designed to pack the best aspects of LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest into a marketing-oriented punch, Shocase provides pros a platform for their work, with photos and videos as well as other content formats to best showcase their creativity. “There are 100 million-plus marketing professionals across the globe, yet, until now, there hasn’t been a dedicated social network to let this massive group get noticed, stay informed and build business,” Ron Young, Shocase founder… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is launching its own mobile carrier service, codenamed “Nova,” according to a report by The Information. The service is expected to operate on T-Mobile and Sprint’s wireless networks, and is aimed at lowering prices and improving the user experience with mobile carriers. The report also notes Google is developing new communication apps to go along with the service. The move would essentially allow Google to control all aspects of its users’ mobile experience, from software and hardware to the networks the devices run on. While Google itself would not comment, according to the report, the company has been working on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Not happy to let Microsoft have all the attention today, Google dropped a couple of neat updates for its mobile apps. First up, there are some new editing features for the company’s suite of office apps. The most useful of these is real-time spell-checking, which should come in handy given the propensity for typos when using a mobile device. Other than this, you can now hide rows and columns in spreadsheets, and the presentations app now lets you group shapes together. iOS users are also receiving a convenient security upgrade over their Android counterparts: you can now use Touch ID to unlock your… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve just wrapped up our live coverage here in Redmond, Washington where Microsoft held its Windows 10 press event. If you missed the two hours of announcements, here’s our recap in one handy list. As usual, click the links for full details of each story. Free Windows 10 upgrade The star of the show, Windows 10 will come as a free update for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users for the first year. Windows 10 comes with a more streamlined task bar and the ability to fullscreen the Start menu. The build also has an updated Action button with righthand side notifications bar,… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, the company unveiled a new VR experience for the platform, calling it the “next step” of computing. Windows Holographic is a headset you wear that makes holograms appear in real life; so it’s more of an augmented reality device. The company showed a demo video, with potential applications of the headset and promised it would be available for press demos after the event today. The device itself, named HoloLens, uses see-through lenses, spatial sound, advanced sensors, a holographic processing unit and can work entirely untethered. Wired went hands on with the device earlier in the week… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems the day many people have been waiting for is finally here – WhatsApp is now available on your desktop, but only if you’re an Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry user. The new Web client is actually a simple mirror from the WhatsApp app on your phone, so in order to use it, you’ll need to have an active connection on your phone, not just your computer. To start, you’ll need to scan a QR code and have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your phone. You’ll also need to be using the Chrome browser on the desktop. WhatsApp… This story continues at The Next Web

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At it’s event today, Microsoft announced a new build of its Windows 10 operating system will arrive next week via its Windows Insider program. Meanwhile, the first demo of Windows 10 on phone will be made available in February. Windows 10 makes use of universal apps that can run the same code across various types of devices. The apps simply format themselves differently depending on the hardware they’re being used on. For more Windows 10 news as it happens, check out our liveblog. Developing…

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At its Windows 10 event today, Microsoft unveiled a new display that integrates Windows 10 to help groups work better together. The display is a 84″ 4K display with integrated computer. It supports multi-touch and multi-pen to help groups work together, like in business situations. The company showed off one-touch meetings, which will be particularly useful for businesses. When a meeting is scheduled in a room, you can tap the screen to jump into a video call with the participants.  At the end of your meeting, you can tap a button to “clear it” for the next meeting, which resets… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Twitter Flight in October, the company introduced an intriguing way for developers to offer logins via a phone number called Digits. Already available for Android and iOS apps, today the social network announced that it released Digits for the Web. Launched today, the Digits SDK gives developers to the ability to tie an app’s companion site into the SMS-based login system. Users would still set up their accounts on an iOS or Android app, but when they went to that app’s site, they could login with the same phone number they used for the app. Plus, if a user uses… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event today, the company unveiled big news for fans of the company’s Xbox console. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft showed off a number of new features to bring Xbox to Windows. The new Xbox app will allow you to check your messages, activity feed and other information right from your PC. With the new app, you can use voice and text chat with friends from your PC. Windows 10 users will be able to game together with Xbox One owners from their PCs, bringing cross-platform gaming for the first time. Fable Legends will be the… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event today, the company unveiled its all new browser that will be alongside Internet Explorer in the next OS: Spartan. Spartan is based on Microsoft’s Trident rendering engine, which is also found in Internet Explorer. The browser allows you to collaborate with others by marking up with drawing on the page directly. You’ll also be able to click anywhere on the page and comment. The browser features a reading mode that automatically downloads articles for offline reading later, which is useful if you’re catching a flight without internet. Cortana is coming to the browser and can… This story continues at The Next Web

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Are you addicted to Instagram and want to wear your favorite photos on your sleeve — ok, maybe on your arm or hand —INK361 has a way to do that. Founded as a company that lives and breathes Instagram, INK361 today released Picattoo, a service that lets you create temporary tats from the photos in your Instagram account. Available worldwide, the service offers another way for people to have fun with their pictures. The move also signals a shift in the company’s focus toward the US market. It’s easy to obtain temporary image transfers that make up the tattoos. Log into Instagram through picattoo.com, select 12… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event today, the company announced that all of its apps for Windows 10 are now “universal,” meaning that they work across both desktop and mobile. For example, Microsoft’s Office apps now work across mobile and desktop. Outlook, for example, now shares the same code but customize the display for each screen size. This also means that a full version of Outlook is coming to mobile users for the first time. You’ll be able to manage your full email and calendar, just like you would expect. The company demoed the photos app, which shares the exact same code on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft unveiled at its Windows 10 event today that Skype will be deeply integrated into Windows 10 and for mobile devices. Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Operating Systems at Microsoft said that the Skype messaging will automatically detect when users have a Skype account and transition to sending messages on that service instead. Microsoft is getting serious about competing with Apple on the mobile messaging front and deeply integrating Skype like this means that it’ll work across mobile and desktop upon release. ➤ Windows 10 liveblog

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Microsft has been aiming at integrated its services across different types of devices since it introduced Windows 8, and now that dream is becoming truer than ever with Windows 10. Microsoft demoed a mobile version of Windows 10 at its conference today, which is tuned for devices under 8 inches. Instead of having separate platforms for mobile and desktop, the same OS will run across all devices. The company is working on universal apps that will work on all versions of Windows 10. These apps feature the same exact code across all devices, but simply formats itself differently depending on the… This story continues at The Next Web

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As Microsoft continues to blur the lines between its mobile, tablet and desktop devices, the company today announced its Cortana virtual assistant is coming to its PC version of Windows 10. Cortana’s logo will appear in the taskbar to simplify access for desktop users,.Like a mashup of Google Now and Siri, she’s able to provide intelligent contextual suggestions for things like restaurants or movies while having a bit of a personality as well. Of course, she can perform your standard voice commands like running a Bing search. Microsoft even showed the virtual assistant predicting results for this year’s Superbowl, and the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft showed off Windows 10’s new start screen at its event today, which now comes in two modes. Above, the new mini mode is pictured. Below, you can see Microsoft’s new “expanded” mode for tablet devices. Devices can automatically transition between modes depending on if the user is using a mouse and keyboard, or a touch screen. The company also showed off the new Windows 10 notification center that can appear on the desktop. More as we have it. ➤ Windows 10 liveblog

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At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event today, the company shared that all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, for free. Microsoft said that the free upgrade will be valid for the first year immediately after the release. Those on Windows Phone 8.1 will also get the update. Terry Myerson, VP of Windows at Microsoft said that the company wanted to make it a “seamless upgrade” for those users when Windows 10 is released. Check out the new design for the Windows 10 start screen here. ➤ Windows 10 liveblog

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We last spoke to Spark late last year when it had just announced the Photon, its $19 kit for building internet-enabled products. Now it’s back with the Spark Internet Button which takes the connectivity of the Photon and its predecessor, the Core, and hooks it up with the internet automation service IFTTT. The arrival of the Spark Internet Button brings with it a dedicated Spark channel on IFTTT. The channel has four triggers that your device can activate – when a new event comes in, when something changes, monitoring a change and monitoring to see if it’s switched on or off. It also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, the 4chan’s founder Christopher Poole, better known as moot, announced he is retiring from the infamous web community. Today I announced my retirement from @4chan, a community I founded at the age of 15 and have served for 11.5 years: https://t.co/jEMsDf5nfz — moot (@moot) January 21, 2015 In a blog post Poole states he’s decided to move on after serving as 4chan’s administrator for 11.5 years, having founded the community when he was 15.  He has since remained the site’s sole administrator and decision maker, while keeping most of its institutional knowledge to himself. Since its founding, 4chan has seen… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you love big screens (and don’t we all?), it’s hard to beat a projector. You see that wall in your living room? A good projector can turn that entire wall into a huge, high quality screen, making your living room feel like an IMAX theater. And if you’re doing the whole IMAX thing…you might as well do it in 3D right? Well now you can actually make that IMAX-in-your-house dream a reality: we’re giving away a 3D Projector at TNW Deals! Projectors are an often underrated and underused option, but they can be a total game changer compared to a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today Microsoft is showing off its Windows 10 operating system in detail. Will we see greater integration between desktop and mobile operating systems? How about the widely anticipated new ‘Spartan’ browser? Look out for possible gaming and hardware announcements too. Follow our liveblog here. The event starts at 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT / 6pm BST / 10.30pm IST.

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This post is brought to you by KnowRoaming, sponsored by Syndicate.The opportunity to travel abroad is an exciting adventure, but before heading off to your destination, one of the most important to-do items is to make sure your smartphone works internationally. After all, we rely on mobile internet for many things: Maps, travel guides, photo-sharing apps, international texting, etc. How do you ensure you stay connected abroad without breaking the bank? Unlock the door to possibility Smartphones exist largely contrary to the song lyrics, “Roam if you want to.” You acquire those extra charges for using the phone outside your carrier’s coverage area. Automatic app updates and data syncing plus… This story continues at The Next Web

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Has reading become too boring for you? Do you wish your books were as ephemeral as your Snapchat stories? Then perhaps you should get a special edition copy of Private Vegas, a suspense novel by James Patterson, which will self-destruct a while after you begin reading. The first thousand buyers will be able to download a free digital copy of the book, which is set to disappear after 24 hours. Readers will see a countdown atop their screen, and they can “steal” time from others. More interesting is the singular self-destructing physical copy,  which will dispose of itself in a blaze of literary glory, if… This story continues at The Next Web

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A second man has been arrested in connection with running Silk Road 2.0,the anonymous online marketplace that sprang up after the original Silk Road was shut down in 2013. Silk Road 2.0 was itself closed in late 2014 with the arrest of Blake Benthall, who is alleged to have been the site’s lead admin Defcon. The latest arrest was of Brian Richard Farrell, in Seattle. The 26-year-old is alleged to have told police he was Defcon’s “right hand man.” Farrell, who is alleged to have used the handle DoctorClu, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and… This story continues at The Next Web

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