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Snapchat has changed how you view snaps or stories. Instead of pressing and holding, you only need to tap the screen. No more numb fingers when you’re checking out longer snaps! There is also a neat new ‘add nearby’ function that allows you to find local Snapchat users and add them to your friends list. Additionally, you can see friends on the list and get in touch when they’re nearby. Snapcodes are also getting a “serious upgrade.” You can now add a selfie to the center of the code so everyone knows it’s yours. Snapcode screenshots can be sent through… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple Music arrived yesterday and one of its biggest features is Beats 1, the global streaming music station. Don’t try asking Siri about that though. Apple’s personal assistant hasn’t got the memo. I’m in Ireland (using a UK iTunes account) and have been listening to Beats 1 with no problem. But if I ask Siri to play the station for me, it won’t comply. In fact, it tells me the service “isn’t available in [my] country.” The same thing happens for other colleagues in the UK and beyond, despite the obvious fact that they’ve already been listening to the station and Beats 1 is available… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you live in Chicago, streaming services get more expensive. A new “cloud tax” law goes into effect in the city today, aimed at seeking out more revenue from popular streaming platforms. According to The Verge, the tax is made up of two different rulings from the city’s Department of Finance. One covers streaming platforms like Netflix and Spotify (for ‘electronically delivered amusements’), the other would cover remote databases like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft’s Azure (for ‘nonpossessory computer leases’). It’s a 9 percent tax, so $100 of server time elsewhere would cost $109 in Chicago. The tax is applied… This story continues at The Next Web

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Emoji have eaten the world. I’m calling it, this is moment we hit peak emoji: Phil Ferguson is an Australian man whose Instagram account has become incredibly popular thanks to the novelty hats he crochets then dons in selfies. Here he is dressed as the eggplant emoji: And here he is as the pizza emoji: Business Insider has a good interview with the man turned emoji. Eventually we will evolve into a species whose real faces can only render emotion in a limited selection of rictus emoji grins. It’s inevitable. ➤ Chili Philly [Instagram via Business Insider] Read next: Someone from 4Chan is building… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft announced the availability of three technical previews today that form a part of Skype for Business, one of which allows for mass video calling across the Web. Although you’ll need to be an Office 365 enterprise subscriber to test it, you can now register for access to Skype Meeting Broadcast – a largely device-agnostic video conferencing tool for ‘town hall’ type meetings with up to 10,000 participants. Preview features include the ability to take feedback from attendees via Yammer integration and Bing Pulse sentiment tracking. Aside of Skype Meeting Broadcast, enterprise users can now register for PSTN Conferencing, which lets… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fews is a news aggregator app for iOS, Apple Watch and Android that features local and international news from 28 countries, in their native languages. Released this week, it’s free to download and works by integrating over 1,000 RSS feeds. Content on Fews is divided into five main categories: general news, lifestyle, sports, economy and tech. Countries covered by the app include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States. While I’m a big fan… This story continues at The Next Web

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Activity trackers are all the rage, and the potential benefits of technology on health are innumerable: it enables access to information, it allows for monitoring of persistent conditions without trips to the doctor and it helps with earlier diagnoses of diseases, among other things. It speeds up the admin side of things too – there’s more data than ever before, and better access to that data, but that’s also where the problems start. You might be happy to share your personal info in exchange for access to free apps and services, but are you just as comfortable sharing personal medical info with an e-health… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook quietly changed its logo yesterday for the first time since 2005 and you probably didn’t even notice. Say hello to the new Facebook logo pic.twitter.com/ofoFm4JQmK — Christophe Tauziet (@ChrisTauziet) June 30, 2015 The update is only a refresh of the company’s wordmark, which is the text-only version of its logo used for identifying its brand. Josh Higgins, Facebook’s Creative Director told Brand New that the company “set out to modernize the logo to make it feel more friendly and approachable” and settled on an update instead of a full redesign. Facebook asked Eric Olson, the designer of Klavika, the font used for the original… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by desk.com the fast, awesome customer service app for small business.Think of a brand that you have nothing but positive things to say about. Conjure elements up of the company, its products or services, the logo, maybe the last time you had to jump on a customer service call with them. For fairly commonplace reasons you like them probably because you got what you expected—maybe even a little extra. Now, consider the last time you told a friend about the brand. Maybe suggesting their website or praising their customer service. Perhaps you took an Instagram photo of your new product, telling more than enough friends what you love about it.… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s plenty of cases of drones crashing and hurting people lately, but I’ve not seen a video where the pilot crashes into himself. There aren’t any details attached to the video which was spotted by Reddit user Ghost_Animator. Another Reddit user suggested that the drone being used is likely a tiny 250-sized racing quadcopter which can fly at very high speeds and is often used for drone racing. The pilot in the video is wearing virtual reality glasses that allow him to view the perspective of the drone to help fly it and make the experience a little more exhilarating. Unfortunately they don’t help much when you realize that it’s two… This story continues at The Next Web

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The U.S. job market seems to be reliably back on its feet, and it’s signalling a sea change for employers and employees alike. Job seekers are no longer desperate for any opportunity that comes along. Those who are currently employed are discarding the I’m-just-thankful-I-have-a- job mindset. At long last, many people have the luxury of stepping back, taking stock, and figuring out what they really want out of a job, career and company. This means businesses are suddenly facing serious competition for talent, something they haven’t had to deal with in a while. Recruitment and retention, two corporate players who’ve… This story continues at The Next Web

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Once upon a time, there was Guitar Hero, which required you to be fleet of finger to master the hits. Now, meet Arrow Hero, which uses your fast fingers to…um…rack up a high score by hitting the arrow keys at the right moment. It’s very simple – as you can see from the GIF at the top of the page – but like so many really basic games before it, it’s also very addictive. The most maddening thing is that the game’s creator says “you win when you manage to make a score you are proud of.” How will I… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yahoo has updated its Aviate launcher for Android phones with Smart Stream, a Google Now-like feature that brings information to help you get through your day, right to your home screen. It’s available to users in the US running Android 4.1 or newer. Depending on the time of day or your activities, Smart Stream will show you relevant information and apps that might be useful to you.   For example, if you’re walking around town at lunchtime, Aviate will show you a list of restaurants nearby. You’ll also see transit information when you’re on the move. If there’s a sporting… This story continues at The Next Web

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A court in Austria has ruled that it doesn’t have jurisdiction to pass judgement on the ongoing class action lawsuit levelled by Max Shcrem against Facebook for alleged privacy violations. While Facebook trumpeted the decision as a significant victory in the case, that’s not necessarily the end of the matter – the case has been referred to a higher tribunal, not thrown out altogether. “This litigation was unnecessary and we’re pleased that the court has roundly rejected these claims. We remain happy to work with our regulator, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, to address any questions about our commitment to protecting… This story continues at The Next Web

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Clearbit, a provider of business intelligence APIs, has launched a service for getting company logos into your app. The API is free and grabs company logos from a number of sources including Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook or directly via their meta links. It’s pretty easy to get user avatars into your app using Gravatar, but Clearbit saw a need for a similar service to exist for company logos. To get the logo for any company you only need to make a single API call and it’s returned as a link to a resized version hosted on Clearbit’s content delivery network. ➤ Company Logo API [Clearbit]… This story continues at The Next Web

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Native app UI design doesn’t give you much room to work with. When designing for smaller screens and shorter attention spans, your UI design must work at the speed of thought. Ideally, you want to design an interface that’s easy enough for novice users, without boring experienced users. In this post you’ll learn proven ways to get it right. Photo Credit: Omar Jordan Fawahl, Creative Commons 2.0 If you’d like to dive even deeper into mobile UI design, check out the free e-books Mobile UI Patterns  and Interaction Design Best Practices. The Rules of Interaction Design Always Apply Just because… This story continues at The Next Web

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SwiftKey has added adaptive layouts for nine Indian languages to its predictive keyboard app for Android. The latest update makes it easier for speakers of Bengali, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Assamese, Oriya, Konkani and Manipuri to type in their native languages. SwiftKey’s adaptive layouts for Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam In addition to support for the new languages, the update also brings emoji prediction for Bengali, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu, Assamese, Oriya, Sinhala and Urdu. The company recently added adaptive layouts for Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Marathi, as well as a new interface and a slick new dark theme. ➤ SwiftKey [Android… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter has announced the winners of its Powered by Tweets contest, which challenged users to create something beautiful or solve a problem using Twitter. Solve a problem In the ‘solve a problem’ category, the first prize went to the birds (naturally). Winners Pierre Duquesnoy and Matt Daniels came up with the idea of fitting pigeons with backpacks full of sensors to report air quality. Second place finishers Mark Carroll and Alex Willimott will use Twitter to track changes in how we use language, effectively watching the evolution of the written word (or emoji!). The third place winners partnered with WaterAid… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple Music went live yesterday and with it came the company’s 24-hour streaming radio station Beats 1. We dug it, but if you’re on Android, there’s a wait until Apple’s official app debuts. That doesn’t mean you can’t tune in though. As you might expect, there’s already at least one unofficial Beats 1 stream that will work on Android devices. It’s here and was hacked together from an unencrypted HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) source. With Apple working on its own Android solution and notoriously fast to slap down infringements, I wouldn’t expect this particular broadcast to last much longer. ➤ Unofficial Beats… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has opened a Spanish-language online store for physical products in Mexico, two years after it began selling its Kindle ebooks in the country. The new store, which can be found at amazon.com.mx, has millions of products available in more categories than Amazon has featured at launch in any of its international markets. Shoppers will be able to peruse a wide range of offerings from Amazon and many local businesses, in categories like consumer electronics, video games, sports and outdoors, kitchen and home, health and personal care, music, movies, TV series and books. Orders above MXN 599 ($38) that are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has added real-time traffic information to its maps for a dozen Indian cities, as well as all national highways and expressways in the country. Users can now fire up Google Maps to view traffic conditions in Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai and Bhopal. It’s nice to see India getting some Google Maps love. The company previously added Indian Railways schedules for 12,000 trains on Google Transit, in addition to bus and metro information for Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. ➤ New ways to beat traffic with Google Maps… This story continues at The Next Web

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Note-taking app Evernote has updated its Web Clipper browser extension to let you save Gmail messages, complete with attachments, to your account for quick reference. Plus, Web Clipper is now better at saving content from LinkedIn, YouTube and Amazon. Visit any of these sites and you’ll be able to select specific portions of the page to save. In addition, you can annotate clips with text and visual callouts and share them with others via the extension, without leaving the page you’re browsing. The extension is available for Chrome, Safari, and Opera. ➤ Evernote Web Clipper Read next: PushBullet overhauled on mobile… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re just tuning to Apple Music now, you’ll want to secure your own unique nickname for use when commenting on sharing playlists, before someone else grabs it. The quickest way? Launch Music on your iOS device and tap the profile button in the top left corner to view your account details. Then tap Edit in the top right hand corner and enter your 32-character nickname. If you’re accessing Apple Music via iTunes on your desktop, fire up the latest version of the app and click on your name up top. Click on your details again, enter a new nickname… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following a ruling from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday, the National Security Agency (NSA) is set to resume its bulk data collection program, which allows it to store and analyze data about American citizens’ phone calls. The Freedom Act — signed on June 1 after section 215 of the Patriot Act expired — allows the NSA to continue to collect phone call metadata during a transition phase of 180 days. The agency is expected to switch to a new system for obtaining call records from phone companies at the end of this period. The decision to allow the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Beats 1 is down. When launched in Apple Music, Beats 1 gives a mysterious error code that simply says the radio station can’t be launched. Other stations on Apple Music seem unaffected. There’s no explanation given for the downtime, either. Apple has yet to address the problem, and there are no details provided with the error code. It’s not clear how widespread the outage is. The radio station that aims to bring personality back to streaming music is actually really nice. In my review of Beats 1 earlier today, I also noted the DJs seemed to be having trouble figuring out… This story continues at The Next Web

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