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The transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7 was a jarring one for many. If last year’s visual overhaul and significant early bugs rubbed you the wrong way you should find your upgrade to iOS 8 a much more pleasant experience. Apple bills iOS 8 as “the biggest iOS release ever,” but when you complete the upgrade, you may not notice that much of a difference beyond a couple of new icons on your homescreen. In fact, much of this operating system’s potential is in the hands of third-party developers. By updating some of its own apps, Apple has included demonstrations... This story continues at The Next Web The post iOS 8 review: The real advances here are yet to come appeared first on The Next Web.

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As promised back in June, Instagram is preparing to show ads for UK users soon. Charlotte Williams spotted a PSA-style sponsored post from Instagram announcing the roll-out: ‘Sponsored Posts’ coming soon to #Instagram in the UK.. pic.twitter.com/j1MZdSkITM — Charlotte Williams (@WilliamsCE) September 16, 2014 Instagram also plans to begin displaying ads in Canada and Australia later this year. We’ve reached out to Facebook to ask about the timing for those countries as well. Advertising first showed up for US Instagram users last November, with Michael Kors earning the dubious honor of running the first sponsored post. The post Instagram to introduce advertising in the UK in ‘the coming weeks’ appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google has begun rolling out Google Play services 6.1 with a set of new APIs for developers. The new features include an Enhanced Ecommerce extension for analytics, improvements to Drive support, and testing capabilities for the upcoming Google Fit platform. Enhanced Ecommerce provides “richer insights into pre-purchase shopping behavior and into product performance.” The Google Drive API for Android now includes a Completion Events feature. The File Picker UI has been updated with Material Design elements. Google has also added a setParents() method for organizing files. Google says the update is rolling out to developers over the next few days,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google Play services updated with Google Fit testing, a new Drive API and enhanced analytics appeared first on 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. What do you do when you have too many ideas and not enough time? Or similarly, what about when you have too many tasks and not enough energy? As an entrepreneur, I feel like I’ve been battling this issue for awhile. There is always another opportunity to chase or a new product idea that sounds exciting. For a long time, I felt guilty about ignoring good ideas that... This story continues at The Next Web The post What to do when you have too many ideas (and not enough time) appeared first on The Next Web.

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Facebook today announced improved analytics tools for app developers. The company is introducing options for measuring the performance of apps among specific groups of people as well as ways to track retention of users. Label cohorts let developers categorize groups of people who use their app. They can then measure factors like revenue or time spent in the app, as well as A/B test various tactics. Here are some types of label cohorts developers could use: Install source cohorts – You can group people by the source from which they installed an app, e.g. Facebook Ad, organic, request, etc. and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook expands analytics tools to let app developers measure performance by cohort and track user retention appeared first on The Next Web.

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When you live in Los Angeles you plan most of your life around traffic. Actually, it’s planning on how you’ll pass the time while stuck in traffic. Lyft is hoping to ease some of that congestion by expanding its multi-passenger ride-sharing service, Lyft Line to the city of angels. The company announced today that Lyft Line would be rolling out to LA in the next couple of weeks. The initial launch will be limited to a specific group of users and not to a specific geographic area according to the company. So if you’re interested in trying the service out, launch the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Lyft Line’s shared carpooling service is coming to the perpetually congested Los Angeles appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to track your health and fitness, Misfit’s colorful new Flash wearable might be worth considering. The company is hoping to differentiate on price – across the US it’ll be sold for only $49.99, which is cheaper than some competitors such as the Nike+ FuelBand and Jawbone UP. Similar to its previous effort, called the Shine, the Flash doesn’t come with a traditional display and, therefore, requires a companion app when you want to properly review your data. On the plus side, it doesn’t require charging and the replaceable battery lasts up to six months.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Misfit’s colorful Flash wearable will track your exercise and sleep for $49.99 appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s funny how everyday experiences shape our ideas and create potential businesses. For Larry Gadea, the inspiration for Envoy — the startup he founded, which is launching out of beta today — came from waiting around to meet friends during a period of free time after he left a job at Twitter. While out literally waiting to meet friends, Gadea — who was Twitter employee number 49 — noticed that a lot of the tech startups that they worked at used basic processes to manage visitor registrations at their offices. Gadea would typically fill out a log-in book for every visit, and complete various forms... This story continues at The Next Web The post Envoy turns the cumbersome process of visitor registration into a sleek, digital experience appeared first on The Next Web.

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We’ve been big fans of the TunnelBear virtual private network (VPN) for a fair few years here at TNW, and today the app has been given a major lick of paint on both Android and iOS. To recap, TunnelBear lets you send and receive data across the Web while connected to a private network that cloaks your data and location. This can be used to a myriad of ends, one of which is that it can let people pretend they are in one country, when in fact they are in another. This can let them access location-specific content, websites and... This story continues at The Next Web The post TunnelBear’s mobile VPN app gets a beautiful animated new look appeared first on The Next Web.

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Barry Feldman is a content marketing consultant, copywriter, social media advisor and more. This post has been adapted with permission from his blog, Feldman Creative. “I can’t write.” You’ve said it a zillion times, but you’re not going to say it again because it’s a giant, steamy, stinky pile of crap. I know what your problem is. You learned how to write. Then you learned you were doing it wrong. Blame it on your teachers. Or the man. Or the system. Or the business world. Let’s agree to point the finger at some anonymous entity so you’ll need not feel guilty about it or suffer any... This story continues at The Next Web The post If you think you can’t write, you’re wrong: Copywriting tips for the novice blogger appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google is expanding Google Maps Gallery, its portal for custom maps, as a destination where anyone can find, create or share personalized routes. Before, this site was focused on custom maps plotted by governments, nonprofits and businesses, but today Google wants to open it up to the wider public. So if you know the best burrito spots, or recently found a terrific hiking trail in the Scottish Highlands, you can map it out for other people. To find a public map created by someone else, it’s just a matter of heading to the Google Maps Gallery and searching for the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google expands Maps Gallery so everyone can find, create and share customized maps appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today made three major OneNote announcements. The company launched OneNote for Android Wear and a Share extension for iOS 8, as well as updated Office Lens for Windows Phone. Android Wear The Android Wear news is arguably the biggest, as it is the debut of the first OneNote smartwatch app. If you own an Android smartwatch, you can now capture notes by simply saying “OK Google, take a note.” To get started, you just have to download the free OneNote for Android Wear app from Google Play. Then just start dictating notes to your wrist. In addition to a... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft launches OneNote for Android Wear and Share extension for iOS 8, updates Office Lens for Windows Phone appeared first on The Next Web.

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Connected car startup Automatic has announced a partnership with Ford that adds support for Siri and IFTTT to the Ford SYNC in-car system. The new integration will arrive with an update to the iOS app in coming weeks. Owners of Automatic’s accessory, an iPhone and a compatible Ford car will be able to activate Siri using the push-to-talk button on their steering wheels. SYNC will also have access to Automatic’s IFTTT channel, allowing drivers to trigger recipes with the press of a button. Ford models that support the Automatic integration include: Explorer (2011-2015) Flex (2013-2015) F-150 (2011-2014) F-Series Super Duty... This story continues at The Next Web The post Automatic partners with Ford to add Siri and IFTTT support to SYNC-equipped cars appeared first on The Next Web.

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Digital guitar pedals can be great. They offer a huge range of sounds via various pedals and that’s sort of the problem. They’re digital, but you’re only getting (if you’re lucky) a few effects. The MOD Duo digital pedal uses an open platform to offer you as many effects as the community can build. The MOD Duo pedal still looks and acts like your average guitar pedal on stage with buttons you can mash with your feet while rocking. But underneath all the mashing lies an Intel Atom processor-powered circuit board built specifically for audio. It has two quarter-inch audio inputs and... This story continues at The Next Web The post The MOD Duo wants to be the last digital guitar pedal you ever own appeared first on The Next Web.

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The number of Chromecast-compatible mobile apps continues to grow, making it easier for Android and iOS users to fling content across to their TVs. Google highlighted a few new additions today, including the video game streaming platform Twitch. At one point it was Google, not Amazon, that was rumored to be acquiring Twitch. Even though the deal never went through, it’s notable to see the service supporting Google’s tiny streaming dongle. From both the Android and iOS apps, you can now cast livestreams and archived videos at any time. Alongside Twitch, Google also announced Chromecast support for the WATCH Disney,... This story continues at The Next Web The post Twitch, WATCH Disney, iHeartRadio and DramaFever apps now support Chromecast streaming appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today added four new accessories to its lineup, all set to arrive before the holiday season this year. The biggest addition is arguably the wired Xbox One controller for Windows, but the company also revealed a universal keyboard and two new mice. Microsoft’s pitch for this new keyboard is simple: it works with your tablet as well as your smartphone. The Universal Mobile Keyboard is compatible with Android and iOS devices, as well as Windows tablets (but not Windows Phone smartphones). The keyboard’s feature list is as follows: Designed for iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets: The OS... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft unveils Universal Mobile Keyboard for Android, iOS, and Windows, coming in October 2014 for $79.95 appeared first on The Next Web.

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Let’s face it: Sometimes you have no choice but to salvage a poorly shot photograph. Or maybe you want to enhance a fairly decent shot to look even better. If we were all perfect photographers, there would be no need for Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, and that’s the point of Athentech Imaging’s upgrade to Perfectly Clear, a photo correction plug-in to Photoshop and Lightroom, released today. Version 2 of the Perfectly Clear plug-in does what all good plug-ins should: It extends the capabilities of the host software inside the app so you don’t have to launch yet another photo editor. The... This story continues at The Next Web The post Athentech’s Perfectly Clear adds pizzazz to photos with updated desktop plug-ins appeared first on The Next Web.

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Microsoft today added four new accessories to its lineup (a controller as well as a keyboard and two mice), all available before the holiday season this year. Gamers will be most interested in the wired Xbox One controller for Windows, slated to arrive in November 2014 for $59.95. To use this in conjunction with your PC, just plug in the cable into the controller on one end and into a free USB port on the other end. If you want to use the same controller with your Xbox One, you can do so both wirelessly or connected via the cable.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Microsoft unveils wired Xbox One controller for Windows, coming this November for $59.95 appeared first on The Next Web.

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In today’s competitive markets, it’s important for finance industry executives to constantly adapt and sharpen their skills to stay ahead of the curve. Global training experts eduCBA have a range of over 100 courses on everything from wealth management to investment research to big data to Excel and VBAs to help. We’ve got an incredible offer on this entire package at TNW Deals. You’ll not only get lifetime access to the courses listed here, but also all future online courses covering SAP, project management and more — for just $49. That’s 99 percent off the total course value of $5,000! Order now to... This story continues at The Next Web The post 90% off a lifetime of finance, business, dev and IT training appeared first on The Next Web.

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LittleBits has been in the business of democratizing hardware prototyping. Today it’s taking another step towards that ultimate goal by launching the bitLab user-created hardware store. If you’ve been using the modular hardware system and can’t find the module (or bit as they’re called) you need, now’s your chance to design and submit your own idea to be voted on by the community. Using the new littleBits HDK (Hardware Development Kit) you can build your own custom bit and share it on the bitLab site. The HDK comes with two Proto Modules (a module that can be programmed to be almost anything),... This story continues at The Next Web The post LittleBits launches a hardware store for user created modules appeared first on The Next Web.

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DataFox, an artificial intelligence service that collects data on private companies, has graduated from its public alpha to a beta phase. New features in the beta include a real-time newsfeed, a custom category tree, and collaboration options. The product offers search and automated alert functionality to professionals, such as investors, real-estate brokers and recruiters, that require data on companies and industry sectors. Companies like Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters already offer extensive data services for public markets, but DataFox believes its approach to monitoring private companies is unique. DataFox collects information from news sources, RSS feeds, government filings and social media.... This story continues at The Next Web The post DataFox’s service for tracking private company data goes into beta appeared first on The Next Web.

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Benzi Rosenski is CEO and co-founder of Torgoen Swiss Watches which specializes in pilot’s watches. He’s a pilot himself, and 30-year veteran of the watch industry. “The Swiss watch industry is in trouble.” That was the prediction from Apple’s design head Sir Jonathan Ive, according to an article by Nick Bilton writing about the future of wearable tech. Ive was so proud of the new Apple Watch, he claimed it will disrupt the Swiss watch industry. Well, the new Apple Watch has now been revealed and I have news for Ive: Swiss watchmakers aren’t so worried. For starters, I’m not... This story continues at The Next Web The post The Apple Watch won’t kill the Swiss watch industry appeared first on The Next Web.

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The team behind Speaktoit, the virtual assistant app for Android, has launched a natural language understanding platform today called Api.ai, which allows developers to voice-enable their apps and devices. Since Speaktoit’s launch in 2011, the company has sought to integrate its natural language understanding technology into various Internet of Things products. Today’s announcement is an extension of this goal, opening the API up to all developers. Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO of Speaktoit, says: “Wearables, cars, our homes – we’re starting to know what we want to talk to. Speaktoit wants to aid developers in how we talk to them.” Api.ai promotional... This story continues at The Next Web The post Build your own Siri: Api.ai offers voice integration for all appeared first on The Next Web.

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These days, it’s not enough to just create something — increasingly, the creative process involves collaboration, whether it’s simply sharing ideas, or having colleagues or friends directly contribute to a work-in-progress. Whereas FiftyThree’s Paper for iPad is a popular tool for sketching and drawing — helped by its companion Bluetooth Pencil stylus pen — the company is now going the collaborative route with Mix, an online platform that facilitates and encourages artistic viewing and collaboration. Who can use Mix? Just about anyone. Mix, is a website, not an app. It’s integrated with and accessible via Paper for sharing and remixing creations. It’s free to use and all... This story continues at The Next Web The post FiftyThree’s Paper goes the collaborative route with new Mix platform appeared first on The Next Web.

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Amazon today introduced its ‘Login and Pay with Amazon‘ service in Europe. The tool allows businesses to update their websites with an Amazon login option, which customers can then choose to quickly pay using the details they have stored with the e-commerce giant. The service is designed to reduce friction in the checkout process, similar to how Facebook and Google offer developers their own platforms as a sign-in method for third-party apps and websites. Rather than punching in long-winded personal details – in Amazon’s instance, credit or debit card information – customers can click once and have everything submitted instantly.... This story continues at The Next Web The post Amazon brings ‘Login and Pay with Amazon’ service for buying from third-party sites to Europe appeared first on The Next Web.

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